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Eddie Guerrero – Wrestling Not With Flesh and Blood   2 comments

Eddie and his daughters in 2002. He loved his family and God more than anything.

Eddie and his daughters in 2002. He loved his family and God more than anything.

In November 2005, professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero passed away. He was a husband, father, and a Born Again Christian – a crucial piece of knowledge for me.

Eddie Guerrero serves as an inspiration to me for a few reasons… Firstly, as a professional. He ascended to the height of his work as a WWE superstar, winning the WWE Championship in February 2004 with a dramatic match against future UFC legend Brock Lesnar. He was also loved and well received by the majority of his peers and fans (mark and ‘smark’ fans alike). Eddie was crisp and smart in the ring, and charismatic outside of it – go and check out the Los Guerreros short videos. They are amazing comedy. 😀 Eddie reached the peak of his professional life through intensity and hard work. As a person who struggles to stay motivated in secular activities, knowing Eddie passion for his work helps me to soldier on in my own.

Secondly, Eddie is an inspiration to me because of his redemption story. You can say wrestling isn’t real but there was nothing faked about what Eddie Guerrero overcame with God’s help. He was a self-confessed addict, with problems with prescription drugs and alcohol. In 1999, he fell asleep at the wheel of his moving car from an overdose and almost killed himself. He received a DUI in 2001 and was fired from the WWE. And he admitted to not being close with God, despite being Born Again as young man. He lost his family’s confidence and his wife, Vickie, decided to end their marriage.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV

However like a phoenix from the ashes, Eddie Guerrero rose again starting with rebuilding his relationship with God. He prayed and read his Bible, went through counselling and was checked into rehab for his addiction. He wrestled for smaller companies such as Ring of Honor (ROH) until early 2002 when WWE offered him a new contract. Eventually, he wiped away his bad reputation by the grace of God. And later that year, he rekindled his relationship with Vickie Guerrero, leading to them renewing their vows in 2003. By 2005, Eddie celebrated 4 years completely clean and sober by God’s grace.

Eddie went through separation from his wife and family, disgrace in his industry, and a life-long addiction and came out on the other side of the valley, thanks to the Good Shepherd.

Eddie using his finishing move - the Frog Splash - on Brock Lesnar in 2004. Photo credit: WWE

Eddie using his finishing move – the Frog Splash – on Brock Lesnar in 2004. Photo credit: WWE

Finally, Eddie Guerrero was open about sharing his faith with people in his workplace. In a business known for drugs, sex and violence, Eddie became a light for Christ in the WWE locker room.

He gave other wrestlers Bibles. He openly discussed his love for Jesus Christ with people. led people in prayers. By the brief accounts I’ve read from others, he was not overly preachy, but loved others. To me, Eddie was the consummate professional Christian – he was at the top of his line of work and not afraid to show others the love of Christ that got him there.

Here’s a story from Ken Anderson, a TNA wrestler and former WWE superstar who worked with Eddie in the months before his passing:

“He loved the business and he loved people. He loved people that loved the business. He loved his wife and children. He was a devout Christian and used to share scriptures with me in the locker room and discuss their meanings even though he knew that I was a non-believer. He didn’t do it with any sort of condescension but in a gentle caring way, and he valued, listened to and understood (to a degree) my rebuttals and the reasons for my skepticism. He treated everyone with the same amount of respect.

“Once, Chris Benoit, Eddie and I went into a Bob Evans on a Sunday morning to eat breakfast before hitting the gym. The line, as you can imagine, looked like the line for Space Mountain at Disneyworld during peak season. The host recognized us and said, “Don’t worry, a booth just opened up. I’ll get you guys seated next.” Eddie very calmly said “No man, all of these people have been waiting patiently. We’re not special. Don’t treat one group of people better than you would another. Thank you, but we can wait.” Life is precious folks. Treat people the way that you want to be treated. Love the people that you love as hard as you can. Enjoy them while you still have time. I’m a better person for knowing this man, if but for a brief moment in time. The wrestling world misses him dearly. If I believe in any sort of afterlife, it’s the fact that while he was here he touched so many lives and continues to do so 10 years after his passing.”

