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Monday, December 16, 2013

63. The Christmas Fudge

The Christmas fudge came calling one day,
To show his wears in what fudge can pay.
He pays in richness and that no lie;
He pays in sweet thickness, more gooey than pie.

But ole grudge came calling as well as could be,
The grudge, like the fudge, was as thick as a tree.
"No budge," said the grudge, "I'll not relent!"
"Be sweet," said the fudge, "You need to repent!"

The grudge was more thick, more thicker than sludge,
With pain and with sorrow, no forgiveness or love.
"I'll not budge," said the grudge, "There's no difference you see;"
"I'm just like the fudge, just not as sweet as he."

The fudge took a smudge of his self to release,
He placed on the grudge to offer some peace.
The grudge seemed to notice the sweetness within;
To release and let go, "It's time to forgive."

And so it was with the Christmas fudge,
Where here or there, but ne'er a grudge.
Let the sweetness release from the pain and the drudge;
The grudge finally budged from a smudge from the fudge.

                                                                   ---------------   Terry Lursen, TEL Publishing

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

62. Breathing the Breath of Life

 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."      (Genesis 2:7, NKJV) 


Jesus Christ talked about the life, the abundant life, "…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b). We continually, in our day by day moments, need to acknowledge that the true life in Him is the life breathing breath of God in the vessel that bears our name.

Without Him, I understand that I am nothing, but in Him, He is everything. Daily submission to Him in His will is the first, the second, and the last thing that I need to do. I have lived a life in want and in need. I have heard the old, old stories of traditional mindsets and traditional ways of searching over the scriptures and then trying to live out His life in service only making me tired, weary, and in greater need. Some conventional thinking requires service to God above all. I have seen the plight of the religious and understand why it doesn’t work.

In Him, I find Truth. In the denying of the totality of my self, I find His life. This denying of self is not the denying of things, nor the part and partial giving up of what I choose to give up. This denying of self is not just giving up of the bad and the worst of me, but it is the giving up of all that is me, the bad, the good, and the best of me.

If He has chosen me to be His disciple, then I must submit myself to Him and become the new creation that He has chosen me to be. He, then, by the power of His Holy Spirit, breathes his new life into me. The breath of God is True Life and True Living.

Breathe Him in, and breathe out the breath of Life!



 

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

61. The Depth of Anger


“…and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” 
                                                                                                                        (Matt. 5:22b, NKJV)

There are depths to our emotions that we may or may not be aware of. The thoughts we entertain are not all good and wholesome thoughts. It is where our heart resides as to where our conscious finds itself in the Lord or in something else entirely. We have constant unabated thoughts firing on all cylinders and, at times, we are not sure where they emanate from.
If we abide in anger towards another person, surely the anger will remain and fester as a cancer. The cost of anger dwelling is incalculable. It causes internal and external stress, resentment, burden bearing, fault finding, joy stealing, a combative nature and unholy alliances. If we allow a minute opportunity to fester into something larger, we allow the resentment to turn into bitterness which turns into consternation which could lead to rage. All of this derives from the anger pit.  Jesus is emphatic that if we allow anger to stew within us, it is in our hearts going to differing levels that, externally, will turn into separation from the offending party; that leads to more frustration leading to confrontation and, depending on the variable responses of humans, could lead to physical alternation to violence to murder. Some of this may be intentional, but usually in the confines of a civilized society, most people say ‘they never intended it to go that far’.

What most people forget, however, is the severe consequence of the results of unguarded anger. There are internal stressors at work that debilitate the body and mind when preoccupied with being angry towards another person. The stress leads to poor health and debilitating effects in the body, internally as well as externally. Stress kills. So, the consequences begin in the heart and flow through the body to be exhaled.

