Thursday, August 30, 2012

To See This Stirring Reality

[I hope to relay here . . . in relative sequence . . . a number of "vignettes". . . that have been on my mind, which combined make up my present understanding of the "free will" versus "election" matter . . . . While it may be to some just a sideline theological question with little daily relevance, I find the implications of belief one way or the other can have direct, practical spiritual value . . . related to the daily "Walk" . . . . Regardless, I am feeling led at the time to consider it and expound a bit . . . and must continue as usual to respond as "prompted" . . . and ask forgiveness if it turns out any parts are in error . . . only desiring, whatever, the truth and His pleasure in all things . . . . Tomorrow, or asap, I hope to get into how this topic can be quite relevant and helpful . . . related to what I believe is a current and fairly universal relative "withdrawing" of the Spirit, so-to-speak . . . .
I remember . . . in 6th grade . . . sitting at my desk . . .  in class looking around the room at the other students.  The teacher was talking, but as usual, I was daydreaming, thinking about other things.  I was struck at how I felt I was the only one in that room . . . who knew they were alive.  For whatever reason, I was very self aware--aware of life . . . and death . . . and had already for a few years been wondering what the purpose and meaning of it all was.  I was already experiencing existential angst--"ennui" as our Pastor recently called it . . . .

Now, this part is silly . . . but for a few moments . . . sitting there, casting about the room, I began to wonder  if I were an angel or some other different kind of creature.  Why did no one--no other kids, not the teachers, not my parents nor any other adult I knew . . . seem to be aware of the stunning magnitude of sheer BEING?  Of existence?  Why . . . did ANYTHING exist . . . . . . I wondered? . . . . And why was no one seeming to care about the reasons for BEING . . . for life . . . and what was the purpose of it all, knowing that death was coming to everyone?  Surely this must be the number one issue . . . . Not math . . . not grammar . . . not history and "social studies".

How could I get too interested in these subjects when the profundity of simply LIVING--existing as a human in this awesome and awful world--was standing there, staring at me, demanding some sort of address or answer?

I felt so alone.  Everyone else seemed to be like a robot, or asleep . . . matter-of-factly oblivious to it all, proceeding with their daily routines and ambitions, as if all the answers were settled and it was only left to do to carry out certain directives.  Why was no one perplexed, awed, shocked . . . at the mere fact of life like I was, let alone seeking earnestly to figure out its purpose and meaning?

So, sitting there, looking around the room, for a moment I marveled at the others, blankly listening, going about their business . . . and questioning to myself why it was that . . . I seemed to be the only I knew . . . who was "awake" . . . "conscious" . . . and aware of the incredible and portentous implications . . . of life . . . and inevitable death . . . . Maybe I was not quite human . . . I considered for a moment.

But then I quickly became embarrassed at myself--the hubris of thinking I might be an angel . . . .
I knew I wasn't as good or powerful or intelligent as an angel would have to be . . . . But what was this?  Why was no else even vaguely concerned, perturbed . . . alert, conscious, awestruck . . . at this stirring reality?

A few years later, I determined that it had to be about God--the question of God and what His purpose for us must be--THIS must be the single priority!  Again I was exasperated at how un-interested people seemed to be.  I would effuse and expound to anyone and everyone I knew and met:  We must find God!  We have got to know what the truth is!  Is there a church that is "true"?  Is there a spiritual path or doctrine which explained it all?  Surely, He would not leave us without a means or instructions how to proceed to what He desired of us!  This above all has got to be our primary objective!

But no one in the vicinity was at all troubled about that.  Although the pointlessness of a life lived without any transcendent, eternal purpose compelled me to seek and pray and study and meditate daily . . . others were fine just being busy with material wants, needs, concerns and ambitions.

"If the end result is that you just die and all of this is ultimately meaningless . . . it is all foolishness!" I would urge . . . only to be replied at with a shrug and an "oh well."

Yet, in books I could read where others thought like I did.  And occasionally, I would meet someone who also was searching for truth, for meaning . . . . And some claimed to have found it--the truth, or a "way", so I delved into all of these reports . . . .

However, after a time of fruitless attempts to plead the case, I realized . . . that for many, it just wasn't in them to SEE.  I had to accept that . . . for whatever reason, it seemed that for some it was GIVEN to SEE--to be "awake", so-to-speak . . . while for others, it simply wasn't there, no matter how much good, clear arguing and describing of the situation.  They didn't care and had no similar compulsion to know.  It was as if they were simply unable--at least for the time--to experience or comprehend the desperate need and yearning to search out the meaning of life--of God.

I also recognized and believed that there was nothing special I had done to "deserve" to have this awareness and desire for God and His truth and His expectations.  I determined it must be . . . a gift, a grace of sorts, which He gave to some, but--for whatever reason (of His)--did not GIVE to others.  I could see that it was nothing I could take credit for--that I earned or deserved.  And following this, if I were ever mocked or derided for my spiritual flights of fancy and obsession . . . it was easy to think "forgive them, they know not what they do."  For I could See that they really didn't know what they did, bereft of the "revelation" of His presence and reality.

This burning desire . . . and sense of urgency . . . to find God and know the truth . . . was something He instilled within . . . for which I was utterly grateful . . . . And I knew enough of (Biblical) scripture to hear echoed in my mind various verses that implied or outright said . . . that some were simply willed by God to know and find Him . . . but not necessarily all . . . . And that, those whom God had "chosen" . . . would, one way or another, eventually find Him . . . (He would find them, actually) . . . and He would unfailingly provide that . . . in the end . . . they would be with Him . . . in eternity.

I knew nothing at the time of doctrines like Arminianism . . . "libertarian free will" . . . or "Calvinism", "election" . . . "pre-destination" . . . . That would come much later--realizing that such issues had been long proposed and debated.

But from the get-go, from direct experience and observation, combined with a smattering of relevant scriptures . . . I perceived, believed and accepted that, some were just blind, while others had "the eyes to see"--were GIVEN to SEE.  Early on, I considered the former the "living dead"--the latter, the Children of God.

(to be continued...)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Protection in These "Airy" Times

I have my ideas about where more specifically and by what means it is coming from . . . this present seeming ubiquitous attack in the spirit on believers . . . . The Adversary is in the power of the "airs" . . . and operates using what might be called "etheric" means . . . to attempt to block the spirit . . . leaving the believer feeling adrift and suddenly cut off . . . . The UNbeliever is in a horrendous position, never having had the vision of His truth in the first place--they are completely blind and live frighteningly unmoored, un-anchored and are manipulated by every devious and passing spirit, tossed to and for by the vain and delusional concoctions of wicked men . . . and women . . . .

"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."  --2 Cor. 4:4

The darkness at this time . . . is almost suffocating.  Well, it is suffocating . . . and we are bound to feel very alone at times, as if the whole world has gone mad . . . to the point that we are tempted to question our own sanity and convictions.

"You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil--the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God."  --Eph. 2:2

But we must be certain that what was begun in the spirit is going to be finished in the spirit . . . and He will take us through all the trials, even when it seems like we have been abandoned for a stretch.  There is always a good purpose meant for our benefit in Him, though at times it's as if nothing is happening or our progress has come to a standstill.  

During such a phase . . . or when evil seems especially to be near, the demonic realm even . . . HUMILITY is a most powerful weapon, along with delving into the Word.  Evil . . . and wandering nefarious spirits who roam about or directed to cause trouble and undermine faith . . . cannot stand the presence and spirit of humility.  Pride, yes.  They have no problem entering in where pride has a hold.  Indeed, this is like a wide doorway with signs of invitation, where vanity and pride have taken hold of a person.  Spiritual pride is especially dangerous, because the target thinks they are walking God's path, and others also support and affirm that they are . . . and the deception grows deep and subtle, such that there are none so blind as those believing themselves "spiritual", when actually they are wholly handed over to the demonic and are led in the opposite direction of faith, humility, truth and life . . . . 
But to recall and face our REAL condition--just how sinful and unworthy we truly are . . . .

If you think you are a relatively "good person" . . . then you are in danger and deluded.  But for the real power of humility to come in and uplift and protect, the consideration of oneself must be REAL.  Just having a sort of vague intellectual acceptance of the idea that "yeah, I know, we are all 'sinners'--'there is not one who does good, no not one'" . . . is perhaps a starting place . . . but NOT the kind of honest, convicted, devastated, broken, repentant realization and understanding . . . that is required.

But . . . when we have truly and deeply and honestly seen--more like, been shown . . . our utterly bereft and needy condition . . . with no more disillusions about ourselves and our self conceived worthiness . . . and we finally See and understand to our core . . . just how completely and absolutely WE NEED A SAVIOR . . . and we then are embarrassed by our previous expectations and sense of entitlement . . . . And we comprehend how desperate our situation is . . . . And we keep that real humility present . . . not running away, not escaping to more pleasant stories (told by deceivers, to mollify and coddle) . . . . THEN, in that state of being . . . EVIL has no foothold . . . . And also, because you are finally able to SEE, it is because LIGHT--HIS LIGHT is there, showing you reality . . . and the wicked and rebellious and evil HATE that Light . . . and so, they run away . . . to find dark corners--to inhabit and harry the delusional and prideful--those still full of vanity and wishful thinking and concocted stories . . . about this life and reality.

