NUGGETS OF TRUTH
…a place to stop and ponder by Victor Z.

Jun
18

“Yup! He did hit me!,” were my thoughts, as I began pulling over to the shoulder on the 405, which, if you do not know, is the busiest freeway in the U.S. I was just getting on, there was traffic for miles, and I see this car coming aggressiveliy closer to me. I’m thinking, “I can’t believe he is trying to pass me with so much traffic,” and then wham!-he rear ends me. It wasn’t a strong hit, but enough to cause both of us to pull over. Finally I have a chance to vent to a driver for the way these “maniac” drivers behave on the roads in L.A. I’m thinking, “I”m gonna get something out of this.” So, we survey the damage-nothing really, and he hesitatingly gives me his insurance info. He’s an older gentleman, and a bit slurred in his speech I notice. I have a fleeting thought to just forget about the whole thing, since there was really no damage, and I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle of insurance companies. But I decided to proceed. Then he apologizes and says he was a little out of it because of the news he just got form the hospital. I inquire of his news, when he tells me that he has to get surgery on both his knees. Immediatley my heart went out to the man, and my hopes of cashing in on this “fender bender” are smashed. Now I decide, and for the right reasons, to forgive him. I said to him, “Sir, why don’t we foget about the insurance, and you just promise to come with me to church on Sunday and believe God to heal your knees!” The man almost begins crying, and gives me a hug right there on the shouder of the 405. People must’ve have thought we were so strange. Who gets into an accident and then hugs the person they just crashed into! But that is the power of love! He asked me which church I go to, and he almost flipped when I told him. He said he has some friends that go to that church. I asked him if he were saved, and he said yes, although latley he didn’t feel like it. I gave him my number and told him to call me. I cetainly hope he does. All I know is that God gave me a chance to show compassion and love to a stranger. Afterall, isn’t that what He did for us? Pray that God gives you opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life. That you get the opportunity to get someone saved. I promise, you’ll be on cloud 9. It’s the best feeling to reach out to somone when it is completely within your power to do so. You know those Allstate commercials about accident fogiveness? Well this was truly accident forgiveness.

Jun
11

Sometirmes as Christians, we look to be caudled. Instead of just kicking ourselves into shape, spiritually, we make excuses. If we truly have the Spirit of Jesus lving in us, then we should be fighting to get sin out and keep it out. This is a truth I have always known but, still made room for my flesh. What do I mean? Well, instead of acting in accordance with the Word of God regarding sin in my life, I instead would debate and battle in my mind the truth versus my desire. In the book of Romans it says that if we live according to the flesh, then we have a mind always set on sinful desires. But if our actions are in accordance with the Spirit of God, then our minds are fixed on what the Spirit of God wants. Yet, as believers, we oftentimes forget this scripture, get ourselves into trouble, and then wonder why we face such difficult battles. When we recognize that to truly be free means living according to God’s Word, no “ifs ands or buts”, then we will see the power of His Spirit in our lives. The main questions to ask are, “Do I really want to be free?”, and, “Do I truly want to follow the Lord?” You will be amazed what you discover about yourself when you ask these questions sincerely. I always thought my answer was yes, but for years I knew that I was proving to the Lord through my choices/actions, the opposite-that I didn’t really want to be free. I had developed a place that I could escape to whenever I felt alone, depressed or dejected-all playing grounds for the devil to mess with me and you. I would fail, ask God to forgive me, feel great for a few weeks, and then crash and burn again. I thought it was because I was “struggling”-that I was facing addiction. But when the Word of God truly got ahold of me, I knew I had to come clean and let the filth and junk in my life go. I knew I couldn’t get around the Word of God when it talks about fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. I couldn’t deny it anymore. I was either going to fess up, and get right with the Lord, and really do this thing called “Christianinty”, or I was going to continue to play the deadly game I was playing with my soul. And that’s what it truly comes down to-our souls. The real fight, the real battle, is for our souls. I didn’t want to help the devil anymore. It really doesn’t matter what the fight is-what matters is that we are not focusing on the problem and trying to analyze it but, eradicating it/them from our lives through the power of God’s Word and Spirit. Some believers will say that they have tried to get free through prayer and reading the Word but it didn’t work. What an affront to the power of God. How dare we put on this facade that we are good Christians, truly seeking help with our sinful ways while we continue in our ways. If we are really seeking freedom form our struggles, we have to want to be free. I don’t think I ever walked into a pet store until I got a dog. Why? Because I had no need. I didn’t have a dog or a pet. It’s the same when it comes to total freedom in Christ. When we realize our need to be free, Jesus is there to do the work. He is the One Who will set us free. But the conditioning factor is our desire to be free. So in essence, Christians who are living a life full of struggles with sin, are carnal and babes in Christ. Dead people don’t struggle. If we die to our desires for the flesh, then there will be no desires to fulfill, and thus, no struggle. Let the Holy Spirit in to truly set you free. If we are going to do this thing called Christianinty, then do it right! Get free in Jesus’ name!

