Monday, April 30, 2012

Big Events & Widespread Operations/MayDayShow2012

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[link to mayday talk with Z above]

Last night, it was getting late and I was off for bed . . . when a powerful impetus from the Spirit started to weigh on me . . . . I was thinking about my blog and recent writings and exhortations there and kind of wondering where everybody was at--loosely contemplating, semi stream of consciousness . . . .

And the Spirit just kept pressing . . . and then impressed on me to write.  There was soon no question of ignoring it or putting it off and so, I stayed up to express that last entry as it came to me to convey . . . .

It has been a while since I have had that particular kind of prompting related to direness of the hour . . . and I have not had any "prophetic" style dreams in a while either . . . .

Last night I did, and as has happened in the past . . . several "confirmations" in the manner I've become accustomed to . . . followed today . . . related to the subject of the dream and to what is also a wider Holy Spirit movement currently underway . . . .

The Spirit IS moving, and for me, in the most clear way I have ever experienced Him . . . .

The dream was about . . . fires being set . . . in a city . . . on purpose--many fires suddenly and widely scattered . . . so as to stretch resources and cause distractions . . .  They were precursor to what was scheduled to be a night of mayhem--civil unrest, organized . . . an explosion of terror in the city, directed by certain groups and agendas . . . .

There was more to the dream . . . . About the current state of "the church" (I mean THE CHURCH--the Body of Christ--not the Mormon Church which likes to call itself "the church") . . . and I was shown a preview of its coming troubles . . . betrayed foolishly from the inside . . . and it was related to the riotous events and agents thereof in the city scene . . . .

May Day is here again . . . and while I seriously wondered if we would be having the MayDay show this year (Zeph and I) . . . it looks like we shall.  Trish reached me today and asked if I was up for it and I was eager to accept the invitation.  I expect to talk about the dream and what I understand it to mean and portend . . . .

And most of all . . . this Holy Spirit urgency and outpouring going on I want to address.  It is time to prepare . . . soulwise . . . I have little to no doubt . . . . I know I am not the only one emphasizing this right now, but I must say, I have been cautious for the past months and maybe year or so more . . . not to cry wolf too soon, or too many times . . . waiting until I clearly "heard" the message and call of urgency.  Like I wrote last night.... that time has now arrived.

Of course, the events "on the ground" have been screaming "trouble" for years now, and especially since the installment of the blatant communist dictatorship in the White House . . . but the events in the spirit are now a bigger issue and more pressing . . . and I have deliberately not sounded this kind of alarm up to now--not until I felt and Heard and Saw the prompting from Spirit.

As I wrote, I am not much concerned with the political and social machinations at this point . . . as they are only a manifestation of what is going on in the "airs" . . . in the spiritual dimension.  And until I clearly received direction on how to specifically advise people to "prepare" . . . from Spirit . . . I've been increasingly leery of offering worldly or merely materialistic-based answers and analysis.

The only thing that is going to help . . . (and it's NOT just a cliche', though it has sort of become one through repetition) . . . is the Lord--the Good Shepard . . . and Holy Spirit guidance and POWER.

The Holy Spirit . . . gives power . . . spiritual gifts . . . "supernatural" capacities . . . among other things.  But for a holy purpose.  Not . . . to empower individuals for kicks, for self glorifying, for self seeking power, as He (Holy Spirit) is far too often wrongly used . . . .


Something IS in the air (btw, perhaps enjoy in Soundclick player on sidebar special MayDay release only of a song I recorded last fall with music pal Jerod) . . . and the Spirit is moving--it would seem preparatory to one or more soon upcoming . . . big events and widespread operations . . . .

Man oh man . . . if you are not for Him, you will be against Him (there'll be no fence sittin'!) . . . in big time ways . . . with eternal consequences . . . and developments "on the ground" . . . will be key in exposing where each heart's allegiance TRULY lies . . . or stands . . . whether for or against, so prepare NOW for that . . . .

bt

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Call Going Out: Prepare Your Souls


There are only two ways to go . . . to be . . . in response to what is swiftly upon us.

Everything is going right where I thought it would and warned as best as able to those with whom I share a small sphere of relation--ie., family, friends, acquaintances . . . you folks in cyberspace where we've crossed paths.....

I continue to expect it will be every bit as bad in every way that I have in the past described.  Most people will buckle.  May God be merciful, for very few will maintain the courage to stand on truth, let alone continue to proclaim the truth, though there are a lot of delusional would-be freedom fighters out there . . . who think they will stand tough . . . but who will crumble at the first real test, or the second or third--but soon.

I requested, back in 2006, for May Day to do a show with Zeph to roughly describe the character of the oppression that I knew was going to steadily increase, and would use May Day itself as a rallying point and symbol.  Now we are here, 2012 . . . and it's looking just like I thought it would.  There is little doubt--no doubt really--where it will go from here.

Having already spent plenty of time and space here over the years predicting the political and social and ideological character, machinery and methods of the oppression, as of late--because the hour is now late--I've shifted to emphasize the only guaranteed and certain means of "preparation" that is going to be of lasting value once this thing kicks into high gear.  And it's not guns, bunkers, food storage, legislation, "conservative" candidates or even Christian activism.  Those things have their place and anyone is wise to "prepare" as inspired and able in those areas . . . but I expect that quite swiftly, except in a few cases, all such preparations will be quickly made moot, irrelevant . . . as such measures are either suddenly outlawed, absconded, or violently repressed.

A single order of forced evacuation . . . for instance, will, in a moment, take the "prepper" away from their store and they will likely never be allowed to return for or to it, if you know what I mean.  "Hoarding" laws will be passed and enforced as will be laws forbidding the ownership any meaningful "self-defense" property, if you know what I mean . . . .

I am as certain of this as I was back on May Day 2006 . . . that something like communist revolution in the streets would be galvanizing in the near future around that date . . . and that 2012 would be "the end."  Not the end of the world, but the end of the world as we have known it, in a "radical" way.

The public targeting of high profile "patriots" (ie., like Ted Nugent) . . . and the sudden demises of perceived threats to the regime (politicians, journalists) have been increasing and will become ever more blatant and ominous.  The effect and purpose is to silence and intimidate any who would make a public stand and to overall make individuals cower and hope not to be noticed . . . as the dirty work of "liquidation" intensifies.

I am led . . . at this stage in the process . . . to reach out and exhort in the ONE area that CANNOT be threatened, killed, imprisoned, terrorized into compliance . . . and the ONLY area of preparation that actually matters IN THE END.  And here is where we must leave the pretenders and uncommitted, as such will simply be the case . . . because they will not have the eyes to see, nor the ears to hear . . . because they have not the heart that desires . . . to answer the Call of the Lord to His people . . . .

Aside from the basic requirements of good temporal citizenship, I care nothing for the kingdoms of this world and look only to the coming Kingdom of God, and so will primarily, above all, be answering the Call, which is going out NOW, to be about our Father's business.

The most valuable and critical preparations for the great shakings ahead, rumbling even now, HAVE TO DO WITH THE INNER LIFE . . . . The Kingdom of God is within.

So why do you fret or try to change or obsess about . . . the kingdom without?  A perfectly JUST and RIGHTEOUS God . . . is going to recompense each person their wages.  The wages of sin . . . is death.

Death and hell can be earned, and those under the law will get their reward.

Heaven cannot be earned, but is a gift . . . which is not warranted but can be accepted.

The Call is going out:  Prepare your souls.

Every day is precious, while some modicum of external freedom remains.  Precious . . . to be used for SOUL preparation . . . above all else.  The storms of judgment are whipping up in disparate quarters, gaining strength and coalescing . . . . There will come a time when people's hearts are so frozen with fear and shocked by rampant wickedness, that they will not have cogency to choose rightly.  NOW is the time to establish the path of the heart--the trajectory of the spirit, of the inner life, so that when all is chaos and malevolence, the disciple stays anchored to the Rock of Salvation and is not moved . . . .

Then comes the time when there will be NO more opportunity to choose.  The mulling over direction will be done, and you will be ETERNALLY consigned to the WAY you chose to go.

There is a mystery which should not delay your choosing because you insist on understanding it beforehand.

The mystery is that you are both chosen . . . AND . . . YOU MUST CHOOSE.  You cannot find God unless He draws you to Him . . . AND you also are to make a free will choice to accept His gift of everlasting life in His presence.

A Call is going out:  We are to tarry no longer in resisting full, committed discipleship in the service of the Lord; if you are His and choose to be His.

There are only two kinds of work that will be going on.  The enslaving and destroying of bodies and souls, bound for damnation. OR, the saving and freeing of souls set for everlasting life with God.

Fear not then those who can enslave and destroy the body only, but fear He Who can kill both body and soul, to satisfy the demands of justice, rightfully returning the wages of the willfully sinful.

The world and its inhabitants groan in sin and are heavy with burden.  The Gospel Truth liberates the captive and brings abundant freedom, all the while within the protection and perfection of God . . . .

