Friday, August 26, 2016

The Flip-Side Of Love--Wrath

One of our great failings is in looking at God and His revelation of Himself with our fallen, human eyes.  We project.  When He says He is a "jealous God" we judge Him by our creaturely standard of what "jealousy" means.  We have been trained to think that "jealousy" and "wrath" are always "negative" emotions, to be avoided, transcended.

But the flip side of jealousy and wrath can be a genuine and healthy sense of love and protectiveness.  For instance, David Bowie, who I have been necessarily studying more in depth for my artistic venture, famously had an "open" marriage when he started out in rock'n'roll with his then wife Angie.  While "jealousy" nevertheless entered in to it, in the beginning they both were quite proud of the fact that either of them could take on lovers as they wished, outside of their marriage. 

It ended in disaster, Bowie himself even admitted later.  What kind of love is it that says, "I don't care who you are intimate with, who you are emotional involved with, whatever you do is fine with me"?  Neither felt like the other actually loved or cared for them, as shown by the laissezfaire attitude towards their relationship, and so it ended up in wreckage, sadness, anger, tears.  Would we rather have a God who did not care what happened to us or where we placed our allegiance?  Those who do (not care about God's concerns) similarly end in wreckage, tears and destruction as the gods they pursue instead DO not love them.

God is loving and protective and "jealous" of His children.  He does not want them abused, taken away or devoting themselves to others who did not create them.  His "jealousy" is perfect, born out of love and care for His vulnerable creations.  Same with His wrath.  Would you be outraged if someone took your child, abused them horribly and tossed them aside like garbage?  If you weren't outraged, "wrathful", it shows that you did not really love them.  God's intense wrath is born out of His intense love.  His standards are perfect, good, holy--THE BEST is what He wants for His creatures and creation.  Anyone or anything that seeks to destroy or corrupt His loving creation will be dealt with because He cares so much!  He is not a dispassionate, disconnected, disassociated Buddha sitting in contemplative silence while His children and creation groan under the onslaught of evil and corruption and the entities who foist it.

He will wreak vengeance against those who sully His holy vision and handiwork.  How dare they!  And the degree of His wrath (shown in events like The Flood, but especially The Crucifixion) show the vast degree of His love and righteous jealousy toward all that is His.  Rather than skipping over or marginalizing or attempting to explain away the depictions of His wrath in His Word, we ought see them as the necessary flip-side of His intense and real and determined love, attention and care for His creation.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

God's Wrath

Listening to some apologetics yesterday, the topic of God's wrath came up.  It is certainly one of the more misunderstand aspects of His character, maligned and misused by all sides.  I am eager to expound shortly on why it is so important to comprehend properly. . . . For one thing, it should be clearly seen in relation to His love. . . . More in a bit....

“Behold the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.” (Jeremiah 30:23)

“The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.” (Nahum 1:2)

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18)

“From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.” (Revelation 19:15)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

No Such Drift

“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” 


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Real "Mandela Effect"?

The "Mandela Effect" . . . where it seems that timelines have changed, ie., re the Berenstain/Berenstain controversy. . . .  
see Bears

I've heard the recent surmises that it relates to Cern and and the opening up of parallel universes/timelines . . . sort of a cosmic trash coming into our reality.

As I was thinking about this, a thought came to mind what might really be happening.  I know that "they" lie about nearly everything and plant false stories to direct peoples' minds in wrong directions.  I suspect what it actually may be is this:  Parallel timelines are not what are opening up or intruding into our reality. . . . Instead, "they" have figured out how to implant false memories into certain peoples' minds.  That is more sinister in a way.  If "they" can do this, think of the possibilities.  For instance, let's say a certain politician is making headway that "the powers that be" don't want--they then implant memories of this politician saying or doing horrific things--which never happened but a wide swath of people insist they can "recall" it.  On the wider scenario . . . complete downloaded mind control of the masses could be effected.  The "cover story" is that there are parallel universes and timelines.  The truth may be nothing other than that "they" have figured out how to implant, on a mass scale, false memories. . . .

Just thinking out loud.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Doing God's Will

I believe in one sense we can nothing BUT God's will; and that sometimes it is God's will that we seek to conform more specifically to His own character . . . as opposed to our fallen nature will.  It is God's will that we become putty in His hands and that we are an individual, conscious witness to it--that He gives us the wisdom and ability to follow Him more purely.... All glory to God....

