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Volume 1 째 Issue 1 째 Number 1

Julius Cannon This first addition of ParakletosDigital shares two stories from my personal life. The stories are written to encourage, you the reader, to avoid the same traps that I fell into.

Parakletos Christian Ministries, Inc.

August 2012


Be Strong in the Lord and In the Power of His Might Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of HIS might. Ephesians 6:10 In today’s world it is often easy for us to put our trust and confidence in ourselves. After all, who else can we trust other than ourselves? We are with ourselves 24/7/365 and no one else knows us as good as we know ourselves. I used to be a person like that. When I wanted something done I would look to myself for the solution and in most cases I could solve my own problems. I once told my wife, while walking on one of the streets in our city, that, “it is easier to trust this road (that I can see) than to trust God (whom I cannot see).” The statement was not as cynical as it sounded. I had a basic trust in God but there were plenty of times where I doubted. This was especially true when I faced those long and dark roads where there appeared to be no answer - anywhere. So, I would do what I always do. I would look inwardly for the answers. By inwardly, I don’t necessarily mean that I turned to God – although I told myself that I was. I mean that I looked to Julius for the answer to my problems and in most cases I would find a solution or just simply dismiss the problem – hoping that it would simply go away. I am 58 years old and I have done this for most of my life. However, that had to change. God doesn’t compete with anyone to be our God – that includes “me, myself, and I.” I have run into a problem and for the first time and I have to admit that I do not have an answer. Let me explain. We are living in a bad economy. I heard the other day that for every person who finds a job there are 74 people who lose theirs. I am one of the 74. After three months of looking for a job I have come to realize that if I am to avoid losing everything then I must turn to God and trust Him for the solution. You see, it’s almost as if God is saying, “I am tired of you trying to solve your problems without me. Julius, you must realize that I alone AM your Source and you must trust me now.” This is where I have to turn to His might. At 58 years old, with a master’s degree (and working on a doctorate), and after losing a pretty good paying job – no one wants to hire me. I call it my “three strikes and I’m out scenario. Ironically, I have learned to thank God for my present condition. It is in this condition that I have come to realize that He is with me and that He has never left me. It is in this condition that I am finally learning to have trust in God and trust Him for everything. I can no longer afford to be strong in myself – I must be strong in Him and I must trust HIS might. Why am I writing this? The answer is simple; I want others to avoid the same mistake I made. I want others to put their trust in Him before it is too late. He alone can carry you through. He alone can help you. He alone is faithful. Put your faith in His might and He will not let you down.

ParakletosDigital volume 1, Issue 1, No 1

©Copyright 2012, Parakletos Christian Ministries – All Rights Reserved.


The Curse For Not Paying Tithes I don't want to get in the debate of whether it is right or wrong to pay tithes. I just want to share what not paying tithes can do. Tithes is a means by which churches carry out their mission to reach the lost. It, like offerings, provide ministries the needed finances to preach the gospel message around the world. Ministries are trying to bring pleasure to the heart of God because He delights in seeing lives changed by the power of God. It's a true saying, "God has no hands but ours and He has no feet but ours." That saying needs to be amended to include God has no money but ours. This is also true, the greatest delight God has is to see a sinner give his or her life to Jesus. God delights in seeing people bound by drugs and alcohol delivered from those addictions when he or she comes to Christ. He delights in seeing cancer, Aids, HIV victims healed, by the powrr of God, when they give their lives to Jesus. It causes God great joy to see broken families rebuilt, rebellious children turn their lives around, and divorced people reunited when they return to Christ. On the other hand the devil (Satan, Lucifer, the wicked one) delights in lives ravished by drugs and alcohol, families grieving over the death of a loveed one, and families hopelessly and irrepairable because ov divorce, molestation, run-a-way children. Paying tithes help ministries point broken lives to Jesus - not paying tithes help keep people lives torn apart. When a person aligns their actions with the devil’s objectives that person enters the curse. Therefore, in this instance, not paying tithes because, they contribute to the devil’s objectives of destroying lives. I knew the Bible but yet, I didn’t think about how I was furthering the cause of Satan by not paying tithes. I would tell myself that tithes paying was not a part of the New Testament and therefore, a Christian was not obligated to pay them. What I missed was the Satan’s connection. I, unwittingly, was aiding Satan in his objectives of destroying mankind and therefore, I was brining myself and my family under the curse. Now, I know tithe paying is not the only solution to the above problems but paying tithes is an integral part of the solution. Personally, I don’t think anyone should pay tithes because they are afraid of the curse mentioned in Malachi 3:8-10 but rather they should vie w paying tithes as an opportunity to share in the work of the Lord to see lives changed. In other words let love – love for your fellow person – be your guiding light when it comes to paying tithes.

ParakletosDigital volume 1, Issue 1, No 1

©Copyright 2012, Parakletos Christian Ministries – All Rights Reserved.


Trust God and Not Yourselves