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Why Me, God?

RyanMcGuirePhoto_cc0_145_1I Peter 1:3-7  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”

Dear Readers,  How many times have you found yourself asking, “Why me, God?”  Now, that question is a double-sided coin.  You see, sometimes we ask that question out of gratitude and that is the only time we should.  It’s okay to ask that question if we are doing so with praise.  For instance, if we receive some wonderful blessing – of course, all blessings are wonderful – and we say “God, thank you Father; but why me, Lord?  I am not worthy.”  That’s proper.  That is being humble.  Now, on the flip side of that coin, there are the times when we face great trials and during those times we say, “God, why me?  What did I do to You to deserve this?”  When you put it in that context, you’re not being humble.  You’re being haughty and prideful.  When we feel that way, we need to ask ourselves, “Why not me?”

The Humble Servant

thecomingkingfoundation.org/images/Sculptures/DS/DivineServantSculpture.JPGJohn 13:12-17  So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Dear Readers, As you have read from the scripture at the beginning of this post, we are called to serve.  Even the mighty King of Kings bowed down and humbled Himself in service.  One of the lowliest jobs a servant or slave could perform at the time John 13 was written was the washing of guests feet.  People wore sandals then and their feet were often filthy from walking.  When the guest was considered important or honored, the lady of the house would humble herself and do the task herself as a sign of great respect.  It was unheard of for a King to perform such a task, let alone the King of all Kings, the Lord God.  Jesus has always led by example.  He came to earth – not with a crown of gold, dressed in fine linen.  No sir!  He was incarnated as an ordinary human being.  He grew up as a common laborer.  He was born in an animal pen, not a palace.  The most powerful being in existence lived a humble life as a lesson to us.  There was nothing remarkable about Jesus, the fleshly man; but spiritually, He was and is beyond measure.

As I sit here on my 40th day in state prison (all of which has been spent in solitary confinement) and I read how humble the Lord is, I feel compelled to serve Him even more.  I have been teaching what I can out in the recreation cages which I am allowed in for one hour a day.  I have also been spreading the gospel through my cell door and of course, writing this blog, but it is not enough.  Indeed, the worst part about being in solitary is not being able to help more inmates; not being able to fellowship and attend church.  It has caused me great despair and sadness.   (more…)

Created To Love And Worship

Randall Daluz - Cloud Of LightRomans 8:18-21  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Dear Readers,  We were created out of love.  We were made to love our Creator and each other.  We are meant to worship our Father, GOD, Who is the Creator of the entire universe.  We were meant to be one with God and each other, but our choice to sin created a schism that caused us to be separated from the Lord.  Some of you may be on the fence when it comes to God and Christianity.  In fact, some of you who are reading this may not believe at all.  Perhaps you are just curious and that curiosity brought you here.  Curiosity is good.  God gave it to us to inspire us to seek and find the truth.  Like any loving parent, He enjoys watching us discover.  You may be skeptical and think it quixotic to ponder God or His purpose for us. (more…)

All We Need Is JESUS

Randall Daluz - My Chains Are GoneRomans 8:38-39  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Dear Readers,
I currently have nothing when it comes to the material world.  In the free world, I had too much at times, though none of it ever seemed like it was enough.  I still felt empty.  I did not stop and realize that even 1% of what I had was more than the majority of the people in the third world have.  By their standards, I was very wealthy.  You see, I was spiritually empty; which means I never felt fulfilled.  Presently, I am in solitary confinement – physically.  I sleep on a thin mat placed atop a concrete slab; locked in a dull, cold and drab cage.  I have no physical possessions.  Not even the pen I am writing with is my own.  My physical movement is so restricted that anytime I leave my cage, I am in chains on my hands and feet.  I am chained even to use the phone or shower.  Thus, not even the movements I make are my own.  My physical life is dictated by my captors.  Yet, I am more free and more wealthy than I have ever been.  I have everything I need; For I have Jesus with me.  My captors cannot dictate my relationship with Christ.  They cannot chain or arrest it.  I own my relationship with my LORD.  It belongs to Jesus and I.  We are partners.  We are going to get through this together.  You see, they think that they have me in solitary confinement, but the joke is on them.  Yes sir, it is… because there is nothing solitary about my confinement.  There is nothing solitary about my life.  Do you know why?  Because JESUS is with me every step of the way.  Hallelujah!  Praise His Name!  When you have a relationship with Christ, no one can take it away.  No one can change it.  I still have joy in my heart. (more…)

