Archive for September, 2011

AwAreness: Walking Wisely

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 29, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Believers are to walk by faith, according to 2 Corinthians 5:7. However, with so many voices clamoring for us to follow worldly paths, we sometimes struggle to hear and apply God’s wisdom. For example, our natural impulse to withhold mercy is hard to ignore, even though the Lord demands that we forgive.   Godly wisdom is the capacity to view things as the Lord does and to respond according to biblical principles. This discernment isn’t automatic. Yes, God’s Spirit lives inside believers to prompt them to do right. However, each individual chooses whether or not to pursue the wise way.

Resolving to honor the Lord transforms the way that believers make decisions. Instead of following instincts or impulses, I choose to seek God’s viewpoint in a given situation.  Rather than relying on other people’s advice, I choose to search Scripture for
verification of what I hear Him saying to me. As a result, the Holy Spirit’s quiet voice becomes easier to discern, and those worldly shouts fade.

We have a loving heavenly Father who honors the heartfelt commitment to walk according to His will. God assumes responsibility for offering His children sought-after wisdom and enabling them to keep walking on the right path Following Him is always the best decision.

Proverbs 28:26 – He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

AwAreness: Surrender

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 28, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

The Lord wants to give each of us an abundance of blessings. Let’s explore what is required so that we may enjoy all that He has planned.  The below bible passage clarifies the one necessary condition for receiving His best: full surrender. Every aspect of our being—body, soul, and spirit—is to be a living sacrifice. This may sound dreary, but contrary to human logic, true freedom is found only when we fully yield to Christ.

What does a surrendered life entail? Most importantly, it involves complete commitment to Christ, unaltered by the world’s influence. Our desires and old ways of functioning are no longer driving forces. Instead, His Spirit guides, and His will is the goal. Yielding to Him means following His way in attitude, words, thoughts, and deeds—and doing so unapologetically, unwaveringly,
fearlessly.

You have a choice—either be content with less than God’s best, or give yourself fully to Him. Complete surrender is not an easy road; it means dying to your desires and selfishness. But remember that the Lord is willing and able to do more than we can even imagine.

Romans 12: 1, 2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed  to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

AwAreness: “Metal To Infinity” magazine review – Belgium

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 27, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Totally but really totally unknown to me. A very strange front cover and an album title that makes me realize this is a Christian band. On the
Internet there are several specialized Christian Rock and Metal webzines and they really helped me out about this one. In the States Christianity is as a matter of fact still important, I suppose Belgium is the only country on earth where faith doesn’t really count. But in the States? God is still hot overseas and that declares the fact why so many Christians bands receives attention, why Christian oriented webzines exists over there…in the underground scène.

The driving force after this project seems to be a man who was very active in the Blues scène during his entire career. That declares why this all
seems so new to me. But we are dealing with great musicians right here and on “Elijah Returns” you’ll hear good songs with awesome guitars. This is a concept CD and as a concept album deserves, samples are weaved into and between the songs to keep the story attractive. Nevertheless the music is strong enough to be enjoyable. More than once spectacular guitars can be heard and this album contains that.

If you’re into melodic Hard Rock you really should try to lay your hands on this one. Fans of MSG, Giant and Joe Satriani (“Flying In A Blue Dream” era) will probably like this one. At some points even W.A.S.P. is what I am talking about but that’s probably because of some arrangements I’ve heard.

You should allow the fact that on a regular base the words “Jesus”, “Heaven” And God” are used but to be honest I don’t care. What I really like
is  the fact that the leads are pa-laying their own role once and while, probably the reason Satriani crossed my mind. This is good guitar driven (Hard Rock) music, played with the right spirit!

My Points: 77 / 100   Reviewed by Officer Nice

AwAreness: When a nation turns it’s back on God

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 26, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Hezekiah was a god-fearing king who brought about reformation among the Israelites. His son Manasseh, however, was an evil ruler. He had watched his father walk with God and live according to Scripture. Yet he chose to ignore the Lord.  Manasseh worshipped false gods, even to the point of sacrificing his sons by fire in order to praise Molech. He practiced much evil—including witchcraft and sorcery— and led Israel astray, thereby provoking God to anger. The king, along with the people, paid a high price for his rebellion.

The United States of America was founded on biblical principles with the intent to guarantee freedom of worship. But over time, we have removed the Lord from many aspects of public life. Prayer in schools, for instance, was deemed unconstitutional. What was once a “nation under God” has turned into a country that tolerates a growing number of sins and yet belittles absolute truth.

If a nation turns its back on the Lord, His judgment is inevitable unless the people repent and make Him Lord once again. As believers, our responsibility is to pray that God would draw the heart of our country back to Himself—and to help the gospel and truth spread through our land.

2 Chronicles 33: 10-13: And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.  Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

AwAreness: Prayer

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 23, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father. But believers often have questions about its power and effectiveness. Don’t hesitate to take your queries to the Lord, dig into Scripture for answers, and seek the counsel of a trusted spiritual mentor. Prayer is too important to neglect.

Believer’s prayers have tremendous impact, particularly on their own faith and life. Do you understand what an awesome privilege it is to kneel before the all-powerful Father and know that He listens and will respond? God loves to be good to His children and answer their prayers.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

AwAreness: Meditation

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 21, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

As God instructed Joshua about how the Israelites would take possession of the Promised Land, He included a vital instruction: to meditate on His law day and night and to obey everything it said. This would guarantee success.  Meditation is still crucial for believers today. In our culture, we are over run by worldly values and godless priorities.  We should discipline ourselves to meditate daily upon God’s Word, focusing our attention on His character and His ways. This involves prayerfully reading
Scripture, being silent before the Lord so we can hear from Him, and applying  biblical truth to our lives.

Meditation may involve a small sacrifice of rising earlier or giving up free time during the day. But living a Christ-centered life filled with peace and joy depends upon our commitment to focus our minds and hearts on Him regularly.   The question is: are we willing to discipline ourselves to set aside time each day?

Joshua 1: 6 – 8: “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance  the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous,  that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you, do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

AwAreness: The Great Adventure

Posted in Gypsy Carns on September 20, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

God’s simple requests of us are oftentimes steppingstones to His greatest blessings. Although we may view these lesser events as unimportant, the Lord sees them as a big deal. The apostle Peter is a wonderful example of a man who took small steps to a great destiny.  When Jesus asked Peter to take Him out in his boat, the fisherman could have said no. After all, he’d put in a full night’s work and was probably exhausted. But by taking this small step, Peter received a front-row seat to hear the
greatest teacher on earth, and he began a life-changing adventure.

The Lord isn’t waiting for us to do some big, impressive task for Him; He’s simply calling us to obey Him one small step at a time. Don’t miss the great adventure God has for you. Even when His ways seem unreasonable, follow Him faithfully, and your destiny will unfold before your eyes.

Luke 5: 9, 10.  For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John the sons on Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid.  From now on you will catch men.”