Thursday, December 27, 2012

41. The Egregious Moment

While driving through a busy shopping center today on my way to the grocery store, the cars were moving quite slow because of all the cars maneuvering around the pedestrians. I was driving and as I looked to my right, walking along the sidewalk in front of the stores, I glanced to see in a quick moment, a dad punched his son in the stomach. My vehicle was stopped as a result of the traffic and the pit bull in my front seat and I gave the dad a glaring stare. We had caught him in the act.

The son, about 14 years old, was afraid. His hands were in a forward position as to protect himself, but it was on his face...fear. Fear was not only on his face, it was in his arms and hands for they were crimpled with no energy to create a fist to protect himself. The boy walked in silence, with separation now between him and his dad.

The dad had immediately turned to look my way to see if anyone had seen him do what he did. From the disposition of the trembling son, this was not the first time. The dad knew I saw him as he proceeded briskly along the sidewalk.

In the moment, in the ever egregious moment, I watched the dad move on with the son in a weakened state behind him. The boy was in an arthritic condition of arrested fear. They moved on as I did in my car out of sight. Was this the first time? Why did the dad treat him so? Does the dad not know he has made him as he is?

How we treat our children is reflected in their faces as a mirror of time and space reflect all things. All things are seen and heard in moments of joy and laughter, tears and regret.

Treat  your children well. Love them with hugs and words of inspiration. Smile a smile away and smile once more and see the child in need. Their tears are removed by your presence; not only your children, but the children of the world who truly need love and kindness and the protection of the Almighty.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

40. He Comes into Your House

“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.”            (Matthew 8:14-15)


Having a true relationship with Jesus Christ is for all times and all places. So many times we see people who try to act right by going to a church service only to come back home and act any way they please. It is easy to judge other people’s hypocrisy by not living up to Christian standards in the home or in their places of business because hypocrisy is so easy to see and so very rampant in our religious societies. For years, people have tended to believe that God is ‘at church’, or up in heaven somewhere and so they leave Him there when they walk out of the doors of the church facility or the place of meeting. This is the belief of the religious.

If we have truly given our lives to Christ, we know that this is not the truth. The Holy Spirit has come to reside in us and we in Him. God is above all and in all. Abiding in the life of Christ is to cheerfully know that He comes to our house and lives in us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is the new birth that Jesus spoke of. Although this may sound redundant, too many folk do not realize the truth of the life of the kingdom of God that He dwells within you. So, no matter where you go, the Holy Spirit is there abiding in you. It is wonderful to know that no matter where you are, the Holy Spirit is there to be with you, to touch, to heal, and to spiritually guide you into all wisdom and truth.

Jesus is showing us that just as He went into Peter’s home, He desires to come into your home and He sees and knows all your needs even before you ask. “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”  (Matthew 21:22, NASB). The relationship of our Lord with His disciple is as we see here with Peter. Allow Him to be Lord in your life and all that He is, He will be in you…in your house today.




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

39. As You Have Believed

“Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.’ And his servant was healed that same hour.”     (Matthew 8:13)

In another passage, when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the son of man is?’ (Matthew 16:13, NASB), Jesus wanted to know what other people said and believed about him. When Jesus asked them who do they, the disciples, say He is, Peter exclaims, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (v.16). Jesus told His disciples that day that flesh and blood had not revealed this to Peter, but that His Father in heaven had revealed it to him.

It really does matter what you believe about Jesus Christ. The centurion saw Him face to face and believed that His divine authority superseded any disease or any other spirit. The centurion understood authority and believed in faith that Jesus had authority over all. He was close enough to have this private conversation with Jesus and trusting enough that divine healing could be accomplished with only a word from Jesus.

Again, it really does matter what you believe about Jesus. Are you going to believe what other men and women say who He is, or is not? Are you going to believe a good teaching about Jesus Christ and believe in someone else’s belief that may, or may not be complete, or entirely correct? Jesus wanted to know the obvious; that many people will have their opinions and beliefs, but you, you have to know what you believe about Jesus Christ.

Who is He to you? What do you believe? For as sure as you are reading this writing, it is certain that it will be done for you as you have believed? Do you know Him personally and do you know that He knows your name? (Luke 10:20).  

If you name the Name of Jesus Christ you know that He is Lord over all things, His Holy Spirit will have revealed this to you. Believe that and as a new creation, walk in the power of His Name.





