Double Minded Mankind



Double Minded Mankind

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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Born Of Water And Spirit

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Born Of Water And Spirit

When Nicodemus came to Jesus at NIGHT he simply could not grasp what it was Jesus was saying. Although, what Jesus was trying to convey about “being born again” was quite simple. And for those who have “eyes to see” quite beautiful. Here is the passage below to bring you up to speed about what it is I am going to reveal today.

John 3
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
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.

Now, I have written about this before. And yet, I feel as though a short entry may add some much-needed light to this topic. Because most people today really have no idea what “being born again” means. Most believe it is what happens after you say the magic words “I accept Jesus Christ to be my lord and Savior” … oh, if it were that simple. Sadly, it takes a bit more than the recitation of these simply words to be “born again”. And so, I will once again try to explain this to you.

The scriptures, as you may or may not know, are very symbolic. They are filled with allegory. Jesus, himself, was said to only speak in parable to those without understanding. And so, for ten years I have been sharing the keys to unlocking the rich treasure found within this great book. I pray these words I am sharing will be inspired and that they will help you go farther in your walk. I pray these words will be LIFE to you.

Let me break the above verses down.

A man named Nicodemus, which ironically translates into “conqueror”, there is a REASON for that. A Name MEANS “A NATURE”. A CONQUEROR is one that overcomes another by force. And we know the “Kingdom” (right thinking, peace, joy) cannot be TAKEN by FORCE.

Matthew 11:12
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

He was A RULER of the JEWS. (We also know that the greatest is not one who rules but who serves)

Here we have the picture of a RELIGIOUS LEADER who came to JESUS AT NIGHT.

The same came to Jesus by NIGHT, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

This is symbolic of not only being afraid of what others thought, but also symbolic of coming to learn something in total ignorance.

People STUMBLE in the Dark. They cannot completely SEE/comprehend the depth and breadth of their “surroundings” in darkness/ignorance.

Night is obviously symbolic of IGNORANCE/DARKNESS.

And so, it was a dead giveaway that Nicodemus would not be able to grasp the LIGHT of what Jesus shared because he came to Jesus by NIGHT. Which is why he immediately responded by saying, ” Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

He knew that Nicodemus was not going to learn a thing this night (while ignorant). He knew that UNLESS the old religious/carnal/egotistical Nicodemus identity died allowing the child of God within to take over, the truth had no place in him.

This is what it means to be Born Again you see. To DIE of who you thought you were and to be BORN from within in the TRUTH of who you TRULY ARE.

Those of the “night” don’t understand this.

Jesus however did… He was/is NOT A CHILD OF THE NIGHT… and nor are we.

Therefore let us not SLEEP (REMAIN IGNORANT) as they do.

1 Thessalonians 5:5
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Nicodemus tells Jesus, “we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”

Jesus responds… “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Let’s visit that for a moment.

If Nicodemus REALLY knew Jesus was a teacher come from God, he would not have been afraid to visit during the day. He didn’t know and Jesus understood that. I find myself speaking to pastors and bishops much the same way. I meet them where they are at. When they tell me they cannot be offended… I understand that they can, and will be offended, because they, like Nicodemus aren’t ready for the truth that will set them free.

You see, even if Nicodemus really thought Jesus had the answers it would not matter. There was NO WAY Nicodemus could understand what Jesus was about to share UNLESS HE HIMSELF had been quickened to it. Jesus understood this, as I do, and as many of you reading this right now understand.

A person cannot except the TRUTH of who they are, until they are BORN AGAIN.

Now many today focus on the outward man and the works of the flesh. It is all about this physical world. A coming Savior, A literal kingdom, A real heaven and scary terrible infinite place called hell. Nicodemus was no different.

Those that are BORN OF THE FLESH are FLESH. This is why Nicodemus said… “How can a person be born again? Can they enter their Mother’s Womb a second time?” — You see, Nicodemus, like many today, is focused on the temporal (the physical, the sensual) and NOT THE ETERNAL. And those that focus on such and put their faith in such, CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD(Right thinking, Peace, Joy, Power).

1 Corinthians 15:50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

And so when Nicodemus replied, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

Jesus’ answer was simple… “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Before I explain this last part, I want to bring your attention to what is on the line here. “The KINGDOM OF GOD”. This is what it is all about people. ENTERING INTO THIS KINGDOM. Now many are waiting for it to return, and many others believe you only get there after death, but if truth be told the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is not some far away place… (that should be obvious if you are subscribed to this site)

Luke 17
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

The Kingdom of GOD is WITHIN YOU. LITERALLY. It is WITHIN the IDEA OF WHO YOU ARE. It is RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY.

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

The KINGDOM (which literally translates into “REIGN or RULE”) of God… the RULE OF GOD (LOVE) is RIGHT THINKING, PEACE, AND JOY in the HOLY GHOST (spirit of life that cannot be seen but can be felt, much like the wind)

I would also like to point out that the MEAT AND DRINK that the Kingdom/Rule of God is NOT is… FLESH AND BLOOD.

John 6:55
For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

It is ALL ABOUT entering the KINGDOM (RULE) OF GOD. Which is another way of saying, ENTERING INTO GOD’S REST. No longer kicking against the pricks of life that are meant to get us back on the RIGHT/TRUE path. No longer operating in a world of illusion but aligning ourselves with our TRUE IDENTITY, that of God’s only begotten child. FLESH AND BLOOD can never inherit this. A LIE can never become the TRUTH. Temporary can never become INFINITE. Who we have believed ourselves to be can never enter into the REALITY OF WHO WE REALLY ARE IN CHRIST (power and wisdom of God-1 Cor 1:24).

Jesus understood this, Nicodemus did not. Like most today, Nicodemus believed it is all about the Flesh. Nicodemus did not know that THE DEAD (IGNORANT) cannot also be the LIVING. For to be carnally minded IS DEATH. And it is impossible for the DEAD (IGNORANT) to know GOD (the truth, love, spirit, creator of all that is and is not yet)

But brothers and sisters, WE ARE NOT NICODEMUS. We are not like those who draw back into perdition.

Hebrews 10:39
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

We are moving forward unto salvation. WHICH IS A NOW EVENT! And we are saved from the LIES we have believed. This is why we are told THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. And that is why I am sharing this today.

Because as you know now… the FLESH (FALSE IDENTITY) profits nothing. THE WORDS I SPEAK HOWEVER… THEY ARE LIFE 🙂 It is the SPIRIT that quickens (makes alive again)

John 6:63
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Now, this one verse is a KEY STONE. For it will make everything Jesus shared to Nicodemus CLEAR.

Nicodemus was focus on the LITERAL. (flesh and blood)

Jesus was focused on the SPIRITUAL.

The TWO are like oil and water — they don’t mix.

Romans 8:5
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

This is why Jesus said…. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” he knew, as I know, that people like Nicodemus simply aren’t READY to hear the truth. And if they CANNOT HEAR the TRUTH they cannot be BORN OF THE TRUTH. And if they cannot be BORN OF THE TRUTH they can never ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD… Because GOD IS TRUTH!

So Marvel not… Don’t be shocked or surprised… that Jesus said, You MUST be Born again to enter the Kingdom of God… the wind blows where it wants, you hear the sounds of it but you DON’T know where it came from or where it is going… the same is true for everyone who is born of the SPIRIT…. You hear the sound they make, but you don’t know where they came from, or where they are going!

Did you catch that everyone…

This is why Jesus meant when speaking to Nicodemus… Just as a person cannot understand the origins and destinations of the wind, UNTIL they are BORN AGAIN they CANNOT UNDERSTAND YOU!

This is why it is so important not to try to convert people… You will only end up getting people upset. You must share the light to those who can SEE the light, and to those who cannot… ALL THINGS ARE DONE IN PARABLE.

