SERVANT OF ALL

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SERVANT OF ALL

Recently, a new Facebook friend of mine who I believe has some interesting insight has been testing me, to see if I knew what he knew. The test revolved around the woman caught in the act of adultery. The questions were as follows, who was the woman, who was the man that she was caught with, why did they not bring the man to condemn him, who were those prepared to stone the adulterous woman, what did Jesus write in the ground, and what did Jesus use to write these words… I know, that’s a tall order. And yet, I always try to give every man an answer. We are instructed to be in, and out of, season always when it comes to the “word of truth”. Now, just to be clear that doesn’t mean that you have to use scripture to answer a person. Because the TRUTH is written already in the hearts of those who have woken up. However, some people believe that if you cannot answer them using scripture you don’t know the “Lord”. I learned many years ago that I would have to be a bridge of sorts. And so, as the disciples were called to minister to certain groups of people, it could be said I am here for those who have been raised on the scriptures. So when someone tests me about the scriptures I must be ready to use those scriptures to lead them to the truth that is within us all.

Luke 6:30 – Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Over the years I have had many pastors, bishops, priests, evangelists, gurus, and religious leaders in about every denomination and school of thought possible cross my path. Some of them, I have grown quiet fond of and still fellowship with to this very day. And then there are others who offer nothing but complaint, ridicule, threats, tests, demands and the like. Now, this new friend is not like the latter but it would have been easy for me to judge him as such and cast him, and possibly what he had to offer, away with a click of a mouse. However, I am patient and it takes a whole lot to provocation to move me away from those engaging me.

I have learned not to be upset by those who tear down what they don’t yet understand. The reason is, most who get angry at the things I share are operating out of a place of insecurity. The TRUTH cannot be offended, and it doesn’t need to be defended. So when people get upset and angry and go into attack mode when they see something I share they disagree with, it is usually because the truth within my words has stirred something inside them that their ego does not want revealed.

John 3:20
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

So I am not easily offended or put off when people cross my path with questions or tests. Instead, I continue on in a cordial fashion even after they turn their words to cursing and ridicule, because I know good things can come out of such back and forth… eventually.

Our words have power and if our words be truth when we share them, even with those who cannot yet hear them, they will begin to grow inside and produce the very same revelation within.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

With that being said, I want everyone to know that I continue to seek the TRUTH. I do not believe I have somehow arrived and that there is nothing left to learn. I also know that one day I may see that what I know to be true today may not be true tomorrow. We must be open minded and allow the spirit of truth to lead us. We cannot build our own kingdom in this world on a belief system that was never meant to stand forever. In other words, just as we evolve physically, we also evolve spiritually, so we must not become too prideful thinking WE KNOW BEST. We must instead continue to seek the word of truth and TEST THE SPIRITS to see whether they be of God or not.

The instant we say, I KNOW IT ALL… is the beginning of OUR FALL!

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

We see people killing in the name of God all the time. Not here in the states, but in far away countries who have different laws. Don’t think people in this country would not do the same, if the law of the land weren’t to keep them from doing so.

I truly believe that if we did not have the laws we have in place right now, it would be like the wild west all over again. People will KILL and DESTROY anything that threatens their precious “Carnal Ego”. It was done years ago and it would happen again if things were different. People would cut off another’s head in the name of “Jesus” just as quickly as some we have seen doing this in the name of “Mohammed”.

If you don’t believe me look up the crusades, the KKK, Hitler, and many other Carnal Ego possessed “Christians” who have done horrifying things in the name of God.

Let’s take that a step farther, when any country goes to war, they state “God” is on their side and to this day many religious leaders will lead a nation in prayer about winning this war…. My point with all of this is, is there is not a huge leap that needs to be taken from threats, condemnation, judgment and debate in the name of God, to killing in the name of God….

EVERY WAR BEGINS WITH ONE SAYING “I AM RIGHT AND YOU ARE WRONG.”

And this my friends, is why I think it is appropriate for me to share the answers I gave to this precious man who tested me awhile ago.

The story of the adulterous woman indeed shows how the power of love, truth, and faith can overcome the blood thirsty lust of those who simply WANT TO BE RIGHT.

Let me remind you, the moment we shut the door to the possibility that there is more for us to learn we lose much more than what we pridefully thought we knew to begin with.

The one who says their cup is filled and needs no more, is the one that will never has a cup that is overflowing.

Now we are called to be both MASTER and SERVANT. But not a wicked Master, who rules treacherously and demands service, money, and attention from those he rules over. But a MASTER SERVANT.

In scripture, the GREATEST OF ALL IS THE SERVANT OF ALL! That my friends is THE MASTER in this world. One who lays down their life (their desires) for those they serve.

In fact scripture declares this.

Philippians 2:5-7
5 LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus….
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION, and took upon him the FORM OF A SERVANT, and was made in the likeness of men:

Many today claim to “further the gospel”… and yet all they seem to do is go about it by making a REPUTATION for themselves. The EGO of man wants attention, fame, fortune, influence… YET, this is NOT the mind of a true servant.