Thursday, October 25, 2012

38. A Case for Rev. Billy Graham

The calling of a man of God does not come from the populace. It is not voted upon by any group of people, nor is it bequeathed upon a man by any other man or woman. The calling of a man of God is exactly that, a calling of and from the One True God, in the book of the Revelation, His name is Jesus Christ.
Before we talk about the man, let's talk about his God. The God of the Reverend Billy Graham is the God of the Bible. He is the God of the Genesis through the Revelation. He is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is the God of Abraham, Moses, Elijah; He is the God of the Hebrew people. His name is Yahweh, Adonai, Savior, Redeemer, Jehovah, Creator, and Lord. He is the King of the kings and the Lord of the lords, His name is Jesus. He created all things and without Him, nothing was made. He made the heavens and the earth and all that have dwelt upon the earth, including you and me.
He is the God of love and the God of judgment. Righteousness is in His right hand and with mercy and loving kindness He reigns supremely over all that is. He is Savior in that He has provided a way of escape for all of us, from the consequences of sin, into Himself through the saving grace in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ. He is all of this and He is forever more than we could ever imagine.
For more than fifty years, the Rev. Billy Graham has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people across the world. His messages of grace, love, forgiveness of sin, of the need to be born again, and be made right in the eyes of a holy God are still communicated today by recorded messages, books, and various media stream, but most importantly, witnesses of the faith who were led to Jesus Christ as a result of the calling of the man of God who continue to express the gospel and will do so for years to come.
It is said of him, the Rev. Billy Graham, that he never endorsed a candidate for President. It is said of him that he did not get involved in politics so as not to mix the messages of religion and politics because of the confusion that may arise. It is now being said of him that he is not his own, that others are thinking and speaking for is being said. It is being said indeed by others who for their own personal quandary find themselves in disagreement with the man of God. Many things are being said, but is any of it the truth?
The problem that some people have with the Rev. Billy Graham now is that he has taken the 'cult' label off of the Mormon faith and has personally met with the Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. As a matter of fact, he is not endorsing a candidate as much as he is endorsing Biblical principles and complete adherance to those principles. As I stated in an earlier post, 'A Case for Mitt Romney', it is duly recognized that the judgments of the religious against the Mormon's faith, as well as, the judgments against all Catholics are unlawful before a Holy God who has told us who are of the faith that judgment is reserved for the One True God and not for us. We are certainly able to discern right from wrong, truth from untruth, light from dark, and sin from righteousness. Jesus Christ said:
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye' and look a plank is in your own eye? 'Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.'"     (Matthew 7:1-5)
Again, as human beings and certainly as Christians, God gave us a mind and a conscience to use to discern right from wrong, and sin from holiness. It is what we do with these discernment's that carry us into personal judgments against another person, or an entire race, or creed of a people. No man has the right to judge another man to hell, for that is what this is really about with the religious fervor against the Mormons, the Catholics, and now, Billy Graham. The religious are exactly that, religious; they trade truth for law, mercy for rules, and loving kindness for self-interpretation. The gospel of Jesus Christ is His gospel, not any man's. Billy Graham always preached Jesus Christ unashamedly and truthfully in love, grace, and mercy; not in critical judgment. There is a tremendous difference in the relating of the gospel of Jesus Christ from the heart in all of these matters.
It is what is in the heart, after all, that the man of God has to use from his own personal experience to the hearts of the many who need a Savior. When man takes critical judgment upon himself to judge another man, he has taken the duty and righteousness of a just and holy God upon himself as the ruler over another man's soul. As humans, the word of God speaks very plainly, that is not our right, it is the right of a just, righteous, and holy God. That is why He said, "... do not to give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under your feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."  (Matthew 7:6). Righteous judgment is for a right judge. There is one true judge and that is God Himself. When humans take the judgment of others upon themselves, they tear other people up with their words and their flesh as dogs would with a defenseless creature condemning others to a fate that they themselves think they are above and are not. God, alone, is judge, His judgments are just and right.
The blasted confusion and degradation comes in now that I am saying you cannot think. No! I did not say you cannot think, you cannot discern right from wrong, or know sin from righteousness. What I am saying is that we do not have the right to condemn people to hell. We can tell them what we believe to be the Biblical truth and then they have the final say with the help of the Holy Spirit, or not. One of the reasons the world looks at the church's message is that they receive it in a spirit of condemnation rather than love. The main reason the world looks at the church with resentment, however, is that the world simply doesn't want to be told what to do about their personal sin. 
This brings us to another problem and that is the cause of the world that certain individuals and groups would have against Billy Graham because he is supposed to be a religious man and should not be involved in politics. These are the people who have traded truth for a lie and have regarded themselves as little gods of their own domain and have left the God of the Bible for their own selfishness, entertainment, sports, political gods, money, addictions, and the list is endless as to what a person who does not want to hear about God can get themselves involved in.
These are the people who have believed the lie that there are laws concerning the separation of church and state. There is no such law in the Constitution of the United States, however, liberal ideologists have created the lie that there is and so, in the last 60 years these liberal thinkers have been able to persuade the uninformed to change federal, state, and local governmental policy which is contrary to the US Constitution. These people do not want God in anything, especially if it has to do with anything concerning the government, federal, state, or local, schools, sports, prayer, or Biblical teaching.
Amendment I of the Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
There is no law of separation of church and state, it is a lie. And, because people have been raised by a lie and have separated themselves from a Holy God, they do not want a religious person telling them what to do with the government. They want the political to be kept free from the religious. It was not so in the beginning. God is in all things. God has always been in all things. He is in the very breath that you breathe.

What has been done with this lie, however, is that the purveyors of the lie have told it so much, the majority of Americans believe it to be true. To further their cause for the elimination of religion, they have had lawmakers on the federal, state, and local levels to change the policies and rules that govern the employees of the specific government. This way, the separatist's get what they want because of the policy changes even though the policies are based on a lie.
Our forefathers have their writings taken out of context to try and prove the antithesis of agreement with our Creator. The proof of their agreement with our Creator is all over our nation, in their writings, and most especially in the halls of our federal buildings. Truth is written in the halls, the mantels, the walls, the doorposts, inside and out. Go to Washington, DC, yourself and see the liberty that was purchased for you and me with the blood of men and the assurance of their faith sketched into the granite, the marble, the wood, and the artwork. Go to the Library of Congress and see the Bibles that we have stored there for public viewing. There are museums there, but the word of God is not for a museum just to obeserve, it is proof that our forefathers loved, read, respected, and adored the word of God. Go and see for yourself that it was the Lord God who made us a nation and great men who followed and served a Mighty God. These men were farmers, soldiers, politicians, writers, industrialists, entrepreneurs, and on and on, and they had the faith in a just and holy God to deliver us as a nation to prosper us as He saw fit. Our trust is in God.
It is right and just that a man of God speak to the good and the ills of our nation. It is right and just for a man of God to speak for if that man is not allowed to speak, then who is allowed to speak? What spirit shall prevail if the man of God is not allowed to speak to the political?
It is right and just for men of God to speak to the political and to every area of life. It is right and just for the man of God to continue in his calling because it was God who called Billy Graham to the task of preaching truth and he will not answer to me or to you, he will answer to his God who is my God as well.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

37. Jesus Christ's Words are Spirit

In John 6:63, Jesus said, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life."

The older I have become, the more I have come to realize that my ideas of God and the Word of God have come from the dwelling place of men's minds. Jesus said that His words are 'Spirit' and in my setting apart of my self in submission to Him, I acknowledge that within my self dwells no good thing, but 'in Him', the Spirit gives life. I have to move away from my own understanding of the things of God and move 'into' Him.

Daily, in the each and every moment, I must submit to Him, giving up the right to my self to dwell in His Spirit. It is only then that the words of Jesus Christ come alive and breathe life into me. His words are Spirit and can only be understood in the Spirit.

I have failed so many times, but now I know I don't have to.

Dwell in His Spirit today and see that the Kingdom of God is nearer than you think.

For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him.                           (John 3:34-36)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

34. Amendment I of the United States Constitution

Amendment I of the United States Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The points made in earlier years by the liberal agenda have become evermore egregious to the populace of the United States of America. The liberal agenda has become ever increasingly socialistic and dictatorial in its make-up, thought, and coercive actions to thwart any kind of religion from operating freely within these United States.

There is absolutely no support for the 'separation of church and state' interpretations set forthwith by the liberal agenda.

