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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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!

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Prayer Changes Things…

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To my friends and readers..Peace and Blessings. It’s been a few busy weeks since my last post, but thank God some of the madness has calmed down and I am back to the blog.  It’s funny that sometimes I have something in mind I want to write…but then sometimes there is something He wants me to write. Tonight is one of those nights.

To those who much is given, much is required.  I speak from experience when I say this, as I was appointed a Manager’s position at work in the last few weeks and my work doubled overnight!  I literally went from working 8 hours a day to at least 10 in the office and another 2 hours when I get home.  Don’t get me wrong – this is a great opportunity, it’s challenging, and I am accomplishing a great deal.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. When He has a plan for you, there is no way anyone can change it. For the most part, you can’t even mess it up.  A series of events occurred that caused me to be in this position.  I won’t go into all the details, but know that God can move things and people out of your way in order to bring you your blessing.

I say this to say that someone out there may be working at a job or in a position for a long time and you may feel that no one sees what you do, cares what you do, or sees your worth. I am here to tell you God sees you so don’t be discouraged. If you want things to change, all you need to do is pray, believe, and trust the Lord to take care of things for you.  It may not be overnight, but in His time you will be recognized and things WILL change.

I read in my devotional yesterday that sometimes God locks all doors except one, so that you won’t go through the doors that will not take you where God wants you to go and so that you can only pass through to where he wants you to be. Many times we have plans for ourselves, but God has His plans for us.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

John 14:27 says “…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Friends, Prayer is the key to all things and prayer changes things.  Go to the Lord and make the desires of your heart known to him and he will hear your prayers and answer them according to His will.  When you truly trust and truly believe in Jesus Christ our Lord you will see Him make moves and changes in your life.  I pray you stay encouraged and not discouraged and that you challenge His promises and see if  he doesn’t make moves for you.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings,

Dwayne

Breaking Down Walls

“…Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.” Joshua 6:16

Many have heard the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. Some of us sang the song in Vacation Bible School  “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came a tumbling down!”

Jericho was a big city, an impenetrable city, ten story walls…a Generals nightmare strategically.  No way to sneak up on it, No way to get past its walls. To look on that city from the outside must have been something.

The Lord promised Joshua that the city would be his. His if he trusted God, was faithful, and followed His instruction. In the Old Testament there are so many times where God gave instructions and they were to be followed to the letter, the exact measurement.  God is very specific, he doesn’t leave room for our interpretation.  He takes care of it all.

It must have taken great faith for Joshua and his army  to follow God’s instruction.  They were commanded to walk and circle around the city once a day for six days. Blowing their trumpets but they were ordered not to speak a word until they day they were told.

On the Seventh day, they circled the city seven times, and the last time around, the  seven trumpets sounded and the army was given the command to shout and the walls of Jericho came crashing down!

Friends, how faithful are we to trust the same God? We need that faith! What ever “walls” we have in our life – problems, addictions, whatever….We need to follow God’s Word, follow the instructions to the letter and wait on him to tell us when to shout for victory!

The same God who defeated Jericho, will defeat the Jericho’s in our lives if we only let him.  We need to trust, believe, and listen and the victory will be ours!

Stay encouraged and not discouraged and know that God is on your side.  Make you needs and desires known to Him and he will listen and tell you when to shout.

Be blessed! Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

 

The Crossroads

 

These are trying times! Decisions, Decisions! So many people right now that I know, (including myself) are going through it. Going through the valley of decision.  Someone may be thinking of doing something outside of their comfort zone,  deciding to leave a job, to sell a home, move to another city, leave a relationship or a marriage, the list goes on and on.  When we get to these places of major decision – these “crossroads” we need to remember Proverbs 3:5  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Friends when you are at that intersection, don’t feel that you need to rush to make a decision to go left or right.  Instead, rush to your knees and seek the Lord in prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.”   Ask for the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding from the Father and wait on him to answer you.

We live in a society of immediate gratification.  Every one wants it now!  At the same token, it is easy to want an answer to our prayers now!, but we need to wait  on God to answer us in His time, not ours. Psalm 27:14 says “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” 

Some people need to see things logically, or they need things to make sense,  or be able to visualize all possible outcomes in order for them to make a decision.  However NONE of us can predict the future. And NONE of us have all the answers.

That being said, we need to have Faith! (…easier said than done right!?) Having Faith is believing in the things we cannot see.  If we can see it we don’t have to have faith in it.  We don’t know what is going to happen if we decide to go left or right at that crossroad.  But we need to remember that God laid out our life path before we were even born so he already knows the out come.

So in our lives, in that period of time between what we see and the future, is “faith time”.  There in lies the delay between our prayer and God’s answer.  You should know that that delay (however long it may be) is the period of time where God is preparing your blessing and the answer to your prayer.

I recently sold my home and it took 15 Months to sell and believe me it was 15 months of “faith time”.  I had to truly wait on the Lord to provide that buyer and put all things together in his appointed time so that I could proceed through the intersection of the crossroads  so that the next chapter of my life can begin.  In that faith time I learned to have a great deal of patience and I TRULY learned to trust Him in all things.

Friends,  you may be at a crossroad in your life right now. If you are, if you need to make a decision remember Psalm 55:22 ‘Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.’

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod….

Blessings!

 

 

 

Checking for your brothers

“…see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.” 1 Samuel 17:18 NKJV

A friend of mine and brother in Christ for over 30 years made me promise that my next post would be on this subject.  My Brother, I heard you, you are in my prayers, stay faithful, know the Lord is with you, and be blessed!

Most of us know the story of David and Goliath but some do not know how David got to the place where Goliath was.  Jesse, David’s father, asked David to go the Valley of Elah to see how his brothers were (they were fighting the Philistines with King Saul and the Israelites) and to come back and tell him how they were.

