THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE!

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THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE

I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly! What wonderful news and what promise is found in those words. Yet many have no idea what abundant life is, much less about how one can find it. Well, the good news is you have no need to look any further. Abundant LIFE is a “NOW” event and everyone has access to it. You need not wait for heaven, in fact it is heaven that is waiting “within” for YOU. I have written this essay so that YOU too might have this abundant life Jesus spoke of so many years ago. This is not about religion, this is not some new age philosophy, this is the greatest of all treasures and the journey taken to find it, the most rewarding of all. It is my hope that these words open your eyes to a whole new way of living, where the sky is NEVER the limit, faith is the only currency and where peace, love and joy never ends. This essay of course is free, and I encourage you to share with all those you believe will benefit from these words, as well as subscribing to this website if you haven’t already for many more essays and videos shared here. Enjoy and thank you will all my heart, Jacob

LET’S BEGIN!

Today, let’s face it, life can be hard. The day-to-day grind can make you feel like your not truly living your life at all. For many, the hope, passion, and dreams they had as children has long been cast aside. The days of magic and wonder have been replaced by struggle, boredom, and disappointment.

Now that is a very sad and true. This is what David meant when he wrote…

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. (Psalms 18:4, 5 KJV)

The cares of this world can steal our life away, robbing us of heaven (which is righteousness, peace, joy, and power) and trapping us in hell (which as you should know by now is not some future torment but the torment found in ignorance and focusing on all that is wrong and not all that is right.)

This is why some, if not many, will say, “Life just didn’t turn out the way I had hoped.”

For some, life is so painful that they may try to numb this pain with work, alcohol, drugs, or pretty much anything that can keep them distracted from the “misery/death/hell” they believe, has become of their life.

As the scripture states, the snares of death (which is your ignorant carnal mind) prevents you from truly living your life.

The “death”, or the “dead”, we so often read about in scripture has nothing to do with physical death, but a spiritual death, a death of the very LIFE we are meant to live and is rightfully ours to live… It is the death truth and wisdom and righteousness (which means RIGHT THINKING)

People become more focused on everything that is wrong as opposed to what is right. People have been tricked into focusing on everything they don’t have, everything they can’t do, and everything they haven’t done, instead of focusing on all they have, all they can do, and all they have done already.

Once a word of hope or a dream is planted in our heart before it begins to take root, our enemy the ego comes along and strangles it. Our Ego works hard to keep us hardly working, keeps us lazy, focused on limits and circumstances. Our Enemy the carnal ego squashes our dreams and whispers in our ears… “Leave what you can do today until tomorrow” and then when tomorrow and more tomorrows come the ego whispers in your ears and says, “you see I told you that not something you could ever accomplish.” To make things worse the ego will then condemn you after you give up on trying to truly live your life by calling you a failure and lazy and worse.

This is what Paul meant when he wrote…

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 KJV)

You see my friends, LIFE is filled with possibility, it is the very essence of creation itself. We are all creators, each day we are given a new canvas to paint on and when you are spiritually minded there is NO LIMIT. This is why the scripture states, “all things are possible to those that believe”, and again, “with God All things are possible”.

The problem is this LIFE and LIBERTY, that is our very birthright, is stolen away by years of negative conditioning which after a while we accept as the status quo. This scene is pictured in Adam’s fall in the garden after eating of the enemy’s knowledge of good and evil. And the punishment for EATING (believing) the fruit of this tree is DEATH.

This DEATH is now sadly the “life” we are all now living, but there is hope! Our hopes, peace, joy, dreams… our LIFE is still within us all.

The same is true with any seed… The SEED may appear dead and in this world may have “died” but the LIFE that once gave life to that seed always remains within it’s perceived death. Not only that, once that SEED springs back to life (resurrects) it produces countless more seeds that produce countless more… This is why “as the grains of sand and the stars of the sky so shall your descendants be”.

THERE IS HOPE… As Jesus said, “he is not dead as you think but sleeps”… We have been tricked into think heaven and the resurrection that I am writing about happens at the end of time, or when Jesus returns, which is why Martha said, “I know he will rise on the last day.” However, Jesus replies with words we all need to believe and experience today…

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me (my words) though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25, 26 KJV)

The death he spoke of that we all will RISE from has never been a future event… As he said it is a NOW EVENT! He that BELIEVES shall LIVE!

And he spoke the words of LIFE, which was the TRUTH that sets us all free, and when heard Lazarus sprang back to LIFE.

My friends, this is the day we are all living in. This is the day when we will all RISE and LIVE! BUT WE HAVE TO BELIEVE! Not just believe that we can have the MORE ABUNDANT LIFE that the scriptures testify to, but then we must also WALK OUT this faith with fear and trembling of what death we might return too or never escape from if we don’t.

Now LIFE first begins within and then is expressed without. Such is the case for all things, everything that is, has been, and is to come. Everything in life first begins with the THOUGHT. This is what SPIRIT is.

Jesus said, “my words are SPIRIT”… Words are the manifestation of inward thought projected outward. This is why the scripture states that CONFESSION must be made. The we MUST speak those things are not yet as of they are!

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10 KJV)

Righteousness again is “Right Thinking”, it is all about Truth and Lies. Whatever you believe you receive. Whatever you sow you reap.

Right thinking comes first by believing the good news… Which is the TRUTH of who you really are, not who your ego has convinced you you are, and what you are truly capable of… Both joy and sorrow, compassion and hate, pleasure and pain, victory and defeat… The whole of your experience begins and ends with what THOUGHT you attach yourself to and what you carry out into your world.

After you believe and put on the mind of Christ next confession is made unto salvation, this is always followed by your deeds.

And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. (Acts 19:18 KJV)

It is NOT just enough to believe that your thoughts create, you must then focus your thoughts on the things that you want to create. You must take your thoughts captive and test these spirits to see if they are LIFE or DEATH. Not every thought/spirit in your head is to be trusted, many are lies of the Ego. Many liars have convinced us to believe in the wrong thing and to deny the truth of who we really are, instead of denying the thoughts of who we think we are. So we MUST pay attention to every thought in our head.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 KJV)

The RIGHT mind-set will always produce joy. The wrong will always produce the suffering you have experienced for far too long.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 KJV)

If you RESIST the enemy, your carnal accusing and condemning ego the devil and those lies you believe keeping you stuck will flee from you and you can LIVE AGAIN!

The ego is a THIEF because it steals your LIFE away from you the moment you take it’s lies, make it your belief, and project it into your world and allow it to become your reality.

So I come today, as Jesus came so many years ago to say…

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)

The very LIFE and HEAVEN you are waiting for is waiting for you! All it takes is YOU to believe it, speak it, and you will receive it.

This is a great mystery for “God SAID…” and it was so. Again the scriptures state that “LIFE and DEATH are in the power of the tongue”.

We WERE alive once until the LIES came… And we DIED!

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (Romans 7:9 KJV)

Like the story of Adam before the fall, Adam was alive and not ashamed, until he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil… The instant humanity began living by the lies and laws of this world, humanity lost touch with its true potential, unity, joy, and power.

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17 KJV)

The instant we ate the poison/lies of this world, we became brainwashed and began to believe we were something we were not, we began to put our faith in everything outside of us instead of within. We became separate in our own imagination and became an enemy unto ourselves. We began to believe that if we act the way we are told to act, believe what we are told to believe, if we never question, if we conform and we follow mans law we will one day know peace. But we have all been deceived.

What has happened? Why is it so many just want to stay in bed and so many wish they would never wake up at all? Surely, this is not what our lives are meant to be. Somewhere along the line we got lost and traded our joy, hope, and peace, for fear, shame and misery. It’s like many people have simply giving up on the idea of living for more than just paying the bills and staying out of jail. It’s like somewhere along the line people have simply thrown up their hands and said I would rather die than dare to truly live.

This, this my friends is the DEATH scripture speaks of and this is what this essay is about. It is about finding your LIFE again! It is about remembering who, and what you truly are, as well as what you are truly capable of. This essay is about being born again out of the death that has become of your life. It is about LIVING people, which is something so many of us forgot.

The very way we are supposed to live our life is to know the truth of who we are and what we are capable of. Religion, politics, society, and the ways of this world bury this truth in the grave of our ignorance.

The truth of who we are and the way to a more abundant life was put to death within us, as pictured in the crucifixion of Jesus.

Jesus told others he was the “way, truth, and life” … And this is what was put to death within is all for we are all crucified with Christ, as Paul said.

