Where is our faith.

When Jesus was in the Sea of Galilee, with his disciples, he decided to take them over to the other side, now in this area of where they were, storms can rise up at any moment.  The sea is many miles long, and many miles wide, so it wasn’t just going to be an easy trip to get to the other side, never mind having a storm come through, never mind one that was pouring water into the boat.  Have you ever wondered why in Luke, 8:22-25, that experienced fisherman, people who are well versed in this area, and have been fishing on these waters for many years would get so scared so quickly.  Luke 8:24, They came to Jesus, and Woke Him up, saying Master, Master, we are perishing,” and He (Jesus) got up, and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped.  26, and He said to them Where is your faith?  I want to ask you today, where is your faith? is your faith in money? is it in your job? is it in your family?, is it in your country, where is your faith?  Why do we put our faith in these things, and not put it were it truly should be which is in God.  Why do we put it in things, that may be their one day, and be gone the next.  Do we put it in humans, thinking that they will not fail us, they will not let us down, they will not make a mistake, but yet, because we are of a fallen nature we will let people down at some point in our lives, but God won’t.

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John 14:12 Truly, Truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me the works he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the father.  Jesus tells us that we will do greater works than he did, so why don’t we see that.  Jesus tells us that tell that mountain to move, and it will move, Jesus calmed the storm, but yet when we pray the storm doesn’t cease, are we doubting ourselves in what God wants us to do.  Jesus did many miraculous sings and wonders while He was here on earth, and we want to see those things happen here today, and many times they do in other countries and on occasion in ours.  are healed, people are cured of cancer, people are brought back to life, but we wonder why we don’t see it more often.  Is it possible, that we put more of our faith in doctor’s and hospitals, and medicines, than we do in God.  Now I am not saying that we shouldn’t go to doctor’s, or hospitals, or take medicines, please don’t misunderstand me.  I have been blessed by the way God used doctor’s to help me out, by the way God gave them wisdom in how to help me, but my point being is doctor’s are not always the final answer, God is.  Although I have been blessed by doctor’s, I have also prayed, and been healed of certain health situations in my life, I not only ask you this question, but I also ask it of myself, Where is our Faith?

Thinking of You,

Their was a woman, that had two children, two daughters, one was 21, and the other one was 16, she got married at 19, to a young good looking guy in the Marines.  They meet just by walking in the park with one of her girlfriends, and he with one of his friends from the Marines.  He was on leave, so they met up, and to make a short story even shorter, they got married 3 months later.  Twenty two years later, they had a son, on January 16th 1977, with a birth defect called Aperts Syndrome.  I don’t know if it’s a a God thing, that we get chosen to be with the parent’s we are, or just a genetic thing, or what, probably one of the many questions I will ask God, when I see him face to face.  Though I was one of the fortunate ones, I have a great family, both of my parent’s treated me really well, my mom stayed with me through almost every operation that I had.  She would walk me to the door of the operating room every time, take me to every doctor’s appointment.  As I got older would allow me to choose what I would want to do 029_29with my operations, and if I would want another one.

I remember often she would quote me 1 Corinthians 13:12 For Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known, I would wonder what that verse meant, and it’s still a very interesting verse to me.  It’s crazy how time flies, since it is 12 years that she has passed away, but I still remember all of the great times that we had.  One of them being at Sesame Street, and she finally decided to go on a water ride, even though she was afraid of heights.  I also took her on a roller coaster, and She probably wanted to kill me after that ride.  I am thankful for my Mom, and for the woman that She is/was, and that she made the right choices, and decisions, for my life.  I am grateful to God, for placing me in this family, and for what God has done in my life.  Although today will not be easy, I know that one day, I will see her again.

God Comforts Those Who Mourn.

Ecclesiastes 3:2 says a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up, what is planted; what this verse is telling is their is a time in our lives, when we are born, and their in reality a time when we will die.  We do not know that day, or time when we will die.  It could be today, tomorrow, next week, next year, or for those of us of the christian belief, it could be when Christ returns for us.  I know what happens when we die, because I believe what the Bible says, but I also would possibly like to experience the rapture, I think that would be really cool.  In all seriousness, because of what happened back in the Garden of Eden, and because of Eve eating the apple, death is a thing that happens, regardless of what you believe, and regardless of how you want to go.