Our lot is to listen to Jesus and acknowledge the depth of the possibility of anger and acknowledge the depth of the consequences. The Word says to “be angry, but do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  (Ephesians 4:26, ESV). Get rid of the anger before it gets hold of you. Anger will take you down a spiritual road that you do not want to be on and will ultimately lead to death by rejecting the very power that has tried to save you. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that not only can He save your soul from hell, but He can also save your life from being a miserable angry creature while on this earth. This is the sum of the Kingdom of God.

He gives us life eternal for today and forevermore…life eternal is a way of life in the Kingdom. Jesus said, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our abode with him.”  (John 14:23, NKJV)

The internal dwelling of the Holy Spirit in us keeps us in Him and in Him, there is no darkness at all. Remain in Him and even the darkest darkness that attempts to come your way must flee in the light of His glory and grace.


Monday, September 23, 2013

60. Christ in You, the Hope of Glory


“…that I might carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”                  (Colossians 1:25b-27)

 

The tremendous blessing of Jesus Christ is Himself. It’s not a vague promise nor is it a financial proposition. The blessing of Jesus Christ is the joy of Him being in you! Happy are you when whatever happens to you on account of Him. The Holy Lord is in our midst and even now speaking in the still, small voice saying, “Come, follow Me!”  He is with me now, this I know, for His word has become evident. The rough places have been made plain. The crooked paths have been made straight. For some, this is still an untold story, but for you and for me, He has become the mystery of the ages dwelling in all the fullness of the Godhead, He is the Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.”  (1 Cor. 13:12, NLT)

 

We cannot pretend to understand His mysteries, particularly all that there is to know of the Kingdom of God. What we know we have been given to know only by His Spirit. He is the gospel revelation and anything that we come to know will be revealed to us in His time and in accordance to our belief and our obedience. He will not reveal beyond your obedience. He will not reveal beyond the holy love within you. Men of all intelligence and educational statuses can attain all knowledge within the book, but the revelation of His Spirit only comes from Him.

 

He is His Spirit. He is His Holy Love. He is the indwelling One, the Redeemer, the Messiah, and the Prince of Peace. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and in Him we move and have our being. In Him, there is life and that more abundantly. In Him, there is faith, hope, and love.

 

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him…we know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”  (1 John 5:13-15, 18-20)   Amen.

 

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

58. The Parable of the Indiscernible Palate

Sometimes there are folk who grow up with bad food all of their lives and all they're comfortable with is, well, bad tasting or poorly prepared food. It's like someone who endured their mother or father's terrible cooking and so they cook the same, or worse, then, they feed it to their children...thinking that this is how it's supposed to be and the children learn to be unable to discern the difference between good tasting food and really bad food.
 
For myself, I keep trying to get it right with my cooking and food preparation for sometimes it's great and other times, well...
 
I can readily admit when I've struck out trying to prepare a really tasty and wholesome meal.
 
My wife and I will periodically watch food shows on television, some from around the world. We learn secrets from foreign lands, near and far and how they use different seasonings and the variety of ways to prepare delicacies indigenous to their particular culture and upbringing.
 
I've discovered that the best cooks who seem to really know what they're doing aren't pretentious nor glamorous or pretty. They simply have the taste buds for what is right and good and know how to use quality products with the right ingredients and the perfect amount of seasonings that suits them and the folk that they are preparing the food for.
 
People who lack a discernible palate will decimate good quality ingredients with the wrong seasoning, improper handling, under-cooking or over-cooking...and, what's worse, they don't even know what they've done wrong or even that they've done anything wrong to make the food taste bad. Bad food just tastes the same to them. The indiscernible palate will make the good bad in order to have what they're used to and most comfortable with; that is, bad food. Furthermore, their children will grow up with the same indiscernible palate, oftentimes repeating the same process by teaching others to do the same...make bad food and eat it, thinking that it's good, or thinking that this is how it's supposed to be, so why complain.
 