In the end, you see that what Eddie Guerrero accomplished in his life was not only his determination, but due to the grace of God. The man they called ‘Latino Heat’ wrestled his way to the top of life but not against flesh and blood, but by beating out principalities, powers, and the demons he encountered. He wrestled life with God on his side and won.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

It’s been said a thousand times… Eddie, you lied, cheated, and stole our hearts. Thank you for your great example, and rest in peace in the comfort of heaven.

For more reading on the life and times of Eddie Guerrero, buy his book: Cheating Death, Stealing Life – The Eddie Guerrero story. Such an awesome book. 🙂

Viva La Raza!

Viva La Raza! Photo credit: WWE

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Posted 13th November 2015 by ukrichardwalker in Blog, My Thoughts

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A Young Preacher Dies While On Evangelism   5 comments

A picture of Richard Walker holding the cross in a London street.

Me on evangelism in 2010. I pray this is an image that never changes.

This is a message I got from a friend during last week:

Just got a call from my mum in Ghana…it’s about a young man that my mum knows (26yrs old). He just died on Sunday.

He was found dead in the middle of the road with his bible and his speaker & mic in his hand. He was preaching the gospel and collapsed dead.

When my mum got to the hospital after hearing his speaker/mix was still on.

Hearing this…the fear of the Lord came upon me…It is a real wake up call for me.

Let us do all we can to continue preaching as I’m sure we all do.

May God’s mercy be with you.

All I can add is that this could easily be me. What will I be found doing when it’s my time to go?

May God give us all grace to keep spreading His love and His great gospel.

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Richie Rich Show – Episode 19 – Technology’s Good & Bad Side   2 comments

This show a took a while to finish but it’s been a blessing. 🙂

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Nobody Likes Me   2 comments

Do you feel like she looks sometimes?

Do you feel like she looks sometimes?

Does this sound familiar to you? I think nobody likes me. I’m not a really likable person. Not like my friends. I’m not as good as them, honestly. I feel think things would be better if I wasn’t here…

Have those thoughts come to you before? Maybe not as deeply, or maybe not in that order, but I think we’ve all felt ‘nobody likes me’ from time to time. I sure have.

Thoughts like these separate people from their churches, beloved family from family members, and partners from their partners. Some people unforunately commit suicide believing, deep down… ‘Nobody likes me‘.

It’s perfectly normal to feel that way, no-one’s happy 24 hours a day. And hey, maybe there’s truth to what you feel – perhaps some people visibly don’t like you. Your feelings are important, so feel your feelings. Feel like no-one likes you, if you really want. I feel like punching some people sometimes. Doesn’t mean I have to act upon it.

You don’t have to act upon any depressing feeling that comes your way. Don’t let Satan lie to you. Satan wants to kill and destroy you (John 10:10), and if he can do it through your thoughts, he will. Don’t be ignorant of the weapons Satan uses against you. (2 Corinthians 2:11) He wants to wipe you out and drag you to hell starting with your mind – don’t let him.

Think about it… How can nobody like you? Not one person on God’s green earth? And hey, not everyone is going to like you. There are 7 MILLION PEOPLE on the planet earth. (Source: World Bank, 2013.) Can you be liked by everyone on earth? Can everyone on earth dislike you? Are you Satan

Someone likes you just the way you are. In fact, I’d wager to say more than one person looks at you and finds pleasure in just seeing you. You are not irrelevant.

(Warning: Lots of ‘maybes’ coming.) Maybe you wonder if no-one will sweep you off your feet and say ‘hey baby, I lurve you.’ ❤ But there are again 7 BILLION PEOPLE in the world today. Do you really think that no-one – out of 7 BILLION – can genuinely love you? You just haven’t been found yet. And hey, more than half the world’s population is in Asia. If you really can’t find someone to marry where you are… Tickets to Asia are cheap. 😀

It would be true to say you mean very little to some people, but you mean everything to someone. Some people think the world of you. It’s true. Someone may say ‘you’re not my cup of tea’ but to someone else you are their whole breakfast.