In ADAM all die… In the first ignorant man all suffer… But in Christ ALL are made alive.

So we understand by the story of the crucifixion that the TRUTH and the WAY of TRUE LIFE was put to death at the place of the skull (our thoughts) … Religion demanded the WAY of LIFE and TRUTH to be put death because those trapped in religious thinking are already dead in their sin (foolish thinking, lies, false beliefs, tradition) … Because those religious and worldly-minded people are ruled by their enemy the ego.

The EGO is the creator of all the lies you have believed, it is the very killer of truth, life, liberty and joy. Jesus explained this to those who wanted him to stop telling people the good news of who and what they were. Which is why he called them twice DEAD and the offspring (product) of the enemy, which is called the Devil and Carnal Ego.


Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44 KJV)

But the truth of who we are still creates, because that is WHO we ultimately are. So whether we create a life of peace and joy or misery and death… WE DO IT ALL!

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8 KJV)

So what is DEATH?

DEATH is IGNORANCE. Death is what you are living right now, IF you don’t have the truth. DEATH is the loss of understanding and wisdom. Death is the suffering of one who has forgotten who, and what they are.

Proverbs 21:16
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

In DEATH there is no memory of who we are, and what we are capable of. In DEATH people are not grateful, they have no joy, no peace or rest.

Psalm 6:5
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

The DEATH of a LIFE is a far sadder fate than the death of a physical body. This death is something we all have experienced.

The DEATH we read about in scripture, is the DEATH of truth, wisdom, and understanding. And ALL have fallen short of WHO WE ARE. In ADAM (which is the first idea of who we are) all died… but in Christ all are made alive again.

Jesus wasn’t saying, if people believe in me they will rise from literal death, what he was saying was people are already DEAD and once they hear the truth he had to share and believed it, even though they were dead/ignorant they would RISE AGAIN and live!

We are DEAD because we are existing in a lie. And the lie is so deep and so pervasive that it affects every aspect of our life.

We believe we are something we are not, believe in fairy tales that are not, and the very TRUTH that sets is free we have been conditioned from birth to not only ignore but RUN from. We are taught to entertain this truth is the very heart of blasphemy.

The days we are in are indeed the days where good is called evil and evil is called good… Meaning, the truth many will consider a lie, and the very lie that people call truth is the very sin (missing the mark/truth) that brought us all into this miserable state.

So DEATH is our ignorant suffering, which is also called hell if you don’t know that already, hell is the grave, it is the weeping and gnashing of teeth you experience because of your ignorance. This state of mind is a result of our SIN. And SIN as I have explained in the past is “missing the mark, missing the truth, missing the point of life”… Sin is our foolish thinking.

The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. (Proverbs 24:9 KJV)

So how did this happen? How did we all forget the truth and fall into the darkness that has become of our life?

Jude 1:6
And the men which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Now before you go and jump to the sinful conclusion that everlasting chains is infinite torture… Let me set you straight as Paul was SET Straight road on his way to Damascus …

Our first estate is perfection, unity, heaven, it is bliss. Our habitation was truth and we left that state of mind and entered into the bondage of ignorance (darkness)

The EVIL EGO, our enemy led us there… We left RIGHT THINKING for EVIL (Incorrect thinking) and entered into darkness which produce the death we suffer from.

To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; (Proverbs 2:12, 13 KJV)

But we can, and will, be set free when we BELIEVE the good news. Which is why the previous passages in proverbs 2 is so profound.

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: (Proverbs 2:10, 11 KJV)

We will all be QUICKENED, which means the truth will once again take a dominant role in our lives and we will begin to walk out our salvation and we will once again LIVE the LIFE we are meant to live.

Ephesians 2:1-3
2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

The life of DEATH you are living is a result of living by the perverse ways of this world… And we have had our conversation with these lusts, with greed, envy, hate, defeat, insecurity, loss, and more for long enough.

This death, is the very hell our lives have become. Yet we will all rise from this grave of ignorance when PROPER JUDGEMENT returns.

Why do you think is it called the DAY OF JUDGMENT of JUDGMENT DAY? Your MIND is the GREAT WHITE THRONE and the day will come and for many has come and is now coming when you will separate the lies from the truth, the wheat from the tares, the goats from the sheep.

In that moment, the moment you CHOOSE LIFE and confess it and express, it you will send your ignorant beliefs, insecurities, lies, and hang ups to the FIRE of TRUTH within you to be burned away for ever!

The power to LIVE is in you, it has always been in you, it IS YOU!

It is time to RULE and REIGN with this wisdom… when you live and inherit all things and become ruler of ALL as Galatians 3 and 4 states you become the KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS… You will rule your life, and recreate your world with love, excitement and truth instead of being ruled by lies and death!

All you have to do is believe it, speak it, express it, manifest it, and remember the greatest of all lessons there is to learn…

WHAT YOU DO TO OTHERS YOU DO TO YOURSELF!

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40 KJV)

That includes your thoughts about them. Remember… Judge incorrectly and you will be judged accordingly… But RIGHTEOUSNESS is followed by peace, joy and power in the truth …

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17 KJV)

The last great truth you MUST realize for any of this to become your reality is YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH what you desire.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. (Luke 14:28-30)

The desires of your heart are there because they CAN, and ARE MEANT to become your reality! But you NEED to take the steps to do so… YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE if you LOSE the LIES OF THE EGO! You can LIVE YOUR LIFE AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF IT when you DENY YOUR EGO and embrace the reality that “YE ARE GODS” and that to you, IF YOU BELIEVE, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Jesus never tried to get anyone to worship him, he instead told them to TAKE UP THEIR CROSS, DO AS HE DID, THINK AS HE DID, BE AS HE IS, because YOU ARE AS HE IS IN THIS WORLD! And it is time for you to SO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE and LOVE!

…God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because AS GOD IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. (1 John 4:16-18)

That’s right, we are AS HE IS… This is what Jesus meant when he prayed, “That they may be one as we are one,” there is no division in One… And again when Jesus said to his disciples, “If you have seen me, you have seen the father,” and even though we have been taught to think such a notion is blasphemous… Jesus made it clear…

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (Philippians 2:6)

We are IN the Form of God, and God has given ALL THINGS into our hands to do as we wish. But to produce good fruit we MUST take our thoughts captive, nourish the right thoughts, believe the truth of who we are and reject the lies of who we are not, BELIEVE, CONFESS, TAKE STEPS, MANIFEST!

We are the HEIRS of everything, it is our birthright to LIVE A MORE ABUNDANT LIFE… But our ignorance has kept us living a life of death instead… We act more like slaves and servants than the RULERS and LORDS that we are… But make no mistake about it, WE ARE LORD OF EVERYTHING!

4 Now I say, That the heir (us), as long as he is a child (immature), differeth nothing from a servant, even though THE HEIR (US) IS LORD OF ALL;(Galatians 4:1-3)

It’s time to LIVE YOUR LIFE! Its time to create your life! Today is the day of salvation… BELIEVE IT, RECEIVE IT, EXPRESS IT, PUT IN THE WORK and you will MANIFEST IT!

Jacob
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Double Minded Mankind



Double Minded Mankind

–James 1:8
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.–


You ever feel like who you are is not who you should be? You ever feel conflicted about things, not knowing what to do or what not to do? You ever feel like you have two very different people in your head fighting for control? Well, if you do you are not alone. And as crazy as that description sounds, if truth be told we all do seem to have two very different natures inside of us.

Genesis 25:23
Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.


The above passage is where we find God speaking to Rebekah about the children she is about to give birth to. In a Literal sense of course. The children she gives birth to, that were fathered by Isaac as Jacob and Esau. Esau being the older of the twins, and Jacob being the younger who, even in the womb, wanted to be the first-born. Now this story is a wonderful explanation of what is going on inside each and every one of us.

You see while many people teach every one of these stories as literal, if you’ve been coming here long enough, you know they are missing the SPIRIT of the story. Whether or not there was a literal Rebekah, Esau, Jacob, Isaac or not it NOT WHAT MATTERS. We can all agree and state, sure they existed and the things that happened literally happened. BUT, if we stop there we learn absolutely NOTHING. The historical fact of a story doesn’t help us spiritually, what helps us spiritually is understanding the parable of it all.

In addition, you will find this simple story of Rebekah, Esau, and Jacob is just one of many examples where the duality of mankind is being expressed through story. This is something I have written extensively on in the past, but this is the first time I make this topic the focus of what I write. The reason is simple, I believe understanding the dual nature within is the key to overcoming the suffering that arises from this constant inner conflict.