There is absolutely no support for the idea of 'freedom from religion' interpretations set forthwith by the liberal agenda.

As I have stated earlier in my writings, these predisposed ideologies are purely reflexive in nature causing themselves to believe themselves for what they believe, they believe unto themselves for their own personal edification and the for the ultimate control of others and their destiny. Their main premise of operation is control by any means necessary and a lie told by liars will do any day.

The current operations and actions performed by the liberal agenda to create their own interpretations as rule of law and decree reveal the ignorance of the masses as to the true rule of law as set forth in the Constitution of the United States of America. It simply does not say what they say it says. They interpret simplicity and misconstrue the writings and the nature of our constitution. The idea of separation of church and state is not in the Constitution of the United States of America, nor is it implied. That idea was presented by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 presenting the idea of protecting the church from the government, as in 'a wall of separation between church and state'. President Jefferson was explaining the law to them as to reassure them of their protection from infringement from the government. Excerpts from the letter are as follows:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between a man and his God, that he owes no account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem.  (Jefferson Writings, The Library of America, page 510).
In this letter, there is no mention of separation of religion from the people, nor is there any idea of setting forth a rule of law stating that religion must be compartmentalized to protect the government and its people. In any case, the interpretations of this letter are mute, they are not the law, nor were they intended to be; it was a kind letter sent to President Jefferson's constituents for their edification, explanation, and protection. The letter is the exact opposite of what the liberal, socialistic agenda proposes that the law states.

In no way can an organization set forth a grievance against a person for his involvement with a religious organization, whether that person be a business owner, an independent contractor, employee of a business or an employee of a state, or federal institution. The persons of the United States of America are protected under Amendment I to participate freely in their right to religion and religious exercise.

It is to the distress of the liberal thought that they take offence at religion, particularly Christianity, born of Jesus Christ, and this offence is the stumbling block of their ideology. They are not free, they are held in bondage to their ideology and are hid together with bonds that cannot be broken without the saving grace of that which they have purposed to destroy. Their destiny is in their purpose of destruction. Any and all organizations affiliated with the liberal ideology are culpable constrictors of all faith based organizations and it is to this battle that they have created that their demise is imminent.

There is no rule of law stating a separation of church and state. It is a myth  perpetuated by groups like the FFRF who desire to have a society free from religion and they intend to force as many people as they can to believe their ideologies. Their latest attempt is to try and stop a Georgia high school football team and their coach from having their meals served by the local churches.

The law of the constitution has not changed, what has changed is the darkness of these human souls, at any and all cost, to, not only prevent the cause of religion to progress, but to exterminate it from our country and are attempting to use the ignorance of the populace to do it.

Enough is now.


Monday, August 20, 2012

33. A Measure of Pain

I wrote a writ, but now I sneezed
Much pain I feel, and ill at ease
The pain, I feel, I know it true
But where, oh death, it must ensue.

My eye, it tear
With pain to rent
To move and breath
With no relent

Ah, relief, for the moment I stay
To find a place of solace at bay
My heart is tired from stress and ill
Relief from pain, 'Not now!' says quill.

A rock I know, I know its place
It keeps me there, and from disgrace
The pain, the pain, when will it pass
To dope and still, to make it last

To speak for right
My heart cries out
In pain, in pain
For life unborn.

She lives, he dies,
And no one cares
For pain has come
And death is cheap.

Give heart to man, the man in pain
His hip, his life, can now regain
Give life, not death, they lie reposed
In tombs of life and beds undone.

Who will care for the man in pain
Who moves and lives and breathes
His heart cries out for pain to stay
No room, no room for him today.

It is to the man in pain, who needs a place to stay, who lies in pain, with no money, and no redress. Who lies in state and men make decisions to send him to eternity, rather than taking a chance on his life. What we do when it comes our time, but reap what we have sown, in the uncares of life?  It is to the doctors who know the corruption of the system is coming and now is; that correction needs to take place, before we become what the worst of our selfishness begs us to be... to our own selves be true, to look out first for ourselves and let others fall where they may, pure self-interest.

It is in the care of others that the writ is written. Not of pride, nor will of man, but a declaration of what is and is to come, to foresee where we are going as a nation, where we have been, is not where we are. And, where we are going, has been seen in the abyss of pride.   

Monday, July 30, 2012

31. The Great Illusion

 A few things that I have seen under the sun and a few things I have learned and one is this, it is far easier for a man to work with his hands than it is to work with his mind. I have done both. I have worked with my mind and I have worked with my hands.

With my hands, I have torn down, built up, torn down again, re-worked, cut, cut out and cut down; I have made and unmade, dug and filled, cleaned, scrubbed, and sterilized; with my hands I have picked up and thrown down, I have tossed and caught, turned and flipped...all with my hands. With my hands I have broken, sliced, and diced, cooked and seared, grilled and washed, and washed again. I have washed my hands a few times. With my hands I have bathed and showered, touched and remade. With my hands I have taken, given, wrapped, unwrapped, written and erased. I have given and taken, moved and created, with my hands, I have loved and I have hated...all with my hands. I have embraced and I have rejected; I have said hello and I have said good-bye.

With my mind, I have created, toiled, and stressed. I have written, read, added, and multiplied, subtracted and divided, all with my mind. With my mind, I have embraced, loved and despised, rejected, and received rejection. With my mind, I have worked, thought, and thought some more. I have analyzed, rationalized, reasoned, and grown. I have learned, learned, and learned. With my mind I see and hear, I grope and walk. I see the light with my mind; I dream dreams and see visions. With my mind, I understand and am enlightened and with my mind I am played the fool and have walked in folly.

In my mind, I have feared and lost; I have won and succeeded. In my mind, I move to higher ground and sit in heavenly places. With my mind, I think and it is with my mind I receive the thoughts of a king with its intention for another time. 

With my mind, I see beyond, I see what is. It is with my mind I see truth and understand. Yes, it is far easier to work with one's hands than it is to work with one's mind. For what is it in the mind of man that he can create and bring to fruition with only his mind? How can a man succeed and advance with only his mind?

For it is in the mind of man to work with his hands, after all, it is his purpose, isn't it? Or, is it? Is it man's purpose to work with his hands, or is it his purpose to see what was and bring to fruition what is?

I have seen men rewarded greatly for both, but to work with one's mind, the reward is higher, more nobler, and more rewarding, really? I have seen the rewards of the hands rewarded greatly these days. 

