Hi everyone, just wanted to share this revealing new look at a story we have all been told was about two men on a road. The story is always about YOU finding the TRUTH and today is the day to learn what that means. Enjoy, please do Subscribe, Check the Bell for Notifications, and Share with those who are ready for more. Love you all, Jacob
FAITH MAKES YOU WHOLE
The days we find ourselves in today are perhaps the most concerning to us all. Never before has there seemed to be so much on the line. Never before has there been so much uncertainty. Most importantly, never before has there been such a opportunity for us all to grow into the life we all have been purposed for. Truly, the days we find ourselves in today are perhaps the greatest days there have ever been.
A day when we see the Promise Land… no longer far off… but in our grasp.
I often use the example of giving birth to describe spiritual breakthrough. What better example is there for us? In fact even the scriptures teach us that we shall learn about spiritual things by those physical things surrounding us.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse
Your experiences and your surroundings are your greatest teachers. From the car you drive, where you live, to what is growing in your backyard, what kind of neighbors you have, how you dress, everything in your life, names, addresses, people, animals, everything you see and experience is a physical representation of what is going on within you spiritually. I know that sounds far out, but start looking for the road map within your life and you will be amazed. And what better allegory is there for us all to learn from, then giving birth?
Giving birth is indeed one of our greatest lessons to learn from. Why do you think we are told to be “born again”? Why does Paul speak about travailing in birth until Christ is formed in you?
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you
The answer is simple, we are all PREGNANT WITH POSSIBILITY! And d-day is here… delivery day that is. 🙂 But let’s look a bit more into the womb of scripture.
Have you ever questioned why there are so many “barren wombs” described in scripture? Have you ever wondered why one of the greatest miracles written about has to do with a “virgin birth”? This is all allegory for us to learn from. The child that is born, who has the government of the world on his shoulders is the child that is born WITHIN YOU! It is the true you! It is the Christ In You, as You. This is the hope of Glory, Christ In you! Until, as Paul writes, Christ is formed in you.
There is so much symbolism that revolves around “birth” that it is hard to avoid. 40 is the number of testing and trying many state. 40 years in the wilderness, 40 days of temptation, 40-year-old Kings, Kings ruling for 40 years… The number 40 is repeated again and again, and at the end of the 40 days, or 40 years, something great always happens. Israel enters the promise land, Jesus overcomes his time of temptation, etc, etc… And the physical application is as wonderful, for it takes 40 weeks for a typical pregnancy to come full term. We also see the trimester represented in the 3 day resurrection.
So why all of this emphasis on proving the significance of pregnancy? Why am I trying to show you that physical birth is a great lesson we should all pay close attention to? The reason is simple, we are all about to give birth.
And what happens right before we give birth? It hurts… It hurts real bad… to the point that you want it all to end. It hurts so bad you feel like you would rather die than give birth to the very thing you have waited for, for nine months. And yet, after that child is born, your suffering is not counted as worthy to be compared to the glory that you now have in your loving arms.
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world
This is such a great lesson for us all. Because life has been so, so very hard for so many of us. We try so hard and we step out in faith and yet we still struggle, we still suffer, we still are condemned, attacked, and forced to face great hardship. For many, it can get so hard you just want to give up… just like that woman when her hour of delivery is come.
The woman we see here, is YOUR SOUL! Your sense of being, your understanding, your intellect, whatever you want to call it. The woman is ALL OF US… and right, for many reason, we find ourselves dealing with a good amount of sorrow and uncertainty. We have all gone through things before, but now it feels different. Now the stakes seem so much higher. This, mark me, is for good reason. The reason is, the stakes ARE HIGHER THAN BEFORE! BECAUSE OUR TIME HAS COME!
In addition, I promise you once that Child (The Second You, The Born Again You, The Hopeful you, The Faith-filled You, The ChristInYou)… once this new life of yours is born, you will have JOY UNSPEAKABLE! You will see that nothing shall be impossible to you with FAITH! And for once in your life, you will have the FAITH to back up the belief in faith.
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Because if you are truly honest with yourself, you may say you have FAITH! But if you REALLY are honest with yourself, you will see you still suffer because your faith is not yet whole and complete.
It is truly one thing to say you have faith and another thing to actually see it at work in your day-to-day. A lack of faith is what has been the cause of our suffering. Because if we had faith and it was at work in us, regardless of what came our way, we would not doubt, we would have no fear, we would trust that everything is working together for our greater good. We all know tha scripture in Romans that teaches us, that “all things work together” but there is evidence of this throughout the scriptures.
Do you think Joseph when he was rejected, abused, cast into a pit to die, then sold off into slavery, only to rise above his station to then be accused of a crime he did not commit, be thrown into jail, only to rise against his station again and be beaten for his interpretation… Do you think Joseph had any real idea of what God had planned for him? Well, if truth be told… HE SURE DID! He dreamed about it, spoke about the sun, the moon, the stars, all bowing before him. His brothers knew he was predestined for greatness, his father knew Joseph was special which is why he gave him that wondrous coat of many colors (a pledge from God, a covenant, a covering)… So Joseph knew, others knew, but I guarantee like you and me, each time Joseph was cast down, each time things got harder and worse, I GUARANTEE Joseph worried and had fear, as we had fear and worry. But in the end, JOSEPH RULED EGYPT, and we too SHALL RULE our own personal EGYPTS! The very place we were once enslaved in, the very place we were accused, condemned, imprisoned, we shall RULE! And all those that did us wrong, we too will be given the change to FORGIVE and FEED THEM the truth that set us free and shall also set them free.
We, like Joseph have been storing up the treasure of wheat in our store house. And our barns are filled with understanding and truth so we are not going to suffer during this famine (of truth) we see in the land. We laid up this treasure as we have suffered through our lives, and now is the time when those who persecuted us, who turned their backs on us, will return to us seeking what we have had all along… FAITH and UNDERSTANDING.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal
A QUICK note on this scripture… The Treasure that we are laying up, is Wisdom, which is a tree of life, it is our salvation, our hope, and this Wisdom is stored in the Kingdom, which is within us, and it is our Righteousness, Peace and Joy, and POWER of the Holy Ghost, it is CHRIST! The thieves cannot break in and steal it away from us… Remember the Thieves according to scripture are those that do not know the gospel, the Thieves are those that try to get into the Kingdom other ways.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
We must enter the Sheepfold… the place where the Sheep enter to be sacrificed, we must DIE TO OUR EGO to be born again into the Life of Christ (power and wisdom of God). So it is impossible for a Thief (those who do not know the truth, and believe in lies and teach lies) to steal the treasure that we have stored.
Many of you believe yourselves to be poor, weak, insignificant. You say things like, who am I? I am fooling myself to believe I somehow have greater insight than others, look at my life, I am lost, I am hurting, HOW CAN I BE STORING ANYTHING UP… MUCH LESS TREASURE!
Well let me show you, how WHEAT (truth) is gathered and stored. For the WHEAT is who we are at heart! the children of the kingdom, and our glory is not known until we are picked, shaken, beat, ground, dried, and then set aside until an appointed time.
While we slept (a symbol of being ignorant of what is really going on) and enemy (our ego/works/man’s ways) planted tares (lies) along with the wheat. And our lives have been spent with both the truth of who we are, and the lie of who we think we are, growing up together within us. And it isn’t until the wheat is fully matured, filled with seeds in its head, that it can be known from the tares. And it is my firm belief, that this time of harvest is now.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn
This process we have been through has been a painful one. The lies had to be burned away, but our wheat (our true nature) was never harmed. We have been through the storms, we have been through the winepress, ground under the wheat stone, we have been set aside for a time appointed, a time that we have doubted we would ever see. But now that time is here, nearer than ever before, and it is our faith that will bring us home.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Now is indeed the time for us to WAKE UP out of our slump, cast aside our fears and worries for tomorrow. How many times are we going to recite those scriptures that command us to “take no thought for tomorrow”, and then in the next breath we speak about our fears of what tomorrow may bring. It is time for us to have FAITH! To trust and fully believe that THERE IS A GOD! TO BE STILL AND KNOW GOD! To trust that God’s arm is not slack that it cannot save… To BELIEVE that God’s creation is finished in VICTORY! And we are that firststripe that the Master will pick from the vine to prove how holy the rest of creation will be.
