About “Obadiah”

About ``Obadiah``

As many might assume, “Obadiah” is the alias of the author and caretaker of the website. Outside of those that contribute to the ministry, such as the supporting churches, don’t know who he is. Some may question why? Wouldn’t he want the praise and the honor? No, he would much rather not receive any praise for the work he does, but instead he says to give your praise to God because if it wasn’t for Him none of this would be possible.

There are a few things you may be wondering, and a lot he would like to tell. So keep reading and get to know the servant behind the work at Proclaim These Words

Why Did You Choose Obadiah?

I am one of those stones. I am no different than any one of you. Except God has chosen me, to serve a purpose in His work.

Obadiah 1:1 King James Version

1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Jeremiah 1:6 King James Version

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Exodus 4:10 King James Version

10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Exodus 4:2, 20 King James Version

2 And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. . . 20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

So where did the Alias “Obadiah” come from? Well, quite a while back, my Pastor was preaching in Obadiah as he went through the “1 Chapter Books of the Bible.” If you look to the above you will see Obadiah 1:1, which is the only place where you will find this Obadiah mentioned. In the entire “Book” of Obadiah you only find him mentioned once. We knew nothing of him, who he was, and as far as we are concerned did just as God commanded him. That intrigued me so much, I thought to myself. I want to be like that Lord. I want to be so transparent to Your will, that they see You and not myself.

I have found many prophets that I have really connected to over the years, but that really struck a chord in my heart. Other Prophets that really hit home to me is Jeremiah and Moses. They both had their doubts when God called them to the ministry.  Jeremiah thought he was too young (Jeremiah 1:6), and Moses wasn’t much of a speaker (Exodus 4:10). While I am no preacher, or a missionary, I am still a servant of the Word of God. It took me some time to figure out what I am. I have had no doubt that I have been called to do this for almost a year now, I have been certain this is what God has equipped me to do . . . for now. God knows His plans, I do not, all I can do is perform them as He gives them to me. Whether I ever receive the call to preach or not I will always be a student of the Word of God.

Pastor preached a message on “The Precious Fragments” a few nights ago from writing this, and I felt God had finally told me what I am. I am a precious tool in his work. Look at those 5 smooth stones that David picked up when he slayed Goliath. They weren’t anything about those smooth stones, except they were picked up and used by God to do his Work. I am one of those stones. I am no different than any one of you; except God has chosen me, to serve a purpose in His work.

This next example is one of my favorites. Look at Exodus 4:2, 20. At the start of the chapter, God asks Moses what he has in his hand, and he simply calls it a rod. It was just a stick, a piece of wood. that had been made for many uses such as a walking stick, surveying (a measuring stick), a shepherd’s staff, etc. But if you read through the next few chapters, God uses that ordinary stick to help free the children of Israel from Egypt. In verse 20 of chapter 4, you will see that it was called the Rod of God. God took ownership of that stick, and he used it for his work. To everyone else, it was just an ordinary stick, but to Moses, it had great value, because it belonged to God.

But What About the Rewards?

Above anything else, He convicted me at 8 years old, that I was a sinner and without salvation, I would die and go to an everlasting hell

James 4:14 Kings James Version

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Matthew 6:2-4 King James Version

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Isaiah 55:11 King James Version

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

How precious is life that we feel that must have rewards here, during our short time on earth. Life is too short to be worried about how much we can get out of it ourselves. Remember what James 4:14 when it asks “What is life?” Isn’t it just a vapor that is here but for a second and then vanishes away?

If Life is so short, why should we worry about what man’s opinion is of us while we’re here, but instead be worried about their souls, and where they will spend eternity after this vapor is gone. What should matter more, man’s opinion or God’s opinion? I don’t want to be one of the Pharisee’s that Jesus talked about all through the gospels. Standing at the temple, blowing a trumpet every time they tithed, so that everyone around could see them, I would much rather do my work in secret, so that only God can see, because he said if you do it in secret He will reward you openly.

