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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

84. The Treasure Within the Kingdom of God

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

83. A Sphere of Influence

A Sphere of Influence...


As I continue to read and watch the news and read posts posted on Facebook, I cannot help but see the lack of influence that the majority of us have on the thoughts, acts, and behaviors of others. Certain leaders and certain media outlets have been given a tremendous amount of influence over the minds of quite a few folk as the very same media outlets continue to portray the results of their influence peddling to the ones that support their views. Lies beget chaos and anger begets violence as the truth of a matter becomes as a vapor lifting higher and higher out of sight and out of reach.

What I see is not so much the impact of detrimental influence, but the resulting vacuum of righteous influence. Is it too late in our nation to be righteously influential before matters occur? I don't think so, for that is the reason why I continue to preach the Gospel.

But am I "influential"?

After all, is not the argument being argued at the moment one of "What is right?" and "What is the truth?"

"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts."  (Proverbs 21:2, NKJV)

Righteousness, right thinking and Truth are only found in Jesus Christ and, as such, the majority of our laws were construed on the basis of a moral, ethical and Biblical construct.

It is today as it has been in the past, that we find leaderless leaders who do not know right from wrong, truth from error and a lack of conscience towards that which our nation was built upon and remains to be to this day. It is the building up of the SELF that I see in our local, state and national leaders whether it be in the religious or the political realms.

It is past time that those who know what is right and what is true to open their mouths and move their feet towards righteous thinking and righteous expression leading to influencing others to right thinking behaviors. It is past time, indeed.
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

82. The Great Commandment






"And He said to him, ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.’"               (Matthew 22:37-40, NKJV)


Jesus responded to the lawyer’s earlier question with Deuteronomy 6:5. Of all of the commandments that He could have regarded as the greatest, it was the commandment to love the Lord your God with all that you are. If you love the Lord your God with all that you are, then all that you are is His. All that you have is His, your heart, that is, your spirit that He has placed inside of you; your soul, that is, the natural personality and individual that you are; your mind encompasses your thoughts, beliefs, and possessions of ideals. Among all of this, there isn’t anything else to give Him for none of this is about things, but is about who and what we are internally.




If all that we are is His, then what is His is His, indeed. Jesus then says, the second is likened to it and that is to love your neighbor as yourself. If all that we are is His, then all the love we have is for Him. The loving of ourselves is for Him as well and that same love we give in honor to Him, we give to others, our neighbors. This is the deep love, a holy love that only comes in the spirit. In this, there is no separation. We are His and our love is His. When we love others, it will be with His love for what we are is His.



This is why there is absolutely no response from the lawyer or the Pharisees on this answer. Everything in the Law and the Prophets would hinge on this type of love, His Holy love, because all would be His. The Pharisees just didn’t think that way. Besides, they had too much to lose in loving that way; they stood to lose their prestige, power, and authority if they loved that way for they would no longer be in charge of all things religious and God would be getting all of the love and the glory and not themselves. How can a man love God and love his neighbor as himself; they simply could not grasp that concept, they were too full of pride and saw the commandments as ‘doing’ things and not ‘being loving’. That is the essential problem with religion.



When we enter into His grace, His grace enters into us. When we come to understand that there is nothing we can ever do to warrant His grace and love, we will stop all of the ‘doing’ things to earn His love and we will rest and relax in Him, rather than working for Him. When we are overwhelmed in His understanding of how greatly He loves, His love will fill us to overflow and flow from us to love our neighbor as we have loved Him, which is all that we are. The world will know us by our love, not by our intellect, our knowledge of scripture, or our building of our own kingdoms. The world will know His love by how we love them. That is the only way.



 

 
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

81. The Looking Glass Water: The Water That Woos

Every person in the known world goes through life wondering if God really exists. Some believe that He does...while others believe that He does not and they move on, but in the deep dark moments, they still wonder.


The Looking Glass Water is a story about a lake that contains something so miraculous that one cannot disbelieve that there is a very personal spirit that knows all and sees all. There are different types of people who come to the water and believe according to their beliefs and they walk away either completely changed or completely unchanged with the opportunity to live out their lives ever how they see fit. Each type of person has their own beliefs, but when they touch the water and are confronted by who they really are, choices and decisions are made as to what to do with this water that "so knows me, what else can I do but either submit to the water's desire or selfishly walk or run away."


There are also spiritual predators out there under the guise of religion or even politics. The people that you lend your ear to are not always telling you the truth nor are they representing the truth, but representing their own interests and means...beware!


