Taking into account the total global population, few people practice living a spiritual life:
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Mt. 7:13, 14. ESV
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” Mt. 11:28 – 30. AMP
Jesus spoke both of these. They almost seem contradictory, but they are decidedly not. The ‘narrow gate’ is the only path to living a spiritual life and gaining salvation. It’s not hard to find. It’s been broadcast for over 2000 years. The gate is Christ. The way is ‘hard’ because so many people do not want to give up the ways of the world and / or are unwilling to get over themselves.
As we see, Jesus says that the exchange is easy, that the weight on our souls will be lightened immeasurably when we dump the consequences of our old ways at His feet. The spiritual life is easy, requiring only a slight burden (your compliance) be placed upon you:
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1 Jn. 5:3, 4. NKJV
We can do this! We do it by doing our best to walk in God’s word and staying in faith that our salvation has come now. The only obstacles in our way are those of our own making. For example, take our concerns over our ‘level’ of spirituality at any given time. We may not feel we are making progress; but if we are staying committed to making our best efforts to be obedient, our Father shows His faithfulness. His Spirit stays with us, working to keep His promises:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation, from bondage, true freedom]. And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:17, 18. AMP
So, the ‘somewhere’ you think you should be spiritually, is where you already are. It’s a matter of faith, not sight. Don’t sweat it. Just stay in contact and be dependent upon your Maker.
Most of the time you have problems on your spiritual path is when you give into the subconscious patterns of your old self. You know this is happening when you see your old injurious fruits begin to manifest again. That’s just your loving God trying to wake you up so that you can remember your gift(s):
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? …just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life…present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Rm. 6:3, 4 & 13. NJKV
Perhaps you think that you don’t know enough of God’s word as you think you should, or as much as some other brother or sister in Christ. You’re a work in progress!! As soon as you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you were united with His Spirit; and that’s the tightest connection we can have.
The only thing you need concern yourself with, is to always be in a questioning mode about your motives, i.e. ‘Is this my will, or is it Jesus’?’ Just stick to walking in the gospel and don’t give heed to anything that man has added to it.
Yield your present self to Christ and His mercy and keep your ears open.
The Godhead is beyond our complete understanding, but we can take everything it reveals to us to the bank; and that includes what it shows us about ourselves. God is not parading any of your old shortcomings in front of you to degrade you. What He’s doing is showing you how far He’s brought you.
Enjoy the ride…
Goodnight and God bless.
December 01 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass…For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom…all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Mt. 24:6 – 8. NKJV
Jesus is saying that right up until the end of time, there will be wars. We see it today. There are wars festering over the entire globe. Our own country has been creating a ‘perpetual’ war since 1952 in order to justify military overgrowth, to serve the associated defense contractors, to pander to ego and avarice-driven politicians, and to foster fear in our population in order to keep us in line.
Followers of Christ have received several imperatives to walk a different path:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rm. 12:2 ESV
But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Ps. 37:11 NKJV
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Is. 9:6 NKJV
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Mt. 5:9 NKJV
If it is possible, as much as depends upon you, live peaceably with all men. Rm. 12:18 NKJV
The world is war-like. We don’t have to be. Nor do we have to support war. We are called to emulate Christ – the Prince of Peace. Uniting in Him, we can take a peaceful stand against any form of aggression by our respective governments by offering a better way, living out a spiritual path as an example of how peace might be attained.
We cannot be caught up in the patriotic jargon and emotion slathered over the death-face of war, or we just become additional nutrients for the disease. Other than self-defense, we can never consider that a war can be justified. (And it is in those self-defense actions that we can express our undying gratitude to the brave, selfless soldiers who took up our cause.)
Simultaneously, we must not forget our Christian love and compassion – even for blind, faithless warmongers who are at the mercy of their flesh and its violent chaos:
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. James 4:1, 2. NKJV
Yes, wars simply come down to someone wanting what someone else has. It is also the projection of the evil within the perpetrator upon the innocent victim, whom they call them the ‘enemy.’
“But I say to you, ‘love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Mt. 5:44, 45. NKJV
When you love your enemy, you can better understand them, which makes them hard to hate.
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth… Acts 17:26 NKJV
Thus, we can see that we are at one with our enemy, whom is also loved by God. And, just like our secular government and its multitudinous tentacles, we can pray for them, knowing that they too need the salvation that comes from the grace of God through Christ.
Aggressive military ‘solutions’ are becoming increasingly more formidable, lethal and potentially destructive on a global scale. Even what some consider a small military ‘action,’ almost always explodes into full scale war.
Wars don’t have to be a ‘given.’ We can look for alternate ways for conflict resolution. We can start by living out our Christ-peace with everyone we know. We can elect people who want peace and let our desires for peace be made known – making it a national referendum by bringing Christ to more people.
Turn away from the mass media, who gleefully promotes misunderstanding, hate and war in order to sell news. Walk away from the ‘religious’ folks who say that God is behind any kind of war. Pay no heed to political ideology that expresses itself by saber rattling. By all means, don’t listen to the government ‘elites’ who have brought this country to the brink of ruin.
War can never bring justice. Military and governmental fear mongering is propaganda designed for instilling the desire of relief from that same fear into the populace that the monger’s say can only come through violent victory.
The one and only hope is to turn to God and pray for His intervention. He has repeatedly demonstrated that He wants to save us from ourselves and lay us in fields of peace. We can take that potential salvation to the nations, educating them about peace and create a unified movement that will demand peaceful resolutions from those who are doing the governing.