BECAUSE FLESH CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO SPIRIT… Your self effort will NEVER change someone. But your LOVE WILL.

And so now the parable is revealed…

When Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” He was speaking of HIS WORDS!

The WATER we must be BORN OF… is the TEACHING OF TRUTH. The greatest of all prayers, “Lord, teach me the truth no matter what the cost,” will afford you that LIVING WATER (WISDOM) within. And the best way to learn is by EXPERIENCE (the things we suffer)

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And these WATERS, which become life, which are also know as the WASHING of the WORD (TRUTH)… Can be a lifetime of adversity in the making.

Because through much tribulation we enter the KINGDOM OF GOD. Marvel not, that is say this 😉

To be BORN OF WATER is to be broken and set free from the death of lies. And we are stubborn, which is why we are baptized in these waters throughout our lives… The WATERS of affliction become LIFE to us, you see.

Isaiah 30:20
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the WATER of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

Our hard times are there for a reason. And the VOICE OF GOD (TRUTH) IS ALWAYS UPON THE WATERS OF OUR HARD TIMES… so listen and you will learn next time you enter into adversity.

Psalm 29:3
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.

Revelation 14:2
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters

Marvel not, that I say you MUST BE BORN OF WATER as well as SPIRIT… Without the suffering of the oyster there would be no pearl.

And THIS is why we are told to REJOICE when hard times come.

James 1
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

1 Peter 4
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

The word TORMENT that we read of many times in scripture, actually means TO TEST and TO TRY. It is not about punishment people. Our hardships and our trials are there to DIRECT US BACK.

There is MUCH TO LEARN when we “BURN” with the FIRE of suffering. Our anger, shame, fear, jealousy, all of which are lies cause us to suffer. And suffer we will so long as we EXIST in a plain of illusion. And yet, our suffering is also our salvation. For it drives us to freedom when we recognize it.

The disciples understood this…

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

What DESTROYS the FLESH gives BIRTH to the SPIRIT OF TRUTH.

Jesus said, MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE TRUTH… And ONLY SPIRIT gives birth to SPIRIT.

This means, as a flesh body can reproduce other flesh bodies… so can a SIMPLE SPOKEN WORD OF TRUTH REPRODUCE THE TRUTH IN OTHERS!

Our hard times (water) and the spoken truth (spirit) bring us all to the promise land.

Salvation has never been about simply regurgitating some magic words and doing what religious men or women tell you to do. Salvation is understanding that EVERYTHING IS WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR GOOD and that who we have believed ourselves to be is the ENEMY of who we truly are. And a life time of brainwashing does not easily fade away.

As the apostle Paul woke up to the understanding that all of his works were foolish, and that it is a foolish thing to continually kick against the pricks of life (Acts 9:5), so too will you wake up and realize that YOUR HARD TIMES are not a CURSE they are the very thing helping to give you BIRTH!

I pray all of you understand this. I hope you all seek more for you will find more. I long for the day when we all can say, I Have Entered Into That Rest! And I pray the waters of life and these words (spirit of life) help you all to be born once again.

I hope you enjoyed this essay. Please do subscribe, comment, like, and share with others.

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Hold unto your bibles everyone because this short essay is going to reveal something that will indeed light a fuse within you that will burn bright for all the world to see. The question is…

Who will believe our report? and to whom is the “arm of the Lord” revealed?
Isaiah 53:1

By the way, the ARM of the LORD simply means… Who will exercise the power and wisdom of God in this world? Who will make their earth as it is in heaven… and KNOW they are doing so. (I will explain this further soon)

Who will see what the blind cannot? Who will put their lives where their mouths are?

A wonderful passage from the Gospel Of Thomas comes to mind… Jesus said: He who seeks, let him not cease seeking until he finds; and when he finds he will be troubled, and when he is troubled he will be amazed, and he will reign over All.

Today I posted a simple sentence. “If we believe we know better we have ruled out the possibility of ever learning more.” This powerful sentence must be acknowledged because if you came to this website, and to this essay believing you already know all there is to know than you will learn nothing at all.

However, if you come here because, as the Gospel of Thomas declares, you are seeking… then you MUST continue to seek if you are ever to find.

In addition, a wise man knows there is always more to know. Especially when it comes to the “Lord’s Prayer”. Which happens to be a prayer of great significance I dare say. Considering, it is the ONLY PRAYER Jesus gave as an example of HOW WE ALL SHOULD PRAY (communicate with God, or the great I am, Inspiration, Source, or whatever name you attribute to “THE EXISTING ONE”, which literally is the translation of the word “LORD”.

“A creator creates, and an infinite world of possibility awaits those who SEEK AFTER IT.” – Thomas James

And when you do SEEK after (whatever “IT” is that you hope to find here in this essay) I promise you might just find “IT”… IF, you aren’t “CERTAIN” you already know all there is too know about this prayer.

And then IF “Wisdom” permits what you find in this essay may even “trouble” you. Just like that quote from the Gospel of Thomas.

“Troubled”, because what you once believed may not be the truth after all, or it may no longer be the truth you need.

And when this “FOUND WORD” or “New Revelation” meets your long held belief system there may be a fight. You may either find yourself rejecting outright what I share in these next couple of pages, or you may JUMP RIGHT IN and find that this truth can set you free.

Of course any new idea, at first, is troubling. Few like change after all. Regardless of how foolish is to hate such. Considering, LIFE IS CHANGE!
CHANGE is ALL LIFE IS.

Without CHANGE there is no growth, and without growth, a person no longer TRULY LIVES. For life itself is GROWTH!

This is why I hope your spirit is troubled whenever you visit here. Just as it was in the parable of the man trying to get healed in the Bethesda pool. We find HEALING in the TROUBLING OF THE WATERS (doctrines/understanding) indeed.

I would like to point out that in the parable it is said, the WATERS are troubled by an “ANGEL”— which really simply means a “MESSENGER”.

And who is this messenger that wants to trouble the waters of BETHESDA’S POOL today? — ME 🙂 More over I believe this is a WORD in due SEASON.

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Notice it is a CERTAIN season…

4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

Let us view this a different way… in a TIME OF CERTAINTY a messenger shared a MESSAGE that TROUBLED the collective belief pool. Ironically, in a TIME OF CERTAINTY a CERTAIN MAN believes he must be helped by another to be healed.


5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

This “certain” man who wanted into the pool of troubled waters is very much like those who think they know it all already. They are “certain” of how things are meant to be. No growth there. This man was CERTAIN he needed help from another. The people there were CERTAIN that they needed the literal waters to be stirred up to be healed. EVERYONE was CERTAIN that healing came OUTSIDE OF THEM, and yet… the TRUTH IS from the beginning everyone has the power to PICK UP THEIR MAT AND WALK!

This CERTAIN man, believed he needed another to help him. He gave away all of his power. This is why he was called IMPOTENT, because HE, like many today ARE WAITING for a SAVIOR instead of simply SAVING THEMSELVES by following the pattern left before them.

Many of you reading this understands what that means. While others still believe that JESUS did all the work. As opposed to seeing that JESUS WAS THE ONLY WAY… meaning, do what he did, know what he knew, and love. This is what a LEADER SAYS… follow me… do as I do… THIS IS THE MESSAGE THAT HAS BEEN MISSED.

Luke 9:23
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

NEWS FLASH EVERYONE…. Jesus NEVER claimed to HEAL ANYONE!

Jesus always stated very clearly…. YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WHOLE!

DID YOU CATCH THAT? Please let that sink in…

Matthew 9:29
Then touched he their eyes, saying, According TO YOUR faith be it unto you.

According to YOUR FAITH not Jesus’s actions.