So let’s take a closer look at that passage in Genesis again.

Genesis 25:23
Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.


Notice that the word WOMB is used as the place where TWO MANNER OF PEOPLE are formed and separated. At first glance you would think the WOMB that is spoken of here is meant to be understood literally. However, the very meaning of the word WOMB means “The seat of mental faculties, or the Seat of Hunger.” The word WOMB in Hebrew “atb” also is translated as Belly, Abdomen, and the Body. The womb we need to concern ourselves with IS the SEAT OF OUR MENTAL FACULTIES. The place where God himself sits, our mind. Within the Temple of God, within who we are, between our temples, at Golgatha which is the place of the skull, this is very throne of God itself. It is our mind and it is not only physically split in two hemispheres, it is also the origin of two very different natures. The one who is like God and the one who is like the world. Two nations at war with each other.

The word “Nation” itself in the above passage is translated for us easily in the very same verse. The nations are TWO MANNER OF PEOPLE. Two TYPES of people. Two natures within mankind, each opposing the other. One carnal, One Spiritual. Duality is something every faith, philosophy and science acknowledges and yet this dual nature, within the heart of man, is still very much a mystery.

There are opposites in everything we experience. There is male and female, dark and light, there is happiness and sadness, cold and warm, life and death and as there are two sides to every coin there are two natures within the heart of man. In the scriptures we see these natures depicted as wheat and tares, sheep and goats, gold and brass, righteous and evil, and of course the ultimate picture of duality is Heaven and Hell. We learn which are good and which are evil, we learn which we must embrace the one and reject the other. One nature brings peace, hope, and joy and the other causes nothing but suffering. We see symbols of duality and are about their contrary natures in every faith and learn about these dual natures in scientific study, just as there are positively charged protons and negatively charged electrons in every neutral atom, so we find positive thoughts and negative thoughts within the “seat/throne of our mind”.

The Yin-Yang is a symbol that explains how the ancient Chinese understood how things worked. The outer circle represents everything there is, the two colors within, one black and one white, represent two distinct and separate energies that are intertwined, both have a hint of the other within. Such is life, nothing is ever truly black and white. Of course in psychology you may have learned about the ID and the Super Ego, often represented by the cartoon of an Angel and a Devil on each shoulder of a conflicted individual. In this cartoon we see both the ID and the SuperEgo trying to influence the individuals to act a certain way, or say a certain thing. And that my friends is exactly the war that is being waged within you every moment of every day.

Revelations 12:7
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels


Is it so hard to believe that this epic war that is taking place, is actually taking place within you right now? Consider if you will where Kingdom of heaven and God is located. Yes, both Heaven and Hell are within you. You experience peace and you experience suffering within. You experience hope and you experience fear within. In fact, everything you experience outside of you is being experienced within you for you to experience it. Some would also go so far to say that whatever you are experiencing within, you are also projecting without. Which could be why we see some feast and others suffer famine, some love and others hate, some are compassionate and others greedy and cruel.

Confucius once said, “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” To change the world we must first change ourselves. We must bring that battle in heaven to its end.

Where we see Michael (which translates into “Who is like God”) casting the Dragon (who is the Devil and father of all lies) out of our thoughts. These two natures that are at war, like any war, must find one the victor and the other the loser. The one who like the world, ruled by its lusts must be defeated by the one who is like God.

We see this thought carried throughout the scriptures in many stories that depict these two conflicting natures. Each nature which came forth from the womb of our mind is depicted as older and younger, first and last, first-born and second born. I like to classify these natures within man as 1st Born and 2nd Born. The 1st being carnal, ignorant, a product of this world, an egomaniac that sees itself as the master of all things. The 2nd nature comes into being later, which is why in thee scriptures we see it depicted as the younger of the two. This 2nd nature is enlightened, wise, a product of God, which sees itself as one with all things and knows it is better to serve than be served.

The best example of these two natures in mankind, is Adam and Jesus. The name Adam in Hebrew literally translates into Mankind as a whole, and so this 1st Adam which brought death into the world is a symbol of the 1st nature in man, that causes all of man’s suffering. The 2nd Adam which is said to be from heaven above, is the one who sacrifices everything to bring everything back to the perfection of unity and wisdom.

1 Corinthians 15:44-46
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.


The 1st man, or the 1st Adam believes he is a natural being, mortal. The 2nd man, or the 2nd Adam is raised up within that person, realizes he is spirit and has always been spirit, immortal, divine. The 1st Man is corruptible, corrupted by his ignorance, resulting in Sin (foolish thinking). The 2nd and is raised up within incorruptible, no longer ruled by lies, no longer a slave to its ignorance.

As we saw the 1st ADAM cast out of the Garden, as we saw ADAM bring death into the world, we see the 2nd ADAM pictured as the Shepherd who helps us all find our way back in, the 2nd ADAM brings life into the world. However, this is not the only story in the scriptures where we find the 1st born pictured as a killer and the 2nd as the Shepherd.

Adam had two sons. The 1st Born Cain was a killer who slew his brother in jealousy. The 2nd Born was Abel a Shepherd. The killer of a 1st born son did not please God, it was the 2nd born whose sacrifice was acceptable.

Genesis 4:8
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.


This passage of scripture tells us something very important. The field is a symbol of our heart or mind. Cain and Abel the dual natures found within the heart or mind of mankind. The elder brother, the 1st born Cain a picture of man’s ego which is our sense of being, the one we THINK we are, but are not.

Revelation 17:8
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.


This 1st Carnal/Ego man is the beast, who we think ourselves to be, yet are not. Who we think ourselves to be is nothing more than an illusion. We have been formed in the dust of our imagination, as every 1st Man is. Our parents named us, our experiences shaped us, our religious leaders shamed us and forced us to believe their lies, society fed us a steady diet of who we are, and yet are not.

Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.


The person we think ourselves to be and the one we truly are, you will find are two different beings all together. You will also find that the person we think we are which was formed in the dust of our experiences here in this temporal world is less important than the one that is within us, waiting to rule and reign. This 2nd born, Shepherd is the only begotten child of God, it is your true nature. This nature, or Christ, is the express image of God’s power and wisdom and it is far greater than the one you have believed yourself to be.

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.


The two natures at war within you are the cause of your unrest. In the scriptures we see how this war between the EGO man and the GOD man creates all manner of suffering.

The 1st nature in man, the EGO man always wants to kill the Second nature in mankind. The reason is simple, the second born is the rightful heir. This is why we must be BORN AGAIN. Our first nature is of the earth, carnal, ignorant, but the second nature that we find is a child of God himself, divine, enlightened, pure.

1 Corinthians 15:47
The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven


In addition, as our False sense of identity put to death the truth of who we always were, who we truly are will ressurect! The first man, which is and is not, is destroyed with the brightness of HIS (true nature) coming (being revealed).

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:


The 1st man, who you think yourself to be, “THE WICKED ONE”, is nothing more than an ego that was formed during your time of ignorance here. The 2nd Man is the Lord from heaven. That’s right, that is who we all are, we are all children of God.

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


And who is it that we are seeing as he truly is? The answer is YOUR TRUE NATURE. When that second nature in you appears, when you begin to know that you are more than you have been told than you begin to see the truth. You begin to see that this picture we had of Jesus is actually a symbol for who we all truly are.

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.


You see that As Jesus is, so are you in this world. You too will become the second born or born again Shepherd that will willingly lay down your 1st nature/life so you can pick your TRUE NATURE UP and SAVE THE WORLD WITH IN.

Your first nature, took upon himself the sins of the world and died spiritually because of it. You began to believe everything that you were told to believe. You began to see God outside of yourself. You began to think of yourself as a horrible sinner, good for nothing, foul and miserable, and that killed the life within you. You were given a Crown of Thorns, as we see pictured with Jesus. The Thorns we know as the cares of the world.

Mark 4:18-20
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.


The thorns/cares of the world chokes the very joy of life right out of us. We have been ruled by our worries and our fears. This crown of thorns was imbedded so deep into our thinking that we have all become most miserable. Who we truly are was killed by who we think we are and now we suffer terribly for it.

Isaiah 53:3
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.


This is why Jesus screamed out to God, “Father why have you forsaken me?” These words he cried, we have cried. We have all felt like God has abandoned us, forgotten us, and worse still has punished us for simply not knowing any better. However, this first man, that has caused us so much grief, well let’s just say the 1st man’s time is short. In fact, the 1st will always be last into the Kingdom of Heaven. The reason is simple, the 1st man’s ways are not of God, they are of this world.