That begins by teaching and practicing peace with each other.
War is blasphemy, as is the production and sale of weapons of mass destruction. And war is always a product of the degradation of our souls.
We all suffer from fears fomented by anger, aggression, greed and insecurity:
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rm. 7:22 – 25. ESV
Thus, we transcend ourselves and take on the cloak of the peace of Christ and shine that light out into the world. After all, the world only reflects its inhabitants…
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world give do I give peace to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jn. 14:27 NKJV
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33 NKJV
Goodnight and God Bless.
November 24 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him…having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel… Col. 1:19 – 23. NKJV
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Cor. 5:18, 19. NKJV
Reconcile: ‘to restore friendly relations; to cause to coexist in harmony; to settle a disagreement.’
Human beings left on their own, have been horrific failures with regards to successful reconciliation. Presently, we need look no further than to our latest presidential election and the illogical, violent and destructive responses from the losers of that contest.
Being a Bible teacher, I take on that ‘ministry of reconciliation’ with reverence and sincerity. So I really want to understand how this kind of riotous rebellion can be fomented. I can almost always turn to the Huffington Post to gain insight as to the roots of liberal discontent. Not to be disappointed, I happened upon an article by a frequent commentator named Jonathan Walton, founder of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which he states is primarily involved with making sure the planet and its people are not ‘exploited.’ The title of his article was Jesus Is King And I’m So Scared. I couldn’t really get what point he was trying to drive home, so I read other articles authored by him as well, e.g. Jesus, Can I Buy An AR-15 If Trump Becomes President? and White Supremacy And My Black and Asian Daughter.
Mr. Walton is an African-American. The only reason I bring that up is that he appears to be so possessed by his perception of the evil nature of those who suffer from a far greater lack of melanin.
Returning to the first article cited, Mr. Walton begins by expressing his abject fear over the triumph of President-elect Trump. And God bless him, he has every right to express himself in any way he sees fit. He claims that every brand of non-white, non-Christian and non-U.S. citizens’ very lives are in mortal danger by those infected with “White-washed, evangelical, western ‘gospel’ braided with American exceptionalism.”
Add to that an ‘indifferent government,’ and a ‘blonde blue-eyed Jesus’ – indifferent to the plight of women afraid to wear a hijab because some white guy will set them on fire. The author also states that Jesus is pro-life but His followers are homophobic, xenophobic, capitalistic and turn blind eyes and deaf ears to everyone else’s travails. Why? Because, he says, that they only pose as Christ’s followers.
Maybe I’m confused, but this surely sounds like ‘hate speech’ to me.
Finally, Mr. Walton says that the Kingdom of God and the U.S. are not the same thing. Okay. I agree with that, but what’s his point? He ends his tirade with a request to those that he deems to really know what Jesus is about, to pray for reconciliation. That’s kind of hard to swallow after he’s just incited them all to riot and kill the pale face.
If you have been following the news, you’ve seen the post-election riots by the paid-for instigators and the programmed students. Nobody on the other side of the ideological fence acted in this criminal fashion after Obama’s election victories. Methinks our protestors (‘brown shirt thugs’) are demonstrating severe hypocrisy.
The students are the biggest disappointments. It shows the utter failure of our government-controlled so-called learning centers to educate beyond a unidimensional agenda that tramples upon and denies any truths besides their own. We don’t have free thinkers anymore who can critically evaluate an issue.
Puppies and PlayDough in ‘safe spaces’ where new ideas are not allowed to germinate, are not the answer, and it only propagates their embarrassing temper tantrums.
But how could they be different? They’ve been taught (starting with the executive branch who is the ‘Divider-in-Chief’) for almost two decades that anyone in opposition to their ‘plan’ is racist and that it is their duty to do their best to demonize their ‘opponents.’ Some message to imprint upon our children.
Suck it up. I believe the majority of people wanted our present president to succeed. Unfortunately, he didn’t. It was never a race thing. It was his ego thing – the ‘my way or the highway’ thing.
We change horses every four or eight years in this country. That’s what makes a democracy great. If you don’t like it, you’ll get another chance. In the meantime, why don’t we all look out for one another, make the best of it, (President-elect Trump did win fair and square after all), and reach across the aisle and reconcile…
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rom. 12:18 ESV
And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mk. 3:25 NKJV
Goodnight and God bless.
November 17 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
We can take comfort in knowing that in spite of our human side, Jesus loves us in our sin. That’s why He sacrificed Himself – to save us from that state. (Mt. 9:13).
God loves us in spite of our shortcomings. He will still use us for His purposes in spite of the imperfections of our flesh.
Knowing that we have such a compassionate God who loves us as we are and sees the true goodness we embody, we can quit judging ourselves and we do our best to journey in God’s direction, concentrating on what God is achieving in us when we present our willing spirit.
In that light, we can better express our love for everyone around us, knowing that they suffer the same inward battles as well – especially nowadays when we all are being assaulted by political posturing, hard biased mass media and politically correct tyrants of one-sided ideas. These same satanic attacks are being perpetrated against the Church globally as well.
As followers of Christ, we are called to rise above the status quo, to prepare ourselves for the transformation (2 Cor. 3:18) that God will work in us, by pursing Him and being obedience to His word – tossing any contradictory worldly teachings aside.
And yet, we don’t want to persecute ourselves for our human side. It is a gift from God, bestowed upon us to house our spirit, and to move us through this life, carrying out His purpose in love.