So, is it easier for a man to work with his hands than it is to work with his mind? I say, yes, and for this reason, but not this reason alone. It is easier to work with one's hands than it is to work with one's mind because it is what man sees upon the work til its completion that a man will work with his hands. It is the immediate response of a thing done, accomplished, it is what he sees that enjoins him to see what he sees. It is the material. It is what he eats, touches, lays his eyes upon, and turns his attention to that is the material. It is a thing rather than a thought. It is something gold, green, or blue, but it is a thing that will never last that men hope for most and it is that thing, that whatever thing, that men will work for with their hands to obtain, only to lose it and attempt to obtain it again.

It is with a man's hands that he eats, for if he does not work, he should not eat. To the work a man goes with his mind or his hands or with his hands and his mind. I would choose the latter. For I have done both, worked with my hands and worked with my hands and my mind. Enjoin the mind. Mind the mind and you will mind your work.

It is to the thinking man that he is not sold by the salesman, the proprietor of ideas, he is as he thinks he is, but is not. For his is the work of the illusionist, who works a work with the work of his hands, but what is being worked is his mind and not yours. Work with your mind. Know what is real and true.

It is with your mind that you believe or choose not to believe. It is with your mind, that you choose to forgive, love, and embrace. It is with your mind, you choose to know truth and truth that remains is all that will remain.

You see, it is far easier to work with one's hands than it is to work with one's mind, even though it is a far better thought to have thought about what is, and what is to come, than it is not to think and to work another day and believe that that is all there is.

It is a far easier thing to do to kill, steal, and destroy, than it is to create. The work that a man chooses to do will reveal his life in his beliefs as his beliefs reveal the work of his hands and the work of his mind. 

It is also a far easier thing to bounce, kick, hit, or throw a ball. Grown men playing children's games for hire. The indulgence of entertainment of the populace has always been with us. This is most definitely not the observance of the amateur Olympian who has played his game and worked his work to become the best in the world for a season. I salute the Olympian. 

But it is in our day, the indulgence of the professional ball player that continues beyond the appearance of reality into the most definitive working of the hands into a land of illusion. It is to these professional men, hirelings, that their illusion is their reality and they exchange the ability to bounce, kick, hit, or throw a ball, of all things, into dollars of such great magnitude that the children of the day can only dream dreams to be like be able to play children's games for the rest of their lives and never quite grow up. Immature children getting paid great sums of money offers the illusion of greatness. In all of life, there is nothing great about being able to bounce, throw, hit, or kick a ball, nothing great at all. But it is to the entertainer to entertain men's minds so that they do not have to think about what is or is to come. Entertainers playing to the entertained while the world watches and the beast slides in unaware.

Who will reckon the day of reckoning that the entertainer has had his last say? To the actor, the ultimate hypocrite, who plays the world as his stage and uses the minds of others as a tool for their gain. They wield their thoughts as a swordsman wields his sword because man chose to work with his hands thereby becoming a slave to the entertainers demands. Who is next to be entertained? Who is next to be sold? The governor who chooses to use the entertainer as his tool chooses to be chosen in the great illusion for he knows neither life, nor truth, but only the illusion of the material, the next thing, the thing to be bartered. For the next thing to be bartered is our country, while men watch the entertainers entertain, not truly knowing what is and is to come.

What do you see, son of man?  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

30. On Being Nefarious

To be nefarious is to be flagrantly wicked, evil, to perform wicked acts, be irreverent, lacking in respect of God, or your parents. (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary).

To seduce is to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty. (ibid.)

Sedition - incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. (ibid.)

Is anyone exempt before a Holy God?

I am not. Our human nature to satisfy our own will makes us culpable to almost anything if given the perfect opportunity, which is just another reason for us to refrain from judging others when they fall.

Holiness - Set aside, sacred, perfection, spiritually pure. (ibid.)

Is there a definition for holiness that is real and true? Can we even begin to fathom holiness?

Most likely, the majority of us do not consider ourselves nefarious. Terrorists, murdering mobsters, punishers, slave traders, and the like would be considered part of the group, along with a host of others of hideous distinction.

But when it comes to holiness, would my thoughts and words be those reflecting murder, sedition, or any other sort of wickedness otherwise known as nefarious?

When we compare ourselves with ourselves, we tend to overlook our tendencies so as not to be too hard on ourselves, besides, 'I'm not stealing, not murdering, not participating in sex slave trafficking, etc., not in the flesh anyway.'

When Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hellfire...You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28).

It is what is in our hearts that will determine our pleasure to please our anger, our eyes, or our even our ears in justification of sedition. The words of someone who is supposed to be telling us the truth, but is not, is just as wicked as any other sin. 

Words written on a page, or spoken in the air, should be the truth, without exception.

If you, as the reader take exception to this writing because you believe something about yourself that in no way do you have any guilt of relationship to wickedness, then I would have to commend you for your holiness.

The word of God in Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore no condemnation to those who are 'in' (parentheses mine) Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."

But since I am still in this world, and as Jesus would say, 'not of it', I still find myself asking myself, 'What have you done? What did you say? What are you thinking? What are you looking at?' In my own self-examination, I find my own acts of lust and idolatry, of envy and hate. Most times, I correct myself, without condemning myself, for I know that I am 'in' Him.

But when His Spirit corrects me, then all my words fall back to the examiners table to discover their origin and their placement. I have submitted to Him to be examined by Him at any time for it is He Who keeps me in Him, and while I am in the holy place, nothing that is not holy is allowed. It is His righteousness and not my own, I know, but I know that I can do better in my thinking, better in my communicating, and better at listening to Him, the source of Truth. There truly is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, walking in the light as He is in the light, and in that, I find comfort. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. It is His holiness that separates and sets Him far above what we would call good.

He is building me in Him to be truth in the earth as it is with all those who call themselves Christian. Because of my will, being true to Him first is not automatic, and I see that now. Being true to Him always I will to be some day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

29. Heighten the Sight

Oftentimes, many of us find ourselves in squeamish territories brought on by our external circumstances, or by self-imposed skirmishes of the mind. Most of our trials are of the latter kind. I have found it to be quite interesting how many folk will dwell in anxiety for prolonged periods of time and if, by chance, one tries to bring them out of it, resentment seems to be the order of the day.

Are we to try and take these things from our fellow humans, or are we to allow them to wallow in self-pity until the season of self-pity has passed? Trying to take that which is not yours to take brings with it a burden not too wholesome a life worth while.