Even still, there are others who think they know good food when they taste it because they have partaken of fine delicacies and great quality food. These folk strive to work and busy their lives in order to purchase richly prepared dinners. Somehow, they believe that because of their income level, they deserve to eat the best; they certainly do not know how it's prepared, and they really don't care, because their finances afford them the luxury of lavish meals at any cost. It is their finances that give them the illusion that they have a finely established palate discernible to the richest of tastes, when in truth, the discernible palate for that which is good doesn't really cost anything but the ability to know that good is good and bad is bad and there is no fine line in-between the two.
 
One either knows good food and recognizes it or they don't. It is what is inside the person that discerns the good from the bad and that doesn't cost a dime.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

57. The Coming Judgment


“And He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”    (Matthew 3:12b)

 

Too often we want to hear only the good, peaceful words that tickle our fancy. We want to feel good and we have been led to believe that positive goodness leads to positive words and affirmation which leads to prosperity and all the good things that some preachers promise, but never can deliver.

We’ve been told to think good thoughts; that the power of positive thinking will see us through. These sentiments may make us feel good in a moment, but are only temporary; they are not the joy that Jesus spoke of in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”  Jesus was speaking to His disciples about remaining in Him, abiding in Him, obeying His commandments and abiding in His love.

Those that remain in Him, abide in His love and that keep His commandments are the ones who will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (John 15). Not everyone is going to believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and even fewer folk are going to abide and remain in Him for narrow is the way and few there are that find it. (Matthew 7:13). Not everyone is going to heaven.

We are not to judge as to who gets to go to heaven or not. We are not to judge as to who is saved, or not. We don’t have the capacity to judge rightly and we have been admonished by the Lord not to judge. So stop judging others.

The word says here that, ‘HE will gather HIS wheat into the barn, but HE will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Emphasis mine). The Holy Spirit is the One Who convicts of sin, who judges with righteousness and who illuminates the truth into the hearts of men and women. (John 16:8-13). He is the One who does the work. We are to be the mouthpiece, just like John the Baptist. We are to be the overflow of the Spirit of God so that a world that needs Him will come to know Him through the vessels that bear our names.

If you name the Name of Jesus Christ, rejoice that your name is written in heaven, but take no credit for anything that He does through you. Glorify Him in all things and remain in Him and His joy will be full in you. 

 

 

 

Monday, July 22, 2013

56. Living the Life


“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly place in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”     (Ephesians 2:4-7)

 

Being in Christ is what He has called His disciples to be and to do. Being in Him is the doing. It was His blood shed on Calvary that paid the price for you and me to inherit the grace that abides in Him. And because of that grace, He calls us to Himself as His disciples, to sit with Him in the heavenly places. We are to sit above the fray of the world. To that extent He told us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. He is His righteousness; He is His kingdom. We are to be with Him in the dwelling place of the Most High.

                                                                                                     

We are to get out of ourselves and into Him; pray, brother, pray. Intercede for others in the secret place. Our frivolous needs are always met in Him, but when we lose sight of Him and begin to focus on our stuff, we forget where we have been allowed to sit. When we are in Him, in His kingdom, we have been afforded to be in the Presence of the Almighty. Do not take that for granted.

 

The Truth of the life lived in Him is the exciting, God-breathed type of life as in Ezekiel when God breathed over the dry bones and they came to life! Paul stated, “…in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him”. (Ephesians 3:12).

 

In all of the Kingdom of God, He shows us the riches of His grace, His kindness…He shows us Himself. That is something to shout about! We have been allowed entrance into His kingdom and have been allowed to sit with Him in His heavenly places. Hallelujah! Be glad that the Creator of all of the universe loves you with such a great and magnanimous love that even while we were yet sinners, He loved us enough to fulfill His plan to die for us. He paid the price for our eternal life with Him. That life is not just for your time after time, but it is for your time today.

 

Today, live in Him and know where He has placed you with Him in the heavenly places.  It is by His wonderful grace that He loves you and is willing to love through you to a lost and hurting world.