We make mistakes in our earth suit. That’s where confession and repentance comes in – accepting the love of God in His forgiveness and giving ourselves the same. God grants us the freedom to go forward in life without being stuck in our past. We are His children being perfected, not some waste dump of the errors of our history.
We have all been ‘fractured’ by our past, but God makes us whole again. As long as we are doing out best to live out God’s purpose, we can depend upon Him for everything:
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Ps. 37:3 – 6. NKJV
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm…those who wait on the LORD shall inherit the earth. Ps. 37:7 – 9. NKJV
The very fact that God placed you on this earth for His purposes (and they are always about love) should motivate and inspire you. When you grab a hold of the fact that (if you invite Him) God has placed Himself within you, there will be no place where hopelessness can live.
No matter what, God loves you and He took dramatic steps to make sure you could know and feel that:
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 Jn. 4:9, 10. NKJV
And if we turn around and love others, the cycle is complete:
If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 1 Jn. 4:12 NKJV
The highest way we love one another is to spread the message of God’s salvation through Christ, to give them hope in spite of a little bit of their human side…
Goodnight and God bless.
November 11 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
We have an innate thirst for God that persists even when we try to deny His existence. Why? It’s because deep down we know that He is the source of unconditional love. Yet many think that love is hard to connect with.
The only reason it is difficult is because our human side wants to wallow in the ways of the world. When we do that, we are bound by the anxieties that are weaved within the present culture, which reflects the ongoing demise of this system of things.
Those who have not reached out to God face the real potential for drowning in meaningless chatter, falling prey to the fantasies of pagan idolatry, suffering the world’s negativity and of frittering away their short time on this planet on empty busyness, projects and causes – all designed to try to impart some self-worth upon the doer. None of these activities glorify God, denying them the love, acceptance, security and recognition that they so desperately seek.
The ultimate outcome is a life that is not lived.
We all live in a world that is under the sway of the devil himself, who is actively trying to recruit us in every moment. Thus, even though we live in it, we have to stop being at the effect of it. The only way to do that is to seek out our Creator in simple stillness. Regardless of how the world has humbled us, or even our own behaviors have humiliated us, there continually remains a loving, compassionate God that looks to restore us with His outstretched hand:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10. NKJV
God also knows that because of pride, many need this humbling before they can see their need for Him. It’s what draws them to the truth, making them ready to take on a new way of being. It requires that one gets to know what their attachment points to the world have been so that they can ask God to help them let those go. And it’s easy to find those points, because they exist in the areas of life that are not working, where the mistakes are made – showing up in self-defense and aggression. This is especially so in our attachment to the past.
When you connect with God through Christ, your past is forgotten in His eyes. (Jer. 31:34) So if God forgets it, you should do the same.
Yet even when we walk our spiritual path – studying the word, meditating in His presence, and do our best to bring light into the darkness, we will feel that we have failed God from time to time. Only God knows whether or not you were successful and He honors your earnest efforts regardless of the outcome.
And it is here where we can begin to shift our thinking. First, we can let go of the burden that we can of our own become a good person. Jesus says that we cannot (Mt. 19:17); He says God confers His ‘goodness’ upon us when we walk in obedience. He places the gift of Himself within us through Christ by His grace.
We can acknowledge that by ourselves (in the flesh) we are empty – painfully clinging to the scraps of life that fail to fulfill. When we accept God’s invitation through Christ, the Holy Spirit fills us with the Godhead, imparting a love that that permeates our soul and spirit with such abundance that it spills out of us as well. As we stay in the presence of that love, we will stop clinging to the old way of life that left us wanting.
Our human side will not go away. It’s part of us until our eternal transformation. Yet when we continue to seek out our spiritual side, we’ll be able to place our flesh in it’s proper hierarchy, which is where it is in submission to the spirit.
Remember that your spiritual maturation is an ongoing process (2 Cor. 3:18); it will take time. Christ is the author and perfecter of your faith. (Heb. 12:2) Your faith is from Him! It is He who believes for you. You can always tap into Jesus to shore yours up.
In this maturity, we begin to take our minds off of ourselves so that we could dive into the unique purpose that God created for each of us – which always involves selfless service to others, which brings glory to our Father. It is the sharing of oneself. It is looking to God for our satisfaction.
Finally, to keep us empowered in our quest in advancing God’s kingdom, we give the Holy Spirit’s leading unctions pre-eminence in our lives for directing our actions, so that we speak God’s truth and spread HIs love. And we can do that when we place a little bit of our human side aside…
Goodnight and God bless.
November 03 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
Don’t forget to vote!
Let’s face it, that’s all He has to work with. We were born perfect, but as soon as we reach the age of awareness / accountability, we learn (hopefully) that we carry the stain of Adam’s transgression, which can only be removed by the blood of Christ. Then, God begins the process of our perfection anew:
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18 ESV
And yet, God has used people who had yet to seek Him out and latch onto that process. Moses, for example, was a murderer and a coward; but God used Him to free His children from the Egyptians, bring them His Law, deliver them to the promised land and author the first five books of the Bible (via Holy Spirit inspiration).
Again, God took a shepherd boy and made him a king. This king (David) went on to commit both adultery and murder. Yet God used him to unite Israel and to defend it against their enemies. Furthermore, He made King David a vessel for the Holy Spirit-inspired book of Psalms so that His children could learn how to approach Him to have a better relationship.