Maybe you feel no-one likes you in your church, or school, or work place? That’s a difficult one. Maybe you see a lot of differences between you and your brethren or colleagues. Or maybe… You can stop looking at the differences and think more on how much you have in common, and be nicer. He who wants friends must show himself friendly, after all. (Proverbs 18:24)

Maybe you feel God doesn’t love you… maybe you’ve sinned and you reckon now God thinks you suck. It might be difficult for you to remember but God loves the sinner. After all, Jesus died for us before we even do anything.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:8 NLT

See? God loves you just the way you are. Yeah, you can be a better person. But God loves you even if you never change.

God even knows how many hairs are on your head. (And for some of you folks, that’s difficult.) Does that sound like someone who doesn’t care for you?

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30 NLT

As you walk with God, He may be hard on you in some ways but he corrects those he loves. (Proverbs 3:12) Let me assure you, if God didn’t like you, he’d never let you suffer because we can learn so much through suffering.

Spend time talking with God through Jesus and you will discover the truth – you are liked. You are loved. You are cared for. Be happy in God’s providence of love.

PS – If you really need someone to open up to, leave a comment, I’m here. 🙂

PPS – I highly recommend Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind for more on topics of the mind.

Posted 11th March 2015 by ukrichardwalker in My Thoughts

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How to Heal a Broken Heart in 1 Step   1 comment

I messed up my hand on evangelism recently. :( But this what the Lord does to your broken heart - heals and binds up your wounds. Psalm 147:3

I messed up my hand on evangelism recently. 😦 But this what the Lord does to your broken heart – heals and binds up your wounds. Psalm 147:3

I saw a post about a broken heart (Hi Rhoda 😀 ) and I’ve been reminded of the time my little heart was broken. I’d asked a girl to marry me and that relationship broke down… but that wasn’t what caused it. 😛 😛 No, what happened was far more selfish than that. When I was 19, I wanted to be the youth ministry leader in our church very passionately and I didn’t get the position – someone else did.

I knew the right thing was that God set the person there and that He had made the right decision. (Psalm 75:6) But because of what I set my heart on – a position in the church and not God Himself – I was so disappointed. It took months to show up, but before I knew it my feelings were out of control.

My emotions were very real. I know a broken heart is a metaphor for the feelings you feel, but I remember my chest and my brain would hurt whenever I thought about what was going on. I just didn’t understand… why? (I sound like a baby, I know.)

How was my broken heart healed? At the time I searched the Bible on ‘broken heart’ and I found this…

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 NLT

Soon after discovering that scripture, I did the only thing I felt I could do – I prayed and took my heart to God for fixing. I don’t remember my exact prayers, but I spent at least one whole night talking to God about it. Between tongues and English, I just tried to tell Him about the volcano of emotions that was Richard Walker…

I don’t know how long it took for me to feel alright about everything, but I know that then I felt my life was over and now I laugh about it and understand why everything happened the way it did. God took care of everything, counselled me in various ways and put me in circumstances to heal up. What a mighty God we serve!

So that’s how my heart was broken and how it was healed. This isn’t exactly a self-help article because I don’t think this is a self-help matter. The Lord made our emotions and He knows how to fix them. We take our iPhones and iPads back to Apple Stores to deal with because they are the manufacturers, right? (Or at least you’re supposed to :mrgreen: ) Why not take your heart to the manufacturer in prayer and see what He can do?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

7 Great Quotes from Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind   Leave a comment

Cover of Battlefield of the Mind. Your mind really is a game of chess against Satan...

Cover of Battlefield of the Mind. Your mind really is a game of chess against Satan…

For a melancholic man like me,  Joyce Meyer’s great book Battlefield of the Mind has truly changed my life and motivated me after a long time of recommendation. I now recommend it to you my brothers and sister in Christ! It has been the ‘Book of the Moment’ on my blog for the last few weeks, and before we move on to another book here’s an assortment of my favourite lines from this incredible piece of literary…

Don’t ever give up, because little by little you are changing.

Don’t let the enemy speak to you and tell you that you are not advancing in your Christian walk! Even a little movement is still movement. Little by little, you and me are changing into God’s image. Don’t stop now. 🙂

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Let that soak in…

One of your weapons is prayer (asking). You can’t overcome your situation by prayer alone.

You do need to be determined, but determined in the Holy Spirit, not in the effort of your own flesh. The Holy Spirit is your helper – seek His help. Lean on Him.

