Hidden Wisdom From Above
This morning I just had a real strong desire to write. I did not know what to write, in fact the last time I had something that I truly wanted to share, I just didn’t have the time to write it as I started a new job and have been working many hours. Instead I posted a brief “thought for the day” on my facebook about it. It was something that I found to be truly wonderful and yet I was surprised it didn’t get the attention that I thought it would.
As you all know by now, I love it when the “SPIRIT” of the scriptures are uncovered. Because as we all know by now it is the SPIRIT OF THE STORY that gives us life, not the LETTER (literal) understanding of it. We are meant to be ministers of the SPIRIT, of the heart of truth and love, not ministers of historical fact or literal repetition.
2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
It is the SPIRIT that gives one peace. It is that AHA moment, when you finally understand what it all means that changes a person’s heart. The focus should never be on the reciting of a particular story or accepting it to be literally true. The focus should always be on what IT ALL MEANS. It is the SPIRIT of the story that has been hidden away within the story that we are destined to share.
We are to share the meaning of the GOSPEL (good news) not simply the repetition of it. What does it matter if you can repeat every single word of the nativity story, if you don’t realize that THIS STORY is YOUR STORY. What does it matter if you can repeat page after page of scripture if you don’t first know what it means?
WHAT IS THE MYSTERY THAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN? That is what we must share. THE SPIRIT of the mystery tucked away neatly within the author’s story.
1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory
And this mystery is CHRIST IN YOU! But merely repeating those words means nothing, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU!
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
This simple passage reveals a great mystery. The Author is telling you what a LAME man is. Re-read the passage… now what is the LAME man a symbol of?
RIGHT! A FOOL! One who does not know the TRUTH. One who has yet to have the SPIRIT of the PARABLE revealed. One who has yet to have the TRUTH heal his FOOLISH AFFLICTION. And CHRIST (the TRUTH reveals in mankind) HEALS the LAME.
So what I wanted to share recently was the parable of the man with the withered hand. Jesus healed him on the sabbath. This was the short poem I posted, in hopes someone would pick up on its hidden meaning.
When Jesus healed the man with the withered hand, the point wasn’t just to prove that on the Sabbath God had a different plan. The point was to show, that all it takes is compassion for anyone’s hand to grow. This is all allegory you see, for the spiritually and emotionally crippled to be free, all it takes is love and charity. This is why before the man was healed he was first told to “stretch forth his hand”… This for everyone is God’s plan. What we do for others we do for ourselves. This is the key to freedom and how all those hurting will be made well… Our Hand has been withered for far too long, our authority and power needs to be restored so we can begin to sing a new song. We too need to STRETCH FORTH OUR HAND to those in need and I promise when we do our hand that has been withered by lies and greed will be made whole and the peace we have all longed for we will finally see. So today I will Stretch forth your hand, not just for you but for me.
What I was trying to do was show people the SPIRIT of this story. Look, it doesn’t matter one bit whether a man named Jesus literally healed a person’s hand. HOW DOES BELIEVING THIS CHANGE A PERSON? The answer is… IT DOESN’T. All it creates is confusion. Because “as Jesus is so are we in this world.”
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.
Now if this be true, then why can’t you or I just go up to someone without a limb, or who is lame and instantly heal them? The answer is, because the literal healing of the person IS NOT WHAT IS IMPORTANT! God only wants two things from us, LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS. If you do this, all of God’s law and spirit is fulfilled.
So how does one see that LOVE is the answer in these stories of people being healed?
One must see the parable! One must learn the hidden wisdom of God.
We must look at each word in scripture and find out what they represent. For the sake of time, I will only share one scripture as a description.
Let’s look at that scripture.
And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
The SABBATH is when we are meant to enter into REST. Meaning we have no more fear, we have hope, peace, we have stopped our works (vain effort) and we trust in God.
However, here we see that MAN (us) on the SABBATH (when we should be resting) found ourselves to have a right hand that was withered.
Now we understand that CHRIST (The TRUTH/Way/Life) of God is the RIGHT HAND OF GOD… So this must mean, that the TRUTH of God is of none effect in our lives. The authority of Love has withered, when it should be whole. Now watch how we begin to unravel the meaning of the withered hand.
The HAND = One Power, Ability, Influence
Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in POWER
The MAN is the story, is always a representation of US. FOR we are the MEN AND WOMEN of scripture.
To have the Power of God withered in your life, means you are not ruled by the TRUTH. When something withers it is first starved of water (doctrine/teaching/understanding). The good news is, there is a way to heal this. And that is found in STRETCHING OUT YOUR HAND.
I hope by now you see that this ALLEGORY is about how the authority and power and love of God is restored when the MAN (us) begins to STRETCH OUT OUR HANDS!!!! Meaning we must LOVE OTHERS! When we do this we are made whole again and the power and authority of God’s truth is restored whole in our lives so we can finally do GOOD!
Because we MUST do good on the sabbath, not evil. We should be resting, we should be loving, we should be trusting, and to do this we MUST understand the SPIRIT of the story. Not just of scripture but of our lives.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants
The LITERAL is slavery, but the SPIRITUAL iS LIFE! It is time for us to look past the literal and see the SPIRIT of it all.
Every writer loves to delve into allegory as it does more than just paint the picture for you, it allows the picture to unfold into your imagination into something that lives.
Let me explain what I mean by using the classic “Moby Dick” to illustrate. In Melville’s amazing tale, the White Whale and the journey to hunt it down means so much more than just some man trying to get revenge.
For those that don’t know the story, here is a brief synopsis from good ole Wikipedia…
The story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab’s boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge.
Now on one level this story tells an exciting tale, but if one were to just take this story at face value, the true meaning would forever be lost. Because this “White Whale” is not just a literal whale. It symbolizes something greater. Whether it is inner conflict or worldly pressures, well that depends greatly on what the reader needs to learn at the moment.
Every element of Moby Dick, as well as many others classic tales, contain great hidden wisdom. That goes also for Ahab’s “Leg” which was more than just a literal leg but the ability to move on, or “The ship”, “The Crew”, “Ishmael” himself, all of which has a deeper, allegorical meaning.
When the greater truth of a story is uncovered the life of the reader can be changed… Or so that is the hope of every author.
Within my novel, The Calling, characters, locations and scenarios all have a deeper meaning. It was my desire for people to read this novel again and again and have the ability to take something new away from it. This is the same way I read the scriptures.
However, if one were to read my novel, strictly as a literal story, sure it would be an exciting ride but they would miss the “LIFE/SPIRIT” of the story, which I believe could truly make a difference in their lives, much like Melville’s tale, or “Tom Sawyer” and of course the greatest book of them all, The Bible (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION).
But how can one experience change and learn this great wisdom from above, if one doesn’t pray for IT and seek after the deeper meaning.
The question is, how do we SEE this deeper meaning? Who holds the keys to unlocking the treasures hidden away from “literal” sight?
…I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
We are being shown things all the time. But in the past we didn’t really pay attention. However, today is different, today MANY are waking up. Many are seeing God and the truth of God in a new LIGHT (a new way of seeing the scriptures). Where once people didn’t know how to find the truth within now they are learning that all one needs to do is ask.
“Teach me the Truth Lord, No Matter What The Cost!” – This was my prayer, but that prayer was first a desire that was planted within me. I did not ask for this desire, it was a gift. A gift all of you have been wonderfully given as well.
Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.
This is the gift of God, lest any man should boast.
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain
There is no one more anointed than you. There is no one more special or gifted than you. If only people could see that their salvation (freedom from their ignorant suffering and false ego) lies within. If only people could see that the truth of God does not live in others alone and that the truth of God is not for a special chosen lot who people flock to every sunday. If only people could see that the truth of God is not for those who parade around in the churches, wearing expensive clothes, who love the praise of men and the riches of the world…
Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts
If only people could see that TRUTH of God is for us all. It is within us all and waiting to be discovered by us all.
Yet, you will never be free, you will never have hope and peace, until you let go of everything you thought you knew about God and sincerely desire the truth of God.
The good news is many of you reading this right now are already there. In addition you also know it was not by your will alone that brought you to this point.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy
This is great news. This is reason for us all to stand up and shout…
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation
No matter what we are going through, regardless of where we are, THE HAND OF THE LORD is WITH US and there is a work taking place within us that no one can destroy.
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Now that is great new, isn’t it? WE CAN’T FAIL PEOPLE! No one is too lost to be found, no one is to hurt to be healed, no one is to consumed with anger to forgive, NO ONE IS OUTSIDE OF THE PURPOSE THAT IS WITHIN US ALL.
Sure it may take time for others to see the Light, but that doesn’t mean the light isn’t within them already waiting for their experiences to open the door of their understanding so they can see it and express it to others.
You see God makes everything beautiful in its time. More importantly, God has ALREADY done it.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:
Isn’t it time for us to stop arguing over what is literal and what is not. Isn’t it time for us to see to the heart of God so in turn we can show the heart of God to others. It is time for us to finally have HOPE!
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
GOD IS LOVE AND TRUTH! And the HIDDEN WISDOM of God is found in every story, in every life, in every situation, in every heart, in every minute or every day. So seek the SPIRIT of the story, not the letter of it all. Seek the WISDOM from above and remember what God’s wisdom truly is.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
For those that want to condemn others, persecute others, tear down others, this is the path to a life of despair. But for those who love all, accept all, and stretch their hands toward all… this is the wisdom that is above all.