So when Jesus came up on this CERTAIN MAN who believed that he needed ANOTHER to help get him where he wanted to be… Jesus saw him CAUGHT IN THAT “LIE” — (YES, another way of looking at this passage)

6 When Jesus saw him LIE, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

And so… just as Jesus asked the impotent CERTAIN man who believed the lie that he had no power at all… I ask you…. WILL YOU BE MADE WHOLE?

BECAUSE the TRUTH, I promise WILL set you free.

So, if this following exploration of what the Lord’s prayer really means, troubles you, remember soon you will be amazed to find out what it means, and when you do, you will RULE over every aspect of your life.

YOU FAITH WILL MAKE YOU WHOLE!!!!

Now pay attention… and see if you CATCH THIS…

Jesus asked the man… WILL YOU BE MADE WHOLE?

The question I would then ask Jesus is… “HOW IS ONE TO BE MADE WHOLE?”

And this is where the Lightning Comes From Heaven…. “YOU FAITH HAS MADE YOU WHOLE!”

Matthew 9:22
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WHOLE. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

And why is that?

Because FAITH is the Lifeblood of CREATION. And we are CREATORS… Because we are the offspring of a CREATOR.

And it is OUR FATHER’S WILL that all be saved from the LIE we are all CERTAIN of… that WE HAVE NO POWER AT ALL.

When in fact….

Matthew 18:19
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching ANY THING that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

And where is the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?

IT IS WITHIN YOU… Within the IDEA of YOU… The IDEA OF YOU (Who you believe yourself to be) is the IMAGE of God. Just as my child was made in the IMAGE of my wife and I, so too are we the off spring of the Great I AM… the EXISTING ONE…

Which brings me to the crux of this essay. This morning a wonderful new friend of mine here on Facebook named Daniel Skillman (look him up on Facebook) has come into some deep and wonderful insight… THE pool of his collective understanding was troubled as well, and because of it HE became amazed and now is sharing some wonderful thoughts and questions with everyone.

This morning he raised the question, “What does… FATHER YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN,” mean?

The LORD’S PRAYER indeed… I have taught on this subject before however I believed that I should dedicate one paper to this alone. I left my thoughts on his page.

Our Father, Who art thou in heaven

The first thing we must look at is where this is all taking place… WITHIN YOU… We are not praying to some far away distant God, you MUST know this by now if you have found this website.

We also must recognize it is OUR FATHER — not MY FATHER or YOUR FATHER — The one who created me also created you — and this CREATIVE FORCE of SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND LOVE is within us all.

The very next thing we must look at are the words….

Your KINGDOM COME — The KINGDOM is “righteousness (right thinking) peace and joy” — and the word “COME” means “to be manifested, or revealed”

It is the same word that is used for when Christ COMES (IS MANIFESTED/REVEALED) within us 😉

So the prayer continues…“Your Kingdom come” = “May the right thought, peace and joy be revealed within me”

Next we MUST really look at “YOUR WILL BE DONE” — the first obvious thing we MUST address is what is GOD’S WILL?

Ready for this?

It is the FATHER’S WILL that ALL BE SAVED just like the certain man. It is the Father’s will that all be made whole.

John 6:39
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

And GODS WILL is done ON EARTH as it is in HEAVEN.

The scripture’s reveal that the EARTH is a symbol of Man’s ways and thoughts while HEAVEN is a symbol of God’s ways and thoughts.

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.

So one could say this prayer is about a total unity of HEAVEN and EARTH… God’s will performed by man… with the understanding that we are in the Father and the Father is completely within us… THAT WE ARE ONE!

and ONCE we realize this… THAT WE ARE ONE… Then we are made whole.

Now watch this… another way of looking at the prayer…

That YOUR WILL BE DONE on EARTH (in the temporal and physical) as it IS in HEAVEN (spiritual and mental) — that THE TWO BECOME ONE!

This is GODS WILL…. that can only be done… by understanding….

WHATEVER IS BOUND IN HEAVEN IS BOUND IN EARTH… whatever is loosed in heaven is loosed in earth…

OUR FAITH makes us all…

And with FAITH ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Matthew 17:20
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, 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.

It is interesting to NOTE that … WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE AS WELL…

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.

That should get your ATTENTION quick…

That should TROUBLE your waters because this is a huge revelation if you have ears to hear it.

With FAITH all things are possible… With GOD all things are possible… FAITH makes you whole… GOD makes you whole….

FAITH and GOD seem to do the same thing…. Isn’t that interesting?

Think about it… YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK… You are RULED by what you believe…

People today refuse to believe that they are co-creating their life, both the good and the bad… and yet, their EXPERIENCE is a direct result of what they BELIEVE is HAPPENING AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT.

So, it can be said… that GOD is your FAITH… and FAITH is your GOD… in a manner of speaking.

And so the prayer is that WE WOULD FULLY UNDERSTAND that GOD’S WILL is done ON EARTH as it is IN HEAVEN.

Meaning… we are either ruled by the GOD of this world (faith in fear, lies, shame, regret, worthlessness, hopelessness, etc) or we are CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH GOD (FAITH) — LOVE, AND THE SPIRIT (THOUGHTS) OF TRUTH.

This is a major key to the Kingdom people… The fully understanding of the LORDS PRAYER…. one must fully understand WHAT THE WORD “Hallowed” means….

For many, it means a name to be revered… Like Our Father your Name is soooooo very holy…. and this is the way it has been taught.

However, that is NOT what the word HALLOWED means…. Here is the definition: to render or acknowledge, to separate from profane things and dedicate to God…

CATCH THAT…. Our Father who art thou in Heaven… ACKNOWLEDGE the TRUTH and SEPARATE from the ways of the world… Your NAME is to ACKNOWLEDGE the truth, or render it… and to separate from the profane… Hallowed does not means “Holy is your name”

The only prayer there is IS to ACKNOWLEDGE who we are within separate ourselves from who we are not without and to fully understand that YOUR FAITH creates your reality. The WILL of the ONE WHO EXISTS is to UNITE the SPIRIT MAN with the INTELLECTUAL AND SENSUAL MAN — so the TWO BECOME ONE FLESH.

Ephesians 2:15
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

The prayer is a reminder that WE HAVE A PART TO PLAY with everything that happens in our life. Because it is GOD’S WILL.

Matthew 18:18
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Our FAITH will make us whole… WE ARE RULED by our FAITH… We are the projection of our faith into this world. This is why our experience is always whatever we believe it to be.

So I pray today the waters have been troubled indeed, and this has led the way to amazing possibility, and you all realize that YOU and the FATHER (EXISTING ONE) are ONE.

I hope you enjoyed this short essay and I can’t wait to hear all of your comments and thoughts. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to this website if you haven’t already. The top right hand side of the website you will find a button for that. And of course, don’t keep this light under a bushel share what you have learned here, and this website with others who you believe are looking for that precious OIL (wisdom). I love you all, Jacob

What Is Sin?

What Is Sin?

This is an important question. Not just because most people have absolutely no idea what SIN really is, but because it is the ONE thing that is keeping people from truly living their life.

For the wages of sin is death… (Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭23‬ KJV)

This means when you SIN you are rewarded with DEATH (carnal suffering). The “death” we are discussing here is not physical death, although many do experience that as well when they are ruled by the SIN (false belief/foolish thought) that their life is not worth anything.

You see, SIN is a big problem today. Mainly because most have no idea they are sinful… (Full of the wrong thoughts)

I want point out early, to be sinful does NOT always mean people are bad, or have done bad things, many times it means people just don’t know any better.

Of course there are others who do know better and do what is incorrect, or underhanded and improper anyway, regardless the wages are the same.

When you think the wrong thought, or choose the wrong path, your reward will always be less than satisfying. The reason is when anything is done the wrong way it is doomed to fail because the correct way is the only way that truly exists.