[please forgive, if the writing here is a bit disjointed . . . . computer was shutting down intermittently as I was trying to writ and get this up . . . heh, but . . . the important jist of it managed to get here]

God bless and protect you, in the Word and in true humility--

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Word to the Twice Born

I don't know how broadly this is occurring . . . but in quite a few areas, roundabout, I observe something like a withdrawing of the Spirit.  And, or . . . the force(s) of the Enemy is/are making a furious, wide ranging assault, coming at the Body of Believers, assailing them at every point of weakness.  I see them (the "Twice Born") struggling to stay in contact with the Spirit, some beginning to doubt, to waver, to flag . . . or tire from the lonely, harried Walk, tempted to throw back in with the world and its promises of favor . . . .

I am slightly skeptical--only slightly, yet slightly nonetheless, of those who grow weary in the things of the Lord.  Dryness and a time of dark night or desert walk I understand, but once the truth has been seen and the Spirit and process of sanctification has begun, there is no longer that previous effort which was made prior to rebirth--the kind that wearies in well doing . . . but, rather, the desire to proceed is always there.  It calls, it propels, it enwraps.  There is no longer a feeling of guilt or burden which drives one to ie., read scripture, pray, fellowship, ponder His Person . . . . Instead, it is the only worthwhile thing.  One can't get enough.  There is not enough time in the day or the rest of life . . . to pursue the matters of His calling.  I suspect that those who tire of talk and thought and preaching of God . . . have yet to be indwelt by Him in the way that the Twice Born are.  With so great a Promise and a hope . . . I marvel at the one who sits down discouraged, bitter and complaining.

How can one look at the Cross--look at what was done . . . and then knowing what is in store . . . return to the earthly mind which only focuses on the temporary, fleeting world?  Even when the Spirit recedes, or when the Adversary is making a rush and surrounding all about . . . . For, we do not travel by feeling, which is fleeting, otherwise we are bound to rise and fall, charge and retreat, simply according to the way the wind (of Spirit) blows.

However, we continue to move, to travel the holy route . . . more by what we have seen, not felt.  "Look to me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."  --Is. 45:22

When the desert is there . . . or when darkness surrounds--even the forces and beings of darkness . . . or fleshly worries and difficulties abound to overwhelm . . . it is time to recall . . . to re-look, look again . . . at what He did.  The blind and Once Born, Children of Disobedience . . . cannot, do not . . . see it.  This talk makes no sense to them.  What is there to see?  But God-opened-Eyes SEE . . . and are apt to regularly look at it again--Who He is . . . what He did . . . how He did it . . . . And this vision is always quick to the Spirit born to bring them to their spiritual senses . . . refreshed . . . . As it is meditated upon, the deeper and stronger the returning urgency of purpose becomes, and feelings will follow . . . .

I am speaking straight to the soul here . . . . For them that have the ears to Hear it . . . let them Hear.

"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God"

 "Ye must be born again," said Christ. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." This clear line of demarcation runs through the entire New Testament, quite literally dividing one human being from another and making a distinction as sharp as that which exists between different genera of the animal kingdom.

 Those who are twice-born crystallize around the Person of Christ and cluster together in companies, while the once-born are held together only by the ties of nature, aided by the ties of race or by common political and social interests.

Our Lord warned His disciples that they would be persecuted. "In the world ye shall have tribulation," He said, and "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."

These are only two of many passages of the New Testament warning of persecution or recording the fact of harassment and attack suffered by the followers of the Lord. This same idea runs through the entire Bible from the once-born Cain who slew the twice-born Abel to the Book of the Revelation where the end of human history comes in a burst of blood and fire.

 That hostility exists between the once-born and the twice-born is known to every student of the Bible; the reason for it was stated by Christ when He said, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." The rule was laid down by the apostle Paul when he wrote, "But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now."

 There are two spirits abroad in the earth: the spirit that works in the children of disobedience and the Spirit of God. These two can never be reconciled in time or in eternity. The spirit that dwells in the once-born is forever opposed to the Spirit that inhabits the heart of the twice-born. This hostility began somewhere in the remote past before the creation of man and continues to this day. The modern effort to bring peace between these two spirits is not only futile but contrary to the moral laws of the universe.

To teach that the spirit of the once-born is at enmity with the Spirit of the twice-born is to bring down upon one's head every kind of violent abuse. No language is too bitter to hurl against the conceited bigot who would dare to draw such a line of distinction between men. Such malignant ideas are at odds with the brotherhood of man, says the once-born, and are held only by the apostles of disunity and hate. This mighty rage against the twice-born only serves to confirm the truth they teach. But this no one seems to notice.

 What we need to restore power to the Christian testimony is not soft talk about brotherhood but an honest recognition that two human races occupy the earth simultaneously: a fallen race that sprang from the loins of Adam and a regenerate race that is born of the Spirit through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

To accept this truth requires a tough-mindedness and a spiritual maturity that modern Christians simply do not possess. To face up to it hardly contributes to that "peace of mind" after which our religious weaklings bleat so plaintively.

For myself, I long ago decided that I would rather know the truth than be happy in ignorance. If I cannot have both truth and happiness, give me truth. We'll have a long time to be happy in heaven. --an excerpt from A.W. Tozer, The Dwelling Place of God.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Scattershot . . . .

--A new "killer technique" I've been trying . . . . It resulted from pondering children and how God made them cute and heart-tugging (in the animal and human kingdoms) so that we are helped in our duties to care for them.  I was driving home and saw a little girl on our street acting silly on the sidewalk and it made me miss the times of my own children when they were funny, cute little boys (they are still cute to me and ma, I must say, though now all young men.)
Anyway, I thought of God's providence . . . in making little ones such that even many selfish and hard-hearted types are still amused by and caring for them, considering all the trouble, time and energy they take.  Then, I recalled how sometimes, when observing an adult--perhaps an annoying, grating or even repulsive adult--I suddenly can see them as a child--the "cute" little child they once were.  And I see that, in most respects, they still ARE a child, with just a veneer of aging and a few more experiences.  Indeed, we are ALL really just children . . . with many of the same fears, hopes, dreams, wishes . . . still residing somewhere within us, though buried under reality's stack of lowered expectations . . . resignation, demoralization . . . .
So, if I'm out and about in public, and some adult--some fellow or woman, in line at the store, or at the gas station  . . . is acting obnoxious, or appears haughty . . . condescending . . . impatient . . . or one who is slovenly, vulgar . . . dirty . . . .
As my carnal mind jumps to some "instinctual" judgment or disapproval or repulsion . . . I quick LOOK AGAIN, but now seeing that person as the inevitably "cute" and charming toddler they no doubt were at some time in the past.   I can see, in fact, that they still ARE, beneath the veneer . . . but a child and deserving of care and love and compassion.  Many, many people grow up physically, but not so much emotionally or spiritually--they are still youngsters, immature, undeveloped . . . and simply reacting to life and situations, like the child who yet resides within them.  I hurry and try to see that innocent, hurting, confused, yet striving little one . . . within them--because it IS there . . . and but for the physical marks of time and space, not a lot has changed, only they have lost the charm that God gave them as tots, which ALL children, pups, cubs, chicks etc. have early on, for survival's sake . . . .
This is somewhat like how God must see us, once we have accepted and trusted in the Savior's redeeming act of sacrifice--becoming "justified" . . . such that our sins are no longer looked at by God, but instead, He sees us His innocent Child . . . .

--From much study and thought: experience, observation, testimony of others, historical evidence . . . and scripture . . . I quite believe that everyone who is born . . . in their "heart" . . . knows God exists.  Speaking of children, I suspect that every child naturally assumes there is a God--something, someone greater than all that is seen presently in the world--someone supernatural and transcendent to appeal to.  This is either educated out (by parent, "neighbors", schools, mentors etc.) OR further accepted and delved into . . . as life goes on.  Assuming GOD IS . . . then, somewhere within each soul He is there--a testimony of His being resides, and thus, there is no excuse for not pursuing Him.  I believe we all know God exists: where you LET your mind go after that . . . determines if you get on the path leading to Him in fullness . . . or not.

--In listening to some of the debates between Jewish rabbi's and born again Christians . . . I can see the spirit of the Pharisee is alive and well in the modern world today.  The very same legalistic, straining at gnats/swallowing camels stubbornness . . . just like Jesus faced . . . continues to this day.  In fact, I've thought, if anyone was curious to see just what kind of attitude and mind and tradition Jesus faced and contended with . . . it is possible today to witness it by listening to or watching these debates.  Nevertheless, I am also convinced that there is something very real and profound to the warning by God, that those who bless the Jews . . . will be blessed, while those who curse them . . . will find curses in their lives . . . . Of course, this doesn't mean condoning the Pharisaical spirit, or blindly applauding secular Zionist machinations.  Discernment is required.  But . . . I am convinced it is not wise to maintain and cast blanket aspersions on the Jewish people.  I take His warning--very seriously . . . and worry for those who don't.

