Physics Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Jesus!

Hopefully, most of you are not like I have been, in your perceptions of the timing of the Word of God in your life.

A few weeks ago, I saw – in a specific, real-time example in my own life – a manifestation of how a prophecy only recently declared, had been operating in my time & space for years…and that, because of that timing, events in my life were now perfectly aligned with the results aspect of this prophetic word. When I first read this word, I had thought that the whole process was just beginning for me! but soon saw that it had already been in motion. So, even though the prophecy was just released…can I even find the right words to say what I’m trying to say?…its substance had been alive & operative for years in earth-time. Since Jesus is most certainly not late-to-the-party with His declaration! this brings us smack in the face of “…with the Lord a day is as a thousand years…”

This particular Word had to do with Jesus drawing up new blueprints for the lives of some of us, in His Body. I was a little slow on the uptake. When it hit me that I was on the edge of stepping into a newly designed layout, that I wasn’t going to need to wait 6 months or a year or two…that all that I had been going through for years was this blueprint being put into motion…it also hit me that this testimony of Jesus (the spirit of prophecy) is alive now & was alive before now. It is alive going forward. It was alive while it was producing itself?

It is not at a specific point in time that the prophetic Word is true.

…so while we ‘earthlings’ see a result manifesting today, with the Lord, that spirit & Word have BEEN happening!  Is this a reverberation of “…Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come”? (Revelation 4:8)


…and so I want to encourage by emphasizing the…continuity…of God’s Words for you, about you, whether spoken through a prophet or prophetess, or spoken to your heart.






Like the Energizer Bunny…Prayer doesn’t Quit!

I remember a preacher once suggesting that we strive to live ‘by design’. He was suggesting this, as opposed to attempting to meet obligations, take responsibility etc. On the face of it, that sounds…well, irresponsible! I wasn’t so sure about his approach, yet still, I got a sense of a ‘Be still & know that I am God’ kind of thing. He frequently hosted segments of a late-night worship television program, that got me through many a rough time. He was always SO very mellow.

Along these same lines of thinking, I also remember watching a corporate-type manager speaking about not trying so hard to ‘manage’, but instead let God arrange events more. If I recall correctly, he had begun to practice that office policy, and found it so much less stressful.


Incorporating this kind of living into our daily lives probably would be a tricky balancing act at first. We have deadlines. Schedules. Financial limitations & budgets. People depend on us for provision & help. Etc., etc., etc. Plus, many of us have to work/live in tandem with others who don’t think like this, and would scoff at the idea – your boss, for instance. Some family members. I think venturing forth with such a plan takes courage. Everyone has to figure out their own way, timing & method. To everything there is a time & season…


Well, for myself, I become anxious easily. And, yeah, I know the Scriptures that apply…I still struggle. I was thinking about this today, and envisioning a sort of inner & outer scenario. Within the inner, I am moving about among the people & places that comprise my events of the day, which would seem to dictate a certain amount of my behavior & responses. I see these people & circumstances as having, therefore, a certain amount of ‘control’ over what happens to me. Despite believing that Jesus is Lord of all, this makes me edgy & worse.

Looking more deeply into my own issues – if I truly believe that He is Lord – I realize that the root issue is between myself & God, Who is operating in the outer scenario all around me & I apparently doubt His intentions. In a way, my lack of faith voids His protection, as far as my thinking goes. So I’m anxious.


A thought I have often had, especially when praying about something pertaining to my own need/desire is, will God even answer? So often we hear the principle voiced, that God meets all our needs, not necessarily our wants…and yes, that is based on Scripture…but frequently leaves me not feeling very assured. Lack of assurance gives rise to worry & anxiety. Somehow, I need assurance.


So, a couple of things here…

During an especially bad time of fear, the Scripture where King David writes of praying ‘evening, and morning, and at noon’ came to mind. I began researching some of theKing David 3 Hebrew words used in this verse. (Psalm 55:17) Now, when gripping unease torments, I rehearse these meanings back to myself out loud.

David writes that the Lord will ‘hear’ his voice. In the Hebrew, this particular word means to hear intelligently. Knowing this does a lot for me, because I consider myself intelligent and when I listen intelligently, I’m focused & looking for a way to respond that will help the speaker.

…and in an earlier verse (v.2), David also asks God to ‘hear’ his prayer & supplication. Here the Hebrew translation includes an implied response. I am likin’ that!


