Archive for October, 2011

AwAreness: Sin

Posted in Gypsy Carns on October 31, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

After not listening to God, Adam and Eve found themselves in a terrible predicament. Their first reaction was to cover up rather than “fess up.” Fig leaves can never hide the root problem of sin, but even today, we still try this approach. Instead of acknowledging and confessing sin, we often attempt a quick surface fix of the situation.  Adam and Eve’s second response was to avoid God. They knew they were guilty of disobeying, but instead of coming to Him to reestablish their relationship, they hid from Him in fear. We can do the same thing when sin breaks our fellowship with the Lord. Have you ever found yourself avoiding prayer and time in the Scriptures because you were struggling with sin and felt guilty?  A third reaction was to try and avoid personal responsibility by blaming others. Shifting guilt to another person can’t remove it. We are each responsible before God for our actions, regardless of the circumstances or who else is involved.

Despite Adam and Eve’s sin and their evasive ways of handling it, the Lord came to them. Our sin is never large enough to keep Him away; our Father still calls to us and asks, “Where are you?” He knows what we have done and why, but He questions us so that we can come to realize our desperate state.  Never let guilt or shame keep you from God. He continually seeks those who
have made a mess of their life and speaks to them through His Word, His Spirit, and His people. Forgiveness and a restored relationship await all who are willing to listen and respond with confession and repentance.  But do not be misled, with the forgiveness from on High comes discipline, there is a price for sin after repentance.

1 JOHN 1: 7-10 – But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a  liar, and His word is not in us.

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AwAreness: Waiting on Answers

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

Scripture makes it clear that our heavenly Father hears and answers prayer. Yet we all experience times when, though we pray for God to act right away, He does not.  Why?  At times the Lord sees that our attention is misdirected. Our relationship with Him should have priority over any earthly matter. Yet minds and prayers can become so fixed upon a need that our gaze shifts away from Him. The Father may delay His answer until we refocus on Him. In other situations, God waits because the timing is not right for granting our request. Perhaps certain events must happen first, or people’s thinking needs to be changed.

There are also seasons when the Lord wants to stretch and grow our faith. One of the ways He accomplishes that is by having us watch for His response. The Holy Spirit will work in these times of waiting to mature us and bring forth righteous fruit.   Other reasons are a wrong motive for our request and the practice of habitual sin. We all fall short when it comes to God’s standard of holiness, but some of us persist in a lifestyle of disobedience. The Lord may delay His answer so He can prompt us to confess our sin and turn back to Him.  Waiting on the Lord isn’t easy—faith and trust are needed. If His answer is delayed, check that 1) your focus is on Him, 2) your motive for asking is God-honoring, and 3) you aren’t practicing habitual sin. Then believe that His response will be for your good and His glory.

PSALM 33: 20-22: Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.  For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.  Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

 

 

AwAreness: Scheduling

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

The Lord wants us to reach our full potential—to become the people He’s designed us to be and achieve the tasks He’s planned for us to do. In our pressurized society, we need to have balanced schedules if we’re going to live according to God’s purposes. When any area is out of balance, our relationship with the Lord and others will be affected, diminishing our effectiveness as servants of Christ.

Our top priority is spending private time with the Lord each day to develop our relationship with Him and receive guidance. Time with family and friends is also essential because relationships are such an important part of God’s plans for our lives.  If we are to accomplish the Lord’s purposes in our lives, we need to take care of our bodies, allocating adequate time for exercise, rest, and recreation.

The Scriptures also clearly command meeting together regularly with other believers for worship (Heb. 10:24-25). While some people have limitations that hinder doing this, most of us have no excuse for being too busy for church.  The Lord has specific plans for each person, and He is the only one who can accurately direct your schedule. Seek His guidance, listen for His voice, and make the changes He brings to mind.

Proverbs 16: 2, 3: All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirits.  Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.

AwAreness: Anger

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

A righteous life has no room for lingering anger, whether in the form of rage or resentment. Fury that hardens in our hearts becomes a stronghold for Satan.   The fleshly method for “curing” wrath is to either let it out (rage) or
suppress it (resentment). Neither is effective for solving problems or making an angry person feel better. God’s way of dealing with this dangerous emotion dissolves it and sets the believer free. As today’s passage reminds us, we are to “let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from [us], along with all malice”. But to do so requires that we recognize it’s there.

Whether we are annoyed at ourselves, another person, or God, we have to own that feeling. Pretending that the emotion doesn’t exist or that we’ve somehow risen above anger is useless. If you’re angry, admit it and then identify the source. Knowing who or what ignited the initial fury can prevent people from misdirecting irritation onto the innocent.  Ask yourself “why am I angry; what caused me to feel this way; where or when did this feeling start; at whom am I angry?”

Once we know the source of our anger, it’s time to forgive, no matter what. Fury and unforgiveness often go together, and they’re heavy baggage that will drag you down. God calls us to set them aside and take up love and kindness instead. Forsaking anger means walking in His will with a light step.

Ephesians 4: 30-32: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

AwAreness: Obstacles

Posted in Gypsy Carns on October 25, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer’s life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.  There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.

Waiting can be difficult. And after a while, we might even begin to wonder if God will do anything at all—then it is easy to quit.   No matter how He chooses to handle the problem, His solution is always in our best interest.  Whenever you face an obstacle, you may experience great heartache. But even in the midst of pain, you can have full confidence in God. The most important
part of each day is the time you spend alone with the Lord. He will encourage you with His love and give direction.

Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

AwAreness: Time

Posted in Gypsy Carns on October 24, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Time is a most valuable commodity. Since it’s irreversible and irreplaceable,we ought to give careful consideration to how we spend our days—and even our minutes. Time is a gift from God. That means we are not owners but stewards and will one day be held accountable for how we used what was entrusted to us.

Let’s consider what is involved in using our time wisely. Those who realize that their days belong to God are careful how they live. Their goal is to understand the Lord’s will and align their schedules and activities with His purposes. As they seek guidance each day through intimate fellowship with Him in the Word and prayer, their spiritual eyes are opened to discern which opportunities are from the Father and which are not a part of His plans for them.  To make the most of your opportunities, begin each day with the Lord, submitting to His will and asking that He direct your activities. After all, none of us want to get to heaven and discover that even though we’ve been busy spending our time,we have failed to invest it for eternity.

Ephesians 5: 15-17: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of he Lord is.

Heaven’s Metal Magazine Review

Posted in Gypsy Carns on October 20, 2011 by Gypsy Carns
New CD Review – HEAVEN’S METAL
Oct 20, 2011    Prophet AZAL – Elijah Returns
Trailer Trash  Records    http://gypsycarns.com/

Like one who eats locust and wild honey while screaming in the wilderness “Repent! The end is near!” comes the hard, gritty
blues rock Prophet AZAL (aka Gypsy Carns). No one plays slide guitar like this eccentric wildman. The collection is worth picking up just for that. Ever wonder where the no compromising Gospel performers have gone? I think all their spirits have converged on the Prophet. Eleven tunes speaking out to repent of our selfish, self-centered American lifestyle. Songs include “Change Coming Down”, “Fifth Trumpet Bloww”, “I AM Protects Me” and “Am I Immortal”. This Pastor
(reviewer) is particularly challenged by “Wells Without Water” speaking for Pastors to stand up and preach the Gospel rather than the typical feel-good jive. “Elijah Returns” is not for everyone, but for those it is they will consider it honey to their lips.

Author: Mark Blair Glunt