--If you were curious . . . and wanted to see some of the most intolerant, vitriolic hatred spewed by people at another group of people . . . a couple of places you can instantly and easily find it.  Preach the love of God and exclusivity of the saving power of Jesus . . . at a Gay Pride parade . . . or, among a mob of Muslims . . . or in parts of India where native Hinduism holds sway.  Without saying anything hateful, cruel or despicable, the Christian street preacher . . . in any of these scenarios . . . is quite likely to be shouted at, cursed at, spat on, mocked and jeered with vile aspersions . . . and possibly stoned, beaten or killed in some cases.  The world hates God and hates Jesus . . . and hates those who love and preach Him.  Radical Muslims and certain Hindu sects do not necessarily espouse tolerance and compassion for diversity of thought and beliefs . . . but it is quite a spectacle to see Homosexuals marching and demanding tolerance and acceptance of diversity . . . yelling at, cursing, mocking and shouting down . . . with extreme INtolerance and non-acceptance . . . of the diversity of Christians.  There is to be "tolerance" for all . . . EXCEPT . . . the Bible believing Christian.

--If you want to some of the most close-minded, myopic, fearful and un-interested "intellectual" minds . . . on display . . . showing the epitome of totalitarian thinking . . . watch the Ben Stein movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" . . . if you haven't seen it yet.  We watched it the other night on Netflix . . . . The tyranny of the "naturalistic" evolutionary THEORY exerted in academia and the media . . . is shocking to behold.  All the scientists dismissed, fired, demoted, blacklisted . . . for merely SUGGESTING that "intelligent design" be considered as an alternative THEORY . . . is a great window onto the similar kind of "correct" thought control that will be enforced in all sectors of society . . . as the atheist, materialist, humanist secularist communists solidify their occupation of the last remnants of the "free world."

--It is easy and tempting to do.  I understand it well, having succumbed myself a few times when I was younger and searching and hoping . . . . BUT . . . do not wonder why you do not feel the power and presence of God . . . when you continue to instead rely on IDOLS to save and protect you, instead of ONLY relying on the Lord, Jesus Yeshuah Messiah.  Turning to "saints" . . . "Mary" . . . totems . . . tokens . . . mystics, witches, talisman, fetishes . . . departed loved ones, dead ancestors . . . "spirit guides" . . . rituals . . . and so on.  It is a stubborn and deep compulsion . . . to want to rely on all kinds of sub-par and inferior "SPIRITUAL" forces and beings . . . RATHER THAN . . . SIMPLY and EXCLUSIVELY putting ALL TRUST . . . for EVERYTHING . . . in the Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.  Why turn to some saint?  Why light a candle or perform some mystical ritual?  The Believer is to have NO OTHER GODS before God the Father, shown to us in His Son, the Redeemer.  Why settle for something/anything LESS?  For some creature or some creature's prescriptions or relic?
Just go to God, straightaway, alone and exclusively.  When you divide your loyalties, seeking protection or blessing from ANOTHER, other than Him, then you are disobeying the FIRST and primary commandment.   I am sympathetic to the impulse--have wrestled with (and defeated) it myself (through His grace) in the past.  But the sooner the better, that you ditch ALL other reliances in this or other "worlds" . . . and JUST go with a mind singly devoted to Him above all, exclusively.  THEN, you will see His power at work, transforming your mind and heart and soul, such that, regardless of earthly threats and trials . . . you are impervious!

--Acting on Homosexual impulses or temptations (for those who are born to such) . . . is like acting on adulterous, covetous, murderous, lying . . . impulses.  We are all susceptible to this or other type of sinful impulse and particular temptation.   The heterosexual man . . . constantly is met with the struggle of the eye, of lust, of adulterous thoughts which could lead to action and too often do.  The habit to lie . . . to lord it over others, to hate in the heart, to covet what others have, to seek riches, pleasure and status . . . are all likewise sins which are fought and denied acting upon . . . for one and all.  The righteous path simply requires self control and denial of self . . . in all manner of cases . . . . One might say that some things are much more difficult to "overcome" or deny.  I then suggest that, just like "more known, more required" . . . it is the case, in God' good providence . . . that the more required . . . and overcome . . . the more rewarded . . . .

--One of the "red flags" I have been loosely been looking out for . . . to show that we are close to the day when the global communist agenda switches from it's current mode of "perestroika" and "glasnost" . . . is when, in the overtly communist controlled countries . . . the velvet glove is removed and the iron fist starts its smashing.  Signs of this are evident in Russia . . . Venezuela . . . China . . . but more notably, in South Africa.  Jan Lamprecht, who ran the website "African Crisis" for years . . . has disappeared, as far as I can tell.  I corresponded a bit with him back around 2000 because he was one of the few out there who were publicly revealing that . . . the takeover of South Africa by Mandela and the ANC was nothing more than a typical communist coup . . . and the genocide of the white Boers, Afrikaner farmers and such was continuing apace, just as it has in Zimbabwe . . . . It gets little, if any media coverage, but hundreds, thousands of the white citizens there have been systematically butchered, tortured and murdered, and their property stolen, by armed and vicious communist thugs, seeking to exterminate them from the continent (those who don't "tow the party line.")  Several months ago, Jan . . . began expressing concerns that the noose was closing in on him, for his efforts to expose the phony "democratic" regime in S.A., helped into power by clueless and duped liberals in the West.  He was getting more overt and specific threats to shut up and close down his operations.  Then . . . his site went dead . . . and, as far as I can tell, no one knows what happened to him.  These kinds of things will only increase.  The intimidation of and outright elimination of "critics" of the "revolution" . . . (Breitbart anyone?) will eventually all be systematically . . . "addressed" . . . I have expected all along . . . and now am beginning to see . . . increasingly . . . .

--One of the areas of question, study and thought I have long been fascinated by . . . and continue to analyze, ponder and pray over . . . is that of Election vs. Free Will . . . Pre-destination vs. human choice . . . in salvation . . . . Also known as monergism vs. synergism . . . Calvinism vs. Arminianism . . . etc.  I am more convinced than ever . . . to fall on the side of pre-destination/election . . . BUT . . . with a mysterious nuance.  I plan to write more on this, though I'm not sure if many are really that interested.  Nevertheless, I am . . . and so, will . . . . Overall, though I am still operating with a sort of answer like this:  Is there sovereign election . . . or is it up to man to choose . . . to be saved?  Yes . . . and no. 
To me, it is something like this:  Yes, there are an "elect" . . . AND we should live and act and evangelize as if there weren't.  AND that . . . if you are . . . one of His . . . it will follow . . . that you WILL live and act and exhort . . . as if every person has the need and opportunity . . . to freely choose . . . whether to serve and believe in God/Jesus or not.    The Bible can be read both ways, which is why there is such an ongoing controversy on the matter.  Myself, I feel no need or driving compunction for it to be one way or the other.  I am fine with whatever the truth of it finally happens to be.  Wherever the truth leads, I am eager and happy to go.  It's just that . . . from personal experience . . . inspired (I believe) answer to prayer . . . and exegesis of the pertinent verses . . . I tend to see only that . . . in the "end" . . . God's sovereign will and rule . . . must be the all in all.  We are but creatures and cannot abrogate His unique, all-encompassing power and plans, no matter how much it may feel or seem like we do at times.  No one comes to the Lord unless the Father Who sent Him . . . DRAWS such a person.  From experience and observation . . . I believe we are truly and completely dead in sin . . . UNTIL . . . only and by and through His intervention--His sovereign grace, are we made capable of . . . realizing and choosing . . . to be His.
But, there is a lot more I can . . . and want to say on it . . . . Either way, I am fine with the truth of it, whatever it actually be.  I also am able to love and respect and learn from those who fall on the other side of the issue.  Our "pastor", for instance, considers the Calvinistic approach "pernicious", yet, I love the man and appreciate what he is doing in his own ministry and his dividing of the Word.  It is a mistake too many, I'm afraid tend to make, when they find they disagree on some more minor point of doctrine (ie., the right to self defense matter that has come up here) . . . and then throw everything out and start divisions and religious wars . . . .

Like I say, I am open to having my mind changed and really don't care where it ends up, so long as the truth is the result . . . . IF we can even comprehend the total truth . . . of a thing . . . .

God bless,

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

An Enduring Light Within The Coming Storms

I don't think it can really be stressed enough . . . . When the orchestrated chaos gets underway--which by many signs appears to be drawing nigh--the disciple is not to be distracted to the point of loosing contact and relationship with His Spirit.  In good times or bad, it must be the same.

No matter how the details flesh out, there is one enemy seeking mightily to just have the follower deny and turn their back on the Lord and throw in with the rebels and God haters.

But stand strong in the faith, trusting His promises and do not let fear or worry overtake your mind.  The race is finished; exult in this, sharing the good news that life has been victorious over death; death is vanquished!  It is a sin to fret and be anxious.  The disciple has already given their life away--there is nothing of it to cling to; but now only clinging to the triumphant vision of Christ resurrected and reigning from His throne--He Who WILL retrieve all His lost sheep, the same that recognize His voice in their hearts and minds.