It is my great hope, that this WISDOM which is PURE, PEACEABLE, GENTLE, EASY, FILLED WITH MERCY, WITHOUT PARTIALITY, AND WITHOUT HYPOCRISY… it is THIS WISDOM I pray you will seek, as you seek the SPIRIT OF IT ALL!
(If you enjoyed this article please feel free to share with other. Please subscribe, it is free and you will be updated with every new article or video I post here. And for those that have supported the “Voice in the Dead Woods” and continue to do so, I am so thankful to you, it is beyond words.)
IN THE WORLD NOT OF IT
The other night I was standing on my deck and staring up at the stars. It was so quiet and it was the perfect place for a much-needed retreat away from four kids, a dog, cat, the many responsibilities that go along with parenthood and keeping a nice home, and especially our circumstances. I find these moments are essential for our spiritual and emotional growth. If we don’t find time for ourselves where we can simply rest our minds from the hustle and bustle of this world, then we will most certainly not be able to hear that still silent voice within.
Remember God’s voice is never found in the storm, but it is found after all the dust has settled in the quiet following the storm. Elijah is perfect example of this and look at the progression of what leads to what. The mountain, wind, earthquake, and fire all represent something spiritual…
1 Kings 19:11-13
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice
Like Elijah when trouble comes our way when want to run to the Mountain of God to hear from God. The Mountain of course being a symbol of going higher in the spirit. But even though we seek God, we rarely do we hear God’s voice at first. We may even feel as if God has passed us by. In fact, as we search for a way out of our trouble, we may find more trouble come our way. I’m sure Elijah didn’t want to have to deal with the strong wind, earthquake and fire he met before hearing from God… But it is truly these symbolic events that lead us to the very place we are trying to find to begin with. Our trouble prepares us, tests us, breaks us, and as fire purges we also are cleansed by the very things that seem to hurt us the most… Which is why we are told to rejoice in our sufferings. Because it is producing something that is far more important within us. And I believe that is faith!
And after the ground beneath has seemed to break apart, and AFTER the burning pain of fear and worry and dread leaves us broken, we are lift with only the option of trusting God’s provision… When we have nothing else, when there is no where else for us to turn, when every self effort has been spent, THAT IS WHEN WE HEAR THE VOICE!
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice
I really want to encourage you all and remind you all that the storms of our lives, are the very things that MUST happen to open us up to the wonderful gospel of faith! Trust me when I say, I wish this wasn’t the case. I wish I didn’t have to suffer, I wish I didn’t have regret, fear, worry, insecurity, and more. I wish I didn’t have to toss and turns at nights worrying about what I am going to do now that trouble and hardship has found me. But I can only blame myself for not having the faith to TRUST GOD! And when I say “myself” of course I mean my carnal ego, my enemy, my adversary. And so my suffering leads me to turn my faith away from self effort and put it back where it belongs… GOD.
So, if not for these troubles, if not for being rejected, mocked, abused, sick, unemployed, mistreated… if not for having my back against the wall and my heart on the floor, if not for feeling totally weak and unable to deliver me or my family from our circumstances… I WOULD NEVER RELY COMPLETELY ON GOD AND GOD’S PROVISION!
There is but one way into the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Love, Righteousness, Peace, Joy, Wisdom, Power, Life)… And that one way into the Kingdom of God is TRIBULATION.
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
So our trials, though that be many, are in fact the greatest avenues to find the very freedom and peace we hope for. Our trials are there to remind us to take our eyes off our own strength and to cast away our thoughts of fear and to put our eyes and faith on God who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
And if truth be told, the quickest way to get our eyes and hope back where it belongs is to endure hardship, to be tested, and taken out of our comfort zone.
It is then we cry out to God, and beg for his deliverance. It is in our hard times that we seek God the most, this is true for believer and non-believer. In the end, when troubles mount like a tsunami wave, when all hope seems lost and our efforts cannot change a thing, believer and non-believer alike will cry out to God. And God is magnified in their hearts, and when deliverance comes the truth of God’s provision is shared with others. And if we lose a loved one, and our prayers aren’t answered, we usually find that if they were answered we would never have learned all we did and become all we became because of those circumstances not changing.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed
Notice, what we are delivered from… OUR FEAR!
It is our fear that we aren’t going to make it, that we aren’t good enough, liked enough, treated right… it is our fear in so many things that causes the torment in our heart.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
And as I have written so many times before, GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR… And if our thoughts (spirit) of Fear aren’t from God, then they are a creation of our egotistical carnal mind. And the carnal ego man is OF this world, God is not. Which is why tribulation comes, because the ego-man must be overcome. The belief and faith in Man’s works must be destroyed, man must enter into God’s rest and that rest comes from knowing God is in control.
When you know God is in control, you may be in this world, but you are no longer OF this world.
And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
Now I titled this article, “In the world not of it” for good reason. I began this essay with the story of me on my deck looking into the stars. Now I had been in prayer for weeks to “hear” from God, if you will. I had been seeking insight into my situation, into why I still had so many fears and worries when I knew deep down that it was only causing me pain. I hadn’t had any dramatic revelation (revealing) of scripture in a while. Not for lack of trying or seeking. But you can’t force revelation, you can’t make it happen, it either comes or it doesn’t. In my experience it always comes AFTER THE STORM.
When your head is filled with the troubles that surround you. You can go to the mountain like Elijah, scream out to God, seek God all you want, but you won’t find God in the midst of your troubles, you will find and hear God in the moment you least expect it. For me that moment was when walking out onto that deck and looking up into the stars.
Immediately the scripture about not being “Of this world” came to mind. I realized when I suffered, when I had great fear and worry that I was most definitely OF THIS WORLD… meaning I was a product of this world. And when I say “the world” I don’t mean planet earth, I mean OUR LUSTS! Because that is all that is found IN THE WORLD.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Just as Fear is not of God, neither is the torment that arises out of being a product of these lusts/fears/negative emotions.
Now what came to mind as I stood there on the deck was not anything earth shattering, but it was no less profound. And how it came was like a still small voice indeed. First I staring into the stars and then a simple thought came to mind. And that thought led to another thought and so on and so on.
I realized what being OF THE WORLD means, and what IN THE WORLD means. Because you can be IN something without being OF it. You can go swimming and be in the water and not be a product of the water itself. You can be in a world of trouble but you don’t need to become a product of that trouble. In this world WE WILL HAVE TRIALS AND TRIBULATION but we don’t have to become products of it, we can overcome that urge!
In this WORLD we will have hard times, BUT we don’t have to become a product of it. We may have depressing circumstances in our lives, but we DON’T need to become depressed because of it. We can Overcome the WORLD (LUST)!
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
It is a sure bet as Jesus said in this above passage, that IN THE WORLD we WILL have tribulation… but instead of letting our circumstances define us, change us, and make us into the miserable people who are OF their circumstance, we can be of GOOD CHEER and have faith because we too can and will overcome the world (lusts), because the ONE within us has already done the same.
NOW WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?
Who you THINK you are is a product OF this world… But who you truly are IN CHRIST is so much GREATER than the world (your lusts). The LIFE and TRUTH of who you are is ALWAYS GREATER than the lusts that are at war with you in this world.
1 John 4
4 YOU ARE OF GOD, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THIS WORLD.
Those first four words… YOU ARE OF GOD, are four words you should take to heart. Later John writes, You are not OF the world… meaning people we are OF GOD, we are a product of God, we come from God, we are an extension of God, we are God’s children… we are NOT OF THIS WORLD! Meaning we are not a product of our lusts or emotions, we are not an extension of our lusts of emotions, we are not OUR LUSTS AND EMOTIONS… WE ARE OF GOD! Can you imagine what can be accomplished within you if you REALLY BELIEVED THIS?
However, most people don’t REALLY believe that… And everytime we leave that truth, everytime we leave our heavenly habitation (Godly mindset) we are tricked into believing we are OF THE WORLD (our lusts)… And WHEN we fall into that trap, we begin to believe the nonsense our carnal ego has been conditioned to feed us. We start thinking we are good for nothing (because we think we are products of nothing), we think we are worthless and horrible and weak (because we think we are products of such)… Whatever a person believes they become. When you say you are worthless you confess that you are not OF GOD, but of the world (your lusts). And you begin to talk like you are OF THE WORLD. You begin to act like you are OF THE WORLD. And ultimately, in a sense, you become a PRODUCT of the world (your lusts) instead of risings above the circumstances IN THE WORLD.
Some people deal with their troubles better than others. Some rise above hardship and some don’t. When people become addicted to drugs, or alcohol, when they give in to suicidal thoughts, or become abusers, it is because they have become a PRODUCT OF their LUSTS. They did not overcome the world (lusts/pains/emotions/fears/etc) they became OF the world. They felt ugly on the inside, agreed with that lie, and manifested the lie into their life, becoming the very thing they hate the most.
BUT WE DON’T NEED TO GO DOWN THIS PATH! We are OF GOD not of this world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error
Who we TRULY are WITHIN (our true nature/spirit) is always greater than who we begin to think we are, or who people say we are. Which is why we will overcome this world (our lusts).
YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT DEFINE YOU unless you let them! YOUR FEARS DON’T RULE YOU unless you let them!
We have been tricked into seeing all that is wrong and putting faith in the “worst case situation”, instead of seeing all that is right in our lives and putting faith in all the good to come. Now if that isn’t a fate created in the depths of hell (our ignorant suffering) I don’t know what is.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
You can look at this above passage as the literal world was created by Jesus, or you can see that “as he is so are we IN THIS WORLD” and begin to understand that WE ARE IN THIS WORLD (our lusts) and this world (our lusts) was made through us (our creative power), and the “world” (Our ego when a product of our lusts) do not KNOW THE TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE and have always been, which is why we suffer… because we have become PRODUCTS of our lusts, we have become people OF THIS WORLD, instead of people OF GOD!
