The Love Of Money


The Love Of Money

I have been thinking a lot lately about the state of the world, the treatment of the less fortunate, and of course our own struggles and pains. Like many of you, I truly wish things were different. I wish we did not have the worries, fears and obstacles in our way. I wish we were all in a better position to truly make a positive impact in this world, in fact I wish we all believe we truly could.

Now I am not an expert in the arena of politics, ethics or economics, but if art is any indication of life then we are not truly the civilized race that we have been programmed to believe. The rich are not only still getting richer, but it seems today greed is rewarded, corruption is the status quo, getting head and staying in power, regardless of who is hurt in the process, is what makes this world tick.

Whether it is corporate giants that line the pockets of politicians to tighten their stranglehold of those that have become their slaves, the industrial machines that have worked to break up unions and are allowed to poison the earth leaving a wake of disease and death behind them, or wars that are fought in the name of greed that steal the countless lives of innocents in their path. The world we are living in is a far cry from the heaven on earth we each pray for.

When CEO’s and heads of state are bathing in wealth at the expense of those they are paid to protect and lead, when we are robbed of our hard-earned money to afford those at the top of the food chain with more and more, when our privacy is stripped away and our God-given rights are stolen from under our noses, when even our charitable organizations and religious organization justify the lavish lifestyles of their leaders by unjustly using hundreds of millions of dollars to simply build their own kingdoms on this earth, it should be time for us as people to stand up and say no more.

Sadly, the question always remains, “What can little old me do about the troubles in the land?” But I believe there is truly no telling what mountains we can move when we act out of love. That is what this paper is about. Not to convict anyone about the way they are living, because we all have areas in our lives that can be improved through selfless effort, instead of selfish preservation. However, I would like to show that the system we have been tricked into serving, is the very system that is causing the suffering we see in our lives and around the world. The ends never justify the means when it comes to the Love of Money.

Have the ends to which people go to get ahead ever justified the means?

If one person eats because they have worked to outwit another so they cannot eat, does that make their meat any more sweet? If one person is strong enough to kill and steal the land beneath another’s feet, does having more land make their lives more rich? Does having an excess of worldly possessions make a person’s life more fulfilled if those possessions are gained by underhanded means? The answer to all of these questions is NO.

Yet, we don’t live in a world based on principle. We live in a dog eat dog world, where only those who are willing to do the unthinkable to get ahead, stay ahead. But I telling you this is never their ultimate reward. The entitlement mentality is the very enemy of us all.

Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Sadder still is this “get ahead no matter what the cost” mentality has trickled down to all of us. People will sell out their brothers and sisters to get ahead, sell their children to get a meal, lie about and manipulate situations to take another’s job or position. There seems to be no depth a person will not go for the Love of Money. And everyone has been tricked into drinking from the same well. Of course there are differing degrees, but we have become a race of people who are concerned with the rat race of self-preservation. And why wouldn’t with be the case when things are the way they are?

But what if this line of thinking, even though it seems to yield temporary results, is setting the tone and reality for our tomorrow. And what if that tomorrow is a bleak, dark, terrible thing for us all? What if we do indeed reap what we sow? Would knowing this change anything?

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

It is my firm belief that while our lips shout to the farthest corners our unyielding faith in a just Go, I believe our hearts are indeed far from this reality. The proof of this is found in our day-to-day suffering.

Isaiah 29:13
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Is this not the day we are living in. How many of us can truly say that we trust God? How many of us love and forgive without expecting anything in return? How many of us do not hold unto every dollar for fear we will not have food on our tables tomorrow if we do not?

It is one thing to say that we should take no thought for tomorrow, that even the sparrows have enough to eat, it is another thing to truly believe this when we see children starving and people dying because they cannot afford healthcare?

Well has Isaiah said indeed, the people honor God and the principle of loving others with lip service but their hearts are just not into it. The only Fear of God that is learned by the human race, is what is taught by men and women with ulterior motives. Greed is the lesson, gain is the goal. They teach their congregations that if you want to get ahead, give US more of your money. If you want to blessed join us and make others join us, or God will punish you endlessly. And many of us foolishly believe, so much so that we will fight those who say differently, all the while being buried in a mountain of debt. We, as the saying goes, rob from Peter to pay Paul.