Someone once said to me that prayer is our response to God. My takeaway from that was that true prayer does not originate with us. It may seem like it, as we pause to ponder what words to speak & then have a thought or impression…but since in the flesh is no good thing, if the resulting supplication has sprung from flesh…well…who wants that? Instead, it is glorious to know that an entirely different process can & does take place, I believe.

When God sends a word forth, it does not, ever, return void. It accomplishes & prospers. (Isaiah 55:11) Jesus, who we honor & worship as Lord and God, says that His sheep hear His voice. Get the connection? As we respond to what we are hearing, speaking it in prayer or declaration, are we part of that process wherein His ways are higher than ours? Because the word of God is living seed , as we respond in prayer to what He has sent forth into our minds & hearts, are we continuing to sow it? Continuing to facilitate eternal processes? I say this because immediately following the Lord’s explanation in Isaiah 55 of the efficacy & manner of His sending forth His word, we read a joyful summation that includes this:

“Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree…and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

The fir tree – the evergreen – has always represented endless life. Some may be oblivious to that. But here in this Scripture, that is made clear. The fir, unlike other trees, is not cut off every fall. It continues green! We who know, even, will not always be recognizing the sign before us, when we notice an evergreen tree. There is plenty else, weighty, overwhelming, distracting, to gain our attention! But nonetheless, it IS a sign.

And extrapolating from these Scriptures, I see something else. If I am not mistaken, the fir tree stands as not only a reminder of eternal life in Christ, but it stands also as a testament to the ongoing, ceaseless effects of prayer. I have never before seen this, in these Scriptures, but I believe I do now. We pray; maybe we see an answer, maybe we don’t. We move on, probably forgetting…or anxious. But the words sent forth by God & responded to by us are actively continuing to produce, prosper & accomplish that which He intended. I believe this is going on all the time. We are covered by it & move within it.

…and I point these things out because this conclusion reassures me that one can live more ‘by design’ than one might think.










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.


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.


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


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?


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 !!!


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.



To Adopt You, God did Great & Mighty Things !


I love seeing how God works! I know it is a blessed thing to believe without having ‘seen’ – it really is – but when the shadows lift and you ‘get it’, there is such delight!

Newly saved, we are presented with certain ‘formulas’, explaining some of the purposes & methods of salvation. If you were like me, at that time in your walk with the Lord, you accepted, basically understood, and repeated them to any who would listen. Just as a child would. And I am not saying there should or could have been a different way of beginning our walk with Jesus.

(I do recall, however, a certain preacher pointing out that there was a great need for more of the right kind of teaching for new believers, so that they would not be misled. That’s a whole other story…)



Perspective can shape conclusions.

I always saw the devil-fueled world system as being our opponent, desiring to oppress & enslave us. Mentions of the world system in Scripture embody warnings against it, it seems. There are no endorsements, only negatively slanted commentary & instruction. Love not the world, nor the things of it, for example.

So…years ago, I first came across Galatians 3:23, telling me that we were deliberately ‘shut up’ unto faith and ‘kept’ under law. I was more than a little bit surprised, as I equate the world system with law…and sin. God intended this? Not what I had at first understood at all!

As the ‘cherry on the top’ of a sundae, that Greek word translated as ‘kept’ includes the meaning ‘to be a watcher in advance’; better yet ‘to hem in, protect’.

I never pursued further investigations of the topic, but this ray of light appeared in my thoughts & musings off and on over the ensuing years. As though somehow there was a redemptive quality to this system structure, which had previously eluded me.


Recently, my studies led me to the fourth chapter of Galatians. As though for the first time, I began seeing similar threads of God’s processes, as described above. Light entered the room of my mind, and began filling it. Bible studies from my past came to life. Charts, outlines & analogies began breathing. What I had never realized – though I know I would’ve read the related Scripture – is that to receive the ultimate Adoption by the Father, we first had to be redeemed. I saw that there is a time appointed to be redeemed. (Gal.4:2) Leading up to that time, our Father protects us (under what we later know as bondage to the elements of the world system.) Tough love? But love nonetheless, Divine, necessary. He did not leave us floating around in chaos. There was always a Plan.


…and so I got to thinking, just how are we ‘protected’ by being shut up within law?

My conclusion is purely my own. I have done no research. But my thinking on this is, that as a human being with a conscience, we will suffer the psychological consequences of our wrongdoings – because before Christ finds us, we do not know or understand that there is available to us a place of no condemnation – so we need a means to be psychologically absolved of that condemnation. Satisfying world system demands just might provide that. 