I Am Not Perfect, I Am Forgiven

Randall Daluz - Let Jesus Have The Final WordII 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.   (more…)

A Stress-Free Life

Randall Daluz - Keep Calm And Call On JesusMatthew 6:27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

Dear Readers,  One of the devil’s most powerful and destructive tools is stress.  There are few things in this world which can harm you, age you, unsettle you and assault your mental and physical well being more than stress.  I am convinced that the leading cause of illness and death is stress.  Stress – like hate – is poison.  My current situation can be very stressful at times.  There are no vices in here to take the edge off.  One must learn to cope and combat stress naturally.  I have learned some techniques that I would like to share with you.

The first is prayer.  But, before you pray, it is best to calm yourself and clear your mind.  For me, the best way to do that is to simply breathe.  Sit down in a comfortable position.  Keep your body relaxed. (more…)

True Wealth

Randall Daluz - Proverbs 16:16Proverbs 13:7  There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

Dear Readers,  Do you want to be wealthy?  Would you like to be admired for your wealth?  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, you’re not alone.  We all want to be wealthy, don’t we?  I would like you to ask yourself something.  What does it mean to be truly wealthy?  You know, a lot of people already have wealth, but they are too blind to see it.  There are some people who believe they are wealthy, but they are lost, poor in spirit and lonely; For they know not the joy of Christ the King.  Now I am going to ask you again.  DO YOU WANT TO BE TRULY WEALTHY???  Shout “Amen!” if you do.  I’ve got awesome news for you, friends.  I can tell you a “foolproof” guaranteed plan to get really wealthy very quickly.  Yes, sir, I can.  It is not my plan, it is God’s plan.  But, I have been anointed and appointed to share it with you.  The plan is salvation, folks.  Salvation will bring you true wealth.  YES, SIR!!  Praise God!  Anyone can achieve salvation.  God’s wealth is free for all.   (more…)

A Christian / Citizen

Randall_Daluz_Paris_FranceDear Readers / Fellow Citizens:
I want to offer my condolences to our readers in France and to the french nation as a whole.  I also want to offer my thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, as well as all nations whom are experiencing conflict.  Let me also apologize for the tardiness of this post.  I had originally written this post on 1/11, however after conferring with my colleagues, the decision was made to rewrite it.  You see, I allowed my political views as well as my worldly views to cloud the true message here.  It is very important that we separate the two.  As a Christian, I know and understand that God’s freedom is the freedom from sin.  He also gave man the freedom of choice with the hopes that man would make the right choice.  He allowed us to govern ourselves. (more…)

Take Up The Cross

Luke 9:23-27  Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.  But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.”

20141119_Randall_DaluzIf we follow Christ, then we must be willing to bear His cross.  There are many people who have made and will continue to make certain trifling aspersions about me and my Lord.  Many doubt the validity of my salvation.  Others doubt the existence of Jesus Christ.  Some claim to believe, but doubt I am eligible for the gift of salvation and forgiveness.  The devil loves contention.  He thrives on it!  When you are serving the Lord, you will face all manner of doubt and hate, but you must bear it in the name of the Lord.  When you are walking in Light, God’s enemies become yours and vice versa.  You see, before anyone ever hated us or persecuted us or cursed us, they did such to our Lord.  The Lord says in Romans 3:10, ‘As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;’   (more…)


hourglassesDear Readers:
I would like to talk to you this week about patience.  Hope, faith and patience are intricately linked.  To be patient, you must have hope and faith.

Romans 12:12
“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;”

Sometimes it is hard to be patient in the face of adversity or during tribulations.  I say this as a man who is currently facing great trials and tribulations.  Right now, I am fighting for a new trial.  The State is stalling my case by refusing to provide some evidence. (more…)

Pointing Fingers

Romans 3:8-19 (NKJV)

And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.  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.
pointingfingerAs 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 we know that whatever the law says, (more…)