Fearing God today has little to do with reaping what you sow, it is doing what man says or else, it is fearing the world system and the words and empty promises of men and women who are counting on our ignorance to feed their greed. Playing by their rules, or else. Voting who they say into office, or else. Keeping your mouth shut and taking whatever injustice is given, or else. Never questions the leaders voice, or else. The fear of God has nothing to do with what is being taught today. It is the fear that if you do not follow carnal man’s laws and rules, you will not GET AHEAD. This world has even perverted faith.

I am writing this article because I myself feel helpless. Like all of you, I am debt, I live pay check to pay check. Like all of you I worry what will happen in the future. Will I have a job? Will I be able to help my four children get a higher education? Will I lose everything?

What is truly sad about this, is I have lost everything before, and by no means of my own I have seen God restore me. Yet I wonder if the house of cards we are all living in now begins to collapse where I will be? I too have been programmed to put my faith in money and yet there is a fight within me, reminding me how futile this is. This is why now more than ever I see the need for change in my own life. It is time for me to have hope, to trust that there is divine justice and provision.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

The Love of Money is what makes this world go round. The Love of Money is the reason people are suffering today. The Love of Money is the reason people have traded mutual respect and the love for others for selfish gain, believing that if they don’t follow after the ways of the world, they will not be provided for. The Love of Money is why so few in government are trusted, so few in religious circles are praised, so few in the community are helped when trouble comes. It the “what’s in it for me” belief, as opposed to what can I do for others.

Lao Tzu wrote in the Tao Te Ching…

“When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible while the poor have nowhere to turn — all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.”

Now for those that don’t know what the Tao is, it is a word that simply means the “Infinite principle by which all things exist. It is the divine balance and order of things.”

These words that Lao Tzu wrote sadly echo the times, and worse still after thousands of years things have not gotten better, the corrupt have just gotten better at keeping all of us inline and convincing us to try to play the same game.

The Love of Money, Power, Fame, Control, is indeed the root of all evil. Many have heard the term, selling your soul to gain the world, but the line for which we as a society know should not be crossed has become almost transparent. We do things each and every day, little things, big things, that prove this. Whether it is walking past a homeless man or woman and justifying keeping that five dollars because someone told you it would be spent on drugs, to allowing others to do wrong in front of you for fear of losing your job or losing a reputation. Even the greatest among us, as the prophets have said are as a thorn-bush.

Micah 7:4
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

How can this be? Why is there so much suffering in the land? Why are out hearts troubled day and night? Why are their disputes among us? Why, why, why? The answer has always been the same. We have not tried another path, we continue to do the wrong things expecting a better result. This is the curse of the Love of Money, our utter destruction and suffering.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

Because of our love for money, we are pierced through with many sorrows. From the gluttons who have so much and need more, to those who have nothing and want more, suffering is always the reward. And I have met not one who is immune.

This world needs a wake up call? We need to truly stir up our faith within us and trust God. There is only one way out of this cycle of pain and struggle, and that is the straight gate. It is the path less traveled, it is the path of trust, it is the path of submission, it is the path of true love.

This may seem an odd question, but how many of us truly believe in God?

How many of us truly believe that if we walk the straight path we will find heaven on earth? How many truly believe that only through Love will we ever know peace?

I think many of us have been beaten down, neglected, used, and abused for so long that few really believe that the only path to freedom is unconditional love, unflinching faith, and unyielding courage. Because we see others get ahead by putting aside the love of others for the Love of Money.

We are told that there is but ONE WAY to the Father and that is the SON. What if this REALLY means what the scriptures say.

John 15:10
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

The only way to the Father is to pick up your cross and follow the path that has been laid out before us. TRUE LOVE. We cannot abide in love and hope and peace if we do not keep this command.

John 15:12
This is my commandment, That ye love one another.

The Cross is a symbol for us all to lay down the way we have lived our old lives and to pick up a new way of life. The way of the cross is the way of Love. And getting there may get you to question whether God has forsaken you. This is a question, if we are honest with ourselves, we all know too well. Instead of faith, we put our thoughts to schemes, and make new plans to find the world’s promiseland of wealth, instead of God’s promise of unity, wisdom, and being content in all things.

What if this is our way out? To truly love others. But to do this we must first understand what Love really is? What is found in love? What is offered by loving?

WHAT IS LOVE AND HOW DO WE LOVE?