There is only one of two ways to go (to be) . . . . It's one, or the other . . . . to God or devil, Heaven or Hell?
The battle of life . . . is swiftly becoming focused into these two divergent camps, contending . . . .

There is nothing other than this going on right now . . . .

The Call is going out.  Get off the fence . . . stop stalling in the garden . . . .
It is time for SOULS to prepare.

Eight years ago, perhaps to the day, when I saw His Truth revealed, He told me there would come a time to proclaim, "Prepare your souls!"

That time is now.

Godspeed and God bless
yours in Lord Jesus, Brother, Thomas

Grace: The Power That Sustains

The dying self . . . and the dying world . . . .

When you live through the self--the fallen self, your ego . . . who you were born as, to, and what with etc. in this world . . . which includes ie., social standing, genetics, looks, personality . . . and then the world's education and its society's work on you and which molds you and you respond to in various ways etc.--you will receive a certain power and energy from the total of all of that . . .a form of "sustenance" . . . .

If you "succeed" in the world . . . you get more power and "you" expand and start taking over territory.  First, you may influence and control friends, family . . . then co-workers--your "borders" enlarge . . . and you "move up the chain" to greater influence and power and can make others bend to your will, your wishes and desires . . .which . . . feeds the ego . . . and adds to the sense of power and is "energizing".

And there is real, physical . . . transmission of energy going on.  "YOU" will get "stronger", more powerful, more "influential" . . . .  The quintessential example being people like celebrities . . . "stars" . . . political and social leaders . . . and, of course, even "religious" leaders . . . .

The person who exists in this state (one who has NOT "died to self" and been "crucified with Christ" . . . "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me" Gal. 2:20) . . . receives their power and energy and "growth" . . . from the god of this world, Satan.   (see 2 Cor. 4:4)

And this ought to be a terrifying, jaw-dropping, stultifying realization . . . .

[Stultifying: def--  To render useless or ineffectual; cripple.]

It is a good thing to be suddenly crippled in proceeding further along that road, upon realizing the gravity of the situation.  Some people at this point, who were flamingly "successful" in the world--powerful, influential, renowned etc.--oftentimes come to a screeching halt when it is Revealed to them . . . that . . . so far they have only been living by and for self and feeding off the energy of the dying, fallen world . . . being rewarded in their self/world love . . . by the current (albeit temporary) "god" of this world . . . Satan.

The devil has a certain amount of energy . . . power . . . yet to wield . . . and he most definitely rewards, in his own way, those who help in his war against the God of all.

So, one should not be surprised . . . when "the wicked prosper" and seem to live at ease and appear to be happy . . . in and with the current state of affairs . . . .

There IS . . . for a time . . . an allotment of power . . . and energy . . . that the "god of this world" is able to bestow upon people . . . and many of them actually believe they are being "blessed by God" . . . where their love of self has deluded them into believing that they "deserve" it and are entitled to the extra bounty.

So they stay in their blindness, believing "all is well in Zion" . . . because they do not discern that the devil also "blesses" people in his own way, with what he has to work with, while he can.  And because they love their selves and love this world, they assume that "advancement" and power and status in this world must always be from God.

And from the "on high" Sovereign point of view, it is true that Satan can only bestow what God allows . . . but for the unrepentant, unsaved sinner . . . the blessings of the devil . . . are ultimately curses and doom.

The energy . . . the power . . . that comes from the fallen world--while still in effect--is in an entropic death spiral . . . and will only and finally end in death and destruction, and the worshipers thereof in hell.

But for a time, indeed, the lover of self and the world, can and does tap into that (doomed) reserve of energy and gets sustenance from it.  You can witness it in people whose egos are "huge" . . . who exhibit a distinct kind of "shine" . . . "charisma" . . . "energy" . . . .

However, this energy will . . . eventually . . . die out, wither . . . fade . . . . Many of them go mad--insane and psychotic . . . when they begin to realize it is all starting to leave them . . . and they have nothing else to replace it.  DEATH . . . is staring them in the face, and worse than that, JUDGMENT . . . for the self/world-centered life they have lived . . . having ignored and possibly even mocked and blasphemed the very Creator and Sustainer of their existence.

The soul blessed by God--who rejects the blessings of Satan, the god of this world, by dying to self and to this world, accepting Jesus instead--then gets access to the power and energy of GRACE . . . which is endless and will not perish with the fallen world!

Grace is a power, and when you accept His grace . . . you will begin to be fed and sustained by living water, which is able to fill and change and work on you regardless of your power, influence, standing in the world.   

His grace . . . is SUFFICIENT.

Whether you are there yet or not, as a Believer . . . you will understand that statement as more than just a saying or vague platitude.  His grace does begin to be sufficient . . . in all things, in every situation, whether you are "blessed" materially or not . . . .

One way or another . . . we need and crave energy to survive and thrive.  Some, take it from their self and the world and live on that . . . for as long as it lasts.  But that "energy" has a time limit on it.  It is finite.  It will die off . . . as part of the winding down entropy of a dying, fallen world.  It is like the magnificent, well appointed Titanic . . . yet, going down to obliteration.  Some . . . continue to party on the golden railed deck, dressed in tuxedos, drinking champagne, enjoying the last vestiges of a richly man-made vessel.

Others, recognize the ultimate doom in that situation . . . and opt for what may look, in comparison, from the vantage of the deck, to be a shabby . . . but sufficient lifeboat . . . that will get them to safety and ongoing life.

Though, as grace unfolds, steadily . . . in the life of the refugee (fleeing from the Titanic--the fallen self/world) Godly energy and power increases . . . and increases . . . transforms . . . protects . . . sustains . . . where the very Source of all power and all energy . . . and of an infinite and eternal kind . . . replaces, then fills the old, Satan-blessed, self and world deluded vessel.

God loves to save AND THEN glorify . . . weak . . . pathetic . . . wretched . . . broken . . . poor . . . sick . . . sinners who've chosen to leap into the lifeboat of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus.

Battered, beaten, desperate, lost, drifting, "penniless"  . . . refugees . . . who've turned from the temporary energy and power ("blessings") offered by the god of this world, Satan . . . GOD restores . . . with grace upon grace upon grace . . . and HE bestows a richness and treasure . . . BEYOND measure . . . and you will begin to live off of His direct energy and power, through grace, unfiltered and not through the dirty hands of the devil . . . and you increasingly BECOME empowered to discern and know the difference, rejecting the one, but relishing The Other (from Him.)

Time is short . . . and the enemy pressing hard . . . .
In these days . . . do not let a day go by where you do not make effort at connection with The Lord, with His Spirit, whether through His Word or hearing or reading His servants preaching, teaching and exhorting.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Abiding on the OTHER Hand . . . .

Yes, we live in extraordinary times . . . one the one hand.  On the other hand, the same basic issue--regardless--stands before us:  Are we saved or not?

I continue to notice the news and developments and "fringe" research . . . on the one hand.  On the other hand, where I LIVE and "store my treasures" . . . I ABIDE in Him and as He abides in me, fruits are produced which continue to give life . . . and I can witness the growing of grace which accompanies the increasing "knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."  (see John 15:5, 2 Peter 3:18)

Speaking of "protection" in these times I mentioned being "fed and watered".  We may or may not be fed and watered bodily during some of the troubled days ahead.  Which is why it is so crucial . . . to be immersed in the matters of our Lord NOW and throughout what is to come.  FOR REAL!

"For the kingdom of God is not food and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 14:17)

Not just as some vague notion or ideal or far off hope.

An urgency is ringing through the Spirit--criers are crying, watchmen are shouting, and the soul of any who will listen groans within to finally come into the peace of God, that "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" AND "shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7)

And so, during the commercial breaks in the preaching program I was listening to, as I worked, I switched to a recording I'd made of a recent Rick Wiles' "TruNews" interview with Tom Horn.  Most of you probably know who Horn is . . . but if you don't, he's an author and researcher who delves into the current hot conspiracy topics about things like . . . cosmic stargates opening portals for ie., the "Nephilim" to return through . . . (or something like that) . . .  transhuman alien hybrid antichrist NWO armies . . . "watchers", aliens, UFO's and the link to the demonic . . . and so on . . . . And he utilizes a plethora of ancient and/or hidden esoteric texts and "prophecies" from various sources, some Christian, some pagan, occultic etc.  (This is the first time I have heard him in quite a while and I am only vaguely informed on all the specifics of his theories and claims, though I think I get the jist of it.)

Anyway, "far out" stuff that many find fascinating and perhaps enlightening as to what is "really" going on and about to go on . . . in the "end times."  I've mentioned and explored similar topics and issues myself over the years and there is a whole "media industry" surrounding the genre--the Internet and talk radio awash with various authors and researchers specializing in such fields of investigation . . . .