 

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

55. Abortion is Murder


“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteousness into eternal life.”  (Matthew 25:45-46)
When the righteous exercise the faith that they have been given by Jesus Christ, they exercise it in allowing Him to have His way in them. Faith comes from the Holy Spirit of God; it is not something conjured up within ourselves. Faith exercised is faith shared out of the overflow of the Spirit within us to a world of opportunities that are constantly around us. Faith exercised is feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. Faith exercised is visiting the sick and the imprisoned, but this is not mere social service, but a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led opportunity to help others in Jesus’ nature. He healed, He delivered, and He fed others in the nature of His Father for it is His nature to feed, give drink, and visit the sick and the imprisoned. Faith in Christ is the Spirit doing His work through us to a lost and hurting world.
The goats, the ones on His left, were the ones when given opportunity turned their face towards another way in order not to see the need. Here, we see that the eternal punishment is for the ones who refuse to help in times of need. But, is that the reason for the eternal punishment? Just because you didn’t help in times of need? Emphatically, no! The reason Jesus tells us this parable of the sheep and the goats is that only He knows what is inside a man or woman. He knows if the seed of faith, which is Himself, is living on the inside of that person. If the seed of faith, the Word in the flesh is there, the evidence will be a life lived in the will and nature of the Father. In this, the needy will be seen and helped. The adverse is positively true as well. If a person does not have the faith of God living on the inside of them, then it simply won’t matter. The evidence will be there…they will not help the least of these. Ultimately, the goat-spirited person will be helping themselves for themselves.
Social needs have always been with us. Even Jesus told His disciples that the poor you would always have with you. (Matthew 26:11). As a faith-filled disciple, we are admonished to help the needy when we are given opportunity. However, when a person decides that their helping the needy according to their own belief system includes helping women have abortions so that they can murder their unborn babies, the insides of the goat is open for the world to see. People invariably reveal what is on the inside of them. If you really believe that feeding a helpless, homeless dog with one hand and killing an unborn baby with the other hand is your way of social justice or your form of Christian thinking, then I challenge you to read the Word of God in where you will end up with that belief. Abortion is murdering unborn babies and all those who have played their part in the furtherance of this despicable act are just as responsible as the mother herself.
“Jesus said, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away to eternal punishment.”  (Matt. 25:45-46a) 

Monday, July 8, 2013

54. The In and the Out


“You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.”  (Matthew 23:26)
 
When Jesus accused the scribes and the Pharisees of preventing people from entering into the kingdom of heaven, He continues to talk about two distinct places. These two places are the inside of the man and the outside of the man. The Kingdom of God is within you. When we abide ‘in’ Him, He abides ‘in’ us. “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.” (John 14:11, RSV). “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do…” (v.14:12). Believe Jesus, yes! And the demons also believe Jesus. (James 2:19). But the demons do not ‘believe “in” Jesus’. You have to be “in” Him to believe “in” Him. For Truth to be “in” a man, he has to be “in” Christ. The True believer doesn’t simply outwardly say he believes, but the True believer is “in” Christ in his believing. He is in a place and the place is the Kingdom of God.
 
Many religion teachers teach people that all they have to do to become a Christian is simply believe. Do you understand how errant that is? Religionists boil Jesus and the New Testament down to one word, ‘believe’. Again, even the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19), but they are not heart-changed, born again, denying the self, true believers. The demonic forces serve their father, the father of lies; that is just one fruit of their spirit. I pray that you are seeing the major difference here. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom, that which is dealing with the inside. Religion preaches the external and doesn’t really know how to deal with the internal. It is an unworthy substitute for the Truth of Jesus Christ even though now it preaches Jesus Christ as a Savior. Religion eventually rolls the external into doing something to earn your salvation, or to keep it. The doing of things is the outside, washing the outside of the cup so that it looks clean, but inside, at home, or in relationships, it is abusive, using, and undermining in order to get its own way. Religion is the way and spirit of the hypocrite. It is not real and true, nor does it lead to the real and true. It hinders people from entering into Truth. All religion, whether it be a version of Christianity or otherwise, always leads to doing something in order to receive peace or to maintain it. In Christ, He is our peace for He dwells within us. (Ephesians 2:14).
 