Now I can come right out and tell you the word “SIN” simply means to operate outside of what is correct, proper, truthful.

The word SIN itself literally means to miss the Mark.

Think of shooting an arrow at the bullseye on a target and missing the target completely. That is sin.

When you SIN you are missing the point (target) completely.

Proverbs puts it beautifully and simply…

The thought of foolishness is sin… (Proverbs‬ ‭24‬:‭9‬ KJV)

Think about that. Being ignorant is sinful. Not knowing the truth is sinful. Believing a lie is sinful. Being foolish is sinful.

Once again, society has mistaken the word SIN to somehow describe a wicked evil person. However, it simply means, many times, a person who is sinful just does not know any better.

Of course, not knowing any better can lead to greater sins which in many cases are downright evil.

As is the case for the suicide bomber who was convinced, after years of suffering terrible loses due to war and greed, that he would be rewarded for killing the infidel, who in reality is just like him.

The SIN is not just the act of murder, the SIN is also the belief that we are better than others, that we can somehow force people to see things the way we do…

The SIN is believing in a god that would reward murder with paradise.

And the wages of that sin was death indeed.

However, I like to explain SIN another way.

Think of it in terms of riding a bike. SIN would be falling over while trying to ride because you haven’t found your BALANCE yet.

To SIN is not doing something terribly unjust it is simply not doing something the right way.

There is a right way and a wrong way to do things and the right way will always be easier and will produce better results. The wrong way (the sinful way) will always frustrate you, takes more effort, and benefits no one in the long run.

This, my friends, is why we must address the SIN in our life today.

We must look at all those areas in our life where we are experiencing frustration, anxiety, fear, pride, and more and find the root cause of it all.

Every problem in your life is a direct result of the SIN (wrong thinking) in your life.

You have a bad relationship? Do you have trouble at work, feel unfulfilled, hate your life, or hate your neighbor?
Do you feel out of control or feel like you never get ahead? Are you worried your life is going nowhere? Don’t care about others? Don’t care about yourself? Guess what? It’s all SIN related.

All of our trouble in life stems from our ignorance within.

And whether you want to believe it or not, we ALL took upon ourselves the SINS of the world the moment we began to believe what we were taught and told by the very people we trusted in the world. From our parents, to our peers, to political and religious leaders.

SIN (foolish thinking) is handed down from generation to generation, until the cycle is broken by one who lays down his sinful life for the good of others. And this my friend is what we all must do today if we are ever to be free.

Let me first address what scripture teaches us about SIN. I will open up some of these passages and provide additional insight to further you along your journey to life everlasting.

Let’s begin with this verse below.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭4‬ KJV)

So SIN is a transgression of the LAW of God. A lot of people mix the meaning of this up. They think in terms of breaking man made laws like theft or vandalism. However, the LAW of GOD is a constant. It is a LAW much like gravity.

Many confuse the LAW of God to mean a list of dos and donts recorded by Moses, but we know this not the case. The LAW of GOD is ONE THING and it is LOVE.

Jesus made it clear in the gospels, that the LAW of God was to LOVE.

When the disciple asked what was the most important Law. Jesus answered in a way that contained all of God’s Law.

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt LOVE thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭36-40‬ KJV)

Everything that IS God’s law is contained in the word LOVE!

So when we SIN we are transgressing LOVE. And that means we are directly opposing it.

To transgress something means to go against it. Which makes you an adversary to Love and my friend God IS Love, and since everything exists IN God that means SIN is the operation of that which is false.

To SIN is to follow after a LIE.

If you are not LOVING you are SINNING it is as simple as that.

Now let’s define what LOVE is according to scripture using a beautiful passage from 1 Corinthians 13. And let us break it down line by line.

1) Love is patient...

When you are patient everything goes according to plan, you accept things as they are, and you have peace without the need of an actual timeline. You are content with how things are in the here and now and understand that everything is made beautiful in “ITS” time, not the time you have sinfully decide things should happen in.

When you are not patient, you will suffer. Nothing is ever good enough, and you will never be content with how things are in the moment.

As you can see, the wages of impatience is death (carnal suffering)

2) Love is kind

When you LOVE others it is because you know what you do to them you actually do to yourself. To lift others up and to simply be kind all the time will always produce LiFE. When you are KIND it doesn’t matter if others are not, in fact when you are kind you will find even those who are not will treat you better than before. You are not KIND to get something in return, when you are Kind it is simply who you are. And I believe you understand that if you ARE kind it is because you are in a good place emotionally as well as spiritually. And when you are in a good place you have a joy-filled life.

However, if you are cruel it is usually because of the SIN (ignorance) in your heart. Cruelty produces more cruelty. The wages of cruelty is a life lived in misery indeed.

3) It does not envy…

If you envy others than YOU are not content in your life. This is a great SIN, and many are a victim to it. However, when you are content with your life and instead of looking at what you lack you dwell on all you are blessed with your joy will overflow. The wages of envy is death indeed, for you will always live your life miserably. Those who envy are blind to all they have. They are ignorant.

However, when you stop looking outside for more and you no longer ignore the beautiful life you have been blessed with, your life becomes livable once again.

5) Love does not boast…

When a person boasts it is often the result of insecurity and fear. A person who boasts needs outward approval. They are not content with life as it is. They demand that others recognize their value because they follow after the “SIN” (foolish thought) that they are not. The wages of boasting is death as well, whereas the person who needs not the approval of others is a man who is slave to no one.

6) Love is not proud…

To think you know it all is to learn nothing at all. The proud will never inherit a peaceful life because they are unwilling to compromise, to change or to admit when they are wrong.

The branch that will not bend eventually snaps in two. And so will the proud who will also find the wages of such a mindset to be death as well.

However, the humble always consider others before themselves, they always find ways to mend fences, to bridge gaps, because they understand they are no better than those around them.

The proud can never learn and that is why in anger they often burn, while the humble don’t need things to go “their way” to be okay, they live their life with acceptance and because of it they avoid the strife the proud contend with.

7) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

The expression, “Do unto others as you would like others to do unto you”, has never been more appropriate. Our lives are intrinsically intwined with the lives of everyone else around us. This is LIFE!

If we all lives this way the world would be a very different place and we all would be much, much happier.

However, when people are focused on putting others down, or doing whatever they can to get ahead, snapping every time something does not go their way, or keep track of everything others have done to us… Well the wages of such a way of life is death indeed. What a miserable life it is for those who act this way. Never happy with others, always angry and selfish and constantly counting the way they have been wronged as opposed to seeing how truly sinful (ignorant) they have been for living this way.

8) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Love is not just caring for others it is caring for the TRUTH. When you love you take no pleasure in anything but truth. Because the TRUTH is LOVE, it is peaceful collaboration, it is unity, liberty, and freedom… And it never fails…

9) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

After reading this last line, you tell me if living this way does not sound like LIVING THE RIGHT WAY?

To put others before yourself, to never fear another, to always have a reason to smile and be excited about the future, to always rise to the occasion to not only overcome every obstacle but to have the knowledge of such.

Yes, my friends that is LIVING!

And when we operate in LOVE, and by love I mean … When we are patient, kind, not self serving, not easily angered, no envious or proud, when we no longer dwell on the faults of others, or try to bend others to our will we live in peace.

Sadly, if many say they SIN not they lie to themselves.

We all have fallen short of the mark of a perfect life. The good news is, it need not be that way anymore.

There remains a day for us all to enter into the ease of rest. There remains for all of us a better way.

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬ NIV)

And how do we enter this rest?

By ending our mess!

We need to live out lives without all the fear, anger, shame, worry and lies. We need to accept that everything that is happening to us is actually happening for us, to direct us back to LOVE!

The scriptures say LOVE is salvation. The scriptures express that the TRUTH sets us free.

In this we find life.