My object in bringing him up and the interview I heard . . . is not to determine or judge the veracity (truth) of the issues he discussed, but something struck me--especially by the end of the talk with host Wiles--which I felt related directly to some points I've being driving at lately.

Rather than judge the VERACITY of the information presented . . . I want to address its VALUE (keeping in mind that we are on one hand . . . indeed in incredible, startling, extraordinary times . . . .

Horn's newest book is called "Petrus Romanus: The Last Pope Is Here" and purports that we are about to see the prophetic time of the "last pope" . . . leading to Rome's destruction . . . the beginning of the "great apostasy" . . . the "false prophet" . . . "tribulation" and "antichrist" . . . .

During the interview he recounted scores of arcane, hidden, rare, obscure manuscripts and "prophecies" concerning this development of "the last pope" . . . and it was clear he had spent a lot of time and effort, along with his co-author . . . traveling, exploring, researching and retrieving all these various recent AND ancient utterances supporting the proposition (that, after current Pope Benedict, and culminating in the ominously portentous year 2012, we have the last pope and the kick-off to tribulation and antichrist reign.)

So, the interview is getting close to the end . . . a couple of minutes left to wrap up--after nearly an hour's torrent of admittedly intriguing, sometimes shocking and incredible information feverishly rattled off by an enthusiastic Tom Horn, host Rick Wiles asks (paraphrasing), "So, Tom . . . after all of this you've discovered and are sharing, what do YOU expect to happen in 2012 (related to all of this)"?

Horn then pretty much picked up where he'd left off and rambled on again reciting all of the various obscure and not-so-obscure confirmatory prophecies in the church, in paganism, in Mayan culture, from occultists etc., and how they all seemed to be pointing to 2012, with so many prophecies converging to point to this moment in history . . . as being profound . . . and . . . .

. . . And I wanted Rick to interrupt him before the show ended and say, "Yes, agreed, but I asked you, 'what do YOU think is going to happen?'"

But Rick let him run on . . . and . . . he never really did answer the question, other than to say, in effect, that all this mountain of research and digging and scholarly connecting of the dots . . . seems to strongly suggest . . . that . . . the next pope will be the last and all that that perhaps prophetically entails . . . .

And I thought to myself . . . "Yeah?  And? . . . . What good does it do a person to have . . . perhaps . . . a head full of interesting knowledge that suggests that we may be close to the last pope?"

Agreed, it goes into the hopper . . . with all the other signs and portents and fulfilling of actual scripture . . . that is showing any who are paying attention . . . that we are very likely in or close to the "last days" . . . .

And, on one hand, it is all quite interesting . . . and I am not at this time making a point of being critical of such work and efforts . . . but only to say ON THE OTHER HAND, regardless, is where we need to BE is ABIDING IN CHRIST--that is, immersed in urgent grace of our salvation.  After all that Horn offered . . . he still wouldn't . . . or couldn't say what will happen . . . in, ie., 2012.

I do think this is a notable time and year--and have had my own "prophetic" word on it . . . and expect it will be "game changing" . . . to say the least.

But to get through it . . . in the proper way (in the only way that matters) . . . we want to be in that state of mind and heart . . . which is required (necessary) for the disciple IN ANY AGE OR TIME.

I will dare to be (lovingly:) critical of anyone who has accepted the Lordship of Christ . . . at this time (OR, any other) who is so busy following intriguing and fascinating ephemera, theories, possible scenarios, DETAILS . . . of the manifestations "on the ground" . . .  in the world . . . THAT THEY NEGLECT the urgent, daily, hourly holy "work" of our Lord, which is found in the constant abiding in His Spirit and the Word . . . such that, ie., someone might be able to jump up and say, "Aha!  I totally predicted that such-and-such would happen . . . and it did!  Look at me!  I got it right AND I was the first to say it!" . . . but then, meanwhile, they are not changing or progressing or growing in their inner SOUL character . . . growing in grace . . . becoming more like Christ in reality, in character, in heart and mind . . . .

I DO think there is not much time left . . . where we will have relative peace and calm to be able to spend hours and days engaged in study and practice of the Gospel . . . .

I don't know Tom Horn . . . and am not saying anything about his heart in this matter . . . but in general I am so vigorously led to exhort . . . at this time . . . that any who would be about their Father's business, better be getting ABOUT and ABIDING in it above all.  End times or not, the question is the same.  Are you saved?  And now let's start seeing the evidence of that, where you are being changed--are becoming more like Him . . . where His grace is working profound transformative power in your soul, upon your mind and in and through your newborn heart.  If that is not happening, then forget the rest for now, and get to that!

On the one hand . . . (your worldly hand) hmmm . . . very interesting and more evidence (if true)(perhaps) that we are near the Tribulation . . . .
On the OTHER Hand . . .(your spiritual hand) . . .  so what?

"NOW is the time of God's favor, NOW is the day of salvation."  (2 Cor. 6:2)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Protection

There is one matter above all right now to be fully engaged in.  I mean that to plow through with any sense of coherence, peace and sense of security, we must immerse ourselves in the Word of God and the personal presence of the Lord.

The things that are upon us this very moment and soon to manifest more terrifyingly blatant will shake us to the core.  If there is no core there which is of the Truth and of Holy Spirit, unmoored personalities will shatter and scatter to any and every seducing spirit.

The Muslim Brotherhood in league with global communism directed by the Kremlin and Beijing combined with satanic drug cartels . . . combined with bridge building ecumenism in the Godless churches is creating a world "army" dedicated and determined to crush the individual, freedom and any Believers in Christ.

We are here at that time I and others have been warning of for years now--the net is closing and it won't be pretty as some begin to resist.  This is not news, I know . . . .

But this is why I am focusing so intensely on the only thing that will provide strength and comfort and even peace and even love . . . in the coming storms . . . and living in police state tyranny.

I will still get to suggesting some of the more specific practical things that can be done to help with getting fast and sure in the protection of the Lord.  "Protection" in this sense does not mean being assured to not be caught up in the oppression and mayhem.  The protection we are promised is in being in constant relationship with the Conqueror who will keep us "fed" and "watered" in the Spirit, regardless of the external deprivations which are bound to run through the land. 

back in a bit . . . .

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whose Kingdom Do You Build?

 No question about it.  There is an ominous, treacherous and devious spirit covering the land.  In the churches it seeks to diminish the searing truth of the Gospel and replace it with social activism and social causes and build bridges with and to the world and to other anti-Christian faiths.

In such a time, nothing is more important than to hold fast to the truth and reject this soothing lullaby of death.  "I stopped outside a church house, where the citizens like to sit, they say they want the Kingdom, but they don't want God in it."  As Johnny Cash sings . . . .

Never forget where the arc of life and then death leads . . . that you will finally kneel before the Judge where your deeds are looked at and punishment or rewards are meted out accordingly . . . .

"Whose Kingdom . . . . What Kingdom . . . did you spend your life building upon?"

Were you busy working on kingdoms doomed to fail and be swept away with the coming of the new heaven and the new earth?  A business . . . a "foundation" . . . this or that social cause? . . . you own little kingdom in and of the flesh? 

Or were you busy in the work of salvation--saving souls?

The world groans in sin.

All sin and fall short of the mark.

There is no hope, no chance, no life to be found in the world. 

Every day--not just once in a while and vaguely--the disciple of the Lord is about His Master's work.

"Whose Kingdom were you busy building?"

One kingdom . . . is obvious--right before your eyes, every day, many workers toiling constantly polishing, adjusting, tweaking, adorning its edifice . . . . And it is doomed and sentenced for utter, complete, ignominious destruction.

The Other Kingdom . . . is currently invisible, harder to see, carried in the heart and soul of Believers in It.  It is destined to remain . . . perfected . . . gloriously fashioned . . . incorruptible . . . forever!

Beware the silver tongued devils in collars and robes and suits, mesmerizing from pulpits, holding hands with the captains of industry and social cause . . . . Our Lord's Kingdom IS NOT OF THIS WORLD!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

At The Crossroads (pt. 9)

God's "love" of freedom, which is like a respect for freedom, for free will, personal choice . . . is big.

Setting aside for a moment that we may believe HE does everything and is Sovereign--meaning that, it is only by His will that anything goes on . . . lives, dies, changes, . . . even CHOOSES . . . . Like where I am fond of saying things like, "when you find God--when He finds you"  . . . or, "He will not lose a single one!" . . . "if you are His, He WILL find you and bring you Home" . . . .

 . . . as if . . . there is no free will involved and it is only a matter of predestination that some are saved and others are not . . . looking to the line: "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:44)

Which, I do indeed believe . . . having experienced . . . where I know that . . . if it weren't for God opening my eyes to the truth . . . and drawing me to Him, onward, onward . . . giving me the inspiration and desire to even SEARCH for Him . . . I can tell quite plainly that I would have been forever lost, blind, dead, subject completely to the passions and dreams of natural . . . human . . . worldly life . . . .