“Jesus answered him, ‘If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” (John 14:23-24, RSV). “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  (John 15:4, RSV).
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

53. Recognizing Power


“And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent into all the surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; and they began to entreat Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.”  (Matthew 14:35-36)


People who live in want and need see things more readily than those that have their needs met. Whereas a man of renown and material things may desire the more that life has to give him, the poor and needy gravitate towards the one who has the power to give them the very basic things in life. Rich, healthy folk simply do not ‘need’ Jesus. They may find Him somewhere along their path when they are confronted by the Spirit, but even Jesus said that it was hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 19:23). In Gennesaret, the need for healing was astronomical among the folk who lived there and the surrounding region. Word of mouth was the way news was spread for people to come to Jesus’ location wherever He might be found. But the true ardour of the people was their recognition of Jesus’ power. The recognition of Jesus’ power is the entry point of faith. Where there is no recognition of God, there is no faith.

The belief was so strong there, that all the surrounding district of people were gathering for their health needs to be met. They believed and they were rewarded according to their faith. They believed so strongly that if they could just touch the fringe of His cloak, then they would be healed; and they were.

My spirit here is interrupted with what has happened to us? There has been so little experience of the power of God in people’s lives today, particularly in the United States, that most have come to believe that the power that was expressed in the days of the Bible was only for then and not for now. But, the Bible doesn’t say that. The only people who do say that are people who have been taught that by some unfaithful creature who has created and perpetuated a lie from hell. Just because you think you have not experienced this kind of faith and this kind of healing does not mean that it does not exist. The existence of a thing exists in the minds and hearts of people.

Faith is a fact. Even though faith is not an outward tangible object, we believe that it exists in our hearts and it does, whether some other person of unbelief believes it or not. Faith exists just as any other scientific fact exists. One cannot argue faith; either you believe it exists or you don’t. The people of Gennesaret believed in faith that Jesus could heal them of any of their diseases, even to the touching of his cloak. Again, what has happened to us?  Has it been the hundreds of years of traditional religious thought to cover the power of God under a veil simply because a group of men hundreds of years ago stopped believing?  Recognize the power of God. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forevermore! (Hebrews 13:8). That is a giant clue to those who preach that the power of God was for then and not for now. Believe in God by what God says about Himself and not what men try to teach you by their doctrines.

Recognize His Presence as Almighty God and you will be amazed in ever-increasing faith in Him.

Monday, June 3, 2013

52. Accountability for Our Words


“And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”  (Matthew 12:36-37)

 

A born again believer who truly believes the Word of God trusts the Lord with all his heart and possesses the knowledge of the Word in Truth in the Holy Spirit. With all of that said, it should be pretty easy to walk with the Lord and not mistakes, right? By now, we should be humbled by all of this and should continue to be humbled by all of this because if it was left up to us, we simply wouldn’t make it to heaven in our own strength because for most of us, our words would condemn us straight into judgment. Thank God, eternal life is not left completely up to us.

Eternal life is a gift from God and we receive this life by being born again into His Kingdom, His life. We do this in faith believing God has eternally saved us from our sin because of the atoning work He did on the cross. We can do absolutely nothing to deserve the love of God or His eternal salvation. So, if we can do nothing to deserve it by our works, then can we do anything to lose it like saying abominable things to people with our words?

If we repeat what we have talked about that our words emanate from our heart and our words reveal what is inside our heart as well as bear the fruit of whatever is in our hearts, then certainly it stands to reason that our words will either justify us or they will condemn us. We speak what we believe. Our belief system is the internal construct of the heart. If we believe rightly in the Lord Jesus Christ as we said at the beginning of this page, then our words will follow suit, along with our disposition of expressing holy love that only comes from His Holy Spirit.

