Where Ya At

In my time in the Marines, I learned land navigation. We learned different techniques to assist us in knowing not only where we wanted to go, but where we were currently located. That really comes in handy when you need to call for some type of support. If you don’t know where you are, how can you get to where you are going or get help to your location? This is many people’s current situation with Christ. They are in a situation where they need help, but don’t have a clue where they are at? I’m not talking about their physical location. I’m talking about where their mind, heart, and soul is currently located. Where are you in respect to morality according to Christ? Where are you in respect to your neighbor according to Christ? The answers to these questions will determine your current location with Christ. Where ya at?

I think about the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. They were in fellowship with God. God had provided them with everything they could possibly need. This is very similar to us. God provides for us all our needs. However, for most that is not good enough. The Bible tells how the devil managed to get Adam and Eve to do what God told them not to do. Hence forming a wedge between man and God. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Gen 3:8-9, KJV) In simple language, Where ya at? It’s not like God couldn’t plainly see Adam. That wasn’t the point. Adam did not realize where he was with respect to his relationship with God. God was asking him,”do you know what you have done to our relationship?”

All of us have been in Adam’s shoes. We all have put ourselves in situations where our relationship with God was not or is not where it should be. We can get to the root of the issue by answering a few simple questions. The first one is, where am I concerning right and wrong according to God. All to often we determine right and wrong based on our world view. Unfortunately more times than not, our world view is not God’s view. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and for light darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.” (Isa 5:20-21, KJV) As a society we have come to a place that things that God called an abomination, we now accept as okay. Where ya at?

The next question is, where ya at concerning your fellow-man. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16, KJV) ReallY?!?! He expects us to be willing to give my life up for somebody else…, how dare He. You don’t know me from a can of paint. Will you feed me if I’m hungry? Will you shelter me if I’m homeless? Will you give me clothes if I have none? To what extent are you willing to sacrifice for the brethren? Where ya at?

Lastly, where are in respect to Christ? Christ declared, “He that is not with me is against me: and that gathereth not with me scattereth.” (Luke 11:23; KJV) There is no halfway saved. There is no middle grown or almost there. This is probably why there are so many unanswered prayers. We are not fully committed to Christ, but we expect that He should fully answer our every request. We act like spoiled little kids when they don’t get their way. We get mad at God as if He owes us something. We act as if salvation is negotiable. I have yet to read one time where the Word of God was something to be negotiated with. Where ya at?

So here we are like Adam in the garden, clue free as to our current location with Christ. We stand in need of some land navigation training with our relationship with Christ. Some are close to him. Some are not so close. Some are using the gifts God has given them, some are not. Some are answering to their call, some are not. At the end of the day it’s an individual thing. When He calls your name, you will have to answer all by yourself. Your location in Christ at that time will determine your location for all eternity. That being said, where ya at?

In Christ

Servant of the Most High God

Ronald Driver

Enemy In The Gates

I normally do not write post on Sunday.  I figure most people have already received a word or two from the Lord.  However, I’ve been watching and observing Satan wreak havoc in the lives of Christians, so I have to sound the alarm.  Too many of us are asleep.  We have gotten to a point in our country where it’s acceptable for us to say, we have to choose between the devil that we know when voting for the president.  Is that really okay?  The enemy has come into many of our lives and is tearing things up.  I had a person tell me today, “it seems so all of a sudden.”  I beg to differ.  If we “watch as well as pray”, not too many things should be all of a sudden.  We get warnings after warnings from the preachers.  Unfortunately, a lot of folks don’t take heed to these warnings.  We fall asleep to wake up and find that the enemy is in our gates.

Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” (Luke 22:31, KJV)  Here Jesus was issuing a stern warning to his disciple.  This was clear, Satan wants to destroy you.  The warning still applies to us today.  Satan wants to destroy us.  There are two types of people in the church building on Sunday morning.  There are saved people and there are unsaved people…, that’s it, bottom line.  Satan already has the unsaved and is fighting to keep them.  He wants the saved people as well.  The end result for both categories of people if Satan gets his way is, destruction.  Satan is on his job destroying lives, destroying families, and taking people straight to hell with him.  What’s most sad, he is doing it to people who frequent the church.

