“…on Earth as it is in Heaven…”

As darkness seems to ever increase in this world, and everywhere we look we see more tragedy, need, hate…despite these things, there needs to be hope. We must have that glimmer of light. There has to be a tear in the veil, a chink in the brick wall, a sliver of sunshine breaking through a crack in the prison door. We cannot endure life without hope, without the possibility of escape from pain & hardship.

I think we have to go through whatever we have to go through that will lead us to Jesus.

Jesus, the Way

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There are endless temporary fixes. They help, I don’t discount them. Life in these bodies in this world requires comfort, alleviation of stress. So the pain may subside…and that is good…but it will often come back. What caused it in the first place? Whatever we think may be the reason, there’s a good chance it’s something else.

Love never fails, Scripture tells us. Love covers, we are also told.

The opposition, rather, accuses.

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…Jesus is the Door, the only Way. He is God, and God is love.

Any other way to achieve whatever it is you’re trying to achieve will rob you of His best, and may in the process, depending on how much & how often you’re robbed, cause greater problems. Because you’ll become locked into some process that is NOT Light, Love and full of grace & Truth.

You may think you don’t want to become ‘locked into’ Jesus, but He is the only safe place. I promise you that.

The love with which He loves us, His great joy in us, His generosity!! goes so often unrecognized. It is so easy for the thorns & thistles of this world to constrict & choke out such awareness, it seems. The Way He wants to deal with us…and DOES deal with us…is not something to dread. And when the moment arrives in your life that you truly begin to understand that His Way is THE Way, not only for redemption eternal but the solution to so many of our problems & conflicts in this life…well, that is cause for rejoicing eternal.

I think that if you truly desire to see things the way Jesus sees them, He’ll help you with that.

You may have to be willing not to place blame. You may find that you don’t want to anymore, because He has increased your love for the ones you want to keep blaming. (Believe me, you are coming out the winner in this contest!)

When you want Jesus to be seen & known, your goals change.

More often, you willingly look for His goals. You willingly take on His yoke.

…and it becomes more deeply true for you, every day, that your desire, too, is “…Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

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Being ‘Joyfully Serious’ about Jesus

When I started this blog 10 years ago, my purpose in creating it was American Revolution-centered. For me, at that time & since, door after door of wonderful, thrilling facts were opened to me, leading to yet more amazing truths – well, hopefully truths –George Washington bulletproof about our founding and our Founding Fathers.

Over a decade later, I find myself writing about occult rituals & Hillary Clinton.

…I wouldn’t say I strayed from the main path exactly. But…I am pretty sure, at this point, if I don’t reverse course, I’m going to have some problems.

Along the way, I know that God told me to ‘invest in America’. Since I have very little money, I drew the conclusion that He meant investing my focus & energy in learning & writing about my country, the United States of America. About halfway through this journey, I clicked on a link about then-President Obama…and my world changed. The article wasn’t exactly about Barack Obama. Long story short, well…occult rituals & Hillary Clinton. Four or five years later, there is too much darkness surrounding me.

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Over the past few days, a family member had to have immediate back surgery. This person’s life may be seriously changed, though it could have been much worse. Children are involved. I am involved. I don’t know why but someone else’s injury & condition has impacted my spiritual reality in a way that I would describe as scales falling from my eyes. I was given to experience, for just a few moments, the strength of God’s love for this person & family – and the adults don’t even believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

For some reason, this event has been the catalyst for me, to reverse course.

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…so I am wondering, now what? How do I – or can I even – integrate what I’ve learned & about which I’ve written these past few years,  with this renewal of ‘looking unto Jesus, the Author & Finisher of my faith’? I’m making some semi-sweeping changes in some of my routines, to allow more room, more time for Jesus. But…as far as America, now what?

I’m listening tonite to a Bible meditation/teaching about grace. The teacher, Rev. Wayne Monbleau, was saying that yes, he prays for our nation, but if the Body of Christ would drop everything else & really look to Jesus, become joyfully serious about Jesus Christ & learn about Him, as Scripture teaches…if we would repent of focusing on so many other topics! THAT would be the best thing for America.

I can find no fault with that approach.

…so I’m not sure where this is going to take me, or how my writings will change…I don’t know what’s going to show up on these pages in the hopefully near future…but by the grace of God in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am hoping for some fruit that lasts, and makes a difference in people’s lives.

 

“Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”

(1st Thessalonians 5:24)

Jesus, the Way

 

The Ultimate Solution…a baby?