Though the great thing about believing in Christ is that, although our human body dies, our spiritual bodies, will live, and at some point, we will be given new bodies.  We may be nervous about death, and worried about what will happen when we die, we shouldn’t be all that concerned, because we will have eternal life.  Yes we mourn when our love ones pass away, and I will be thinking not only of my uncle who passed away yesterday, but also of my mom who passed away 12 years this Sunday.  Although we mourn we also rejoice, because I believe and also know, that one day I will see them again at some point.  If you are concerned today about dying, don’t be, because once you believe in Christ, and have that personal relationship with him, you will have everlasting life.  If you don’t, know that you can accept him today, and ask him to become your Lord And Savior today.  If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, ask God to give you a peace, because He is the prince of Peace, and He will comfort you during this time.  God Bless, May God give you comfort and peace today.

Pressing on For What God Has for You,

Philippians 3:12 says Not that I have already obtained this or am already made perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Now lets look at verse 13, Brothers I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining for what lies ahead, 14, I press on toward the goal for prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  How many of us have baggage that we have in our lives, or have something that we continually look back upon, and wish that we never did, or wish we could just let go of.  We have sins, in our lives, that sometimes come back to haunt us, and we think that we will never be able to let go of those sins.  Maybe it’s not sins, but past mistakes, with relationships, friendships, and we continue to make those same mistakes in the new friendships, in the new relationships.  We wish we could just let go of those past mistakes, and begin with a new slate, and forget what we have done in our past.  I think we could all say we have been their, or that we wish that we can forget those past mistakes, and sins.  Maybe it’s not just mistakes, and sins, but wanting to go to the next step in our walk with Christ, and we feel we can never make it, we feel we are never worth it, we will never be able to attain it, because of who we were before Christ.  Though Paul in Verse 13 says we need to forget what is behind us, and we need to look to what is ahead of us.  That doesn’t mean, that our past will completely be wiped out from our minds, or that we will forget what we have done, though we can’t let it hinder us from what it is, that God has for us in our future.  Let us not allow our past to hinder or slow us down from what it is that God has for us, and for our future in him.  If their is something that is holding you back, or stopping you from achieving the greatness that God has for you, drop it today, allow God to break the chains in your life, and to run the race that God has for you, don’t let the past slow you down from what God has for you.

Take off Your Masks,

Today is the day we will go out, either at school, or at work, or maybe go to a Halloween party, or even walk around the neighborhood, and wear costumes, and masks.  Now before you go off, on me, this is not a Blog that is promoting Halloween, or saying that Halloween is a good thing.  Nor is it one that is going to promote how to reach the lost on halloween.  We wear all types of costumes, on Halloween, from superhero’s to villains, to ghosts and everything you can imagine in between.  We come home, and we take the mask off, but what about the other 364 days of the year.  What type of mask are we wearing? what type of person are we truly being the rest of the year?  Are we wearing a mask just on Halloween, or are we wearing it the rest of the 364 days of the year as well.

I want to be open with you today, I am a friend, a son, a brother, a minister, but most importantly, I am a Son of God.  I am someone who gets frustrated, angry, disappointed, sad, happy, joyful, excited, I look forward to whats to come, but more importantly I am a Son of God.  Throughout school, I would get frustrated, because at times it was hard for me to learn, it wasn’t always easy for me to get the A’s, or B’s on tests.  Although at some point, I would like to marry a Puerto Rican, or Dominican Woman, I have no inkling of how to speak Spanish.  (Anyone want to teach me, let me know).  I had to take Spanish in high school more than once.  I’ve gotten hurt and disappointed, by those in the church, but I’ve also received the most encouragement from those in the church as well.  I was angry with God, when my Mom passed away, because I wondered why, and I remember throwing this book across the room, Am I Not Still God, by Kathy Troccoli, and in the end He was.  It wasn’t an easy thing to go through but He was.

Sometimes I still wear a mask, about certain things that I am going through, and things that I deal with in our lives, but their are those around us, that need to know what it is that we are dealing with, and going through.  I think their are to many people that wear masks and hide behind those masks.  Let me ask you this, what mask are you wearing today?  Are you wearing the mask, of doubt, fear, depression, loneliness, singleness, marriage.  I mention singleness and marriage, because maybe you go around being happy that your single, but in reality, your depressed, and lonely, or maybe you go around telling people that your marriage is going great, but in reality it’s going down the tubes.   I’m still single, at 37, and would like to find that woman of God that He has for me, and I try my best to live the single life, and be happy in my singleness, but at times, it’s difficult, and yes I get lonely, and I get depressed for not having that other person in my life.  Yes only God can fill that void, but don’t we all wear that mask at times.