Romans 13
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

We are promised in scripture that if we do this, we will know joy unspeakable.

Then we question, where is the promise?

However we never question, what is it we are doing that is keeping the promise far from us.

Why do we never question whether or not we are following the path to the promise? And if we do, why do we allow our fears and insecurities keep us from taking up the cross and walking out of the darkness of our pain into the light of true life?

What would happen in our lives if we truly dared to walk the straight path? In the face of adversity, in the wake of trouble, in the pits of despair if we only held out hope, refused to go where others go or do what others do, if we turned the cheek, and gave our shirt when another stole our coat, what would happen then?

The greatest changes that this world has seen has always come from peaceful men and women who refused to repay hate with hate. The greatest change did not come with a violent rebellion when Jesus was put to death, it came when Jesus forgave and trusted that His World was not This World.

Today, I simply want to remind you all of the same thing. This world and its many pains are not our reality. Our reality is not what happens outside of us, it is the change that is brought from within us.

And after years of wondering, why? why? why? I have come to the conclusion that Faith and Love is the only answer. Doing this is the only thing that will bring me true life. Walking the straight path is the only path that will lead me to where I truly desire to be, any other path will lead me back to misery.

It is a path few travel, or have traveled, it is a path I myself have not fully understood or seen. But I am pressing on to this High Calling, because I may not be able to change this world outside of me with my own effort, but I believe God can surely change this world by showing the world the peace that only comes from love.

I for one want to put this message to the test. I will love others and do good to others because God is rewarder of those who do so.

If you plant love, honestly, and charity you must reap eventually it in return. I have tried other paths and for this I have suffered. I have walked in hopes of financial security, while trying to also serve God and do good to others, but you cannot serve both God and the love of money.

Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

We need to choose this day which God we will serve. And although it is my strong belief that one day all will learn this lesson, wouldn’t it be wiser to learn it today instead of suffering more until you do. There is a system that God has put in place, it is a law like gravity, I call it God’s fail safe. And that is whatever you sow we also reap. I for one have reap bitter fruit for too long and I encourage you all to strive for the sweet fruit of love, that endures for all of time.

If we do this, and we allow this great light of Love to shine, I truly believe it will draw this world away from the love of money, into the love of others, and in so doing we will finally be free.

Think about that. Do you really want to free? Then enter that straight gate and see.

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Jacob
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BELIEVE AND RECEIVE


BELIEVE AND RECEIVE

About ten years ago, I was going through many things emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. It was an especially hard time in my life, but also a very wonderful time where I learned so much about myself and others. I learned that you can never repay hate with hate unless you want more hate in return. I learned that you can only overcome the evil others wish to bring into your life by wishing good in theirs and doing good to those who do not do the same for you.

I learned to be grateful for what I had, even though I had lost so much, I lost my home, the new car, the furniture, my wife left me and on top of it all I was sick. During that time I had so little control over anything. All I could do was hold unto my faith that one day my children would be in my fulltime care away from the danger of my ex-wife’s convicted felon, addicted, steroid using and child abusing boyfriend, who she moved into my home while he was on house arrest within two weeks of me moving into a really small apartment. It was a terrible time and I knew my children were in danger, but I had no money, I was barely getting by to begin with so how could I possibly get my children? The answer was, faith.

Matthew 21:21
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done


I had done nothing wrong in my first marriage, although I am sure I wasn’t perfect, I knew I was better than most. I was a devote husband, a great father, never cheated, never flirted, did housework, made a great living, supported my ex in all things, I dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s, but my ex was just never in love with me. She had told me that it wasn’t me, it was her. The old line didn’t really play so well for me after almost seven years of marriage, a four-year old and a newborn. The first thing that didn’t make any sense was I had always been told God hated divorce. Even though I would learn the only DIVORCE God hates is when “we” divorce ourselves from God and ignorantly believe we are OUR EGO and that OUR EGO is in control. When in fact, who we truly are is beyond what any preachers, priest, rabbi, or guru has told you. We are everything and this is why we must project unto the world and others what we want returned.

“God is not mocked whatever a man sows he shall also reap.”

So there I was alone, broke, in and out of the hospital with my Crohns disease, my children around about the worst human being for them. I don’t want to get into details but imagine the worst person to be around children and that was my ex’s boyfriend who was also fifteen years her junior.