It seems, at times, absurd to even consider any other option than ‘choosing sides’ when the topic at hand is political, or national or international crises, etc. We jump on bandwagons, we sound off in what I’ve seen dubbed as online ‘echo chambers’. I wonder if many of us simply want to be led around by Pied Pipers…

Post Trump inauguration, I myself was so sickened by the intensity & constancy of hateful rhetoric & actions, that I backed out of most online activity. (Serendipitously, at that exact time I lost regular internet connectivity anyway…) Then & now, in hindsight, I only see darkly-intentioned forces inciting a tearing of the fabric of wholeness & healing.

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These forces will use any & all issues/conditions etc. to their advantage, if possible. I don’t believe that their goals are what they say they are. In a large majority of the conflicts we see in America, that are able to arise because we champion – as we should – freedom of speech & peaceful protest, the real goal is division. It is spurred by a root of hatred. Harm is intended.

Well…

No doubt these situations are going to happen. What are the answers? Where do we find solutions?

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Again, it would seem absurd to even consider, in these times, not beefing up our military/law enforcement & keeping it well-oiled, well-nourished & at the ready, fully trained & equipped. I am all for that, and am so grateful that the Obama administration’s paring down of it has been reversed in this new day. But…

…in moments of reflection, I can’t help but remember certain words found in the Scriptures that challenge my position & mindset.

In the beginning of the epistle of James, we read that not having because we did not ask, or asked with wrong motive, are causes of war/conflicts. Do you take this Scripture seriously? If so…uh…then how can that be incorporated into seeking solutions to world conflicts? Is this what diplomatic talks are all about?

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Astonishingly, in Isaiah 7, we find another key to responding to war.

In those days of Isaiah, Jerusalem was being threatened by Syria. (Sound familiar?) Long story short, Ahaz king of Judah was given a sign by God regarding this situation after He promised that the approaching enemy would not prevail.

The sign was a baby.

Granted, not just any baby, but one conceived of a virgin. One to be called ‘God with us’.

But still…what kind of solution is this? A baby? What is this supposed to mean? Military might approaches and God is talking about an infant? Come ON !!!

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As completely unrelated as this answer appears to be on the surface, it is nonetheless a Word from God. With us.

We have just finished celebrating Christmas, those days of marking the birth of this infant. In fact & in theory, many fully believe that such an event took place. And all that came after it. We honor, praise & worship this Jesus, as King, Lord and Savior. But because I have just this day been impacted with the substance of Immanuel, I wonder how many have yet to see or receive this Light, this Truth?

Religious sounding words & phrases, solemn churchy hymns, may not do it for some of us. Normal Sunday sermons might not crack through a helmet of dullness around our ‘mind’. But of all the catastrophic events taking place in the world today, the non-stop stream of fear & dread parading across our screens, all that lays claim to too much of our attention…NOTHING shall ever prove to be as Mighty as God with us.

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Immanuel

Things can Change in a Heartbeat: Give Jesus a Chance

 

Well, Christmas 2016 is over.

My holiday took an extremely unexpected – shall we say ‘turn’ – when I stepped outside onto the 2nd. floor landing of my apartment stairs. What I didn’t realize: how slippery it was.

Things happen fast.

My left foot shot our from under me like greased lightning.

How quickly – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye – we can lose control. And there is nothing you can do about it. Even if there was, the whole thing is over before you even have time to do it anyway.

Oddly calm, I remember knowing that this was it, I was either about to die from tumbling headlong down the stairs, or sustain severely broken bones, maybe my back. Like that, it can be over.

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Well, it wasn’t.

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I don’t think that I was ‘lucky’. I think that either Jesus Himself, or an angel sent as a ministering spirit guided my fall or actually set me down, in a seated, upright position with the door sill right up against my lower back area.  I was not aware of any jolting impact. I noticed I was in no pain. Check. Nothing seemed broken. Check. Or bleeding. Check.

For He shall give His angels charge over thee…they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”  (Psalm 91: 11, 12)

Wow.

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I had been carrying a box full of Christmas presents, which barely spilled out. They were okay, too…

I had not even had time to panic before it was over & I realized I was basically unharmed. After a minute, I carefully raised myself up, looking around and beginning to notice that the toe of my left foot was hurting. That got alot worse as the day wore on, witangels-charge_2h swelling & bruising, but apart from that and the onset of shock & nausea etc., at this moment I seem  relatively unscathed.  Some may say, Well, you still fell down & you did actually hurt your foot, so….what’s your point?  My point is that it could’ve been so much worse.