And I've seen what look to be miraculous moves by God in others.  Others who before . . . knew NOTHING about Him and could not, would not and never cared for the subtleties of genuine spiritual discernment and promptings . . . and then pursuings . . . .

No, these were people of an almost animal-like cognition, concerned only with the most base wants and needs of unconscious pleasure drives . . . passion pressures . . . "dumb" habits formed in childhood, programmed by equally unconscious, society-pleasing parents . . . .

And then, out of the blue, here comes God . . . usually via some tragic event or big life change . . . and that brutish person . . . begins to awaken . . . truly like a resplendent butterfly suddenly breaking the dull, encasing shell . . . to fly away to new heights, a completely different creature . . . .

Such a transformation is truly like a blind person becoming able to see!  It IS that profound, if not more . . . .

Anyway . . . setting aside . . . for a moment . . . the belief and apparent revelation . . . that . . . ultimately GOD is sovereign . . . in ALL things . . . including our decision to be saved and give our lives over to Jesus (where He gives us through grace even the desire . . . and finally ability to do so)--THERE IS ALSO the whole example of His creating . . . and allowing . . . most prominently . . . a measure . . . of our "free will".

This very world seems to be an intricate laboratory for free will exercise nonetheless.  There is a mystery in this which has always fascinated me.  In a pinch, I rely on a sort of "sameness AND difference" concept--that there exists what looks to be a paradox from our viewpoint here in this time and space, but in the "heavenly" realm, it is perfectly understandable with no contradiction or oxymoronic-like taint.

We DO have free will . . . AND . . . despite our utterly dependent state God DOES choose us and bring us in.
We DO have a role to play . . . in our assent and acceptance to the Gospel . . . AND it is also the fact that it is simply the Lord's own sovereign will who He chooses to be heirs with Him in the Kingdom of God.

So . . . listen:  If and when the Holy Spirit finds you . . . and by all accounts you have mentally considered the message of the Bible and the person of the Lord, Jesus Christ . . . and intellectually have consented that, yes, He IS the Saviour . . . and the only way--the truth and the life . . . .

Well, right about then . . . before you have "crossed the River" as I put it . . . .

Where you are standing at the brink . . . one foot in the old you and old world . . . with your head peaking into the Promised Land . . . of dying to self and finally living in and for and by Jesus . . . .

There IS a sliver . . . so-to-speak . . . of FREE WILL CHOOSING . . . you yet must make . . . to finalize the rebirth.  It is an acceptance IN YOUR HEART . . . a relenting . . . and a final surrender TO GO ACROSS . . . .

If you hover at that brink, as I wrote earlier, you will be hammered, thrashed, clawed, pummeled and shredded to bits.  Once God . . . as the Holy Spirit . . . has brought you to Encounter . . . where, you have basically understand and accept that the Gospel is the Truth . . . and Jesus is the ONLY way . . . then, He is going to turn up the heat for you to make your decisive free will choice . . . to take that final leap of faith into the water, to leave the "brink" . . . .

And this is when and where you accept the Holy Spirit . . . into your heart.  Head/mind . . . and heart . . . must both be engaged and submit.  If only one or the other is committed . . . but not both . . . then you will be in a very dangerous situation.  For nothing is more enticing to Evil Spirit . . . than to find a soul who's mind and head are convicted . . . but their heart isn't . . . and so, Evil Spirit is happy to take over the heart in such a situation . . . and here is where you get demonic religious and spiritual leaders, bearing charisma and powers, drawing on the energy of the crossroads between the road to heaven and the road to hell.

And God, having given you the gift of an encounter with Holy Spirit, where you are able to relatively well recognize the Truth . . . YET YOU RESIST . . . and do NOT cross over . . . but start looking back . . . . Well, He does not take kindly to this . . . as it is a type of blaspheming the Holy Spirit . . . .

So . . . at some point, yes, while I will say that IF YOUR ARE HIS, He will not lose you . . . AT THE SAME TIME . . . you DO also have to make the choice . . . to accept His Way . . . and commit in your heart . . . along with your head . . . .

This doesn't mean that you won't still make mistakes and remain a wretch and a sinner.  But now you are saved . . . and in the fold . . . and your sins and mistakes will begin to lesson and have less and less draw on you . . . and you will begin to only crave and yearn for that which is holy and righteous . . . .

Whereas, if you don't make the choice and use your speck of free will to finally leave the old self and old world behind . . . but still generally believe Jesus is the only way . . . . you will not have access to that renewing, regenerating grace and protection which is afforded Believers . . . the promises . . . . And you will be left to the wiles and wicked "mercies" of the devil and his many minions . . . . And if you continue in that state, without ever repenting and accepting the Lord . . . though you may even believe in Him . . . . Well, you are not meet for the Kingdom . . . and you will be torn to shreds.  You will either get possessed . . . commit suicide . . . murder . . . and be party to all manner of foul and filthy affronts to His Holy Name . . . and Person . . . . .

Oh . . . there is so much to say on all of this . . . where the rubber meets the road . . . where the separation occurs . . . there at the crossroads . . . where you must indeed make your choice . . . having accepted in the head, now to accept in the heart . . . .

It looks like cross . . . . It starts in the mind, in the head . . . a line goes down . . . then connects to your heart . . . so head and heart are connected AND IN UNITY . . . no longer double minded . . . with a purpose single to the glory of God . . . THEN . . . with your outstretched hands . . .  you will begin to DO . . . to act, to work . . . in and for the Kingdom fields of harvest . . . . .

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Stuff Of Life Itself (pt.8)


I have found that . . . the more the Holy Spirit has been able to find a place in me (because my own personal agenda has been --thankfully--highly damaged by the Truth) . . . and the more I have understood and accepted the Gospel . . . THE LESS interested I've become in novel or "new" interpretations of scripture and even the world around us.

What I see, for instance, are many people . . . who are fascinated and led to investigate all kinds of "mind blowing" theories, expose's, "discoveries" etc., . . . but because they are "dead" on the inside.  Life is so tedious and mundane, bland and rote . . . that they must find some excitement, and so, take their minds on journeys to consider the most mind-bending, esoteric, fantastic "explanations" possible--each one more incredible and alarming than the one before . . . .

For the spiritual seeker . . . this seems often to be the case . . . because in actuality . . . the seeker is simply still dead inside and has not quite yet had the "scales fall away" from their eyes and seen the Truth.

I am not saying that it is wrong and to be avoided . . . to be ie., curious about "mysteries" and the arcane.

I am just saying that I have noticed that . . . as the profundity and urgency of our situation, as described in (Biblical) scripture . . . is more fully realized and accepted and then acted upon . . . SCRIPTURE itself becomes so fascinating and enlightening and even mysterious in its own way . . . that the former fantastical topics and novel interpretations PALE drastically in comparison.

When you start becoming ALIVE inside, because you are truly born again--a new creature . . . everything unrelated or antithetical to that new life in Christ--which once was so interesting and fascinating perhaps--becomes more like an irrelevant, dead thing.

So, as I said, it appears that . . . those who are dead on the inside . . . seek and require great external excitement in both thought and action . . . because they are empty . . . whereas, those who find REAL life and true (eternally significant) sustenance ("living water") seek and require just more and more of that.

The "dead" look at the Bible and sometimes come across scripture . . . and it may occasionally strike them as nice poetry or "good advice" . . . but mostly it is boring, meaningless, dry, irrelevant, holding little to no attraction.  Same regarding Jesus.

They cannot understand--and are slightly even in fear of and loathe--those who seem "obsessed" with Jesus and the Bible, considering them "unbalanced", "extreme" and, of course, "fanatical" (my favorite descriptor.)

But what they don't know, as their "eyes" are blocked and covered, is that . . . as He is revealed to a person, that person's whole perspective changes . . . . The focal point RADICALLY shifts--180 degrees to an opposite direction.

["focal point": (def.) a point of convergence of light.] 

Before . . . let's say "the light of life" . . . came into a person . . . and passed through their SELF, their EGO, which is made up of a multitude of competing interests, desires, sin proclivities, memories, attachments, delusions etc., and then that light is diffused and refracted in multiple directions, many at odds with each other--a jumbled, dissipated confusion.

When the "light of life" . . . comes into a person . . . and that person has "died to self", there is no longer all of that multicolored, multifaceted lens of self seeking to divide and diffuse "the light".
Instead . . . the focal point has become (NOT self) . . . but JESUS . . . and "the light of life" converges on Him alone.  And since He IS the light AND the life . . . "living water" is found and, where once the person was dead . . . now they are ALIVE, connected and related to the source of life.

You see, there IS plenty of wonder and mystery and depth and breadth to satisfy the most curious and interested of seekers . . . throughout The Word.  You find that, if you want (which you DO as the Holy Spirit invests you) you can delve endlessly into the teachings and revealings, "always learning" AND arriving "at the knowledge of the truth." --(2 Tim. 3:7)

To the spiritually dead . . . scripture . . . and worship . . . and Bible study . . . may be things that you feel obligated to sometimes, even regularly, be involved with.  But there is no craving for it; no sense of need for it.  But a thousand other topics and news items and "latest developments" interest you.  Yet an emptiness remains within, never sated, never filled nor satisfied.