One of Jesus’ points here, however, is that people deceive themselves just as the Pharisees had deceived themselves. They believed they were the chosen ones of the children of God, the children of Abraham. Yet, their hearts and conduct was far from God. The fruit of their lips revealed such. They planned to destroy Jesus Christ, the Son of God. They did not receive the Son, so they could not receive the Father. Their speech and conduct revealed their hearts.

Our hearts are continually revealed to others by our words, disposition and conduct. Whatever we truly walk in is who we truly are. God knows all and He is not fooled by anyone. He is the judge for only He knows the hearts of men. We can discern others by their fruit, but Jesus’ teaching continues to be clearly made for us to examine ourselves and the examination of others hearts is left up to God. Examine yourself to see if your words match your beliefs. Does your walk match your talk? Be careful in believing that you can lose what you have; the truth is to know God and believe Him until the end. Be faithful unto death. For some, they will lose what they thought they had, but never did, and their words revealed it all the while.

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

51. The Author of Marriage

Praying for right thinking...praying for eternal thinking...for holiness... in our nation begins in the home.

Are our personal secrets keeping us from praying for holiness in our nation, holiness in the White House, holiness in the Supreme Court?  Can, or will, the fervent prayer of a righteous man see the change in our nation that only God in Jesus Christ can bring about?

There is an absolute Truth, His Name is Jesus Christ.

The idea of marriage is a God idea as it is in the Word of God that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman.  If the idea be described by definition as much as it is described by reality, then any other assessment or re-defining of the idea is corrupt.

Let holy men and women pray for our Supreme Court justices in this season that the Truth of our Lord be reasonable thinking and that the marriage bed be undefiled.  Marriage is a holy covenant between a man a woman.  It is.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

50. Initializing Freedom

There is within the heart of man, that is, most men, the desire to be free. Most men desire the desire to be free without having to work much at the thought whilst others are completely satisfied within the domain of common existence.
 
Common existence is that which man finds himself within the usual and customary albeit not many wise and not many free.  Intrusiveness of thoughts requiring change from the known are intrusive indeed.  Men will fight within their existence to remain unchanged for it is in this place that man finds comfort in his current surroundings.  It is a place of receiving and never giving, a place of redundancy and complacency, a place of nether and comfortability...the place of kings and paupers of emperors and pawns.
 
Common existence is that which has been and always will be.  It is neither desire nor forbearance nor is it any virtue that plays upon the hearts of men who desire truth.  Common existence has no heart to the existential and plays no part to the fruition of any common good.  Common existence is merely accepted as a norm and regarded as the way of life in par with no view of sight in view. 
 
The reflexive domain of control whether it be in the sociopolitical realm or the realm of the religious hierarchy demands its way upon the masses through the abhorrent tactic of will demise.  The will of man is the most important factor in the constriction and control of another.  Common existence, however, has already conquered the human will in past generations so that those who live in the current live presumably unaware of their possibilities.  Reflexivity compounds thought upon thought to the unaware as an inbreeding of mind over matter and the leader's mind over all.  Religious cults and sociopolitical systems are constructed the same.  They are constructed by the decomposition of the human will.  It is acted upon by the simultaneous influence of the controller and the degeneration of the mind and will of man.  
 
The will of man is to be broken within the construct of the reflexive domain and when it is found to be broken, education of the children and political propaganda become the primary vehicles of the transmogrification of any society.
 
To the one man or woman who desires above all to be free even when this person does not clearly understand the concept of freedom, freedom is a voice within the composition of entanglement that is set to deceive and never to relieve. Freedom's voice calls from the deep to be set free even though life and limb be the purest cost of all.  The will of man is at its precipice with the price of freedom waiting in the balance.  Will the man's will decide its own fate or will it lay down its will at the cost of its own freedom?
 
For the society of men and women who have been broken by the will of desperate men in ages past and generations of death succumbed, it is time for the will of men to seek that which is in their heart by the design of an Almighty God.  It is past time to seek that which cries from the depths of the human soul the cry to be free, the cry to be free.
 
