RADICAL FAITH

FAITH MAKES YOU WHOLE

The days we find ourselves in today are perhaps the most concerning to us all. Never before has there seemed to be so much on the line. Never before has there been so much uncertainty. Most importantly, never before has there been such a opportunity for us all to grow into the life we all have been purposed for. Truly, the days we find ourselves in today are perhaps the greatest days there have ever been.

A day when we see the Promise Land… no longer far off… but in our grasp.

I often use the example of giving birth to describe spiritual breakthrough. What better example is there for us? In fact even the scriptures teach us that we shall learn about spiritual things by those physical things surrounding us.

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse

Your experiences and your surroundings are your greatest teachers. From the car you drive, where you live, to what is growing in your backyard, what kind of neighbors you have, how you dress, everything in your life, names, addresses, people, animals, everything you see and experience is a physical representation of what is going on within you spiritually. I know that sounds far out, but start looking for the road map within your life and you will be amazed. And what better allegory is there for us all to learn from, then giving birth?

Giving birth is indeed one of our greatest lessons to learn from. Why do you think we are told to be “born again”? Why does Paul speak about travailing in birth until Christ is formed in you?

Galatians 4:19
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you

The answer is simple, we are all PREGNANT WITH POSSIBILITY! And d-day is here… delivery day that is. 🙂 But let’s look a bit more into the womb of scripture.

Have you ever questioned why there are so many “barren wombs” described in scripture? Have you ever wondered why one of the greatest miracles written about has to do with a “virgin birth”? This is all allegory for us to learn from. The child that is born, who has the government of the world on his shoulders is the child that is born WITHIN YOU! It is the true you! It is the Christ In You, as You. This is the hope of Glory, Christ In you! Until, as Paul writes, Christ is formed in you.

There is so much symbolism that revolves around “birth” that it is hard to avoid. 40 is the number of testing and trying many state. 40 years in the wilderness, 40 days of temptation, 40-year-old Kings, Kings ruling for 40 years… The number 40 is repeated again and again, and at the end of the 40 days, or 40 years, something great always happens. Israel enters the promise land, Jesus overcomes his time of temptation, etc, etc… And the physical application is as wonderful, for it takes 40 weeks for a typical pregnancy to come full term. We also see the trimester represented in the 3 day resurrection.

So why all of this emphasis on proving the significance of pregnancy? Why am I trying to show you that physical birth is a great lesson we should all pay close attention to? The reason is simple, we are all about to give birth.

And what happens right before we give birth? It hurts… It hurts real bad… to the point that you want it all to end. It hurts so bad you feel like you would rather die than give birth to the very thing you have waited for, for nine months. And yet, after that child is born, your suffering is not counted as worthy to be compared to the glory that you now have in your loving arms.

John 16:21
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world

This is such a great lesson for us all. Because life has been so, so very hard for so many of us. We try so hard and we step out in faith and yet we still struggle, we still suffer, we still are condemned, attacked, and forced to face great hardship. For many, it can get so hard you just want to give up… just like that woman when her hour of delivery is come.

The woman we see here, is YOUR SOUL! Your sense of being, your understanding, your intellect, whatever you want to call it. The woman is ALL OF US… and right, for many reason, we find ourselves dealing with a good amount of sorrow and uncertainty. We have all gone through things before, but now it feels different. Now the stakes seem so much higher. This, mark me, is for good reason. The reason is, the stakes ARE HIGHER THAN BEFORE! BECAUSE OUR TIME HAS COME!

In addition, I promise you once that Child (The Second You, The Born Again You, The Hopeful you, The Faith-filled You, The ChristInYou)… once this new life of yours is born, you will have JOY UNSPEAKABLE! You will see that nothing shall be impossible to you with FAITH! And for once in your life, you will have the FAITH to back up the belief in faith.

Matthew 17:20
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Because if you are truly honest with yourself, you may say you have FAITH! But if you REALLY are honest with yourself, you will see you still suffer because your faith is not yet whole and complete.

It is truly one thing to say you have faith and another thing to actually see it at work in your day-to-day. A lack of faith is what has been the cause of our suffering. Because if we had faith and it was at work in us, regardless of what came our way, we would not doubt, we would have no fear, we would trust that everything is working together for our greater good. We all know tha scripture in Romans that teaches us, that “all things work together” but there is evidence of this throughout the scriptures.

Do you think Joseph when he was rejected, abused, cast into a pit to die, then sold off into slavery, only to rise above his station to then be accused of a crime he did not commit, be thrown into jail, only to rise against his station again and be beaten for his interpretation… Do you think Joseph had any real idea of what God had planned for him? Well, if truth be told… HE SURE DID! He dreamed about it, spoke about the sun, the moon, the stars, all bowing before him. His brothers knew he was predestined for greatness, his father knew Joseph was special which is why he gave him that wondrous coat of many colors (a pledge from God, a covenant, a covering)… So Joseph knew, others knew, but I guarantee like you and me, each time Joseph was cast down, each time things got harder and worse, I GUARANTEE Joseph worried and had fear, as we had fear and worry. But in the end, JOSEPH RULED EGYPT, and we too SHALL RULE our own personal EGYPTS! The very place we were once enslaved in, the very place we were accused, condemned, imprisoned, we shall RULE! And all those that did us wrong, we too will be given the change to FORGIVE and FEED THEM the truth that set us free and shall also set them free.

We, like Joseph have been storing up the treasure of wheat in our store house. And our barns are filled with understanding and truth so we are not going to suffer during this famine (of truth) we see in the land. We laid up this treasure as we have suffered through our lives, and now is the time when those who persecuted us, who turned their backs on us, will return to us seeking what we have had all along… FAITH and UNDERSTANDING.

Matthew 6:20
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal

A QUICK note on this scripture… The Treasure that we are laying up, is Wisdom, which is a tree of life, it is our salvation, our hope, and this Wisdom is stored in the Kingdom, which is within us, and it is our Righteousness, Peace and Joy, and POWER of the Holy Ghost, it is CHRIST! The thieves cannot break in and steal it away from us… Remember the Thieves according to scripture are those that do not know the gospel, the Thieves are those that try to get into the Kingdom other ways.

John 10:1
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

We must enter the Sheepfold… the place where the Sheep enter to be sacrificed, we must DIE TO OUR EGO to be born again into the Life of Christ (power and wisdom of God). So it is impossible for a Thief (those who do not know the truth, and believe in lies and teach lies) to steal the treasure that we have stored.

Many of you believe yourselves to be poor, weak, insignificant. You say things like, who am I? I am fooling myself to believe I somehow have greater insight than others, look at my life, I am lost, I am hurting, HOW CAN I BE STORING ANYTHING UP… MUCH LESS TREASURE!

Well let me show you, how WHEAT (truth) is gathered and stored. For the WHEAT is who we are at heart! the children of the kingdom, and our glory is not known until we are picked, shaken, beat, ground, dried, and then set aside until an appointed time.

While we slept (a symbol of being ignorant of what is really going on) and enemy (our ego/works/man’s ways) planted tares (lies) along with the wheat. And our lives have been spent with both the truth of who we are, and the lie of who we think we are, growing up together within us. And it isn’t until the wheat is fully matured, filled with seeds in its head, that it can be known from the tares. And it is my firm belief, that this time of harvest is now.