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Just And Good ought terrify the wicked

There is little more clear to me than that there is an overt total war on traditional Christianity, Jesus and the Bible.  It's moving on all fronts, from the cultural, political . . . and, of course, physical with outright genocide occurring in various locales around the world. 

It is quite a testament to the threat that the world and the wicked consider Christianity to be--no other religion or cultural bent receives anything like the hatred and assault that does traditional Christianity.  It starkly shows the fundamental battle.  There really are only two sides.  Jesus vs. the world (rebellion/sin/evil) in all its permutations.

While it is disturbing and disheartening at times to watch the lackluster, tepid defense of the Faith that most so-called "believers" give (if they give any) . . . on the positive side, a great sifting is going on, separating the false from the true Believers.

I had a dream last night where I discovered that a cadre of Cuban military/communists had moved into a house next door.  I was warning a child--perhaps a grandchild in our place . . . to be careful what he did and said.  I pointed out our window to a particular window pane across the way and showed him that a figure (in green uniform, green Castro style cap) was watching us. 

Haven't had a dream like that--a warning, alert type dream perhaps--in a while.  I don't think it is far fetched at all.  I expect there will be a time in the not too distant future . . . where it will be common to have households in every community, neighborhood which are filled with "watchers" . . . spies . . . cadres of revolutionary forces put there to report on and affect potentially "troublesome" citizens/patriots/Christians.

Always, keeping the eternal prize in mind, weighed against this swift, test of a life . . . is a way to get through.  There will be intimidation and outright persecution.  Sifting, winnowing will occur.  The phony believers--the dross--will easily be pried off "The Church", leaving only the gold to stand.

And all will answer the final Judge--all will be exposed in the end--and dealt with justly.

That God is JUST and GOOD, should terrify these foolish interlopers on His property and people.......
This is what they hate, what they fight--that God is Holy and Just and Good.  They want to carry on with their rebellion with no consequences, no judgment.  But they will answer for all their evil done toward God and His beloved people.  He has made this quite clear.  Praise God.

Friday, August 12, 2016

In His Presence

The great joy--THE greatest joy there will ever be, will be being IN THE PRESENCE of God in Heaven.  Just being in His presence will be the ultimate experience there could be.  If He lives in us, we ought be getting glimpses and a sense of this same joy even now in this world, in this life. . . .

Do we?  If not, it could be because again, who we think we are devoted to and serving . . . is not really God, but a stylized conception of Him we've made up in our own minds. . . .

If I find that I've gone long stretches without feeling the wonder, the awe, the joy of His presence in and around me, then I take it as a clue that I'm not truly focused on and living in and through Him, but have drifted into the wastelands of my own mental meanderings. . . .

I know that there have been times when I've felt His presence so strong and so visceral, that there is the sense that I could live with nothing else.  This is how, even in times of suffering or persecution, the saints and martyrs through the centuries have been able to smile, laugh, pray, praise and sing despite what it being to them and their bodies.

Living and enjoying the presence of God . . . forever . . . this is what it's all about.  Always, we should be seeking Him this way, regardless of what is happening in our day to day. . . .

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Self-Fulfilling "God" Of Concoction

One of, if not THE trickiest of spiritual seeking situations is this:  We believe we are in relationship with and communicating with God--with Jesus--when all we are doing is interacting with a self-stylized CONCEPT (pretend character) we have concocted in our own mind, PRESUMING it to be actual God.

The scariest, most dangerous development in this is when it becomes clear that we are indeed interacting with a real, other-than-self/imagination entity.  He/It moves in our life, makes things happen, shows up, obviously responds, and we are so eager to believe it is really God and good that we uncritically accept that it must be God--yet it oftentimes is indeed an objectively "other" entity, but one from the dark side masquerading as God.  This happens far more frequently than most realize.  Pastors, teachers, gurus, spiritual leaders, mentors etc., often assume they are in contact with God, with Good . . . because they get action, power, abilities, "insight" from whoever they are "spiritually" imploring or listening to, and their ego is such that they dare not believe it could be from the dark side--but the fruit of their spiritual life will inevitably reveal what is actually going on.

