Dogs according to GOD

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For all you dog lovers… I prefer cats, but dogs are cool too. I personally have nothing against dogs.

But you have to admit, a dog is a pretty lowly creature. A cat can keep itself clean, doesn’t need to be walked, doesn’t drool or lick you incessantly(in most cases)….but nevertheless, I digress.

Recently, after revisiting a poem i wrote about “dogs” ( which you’ll have a chance to read shortly), I examined my motivations behind writing such deliberately harsh verses. After doing a quick search at blueletterbible.org…I realized that God often refers to dogs harshly as well, and when He’s refering to dogs He’s often metaphorically speaking of the sinner….namely, US.

Here are just a few examples:

They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain. Isaiah 56:11

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:6

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Matthew 15:26

And so I came to the conclusion that the following poem was once written in response to the memory of my doggish days.

Here it go.

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We were once doggish.
feasting on fodder in a low, dark place.
Let us focalize our lives of old!
And scream madly for furtherance apart from it!
We were a feral people, in a sad wild state,
roaming and muddy.
Our mouths…feculant.
Our bodies…shamelessly defiled.
The tongue, a whip for the flay of  human souls!
we, the dead.
we, the ash of the air.
we, a stench of  hatred, with a thickness of despair.
Laden with a load, we did not sit, nor stand, nor walk.
Our souls still, heavy with the paste of sin.
The muck of it. The disaster. Weighed down in
greasy, disgusting matter.
But lo, I recall these moments as in history!
For we were once as doggish beasts.
Our lives of old were lives of the caked crusts of hell.
Less than all things, no light, no rescue.
How then are we here?
In us there was no hardiness.
No correctness in the least, nor the greatest.
Recall yet,
How fluxuous the world can be!
While our doggish form still reigned in us,
master over our frames…
there has always been One with whom all rested.
And He poured over us a mixture
too delightful to comprehend!
Human foible has often tried to describe…
the Truth for all has been unveiled to all!
The fragrance of Life is harmonic with us now!
Blessed are we, His children.
Kneeling on the hassock before Him,
we cry Abba, Father!
Because now that fearsome dark has been overcome!
Our doggish drooling, turned to prudent pleading, passion for purity.
Hope is in.
We, the living!
We, the loved!
We, redeemed, and abiding in the aroma of Life.
Henceforth, let us recall our dog days as past.
For we are sheltered by Him, Our Master.
And never alone.

It’s impossible for a dog to be transformed into a man. Just as it is impossible for an innately sinful human to be righteous.  Jesus Christ made this transformation possible when He gave His life for us. To me this means I don’t have to run around acting like a dog anymore. I can walk and live like I was always meant to. I urge you to dive into the scriptures and seek to understand for yourself what this means for you.  With that, my prayer is that we would humbly allow Jesus Christ to reign in our hearts as Master over us. Remember, He paid the price for all our sins when He died on the cross!  Perhaps some might turn away from sin and chase after Him. God Bless!

“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Matthew 15:27

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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors” Luke 4:18NLT

Doug Gross recently authored a piece for CNN tech titled  “In the tech world, porn quietly leads the way”.  Honestly, after reading the article I was afraid. I was afraid to speak out against something so pervasive and because I know what it is like to be deeply captivated by pornographic material. But the above verses stood out to me and helped me to know that the battle is the Lord’s.  And  Just like Luke records from the scroll of Isaiah…“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” . I trust Him for the ability to shed even a glimmer of light on the darkness of pornography.

First if you haven’t already done so, please check out the original article. I say this because it’s a very informative read and because it’s necessary background info in many of today’s ministries.

With that said, I also need to mention that I am not at all technologically savvy. Please pardon me.  This is what played a part in my struggle to express God’s heart on this matter.  Even so, I am excited and encouraged to be sharing what I DO know…and that’s the Good News.

To sum it up, the CNN article highlights the Porn industries capitalization on today’s most recent technologies, with the ipad being the number one hit. Mr. Gross goes into detail about how porn tycoons had the ipad scoped out long before its April release. They knew just where to tighten their hold and sustain their influence.

Gross highlights that the ipad is the newest canvas for the porn industries colorful pallet of human degradation.  He claims that not only have they infiltrated the ipad, but they’ve done the same in  past years with the VCR, AOL, the basic cell phone …you name it.

Basically, “iporn” is an old hat, ceremoniously being passed from generation to generation. In fact, according to Gross, Their motto is “ Don’t ask, Don’t tell, Do sell!”

Steve Job with ipad

At first I was really unnerved. But I’m aware now that this is nothing new. It’s common knowledge that large populations of people (men, women, and sadly even children) are hooked on porn. I gather that Mr. Gross’s article said nothing to the effect of “THIS IS WRONG!” and I even recognize that perhaps the chances of real public reform in this area are slim. This could certainly be very discouraging…

Except there’s Good News!: (good is an understament.)

THIS IS THE GOSPEL!

Jesus Christ came to set the Captives Free!

but there’s bad news too…These captives are on DEATH ROW.

The bible teaches us that we are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6NLT

Porn is yet another outward expression of man’s sinful nature. We are all naturally sinful. But Christ stepped into our naturally sinful humanity, and being Himself sinless He took upon Himself the punishment for our sins. He died, so that we could live.

But check this!!!!!  His death alone would only pardon us for so long…because sin is innate! So He came back to life, so that sin and death would never be able to hold us captive again.  Now, when we place our faith in Christ and His work on the cross, we have access to eternal life with God. Can you see why this is such Good News?

It’s obvious that Porn is deeply imbedded in our culture. It has kidnapped our children, abused our mothers, and corrupted our dads. Ultimately, It has broken our hearts.  But ALL praise and Honor belong to the ONE who loved us while we were YET sinners! God sent His only Son, to die on the Cross for You and me. While iporn puts you in CHAINS, He lives to set you FREE. And to reconcile mr. Gross’s article I say,  Let Christ Lead, He is the Way!

All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. Isaiah 53:6NLT

if we’ve ever needed You…

May 6, 2010 was our Country’s national day of Prayer. regardless of recent criticism, prayer was lifted up to the God of the Holy Bible all across the country. And truly, if we’ve ever needed to pray it’s now. If we’ve ever needed Jesus Christ, it’s now.

Video- if we\’ve ever need You-Casting Crowns

I was blessed to have gathered with many prayerful saints in the sanctuary at Good Hope…( I may have seen you there too!) and at that time, many humble, sincere, and heartfelt prayers were lifted up to the Lord for a number of causes, including education, the military, and families.

I urge you saints, to be in prayer for our leaders, ministries, family, and friends….because God’s word says to pray without ceasing. We need to willingly and lovingly obey that commission.

Pastor Cofield highlighted that we need to pray for others, and not to pray selfishly. This is very simple, and wise advice. Find out the needs of others, and pray. If you are like me, your prayer life is lacking in some areas. But by the Holy Spirit’s power, we can engage in purposeful conversation with The Lord. This is not only for our own gain, but for the good of others. All while never forgetting that simply drawing nearer to Christ is tantamount to representing Him in this life.

It’s time for us to take it to the next level. So brother…sister…How can i pray for you today?