I dare you to receive a taste of the water and see if it reveals you to you. The wonder of the water at work is amazing and if you've been challenged by life's challenges and trials, you'll find that there really is something out there that makes this life all worth while...






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Thursday, September 4, 2014

80. Know Who You are in Christ


“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, ‘All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.’”   (Matthew 4:8-9, NKJV)
As Jesus Christ clearly knew Who He was, He also knew who the tempter was and what power he had on the earth. It is spoken of the devil in the Word of God that he, “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (1Peter 5:8); he will lay a snare or a trap in order to take them captive to do his will, (2 Timothy 2:26); a murderer and a liar, (John 8:34); the prince of this world, (John 12:31); the god of this age, (2 Corinthians 4:4); the prince of the power of the air, (Ephesians 2:2), as well as , many other names and devices.

The devil has authority in his realm and only in his realm. He had no authority over the kingdoms of this world as he put it; nor does he have full authority over all things in anything. But that doesn’t give him an excuse to speak the truth for he is the father of lies. It is his deceptive influence that simulates authority and is what deceives most people.

Know who you are in Christ. Know that you are wonderfully made in Him. You are a new creation dwelling in His Kingdom. Perfect love casts out all fear; God is perfect and holy love and in Him we move and have our being. Your trust is in Jesus Christ and the work that He did on Calvary was His all-sufficient grace for the salvation of the world. Know who you are in Christ for we battle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities in high places.

If you are in Christ, you have been made alive in Him, and He has raised us up together to sit in heavenly places in Him. (Ephesians 2:6) In Him, we are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Eph. 2:22) In Him, you have put on the new man who was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:24) In Him, we are being filled with fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11) For us to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21) In Christ, He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

Know who you are in Christ, for whom the Son sets free, is free indeed. Do not have conversations with satanic influences. Submit to the Lord in all things. Resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7) The power is in the Holy Spirit and you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Walk in the knowledge of Who He Is, for He dwells in you. Always remember that the battle is the Lord’s and we do not battle according to the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are in the Spirit.

Abide in His Holy Spirit and His Spirit will show you the way!





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

79. A Prayer for Israel

Hear, oh Israel,

The Lord thy God is with thee.

Count it not a Burden that the President of Oblivity is Oblivious with you. His Oblivity is Ubiquitous in the many Surroundings all across Civilization. His Personal Needs arise a par further than yours and that of the Lowly Christian.

Oblivity most meets his Needs for it aids him in Ignorance and Folly. Those two follow him wherever he Desires to go and that indeed of his followers as well. His is a race of Consternation, most Grim for what he Desires to give, he gives most Graciously his Gracious Gifts to the Felonious, the Foolish, the Illegal and the Ilk.

No, my dear Israel, thou art far Greater in the eyes of God than he. Instead, turn your eyes to the One who holds your Future. Turn to the Lord God Almighty and submit to Him in Hallowed Holiness. For He alone is your Strength, your Shield. He alone is your Rearguard, your Fortress and Friend.

The Lord God Almighty, Who created the heavens and the earth is your Protector and Provider. Do not look for the Oblivious to come to your Aid. The Lord God Almighty is here and our Prayers are with Him and with you as One.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

78. 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, NKJV)

 

In another passage, when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the son of man is?’ (Matthew 16:13, NASB), He wanted the disciples to know what other people said and believed about him. When Jesus asked them who do they, the disciples, say that 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? Just 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.

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

77. The Kingdom of God is Within


“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed the kingdom of God is within you.”        (Luke 17:20-21, NKJV)

 

The totality of the word of God, what most would call the Holy Bible, is a finely woven tapestry of time and space, both historical and revelatory of the future. It is the inspired word of our Holy Lord from times past and times to come. It speaks of real experiences that were and real experiences that are yet to come. The old was a foreshadowing of the new and the new is a preview of things that are and are to be. The word of God is carefully spoken, holy inspired, and wholly true.

 

When Jesus came and preached in the countryside and the cities, He said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”  (Luke 4:43). Jesus went about preaching the kingdom of God and what He preached, we have written in the four gospels. What He preached was the life of the living in the kingdom of God that required repentance to obtain. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:17b).

 

The Kingdom of God is not seen because of a building, a steeple, a place to meet, or a place to greet. He said, ’The kingdom of God is within you.’ All of His life was poured into that message of life for now and life forevermore in His coming Kingdom.

