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I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly! What wonderful news and what promise is found in those words. Yet many have no idea what abundant life is, much less about how one can find it. Well, the good news is you have no need to look any further. Abundant LIFE is a “NOW” event and everyone has access to it. You need not wait for heaven, in fact it is heaven that is waiting “within” for YOU. I have written this essay so that YOU too might have this abundant life Jesus spoke of so many years ago. This is not about religion, this is not some new age philosophy, this is the greatest of all treasures and the journey taken to find it, the most rewarding of all. It is my hope that these words open your eyes to a whole new way of living, where the sky is NEVER the limit, faith is the only currency and where peace, love and joy never ends. This essay of course is free, and I encourage you to share with all those you believe will benefit from these words, as well as subscribing to this website if you haven’t already for many more essays and videos shared here. Enjoy and thank you will all my heart, Jacob
Today, let’s face it, life can be hard. The day-to-day grind can make you feel like your not truly living your life at all. For many, the hope, passion, and dreams they had as children has long been cast aside. The days of magic and wonder have been replaced by struggle, boredom, and disappointment.
Now that is a very sad and true. This is what David meant when he wrote…
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. (Psalms 18:4, 5 KJV)
The cares of this world can steal our life away, robbing us of heaven (which is righteousness, peace, joy, and power) and trapping us in hell (which as you should know by now is not some future torment but the torment found in ignorance and focusing on all that is wrong and not all that is right.)
This is why some, if not many, will say, “Life just didn’t turn out the way I had hoped.”
For some, life is so painful that they may try to numb this pain with work, alcohol, drugs, or pretty much anything that can keep them distracted from the “misery/death/hell” they believe, has become of their life.
As the scripture states, the snares of death (which is your ignorant carnal mind) prevents you from truly living your life.
The “death”, or the “dead”, we so often read about in scripture has nothing to do with physical death, but a spiritual death, a death of the very LIFE we are meant to live and is rightfully ours to live… It is the death truth and wisdom and righteousness (which means RIGHT THINKING)
People become more focused on everything that is wrong as opposed to what is right. People have been tricked into focusing on everything they don’t have, everything they can’t do, and everything they haven’t done, instead of focusing on all they have, all they can do, and all they have done already.
Once a word of hope or a dream is planted in our heart before it begins to take root, our enemy the ego comes along and strangles it. Our Ego works hard to keep us hardly working, keeps us lazy, focused on limits and circumstances. Our Enemy the carnal ego squashes our dreams and whispers in our ears… “Leave what you can do today until tomorrow” and then when tomorrow and more tomorrows come the ego whispers in your ears and says, “you see I told you that not something you could ever accomplish.” To make things worse the ego will then condemn you after you give up on trying to truly live your life by calling you a failure and lazy and worse.
This is what Paul meant when he wrote…
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 KJV)
You see my friends, LIFE is filled with possibility, it is the very essence of creation itself. We are all creators, each day we are given a new canvas to paint on and when you are spiritually minded there is NO LIMIT. This is why the scripture states, “all things are possible to those that believe”, and again, “with God All things are possible”.
The problem is this LIFE and LIBERTY, that is our very birthright, is stolen away by years of negative conditioning which after a while we accept as the status quo. This scene is pictured in Adam’s fall in the garden after eating of the enemy’s knowledge of good and evil. And the punishment for EATING (believing) the fruit of this tree is DEATH.
This DEATH is now sadly the “life” we are all now living, but there is hope! Our hopes, peace, joy, dreams… our LIFE is still within us all.
The same is true with any seed… The SEED may appear dead and in this world may have “died” but the LIFE that once gave life to that seed always remains within it’s perceived death. Not only that, once that SEED springs back to life (resurrects) it produces countless more seeds that produce countless more… This is why “as the grains of sand and the stars of the sky so shall your descendants be”.