The rest is bluster and tawdry drivel . . . no matter how fantastic the wizards of illusion try to make it.  The enemies of God are defeated.  The disciple should be walking through every day, from beginning to end, replete in the confidence of His power and will.  Who can triumph against the Sovereign King of the Universe?  None, for all are but His creatures, and the pot is never greater than the potter.

The hope and expectations of the follower of the Master should be stronger, livelier, braver . . . than any of the travails of this fleeting, mortal scene.  The disciple LIVES in the faith and anticipation of what is to come, so intensely . . . that the cares of the world are but a faded gray; whereas the believer is invested in the much more real world of color, vibrancy, sound, music and textures belonging to the eternal world--a paradise--prepared for all who throw themselves on His mercy. 

Regardless of our present state--our current flaws and weaknesses and thorns which continue to harass our conscience . . . and the blathering, ongoing accusations of the Deceiver who wishes to demoralize us into inaction . . . HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT!  And there is all cause to celebrate, even during the times of tribulation, for He is victorious, and He carries us also into victory.  There is always a cause for joy and deep, continuous gratitude.

Keeping the vision of His sacrifice close in mind . . . produces a spirit of ongoing repentance, bitter-sweet, but also with a growing light of excitement . . . as the knowledge and realization continues to dawn . . . that through Him, we have overcome ALL . . . including any and ALL of the temporary setbacks and trials and persecutions which would have us turn away . . . .

There is a light and a love which shine through all troubles, every storm . . . and this . . . the disciple walks in--Who is a Person, living within . . . which no power formed can defeat!  There is little left to do . . . but praise and worship . . . this most precious Truth, Amen!


"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing."   --2 Tim. 4 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

What A Fool Says . . . .

For the past few weeks, while I work, I have been listening to theological . . . exegetical . . . philosophical . . . apologetic debates between the considered top scholars in the respective fields.  "Does God Exist?" . . . "Are There Moral Absolutes?" . . . "Monergism vs. Synergism (Predestination vs. Libertarian Free Will/Calvinism vs. Arminianism" . . . "Intelligent Design vs. Neo-Darwinism" . . . Rabbi's vs. Messianic Jews . . . and so on.  So far in this run I've listened to about 45 debates, roughly 2 hours each . . . 90 hours of premises, arguments and questions from the audience . . . .

Standing back . . . a general picture emerges; similar personality traits and issues among the antagonists are notable and nearly universal, for instance.  Likewise, with the proponents of the Theistic, Christian position.

The anti-God scholars, scientists and thinkers . . . almost in every case . . . display a certain snarky disdain and base vulgarity.  Some of the typical traits I've noticed underlying their stances and demeanor are . . . resentment . . . pomposity . . . pride . . . haughtiness . . . disrespect . . . close-mindedness . . . myopia ("lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking") . . . arrogance . . . anger . . . irrationality . . . judgmentalism . . . intolerance, emotionality and immaturity . . .with a smattering here and there of dis-honesty and fudging of facts and data.

The men of God . . . on the other hand . . . are almost always patient . . . longsuffering (take the snide and abusive atheist comments in stride without lashing back) . . . polite . . . wide-minded . . . creative . . . mature . . . logical . . . rational . . . tolerant . . . charitable . . . self-deprecating . . . honest . . . . Every so often, usually only after some disparaging, hyperbolic tirade of smears and innuendo and accusation by the atheist . . . some do retort with traces of sarcasm, which is about the worst I could say of them if a "flaw" were demanded.  Although, such instances are often, I must admit, pleasantly cathartic and apropos in the circimstances.

I am sure there are examples of professors of God behaving badly during debates with the opposition, but, at least in the ones I've listened to, this has simply not been the case. 

A few general themes become obvious when considering the atheists'/evolutionists' overall tenor and arguments--where their arguments almost always tend to go and devolve to:  A tantrum of sorts regarding "the problem of suffering and evil in the world" and this life . . . . And a certain insistent pride of self which reflexively hates the idea of being subject to some God--especially the "Christian God." 
They do not want to answer to anyone.  They want to be their own god and deep down abhor any doctrine which says that they may some day be judged on how their life was lived.

I might mention here . . . that it was the Bible's depiction of these very themes and circumstances . . . which convinced me it (the Bible) was THE true and highest teaching and record of what this world, this life . . . is all about.  None of the many other religious and spiritual "scriptures" I had read . . . so plainly and clearly and, I realized, TRUTHFULLY . . . described our individual situation in this life . . . and the condition of the (fallen) world . . . and where it was going . . . as did the Bible, I finally realized . . . . Then, upon believing it to be the Word of God . . . and putting it into practice . . . I've had nothing but profound personal confirmation after profound confirmation . . . that this is indeed . . . the case.

Now, back to the angry atheists . . . .

One of the biggest fallacies and hitches . . . in the atheist's understanding . . . which acts like a giant blinder over their vision and analysis . . . is in not realizing that . . . the purpose of this life . . . is NOT just to be "happy" in THIS LIFE. 

No matter what they might wish, it's just not.

This life, in reality . . . is not about . . . this life.  According to God's Word . . . and even to a relatively rational analytical viewpoint . . . this life CANNOT be about this life--whether we are happy, "make a better world" . . . "have a good life" . . . "reach our goals" . . . "live our dreams" . . . etc. 
Simply and obviously . . . because . . . WE ALL DIE.  Only if there is life beyond this life . . . does anything transcendantly purposeful/meaningful make sense.  Otherwise, as the atheists must admit (but rarely do) . . . we are nothing but meaningless, random, accidental collections of matter . . . organized for a cosmic blip of a moment . . . pointless . . . and finally just destined to eventual oblivion, whether at the end of our personal lives . . . or when the sun burns out or the universe collapses on itself . . . .

Yet, they are obsessed with the reality of evil and suffering in the world, as if it mattered . . . and demand that if there is a God, He would never have created such a world where there is so much of it (suffering.)  If there is a God, why did He not make a world where . . . everyone is happy . . . healthy . . . fulfilled . . . and lives forever?

Well . . . the Believer says He did . . . and He will . . . . It's called Heaven.  Problem is, Heaven cannot exist if it includes a faction of self-serving, arrogant and prideful sinners who hate God and intend to be their own gods.
So, first there is a life and world . . . where "godlessness" is allowed to run amok . . . and where created beings are given the opportunity to choose to love God and submit to Him.  Here, we get to see a world where self love and self service and rebellion rule--a world of evil, suffering and rampant sin.
But the unbeliever . . . wants to be happy now!  On their terms.  Which, is simply impossible and contravenes the REALITY of the situation. 

So, they are mad.

Once you realize . . . and finally submit to, and accept the FACT . . . that this brief run of mortal life is NOT meant for temporary, mundane "happiness", but instead, meant for developing eternal souls to have a personally, loving relationship with the Creator, forever . . . then the evil and suffering that exists is able to be seen . . . and abided . . . and appreciated even . . . as necessary for God's perfect and glorious plans, trusting . . . that an omnipotent, omniscient, ominpresent Being such as He, knows what He is doing!

But some don't want to see it that way.  They don't want to "wait on God."  They want Heaven NOW!  And so, they foolishly busy themselves with Utopian schemes and psychological tricks . . . which inevitably lead to social, political and religious totalitarianism . . . as it always becomes the case that, while human nature IS by nature "fallen" . . . FORCE is resorted to make everyone comply with this or that man or woman who seeks to rule and be god for their moment . . . under the sun.

Rebellion . . . or surrender. 
Atheism . . . "humanism" . . . or submit to God/Reality . . . . ?  There's only two ways to go, despite the jaded and childish fantasies of the angry rebellious.

The Bible tells the whole story, the inspired archetypal examples of each way's "fruits" . . . .

Like sophomores in high school or college, the atheistic debaters predictably clamor with the charge, "but look at all the violence and oppression that religion has caused!"

They often go so far as to demand that only when "religion" is wiped off the earth that finally the world will see peace and Utopia . . . .

The Believer might agree that "religion" has indeed been a cause of much suffering.  But, in actuality, it is still the case that it has been those FEIGNING submission to God, using "religion" as a pretense--atheists in the GUISE of the spiritual--who have used God's name to advance self-seeking and wicked agendas.

The genuine "fruits" of one submitted to the Lord manifest as compassion, tolerance, gentleness, longsuffering, charity, selflessness, hope, . . .  and more specifically, " love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."

In fact, it has been Godless men and women, whether in the priest's vestments, royal robes, business suit or military uniform . . . who have cut the massive swath of murder, torture and mayhem throughout the ages, most recently using the very "evolutionary" and "materialistic atheistic" mindset that the atheist debaters champion and display.  Hitler . . . Stalin . . . Lenin . . . Mao . . . Pol Pot . . . Castro . . . Mugabe . . . Ceausescu . . . Kim Jong-il . . . Ivan the Terrible . . . are just fraction of the examples.