The Holy Spirit is truly our help to overcome what needs to be overcome in our lives.  Whatever it is, it simply can’t be done without the Spirit of God… Zechariah 4:6

…The Bible teaches us there is no such thing as real peace until we are delivered from the need to compete with others.

How true it is… if we compare our progress to someone else’s, we will always be totally unhappy and ungrateful for what progress God HAS made in us.

What God does for you may not be what he does for someone else.

A simple reality that I say to myself frequently now to avoid comparing myself to others.

It is important for God to arrange our circumstances in such a way that we eventually have to face ourselves.

I thank God for the mountains and valleys in my life now, because now I see that they were allowed to happen so that God could make me ‘meet myself’. Only now I see how much I really need Him in every area of my life, more than anything else on this earth…

There are so many, MANY powerful quotes. For any believer struggling in their mind, struggling with bouts of depression, struggling with self identity or similar things… This is book is a must have for you. Buy one for you and one for your bathroom – you will not be able to put it down!

You can purchase Battlefield of the Mind and many other best-selling Joyce Meyer books at:

http://www.joycemeyer.org

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Posted 16th June 2014 by ukrichardwalker in Books

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Christianity is Like a Video Game. You’ve Got to Work At It Until You’re Good At It!   Leave a comment

For those of you wanting to be a deeper Christian, maybe struggling with to put good habits in your life, perhaps looking at others and questioning whether you’re serious or not, this article is for you.

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Sonic the Hedgehog on the Mega Drive/Genesis. I had to work on it until I could beat every level and win every emerald as well! (I wanted to show off by playing longer and take a picture later, but I thought you’d recognise this picture quicker.)

In 1998, my mother bought me a Sega Mega Drive for Christmas! Oh how I remember hooking that bad boy up to the 14 inch TV and playing Sonic the Hedgehog in all his bright, 16-bit glory! But I didn’t just have that to play, I had 5 other games to satisfy my gaming hunger. One game caught my eye – Super Monaco GP. It’s a racing game and I like driving games, so I gave it a try. The first race was in San Marino, and from the moment the klaxon sounded I flew down that course for the first 20 seconds. I could almost feel the wind in my curly Jamaican hair. A sharp left turn approached, so I pulled my car left and… crashed. Hardcore. I proceeded to do this about 1000 times for a few years, sometimes being lucky enough to survive, but for the most part I had died in several car crashes in the Super Monaco Grand Prix universe.

Fast forward to 2010 (roughly), and I still had my Mega Drive, and my copy of Super Monaco GP. I had been Born Again and busy with that for sometime, but I had some free days, so I picked up the iconic Mega Drive controller and began to play. And to my amazement, I finished the game. Top billing in both seasons, and completed all 32 races (even the baloney 17th and 18th races with that jerk G. Ceara), something I had never been able to.

You’ve seen the article’s title so you can guess what happened. Somewhere in-between ’98 and ’10 was a lot of playing, learning, and wising up. (Albeit not for 12 years straight, but work with me.) I worked at Super Monaco GP until I got good at it, even though I started out not being able to make it beyond the 1st few races. My Christian friend, you might have started out not being able to make it beyond some hurdles in your faith. Like reading the Bible everyday, or going to church consistently. Perhaps you find it difficult to stop boozing and partying, or watching pornography. Well, I want you to know if you work at it, you will become good at it.

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:18 (New Living Translation)

By working at it, I’m talking in part about feeding yourself spirituality so that you can grow. Did you know that you can grow spiritually? Nobody starts off a skilled giant in the lifetime walk of Christianity, it takes growth, and growth takes time and feeding. Have you seen a 6 foot tall baby boy in the new born baby ward at hospital, complete with a beard and a mortgage? (If you have, send me a picture and I’ll include it on the next Richie Rich Show.) It takes time and feeding to the child before he becomes a man. Similarly, the Bible talks about as new born babies (or new, young people in the Christian faith) we should desire the sincere milk of the word so that we will grow. It takes time and feeding on the Word of God before certain problems fall out of our lives, and we become spiritual grown-ups.