And to the dead, one explanation is just as good as another.  There is never a sense of being able to quickly and surely see the truth in matters.  It may be this . . . or, it may be that . . . . Often, the various conflicting theories and tales and propositions leave such a person . . . simply confused and non-committal to ANY particular viewpoint or "take".  "It's ALL interesting" and equally plausible . . . . (for instance, regarding subjects like alien abductions, UFO's, cryptozoology, hybrid Nephilim, the Illuminati, the New World Order, did Paul "hijack Christianity"?, ancient civilizations, "forbidden archeology", ritual abuse, bible codes, etc.)

Again, I am not saying it is wrong and to be avoided to be curious about and study ie., "the latest" on these kinds of topics and I don't doubt that some are genuinely led into ministries specializing in certain of these areas.

What I am saying . . . is that I've noticed in myself . . . and can observe often in others . . . is that . . . the more Christ lives WITHIN . . . the more HIS teachings and being satisfy and fascinate ABOVE ALL ELSE and the less important all these other (albeit intriguing) theories and issues . . . become.  If there were nothing else . . . but to be about the work of the Lord . . . specializing in It alone . . . that is more than enough to be about!  It is deep, wide, diverse, fascinating, fulfilling, rich, "mind-blowing", wondrous, endless, and THE STUFF OF LIFE ITSELF!

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Cor. 15:58)

"Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them." (Psalm 111:2)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Getting "It Is Finished"! (pt.7)

A seeking brother wrote me a letter, which was the initial inspiration in response for this 7 (or 8?) part series . . . .

I am revealing no identity here . . . and I pray he does not mind me sharing one line he wrote, as it is crucial to the answers sought . . .and so indicative of that earnestness and passion which true seekers seem to universally experience at some point in their walk in faith . . . .

"I begged God to do anything and everything that He must to get me to submit to Him . . . as long as I'm safe with Him in the end."

I recall clearly one time of many . . . that I pleaded, begged, asked, yearned for God to show me the way--just give me some sign, some indication what to do to serve Him and devote my life to His will for me in this world.  I had ridden a horse far up into the mountain . . . alone . . . dismounted and went into a small grove, dropped to my knees and prayed to be given some kind of clear message . . . which way to go, what to do . . . to be in His direct service . . . . By the end of it, I was shouting to the sky and thrashing around with a stick, exploding with angst, yelling, begging, imploring . . . .

And waited there . . . in the quickly fading echoes of my spiritual entreaty . . . with horse viewing me askance . . . and there was . . . just . . . silence.  No omen . . . no angel shaped cloud . . . no voice from heaven . . . no inward vision--not even a feeling of comfort or encouragement to press on.

Just nothing.  The birds reappeared, the horse munched some grass and it was only another dumb day like every other and if it felt like anything . . . it felt like there was no God--no answer to the yearning questions and cravings for purpose in my young heart ( I was almost 17) . . . . I had already spent years in deep, purposeful spiritual disciplines, study and practice . . . but had yet to really own, as a part of me, a clear, direct understanding of who God was and what did He want from me . . . .

Looking back, I can now see that it was actually His mercy that He did not answer me as soon as I thought I wanted it.  For I was still too full of myself.  I wanted an answer . . . for me . . . for my life . . . and had I received some sort of conformation or message or even direction . . . it would have been filtered through the self I still loved and wanted to put forth in the world . . . for the question I wanted answered was what am I to do, to be . . . in this life, in this world?

Me, me, me . . . life, life, life . . . world, world, world . . . .

BUT BECAUSE THE STAKES ARE SO HIGH! . . . and the "answer" so rare and precious! . . . and the gift so beyond critically important . . . and the barriers to understanding so devious, subtle and profound . . . that He would use years more, if need be (which apparently it did "need be") . . . to break me down, disappoint my numerous attempts, and crush me into the poor, weak, utterly destitute and needy soul . . . who could finally be ready . . . and able . . . to SEE THE LIGHT.

Looking back . . . I can see that the greatest asset He gave me . . . all along the way . . . which was absolutely necessary to maintain . . . so that The Truth . . . could finally be revealed to me, and which I could then begin to respond to . . . was . . . .

[--and this is very, very, VERY important--crucial even!--]

was . . . and STILL IS . . . : in being fully resigned . . . to THE FACT . . . that I am TOTALLY at God's mercy . . . what HE . . . has in store for me . . . whether it be heaven . . . or hell.

"I begged God to do anything and everything that He must to get me to submit to Him . . . as long as I'm safe with Him in the end."

This sentence MUST read:   "I beg God to do anything and everything that He must to get me to submit to Him . . . whether I'm safe with Him in the end or not!"

If you are still trying to bargain with God (as we all have done at some point) by saying, in effect, "Look God, I love you and want to submit to you . . . and I WILL submit to you . . . so long as I can be assured you will put me in heaven with you . . .." . . . then you are still trying to run the show.

This is not any different than the heathen and worldly who say, "If God would just make it clear to me that He exists . . . then, yeah, I will believe in and follow Him.  Until then, though, I might as well keep doing my own thing."

Usually, a person in this state . . . shows . . . that they simply have not really accepted God.  But the scary part . . . is that even if God DID give a clear sign . . . it would not make a difference.

There were plenty of people who saw Jesus perform miracles--who were given clear signs, both in prophetic scripture and in person . . . who, nevertheless . . . would not submit, die to self, and follow Him.

During my long and intense searching . . . sometimes I thought I had found God, or at least the "religion" or "path" which would lead to Him . . . . Other times, I knew I was lost and adrift and stumbling . . . . But in every case . . . I knew and accepted that . . . "in the end" . . . it was going to be COMPLETELY His decision whether I warranted saving or not.  (And as a Christian, I have learned further that it is not even possible to warrant saving.)

Before I accepted His salvation . . . I knew and accepted that regardless of what I did or didn't do . . . "in the end" it was finally . . . only God's decision whether heaven or hell for me . . . .

I realized, at least . . . no matter how misguided I was at times following "strange doctrines" and other spirits . . . I NEVER took for granted . . . that . . . simply because of my burning interest in "finding the truth" . . . or spiritual intentions . . . or ie., ascetic practices and "good works" . . . THAT I could obligate God in some way to take me with Him . . . in the end.

It is only NOW . . . that I have realized and received as TRUTH . . . the story of His saving mission . . . that I KNOW . . . because I BELIEVE . . . that I WILL BE SAFE WITH HIM IN THE END.

"The end" . . . in a sense . . . has already happened!  "IT IS FINISHED"!  Hallelujah! Praise God!

So what are you waiting for?

If you believe in Jesus, Yeshuah . . . Messiah . . .and understand and accept the Gospel . . . then you KNOW and accept that all your sins, past, present and future ARE FORGIVEN!  Why do you keep looking at your sins?  Why the glances back at the "old man" who was crucified with Christ--that "old man" who is DEAD?  God is not looking at the "old man".  When the Father looks at you HE SEES CHRIST RISEN, perfect, GLORIFIED!

Understand this!  IT IS FINISHED!

If you are still wandering out on the "frozen plains" . . . feeling dry . . . spiritually inert . . . it likely just means that you have not yet really sat down . . . better yet, "kneeled" down  . . . and truly, deeply REVELED in the PROFOUND FACT and TRUTH of what Jesus did for you . . . . !

And that He DID it!

It's not something He is going to do . . . .

It's not something He is working on and eventually, hopefully, maybe . . . .

It's not something that you are still working on and getting ie., better at . . . .

It's not something He is going to give you when you prove yourself worthy . . . .

You are NOT worthy!  You don't deserve it!  You are a wretch!  You can't do a thing to be worthy!

But because the Father loves you anyway, and wants it to be so,
HE DID IT FOR YOU ANYWAY!  HE SAVED YOU!!!

Now . . . one thing you can do, because He wants you to . . . .

Is to take some time . . . and spend some serious, earnest thought . . . in contemplating . . . just what a profound, loving, sacrificial act He performed in taking upon Himself . . . all your miserable sins--even the fact that you hate God but love your self!

Think about what He went through--the abuse, the pain, the betrayal, the mocking--the sheer hatred of all evil that ever was and would be . . . heaped on His head, on His back . . . culminating at the Cross . . . .

SO THAT YOU CAN BE FREE!  So that you CAN be safe with God . . . AND FOREVER!

Whether you are crawling your way through the "valley of tears" . . . groping around in the "dark night of the soul" . . . being clawed, pulled and pushed as you waver at "the brink" . . . or, plodding listless and forlorn in the "frozen" wastes . . . . You just need to take a moment . . . and think about what Jesus did for you!

REALLY think about it . . . .