We already know Salvation is not about being saved from what will happen after we physically die. We know Salvation is being delivered from our own fears, worries and lust our carnal ego demands. This is what we are being saved from. And the only way to do this, is with FAITH!
2 Timothy 3:15
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith
It is IMPOSSIBLE for us to be set free and to rule and reign without faith! It is IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD WITHOUT FAITH!
Really think about that for a second… If God is pleased, you are pleased, if God is at peace with you, you are at peace with God… Without Faith it is impossible for you to know joy!
Even though we have had seasons of pain and hardship, even though now it seems our troubles are as the sands of the sea, WE HAVE BEEN KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD THROUGH FAITH UNTO SALVATION… which is ready to be revealed in our lives!
1 Peter 1:4-6
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations
Ask yourself, how are the sick in scripture healed?
How are the blind given sight? How are the deaf given sound? How do the lame walk? How do the dead raise? How did David kill Goliath? How did the walls of Jericho fall? How were kingdom’s overthrown and risen up? How were enemies defeated and children birthed from barren wombs? How is a man justified? How is a man saved? How is anything possible at all?
And what is FAITH?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
Faith is made from the very things we hope for, what we hope for is what makes up our faith… and our Faith is the evidence of these things. In other words, what we have hoped for, the peace and salvation we wish to have, we will have, and our FAITH is the evidence that this is true… In other words, we wouldn’t hope for it, if it was beyond our reach. BECAUSE GOD IS THE ONE WHO GAVE US THAT DESIRE TO BEGIN WITH!
So it is time that you put away your fears, and cut off the flow of negativity from your tongue. It is time to trust God, to know you are about to give birth, that you are about to be free. It is time to HAVE FAITH like never before! A faith in God so strong that it doesn’t matter who believes or doesn’t believe in you, it doesn’t matter how big your troubles seem to be!
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
We shall know the incredible joy of hope, we shall taste the perfection of peace and never let it go again. Because we have chosen FAITH!
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
And if you believe your faith is weak, or you wish you could find faith in the midst of this final hour of travail… THEN ASK FOR IT! But when you ask, HAVE FAITH that your faith will be increased!
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed
Our problem has always been our wavering, not really standing on that firm foundation of Faith. This is why we have suffered for so long, but now we have learned that our wavering has produced our pain and we are choosing a new path! One where FAITH is our breastplate… (The breastplate SHIELDS your HEART 🙂 ), one where we know we cannot faith! And by knowing this, we finally enjoy the moment!
“LORD” (which literally means, the existing one) INCREASE OUR FAITH!
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
And when our faith is increased, and when we stand solely on our faith, we will finally be whole!
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole
The day of your deliverance is here, you have permission to enter in, and all it takes is believing that you can… and you will regardless of what you believe or have believed, because THIS WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID!
I re-shared this essay from years ago because now many can hear it, it also offered me the opportunity to share this simple video with all of you. I hope you love it. And please if any of this resonates with you… JOIN THE MOVEMENT… Become a PIONEER OF RADICAL FAITH AS WELL and share this sight with other, subscribe, comment, download the free Jacob Israel APP — I need your help and support to enter the land promised to me. I can only get there with you!
Much love, Jacob
YOU OF LITTLE FAITH!
“The times may be harder than before but so is the ability to soar! You are more than your troubles, more than your fears, more than what others say you are… Go within and find the TRUTH that will set you free!”
I haven’t done one of these videos in awhile. But with everything I have heard and read from people lately and all I have learned in my own life. I knew this was one short message people truly needed to hear. Please enjoy and please do pass this onto someone who may need it.
IN THE WORLD NOT OF IT
The other night I was standing on my deck and staring up at the stars. It was so quiet and it was the perfect place for a much-needed retreat away from four kids, a dog, cat, the many responsibilities that go along with parenthood and keeping a nice home, and especially our circumstances. I find these moments are essential for our spiritual and emotional growth. If we don’t find time for ourselves where we can simply rest our minds from the hustle and bustle of this world, then we will most certainly not be able to hear that still silent voice within.
Remember God’s voice is never found in the storm, but it is found after all the dust has settled in the quiet following the storm. Elijah is perfect example of this and look at the progression of what leads to what. The mountain, wind, earthquake, and fire all represent something spiritual…
1 Kings 19:11-13
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice
Like Elijah when trouble comes our way when want to run to the Mountain of God to hear from God. The Mountain of course being a symbol of going higher in the spirit. But even though we seek God, we rarely do we hear God’s voice at first. We may even feel as if God has passed us by. In fact, as we search for a way out of our trouble, we may find more trouble come our way. I’m sure Elijah didn’t want to have to deal with the strong wind, earthquake and fire he met before hearing from God… But it is truly these symbolic events that lead us to the very place we are trying to find to begin with. Our trouble prepares us, tests us, breaks us, and as fire purges we also are cleansed by the very things that seem to hurt us the most… Which is why we are told to rejoice in our sufferings. Because it is producing something that is far more important within us. And I believe that is faith!
And after the ground beneath has seemed to break apart, and AFTER the burning pain of fear and worry and dread leaves us broken, we are lift with only the option of trusting God’s provision… When we have nothing else, when there is no where else for us to turn, when every self effort has been spent, THAT IS WHEN WE HEAR THE VOICE!
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice
I really want to encourage you all and remind you all that the storms of our lives, are the very things that MUST happen to open us up to the wonderful gospel of faith! Trust me when I say, I wish this wasn’t the case. I wish I didn’t have to suffer, I wish I didn’t have regret, fear, worry, insecurity, and more. I wish I didn’t have to toss and turns at nights worrying about what I am going to do now that trouble and hardship has found me. But I can only blame myself for not having the faith to TRUST GOD! And when I say “myself” of course I mean my carnal ego, my enemy, my adversary. And so my suffering leads me to turn my faith away from self effort and put it back where it belongs… GOD.
So, if not for these troubles, if not for being rejected, mocked, abused, sick, unemployed, mistreated… if not for having my back against the wall and my heart on the floor, if not for feeling totally weak and unable to deliver me or my family from our circumstances… I WOULD NEVER RELY COMPLETELY ON GOD AND GOD’S PROVISION!
There is but one way into the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Love, Righteousness, Peace, Joy, Wisdom, Power, Life)… And that one way into the Kingdom of God is TRIBULATION.
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 our trials, though that be many, are in fact the greatest avenues to find the very freedom and peace we hope for. Our trials are there to remind us to take our eyes off our own strength and to cast away our thoughts of fear and to put our eyes and faith on God who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
And if truth be told, the quickest way to get our eyes and hope back where it belongs is to endure hardship, to be tested, and taken out of our comfort zone.
It is then we cry out to God, and beg for his deliverance. It is in our hard times that we seek God the most, this is true for believer and non-believer. In the end, when troubles mount like a tsunami wave, when all hope seems lost and our efforts cannot change a thing, believer and non-believer alike will cry out to God. And God is magnified in their hearts, and when deliverance comes the truth of God’s provision is shared with others. And if we lose a loved one, and our prayers aren’t answered, we usually find that if they were answered we would never have learned all we did and become all we became because of those circumstances not changing.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed
Notice, what we are delivered from… OUR FEAR!
