II Corinthians 4:5-6 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Dear Readers, It is not easy being a Christian, which is why it is such a narrow path to walk. None of us are Jesus Christ, though some people expect us to be. It’s like – all of a sudden, now that we’re saved, we’re expected to be perfect. I am just a man. I am not worthy of the Lord’s salvation, but He has given it to me never-the-less. Praise You, Lord! THANK YOU, JESUS!
Recently, I have had a couple of incidents where people have called the validity of my faith into question. Boy, does it hurt when that happens. It stings like vinegar on an open wound with salt on top. Painful stuff. Not long after my last post, “A Stress-Free Life“, I was put into a situation where I momentarily let stress get the best of me. Now, I did employ the techniques that I wrote about and they did work like they almost always do. None-the-less, I felt convicted. The devil clouded my mind with doubt that night. He made me feel like I let God and all the folks who look up to me down. I tossed and turned on my pillow, feeling shame. I wrote a letter of apology to the person I had a disagreement with that night. My conscience would not rest until I did. That person had made a comment to me stating, “I thought you were supposed to be a man of God.” Man, that hurt. When I was done with the letter, I fell to my knees and cried, “Lord, forgive me, for I have misrepresented You, my King.” and I prayed for His peace and strength. The Lord spoke to my heart. He made me realize that I am just a man. He let me know that I am a new creation, but as a new Christian, I am still an infant. And, I understood instantly that, yes, I have come a long way, but still have a long way to go on the path to the kingdom of Christ. The Lord put it on my heart that there will be mountains with peaks and valleys on my path. There will be rivers to cross and thorn bushes to trek through. There will be all manner of bumps and snares in my way. He said to my heart, “Do not be discouraged by these things. For I will help you along the way. At the end of this race , you will reap your rewards in Heaven.” Amen! Praise God, Almighty! He said, “Son, sometimes you are gonna want to give up. You’re gonna feel like you can’t go any further. Just call on my name. I will be right behind, every step of the way, to hold you up and push you forward.” Thank You, Jesus! My Lord did not speak to me with His voice. No, sir. Rather, He spoke to me with His holy scriptures. By reading and studying His Word, He has ingrained those truths on my heart. Hallelujah!!
God wants to do the same for you. Once again, I will say it – I AM NOT SPECIAL – by no means. No, sir. I am here to let you know that Jesus loves you – even if you don’t love Him back. He wants to save you from yourself; from your own sinful nature. If you accept the Lord as your Savior, it is possible that you will instantly change. That does happen, but it is more likely that your change will be gradual. I have changed a lot – especially my heart. It is amazing for sure, but I still have many, many flaws. I still curse sometimes. I am getting better about it, though. I still tell the occasional dirty joke. Again, better than I was about it. I still get angry and say things which do not edify my Lord. I am working on all those things and more. But, Praise God, I am not alone in that work. Jesus is helping me. Amen! We all make mistakes even when we are saved. We are not expected to be perfect by any means. A lot of people believe in God, but they are afraid to get saved. They feel like they are unable to change and that God will not accept them the way they are. They feel like they can never live up to Christian standards. My friends, you are so wrong. Your sin has clouded your judgement. Please hear me. God will accept you just the way you are. You don’t have to be clean first. Jesus will cleanse you. Yes, He will. It does not matter how dirty you are or how much sin you committed. He will love you right now and accept you without any hesitation. I know, because He did it for me. He does not expect you to change overnight. I spent the better part of 35 years being a sinful, non-believer. I was covered from head to toe with dirt and grime. And yet, my Lord accepted me and welcomed me into His arms. Even though He knows it is going to take a long time for me to change, He has patience with me because I have value and so do you in the eyes of the Lord. Amen! He is working with me and He will work with you, too.
I have a message to all the haters out there: Go ahead and judge. For, in the eyes of the Lord, you are no better than anyone else. You can call my faith into question and question my motives all you want. I still love you and I am praying for you. God knows my heart and only He can truly judge me. It is my great hope that anyone, who came to this site meaning to scrutinize and criticize me, will walk away with at least part of the message that God has given me to share with you all.
Romans 3:9-18 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Now, let me be clear with you. It is not okay to continue to sin after you are saved. Not at all. It says in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” We should strive to be Christ-like. That’s what the word Christian means. That is what we are called to do. We must try to resist temptation. Even though it is not possible to be sinless, we must at least try to sin less and less every day. But, we must do so with the knowledge that we will make mistakes. We will fall short of the glory of God. Being saved does not give you a license to sin. However, when you are truly saved, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will give you a conscience. Let me tell you, it is something fierce. And, over time, you will produce fruits of the Spirit. Those fruits will let you and others see the love of Christ in you. From whence there was once darkness, light shall shine. Before you know it, His light will be pouring in and out of you. Let me tell you that it is both amazing to feel and to behold. It is that light that compelled me to do God’s work. It will take time, but if you study His Word and have faith in the Lord, I promise you that you will become the glory of the Lord. As time goes by, you won’t be able to help praising Him and being His witness. But, you’ve got to accept Him and allow Him to plant His light in you. In order to plant seeds, the ground must be fertile. Faith is the fertilizer. The Word is the water. Have faith and let the Word flow through you and you will grow.
I pray for everyone, regardless of how they treat me. I want you to know I am praying for all of you. I pray that God’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon your heart – whether you consider yourself friend or foe.
You know, folks, I did not ask God for this mission. In the beginning, I was terrified. It is not easy to put yourself out there to be judged and ridiculed. I know there are a lot of people who support what I am doing and I thank God for you and your prayers. Sadly, there are many who, no doubt, wish me ill and hate every word I write. It took a lot of prayer to muster up the courage to do this. As reluctant as I was, I had to do this. God called me to spread His message world wide. When God calls you and you love Him, you have to do what He asks of you. Thus, here I am – on the front line, for better or worse. When you are a child of God and you have faith, there is nothing you can’t do when God’s blessings and grace are upon you. No, I am not special and I can never be as perfect as Jesus. My name is Randall Scott Daluz and I am just a man. I do my best, but sometimes it is hard to always practice what you preach. Yet, I am unafraid of mistakes. For, no matter how many times I stumble and fall, my Lord will pick me up, brush me off and encourage me to do better next time.
May God Bless and Keep You! May you find the courage to follow Him wherever He leads you! May you always strive to be like Jesus, but realize that No-Body is perfect in this world!
Love in Christ,
Randall – A humbled and imperfect servant of the Lord!