If it sounds like there are two distinct people within us, the TRUE US and the US WE BEGAN TO BELIEVE OURSELVES TO BE… that is because THERE ARE! The canon of scripture is filled with this truth! And this double minded man is unstable in all his ways, a house divided with fall… in other words as long as these two natures are at war we will not be able to overcome this world (lusts).
And the LORD said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
There are two distinct people within us, THE CHRIST MAN and the EGO MAN, the SON OF GOD and the SON OF MAN. Two in one bed if you will. The good news is THE FIRST shall be LAST! In other words, who we think we are now will DECREASE and who we truly are is increasing each and every moment of every day!
He must increase, but I must decrease.
The ONE (of the world) must decrease and become the (ONE of God)!
And the ONE OF THE WORLD decreases the instant we put our trust and hope in the Father and in the plan! And I know this is a hard thing to do. This is why it is so important for you to find those precious moments of peace away from the hustle and bustle of your life, as I did on my deck.
It is so important to calm your mind and put your thoughts back on track. Focus on the good instead of the bad, don’t let your fear become your life, let your life overcome your fear by NOT BEING OF THE WORLD while you are IN THE WORLD!
There is a good reason why scripture tells us to think on GOOD THINGS. Because we are what we think! We become what we believe!
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
THINK ON THESE THINGS… good reports not bad, hope not sad, life not death, rising above all the mess! Remember who you truly are… and what you are not… YOU ARE OF GOD LITTLE CHILDREN AND WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
(If you enjoyed this article, please subscribe and tell a friend and as always, especially now thank you all for your support and encouragement!)
“the truth will change you”
BELIEVE AND RECEIVE
About ten years ago, I was going through many things emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. It was an especially hard time in my life, but also a very wonderful time where I learned so much about myself and others. I learned that you can never repay hate with hate unless you want more hate in return. I learned that you can only overcome the evil others wish to bring into your life by wishing good in theirs and doing good to those who do not do the same for you.
I learned to be grateful for what I had, even though I had lost so much, I lost my home, the new car, the furniture, my wife left me and on top of it all I was sick. During that time I had so little control over anything. All I could do was hold unto my faith that one day my children would be in my fulltime care away from the danger of my ex-wife’s convicted felon, addicted, steroid using and child abusing boyfriend, who she moved into my home while he was on house arrest within two weeks of me moving into a really small apartment. It was a terrible time and I knew my children were in danger, but I had no money, I was barely getting by to begin with so how could I possibly get my children? The answer was, faith.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done
I had done nothing wrong in my first marriage, although I am sure I wasn’t perfect, I knew I was better than most. I was a devote husband, a great father, never cheated, never flirted, did housework, made a great living, supported my ex in all things, I dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s, but my ex was just never in love with me. She had told me that it wasn’t me, it was her. The old line didn’t really play so well for me after almost seven years of marriage, a four-year old and a newborn. The first thing that didn’t make any sense was I had always been told God hated divorce. Even though I would learn the only DIVORCE God hates is when “we” divorce ourselves from God and ignorantly believe we are OUR EGO and that OUR EGO is in control. When in fact, who we truly are is beyond what any preachers, priest, rabbi, or guru has told you. We are everything and this is why we must project unto the world and others what we want returned.
“God is not mocked whatever a man sows he shall also reap.”
So there I was alone, broke, in and out of the hospital with my Crohns disease, my children around about the worst human being for them. I don’t want to get into details but imagine the worst person to be around children and that was my ex’s boyfriend who was also fifteen years her junior.
But instead of allowing anger, hatred and worse to grow within me, I began to pray for both of them. Don’t get me wrong there were many times that I wanted to hurt the sick young man who my ex was with, but hurting him and hurting her would never bring me peace. You don’t find peace at the expense of others, you find peace by doing what is right in God’s eyes. You only find peace by truly loving yourself and others, and that means your “enemies” as well. Because if truth by told if you don’t love who you percieve as an enemy, you don’t love yourself.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you
The reason we MUST love those we percieve as enemies, is because they are there for us to learn. In fact, we created them to begin with. We judged these people to be who we “feared” they were and they became exactly that. I know this is a tough pill to swallow but it does not mean it is not truth. If we judge a certain way, we will be judged by how we first judged. In other words, you get what you put out people. This is Jesus’ teachings is about the best advice in the world. A majority of Jesus’ teachings dealt with sowing and reaping, forgiving, and never taking revenge. The reason is a spiritual law that is at work in the world today. You will only receive what you first put out. You can’t get lettuce without first planting it, the nurturing it and allowing it to grow. The same is true for peace, you will never have peace in your life if you sow hate, anger, and revenge. You recieve what you first believe and set your heart to accomplish.
Back then my hands were really tied. Even though I knew what was going on in my old home I had no proof besides the terrible diaper rashes, bruises, and what my son would tell me. None of which held any weight because of his age. And all of the physical proof could be explained away, even though I knew the excuses were not true. Whether my ex knew about this or not I could not say, I hope for her own peace of mind she didn’t know. One time CPS was called on them, when I found out I was overjoyed but the investigation went nowhere, the agent never followed anything up and the person who called never came forward. It was a devastating time in my life, I felt so helpless. It was one thing to deal with sickness, heartache, and abuse when it was happening to me, but when it was happening to my children it was a very different and terrible hell. It also makes it very hard to trust that God has it all worked out and everything that is happening is happening for a very good reason. Nevertheless, I pressed on and soon I would find out how important this time was for me.
I knew that the only way I could protect my children, get my life back on track, and get healthy again was to start by being healthy within. So I set my sights on my goal, I pictured my children with me, I pictured myself in a new home, and of course I pictured my ex and her boyfriend, turned husband divorced quickly and both would get their lives in order, and more importantly the new husband would be out of my children’s lives for good.
You see, I couldn’t do more than I was doing. Short of kidnapping my children and moving out of the country my hands were tied. So I simply hung onto hope, I turned to God like never before. I spoke to many people about the faith I had, telling them within a short period of time I would have custody of my children, a new home, and more. I prayed for my ex and her new husband, but more importantly I cried out to God saying, “I can’t take this anymore, I can’t do this anymore, help me!” I was desperate. And then one day the call came.
The new husband was caught with his pants down, literally, the only problem was it happened to take place in front of my one year old daughter.
You see even though my circumstances seemed hopeless, God was bigger tha my circumstances and more importantly I firmly believe he was always in control of them, teaching me to stop putting my trust in mankind and myself but to trust that when I believe I will receive. I conditioned myself to only see good coming out of it all. I even had dreams about some big secret that would be revealed, I had dreams I would soon have custody of my kids even though there was no earthly reason for this to happen, considering we just got divorced six months prior.
You see I have long been a believer that if you do the right thing you will reap good things in return. If you do the wrong thing eventually you have to pay for what you have done. This kept me going, I knew eventually whatever was being done privately would be revealed.
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
We do indeed reap what we sow. I wrote once about God’s judgment. You see the OLD WAY of looking at things was an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. Then Jesus came on the scene and cleared that up.
The problem was people believed THEY were the ones that had the right to excercise the judgment. That was their mistake. They thought if someone hurt them, you could hurt them back. The problem with this is, if you do the same thing to someone who hurt you then you are no better. If someone first tears you down and gossips about you and then you gossip about how bad they are and in return tear them down, you are as guilty.
Here is what people don’t understand, the “eye for an eye” law is indeed a spiritual law. The problem is mankind does NOT have the right to execute it. God will make what is wrong right. It is NOT up to us.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Here is the reason, these terrible things that happen to us are happening for us. And if I did not practice what many men and women of God before me preached, which is love, hope, and forgiveness, then my children wouldn’t be where they are today and nor would I.
Judgment is NEVER ours. Judgment is God’s. When we judge others and we stand in judgment and try to exercise judgment on others, we will get what we judged in return. Like thinking the worst in someone before they treat you bad, it is a good call whatever you believed about them they will become. This is why it was so important for me back then to see those that were hurting me and my children in a better light and trust that God would make things right. If their hearts wouldn’t change, then custody and my circumstances would.
And I did indeed receive what I believed.
To make a long story short, without a penny in the bank I would get custody of my children, I would move into my new home, my ex and her new husband would soon divorce and he would never be seen again. I would meet my true love, my new son (her son, my step son), we would be blessed by the home we have today, and we would have my baby boy Ethan who truly is a light in my life.
It wasn’t hate that brought me the life I am living today, it was faith, forgiveness and a conscious decision to think only on the good and to BELIEVE.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things
Now I wanted to share all of this to remind you that even when things seem the most hopeless and you are at your most helpless, there is always hope! BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH! With Faith everything is possible!
…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you
Now when asked about all of this, the question could be, “Do you wish things were different?” The question could always be answered, “of course”. No one wants to see their children suffer, no one wants to struggle or be tempted to hate another, to see a family break apart, etc. However the truth is, today I love where I am and without all the manure heaped on top of my life at that point the flowers of faith that blossomed out of it would never be enjoyed. My children are strong, happy, and healthy, my wife is my rock, my step son is like my own flesh and blood, and my baby Ethan is an angel sent from God. We are a happy family and I would never trade what I have today for a better yesterday.