It is our fear that we aren’t going to make it, that we aren’t good enough, liked enough, treated right… it is our fear in so many things that causes the torment in our heart.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
And as I have written so many times before, GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR… And if our thoughts (spirit) of Fear aren’t from God, then they are a creation of our egotistical carnal mind. And the carnal ego man is OF this world, God is not. Which is why tribulation comes, because the ego-man must be overcome. The belief and faith in Man’s works must be destroyed, man must enter into God’s rest and that rest comes from knowing God is in control.
When you know God is in control, you may be in this world, but you are no longer OF this world.
And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
Now I titled this article, “In the world not of it” for good reason. I began this essay with the story of me on my deck looking into the stars. Now I had been in prayer for weeks to “hear” from God, if you will. I had been seeking insight into my situation, into why I still had so many fears and worries when I knew deep down that it was only causing me pain. I hadn’t had any dramatic revelation (revealing) of scripture in a while. Not for lack of trying or seeking. But you can’t force revelation, you can’t make it happen, it either comes or it doesn’t. In my experience it always comes AFTER THE STORM.
When your head is filled with the troubles that surround you. You can go to the mountain like Elijah, scream out to God, seek God all you want, but you won’t find God in the midst of your troubles, you will find and hear God in the moment you least expect it. For me that moment was when walking out onto that deck and looking up into the stars.
Immediately the scripture about not being “Of this world” came to mind. I realized when I suffered, when I had great fear and worry that I was most definitely OF THIS WORLD… meaning I was a product of this world. And when I say “the world” I don’t mean planet earth, I mean OUR LUSTS! Because that is all that is found IN THE WORLD.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Just as Fear is not of God, neither is the torment that arises out of being a product of these lusts/fears/negative emotions.
Now what came to mind as I stood there on the deck was not anything earth shattering, but it was no less profound. And how it came was like a still small voice indeed. First I staring into the stars and then a simple thought came to mind. And that thought led to another thought and so on and so on.
I realized what being OF THE WORLD means, and what IN THE WORLD means. Because you can be IN something without being OF it. You can go swimming and be in the water and not be a product of the water itself. You can be in a world of trouble but you don’t need to become a product of that trouble. In this world WE WILL HAVE TRIALS AND TRIBULATION but we don’t have to become products of it, we can overcome that urge!
In this WORLD we will have hard times, BUT we don’t have to become a product of it. We may have depressing circumstances in our lives, but we DON’T need to become depressed because of it. We can Overcome the WORLD (LUST)!
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.”
It is a sure bet as Jesus said in this above passage, that IN THE WORLD we WILL have tribulation… but instead of letting our circumstances define us, change us, and make us into the miserable people who are OF their circumstance, we can be of GOOD CHEER and have faith because we too can and will overcome the world (lusts), because the ONE within us has already done the same.
NOW WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?
Who you THINK you are is a product OF this world… But who you truly are IN CHRIST is so much GREATER than the world (your lusts). The LIFE and TRUTH of who you are is ALWAYS GREATER than the lusts that are at war with you in this world.
1 John 4
4 YOU ARE OF GOD, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THIS WORLD.
Those first four words… YOU ARE OF GOD, are four words you should take to heart. Later John writes, You are not OF the world… meaning people we are OF GOD, we are a product of God, we come from God, we are an extension of God, we are God’s children… we are NOT OF THIS WORLD! Meaning we are not a product of our lusts or emotions, we are not an extension of our lusts of emotions, we are not OUR LUSTS AND EMOTIONS… WE ARE OF GOD! Can you imagine what can be accomplished within you if you REALLY BELIEVED THIS?
However, most people don’t REALLY believe that… And everytime we leave that truth, everytime we leave our heavenly habitation (Godly mindset) we are tricked into believing we are OF THE WORLD (our lusts)… And WHEN we fall into that trap, we begin to believe the nonsense our carnal ego has been conditioned to feed us. We start thinking we are good for nothing (because we think we are products of nothing), we think we are worthless and horrible and weak (because we think we are products of such)… Whatever a person believes they become. When you say you are worthless you confess that you are not OF GOD, but of the world (your lusts). And you begin to talk like you are OF THE WORLD. You begin to act like you are OF THE WORLD. And ultimately, in a sense, you become a PRODUCT of the world (your lusts) instead of risings above the circumstances IN THE WORLD.
Some people deal with their troubles better than others. Some rise above hardship and some don’t. When people become addicted to drugs, or alcohol, when they give in to suicidal thoughts, or become abusers, it is because they have become a PRODUCT OF their LUSTS. They did not overcome the world (lusts/pains/emotions/fears/etc) they became OF the world. They felt ugly on the inside, agreed with that lie, and manifested the lie into their life, becoming the very thing they hate the most.
BUT WE DON’T NEED TO GO DOWN THIS PATH! We are OF GOD not of this world.
4 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. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error
Who we TRULY are WITHIN (our true nature/spirit) is always greater than who we begin to think we are, or who people say we are. Which is why we will overcome this world (our lusts).
YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT DEFINE YOU unless you let them! YOUR FEARS DON’T RULE YOU unless you let them!
We have been tricked into seeing all that is wrong and putting faith in the “worst case situation”, instead of seeing all that is right in our lives and putting faith in all the good to come. Now if that isn’t a fate created in the depths of hell (our ignorant suffering) I don’t know what is.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
You can look at this above passage as the literal world was created by Jesus, or you can see that “as he is so are we IN THIS WORLD” and begin to understand that WE ARE IN THIS WORLD (our lusts) and this world (our lusts) was made through us (our creative power), and the “world” (Our ego when a product of our lusts) do not KNOW THE TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE and have always been, which is why we suffer… because we have become PRODUCTS of our lusts, we have become people OF THIS WORLD, instead of people OF GOD!
If it sounds like there are two distinct people within us, the TRUE US and the US WE BEGAN TO BELIEVE OURSELVES TO BE… that is because THERE ARE! The canon of scripture is filled with this truth! And this double minded man is unstable in all his ways, a house divided with fall… in other words as long as these two natures are at war we will not be able to overcome this world (lusts).
And the LORD said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
There are two distinct people within us, THE CHRIST MAN and the EGO MAN, the SON OF GOD and the SON OF MAN. Two in one bed if you will. The good news is THE FIRST shall be LAST! In other words, who we think we are now will DECREASE and who we truly are is increasing each and every moment of every day!
He must increase, but I must decrease.
The ONE (of the world) must decrease and become the (ONE of God)!
And the ONE OF THE WORLD decreases the instant we put our trust and hope in the Father and in the plan! And I know this is a hard thing to do. This is why it is so important for you to find those precious moments of peace away from the hustle and bustle of your life, as I did on my deck.
It is so important to calm your mind and put your thoughts back on track. Focus on the good instead of the bad, don’t let your fear become your life, let your life overcome your fear by NOT BEING OF THE WORLD while you are IN THE WORLD!
There is a good reason why scripture tells us to think on GOOD THINGS. Because we are what we think! We become what we believe!
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
THINK ON THESE THINGS… good reports not bad, hope not sad, life not death, rising above all the mess! Remember who you truly are… and what you are not… YOU ARE OF GOD LITTLE CHILDREN AND WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
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BELIEVE AND RECEIVE
About ten years ago, I was going through many things emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. It was an especially hard time in my life, but also a very wonderful time where I learned so much about myself and others. I learned that you can never repay hate with hate unless you want more hate in return. I learned that you can only overcome the evil others wish to bring into your life by wishing good in theirs and doing good to those who do not do the same for you.