Let me stop here for a moment.

A couple of weeks ago, I called a new brother who has come to our church who is going through a very tough time to see how he was making out.  I checked for him because days earlier he reached out to me at a desperate time when he had a bottle of tequila in one hand and the Bible in the other.  (I convinced him not to drink the tequila).  I just wanted to make sure he was okay.  Later that week in our Growth group he thanked me for checking on him (which is when he told me he didn’t drink the tequila) and he let me know how much it meant to him that I checked on him.  It didn’t cost me anything except my time.  I was thankful I called when I thought of it and didn’t say “I’ll call later” or “Let me just do this thing first”.

That same night is when I was led to call my childhood friend.  We had not spoke in a few months and before that it was years.  We reconnected and I vowed to stay in touch.  That night I called to check on him, he told me how much he appreciated me checking for him and he let me know how important it was to do that and how I took him out of a very dark place at a very bad time.  That is when he told me the story of David and made me promise to write this.

We may never know how far a small, kind, thoughtful gesture can go.  It may be a smile, holding a door open for someone, saying “bless you!” when someone sneezes, that can make a big difference in someones life.  Just to know that someone cares and was thinking of them.  It’s that ripple effect, that pay it forward thing, that has far reaching effects.  Or just the warming of someone’s heart at just the right time.

It’s no coincidence when you get that “I was just thinking of you” moment.  The Holy Spirit whispers to us sometimes to do his work.  If we are on the right path or in the right frame of mind we can hear and act on His influence.  I pray that I don’t miss those opportunities to be used for His will.

Friends stay open, stay connected to God so He can use you to make a difference to someone who really needs it at the time.  You may just slay the Goliath in someone’s life at the time.  You can win the battle for them, simply because you checked for them.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod…Blessings!

Dwayne

Riding on “E”

Hello Friends! It has been 3 weeks since my last Post and I apologize for the hiatus.  When I write my Posts and I go back and read them, I realize that sometimes when I write, I am writing for myself.

In the past few weeks It seems that I have been so busy with the responsibilities of work, family, selling my home and preparing to move, Church related activities, as well as the daily challenges that seem to come up out of nowhere that sometimes I feel like I’m riding on ‘E’!

I know someone can relate out there.  You see I am no stranger to riding with my gas tank on ‘E’ as I drive on average just under a thousand miles a week.  At times when I am “financially challenged”, I can tell you that it can be a stressful feeling when you HAVE to be someplace and you are riding on E.  The newer cars today have a Range meter that will tell you exactly how many miles you can drive until you are empty. (How I could have used that option years ago).

My niece calls it riding on Excitement, Some say Riding on Fumes, Riding on Hope, etc. In all honesty, I have found myself riding on Spiritual Fumes lately. I have had to follow my own advice and “Be Still” sometimes, or Do Not Worry About Tomorrow .   My gas light has been on, my miles to empty have been in the single digits, some days I sputter but I thank God that I have my Heavenly Debit Card and that I have been able to fill my tank on the Word of God in order to make it to my destination.

Friends we need to cling to the Lord when we get overwhelmed, trust that he won’t let us run out of gas, we need to pray with out ceasing, we need to fill our Spiritual gas tanks with the Holy Spirit. We need constant communication with the Lord,  We need to study of the Word, and above all trust Him in all things.

Let us not forget how good God has been to us and the many times He has come through for us in many situations.  If he has done it before he will do it again if only trust and believe in Him.  Phillippians 4:6-9 NLT says:

6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Reading these verses over the past few weeks have kept me from running out of gas when I was riding on ‘E’. Remember that we are never alone in our trials and we just need to cast our burdens on Him and have the faith of a mustard seed.

As always brothers and sisters, be encouraged and not discouraged. Remember Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Be Blessed!  Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Dwayne

Reaping what you sow…..

Hi Friends! I hope this post finds you well. Let me get right into it. It is said that where we are in life right now is a direct result of the seeds we’ve sown prior to this point.  This goes beyond what you normally hear about reaping what you sow –  the standpoint of “an eye for an eye.”

I take my Mom to a Support Group at our church called Grief Share . If you or anyone you know has lost a loved one, I highly recommend this 13 week program, it is extremely helpful.

A week or two ago they gave the example that one person reaped loneliness in her life because when friends had asked her months earlier to come over for dinner she said no, when they asked her to come over and watch a movie and she said no, when they asked her to go to the shopping mall with them she said no.  So here she is months later feeling lonely because the “No” seed she sowed with her friends eventually made them stop asking her out.

What seeds have you sown in the last year? The last six months? last week? Today? Do you want a better relationship with God? Do you want happiness? Do you want prosperity? What is it that your desire? Think about it and start sowing that good seed.

There are so many examples of the sowing of seeds in the bible…

Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another–or maybe both. Ecclesiastes 11:6 NLT

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”2 Corinthians 9:6 KJV

There is a story of the two farmers. There was a very dry season and both farmers prayed for rain for good crops that season.  The first farmer prayed for rain every day for weeks.  The second farmer prayed every day for weeks as well. After a couple months, there still was no rain. One day, the first farmer was looking in the fields and saw the second farmer planting his seed in the ground.   The first farmer was looking at the second farmer and was thinking to himself that the second farmer was wasting his time and his seed because he had been praying for months and there was no rain.  Needless to say, that night it rained and it rained hard!  God did answer both their prayers in His time, but only one’s seed to root and brought harvest because he had faith and was prepared to receive his blessing.

So my brothers and sisters, I encourage you to search yourselves and start sowing that good seed.  Pray without ceasing, and have faith that God will answer your prayers.  He may not answer your prayers in your time, but he will answer them in His time.  Prepare yourselves for your blessings and sow your good seed!

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings,

Dwayne

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

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