Matthew 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last


The first-born ADAM didn’t inherit the Kingdom, Christ Jesus did, the second man. The first Born Cain didn’t please God, the 2nd Born Abel did. The first-born Ishmael didn’t inherit the Kingdom, he was a slave who was never born to rule. Ishmael instead was cast away, as we all will cast away our carnal egotistical first nature, so our 2nd Man, our Isaac can rule and reign. The first-born Esau didn’t inherit the Kingdom, he too was a hunter and killer like the other first born we find in scripture, it is the second Born Jacob, the Shepherd that inherits the Kingdom. The first-born of scripture never inherits, it is always the last born. The last is first.

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


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.


This is what we are experiencing now. Our rebirth, we are waking up out of the war of duality. We are tired of being unstable because we are double minded. And so we are learning to take our thoughts captive as the second born child of God (who we truly are) begins to rise again within us all.

Is it any wonder we see wars, famine, pestilence, and hear of rumors of wars in many places, since that is exactly what is going on within the heart of mankind.

Matthew 24:6-8
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.


The good news is, all of these sorrows are a sign that the end of our suffering is near. The truth is each of us will cast off the 1st man and embrace the divine within us all. We have no choice because it is who we are. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we will be able to get to that promise land of peace.

It is time for us to DENY OURSELVES! We must understand that who we thought we were, weak, scared, abused, filthy, horrible, prideful, sinful, IS NOT WHO WE ARE! We are not our past, our troubles, or our fears, we are God’s beloved child. We are divine, we are Love itself, and all things are possible when we understand this.

Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.


Jesus said it first to those who would learn from what he learned. He said, if ANY will come after, will be as I am, do as I do, LET THEM DENY THEMSELVES and take up the cross by putting that first carnal beast of an ego to death. The word DENY does not mean deprive, it means to “refuse to admit the truth or existence of something”. You are more than you know, you always have been. There may be a war going on within you, but soon that devil of a false identity is going to be cast out of the heaven of your thoughts and who you truly are will reign. That day you will know joy unspeakable! That day is coming soon.

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THE TRUMPET SOUNDS – FEAR NO MORE!

THE TRUMPET SOUNDS – FEAR NO MORE!

This short powerful mini documentary will take your breath away! You have been lied to by this world your whole life, you have been fed a constant diet of fear, worry, shame, greed, and pride. Because of this cruel brainwashing you took upon yourself the sins/lies of the world and WHO YOU TRULY ARE IN ESSENCE DIED… but that is about to change!

You are more than you know! This short mini movie will open your eyes to a great enemy hiding in plain sight. “Roaming to and fro seeking whom it may devour”. This “enemy” disguises itself as “god” and most worship this liar as god. For your enemy is most certainly the god of this carnal ignorant world. Yet, this enemy is not your god anymore… because now the truth you have begun to see clear.

This enemy, your adversary, the devil is also called the carnal ego/id of mankind. This is the JUDAS that dines with you, sits at the table with you, and betrays you for THE LOVE OF MONEY AND POWER. This “enemy” is the root of your fear and it has stolen your life away with it.

The “god” of this world, the devil, the serpent, which is man’s carnal ego or the “ID”, is the very enemy people have been worshipping their whole lives unaware. Because of this few know how to truly live their life. Life has become more of a chore, it is about suffering and fear and worry and doubt instead of righteousness (right thinking), peace, joy and power…

HOWEVER, THAT IS ALL ABOUT TO CHANGE!

It’s time to wake up to the new day we are in and LIVE our life!

After watching this video you may just see “SATAN, FALL LIKE LIGHTENING FROM HEAVEN (your higher thinking)!”

The TRUTH sets you free from the lies you believe about yourself and others. When the DAYSTAR rises in your heart you will know which voice to listen to, which words to bring forth, which thoughts to manifest and which thoughts to cast away and you will FEAR NO MORE.

Please enjoy this short mini movie called “The Trumpet Sounds – Fear No More” and enjoy a poem I wrote on this topic called, “Two In One Bed” – the double minded man is unstable in all his ways. It’s time to be of ONE MIND, ONE HEART, ONE SPIRIT, ONE TRUTH, ONE LOVE, AND ONE LIFE TOGETHER! Please do share with others and subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already. Much love to you and yours, Jacob


“TWO IN ONE BED”
There are two voices in everyone’s head.
The quieter voice is always the better choice, because the louder offers only fear and dread.
The quieter voice is love and truth, the louder voice will lie to you and make you wish you were dead.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
This is why you must find the quieter voice today.
The louder voice will shout and pout and will do everything to make you believe these thoughts are actually coming from you.
The Louder voice will demand action, demand revenge, and will always make you do what you should not do.
The quieter is your hope, salvation, and great reward, this you will find.
The louder will grind hope and peace to powder if you allow it each and every time.
This is why the still quiet voice you must find.
You can choose to win or lose, whether to fall or rise.
The loudest is the room is always wrong, while the one who thinks before he acts and speaks is wise.
So take your thoughts captive and see whether they be true or lies.
In the end, my friend, you will thank me, because the quiet voice is peace, power, purpose and perfection finally realized.

POWER OF FORGIVENESS

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POWER OF FORGIVENESS

We all know the story of the woman caught in adultery. She was a woman who (we are told) had an affair and was caught. She was then brought before Jesus in the Temple by a group of men who wanted to stone her to death. Jesus proceeds to write in the ground as they tempt him by asking what they should do to her. Jesus doesn’t fall into their trap by saying “You cannot throw a stone”, or by saying, “Well get to it”. No, what Jesus does is so much more profound and powerful. He says, “let those without sin cast the first stone.”

On a simple level, Jesus is pointing out that we all fall short. That we all have made mistakes and that no one is greater than another so as to punish them.

After his bold and wise statement the woman’s accusers are convicted by his words and they leave. Now this is where the story get’s interesting. After the accusers leave, Jesus says to the “adulterous women”, “Who is left to condemn you?” . The woman, to her surprise, finds all had gone. She realized there was no one who could condemn her.

When one LEARNS THIS LESSON… that NO ONE is CONDEMNING YOU… then you are FREE to go about your life and SIN NO MORE! – Simply put, the shame we feel each and every day keeps us in a constant state of suffering. This shame, a majority of the time is self-imposed. Of course, we were first conditioned to believe we were no good. Religion, society, our parents did a great job of this. Ignorantly using shame and fear to manipulate us to behave a certain way. Saying things like, “Good boys and girls dress a certain way or act a certain way. Good boys and girls just do what they are told and never question authority.” These examples are nothing compared to how religion convinced us all that our creator hates us so, that we are no good the way we are, because we were so very bad for simply being born…

However, in the story of the adulterous woman the TRUTH is made beautifully clear… THERE IS NO ONE LEFT TO CONDEMN YOU… No one is there to truly tear you down for your self imposed, ill informed, short comings. Once we realize that we can stop hiding and running from the fear that others think we are no good we can finally go and LIVE our life without SIN (foolish, fear inspired thoughts).

Now in the scriptures there is a whole lot of talk about sin. Most don’t truly understand what this “sin” is. Sin means to MISS the MARK (truth). It is foolish thinking. Sin is simply not knowing any better. Which is why Jesus said on that cross, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. (Proverbs 24:9 KJV)

In truth, to take this story of the adulterous woman solely as a historical event, one would be sinning. Because, these stories we find are meant to be taken spiritually. It is the spirit of the story that gives us life/enlightenment/wisdom.

“WISDOM IS A TREE OF LIFE… IN ALL YOUR GETTING… GET WISDOM!”

So every part of the adulterous woman story has a deeper meaning. The woman, the stones, Jesus, the accusers, everything means so, so much more.

Today we are going to look at this story in a new light and see how it applies to our life. Because when the veil is taken away from this story we will find that we are both the victim and those who condemn, both the accused and the one who provides salvation.

The wonderful thing about these stories we find in scripture is they can be taken so many different ways. And it is peeling back the layers of these that seem to be literal, and historical, stories that we find the true blessing of what was written so many years ago.

If you have been to my site before I shouldn’t have to remind you that the Kingdom of Heaven is a mystery, that Jesus ONLY spoke in parables/allegory to the masses, and that God opens his mouth in dark sayings and parable. Which is a poetic way of saying, there is more to the scriptures than meets the natural eye.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV)

Our waking life is also a mystery that we will, and must, uncover. The scriptures are the same. Some understand higher things and some cannot, so for those that are not yet ready to be told plainly, the scriptures are written symbolically to help gradually lead everyone where they need to go.