Matthew 13:30
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn

This process we have been through has been a painful one. The lies had to be burned away, but our wheat (our true nature) was never harmed. We have been through the storms, we have been through the winepress, ground under the wheat stone, we have been set aside for a time appointed, a time that we have doubted we would ever see. But now that time is here, nearer than ever before, and it is our faith that will bring us home.

Romans 13:11
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Now is indeed the time for us to WAKE UP out of our slump, cast aside our fears and worries for tomorrow. How many times are we going to recite those scriptures that command us to “take no thought for tomorrow”, and then in the next breath we speak about our fears of what tomorrow may bring. It is time for us to have FAITH! To trust and fully believe that THERE IS A GOD! TO BE STILL AND KNOW GOD! To trust that God’s arm is not slack that it cannot save… To BELIEVE that God’s creation is finished in VICTORY! And we are that firststripe that the Master will pick from the vine to prove how holy the rest of creation will be.

We already know Salvation is not about being saved from what will happen after we physically die. We know Salvation is being delivered from our own fears, worries and lust our carnal ego demands. This is what we are being saved from. And the only way to do this, is with FAITH!

2 Timothy 3:15
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith

It is IMPOSSIBLE for us to be set free and to rule and reign without faith! It is IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD WITHOUT FAITH!

Really think about that for a second… If God is pleased, you are pleased, if God is at peace with you, you are at peace with God… Without Faith it is impossible for you to know joy!

Even though we have had seasons of pain and hardship, even though now it seems our troubles are as the sands of the sea, WE HAVE BEEN KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD THROUGH FAITH UNTO SALVATION… which is ready to be revealed in our lives!

1 Peter 1:4-6
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations

Ask yourself, how are the sick in scripture healed?

FAITH!

How are the blind given sight? How are the deaf given sound? How do the lame walk? How do the dead raise? How did David kill Goliath? How did the walls of Jericho fall? How were kingdom’s overthrown and risen up? How were enemies defeated and children birthed from barren wombs? How is a man justified? How is a man saved? How is anything possible at all?

FAITH!

And what is FAITH?

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Faith is made from the very things we hope for, what we hope for is what makes up our faith… and our Faith is the evidence of these things. In other words, what we have hoped for, the peace and salvation we wish to have, we will have, and our FAITH is the evidence that this is true… In other words, we wouldn’t hope for it, if it was beyond our reach. BECAUSE GOD IS THE ONE WHO GAVE US THAT DESIRE TO BEGIN WITH!

So it is time that you put away your fears, and cut off the flow of negativity from your tongue. It is time to trust God, to know you are about to give birth, that you are about to be free. It is time to HAVE FAITH like never before! A faith in God so strong that it doesn’t matter who believes or doesn’t believe in you, it doesn’t matter how big your troubles seem to be!

Romans 3:3
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

We shall know the incredible joy of hope, we shall taste the perfection of peace and never let it go again. Because we have chosen FAITH!

Romans 5:1
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

And if you believe your faith is weak, or you wish you could find faith in the midst of this final hour of travail… THEN ASK FOR IT! But when you ask, HAVE FAITH that your faith will be increased!

James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed

Our problem has always been our wavering, not really standing on that firm foundation of Faith. This is why we have suffered for so long, but now we have learned that our wavering has produced our pain and we are choosing a new path! One where FAITH is our breastplate… (The breastplate SHIELDS your HEART 🙂 ), one where we know we cannot faith! And by knowing this, we finally enjoy the moment!

“LORD” (which literally means, the existing one) INCREASE OUR FAITH!

Luke 17:5
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

And when our faith is increased, and when we stand solely on our faith, we will finally be whole!

Luke 17:19
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole

The day of your deliverance is here, you have permission to enter in, and all it takes is believing that you can… and you will regardless of what you believe or have believed, because THIS WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID!

I re-shared this essay from years ago because now many can hear it, it also offered me the opportunity to share this simple video with all of you. I hope you love it. And please if any of this resonates with you… JOIN THE MOVEMENT… Become a PIONEER OF RADICAL FAITH AS WELL and share this sight with other, subscribe, comment, download the free Jacob Israel APP — I need your help and support to enter the land promised to me. I can only get there with you!

Much love, Jacob

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INSPIRATION RULES!

INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION RULES!

I might as well come out and say it… there is more to me, and what I share over the internet, than many of you know. That being said, I might as well also add… there is MORE to you as well.

You see, I know where I am going in life. I have known for a long time. And if I told you truly who I know, and believe myself to be, and where I am going and what I will do… you might call me crazy. Of course, it is easy for the world to explain away such a beautiful IDEA as crazy, a pipe dream, a delusion, or even mental illness…. Well, I simply refuse to reject the IDEA within me. For if I rejected the INSPIRATION than the INSPIRATION would reject me.

Jesus said, if you reject me, you reject “he” that sent me… he understood it wasn’t about HIM but the TRUTH, the SPIRIT OF LIFE, the EXISTENCE and INSPIRATION within him. It told him who he was from the inside, which was a big departure from what the world said.

Jesus said, he was the SAVIOR of the world… the world said, YOU ARE A CARPENTER’S SON… This illustrates how the world reacts when people express the truth within them. If they can’t hear it, they will try and strike it down.

No one wants to be told that the power is actually within them to change and truly live their live, and that to do this they must LOVE OTHERS and put OTHERS before themselves… That makes no sense in a selfish world.

However, I, my friends, am not one of those people. The truth that was put to death at the place of my skull (Golgatha) when I was brainwashed by the lies of the world has risen in my heart… And while, when I was younger I may have doubted the inspiration within me, that time is gone… and now it is all too clear… THIS IS REAL!

(Before you read on, please let me first apologize for my many spelling and grammatical errors, I write this in one sitting and I usually don’t go back to edit until I can find time… so please remember I put this out as quickly as it comes and I pray you won’t be distracted by any mistakes or oversights… thank you, Jacob)

This voice within me has proven time and time again to be true. I refuse to reject and explain away the DESIRE of my heart as something that cannot be attained. And I will not longer hide the “greater things than these” from you all. I will walk above the water of unbelief and I will raise those that have been living as the dead and set them back in their right mind, as Jesus did with “legion”.

In other words… THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN WHAT YOU KNOW AND IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP.

I know deep down, you too may have that feeling…. A feeling like there is more. Perhaps, you have believed that you too were meant for great things, and perhaps you allowed the lies of this world to steal that seed in your heart before it ever began to grow.

Well, I am here to plant that SEED OF AN IDEA again.

(I·DE·A) – literally means “To SEE” and “Follow a Pattern” – PURPOSE.

Did you catch that? An IDEA gives you PURPOSE. Why do you think they are called “BRIGHT IDEAS”? Because inspiration is illumination. And yet the world had seen fit to brainwash everyone into thinking their ideas, their dreams, their desires, are foolish… And to believe that your ideas are foolish is the beginning of living a life of death.

Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

So when I told people I was Jacob Israel, I had to hide under the guise of a clever pen name, all the while knowing from deep within that I AM THAT I AM — meaning literally “I will be whatever I will be” – and I knew I was no longer the man the world tried to trick into believing I was. I knew deep within, I was Jacob Israel, and that IDEA WITHIN said that name will be shouted from the rooftops… I too, had met “God” within… I too rested my head on rock and dreamed of that ladder where thoughts from above came down to be shared below…. “he that ascends in the heavens is he that first descended into the depths of ignorance”… I too wrestled with the TRUTH within me… and it took until the day break to finally give up the fight after being blessed.