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,
1 Peter 2:2 (New Living Translation)

If you want to pray more and for a long time, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to understand more of God’s Word, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to seek God on a daily basis, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to win more souls in your workplace or school, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want to escape any strongholds or bad thoughts in your mind, you’ve got to work at it.
If you want freedom from substance abuse, pornography, or other addictive behaviour, you’ve got to work at it.

Work at it it, until you’re good at it.

This is Super Monaco GP - one of my favourite games to play. Look at those cutting edge graphics! (Note: compliment may contain sarcasm.)

This is Super Monaco GP – one of my favourite games to play. Look at those cutting edge graphics! (Note: compliment may contain sarcasm.)

As it relates to the video games, I had to kick about in the dirt, doing all I could with my limited ability. I crashed several hundred times on those sharp corners on Super Monaco GP until I learned that you have to take your foot off the acclerator before you turn your car. My car fell apart several times before I realised it is wise to pit in early and fix up the car, rather than risking the whole race on worn out tyres and low fuel. I learned because I refused to give up playing and I wanted to work at it. You will learn and grow as a Christian if you refuse to give up, and will work at it until you’re good at it. If you keep praying, reading the Word, loving your church and loving others, your connection to God will grow as much as you want it to, and He will help you through every trial and temptation.

I have a friend who used to drink and smoke weed. Now, you would never believe they were ever deeply into this lifestyle if you met them today, that’s how far they’ve come in Christ. They would describe their dropping of those habits as instantaneous as they desired more of The Lord. I used to wonder vividly, ‘why do they get to escape these problems so easily and I’m stuck here like a dog chasing it’s tail’? Maybe you’ve asked yourself similar questions. Well I soon learned this is not a good way of thinking because…

  • By comparing yourself to others you will think there is something wrong with you when there is nothing wrong at all. Looking at other people sometimes makes you think you are not a real Christian because ‘they are so good’. Take this person I mentioned, although these very obvious problems may have ceased quickly in their life, there were other strongholds that needed breaking down that are not easily seen. Here’s a truth about weaknesses: not everyone can see them, and not everyone can see them all the time. Never, EVER believe that ‘everyone around me seems stronger than I am’. The truth is everyone is weak but not everyone appears to weak at the same time. Some people in your church will appear very strong this Sunday afternoon, and Sunday evening sadly will appear very weak with no-one watching. This is a reason why it is not wise to compare yourself to others. (2 Corinthians 10:12) Go at your pace. In His time, He will make your life beautiful. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • When it comes to enforcing new Christian habits and fighting temptations, problems do not stop just like that. The fight of our lives as Christians is to firmly establish good habits like praying and reading the Bible, and to cut off the bad habits like lying, pre-marital sex, blah blah. Here’s another truth: it is easier to form bad habits than to shake them off. Most people with an addiction problem suffer from intense cravings in their bodies, even years after having grace to give it all up. Jesus does not wave a magic wand at your addictions and temptations and make them vanish. Even this person I mentioned, who I envied for a while for the grace in their life, went back to their vices once or twice, as they told me. You are forgiven by God of your sins through Jesus, but you don’t get off scot-free – you need to learn discipline your body. Start planning HOW and WHEN you will read the Bible, pray, fast, go to church so that you can grow. If you have an addiction, start learning about your issue formally (in support meetings, talking to your pastor) or informally (reading books on your issue in your own time). You can do it!
  • You have no business thinking about others – your priority is your own relationship with God. I’m not saying be selfish and don’t think about others. I’m saying that the Bible says examine yourself, not your friends. (2 Corinthians 13:5) If the thoughts you think about others begin with ‘why are they more’, your mind is breeding jealousy. Jealousy does not come from the Holy Spirit! If someone is ‘more spiritual’ than you, why do you care? Think about YOU! Christianity is not a rat race; we’re not trying to beat each other to the Lord’s throne. It is a relationship with God where you speak to Him, He speaks to you, and you live together connected. So look at yourself and ask yourself hard questions instead of envying others. If you know what you need to do to bring yourself closer to God, why don’t you just man up and do it?

This is where WORKING AT YOUR CHRISTIANITY comes in. You might be useless at resisting temptation now, you might think you’re rubbish at praying now, you might not understand a lot of the Bible now, you may not be able to keep up in church now, but LATER you will be better if you keep working at your Christianity. Never give up!