THERE IS HOPE… As Jesus said, “he is not dead as you think but sleeps”… We have been tricked into think heaven and the resurrection that I am writing about happens at the end of time, or when Jesus returns, which is why Martha said, “I know he will rise on the last day.” However, Jesus replies with words we all need to believe and experience today…
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me (my words) though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25, 26 KJV)
The death he spoke of that we all will RISE from has never been a future event… As he said it is a NOW EVENT! He that BELIEVES shall LIVE!
And he spoke the words of LIFE, which was the TRUTH that sets us all free, and when heard Lazarus sprang back to LIFE.
My friends, this is the day we are all living in. This is the day when we will all RISE and LIVE! BUT WE HAVE TO BELIEVE! Not just believe that we can have the MORE ABUNDANT LIFE that the scriptures testify to, but then we must also WALK OUT this faith with fear and trembling of what death we might return too or never escape from if we don’t.
Now LIFE first begins within and then is expressed without. Such is the case for all things, everything that is, has been, and is to come. Everything in life first begins with the THOUGHT. This is what SPIRIT is.
Jesus said, “my words are SPIRIT”… Words are the manifestation of inward thought projected outward. This is why the scripture states that CONFESSION must be made. The we MUST speak those things are not yet as of they are!
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10 KJV)
Righteousness again is “Right Thinking”, it is all about Truth and Lies. Whatever you believe you receive. Whatever you sow you reap.
Right thinking comes first by believing the good news… Which is the TRUTH of who you really are, not who your ego has convinced you you are, and what you are truly capable of… Both joy and sorrow, compassion and hate, pleasure and pain, victory and defeat… The whole of your experience begins and ends with what THOUGHT you attach yourself to and what you carry out into your world.
After you believe and put on the mind of Christ next confession is made unto salvation, this is always followed by your deeds.
And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. (Acts 19:18 KJV)
It is NOT just enough to believe that your thoughts create, you must then focus your thoughts on the things that you want to create. You must take your thoughts captive and test these spirits to see if they are LIFE or DEATH. Not every thought/spirit in your head is to be trusted, many are lies of the Ego. Many liars have convinced us to believe in the wrong thing and to deny the truth of who we really are, instead of denying the thoughts of who we think we are. So we MUST pay attention to every thought in our head.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 KJV)
The RIGHT mind-set will always produce joy. The wrong will always produce the suffering you have experienced for far too long.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 KJV)
If you RESIST the enemy, your carnal accusing and condemning ego the devil and those lies you believe keeping you stuck will flee from you and you can LIVE AGAIN!
The ego is a THIEF because it steals your LIFE away from you the moment you take it’s lies, make it your belief, and project it into your world and allow it to become your reality.
So I come today, as Jesus came so many years ago to say…
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)
The very LIFE and HEAVEN you are waiting for is waiting for you! All it takes is YOU to believe it, speak it, and you will receive it.
This is a great mystery for “God SAID…” and it was so. Again the scriptures state that “LIFE and DEATH are in the power of the tongue”.
We WERE alive once until the LIES came… And we DIED!
For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (Romans 7:9 KJV)
Like the story of Adam before the fall, Adam was alive and not ashamed, until he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil… The instant humanity began living by the lies and laws of this world, humanity lost touch with its true potential, unity, joy, and power.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17 KJV)
The instant we ate the poison/lies of this world, we became brainwashed and began to believe we were something we were not, we began to put our faith in everything outside of us instead of within. We became separate in our own imagination and became an enemy unto ourselves. We began to believe that if we act the way we are told to act, believe what we are told to believe, if we never question, if we conform and we follow mans law we will one day know peace. But we have all been deceived.
What has happened? Why is it so many just want to stay in bed and so many wish they would never wake up at all? Surely, this is not what our lives are meant to be. Somewhere along the line we got lost and traded our joy, hope, and peace, for fear, shame and misery. It’s like many people have simply giving up on the idea of living for more than just paying the bills and staying out of jail. It’s like somewhere along the line people have simply thrown up their hands and said I would rather die than dare to truly live.