 

Repent – turn from the old, about face, no more to move in the old ways and old thinking. Be made clean and new in Him, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The power of the Holy Spirit comes to convict, to cleanse, and to give new birth to the life in Christ.

 

When He made you a new creation and you became born again of His Spirit, He led you into life forevermore which begins today. Abundant life is a state of being in Him. He is His kingdom and as we abide in Him, He has promised to abide in us. Get to know Him by His word and obey every saying of His. He is faithful to His word, His words are spirit and they are true. Continue with Him, in His Kingdom, for His Kingdom has come and in His kingdom, His will is done. The still, small voice is speaking, “Follow Me.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

75. One Way into the Kingdom


“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”  (Matthew 11:12)

 

It is always imperative that we take individual verses of scripture within their context in order that we would not take the verse out of context to make it mean what we want it to mean so that if fits our philosophies rather than the Truth of God. It has been said of this verse that since ‘violent men take the kingdom of God by force’, then it’s ok to act violently when ‘taking’ the kingdom of God for ourselves. There is no truth in this concept for it is entirely antithetical to the context and to the nature of God. The inaccurate interpretation of this particular verse has fueled many a crusade and has, because of the false interpretation, revealed who has a clear understanding of the Kingdom and who doesn’t. Still today, there are false teachings and beliefs on this verse because men and women ignorantly teach that this kingdom has a present earthly manifestation and that one can violently take the kingdom by force. This is false teaching derived from ignorance that coincides with an internal love for violence.

 

John the Baptist came preaching, beginning with the Jews first, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Repentance had ordinarily been for Gentiles in order that they might be converted to Judaism, so the baptism was for the Gentiles. The Jews saw themselves as children of God already for their father was Abraham. In this, they had no need of repentance of anything. The Jews presumed that the Kingdom of God was an earthly kingdom and that the Messiah would come to free them from the Roman rule with an earthly army. Hence, violence would have been the way for the earthly kingdom to come to fruition. The kingdom would have been taken for themselves, by themselves in a violent war, but that is not the true Kingdom of God that John came preaching about; neither was it the Kingdom that Jesus ushered in with His Holy Presence.

 

The key to understanding the Kingdom of God is to be absolutely certain that this kingdom is a spiritual kingdom and can only be entered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and the life and that no man can get to the Father except through Him. He also said that no man could enter the kingdom unless he was born again. All of this and all of the rest of Jesus’ teachings were of the spiritual kingdom that does not come with observation, that is, it does not come about by the life and work of men, ‘but is within you’, placed there by the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 17:20-21)

 

The spiritual habitation of a life given to the Lord will be the habitation of the Holy Spirit, for we are the ‘temple of the Holy Spirit’. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) We enter this kingdom of grace by His grace and by His grace alone. Jesus Christ did all of the work for us on the cross as our substitution for our sins. Yes, we must repent. Yes, must give our lives to Him. And the wonderful exchange of a life given completely to Him is that He takes us and gives us new life in Him. His life, then, is lived through us in the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Submission and obedience is preeminent and never violence. Be at peace and rest in Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

74. Jesus Preached the Kingdom of God


“When Jesus finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went off teaching and preaching in towns throughout the country.”  (Matthew 11:1, NLT)

 

Have you ever wondered what it was that Jesus taught and preached as He went about the countryside? If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, then you’ve heard a few people preach, teach and pray. Is what we hear today what He preached then because, as you well know, the Bible, as we know it in the New Testament, didn’t literally exist at the time. It was being performed so that it could be recorded and written down for us to know.

 

Matthew 4:17, says, “From then on, Jesus began to preach, ‘Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”  In verse 23, it says, “Jesus went about Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom.” (NLT)

 

All of the words of Jesus Christ were what He was preaching. He was consistent with His message. It was the same message that the Lord God had given John the Baptist, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.’ All of the healings, miracles and corollary events were illustrations to His teachings. He came to heal the sick spiritually, so He healed the sick in the natural. He came to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, so He healed the physically blind to sight. He came to set the captives free, to set at liberty those who were in bondage, so He freed people from their demonic spirits. He came to preach the day of the Lord that was the Kingdom of God appearing. (Luke 4:17-19)

 

Mark 1:14-15, says, “Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee to preach God’s Good News. ‘At last the time has come!’ he announced. ‘The Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!’” (NLT) That was Jesus’ message; the Kingdom of God is the Good News. Whether he went to the countryside or into the synagogues, He went about preaching, healing and delivering folk from the bondage of imprisonment. He set people free from whatever had them bound. This is the awesome news of God’s grace! That is to be our message of grace today. The curse of sin was broken at the cross, so we can preach to set the captives free from whatever has them bound. Preach the Good News of the gospel of the Kingdom for the entrance is at the cross and His Life in the Kingdom is forevermore!