As I mentioned earlier, comparing yourself gets you nowhere. The key problem with comparing yourself to another person’s progress is that you don’t focus on your own progress. You will start thinking you’re not growing fast enough in God when actually, you’re growing just fine and even God Himself is pleased with you. Imagine that – the Creator of the universe delights in how much you’re trying to live for Him, and all you can do is moan about how ‘easy’ someone else has it. It’s not even true! It’s time to let your eyes look straight ahead and focus on where you’re going with your own life. (Proverbs 4:25)

Conversely, if you have been a Christian for a while and you don’t have much depth, you need to start asking yourself some hard questions. Why should a baby remain under 3 feet tall for 30 years? Is it not a disease? Is your Christianity diseased? ‘Going at your own pace’ is not code for doing what you want, when you can be bothered to do it. You’ve got some growing to do, which means you’ve got some feeding to do. What is your connection to with God like – frequent or in frequent? Why have you not upgraded from praying for 10 minutes every 10 days? Why don’t you understand any more or less about God’s Word than 2 years ago? And do you want to go to hell after calling yourself a Christian? Again I challenge you: you’ve got some growing to do, which means you’ve got some feeding to do.

With all that said, it’s not bad to take inspiration from those ahead of you. Inspiration is not the same as comparison – inspiration means to be aroused to do special or unusual activity. Look at your friends qualities and be encouraged that if they can be holy, you can be holy too. I’m comfortable saying that I now take inspiration from the person I mentioned earlier. What a fine person they are! What an encouragement their life and story is to me! :mrgreen:

I think it’s time to roll up our sleeves and work on our walk with God. What do you think? 🙂

How To Work At Your Christianity

I’ve been saying to work on your Christianity like I worked on my Super Monaco GP racing game. So, how do you do it? Where do you start?

Another Super Monaco GP shot. I remember all the frustrating times I had on this as a kid... Until I worked on it!

Another Super Monaco GP shot. I remember all the frustrating times I had on this as a kid… Until I worked on it!

I won’t give you a big elaborate answer because the battle itself is big and elaborate. If you’re asking me for a few bullet points on how to work at your Christianity, I will say it all lies in daily prayer, daily Bible reading, very regular church attendance and obeying what God says you should do. What should you cut off to survive as a Christian? According to Hebrews 12:1, any sinful nature and anything that puts a weight on your Christianity. There are very obvious things even a worldly person like lying, stealing, fornicating, blaspheming, drunkeness, jealousy, blah blah. Then there things you will only understand once God reveals it to you personally when you study his Word.

What should you work on first? It’s debatable, but look at your weaknesses and at least make sure you working on the biggest one. the biggest one. Also, make sure that whatever you do, don’t disconnect yourself from God. Yes, you might have watched some porn during the week but God is still interested in you. Don’t stay home from church, and don’t stop praying. God is still interested in you.

So go for it! Start implementing things one by one. The truth is you may not win every battle. As I write this article, God is working on so much in me. I’m far from a perfect craft, but here’s a quote from Every Young Man’s Battle:

Sure, you’re anxious to win. Sure, you want to put this stuff behind you. But it’s not as important to focus on some self-imposed deadline as it is to focus on where you’re headed. This is going to be a battle – a battle that will demand your time and patience.
Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, Every Young Man’s Battle

The goal is to move closer to God. Whatever your methodology, whether you’re trying to increase your church going, trying to pray more or trying to cut off some friends and habits, keep that on mind. Every time things don’t go your way, get up and come back even stronger. Learn from your mistakes! For example, a large part of my battle for sexual purity is simply remembering where and when I fell, and religiously avoiding them in future. If you don’t make it very far in 2 months, so what? Don’t give in to the enemy’s lies, and persevere at holiness.