God gave King David’s son (Solomon) an enormous amount of wisdom both to rule Israel in a godly manner and to impart it to His children (in the book of Proverbs) so that we could live godly lives. He also showered Solomon with vast riches. Yet in spite of all this, King Solomon married wives who practiced pagan religions and allowed himself to be led astray from God by practicing the same.
However, our merciful God lifted up this fallen king, and restored Solomon to Him, simultaneously revealing the dangers of his treachery and of his dive into worldly excesses. Again He imbued Solomon with the Holy Spirit so that he could reveal the same to us in the book of Ecclesiastes.
God also used the pagan king of Persia (Cyrus) to free the Jews from captivity in Babylon.
Lastly, Jesus grabbed a hold of Saul of Tarsus by the spirit, who was a torturer and murderer of Christians and transformed him into the Apostle Paul. Paul came to be Christ’s foremost advocate, filled with the Holy Spirit, enabling him to write the majority of the New Testament.
God can employ anyone for His purposes…
It is in this vein that I want to depart from my usual biblical discourse and hopefully only present a one-time foray into politics. My intention is not to tell you how to vote. However, because I believe this country is at a historical life-threatening pivot point, we must be sensitive to when God is calling.
There has never been a starker difference between two candidates. Please weigh the differences, pray and vote as God directs you – but vote! We have never had more divisiveness, religious persecution, abuse regarding our beliefs, inept and dangerous foreign policy, lies and deceit and oppression from the executive tyrant and his elite lackeys in both parties, in the present administration.
We’ve had eight years of a purposeful directed assault on our foundational American liberties and way of life. We had to suffer through the latter half of that time because in 2012 Christians sat on their hands and stayed at home – refusing to vote for someone whose faith wasn’t exactly like theirs. He was a flawed candidate that God could have used, and in all respects was clearly the superior candidate. Too bad that same candidate is currently stumping for the elites and concentrating on his ego instead of the welfare of this country.
Presently, we have one candidate that was a cabinet member of the present administration, who promises us at least for more years of the same turmoil but magnified – saying the president hasn’t gone far enough in anti-American actions. This candidate is the elite’s elite – worth over a quarter of a billion dollars, and has said publicly that she cannot identify with the struggles of those less fortunate.
This candidate cannot run on her record because she has none to tout. She is part of the problem. In the administration of her spouse, (and of the next two succeeding presidencies) the debt of our nation has skyrocketed. In fact, our standing president has racked up more debt than all of the previous presidents in history combined. This presidential contender promises more of the same by bloating our massive government with yet more unsustainable spending programs that will finish breaking the bank. The party she is part of believes that government can solve everything. Yet invariably, the free market / private business outperforms the government in every way, at vastly less expense.
This candidate sits at the top of the pile of corruption that embodies our government. Her foreign policies led to the deaths of an ambassador and the brave soldiers who tried to come to his aid. She is complicit in the destruction of Libya and Syria, selling weapons and information to Russia and Iran (all for cash for a ‘charity’ foundation) and she passed that information from her home server, a crime for which she has lied about.
This contender represents the extreme wing of her party, who has an addiction for a governmental system that had failed worldwide (socialism), has no respect for the Constitution, no respect for America (open borders), lusts for perpetual power (thus the clamoring for left-leaning immigrants and their votes to destroy the two-party system), pushes our children into harm’s way (forcing them to expose themselves to sexual predators in gender-bender restrooms), dumbing down future generations (common core), and killing innocent unborn children by the millions.
Finally, they seek control by keeping half of the population dependent upon their welfare system – creating generations of those who live on the dole with all hope of personal achievement leeched out of them. Furthermore, in order to keep the masses ignorant of their machinations, they engage in perpetual war – even now rattling their sabers against Russia and China (all the while sucking up to Iran for the oil) to distract us. And the mainstream media walks in lockstep, leaving any residual of journalism behind.
I’m not telling you how to vote. If all of that appeals to you, follow your conscience…
On the other hand, there is a presidential contender, an imperfect person, who has said and done what we Christians would call ‘sinful acts’ in the past. He has repented. He is loud-mouthed and brash. Okay. He’s got funny hair and a comical way of breathing during a debate. He offends those who are easily offended and who use that offense for their own gain.
No, he’s not polished. He doesn’t know how to be politically correct. Maybe that’s a plus? He’s had no experience as a politician. But what has that ‘experience’ brought us? Mayhem and misery.
He calls it like it is. He says the government is broke and on the edge of disaster. Much as the elites would have us believe that we are in a economic recovery, it is nothing but mendacious propaganda. The stock market is teetering on the brink of a crash, (adjusting for inflation) wages haven’t increased in twenty years, the government wants to take your cash away and force a digital money system upon you so that they can watch your every move, they ‘over-regulate’ business out of the U.S. and export the good jobs – destroying the middle class; and then they import cheap immigrant labor to benefit big business. This is happing on both sides of the elitist aisle.
Yet, this businessman’s opponent would have you believe all is well, the senseless celebratory frenzy can still go on, and for those who disagree, ‘Let them eat cake.’
The businessman is not one of them. He knows about money, how to run a business, and he doesn’t need our cash. He’s running because he loves our country, not because he thinks it needs to be morphed into some globalist agenda. You have to wonder why the whole world has stood up against this man. Is is possible that they don’t want him to upset their plans to perpetually siphon the life out of all their constituents?
Is the businessman perfect? No. He is imperfect – like Moses, King David, Solomon, Cyrus and Paul. But God can work with that. What He can’t work with, is those who persist in the rabid denial of who He is and live outside of His word.