I learned to be grateful for what I had, even though I had lost so much, I lost my home, the new car, the furniture, my wife left me and on top of it all I was sick. During that time I had so little control over anything. All I could do was hold unto my faith that one day my children would be in my fulltime care away from the danger of my ex-wife’s convicted felon, addicted, steroid using and child abusing boyfriend, who she moved into my home while he was on house arrest within two weeks of me moving into a really small apartment. It was a terrible time and I knew my children were in danger, but I had no money, I was barely getting by to begin with so how could I possibly get my children? The answer was, faith.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done
I had done nothing wrong in my first marriage, although I am sure I wasn’t perfect, I knew I was better than most. I was a devote husband, a great father, never cheated, never flirted, did housework, made a great living, supported my ex in all things, I dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s, but my ex was just never in love with me. She had told me that it wasn’t me, it was her. The old line didn’t really play so well for me after almost seven years of marriage, a four-year old and a newborn. The first thing that didn’t make any sense was I had always been told God hated divorce. Even though I would learn the only DIVORCE God hates is when “we” divorce ourselves from God and ignorantly believe we are OUR EGO and that OUR EGO is in control. When in fact, who we truly are is beyond what any preachers, priest, rabbi, or guru has told you. We are everything and this is why we must project unto the world and others what we want returned.
“God is not mocked whatever a man sows he shall also reap.”
So there I was alone, broke, in and out of the hospital with my Crohns disease, my children around about the worst human being for them. I don’t want to get into details but imagine the worst person to be around children and that was my ex’s boyfriend who was also fifteen years her junior.
But instead of allowing anger, hatred and worse to grow within me, I began to pray for both of them. Don’t get me wrong there were many times that I wanted to hurt the sick young man who my ex was with, but hurting him and hurting her would never bring me peace. You don’t find peace at the expense of others, you find peace by doing what is right in God’s eyes. You only find peace by truly loving yourself and others, and that means your “enemies” as well. Because if truth by told if you don’t love who you percieve as an enemy, you don’t love yourself.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you
The reason we MUST love those we percieve as enemies, is because they are there for us to learn. In fact, we created them to begin with. We judged these people to be who we “feared” they were and they became exactly that. I know this is a tough pill to swallow but it does not mean it is not truth. If we judge a certain way, we will be judged by how we first judged. In other words, you get what you put out people. This is Jesus’ teachings is about the best advice in the world. A majority of Jesus’ teachings dealt with sowing and reaping, forgiving, and never taking revenge. The reason is a spiritual law that is at work in the world today. You will only receive what you first put out. You can’t get lettuce without first planting it, the nurturing it and allowing it to grow. The same is true for peace, you will never have peace in your life if you sow hate, anger, and revenge. You recieve what you first believe and set your heart to accomplish.
Back then my hands were really tied. Even though I knew what was going on in my old home I had no proof besides the terrible diaper rashes, bruises, and what my son would tell me. None of which held any weight because of his age. And all of the physical proof could be explained away, even though I knew the excuses were not true. Whether my ex knew about this or not I could not say, I hope for her own peace of mind she didn’t know. One time CPS was called on them, when I found out I was overjoyed but the investigation went nowhere, the agent never followed anything up and the person who called never came forward. It was a devastating time in my life, I felt so helpless. It was one thing to deal with sickness, heartache, and abuse when it was happening to me, but when it was happening to my children it was a very different and terrible hell. It also makes it very hard to trust that God has it all worked out and everything that is happening is happening for a very good reason. Nevertheless, I pressed on and soon I would find out how important this time was for me.
I knew that the only way I could protect my children, get my life back on track, and get healthy again was to start by being healthy within. So I set my sights on my goal, I pictured my children with me, I pictured myself in a new home, and of course I pictured my ex and her boyfriend, turned husband divorced quickly and both would get their lives in order, and more importantly the new husband would be out of my children’s lives for good.
You see, I couldn’t do more than I was doing. Short of kidnapping my children and moving out of the country my hands were tied. So I simply hung onto hope, I turned to God like never before. I spoke to many people about the faith I had, telling them within a short period of time I would have custody of my children, a new home, and more. I prayed for my ex and her new husband, but more importantly I cried out to God saying, “I can’t take this anymore, I can’t do this anymore, help me!” I was desperate. And then one day the call came.
The new husband was caught with his pants down, literally, the only problem was it happened to take place in front of my one year old daughter.
You see even though my circumstances seemed hopeless, God was bigger tha my circumstances and more importantly I firmly believe he was always in control of them, teaching me to stop putting my trust in mankind and myself but to trust that when I believe I will receive. I conditioned myself to only see good coming out of it all. I even had dreams about some big secret that would be revealed, I had dreams I would soon have custody of my kids even though there was no earthly reason for this to happen, considering we just got divorced six months prior.
You see I have long been a believer that if you do the right thing you will reap good things in return. If you do the wrong thing eventually you have to pay for what you have done. This kept me going, I knew eventually whatever was being done privately would be revealed.
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
We do indeed reap what we sow. I wrote once about God’s judgment. You see the OLD WAY of looking at things was an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. Then Jesus came on the scene and cleared that up.
The problem was people believed THEY were the ones that had the right to excercise the judgment. That was their mistake. They thought if someone hurt them, you could hurt them back. The problem with this is, if you do the same thing to someone who hurt you then you are no better. If someone first tears you down and gossips about you and then you gossip about how bad they are and in return tear them down, you are as guilty.
Here is what people don’t understand, the “eye for an eye” law is indeed a spiritual law. The problem is mankind does NOT have the right to execute it. God will make what is wrong right. It is NOT up to us.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Here is the reason, these terrible things that happen to us are happening for us. And if I did not practice what many men and women of God before me preached, which is love, hope, and forgiveness, then my children wouldn’t be where they are today and nor would I.
Judgment is NEVER ours. Judgment is God’s. When we judge others and we stand in judgment and try to exercise judgment on others, we will get what we judged in return. Like thinking the worst in someone before they treat you bad, it is a good call whatever you believed about them they will become. This is why it was so important for me back then to see those that were hurting me and my children in a better light and trust that God would make things right. If their hearts wouldn’t change, then custody and my circumstances would.
And I did indeed receive what I believed.
To make a long story short, without a penny in the bank I would get custody of my children, I would move into my new home, my ex and her new husband would soon divorce and he would never be seen again. I would meet my true love, my new son (her son, my step son), we would be blessed by the home we have today, and we would have my baby boy Ethan who truly is a light in my life.
It wasn’t hate that brought me the life I am living today, it was faith, forgiveness and a conscious decision to think only on the good and to BELIEVE.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things
Now I wanted to share all of this to remind you that even when things seem the most hopeless and you are at your most helpless, there is always hope! BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH! With Faith everything is possible!
…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you
Now when asked about all of this, the question could be, “Do you wish things were different?” The question could always be answered, “of course”. No one wants to see their children suffer, no one wants to struggle or be tempted to hate another, to see a family break apart, etc. However the truth is, today I love where I am and without all the manure heaped on top of my life at that point the flowers of faith that blossomed out of it would never be enjoyed. My children are strong, happy, and healthy, my wife is my rock, my step son is like my own flesh and blood, and my baby Ethan is an angel sent from God. We are a happy family and I would never trade what I have today for a better yesterday.
I thank God for it all. During that time I learned so much. There is something very revealing spiritually about losing everything you thought SEEMS TO matter in the world, to help you realize you lost nothing and gained EVERYTHING.
29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
Well that was what this period of my life was. It was a time of enlightening and enduring, to be honest it hasn’t really stopped. I don’t think my awakening began when I first went to a church, but when I went through my most difficult trial. I had to learn that not only is God in control of my life but God is in control of my children’s life. That doesn’t mean you sit back and watch life pass you by without doing anything, it means you ONLY operate within the parameters of love.
You do not harm, you forgive, you continue to hold onto hope even when it seems all hope is lost. Because eventually you will reap what you have sown. This is why we must never give up hope. We must always speak our ideals into existence and believe that God and a rewarded of those who diligently seek him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
Not only is it impossible to please God without faith, without faith it is impossible to please anyone and more importantly to be pleased yourself.
When people come against us, when circumstances are hard and beyond our control, DON’T GIVE UP! We need to never lose hope, we need let others know of the hope we have. We need to speak this faith out loud not just so others can hear it’s declaration but so we can HEAR IT OURSELVES!