Most of all, it is the grace of God that allows. All the strategies and manoeuvres are just self-help tips without God’s input, and self-help always fails eventually. But the Bible says it is not he who wills or runs, but whom God has mercy on who succeeds. (Romans 9:16) The Bible says it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit (grace) of God. (Zechariah 4:6) The Bible says commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3) Trust in God by praying and always involving Him in everything you do, and don’t lean too much on what you know. After all, what do you know anyway? (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Knowing the Word of God is crucial. When you feed on the Word of God, you are working at your Christianity. People say ‘you are what you eat’ – well, what does your spirit eat? Spiritual junk or spiritual food from the Bible? Some easy ways to feed on the Word of God:

  • Go to a Bible-believing church every week and listen intently to the preaching. Take notes of the verses. Take notes of the good sayings. Take notes of things you didn’t understand. Stop going on Facebook and reading messages. Stop sleeping during services. Church is not a dormant, inactive place to attend, tick a box with God and say, ‘I did it this week, alright?’ Church is where we learn from God’s servant by the Word of God. Use it wisely.
  • Be devoted to reading your Bible everyday. Have what some like to call a ‘quiet time’ or a ‘daily devotional’ everyday where you sit, pray, study some scriptures, learn from the Word, and let God speak to you. God will speak to you foundationally through His word – not Tupac, not EastEnders, not Justin Beiber, but the BIBLE. Get more Bible time in your life! If you are too busy to read the Bible, even just a little, you’re too busy! Sorry!
  • Read Christian books regularly, especially books at your level and books about things you are interested in. Being a new born baby and eating KFC is not a good idea – if you are a new Christian or in need of growth Christian, get fundamental books because your issues are foundational. (And a foundation is the most important part of a building.) Then read books on topics of the faith that interest you. I like biographies of men of God because I want to be a minister, so that’s what I buy. I can make you some recommendations if you leave me a comment.
  • Listen to sermons outside of church. Don’t be greedy for TV or YouTube. It’s a nice programme, but what does Britain’s Got Talent do for your spiritual growth? Bupkiss. Start buying and downloading preaching, start listening and fill yourself up with the Word of God. Study the Word of God on your own, with your own intiative. 90% of the things we hear are not kept in your brain on the initial hearing. You must hear it more than once, twice or 10 times if you want it in you!

In Conclusion…

I’m happy that at least before my Mega Drive croaked, I somewhat mastered Super Monaco GP. From not being able to get through the first sharp corner as a child to being able to top all 32 races as a man, it will forever be the example that proves my personal proverb – following Christ is like a video game. You’ve got to work at it, until you’re good at it.

I really enjoyed writing this article (and spontaeneously suspended video work), and I hope you’re understanding what the message is – don’t give in. Keep growing in the Lord. Got any questions or comments? Maybe you want some book or Bible reading recommendations? Leave me a comment below and let’s talk.

This is Mr First Class, and have a good 2014 y’all!

Download 8 Classic Bishop Dag Heward-Mills Messages NOW!   52 comments

Bishop Dag at the First Love Church, Christmas 2013.

Bishop Dag at the First Love Church, Christmas 2013.

As mentioned on the latest episode of the Richie Rich Show, I want to offer you 8 of my favourite sermons by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills! Just scroll down, and click the links below these paragraphs to download these messages. Bishop Dag is the presiding bishop of Lighthouse Chapel International, and my favourite preacher. You will love these messages! 😉

In the past I have offered messages from Bishop Dag on different occassions. Those same messages are here, and I have added a few more of my favourites. These messages are extremely powerful and have changed my life, for example, the message on reading has changed my stance on reading over the years. Listen to these sermons repeatedly, soak them in, and the Word of God will immensely renew your mind.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :mrgreen:

Download Sermons

For PC, Mac, and Android users, click on the sermon you want, and then click the blue Download button to download directly to your device.

For iPad and iPhone users, you need a free Dropbox account (click here to sign up or log in). Click on the sermon you want, and then select the Save to My Dropbox button.

If you are having any problems, please leave a comment for me below.

3 Things the New Creation Must Do – 2008 – LCI Qodesh

A Year of Reading – 2010 – LCI London Aparche

Choices – 7 Types of Women You Should Not Marry – 2009 – LCI Qodesh

Fire Warnings – 2007 – LCI Qodesh

My First Hour in the Promised Land – 2012 – LCI First Love Church

Prayer – 2008 – LCI Qodesh

Retention Evangelism – 2010 – Interfellowship Global Ministries

The Overcomers – 2007 – LCI Qodesh

Posted 23rd December 2013 by ukrichardwalker in Sermons

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