Yet, if that were my dream from childhood. If that were my IDEA of who I really was all along, and I shared it with all of you years ago… Well, let’s just say it wouldn’t go so well. You see, the world has gone so far to discredit VISION and INSIGHT and REVELATION and INSPIRATION and IDEAS as to make their very meaning another definition for FOOLISHNESS (Which by the way is SIN: to miss the mark of who you are and what you are capable of.)

When something goes wrong, the comedic expression has become “Got any other “bright ideas”?!”

Well I am here to say that all comes to an end now.

Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: BUT HE THAT KEEPS THE LAW IS HAPPY!

Once again, the world has twisted the word LAW into becoming a word that expresses control, dominance, etc… And yet, a LAW is something that simply is TRUTH. The LAW of gravity. The LAW of Thermal Dynamics. The LAW of REAPING AND SOWING.

The LAW OF ALL THINGS… is simply the TRUTH OF ALL THINGS.

If you refuse to believe that you are more than what the world tells you, you are a person most miserable indeed. If you refuse to accept the TRUTH within you than you have trespassed against what is truth and have begun to live a lie…. The end result of living a lie is a hell of sorts.

We see how devastating it is for those who deny their orientation because the world says it is wrong because they don’t understand it. Magnify that pain with the pain of living an uninspired, truly boring, and seemingly meaningless life. When you ignore the TRUTH of who you are there is no joy. There is no happiness in a lie, there is only fear, regret, and pain. This is why the TRUTH sets us free.

So in fact, THE LAW OF SOMETHING is simply the TRUTH OF WHAT THAT SOMETHING IS. To transgress that law results in the death of a life indeed. But that is coming to its end because who you truly are can’t be hidden and trapped forever. After all the TRUTH is all there is. Every nightmare comes to an end and when you wake up you realize you never had to be scared at all.

So, HAPPY indeed is THE ONE WHO KEEPS THE LAW… Happy are they who submit themselves to the TRUTH of who they are and what they are meant to be and do. So what is this LAW? What is this TRUTH that we must submit too? Is it a list of do this and do that’s?

OF COURSE NOT! No, the LAW is just simply how things are and until you get back in line with THE REALITY hidden within the DELUSION you call reality there is no freedom. The Law is not a check list, it is THE LIFE WITHIN.

The scriptures state that GOD WROTE his LAWS on your heart, this means… the IDEA within us that the world has tried to HIDE AWAY, that thought within you that make you question, “Is there more?” is the TRUTH whispering that question in your ears so you will explore it.

The question is, who are those “sheep” that hear this voice, who will enter that sheep gate and become the Shepherd of sheep themselves? Who are they that KNOW THERE IS MORE? Who are those that are starting to REALLY BELIEVE that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE when you live the life of a servant and when you trust that LOVE is the only path to peace. Who is going to follow after that DESIRE and bring it to pass? WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?

The scriptures speak of TALENTS given to those in charge of the Master’s estate… When that MASTER returns, he will ask “what did you do with the TALENT I gave you?” Did you sow that seed in the world without fear? Did you bring increase? Or did you go and bury it deep within your heart, locking it away to live a miserable life of fear… that even the TALENT I gave could be lost?

Matthew 25:24 – Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth:

I am sad to say, most in this world can be like that slothful servant who buries the talent… The reason is the world has tricked us into believing that the desire of our heart is a crazy idea, a pipe dream, a fantasy nothing more. And so people sadly trade their passion for a hum drum uninspired living. What a miserable life it is when one does not follow their passion. A good example, are those who dream of being a famous actor and yet never fulfill their dream because they really don’t believe it’s possible and so they give up trying, and sadly still tell everyone about that TALENT they got buried in their back yard.

It is so sad, because people don’t know that to ignore the IDEAS and INSPIRATION within is to IGNORE the TRUTH OF WHO THAT PERSON IS AT HEART. BUT HAPPY IS THE ONE WHO FOLLOWS THE TRUTH WITHIN!

The days of our ignorance and slumber are coming to an end. It is time for you to SUBMIT YOURSELF to the INSPIRATION OF LOVE AND TRUTH and to bring what is within… WITHOUT. It’s time to submit yourself to that VOICE WITHIN YOU. It’s time to let go of the reigns and become one with your destiny. I KNOW I AM.

To SUBMIT doesn’t mean what you think. Submission, as the world has twisted it, expresses a kind of weakness, or so we have been told. And yet, “In our WEAKNESS God’s STRENGTH is perfected.”

When you submit, what you are doing is not weakness, it is WISDOM. Because to SUBMIT means you have GIVEN UP THE FIGHT and CHOSE REST.

The scriptures teach this divine lesson in the scriptures, wives submit yourself to your husbands, this is a mystery. The world has perverted it’s meaning and twisted it to mean CONTROL, POWER, DOMINANCE… For example, they teach that wives MUST DO WHAT THEIR HUSBAND’S SAY… Hogwash! “God made man, MALE AND FEMALE made he them and called them ADAM.” – Adam means mankind as a whole… So it is not about Men dominating women, it is about MARRIAGE, two becoming ONE.

The Idea and The Dreamer Unite and a child is born and upon its shoulders is the world. The word “submit” means to join, become one, become like-minded, be united, to allow to have its will… But this scripture is teaching a greater lesson, about CHRIST.

Ephesians 5:22: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

The “wife” is the IDEA of who you are, the IMAGE. The idea of who you are needs to submit to the VOICE within, to become one with it, to unite with it, as a husband would a wife, which results in the creation of a new life… And if truth be told, just as I don’t have a choice as to where I would go, or what I would do… neither do you.

And when you get that, when you take a breath and relax into the idea of who you are truly, and who you are truly meant to be, you will know joy unspeakable.

You must not only embrace the IDEA/INSPIRATION/TRUTH you must also TAKE JOY IN IT!

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Don’t be ashamed of sharing your dreams, your desires, your hopes with others. Declare it, believe it, be it… You are whatever you believe yourself to be. Embrace inspiration when it comes, today is the day to do so.

Which is why I am writing you now. This morning I was inspired as I sat at my computer… I began to type as opposed to talking my inspiration away. I chose to submit myself to this inspiration as opposed to saying, “no one will care”,”no one will believe”,”they will call you crazy”, etc, and etc… I didn’t allow the enemy of my FAITH, which is my carnal ego to talk me out of it. I laid down MY EGOTISTICAL LIFE for the LIFE WITHIN and began to type… And here we are a couple of hours later and an essay has taken shape. Appeared from seemingly nowhere. And as I wrote, insights continued to pop up along the way… Yes, my talent was put to good use and increase was found.

You see, I follow this IN-SIGHT and I submit myself to this voice within, this idea or inspiration, knowing there is no goal too lofty, no dream too far, no desire that is NOT DIVINE AND ORDAINED, and no action that is without PERFECT PURPOSE.

You see, in Christ (the power and wisdom of God/Inspiration), in the unity of the spirit (when the idea of who you are submits to the spirit of truth and life within you) NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE and EVERYTHING WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD.