Jun
10

There I stood, before the judge, fully expecting for my charges to be dropped. And to my surprise, I was found guilty, though I pleaded “not-guilty”. Back in January an officer pulled me over and gave me a “fix-it” ticket, which means exactly as it reads. I had been driving with an expired registration, and I was completely confident in the matter because it wasn’t my fault. You see, the dealership my wife and I had purchased the car from had closed down, only at the time I didn’t know. I did know that the dealership was taking it’s sweet time in sending us the papers though. And as soon as I got my ticket, I went straight to the dealership to “let them have it”, only they had since a week earlier, closed down. What? I had just spoken to someone over the phone exactly one week earlier! At this point I was lost. I didn’t know what to do. So I called our lenders and immediately wen to the DMV to figure this all out. Needless to say, it has been an ordeal, as the lender has been trying to reconstruct the vehicle title. I since then got temporary permits to drive the car, but that wasn’t good enough for the court; and this is where the shock punches. Had I submitted to the court the registration, thus showing I had “fixed” the situation, all charges would have been dropped. But because I still didn’t have the title, the charges reamin, and I am left to really pray I get what I need before I have to show up in court again next week. When I heard the judge say that, even though he understood the situation, I was still driving without a registration, it hit me like a ton of bricks. But I was right! How was this my fault? The dealership closed down! I want my justice! Nope. Insted, the truth of the judge’s words stuck in my head. I was guilty as charged, because no matter the reason, the law says I cannot drive a car without a registration. Wow! As I walked out of the courtroom, I believed I was right in my own eyes up until I met the judge. Isn’t this true for many of us in relation to the Jugde of all mankind-the Lord of the universe! I couldn’t help to think how many people are living their lives, doing right in their own eyes, but when they come face to face with the Jugde of the world, it will be a whole other story. Many will be shocked and dumbfounded when they realize that they had the law and guidleines of God’s Word, but still thought they were doing right. It is only when we measure our lives by a higher standard do we see where we need to change. Let’s not be caught living in way that we think we are “right” in our own eyes but not in the eyes of the Jugde of all creation.

Jun
10

It is sad that the church is the last place for people with same sex desires to run too-but of course, that is the church’s fault. Apparently we don’t know how to really deal with this topic other than to call it what it is-sin. And sin it is, but I believe it is a complex matter. And that’s because it affects the very identity of men and women. My heart especailly goes out to Christian men and young boys who, because of certain thoughts they may have or had, think or believe they must be gay, that there is no way out. See, my question to them is, “Why do you believe you are gay?” If they say because they have thoughts or desires, I would ask them like what kind of thoughts specifically. Thoughts are thoughts, and they will always come and go. It’s the ones we capture and dwell on that can create trouble. If I have a thought to harm someone because I got really mad, that’s a thought and even a temptation, does this mean I should consider that I might be a murderer? No! Because I know that because of sin, I am capable, without Christ, of being anything-the worst sinner. But through CHOICE, I am not. Decisions define us by character. So, if a young man has a homosexual thought, that does not mean he is gay. It means he has eyes and can tell when someone is good looking. If he has sexual thoughts, who hasn’t? We have all had sexual thoughts, it doesn’t matter what kind. But if we grab hold of any of them, trouble starts. And confusion comes in, because lust has now entered the picture. In other words, it doesn’t really matter what kind of thoughts a person may have, what matters is whether or not that person dwells on any of them. Simply put, all sexual thoughts that a person dwells upon are lustful in nature-apart from sexual thoughts towards your spouse. So believers who have homosexual  thoughts are really just believers who haven’t brought their flesh under the control of the Holy Spirit. I guarantee, that the good work that He begins in us will be completed. This is not an issue of God not delivering, it’s a matter of the heart-God is always ready to deliever us. When a believer realizes that they have opened a door, they will see that they have been responsible for a lot. When I stopped making excuses for my lonliness and realized that I had tucked away in my heart a place I could always go to whenever I wanted, that’s when my freedom started. When I stopped with the porn, amazingly, alot of bad thoughts and desires quit; because there was no more fuel for the fire. We do it to ourselves. No one person can say that thier “desires” just started…something triggered them. And in order to figure that out, that person needs to do some soul searching and let the Holy Spirit in to do His good work.