Then, think about it some more.  IMMERSE yourself in HIS STORY.  His story . . . is The Word . . . and HE IS THE WORD!

Stop thinking so much about your self, what you want and need and plan and wish to do in this life and this world . . . .

Me, me, me . . . life, life, life . . . world, world, world . . . .

Rather, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS . . . JESUS, JESUS, JESUS . . . JESUS, JESUS, JESUS . . . !

You're dead . . . . Jesus LIVES . . . now you LIVE in Jesus . . . and there will be a new heaven and a new world!  Think about that.

Find a church . . . or a bible study group . . . which teaches the Gospel . . . . Listen to good, Gospel preaching preachers exhort . . . . Read the Bible . . . Read books about the Bible . . . watch programs on t.v. or on the Internet about the Gospel, about the Bible, about Jesus, about the Apostles . . . . Listen to music about Jesus and the Gospel . . . . Look at pictures about the Bible . . . . Learn about the Holy Land . . . . IMMERSE YOURSELF . . . whether you feel like it or not . . . . in everything to do with Jesus and the Word . . . and make a habit of praying constantly . . . first thing when you awake . . . last thing before sleep . . . . . REPENT and PUT YOUR TRUST IN JESUS and turn from your sin . . . and when you slip or backslide . . . get back up remembering that He died for that sin . . . and think again what He did--the GIFT He gave you . . . and . . . steadily . . . surely . . . as your gratitude and understanding and ACCEPTANCE of that Gift deepens . . . you WILL find your self changing . . . becoming a new creature in Christ . . . . The worm . . . is become a butterfly . . . . You are no longer lost in the valleys and plains . . . but NOW CAN SEE from vista to vista . . . hope and excitement begin to simmer . . . then burn pleasantly within you . . . for you are CATCHING FIRE! . . . CATCHING FIRE for Jesus . . . . The Holy Spirit is starting to permeate your soul, your body, your eyes, your ears . . . YOU CAN SEE . . . YOU CAN HEAR . . . the world is dead . . . the dead are dead . . . your old self is dead with it . . . BUT A NEW SELF, who is starting to look more and more like JESUS is stirring within . . . and beginning to even show without ! . . . . .

Praise God . . . it is ONLY GOOD NEWS!  TODAY! AMEN!

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[I think I will maybe write a little bit more on the "immersion" part, ie., the people and types of preachers, teachers etc. that I find keep me flaming :)]

P.S. gosh darn "Blogspot" .. the host of this blog decided to "update" my blog with a supposedly clean, "easier to use" new look . . . Arghh.. any time this happens with a service .. i find that the "new" thing .. is uglier and harder to use!  I like the old look.. simple, direct, focus on the words .. not a lot of gee-gaw ...
Anyway, somehow trying to get the old look and "template" back .. i lost it ... and ended up with this blase' look.. minus a lot of important info ... We will be trying to get it back to the way it was hopefully ... as soon as able ... arghhh.. "updates" .... !;(

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This Story (pt.6)

THIS IS NOT YOUR STORY.

THIS STORY IS NOT ABOUT YOU . . . AND NOT FOR YOU

IT'S ABOUT GOD . . . AND FOR GOD.

BREAK YOURSELF ON THE HARD ROCK OF

THIS SHARP TRUTH AND BE FREE!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

From Frozen Plains to Butterfly (pt.5)

Skylar, my son was at his job yesterday . . . in the meat department where he works and was stocking the meat bins, busy, busy . . . and didn't know (because he is deaf) that some guy and his wife were behind him trying to get his attention.  The guy was making a big deal, getting irritated, speaking louder and louder, "hey . . . HEY! Where is the salami?  Helllooo!  Hey . . . mister! . . . "

Sky, finished with his task turned around and realized the guy had been talking at him, trying to get his attention and Sky said, "Oh, sorry . . . I am deaf, I couldn't hear you.  Can I help you?"

The guy laughed derisively, made some snide comments to his wife, mocking Sky, then waved Sky off and just walked away complaining and grumbling loudly to other customers, making a small scene . . . .

Sky felt terribly embarrassed (he is a bit self-conscious anyway about his "disability") but then he also got feeling very angry--.  He said his blood was "boiling" and he was tempted to react to the guy accordingly.

However, he held his peace, though seething and went back to his tasks.  Right then as he was contemplating what to do, also feeling concerned that he had "upset a customer" . . .suddenly the bible verse about . . . how we are to love our enemies, he said, popped into his mind.  He realized this was just such a situation where he was suppose to--as a "Christian"--NOT return hate for hate, but love and forgiveness.

Soon his body calmed down . . . the adrenaline subsided . . . and he said he began to contemplate on how Jesus was able to forgive even His abusers, knowing that they "knew not" what they did.  And how much more Jesus went through . . . .

Well, HERE is an example of the power of "immersion" in the Word that I wrote about earlier. 

The reason a bible verse and Christlike approach "popped" into Sky's head . . . is because, around the house, we have been almost constantly talking about Jesus, bible verses and Biblical teaching--the Gospel . . . . We are immersed in it . . . . It is the air we breathe . . . the lens through which we try to look at the events of the day . . . the touchstone against which we test our thoughts and behavior and choices . . . on a daily basis . . . .

Later, when I asked Sky about the incident, he ended the tale by pausing . . . thinking to himself for a moment, then said, "It's hard to do what Jesus says . . . but it works."

(As it turned out, when Sky reported the matter to his manager, the manager said that if he saw the customer again, the customer would be confronted and likely thrown out of the store and his membership taken away as such behavior to an employee like this would not be tolerated.  Sky realizes now that if he had reacted in anger, it might have been a much uglier scene and Sky himself might have been the one forced from the store.)
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When you drift away from It (the Gospel) which is HE (the Lord) . . . and allow yourself to operate through your habitual, instinctive, reactionary fallen mind . . . then you tend to keep perpetuating the same.

But here is the trouble . . . which I started to address at the beginning of this series.  The very problem is . . . sometimes . . . that we are feeling so bombarded by external assaults . . . that we can't seem to get into that state of mind and soul . . . where we WANT to be immersed in the Gospel.  It feels forced . . . or fake . . . and we just can't seem to be getting nourished or inspired by it, though, guiltily, we know we should.

Then this feeling of guilt . . . and of lacking fervor . . . just adds to the overall state of malaise . . . and hopelessness . . .. Panic and despair may even set in . . . .

BUT HERE IS THE POWER:  When you keep your mind looking only on the things of God, then you deprive the enemy from having a foothold in your being, and those things which once troubled you simply and surely and steadily begin to fall away.  They cannot remain in the light of His presence, which is found through His Word.

The external, alien attacks (of, for instance, targeted frequencies . . . chemical dosing (via the air, the skies, through food and drink) . . . are designed to work upon your carnal mind.  If you are IDENTIFIED with your carnal mind--the instinctive and habitual processes of the brain and nervous system, including the heart . . . in it's fallen condition . . . THEN you will be deceived and suffer according to the success of their attacks.

BUT THE SPIRITUAL MIND remains untouched!  So, if you increasingly IDENTIFY with the spiritual mind (ie., the spiritual "brain" and "heart" which are like counterparts to your physical brain and "heart") then the enemy is unable to reach you.

When you are living through the world's mind and the world's heart . . . you are living in enemy territory and their laws and rules and weapons will affect you as intended.

But when you die to that world, or even begin turning away from it intentionally . . . and start ONLY looking to Jesus . . . for everything . . . all of the things they (the devil and his minions) are doing actually start to disappear.  You begin Seeing the Sovereign Hand of God in everything.  No longer do you feel surrounded by evil, outnumbered, overwhelmed, overpowered . . . but instead, you See God's love, mercy, grace and justice operating ubiquitously, through each and every situation . . . and no matter what harm or mistake or "tragedy" occurs, you are able to be a part of "all things working together for good for them that love God."

Now, I have spent some time on what I've referred to as the "dark night of the soul" experience . . . "the valley of tears" . . . etc.  And in this case I have been meaning that place where a seeker arrives where they have not yet left the world behind (died to self)  . . . but are on the verge or "brink" thereat . . . and also have not yet come into "peace of God" . . . where the new creature is born and begins growing . . . .

But there is also a similar state I will call here "the frozen plains" . . . .

Some of you may indeed have already been "born again" . . . have started on The Way . . . with the new creature beginning to emerge beyond your old self . . . yet . . . have stalled . . . .

It is as though you wander a vast, frozen tundra . . . . Your heart has gone cold.  The fire of the spirit which you once felt so strong and clear . . . has died to smoldering, barely hot embers . . . . I have also in the past referred to this also as "the desert walk", but since I just used that metaphor already earlier as another term for the "brink" place . . . I will call this slightly different experience "the frozen plains".

If here . . . you are a person . . . who is not really confused as to where you want to go.  You have already decided and agreed that you must "die" to self, "lose your life" . . . and probably have done so to varying degrees . . . but you are not still wondering if ie., "Jesus is the only way" . . . . You believe that He is and want to be with Him.