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I imagine as the days go by, I will experience a continuing aftermath of realizations. Today, though, mainly I keep recalling my ‘flying through the air’ moment, no contact with the ground or handrail or anything…but Jesus. I know this is hindsight, maybe I’m wrong, but in that moment I think I sensed I was being somehow ‘held’. I just didn’t have time to consciously process it, so initially  I assumed the worst .

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…so my Christmas Day was delayed for a while, I ended up on my sofa with ice on my foot. When I finally made it to the family gathering…well, the starch was knocked out of me, sooo….but I find that without all the usual hullaballoo – and nothing wrong with that! – I seem to be seeing spiritual reality with a wonderful focus and clarity. Today, I think my ‘eye is single’. (That’s not always the case!)

“Therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.”  (Luke 11:34)

Over the years, so many times at Christmas I’ve heard those cliché statements about Jesus that I knew should’ve resonated with me but did not. I was doing my Christmas thing, ya know? But today – today I get it. There is nothing more important than knowing Jesus. The real Jesus. He is so unbelievably integral to all things that it behooves any one of us to give Him a chance.  Every day.

 

 

Christmas 2016…some Gifts aren’t Tangible

 

 

In years past, I’ve written articles relating to this Christmas time of year, or re-published  ones previously written to mark the holiday season.

(https://godhistoryandyou.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/about-that-christmas-tree/ https://godhistoryandyou.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/on-the-giving-of-gifts-etc-at-christmas/)

christmas-tree-fireplace This year – for me personally, it is a landmark holiday season – but my Christmas time post might not even include that much about the actual holiday. Maybe nothing…we’ll see…I’m not sure where I’m going with this…

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In the comments section of one of Lana Vawser’s recent prophetic posts (https://lanavawser.com/2016/12/anxiety-attacks-attempting-to-come-upon-the-writers-and-pioneers/) concerning anxiety, someone explained that Jesus had shown her, in a dream/vision, to simply worship Him when anxiety strikes. Turn your back on the adversary, the enemy of your soul. My anxiety levels at that time were unusually high, almost at an unprecedented level, so I began practicing spur-of-the moment worship. When numbing, immobilizing fear gripped me, when my stomach began crunching from dread or anxiety, I began stopping whatever I was doing, wherever I was, and entering into my own ‘compressed’ version of bowing down before Him. I usually could not concentrate very well in these tormented moments, so I kept it simple. Very simple. And I don’t know that I worshipped Jesus so much as said “I worship You, Jesus.”

But it worked.

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Why this is happening now, in the way that it is, and not years ago during so many times of prayer & supplication, intrigues me. What is different?

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The Scriptures speak of all things being put under His feet. ( Jesus’ feet, that is.)  And the glory, the power, and the kingdoms belonging to Him. Do you want to keep some things out from under His feet & instead keep them under yours? Ya want some of that power for yourself? So maybe you aren’t willing to yield it all up…I am now sure I was not willing. And I cannot say if I even recognized that.

What I can say is, in declaring “I worship You, Jesus” out loud (even if softly) & in public places that were not churches or Bible studies – I FELT myself yielding things up. I FELT myself ‘coming under’ Him in a way I never had before. I FELT & I SAW Jesus covering me, and all that I was yielding. HE is the Possessor of heaven & earth, and all that is herein. HE is your Champion. He is gracious. He’s got your back…

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Wise Men still Seek Him

 

Freedom Entangled…

Despite the fact that I have many times thought, how fortunate we who live in America are, I don’t think I actually really ‘get it’. When it comes to being free, I’ve always known that lifestyle. For me, it comes with the territory! I’m accustomed to freedom, and without realizing it, assume it is the norm. I expect it.

…and though the headlines scream otherwise, I still don’t think differently. Freedom, like air & sunshine, seems to be a condition that is & should be everywhere – a daily reality.

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Jesus spoke of being free.

Christians (and I am one) often quote His words: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It is important to remember that these words are settled within another truth: “If you continue in my Word…”

So it seems that steps must be taken, in a specific direction, to become & remain free. Forces are always at work to recapture. The flow of a free life can be halted, strangled, maybe stopped. There is a Divine remedy, though, to thwart &flag-barbed-wire-140 overcome the enemy who robs us of our freedom. There is a Way to turn back the tide.

The fact that there are these malevolent forces with evil designs upon our freedom, should tell us something about freedom itself – it is highly valuable, and a threat to those who seek to steal & destroy it. That we even HAVE it at all is miraculous, isn’t it? That we have it at all seems to say, You are favored. That it takes the Mighty God to give us freedom, and the way to keep – that we can’t have it simply by our own efforts – should teach us how precious it is.