Whatever you decide, please vote. This is not just a presidential election. This has the real potential of determining (through the nomination of new Supreme Court justices) the law of the land and the survival or death of the Constitution – that document that created a country and a government that created a land of opportunity that the entire world longed to be a part of.
Not voting is voting for more of the same. Look for yourself and see how you can best support God’s kingdom.
Goodnight and God bless.
October 28 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
Our relationship with God is based upon dependence. He wants us to depend upon Him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Pr. 3:5, 6. NKJV
And in that dependency, we relate to Him through prayer – expressing both our wants and needs. God already knows what those are (Mt. 6:32), but He likes it when you talk to Him.
It’s an expression of your faith in that He can and will grant your petitions. (Heb. 11:6) It is in that same prayerful mind that we seek out His word and steep in Holy Spirit revelation to deepen our relationship, by getting to know God better. We learn that we can look to God for love and for strength in order to walk a spirit-filled life in a rebellious world.
We grab hold of His loving salvation within which He gifts us with eternal love, joy and freedom from the bonds of the adversary. This results from when our walk with God becomes one that revolves around the only truth, which is found in His ‘living word’ (Jesus), who resides within us. (Jn. 16:33; 1 Jn. 4:4.)
Our relationship then, has budded to include God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, wherein we are now being transformed moment by moment to be like Them. (2 Cor. 3:18)
We are then called to widen our relationship to include both brothers and sisters in Christ and all of the potential children of God by teaching the word and living the example.
We are relating through and for God to help widen His kingdom, to build an all-encompassing communion of one that defies the world’s indoctrinations, and any man-made doctrinal / denominational additions or subtractions of God’s word.
It is the pure spiritual connection that we seek. It’s all that God ever wanted from and for us. He wants all of us joined together in communal prayer and worship that initiates that interconnection.
We must not deny anyone (unless they are unsafe to be around) the chance to be related. You don’t know who God is trying to love you through, or how through you, He wants to send His love to them. Everyone needs to know that God loves all of His creations, and that in His mercy, forgiveness and transformation is available to all.
Jesus is working in everyone, whether or not they are aware of it.
In that same vein, we want to take a stand for our Relationship, especially in the face of whatever denigrations the world may hurl against us. The world and its inhabitants are temporary. Our relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is eternal. (Mt. 10:16 – 22.)
Within our relationship with God, we also get our relationship with ourselves straightened out – finally knowing who we are as a child of God, and through the power of God, letting go of the worldly conglomeration of deceit that we previously thought was us.
We are wellsprings of Christ’s living water, given the privilege to show God to others to help them find Him in themselves for the sake of their own joy, peace and understanding – through relationship…
Goodnight and God bless.
October 20 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In this postmodern world, we see history agonizingly repeating itself over and over. People run from God as hard and far as possible in their quest to be self-directed and self-satisfying. In the end, they are rewarded(?) with the misery that always accompanies immersion in the ways of the world – ultimately punished by the consequences of their own actions.
You might think that God is heartless for allowing people to fall into the darkest depths of despair, but He is in fact letting them experience the stark reality of a devil-may-care existence of a life lived without Him. God is letting them realize the futility of their stubbornness and rebellion.
People rail against what they proclaim to be a merciless God. Yet what immeasurable mercy must our God put forth in that humanity still exists after it has indulged in so much self-destructive immorality, hate, greed and ultimately waging the wars that those behaviors spawn?
With regards to wars, they are a product of the mercilessness of man, not God:
What leads to [the unending quarrels and conflicts among you? Do they not come from your [hedonistic] desires that wage war in your [bodily members [fighting for control over you]? James 4:1 AMP
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. James 4:2 ESV
We as Christians, have to take great care in examining what we throw our support behind. In the Old Testament times, God sanctioned war because His people were an island of righteousness (to the best of their ability) desperately trying to survive in a world of satanic opposition. God was preserving His righteousness for perpetuity – to have a people throughout time to be called ‘His children.’ It was God’s mercy that brought them to victory.
Still, there was (and is) always a price to pay for war. War is not the way God would have us to fulfill His kingdom purposes. Even King David was admonished for his role in war, in that God would not allow him to build the temple he wanted to construct for his holy Father:
‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight.’ 1 Chr. 22:8 NKJV
Unfortunately, (due to the ways of man) Jesus told us that even up until the end of time, there would be wars:
“But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” Lk. 21:9 NKJV
However, Jesus never sanctioned war.
U.S. Christians have a propensity to be patriotic and rally around our troops. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with that. Our country was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles and until recently, has always stood for morally high ground. It was a symbol of hope, a beacon of God’s mercy. And our troops have always stood at the ready to preserve both that mercy and the freedoms we hold so dear. We can never fully repay what we owe them for their sacrifices.
Yet, we must not allow that patriotism to incite us into saber rattling. War should be only the last resort – an answer to a direct attack.
There is no goodness, no value, no godliness in war. The U.S. has been, for all intents and purposes, in continual war since its inception.
And most of these wars had nothing to do with patriotism. They have purely been a product of sustaining, enriching and empowering the banks and the military-industrial complex. It is a way that the military justifies its existence and its horrific unchecked expansion, with a budget that exceeds the military expenditures of all other countries combined. Imagine what this country would be like if the tax burden of that irresponsible spending was lifted off of its people. That includes all of the money we waste on the cronyism associated with political and military special interests that reward favored defense contractors to build outrageously priced war machines that do not work.