This impromptu essay is just the first-fruit of what all of that means. And although in the past, I have tip toed around some issues, the time is coming when I will speak clearly to you. I won’t hold back for fear of what you might think, or because I worry you aren’t ready to hear such a thing, the time is coming when I will speak clearly and no more in parable. 😉

John 16:25 – These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

And since there is nothing like the present, because there is never anything BUT the present, I share what once again I am inspired to share. SUBMISSION.

It’s time to take up that cross and lay your life down.

You see, this world, as it is, is a nothing more than story page that we can turn. Death, destruction, hate, all of these things are simply temporary distractions keeping us from the truth of who we are. The IMAGE of God, which is the EGO or SOUL of man was allowed to take the wheel for a while so the pure brilliance of who we all are within (gods) could SHINE IN THAT DARKNESS.

I AM HERE TO SAY, the darkness is coming to its end.

I know this of course, because I am a part of it. I have known for years. Many close to me will swear to that. Even though, I don’t believe they themselves really believe I THINK such a thing is TRUE… What I mean to say is, some that I share this great and noble truth with try to explain it away as I am “messing with them” or that “I am a bit loony”. That makes people feel more comfortable. People are conditioned to flinch anytime someone says, HEY I’M SPECIAL… I’M SOMEBODY… Isn’t that sad?

Yet, after years of witnessing the many things I declare come true, those close to me began to think… “IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE? CAN I BE WHAT JACOB SAYS I AM”, “Is there more to this than I once thought before?”… Many of my friends and readers have said this IDEA has brought them where they never thought they could go… However, they aren’t ready to truly understand, or even grasp, what that means.

We are slaved to our self effort and sensual lives, but that too will take second seat to the TRUTH within.

Before recently, I would have never been so bold as to say… Hey everyone, I’m Jacob Israel, a man who is meant to clear a way for others to see that there is more to life than they once believed. Not only that, but one day all of the world will know me as Jacob, and just one more thing, I am set up to be a great spiritual leader in this world, as are my children…  You see, if I said that… you would all turn on me.

That my friends is the enemy. The Ego trying to say, YOU CANNOT DREAM OF DOING GOOD FOR OTHERS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOTHING.

So, I can see why making bold statements like that would turn people off…. And yet, those close to me hear me say these things again and again and again… It’s the desire of my heart, much like one dreams of being a surgeon, astronaut, etc… To believe you are important in this world, to believe you matter in this world, to believe you have great purpose in this world is FROWNED UPON. IT IS TABOO! And I will tell you why, because to proclaim the TRUTH in a land of LIES is a scary thing to the liars and those who believe the lies are true.

All earth shakers followed their inspiration and shared it with the world REGARDLESS of consequence… As you know, many of them were killed SIMPLY FOR SHARING THE VERY TRUTH THAT WOULD SET OTHERS FREE. The story of Jesus being most telling of all.

So I can understand how if I wrote, I am meant to change the world with words given to me from the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, LIFE AND LOVE WITHIN, the reader might say… that’s nuts. However, is it not more insane to believe that you are destined to be miserable, bitter, and unfulfilled cog in a meaningless wheel going nowhere and benefiting no one?

And I also want to point out that you are as much a part of this global change of thinking as I am… You wouldn’t be here reading this, if you TOO didn’t have that deep down voice calling you to action… CALLING YOU TO ARISE! The difference is, many are just dipping their toes in right now… that voice within is calling and they are answering, but a seed takes time to grow. This is why I am happy to welcome the harvest in today with this very inspired essay.

I have submitted myself to this IDEA and I know that what I know is true.

Jesus once said, if you don’t believe me… believe the works. Sort of like saying, if I tell you something is going to happen and then it happens maybe it’s time you start thinking outside of the prison of a box you are in.

Many close to me would agree that over the years I have declared things would happen in my life that beyond explanation BECAME things in my life. From plays off Broadway, to movies, big time tv, to christian tv, novelist, blogger, radio host, and all of it working together for my good.

And yet with all of that proof, years of saying things would happen and then watching it come true, instead of believing what I say is true and submitting themselves to that inspiration within, that make up excuses to try to explain away the unexplained… They instead say I am driven and my hard work pays off, nothing more… They give me, my self effort the credit… AND I KNOW IT IS NOT ME!

Jesus, said to the man, “why do you call ME good?” It’s not about ME, it’s about THE WHOLE, the EXISTING ONE, GOD AND MAN as one in the GARDEN AGAIN…

Many today are stating they are God… and many still claim I have said the same, and in a round about way, I suppose I have… for there only is GOD, there only is this SPIRIT within us all and within everything that connects us, but we, the image of this SPIRIT OF TRUTH have become disconnected in our UNBELIEF! It’s time to believe again.

The reason my friends can’t believe that when we submit to the SPIRIT OF TRUTH within all things are possible. They don’t believe that they are special because they can’t believe. However, that time is coming to an end.  Not yet, but soon. I can feel that in my spirit. I have been telling those I work with, those around me, that soon, very soon everything is going to change for me and in a very big way, and when it does it will be PROOF of sorts. So those who don’t know me personally will be able to believe by the WORK’S SAKE.

And when a person believes… ALL THINGS BECOME POSSIBLE FOR THEM AS WELL.

This is how it works… whatever I knew in my heart could come true, I declared, and within time it became. Every part of my life, up till this point, has become because I submitted myself first to the idea of it.

Deep within me I knew what I was meant to do in this world. As the scriptures state, “God (the existing one) gives you the desires of your heart.” – meaning that inspiration to do a thing and the ability to do it, are both out of the ego of man’s control. And this inspiration, or revelation within me told me I am more. So over the years I have learned that instead of ignoring this voice within, it is better to explore, test this spirit to see if it be truth, and then finally SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL.

I spoke those things that are not as if they were and they became! Romans 4:17

I usually write essays that are quite long and despite many of my readers requests for shorter ones, at times, like today, now three hours into this essay, I find that is hard to do.

You see, when inspiration hits I can do nothing but submit myself to it. I believe this is the same feeling artists have when a creation from deep within calls to them and inspires them to share that call with the deep in those around the world.

Psalm 42:7 – DEEP calleth unto DEEP at the noise of thy WATERSPOUTS: all thy WAVES and thy BILLOWS are gone over me.

The waterspouts of the Lord of course are our mouths. The word Lord, as you know literally means “the Existing One”.

So like the author of the above Psalm states, when the waves and billows of INSPIRATION come over me, I can only write what, for lack of a better explanation, I am INSPIRED/TOLD to write.

Jesus said, “of myself I can do nothing”… He said, the “father was greater than he”…. Jesus understood that within him was something bigger than who he was in this world AND Jesus understood that he was SENT INTO THIS WORLD to share this!

John 3:17- For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

And what was it that he was meant to share? THE TRUTH! For it is the TRUTH that sets a person free! People need to be set free from the LIES they ignorantly believe.

The truth of who you are and what you are capable of is what Jesus shared… He told Martha, the RESURRECTION is NOW… The HE was the resurrection and the life, that if people believed the things that he said (believed on him) then even though they were “dead” they would LIVE AGAIN.

But the TRUTH is not always embraced at first… which is why I follow inspiration and only share what I feel led to share. And sometimes, even though I would like to share more, I don’t always have the words.

When Jesus said…  You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not…  He was saying, who people believed themselves to be is a a lie… if they were the OFFSPRING (spiritually/in thought, word, and deed) of the FATHER OF ALL LIES.

