Joining the Rebellion

I’ve been wanting to write this for some time but kept postponing it, but today is quite significant so I decided it is time. Plus after weeks of praying on the subject, another author and pastor I’ve been following recently posted something very similar and I learned much from his point of view and it confirmed the things that were already in my heart. 

May the fourth be with you; to those who aren’t fans, it’s Star Wars day. If you havent seen the movie and hate spoilers, stop now and read this after you have corrected your errors and seen the movie. (the original three. the later 3 movies never happened)


Quick overview,
The Force is a fictional binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the Star Wars universe.
The “dark side” feeds off emotions such as anger, jealousy, fear, lust and hate; the series’ villains, the Sith, embrace the dark side in order to seize power.
The Jedi’s compassionate and selfless use of the Force, aligned with honesty, compassion, mercy and self-sacrifice has come to be known as the “light side”

For years I’ve been watching Star Wars and it always thrilled me. Rooting for the good guys and seeing them win. Only in recent years though, that I started seeing a parallel of the Star Wars universe as a good analogy for the Christian Life.
I used to rebel against my parent for turning their life to God, rebel against authority and I hated the world. After surrendering my all to Jesus, I still am a rebel; a rebel with a cause. I pride myself, or I’d like to think myself as being unconventional, and this is from the music I listen to, the movies I watch, my different hobbies, and the ways I express my faith. If I won’t fight for my faith, who will?. 

See, it’s easy to give in to anger, to hate and to not have a care in this world. To think “I’m right” and do whatever I want to please myself, to get ahea id in life in any means and not deal with the consequences of other people.

Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

God wants the best for us and we hold to His promises, that is why we as Christians rebel against what the world thinks of as “normal”

According to the laws of the US government, I am legally allowed to get drunk, smoke cigarettes, buy pornography, gamble, go to strip clubs, buy marijuana (in some states), get a tattoo without parent consent, and even visit a brothel in Nevada.

Although I am legally allowed to do all of these things, I have chosen to rebel against what society would call normal, and instead follow the guidance of Christ. This isn’t to say that someone who has a glass of wine, has a problem with nicotine, gets tattoos, or even plays poker with their friends should be condemned. In fact, I will be honest enough to admit I have tattoos, plan on getting more, and occasionally like to have a glass of wine with my wife during dinner. What I’m saying is that Jesus called us to rebel against the customs of the world in order to reflect an image that opposes it. We’re called to do things that reflect the persona of Christ to HIS glory, and not the customs of the world around us. ~ Jarrid Wilson

Do you know what makes Darth Vader the hero of this story? At the end, our main villain rejoins the “light-side” of the force, rebels against his master, The Emperor, eventually destroying him to protect his son. 

Rebellion in obedience to God’s word. It’s certainly not easy when the rest of the world thinks a certain way and expects you to conform to it’s ways. To even rebel against our own sinful nature takes wisdom and courage but we are called to be Christ like and to live differently from the world.

Romans 7:18 - 25 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

May the Lord be with you!

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made another quickly before bed.

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made another quickly before bed.

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Dirt Poster is a Design and Graphic-Design work made by Roland Reiner Tiangco, a new graduate of a Design School, living in New York. While handling the poster, your hands starts to get dirty, and this dirt allows you to see what’s the poster is all about. Check out also the artist’s Website.

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1st December, how you’ve changed (Part 2)

So here is part two of how significant this 1st of December was, there was two parts of how great yesterday was which you can read on this blog as well. 

Just a recap, we were having Freedom Extension yesterday and only my other girlfriend showed up. Instead of watching the new series from Freedom Church as planned, I felt the Lord prompting me to change things up and watch the Eve and Adam preach from Newspring Church; and just as I thought that, my friend suggested it at the same time. amazing.
http://newspring.cc/series/eveandadam/two-lies-that-women-believe-part-2/ 

So we were watching this halfway, another friend walks in. He joins us, and yes, there was some disagreement with how men and women think, occasional banter, it was all good fun. By the end of it we were just talking about different churches and the ones we attended to in the past and then the conversation led to our “Helping the Homeless Project”, since September, we have been partnering with another ministry to help and feed the homeless. He was speaking to other church members and they mentioned how some churches are not really in support of helping the less fortunate/homeless and how their attitude towards a certain denomination was rude and distasteful. 
I was just talking about that to the cab driver I was with earlier! He’s catholic and he thinks that there are just different styles of worship.