Monday, March 24, 2014

73. Observations of a Colony of Gulls


Last week, while vacationing at the Outer Banks, my wife and I were able to eventually get out to the beach area for some short-lived sunshine. We happened to be in an area where a colony of at least a couple hundred seagulls had chosen to feed and rest just north of Kitty Hawk. The chilling wind had died down somewhat on that sunny day of March, but the temperature of the ocean waves seemed to be in the forties for I had a chance to walk barefoot in an approaching wave for just a moment and the moment was long enough, if not too long.
 
As we walked over to the flock of gulls, I was astonished at how unafraid they were of the presence of my wife and I. We moved to and fro a bit, but remained within a very close proximity of the birds as we soaked in the warm sunshine and breathed in the cool breeze of the salty sea air.
 
As time continued, we found ourselves in the middle of the flock, standing at ease, with the flock of gulls going about their daily tasks of resting, flying, attempting to find something to eat and, as I closely observed, only a few managing to eat what was found in the sand, rather than the surf.
 
Within a timeframe of an hour, or so, only a few of the gulls had found something to eat. At first glance, the pieces of stringy substance dripping from the beak of a gull looked like a small worm of sorts. I thought to myself, “Where are they getting these worms?” and as common sense hit me square in the face, I surmised that it was the clams just under the surface of the sand that these creatures were devouring as their morning meal.
 
Only a few gulls, however, would discover the right meal at the right place at the right time. By far, most gulls simply stood around seemingly doing nothing, but there were those whose heads turned and twitched as they slowly walked around searching for the air pockets in the sand of the clams tucked safely in their shells beneath the surface. When a hunter gull had the chance to find a clam, his protruding beak became the plucker of the prize. He would then take a step gathering his composure and up righting his sight; then checking his periphery from the on looking peers. If the peers hesitated, the hunter of the clam would take another step forward giving him opportunity to swallow the piece of clam just found. On the other hand, if the peering indolent gulls observed quickly that their brother had found something they wanted, strident squawking would ensue notifying the closest to the hunter and the lunging and the flying would immediately commence.
 
In this instance, the seagull hunter with the beak full of stringy clam would invariably have to jump into flight in order to pull away from the ensuing aggressor gulls that had not been looking in the right place at the right time as to find the clam themselves and from the strident squawkers whose job was seemingly to stand around and notify others to make chase. Anywhere from one to three aggressor gulls would pursue the hunter gull in flight pecking at its hind quarters, particularly its legs, so as to cause the gull to squawk and lose its morning meal. With this particular scenario occurring more than a few times, I came to realize that the chasing aggressive pursuers were not so much interested in the clam feast themselves, they were more adept at causing the hunter gull that was looking in the right place at the right time to lose what he had and none of the birds ended up with the clam for it would fall into the ocean waves while all were in flight. Needless to say, there were many hungry birds left on the shore.
 
Of course, the attempts by the aggressor birds would, at first, be to attempt to get at the worm or clam and if the hunter gull was a more powerful or more evasive in flight, then he would fly to a surface where he could sit and eat his find. In no instance did I see any aggressor seagull that had pinched the legs or wings of a hunter go after the falling clam, they simply flew on allowing the clam to fall below to sink into the ocean waters.
 
It was almost to say, “If I cannot have what you have been able to attain by your efforts of searching and seeking in the right place at the right time, then no one will.”  
 
As it is with indolent aggressor seagulls, so it is with political interlopers who choose to defame and discredit their successful political opponent while their collective adversary sits and watches the fray from their offices of pandering vagrancy.     
 

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

72. The Elusive Treasure

Man's search for that one thing, that one elusive thing, is the same search that has driven men throughout time to their knees, their pride, their life or their death. Ultimately, the search for that one elusive treasure leads them to their own eternity that is discovered in this life and lived out in the next.
 
No one has been exempt from this search for the elusive treasure and it is all so very different for each individual. All search and all find something, albeit some find some thing not knowing that they have and dwell without a vision or a purpose.
 