Jesus was trying to get people to understand that who they thought they were in this world, was simply a character created by other characters in this world… meaning, WE ARE MORE than we have been conditioned to believe.

The reason we suffer, the reason we lack, the reason we are ill, the reason we are at war, the reason for every sad and terrible thing is A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH, which results in the death of faith.

Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…

This above scripture does not mean there is an angry God outside of you rejecting you… it means that if you don’t believe the TRUTH that “you can do all things”, “the power of life and death is in your tongue”,”forgive and it will be forgiven”, “give and it will be given”, “a person reaps what they sow”, “as a man thinks so he is”, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE THE LAW which is TRUTH than you don’t have access to WHO YOU REALLY ARE and that is death.

So, when inspiration comes I embrace it. And in so doing I have found that I am more than I ever dreamed I could be,when I was trapped in the false idea of me. I didn’t reject the VOICE within me that told me ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE with faith. I submitted myself to this VOICE, this TRUTH, this LOVE, this HOPE, and IT SET ME FREE!

John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

MY INSPIRATION told me who I was to be in this world. At first, I rejected it. Yet, the TRUTH of who we are cannot forever be ignored. You see, eventually, as the scripture states, “all will come to the knowledge of the truth and the stature of the perfect man”, but this is not by the will or might of the false images (carnal ego) in this world… it is by God, THE ONE WHO TRULY EXISTS alone.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There is more WITHIN me, and you, and everyone in this world than we now know.

Jesus knew this “kingdom of God” was also within every single person on this planet. He knew salvation for everyone was laid at the feet of submission. Laying down his carnal ego driven life, for the true life within. This is why Jesus told many to DENY the idea of who they were.

Carnal mankind desperately wants to be God in this world, yet the soul of man is simply the image of the ONLY ONE WHO TRULY EXISTS…. The existing one… God, for lack of a better word.

Submitting to the true voice within you is salvation indeed. In that moment, you become the mouthpiece of the Lord. You and “he/she” become One. Just as Jesus said, “I am in the Father and The Father is In Me”, The things my father says I say, I can only do as I am meant to do… and yes, “IF YOU HAVE SEEN ME YOU HAVE SEEN THE FATHER”

Jesus understood, that when he submitted himself to the VOICE OF TRUTH within him, as Paul said (after doing the same) “It is NO LONGER I (paul) that LIVE but CHRIST (the power and wisdom of God) within me.

GREATER IS THE ONE WITHIN YOU than THE ONE YOU THINK YOU ARE IN THIS WORLD.   

And so it is my hope, that you too will submit yourself to the inspiration within. That you will invite possibility in to dine with you once again. I ask you to do as I do, simply disconnect with the fearful, doubtful person you think yourself to be and simply allow a greater force to be YOU!

John 3:8 – The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Jacob Israel

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Forgive and Forget?

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Forgive and Forget?

The title for this short article many would say is a pipe dream. What I mean to say is, most people believe it is next to impossible to truly forgive and truly forget being wronged by others. Many of us are still carrying around the pain of yesterday, yesteryear, and most still hold on to the pain of things that happened decades ago.

I, myself, for years carried around the pain caused by those who wronged me in childhood, from the school yard bullies, to friends who betrayed me, loved ones who abused me, and more. The result of this created in me such an insecurity that even today, sometimes, if I am betrayed, mocked, or hurt by those I love in any way, and it is a relationship that is no longer a vital to my every day life, family, or growth, I may find myself sometimes quietly forgiving those who wronged me while also escorting myself to the door.

You see, forgiveness does not mean you must continue to allow people to wrong you. Forgiveness means, you are ready to let the pain go and move on. Forgiveness means instead of seeking revenge, you seek peace. Forgiveness means, instead of hurting those who hurt you, you offer the opportunity to be whole again. Forgiveness means you no longer bring up the past, you let it go because it no longer exists.

The word “Forgive” has two definitions that people must clearly understand. 1) To cancel a debt = this means if someone has wronged you, you don’t need retribution, you don’t need recompense, you simply let it go and it’s all good. 2) stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for (an offense, flaw, or mistake)

If truth be told, and we are honest with ourselves, we will see how rare it is to find someone who actually forgives.

It is typical to find this ignorant behavior in marriages today. This is why we also find more than half of every marriage ending in divorce. When a fight begins, instead of simply forgiving each other and making it right, most married couples take up arms. Sadly, most couples choose to make war instead of love.

When husband or wife feel wronged, instead of talking it out and forgiving each other their petty complaints, today we find these small trivial disagreements exploding into name calling, character assassination, the silent treatment, and more. We find those who are supposed to love each other, so polluted by their years of never learning the great lesson of forgiveness, wanting to hurt their husband or wife. This ignorant behavior is not just found in marriages today, although most prevalent, we also find this type of behavior in almost every family, between friends, colleagues, neighbors and more.

This my friends cannot stand.

I wrote a poem years ago, about a son returning home to his father. His friends hurt him and he was angry, so angry in fact that he wished they were dead. The father said he wanted to show his son something. The father took the boy outside and dared him to hold a ten pound weight as long as he could, he challenged his son stating that he bet the boy couldn’t do it for long. And just like most immature children the angry son wanting to prove his father wrong struggled to hold that weight. The boy’s arms began to throb with pain, tears fell from his eyes, until finally the boy let the weight go. – The father patted him on the head and said, “You see son, it always feels better to let things go.” – That was the moral of this poem.

Our anger, our resentment toward others is as a weight upon our heart. As long as we hold onto bitterness toward anyone we cannot know peace in our own life. Until we forgive, we are doomed to replay, and re-live, that pain over and over and over again.

This is explained in scripture, but we have misunderstood it for years.

Matthew 6: 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 

This doesn’t mean, if you forgive people who wrong you, that the things you have done wrong in your life will be forgiven by some far away distant God… No! It means if you let another’s trespass go, you won’t be tormented by the pain of holding onto it.

Jesus on the cross, said, “Forgive them, they know not what they do!” This is a great lesson for us. Because when we understand that people only wrong us because of their own ignorance, and because of what is going on with them, we understand that we don’t have to take their actions personally.

We can rise above the pain other’s cause us, as a plane rises above terrible storm clouds to find a quiet and peaceful journey.

Usually, when people snap at us, it has nothing to do with us to begin with. Yet, if we are insecure and know no better we allow another’s actions to get under our skin and soon we find ourselves lashing out in return. And I promise you, no good comes from “getting even”, or “showing them how wrong they are”.

Life is as a garden, whatever we sow into the world we reap in return. There is a lesson in that, because that means that when people do things that could hurt us, most likely it is a judgment upon us for something else to begin with…. Meaning, everything that happens to us in life is happening for our growth. Each day we are given opportunities to create peace, harmony, and joy, instead of re-creating the same old, same old.

And so, if we looked at others who wrong us, as we would a young child who really knows no better, we would be able to shake it off, smile, and show them the love it takes to gently guide them back to their right mind.

If Jesus believed what they said about him, it would have really hurt him. However, knowing it wasn’t about him, it was about them, he was able to endure the cross.

That being said, forgiveness does not mean that you must continue to put yourself in harms way. If those who have wronged you do not repent of what they have done, if they don’t consider your feelings, right or wrong, and want to justify their behavior as righteous and instead would rather let a relationship fall apart than make it better, than one is not obliged to continue on.