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
This means we should only speak what is true, because we can only really ever hear what is true. And this is truth, God has only good thoughts for you. He does not give us the spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind
That means whatever you are going through every thought that has you worried, ashamed, or feeling hopeless, these thoughts are NOT from God. And if they aren’t from God they aren’t true. Stop saying you are a loser, that you are hopeless, that your circumstances will never turn around. What we believe we receive so stop believing lies and allowing them into your life. Instead, endure, hang on to hope and tell the world that good things are coming, because that is the life God wants us all to live.
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This article may be review for some of you who have read here before. But for those who haven’t this article will truly blow your mind and open your eyes to a mystery that has been hidden within the parable of scripture. This is God, the mind, and you! And it is where science and faith meet head on and when it does it increases our faith with its findings.
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It’s been awhile since I have been inspired to write an essay. But this morning, revelation hit. Like Lightning from Heaven the SPARK OF INSPIRATION/CREATION came (revealed/unveiled) to me. Now it deals with the title of this essay, but before I get into that, I want to briefly share some other finding. This you will find is where scripture and science meet, and what happens is indeed wonderful.
Let’s start by talking about that “Lightning”. Jesus (the truth revealed in man/God’s salvation revealed) is said to come like “Lightning” from Heaven.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
This is the way understanding/wisdom COMES (which means REVEALED, UNCOVERED). This is the way CHRIST COMES (The way WISDOM is REVEALED) – Like lightning from heaven.
Now the first real give away that this isn’t speaking of some event OUTSIDE of us, is the word HEAVEN. And we know the Kingdom of Heaven does not come outside of us it is found within. I will get into this further in moment.
Now let’s think for a moment about literal Lightning. In the dark of night, when lightning strikes, for a MOMENT you literally SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY. You catch a glimpse into what was hidden by the darkness of night. And, this is the very same way the REVELATION of the TRUTH (Christ/Word) comes (is revealed). In glimpses we see, but we don’t retain the full knowledge of everything we have seen, whatever is closest to us we see clearly and remember, but things farther away we cannot make out as well.
This is such a wonderful description of how REVELATION hits. The TRUTH of God many refer to as an onion, one that is very complex and has many layers. The more you peel away, the sweeter and more wonderful the find.
Now let me for a moment show you why LIGHTNING is the perfect way to describe REVELATORY THOUGHT. Permit me to use science to further demonstrate this.
This is how thought works: (scientifically speaking) Okay so first you need to understand that the cells that make up your nervous system are called Neurons. But that’s not the cool part, just very important for this “Lightning” in our brain to take place.
Now these Neurons connect to each other with SYNAPSES. Now when messages/thoughts/feelings/etc are transferred to each other it happens at LIGHTNING speed, via a Lightning fast chemical and ELECTRICAL reaction. – Now here is the deal, these synapses are FIRING CONSTANTLY, when thinking, praying, or sleeping these electrical and chemical impulses/messages are ALWAYS being transported from one to another. The Nervous system is often called the POWER LINES of your body, as chemical and electrical impulses are at always at work.
Now here is when REVELATION meets SCIENCE.
2 Listen carefully to the thunder of God’s voice (TRUTH) as it rolls from his mouth.
3 It rolls across the heavens, and his LIGHTNING flashes in every direction
As I stated earlier the KINGDOM (REIGN) OF HEAVEN/GOD is WITHIN (in your midst, in YOU) – This is why we are told not to look outside of ourselves for God, because God is within, on his Throne (our minds).
I often ask people what the TEMPLE OF GOD is, they happily tell me, “we are the Temple of God” where God exists. Then I ask people to point to their TEMPLES and I ask them, what is between their Temples.
Between your TEMPLES is your BRAIN. Let’s look at the crusifiction allegorically, what is the physical also telling us spiritually. Christ (the power and wisdom of God in us) was put to death (we became ignorant of) at GOLGATHA (the place of the skull = Your Brain)
It is all about our MIND! This is why we are told to put on the MIND OF CHRIST (The thought of God’s truth/the ANNOINTING OF THE TRUTH).
Now, THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO, when these scriptures were written, there was NO WAY for them to have the complex understanding of how the Brain works, as we do today. They didn’t have the advances in medicine we have today. So to use Lightning, Clouds, and more to describe how the TRUTH is processed within us is a little more tha curious. Perhaps this is more proof the holy Books of God are INSPIRED of God…
Now we see scientific findings backing up what was written by those prophets of old, who could never have known the intricacies of the brain. Much less, understand that when we THINK it is LIKE A LIGHTNING STORM going off in our brain. That alone should blow you away. But now let me explain something else before I really get into the meat of this paper.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now you read this scripture and hopefully understand that Jesus is speaking in PARABLE. But many make the mistake the word BRANCH here means literal people, as opposed to the THOUGHTS WITHIN that make us who we are. People are NOT their physical bodies they are spiritual beings (thoughts expressed) within physical bodies.
Now the above scripture is NOT literal, just as we understand that the FRUIT people bear are good deeds and Godly attitudes and not bananas, apples, or oranges. So if the people do not bear fruit are THEY taken away? NO! The Branches that are NOT BEARING FRUIT are TAKEN AWAY, these are BRANCHES OF THOUGHT! Now watch how science and faith meet head on once again.
Let’s first talk about what this word SPIRIT means. Earlier stated it was OUR THOUGHTS.
God is TRUTH AND SPIRIT. God is not flesh and blood, but GOD IS SPIRIT and truth. God is also LOVE. These words “spirit, love, truth” are not physically tangible, they are THOUGHTS expressed. They begin within us, thought is our desires, our feelings, and it is expressed without as WORDS and ACTIONS.
Jesus said my WORDS are SPIRIT and TRUTH… Jesus ONLY SPOKE what GOD TOLD HIM TO SPEAK…
Words = SPIRIT = Spoken Thought = WE ARE DEALING WITH OUR THOUGHTS NOT PEOPLE, BUT PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS!
John 15:2 – Every THOUGHT in ME (the body of Christ/humanity) that is not bearing Fruit (peaceful, charitable, humble, meek, kind, genuine thoughts and TRUTH) is purged!!!!!!
Now, what will really blow your mind is when you find out what DENDRITES are.
Here is a DENDRITES definition= a BRANCHED, TREELIKE protoplasmic process of a neuron that carries nerve impulses toward the cell body.
What are DENDRITES you ask? Glad you asked. I’ve written about them before, but I’ll go into more detail for THOSE WHO WERE NOT PAYING ATTENTION THE LAST TIME!
The dendrites (branch) job is to collect data, information and pass it along.
Once again we find, if you want to find God in a microscope you’ll find God, in space you’ll find God, in the forest you’ll find God, in A CADAVER you’ll find God, In scripture you’ll find God… It ALL WORKS TOGETHER and ALL BEARS WITNESS to the TRUTH/MYSTERY that is WITHIN US ALL.
NOW CHECK THIS OUT!
Here is an interesting FACTOID! FIG TREES do not grow well in Michigan because the environment is too STRESSFUL for them.
Is that true? YES! Did Jacob say, Fig Trees don’t grow well in STRESS? YES!
A fig tree is best grown in a quiet, peaceful environment. WEIRD RIGHT? Not really, when you understand that GOD MADE ALL THINGS and if there is LIFE in that thing (fig tree) GOD IS IN IT! – This is why some people sing and talk to their plants. Studies have shown some music helps plants to thrive, while other music does not.
Now what does the FIG TREE have to do with the DENDRITES/BRANCHES? And why even bring it up?
Well, for a Brain to heal, NEW DENDRITES/BRANCHES need to form, and for ANYONE TO HEAL NEOROLOGICALLY they need to be in a stress free environment, as well as get plenty of REST, LOVE, NURTURING, STIMULATION, and SUNLIGHT – Yes, SONLIGHT- As the SON/SUN helps all things to GROW, so the TRUTH SHINING BRIGHT WITHIN DOES AS WELL.