It is the within that drives the man and woman to the place of their reckoning whether they acknowledge it, or not. All are searching and all are finding bits and pieces along the way, yet uncertainty dispels some while pride distracts others.
 
The likes of power, fame, peace, greed and solitude all seek the same desire and that desire always leads to the more. Whatever a man seeks, he always seeks more of whatever he is seeking for whatever he is seeking is the true treasure that he seeks. Whenever he believes he has found it, he finds himself dwelling in the more place for it is the place of the more that he truly wants to be. Even a child can understand this concept.
 
The catch to the prize is always before the seeker. For one it is this and for the other, it is that, but what about the creator of this or the creator of that. Some search for treasure beyond belief while others search for a piece of bread. Yet, there is one who has created it all and that in and of itself would reveal something to a man of thought if it were not for that inexhaustible desire for the whatever in the more.
 
The whatever in the more is where all men seek their treasure and the relevancy of the need versus the supply is always outweighed by the needful desire because the substantive position of the desire is always found in the more. No matter the desired course, the more is always the end.
 
This, of course, is true, except for one man. There is only one man that this insatiable desire for the whatever treasure in the more does not affect. This one man is the man that has discovered that the real treasure is found from within and without. The within man has only his within, but the man who has discovered there is a without has discovered that he can do without the need within. The driving need within always drives the man to his knees, his pride, his life or his death, and as it is in all things, death comes to every man.
 
The discovered man who has learned his within and has seen his without has the ability to see the without and know beyond all certainty that the life of the without reaches beyond the more.
 
The man who has discovered to be content within and without has learned the elusive treasure was watching him all the while. And as he rests in the without, the elusive treasure comes within where there is no more need and no need for more. This man has found himself in the place of being beyond all that he could ask or think, the place of fully within and fully without; the ever-present place of the Kingdom of God.  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

69. The Grain of Wheat


“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”     (John 12:24-25)

 

When Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him, He bids us come and die. (Bonhoeffer) The willful heart will not allow this to happen out of fear or selfishness. But Jesus clearly calls us to give up the life that we know that we have and exchange it for the life that He wants to give us. It is in the dying to self. He has our purpose, the purpose for our specific existence, in His life.


When we move beyond the door of grace into the life of His Kingdom, we become regenerated, a new creation. The love we have for ourselves cannot be stronger than the love we have for Him. Our sight on His Light will keep us forever, but we have to give up all that we are, to be born into Him. We do this once and for all as we turn our eyes upon Him and we then continue to walk in His Light as He is in the Light. Then, we have fellowship one with another.

 
It is to His holy love that He draws us unto Himself. In all that He has done for us and in all that He is doing in us, we celebrate our willingness to fall into the ground and die as the grain of wheat; knowing that in our death and burial, He brings us into true life in Him. This is the abundant life that He speaks of and so willingly gives to those who seek Him.


The Kingdom of God is the treasure of life and all who dwell there dwell in Him.


“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”   (John 12:32)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 20, 2014

67. The True Leader Must Have Courage

On a day of days in the day of our time, one must not relegate the past to oblivion and say it isn't so. If Tolstoy, Ghandi, and King stood for anything, it was for truth to prevail in the power of peace.
Courage within the ranks sees courage on its face and when courage is dismissed or simply does not reveal itself, the leader is absent not only in heart but in presence. The rank and file show themselves to be just that in a leaderless fight. There are battles to be won and lost, but without the courageous leader to go before in courage, the field of battle is taken by the swift who make themselves aware of what lies ahead. It is to the courageous leader that vision is transplanted into the hearts of the weak and the following in order for peace to come to pass in its time.
Peace does not come without travail and the visionary must recognize his own fate and be willing to pay the price of peace in the denial of self. It takes an other worldly type to lead to the other world of what true sustenance looks like. The visionary knows this for sure. But, why the wait? Why does this courageous leader take upon himself the virtue of patience while others see their demise?
Has his time come or is he waiting upon another? The relegation of patience must be to the many as well as to the one. Without the courageous leader, dispersion is imminent. Sight must see the inevitable, it is the due course of internal reconciliation. Better the man stand in due time and even better that the people in waiting stand down for the right time and season to come upon them. Privy is for all in due time.
To the one, I say, take courage and take courage you must when you must and not before. But you also must not wait another moment beyond the time of courage. Go to the mirror of truth and look at what you see. While you are glancing, corruption will knock on your door and you must let it pass knowing that the time has come for peaceful walk of travail.
Consider it not a time of violence, but of strength. Consider it not a time of war, but of resolve. Consider it not a time of death, but of life for true life lies beyond the mirror, it lies in the hearts of your children.