When the prodigal left his Father’s house, it most certainly broke his Father’s heart. He knew his son was making a big mistake, and he knew that it would eventually catch up to him. Yet, his father did not follow after his son, he did not make attempts to prompt his return, he simply loved his son and waited every moment of every day with open arms for his return home.

This, this my friends is how we must wait for those who left us, hurt us, betrayed us, mocked us, abused us, and more. We must “forgive them, for they know not what they do,” we must allow them to choose their path, and we must be ready with open arms for their return.

There must NEVER be an end to our forgiveness. Because we are all one.

Matthew 18: 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

The reason there must NEVER be an end to your forgiveness is because, you may experience the same betrayal, hurt, and trespass from those you have previously forgiven. If you want to have joy and peace in your life, then there can NEVER be an end to your forgiveness. You must be ready each and every day to LET IT GO… Because YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY!

You often hear people who are angry saying, “those jerks don’t deserve my forgiveness!”, and so they hold unto their bitterness and anger and the result is they are never free from the feeling of being wronged, betrayed, or worse. What most people don’t understand is forgiveness is not for the offender it is for those who are offended…. forgiveness releases us and allows us to be free!

This is why scripture commands that all anger, resentment and bitterness is put away.

Ephesians 4:31 – 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you…

You CANNOT have a truly peaceful life if you are at odds with another. It is IMPOSSIBLE to truly enjoy your your day, much less your life, if there is someone out there that YOU consider an enemy.

A person cannot be hot and cold at the same time. You cannot be angry and happy at the same time… If you have bitterness and resentment in your heart true joy cannot be found.

Job 21:25 – And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

It really should not be a secret that FORGIVENESS is the key to a peaceful life… Yet, today very few would agree with the “offer the other cheek” philosophy.

For those who aren’t familiar… Jesus taught if someone offends you, or strikes you, to allow it, he went so far as to say, “offer the other cheek,” – the scripture in many places command us to live at peace with all men, to never repay anger with anger, and to never avenge ourselves…

As long as we are at war with others… we are at war within…. This is why we MUST BE AT PEACE with others… because it is only when we are at peace with others that we have peace ourselves… and PEACE IS A CHOICE PEOPLE! We can choose NOT to repay evil for evil, we can choose to overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:17-19 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

God is not mocked, whatever a person sows they will reap… those who hurt us do not deserve our punishment, they deserve our love, forgiveness, charity, and yes pity… because they will reap what they have sown.
Many speak of salvation today… most don’t know what that really means, but they understand the concept. Most today are taught, that GOD FORGAVE US by sacrificing his son and because of his sacrifice and forgiveness we all can enter into eternal life… Well this is a mystery, but the keys to entering into this REST that God promises is found in the words “forgiveness” and “Sacrifice”
To truly forgive, we MUST sacrifice our life (our desires, wants, name, reputation, etc) for others… to truly forgive others so we may INHERIT peace, power, and perfection we MUST lay down our anger, or bitterness, our resentment, and allow peace to take residence in our hearts by forgiving those who hurt us.
Salvation is being freed from all suffering in this world, and the only way to know freedom is to forgive and love even those who have done us wrong.
Matthew 5:46 – For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
The reward in life is not found in what is easy, the reward is found in overcoming that which is hard. The secret path to peace is forgiveness… for when you LOVE your enemies you saving yourself from the pains of this world. FORGIVE AND LIVE IN PEACE EVERYONE – it is the key to a joy filled, remarkable, life.
Luke 6:35 – But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest!
Please enjoy this short video for a greater understanding of the power of forgiveness. Please do subscribe, share, and support this site and the resources here in any way you can… “word of mouth” is the best! Love you all, Jacob

POWER OF FORGIVENESS

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POWER OF FORGIVENESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacob
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FISHERS OF MEN

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FISHERS OF MEN

Mark 1:17-18
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18 And STRAIGHTWAY THEY FORSOOK THEIR NETS, and followed him.

In the gospels there is a wonderful story about how Jesus found men toiling under the sun trying to catch fish, but only catching some, with their nets.

Many have taken the story to mean that Jesus came over and told them that they should give up on their careers, follow him and spread the gospel instead. But this my friends is not only what this story means. In fact, what the revelation of this story could mean for your life is quite profound.

You see, not everything that you read about in Scripture is as it seems. There’s a hidden treasure that when revealed can change the very lives of those who read the stories to begin with.

For those of you new to “Jacob’s Ladder” you will find much of what I write here deals with the hidden mystery of scripture. For it is the SPIRIT of the scriptures that give life (enlightenment) to the reader. As the apostle Paul wrote, “the letter/literal kills”. The MEANING/SPIRIT of the story teaches a person something, while focusing on the literal aspects of the story (which were never meant to be taken that way) kills the very LIFE/ENLIGHTENMENT found within the revelation of what that story means.

So much of what we read in the scriptures are an allegory. Which is why Jesus said clearly to his disciples in the gospels, “it is given to you to know the MYSTERIES of the Kingdom of God and unto them who do not have this insight ALL THINGS are shared in PARABLE”.

Now does this all mean that there were not literal events that happened that we read about? Well, that is not really the point is it? What REALLY matters is what a person gains from the story. I often use the parable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to illustrate this point. It does not matter whether there was a boy or a wolf, what matters is the SPIRIT of this story, which is of course that one should not lie or exaggerate.

The same is true for the events surrounding these “Fishermen”. It does not matter whether there were literal fisherman or literal nets, what REALLY matters is WHAT THE STORY MEANS FOR US. What TRUTH is hidden within these verses. What is it that “GOD” is trying to say hidden within the context of these stories? That is what matters!

After all…


It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 KJV)

The TRUTH is hidden within these stories and it is our great honor to find these treasures for ourselves. The revelation of which, comes only when one looks beyond the literal story until the spirit of the story clicks within and is revealed. When this happens it is like the “lights go on” and one finally understands the depth, and freedom, of the revelation that was once hidden within what seemed to be a pretty cut and dry story or a man telling a bunch of other men to follow him.

Now when this revelation hits it is like a LIGHT finally shining in a dark place allowing an individual to finally move about with the confidence, and wisdom, of where they should go next.

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:19-21 KJV)

Now I do want to point out that the truth can’t be forced. It must come from deep within, it must be revealed. And when the TRUTH is revealed it is like being healed of blindness spiritually. The TRUTH gives SIGHT to the blind, EARS to the deaf, strength to the lame, a tongue to the mute, brings to life what has been dead/ignorant, casts out the lies/demons that possess men and women, and much, much more.

We see this happening time and time again with every “miracle” Jesus performed. It DOES not matter whether they were literally healed or not, what mattered is that they HEARD THE TRUTH and UNDERSTOOD THE TRUTH.

Colossians 1:27
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

So it is the TRUE MEANING of this story that I wish to share today…

What does it really mean? Why did these men leave their chosen profession and forsake their nets? Are their nets symbolic of something else? Are the Fish A METAPHOR for more?

The answer to all of these questions is YES, YES, AND AMEN!