A servant does not care who knows his name. A servant does not desire to have others bow down before him or her. A SERVANT FINDS JOY IN SERVICE ALONE.

Many skip over the part in the above passage where it states, Jesus “MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION”

Many times after Jesus healed someone, or performed a miracle he also instructed… “GO NOW AND TELL NO ONE OF WHAT I HAVE DONE” — Of course, this is not what would happen, as those he healed would immediately go and tell everyone. However, it does not take away from the lesson that is found here. A great miracle is performed, and Jesus says…

Matthew 8:4
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou TELL NO MAN; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

A SERVANT does not desire fame or fortune. A servant desires to SERVE. The more the servant is allowed to serve, the greater the joy this servant receives.

Matthew 10:44,45
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came NOT to be ministered unto, BUT TO MINISTER, and to give his life a ransom for many.

A servant doesn’t need people to make them feel like a King or Queen, a servant makes himself or herself of no reputation. GIVING THEIR LIVES AS A RANSOM FOR ALL THEY SERVE.

NOW, there is a revelation for you waiting in that word “RANSOM”

That word RANSOM literally translates from the word origin “To loose from bonds” – and translates into English as “to liberate many from misery” — and isn’t that what the true SERVANT OF GOD (Love, Truth, Power, Spirit, Life) does?

Now this doesn’t mean to be a servant you cannot also have a position of authority, or name, or even fame… The true Kings and Judges of God in the Old testament were also called Servants. Servants, HOWEVER, do not follow after selfish gain, servants instead follow after peace, compassion, love.

Everyone of God’s chosen were called his SERVANTS! “O ye seed of Abraham his servant” – “But thou, Israel, art my servant”, – He called David his servant, – AND YES JESUS TOO

Matthew 12:18
BEHOLD MY SERVANT, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

And SERVANTS as meant to SERVE. Servants are meant to pick up the work given to them and accomplish their task, without complaint, without fear, and without anger. Michael never brought a railing accusation against Satan. Job never cursed God. David prayed out of the belly of hell. Joseph always kept his eye on the prize and never let his circumstances dictate his mood. The disciples sang praises in jail. And I don’t even have time to write about ever other servant of God who faced hardship before accomplishing the task at hand.

We are the children of the Kingdom, but more importantly we are SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH (the spirit of love and truth, the inspiration and creator of all that is and is not). And servants are meant to serve.

We are instructed to think THIS WAY… To not think higher of ourselves than others. To make ourselves of no reputation and to be in the FORM and FUNCTION of a SERVANT.

And a servant SERVES people, they don’t complain or tear down those they are serving.

Philippians 2:5-7
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

A good parent is a great example of a good servant. A parent would lay down their life for their CHILD’S life. And so will the SERVANTS in the land.

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

And again… WE KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD by LAYING DOWN OUR LIVES FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

This means, we don’t need to hear the words “I’m sorry”. We don’t need others to suffer after they spitefully use us. We forgive. And to forgive means WE LET IT ALL GO AND RELEASE OUR ACCUSERS AND condemners OF ANY DEBT THEIR ACTIONS COULD HAVE CAUSED US.

tHIS IS A HARD SAYING INDEED… and one, I myself continue to strive for. As must we all.

SADLY, today, the expression… Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. is well-practiced in the land.

For who can say truly that they LOVE THEIR ENEMY?

It is common practice today to KILL YOUR ENEMY with war, or words. This war rages everywhere, in the battlefield, in the governments, in the media, in society, and yes SOCIAL NETWORKS as well… Many religious people, who declare themselves far from religion will quickly take up arms to defend or attack anyone who disagrees with them.

This my friends is the very cause of all the great suffering in the land.

SERVANTS ARE MEANT TO LOVE, LOVE, LOVE even those that hate them.

Matthew 5:44
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

If we would only practice what we preached, this world would change before our very eyes. If we would only show the light of truth and love to those lost in the darkness of pride and ego the STONES would be released from their grips and NO ONE WOULD BE LEFT TO CONDEMN THEM.

In closing, I would like to simply reveal a deeper meaning found in the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery.

You all have heard the story, Jesus was writing in the ground beneath him, when the religious leaders came to him to tempt him. They brought a woman who was caught in the act of adultery, of course they didn’t bring the “man” to stone him (but there is a lesson in that as well)… They brought up the Mosaic law and said, what should we do? To tempt him.

Please re-read these verses to familiarize yourself with the story before continuing.

John Chapter 8
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Let me break down the meaning for you line by line, to see the beauty that is hidden within this ALLEGORY

Verse 2, we find it is EARLY IN THE MORNING… this means the SUN (truth) HAS JUST RISEN… an allegory of the truth just beginning to shine it’s light in the hearts of men and women everywhere. Notice the scripture states ALL people came to him…

Now when the TRUTH is revealed, we begin to understand that we must NOT JUDGE OTHERS, or condemn others. Many people don’t like this. So they look high and low for reasons to still tear down others and condemn others (to feel better about themselves).