That holds true for the World wars, the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and through our bungling foreign policy, the middle eastern wars. While we need a military defense at this time of history, we certainly don’t need it as a pre-emptive means of conquest to make the world conform to our dictates. It is offensive to God. We are called to be bastions of peace:
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rom. 12:18 ESV
That is reflecting our merciful God. But I digress…
War is just another manifestation of how man cannot solve the great complexities of life without God. Humanity cannot perfect itself or its environs. Only the merciful grace of God can accomplish that (through the souls of the willing):
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor. 3:18 NKJV
The world itself is troubled because it reflects the nature of the sinful souls of the majority who populate it. We cannot create a righteous world through unrighteous means. Yet each time an individual soul yields itself to the will of God, His mercy brings the world towards that righteousness by another degree.
Conversely, those souls that choose to deny His mercy, force His hand in allowing them to step into eternal demise. How do they demonstrate their denial? By violating His will by placing their own in preeminence.
That’s not saying that a child of God will not commit the same violation. Yet, when we have God in our heart (through Christ), we receive His merciful conviction so that we are reminded to confess and repent, thereby acknowledging the mercy of God and bringing Him glory.
In that moment, we bend to His will and yield up our soul for His continuing transformation through His merciful extraction of our old self and its ways.
How merciful is our God?
Goodnight and God bless.
October 15 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
For over 20 years, I have been writing about the Bible and its application in a way that hopefully transcended church denominations. It’s been a quest to separate the intent of God, to the best of my ability, from the ego of man – to help lay out His path for godly living. (All of that work is currently in the editing process for future publication.)
I feel that now God is giving me an unction to help bring that kingdom message into the light for living in a postmodern world. I didn’t quite know how that was going to look, but as I was beginning to examine how Christianity was being written about in this era, I saw openings where I could light that candle.
What first caught my eye was the title of an article called The Day Jesus Threw God Out of Church by Dr. Steve McSwain. I thought, ‘That’s a declaration / viewpoint beyond anything I’ve ever encountered.’ I read it, and it led me to read three other articles he penned as well, to get further understandings of his philosophies.
God bless Dr. McSwain. We are all trying to find our spiritual path in this life. He says that he is a Christian (‘just not of a certain type’) and that he has been a minister for a number of years. In his articles, he puts forth some ideas that he feels represent the beliefs of woe begotten wayward churches and their congregants – holding those out as a composite picture of the majority of the present-day church of Christ.
God knows that churches are peopled by humans with failings. Is there any institution that isn’t? There are also some that fall under the sway of human ‘personalities’ instead of the word of God. Yet, I contend that the majority of church-goers are doing their best to live a good (godly) life as it is presented in the Scriptures.
We know that as long as we inhabit this body, we are stuck in the world we live in. While I’m a huge proponent that anyone can live happily in this world if they’re on God’s path, it is not hard to be beguiled by the ways of the world, which are often in direct opposition to God’s:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Is. 55:8, 9. NKJV
And being that they do oppose the will of God, Christians are called to separate ourselves from those ways:
…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the word of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom. 12:1, 2. ESV
We are called to be ‘godly correct’ instead of politically correct.
One of the good Doctor’s other three posts is titled Christian By Nature. In it he rails against what he claims to be a Christian dogmatic stance that says only some people have been “pre -ordained to be on God’s short list of ‘insiders’ invited to his banquet in the sky, and as a consequence, I need not worry about those not so fortunate and are furthermore eternally doomed.” That is a gross misrepresentation:
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD. Lam. 3:25, 26. NASB
For the grace of God has appeared to all people, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age… Titus 2:11, 12. ESV
’Salvation for all people’ does not denote ‘pre-ordained insiders.’ Yes, in order to receive salvation, one must actively seek out God and His salvation, but everyone has right up until the day they die to receive that; but given that they don’t know when that day of death will come, an urgency exists for their search. How much more compassionate can God be?
And yet, Christ Himself taught that there will indeed be a final separation for those who do not believe in the salvation of God through Christ:
“…you will die [unforgiven and condemned] in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am the One [I claim to be], you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 AMP
So, Jesus is not describing an unfortunate, pre-ordained, eternally doomed group. He is speaking to those who make the free will choice to join that crowd.
Furthermore, followers of Christ are not selectively trying to alienate anyone. We are instead called by God to lovingly warn them of the possible outcome of the wrong decision. Indeed, it is our duty and we are held accountable for doing so:
“…If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes them away, his blood shall be upon his own head…But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his own iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” Ezek. 33:2 – 4 & 6. ESV
The second of the other articles I read by Dr. McSwain was Why Christianity Needs Heretics. In it, he says, “It is the heretics who always counter the orthodoxy of the past and open believers to new possibilities in the future.” Orthodoxy refers to ‘beliefs or practices,’ and a ‘heretic’ describes one who is opposed to them. In one aspect, I agree with the doctor, in that the church must be cleansed of any doctrine of ‘man,’ that opposes the word of God – which is why I believe that the concept of church ‘denominations’ is harmful.
However, if the good doctor is referring to the Bible itself as ‘orthodoxy of the past,’ which he seems to infer, (as we’ll flesh out shortly), I must take a rigid (but lovingly) opposing view. A Christian, by definition, is one who follows Christ. Thus, he or she must stick to what He says:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Mt. 24:35 NKJV
“…blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Lk. 11:28 NKJV
“…he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life…” Jn. 5:24 NKJV
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” Jn. 8:31 NKJV
“He who does not love me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.’ Jn. 14:24 NASB
We see then the word of Christ (revealed as the word of God) stands eternally, and it holds the key to salvation. Jesus is the word of God (Jn. 1:1); and what does God say about Himself?