…in addition, it occurred to me that perhaps in order to be willing to receive His solution in Christ, man had & has to go through all that he does, in this worldly system, to learn through experience that this system ultimately doesn’t work.



Side bar:  While I did not write this post with any political slant in mind, something similar that occurred to me last year came to mind.

I believe that one reason President Trump is in office today, is because the Presidential season preceding him paved the way for his election. (Similar to the law being a ‘schoolmaster’ to lead us to Christ.) Because so many were so dismayed over the handling of the United States presidency during Barack Obama’s two terms, those many were ready to consider electing a man who in so many ways offended them.  In other words, the Obama years were perhaps intended to prepare a citizenry for God’s solution to impending doom for a nation – though in the natural that solution otherwise would likely have been rejected.

There are some others who see this as well.



The time appointed by the Father for our adoption process to begin, took place in a stable in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. This historical event has repeated itself in the lives of individuals worldwide, throughout the centuries, and continues today. The Savior is born in hearts, and destinies are forever & victoriously changed! We mark this matchless beginning of redemption on December 25th, every year.




Christmas w-Sandro 2015






Broken Nets & Sinking Ships

Recently I was thinking about the Scriptural account where Jesus got involved in his disciples’ fishing activities. (There are actually at least two different accounts – one takes place after his resurrection.) In the first, Jesus had entreated Simon Peter to launch his ship out a little ways onto the lake of Gennesaret, from where he then proceeded to teach the people who had gathered on the shore to hear him speak. Afterwards, he instructed Simon to launch out further, and drop the fishing nets. Though toiling “all the night” with not a catch, Simon complied, and his net “inclosed a great multitude of fishes”. So great, in fact, that the net broke. The men beckoned a partner ship to come to their aid. Both ships became so heavy with the weight of their fish, that they began to sink! (Luke 5:1-6)

In the second account, again involving Simon Peter and another fruitless night of casting their nets into the water of the sea of Tiberias, the resurrected Lord specifically instructed the fisherman to cast their nets over the right side of the ship, promising results. Again, the men complied, and the catch was so great, so heavy, that the “they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” It took the help of another ship to finally drag the net full of fishes to land. (John 21:6)


So it seems pretty clear that following Jesus’ instructions is the way to go, if you want results. In these instances, He directed the disciples to specific locations, either further out into deeper waters, or a particular side of the boat. For this reason, in this post, I’m focusing on location.


Some years ago, teaching on these events, I remember a preacher comparinFishesg the sinking of the ships with being immersed in humanity, rubbing elbows with people of all types, when we are trying to follow Jesus & do His work. The preacher pointed out that a sinking ship, with nets loaded & bursting, would be full of not only the desired cargo of fishes, but seaweed, refuse thrown into the water, probably dead things, etc. It could be a foul, smelly, quite unlovely environment!


While recalling this message, it occurred to me: is this a picture of the great ‘melting pot’ that is America? The poor, huddled, shivering masses that came to our shores? The immigrants (legal & otherwise) that still struggle to reach our borders, and cross them? All the elements, desirable and not so much, that find their way to our soil, and take root, or at least try?

I know it is generally understood that these Scriptures are referring to becoming fishers of men, and reaching souls in the name of Jesus, to bring them into His kingdom. But if one considers that thread of the possibility of a Divine origin & destiny weaving throughout American history, and that destiny is primarily & ultimately to be that place where the most powerful expression & manifestation of Jesus Christ will ever be seen on this earth (apart from His actual life, death & resurrection 2,000 years ago, and His final return) and radiate outwards….then the process of drawing to Himself the yet unredeemed from every walk of life would & will be a massive undertaking, stretching resources to exhaustion, almost sinking ships as it were. The criminal element, the dangerous, the poor & unlovely, the greedy, the sick in many ways…will be hauled in, within those ‘nets’ of outreach. Our systems, our borders, our infrastructure may be over-taxed and threatened, for a season. But Jesus deliberately invited over-loading the fishing nets & sinking the ships, for the cause of the prize of the catch.


So I have to wonder, have I been misguided in my support of building the wall on the Mexican border? in my support of the travel ban enforced against certain Middle Eastern countries? and especially my stand against illegal immigrants? I have fully stood with President Trump in these issues, and do not want to be foolish in changing my stance now. Sadly, I see these actions as necessary for our safety, but…when you look at a situation from perhaps the Divine perspective, it gets you thinking.