Mark 4:11
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

So while the story of the adulterous story may seem cut and dry, there is a lot more hidden within it’s verses. As I stated earlier, we are after the “Spirit” of the story here on “Jacobs’s Ladder”.

My passion is to share what these parables mean so we can apply this wisdom to our lives. And for those who are not ready, the allegory reveals sealed up until the appointed time.

Matthew 13:13
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

In short, private interpretation just doesn’t cut it. It is the inspiration of the LORD, which literally means “the Existing One, or The One Who Exists”, that helps us to see what these allegories really mean. This “LORD/Existing One” is the CHRIST within you, which is the POWER AND WISDOM OF GOD… which is YOUR LIFE! This is where the revelation comes from… WITHIN.

The Kingdom of God is within us, and from the throne of glory we receive the deeper meaning of these stories. You see this inspiration and revelation cannot come from others, it can only come from WITHIN YOU! Even if someone had the truth and tried sharing it with you, if YOU weren’t ready to receive it, you wouldn’t be able too, regardless of how much evidence was presented.

This is why one must not simply take the word of others, one must seek and they will find. When you do HUNT FOR THIS TREASURE HIDDEN IN YOUR EARTHEN VESSEL eventually you will have what it is you are looking for.

The scriptures state, that the truth is poured out for those who seek it. We see many asking God to increase their wisdom, faith, and understanding. We see Solomon asking for wisdom, and we always see these gentle souls finding what it is they looked for to begin with.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

The GREAT TEACHER is within you, this teacher is ONE with you, this teacher is YOUR LIFE, your hope, and your great salvation. DAILY, within you this great TEACHER/LORD/One who truly exists is teaching you (the you, you think you are).

Matthew 26:55
I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

The power and wisdom of God is within us all, teaching us daily. Sadly we have been conditioned to listen to the god of this world (our egotistical carnal minds/enemy/devil) instead of the TRUTH which sets us free.

So if you seek TRUTH, and GOD IS SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND LOVE… If you seek these things, they will be added to you. Now if truth be told, it works the opposite way to. If you focus on misery you will find it. Whatever a person seeks they will find. If you seek truth, hope, faith and love you will be blessed with these things. If you seek ego, riches, lust, etc… you will find these things as well.

Proverbs 11:27
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

The reason I am writing this is because lately I have been looking back at some of my writing and videos from the past few years. Some of what I saw and read I loved and some of what I saw and read, just didn’t sound like me at all anymore. We all indeed grow spiritually. And I have grown much in the last couple of years. I find today I am more humble and forgiving than I have been. I think higher of others than I have before and I truly want to walk in peace with everyone. My fundamental beliefs haven’t changed, but my attitude sure has.

There was a time that I would hold onto the pain others caused me. Intellectually I understood people who do harm “know not what they do”. But I was hurt, abused, mocked, and because of this instead of taking the high road I found myself deep within wanting to strike back. Instead of entering the straight gate of peace and righteousness (right thinking) I followed the broad road, one paved with thoughts of revenge and justice. Basically, I wanted to put these critics in their place and in seeking this, I found only pain.

And if we are honest with ourselves. When people hurt us and we in turn strike back to hurt them… we are no better.

This is why we must NOT JUDGE… We must LOVE… we must LAY DOWN OUR STONES!

Today, I am in a different place. I haven’t exactly mastered the art of forgiveness but each day I get a little better and my patience and compassion for even those who hurt me has increased. Today, I don’t feel like I should be standing in judgment over anyone. Sure I don’t understand why some people feel the need to hurt others, but just because I don’t understand their actions doesn’t give me the right to take any of it personally. The truth is when we do this, the only person we hurt is ourselves.

There is a famous saying, the author escapes me… “Other people’s opinions are none of my business”

Now, I have written in the past about what it really means to truly forgive. And how in your forgiveness you are forgiven as well. I have written about what, “forgive and you will be forgiven”, really means before. So let me take a moment and remind you all. The word “Forgive” means to “release a debt”. To forgive is LETTING GO.

To forgive doesn’t mean you pretend to like people who hurt you all the while condemning them in your heart, to forgive means you don’t look to past behavior. To forgive means you LET IT GO! You don’t hold any past offence against anyone, and in so doing your heart is free from the weight of carrying that burden of being upset at these people all the time.

Think about how much of your time is spent living and reliving moments where people have hurt you. It is a torment that is unlike any other. Think how much better it would be if you just let it all go.

Sure that sounds all well and good, right? But it is one thing to say this and understand it, but it is a whole other thing completely to walk this out in your daily life.

I know this well because when looking back at some of my past essays I can easily see how very hard it was for me to forgive. I was like those men chasing that woman down with stones in their hands. I saw people who had done me and others wrong and I wanted justice. And when I threw those stones in my heart , and I cursed them, and I allowed these stones to fly… you know what I found?… I found that in so doing it didn’t make me feel better at all.

In fact, being angry at others for hurting me brought me more pain and suffering than the offence itself.

Here is the reason why… because not only could I not let go of being angry at them but now I had to deal with my own inadequacy of being able to do so. The only thing worse than this is when I allowed my anger to build to a point where I lash out and make my feelings known.

“Words are like toothpaste, once it’s out, IT’S OUT AND CAN’T BE PUT BACK IN!”

And every time I let those STONES fly, the shame of doing this hung heavier around my neck than the anger before it, and that is not living people.

When we don’t let go of past offences not only are we plagued by the actions and words of those who hurt us, but then we are tempted to strike back which opens us up to a whole new, and terrible, world of suffering. This is why it is of utmost importance that we all learn the great lesson of forgiveness. Without it we will NEVER know the peace that we are all hoping to find.

The first step to overcoming any addiction is to recognize that you have a problem with that addiction!

Believe me when I say not being able to truly forgive is something we are all terribly addicted to. This never brings out the best in us, it always brings out the worst. It never leads to life, it always leads to death (ignorant suffering/hell).

Matthew 7:13
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat

How can anyone truly love their life if they don’t love who they are and have the ability to love others? This is the straight gate!

Without forgiveness it is impossible to enjoy life, it impossible to live at peace with others, and impossible to be at peace within yourself. You will always have someone to be angry with, and you will always have part of yourself that you cannot stand.

If we could forgive we would have no ill will toward anyone. If we could forgive our relationships would thrive, our families would know the pure joy of love, and we would begin to have an excitement in our lives that we never knew before.

Forgiveness is the key to our salvation. Look at the example of the crucifixion. At Golgotha (the place of the skull) we see Jesus (Salvation) crosses over from death to life. And what is the declaration he makes first?

Luke 23
34Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

These are the first words he speaks after being placed on the cross. He chose forgiveness and because of this was allowed to give up the ghost of his previous suffering and enter into true rest.

The ability to forgive what many would consider unforgivable is the very thing that has to be done by us all if we ever want to cross over from the death of our carnal minds into the life of Christ (power and wisdom of God).

We must lay down our stones (judgment and condemnation). We must stop seeing ourselves as right in our own eyes and others as wrong. Truly, we have all fallen short. The longer we elevate ourselves at the expense of others the longer we will suffer. The longer we repay hate for hate the more we will reap it in return. The longer we hate ourselves the longer we suffer, the instant we enter into forgiveness we are set free.

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap

If you continue to “sow to the flesh” you will reap corruption (corrupt thinking). The longer you fuel the fires of anger toward those who have done you wrong the longer you will be plagued by the suffering that comes with it. However, the more you take your thoughts of anger captive and cast them away, the more treasure you store up for yourself and the more peace you will find within.

The longer you hate yourself and others, the more miserable your life will be. But I promise you the more you forgive others and yourself, the more joy you will find.

The problem is we have been conditioned away from forgiveness. Today people point fingers every which way, towards those that hurt them, towards those act or look different, towards those who think different and believe different. And we are ALL guilty of this, our guilt causes our suffering. Which is why we must LET IT GO!

The greater your capacity to forgive is, the more grateful you become in life. This is pictured beautifully in the story of the woman with the alabaster box.

Luke 7:47
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

The more you are able to forgive others and yourself, the more love you have. The more you love the more you forgive, the more you forgive the more you truly begin to live.