It is of grave maturity to see that the circumstances and things of our fellows are there for a reason and although they may be placed by human hands, they are engineered by that which is not, and they are not looking to be removed by human hands. What is it that we see that our fellow cannot see that he sees what he sees and is unable to see from the height of the sight of a higher horizon? It is not of presumption that there is a higher sight view, it is one of belief that pride will not allow ourselves to see what others see about ourselves, or our situation.

We do not see all things, for we see what we see from our level of sight at the viewpoint of the level. We all are in our circumstances and none are exempt from the cares of the day. Decisions born from clarity are brought about because they have been viewed from different perspectives, but many of us are capricious when we make decisions and suffer the ensuing consequences as a result.

The desire and the ability to heighten the sight of us all in order to rise from our circumstances is so vitally necessary that it behooves us to gain insight as to how do we achieve a higher sight plain when viewing our prevailing circumstances. We would all agree that we see more from the mountain top than from the valley below. Wisdom, knowledge, and experience are on the mountain top, as well as, spiritual insight known only to the ones who are willing to submit to the Spirit who gives the insight.

We need each other. I need my fellow man because, in my humanity, I either refuse to go to the mountain top, or forget to, in the midst of my circumstance. The conundrum in the whirlwind of our minds keeps us preoccupied with unending distractions. Unsolved problems cause consternation and we are unrelenting in our abiding in our self-pity rather than seeking Truth from a higher plain.

Heighten your sight. Rise above your circumstance and you will see things yet unseen. Heighten the horizon and you will be able to see what is coming rather than being buried by it. Oswald Chambers continues to teach me that it is not so much my responsibility to alter things as it is to remain true to God in the midst of it. (The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers, page 669-662)

The ability to make a great decision is waning in our nation today. I see what I see from the vantage point of my peers. Who have you surrounded yourself with? Where do you dwell? Where is your mind? Who are you listening to?
If it's no one, you are in trouble indeed. If it's everyone, the worse still. If it's entertainment, you will dwell in a tiny facade of unreality that leads to a path in a crevice of an earthquake yet to come. 

Who are you listening to? Do you know the difference between the mountain top and the valley? Have you paid the price of the distance between the two?

In the Kingdom of God, there is the opportunity to be seated in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6-7) The price of admission has been paid, but you have to leave your Self at the door.

The sight from the height of the heavenly places is real and true. What do you see from your where you sit?

What do you see, son of man, what do you see?   

Monday, July 9, 2012

28. Peace - The Treasure That You Seek

There are not many people on this earth who do not desire peace and happiness in some way. It is a reality that most of the people I have known in my lifetime, including myself, have desired and searched for peace in their lives, their marriages, their work, their homes, and most particularly, their inner being. Peace, it seems, is elusive to the many, costly for some, and non-existent for others. Peace is what most people are searching for when they are saying they are searching for God. For most folk, if they are able to realize a few moments of perceived peace, they will forgo any further spiritual journey immediately following their momentary lapse of stress and turmoil. For the many, it is too easy to get up and walk away from God. 

It is most extraordinary for us humans in that we have been led to believe that we can presumably search for God, in Jesus name, and at the drop of that name, peace can show up in our inner most being. Is it really that easy? Whether it is that easy, or not, is not the main issue here, for the presumption is that what the human is doing is seeking peace, rather than seeking the God Who is peace.

The Word of God most emphatically says to "pursue peace with all people..." (Hebrews 12:14), "seek peace and pursue it..." (Psalm 34:14), and in 1 Peter 3:11, "seek peace and pursue it...."

This is where most Christians find themselves, and those who espouse themselves to be Christian, in the place of seeking the benefit of the Presence of God without truly seeking the benefactor Himself. Even the mere fact of me taking these few verses out of their context is how most people live their lives, out of context with Truth, and out of context with reality. The American Christian is profoundly culpable here in that we have been taught by our teachers and preachers that we can purchase some value from God for a gift to a ministry, or purchase a gift from God for rightly serving Him, or the said ministry. These cases range from the misunderstanding of to the misuse of to the abuse of God's Word and His Holy Presence.

His Holy peace is found in Him, in His Presence.

Hebrews 12:4, "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."
Psalm 34:13-14, "Keep your tongue from evil,and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."
1 Peter 3:10-12 is a direct quote reference to Psalm 34:13-14, and adds, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Ezekiel 7:25, "Destruction comes; They will seek peace, but there shall be none..."
Ephesians 2:14, "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation..."
John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
The context of seeking peace from the Lord is always within the context of being with, or in Him. He is our peace. Christ, who is our peace, is the Truth.

For those who are seeking heaven, they are seeking peace, peace from their existence, peace from their everyday life, peace from their torment, peace in their finances, their families, their being and peace in their future.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated that what people needed was not peace, but Jesus. (The Cost of Discipleship).

For those who have chosen to command the peace of God from God, as though they could draw a morsel from His Presence, is likened to drawing His blood from His veins and have it run into their veins to settle them down in peace, like a drug...with the motive to using the God of peace for their own personal preference of immediate need, only to discard Him when they are rested. 

When Jesus commanded the waves, and said, 'Peace, be still', He was talking to the waves, not commanding His Father. (Mark 4:39). It is a disrespectful abuse to command, or order our heavenly Father to our beckon call. It is a complete misrepresentation of the Word of God to use the Word of God against Him to satisfy our earthly pleasures and desires.

It is only in the mind of man that he believes that he can use God for his personal preferences to call on Him in times of trouble and then wickedly discard Him and walk away from an omnipresent Presence. That is the power of the foolishness of man. The mind of man in his selfish desire to please himself in peace and then relieve himself on His is only in his mind he has done this thing and shown his true motive and worth to an Almighty God.

The motives of the mind of man are tried and are faithless. The thoughts of mankind are not the thoughts of a Holy God.

It is for a time that man dwells on the earth and for a season of time he persists. Let those who are called according to His Name, be found faithful, unwavering in the belief that He Is, abiding in Him as He Is, being found true to Him as He Is and no longer walking in a way that only seeks a morsel when, in reality, He seeks all that we are, and when He gets that, we get into all of Him.

I pray that we become that which we seek in Him, true peace, as Christ, Who is our peace, living in us. There is peace through His Presence in Him, in His Kingdom, the dwelling place of God.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 5:3).    