But back to our DENDRITE/BRANCHES of the FIG TREE EXAMPLE.
28Now learn a parable of the FIG TREE; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Now watch the TRANSLATION, when NEW BRANCHES OF THOUGHT begin to form, we know FRUIT WILL SOON COME!
Once you begin to SEE the Kingdom of Heaven in a new way, you know THE HARVEST is soon approaching. Which means SOON you will be walking in the knowledge of the truth.
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:…. AND, we will no longer be tossed back and forth with the nonsense being spouted from the pulpits, altars, temples, mosque’s, kingdom halls, quaker meeting houses, etc… but we will KNOW AS WE ARE KNOWN = We will know we are GOD’S CHILD!
At that point, NEW BRANCHES OF THOUGHT rooted in TRUTH form… We no longer serve the OLD THOUGHTS/LIES of our sensual understanding (left brain thinking) but we will align ourselves with the TRUTH OF GOD and live out of the SPIRIT of CREATION (Right brain thinking) – we will put off the old for the new!
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him
It’s all about KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, WISDOM! This is what the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS ALL ABOUT!
13 Happy is the man that findeth WISDOM, and the man that getteth UNDERSTANDING. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 SHE IS A TREE OF LIFE to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
WISDOM IS A TREE OF LIFE – from which many branches (dendrites) grow, first leaves (basic understanding shoot forth) then FRUIT!
It is all about KNOWING GOD and the SON (humanity resurrected from within) – this is ETERNAL LIFE!
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
SALVATION is not a FUTURE EVENT. But a NOW EVENT!
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
And Salvation is NOT about saying a couple of catch phrases, going to church/temple/mosque and doing what your Religious leader says to do. It is about UNDERSTANDING GOD IS IN CONTROL! Solomon understood EVERYTHING IS VANITY with the exception of KNOWING GOD. Knowing It is GOD THAT DOES ALL AND WILLS ALL!
Oh, but what about saying “Jesus I ask you INTO MY LIFE and make you LORD OF MY LIFE.” And then the preacher says, “If you said that prayer I believe you are saved!” I am sorry to say, this may be a step for many, but it is far from being born again. Salvation is a process, the Onion of truth within us needs to be peeled away daily. The good news is no one can fail, we are predetermined (preprogrammed) for salvation.
You can’t say a couple of things because they sound good to you, follow after your itching ears and know salvation. Salvation is like BIRTH (being Born again) and that is a PROCESS. It isn’t whamo you’re saved!
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling.
This is a process people! The OLDER NATURE in MAN has been ruling since CAVEMAN DAYS! The YOUNGER brother/ CHRIST NATURE (The Power and Wisdom of God Revealed)
BTW, this is how we are saved when we CONFESS (ADMIT/EXHIBIT) THE NATURE OF CHRIST… The word “Name” translates into NATURE.
But I digress, the CHRIST NATURE (God’s Power and Wisdom) was put to death (covered/veiled) by the CARNAL NATURE. As Cane killed Abel, So our CARNAL EGO (who we think we are) puts to death (makes us ignorant of) WHO WE REALLY ARE (God’s child) after being born and believing all the brainwashing and nonsense that FORMED US (dust = lies) which by the way is what the SERPENT EATS DUST. To eat means to assimilate.
But little by little that YOUNGER (newer) NATURE (CHRIST) takes control. And soon overthrows all the nonsense lies we have believed with the BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING (revealing).
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
When the BRANCHES/TARES/GOATS and any other allegory to describe the THOUGHTS of the WORLD as OPPOSED TO THE KINGDOM (reign) OF GOD are gathered and purged/burned… we will INHERIT THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHO WE TRULY ARE!
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Yes through MUCH TRIBULATION we enter the KINGDOM. And when we do, we do exactly as it is WRITTEN IN THE BOOK of US to do. But after we suffer the THORNS in our Flesh (Cares of the world), after family and friends turn on us for our new-found understanding, after we are persecuted, and abused… then and only then do we enter the Kingdom and sit down on the RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER WITH CHRIST (GOD’S TRUTH AND ANNOINTING)
Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
You see, even our SUFFERINGS are paving our way to the KINGDOM!
But now to the CROSS of my essay! The great revelation that HIT ME right where CHRIST sits! THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER!
I have always known that THE RIGHT HAND is a symbol of the TRUTH OF GOD, and the LEFT HAND is where SATAN rules, representing the Temporal world… But not until this morning when Bill sent me a curious link, did I begin to “SEE” the truth of what the RIGHT HAND AND LEFT HAND REALLY WAS!
I have always written about the workings of the brain, twelve disciples (twelve pairs of cranial nerves) 24 kings seated around the throne. ETC, ETC, But never put two and two TOGETHER INTO ONE!
Our BRAIN is made up of three big parts… THE RIGHT HEMISPHERE, THE LEFT HEMISPHERE, THE BRAIN STEM (Reptilian brain)
Now to SIT is an ALLEGORY of being ROOTED IN SOMETHING. So to SIT at the RIGHT HAND of the FATHER, means to be ROOTED IN HIS TEACHING/WISDOM.
THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH A LITERAL HAND!
Now, this is the LIGHTNING (Enlightening) that struck me… I looked up what functions the RIGHT AND LEFT Hemisphere perform… and I was BLOWN AWAY!
LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS, uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule, words and language, present and past (not future), math and science, acknowledges order/pattern perception, knows object name, reality based, forms strategies, practical,safe
Now doesn’t that left brain sound a lot like the carnal man? “There is a way that seems good to a man, he makes plans, BUT GOD ORDERS HIS STEPS.”
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS : uses feeling, “big picture” oriented, imagination rules, symbols and images (ALLEGORY), present and future, philosophy & religion, can “get it”, belief, appreciates spatial perception, fantasy based, presents possibilities. FAITH!
You see the LEFT BRAIN FUNCTION deals with TANGIBLE, TEMPORAL THINGS, like logic, facts, words, math, perception, reality based ideas, practical thinking… THE LEFT BRAIN deals with WORLDLY THINKING… And who is king of the world “Satan” – Man’s Carnal Egotistical Nature.
Now the RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTION on the other hand, uses feelings, intuition, imagination, religion, philosophy, fantasy, belief, faith…. THIS IS THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER we MUST SIT DOWN AT!
Now FAITH is the substance of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of things NOT SEEN.
The RIGHT BRAIN is the SEAT that deals with FAITH. The LEFT BRAIN cannot accept what isn’t seen, it deals with perception, logic, MAN’S UNDERSTANDING… but without FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD!
These are the TWO MEN (carnal/worldly left brain – spiritual/heavenly right brain) sleeping in one bed.
These are the TWO NATURES at war.
Galatians 5:17 (New Living Translation)
17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
And what does scripture say about a double minded man?
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Here’s the good news (Gospel) folks…. The ELDER shall serve the YOUNGER (CHRIST) 🙂
Now history shows that it isn’t until recently that our RIGHT HEMISPHERE thinking has evolved. Back in CAVEMAN days, they dealt in the lowest of carnal realms, the SERPENT (BRAIN STEM/REPTILIAN BRAIN) — But now is TIME for us to WAKE OUT OF THIS SLUMBER and SIT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER AS WELL!
Now, If the RIGHT HEMISPHERE is the RIGHT HAND of GOD (Where God’s truth/inspiration is imparted) and the LEFT HEMISPHERE is where (Man’s logic, and man’s ways are ruling) — THEN WHERE IS GOD THE FATHER FOUND?
Where do we SEE THE FACE OF GOD?
Well, I should know that better than anyone.