This, this my friends is the DEATH scripture speaks of and this is what this essay is about. It is about finding your LIFE again! It is about remembering who, and what you truly are, as well as what you are truly capable of. This essay is about being born again out of the death that has become of your life. It is about LIVING people, which is something so many of us forgot.
The very way we are supposed to live our life is to know the truth of who we are and what we are capable of. Religion, politics, society, and the ways of this world bury this truth in the grave of our ignorance.
The truth of who we are and the way to a more abundant life was put to death within us, as pictured in the crucifixion of Jesus.
Jesus told others he was the “way, truth, and life” … And this is what was put to death within is all for we are all crucified with Christ, as Paul said.
In ADAM all die… In the first ignorant man all suffer… But in Christ ALL are made alive.
So we understand by the story of the crucifixion that the TRUTH and the WAY of TRUE LIFE was put to death at the place of the skull (our thoughts) … Religion demanded the WAY of LIFE and TRUTH to be put death because those trapped in religious thinking are already dead in their sin (foolish thinking, lies, false beliefs, tradition) … Because those religious and worldly-minded people are ruled by their enemy the ego.
The EGO is the creator of all the lies you have believed, it is the very killer of truth, life, liberty and joy. Jesus explained this to those who wanted him to stop telling people the good news of who and what they were. Which is why he called them twice DEAD and the offspring (product) of the enemy, which is called the Devil and Carnal Ego.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44 KJV)
But the truth of who we are still creates, because that is WHO we ultimately are. So whether we create a life of peace and joy or misery and death… WE DO IT ALL!
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8 KJV)
So what is DEATH?
DEATH is IGNORANCE. Death is what you are living right now, IF you don’t have the truth. DEATH is the loss of understanding and wisdom. Death is the suffering of one who has forgotten who, and what they are.
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
In DEATH there is no memory of who we are, and what we are capable of. In DEATH people are not grateful, they have no joy, no peace or rest.
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
The DEATH of a LIFE is a far sadder fate than the death of a physical body. This death is something we all have experienced.
The DEATH we read about in scripture, is the DEATH of truth, wisdom, and understanding. And ALL have fallen short of WHO WE ARE. In ADAM (which is the first idea of who we are) all died… but in Christ all are made alive again.
Jesus wasn’t saying, if people believe in me they will rise from literal death, what he was saying was people are already DEAD and once they hear the truth he had to share and believed it, even though they were dead/ignorant they would RISE AGAIN and live!
We are DEAD because we are existing in a lie. And the lie is so deep and so pervasive that it affects every aspect of our life.
We believe we are something we are not, believe in fairy tales that are not, and the very TRUTH that sets is free we have been conditioned from birth to not only ignore but RUN from. We are taught to entertain this truth is the very heart of blasphemy.
The days we are in are indeed the days where good is called evil and evil is called good… Meaning, the truth many will consider a lie, and the very lie that people call truth is the very sin (missing the mark/truth) that brought us all into this miserable state.
So DEATH is our ignorant suffering, which is also called hell if you don’t know that already, hell is the grave, it is the weeping and gnashing of teeth you experience because of your ignorance. This state of mind is a result of our SIN. And SIN as I have explained in the past is “missing the mark, missing the truth, missing the point of life”… Sin is our foolish thinking.
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men. (Proverbs 24:9 KJV)
So how did this happen? How did we all forget the truth and fall into the darkness that has become of our life?
And the men which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Now before you go and jump to the sinful conclusion that everlasting chains is infinite torture… Let me set you straight as Paul was SET Straight road on his way to Damascus …
Our first estate is perfection, unity, heaven, it is bliss. Our habitation was truth and we left that state of mind and entered into the bondage of ignorance (darkness)
The EVIL EGO, our enemy led us there… We left RIGHT THINKING for EVIL (Incorrect thinking) and entered into darkness which produce the death we suffer from.
To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; (Proverbs 2:12, 13 KJV)
But we can, and will, be set free when we BELIEVE the good news. Which is why the previous passages in proverbs 2 is so profound.