I thank God for it all. During that time I learned so much. There is something very revealing spiritually about losing everything you thought SEEMS TO matter in the world, to help you realize you lost nothing and gained EVERYTHING.
29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.
Well that was what this period of my life was. It was a time of enlightening and enduring, to be honest it hasn’t really stopped. I don’t think my awakening began when I first went to a church, but when I went through my most difficult trial. I had to learn that not only is God in control of my life but God is in control of my children’s life. That doesn’t mean you sit back and watch life pass you by without doing anything, it means you ONLY operate within the parameters of love.
You do not harm, you forgive, you continue to hold onto hope even when it seems all hope is lost. Because eventually you will reap what you have sown. This is why we must never give up hope. We must always speak our ideals into existence and believe that God and a rewarded of those who diligently seek him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
Not only is it impossible to please God without faith, without faith it is impossible to please anyone and more importantly to be pleased yourself.
When people come against us, when circumstances are hard and beyond our control, DON’T GIVE UP! We need to never lose hope, we need let others know of the hope we have. We need to speak this faith out loud not just so others can hear it’s declaration but so we can HEAR IT OURSELVES!
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
This means we should only speak what is true, because we can only really ever hear what is true. And this is truth, God has only good thoughts for you. He does not give us the spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind
That means whatever you are going through every thought that has you worried, ashamed, or feeling hopeless, these thoughts are NOT from God. And if they aren’t from God they aren’t true. Stop saying you are a loser, that you are hopeless, that your circumstances will never turn around. What we believe we receive so stop believing lies and allowing them into your life. Instead, endure, hang on to hope and tell the world that good things are coming, because that is the life God wants us all to live.
(If you enjoyed this blog please subscribe, it’s free and you will be updated with all new original content right when it comes.)
I know a lot of people are hurting today. I know this because I too have my ups and downs, my smiles and frowns, my trials, pain, heartache and sickness like everyone around. But because of my hard times, I am grateful, without them the great treasure of true love I would have never found.
But this entry is specifically for my dear friends, one, (you know who you are Sher Sher!) who I spoke with earlier tonight, and just felt like I didn’t have the right words to say. I hope this entry will say what needs to be said. To help lift up those who are going through truly hard times, those who have lost loved ones, who are ill, who cannot pay their bills, those who feel like there may not be a light at the end of the sad tunnel they find themselves in.
This entry is for all of you, you who I love so dearly, who I wish I could somehow reach down inside your lives and rip your fears, pains, shame, guilt, and sadness away. However, as much as I wish I could, I can’t. We all suffer from the cares of this world, but I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, every bit of our pain will seem as nothing when only the beauty of who we became is revealed and many are healed because of it. All I want you to know is…. every little thing will be all right.
Below is a simple poem I wrote years ago, I wanted to share examples of great and beautiful things that only come from adversity. I hope it gives you the hope you need, in your time of need. Because I promise you, even these hard times are paving the way for a life we never could have imagined, a life that is indeed a dream come true, a life we all will find.
But first, an old original song I wrote years ago. It’s called “Everything is going to be all right” sung by yours truly, and no I won’t quit my day job so don’t worry about me trying to go off and start a singing career. I just hope the below song and poem helps heal the wounds we have all recieved “in the house of our friends”. Jacob
Press play… listen and remember as this song ends, so too will your troubles. So have hope, trust that all things work together for our good, stand tall, be brave, and above all else LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I hope you enjoy the song and poem:) Peace
Where would the flowers be without the manure to help them grow?
Could they ever bloom without their seeds first placed in a deep, dark, horrible hole?
Can a sunrise be as beautiful, if there was never a dark night to rise above?
Can a relationship be as strong without parts of us that are hard to love?
If not for the suffering of the oyster, there would be no pearl left behind.
Laughter would not be as wonderful, if tears never first came to our eyes.
How could we become patient, if we never had to wait?
Could wine be as sweet without the smashing and squeezing of the grape?
Like the flower and its seed, we may feel trapped and believe we will never break free.
Like the sun, we may wonder when will be our time to shine.
We may feel alone because so many seem to hurt us all the time.
We may be sick. We may hurt like the oyster for the pearl.
We may have lost everything that seemed to matter to us in the world.
We may cry, fail, and like the grape we may be put beneath another’s feet.
But there is more to our life’s trials for our eyes to meet.
So hold on, you will rise, you will shine, you will finally be free.
We all have days like these, but these are not the days that will always be.
Your moment is coming. It is not as far away you as you have believed.
Life has been our teacher, preparing us, guiding us, and one day we all will see.
We may feel like a prisoner now, but because of it, soon we will all know what it is like to be free.
When a bad dream gets out of control we wake up because the suffering is to great for us to know. This is why we suffer, why we cry, why we endure, our present suffering are forcing us to understand that there is more.
You are not your body, your pain is not your own. These are like nightmares that aren’t really true but this you don’t yet know. But soon, even these sufferings will force you to wake up on your own. It is then you will see, you are God’s child and you will rule your life from God’s throne!
(Hey if you haven’t already please SUBSCRIBE to our blog. It is completely free and it will keep you updated with all the new essays, videos, and yes even songs that I share here on a regular basis! Go to the top left portion of this screen and click Subscribe, :))
“Sabbath’s Rest Revealed”
This morning a wonderful man posted an article on my wall about the Sabbath. There was a time that I believed as many today believe, that we should set aside one day a week, stop everything, and at the very least go to Church. I even went through the phase of debating within myself what literal day that really was. All of this caused such grief within me. It put so much pressure on me. And when I was finally released from these thoughts, worries and fears that bound me, I saw the Sabbath as one of the most beautiful things there is. Not a single day, but a moment when we give up our “works and self effort” and trust that God is in control of all things. This frees us to truly LIVE for the moment. This GIVES US HOPE! This keeps us from fear and worry, doubt and unbelief. Entering into the understanding, as Jesus understood, “I can do nothing of myself”, you are free.
As Jesus understood that the people who had power over him, only had that power because it was PRE-ORDAINED by God. Meaning, he had no choice in being handed over to Pilate. And Pilate only had the power to do to Jesus what Pilate was born to do. Pilate thought as many of us think, that WE HAVE POWER to do what we want to people, but when you enter into the understanding that God is in complete control of all things, you understand that no one can harm you unless it is meant for your good, and the good of others.
10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
Now think of the alternative. If Jesus didn’t know that what was happening to him, HAD TO HAPPEN TO HIM, he would have lost all faith in God. But instead he understood that God had written this Book of his Life, and Pilate was another page in that book. He rested in the faith that there was a good reason for it all. And even explained to Pilate, “Look man, you have no power over me, you simply are being used by God to bring about something great in my life and the lives of others.”
This is the Sabbath rest people.
A quick side note: Yes the Sabbath Rest and entering into it, is one of the Ten Commandments… But I would like you to look at this a new way. I wrote an article on this in depth here, just don’t remember the name, Duh! LOL.
Many believe the “Commands” are a list of do’s and dont’s. That is the very reason people can’t enter into the Sabbath to begin with. The COMMANDMENTS are not a check list, it is A PROMISE OF GOD. Just look at how they are worded.
“Thou shalt not __________” or “Thou Shall__________” – These are promises people. What God commands is part of the plan, and what he plans he brings to it’s fulfillment.
Why do you think Moses broke the first set of tablets. Israel had turned over to idolatry. Now you would think if it was a list of do’s and dont’ Moses would have come down and pointed out the law where you SHALL HAVE NO GOD BEFORE ME… but he didn’t. WHY?
The reason is those COMMANDMENTS are PROMISES… THAT ONE DAY WE WILL NOT STEAL, KILL, COMMIT ADULTERY, HAVE GOD’S BEFORE GOD, AND OF COURSE WE WILL REMEMBER TO KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY!
This is the Gospel, God is in control, and what he commands he brings to pass. Understanding this, is the first step to entering into the Rest we are predestined to enter into… (now back to the essay) 🙂
The Sabbath’s rest is coming to a place in your life where you know, everything that has been and everything that is happening, is for your good and the good of everyone around you. And when you TRUST this, when you enter into that REST, you don’t have to worry if you have done wrong, or worry about your fate, because you KNOW that it is FOR YOUR GOOD!
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
This is NOT A LITERAL DAY, it is WISDOM. You give up the wheel, and let God drive. And in so doing you don’t need to hate others for what they do to you, you don’t need to fear the future, or worry about your past, you simply LIVE IN THE MOMENT!
Now, for many people this article will be as honey at first. Meaning it will be sweet to be able to give up all your worries and works, and simply “BE STILL AND KNOW I AM” BUT FOR YOUR CARNAL EGOTISTICAL MIND (you belly) it will be BITTER. There will be many of you when reading this that won’t want to believe it. You won’t want to receive it, because it will cause your EGO to go nuts. Because your EGO (which is, and is not, and yet us) wants CONTROL and believes itself is god.
But our story has been written, predetermined, and the END is VICTORY, no matter how you slice it.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will
Notice the word EVERYTHING. God doesn’t work some things according to God’s will and leaves some for your EGO to figure out… NO! ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER!
Every SINGLE bible story, is a page taken from the Book of your Life (Book of Life), just as your traits are written code in your DNA, so our spiritual and emotional journey through this world is also written. For many who can receive these words, this is great news, because it means “The story is already written, and it is finished” (although we haven’t finished experiencing it). We may only have the past as our witness, and hope as our future.
I am reminded of this wonderful thing my friend Sam Couch said to me yesterday. “Each day is like having a new page and we discover what’s written.” And that is the way we feel it. We feel as if everything is new, and exciting, even though our present can only be what it is meant to be. That is the good news!