“For I, the LORD, do not change…” Mal. 3:6 NASB
Furthermore, we are warned by God not to take it upon ourselves to change His word (that which represents Him):
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” Dt. 12:32 NKJV
Some people are only what is called a ‘red letter’ Bible reader only – tossing any words not said directly by Jesus aside; but that was certainly not Jesus’ intent and purpose:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Mt. 5:17 ESV
Ultimately then, biblical orthodoxy, (‘of the past’) cannot be refuted and believers should not be open to ‘new possibilities’ (read: man-derived ideas) that conflict with the word of God.
The third of the three other articles of Dr. McSwain is Christianity is Alive and Well, within which he states that he is increasing hopeful because: ‘Churches and church leaders seem to be more emboldened to speak the truth, to open the doors to all people, to stop the dogmas and doctrines to act as spacers between the tiles on its sacred floors that do nothing but divide people into classes, sexes, races, or worse, “us and them” or “insiders” and “outsiders” the “saved” versus the “lost.”
I’d like to dovetail that statement into his article that garnished my primary attention, The Day Jesus Threw God Out of the Church.
In it, he quotes Lk. 19:45, 46, (see also Jn. 2:15, 16.), which is the account of when Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem and ejected the people conducting business there that smacked of material gain rather than activities revolving around worship.
This was an actual event. The good Doctor would have us believe that it was not an actual account, but instead a ‘metaphor.’ I admit that the Bible contains many metaphors – especially in the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation. However, the Bible was written in very simple syntax so that sheepherders could understand it. In most cases, the word is meant to be taken literally.
If one makes a metaphor of the majority of scripture, it opens it up to the capricious interpretations of man.
And while I agree with McSwain that Jesus was infuriated with how the Pharisees had manipulated the Jewish faith for their own gain, he’s all over the place taking pot shots at the Scriptures. He says that ‘God’s presence was believed to have resided in the ‘holiest of holy’ chamber in the Temple and that the high priest was only allowed in once a year. That’s not conjecture. It is from the mouth of God Himself, spoken through Moses.
Then the doctor starts talking about how the men of that time believed God was a male and infers that women must have been second class citizens. Admittedly, it was a patriarchal social system. However, God never said that He was a male exclusively:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gn. 1:27 NASB
God transcends sexual definition. Yet both He and His Son refer to Himself / He as ‘Father.’ That’s why you’ll find God spoken of in the male pronoun. However, you can also see in the above Scripture that He did create humans in two distinct sexes.
McSwain says this anti-female bias is still present in church today, and he places links in his sentence to prove it. Although, I would say these links were presented with the hope you wouldn’t actually go check them out. He picks on a particular ‘Southern Baptist leader in Nashville,’ whose only actual ‘crime’ was saying that women have different roles in church. The minister did not say that women were subservient or a second tier gender. (See 1 Tim.)
He wraps up his discussion talking about churches who welcome would-be congregants conditionally, based upon wealth, donations, gender, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Let’s combine this observation with those he presented above in Christianity is Alive and Well.
All churches will have ‘bad apples’ – those who have not shed some of their beliefs from the past, that have not put on the full cloak of Christ’s love. All followers of Jesus must strive to love everyone:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. But this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jn. 13:34, 35. NKJV
There is no one on this earth that a Christian shouldn’t love. There should be no church that would exclude anyone from the possibility for hearing the word of God and having the opportunity for worshiping Him. And for those out there who may have received rejection for who they are as a human being, I pray for your forgiveness on behalf of Christianity.
Having said that, a follower of Christ is bound by the word of God. One such Divine dictate says that we must strive to make peace at all times:
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rm. 12:18 ESV
I believe that all religions offer meaningful and beneficial wisdom. Yet, as a Christian, I am bound by the biblical dictates for my salvation. According to the word of God (by my faith), Christ is the only way:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jn. 14:6 ESV
It is never my intent to make another belief system wrong. They have their belief system and I have mine. I’m open to share if they want to hear my views. If not, we should all agree to respect each other’s beliefs.
We should love everyone; but we don’t have to love everything they do – especially if it runs in opposition to the Bible. Yet all over the world, Christians suffer just for the beliefs they hold. Jesus warned us that we would:
“…they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.” Mt. 24:9 NASB
This rings glaringly true for the hyper-vociferous 2% of the world’s population that shows their true intolerance, as they ironically hurl hateful epithets at Christians for daring to believe differently than they do.
Christ came to deliver all people from sins. Our part is to do our best to keep from committing them and to refrain from the company of those who willingly engage in them:
“Depart, please from the tent of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, let you be swept away with all their sins.” Num. 16:26 ESV
So you see, as followers of Christ, we cannot engage in, or facilitate any actions, that we feel are contrary to His word. It has nothing to do with being racist, bigoted, homophobic or whatever lying, hurtful label you want to try to stick on us. Our objection is not against the individuals. It’s against the actions we are warned not to associate with.
Yet activists will sue Christians or bring governmental action against them. It’d be the same if we sued them for their lifestyles; but we don’t. We just don’t want other beliefs forced upon us. Last I checked, the Constitution granted freedom of religion.