Acts 3:19
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord

We need to change our thinking. We need to forgive BECAUSE it is the only way to freedom. We need to take a good long look at ourselves in the mirror and say, forgive me for the times I could not forgive. We need to pray that we will be ale to forgive and force ourselves to take the higher road. It may be hard at first but soon the high road will become our only road and it will no longer seem as work, because we know in so doing we find everlasting life and peace!

I want to be a light in this world and it would be easy when I am mistreated for me to want to lash out and seek justice for myself. But the instant I do this, that light goes out and I live in darkness and pain because I allowed it. Time has taught me, that when I take revenge into my own hands I am inviting more suffering into my life.

Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord

Time has also taught me that when I refuse to give in to that wicked egotistic carnal mind of mine that I find strength to overcome it. When we resist the urge to hold others accountable for our current emotional state, we find that urge leave us.

James 4:6-8
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

God is love and we cannot know love when we choose the pride of anger instead. God resists the proud, which means when you act out of your anger toward others it will NEVER bring you a positive and peaceful end. But if you are humble and you forgive and trust God, the urge to do harm, the urge to condemn others and yourself will flee! It will leave you so you can know the peace that you allowed to be stolen from you to begin with, because you didn’t first forgive.

With all of that being said, I want to open your eyes to perhaps seeing the parable of the adulterous woman in a new light.

JOHN 8
2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

Notice this scene takes place in the morning. The SUN (son/truth) hadn’t fully risen, it had just risen. WITHIN the temple Jesus (the way, truth, life) was teaching. Look at the Temple as YOUR SOUL, and Jesus as the Spirit of God within you that is teaching you daily. (The SON just rose and began to teach)

3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

You see, even though the TRUTH of God was being taught within the Temple (you), the religious mind of condemnation is also at work trying to find a part of you that can be condemned.

Have you ever tried to just sit and clear your mind. The instant you, all of these terrible thoughts and memories flood your mind. Next thing you know, instead of enjoying that peace you are occupied by these negative thoughts. This is exactly what this story is teaching us. That even when we are seeking the TRUTH, the enemy of our carnal mind is at work to distract us and tempt us to do wrong.

Adultery and Prostitution in scripture is always a symbol of cheating on God, or leaving God for the ways and thoughts of this world. A cheating spouse is the perfect picture of mankind’s soul who leaves the husband of truth for another.

Jeremiah 3:8
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also

Within us our carnal minds are always at work trying to usurp power and control over love. The carnal mind is that voice of the adulterous woman, the harlot of Babylon, trying to get us all drunk and lead us into the bondage of sin (ignorance and suffering/ missing the mark of our true life.)

Just like the pharisees and scribes were on the look out for anyone to fall short of the law, within us our carnal minds are always pointing out people who do wrong and then try to convince us that they need to be punished.

Our carnal minds are so good at condemnation that this snake will convince you to lash out and then after it gets what it wants, it will then bring you before the truth and condemn YOU for your actions. The enemy is indeed a roaming lion seeking whom it may devour.

But Jesus didn’t take the bait as so many of us would have. He refused to go along with the thought of condemnation. And if he did, he would be the next one on the chopping block. As that is exactly what the Pharisees and Scribes wanted.

But Jesus walked in forgiveness which makes it impossible to condemn another, much less someone who did not offend him personally. Jesus understood as we should, that people don’t do bad things because they know better. They do bad things because they “Know not what they do.”

6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

Now look at the wonderful symbolism here. The Pharisees and Scribes tempted Jesus to condemn the woman so that they could in return ACCUSE HIM! This is exactly how our carnal minds act. They pump us up with thoughts of revenge, only to make our lives harder and to condemn us all the more when we go along for that pernicious ride.

Now how did Jesus handle this? … He stooped down. The TRUTH always has to come down to the level at which the people are able to grasp it. He didn’t stand above them saying how wrong they were. He took a submissive position so they would hear him. No one will listen to another if that person comes across as a cocky know it all.

Jesus came down to their level, and when he was there, that is when he began to teach them. By placing his finger (authority of truth and love) on the ground (their souls)… The symbolism of placing a finger on the ground to write is wonderful.

7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

These simple words have such authority. Which is why we see Jesus LIFTING UP HIMSELF. This is a picture of the TRUTH being raised within those who did not know better.

Simply saying, “he that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” speaks to us all. Not only does it say we all make mistakes and should forgive, but it gives us the freedom to forgive ourselves for our actions… because we all make mistakes.

When you realize that we all make mistakes because we do not know better it is so much easier to forgive those who do us wrong. We cannot stand above others in judgment when they do wrong, because we have done wrong too. And when we learn this we begin to see ourselves walking it out in our own lives.

8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When we see that we are no better than others we begin to act that way. We begin to see that we are all in this together, what we do to one we do to ourselves and in learning this we begin to make better choices.

10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

When the TRUTH of God is lifted up WITHIN US, we understand there is never anyone who can truly condemn us, accuse us, or hurt us. In addition, by knowing this, we learn that we no longer have to condemn, accuse, or hurt anyone in return… Much less ourselves.

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

We are forgiven people so we must forgive! We all have made mistakes, we all have, but it is time to let it all go. It is time for us to forgive those who have done us harm and forgive ourselves for the harm we have done.

Our sins are forgiven, and when you know this… THERE IS NO ONE THAT CAN CONDEMN YOU ANYMORE.

I may have made mistakes in the past and rushed to judgment because of things that were done to me, but I can let that go… because back then I knew no better. And now I know better, I will take it one day at a time, and pray that I walk in forgiveness always, because without it I will never truly find peace. And neither will you.

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Jacob
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ADVERSARIES FOR OUR GOOD!


ADVERSARIES FOR OUR GOOD! SAY WHAT?

If you’re married like me, I’m sure you’ve had your share of extended family spats. Who doesn’t right? What’s that expression, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your families… nose?” Or something like that.

In any event, why does it seem, that families, who should be the most supportive and loving, usually cause the most pain and suffering. Well, this is the reason for this essay.

You see, Christ did say, he came to cause division. Dividing us from our CARNAL EGO so where two (Ego and Christ) once stood, now there is only ONE IN CHRIST! Well the truth is whatever is within is without, and vice versa. So while a work is being done within you, to separate you from parts of you which are “Names written in the book of life” (Which literally means NATURES NOT ROOTED IN CHRIST)… So while these “natures” in you, like pride, ego, hate, prejudice, lies, are being rooted out in your waking life you will see some separation as well. In fact, if you don’t have opposition or people who are coming against you in some way, you probably aren’t as far along spiritually as you may think. Scripture states many things about this, which we can take both allegorically and literally.

Luke 12:53
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Now granted, I see this above scripture allegorically and spiritually. But, as I said, whatever is within is also without, people. God uses our lives, our victories, defeats, our joys, and our sufferings, to teach us. God knows, he is doing such with me.

It seems persecution and tribulation has been a better teacher than the warm embrace of love and fluffy pillows. God did chose the furnace of affliction to try us in after all. And in Hebrews it is written, that “he learned obedience through the things he suffered.” – In fact there really is no other way around it, because as carnal ego animals we don’t follow that Shepherd, the sheep dog needs to keep us in line.

Acts 14:22
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.

As much as it stinks as a pair of dirty socks, making mistakes and paying the price really is a better teacher than anything else I have experienced in the world.

Forgiveness is one of the most important lessons we must learn. To do this, we must feel the sting of betrayal. This is so we will learn to find peace within and not outside of ourselves. If we want everyone to like us, then we are looking for “Life” in temporary things and that just won’t cut the mustard when the rubber meets the road. Because Carnal Mankind and it’s strength and friendships will fail you every step of the way. So to avoid us putting our faith in THE CREATION, as many idolators love to do, God makes sure you don’t find that acceptance and peace you so desperately crave from those OUTSIDE OF YOU. (Of course that isn’t to say, you won’t have loved ones, wives, husbands, children, and family members that accept you… but for many I have found even that is not the case)

Here is the reason, the TEMPORAL WORLD is the problem, the world WITHIN (the kingdom of God) is the solution. When a turtle is threatened it retreats into its shell, when we are attacked we retreat within as well. GOD HELP US, we pray.

You will find, if you change your thoughts, your world will Change.

Today, everyone, including myself, is worried about what everyone else thinks or says, this is why we SUFFER. Which is why I am here for yet another eye-opening rant about the tests God places in our lives, especially my own.


2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We need to stop looking for approval and acceptance from anyone or any system outside of us, and start looking for God and His peace within (Note to Jacob: DO THIS!)


Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The people who have been causing my wife and I a good deal of pain of late, are like the Pharisees who were so concerned with the outside appearance of things. On the outside they seemed to have it all right?

WRONG!

Like the Pharisees, they are hurting, they are sad, they are alone and feel empty. I know this by their actions toward us. They believe the more they have, purchase, or own, the more they build, conquer, rule over others or put down, that they will feel better about themselves and find peace. They believe the more they tear down those who are happy, they will feel better about themselves. So they shine up the outside of their lives, while the inside is a cold and bitter, broken, place. These poor people.

Matthew 23:25
You make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

You’ll also find those who put their faith in external things, hate those who put their faith in the internal/eternal things, like Me.

People hate what they don’t understand. A man who believes in God is hated by the one who wishes he had such passion and faith, but is bankrupt and empty. “The fool says in his heart there is no God”, and then he acts out of his lack by propping himself up as if he is somehow better for the way he lives, and for what he believes. He (and I use the word he to represent carnal mankind) will mock those of the faith and then find others to do the same. Nothing makes a sad a lonely miserable person feel better than “yes men and women”. The reason is, deep down they know their behavior is deplorable, but if those around them agree it is okay, then they feel are empowered and begin to believe perhaps they are just and right in their terrible actions toward people who believe differently from them. This is no different from bullies picking on kids who are smaller and weaker, or nerdier than them, the bullies actions always stem from their overwhelming feeling of lack and their need for approval from others.

But no matter how many broken, hurting, angry people surround these “bullies”, they will still be sadly alone. And when it all comes to the end, they will have nothing but a life of mockery and hate to look on, they will only have memories of haunting them of those they tore down as opposed to joyful memories of those they built up and encouraged.

If they learned that peace is only found within, and not without, then they would have what WE have, (which they so desperately want and yet hate) And they would no longer feel the need to attack us and tear us down.

Matthew 23:26
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is WITHIN the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

So something needs to be done so these people can come to this understanding. And there is no better teacher than TRIBULATION. Through much suffering we enter the kingdom. As a woman travails in birth with her child, the pangs of birth DRIVE HER TO DELIVERY. This happens for us all.

For the moment, many, including myself are enduring the attacks of these sad people, but I assure you this will be for our good. And when we learn, what it is we are meant to learn, then they will have to reap what they have sown as well.

If God didn’t allow us to suffer we would be addicted to our natural Form and the temporal world forever. This is why there is a FIERY SWORD at the garden’s entrance KEEPING US FROM ENTERING eternal life without DYING TO OUR CARNAL (EGO) the Dead Man called ADAM. We must go through the FIRE (a cleansing process) to enter the Kingdom (which is peace, righteousness, and power in the holy spirit)

This is why Christ had to come to divide father against son, etc… You see, God will tear you from your earthly attachments until you learn these great and nobles truths of the Kingdom. But just like Job your future state will make your former state pale in comparison.

What better way to learn to forgive a betrayer, or the meat-head (carnal) enemies that come along, and step on our feelings, then to have one’s own enemy COME from ones own home. (Which I know is also symbolic of our mind and soul)

But we MUST remember the ONLY ENEMY there is are the lies and negative thoughts we have about others and ourselves. It is seeing duality and division, instead of unity and knowing peace.

So, there will be enemies in this world for us to overcome. Without us and Within Us. Now as much as I know this will pain people to read this, I must be true to what I know to be true. So forgive me for sharing what I believe will help you. GOD is the One responsible for sending these enemies our way. He does this to humble us and prepare us for what is to come. Sometimes we deserve it. Sometimes we need it. Sometimes we should just ZIP OUR LIP and learn from it.

We need to stop worrying and allowing these painful situations to race over again and again in our mind. Because these situations, I promise you, are there for our spiritual advancement.


1 Corinthians 5:5
To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Most Religious leaders leave out this precious scripture, where we see the disciples saying, “Hey put this meat-head into the DEVIL’S HANDS, he’ll destroy the fleshy sin (foolish thinking) that is keeping him from the truth and his SPIRIT will be saved because of it.”

WHAT JACOB? The Devil saves? — Well, if not for a great purpose, God would not create the destroyer to destroy, would he?

Our suffering helps set us free. And when we see this we are free indeed.

When we realize our enemies are “unknowingly” doing the will of God to better our spiritual growth and helping enter into the Kingdom of Peace, we will rejoice!

Amos 3: 6
Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

God is preparing us as a trainer prepares an athlete before a big meet. The weights need to be added on to strengthen us for the fight to come. The stronger we get spiritually, the more resistance we will meet spiritually. (In the natural as well)

God did the same with Joseph, Jacob, David, Moses, Jesus, Paul, the list goes on and on. He even turned a Donkey against Baalam, a donkey was his adversary…. SIDE NOTE: A donkey is a symbol of a BEAST OF BURDEN, and there is none greater than the CARNAL MAN. The goods news is, CHRIST rides that Carnal Man into Jerusalem (which means “Teaching of Peace”) Carnal Man is the beast that the Child of God died for and is entombed within.

But the ELDER (CARNAL MAN) will serve the Younger (CHRIST IN YOU)

But even the Stubborn “Ass” that stood in the dumb prophet Balaam’s way, was motivated by God’s angel.

God is God people, He is behind it all. The sooner we learn from our sufferings, the sooner we can move forward and stop writing long blog’s about how mean these (adversaries for our good) are… Oh wait a minute, that’s me I’m talking about! DOH!

If resistance is the only way we become physically strong. Is it SO hard to believe spiritual resistance is the only way we become spiritually strong?

Yes, while we are under attack we do feel weak and helpless and it sucks big green eggs… (Not that I have ever seen a green egg, but if you mix that with some green ham I bet that would rock! Or at least I’ve been told by Sam “I AM” now there was a Dr. Seuss character who understood who he was.:))

Suffering is a good thing. Just look at the Butterfly after its long fight in the death of its cocoon. I think he would say it was worth the fight when flying high above the pain of his past. And guess what, without that fight to break free from that terrible cocoon, he or she (do butterflies even have a sex?:)) the butterfly would die. It cannot fly without the fight.

In our weakness we FINALLY allow God to be strong. And when God is our Strength we finally know Joy. “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength!”

It is when we scream, “I can’t do it anymore! I give up! I stink like an old mans shoe!” It is when we are the most broken that we are given the opportunity to be made whole again.

We must come to the conclusion that our CARNAL NATURE (ADAM/EGO) is vain and can profit us no longer. If we act as an animals act we inherit flees. If we act as the Child of God we inherit His Kingdom!

We must say, “I hate this world, I hate who I am, I hate my life (ego)!” You see people, where you may believe you are losing the fight, I see God frustrating you to GIVE UP THE FIGHT… And when you do, VICTORY IS MINE, SAYETH THE LORD!

John 12:25
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

But to get you to this point, sometimes, we need a Pharaoh or two to enslave us, torment us, and test us until we are READY AND WILLING to stand up and REST so we can allow God to set us free.

We all know that carnal man is always concocting devious plans, scenarios, and words to say, things to do, to show those bullies just what we think of them! … But that is not the voice of truth. That STRANGE WOMAN’S VOICE in our head (See my article; Strange woman), It is the voice of fear, hurt, worry and anger, it is the voice of lies, and Carnal Man’s Ego is the Father of all lies.

If I were to pick up a rock or stone and throw it at one who has stoned me first, guess what, I am no better than them and I better duck because another stone will be coming at me soon after.

This is what we wrestle against, not flesh and Blood, not mean people, but the NEGATIVE THOUGHTS (demons/principalities/powers within) that plague our mind, trying to get us to roll up our sleeves and GET READY TO RUMBLE!

Some would think even those who have so much monetarily, would be at peace and show more compassion and charity. But most don’t. Sadly, it is even worse with those who have made their money off a congregation. They really feel self-important, they look at their carnal man-made palace of a church and say, God has blessed me. But truly we know the blessed are those who GIVE UP EVERYTHING TO KNOW GOD! They don’t store up literal money and treasure, they store of wheat (wisdom/truth) so when the famine is in the land they can be like Joseph was in Egypt, a great Savior.

Now what about Justice Jacob? Well trust me when I say, whatever anyone does to you, they will receive it in return. I don’t know how, or when, I just know….


God is not mocked, whatever a man sows he shall also reap

Many don’t believe this. Because many don’t truly believe in God. But these words are a herald of sorts for them all.


“For soon, it will all come crumbling down around them, and in that day they will know they have done evil in the land.”