9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do.
Now of course I am not saying we are a bunch of mindless puppets that are going around from one thing to the next without making choices or decisions. I am simply saying our decisions and choices are always the exactly what they are meant to be. And our environment, interaction with others, the media, the elements, illness, accidents, and millions and millions of other things are placed in our path to help us make the decision we are to make. (As well as thoughts that flood our minds at times)
Now of course many of you will say, NO! God wouldn’t do that to us. God wouldn’t make people get angry, lie, curse, wouldn’t send us hard times, put us in situations where we would be led to choose wrong… And I completely understand why many wouldn’t.
Let me be clear about this however, scripture is CLEAR that God does indeed bring all of this on us and more.
The students of Paul had a problem with this concept. They couldn’t understand why God would have a problem with his “vessels made to wrath” doing the very evil things he predestined them to do. They questioned, why would God hold them accountable if they are simply doing what God willed?
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)… 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Notice the next line, where we see that Pharoah who did all sorts of horrible things to Israel, was raised up to do those VERY THINGS.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Paul understood people couldn’t grasp why God would make people do evil to one another. I’m sure the perfectly trimmed bushes don’t understand why they are pruned, and the stone doesn’t understand why the chisel and hammer is applied to make a statue. People have a problem believing God would use tribulation and torment to bring us where we all long to be.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
A good question. But if you consider that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER for the GOOD! That everything, even terrible dictators, murderers, thieves, liars, backbiters, rapists, (the list goes on of the evils in the world), everything is working to bring about so great a plan that when it is revealed, we will see and know ONLY LOVE! We will not be able to see or think of anything but Love.
Paul simply replied, all of these things are happening so, God’s Glory (Mystery of who we are) can be revealed. In addition, notice that these vessels which God is preparing, and molding as a potter molds clay, are ALREADY BEEN PREPARED for this great glory.
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Now with all of that being said, I know many will still have a problem believing that God would ever put us through hard times, bring nations against nations to war, would ever have man kill another man… People want to blame another entity for all the bad stuff, forgetting that God created Man’s Devilish Carnal Ego for the very reason of bringing what we consider horror to pass… SO ONE DAY WE WOULD OVERCOME IT AND BE ONLY LIGHT. But for those that have a problem with believing a God that is in control of every single word written of our lives and the lives of others, I would direct you to the Old Testament.
Some will say, oh well God has changed, he doesn’t do that anymore. BUT GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.
For I am the LORD, I change not
Believe it or not, this is all good news! I know in the natural man’s mind it doesn’t seem like good news. No one wants to see another suffer. If I were to have things “my” way, there would just simply be blanket peace, there would be no struggle, there would be nothing to accomplish, nothing to overcome, there would be no need for forgiveness, no need for charity, no need to give a rip about anyone because everyone would be perfectly at peace. “My way” would never teach you how precious each individual is or how fragile and fleeting each moment is. “My Way” would have no surprises, if I were to have “My Way” then indeed we each would truly feel NOTHING, nothing at all. Because we would have nothing to gauge our feelings to. We would never know hate, so we would never know how wonderful acceptance feels. We would never know suffering, so we would never know how wonderful charity feels. We would never know war, so we would never be able to rejoice over peace.
This in a nutshell is why we have problems TRUSTING GOD IS IN CONTROL! Because of the “My Way” thinkers. In our “way” (which is ignorant to begin with) we think, oh if I was God I would never allow bad things to happen…. So then the “my way” thinkers say, “I get it, God created man and wanted total peace and harmony for, God never wanted man to learn anything (as mankind would already know everything). So since this “god” created everything perfect the “My Way” thinkers go on to say, God then took his hands off the wheel of creation and gave it to us. Oh and yes, he also created that tree and that snake to mess his creation up, but the “My Way” thinkers say, well God told man NOT to eat from the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.
So since the “My Way” thinkers can’t possibly believe God can do harm (even though the entire scriptures point that out, “Job” he made suffer, “Jonah” he forced to do his will, “Jesus” he was pleased to bruise him and kill him. (Of course this is allegory, but I am hoping you will get my meaning). You see the “My Way” thinkers don’t believe in the spirit of the scriptures, they believe in the letter (literal). And since they believe that way, they blame a “devil” or some outside force, giving power to one of God’s creation instead of the creator. You see the problem with the “My Way” thinkers is, they are worshipping a God they made in THEIR IMAGE. One that wants to bless them, keep them healthy, wealthy, wise, and also torture endlessly anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do.
HOWEVER, “our ways are NOT GOD’S WAYS!”
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
We can’t possibly understand the mind of God. In fact, the verse before 33, states…
32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
We have all been made to be ignorant, so mercy could be upon us all. We learn mercy only one way people, by seeing those who are merciless.
So why have I spent an entire paper pointing out that God is in charge of every aspect of our lives, including the most horrific? The reason is HOPE!
This is what we must NEVER FORGET, we are infinite BE-ings. As energy can never cease to exist, our spirit can never cease to exist. In the flesh (literal flesh) and in the flesh (carnal ego) we may suffer, but it is so we can learn, so we can grow, so we can become one with our creator.
So once you understand that EVERYTHING that happens in your LIFE is meant to happen FOR YOUR LIFE, you can have peace about it, learn from it, and not continue to mourn it.
The Eastern Philosophy is “Non-attachment” on the surface makes sense. As the Buddha figured out “life is change and suffering” so don’t get attached to anything. But if taken literally what a cold, cold world this would be. I believe attachment is as important to our lives as the air in our lungs, but with that attachment we must also understand the first principle, LIFE IS CHANGE.
People, possessions, pets, etc, come in and out of our lives. We buy homes, we lose homes. We get jobs we lose jobs. We have health, we get sick. As the book states, there is a time and season for everything. We MUST understand that! We MUST understand that the MOMENT is so precious and it may be gone tomorrow.
This is why life is the way it is, but people aren’t waking up to this great and noble truth. THERE IS NO YESTERDAY OR TOMORROW there is ONLY NOW! There has never been a yesterday or tomorrow, there has ONLY BEEN NOW! Which is why we must ENTER THAT REST that God has promised!
And what is that REST you asked? Is it simply ceasing all work on Sunday, or Saturday? Is it going to a man-made church? I say to all of this, NO, NO, NO!
To enter God’s REST is to CEASE from YOUR WORKS… simply put, it means YOU STOP THINKING YOU ARE IN CONTROL, AND CAN CONTROL ALL THINGS. It has nothing to do with not lighting a fire, or pulling an ox out of a ditch, Jesus showed us, the SABBATH REST has nothing at all to do with Man’s works.
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” 15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
The WOMAN that was bound up is a symbol of mankind’s thinking/soul. The infirmity was the woman was BOUND… and what binds people? THE LAW OF BELIEVING MAN IS IN CONTROL AND MUST DO THIS OR THAT!
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
On the Sabbath, our Thoughts/Soul is set free from this line of thinking. Mankind bound us as “beasts of burden” to STALL our spiritual growth. SATAN (Mankind’s carnal ignorant Ego) binds us all with the belief that WE have to somehow make this world and our lives work ON OUR OWN! The Carnal Ignorant Monstrous EGO (who we believe ourselves to be) will have us to believe we are in control, we are to blame, and when I state “we” I mean the “ego” (which doesn’t even exist, it is the FATHER OF ALL LIES, it isn’t real, it’s an illusion that we have believed was us) – The EGO is the OLDER BROTHER that was meant to keep us, but KILLED US as Cane killed Abel. But on the SABBATH (when we enter into the rest that GOD IS IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS) WE ARE released from our infirmities (ignorance).
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath
This REST and WISDOM was made for mankind… Not Mankind having to work for it. They simply need to enter into it, but people refuse to enter in. Because to enter into the Sabbath Rest, means you understand YOUR EGO HAS NO CONTROL!
6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
You see the day, is not a literal day, not Saturday, not Sunday… it is the DAY YOU HEAR THIS TRUTH and DON’T HARDEN YOUR HEARTS TO IT. And what does it mean to harden your heart?
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
It simply means you are ignorant to this great truth.
This is the GOSPEL (good news) – as written by Shakespeare “All the worlds a stage, and all men and women merely players, they have their exists and entrances, and mankind in his time plays many parts” – This wonderful quote from “As You Like It” – sums up our lives perfectly. And this is why when we enter into the understanding that “Of Myself/ego I can do nothing” we will find a peace that passes our understanding (of why things happen or not).
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
So … Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy
And all one needs to do to find out how to keep the Sabbath Holy is read this next passage.
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…
Be Holy even as God is Holy. As God rested from all he created, it’s time for us to rest from all we created and realize it is already finished, now just go along with hope and excitement for the ride.
(Don’t forget if you enjoyed this article SUBSCRIBE to this blog, toward the top left side of the page. You’ll get all updates and new info, and it’s all completely free.)
Peace to you and yours,
“the Truth Will Change You”
THE BIRTH OF SAMSON
Many have heard the story of the strong man Samson, who was raised up as a powerful judge but always had poor choices when it came to women. And like FABIO, lost all his strength when his hair was cut off. For Samson’s strength, much like the model Fabio was indeed his long flowing locks, LOL… In any event much like every story in scripture there is a great hidden truth, and today I hope to share the answer to the “riddle of Samson” as well as also solving the literal riddle he put forth.
So the best place to start is the beginning, so let’s Rock and Roll.