When we see brethren falling to Satan, this serves as a warning for the rest of us.  “Where let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…” (1Cor 10:12-13, KJV)  What one man can fall for, so can I.  The tricks that Satan used to deceive my brother, is the same tricks he can use on me.  This is the sadness of it all.  Satan doesn’t have to be all that complicated.  If our weakness is women, he will use that.  If our weakness is alcohol, he will use that.  If we like hanging out, he will use that.  He will continue to use the same stuff over and over, because we fall for it over and over.  This is why we are reminded, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, KJV)

My pastor preached a sermon this morning entitled, “When Thou Art Converted.”  It was from Luke 22:32.  The main point of the sermon was when we get our self  together we have the obligation to help others get through as well.  With Satan and his imps running rampant in land, we need to put on the full amour of God and have each others backs.  Too many of us are sleep walking.  Too many of us have taken the enemy for granted.  We are in a spiritual war and we are taking too many casualties.  Casualties that may have been avoided.  We as the body of Christ need to wake up and realize the enemy is in the gates.

In Christ

Servant of the Most High God

Ronald Driver

I’m Right Here

Last week I wrote a post entitled “Where’s The Love?”  I was giving my perspective on what seems to be a lack of genuine love in the church and the community.  I believe God must have read my blog.  As only God can, He arranged a situation to answer the question, where’s the love?  “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John:7-8, KJV)  When God arranged this particular situation the other day, it was as if He was saying to me, “I’m right here.”

I generally drive an older Ford truck.  It has some issues; one of which is the fuel gauge does not work.  I routinely put gas in it to ensure that I have enough to allow me to do what I need to do from day-to-day.  I guess I drove more than what I thought and found myself stalled out on the side of a long country road.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was out of gas.  So there I was stranded with no gas can, and nowhere near a gas station.  I put my hazard lights on and just sat on my rear bumper to contemplate how did I get in this situation and how I was going to get out of it.  This is when someone pulled up and asked if I needed any help.  The man recognized me from my former place of employment.  He said, that I always treated him nice whenever we interacted.  He volunteered to ride to town for me to get some gas.  Fortunately, he had a gas can with him.  I gave him some money and he went on his way.

So, there I was alone again on this long country road.  Within a few short minutes another vehicle stopped.  It was an old Chevy pick up truck.  The front license plate had a Confederate flag on it with Redneck written across the flag.  Picture this; a middle-aged black man stranded on a country road in North Carolina and pickup with a Confederate flag pulls up.  If we believe the media, this is a picture of a problem brewing.  The man pulled up and asked, if there was anything he could do to help me?  I let him know what was going on and that someone should be coming back with gas.  The man then told me, that he would wait with me until the gas arrived.  He and I sat in his truck talking about how good it would be if people would be more friendly and caring towards one another.

Before long, the first gentleman returned with the gas.  We poured it in my truck and it started right up.  Both men wished me well and went on their way.  I couldn’t help but look to the sky and give thanks to God.  I believe He arranged that situation just to encourage me and show me that there is still genuine love in this community.  Jesus was reminding me, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20, KJV)  After asking the question, “Where’s The Love?”  Jesus responded and said to me, “I’m right here.”

In Christ

Servant of the Most High God

Ronald Driver

Where’s The Love?

I live in a relatively small community.  There is a bunch of small towns surrounding each other.  In this area it seems most people know or know of everybody and or their families.  When something happens in one part of town or in the next town over, it directly or indirectly has an impact on the other.  As of late, there has been a number of killings.  Sadly, their have been family against family killing and even killing inside of families.  I know the Bible speaks of in the last days, “the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12, KJV)  However in this small community, there are more churches and “christians” than you can shake a stick at.  How is it in a community full of people calling ourselves “christians”, there is so much hate?  Where is the love?