Friends who mean well have been questioning me on starting Freedom Extension. His take on it was “that was then, life in England, you are here now”. I am attending another church, I would always consider Christ Methodist Church home as people started planting seeds in me and that was my anchor in time of need. But I have a calling to reach out to those who are searching for God but would rather not step into church. Well, God is bigger than a building and he doesnt have to be and cannot be contained; we are breaking stereotypes and notions of church. But hey, if someone I know would respond or rather go to CMC, I am not going to deny them that, this is all for/about His Kingdom. And the attitude of here, then and now I will not carry with me; if the original 12 disciples had that attitude, all ministry would have been gone once Jesus was not with them. Whatever “denomination” you belong to, we are Christ followers here and Jesus and the church is relevant to our time. 

This friend of mine….when he gets serious, you know his heart is burdened and he suggested we pray for the other churches we are/were apart of. 
I felt so honored to be part of this small group of just three of us; amongst such compassionate heroes. Our backgrounds completely different, all brought up in different churches and countries, watching a preach from a totally different church; yet now, here we are, knowing that the common goal was to build the Kingdom of God. We are going to change the world. 
Romans 12:5 comes to life “so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another”.

1st December, how you’ve changed (Part 1)

So…I was thinking back to where I was last year on this exact date (well, yesterday) and how much things have changed; how I have changed. There are two parts to how significant this 1st of December has been. 

I warn you first, this first part will be a little bit girlie but I feel in my heart necessary to write this; in hopes that YOU who are reading this may be encouraged and hold out for the Lord’s best as well. 

SO, here we go. Last year I was away from home and have not recommitted my life to Christ. I went to church but that was about it, a Sunday “Christian” and I let compromise and desperation make my decisions for me. Basically, (here’s the perpetual highschooler in me coming out) I fancied one of my coursemate for some time now and have been going on and on about said person. So, one of my girlfriends dared me to tell him how I feel. (this sounds so terrible, i know) Confession deadline was…yep, 1st of December. 

"and well, if you cant say it at Christmas, when can you eh?" - Love Actually
And I did, cant believe I did. I was loosing sleep over this person. I hated myself for feeling that way, for letting it control me. In the past, I had been stronger, walking away from the person who everyone thought was so perfect for me because he wasnt friends with Jesus. Last year, I did wish I was in that mindset where I could put my trust in God that, if he IS the one for me, God will bring us back; but I took matters into my own hands and this guy didnt even believe in God. (for shameeee T.T)

Now fast forward to today, my dressing, speech, interaction with the opposite sex is intentional for His glory. Yesterday we had Freedom Extension and only another girlfriend showed up and there was a prompting in me to change things up for today and so, instead of starting on the new Freedom series as planned, we viewed one fo Newspring’s sermon, the Eve and Adam series about Lies women believe. And I encourage you (male/female) to watch it. (random fact, this sermon was posted on my birthday, coincidence? I think not. wheyyy!)
http://newspring.cc/series/eveandadam/two-lies-that-women-believe-part-2/ 

A lie women believe? We are not worth the pursuit. I question myself time and again why I’m not good enough? why doesnt anyone want me? why am I the only one left single? It’s not about Finding the right one, it’s about you Becoming the right one. Right now, God is preparing me for something greater and I could do more for Him single. My focus is on my first love Jesus, and no boy is going to take that away from me. 

Where is your focus? Done or experienced terrible things in the past? Thats okay, we have Jesus who will/has washed that away with his blood. Let me remind you of the 10 dollar note analogy, even as it is crumpled, stepped on, torn, that $10 note is still a 10 dollar note, it’s value stays the same. Tell yourself, I AM WORTH THE PURSUIT, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM OF VALUE. 

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