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Let’s start by looking at something that is often overlooked. ISRAEL has children. Many read this and think of a literal land, but this is allegory. The Children of Israel, were born of Israel… And who is ISRAEL?
When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
ISRAEL is another name for CHRIST (son of God) – This is the second name given to Jacob, and the second Adam. This is MANKIND’S second nature. The word ISRAEL in HEBREW means “God prevails”. Which is simply understood when you consider what God must prevail over… THE WORLD (Man’s Lusts and Carnal Nature)
So the CHILDREN of Israel, were people who once knew God and the Truth of God, but strayed. So God hands them over to the Philistines forty years.
There is that number again 40. 40 years in the desert wandering, 40 days in the wilderness, 40 less one stripe, David is king at 40, and now prisoners to the Philistines for 40 YEARS…. Forty being symbolic of a GESTATION period, ABOUT FORTY WEEKS to give birth, 3, a Tri-mester…
Now what many fail to see is that this allegorical telling of Israel being made captive to the Philistines, is actually our story as well before we are delivered. You’d be surprised to find out what the country of Philistia means “land of sojourners”. God gave us over to wandering without a true understanding of who we are, and who God is. Because ISRAEL’s children (REMEMBER all things were made by Christ, for Christ, through Christ) – we are all CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH, but here we see that ISRAEL’S CHILDREN are ignorant in ADAMIC THINKING = EVIL.
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousnes
To follow after EVIL is to follow a lie. Look, this whole thing called life is about resurrecting the TRUTH from the LIES we have believed about ourselves and others.
And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
Now Manoah (Samson’s Father) was from the Danites lineage. “Dan” in hebrew means “JUDGE”. Manoah in Hebrew means “REST” – Which is a great picture of where God wants us all to be, at REST. But his wife was BARREN.
Now, the BARREN WOMB is a picture of our soul, before the TRUTH (CHRIST) has been birthed in us. The WIFE is always a picture of MANKINDS SOUL, remember we are the BRIDE OF CHRIST. Christ is the HEAD, THE RULE AND AUTHORITY of his WIFE (our soul/who we believe ourselves to be) – But the TWO must become ONE to give birth to the NEW CREATION, where there is no longer HUSBAND (CHRIST) and WIFE (SOUL) but we too BECOME CHRIST revealed in the FLESH.
The SPIRIT of God and the SOUL of Man, must become one. The SOUL is formed first (The first man was made a living soul). The second Man is made a quikening spirit. In the GARDEN the TWO were ONE, but were seperated, now when they come together again, the WIFE (SOUL) becomes subject to her HUSBAND (CHRIST) and the ELDER serves the YOUNGER. The NEW CREATION (Christ in You) rules. (Okay that may be too much for some, but it gets easier I promise)
So Manoah’s wife was BARREN … UNTIL…. she meets GOD’S MESSENGER. Some translations call this an ANGEL, but an ANGEL simply means “envoy, messenger, message” etc…
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
Now we know this is not some winged creature, not just because of the literal translation, but because of a couple of verses later…
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A MAN OF GOD came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel (MESSENGER) of God
But let’s put that aside for a second. This is MESSENGER OF GOD that visits the BARREN woman. Now no one can get pregnant unless a SEED is planted, RIGHT?
Now the parable is this: The SEED is the WORD (TRUTH) OF GOD.
The WIFE (SOUL OF MAN) is only BARREN until it recieves the TRUTH of God. And of course, this is what the MESSENGER OF GOD brings, the WORD (Truth). Once the Truth is HEARD, that which is BARREN, is BARREN no more. This is of course if it is planted on good ground. And of course any WIFE to MANOAH (rest) is good ground.
Now the MESSENGER warns her…
Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
When we first come to the knowledge of the truth, it is so very important to stay away from the lies of religion and the world. Otherwise that SEED that is growing inside of us, can become corrupted by what we believe. Remember the parable of the sower, if the seed falls on the wrong ground, it can be killed.
So the MESSENGER says stay away from wine, strong drink, and unclean food. – Let’s see what these are ALLEGORIES of, to see if they line up to what I just wrote.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Wine and Strong Drink is a symbol of deciet, lies.
21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
WINE and STRONG DRINK are also compared to being proud and wise in your own understanding. Which we are commanded NEVER TO LEAN ON.
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
The Messenger of God delivers the TRUTH and warns the WIFE (US) that we are to stay away from lies, pride, falsehood etc… basically, stay away from BABYLON PEOPLE, get out of the RELIGIOUS MINDSET and move unto perfection. But the MESSENGER also says not to EAT any unclean thing.
Now you’d be surprised to find out what the UNCLEAN thing she is told not to EAT (become one with/assimilate)
13Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.
DEATH is unclean… To be CARNALLY MINDED is DEATH, relying on your OWN WORKS is DEATH and considered unclean.
When the TRUTH OF GOD is spoken to our hearts. We are warned to stay away from the lies of the world and religion and NOT TO RELY on our DEAD WORKS. We are told we must put our trust in GOD, and GOD alone.
Now look, being pregnant with the possiblity of giving birth to that CHILD OF PROMISE (WE BECOME THE BEW CREATION) is exciting, but it is also a very crucial time for our spiritual development. As a child will believe any and every little lie they are told, so a child of ISRAEL may do the same if not careful. So we see this MESSENGER warning Manoah’s wife TO STEER CLEAR… As I do to those I speak with.
Once that seed is sown, lots of things want to strangle it away. Thorns – Cares of the World, Ravenous Birds – Carnal Thoughts, and you get my meaning. There is a lot that stands in the way of our excepting the truth of who we are IN CHRIST, because to do this, that means we must DENY WHO WE THINK WE ARE… Which LITERALLY means we have to admit “JACOB” is not real, does not exist… ONLY ISRAEL EXISTS.
Our LIFE is hid IN (with/by) CHRIST (spirit of God)
The UNCLEAN things of this world PRODUCE DEATH, and it spreads like poison IVY. Think of the rumor mill. One person tells one person something terrible about another person, and that person who hears this has a EVIL seed planted in his heart about that “other” person, regardless of if it is true or not.
So, this is why when the MESSENGERS of GOD come and tell us “YOU WILL GIVE BIRTH TO CHRIST, you will REVEAL CHRIST” – it is so very important NOT TO LISTEN to anyone else who will say different.
There is BUT ONE hope of Glory, and that is CHRIST IN YOU… Which is sort of the ANSWER to Samson’s riddle.
And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.
But we’ll get to that later. Back to Manoah and his wife.
So, the Messenger of God speaks to Manoah, and he and his wife enter into an angreement that these things be true. That indeed this BARREN WIFE of his will give birth. This is an agreement our intellect and spirit enter into together… the two in fact become ONE with this agreement, that indeed it is GOING TO HAPPEN, CHRIST IN US IS THE HOPE OF GLORY.
Now, Manoah does something very hospitable here, he invites the MESSENGER to stay.
And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.
Isn’t that just like the ignorant. Thinking we can DETAIN the word of God. Believing we MUST do something to SAY “THANKS”…. At this point in our walks we are still so steeped in our work mentality that we feel we MUST HOLD BACK that MESSENGER until we follow the LAW. But the Messenger was all like, NAH! Don’t want what you’re serving, but if I have to stay, and you have to sacrafice, do it to GOD not to me.
And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.
You see, the BREAD is the understanding they had at that moment. There is no LIFE in what they believed or served, the LIFE was given by the MESSENGER. Jesus said, the MEAT that I have is to do the WILL OF GOD… We’re not talking about literal bread here.
When someone with understanding shares with someone who does not. The one that does not, ALWAYS wants to share back. But those who know the TRUTH of God, will NEVER eat what they are serving. They cannot. They understand to start eating that DEAD BREAD again, would mean, it’s back to the cross for them.
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame
Then Manoah, like most of us who hear NEW THINGS from the KINGDOM, wanted to KNOW THE NAME (nature) of the messenger of God. “Who are you?”
And the MESSENGER REPLIES…
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
And what is the SECRET NAME that this ANGEL (MESSENGER) was holding back? You see, if the Messenger of God revealed who HE really was… Manoah and His Wife might have backslidden. The True NATURE of Christ in man, cannot be understood by bthe BARREN, they cannot know the TRUTH of God, until the CHRIST is REVEALED (birthed) from within. This is why his name was SECRET. The WORD secret in the hebrew means “wonderful, incomprehensible, extraordinary” — In other words, they wouldn’t understand the NATURE (NAME) of this great MESSAGE God was delivering them even if the MESSENGER came right out and told them. BABY STEPS PEOPLE.
12He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
You go to someone who is immature in the faith, and you basically tell them the LIBERTY you have in CHRIST and they will not only hate you and attack you, you will cause them to stumble. That is why it is always best to give the MESSAGE you are sent to give and keep the rest back, until they are ready.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Then they sacrafice the Kid, the Flame (sword) goes up to heaven, and the Angel (Messenger/message) ascends with it. This Messenger of God was taken out of MANOAH and his Wife SIGHT (Understanding)
Now listen, this is a wonderful telling of how we recieve revelation from God, we desperately want it to stay with us so we can learn more, but them POOF, it’s gone as quickly as it came. And this is what this story is trying to tell us.
Jesus comes (revealed) – the TRUTH of God is revealed LIKE LIGHTNING from heaven… in Spurts of BRIGHT POWERFUL LIGHT, but it doesn’t stick around for long… But it comes and comes and comes, until that CHILD OF PROMISE IS BORN, meaning UNTIL YOU BECOME GOD’S CHILD (born again).