Sometimes family members or loved ones can take their abuses too far, this is something I am very familiar with. It can be abuse, physical, sexual, emotional, it doesn’t matter it is all very painful and hard to get over, but I promise you ALL WE HAVE ENDURED IN THE DARK OF NIGHT is setting us up to RULE WITH THE LIGHT in our lives!

So, instead of retaliating or trying to hurt them in return, as crazy as this sounds, WE MUST CHOOSE TO THANK GOD FOR THEM! I pray things will get better for them, I want restoration for them, not the division I see… Because let’s be real, their house is already DIVIDED and a house divided against itself cannot stand. News flash OURS IS STANDING STRONGER THAN BEFORE because it has been, and continues to be built upon the tried and tested stones of persecution!

So instead of bringing down the wrath of Jacob with the ugly truth about our adversaries, I prayed for them instead. As we don’t want other to cause suffering in our lives, it is not my desire to cause suffering in theirs.

You see, sometimes your life, who you are, will drive people bonkers. They don’t have what you have so they want to hurt it, tear it apart. How sad is that? The problem is they want what you have and can’t find it (Peace, Love, Life).

Deep down, our adversaries want to have a home filled with love, faith in something, they want their life to have meaning. They want what they cannot find, because the only way to find it is to first see how very wrong the egotistical death they are living is. They MUST lose their life/death to save their LIFE/CHRIST.

Here is an interesting side note: The third greatest reason for divorce is the interference of family members or third parties… People, Meat-head people, if you allow them, will destroy your marriage if you don’t recognize their attacks are actually there to bring you and your wife/husband closer together. You can’t let anything come between you and your beloved, as you shouldn’t let anything come between you and God.

If only more marriages that were struggling could realize, it is not the good times that proves a man and woman’s love, it is getting through the bad times, that proves their love. It is standing together, forgiving each other, looking to the moment and not behind, taking each others hand and saying, “I love you baby, and you are so darn HOT!” – Well that’s what I say at least.

Our present suffering will end (I PROMISE), but this suffering is the glue that brings families closer together, and our souls closer to Gods spirit. Two separate objects don’t want to become one naturally. It takes the brute force of the hammer, the piercing of the nail, the torment and splintering of the wood, to have two pieces of wood joined into one. Where two come together, there is always a torment of sorts that changes the two into one.

Here is what our “adversaries for our spiritual growth” don’t understand.

Even those in our own families, extended families, neighbors, employees at work, whoever it is who hurts us, tear us down, and attacks us, when these individuals are doing everything in their power to break up a marriage they are unknowingly strengthening the spirit of a marriage. When people come against us, attack us, mock us, they are unknowingly strengthening our spirit. And one day, we will be as Jesus saying “Forgive them for they know not what they do” – Then we will rise above our situation, and never return to allow our enemies to hurt us again. But FIRST we MUST learn this lesson, our adversaries are IGNORANT and they are THERE to help us.

Now this reasoning doesn’t make much sense to a person at first. They say, God would never want us to suffer. God would never allow hard times in our lives.


1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

They don’t believe God is in anything that hurts. Yet childbirth is not fun, and it is written that “we will not be saved in childbearing” – Remember what it is we are giving birth to people, CHRIST!

So, don’t plan revenge, plan for prayer, plan for things to get better in your life and the lives of those you love. Remember as the lead character of my novel “The Calling A Voice In The Dead Woods” said… “THOSE THAT HATE THE MOST MUST BE LOVED THE MOST”

So, I will not do anything to avenge myself, and I suggest all of you in similar circumstances learn this lesson and do the same. For God has bigger plans for us all.


Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

We are not meant to take up the fight for ourselves. I have done this in the past and the results always backfired. Every bomb you drop on your enemy you drop on your own head…. Unless you are passing gas, and then by all means, God is cool with a drive by dusting of the knuckleheads in your life.

My friend Diane who BTW ROCKS, said we have a choice in life. We can choose to have PEACE or we can choose to be RIGHT. But, if we want to be RIGHT you have to get into the FIGHT. Oh what a wise sage she is!

So, I choose this day which God I will serve, not ADAM, but THE LORD OF HOSTS. And God says the fight is HIS, not ours.

Deuteronomy 1:30
The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;

To win the day we simply sit back and let the Lord do his work. Sure, we will suffer the knucklehead comments of our enemies, and the sting of deceit and betrayal. This much we know to be true. However, there is only one-way to end such anguish and it is never found repaying evil with evil.

Matthew 26: 52
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

In dodge ball when the ball is thrown at you if you simply catch it your adversary is out of the game! You absorb their blow and you do not return it. While the ball is in your hands, you are safe. But the instant you throw that ball back into play, trying to hit someone to WIN THE DAY, you better watch out because that ball will be coming right back at ya!

When you repay evil with evil, you are simply prolonging your own suffering. This is why we must NEVER repay evil with evil but with Good.

Now this doesn’t mean you roll over and play dead and let these Meat-Heads walk, and talk, all over you. You have to be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. When a fox is spoiling the vine, you find a way to keep the fox out. It may take a couple of different approaches, changing phone lines, moving, praying all the time LOL… but in the end, they will hear as Herod heard…

Luke 13:32
Go ye, and tell that FOX, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

The negative thoughts, the pain, the insecurities that these attacks caused IN US, will go away! We won’t let this nonsense bother us anymore. And God’s love is healing us from the wounds of our adversaries (who, by now, we know are there for our own spiritual growth) and finally, because of all we have endured, I say THANK YOU to those who have hurt me for on the Third Day I shall be perfected because your wicked devises have done a great work in me! Like the chisel to the stone! So I will learn to say…

“Father forgive them for they know not what they do!”

Or I will say

“I’m rubber your glue! I’m going to sit back and pray for you!”

We must “Do Unto others as we would WANT DONE TO US”

Like many of you, I have had my share of persecution. And every time I repaid injury for injury, I got hurt more. But when I stepped back and LET LOVE RULE as the Prophet Lenny Kravitz sang… I watched my enemies change, as well as their situations.


“You sit still down river long enough, you’ll see the bodies of your enemies float past you”

SO,

Matthew 5:25
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Jesus gave us the keys of the kingdom, and those keys deal with reaping and sowing. If you want good in your life, start doing good. FORGIVE AND LIVE!


“If I say I love God and hate my brother, I am a liar.”

So, let’s start by following these simple rules and watch things in our lives turn around.

SOME GREAT KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Galatians 6:7
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Luke 6 36-38
Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you will not be condemned
Forgive and you will be forgiven
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:29
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

2 Corinthians 9:6
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

What we do to others, we actually are doing to ourselves, even when it comes to retaliating against our enemies.

This is why I will repay the (adversaries for our good) with the shake of the head, a shrug of the shoulders, and a prayer sent up on high…

Them silly kids, I’ll say. They know not what they do. Knuckleheads.

In every one of these article I usually receive some cool revelation and I hope you stuck with me to the end for this one. Because it JUST HIT ME! And it is good for you to hear this.

Matthew 5:38
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

We have been taught by Jesus that the “eye for an eye” philosophy needs to be thrown out.

But this is only in reference to the physical action of causing physical or emotional harm to one who has done such to you.

This DOES NOT mean that the law of Reaping and Sowing, Cause and Effect is not still a GREAT TRUTH.

Whatever we do to one, will be done to us, in one way or another. This is why Jesus’ advice is so important for us all to hear and implement in our lives.

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Why would Jesus say this?

Like my dodge ball story, (which I never got pick to play as a kid) If a man strikes you and you strike the man back… you will find you have another fist coming your way.

For one reason or another, God thought we needed or deserved such attacks and abuses. And if, after receiving these attack, we strike out and do the same to our enemies at the moment (for any other reason than self-defense) we are throwing the karmic ball back into play.

If someone talks bad about you, DON’T talk bad about them.
If someone mocks you, DON’T mock them.
Don’t repay evil with evil.

Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Many don’t understand why Jesus was all about feeding your enemy and praying for them. Well the feeding part is really symbolic of showing them love and compassion. Showing them what they have not shown you. The BREAD FROM HEAVEN is the TRUTH and the Water is the SPIRIT OF GOD.

I would be a big fibbie pants if I were to say I am walking this truth out ALL THE TIME. I am not, but I am trying, and I pray all of you will let God be your Victor. So when trouble comes don’t get ready to rumble, just simply walk away. The bigger man is always the one who wins the day.

Peace everyone!
Jacob

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“The Truth Will Change You”