And Jacob called the name of the place PENIEL: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Sound familiar to any of you geeks out there? THE PINEAL GLAND, also known, and called by many the THIRD EYE, or as Rene Descartes called it the SEAT OF THE SOUL… But the PINEAL GLAND is an ENDOCRINE gland which is very, very, very, tiny.
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
Now very little is known about the PINEAL GLAND with the exception that it produces MELATONIN, which is affected by the amount of LIGHT or DARKNESS a person gets. For example if their surroundings are dark, it makes the person SLEEP. (The allegory being, when you are ignorant you are asleep/dead/carnal) but when the LIGHT shines it WAKES YOU!
So the PINEAL GLAND is like OUR MASTER clock telling us when it is time to sleep and when to wake up… And the RIGHT HEMISPHERE AND LEFT HEMISPHERE are located on either side of it.
Now, what does all of this have to do with our FAITH? If anything, once again it shows that we can find the TRUTH OF GOD EVERYTHING, especially WITHIN! So shut your eyes, cut off that LEFT BRAIN THINKING and COME UP HIGHER!
Today I received yet another one of those scam emails where someone claims that they are going through hard times, and have amassed a great deal of wealth, are about to die and simply need someone like me to help them distribute it charitably. I couldn’t help but think of those that are desperate today. Those that really want to make a difference, and also could use the money, that might fall for such fraud.
I have seen over the years, so many scams in the name of God, that it is hard for me not to feel for those who have believed them. The greatest scam of all, of course is the belief that somehow God is separate from us, and not in control of our lives. That somehow, our actions can push God away. But if truth be told, it is impossible for us to be separate from God. Regardless of who you are, where you are, what you believe, what you do, or have done, God is ALWAYS right there inside you, guiding you every step of the way BACK TO the understanding of WHO YOU ARE in HIM!
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Recently, I myself have felt pretty far removed from the Lord. With so much turmoil, change, disappointment, and sadness for my situation and the situation of others, it has been hard to remember the good news (the salvation in Christ understanding that God is in control of all things).
You see, the cares of this world, whether it is bills, abusive family members, friends, co-workers, the loss of a job, nosey neighbors, health problems, or just the daily grind, can steal every bit of life, peace, and joy from you. You may desire to have peace, power, and purpose, but when you are ruled by the cares of this world (thorns) you seem to only find pain.
Well we can’t say we weren’t warned about this very thing.
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word (Truth/Life), and it becometh unfruitful.
That’s right, the “cares of the world”, these are the “thorns” that strangle the seed, which is the word of God, which is the very life and truth of who we are. We get so hung up on everything that is happening to us, that we forget the good news. GOD HAS NEVER LEFT US NOR FORSAKEN US.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And with this understanding, we must also understand that EVERYTHING IN OUR LIVES AND AROUND THE WORLD is going to plan.
This is described beautifully just a couple of verses earlier in Romans, as well as pretty much everywhere in scripture. For example, “God saw ALL THAT HE MADE and said it was VERY GOOD”. Which means people, IT’S ALL GOOD even when it looks bad.
But pay attention to these verses.
28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
We are PREDESTINED! That’s good news! Now for the carnal ego man and woman out there, they say, “No! We have free will, we are in control!” – Well people, first of all don’t mistake Free Will with the ability to make choices. Jonah chose the wrong path, suffered and still ended up doing EXACTLY what God purposed for his life. I like to say, hey, you can take the cruise ship and eat grapes and rest or you can struggle to get out of the belly of the beast (which is your carnal imagination/hell/suffering/ignorance).
I will not say we don’t make choices, but I will say that each choice we make is influenced, and regardless of each choice, we eventually will all come to stature of the perfect man (Christ) and the full understanding of the truth (who we are).
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Our lives have been written in the book, it’s in our DNA, if you can’t choose the color of your eyes, your family, your height, if you can’t choose your next breath, how much choice do we really have?
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
A sparrow doesn’t die unless it is God’s will. So much for those depressed Sparrows who choose to end their lives, even it that were so, God purposed it, so something greater would rise because of it.
So HOW MUCH CHOICE do we REALLY have? Well the answer is simple, we have two choices.
We can choose to REST, or we can choose to WORRY. We can choose to hang unto FEAR or we can choose to HAVE FAITH! We can choose this day which God we serve! Will we choose to serve the TRUTH, which means we will take each day as it comes and understand that eventually it will be for God’s and ultimately our advantage (because we are ONE)… Or, will we serve our Carnal imagination and begin to believe the sky is falling. Do we worry we’ll lose our home, our kids, our spouse? OR, do we believe God only has thoughts of peace, and wants us all to have a sound mind, as it is clearly written below.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Now, to truly understand this scripture, FIRST, you MUST understand what a SPIRIT IS!
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Quite simply a SPIRIT is a THOUGHT. Jesus said, “My words are spirit” – words are thoughts expressed.
Think about that for a moment. When SAUL had a TORMENTING SPIRIT, was it any different from when I, or you, were tormented by our many thoughts of fear, worry, and sadness for those who we have seen have gone astray.
So where do these tormenting spirits come from. Well, if truth be told, everything comes from God. But these tormenting spirits are not GOD, they are imagined, they are EGO, they are carnal. SATAN gives us these thoughts, and who is SATAN, none other than your CARNAL EGOTISTICAL MIND, which is the FATHER OF ALL LIES. I’ll explain a bit further, but if you need more explanation, find my essay on the subject to the left, under the subject section.
Here is how it works, a situation arises, and OUR WICKED IMAGINATION creates a bunch of things for us to worry about and consider. FOR EXAMPLE: “how will you make your rent?””Your kids will never get off drugs””I’ll never have any friends””I’m going to lose everything” – you get the idea.
OUR SATANIC IMAGINATION, creates a whole universe of worry and fear by tricking you into believing all of these things WILL HAPPEN! But YOUR CARNAL EGO is a LIAR! And the FATHER OF ALL LIES! This is why we are taught… “To TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE” and find out whether or not these “spirits” (thoughts) are of God and True, or are from your wicked imagination (satan) and are lies.
This is what it means, “Choose this day which God you will serve” – Is it the god of this world (Your carnal imagination/ego/satan) – or the ALMIGHTY GOD who is COMPLETELY IN CONTROL, and is trying and testing you in the fires of this world?
If you want to know why you suffer I will be glad to tell you. It is because you are worshipping and serving the wrong god. One will bring you life and peace, the other will cause nothing but pain and suffering, because the voice of this “strange woman” as it is written in scripture leads to the depths of hell (your ignorant suffering)
15Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
We have been conditioned since coming into this temporal (temporary) realm, that we should worry about everything. The ELDER (ego nature) which was formed from the DUST OF THE EARTH (lies we have been taught, told, and our experiences) tries to kill off the YOUNGER nature (Christ/Truth/God) as Cane killed Abel, Ishmael would have killed Isaac, and Esau wanted to kill Jacob. BUT THE ELDER (Our Ego/sense of who we think we are) will serve the YOUNGER (Our True Life/WHO WE REALLY ARE/Christ)… So this is why our ego refuses to listen to the TRUTH, and this is why we have so much fear and pain.
This evil (ignorant) people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods (false beliefs/ideas), to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this GIRDLE, which is good for nothing.
A GIRDLE, or BELT is really good for one thing and one thing alone, and that is TO BIND! And that is why, worshipping and serving your imagination/Ego/Satan is USELESS!
Your wicked (ignorant) imaginings are good for nothing but BINDING YOU! KEEPING YOU IN PAIN, USELESS, HURTING, and that means, it’s time to learn how to STOP LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF FEAR AND WORRY IN YOUR HEAD that says, YOU (your ego) is IN CONTROL!
2 Timothy 2:25-26
25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Notice, the very first line, “those THAT OPPOSE THEMSELF”, to follow after the false belief/lie that YOU(your ego) is in control and that everything is going to hell in a hand basket, is in fact OPPOSING THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE! Which, may I point out, is PRETTY AWESOME! For you are GOD’S CHILD!