Now Manoah, thought he had somehow gotten God all upset, because the MESSENGER was now gone. (how many of us do the same thing when the drought comes) – We think, oh darn it, I messed up… I’ve gotten to close to God (Manoah said he saw God’s face and worried now he would DIE)
We worry about the same thing. We think, Oh, I have gotten too close, puffed up with pride, and now the MESSENGER OF GOD (Thoughts of Truth) is GONE, and I will surely become CARNAL AGAIN (dead) – But Manoah’s wife assures him.
But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
We have to remember that if God wanted us IGNORANT, he wouldn’t be feeding us, and leading us, like a child through life until the CHRIST (WHO IS OUR TRUE SPIRIT) is RESURRECTED from within. We have to have faith that…
“He who began this good work in us, will complete it until the DAY OR THE LORD”
And the good news is….
And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
SAMSON – which in Hebrew means “Who is like the SUN/SON”
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.
“As he (Christ) is in this world SO ARE WE.”
This is the good news, so even if you feel barren like your circumstances are hopeless and beyond repair. God has a purpose and plan. The Truth will be revealed to you, and you like Manoah and His Wife will be given instruction to stay away from the lies of this world, so you can OVERCOME THE WORLD and the LUSTS THERE OF.
God will will be done, ON EARTH (our soul) as it is in HEAVEN (GOD’S TRUTH AND RULE)…
SAMSON’S STORY CONTINUES AT A LATER DATE. In the meantime, don’t get down on yourself if revelation isn’t hitting you left and right. Don’t believe you have to do more, or be more, for God to spark the CHRIST to LIFE within you… All you need to do is MARRY MANOAH (enter into the REST of God, and know that HE IS IN CONTROL)
Peace to you and yours,
A RESPONSE TO A READERS COMMENT
This morning, very early I found another email which was aimed at proving how wrong I was. An earlier email from this reader’s friend/ collegue, Victor stated I need to put on ashes and sackcloth and tear my blog down. He got real upset with one of my posts, or comments. Which is fine, each to their own. But instead of giving a long response to Sara in the comment section, I figured it was best to address her here. We may all learn something.
This all stemmed, when I stated to Victor, that if I was immature in my faith, his harsh comment would have kept me up all night worrying. I’ve been there, not a fun place to be, under the YOKE of another’s condemnation. But I no longer live my life that way. As you’ll see in this essay, I live my life and judge accordingly, if it ain’t love it ain’t God. This is why I thought it was so important to respond here. Because there are so many that are condemned and attacked when they step out of the box their religious leaders have put them in. I pray, that when the Victor’s and Sara’s of this world come to you and say, REPENT and put you under their control, you can step back and seek God for approval, not the Victor’s or Sara’s of the world for approval. The purpose of this blog, which Victor told me to tear down immediately (on God’s authority he believes he speaks from) is to encourage many to seek God and NOT MAN.
So, I wanted to put my response here because I have a feeling some good stuff may come out of it. I don’t deal with every jot and tittle of Sara’s email but I do overall deal with it. So please enjoy, my response.
What a lot of thought and energy went into your comment. I commend your effort, I see you belong to the same belief system as Victor, “Pathfromtruth”, I believe it is… In any event, I thank you for your comments, it will give me the oppurtunity to grow in grace and learn. You know I could delete this comment and never let it see the light of day, but Sara I want everyone to see the LIGHT OF CHRIST.
Now it seems you, like your friend Victor really want to “rebuke me” or “put me in my place” saying who is right and who is wrong. I understand your need to do this. It is hard to hear things that are very different than you believe. The day of the Lord is a scary (not the way you think scary is) day, because truly the “fear” that is coming from it, comes only from the CARNAL Mind.
That’s right, I’ll state it again. In God there is no FEAR, condemnation, guilt, shame, etc. In the spirit of TRUTH and LOVE there is none of these things. When you are united with God, when you seek first the Kingdom of God, all your spiritual needs are met (there is nothing to “fear” then) –
In fact, I believe it is “fear” that has put you and Victor up to writing me. Because if you cannot prove me wrong (which isn’t needed with love, for I could be wrong, but I’m okay knowing God will correct me if and when I am). But if what I have written is TRUE, then the axe indeed has been laid to your roots and you have to change your beliefs. And who wants to admit they have been misled…. Well, I will. I have been misled for years. No longer, praise God.
So I think it is a great thing to see all the scriptures you posted on here. It will give me the oppurtunity ti show you how I see them. Not to prove you wrong, because even if I did, my words alone cannot change your heart, Only God Can.
Not everyone is on the same page yet, but I have faith one day we all will be. God makes everything beautiful in its time. So whether you are right or I am, really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Because both of us will come to the Knowledge of the Truth and the stature of the perfect man. This is why I don’t worry about your comments, I seek God daily, always praying for the same thing, “teach me the truth, take away everything I believe that isn’t true, let me love and forgive, let me now the light, and be one with the light, to be a light in this world.”
Now this is a great lesson for me, because I like you at times, when I see others that are wrong I feel the urge to correct them, and we should correct people absolutely. But there is a right and wrong way to do it. So let us both pray that we know how to gently lead others to the truth, instead of bashing them, accusing them, and tearing them down. You don’t go to a homeless person and say, “YOUR A BUM, GET A JOB, YOUR LOST!” No, you say, “Let me help you find a home.”
Now you have stated that I have rejected salvation. That, I have to admit is a bit silly to me, considering I spend each day seeking God, knowing I have salvation and understanding what is truly is I am saved from. For one, I am saved from being yoked by religious people who codemn instead of save. (Jesus did not condemn others he came to save them. He came to give SIGHT to those that could not see (didn’t understand or claim to understand) and make blind those who did (thought they knew God = The Condemning Religious) – This is my prayer as well, I simply hope to inspire and encourage others, where so many have only beaten people to believe what they believe, I hope to heal and love and forgive and allow GOD to do his work, which I have complete faith in.
I want to RAISE UP CHRIST (THE WHOLE TRUTH) for the world to see, WITHIN ME, because I know CHRIST will draw ALL MEN.
But as for your many scriptures, which I will answer a few and not each one, as I do have LIFE. Notice I didn’t say a LIFE 🙂
Let’s go into your email a bit, perhaps we will all learn something from it.
First, let me point out the scripture I was referring to.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
So, God doesn’t give us this spirit. Which means, fear comes from another spirit giver (place of thought) = Carnal Mind.
This is why Jesus, was always saying BE NOT AFRAID, not of HIM, nor of God. That was ADAM’S problem, the carnal man FEARS GOD. Now look at that verse you quoted from one of the Gospels, I’ll use Luke’s. I believe you used this scripture as well.
4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
FEAR HIM who has power to CAST YOU into HELL. Fear HIM! Now you mistakingly believe that is God. But it is not GOD that casts us into HELL, it is our VANITY that leads us there for CORRECTION. The Grave isn’t a bad thing, suffering teaches us to crawl out of our ignorant whole back to the light… But let’s look at the next line in LUKE, Jesus clearly once again tells them not to worry, that God is in control of their lives.
6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. FEAR NOT therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
You see Sara, when we look at the whole scripture, clearly Jesus is not saying FEAR GOD, he is saying FEAR HIM who has power to cast you into HELL. The question is, who is that?
The answer is the CARNAL MIND, the LIE. The strange woman in scripture, that HARLOT, and yes the LIES OF THE RELIGIOUS, for they do indeed inspire FEAR.
You see it is UNBELIEF that brings you into the PITS OF HELL. It’s not God, it’s your self effort and vain attempt to be God.
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell (the grave/death/ignorance).
If what you believe isn’t true, get rid of it, or you will suffer because of it.
1My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on HELL.
When we listen to LIES, the end result is HELL/death/ignorance/suffering/the grave.
Now one could say, God does this, sure. But truly it is MAN that does this to himself, by seperating himself from the TRUTH. So of course, once you LEAVE the Kingdom of God (righteousness, peace, and joy) – you will be cast into HELL (Ignorant suffering)
Now, let’s look at the next verse in PSALMS you quote.
“And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall in wisdom think of His doing” (Psalms 64:9 MKJV).
The word FEAR in the HEBREW “Yare” means to to stand in awe of, be awed to fear, reverence, honour, respect.
You see, very big difference then how you have presented it here. As if all men are cowering because a vengeful God is standing above them, waiting to punish their every misstep.
What that verse really means, is this.
“And all men shall stand in awe, revere, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall in wisdom think of His doing” (Psalms 64:9 MKJV).
I stand in AWE of God, and REVERANCE God each and every day. And yes, I know once I leave that, I too, could suffer in the pits of hell. So I stay in scriptures that tell me “Be STILL and know that I am the Lord”, the THOUGHTS GOD gives are not ones of terror, but ones of peace.
We are not to be SCARED of our FATHER in heaven. MAN IS MADE in God’s image. Only an ABUSIVE PARENT a child is scared of. And God is LOVE.
Now let’s look at you’re next example,
“And hearing these words, Ananias fell down and expired. And great fear came on all those who heard these things” (Acts 5:5 MKJV).
Now, of course, ANANIAS DIED (he was ignorant of the Truth) – Ananias kept back part of the land, in other words he didn’t trust God was in control, this has nothing to do with literal money of course, it has to do with holding onto self effort and will. So when he “DIED” – Of course this inspired FEAR, “To be carnally minded is DEATH” – It was the CARNAL MIND of ANANIAS, HIS DEATH, that inspired FEAR. –
You see, most people who condemn in the name of God, and believe they are in control, and rely on “their” works and hold back part of the LAND (God’s temple) INSPIRE FEAR in those around them.