Friday, June 22, 2012

26. The Dynamics of Spiritual Truth

While on a recent trip, I was out one morning and another gentleman insisted that I look up to the sky, specifically into the sun. Immediately, I thought it to be a strange demand coming from someone that I did not know, but his inquisitive smile and pleasant demeanor enabled me to concede to his polite demand.

As I looked up straight into the late morning sun, I was able to see what he saw, something that neither one of us had ever seen, and he, being much older than I, marveled at the sight. I gladfully marveled with him.

I am certain that it was something that science could easily explain, still I cannot, but all could see who chose to. There, surrounding the bright morning sun, was a perfect rainbow in a perfect circle completely surrounding the sun. I have seen many a rainbow in my time, and the sight of such does bring a sense of joy and awareness of the atmosphere around us with the mixture of light and water vapor. The elements of sunshine and rainfall are typically required for a rainbow, and the sight of the rainbow is typically away from the sun.

It had not rained, not in our locale, that is, and we were looking straight at the sun around 11 am that morning. The circle of rainbow around the sun dynamically was perfect. Although science could explain it, I believe that only God could create such a sight to behold. It was indeed majestic.

I speak about this event, not to conjure up some deep spiritual meaning to life, but to bring us to some type of realisation, an acknowledge of sorts, that not everyone saw what we saw that day. It was not in the television news, that I'm aware of; nor was it found as an explosive phenomenon on the internet news either. It was what it was and whoever saw it, saw it in its glory, and after an hour, it was gone. I still see it in my mind, as clear as it was in those moments.

What I do want us to see are facts, facts as we see facts, rather than illusions that others tell us what we see or don't see.

If that man had told me that he saw a rainbow around the sun that morning, and I, having not seen it, probably would have looked at him with a strange look of non-verbal retort and lifted eyebrow, stating, 'Why are you telling me this?' Or, 'Are you sure you saw what you saw?' Or, 'That's a little unusual, and the not so common thing to see, I've never seen that before...' and then go on my way with very little concern for his sighting of something that was so majestic, it was indescribable.

It was a scientific fact that we saw what we saw and can most probably be fully and easily explained by a meteorologist, or high school science teacher. It was there and no one can tell me that it wasn't.

As science facts are facts as gravity is as real as throwing a ball up into the air and expecting the law of gravity to exert itself onto the ball to bring it back to my hand, so are Biblical spiritual facts just as real and existent as science facts.

Biblical facts are based on faith, if you have the God kind of faith to believe that God is, that the Bible is the Word of God, then you believe that in faith. If you do not believe that God is, or that the Bible is the Word of God, then you simply do not believe that; I, nor anyone else can make that a fact for you, you simply do not believe. I have no argument with you.

Contrary to contemporary beliefs of apologetics, faith cannot be argued. The scriptures cannot be, nor do they need to be, defended to an unbeliever. If the unbeliever does not believe in God, does not have faith, does not believe that the Word of God is what it is, no human is going to convince that unbeliever of those 'faith facts' because the first requirement to believing the faith facts is faith. If you do not believe those foundational facts about God, Jesus, and the Word of God, you simply do not have the faith to believe. And because you do not have the faith to believe, does not mean that they do not exist, for they do, you simply do not believe it.

One may contend here based on their empirical knowledge that God does not exist, but any empirical knowledge would be skewed because one would have to believe the knowledge derived based on the faith that their knowledge is forthwith, undeniable and proven through experience and no such knowledge exists. Or, does it? Is there undeniable knowledge existing in our natural realm that proves the non-existence of someones mind, someone has the faith to not believe. But only in their mind.

God is Spirit and those who worship Him, worship Him in spirit and in truth. There is no other way to worship God, other than the way that He has said it in His Word. For someone to not adhere to the Word of God because they do not believe, is entirely believable and has been since its creation. However, even non belief is faith in the non belief order of things and sets the human on a course that is foretold in the Word of God.

Because it requires faith to believe faith facts, it would also require faith to believe in the absolute certainty of absolute truth. Everyone has an opinion, or a perspective, just as they have an armpit, or two. Value justification is as such. But, here, we are not talking about perspective, opinion, value, appraisal, or perception. Here, we seek after truth, and the truth that I know to be true is the Truth of God. He is certain. He is undeniable and unchanging. Jesus said that He is the Truth and the Life, I believe that to be true. And, it is True, whether you, or I believe it, or not.

For a man to say that he is a Christian is to say that he believes that Jesus is Lord, that the Word of God is True, and that man would also be saying that he walks in the Light as He is in the Light. These are all faith facts within the Word itself. Confession of Jesus Christ is not just an audible verbal opening of the mouth saying, 'I believe', oh no, it is far more than that. Confession means that every particle of my being not only believes, but lives in, abides in, that Truth, and so walks according to that belief system that is so very well descriptive in the scriptures.

A man who calls himself Christian is man who lives and abides in the Word, Jesus, out of love for His Father Who brought him into the Light. Obedience is wrought from love, the same love that He gave us. A Christian does not pick and choose his verses of obedience, for that is neither obedience, nor love, nor truthful. 

A man is not a Christian just because he says he grew up in a Christian household. The mere expression of that belief is an ignorant acknowledgement that he is unaware of what the Word of God says as well as expressing ignorance of the abiding relationship that ensues in the walk of a Christian walking in the Light of grace. If a man will, out of ignorance, or knowledge, lie about the allegiance that he is supposed to walk in, his life is a life of an actor, a hypocrite, who is incapable of knowing truth and walking in it.

Spiritual truths are believed by spiritual men who are led by the Spirit of God. These spiritual truths are spiritual facts believed in faith. Unbelief in the non-existence of these truths is unbelief indeed and that person is just as real as any spiritual man that ever walked the earth.

The person who does not believe has conscripted himself to the ranks of the unbelief and has wagered the bet that Pascal warned us of so many years ago, "If God does not exist, one will lose nothing by believing in Him, while if He does exist, one will lose everything by not believing."
(101 Great Philosophers, Madsen Pirie, MJF Books, page 74)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

25. The Love of a Father

As we approach another Father's Day, thoughts of being with my children together again bring forth an eruption of wellness and joyful excitement from within my being. It is my desire to be with them more than they could know for now, for now is today and the lingering moments of being alone in the present create a longing for the future days of being all together to have a fun time once again.