However, your walk has gone cold.  You seem to be out in a dry, but frozen wilderness, far away from the spirit now . . . . Just echoes and occasional spurts of inspiration come . . . but they quickly fade, and cannot take root in the hard, cold soil of your soul.  Usually, even the world is far away also at this point.  It does not really pull on you anymore, so that is not the big problem.

The big problem is . . . that you really don't feel passionate about the world OR about God anymore, though you yet believe in Him and try to obey His will as far as you can "hear" or understand it.

If, for example, the "secret government" . . . IS using subliminal technologies--frequencies, media driven mind/brain manipulations or chemicals to deaden the "spirit" and mind--then the frozen plains . . . are a very lonely, despairing place to be.  You love the Lord . . . and believe in the Gospel and the Bible . . . and don't really feel any more attraction to the world . . . yet live in a sort of chilly dryness . . . gray . . . with no dynamics, no landmarks . . . . Just bleak, washed-out, barren waste . . . .

And you may be starting to think, "Is this it?  Certainly there has got to be more!  Where is the joy, the passion; where is the drawing power of the Lord to fire my soul?  What is the point?  How am I to be useful to the Lord in this condition and situation?"

And when you combine poverty . . . or constant financial struggling and lack to this seemingly hopeless state, it can feel every bit as dire and dangerous (to the soul) as it feels when you are that other seeker who is still wrestling with demons and the old, feisty self who refuses to die!

The good news is . . . is that the ways to get beyond either or any combination of these "dark night"/"frozen plains" places . . . ARE THE SAME.  The way beyond the hold-up . . . is similar in any case!

And if you are HIS, you WILL get beyond it, as He will not lose a single one!

And if you care enough to be earnestly concerned about any of this . . . I dare say YOU ARE HIS!

I hope some are not getting too impatient with me for not getting to a big finale in all of this just yet . . . as to means and methods to blast through the "hold up."  I do start out intending to beforehand, but then more nuances come to mind which I'm led to explore.

And also, I'm aware that, for one thing, part of "getting beyond" is found in simply recognizing what is going on . . . indeed, taking a look at some of these nuances--bringing them to more overt awareness thereof.

. . . .And thus, part of "getting beyond" is just in knowing that it is a fairly typical part of The Walk . . . . In relating to the description of the feelings and thoughts that accompany the phase of the journey . . . . In merely receiving some hope and encouragement that you can and WILL get beyond . . . . And, I warn, it will probably be a bit anti-climatic anyhow as the things I suggest will seem obvious and not that profound--especially when considered from the general (spiritually) "dead zone" I have been addressing these past few days . . . .

But I can at least share what has worked for me and for others I know that were in as dire, dark, cold, and despairing conditions as can be imagined and which some of you might be in, have been in, or might yet to be in . . . .

Also, I must say, it is anyhow, part of the OLD mind--the OLD SELF . . . to want a "quick fix".  And that old self is the very thing that must be abandoned, so letting him or her remain unsated without a snappy cure . . . actually WORKS towards moving in the new creature direction . . . by-the-way :)

[Remember, it is the false and misleading teachings of ie., mysticism, magic and Eastern "religion" which lures the anxious seeker with the promise of "sudden enlightenment" and instant transcendence, but where only self-delusion, hypnosis, altered trance states . . . and ultimately childish pretending/pretenses passes for actual, LASTING character/self transformation into the new creature in Christ . . . from worm to butterfly!]

So . . . on we go . . . with a little more on the matter . . . .
Back shortly . . . . May the Lord open our eyes and hearts to His fullness!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Leaping To Immersion (pt.4)

The bottom line is . . . for someone who is being pummeled on the brink--tormented by the demonic who wish to pull you back to the old, fallen ways and self . . . and also being hammered by a conscience with guilt and frustration for not seeming to be able to finally overcome and move into the restful freedom of the Lord . . . .

It most likely just means . . . that some hidden part of you . . . is clinging to "life".  There is a place in your self which is not quite ready to surrender . . . and still wants to have it both ways . . . to be in the world AND still be of it . . . and wanting to take that old self across the river . . . still serving two masters.

You say you want to move on . . . and for this old self to die . . . but really, somewhere deeper inside, you don't.  You are still holding on to it, afraid . . . to let your dreams go . . . worried to leave it all to God . . . because . . . what if He has something in mind for you that doesn't fit in with your plans and desires?  So, you want God, yes, and to receive His peace . . . but you're clinging to the intention that He will include His peace to encompass your old self and its will.

Many, many people are stuck at this very point.  They got some sort of revelation of the truth of Jesus . . . and started towards Him . . . BUT . . . as they neared full commitment--as they got to the point where it was required to DIE and become crucified along with Him . . . they shrunk away . . . just like the Apostles hid and denied knowing Him . . . cowered . . . and ran back to their old selves . . . .

But just like the Apostles . . . despite this initial retreat--which could also be considered a "backslide"--YOU who are the sheep of the Lord's . . . will yet be brought in and will likewise experience that kind of faith which can withstand all manner of persecutions and calumnies . . . . So, do not lose heart . . . during this difficult moment . . . .

It is a good sign that you are admittedly suffering, caught at this "brink".  It means you are likely to cross sooner than later . . . .

What is more common . . . and shows a more dangerous and insidious lack of conviction and sincere intent . . . are those who, having heard the call and then come to the "dark night" place . . . then pretend (to themselves and to others) that they have died to self and act as though they have entered into God's rest and are progressing on the Path.

In fact, however, they retain their old self and now just try to wear the "garb" of a true disciple--going to church, publicly giving alms, behaving "good", "being a good person" . . . but yet within, if you could see it (which He does!) they continue full of greed, pride, lust, envy . . . and still chase after the trappings of the world--"success" . . . respect . . . standing . . . position . . . or to be seen and known as an especially "spiritual" person.  Oftentimes . . . such a one . . . will find some niche in the "spiritual community" . . . promoting some new, novel angle on scripture . . . where they can be an "expert" and can profit thereby or gain notoriety and subtle elevated status as having a "special" calling, mission or "ministry".  [This is not to say that there aren't those who do have an unusual or unique calling or ministry . . . but just to say that more times than not, it turns out to be just another avenue for the self-seeking self to subtly glorify its works rather than being "just another" . . . ignominious . . . unheralded worker in the Vineyard . . . . ]

So, there are a number of forces and beings fighting against the seeker--the budding disciple--trying to prevent him/her selling out completely to Christ.  There is the general malaise being blanketed on the population at large--which is partly intended to install a sense of doom inevitability.  There are social and political agendas underway which desire a populace that is apathetic, disoriented, depressed and overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness.  If those with that agenda can make it so that only a few people feel motivated enough to fight back against (ie., the loss of the country, the perversion of the culture, social and political subterfuge and injustices etc.) then they can complete the transformation of a relatively "free market" society into one of centralized totalitarian control.

Also, those same malevolent agents are guided by evil supernatural beings and forces which also want to suppress and/or derail a person's spiritual conscience--"jamming" the finer processes of the brain and "heart" so as to make it hard to "hear" the still, small voice of the Spirit--to break the connection with God or alter the transmissions of guidance from Spirit, so that the person is confused and seems to be hearing conflicting "voices", "messages" . . . .

Then, there are also actual demonic entities assigned to, or attracted to . . . the person, who work upon their particular weaknesses . . . "familiar spirits" . . . who try to influence and work through people close to the person, through weak family members, friends, co-workers . . . . These evil entities "know where you live" so-to-speak . . . and seem to be able to orchestrate events and situations to maximize their destructive power against you . . . . Uncanny synchronicities occur . . . odd, unnerving coincidences keep popping up that have deleterious effects . . . . Gang stalkers may be involved to heighten the effect of making the person feel outnumbered, surrounded, hopeless . . . .

Currently, one of the most subtle and insidious means of Evil Spirit's attack . . . is through well intended distraction . . . .
Because of the Internet and "social media" . . . the speedy constant release and plethora of "cutting edge" information . . . especially related to "end times" . . . the supernatural . . . "the secret government" . . . etc. and all of their heinous methods of subjugation . . . it is all too easy to become fixated and focused on irrelevant and moot (albeit fascinating) details.
In other words, the seeker can find themselves lost in plunging down "rabbit holes" searching out mysteries and becoming expert on this or that latest diabolical method of Evil Spirit's warfare against the saints.

The seeker--the disciple--makes the mistake of obsessing or spending too much time studying the enemy's tactics and hardware . . . mistaking such study and interest AS BEING THE SAME AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.  For example (and I am not singling any specific person out here) someone realizes we are being "chemtrailed" . . . and then starts up a mission to discover the who, what, when, where about "chemtrails" . . . and becomes increasingly convinced that "chemtrails" are the single greatest threat to our situation . . . and spends nearly all their waking hours devising "antidotes" or defenses against "chemtrails" and becoming a social activist to try and stop them.