Darwinistic material-evolutionism . . . "survival of the fittest" . . . logically and necessarily leads to a political and social philosophy which either overtly or covertly . . . promotes and legislates . . . the killing of the weak and "flawed".  Little tyrants, drunk on their own pride and self-rule become the "gods" who get to decide and define what and WHO are the "undesirables" to be liquidated.  Bullying is and should be encouraged . . . because it thins the herd and crushes the weak.  Abortion of "inferior races" becomes a norm disguised as a "woman's health issue" . . . (note, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a racist eugenicist.)  Brutality and deprivation toughen up the race, eviscerate the marginal . . . and lead at last to the strongest, ablest, fittest--a "super-race."

Whereas, Jesus taught to feed the poor, heal the sick, love the weak . . . and millions upon millions of sincere Christians have done just that through the centuries.  So, of course, the "scientific evolutionists" are at odds with the Prince of Peace!  And with those who would say "God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the strong."  --1 Cor. 1:27


Yes . . . overall . . . it has been quite telling, listening to these debates, many hours' worth, and could well be summed up in a simple observation recited in Holy Scripture.

"The fool says in his heart, there is no God."  --Psalm 14:1

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Somehow Known . . . .

wheeeeeeeooooooowwwww . . . . . What more can break down?  Ahhh . . . . the joys of entropic dissolution--continuous rapid decay . . . apropos the "transformation" of a once relatively capitalist free-market society into 3rd world communist dictatorship . . . . Is anyone old enough to remember the pictures of the Soviet Union--the gray, broke-down, dreary, paint-fading deterioration of daily life . . . where it is diabolically designed that a person's time and energy is wholly spent just keeping meager food and roof going enough to sustain basic survival . . . but no chance (unless one of the sold-out ruling elite "intelligentsia") to improve one's condition, let alone maintain basic upkeep . . . . ?   It happens wherever the communists seize control, like Cuba, South America, Eastern Europe, throughout Africa . . . . At its core, "collectivism" is nothing more than a criminal cabal using the shield of "equality" . . . to plunder and crush the population, while a very few at the top gain total power and wealth . . . .

But I never fail to appreciate how much more difficult it could be . . . and, I expect, will be . . . as the hammer comes down.  So, struggling through the impossible, growing obstacles and demands, along with the mysterious sporadically recurring and sometimes debilitating physical health attacks . . . it never occurs to me to question God.  In fact, just before the onslaught of various challenges came down this week, I was pondering and appreciating just how much God does for us, every day.  It is astounding to me . . . that we all do as well as we do, in the most basic sense.  The fact that this body even holds together at all . . . and does not just dissolve amidst the incredible cosmic and terrestrial  forces surrounding . . . . Or that, in moments we are not devoured by an assault of microbes and viruses which are ubiquitous, all around and mindlessly intent on survival themselves . . . . Or that the surface of the planet is not pummeled in one day by any number of world destroying meteors and asteroids . . . .

[Lol. My computer just crashed.  Its averaging about 2-3 crashes these days per every time I try to post my blog . . . . ] Yeah . . . so sorta limpin' along here, fightin' through the morass, lol . . . . .

Anyway, nevertheless I think of all the martyrs that have gone before--so many, who have given their very lives for the faith.  I think of the many right now living under oppressive totalitarian regimes . . . and those living amongst vicious and violent pagans and atheists and spiritless religious, scattered around the world, chased from their homes, beaten, robbed, thrown in prisons, executed and tortured . . . .

Indeed, it is the "problem of evil" that has brought down the faith of so many, who cannot comprehend or imagine the sovereign purposes of God.  But in pondering this the other day--the magnitude of suffering in this world--I believe a word came to me about it . . . .

Yes, it can seem as if there is just too much of it--the evil and suffering here.  The uninspired understandably ask, "what kind of God would allow this?"

And this is what I believe I was told at that time:  Yes, from our limited, finite perspective, extremely subjectively considered, it appears that the suffering is great, "over-the-top" and couldn't it be even just a little less?  And I heard, paraphrasing, "You have no idea how much it IS mitigated.  You have no idea the degree to which can suffer.  There could be degrees of pain and suffering that dwarf even the worst of what is sometimes experienced in this mortal life--of a kind and type and degree which is simply unfathomable by your human mind, body and soul.  In the realm of potential experience . . . the worst of human suffering is like a tiny dot compared to the sun.  You, with your mortal mind, look at the world and mortal experience . . . according to what your mortal mind and experience is capable of understanding/comprehending.  But there is a vast universe of possibilities of which you are not even aware.  For instance, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the top most degree of human suffering . . . . there is actually something more like a scale which goes from 1 to 100,000 or even to a million.  Human suffering, I (God) allow to go to 10 . . . but in reality . . . it  actually goes to a million!  There is suffering and pain which potentially goes to infinite degrees, of which, your present, limited, human mind does not come close to comprehending.  In MY mercy, as bad as suffering can be on earth, during the mortal life, I have limited it to "10" at the most, in the worst case scenario.  But, in fact, it could be much, much worse. 

A rebellious mind, unsubmitted to God . . . reflexively considers such thoughts as morbid and depressing.  The self-loving, delusional materialist presumes to know how the purposes of creation could have been done "better."  Myself, I have no doubt that God is doing His will perfectly, for a glorious end, whether I or anyone else fully understands it at this point or not.   Somehow . . . I know . . . that there is incalculably MORE to be grateful for and worshipfully awed by . . . than ever to regret or resent or question or bemoan . . . .

As bad as we sometimes might think we have it . . . we have no idea how actually blessed we are and how wonderfully rewarding . . . this whole slog will turn out to be . . . somehow . . . I KNOW and continue to believe!  This is a testimony that has been in my heart, through all, for as long as I can remember, back into childhood . . . .

Here . . . I am led to recall how, "God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful."   --1 Cor. 1:27

And, "The wisdom of this world is nonsense in God's sight. That's why Scripture says, "God catches the wise in their cleverness." 

If we did not have the challenge and tempering of the current evils and oppressions . . . we would be lost in the pleasures of abundance.  Very few, if any, will truly seek the deep-hearted connection to the Lord  needed in order to not be lost to the wiles of the wicked and the deceptions of the flesh.  We just wouldn't do it. 
Oh, we might be "religious" . . . obey rules and carry about a pretense of spiritual relationship with God; but, it would be false--just a show.  Instead, it is because He loves us and wants us to approach Him in glory, wrought of human experience, that His children are allowed to be beset at times, with trials and discomfort.
It is almost impossible, for the wealthy to enter the Kingdom, for they are already satisfied and do not experience any need for something MORE; oblivious to their actual spiritual emptiness and forgotten eternal purpose . . . . Death comes like a thief in the night, and the dream is shattered, for there they stand with nothing to show the Judge, except a life lived for vain, selfish and purely material returns . . . .

The days to come, which have already begun . . . will separate the falsely convicted, from those who somehow . . . have been given to know . . . the righteous end from the beginning . . . . Praising God.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From Day To Day

But, behold a marvel that eclipses all the rest! Who but Thee could ever have snatched me from myself, and turned all my hatred and contempt against mine own bosom? I have not done this; for it is not by our own power that we depart from self; no! Thou, O Lord, didst shine with thine own light into the depth of my heart which could not be reached by any other, and didst there reveal the whole of my foulness. 

I know that, even after beholding, I have not changed it; that I am still filthy in thy sight, that my eyes have not been able to discover the extent of my pollution; but I have, at least, seen a part, and I desire to behold the whole. I am despised in my own sight, but the hope that I have in Thee causes me to live in peace; for I will neither flatter my defects nor suffer them to discourage me.

 I take thy side, O God, against myself; it is only by thy strength that I am able to do this. Behold what hath God wrought within me! and Thou continuest thy work from day to day in cleansing me from the old Adam and in building up the new. This is the new creation which is gradually going on.  fenelon

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What Is The Matter?

I prayed a little while back . . . to get "a heart for the lost" . . . . I wanted to see in a deeper and more powerful and immediate way . . . what truly are the stakes.  Yes, of course I can read them and understand them intellectually--but I was led to "see" and feel them (the "stakes") as strongly as possible, in my heart.

In typical God fashion, He first began showing me . . . myself--areas of my own status within the Holy Spirit work of sanctification . . . those things in my own being that required more obedience and rectifying . . . .

Gaining an increased sense of urgency . . . also . . . for the lost, continues and He is taking me on some fascinating theological and historical journeys, I suspect, so that certain knowledge . . . once understood, acts like the tumblers of a lock, where, once they are aligned in a certain precise configuration . . . there is then an "opening" . . . through which . . . the ramifications of said knowledge trigger the appropriate heart reaction.

Meanwhile, amidst the studying and learning, it is as if the ramifications--whether fully grasped intellectually or not yet--also are trickling in . . . to the heart regardless, so that . . . indeed, on the most basic, immediate level . . . I'm finding . . . that I simply just am . . . getting "a heart for the lost" . . . and for the urgency of the hour.

There is a special urgency particular to these "times" we currently are living . . . AND, there is also the general urgency which has always been here . . . since The Fall . . . that supernatural tension we experience within our souls which tells us . . . that there IS a transcendent, deeply meaningful purpose to the struggle and suffering of this life . . . and that death is inevitable, sooner or later, and so, the thoughtful person intends to make a hearty search of it--what that purpose and meaning is ultimately, objectively all about.

