When there is great light in the land, shining above the darkness in the world, the darkness looks toward the light and hates it. Because this light shows the darkness that their ways are evil. It shines in darkness and the darkness cannot understand it. The light has joy, and peace, and hope, with excitement and pleasure… While the darkness sees all the is wrong, is angry, bitter, ill, moving and never still, the darkness is the hell that has become of their life.
This is the allegory of Jesus. Jesus, was a symbol for the way a life is meant to be lived. A life that affects other lives, a life that gives life instead of taking another’s peace and enjoyment away. Jesus was a symbol of a life that loves, is patient, kind, just, a life that has no fear, no doubt, no shame. The LIGHT that Jesus is called, is the illumination one receives when they decide to lay down their egos, when they DIE to the way they have been living and are BORN AGAIN. WE ARE CALLED out of the darkness by this GREAT LIGHT which enlightens us to who we are and what we are capable of. The light is meant to shine in darkness.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
When this light shines in our hearts, and our life becomes the message of love… We are truly born again. We as the scriptures say, we were once in darkness as well, until the day-star rose in our hearts… and we also realized that the life we first lived was far more grievous than the life after being BORN AGAIN… born of TRUTH!
I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
Somewhere along the line, we lost what it was like to be children at play. When the light of truth shines within us we understand it is available to us again, if we love. Born again, is the symbol of creation itself. To be born again of incorruptible seed.
1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
And what is this SEED that is incorruptible and what does that mean? Well the SEED is the WORD OF GOD!
THE TRUTH CANNOT BE CORRUPTED BY LIES!
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
YOU ARE THE WORD OF GOD! For the word of GOD is the very light within us all.
1 John 2:14
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
And when you know the TRUTH and you are born again of an incorruptible seed, which means you now operate out of the TRUTH and LOVE always, forever, without ever sinning (falling short, suffering) again… You BECOME that LIGHT, the LIGHTS THE WORLD! And today is the day when we are to SHINE BRIGHT regardless of how many in darkness, who cannot understand it try to make it go away.
This is the goal… the mark… the high calling… TO LIVE A SPOTLESS, JOY FILLED, LIFE… seeing everything as a means to an end, and enduring every trial knowing that it produces a far greater understanding and joy than ever experienced before.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world
Which brings me to the crux (cross) of this paper… We have tapped into something here. We have come together, the littles ones, the forgotten ones, the un-important ones, the un-cool ones, the unacceptable ones, the fat ones, the skinny ones, the poor ones, the suffering ones, the sad ones… we are the ones that society would call fools…. Isn’t that true? Don’t many who know your heart and your desire to learn more, think you strange or weird for what you believe, or know to ne true? Don’t you also get mocked, attacked, ridiculed because of what you believe… Isn’t it funny how those around you, who you only try to lift try so terribly hard to tear you down? Well my friends, we are those who society deems as fools, and these fools in their eyes were born to share this LIGHT!
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
There are those who are WISE in the ways of this world… As the SERPENT was considered WISE. And we are like babes, we appear so very weak, while the wise and prudent appear so very strong. However, we are meant to be AS WISE as the serpents (liars) in this world seeking to put out our light. We are like sheep right now… So we must also be WISE in the ways of this world, while still being HARMLESS as a DOVE.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
We are vessels of peace and righteousness (right thinking). And the only way we can overcome the evil in this world, and in our life is to overcome it with good. We MUST love and forgive and never GO DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL… we must understand that THOSE IN DARKNESS KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO!
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
And when we do, when we LOVE and “Overcome Evil With Good-Romans 12:21” then they will PART OUR RAIMENT… Then EVEN AS WE HANG FROM THE CROSS OF THEIR AFFLICTION they will TAKE SOMETHING FROM US!
This, this is why I have been putting myself out there. Why I had to leave my job in television, why I had to let go of everything I had accomplished in this life to pursue this ONE GREAT THING…. TRUE LIFE, ABUNDANT LIFE!
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
So the fact that people crawl out of the wood work to tear me down. A man who is not a pastor, not a Rabbi, Not a Guru, nor one who loves to shout out a title, or have their names in light… I chose a pen name, an allegory for every man, chose a simple day job, sold all he had to focus on this very important thing… SHARING THE LIGHT WITHIN US ALL!
The irony is there are many people who will say everything they can to tear down this KINGDOM they believe me, and others to have… Yet, the Kingdom I Have is WITHIN… and people can see that on me. They ignorantly will then decide that because of this light that shines within me… I MUST BE PHONEY… Or they tell themselves, I am weird, or a freak, a nut job, a cult leader, demon possessed… they say, Look at that guy writing about how blessed his life is, he is so full of it!… And so those in darkness begin to wage a war on a man who simply wants to live the light and share the light…. but deep down they hate me, because something about what I post and share makes them angry they can’t see what I see, experience what I experience, or live the way I am living.
They don’t know that I have had a life paved in suffering. That I began poor, ill, abused, abandoned, picked on, feeling like an outcast, lost, alone, they don’t know that I was diagnosed with a terrible disease that almost took my life and took many of my tears. They don’t know that the ONLY REASON I am where I am today is because of this LIGHT that I now freely share… FAITH! I am where I am because I BELIEVED ONE DAY I COULD BE and I would NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!
