I Know What I Know

 

i want to know moreI find it hard sometimes to articulate my faith in God. My journey is personal and subjective. I have experienced things with the Lord that is hard to explain. This faith that I have in the Lord is not meant for me to just keep it to myself. It is good news for the whole world. Jesus came to seek and save all mankind. His mission was to make a way to restore our relationship with God. He did that and more. He gave us an amazing gift to help us in this journey. The Holy Spirit gives great wisdom and insight.  The Holy Spirit provides great strength to manage suffering and hardship. The Holy Spirit is a Presence that is hard to explain. I feel incredible peace in my soul with the very Spirit of God dwelling in me. It is His Promised Comforter to me and I know He’s here. These are things that I know and I’ve experienced. I have a hard time explaining, describing or teaching these things I know. John speaks to how I know Him by following His instructions – living out my faith. Check this out…

This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commands. The one who says, “I have come to know him,” and yet doesn’t keep his commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, truly in him the love of God is made complete. This is how we know we are in him: The one who says he remains in him should walk just as he walked. (1 John 2:3-6 CSB)

“This I Know” – Crowder

I try to start every day acknowledging the blessings from the Lord and thanking Him. I want to hear from Him in His Word each day. I’m certainly not trying to “earn” my salvation. I do want to walk out my salvation with Him each day. I want to walk just as He walked. I want to love as He loved. I want to serve as He served.

I wish I could explain more clearly how I know what I know. It is not super complicated – it’s simple, but sometimes hard. It’s not always easy to walk in His way when it seems like very few people are walking this path. I know that this is where He called me to walk. He has changed my life forever. I’m honored to walk in His way. I’m honored to serve Him. I’m honored to be called a Christian or Christ follower.  I am still very much a “work in progress”, but I know things that are simply not negotiable with my journey in Him.  I want the activities of my day to day to be “in step” with His call upon my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Gospel – Story of God

 

Grace AND TruthI remember hearing about Jesus when I was a very young kid. As I grew, my parents lived out their faith in God. I went to church every Sunday (we had morning and evening services). We also had Wednesday night Bible Study. I also observed my Grandmother (Mammie) read her Bible every day. She was faithful in seeking the Lord.
I remember hearing a lot of rules – some do’s and don’ts from the church teaching. My parents echoed the teaching and it helped keep me scared of going to hell, so I complied. I see things a bit different now that I’ve been studying the Word on my own and listening to what the Lord must say to me. Paul met Jesus face to face authenticating His preaching. Check this out…

11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. 12 For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12 CSB)

I didn’t hear a lot about Grace being part of the gospel when I was growing up. As I study the Word today – it’s not only part of the gospel – it’s the essence of the gospel. I’m reminded by grace that I could never do enough to be worth saving. I could never go to church enough. The Lord is about a personal journey rather than a church journey. I’m not sure just how strong someone is who never fellowships with others are sits under the teaching of the Word. I remember hearing the late Keith Green say that, “going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger.”

The Gospel is Jesus Christ living in me and through me to show others His Amazing Love and Grace. There is nothing I could do to save myself. He is Mighty to Save and the ONLY One Who can save me.  The Gospel has Power.

I’m simply going to live the rest of my life letting Christ be in charge. I’ve surrendered my life to His Will and His Way. With that surrender comes incredible FREEDOM to live for Him. I “get” to go to church – I don’t “have” to go. I enjoy the fellowship of other Christ followers who are simply trying to live for Him.  In a nutshell: The Gospel is GRACE & TRUTH!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Name

 

Name tag blank stickers.I remember as a kid not really liking my name. I wanted to be a Mike, Dave, Bob or something easy – instead I was Dwayne. Then there was my last name – I was Hicks from the sticks! I’ve since recovered from all that teasing and as I’ve gotten older, I see that other people can have unique names as well.

I looked up my name and it’s meaning and it gave me a chuckle. It’s like reading a horoscope or something that predicts who I am based on my name. I don’t think I ever gave much thought to what my name means before. I even checked the meaning of my name on Wikipedia.

I was trying to think back to when my children were born and we named them. We didn’t have the Internet to look up what someone thought the name meant. I remember thinking how precious the little ones were. I remember the awesome responsibility that I felt as a Dad, but I don’t remember all the thought processes behind the names given to my kids.

This morning I started reading through 1 Chronicles. It is pretty tough reading in chapter one because it’s all genealogy. It was kind of cool seeing where the names of some of these great men in history fit in the context of their family. The genealogy started back with Adam. I came across a couple of names where the explanation was given. It was a bit funny, but did get me thinking about the rest of the names and even my name. Check this out…

19 Two sons were born to Eber:

One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan. (1 Chronicles 1:19 NIV)

I’m pretty sure that people who know me don’t care much about what the derivative of my name is. Most people care if I’m honest, trustworthy and kind. I’ve met people with the weirdest names and wondered what their parents were thinking when they named their kid.

I sure hope when people hear my name that they will seek to get to know me – who I am and what I value. I was reminded of the value of a good name. Check this out…

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1 NIV)

I want people I meet to know the man behind the name. I want to be known for kindness, understanding, patience and love. I want people to know that I wear the name of Christian and it has deep meaning to me. I would rather be known as a follower of Jesus Christ than a good husband, Dad, REALTOR or a good friend. If I allow Christ to live through me, it will show up in every facet of who I am.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Name Importance

Name tag blank stickers.I’m pretty sure that everyone I know has a name. Their name means something to them. I’m not sure what my parents were thinking when they named me. I looked up my name this morning and found about as many meanings to my name as there are spellings. According to the urbandictionary.com (which is not a source I frequently check!) my name really is important….”Dwayne is a rare name to come across but people named Dwayne are very intelligent and excellent people, borderline gods.” This made me laugh because I read on other sights how intelligent and amazing I must be since I have the name Dwayne.

The Lord was renaming His people after He rescued them. He was establishing a new order and therefore a new name. I was reminded of the importance of my name. Check this out….

2 The nations will see your vindication,
    and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
    that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
    a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
    or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
    and your land Beulah;
for the Lord will take delight in you,
    and your land will be married.
5 As a young man marries a young woman,
    so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
    so will your God rejoice over you.
12 They will be called the Holy People,
    the Redeemed of the Lord;
and you will be called Sought After,
    the City No Longer Deserted. (Isaiah 61:2-5,12 NIV)

 

I wear the name Christian because my heart belongs to the Lord. He made a way for me to have a new name, a new life and a new destination! I don’t have to wear that name, I get the privilege to wear His name. My new name reflects Whose I am and who I am. I am the “Redeemed of the Lord”. I am “Sought After” by Him. He dwells in me and His Presence in me changed everything – including my name. I’m no longer just Dwayne – I’m The Lord’s kid. I’m excited to wear my new name for the rest of my days here on earth!

Pressing On!
Dwayne