Plainly, if it is true . . . that . . . there is a God . . . . And that He is the God of the Bible . . . and that Jesus, the man/God Yeshuah . . . is the ONLY way to reach Him . . . . And that all those who REJECT this Lord . . . will . . .  bluntly speaking, "go to Hell" . . . . . . . then we have a profound, dire situation on our hands, demanding immediate and continuous attention and whole-hearted dedication . . . .

I believe it is TRUE . . . and so, as far as it is given to do so, approach every day and exert a large portion of every day's communicative effort, such as attempted here . . . to deal . . . with "the matter."

I pray to have a "heart for the lost" . . . as deep as He will make, seeing that, the persons and spirits antagonistic to His calling . . . are ramping up in their rebellion and anger, and are making many suffer, especially those who call themselves His disciples.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What Are the Chances?

Huh.  Romney picked Paul Ryan.  I didn't expect that.  A Mormon and a Catholic . . . interesting.  Well, they have a lot in common theologically--both typical religions promoting self works-based salvation.  Not so much anymore, but it was fairly common teaching in the L.D.S. church that the Catholic church was the "Great Whore of Babylon" . . . . Heh, even a broken clock's right at least twice a day . . . . But seriously, I remember when I went to Mormon church being told on the by-and-by that the Great Whore of Babylon in the Bible was the Catholic church.  But in these days of the new ecumenism where Glenn Beck, "the alcoholic Mormon savior of America" is holding hands with Catholic Bishops and short-sighted evangelicals to "take America back", I guess it makes some sense to have a Mormon/Catholic ticket as we wend our way to the One World Religion . . . .

[Yeah, I heard Beck say it himself . . . that basically God chose him--"an alcoholic Mormon" to save America because the Evangelical Christians were failing at the task.  Obvious question is . . . should Christians be focusing on "saving America" . . . or preaching the Gospel?  I am not so sure that "saving America" will bring any more souls to Christ . . . but I do believe that if more people accepted and lived the Gospel, it would follow that America--or any country, for that matter--would produce more freedom, peace and prosperity and revive the fine governing principles exemplified in the U.S. Constitution and Declaration.]

Politically speaking . . . I like Paul Ryan and think he actually is serious about addressing the disastrous situation the socialists--statists . . . have wrought.  But then I see that this also sets up a clear scenario for potential volatile civil strife and likely violence.  As I suggested on the MayDay Show . . . I won't be surprised . . . if there is big trouble surrounding the election--the voting.  Massive fraud . . . lawsuits . . . contention.  I suggested we might see it where the Marxist wins the popular vote . . . but Romney wins the electoral vote . . . leading to constitutional crisis . . . trouble on the streets . . . protests . . . lawsuits . . . suspended decision . . . perhaps a panel-style interim "politburo" government . . . .
In any case, the communist propaganda and Marxist rhetoric is now going to rage, pitting the two, white, "Christian", "patriarchal", racist, homophobe, for-the-rich-only two Republicans . . . versus the "man of the people", savior of the poor, disenfranchised, minorities, women etc. Democrats . . . .

Meanwhile . . . did you know that if all the DNA "chemical letters" found in the human body were printed in books . . . they would be so many, that they could fill the Grand Canyon 50 times?!  God is amazing!

Or did that happen just by chance . . . and matter, with NO intelligent direction or design?  The lack of intelligent direction found in material evolutionists . . . is almost as mind-boggling, lol.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Blazing Torch

Don't let it be just another day . . . . Our God is present everywhere . . . . He sees everything, knows everything and His presence is everywhere.  Omniscient . . . omnipresent!

That means while you are thinking about your self--what you want for today, what is vexing you . . . all the material cares you want fixed and satisfied--He is there waiting, watching, wanting . . . that you think of Him!

And that you are hearing His will and seeking to obey--obey because you love Him more than anything and anyone.
But do you?  Or are your first thoughts about this and that mundane task that needs addressing . . . for your self?

Is it just another rote, blandly tedious day?  Worse yet, is your heart filled with lusts and yearnings and covetings, anger and jealousy?  Is it just a thick bed of weeds--in your mind, your consciousness, which choke out the Spirit, which block the light of His presence, so that you stumble around the day in a morass of dark and petty concerns?

OUR GOD--IS HERE NOW!  IN YOU, IN ME!  Is it just that vaguely we think of Him sometime in the day, usually when we want something, then continue on in our own efforts to secure this or that provision for the body, for the ego, for the flesh?  Truly, we should be so astounded . . . that we fall to our knees and just thank and praise Him for His being and for His love and care at having created us--and that, even though we are wrought in sin, and continue to sin relentlessly, He loved us so much and wishes relationship with us, that He was scourged and killed on our behalf!

Do not let this shocking, bold fact slip too far away from your daily awareness!

This is why we must defend and fight for the faith, for the truths He has revealed to us, which guide our way and have the power to save any who will listen and accept.

What about this Jesus that the Mormons put in their church's name?  Why is it such an affront what they say about Him?
They say . . . He did a lot, indeed . . . but not quite enough.  His suffering and death . . . wasn't quite enough to fill the bill!  Foremost, YOU must do all you can do to perfect yourself . . . then . . . maybe . . . His grace will chip in and do the rest.
This does not honor God!  This comes nowhere near the honor and devastating thankfulness and dependency with which the fallen person approaches Jesus!  We are nothing!  We are wretches!  "There is none good, no not one!"  What egomaniacal fool believes they have, of their own ability, the power to do good and please God?  Or that, someday, by our own works, we can be just as good or better than God?  This is a lie from the devil himself!

We are JUSTIFIED by Jesus Christ!  "JUST_AS_IF_I'D_NEVER_SINNED" . . . is what we are ONLY because He purchased our lives through His bloody, broken, tortured sacrifice on the cross!  Who dares to minimize His sacrifice by teaching a doctrine that says . . . that wasn't quite enough!  That we are able to ADD to His work with our works . . . and maybe then . . . be saved . . . if we did enough . . . .
Flat out disgusting and wicked that!

Are you becoming more like Christ?  Every day?  The Holy Spirit is in the reborn believer and daily will guide and strengthen the disciple's walk . . . to more and more conform to the person and image of the Lord.

Or, is it just another day to look at and become more like the world?  Does the world still entice?  You still want to be "somebody" in the world--get it's accolades, it's praises, it's acceptance.  In fact, maybe you want to "succeed" in the world.  You claim the Lord as your Master, but really, the world is your master, which is shown by how much you think of Him, pray to Him, work for Him . . . . Does your money go to support the selfish dreams and promotions of the worldly . . . or the people of God?  Is it even in your heart and mind to CARE about other people, or is it just another day to seek more pleasures for your self, as if they could be stored and taken beyond inevitable death?

Nothing will be taken at death . . . except that which was done in and for God and the building of His kingdom.  ALL other kingdoms, of this world, are bound for the eternal fire, it is Written, beware.

But do you even fear God?  If you did, every day would be begun with a trembling.  He is here.  He is everywhere, omniscient, omnipresent . . . . All of our miserable, sinful, selfish, vengeful, angry, covetous thoughts He sees--nothing is hidden.  So, pious showings on the exterior do not and will not fool Him; and where more is known, more is required.  Do you know better?  Yet you continue to cavort with the ungodly and their systems and games and orgies and diversions--all intended to KEEP you from daily, REAL relationship with Him; focused instead on the doomed priorities of this debased world.

Is it just another day, trudging along at the behest of the wicked and prideful?  Or another day looking for and listening and obeying GOD, being His light and love on the earth?

"I am Thy message, Lord.  Throw me like a blazing torch into the night, so that all may see and understand what it means to be Thy disciple!"  Maria Skobstova

Now, we must live EVERY DAY, remembering this!  Living as it is so, because it IS so, for them that believe!
Amen? Amen! :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dare To Seek The Truth!

The big push is on by the L.D.S. church to portray themselves as "Christian" . . . which is funny, because not so long ago they were proud of NOT being "Christian" and many of their (false) prophets and "apostles" through the years have written and spoke disparaging things about "Christians" and have proudly proclaimed that indeed "Mormons are not Christian" and indeed, "Mormons believe in a different Jesus" than the one in the Bible.

But, as they have always done, when the times change and it is expedient for worldly purposes--the ends justify the means--the "Church" will change on a dime, repudiate prior "revelations" . . . create a new marketing campaign . . . and flat-out contradict and hide from their history and past statements of "faith."

So, with Mitt running for president . . . and the Mormons needing the Christian evangelical vote . . . suddenly they ARE "Christians" and we see a multi-million dollar multi-media promotional effort to "change their spots" . . . as if the leopard weren't really a leopard.  Some foolish evangelicals have taken the bait, because they too love the world and have faith in politics above the truth . . . but do not be deceived.  Just as in the L.D.S temple ceremony there is a Protestant minister shown as being a puppet of Lucifer, Mormonism has from the beginning sought to distinguish itself from ALL the "abominable" Christian churches in the world and it only another example of "the Church's" fundamental, foundational DISHONESTY--this media parlor trick, and it is expected that once they are done tricking and using gullible and ignorant Christians, they will put their spots back on and revert to their boastful, condescending claims of being "the ONLY true church on the face of the earth" and the "restored Gospel" . . . as if the Gospel Jesus taught and the Bible records is faulty, incomplete and in need of updating by the "greatest prophet who ever lived" Joseph Smith . . . .