This is exactly what the scribes and Pharisees were doing by bringing the “woman taken in adultery” to Jesus’ feet to condemn.

BUT WHO WAS THIS WOMAN? WHO WAS THE MAN WHO COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH?

The answer is YOU, YOU, YOU, AND YOU… You are every character in this story, and every character is you.

Many don’t see the whole story, this WOMAN is a symbol of our SOUL (sense of being). I want to first point out that the WOMAN WAS NOT CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF ADULTERY… the scripture states… she was TAKEN — brought unto him a woman taken in adultery;

The literal meaning of the word TAKEN here means “to lay hold off” “to lay hold of to lay hold of so as to make one’s own, to obtain,”

This is important to understand, because we ALL were TAKEN by religion. We were tricked into becoming it’s adulterous woman if you will. In addition, adultery has less to do with having relations with a man or woman outside of a person’s marriage and more to do with “cheating on the truth with lies”

Let me briefly explain further, ADULTERY is a symbol of “CHEATING ON THE TRUTH” — meaning, you have MISSED THE MARK… adultery is leaving your TRUE SPOUSE (GOD, TRUTH, LOVE, INSPIRATION, PEACE, UNITY) for another.

Scripture reveals that those who commit adultery “LACK UNDERSTANDING” and destroy their OWN SOUL.

Proverbs 6:32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

We find in many places in scripture that to commit adultery really has nothing to do with cheating on a husband or wife, but has to do with following after, and worshiping IDOLS (lies)

Hosea 4:13
They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

We begin to see the allegory played out in the lives of literal marriages… Just as it is devastating to cheat on a true relationship, it is more so to cheat of THE TRUTH…

Ezekiel 23:37
That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery

Now, with that being said, isn’t it interesting that the WOMAN TAKEN with adultery… was ACTUALLY “in the midst” of the PHARISEES? Her fate was in their hands, they condemned her, abused her, used her, and wanted to STONE HER!

This is our story too people… When the SUN (light of truth) began to rise, we were brought before the truth, ashamed of who we were, abused by those who said “they know better” … in their eyes, leaving their religion would also be an act of adultery and for this she was condemned to die.

The STONES they were going to use, are more than LITERAL STONES… The law was written on STONE… And yet, the TRUTH could get those stones to sing if need be, and that is exactly what Jesus did here. People today love to pick up their stones and stone others that they say are incorrect.

But Jesus, pretended not to hear their request… he continued to write in the GROUND with his FINGER —

This too is very symbolic, love DOESN’T listen to such nonsense.

The FINGER is a symbol of much more, as is the ground he wrote upon…

Ironically, God wrote into the STONES with his finger once before… and now Jesus writes in the ground.

Luke 11:20
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

The FINGER OF GOD is the REVELATION of the KINGDOM OF GOD — which is RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, JOY, AND POWER IN THE HOLY GHOST.

When ONCE the finger of GOD wrote on TABLETS of STONE… now we see a picture of JESUS writing with his finger in THE GROUND. (hearts of man)

Proverbs 7:3
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

The GROUND that JESUS was writing in was the GOOD GROUND — the HEARTS of those with ears to HEAR!

Luke 8:15
But that on the good GROUND are they, which in an HONEST AND GOOD HEART, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Notice, how after JESUS wrote in the ground, he immediately ROSE UP and spoke to them… 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Immediately, after he stooped back down and continued WRITING IN THE GROUND… 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

It was then that HIS WORDS WERE HEARD… Not just by the woman, but by the religious elite as well. In that moment, the TRUTH of love hit them smack dab in the middle of their heart, and they realized they could no longer condemn the woman, or anyone else for that matter. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

The WOMAN was delivered from RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION as we have been delivered.

The story begins with the adulterous woman standing in the midst of the Pharisees… 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, and the story ends with the WOMAN no longer called an adulterous, no longer condemned STANDING IN THE MIDST OF JESUS… and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

AND THEN THE PRECIOUS WORDS ARE HEARD… 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

When we are delivered from religion, we realize NO ONE IS LEFT TO CONDEMN US! So there is no need for us to SIN (THINK FOOLISHLY) ANYMORE!

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

And now we come full circle and realize that when the LIGHT OF THE WORLD RISES IN OUR HEART… Life and peace waits for us all!

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Ironically, this was the answer I had given to the man who challenged me… he told me that I DID NOT GET IT… that God had not revealed the truth to me yet… The irony is, when I finally got his answer, which was a beautiful answer indeed… mine and his were not mutually exclusive, as they both dealt with the power of love.

There are many sides to TRUTH my friends, don’t get stuck on your side, evolve to, and explore every side and you will be counted rich in spirit indeed.

Jacob

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POWER OF FORGIVENESS

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POWER OF FORGIVENESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacob
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