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…and so I think that the spiritual battles fought to overcome a thieving enemy are played out in the real-world battles & wars that continually besiege the earth these days. The prize sought by this enemy isn’t really territory, or rulership & sovereignty. It is your freedom. Your life.

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Be aware of the preciousness of this prize. But also know that true, ultimate & lasting freedom has its roots in the Son of God, who said, “…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth  shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Start your journey there. If you’ve wandered too far out of this Way, go back.

He’s still there, and He hasn’t changed.

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…still Digging…taqiyyah & Christianity

…so, last post I was “Digging Deeper…”  This time, I want to add a few observations.  Reading about  taqiyyah, the Shi’ite Muslim practice of ‘religious dissimulation’ or concealment, to preserve life or faith, certain points of similarity to Christianity struck me.  I am not advocating taqiyyah, just mentioning a thing or two that I noticed.

The practice of  taqiyyah originates in the Qur’an, the Islamic counterpart to the Bible. (By making this statement, I am in no way suggesting an equality with, or partnering Islamic teaching with the Scriptures.  I only point to the fact of spiritual authority through written verse, in each faith.)  So…Muslims are given permission or instruction to conceal from, or mislead adversaries concerning their religious beliefs, when to not do so could result in harm, injury, death, etc.  A Native American might call this ‘speaking with forked tongue’, or the more contemporary label ‘two-faced’ could apply here.  Whatever we call it, bottom line, the idea is to say whatever the other party wants to hear!  And the original purpose was survival, or at least avoidance of suffering.

Well…and I almost hate to say this…Matthew 5:25 tells us the following :  “Agree with thine adversary quickly…lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.” 

Hmmm…this sounds like Jesus is telling us to ‘kiss up’ to the boss, doesn’t it?  Yet, these verses ARE in the Bible.  They ARE the word of God.  I’ve read/heard interpretations of this, and I get it, that perhaps at issue here is more of a dynamic than an actual literal situation, but still…I have to admit that I am careful what I say to my boss!  If someone has the power to hurt me, or impair any aspect of my well-being or survival, I  watch how I word things.  And it seems that the times that I haven’t, have thrown caution to the winds & told it like it was!  I paid a price.  There are times that maybe the price is just too steep…

Something to think about.

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And here’s something else to consider:  “…be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”  (Matthew 10:16)  The word ‘wise’ in the Greek implies a cautious character, and translates into the English ‘thoughtful, discreet’. (Interestingly enough, taqiyyah in Arabic means ‘cautious’.)  This instruction comes right on the heels of the disciples’ being told that they were being sent forth as sheep among wolves – not exactly what I would consider a safe environment.  And besides the Lord Himself, it looks like their first line of defense was caution in conduct, which would include speech.

The comparison to serpents here can’t help but bring to mind the serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3:1).  This serpent is called ‘subtil’ in the King James Version, and that description embodies the idea of cunning, or crafty.  Not exactly the same thrust as the New Testament Greek ‘wise’, yet my Bible cross-references these verses.  It’s hard not to perceive a thread of similarity.

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My last observation concerns a slightly different focus on a specific purpose of taqiyya, other than the preservation of a Muslim’s life/faith.  In line with the preservation of the teachings themselves, some see the need for the protection of the knowledge given by God to the Imams as a reason for employing taqiyyah.  Until the coming of the Twelfth Imam, when the full truth can be revealed, it must remain hidden from the uninitiated or from adversaries (Kohlberg, Etan, Secrecy and Concealment). 

Where else do we see the truth being protected? 

“…he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”  (Genesis 3:24)

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Now, the other side of the coin…whereas Muslims are permitted to deceive by concealing their beliefs, according to the Qur’an, believers in Jesus Christ are never enjoined to deny Him. Though Peter did, and thrice at that, it wasn’t his proudest moment, and in fact Jesus took action to redeem Peter from the effects of that denial. (John 21:15-17) 

…and whereas perhaps full truth for Muslims may be hidden until their Twelfth Imam appears, Jesus Christ IS our full truth, and He has already come in the flesh.  Revelation from our God is the rock upon which His church is built.  Rather than covering  expression of His gospel, or those revelations, Christians tend to want to share them.  Spread the wealth around!   It’s all about the word of testimony, although that word may be more effective when spoken in season.   Yet even so, the Biblical instruction is to be prepared to speak even out of season.

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