We all took upon ourselves the Sins of the World… And we all died (became ignorant) but here is the good news, we all WILL live again.

For just as SIN enters the world through one man and death, so too with the sacrifice of one man can mankind be saved from it all and rise again.

It is time to take responsibility people. It is time to LOVE and to really check yourself. For if in one area you fall, if you find yourself struggle, depressed, anxious, and angry with it all, then it is a good call that there is SIN in your life that needs to be dealt with.

We all need to take our thoughts captive and really focus our intention on the life we desire. We need to study to be silent for our words must be chosen wisely, as they create our world around us. We must die to SIN once and for all by no longer transgressing Gods law of Love and we will find paradise indeed.

Don’t let others fool you, you cannot be saved by another’s sacrifice, you are only saved when you choose to do the same yourself.

It’s time to pick up your cross and Live.

I hope this short entry opened your eyes to the things that are standing in the way of your promise land. I assure you if I didn’t begin practicing what I preach I would be a man most miserable indeed.

Thanks be to God I am not.

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WE ARE NOT LEGION ANYMORE

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WE ARE NOT LEGION ANYMORE


“If the storms of life seem too much to handle… if your day to day has become more like a fight for your life… if you are bored, and tired of being uninspired… then come with me to the “Other Side”.

This essay will be a revelation to you. Much more than simply revealing who, and what the demoniac “Legion” is in scripture. This paper that I am writing this morning for all of you is a key of sorts. A KEY that will open the doors of your understanding.

Matthew 16:19
And I will give unto thee the KEYS of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The “Other Side”, you will find is simply a way of overcoming your present trials. It is to get to the OTHER SIDE of your life. It is to CROSS over from death (which is ignorance) to life (which is wisdom).

There is a great saying that you may or may not have heard of. It basically puts forward the idea that when you are going through a difficult time, or trials in your life, that “you will eventually get to the other side of it”. As if your troubles are a large dangerous mote filled many deadly, and terrifying things, that you simply have to CROSS over to enter the Kingdom on the “other side”.

And this essay will help get you from here to there.

Because today, sadly, that is exactly how life seems to be for “MANY”. One gigantic mountain, or valley, or sea of trouble that you are simply dying to get to the “other side” of.

Does is not at times seem like we only go from one trial to another?

Like our sole purpose for existence is to simply duck and cover and dodge and weave everything that life throws our way.

At times… doesn’t it seem like this is just simply the way it is, and the way it will always be?

Do you ever beat yourself up for not being able to break the chains that this world shackles you with fast enough?

Well, if this is so, know that you are not alone. Because there are MANY like this today.

Never the less, together, I promise you, we are going to get to the “Other Side” of it.

Now, there is a reason I bold/highlighted the word “MANY” above. As we dig into Mark Chapter 4 and 5 we are going to find this word “MANY” to be one of those keys I was bragging about earlier.

So let’s begin…

Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

I have found in my life that I cannot simply go over to people and flat out tell them what is wrong with them. Many times when I counsel people I know they are not ready to face their real problem, much less take responsibility so they can overcome it. And so to these people, I talk in mysteries. Instead of telling them that they are envious and insecure and filled with fear I share a story about myself that relays the dangers of living a life this way. I talk in parables if you will. Much like Jesus. In fact, I believe I got that trick from Jesus.

For example, if someone is an exaggerator instead of flat out telling them this, I might recite “the boy who cried wolf”. Get my point.

Now in verse 33 it is clear Jesus constantly spoke in parable, the question is why?

Well, the answer is simple. They weren’t ready to hear the truth. Just like those people that I counsel at times. And so “all things are explained in parable.”

However, we do find something interesting here… to the disciples… to those that were READY to hear what Jesus had to say… those parables made sense. The spirit of the story gave them life and because of this he no longer needed to MASK his WORDS. This my friends is the day we are entering into now.

When I began sharing my essays years ago, few people were ready for what it was I had to share.

However, today I find things I wrote six or seven years ago are now beginning to become accepted by “many.”

This is why I too am saying to those “disciples of truth” who understand the spirit of what I am sharing, when HARD TIMES come let us pass over to the OTHER SIDE of it.

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

Notice, how Jesus said, “Let us pass over” when the EVENING was come.

At first glance, this may seem innocuous, but I assure you there is treasure in every hill and valley of scripture.

The EVENING, also known as Night or Darkness in scripture, is an allegory of IGNORANCE. You can’t see in the dark. Also, not the safest way to travel if this story is taken literally.

Let us look at this from a different angle as well.

What is the “other side” of Night?

That’s right the answer is DAY!

The “other side” of Darkness is Light.

And of course, the “Other Side” of trouble is peace.

And this my friends is what this essay is about. Getting to that “other side”

Now to DO THIS… you are going to have to change.

The definition of insanity many would say is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

If you are unhappy, unfulfilled, if you feel stuck and misery keeps you up at night… It is time to change.

The world and those in the world, will lead you to believe that your problems are because of others, outside influence, and while on the surface that may seem to be true, I assure you your problems are your own.

And YOU can get to the Other Side of them.

However, to do so, you cant continue to live the way everyone else does. You can’t be selfish, greedy, condemning, or rude, you MUST die to that way of thinking first.

One must first depart from WHAT EVERYONE ELSE BELIEVES… Those who DON’T want to cross over will stand their ground. But you my friend must journey elsewhere… And if they want to keep you where they are, it is time for you to send them on their way.

You can’t get to the Other Side if you are still with those who don’t want to cross over themselves.

No I warn you, whenever you say, I WANT TO CHANGE MY LIFE many people will not want to go with you. This is why you symbolically must send the multitudes away, as Jesus and the disciples did before crossing over. Because straight and narrow, upright and honest, true and kind, compassionate and forgiving, is the gate… and few there be that find it

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:

It is true the ways of the world lead to destruction. Look at our world today. Look at your own life. Is it not filled with bitterness at times? Is it not filled with envy, fear, regret, and anger?

I tell you the truth, for me, at times it is… and that is why I LISTEN WHEN I HEAR THE CALL TO PASS OVER UNTO THE OTHER SIDE.

It doesn’t bother me that I think and act differently from the rest. It used to, but no longer.

It does bother me that a majority of those who claim to know God are some of the most selfish, arrogant, greedy, manipulative, condemning, judgmental people there are.

Straight is the gate and few there be that find it.

However, you are not like everyone else. You are here today reading these words. YOU MY FRIEND ARE A DISCIPLE OF TRUTH… like me. And like me, you too have SENT AWAY the MULTITUDE and carried the TRUTH (Jesus) in your heart to get to the Other side. And in doing so, you, like me, find many others following along, little as they may be.

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

I have written on the “Other Side” before, if you want use the search bar to get more eye opening info about this parable.

However, I will touch on a couple of symbols that will help before I continue.

I have to remind you that we must take our eyes off a literal man named Jesus for a second.

Look at Jesus the way he described himself to the “disciples”.

He said “I am the way, the Truth, and the Life.”

So, we must look at Jesus as the TRUTH within each of us.

In this particular story the SHIP or VESSEL carrying the TRUTH must then be seen as our soul, our identity.

So when you read about the WAVES beating against the SHIP and the great STORM of wind below… You understand, YOU are the ship that the TRUTH is traveling in… to get you to the OTHER SIDE.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

YES, these are the storms of life that we, each of us, face. And it can be scary when it seems like all hell has broken loose. But when that happens, we REMEMBER just who and what is traveling with us.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

We WAKE IT up… WE CALL UPON IT…WE SCREAM LORD HELP US… Especially if we believe WE WILL PERISH!

And in that moment, when all hope seems lost, the revelation REVIVES and the WIND (troubling thoughts) is rebuked.