For the ministers that will read this, you tell everyone, that you have the greatest ministry in the world, which we all say that and you might, but in reality, your hurting.  You may feel that you still have that great relationship, with God that you had 10 years ago, but your further away from him.  Lets take off those masks today, and reveal ourselves to either others and most importantly to God, about who we truly are.  One thing I learned last week, is that sometimes no matter how close to God, we truly are, that their are still some area’s of our lives, that we are still hiding from him, that we are still putting the mask up, in front of him, and saying All is well, I am good, but in reality your not.

I am a brother, a son, a minister, a friend, most importantly, I am a Son Of God.

    

Love the Unloveable.

Jesus says Love one another, John 15:12, 1 John 3:11, says that we have heard this message from the beginning that we are to love one another.  In John 13:34, Jesus gives us a new commandment that we are to love one another, and their are other verses that tell us that we are to love one another.  We see that Jesus loves the unloveable, He loved the thief on the cross, by saying to him, today you will be with me in Paradise.  He loved the unloveable so much, that He even went up and spoke to the samaritan woman.  Now back in those days, and maybe even in todays day, men and woman did not speak to each other out in public, the man walked in front while the woman was behind him.

The Jews and Samaritans, was two people that did not love each other, they did not hang out, did they not associate with each other.  So when Jesus went up to the woman at the well in John 4, that was something that more than likely was never seen or done in that region of the world.  What makes it even more interesting is that this woman was an outcast, she had previously been married, 5 times, and the man that she was with was not her husband.  Because of this, a few verses down this woman goes and tells others about Jesus, and many came and believed because of what had happened at that well.

The church is not a building, the church are people, that believe in Christ, today we need to love the unloveable, to love the outcasts, to love the prostitutes, the drug dealers, the porn addicts, those that go against the word of God, we may not agree with everything that they do, or say but we are also sinners who have fallen and will fall.  Another words we need love and forgiveness as much as the next person, and we need to show love to others as well.  Let us love one another does not just limit us to those that are the church, but to love the unloveable.  Let us Love one another as Christ has loved us.

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Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings

As I was finishing up my prayer time tonight, I heard this phrase do not despise the day of small beginnings, and I looked it up, and you can find this phrase in Zechariah 4:10.  What Zechariah is talking about here is the rebuilding of the temple project, and how some people had a negative, attitude about having to do it.  Regardless of what others thought, God wanted to rebuild the temple, and was going to continue it, and finish it.  He wanted Zerubbable to finish the building of the temple.  Could it have been that those that were not happy with this building project because of the small group of people that they had helping them.  Could it be that they forgot that it usually is the small remnant of people that God uses.

I remember when I started this ministry is 2007, and I started calling churches, and trying to get pastor’s to have me to come in, and speak, and give my testimony.  The first year I had about maybe ten opportunities to speak.  The second year came around, and it probably wasn’t much more than that1002327_606182932747573_1441248713_n probably fifteen, and the year after that maybe a few more, lets say twenty.  Four Years later, I have had close to thirty, and next year, God has opened up six doors for the ministry, and pastor’s already have told me that they would have me, call them in November.

My Point being, thankfully I didn’t despise the day of small beginnings that God had for me, I didn’t give up, I didn’t say well this isn’t going to work out.  This must not be what God has for me, He only allowed me to speak ten times this year.  I moved forward, I continued to make the phone calls, some pastors probably have me on caller ID, and they know when I call, and say oh no, Dorsey’s calling again.  You know what, regardless of what happens, God is going to make a way, where their seems to be know way.

What is it that your doing, or wanting to do in your life, especially that calling that God has placed on your heart.  Maybe it’s a ministry in a church, maybe it’s a bible study at work, school, college, a home group, and for the first few weeks people don’t come out, their’s only a few people.  You start to wonder, will this work out, did I make a mistake in starting this ministry.  God sent his son, to this earth, thirty three years later he chose twelve disciples, twelve ordinary men, and they changed the world.