Why should we care?  Because we love these people like any of the lost and don't want them to live miserable spiritual lives burdened by the false doctrine of works salvation, and more importantly, end up in Hell for following a MAN and worshiping a false Jesus!  For the sake of your souls, Mormons, DO SOME RESEARCH . . . be courageous and FACE THE TRUTH of your "gospel of Joseph Smith"--it's Masonic origins . . . the lies and pernicious teachings of your false "prophets" . . . such as these doozies:

"One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation" (12th L.D.S president Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 206). 

 "Man can transform himself and he must. Man has in himself the seeds of godhood, which can germinate and grow and develop. As the acorn becomes the oak, the mortal man becomes a god. It is within his power to lift himself by his very bootstraps from the plane on which he finds himself to the plane on which he should be. It may be a long, hard lift with many obstacles, but it is a real possibility" (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.28).

So, let us not be conned:

--IN MORMONISM THERE ARE MANY GODS "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it....In all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods." Joseph Smith, (Founder and First Prophet), History of the Church, Vol 6, pp. 308,474.  THE BIBLE: There was and is and always will be only ONE GOD! (Isaiah 43:10-11, 44:6-8, 45:5-6,18-22; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39; James 2:19)

--MORMONISM'S GOD WAS ONCE A MAN "God himself was one as we are now, and is an exalted man...I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man...He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth." Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305. THE BIBLE: God was never a man. He created man! God has been God from all eternity to all eternity. (Psalm 41:13, 90:2, 102:25-27; Romans 1:22-23)

-- MORMONISM'S GOD IS LIMITED "The universe is filled with vast numbers of intelligences, and we further learn that Elohim is God simply because all of these intelligences honor and sustain him as such...if He should ever do anything to violate the confidence or "sense of justice" of these intelligences, they would promptly withdraw their support, and the "power" of God would disintegrate He would cease to be God." W. Cleon Skousen (Former BYU Professor & founder of Mormon-based National Center For Constitutional Studies), The First 2000 Years , p. 355. "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans," Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22. "If God possesses a form, that form is of necessity of definite proportions, and therefore of limited extension and space. It is impossible for Him to occupy at one time more than one space of such limits." James E. Talmage, Articles of Faith, page 43. THE BIBLE: God is infinite! Any other "god" is a false "god". (2 Chronicles 6:18; Psalm 139:4-8; Jeremiah 23:24)

 -- MORMONISM SAYS MAN MAY BECOME GOD "Here then is eternal know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you...To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of God." Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol 6, page 306. THE BIBLE: The Great Lie of Satan from the first was that man can become a god! (Genesis 3:1-5; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:1-10)

-- MORMONISM DENIES VIRGIN BIRTH "Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers...Christ was born into the world as the literal Son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father." McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 547, 742.  THE BIBLE: Jesus was begotten by the Holy Ghost. Mary was indeed a virgin right up to the Lord's birth. (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:35)

-- MORMONISM'S JESUS AND SATAN ARE BROTHERS "The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer. This spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind." Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15. THE BIBLE: The real JESUS is the only begotten Son and is God the Son (John 1:1-14). Satan was a created angel, not a son of God (Isaiah 14:12). Jesus created all things and in Him the fullness of God dwells! (Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-13)

--MORMONISM'S JESUS WAS MARRIED "Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee. We say it was Jesus Christ who was married...whereby he could see his seed." Orson Hyde, Apostle, Journal of Discourses,Vol. 2, p. 82. THE BIBLE: NO! Check out John 2:1-12!

--MORMONISM SAYS ALL OUR CHURCHES ARE FALSE "I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; and those professors were all corrupt." Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:19. "This Church is the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth." Doctrine and Covenants 1:30. "There is no salvation outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 670. "All other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God; and any person who receives Baptism or the Lord's Supper from their hands will highly offend God; for He looks upon them as the most corrupt of all people. Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the whore of Babylon." Orson Pratt, The Seer, p. 255. THE BIBLE: The CHURCH is the spiritual body of Christians with Jesus at its head. That is the true church, not an organization! (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-16; I Corinthians 1:2, 12:12; Matthew 16:18). 

[To see more, Mormon, if you dare--if you love TRUTH and GOD more than your church, your job, your social status, you pride, then see:

"The excellency of the glory of the character of Brother Joseph Smith was that he could reduce heavenly things to the understanding of the finite . . . for no other man was able to teach us as he could . . . . No man was to be found who could teach repentance and baptism for the remission of sins . . . until God commissioned Joseph Smith . . . . I never saw anyone, until I met Joseph Smith, who could tell me anything about the character, personality and dwelling-place of God, or anything satisfactory about angels, or the relationship of man to his Maker . . . .
"No man can say that the Bible is true, is the word of the Lord . . . and at the same time say, the Book of Mormon is untrue . . . . If Jesus lives and is Savior of the world, Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God."

(Discourses of Brigham Young 8:206, 10:311, 16:46, 1:38)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Staying On Track to the Peaks of Glory

So . . . you've repented and put your trust solely in the Lord . . . . "Born again" in the Biblical sense, "justified" before the Father . . . where the sinless, righteous character and perfection of Jesus is imputed (credited) to you, already in the Heavenly realm.

But you're still here on fallen earth; the momentum of your previous sinful life yet harries your day.

Now comes "sanctification."
SANCTIFICATION:  *"a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives." . . . . a process of **"regeneration, that transfers us from the sphere of sin to the sphere of God’s holiness, from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God."

Now you are in the Walk.  Which Walk is . . . like being on a train-car . . . moving along tracks . . . heading for a glorious Mountain seen hazily in the distance . . . . The Mountain is the Heavenly land of resurrection--eternal life in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, however . . . as you go along the tracks . . . sometimes you will pass through deserts.  Sometimes, grace leaves and only dryness, dullness is to be seen, felt and found.  Do not despair during the desert times, for eventually you will come to lush environs . . . where grace abounds-the fruits of the spirit are there, easy to reach and imbibe, as if low-hanging sumptuous fruits brush the car as you travel, and you can partake at will . . . .

Stay alert, however.  ^"Grace always precedes a temptation, as if to notify you saying, 'prepare yourself and lock your doors.'  Don't say, 'I have been given rest,' but load your weapons--tears, fasting, vigil and prayer--and set sentries on your senses to guard your mind.  Ask yourself, 'I wonder, from where will the battle begin?  From the demons?  From men?  Or from my own nature?'
     "It is when grace is acting within you that you should be concerned.  Conversely, when you see temptations and afflictions oppressing you from all sides, you should rejoice.  Don't grieve, don't grumble, don't be despondent.  Give courage to yourself, for joy and comfort will come.  'Be brave, my soul,' you should say, 'this is only a temptation, a trial, an affliction.  Afterwards, you will have peace and joy and grace for many days.  Thank You, my dear Christ,' you should say, 'for in mine affliction Thou has made room for me . . . and with chastisement hast Thou chastened me . . . and Thou didst bring my soul out into a place of refreshment.'" (see Ps. 4:1, 117:18, 65:12)

How to stay on the track . . . proceeding in the Spirit's work of sanctification, to change more and more into the likeness of the Lord?  Daily . . . throughout the day . . . pray . . . read scripture . . . listen to His evangelists . . . associate with His disciples . . . . And limit contact and involvement with the world and worldly cares such that they do not choke out the Spirit and Word of God.

The train will sometimes pass by carnivals, amusement parks, strange and alluring spectacles . . . .

Stay on the train and observe from the safety of persisting in His Word and Spirit.  It can be dangerous . . . for instance, if you leave the train to go investigate . . . then become involved in entertainments at the circus or fair . . . such that, you soon begin to forget where you were going.  Instead, you become mired in interpersonal, worldly relationships, where they take precedence over relationship with God within . . . . You lose track of time . . . the train leaves the station.  Now you must find your way back to the tracks and wait for a new carrier to resume you back on your way, on the Walk . . . . After a time of penance, grace will return and you will proceed again, but each time there is waste of delay, and of having concocted new complications to deal with along the route.

A greater threat, perhaps . . . is spotting strange trails--woods, mysterious and alluring, with other hills and seeming destinations.  These are the different philosophies, mystical paths and contending realms of other spirits who claim their own "mountain" of perfected destination.   If you spend too much time exploring these, you can become lost in the woods . . . forgetting your way back, then left to whims and tricks of wandering spirits who have no intention to show you the way back, and indeed, will try to confuse you further.  Only by the saving power and light of Holy Spirit will you be brought to your senses, and, eventually led out of the morass and swamps you tumbled into . . . back to the only TRUE route . . . leading to the Peaks of Glory.