But instead of allowing anger, hatred and worse to grow within me, I began to pray for both of them. Don’t get me wrong there were many times that I wanted to hurt the sick young man who my ex was with, but hurting him and hurting her would never bring me peace. You don’t find peace at the expense of others, you find peace by doing what is right in God’s eyes. You only find peace by truly loving yourself and others, and that means your “enemies” as well. Because if truth by told if you don’t love who you percieve as an enemy, you don’t love yourself.

Luke 6:27
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you


The reason we MUST love those we percieve as enemies, is because they are there for us to learn. In fact, we created them to begin with. We judged these people to be who we “feared” they were and they became exactly that. I know this is a tough pill to swallow but it does not mean it is not truth. If we judge a certain way, we will be judged by how we first judged. In other words, you get what you put out people. This is Jesus’ teachings is about the best advice in the world. A majority of Jesus’ teachings dealt with sowing and reaping, forgiving, and never taking revenge. The reason is a spiritual law that is at work in the world today. You will only receive what you first put out. You can’t get lettuce without first planting it, the nurturing it and allowing it to grow. The same is true for peace, you will never have peace in your life if you sow hate, anger, and revenge. You recieve what you first believe and set your heart to accomplish.

Back then my hands were really tied. Even though I knew what was going on in my old home I had no proof besides the terrible diaper rashes, bruises, and what my son would tell me. None of which held any weight because of his age. And all of the physical proof could be explained away, even though I knew the excuses were not true. Whether my ex knew about this or not I could not say, I hope for her own peace of mind she didn’t know. One time CPS was called on them, when I found out I was overjoyed but the investigation went nowhere, the agent never followed anything up and the person who called never came forward. It was a devastating time in my life, I felt so helpless. It was one thing to deal with sickness, heartache, and abuse when it was happening to me, but when it was happening to my children it was a very different and terrible hell. It also makes it very hard to trust that God has it all worked out and everything that is happening is happening for a very good reason. Nevertheless, I pressed on and soon I would find out how important this time was for me.

I knew that the only way I could protect my children, get my life back on track, and get healthy again was to start by being healthy within. So I set my sights on my goal, I pictured my children with me, I pictured myself in a new home, and of course I pictured my ex and her boyfriend, turned husband divorced quickly and both would get their lives in order, and more importantly the new husband would be out of my children’s lives for good.

You see, I couldn’t do more than I was doing. Short of kidnapping my children and moving out of the country my hands were tied. So I simply hung onto hope, I turned to God like never before. I spoke to many people about the faith I had, telling them within a short period of time I would have custody of my children, a new home, and more. I prayed for my ex and her new husband, but more importantly I cried out to God saying, “I can’t take this anymore, I can’t do this anymore, help me!” I was desperate. And then one day the call came.

The new husband was caught with his pants down, literally, the only problem was it happened to take place in front of my one year old daughter.

You see even though my circumstances seemed hopeless, God was bigger tha my circumstances and more importantly I firmly believe he was always in control of them, teaching me to stop putting my trust in mankind and myself but to trust that when I believe I will receive. I conditioned myself to only see good coming out of it all. I even had dreams about some big secret that would be revealed, I had dreams I would soon have custody of my kids even though there was no earthly reason for this to happen, considering we just got divorced six months prior.

You see I have long been a believer that if you do the right thing you will reap good things in return. If you do the wrong thing eventually you have to pay for what you have done. This kept me going, I knew eventually whatever was being done privately would be revealed.

Luke 12:3
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.


We do indeed reap what we sow. I wrote once about God’s judgment. You see the OLD WAY of looking at things was an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. Then Jesus came on the scene and cleared that up.

The problem was people believed THEY were the ones that had the right to excercise the judgment. That was their mistake. They thought if someone hurt them, you could hurt them back. The problem with this is, if you do the same thing to someone who hurt you then you are no better. If someone first tears you down and gossips about you and then you gossip about how bad they are and in return tear them down, you are as guilty.

Here is what people don’t understand, the “eye for an eye” law is indeed a spiritual law. The problem is mankind does NOT have the right to execute it. God will make what is wrong right. It is NOT up to us.

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.


Here is the reason, these terrible things that happen to us are happening for us. And if I did not practice what many men and women of God before me preached, which is love, hope, and forgiveness, then my children wouldn’t be where they are today and nor would I.

