tryingtobeamanofgod

My name is Dwayne Peterkin. I was re-baptized April 2011 and since then I have been doing my best to obey the Lord Jesus Christ and do his will. In this sinful world IT IS NOT EASY to stand up for God. You'll be tested, friendships may fall by the wayside, old habits will fade away. I hope that as I share my Faith Walk, others are encouraged on theirs. I hope you join me on this journey.

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Looking the part…

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I was driving to church this past Sabbath and I looked down at myself and noticed the wood grain of the car I’m driving, the suit I’m wearing, the watch I have on and I laughed, because I didn’t have a dollar in my pocket.  But I said to myself, “I sure look the part!”

Often times the phrase comes to my head that 20% of the people in church do 80% of the work.  That means that 80% are just “looking the part”.  I am definitely in that 20% but I do not say that to boast.   The Bible makes it clear:

Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:9 NLT

You see friends we are here on this earth to do God’s work and to do what Jesus commissioned His disciples to do:

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15 

I believe that our life on this earth is our proving ground to prepare us for the life in Heaven.  I believe that we are here to learn how to live in Heaven.   Loving our neighbor as yourself,  worshiping God, studying His word.   We will be transformed when we are caught up in the air at Jesus’ Second coming, but the true transformation begins right here and right now.

One of my favorite stories is in Matthew 25 : 34-40

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Friends let us live the part and not look the part.  Let us strive every day to prepare ourselves for God’s kingdom and strive to be in that 20%.

May the Holy Spirit help you as you seek to “Live the part and not look the part”.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings!

Thirst No More!

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The other day my son and I went to a fast food restaurant  for some drinks. He had the Strawberry Limeade and I had a Vanilla shake.  He was done with his drink in no time and was talking about how much ice was in the cup and how he was still thirsty.

I was thinking to myself that he should have gotten a shake, because while you have to suck your head off to finally get it through the straw, it sure lasts longer than the soda.  The shake was great, but upon finishing it, I found that I needed something to drink after it… (I was thinking about the Strawberry Limeade and wondering if I should have ordered it!)

While we temporarily satisfied our original thirsts, it was not long before we were thirsty again.  I thought about John 4:13-14 where Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well:

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

There are many things in life that people “thirst” for wealth, power, fame, etc…. material things. When they finally get what they are looking for, what they have been chasing, they find out that what they were seeking is only a temporary satisfaction.  Then they need to find that next thing to satisfy and the cycle continues…

Brothers and Sisters, let us drink from the Living Water that is Jesus.  Start your day with Devotion and Meditation on the Word, Pray often, Pray without ceasing!  This New Year make a commitment to spend more time with Him, because He is returning soon and we must be ready to meet Him.

Only He can satisfy and only He can quench your thirst!

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod….Blessings!

YOLO (You Only Live Once)

A few weeks ago a rapper tweeted “YOLO” when he was drunk driving and drifting around a corner doing 120mph, just moments before he hit a brick wall and died along with 3 friends in his car.  He was in his twenties I believe, and when I read the article it hurt me to think of how someone can take life so lightly. He thought he was on top of the world, controlling his own destiny and living life to the fullest.  I was in pain in the loss of young lives. Young men who never got to reach their full potential because of poor judgement…bad choices.

The sad part was that the rapper was wrong.  Thanks to the shed bl0od of Jesus Christ, if you accept Him as your Lord and Savior, YOLT  (You only live twice!)  I am living proof of that!  I’ve said it many times over the last two years that “I am not the man I used to be!”

Ephesians 4:24 in the New American Standard Bible says“and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” 

Through baptism by immersion we go under the water to die and be united in Christ in His death so we may live life anew like the Resurrected Savior Jesus Christ.  As a result of my new life, among other things, the way I chose to react and interact with people and situations have changed.

People I think I know (or People who I think know me I can say) have thrown me  under the bus and I am so glad that I have learned that I don’t have to say or do anything, because the Lord fights my battles for me.   I am so glad that I do not live, think, or react like I have in the past. I have let so many things go. I don’t have to be right, I don’t have to make my point. I don’t need to make someone look bad so I look good. Ephesians 4:29 in the New Living Translation says “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”   

That may sound like a small thing, but it’s huge!  If you can, through Jesus, start to live and think like Him, study His Word and understand how He intended us to live, when you just live to spread love and peace and you trust in the Lord for ALL your needs, what a liberating life you will have.  That is truly living life to the fullest.

I’m not saying I’m better than anyone, I’m saying I’m better than I was! Living in the Light is a wonderful thing and clean and sober living is better than any night of drinking and partying that I experienced in my past.

I don’t need to go on and on, but I wanted to write this post as a Thank You to Jesus, that YOLT and I’m loving it and I’m not taking it for granted.

Until next time. (and I promise it won’t take me so long to post) I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings!

Dwayne

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Amen! Psalm 19:14 KJV

 

Broken

As I sat down to create this post, I had something in mind I wanted to write about, then the Holy Spirit inspired me to write something else!  Here goes…

Psalm 51:17  says “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (NLT)

I think about my Faith Walk and how, until I became broken, I couldn’t fully accept God and He could not use me for His will.  As I look back on the year and a half since I have been re-baptized and look at what He has been able to accomplish through me I stand amazed.

How many times have you heard someone say that losing their job was the best thing that ever happened to them?  That being broke financially turned someone into a millionaire? That the end of a marriage made way for new love?  That being spiritually desperate led someone to Jesus?  It seems that the greatest blessings come from (what at that time is perceived as) the worst situations.   Sometimes it takes losing it all in order to gain the most.

Sometimes God allows us to be broken to get our attention. 

Psalms 34:18 says “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  and Psalms 147:3 says “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”

Sometimes it is God’s plan for us to experience trials so that He can reveal Himself to us.  Only when we accept Him and allow him to turn those battles into victories can we truly experience God’s love and plan for us.

So whether you or someone you know is Spiritually broken, Financially broken, Heartbroken, Lost their job, etc…know that it may be God’s way of gaining attention so that He may be proved.  Trials will come, I can promise you that, but I can also promise you that if you trust God to deliver you He will, no question!

Did you know it is a fact that shattered glass reflects more light than regular glass?  If you allow yourself to live in the Light of God, I promise that your former shattered life will reflect more of His light to others than you ever will without Him.

Friends, don’t wait until you are broken to seek God, He is always there waiting to receive you and pour out  His blessings on you if you will only seek Him.  The next time a major trial happens in your life, before you say “God why did this happen to me?” stop and think if God may be trying to get your attention and allowing you to be broken so you will call on Him so He can fix you.

Remember I am not a theologian, I am not preaching, I just try and relate my experiences to others as I have learned them.  I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod…

Blessings!

Dwayne

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