For years we have taken this story to mean that men and women everywhere should leave everything BEHIND to go out and preach the “message” their particular church says people must adhere to. Basically, bad religion has given people the idea that they should give up on all of their responsibilities to further religion’s agenda/message. Because “saving souls is more important than time with your family, friends, interests, or current employment.” The irony found when Jesus tells the bad religious elite… Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Matthew 23:15 KJV)

Bad Religion takes scriptures and twist them. Scriptures like Luke 18:29 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. … Bad Religion has used these scriptures to manipulate people into focusing on serving bad religion and bad religion alone regardless of how many families or lives are torn apart in the process.

And the ignorant fish in the sea take the bait and believe these passages are literal… but as Paul states, “These things are allegory!”

Sadly, people today have taken these things literally and have used even these scriptures to justify not living up to the responsibilities of being a parent or spouse. A great example of how the LETTER/LITERAL kills.

The tricks, snares and nets of religion can convince people that they would be rewarded for such nonsense like leaving jobs, homes, family and friends behind to serve Bad Religion’s version of the Kingdom of God. Which they present as some FUTURE award… when the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND GOD has always been and NOW EVENT.

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

The salvation of our souls is finding this RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND JOY within us. This is HEAVEN ABOVE. A higher form of thinking. RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY are not found in selfish ambition, but by LOVE! If truth be told this HEAVEN that Bad Religion is selling today does not exist!

BEHOLD THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU. The POWER AND WISDOM OF GOD (Christ) saves us from the lies/nets bad religion has cast upon us to control us.

In Isaiah is the best example of what HEAVEN, and what EARTH, is…

Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

HEAVEN = God’s Thoughts/TRUTH = PEACE
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

EARTH = Man’s ignorant/carnal thoughts

God has thoughts of peace, power, and a sound mind. God does not give us the SPIRIT OF FEAR, yet man’s ways are below God’s ways… And one of the greatest NETS Bad Religion has used for far too long is FEAR. “Do this or that OR ELSE!” But the TRUTH delivers us from these nets, as Jesus delivered these men from their nets.

It is the TRUTH that sets a person free. No NET is needed to DRAG anyone to the truth. It’s YOKE is easy, it is not the NET/YOKE OF RELIGION which is a heavy burden. Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Matthew 11:28 and again when Jesus said… For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

THESE NETS THE FISHERMEN WERE USING BECOME THE YOKES AND BURDENS we all suffer with today. Which is why we are told to… Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14

There was no joy, peace, and righteousness/right-thinking found in casting net after net into the sea of ignorance we call this world for these men. This is the reason that when the TRUTH (Jesus) appeared to them they were ready to FORSAKE their nets once again for all and become fishers of men!

So it becomes clear, the story of the fishermen leaving their nets behind to follow JESUS is a symbol of so much more. Every piece of this story is rich in meaning and hope. These NETS have more to do with the lies of religion and this world than literally catching fish as you will soon see.

As Micah recalls…

Micah 7:2
The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright/honest among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a NET.

You will soon see these NETS are everywhere today, and they mean one thing for those caught and that is DEATH/SUFFERING. While the captors can enjoy the spoils of the catch (their money and devotion).

You see these FISH HAVE GOLD INSIDE! Controlling people means more than just devotion and blind faith, it means their wealth is your wealth. BAD RELIGION knew this and JESUS KNEW THIS.

Jesus proved this point when the religious leaders demanded temple tax and he told his disciple to catch a fish (which you will soon see is an ignorant person) and take the gold from its mouth.

Matthew 17:27
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

BAD RELIGION wants that money, and to get it you had to HOOK or SNARE one of the ignorant fish/people in the sea to do so.

Let’s talk about some of those NETS
1) Net of FEAR- HELL, DAMNATION
2) Net of PRIDE – you are better than others
3) Net of Prosperity – You will be healthy and wealthy
4) Net of Power – You can become a super human
5) Net of future reward – You go to Heaven and it is all worth it
6) Net of Family or Friend pressure – If you aren’t like the bad religious you can’t be with them
7) Net of miracle healing
8) Net of prophetic words – people telling you they have heard from God directly

The list goes on and on… and they are ALWAYS CASTING THAT NET OUT ON THE WRONG SIDE

It’s all about money and power for the Bad Religious, and those NETS had to constantly be mended, because they were easily broken. Which is why in each encounter in the Gospels we see the fishermen either using their nets or tending to their nets. These NETS were important to their financial well-being. Yet, immediately following their encounter with this man Jesus they all left their nets. Mind you, they did not just leave their nets, they FORSOOK them.

Now why is this important? You may ask.

Well, these NETS by now you should see offer nothing in return but DEATH for fish. The NETS these fishermen were used to make their living is still practiced today, until the TRUTH shows up and shows them a better way.

Jesus came along and showed them THAT better way… the WAY… THE TRUTH… and LIFE! Jesus promised to make them fishers of men instead.

The difference being what Jesus offered did not mean death for these “fish/ignorant people” it meant life. And this LIFE was something that bad religion and politics has stolen away from them all.

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

So you see, those who have gotten the masses on their bad religious hooks, and caught the unaware in their bad religious nets only came to steal from those they catch and in return kill their true hope and peace.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For MAN also knoweth not his time: as the FISHES that are taken in an evil NET, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

These thieves continue on this day using their lies and promises and fear to keep the ignorant FISH buying into their religious and political lies. These thieves who say as long as their FISH do as they say, give, obey, serve, make followers and don’t question, promise that when the FISH are finally in the grave they will finally enter the gates of heaven.

But these thieves that call themselves religious leaders offer nothing but the death of a fulfilled life. No one, and I repeat no one can enter into the kingdom of heaven under their rule. Mainly because they have twisted everything we read about in scripture into something else. They have created a fantastic narrative that only offers them the power and wealth they crave.

These thieves make false promises and put on grand shows tickling the ears of those who hear and like a net dragged in the sea anyone they catch finds nothing but promises that are never kept, pride, bigotry, intolerance, greed and much worse. One can never find Righteousness (right thinking) Peace, Joy and Power in corrupt thinking. And anyone who tries to enter into the kingdom any other way but through Loves gate and denying one’s self, the same becomes a thief and robber as well, who too will find themselves dragging the allegorical net trying to kill more in the name of a god bad religion made up.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:1, 10 KJV)

But Jesus showed them a better way. He revealed the truth to them and he did so using the bait of love and a more abundant life.

So right away they left their nets and followed him. They followed him not for worldly gain but for that peace that surpassed their current understanding.

I would like to state that they did not just leave their NETS behind to follow Jesus, they FORSOOK their nets!

That is quiet an interesting word used to describe them leaving their nets behind, if that is all we are meant to take from it. Let us look at what the word “Forsook” means.

Forsook in Greek – Aphiemi
Literal meaning: “to abandon, leave desolate SO ONE CAN GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.”

This word, “forsook” offers us insight into the deeper meaning of the disciples leaving their nets to become “fishers of men”.

To get to the place of wisdom, to return to their first estate, to move from their current understanding to where they truly wanted to go they had to leave the LIES OF BAD RELIGION behind.

The apostle Paul spoke about this very thing, when he considered all he had learned from religion, all he had done in the name of religion, he called DUNG! Paul knew the snares and nets of bad religion as well as anyone. Paul and well as David knew how deadly these NETs could be. He knew a NET of LIES cast unto the ignorant fish of the world, meant death and hell (ignorant suffering)for the people.