It is, indeed, my purely selfish desire to be with them, I am so very proud of them and their growth. They are all adults now. I love them so.

To feel deeply and sense longing are too real and exposed at times as they have matured and moved on to other homes and work. Although we have had some great and fun times as a family in the past, it is not the past the I desire, but a future of reciprocated loving desire to be with them and them with me...that I need the most.

As I have grown in my walk with my heavenly Father, I have been led down the roads of grace, suffering, love, mercy, unrelenting examination, trial, and opportunities of expression. My Father loves me, this I know, and the inherent love that my heavenly Father has for me, as I continue to learn, is that He so desires for me to return His love willingly and without reservation. He loves me to love Him. He doesn't love me just to love Him back, but He loves it when I love Him like He loves me.

Many things I have learned as a father of three, but this I desire the most: that my children would want to love me like I love them, and so desire to be with me as I desire to be with them. It is the opportunity of choice that we have been afforded in grace by a loving heavenly Father and it is that same choice that my own children are given to make contact, to love near and to so desire me that the joy unspeakable overwhelms my soul. Moments are few and precious in the giving and receiving of true love.

Moments...moments that are so fleeting, that the breath that I breathe is filled with the aroma of presence, it is so with Him, as it is with me. Is the love that I have loved with deserving of a love returned?

Could I have loved better? A resounding, yes, a better love not frought with despair and stress, worry and complaint. I could have loved better.

Honesty and truth will not let me go here, for it is in truth, that love loves best.
What is real, what is true, is the place of rest for true love.

The place that love loves best is as a treasure sought with much breath, the breath that seemingly eludes, that I now have to run and catch, but is there, captured and dwells within.

My true love for my children is real, is deep, and is inseparable. The love that loves best is not easy, but always is.

It is with this love that I could have loved better and to love better still in the moments to come is to love all the more with the moments I am given.

And so it is with this upcoming Father's Day, that the moment of the day begins even now. Love now is in the heart and the time spent is in the mind.

If you are in the military and are being forced to be away, may the time spent in the next few moments be real and true. Let love love its best. Love hard and don't let the moments elude as in a failing breath, but breathe all the more of the love of the Father Who loves you and love as He has loved as love has loved its best in Him. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

24. Apparent Contradictions

Have you ever been lied to by someone you trust, and you didn't know that you were being lied to?

Prayer, as we know it today, especially our corporate prayers, are not prayer at all, but facsimiles of imitations from past religious observances.

God loves the aroma of a good bar-b-q, it certainly is not the smell of unclean flesh.

To talk about isolated spiritual experiences reveals that is all you have in your spiritual walk and may not even be on the pathway of God.

On imitation: We have been told to 'Be like Jesus', or 'What would Jesus Do?', or 'A Christian would not act that way...'

Have you ever known anyone that acted like Jesus Christ? How deep is that thought? With no intention on being nefarious, the church has to look at itself by the truth of the word of God and not the opinion of man. I, personally, have to examine myself by the word of God, and I know, very personally, that I do not live up to that standard.

In times past, the church has been told that the world looks at the church and if the church doesn't live up to Jesus' commands there, the world has the right to judge the church for not living up to the Word.

Although this does happen, is this the truth? No one has the 'right' to judge the church save God Himself and the church, itself. The church, for centuries, has been told to 'be good', to do what Jesus says, and the world certainly does look at the church in judgement knowing that the church has not lived up to its own expectations. Outsiders look at the failures of the church and call it antiquated, dogmatic, unloving, and hateful. If someone inside the church talks about the Truth of the Gospel to the outside world, it is received with bitterness and derogatory thought. The church has perpetuated the self-inflicted judgement from the world because of its apparent lack of the knowledge of the Word of God and its own inability to live up to the standards of a Holy God, called holiness. I am not holy as the world sees me, but as God in Christ has delivered me unto Himself, He is holy in me. The problem comes to the world when what they see and hear is the dark side of me, rather than the Holiness of the Lord dwelling in me. I, like Paul, in Romans 7:24, find myself saying, 'O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?' It is His nature in me that has to grow in me, by submission, by prayer, by obedience, and most of all, by love.

"But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one."  (1 Corinthians 2:15).

"I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner - not even to eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those who are outside? Do you not judge those who are on the inside? But those who are on the outside God judges. Therefore 'put away from yourselves the evil person.'"  
(1 Corinthians 5:9-13).

Has this critical thought regarding the fellowship of believers justified, or is it just the world looking back at the church as unrepentant?

If a child is not getting what he thinks he deserves because he has done wrong and another child has received a reward for doing good, doesn't human nature kick in a some point with a plethora of emotions and have the errant child portray some type of negativity towards the goodness of the rewarded child?

For centuries, many of the leaders of the church have not expounded in total truth to their followers for so many reasons, they cannot all be listed here. The main reasons would be lack of knowledge of the Word, forced traditions, buildings and architecture, power, self-aggrandisement, fame, duplicitous teachings, money, money, and more money. The world looks at this and says, 'Hypocrite!', or 'There's not much difference between them and us.'

The foremost problem with the church believing the lie that the world has the right to judge them because they are not like Jesus Christ, 'Jesus wouldn't act that way, etc...' is this: What does the world know about acting like Jesus? The world is not the church's judge, a judge has knowledge and authority over the one being judged. The world has no such knowledge of the Word of God, and it never has had the authority to judge the church and it never will. Jesus said that the church would be persecuted, and the church has been judged by the world, but without any authority to do so.

If you are called by His name to name the name of Christ for yourself, it is He Who does the saving, and it is He Who has done the work, it is He Who keeps you saved from your sin, and it is all about Him, not you. The world is after killing the Son of God in you, and if it can make you believe that you're not worthy of the Name, then the task has been accomplished.

As a Christian, the world has no right to defame you, judge you, ridicule you, or persecute you. They will do those things, but they have no inherent right to.

God, Himself, will judge the world, that is one less item to put onto the Christian's 'to do list'.

If you call yourself Christian, stand up, with a backbone and deny yourself before Him, not the world...and in His Holy love, learn what it means to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him; love in Spirit and in Truth. The world is looking for someone to take advantage of, it might be me, or you, but vengeance is of the Lord and in the denial of the self, that's a pill that must be swallowed.

Please read some of my essays on the Kingdom of God, it will eventually be clear what the Kingdom is all about and what Jesus was really saying regarding life in Him.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

23. On Personal Relationships

It was in ancient Greece that Epictetus perceived that, 'We are disturbed not by events, but by the views we take of them.'    (101 Great Philosophers, Madsen Pirie, MJF Books, page 41).