It is here that the initialization of freedom begins. The here is the heart of men and women who have seen that the power of the will of man is more powerful than any construct of altered human design. Freedom cries to be set free. Free from the tyranny of the mind; free from the tyranny of men; free from the tyranny of the social constructs of the last century.
 
The reflexive domain of control in society relies upon the common existence of its fellow men and has declared an eternal war of damnation upon the will of man.
 
Will the will of man initialize its own freedom from this tyranny of control?  Will the heart of that which cries in the wilderness to seek a perfect justice be appeased?  Is it time to be free from the control of the past to raise the flag of freedom for the children if its future?
 
The will of man will decide and his children will be the prize.   

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

49. How Do You See?


“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness, how great is that darkness!”                 (Matthew 6:22-23)


In the quest for knowledge men see many things, but not all men see the same thing when they view the same material. Some see more, some see less, and some see some things entirely differently. It is the individual’s personal perspective that is arrived at, but how does each individual arrive at different conclusions when each person has been given the same information. It is, after all, how we as individuals see things. We see things from our own perspective, whether how we see it to be the truth, or not, we seemingly believe our own perspectives.

If the lamp of the body is the eye, then what the eye sees is what it sees and becomes the filter through which the body is illuminated with what the eye sees. It is ‘how’ the eye sees a particular thing that will determine its value, its rightness, its wrongness, or what it sees is indifferent, thereby becoming a sense of neutrality regarding the subject matter. Do you see with your eyes, or your ‘mind’s eye’? Remember, these are spiritual words.

If the eye is bad, that is, the perspective is altered to a bad state, then, whatever that eye sees will be altered according to the condition of the eye, or perspective. What is it that you see with, your physical eye, or your mind’s eye? It is what is in your mind that you see with; you see with your mind’s eye, and if your mind is in a ‘bad’ state, that is how you will see things.

Conversely, if your ‘eye’ is good, that is, your mind’s eye, your personal perspective about things, if it is deft, then what your eye sees will be good. The eye will be clear to see what is real and true without being altered by a '‘bad’ spiritual or emotional influence.

If you have been born of the Holy Spirit, then the Holy Spirit will illuminate from the truth of the holy. We have a choice, to see life from the Spirit of Truth, or, to see life from an altered state of personal perspective. How do you see son of man?



Thursday, February 28, 2013

47. New Wine in New Skin



“Nor do men put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out, and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”    (Matthew 9:17, NASB)


Jesus went about preaching, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 4:17). He kept telling one story after another, in parables, giving illustrations in various ways, in healings, travels, miracles, and teachings on what the Kingdom of God is all about. Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
 
Jesus told Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:3). Here in Matthew, He tells John the Baptist’s disciples these illustrations of putting a new patch on new clothing and new wine in new wineskin. It is all a part of the revealing that we have to give up the old in order to receive the new. You cannot stay the person you are and say, ‘I “invite” Jesus into my heart,’ as some men have taught us to say, no, Jesus is the One who says, ‘Come unto Me.’ You have to become an entirely new creation, born again, as Jesus would say. The Holy Spirit knows when a man just wants a piece of His power, but is not willing to submit to Him as Lord.

It is the power of Christ that comes into the surrendered life and is born inside of him. He makes you new. You cannot do that yourself. It is the power of Christ to forgive sin, to heal, to make new, and to cause a person to become born again in His Spirit. If a man will lose his life for His sake, He will find the new life in Christ that He has promised. This is life in the Kingdom of God!

We have to leave our traditional mindsets of self, religion, and of conventional thought and get into Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom of God. Jesus said to ‘repent’, that is to completely turn from one direction and do a 180 degree ‘about face’ into Him. When we give up ourselves to Him, He miraculously makes us new in Him. He is birthed into our lives and the Holy Spirit comes in and lives within us.
 