It’s interesting to point out that you are trying to prove that God wants us to be scared, ashamed, and guilty, as opposed to pointing to SALVATION – which is deliverance from ALL OF THAT. (which you said I don’t have)
Moving on to your next passage.
“And the man in whom the evil spirit resided leaped on them, and overcoming them he was strong against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks who lived at Ephesus, and fear fell on all of them, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified” (Acts 19:16-17 MKJV).
Once again, I will say, YES being possesed by LIES will cause FEAR IN MANY. And this FEAR only MAGNIFIES the PEACE AND TRUTH of CHRIST. – Without the DARK how would the LIGHT be MAGNIFIED?
Next passage of yours.
“Well, because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be high-minded, but fear” (Romans 11:20 MKJV).
Once again, this word means fobeÑomai – “to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience” The WORD ORIGIN actually speaks of REVERANCING a HUSBAND.
This is good advice, we shouldn’t be PROUD, and think we know it all, and I know there is even a good possibility that I could be wrong. But this is how I know TEST the spirits of God, if I don’t see LOVE, I don’t see CHRIST IN THE FLESH. And if I don’t see Christ than I know it is not truth.
Next passage of yours:
“For if I have boasted anything about you to him, I was not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting as to Titus became truth. And his tender feelings are more abundant toward you, remembering the obedience of you all, as you received him [a man] with fear and trembling” (2 Corinthians 7:14-15 MKJV).
Now here, the word FEAR, actually means FEAR.- FO/BOV = fear, dread, terror, that which strikes terror
But read that passage again. HOW DO MOST PEOPLE FIRST ACCEPT JESUS? That’s right with FEAR! Because they are taught this. Go up a couple of verse and see how PAUL is actually REJOICING, that NOW in their faith, they DON’T HAVE FEAR 🙂
1 COR 7:13 – Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
Paul is commending them, because at FIRST they were carnal scardey cats! But now they rejoice and are COMFORTED at THEIR COMFORT. – Hey don’t get me wrong, I was taught to be SCARED of God and Christ too, and this is ALSO how I first came to Christ, in FEAR AND TREMBLING. My carnal mind, however is what caused all of that, not GOD, for GOD DOES NOT GIVE US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR! 🙂
YOUR NEXT VERSE:
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, cultivate your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12 MKJV).
Now for this above passage, please look at it in context. The first verse begins this way…
Phil 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Here we see, he is saying there should be COMFORT, LOVE, FELLOWSHIP and UNITY.
Phil 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Have ONE MIND, next verse goes on to say…
Phil 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Including this back and forth, let it not be IN STRIFE of for VAIN GLORY, esteeming one knows better than the next. If truth be told, we are all ONE, and we should ALL UNDERSTAND as the next verse in PHIL states, that “It is God that works in us all for HIS GOOD PLEASURE”
It should never be about us, so YES, it is good advice to FEAR falling into these nonsence habits…. but once again, it does not mean that GOD GIVES US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR. They is nothing to FEAR but FEAR itself is basically the message here.
Now let me quickly address some of your other notes here.
“I will go; I will return to My place until they confess their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will seek Me diligently” (Hosea 5:15 MKJV).
We should confess, Lord I feel GUILTY, and this is why I feel this way… DELIVER ME. And you see how their GUILT caused them AFFLICTION. And YES, even our affliction, suffering, and pain, brings us to the TRUTH. In all things God is crafting our souls. But God wants us to ENTER HIS REST, and stop with all of that fear, guilt, shame nonsence… This is what it means to ENTER HIS REST, to KNOW GOD IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL.
To state that WE ARE in control, is the biggest of all SINS (foolish thoughts/ignorance)
Moving on to your next passages:
“Be righteously awake, and sin not; for some have ignorance of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34 MKJV).
Of course, if you are IGNORANT of the TRUTH of GOD you wil have SHAME. Remember, it was SHAME that caused ADAM and EVE to hide and FEAR GOD. – Now without stating that we shouldn’t take the bible and turn it into an idol, as our forefathers, listen to the LAW OF THEIR HEARTS (Truth within) – I am not going to say that many translations are inaccurate and we should see God in all things instead, of a book. Because I love scripture, but I put my faith in CHRIST WITHIN, and scripture is good to help me along the way.
But I will say, that because of unbelief there is fighting, backbiting, debating, etc, I speak this to your “shame” – It is our SHAME that MAKES us fight to prove we are right. If we can prove we are right, then we won’t feel so insecure and insignificant. But when you are in the UNITY OF THE SPIRIT, you realize you don’t need to prove anything to anyone. You don’t need to be a man pleaser, but you seek God’s face (truth/wisdom/unity/relationship)
You see, you, like Victor, want to prove you are right and I am wrong. But, I merely write about what I am inspired to write. I don’t really have to prove whether these things be true or not. Let God be true and every man a liar. But if the spirit of unity and love and encouragement is not found in the body of someone’s rebuke, then we must question why.
Moving on with your email:
Back to me: So, there is a place for all these things – fear, guilt, and shame. They point the way, leading us to Christ. If we acknowledge (confess) the reality of our guilt and shame, this brings us to receiving the fear of God, which leads to salvation.
HERE I AM IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT WITH YOU! We must understand that our CARNAL NATURE, (who we think we are, or were) gives us fear, guilt, shame, and a lot of other terrible things, and we confess this, and say, IT IS NO LONGER THESE THINGS THAT LIVE but CHRIST, then we will find the PEACE that passes carnal man’s understanding.
Back to you again:
The fear of God forms the spirit of power and love and a sound mind, which spirit “Jacob Israel” claims to have, but he doesn’t, and he can’t, because he rejects that which brings one into salvation.
I have to STRONGLY disagree that FEAR, GUILT AND SHAME SAVES US. I would say, CHRIST SAVES, and to confess CHRIST is to depart from these EVIL thoughts. And it is not up to you, to say whether or not I am saved from fear, guilt, and shame. You cannot know if I be saved or not, because you are not me, or God. I can say, I have LIBERTY which is freedom and peace, and in many areas of my life I have been saved. My salvation is a daily thing, each day I work it out.
Your next passage:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 MKJV).
I will admit, I believe almost everyone begins their journey toward understanding and truth being scared of God. That doesn’t mean, FEAR is of God. It means, you are FEARFUL (Men’s hearts fail them for FEAR) BECAUSE you are still IGNORANT, and have NOT YET BECOME WISE. So this in a matter of speaking would be the beginning of WISDOM, would it not?
Now, we know WISDOM is a TREE OF LIFE. And there is no FEAR in wisdom. Neither is there condemnation, no guilt, or shame.
Yes many people are scared of God, seeing God as a tyrant creating people destined for infinite torture, but this is but the beginning of their journey.
WE ALL DIE IN ADAM, but if by MAN came DEATH (fear, guilt, shame, ignorance, condemnation) by MAN will also come the ressurection into LIFE (TRUTH, LIFE, PEACE, AND A SOUND MIND)
Jesus constantly told his disciples FEAR NOT. There is a reason for that. It is because FEAR, SHAME, GUILT, CONDEMNATION is NOT from GOD. So when we get these feelings we KNOW to turn back to GOD.
I agree, that FEAR, GUILT, SHAME, ETC also brings us to God. If this were not the case, the creation would not be finished in victory. In ADAM all die, IN CHRIST all shall be made alive. All things work together, eventually.
So for you, Victor, or whoever else is apart of your site, fear, condemnation, guilt, and shame may be the God you worship, but me and my house (Temple) worship the God OF LOVE and TRUTH. I am not scared of my FATHER in HEAVEN, only those in the world have fear.
So, I don’t get upset when people come against what I have written. If it is not true, I have FAITH God will bring that to light, and he will do so LOVINGLY, or as I need if I be stubborn and ignorant. As a Father who LOVES corrects a young child who knows no better.
Here is your last line below: I have to say “Not nice :(”
“Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain; and you had a harlot’s forehead, you refused to be ashamed” (Jeremiah 3:3 MKJV).
Now your last passage here, basically is more fear tactics. Saying I have refused to be ashamed (I can only assertain, that you mean repent of what I believe)
Well, you’re wrong there, I have been ashamed in my life, many times. And still when I step out of line, I am ashamed, but I remember that IN MY FATHERS HOUSE all are provided for, and I leave the pig slop of fear, guilt, and condemnation, that the carnal religious teachers have fed me in years past for the LOVE, COMFORT AND TRUTH that only GOD PROVIDES.
So, Sara I say to you, choose this day which God you’ll serve. The one who condemns? Or the one who saves?
What you and Victor here have done, reminds me very much of what the Religious leaders of Jesus’ day did to him.
52Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. 53And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
Jesus said, you have one that accuses you already. Moses. If you live by the law, you die by it. If you are going to try and wait for me or anyone to write something that isn’t one hundred percent true, then find a better way to help that man, heal the withered hand, don’t stand around pointing saying, “I can’t heal on the sabbath”. Don’t condemn and attack, encourage and build.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Instead of saying FEAR is what God wants, remember that GOD CASTS OUT ALL FEAR.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
And as you can tell by my response to both you and Victor. I ain’t scared of you 🙂 But I loves ya, I loves ya so much that I hope we can agree that we all know in part, until that which is perfect is come. And when it is come (REVEALED) then there will be no more ACCUSING will there?
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
I am FREE, but I will try to never allow my liberty to cause another to stumble. Think on these words, and I pray to hear from you again.