I could be wrong.  I’ve been wrong so many times before.  Our communities are a reflection of us.  What we are seeing, if we dare to look at ourselves (the church), we are looking at a reflection.  A reflection of the pettiness in the church.  A reflection of jealousy in the church.  A reflection of bitterness in the church.  Let me pause for station identification.  Before one of my fellow members go back and tell my Pastor that I’m talking about them…, don’t get it jacked up; I’m talking about the entire church.  I’m not talking about just one little church. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.  These things are contrary to the teaching of Christ.  “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one to another.” (John 13:34-35, KJV)

Whether it be intentional or not, the church is the example for the community.  “Ye are the salt of the earth:  but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13, KJV)  Let me give a prime example.  How is it in a geographically racially integrated location there are such things as all black churches or all white churches?  Things that make you go hmmmm?  How is it that the people of God are separated by skin color?  Oh yeah we can go to a job together and go to school together, but we can not worship the same Lord together.  If the church is divided, how can we expect the community to be unified.  This type of division is not of God.  “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as a man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, KJV)

I am not pretending to have figured all this stuff out.  There are a few dents in my armor.  I fall short just like the next person.  I have to do better.  We all have to do better.  Family, too many people are dying and going to hell through the church.  God is not pleased with that, nor should we be.  There are numerous scripture I could give on love.  For the sake of being brief, I’ll not.  There is this one that we all know: “For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16, KJV)  In sending His son to die for us, he showed us what love is.  As I do so often, I end with a question.  Where is the love?

In Christ

Servant of the Most High God

Ronald Driver

Who’s In Your House?

Everybody has heard the old saying, “be careful of the company you keep.”  Unfortunately most people do not think of this in a spiritual sense.  Apostle Paul reminds us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12, KJV)  In other words Paul is telling us to check the address of our problems.  They just might be spiritual in nature.  It may be we have something spiritual hanging out with us.  Which brings me to the question: who’s in your house?

When I ask that question, I’m not talking about the people you can see.  I’m talking about the things you can not see.  I’m talking about what spirits have you been in contact with?  What spirits have you been introduced to unknowingly?  What spirits made your body their home?  Jesus said, “When the unclean (evil) spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.” (Matthew 12:43, KJV)  Jesus used a parable of a house that had just been “swept” but is unoccupied.  This is a person that had an evil spirit but got rid of it.  This is that person that has prayed for deliverance from on thing or another and God delivered them.  This is the former drug addict, homosexual, thief, gang banger, adulterer, fornicator, alcoholic, etc.  This list can be much longer.  We all were at one time or is currently still dealing with a demon or two. Through the grace of God, some us have been “swept”.

Being “swept” or delivered is one thing, staying that way is something else.  If we get delivered from whatever but don’t allow Christ to reside in us or kick Him out, there is good chance the old resident will return.  “Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.” (Matthew 12:44, KJV)  This is the explanation of how many people find themselves in a backsliden state.  The person did not have or did not keep Christ dwelling inside them so the unclean spirit that got kicked out, returned.  This is a sad situation.  It’s like the spirit is saying, “there’s no place like home.”

Unfortunately, in this situation things get harder for us.  We try to figure out what is going on.  We look at everything and everybody to find the source of our struggles.  We ask God, why is our situation getting worse instead of better?  Jesus response to this is, “Then goeth he (the unclean spirit), and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there:  and the last state of that man is worse of than the first.  Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:45, KJV)  Jesus was speaking of the Israelites, though the principle applies to us.

Jesus was trying to get the people back then and us today to understand, if He is not Lord and Savior of our life, then we are inviting the devil in.  There is no other way about it.  We are hosting Christ or we are hosting Satan.  “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matthew 12:30, KJV)  One or the other is residing in us, Christ or Satan.  When we are having challenges, issues, problems, etc; we need to look at the reflection in the mirror and ask, who’s in your house?

In Christ

Servant of the Most High God

Ronald Driver