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

The other day, I was delivered some news. This news did not sit well with me, as I have never been a big fan of change, ironic as that may seem.

Ignorantly, I allowed a bit of fear to creep into my heart about this situation. And it wasn’t long before that fear turned into an emotional storm within me, a storm with waves of negative thoughts that somehow seemed to predict the worst of future outcomes.

And as I ignorantly followed after the enemies (carnal mind’s) many temptations I too found myself thinking, “doesn’t anyone care that this could ruin everything?”… It was then, the TRUTH woke up inside me… I even laughed, because I realized I WAS being FEARFUL and that I AT THAT MOMENT HAD FORGOTTEN TO HAVE FAITH.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

And just like Jesus who yelled at the storm, “PEACE BE STILL!” … I too literally, audibly, yelled “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” I told myself, OUT LOUD so I could hear it, because FAITH COMES BY HEARING, “PEACE, BE STILL!”

And IN THAT INSTANT… the storm was gone. No more crazy thoughts running wild in my head. No more negative ideas of what might be, or what I might have to do… “Peace be still!” I yelled… I shook it off… and there was CALM.

This works people… It does. The scriptures state…

James 4:7
… Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

If YOU resist the tormenting LIES in your mind… they will leave you!

Just remember my friends, IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. We are IN the FLESH. We are an infinite projection in a temporal distortion. We are LIGHTS in vast darkness… so it is not always going to be easy. But if we continue to follow after the truth, it will be much more than simply worth it.

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Now here is where the story gets interesting.

5 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

THIS LINE RIGHT HERE is a treasure hiding in plain sight.

By now we know the OTHER SIDE is the ANSWER to our PROBLEM. It is then of no coincidence that when the DISCIPLES OF TRUTH came over to the OTHER SIDE the NAME OF THE COUNTRY was GADARENES, which literally means “the Reward At The End”.

Isn’t that something? When you go to the “Other Side” of a problem you find a REWARD AT THE END. This is true for everything in life.

Now let me tell you what you find on the Other Side… You find many, many, people who are hurting and thinking the wrong way. Possessed by the many lies they hear and say. You find that most people, MANY people, are hurting. Their life is more like death. They are often bound by their many problems.

2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

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Let me explain what an “unclean spirit is” — it is not some spooky monster or Hollywood demon. An un-clean spirit is simply a thought that is not pure. And if it is not pure it is a lie.

Jesus said, “my words are spirit”. Words/Thoughts these are SPIRITS. And today people are possessed by MANY LIES which is why so MANY PEOPLE are crying out this same way.

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

The STONES are religious laws, condemnation, shame, and judgment.

Deuteronomy 27:8
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

How many of us cut ourselves with the stones of criticism ourselves? MANY people beat themselves up today thinking they aren’t good enough, etc

Ironically, Legion “The Many” want to be saved, this is why they dwell in tombs. Symbolic of religious ideas and traditions.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭29‬ KJV)

The white washed tombs many dwell near and in are the religions of this world. Which is why they can’t comprehend the plain speak of Jesus or Me. This is why they need the parable. They are lost. The MANY see Jesus Far off.

6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

Notice that those possessed by the lies of this world and religion SEE (perceive) Jesus FAR OFF…

Meaning, MANY Christian’s today believe Jesus is FAR, FAR AWAY and they are waiting for him to come soon.

Worse then this, they believe THEY, and this JESUS, they worship have nothing in common.

Even though Jesus would say, “As I am in this world So Are You” (we are all in the same lot)

And worse than that… is the MANY/Legion believe this very same Jesus only wants to punish. They see the “savior” as a judge who persecutes and tortures not one who heals.

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

When you come to the OTHER SIDE of your faith and you look around the world you will see MANY people like Legion. For they are MANY. They are living a life of death (ignorance).

The good news is, when the MANY see you… they will WANT to change.

When you show them love instead of condemnation. When you remind them that THEY TOO can get to the other side and find that reward waiting there.

Now not all will want to leave. MANY may want to stay where they are comfortable. That is because lies when cast out of people can still find a home in the swine (unbelievers).

When you cross over the lies that were cast out of you, like eternal torture, a rapture and more, are still welcome elsewhere.

You may find these lies that once possessed us are welcome by the great herd of SWINE (UNBELIEVERS) in the land.

This is the meaning behind the story.

We are not to waste our pearls before swine. Because in the end, it is the only place lies are welcome and the truth is despised.

10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

However, when one SINNER (person who is ignorant) repents (becomes wise) people WILL talk about it. The SHEPHERDS of the SWINE especially.

When someone who is truly out of their mind, who is truly miserable and depressed, addicted, and stressed, finds REST… PEOPLE TAKE NOTICE.

They say to themselves, how is it possible that this person who was so messed up is FINALLY AT PEACE?

14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

Well, that is what happens when you get to the Other Side people.

It happened to me. If it hasn’t yet happened to you, be of good cheer because it will.

And trust me, the SHEPHERDS of the SWINE may not like that. Because there you sit, at peace, IN YOUR RIGHT MIND… and you didn’t eat a word of what they were selling. Because only THE TRUTH sets a person free. And that TRUTH is right there in the hinder parts of your vessel (mind/heart) waiting for you to WAKE HIM UP.

Just like I did, the moment the waves beat against my ship. Because of it, I find peace and joy and truth and I find I am finally in my right mind (righteousness). I am LEGION no more. And soon you will find, neither are you.

I love you. I pray this paper encouraged you. I ask you all humbly to please share this material with others. Comment, like, share, and subscribe, this is the only way for me to reach others. I am not a wealthy man in a worldly sense, but what I offer is a treasure indeed and I refuse to sell it. Have the best week ever, I look forward to hearing from you all. Jacob Israel

P.S. remember the re-launch of THE CALLING, the book of Thomas James is fast approaching. It is the novel I was meant to write. 35,000 new words, new chapters, never before scene poetry and insights that will blow your mind.

A World Of Illusion

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LOSE YOUR LIFE TO SAVE IT

Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So what does it mean to save your life or to lose your life? Some have taught it means we must give up everything, home, clothes, life, fun, etc. etc. and live only for God. Others have said, we die to our ego and desires and seek only the things of God. And yes, even more have taught that we stop receiving and we live a life of giving.

Now all of these are all well and good, but what really do these scriptures mean? What is the great advice Jesus is giving us here? You see scripture is good for our instruction, and in it, is hidden the very KEY to living a fulfilled life and overcoming this world in Christ (the power and wisdom of God). For that is what CHRIST is…

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST the POWER of GOD, and the WISDOM of God.

And the scriptures tells us the only way to find TRUE LIFE is in CHRIST.

Colossians 3:3
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Our LIFE is hid with CHRIST (the power and wisdom of God) IN GOD… So our life is IN GOD, and the power and wisdom that comes with knowing this… What it means to be dead would be the opposite of life, if life is in the power and wisdom of God, then death would be the opposite. Death would be ignorance. In fact, that is what death is… it is to be carnally minded.

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

To be focused on CARNAL things, temporal things, worldly things is IGNORANCE… Which equals spiritual death. Meaning when we are focused on things that don’t truly matter, instead of the TRUTH that does, we are not living our life, we are existing in darkness.

The world we live can almost be looked upon as an illusion. The world outside of us is TEMPORAL, SENSUAL, meaning it is not INFINITE, it will dissolve away. And the only way we know and experience this world is by our five senses. (sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing) There in lies the trap.

We focus so much of our attention on the cares of this world, which are the very THORNS that strangle the life within us. We worry so much about the cares of this world, the bills, the thrills, the lies, the ties, the ups, the downs, the smiles, the frowns, that we have been tricked into being it’s prisoner. These THORNS which were placed on JESUS’ head, are the same thorns thrust into ours. (Our Thinking)

Luke 8:14
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

There is not peace or hope in the sensual world. We are IN THE WORLD but we are NOT OF THE WORLD. Which is why this world will never bring us joy. Our joy must be found in LOVE and LIFE, in Christ (the power and wisdom of God)… but as long as we are IN THE WORD (which is the lusts of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life) we are meant to be LIGHTS OF IT!

Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world

And we must find a way to let that light shine, we must find a way to LIFE OUR LIFE by finding the TRUTH that is HIDDEN WITHIN US…
Now, despite what many say we can find the TRUTH hidden away in many things, not just scripture. We don’t need the bible to know God, we don’t need the Torah to know God, or any other holy book. Abraham did not have a bible, nor did Isaac or Jacob, or many others for that matter. You see, God is within us all, and His HOLY SPIRIT is our teacher.

Let me briefly explain what the HOLY SPIRIT is… First of all, the word HOLY simply means “SET APART, SEPARATE”… The word SPIRIT literally translates into MIND… in fact Jesus said, his WORDS, which are spoken thoughts” are SPIRIT…
So the HOLY SPIRIT is a MINDSET that is SEPARATE from the world. The POWER and WISDOM of God, which is CHRIST, which is our LIFE is our guide, our savior, and our great reward.

And it is within us all… so it doesn’t matter if you have a bible or any holy book or not, what matters is the truth being revealed from within you… WHICH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

The truth is taught/remembered regardless of where and when a person lives. In fact, God says, the time will come for us when we will need no other teacher than God Himself…

Jeremiah 31:34
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

So is this world an illusion? Are we like Neo from the movie the MATRIX, slaves in a prison we cannot see? The answer is YES. The Result is death and the only way out is CHRIST. But here is the rub, you see humanity has been conditioned to put their faith on what their senses tell them is true. For most, SEEING IS BELIEVING… For me, however, Believing is UNDERSTANDING and seeing the world around me can also be looked at, as if a man be walking through a dream.

“Row, Row, Row, Your boat, Life is BUT A DREAM.”

A MAJORITY of scripture deals with SLEEP. Humanity spends 1/3 its life ASLEEP… Believe it or not, 1/3 of scripture deals with the SLEEP put on man.

When we sleep we are no longer CONSCIOUS of the temporal world. We drift off into nothingness (it seems) or we drift off and our mind creates new wonders, new worlds, our experiences in these dreams can be terrifying and wonderful, and in those moments we believe our experience to be real. yet the moment we wake from our SLEEP, we understand the NIGHTMARE OR DREAM was a FIGMENT of our IMAGINATION. It was not real. No loved ones were ever lost, no crimes were ever committed, no adultery, no sin, nothing, it was all MAKE BELIEVE.

But when we wake and re-enter this world, we call EARTH. We are snapped back into what we call REALITY. But the question should be asked… IS IT REAL?

THE LIFE WE LIVE HERE, regardless of what, and how, we live it. Is a mere shadow of eternity. It is whisp, here today and gone tomorrow. So what is it about OUR LIFE here that we should LOSE, so we can SAVE ourselves?

Many interpret dreams and their significance, but few pay attention to the SYMBOLS in the sensual world, the SYMBOLS and PARABLES humanity is living in. You want to find out what is going on spiritually, look at what is going on physically. For everything around you, where you livem, what you drive, how you eat, your relationships, how your children act, who you love, what you hate, to the name of the street you may be living on… THEY ARE ALL PIECES TO THE PUZZLE called THE MEANING OF LIFE!

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:

We understand the things of God, also by understanding the things God has made. No matter where you turn, there is a lesson, God is teaching. Think of your life as a great adventure. You are lost in the Matrix of TEMPORAL THINGS. We know everything we see around us, will one day perish… But who we are, in ESSENCE does not and cannot end. The question we should ask, is, why then do we continue to put our faith in things that will fail us.

The great trick of the CARNAL MIND (Our ignorance/enemy/liar) is the belief that things of this world can save us. Jesus told us, to be in the world, but not of the world. We are commanded to OVERCOME THE WORLD.

And what is the WORLD? What are the CARES OF THIS WORLD? What is this WORLD we must OVERCOME as Christ overcame?

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The world is our SENSUAL CONNECTION to the ILLUSION created by the FALL.

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

We need to WAKE UP from the DEATH of our SLEEP. (Our ignorance) the dream tells us GOD IS FAR, FAR, AWAY. The DREAM tells us, we are horrible, terrible, sinners, doomed for destruction. But CHRIST came to SAVE not to CONDEMN.

As the LIGHT OF THE MORNING wakes us up after the long sleep in the NIGHT. The LIGHT of CHRIST wakes us from the IGNORANCE we have existed in.

Genesis 28:16
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

When you wake up, when CHRIST (The power and wisdom of God) GIVES YOU LIGHT (THE TRUTH) you will know GOD is IN YOU. And you will no longer look outside of yourself for a SAVIOR, for you will know that CHRIST IN YOU is the HOPE and the GLORY.

So what does it mean to LOSE YOUR LIFE, to SAVE IT?

Does God want us to give up our homes, families, and lives pack our bags and become a missionary? Does he want us to turn our backs on our hopes and dreams of being a singer, actor, architect, chef, etc. etc… Does God want us to live a life that is not a life at all, OR… Does God want us to live a life that is full, filled with peace, and every one of our desires met, because it is God who placed those desires in our hearts to begin with?

There is more to us than we have believed. Who we THINK WE ARE, is NOT WHO WE ARE. Like NEO in the MATRIX, one day we will wake up and find out all of our labor, suffering, hardship, and pain, was in vain. We will LET GO OF THE REIGNS of our LIVES, FOR THE REIGN OF HEAVEN (God’s ways)

Which by the way, is the proper translation for KINGDOM. The KINGDOM (reign) of God, is not a literal castle, it is being bridled and led by the LORDS OF HOSTS.

In scientific terms, A HOST is simply a VESSEL used by ANOTHER. That is what we are in a nutshell, we are the HOST that GOD uses to fulfill His great purpose in OUR LIVES. But we have been conditioned that GOD IS SEPERATE FROM US, and that WE (our ignorant) ego is in control. We have been conditioned to seek salvation without, not within. It is this ANTICHRIST nature that sits in the TEMPLE of GOD (OUR MIND) and declares HIMSELF to be GOD. Mankind, in their SLEEP OF IGNORANCE (DEATH/CARNALITY) believes HE IS IN CONTROL of his LIFE. But he is A LIE, a creation of IGNORANCE.

You are not who you think you are, you are MORE.

Want to find out who you are? Seek first the Kingdom of God and EVERYTHING will be added unto you. And what is the Kingdom (Reign) of God that God commands us to seek? John tells us, The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

We are meant to be ruled by Righteousness, Peace and Joy in God’s Holy Spirit. God desires us to live the life that he has ordered for us to live. So how do we achieve Righteousness and joy?

By dying to who we THINK WE ARE, and SAVING who we REALLY ARE in CHRIST.

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

Scripture states, Christ cannot COME (be revealed, manifested in the flesh) UNTIL the ANTICHRIST (son of perdition) = OUR CARNAL EGO is revealed for what it is.

In other words, people, who we think we are, is the ENEMY OF GOD. And once we learn, that the OLD MAN MUST DIE, the NEW MAN is renewed within, and the OLD MAN (EGO/CARNAL MAN/1ST ADAM) is destroyed with the BRIGHTNESS (TRUTH) of his coming (revelation)

To find this, is not easy. It is not even an easy thing to write or tell. But God has a plan. Like a winepress, we will be tested until pure.