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: (Proverbs 2:10, 11 KJV)
We will all be QUICKENED, which means the truth will once again take a dominant role in our lives and we will begin to walk out our salvation and we will once again LIVE the LIFE we are meant to live.
2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
The life of DEATH you are living is a result of living by the perverse ways of this world… And we have had our conversation with these lusts, with greed, envy, hate, defeat, insecurity, loss, and more for long enough.
This death, is the very hell our lives have become. Yet we will all rise from this grave of ignorance when PROPER JUDGEMENT returns.
Why do you think is it called the DAY OF JUDGMENT of JUDGMENT DAY? Your MIND is the GREAT WHITE THRONE and the day will come and for many has come and is now coming when you will separate the lies from the truth, the wheat from the tares, the goats from the sheep.
In that moment, the moment you CHOOSE LIFE and confess it and express, it you will send your ignorant beliefs, insecurities, lies, and hang ups to the FIRE of TRUTH within you to be burned away for ever!
The power to LIVE is in you, it has always been in you, it IS YOU!
It is time to RULE and REIGN with this wisdom… when you live and inherit all things and become ruler of ALL as Galatians 3 and 4 states you become the KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS… You will rule your life, and recreate your world with love, excitement and truth instead of being ruled by lies and death!
All you have to do is believe it, speak it, express it, manifest it, and remember the greatest of all lessons there is to learn…
WHAT YOU DO TO OTHERS YOU DO TO YOURSELF!
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40 KJV)
That includes your thoughts about them. Remember… Judge incorrectly and you will be judged accordingly… But RIGHTEOUSNESS is followed by peace, joy and power in the truth …
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17 KJV)
The last great truth you MUST realize for any of this to become your reality is YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH what you desire.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. (Luke 14:28-30)
The desires of your heart are there because they CAN, and ARE MEANT to become your reality! But you NEED to take the steps to do so… YOU CAN LIVE YOUR LIFE if you LOSE the LIES OF THE EGO! You can LIVE YOUR LIFE AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF IT when you DENY YOUR EGO and embrace the reality that “YE ARE GODS” and that to you, IF YOU BELIEVE, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Jesus never tried to get anyone to worship him, he instead told them to TAKE UP THEIR CROSS, DO AS HE DID, THINK AS HE DID, BE AS HE IS, because YOU ARE AS HE IS IN THIS WORLD! And it is time for you to SO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE and LOVE!
…God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because AS GOD IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. (1 John 4:16-18)
That’s right, we are AS HE IS… This is what Jesus meant when he prayed, “That they may be one as we are one,” there is no division in One… And again when Jesus said to his disciples, “If you have seen me, you have seen the father,” and even though we have been taught to think such a notion is blasphemous… Jesus made it clear…
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (Philippians 2:6)
We are IN the Form of God, and God has given ALL THINGS into our hands to do as we wish. But to produce good fruit we MUST take our thoughts captive, nourish the right thoughts, believe the truth of who we are and reject the lies of who we are not, BELIEVE, CONFESS, TAKE STEPS, MANIFEST!
We are the HEIRS of everything, it is our birthright to LIVE A MORE ABUNDANT LIFE… But our ignorance has kept us living a life of death instead… We act more like slaves and servants than the RULERS and LORDS that we are… But make no mistake about it, WE ARE LORD OF EVERYTHING!
4 Now I say, That the heir (us), as long as he is a child (immature), differeth nothing from a servant, even though THE HEIR (US) IS LORD OF ALL;(Galatians 4:1-3)
It’s time to LIVE YOUR LIFE! Its time to create your life! Today is the day of salvation… BELIEVE IT, RECEIVE IT, EXPRESS IT, PUT IN THE WORK and you will MANIFEST IT!
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Double Minded Mankind
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
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.
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…
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!”
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….
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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?
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
“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.
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
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…
… 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.
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,
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.
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.