Judgment is NEVER ours. Judgment is God’s. When we judge others and we stand in judgment and try to exercise judgment on others, we will get what we judged in return. Like thinking the worst in someone before they treat you bad, it is a good call whatever you believed about them they will become. This is why it was so important for me back then to see those that were hurting me and my children in a better light and trust that God would make things right. If their hearts wouldn’t change, then custody and my circumstances would.

And I did indeed receive what I believed.

To make a long story short, without a penny in the bank I would get custody of my children, I would move into my new home, my ex and her new husband would soon divorce and he would never be seen again. I would meet my true love, my new son (her son, my step son), we would be blessed by the home we have today, and we would have my baby boy Ethan who truly is a light in my life.

It wasn’t hate that brought me the life I am living today, it was faith, forgiveness and a conscious decision to think only on the good and to BELIEVE.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things


Now I wanted to share all of this to remind you that even when things seem the most hopeless and you are at your most helpless, there is always hope! BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH! With Faith everything is possible!

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


Now when asked about all of this, the question could be, “Do you wish things were different?” The question could always be answered, “of course”. No one wants to see their children suffer, no one wants to struggle or be tempted to hate another, to see a family break apart, etc. However the truth is, today I love where I am and without all the manure heaped on top of my life at that point the flowers of faith that blossomed out of it would never be enjoyed. My children are strong, happy, and healthy, my wife is my rock, my step son is like my own flesh and blood, and my baby Ethan is an angel sent from God. We are a happy family and I would never trade what I have today for a better yesterday.

I thank God for it all. During that time I learned so much. There is something very revealing spiritually about losing everything you thought SEEMS TO matter in the world, to help you realize you lost nothing and gained EVERYTHING.

LUKE 18
29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.


Well that was what this period of my life was. It was a time of enlightening and enduring, to be honest it hasn’t really stopped. I don’t think my awakening began when I first went to a church, but when I went through my most difficult trial. I had to learn that not only is God in control of my life but God is in control of my children’s life. That doesn’t mean you sit back and watch life pass you by without doing anything, it means you ONLY operate within the parameters of love.

You do not harm, you forgive, you continue to hold onto hope even when it seems all hope is lost. Because eventually you will reap what you have sown. This is why we must never give up hope. We must always speak our ideals into existence and believe that God and a rewarded of those who diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him


Not only is it impossible to please God without faith, without faith it is impossible to please anyone and more importantly to be pleased yourself.

When people come against us, when circumstances are hard and beyond our control, DON’T GIVE UP! We need to never lose hope, we need let others know of the hope we have. We need to speak this faith out loud not just so others can hear it’s declaration but so we can HEAR IT OURSELVES!

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God


This means we should only speak what is true, because we can only really ever hear what is true. And this is truth, God has only good thoughts for you. He does not give us the spirit of fear.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind


That means whatever you are going through every thought that has you worried, ashamed, or feeling hopeless, these thoughts are NOT from God. And if they aren’t from God they aren’t true. Stop saying you are a loser, that you are hopeless, that your circumstances will never turn around. What we believe we receive so stop believing lies and allowing them into your life. Instead, endure, hang on to hope and tell the world that good things are coming, because that is the life God wants us all to live.

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Jacob
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Sabbath’s Rest Revealed



“Sabbath’s Rest Revealed”

This morning a wonderful man posted an article on my wall about the Sabbath. There was a time that I believed as many today believe, that we should set aside one day a week, stop everything, and at the very least go to Church. I even went through the phase of debating within myself what literal day that really was. All of this caused such grief within me. It put so much pressure on me. And when I was finally released from these thoughts, worries and fears that bound me, I saw the Sabbath as one of the most beautiful things there is. Not a single day, but a moment when we give up our “works and self effort” and trust that God is in control of all things. This frees us to truly LIVE for the moment. This GIVES US HOPE! This keeps us from fear and worry, doubt and unbelief. Entering into the understanding, as Jesus understood, “I can do nothing of myself”, you are free.

As Jesus understood that the people who had power over him, only had that power because it was PRE-ORDAINED by God. Meaning, he had no choice in being handed over to Pilate. And Pilate only had the power to do to Jesus what Pilate was born to do. Pilate thought as many of us think, that WE HAVE POWER to do what we want to people, but when you enter into the understanding that God is in complete control of all things, you understand that no one can harm you unless it is meant for your good, and the good of others.