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is
Yes, we are GOD’S CHILD… but right now, it is hard for us to see that. The reason is we have all of that clutter and nonsence rumbling around in our head. This is why I am writing this simple essay today, because way too many people, are going about their lives believing they are the masters of their destiny, listening and following every foolish worrisome thought that comes to mind (as if these thoughts are true and coming from the true YOU which is Christ).
You are being fooled, you are being told by that EGO DEVIL, to worship him. You are being tempted to worship your EGO!
6And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Our Ego is always trying to get us to worship OUR EGO! It basically says, “if you do this or that you’ll be fine, everything can be yours, simply do whatever wicked thought that comes to your mind and you can have it all!”
But Jesus, understood that we have to put these CARNAL THOUGHTS behind us! And WORSHIP AND SERVE GOD!
Now one may question how one does this… Is it more than “Love God, Love Others”? Well, I will tell you that if you do these two things, you’ve overcome. Simple you say? Well remember to Love God is to PUT YOUR COMPLETE TRUST IN GOD.
1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments
To love God is to keep his commands, now I’m not trying to put anyone under any carnal man made law. But I am saying, to LOVE GOD we must HAVE NO GOD’S BEFORE HIM. In other words, to focus your thoughts on anything like fear, worry, doubt, etc… is to worship other Gods. A little know fact about the word “worship”, the first time this is mentioned is when Abraham was to sacrafice Isaac, it has nothing to do with raising your hands, closing your eyes, swaying and singing “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.” Not to say that, doing that isn’t awesome, IT IS! But to WORSHIP God means you must be willing to lay down anything you have CREATED (imagined, gave birth to) anything that you exhalt above God, must be laid on the altar. GIVE UP YOUR FEARS AND TRUST THAT GOD HAS EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE UNDER CONTROL! Do that, and you LOVE GOD! Don’t do that, and you don’t. Because you will always be wondering why GOD isn’t changing your circumstances, as opposed to seeing God is making your circumstances to BETTER YOU! When you change your thinking, your life changes.
The ONLY TRUE WAY TO SERVE GOD is to KNOW GOD IS IN CONTROL and to CEASE FROM YOUR LABOR! The question is, how many when reading this will do this? And what about me, will I do this? Sure it’s easy to intellectually understand something but without FAITH and putting this into practice it is worthless.
2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
So we need to STOP TRYING to control the situations in our lives that we believe will give us life, because in fact this will produce more pain. “Those that try to save their lives, lose their lives!”
So take a step back look at everything that you have MADE OF YOUR LIFE already, and say, as God said, “It’s all good!” Whether I’m in a castle or on the street, I am where I am, I am what I am, and it’s very good! Even if your situation seems desperate and your imagination (ego/satan) is screaming, “EVERYTHING STINKS BIG GREEN EGGS!” You need to say, NOT MY WILL BE DONE, BUT GOD’S BE DONE in my life!
Where you are right now is not where you will always be. And it certainly is not where God is going to bring you. Where you are is simply where you are and it is WHAT YOU DO WITH THAT, THAT MATTERS!
When Jesus was about to be killed, before he was driven from the Garden… BTW, sound familiar at all, didn’t another son of God we know be driven from a garden?
I digress, before Jesus was driven from the Garden he didn’t want to give up the LIFE HE WAS LIVING AS JESUS, but he knew to pray “NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS!” And it was that prayer, faith and understanding that allowed him to finally GIVE UP THE GHOST.
Let me first point out what JESUS REALLY GAVE UP “Ghost” – A ghost is a SPIRIT of a DEAD PERSON, so actually it was the SPIRIT OF DEATH he gave up! He let go of the thoughts of death (ignorance/fear/worry/suffering) so he could RISE ALIVE AFTER DOING SO! It is a person’s ability to say, NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS BE DONE, that allows us, as it did Jesus, to finally say “INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT!”
We have to be ready to give up the SPIRIT OF DEATH (THE GHOST), we have to be willing to give up the “Thoughts of worry, fear, and doubt” and be willing to commit our SPIRIT (overall thinking) to the HANDS (AUTHORITY/RULE) of God as Jesus did.
He understood, as I am hoping you will understand that we can do nothing of ourselves. And even though times may be hard we will be RESURRECTED from our current situation when WE REST IN GOD’S HANDS! We must be willing to accept whatever comes out way as if it is a gift from God, BECAUSE WE KNOW…
2 Corinthians 9:8
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
I know life isn’t always easy. I know this as well as you know this. I have experienced pain. As you have loss I have had loss. I hurt as you hurt. I’ve been betrayed as you have been betrayed. I like you have cried, screamed, shouted, and worried for my very life, for my family, and for my friends. Of course, everyone’s challenges are different, but we all suffer with the same fears. The good news is, in my like I have learned that after the storm there is always that still small voice reminding me to…
“Be Still and Know I am Lord”
It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Soon, you will understand that all of these hard times will be as NOTHING compared to all the good that comes out of them!
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
At this moment, take a breath, forget about everything you owe, forget your troubles and say to yourself…
“ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE THAT LOVE GOD!”
A weight lifter doesn’t become strong unless resistance is constantly added. A pearl isn’t formed unless an Oyster is constantly covering and dealing with the irritation of the grain of sand. A student doesn’t learn unless that student is tested and passes the test.
But worrying about the test never helps that student pass the test. Thinking you will fail it won’t help you ace it!
So why is it a majority of our thinking is like that of the ignorant student worried he will somehow fail? Why do we worry so much, when scripture states, ALL WILL OVERCOME THIS WORLD!
THE REASON: You have not yet renewed your mind.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Don’t conform (give in and believe) your wicked imagination (Satan=god of this world). No, cast those thoughts away. Any thought that brings you fear, STOP, DROP, AND ROLL THAT STONE OF CONDEMNATION AWAY! Say, it is no longer I (my ego) that lives, But CHRIST (the power and wisdom that God is completely in control)
We are told what to think on, and nowhere does it say think about fearful thoughts.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We all have to change our thinking people! And the best way to do that is to FINALLY REST! Give up the reigns, give up the ghost (spirit of death) and just go with the flow, saying NOT MY WILL LORD BUT YOURS!
Let me give you a personal example: My will is NOT to have trouble at work, but there is trouble at work. Not of my doing, not of my lack of dedication or talent, but because people know not what they do, and God has saw fit to bring this into my life to teach me to REST! Everything in our life is a lesson to learn. The sooner you learn the lesson, the sooner you trust that God is in control of it all the sooner you will rest and be free! My Egotistical Will is to not suffer, but God’s will is for me to have faith! My will is a great lack of faith, SO I LEARN TO PRAY “FATHER INCREASE MY FAITH” SO I MAY REST! And I evenually rest!
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you
The sad truth is even though we say we believe these things our EGOTISTICAL SATANIC IMAGINATION will fight us and try and keep us from ENTERING INTO SUCH REST! This is the war within and the only way this war is won is to GIVE UP THE FIGHT!
A fight only ends when one side gives up!
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Now many won’t be able to do this because they have not yet learned the most important lesson of all…
OF OURSELF WE CAN DO NOTHING, WE CAN ONLY DO WHAT WE SEE AND HEAR THE FATHER DO!
If you’ve ever wondered why it states that Christ suffered in all points as we suffer it is because BY HIS STRIPES (WHICH ARE OUR STRIPES) we are healed. CHRIST is our LIFE, our suffering is CHRIST’S SUFFERING, but also HIS GREAT WORKS which cannot be contained in all the books, are our great works!
So fear not, GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU (your true life/christ) THAN HE (your ego) THAT IS IN THE WORLD (your wicked imagination ruled by your EGO/SATAN) – In the end, it is all good.
SO PLEASE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, REST!
I pray this was an encouragement to you, Jacob