Jesus taught, there WILL be tribulation in this world. He told us to endure until the end, he taught us that to know the Kingdom we MUST pick up our cross daily and follow him. So there will be hard times, there will be pain and suffering, but how we react to those trials will directly affect whether we inherit the kingdom on earth. We will learn that we REAP WHAT WE SOW, we will learn, there is NO OTHER WAY IN, but the DEATH TO SELF (ego) and the RESURRECTION of Christ.

In the book of Hebrews 12:11, Paul writes, no chastening for the present seems joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

You see suffering, and enduring, produces humility and peace. Sounds crazy, but the truth is THERE IS SUFFERING AND TRIBULATION in the world. Everyone has hard times. We cannot control the tough blows that come our way. However, Jesus in the scriptures above was giving us great wisdom. Wisdom that will SAVE us, Wisdom, that will produce that joy and righteousness, wisdom that will lead us to the Kingdom of God. Everything in our lives, is a symbol. Look at it, pray about it, seek God to see why this or that has come upon you. Nothing happens by chance, and nothing is meaningless in this life.

OUR THOUGHTS are the key to freedom. The FREEDOM is found when OUR THOUGHTS ARE GOD’S.

“I only say what the Father tells me to say”

This is why, scriptures tells us that we will be judged for every idle thought and word. We must allow GOD TO TAKE THE REIGNS… We must LOSE OUR LIFE (EGO/CARNAL/THINKING WE ARE IN CONTROL) and WAKE UP and realize, “God is GOD and there is NO ONE BESIDE GOD.”

God has long promised a day of rest that he prepared for man where he will cease from his own labors. Pay close attention to those last words… CEASE FROM OUR LABORS… This is the Sabbath day rest and on this day we are to rest from OUR WORKS. That’s it. We are to REST. We are to CEASE OUR LABOR.

When Christ says, he that will save his life will lose it, he is not telling us to give up living the life God gave us. It is merely giving up the thought that we are in control, IT IS GIVING UP THE ILLUSION that salvation and TRUTH is found outside of us, FOUND IN MANMADE DOCTRINE AND RELIGION.

We are told “do NOT put our trust in man”. But, when trouble comes we immediately begin to work out how WE can fix these situations. We work out every twist and turn, and usually we enter into a wicked thought and way, where we begin to manipulate and lie, and most of the time we get angry and take our frustrations out on others. We put our trust in MAN, we put our trust in OURSELVES not God.

When trouble comes, WE try to SAVE our lives, but in our own pathetic effort, we end worse than we were to begin with. We end up LOSING the life God wants us to live, one filled with Righteousness, Peace and Joy.

You see this passage, found in all the gospels is teaching us that God is in control.

When we put on the flesh of our older brother Esau (self effort, carnal thinking, works) to try to trick the Father into delivering us our blessing, we end up suffering greatly because of it. We in fact, Lose our life by trying to save it.

Now I want to point out what our LIFE is to begin with. This will add yet another layer hidden from view to the literal scholar as opposed to the spiritual seeker. Scripture teaches us clearly, what our LIFE is…

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Through self effort, we lose Christ, we lose the Truth and the Way into the Kingdom. Through self effort we put our faith in man and not God. This is why Jesus was so clear when speaking on this subject.

Paul understood and declared in Romans 14:7 “None lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.” You see, it is error to believe we are in control. We live unto the Lord and we die unto the Lord. We must give up the belief that this is “Our” life, and that we can rule it.

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

To find the Kingdom we must give up TRYING to find the Kingdom to begin with. We must learn our lessons. We must willingly reap what we have sown. We must forgive those who hurt us, pray for those who use us, and love others as we love ourselves, do unto others as we would want done… This is a great truth and until we do these things we will never know that peace that passes understanding… Which means, we MUST first UNDERSTAND this lesson to find peace.

Truly, it shouldn’t matter if we lose out job, our relationships, if we get sick, if we are used and abused, if a storm takes our homes away, but it does matter to us and when tragedy comes, when hard times knock at our door, it hurts. But if we continue to put these Burdens on our own shoulders, and continue to try to “save our life” instead of understanding God is in control, and taking the yoke of Christ whose burden is light, we will only make things harder for ourselves.

Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

We need to lose our own efforts, we need to stop worrying about everything that happens, we need to give that up and let our suffering go. We need to LOSE OUR LIFE to save it. Jesus taught us we must lift up our cross and follow him.

We must do as Christ did, for he was our example. He didn’t blame others, he forgave them, he didn’t fight against his situations he gave into them by giving them over to God. He didn’t want to suffer and die, he prayed for the cup to pass, but Christ knew it was beyond his control. He knew to SAVE HIS LIFE was to ACCEPT that HIS LIFE WAS NOT HIS OWN. Which he so eloquently stated to his disciples, I can do NOTHING of myself. Without the word of God I can’t do anything, but with the Word of God I can do all things!

This is good advice that Jesus is giving us. It is given to us, so that we too can have heaven on earth.

In Romans 8:8, we are taught that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.

You see, we must realize that our trials are there for us, not to hurt us, but to teach us to GIVE UP THE REIGNS. The more we kick against the “pricks” the more we will suffer.

No one literally needs to die to have life, but we must get rid of the thought that we are in control, we must stop going to that tree of good and evil, and saying if I do this I get good, and when bad things happen believing we are being punished.

Look, it ALL works together for the good of those that love the Lord. If you Love the Lord you UNDERSTAND that EVERYTHING, even the bad, is there for YOUR GOOD!

In closing, if we take Christ’s advice to heart and if we TRULY give up our LIVES (Our efforts, will, worry, doubt, fear, anger, hate, etc. etc.) and believe that God is in control, than we WILL HAVE A LIFE INDEED.

Jacob
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God Spelled Backwards Is Dog

God Spelled Backwards Is Dog

Hello my friends,

I have indeed missed you all. I so wish I had more time to share with you all, but I do know that everything happens the way it is meant to happen. And so it is a foolish thing to beat yourself up if things in your life going in a different direction than you would like. The scriptures teach us that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD of those that love the Lord. And so every single thing we experience in this world is a necessary part of our spiritual evolution.

There are times in our life when we simply are not afforded the wisdom and insight to make, what we would consider, a better choice. In scripture we have read of how God blinds those he sees fit so he can graft others into his vine of love.

Romans 11:6-8
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Now, if this be the case we must not condemn ourselves with the past. The past no longer exists. The past was only there to get us to the present. And we all know that the present is all there really is.

I remember years ago, not understanding why God hardened Pharaoh’s heart which prevented him from letting Israel go, but later in life I realized that like the struggle of the caterpillar in the cocoon if the butterfly was released to early from it’s tomb it would not have the strength to survive and thrive in it’s new form.

This gives us all reason to rejoice, for buy it we understand that our present suffering is working in us a far greater reward than what we would have achieved without it.

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

And so my friends, I want you to remember this short message today. Because we will rise from our cocoon in this world. We will resurrect from the grave of this world. And we will overcome this world by that which we endure.

And so count it all joy my brothers and sisters, as the scriptures state… because the glorious day of our revealing is upon us. This generation shall indeed NOT PASS until all is fulfilled. I personally believe this time to be an awakening of such magnitude that it will change everything we thought we knew about the world and ourselves.

So please remember to let patience have it’s perfect work.


James 1
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

And let us not forget the day we are in. This morning this was a poem I wrote to give everyone a taste of the essay I am about to write.

The Day That Is Upon Us!

Watch and Pray for the sign of Jonah is on it’s way. And for some it has been here for quite sometime.

We have been in the belly of Hell (Great Fish) for three days and soon it will be time to rise.

So the next Pharisee that comes to me, and asks of me, prove it all with the sign.

With this next verse I will remind. If you can’t see the trouble that is soon to be, then you haven’t paid attention all the other signs.

And now, none shall be given, but the giving of sight to the blind!

Jacob Israel

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away. (Matthew 16:1, 3-4 NIV)

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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

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