God has already blessed me in my short time here on earth, if God never answered another prayer, I can say I have been blessed. Above anything else, He convicted me at 8 years old, that I was a sinner and without salvation, I would die and go to an everlasting hell to be punished with the devil and his angels. That day, I knelt down at an old-fashioned alter, and prayed for God to save me, a sinner, that I knew I was lost, and didn’t want to go to hell. And repented of my sins, and immediately he came into my heart. From then on I knew I was saved by His grace, I had His Holy Spirit in me, to help me and guide me along the way.

There is so much more in my life that God has done for me, more that I will share later, but in the end, there is nothing I have accomplished in this life that wasn’t because of God.

It may seem odd in this day in time, for me not to stand from the roof top and say I did this, or I did that, but as Jesus said in Matthew 6:2-4, he called those people hypocrites. At the end of all this, I don’t want them to see me, I want them to see Christ. It doesn’t bother me if anyone ever knows that it was me who published the podcast, burnt the CD, shared it on Facebook, it doesn’t bother me at all; because in the end, I trusted and obeyed God, and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The interesting thing is once its published, I don’t know where it goes. I don’t know how many people listen to the podcast, listens to the CD’s, or listens over the website. After it leaves my hand, it’s all in the Lord’s hand, and as He said in Isaiah 55:11 that His word shall not return void, but it will accomplish what He pleases, and it shall prosper wherever He sends it.

Okay, What Can You Tell Us About You?

Luke 1:37 King James Version

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

If I wanted anyone to know anything about me, it’s what God has done for me in my life. As you read above, I got saved at an early age. I struggled with that for many years as to why? You hear all these testimonies of people that were in much worse shape at a later stage in life, that made an instant turnaround because of God’s grace, and you hear my testimony it sounds so much different. I used to be jealous of testimonies like that. I’m by far not perfect. I’m human just as anyone else.

I thank God I was raised in church. My mother took me every Sunday morning. She didn’t like driving at night, so we hardly went to the night services. My mother has a similar testimony. My father wasn’t a Christian as I was growing up. Once I got saved, I started praying for my Dad’s salvation.

God finally showed me the silver lining in my testimony when I was 18 years old. At that time I had been a Christian for 10 years now. I had sat under a lot of preaching, a lot of Sunday school teaching, etc. As a young man, God had blessed me with more bible knowledge than some my age, I knew what I believed and knew why. I thank God every day, that one night in the garage working on a car, that God would give me something to say to my Father, that would eventually lead to his Salvation.

Along with that prayer, I also prayed for my future wife. I prayed constantly about meeting the perfect woman for me. I prayed about everything I wanted/needed her to be. Around the same time my Dad got saved, God answered that prayer as well. I met my wife when I was a senior in High School. We have been together almost 8 years now, and married for going on 4 at the time of writing this. She is the love of my life, and God got everything right, he answered every one of my requests, even the ones that I thought were impossible. But as Luke said with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).

God had blessed me with pretty high expectations when I was growing up. Most of which I think I have lived up to. My Wife and I were virgins until marriage; my family wanted me to graduate college. I graduated from college with an A.A.S. in Drafting & Design and also minored in Web Design.

I used to be addicted to video games in my teens until I was almost 21 years old. I used to spend every waking moment of my free time playing video games. God finally brought me to my senses; I sold everything, and rededicated my life to Christ and to my wife.

What Made You Choose This?

Well the easiest way to put it is “I didn’t choose it, it chose me.” The long answer involves a little more talking about myself. The Lord over the years has given me quite a bit of interests and hobbies. From my wife’s love for music and singing, to running Gaming communities and running their websites when I was out in the world, building computers, photography, sound production, Photoshop, etc. All of that was used to come up with the ministry. I have prayed for years to do something that is constantly interesting for me, that I could use my talents with. And I would have to say I have found it. This has took my many interests, and added several more too it, such as music production, graphic design, legal matters, etc. It is something that always keeps me interested, and still learning to improve it.