John 19:9-11
10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”


Now think of the alternative. If Jesus didn’t know that what was happening to him, HAD TO HAPPEN TO HIM, he would have lost all faith in God. But instead he understood that God had written this Book of his Life, and Pilate was another page in that book. He rested in the faith that there was a good reason for it all. And even explained to Pilate, “Look man, you have no power over me, you simply are being used by God to bring about something great in my life and the lives of others.”

This is the Sabbath rest people.

A quick side note: Yes the Sabbath Rest and entering into it, is one of the Ten Commandments… But I would like you to look at this a new way. I wrote an article on this in depth here, just don’t remember the name, Duh! LOL.

Many believe the “Commands” are a list of do’s and dont’s. That is the very reason people can’t enter into the Sabbath to begin with. The COMMANDMENTS are not a check list, it is A PROMISE OF GOD. Just look at how they are worded.

“Thou shalt not __________” or “Thou Shall__________” – These are promises people. What God commands is part of the plan, and what he plans he brings to it’s fulfillment.

Why do you think Moses broke the first set of tablets. Israel had turned over to idolatry. Now you would think if it was a list of do’s and dont’ Moses would have come down and pointed out the law where you SHALL HAVE NO GOD BEFORE ME… but he didn’t. WHY?

The reason is those COMMANDMENTS are PROMISES… THAT ONE DAY WE WILL NOT STEAL, KILL, COMMIT ADULTERY, HAVE GOD’S BEFORE GOD, AND OF COURSE WE WILL REMEMBER TO KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY!

This is the Gospel, God is in control, and what he commands he brings to pass. Understanding this, is the first step to entering into the Rest we are predestined to enter into… (now back to the essay) 🙂

The Sabbath’s rest is coming to a place in your life where you know, everything that has been and everything that is happening, is for your good and the good of everyone around you. And when you TRUST this, when you enter into that REST, you don’t have to worry if you have done wrong, or worry about your fate, because you KNOW that it is FOR YOUR GOOD!

Genesis 2:2
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.


This is NOT A LITERAL DAY, it is WISDOM. You give up the wheel, and let God drive. And in so doing you don’t need to hate others for what they do to you, you don’t need to fear the future, or worry about your past, you simply LIVE IN THE MOMENT!

Now, for many people this article will be as honey at first. Meaning it will be sweet to be able to give up all your worries and works, and simply “BE STILL AND KNOW I AM” BUT FOR YOUR CARNAL EGOTISTICAL MIND (you belly) it will be BITTER. There will be many of you when reading this that won’t want to believe it. You won’t want to receive it, because it will cause your EGO to go nuts. Because your EGO (which is, and is not, and yet us) wants CONTROL and believes itself is god.

But our story has been written, predetermined, and the END is VICTORY, no matter how you slice it.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.


Ephesians 1:11
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will


Notice the word EVERYTHING. God doesn’t work some things according to God’s will and leaves some for your EGO to figure out… NO! ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER!

Every SINGLE bible story, is a page taken from the Book of your Life (Book of Life), just as your traits are written code in your DNA, so our spiritual and emotional journey through this world is also written. For many who can receive these words, this is great news, because it means “The story is already written, and it is finished” (although we haven’t finished experiencing it). We may only have the past as our witness, and hope as our future.

I am reminded of this wonderful thing my friend Sam Couch said to me yesterday. “Each day is like having a new page and we discover what’s written.” And that is the way we feel it. We feel as if everything is new, and exciting, even though our present can only be what it is meant to be. That is the good news!

Isaiah 46:9-11
9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do.


Now of course I am not saying we are a bunch of mindless puppets that are going around from one thing to the next without making choices or decisions. I am simply saying our decisions and choices are always the exactly what they are meant to be. And our environment, interaction with others, the media, the elements, illness, accidents, and millions and millions of other things are placed in our path to help us make the decision we are to make. (As well as thoughts that flood our minds at times)

Now of course many of you will say, NO! God wouldn’t do that to us. God wouldn’t make people get angry, lie, curse, wouldn’t send us hard times, put us in situations where we would be led to choose wrong… And I completely understand why many wouldn’t.