Jun
09

I find it so sad that we can read an article about some celeb, like Adam Lambert of AI (American Idol), coming out to the world that he is gay, and say, well that’s no shocker. It should be! This age we’re living in says to people that if you aren’t one particular way, don’t worry, there’s a place for you-it’s called Gayville. Yup! A place where you can be true to you and not try to pretend anymore. Bull! After reading the news flash that Adam Lambert has come out to the world, I immediately had to say something, write something. He says that he didn’t fit in with all the other boys. So? So because you didn’t fit in with them you just grow up to sleep with them? I know what it’s like to be teased and harassed and called gay-something I never was. But, by the power of prayer and God’s Spirit, I was freed form that lie-that since I was different I must be gay. No! No you are not! And No I was not/am not! Our world has made it way too easy to throw in the towel. Adam and hosts of other “gayturners” feel like they are at peace, because the world has made a place for them. Now they aren’t afraid to say what they are feeling becasue they know there is a community of “gayvillagers” out there who will accept them, and take them in. But let me be the one to say NO! No, to the lie that there will be peace in your life once you “come out”. It’s a lie and a trap. It only feels right because your flesh is getting what it wants. Granted, Adam is not a born again Christian, but he has still fallen prey to the lie of this age. Because he didn’t feel like he was “one of the boys” he figured he must be gay. What a lie. Why can’t we accept that there are different types of males out there? Why does it mean that they must be gay? It’s our need as society to try and categorize something or someone we can’t figure out. It’s called CONFUSION of the sexes! . The devil has been suceeding at emasculating men-stripping them of their God given gift of being male. Too often people have felt that they don’t have a say in the matter and without Jesus they don’t. You see, when Jesus comes into a persons life, He gives them the ability to do something they couldn’t before-choose life over death. Remember, if it weren’t for the cross of Christ, no one would ever have a chance to even choose life. We would all be destined to hell. So for those of you who think you don’t have a choice in being gay…you’re right! Because as long as you don’t know Jesus Christ, the Redeeemer, you will never be able to know whether you are or are not gay. Only when the Lord of Heaven heals your heart and masculinity, like He has mine, will you then have the choice. You see, for the longest time my question was am I or am I not gay, according to the world’s standards. But once the Lord showed me who I am in Him, then the question became will I, will I not be. Only then did I have a real choice. So for everyone who is “struggling” God has created us male and female. He did not make a man to be a woman and take on the role of loving another man sexually as a woman; that’s their role. I feel you my brothers and sisters but, there is a God who can save, deliver and heal you of this confusion. Don’t buy into the lie. God bless

Jun
09

In Isaiah 65:12b it says, “…You deliberately sinned-before my very eyes-and chose to do what you know I despise.” Wow! I read this verse and think, “How could theses people blatantly sin in front of God!” And yet, how often have I chosen to deliberately excuse away a decision or some thought or deed when I knew it was against God’s desires? So I can’t point the finger at anyone but myself when I read this verse. Yet, there is something deeper to consider here-intimacy. When you truly love someone, don’t you strive to please them? Don’t you do your best not to do the very things that you know they despise? Only if there is no relationship with that person do you not care about doing what they hate; relationship is the key. When there is a personal and intimate relationship with someone, you will not be reckless and careless in your actions. This verse clearly reveals the deeper heart and desire of God to have an unbroken fellowship with His people and yet, they would have none of it. Where do we stand in our relationship with the Lord today? Are we loving Him and showing Him that we will not walk in direct opposition to His desires? Or will we show our carelessness and keep doing what we want. May we draw closer to Him, so He will draw closer to us, and learn to please the heart of our Father.

Jun
09

Hello,

To all out there! I am so excited to have started this blog. I will be posting “nuggets of truth” as often as I can on this blog. My goal is to share something everyday on a wide range of topics. My heart is to share my thoughts as God speaks to me while reading His Word…and life as uniquely experienced through me.