The new wine cannot go into an old wineskin. The Holy Spirit cannot and will not come to a person who refuses to be made new in Him. The Holy Spirit is the change agent, not you, as you believe in Him, giving your life over to Him. You cannot ‘patch up’ an old life, it just doesn’t work anymore than religion works over a man who thinks he can work his way into heaven.

He is the new wine and the surrendered life is the wineskin. Abide in Him and He will abide in you in His power. Let Him have His way today!

 

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

46. Get Through the Door


“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep…I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’”             (John 10:7, 9)

 

Jesus Christ told his disciples that He was many things. He said He was the way, the truth, and the life. He said he was the bread, the living water; He talked about new wine and us becoming born again and being a new creation. Here, He states that He is the door.
 
The door represents a passageway that is guarded by an obstacle, that being the door itself. Most doors have  locks and can be opened, as well as, closed. Jesus says that He is the ‘door of the sheep’. If we have been called to be His disciples, then we are His sheep and the sheep of His pasture. If we know that we enter into the Kingdom of God, we enter into the Kingdom by the door…He is the door, the gateway to His Kingdom.
We enter into Him by and through Him. All of the redemption of man is done in Him. He is the one Who saves, and it is He Who keeps us saved in His Kingdom. Abiding in Him is knowing that we have the opportunity to get to the door, Jesus Christ, and that His blood shed on Calvary is the entrance payment for us to get through the door into Him.
Come to know Him as Savior, yes, and come to know Him as Lord, as you come to know Him personally by walking into what He has provided for us. He has provided His rest in His holy Presence.
Behold, Lord, I come to You and find peace and rest in You. It is in You, alone, Lord, that I see and know that You have provided the way and You show us the way by the being the Door into your Kingdom. Thank You, Lord for all that You have done and are doing in my life!
 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

43. Breathing the Breath of Life


“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”     (Genesis 2:7)

 

Jesus Christ talked about the life, the abundant life, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b). We continually, in our day by day moments, need to acknowledge that the true life in Him is the life breathing breath of God in the vessel that bears our name.

Without Him, I understand that I am nothing, but in Him, He is everything. Daily submission to Him in His will is the first, the second, and the last thing that I need to do.

I have lived a life in want and in need. I have heard the old, old stories of conventional and traditional mindsets. I have seen that traditional ways of looking and searching over the scriptures and then trying to live out His life in service only makes me tired, weary, and in greater need. I have seen the plight of the religious and understand why it doesn’t work.

In Him, I find Truth. In the denying of the totality of my self, I find His life. This denying of self is not the denying of things, nor the part and partial giving up of what I choose to give up. This denying of self is not just giving up of the bad and the worst of me, but it is the giving up of all that is me, the bad, the good, and the best of me.

If He has chosen me to be His disciple, then it is the only thing I can do, and that is, submit my self to Him and become the new creation that He has chosen me to be. He, then, by the power of His Holy Spirit, breathes his new life into me. The breath of God is True Life and True Living.

Breathe Him in, and breathe out the breath of Life!

 

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

42. The Challenge of the Christ-like Life


Was it ever in His plan that we should do what Jesus would do? Trying to imitate God in the earth is only a notion that men who lack understanding try to do.

 
Jesus said that we must be ‘born again’. That is to say, we must become a totally new and regenerated being. Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let Him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

 
It is in the losing and the loosing of our selves that we find the true ‘born again’ self that Christ has called his disciples to be. In the desiring of Him and in the denying of myself, I see that it is not I who lives, but that it is the Christ Who lives in me.

 
So, no longer do I think that I can be like Him, but it is Him being Himself in me. This is the mystery of the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus prayed about in John 17:23, “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

 
Being born again into His Kingdom of grace is the losing of my life for His sake and the finding of His life in me. Then, and only then, do I find the inescapable reality of Truth abiding in me. Paul said, “…to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which was hidden from ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”       
(Colossians 1:25b-27).