Let me be clear about this however, scripture is CLEAR that God does indeed bring all of this on us and more.

The students of Paul had a problem with this concept. They couldn’t understand why God would have a problem with his “vessels made to wrath” doing the very evil things he predestined them to do. They questioned, why would God hold them accountable if they are simply doing what God willed?

Romans 9
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)… 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.


Notice the next line, where we see that Pharoah who did all sorts of horrible things to Israel, was raised up to do those VERY THINGS.

17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.


Paul understood people couldn’t grasp why God would make people do evil to one another. I’m sure the perfectly trimmed bushes don’t understand why they are pruned, and the stone doesn’t understand why the chisel and hammer is applied to make a statue. People have a problem believing God would use tribulation and torment to bring us where we all long to be.

19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:


A good question. But if you consider that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER for the GOOD! That everything, even terrible dictators, murderers, thieves, liars, backbiters, rapists, (the list goes on of the evils in the world), everything is working to bring about so great a plan that when it is revealed, we will see and know ONLY LOVE! We will not be able to see or think of anything but Love.

Paul simply replied, all of these things are happening so, God’s Glory (Mystery of who we are) can be revealed. In addition, notice that these vessels which God is preparing, and molding as a potter molds clay, are ALREADY BEEN PREPARED for this great glory.

23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Now with all of that being said, I know many will still have a problem believing that God would ever put us through hard times, bring nations against nations to war, would ever have man kill another man… People want to blame another entity for all the bad stuff, forgetting that God created Man’s Devilish Carnal Ego for the very reason of bringing what we consider horror to pass… SO ONE DAY WE WOULD OVERCOME IT AND BE ONLY LIGHT. But for those that have a problem with believing a God that is in control of every single word written of our lives and the lives of others, I would direct you to the Old Testament.

Some will say, oh well God has changed, he doesn’t do that anymore. BUT GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW.

Malachi 3:6
For I am the LORD, I change not


Believe it or not, this is all good news! I know in the natural man’s mind it doesn’t seem like good news. No one wants to see another suffer. If I were to have things “my” way, there would just simply be blanket peace, there would be no struggle, there would be nothing to accomplish, nothing to overcome, there would be no need for forgiveness, no need for charity, no need to give a rip about anyone because everyone would be perfectly at peace. “My way” would never teach you how precious each individual is or how fragile and fleeting each moment is. “My Way” would have no surprises, if I were to have “My Way” then indeed we each would truly feel NOTHING, nothing at all. Because we would have nothing to gauge our feelings to. We would never know hate, so we would never know how wonderful acceptance feels. We would never know suffering, so we would never know how wonderful charity feels. We would never know war, so we would never be able to rejoice over peace.

This in a nutshell is why we have problems TRUSTING GOD IS IN CONTROL! Because of the “My Way” thinkers. In our “way” (which is ignorant to begin with) we think, oh if I was God I would never allow bad things to happen…. So then the “my way” thinkers say, “I get it, God created man and wanted total peace and harmony for, God never wanted man to learn anything (as mankind would already know everything). So since this “god” created everything perfect the “My Way” thinkers go on to say, God then took his hands off the wheel of creation and gave it to us. Oh and yes, he also created that tree and that snake to mess his creation up, but the “My Way” thinkers say, well God told man NOT to eat from the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.

So since the “My Way” thinkers can’t possibly believe God can do harm (even though the entire scriptures point that out, “Job” he made suffer, “Jonah” he forced to do his will, “Jesus” he was pleased to bruise him and kill him. (Of course this is allegory, but I am hoping you will get my meaning). You see the “My Way” thinkers don’t believe in the spirit of the scriptures, they believe in the letter (literal). And since they believe that way, they blame a “devil” or some outside force, giving power to one of God’s creation instead of the creator. You see the problem with the “My Way” thinkers is, they are worshipping a God they made in THEIR IMAGE. One that wants to bless them, keep them healthy, wealthy, wise, and also torture endlessly anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do.

HOWEVER, “our ways are NOT GOD’S WAYS!”

Romans 11:33
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!


We can’t possibly understand the mind of God. In fact, the verse before 33, states…

32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

We have all been made to be ignorant, so mercy could be upon us all. We learn mercy only one way people, by seeing those who are merciless.