Sometimes the holy line . . . will range through zones where await armed bandits--outright attackers and brigands who will threaten you along the Way.  They hate you and they hate the train you are on, and will try every way to sabotage your progress.  Or, they will wait on the sides to shout and throw garbage and missiles, hoping to intimidate you from your conviction by threat, base aggression, brute force!  These are they with special interests who do not choose the Way to the Mountain and despise those who have and hope to intimidate you off the train to join them in their orgies of pleasure and revelry, always needing new blood for their causes . . . .

Something you will learn . . . as you go . . . is that, the less you are distracted and fall to partaking in the sideshows along the Way, the stronger you will get--gaining momentum, so that the temptations and darts and illusions of sin and the sinful . . . progressively lose their savor and allure.  You grow joyously hungrier for only those things which keep you on track, wherever the track may wend on its way to the holy destination--you stop wasting time getting off and getting lost in diversion and dissipation . . . but instead, with face set like a flint, just look at the shining face of the glorious summit calling you, leaving the rest behind, letting the dead of those dead lands play with and bury . . . the dead . . . . Now you yearn to help others get aboard and cherish the time spent with those already aboard, and, while not getting inwardly entangled . . . even bless and share goodness with those along the tracks, so contented are you to be on your way and in the care of the supernatural conductor . . . .

*John Frame, **Wayne Grudem
^ Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Who's The Authority?

Very simply . . . it is a matter of authority.  Then, either bowing to an authority--submitting to it . . . or claiming oneself as the ultimate authority.

(1)  If bowing . . . submitting . . . then the question arises:  To what authority?
(2)  If claiming oneself as the authority, then there is usually a self-devised collection of authorities to which one refers--a sampling at the buffet, taking what is deemed best according to personal taste and preferences.

In regards to (1) . . . the authority may be religious, ie., Allah . . . Buddha . . . Muhammad . . . Jesus . . . some living or dead guru . . . . OR, some secular titan . . . Bertrand Russel . . . Nietzsche . . . Lenin, Marx . . . or those of science, Einstein . . . Darwin . . . Tesla . . . . Some go to artists, philosophers, writers, poets . . . .
The (2) types . . . take bits and pieces from here and there, creating a hodge-podge of authority, appealing to this or that one depending on circumstances and relative whims of the moment . . . . 

In the end . . . the question is always the same.  It is one of submission to . . . or rebellion against . . . the one claiming authority.

The Christian presupposes . . . that there IS a truth to be discovered, regardless of opinions and preferences.
Once that truth is found, there is nothing more to do . . . but to submit to it.  "It" . . . in this case, turns out to be a "Who", afterall . . . .

The rebel mind . . . is defective . . . in that it imagines to go against WHAT IS . . . and seeks to establish a separate reality, where WHAT IS . . . IS NOT.  God, being a PERSON . . . and not just a law, or only cosmic energy or mere impersonal force . . . allows the created being to rebel and attempt to contradict His reality . . . because, in so doing, His Being . . . is glorified all the more by the contrast.  AND He wills that there be other created beings given a relative portion of free will and individual personality to partake--share--in the vision and comprehension of His glory and participate in proclaiming it, as the birds and angels do, to all creation.
[Note:  The "glory" of God . . . for which creation was made to extol . . . is not the kind of paltry, ego-centric, crass, gaudy, vulgar, prideful display with which fallen humans are prone to attempt and selfishly crave.  The mystery of God's glory . . . is approached in the astounding, incomprehensible, celebratory realization . . . that there is ANYTHING at all (versus the seemingly more likely NOTHING) . . . and that He is a PERSON . . . beyond space, time, matter . . . and that HE IS LOVE--CREATIVE LOVE in His essence, so far as we can appreciate it!]

The rebel--more in love with their self, than in love with the stunning reality of the I AM THAT I AM--chaffs at there being a higher authority than their self, which they love above all.

The rebel is then usually led by whatever their strongest emotion or personal desire is at any given time, which puts them at the behest of their . . . particular genetics, human/animal instincts and passions . . . related to the time and place they happen to be living in.

The one submitted to God--especially the God of the Bible, Whose instructions are written--transcends time and place . . . and operates according to His timeless, eternal will and character . . . which almost always looks something like madness to the world and its adherents of the moment.

Certain specific morals, attitudes, actions and principles must be followed, if one is submitted to God's authority, as He has made it recorded in His Word.  Anyone contradicting and opposing His self-existent character and will . . . cannot be "one" with Him, nor BE in His presence, He has said . . . which is why those who love and submit to Him seek earnestly to bring others into understanding and surrender to the dire implications of this fact--this truth . . . this reality. 

It is not love which would stand idly by, nonchalant to passively watch the rebellious continue on in their ultimately destructive delusion, though it might keep temporary peace to do so.  Hence, the preachers and teachers and disciples and prophets of Christ are constantly being resented, attacked, mocked, derided, ignored and impugned . . . by those who seek every and any other authority THAN God to rule their lives, whether a false god or some self-made amalgamation of various floating ideas and opinions.

If God says homosexual or adulterous or covetous or lying behavior is abhorrent to Him and not countenanced by the demands of Heavenly inheritance . . . then, out of love, it must be said.
If God says that there is no other way into the Father's Kingdom but through Christ, it must be preached.
If God says that many will come in His name--false teachers of false religions--it is NOT love to remain quiet on the matter, letting the deceived progress to their damnation.

Speaking the truth is loving.
Glossing over hard truths, so as to not offend and keep peace in the world . . . is uncaring and nefarious.

But then, it all boils down to . . . who or what is your authority in and for your life . . . ?

If there really is no such thing as TRUTH . . . then it doesn't really matter what your answer.
If there really is TRUTH . . . then it is all that matters . . . if the Bible is true, and thus, Jesus . . . is the only way.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Season of the Which

When pleasing others means unpleasing God . . . it is unqualified sin.  Persisting in being right with God almost always means being in trouble with the worldly . . . .

There is a hardening of hearts going on right now and a cleaving to spiritual blindness such as I never seen.  Meanwhile there is an inner revival underway for those who are committed with their lives in the living truth of the Holy Spirit.

A Word has gone out, from the Spirit, to prepare--to put on the full armor of God, for the things that shall come.  It seems that every believer is being tested at present . . . whether they love God or others--the world--more.  Remember, it is the primary work of Satan to so harass the believer's life . . . that the disciple gives up and throws in with the Godless; resenting God, angry, self-pitying and enlisting in the army of doubt.

For most of us, while times have gotten harder, we have yet to really be challenged in our faith--whether we are prepared to put all on the line for our relationship with Christ, or will buckle under the first real, serious, persecutory tests and trials.  Currently, believers are being challenged in matters close to home, under their own roofs or at work or with old friends . . . . The divide between those who have Seen and received and who have determined to thus trust their lives to the Lord . . . and those who have no testimony of His truth and being--is but an initial onslaught in the coming waves of attack against the faithful--just one of the early fronts.  Harder, more severe tests will follow, so be prepared.

Those who will finally choose creature over Creator . . . are not meet for the Kingdom of God; His requirement of un-alloyed devotion is absolute . . . and the believer knows this--experiences it.  There WILL be loss and sacrifice for His Name's sake.  Those who try to ride both rails--one of God and one of the world, in fact, only ride one rail . . . after all; that is the rail leading to a willful separation from God's love and mercy, relying instead on the carnal love and bribery of the world and the worldly--which fails every time, corrupt.

We enter a season now . . . where the single devotion of our heart is to be tested.  Others . . . will not understand; the disciple appears to them mad, fanatic, delusional.  But once having Seen the truth--it is what it is, and increasingly the Follower learns to live by the Bread and Water of Life, which springs eternal and sustains through all the temporary deprivations.  The disciple is never all alone, even if all others have departed or shunned or assault.  The disciple learns to live daily by the power and ever-regenerating life of the Spirit, regardless of all else--no matter the conditions of life, for he or she has begun to taste, to breathe and to fly along the pure and holy currents, which is the beginning breeze--and Who is the Person--of perfect, love-filled eternity . . . .

We are in the season of the WHICH:  Which way are you going?  It is either one or the other.  Sides are being formed--the divide is opening . . . two mountains face off and do battle.  Upon which one do you stand?  With those who reject the Son and live in their own light--who work for the enemy of humanity?  Or with those who have died to self, sacrificed all in this world, and have thrown themselves on the gracious mercy of the Redeemer?
Daily now . . . we are faced with the hardening of positions.  Which mountain do you stand upon?  One is rock and will be left standing; the other is sand and will be washed away in death and at the end of the age. 
Are you for real?  Or party to the lies?  This season of the Which . . . has begun--the waves are lapping the shore of your personal life; the wind is picking up and the clouds are swirling and growing dark; we soon will be entering the storm, where destruction, tumult, darkness, pelting rains, gale force blasts . . . will be all around.  The un-anchored will be swept away quickly in the chaos; those who didn't really believe and who never really repented and gave all to and for God . . . . Some will fight for a while, then still relinquish--giving up, giving in . . . . A few--He ordained and will provide for, who will weather the storms, no matter how many or how long they last; singing praises to His Name all the time, blessing and helping others with their light and ministrations . . . as His Light is shed in and through them.

Prepare--we enter the season of the Which . . . .

Brother Thomas ©2015

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