Doing the right thing the wrong way gets the thing accomplished, but leaves an indelible, negative, lasting impression that is not soon forgotten.

The perceived immaturity of another person beckons for the same. If I respond to another's immaturity (ie., their out of order behavior) with immaturity, I then cease to be God in the earth in the moment. The situation then becomes rather worldly, flesh eating flesh, as opposed to iron sharpening iron. It is the Christ in me, the hope of glory, that the other person so desperately needs, as I do myself. It is His glory that should rise within me, rather than some vain response of self-protection, or a worse self-aggrandizement of believing that I know something that I actually do not.

Pride and arrogance believe that they can displace true authority. I have to be completely denied for the true authority to be revealed in a time of response to a less than holy situation. It is no longer I, then, but the Christ living in me that brings reality to fruition. The other person should have the opportunity to be responded to by the Holy Spirit, Himself, even as the archangel Michael, " contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, 'The Lord rebuke you!'" 
(Jude 9). We often tread where angels dare not.

Oftentimes a response should not be rendered as to give way to a lower road.

It is again, through the denial of self that our Lord Jesus taught us,

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.             Isaiah 53:7

This leads us to an errant religious teaching that you simply let people run over you because you think you're acting like Jesus. This is not scriptural. Jesus knew who He was and He walked in that authority. He knew what He had to do and that was to suffer and die on a cross. He did so in obedience. By not opening His mouth, He was essentially saying that He did not worry, complain, murmur, or speak ill of His Father for His Divine purpose. His destiny was to be the atonement for our sin by dying on a cross. That was HIS purpose. Our purpose in Him is wrapped in the swaddling clothes of desiring Him, denying the Self, taking up our cross, and following Him. His purpose was specific and NO ONE else could have, nor could ever perform His particular purpose, it's already done. God had to do it Himself.

If my cross takes me to a place of circumstance wherein my circumstances require me to respond to darkness, I find that I cannot respond on a human level in a godly manner. I can't, but He can. He has proven that. And I have proven that I am humanly incapable of responding from the heavenlies as God, but He can and does. He does the responding through me. I've seen it. I've experienced Him responding to darkness through me in some extremely grave situations.

What a dreadful soul I am if all I have is me to respond to the dark forces in varying opportunities of distress and baited temptation. However, it is the abandonment to the Spirit of God that beckons me to Him, His love will not let me go, nor will it allow me to continue in my self as my self. I am abandoned to Him. It is this denial and the presenting of the true self as a living sacrifice that He makes holy...that He makes righteous...that He lives and moves and breathes and in Him I find Life.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.    (Matthew 16:25)

This life that we are to find is the life of who we were before the beginning.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.    (Psalm 139:13-16)

If we will always be, then we have always been. But we will not always be as we have always been.

What I am after by continually submitting to Him is for the Divine Nature to be revealed. Paul said, "Therefore since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art or man's devising." (Acts 17:29).

You cannot shape God into a cross, or put Him in a box. You cannot act like, or be like Jesus. The Divine Nature is absolute. There is only one God and He must be Himself in me. If I try to act like Him, I fail. I attempt the temptation of usurpation. I am not He. He Is. He Is One. The best that I could be is a miserable substitute; that's what religion is...a miserable substitute.

Religion sets itself up to be an idol unto itself with its own laws and traditions. Religion is a false substitute for the Divine Nature. And if I continue to believe that 'I' can do the work, then my pride will steal the very best that God has for me through my own willful persuasion into an abyss of what does not matter.

I cannot transform myself into the Divine Nature, but I can transform myself into the work of transgressing. (2 Corinthians 11:10-15).

I have to go through the Door of the Kingdom of God and stay there. There is hidden treasure there, but it is His hidden treasure that has to be shared with the people I come in contact with. That is how I am to respond in my circumstance, no matter what circumstance that presents itself to me in any given moment. I am in all things tried.

The church, too, is in all things tried and has fallen short from the Truth. It is, perhaps, why the description of a 'hate' crime has been created as it has today because, over a period of many years, the world's view of the church's love is that of hate from the church's response being so despicable towards other humans. 

Will I follow the legions of men who have gone before me and proclaimed the cross of Christ through a vessel of hate, or will I be True to the Truth that I know to be True in me?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

21. Who Instituted Marriage?

Matthew 19:4-6 says,
And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,'
And said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh, therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

Malachi 2:13-17 says,
And this is the second thing you do:
You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and crying;
So He does not regard the offering anymore,
Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
Yet you say, "For what reason?"
Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously;
Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one? He seeks godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously
With the wife of his youth.
"For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce,
For it covers one's garment with violence," says the Lord of hosts.
"Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously."
You have wearied the Lord with your words; Yet you say,
"In what way have we wearied Him?" In that you say,
"Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord,
And He delights in them,"
Or, "Where is the God of justice?"
Matthew Henry's commentary on Malachi 2:10-17, best illuminates this scripture passage. I find it most difficult to add to his words:

Corrupt practices are the fruit of corrupt principles; he who is false to his God, will not be true to his fellow mortals. In contempt of the marriage covenant which God instituted, the Jews put away the wives they had of their own nation, probably to make room for strange wives. They made their lives bitter to them, yet, in the sight of others, they pretend to be tender of them. Consider she is thy wife, thy own; the nearest of the relation thou hast in the world. The wife is to be looked on, not as a servant, but as a companion to the husband. There is an oath of God between them which is not to be trifled with. Man and wife should continue to their live's end, in holy love and peace.Did not God make one, one Eve for one Adam. Yet God could have made another Eve.
Wherefore did He make but one woman for one man? It was that the children might be made a seed to serve Him. Husbands and wives must live in the fear of God, that their seed may be a godly seed. The God of Israel saith that He hateth putting away. Those who would be kept from sin, must take heed to their spirits, for there all sin begins.
Men will find that their wrong conduct in their families springs forth from selfishness, which disregards the welfare and happiness of others, when opposed to their own passions and fancies. It is wearisome to God to hear people to justify themselves in wicked practices. Those who think God can be a friend to sin, affront Him, and deceive themselves. The scoffers said, where is the God of judgement? But the day of the Lord will come."
(Matthew Henry's Commentary, Malachi 2:10-17, taken from