Psalm 35:7,8
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

The “FISH” by now, you should understand are symbols of the ignorance holding MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE captive. It is their carnal ignorance.

Jesus compared ignorant men and women to FISH, when promising to make his new recruits “Fishers of Men”.

Jonah was swallowed by a GREAT FISH, and resided in the FISH’S BELLY for three days much like Jesus did in the belly of the EARTH. Here we see a connection that must be made. The first obvious connection is that the belly of the fish is also a symbol for the belly of the earth, which we also now know from earlier, is also a symbol of MAN’S CARNAL WAYS AND THOUGHTS. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Gods ways higher than man’s, God’s thoughts higher than man’s thoughts.”

Jonah is an allegory of the SPIRIT MAN trapped within the IGNORANCE OF THE CARNAL MAN (fish). Look also what the BELLY OF THE FISH is called by JONAH… HELL!

Jonah 2:1-3
2 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of HELL cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

In this verse we see the Fish’s Belly also called the belly of HELL. We know that HELL is the word used to describe the suffering that accompanies ignorance. The FISH are those that are ignorant and lost to the ways of this world (lust of eyes, flesh, pride of life).

We also find that Jesus was found in the belly of the EARTH.

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the fish’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

We are also told that when Jesus died he entered HELL (Ignorant suffering) to set the captives free in 1st Peter 3.

THE BELLY is also a punishment for the SERPENT (carnal ego man) who goes about on his belly digesting only dust/lies. The BELLY is a great symbol for the “womb of the carnal mind”. The BELLY of the FISH is a person’s carnal lust and ego. This is why we see the lying serpent cursed to go about on his belly.

Genesis 3:14
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

THE BELLY is a symbol for the “womb of ignorance and carnal thinking” indeed as Job puts it… Job 15:35
They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their BELLY PREPARES DECEIT.

But just as JONAH was freed from his ignorant hell, just as Jesus was freed from the sins of the world that cast him into the depths of the earth/hell/grave, just as these fishermen were delivered from their miserable lives, so also are we when we stop trying to rule over others, make money from others, or get others to do what we want them to do. The instant we forsake the NETS of our past and become fishers of men ourselves by sharing the truth without wanting anything in return, then the heavens open up and we find the rest Jesus promised.

There are those who kill their FISH – The bad religious do this. There are those who fish men out of their ignorant despair and offer them life and hope.

When Jesus asked them to follow him he was leading them to the kingdom of heaven, and I pray we can do the same for others! Which are we? Fisher of Men or Killers of Fish?

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

IT’S TIME FOR THE FISH TO COME OUT OF THE WATER! IT’S TIME TO HELP OTHERS WALK UPON THE WATERS INSTEAD OF DROWING IN THEM… ONCE WE PULL THESE FISH OUT OF THEIR IGNORANCE, THE HEAVENS WILL OPEN UP AND THEY TOO WILL KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF.

Matthew 3:16
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

It’s time for Bad Religion to forsake their nets, let’s help them all become fishers of men by showing LOVE!

Jacob
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Everything’s Gonna Be All Right!



Everything’s Gonna Be All Right!

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


GROWING PAINS

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!

JACOB

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“The Smiles, The Smiles” a poem


“THE SMILES, THE SMILES”

The smiles, the smiles, what do they hide?
A kind heart twisted from the pain inside?
A tortured soul pretending everything is all right?
Or a beautiful spirit pricked by the thorns in ones side?

The smiles the smiles, what are they for?
A desperate soul longing for more?
A million cares, worries, fears, insecurities one can’t ignore.

The smiles, the smiles where have they gone,
The desperate ones fighting to break free from the stranglehold that has held us for too long.
Wanting to know right from wrong but never feeling one belongs.

The smiles, the smiles, of those around so hard this day to be found.
One day you are up the next you are down.
Why, oh why does our pain continually come around?

The smiles, the smiles no longer able to fake.
The unbearable pain that so many willingly take.
The greed of others, their judgment and hate, rain down filling sorrows lake.

The smiles, the smiles do we remember what a true one feels like. Have we forgotten how to find them, and if so do we know why? Where have the days gone when life was more about living than fighting to find life?
When will we no longer need to avoid fears knife?

The smiles, the smiles, can we find again the joy we’ve left behind. Will we sell, heartaches well, the one we continue to fill with the swill of the daily grind?
Will we stand against pressures hand to find the land where the smiles, the smiles always arrive on time?

The smiles, the smiles they long to be free, It isn’t dificult to find your smile this you will soon see.
The time is now to let things be what they be, the trappings of this world are the lies that have tricked you and me.
The frowns of our downs will be swallowed by the smiles victory.

The smiles, the smiles will stretch to the corners of our face.
The smiles, the smiles oh yes, fear, pain, and worry they will erase.
The smiles, the smiles, let them rise and you will finish this race. The smiles, the smiles sure they have been gone for awhile, but now we need to put them back in their place.

So smile my friend, smile even if you are facing the end, smile when you want to cry, smile when you would rather die, smile when everything is too hard, smile when you feel like you have gone too far, been too marred, too scarred, smile my friend even when you don’t want to. Smile this is what you must do. For in the smile is the key to peace that has been avoiding you. In the smile is the end of the lies you have believed, in the smile you will find the truth.

Because the smiles, the smiles are your escape, so let your smile overtake this moment, and don’t forget to hold it. Keep that smile on your face until know it, until you can show it, until you feel it, until the smiles, the smiles deliver you and you know it.

Keep smiling everyone, everything is going to be okay, Jacob

ENTER THE STRAIGHT GATE

ENTER THE STRAIGHT GATE

This video is straight from my heart. It is by far one of my favorite to date, which is ironic considering I thought it would become one of my worst. That alone is a great revelation, sometimes the things that we ignorantly (carnally) believe to be the worst thing for us, when looked at with different eyes (non-judgmental) become one of the greatest things for us and others. Find out the truth of who you are, set your sights on things that are higher, believe all things are possible, and start looking at your life and the life of others as precious. Enter the straight gate and become the shephard of the sheep. Enjoy and feel free to share, Jacob

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THE MASTERPIECE – A POEM

THE MASTERPIECE

With crayons in hand and paper beneath
The young girl creates her beautiful masterpiece

With blotches of yellow, black, blue, and red all over the place
With scraggly hair, eyes that don’t match and an oblong face
A sky that is purple and grass that is brown
A nose colored so red, it would be better suited for a clown

The child draws with nothing but her imagination around
It is a gift for her father, to turn his frown upside down

Without the ability to spell, there are three x’s and three o’s for Daddy to see
A token of her love and appreciation this great masterpiece will be

The child does not worry that she cannot spell or draw straight lines
She does not care if her composition is lacking and is she appears color blind

Her art is her gift and she knows it will make Daddy smile
Times have been hard, he’s lost job and been out of work for a while

She didn’t feel pressured to be perfect, or worried she might not succeed
She only wanted to show Daddy that he is all she will ever need

He sits at a table swallowed by bills,
His head hangs low and is very still

She takes her picture to him and holds it out with great care
“Daddy, I made this for you” she says with a wide-eyed stare

Like a fire lit in his eyes, he takes her gift and to his surprise
After looking at this picture he suddenly began to cry
In that moment there was something that he realized
He may have bills, he may struggles, but he has something money could never buy
He held the picture to his heart, and Daddy finally smiled

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