Friday, January 17, 2014

66. A Proverb to Freshen the Air

If I rub basil at the entrance to my nose, I smell basil and that for some time. If I rub some other substance of an off odor, that, too, lingers in my nostrils, and, like the basil, the off odor lingers in my mind...it has the sense of getting on me as well as in me.
Wherever I put my nose, it is there that I get a whiff of whatever I have put my nose in. The love of a companion or the stench of someone else's business lingers not just on the nose, but in my mind as I have placed it there.
Better to put my nose in a field of fresh air rather than delve into the digested remains of a word misspoken where the air is thick with venom and angst creeps at the door.
Words have an odor as a garden of fresh flowers or the pungent aroma of a compost. Choose today what you will smell, what you will hear and what you will think for whatever you smell or listen to will surely get on you and into you and you will become that odor to those around you. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

65. Getting into the Word and the Word Getting into You

We have to get into the Word of God if we name the Name of Jesus Christ. This is not about rites of religion for no rite of religion has any right or ability to change a man; we have all known unchanged men and women.
 
This is between you and the Holy Spirit. Then, in the right season, the Word soaks into you and you are changed and there is no turning back.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

64. The Value of Truth

The occurrence of knowing a thing is relative to the perspective of the knower in its journey to seek the truth in a matter. Not all things are revealed at times and our tendency is to believe what we see as a permanent matter, yet permanency is just as reliable as our perceptions of truth. We are floating in a river of space and time and the truth that we think we have been told is as fleeting as the air that we just expelled.
If I am a citizen in a community that delves into the dubious, did the dubious derive itself from itself or has it always been? Duplicity is the order of the day delving into synchronicity. The atmosphere requires it of itself for the current ideas of duplicity multiply at a seemingly rapid pace in order for the hearer to hear what it hears and have it reinforced over and over again.
What is it that hears, or sees? Do you actually believe your eyes, your ears? How is it that you have come to know a thing when you don't even realize that the dubious has winked at you and you think you are friends?
How is it that one arrives at truth in a world where the dubious and the duplicitous mangle principles of truth with their version of a controlled substance called a word. Definitions are re-arranged to suit the manner of the day. It is in the atmosphere where they are grasped, inculcated and churned into philosophies that have been around since the days of Sodom. There is no permanent matter in truth, so the loudest and the largest part the waters for they are the lords of the manor, for today.
There is, after all, only one spiritual Truth, and all other truth as we may know it derives from this single Holy Truth. Any other thing, word, principle or idea that is not of this very particular spiritual Truth is a flow from another source. We humans have the tendency to find others quite remarkable when they are simply being themselves, when in actuality, what we should find remarkable is that we can see where there is no truth in their being or their emanations. Shakespeare is often misquoted with his character saying, "To thine own self be true" for he was speaking from the antithesis of the knowing for the lie had had its way.
Can you really know a thing, a person? Does anyone truly know you like you know you? Do you know yourself in truth or do you know yourself as you think you know you or hope that you are but are as self-deceived as the deceiver himself? Knowing the truth in a matter is not a fine art nor is it a matter of quintessential knowledge. Knowing truth is a spiritual matter, a Holy Spiritual matter at that.
The value of truth cannot be derived from a book, a sale, a pleasant smile, a popular teacher or the most secret of secrets. The value of truth is in a name and in a person. I am only known as the Master of Truth knows me and I can only know Truth as it is revealed to me. All other is anathema, including my right to myself and my own self worth.
Truth knows me, but do I and can I know Truth as Truth knows my innermost parts? I will be known by others as they believe they think they know me, but I am known by Truth as I truly am whether I understand the truth about me as Truth understands me. If I realize that I truly do not know the truth about me as Truth knows me, can I ever know the truth of another human being without the revelation of the Master of Truth? I cannot form a righteous judgment of another for I am not Truth myself. I cannot take that which is not mine to take.
The value of Truth lies in the Master of Truth. Only He knows the Way, the Truth and the Life. I must know Him and in knowing Him, I am coming to realize that in me dwells no good thing, save Him and Him alone. It is in Him I find Truth in His innermost parts. Here and here. The Kingdom of God dwells within and it is only within His Spirit that the value of Truth is revealed.