Thinking deeply.







Government by the People…It has Deep Roots!

As I continue to learn more & more about the founding of America, I am becoming more & more fascinated with the workings of governments. Coming from someone who, in the past, couldn’t care less, this in itself is pretty amazing!

Also, coming from someone who looks to God’s grace & His new Covenant – which replaces completely the old Covenant (Galatians 4:22-31), wherein we found the Old Testaments laws (government) of God given through Moses – this is all the more surprising. Government produces laws. But the just shall live by faith…there seems to be an antithesis at work here, doesn’t there? Yes, I’m mixing spiritual truth with temporal environments & workings, but…can they really be separated?

In a post from March, 2014,  America…and Law vs. Grace, I wrote about the possibility that no matter how perfectly our Constitutional laws were applied, in the end, even the glorious *Redeemer Nation, the United States of America & her government would fall short. In the end, only the ways of God in Christ would prevail, not through the systems of man but through the Son of God, our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

Well…I didn’t realize at that time, how instrumental were the Old Testament systems of government in our own.** If someone doesn’t point this out, I think many of us would not realize it. So now, I’m in the middle of quite a rethink, and it’s going down deep….


Everyone knows that, according to Scripture, in ancient times the nation of Israel wandered 4o years in the desert, with Moses leading them. Up until now, my understanding of this long, drawn-out trek was that the Israelites just weren’t getting it. They were going about everything the wrong way. The LORD had His hands full, bringing them into the Promised Land of Canaan! I’ve heard sermons about being bull-headed & rebellious resulting in long stretches of wilderness in our own lives…

.. and I’m not saying all these things aren’t true.

Moses -Peoples LawBut it occurs to me, one thing that isn’t normally taught, is that during this time the LORD gave the blueprint for the government of the future United States of America. The same Moses who brought those stone tablets of Law down from Mt. Sinaiand because of that is called ‘one who accuses’ – is also the Moses who implemented rulership of ‘the People’!! The Moses who, according to Josephus & others, was being groomed to be the next Pharaoh (The Hidden Moses ), a Pharaoh who ruled the people, instead became the Moses who set up the system that allowed the people to rule! And perhaps, even in large part, this was one of God’s purposes for that wilderness jaunt. If this be true, how foolish we are today to ignore that miraculous gift! We have been given the answers!

How much God loves us, how much forethought & effort He put out so long ago, to bring America forth in her time! People, we need to catch this vision! This IS the vision of our Founders! When they produced our Declaration of Independence & our Constitution, they were working in accord with the mind of God!


“…in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”

(Matthew 18:16)

….so we have here a first example of people’s government, seen in the structure of ancient Hebrew life.


Enter (many, many centuries later) the Anglo Saxons.

Around 450 AD, the Anglo Saxons arrived in southern Britain. Their intention of temporarily joining with the king of Kent to combat his enemies resulted in a permanent arrangement, as well as a name change from Britain to Anglo-land (or England). With their ruling presence came their “institutes of constitutional government…almost identical with those of ancient Israel.”**

I cannot help but draw a connecting line between these two ‘testimonies’ of sorts,Anglo Saxons spoken, written & enacted in the governments of each of these two nations, the Israelites of old & the Saxons who eventually peopled England, the mother country of those forever gloried thirteen colonies now known as the United States of America. Is it not then possible, that this strong & free nation of America, with her fortifying Constitutional rule of law by the People is – and was always intended to be – an established word of God? Of which it was testified & foreshadowed by two powerful ‘witnesses’?


GREAT & MIGHTY is our God!








*Ernest L. Tuveson, Redeemer Nation   **W. Cleon Skousen, The Making of America, pp.41-62, ‘Discovery of the Ancient Principles’.

“Having Done All,…Stand. Stand therefore…” (Eph.6: 13,14)


“The Lord is looking at the heart, and I believe that Donald Trump has a genuine love and heart for the United States and the people of the United States to see change, healing and freedom come back to the nation again. ”  (Lana Vawser)


Melania & President blue



Accusations, turmoil & all the other usual suspects continue to plague our President and his administration.  The Scripture makes it clear that the devil only departs for a season – he’s not going to stay gone – so we should expect this kind of troubling.

But in those moments when even a President Trump supporter might…flinch…the above post on Lana Vawser,  from this past Inauguration Day, has greatly encouraged that supporter, and warrants re-posting now.


Jesus is Lord, and He reigns.