But none of this will get you SAVED.  The danger is, that this "activist" . . . no longer is thinking about God, about Jesus . . . spreading the Gospel . . . repenting . . . but is mostly just thinking about . . . "CHEMTRAILS."

Or . . . it could be "aliens" . . . or "nephilim" . . . or H.A.A.R.P. or whatever . . . .

Please understand I am not suggesting that everyone or even anyone who is uncovering things is engaged in misleading or distracting from Godly intentions.  It may well be that someone IS called to do these things and I myself am grateful for a lot of the helpful information that has been brought out regarding these kinds of "fringe" subjects.  I am more addressing the person who is following along in these areas to the point of forgetting that THE MAIN purpose of this life . . . is not figuring out all the strange mysteries or specific methods of the Enemy . . . BUT RATHER . . . to die to self, surrender to the Lord, love one another, get saved and help others to get saved!

I am sorry . . . I haven't quite yet gotten to some of the practical things that can be done to steer through all of these distractions and attacks . . . . I pray before I write . . . to be able to express what He wants me to say in the matter . . . and then . . . the writing just goes where it is led . . . and I just haven't quite gotten there yet, but I expect I'll be able to do so in the next post.  Right now I've got to get ready to go to bible study . . . . But I can say that the basic program of breaking through this "dark night" place . . . to "cross the River Jordan" as I've been "metaphoring" . . . is to GET IMMERSED in the water--the "water" being the Word and the preaching and proper teaching of the Word . . . . IMMERSION saturates the soul with holy power and holy light . . . and this begins to drown out ALL of the competing forces and factions seeking to prevent your crossing . . . . And this is something you can and should do . . . if you are at "the brink" . . . whether you "feel" like it or not . . . .

And more on this in a bit . . . .
God bless you and thank you for listening:)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Brink of River Jordan (pt.3)



The Adversary doesn't mess with you too much in the nominal stage of the Walk . . . .

"Nominal":  named as a mere matter of form, being trifling in comparison with the actual value, minimal . . . being such in name only; so-called . . . minimal in comparison with real worth or what is expected; token . . . .
These are they who, for instance, just happened to be born into a certain type of Christian family--it was the family religion, and it was more of a social thing, a cultural habit.  Perhaps neither the father nor the mother were actually sold out, born again, convicted Believers, but instead . . . followed their religion as a kind of insurance, "just in case" . . . but with no will spiritual fire . . . . So, the child grows up calling themselves a "Christian" . . . but not from any personal search or conviction and there is really no power in it--no transformative power of active Holy Spirit inspiration . . . no real relationship with the Lord . . . no awe or deep holy fear of the Father . . . .

People are brought up this way in many diverse sects . . . Presbyterian, Baptist . . . L.D.S. . . . Catholic etc.

And even a step further from that are those whose families don't even bother with a church or religion at all, nonetheless, mostly because of the surrounding culture--living in a mostly "Christian" country . . . if asked, they will shrug and say, "I guess I'm Christian . . . yeah, I believe in Jesus" but they have no idea what that really means and know nothing of the Gospel . . . . Nominal Christians . . . by name only but without the Spirit and Its drawing, changing power . . . . And such a person is not likely to die for their "faith".  They have no faith--no deep belief wrought of seeking and prayer . . . .

At some point in the seeker's walk . . . if earnest, there will be a "born again" experience.  Here is when the Holy Spirit arrives with the sword of truth and the Lord awakens you to your awful, fallen, sinful condition.  "The great dressing down" I have described it as . . . . Here you finally recognize your utter need and dependency on the intercession of Jesus to save you from your self.  Sometimes this can happen in one illuminating experience . . . or it may be drawn out over a series of experiences and realizations . . . . So, do not fret if you have not had that one "big moment" . . . . It may be a scattering of "moments" which cumulatively add up to an ongoing change.  


Finally, though, there will be a tipping point, one way or the other, and you stand at the brink of  "crossing the river Jordan", so-to-speak . . . the final leg of your journey to spiritual freedom.  You cannot go back to what you once were . . . yet you have not quite entered the Promised Land.  But you've made up your mind now to go there.  You don't want to go back to bondage, to that self which was dead (to the Spirit) . . . and which was lost in the world, blind, deaf . . . ignorant.  You have seen and learned enough to know that the world and its ways will never satisfy you, but many of its demons still haunt and harass you.  You want FREEDOM from them and it!

This phase of the journey . . . where you are neither quite of the world, nor of God . . . can and usually will test you to exasperation.  If there are parts of you that still are attached to, and allured by, as to the old ways of how you use to live . . . then, you will be kept in this state . . . until dis-ease of that lingering fallen condition finally becomes so onerous and putrid to you . . . that you are at last willing to leave it behind and never turn back.

Here is the "desert walk" . . . the "valley of tears" . . . the "dark night of the soul" . . . and where you will be most tormented.  For, the devils need not have bothered much with you when you were well ensconced within their kingdom, safely bound by habits and thoughts and desires almost wholly iniquitous!  

But now that you are seriously looking upon GETTING OUT . . . and leaving their wicked world behind . . . to cross over into the realm of the Holy King . . . . Well . . . here is when the dust gets stirred up.  When you're over the target . . . is when you start receiving flak!  

A Spirit led disciple . . . will look at the situation . . . and rather than lamenting and complaining and feeling hopeless at being so beset by the troubles (flak) pummeling at that brink, they will draw the two-edged sword of the Word of God and begin to slay the harrying foes, praying to "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Rather than lose heart or fall in fear, TAKE heart . . . and know that it is because you are so close to the Promised Land . . . to freedom in Christ . . . that the enemy is attacking you so!

And he does!  I remember when I was going through this . . . I could barely just drive down the freeway and get to my job . . . because of the psychological and spiritual attacks . . . fears . . . doubts . . . angst . . . and a kind of weird supernatural paranoia . . . dreadful feelings of being surrounded by evil . . . evil people, wicked intents . . . and there were strange synchronicities occurring constantly . . . letting me know that, indeed, what I was going through WAS supernaturally involved . . . . Things that only I witnessed . . . signs . . . "omens" . . . . which I couldn't really even tell anyone about because they were so specific and personal, it wouldn't make sense to another or would just sound silly . . . but there was no doubt they were real . . . which then had the effect of making me feel a little crazy . . . and beginning to wonder was I just "losing it" . . . . And then there were the overt and obvious demonic attacks . . . bizarre occurrences . . . again with uncanny synchronicities and too obvious "coincidences" . . . and, the hardest I think of all . . . the "demonic flashing" that would manifest via loved ones . . . family . . . sometimes friends . . . or even strangers . . . but most troubling through family . . . where those who were NOT in the Spirit . . . would react with almost violent antipathy . . . opposition . . . to my coming into the Lord . . . even though I didn't talk about it much . . . and situations where it would be (supernaturally) orchestrated . . . to always put me in the worst possible light, though I would be innocent . . . so that others could "talk" and conspire . . . . and so on and so on . . . . 

Quite treacherous, that phase of the journey . . . .

The devil wants you to give up, throw in the towel, quit, hate God for being so "difficult to reach" . . . and turn back . . . .

But you should praise God and give thanks . . . for these are signs that you are almost there!  And they are also part of your spiritual education.  Here is where you really get a lesson in recognizing the Liar's many tricks.  You will notice how just when you are starting to "get a hold" . . . here comes some diversion, some temptation, some distraction, some seeming tragedy . . . to throw you off course.

You can also observe him (the Foul One) manipulating and working through people around you who are available channels for his hatred of the Lord and hatred for you seeking and getting the Lord.  When seen and reacted to in the right light, this only works to further strengthen your testimony and determination to prevail.

Sometimes, the inner and outer attacks would be so heavy . . . all I could do was just receive a vision of Jesus . . . sitting on a rock by the ocean . . . and I couldn't really even express anything particular, but would just sit by Him, touch His robe . . . and we would sit silent and He would simply comfort me . . . . 

A lot of prayer through that time . . . .

And patience . . . . Just pressing on . . . waiting on the Lord, however, whenever He decided to draw me in closer and to greater protection . . . I was willing to wait for . . . . Too many times in the past, I had bailed out at this point . . . and always with dire results which took years sometimes to recover from . . . . 

Now . . . to complicate matters, I am relatively certain that . . . the forces of darkness--the beings of darkness, both in human form and dis-embodied . . . are waging a full spectrum attack on this front of the spiritual battle--this place where the seeker hovers at the brink of "crossing the River Jordan" . . . .

And this indeed only makes this phase of the journey all the more confusing, difficult and treacherous.

Next, I intend to address some of the issues related to that added element . . . and some practical spiritual techniques and spiritual "weaponry" . . . which I think help defeat these temporary torments--"guards" at the border . . . so as to cross more quickly and surely, God willing . . . .







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