I said I wanted to write a movie, be in a movie, it made no sense that such a thing was possible but soon I did. I wanted to run my own theater company and soon I had plays off broadway, than I wanted to write for television and I wrote and produced one of the highest ratings shows in history of television, than I wanted to have my own show and soon I did, then I wanted to do “christian TV” to begin to share the message in my heart secretly… and that is just the beginning…. This blog, my novel, my videos, my radio show… these were all my dreams, my desires, I am not a wealthy man, I am a man who lives pay check to pay check, but all I have is a miracle and today I am happier then ever before. I had everything, I lost everything, I built it back up again and lost it all again, all of these things were my creations, along this journey that I have been on. To come to you and share what I am sharing. The years of acting training, the writing for TV and Film, the producing of award-winning television, the novel, all of it, my whole life has been building to this point. And your whole life is doing the same. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
So this is a message to my critics… I AM WHO I AM… and I will not change, because I NEVER CHANGE! What I have, you have, and it does NOT COME BY MATERIAL GAIN!
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Many think you can BUY this message, as the messages in the world today. But as my friend says, “The message of love don’t sell.”
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money
Many in darkness will find ways to KILL YOU if you are in the light… which is an allegory for SLANDER to make your life of no effect. They will use all sorts of fiery darts (which are hurtful words birthed from lies). Yet, it is this faith that we have… a faith of hope, love, forgiveness, peace that protects us against the “slings and arrows” of those in darkness.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Those unhappy and those who are not content in their life, will always mock and tear down those who seem to be happy and content. The Darkness hates the light because it shows them their ways are evil.
Lately, I have been trolled and attacked by people who see my JOY and LIFE as achieved by wealth… Well, sorry to inform you all, that you are mistaking THE LIFE I LIVE with riches… Remember it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of the needle than a wealthy man enter the Kingdom of God…. The ego man must be beaten down so much for the spirit man to rise and be birthed again out of those ashes. Wealth, and an easy life does not make one question the point of it often. In fact the scriptures state…
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
So you are NOT jealous of what I have or physically possess, you are jealous of “WHO I AM”… Because WHO I AM doesn’t make sense to you. Because you don’t believe that you are in control of your life. You see this man who shares freely for years as someone who is doing this for financial gain (failing miserably if that were the case). Rather I am not a pastor, not an evangelist, I don’t have a church, nor do I have many that have supported my website, blog, radio show, video, and novel… There are those who do, and for them I am so grateful. But as I said earlier, NO ONE CAN BUY WHAT I WRITE… and most are used to purchasing something, as opposed to supporting it. Of course, I would love for my novel to become a best seller and offer me the opportunity to simply live as an author, speaker, etc. But I wrote the novel, to share a hidden message within it. The Novel was all part of the plan.
Now, that said, because it did not become a best seller, I had to then find another way to share these things I had learned over the years. Knowing, in doing so, there would be great loss and ridicule. Yet, I pressed on, because I knew it all had to be, because I DESIRED IT TO BE, and so Jacob’s Ladder was born!
For now, I am completely content where I am, and with who I am. I don’t need millions to affect millions, what I share is changing the world because it is my desire to do so. Just as it was my desire to offer my novel to free for whoever asks, or speak for free, or for everything I offer for free. Hundreds of essays, countless hours answering emails and responding to those in need, videos that will appeal to all sorts of walks of life, a radio show that tens of thousands listen to, a blog with thousands and thousands subscribe, and yet less than ten people have ever donated to help me, nor was that ever the point of this all. Not to say, one day, this website won’t pay for itself, as this audience grows daily…. So until that day, I use my money, and those who have supported me over the years, my time, my everything to offer what I offer completely FREE. My daily inspirational poetry as well.
So I thank you all who comment, who share these essays, who faithfully reach out and tell me and others just what these words mean to you. Thank you to those who have supported this site financially, it means so much to me and my family. Because one day, everything is going to change for us all and for the lives of even those who attack us and tear us down.
So I answered my critics in a fun way, to show them that even real world advice has a great spiritual message to it. Also, because I wanted to laugh and help others to laugh while sharing a neat trick that helps a person boil the perfect hard-boiled egg… So please enjoy this video and remember that the LIGHT may not be accepted in the land right now, but that is changing… and just as there was a time when you didn’t believe and you were given mercy and the truth, to believe what you now know to be true… so will they.
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
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Thank you for sharing your blogs. I get so much out of them. Keep letting your light shine, bro!
Lynn, that means so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. It is such a gift to have great encouragement from people like you. Thank you again and have the best day, week, month, year, life ever! 🙂 peace and please do tell others about the site, Jacob
I love the light that you shine on the darkness in our world. You’ve helped me to see the and read the bible in a way that gives me more peace and understanding in how I see the darkness that I’m around every day. The peace that I feel with the light that you share helps me to help others that are wanting to step into the light. You are helping me to stay focused, and I am very thankful to you for what you share. Your Light Is Shining Brighter and Brighter. You are a blessing in this life that I am living.
Jeff, and you are such a blessing in mine man! I am so happy the thigs written here mean as much to you as they do to me. I write these things because these are the very things I go through as well. We are all in this together and we are all in the process of finding our way out of tough times into the glorious liberty that is found in LIFE LOVE AND TRUTH! Peace to you my man, and please do share this site with others. Jacob