I think this could be one of--if not THE--most common spiritual errors that many, many make. 

Or, they have an idea in their mind of who Jesus is, what He is like, what He does or doesn't do . . . and this is the god they serve, devised in their own imagination, which may work for a time, but invariably disappoints.  If the seeker is not truly interested in the Truth, but more interested in self-fulfillment and self promotion (which we ALL "naturally" are) then they will doggedly refuse to see that they have led themselves or allowed themselves to be led down a dark and delusional path.

What usually happens is that before we want THE TRUTH . . . we want to be SELF fulfilled and we imagine a God who is going to help us with our wishes.  We want Him to be a genie.  We want to pray and ask and desire and dream of what WE want fulfilled . . . but then, when it doesn't happen according to our imagination, we become indignant.  This is where many who claimed being "believers" or real "spiritual seekers" end up "leaving" "the faith"--to become agnostic or atheist or militantly ANTI-religion/belief/church/God etc.  They feel as though they have been deceived by God, when really, all that has happened is that the real God has not been subjugated to their self-fulfillment dreams and wishes and desires.

Many who claim to seek God in Truth are only seeking some device or possession or trick or means that will give them what they want.  They never go further to the point of true humility and seeking where the heart and mind seek WHAT GOD WANTS.  "God wants me to be happy" is their presumption, and while this is ultimately true, it may not be true in the temporary, mortal situation.

By "happy" I mean comfortable, successful, self-fulfilled, physical healthy etc.  In fact, God may have a totally different purpose for your life.  He may intend that you suffer in various ways and remain UN-fulfilled personally during this mortal run.  Indeed, that is all the more likely and generally to be expected of those who claim to "take up the cross" with Christ.  He Himself admonished not to expect much more than trouble, suffering and persecution in this world should you truly follow Him. . . .

One of the greatest, mostly helpful things to finally grasp and accept and internalize (gladly) is:  It's not about you.  It's about God.

This is easy to say and lay claim to believing; but it is not so easy to actually, deeply, truly, gladly, with praise and celebration accept.  Yet that is precisely the attitude and purpose we will find ourselves ultimately having in Heaven, forever.  Glimpses of this reality have been offered us in His Word, so we can trust it is so.

Do you really believe in and follow God--Jesus?  Or are you following and believing in an idea of Him that you've concocted to fulfill your personal self?  Figuring this out once and for all is a gateway to peace, clarity, power, healing, joy, and excited expectation to one day be in His presence.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wasted Days & Wasted Nights

What you fill your head with. . . .
I remember when the presidential elections were something that just kind of happened alongside the rest of your life.  Yes, it was there and in the news at times BUT NOT the dominating daily theme around which everything else revolves.
Now, everything is political. . . .

I also recall when I took private Russian lessons from an emigre from Russia named Vadim how I plied him for what life was really like in Russia.  This was in the mid 80s before "the wall" came down, before Glasnost and Perestroika. . . . And he told me how everyone there studied engineering and the sciences because all of the other programs/studies like liberal arts, art, history, social studies, political science etc., were completely geared toward advancing the Party agenda--the communist party agenda, Marxism.  Everyone was sick to death of it being shoved down their throats at every turn--they weren't fooled by it, they knew they were being mind-guided.

Obviously, it has become just like that here in the U.S.

I don't let it happen.  I will not allow my mind, feelings, soul . . . to be dragged through the gutter and through vapid, garbage thoughts and ideas, whipped up to anger, resentment, frustration, purely worldly and "politically correct" (Marxist) concerns.  Look at all the life wasted by so many now who are allowing themselves to be directed in their interests and concerns into supporting or fighting this or that manufactured figurehead.  Meanwhile . . . life goes on; all the "little", important daily happenings and relationships get starved while everyone lives in the abstract.

It's one thing to be aware of what's going on--quite another to be manipulated into focusing on it hour to hour, day to day.  No personal growth, no individual development . . . as all is subsumed by the mass, state/corporate controlled media machine; which truly, I believe, has the devil as its CEO.

So much lost, wasted time spent on triviality, rot-gut. . . .

Life is short and getting shorter.  How do we glorify God with what precious time we have left?  THAT is the order of the day--the only purpose that matters, which has eternal significance. . . .

Brother Thomas ©2015

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