So why have I spent an entire paper pointing out that God is in charge of every aspect of our lives, including the most horrific? The reason is HOPE!

This is what we must NEVER FORGET, we are infinite BE-ings. As energy can never cease to exist, our spirit can never cease to exist. In the flesh (literal flesh) and in the flesh (carnal ego) we may suffer, but it is so we can learn, so we can grow, so we can become one with our creator.

So once you understand that EVERYTHING that happens in your LIFE is meant to happen FOR YOUR LIFE, you can have peace about it, learn from it, and not continue to mourn it.

The Eastern Philosophy is “Non-attachment” on the surface makes sense. As the Buddha figured out “life is change and suffering” so don’t get attached to anything. But if taken literally what a cold, cold world this would be. I believe attachment is as important to our lives as the air in our lungs, but with that attachment we must also understand the first principle, LIFE IS CHANGE.

People, possessions, pets, etc, come in and out of our lives. We buy homes, we lose homes. We get jobs we lose jobs. We have health, we get sick. As the book states, there is a time and season for everything. We MUST understand that! We MUST understand that the MOMENT is so precious and it may be gone tomorrow.

This is why life is the way it is, but people aren’t waking up to this great and noble truth. THERE IS NO YESTERDAY OR TOMORROW there is ONLY NOW! There has never been a yesterday or tomorrow, there has ONLY BEEN NOW! Which is why we must ENTER THAT REST that God has promised!

And what is that REST you asked? Is it simply ceasing all work on Sunday, or Saturday? Is it going to a man-made church? I say to all of this, NO, NO, NO!

To enter God’s REST is to CEASE from YOUR WORKS… simply put, it means YOU STOP THINKING YOU ARE IN CONTROL, AND CAN CONTROL ALL THINGS. It has nothing to do with not lighting a fire, or pulling an ox out of a ditch, Jesus showed us, the SABBATH REST has nothing at all to do with Man’s works.

Luke 13
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” 15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”


The WOMAN that was bound up is a symbol of mankind’s thinking/soul. The infirmity was the woman was BOUND… and what binds people? THE LAW OF BELIEVING MAN IS IN CONTROL AND MUST DO THIS OR THAT!

Romans 7:6
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.


On the Sabbath, our Thoughts/Soul is set free from this line of thinking. Mankind bound us as “beasts of burden” to STALL our spiritual growth. SATAN (Mankind’s carnal ignorant Ego) binds us all with the belief that WE have to somehow make this world and our lives work ON OUR OWN! The Carnal Ignorant Monstrous EGO (who we believe ourselves to be) will have us to believe we are in control, we are to blame, and when I state “we” I mean the “ego” (which doesn’t even exist, it is the FATHER OF ALL LIES, it isn’t real, it’s an illusion that we have believed was us) – The EGO is the OLDER BROTHER that was meant to keep us, but KILLED US as Cane killed Abel. But on the SABBATH (when we enter into the rest that GOD IS IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS) WE ARE released from our infirmities (ignorance).

Mark 2:27
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath


This REST and WISDOM was made for mankind… Not Mankind having to work for it. They simply need to enter into it, but people refuse to enter in. Because to enter into the Sabbath Rest, means you understand YOUR EGO HAS NO CONTROL!

Hebrews 4:6-7
6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”


You see the day, is not a literal day, not Saturday, not Sunday… it is the DAY YOU HEAR THIS TRUTH and DON’T HARDEN YOUR HEARTS TO IT. And what does it mean to harden your heart?

Ephesians 4:18
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.


It simply means you are ignorant to this great truth.

This is the GOSPEL (good news) – as written by Shakespeare “All the worlds a stage, and all men and women merely players, they have their exists and entrances, and mankind in his time plays many parts” – This wonderful quote from “As You Like It” – sums up our lives perfectly. And this is why when we enter into the understanding that “Of Myself/ego I can do nothing” we will find a peace that passes our understanding (of why things happen or not).

Proverbs 15:24
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.


So … Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy

And all one needs to do to find out how to keep the Sabbath Holy is read this next passage.

Isaiah 30:15
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…


Be Holy even as God is Holy. As God rested from all he created, it’s time for us to rest from all we created and realize it is already finished, now just go along with hope and excitement for the ride.

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Peace to you and yours,
Jacob
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