Please, let’s just respect one another’s beliefs and each take our marbles and go home without having to suffer retribution for our faith. Let’s keep the peace and live to love another day…
God bless Dr. McSwain for inspiring me to have a dialogue with you. Hopefully, he’ll get a chance to read it.
Goodnight and God bless.
October 06 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
You Are a Temple of God
For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Cor. 3:17 ESV
Prior to Jesus’ coming, the Jews gathered in the Temple. After Jesus ascended, His followers gathered in the newly formed Church of Jesus Christ – which began as gatherings in homes and became formal places of worship and instruction. According to the above scripture, while church is translated from the Greek ekklesia, which means assembly, congregation, the whole body of Christian believers, it can also be inferred that a single believer can be a ‘walking church.’ Stay with me, I’ll come right back to this…
In the mid 90s A.D., the apostle John received a series of heavenly Holy Spirit-induced visions that we now know as the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ – the last place we come in contact with Jesus in scripture.
In these visions, Jesus presents Himself to John as He is now:
“Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” Rv. 1:17, 18. NASB
We see that Jesus has conquered death and is victorious over the devil.
Next, Jesus tells John to write down what He says in seven letters, to be sent to seven different churches, (the number ‘seven’ denoting a divine completeness). They consist of urgent warnings in how to correct wrongdoings that are taking place in each particular church.
So, given that a church is an assembly of believers, any church is at the mercy of the behavior of its congregants. You then, as a congregant (a ‘walking church’), have a direct influence on your church of assembly, as well as anyone you might come in contact with. You are an image of God, yes?
Thus, we can all learn on an individual level from what Jesus is about to say.
When He addresses the first church, He says that they have become ritualistic – more of a rigid religion than a place of love where Christ can be found. Jesus’ remedy is to return to your initial love and zeal for Him, keeping Christ as your centerpiece and to repent of any behavior that diminishes that.
It’s easy for our faith-related activities to become thoughtless robotic habits. We need daily dips in God’s word to remind ourselves of the infinite love that God and Jesus have for us and have been holding us in since we were all just creative thoughts in Their heads.
Jesus finds no fault in the second church. He recognizes that they are living in material poverty, but He reminds them of the far greater rewards of their spiritual abundance. Jesus also lets them know that He is aware of their persecution by devil-inspired unbelievers. He tells them that if they remain steadfast in their faith in opposition to their detractors, their reward will be eternal life.
Not everyone is blessed with material abundance. As long as your lot in life is not due to sloth, you can seek God, knowing that you’ve done your best, and ask Him to provide what you need:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on….But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Mt. 6:25 & 33. NKJV
The part about the devil’s minions’ persecutions? Unfortunately, that’s a given. The closer you get to God, the more severe and frequent are Satan’s attacks. But don’t forget who’s running the show, and that He’s on your side:
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 Jn. 4:4 NKJV
Jesus speaks to the third church, warning them that they have polluted their doctrine with worldly behavior and false religion. He commands them to exercise immediate repentance.
The only doctrine that belongs in the church is the Bible. As far as repentance is concerned, we all need to have an alarm button in our heart that sounds when we transgress God’s word. Seeing as how we don’t know the time when we will exit this world, we want to make sure we are right with God every second.
The fourth church has allowed a ‘false prophet’ into their assembly, who has been leading congregants down a satanic path. Again He demands immediate repentance, with a full-faith return to Him and His gospel.
You know when a fox is in the henhouse. It’s when they are teaching something contrary to scripture. It is your duty to correct them (or the church make the correction, should your efforts fall upon deaf ears) lest they be expelled.
The fifth church has forced the Spirit to depart from them because of a lackadaisical approach to their church performance. Jesus tells them to repent, return to His truth and live it out accordingly.
Jesus has only praise for the sixth church – encouraging them to remain steadfast on their current path.
Conversely, Jesus had nothing good to say to the seventh church, which was full of ‘lukewarm’ believers who had no conviction and whose focus was on material things. But He didn’t just leave them with admonitions, He encouraged them as well:
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” Rv. 3:18 NKJV
Jesus loves you so much, He cares so much, that if you mess up, He’s going to bust your chops to try to nudge you back onto the right path.
At the end of each letter, Jesus had John pen an encouragement to the churches by telling them what their rewards would be if they remain in faith and obedience:
“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Rv. 2:7 NKJV
“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.” Rv. 2:10, 11. ESV
“To him who overcomes I will give some hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name which no one knows except him who receives it.” Rv. 2:17 NKJV
“The one who conquers and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations…And I will give him the morning star.” Rv. 2:26 & 28. ESV
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before HIs angels.” Rv. 3:5 NKJV
“The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.” Rv. 3:12 ESV
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…” Rv. 3:21 NKJV
Jesus builds a wonderful case for sticking by Him and walking in His footsteps. Later in John’s visions, He lays some urgency on the matter:
“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” Rv. 16:15 NKJV
Why the warning? Because Jesus want you to be there with Him:
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…Then I, John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Rv. 21:1 – 4. NKJV
And in our final Jesus contact, we see that Christ will spearhead the way:
“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly!” Rv. 22:20 NKJV
Well, okay, let’s clear up that ‘contact’ stuff. This is indeed the last scriptural Jesus contact. I hope you have enjoyed and found value in them.
However, we, the children of God, can also make continual and eternal contact with Jesus Christ through the Spirit. Thank God and hallelujah!
Goodnight and God bless.
October 01 2016 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »