PROVERBS 16

PROVERBS 16

If there was one book in the bible that I had to choose to read from for the next hundred years, it would be the book of Proverbs. This book of wisdom contains some of the most profound and life altering teachings one can find. In many cases, it is the key to unlocking many of the mysteries of scripture. Proverbs is a road map to finding the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Spirit of Truth/Life/Love/Power) within, and it is a guide to peace, power, and a perfectly lived life.

With that being said, if there was one book in the Proverbs that I believed everyone should understand clearly, that book would be Proverbs 16. Within this profound simple chapter lies the answers we have all been waiting for. The advice given in this great chapter is a life changer. If the words of this chapter are taken to heart and understood there is no telling what you could do with your life. If one lives by the words written here, no one will be able to contain your joy and nothing will be able to stand in your way. This is why wisdom is called a tree of life.

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth WISDOM, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her.

Wisdom in the scriptures is valued above all things… This is the TREE OF LIFE that we all circle around and pray to take hold of. It is WISDOM that breaks the chains of iniquity, wisdom that sets the captives free, wisdom that heals the broken and guides the lost. In all our getting, we are told to GET WISDOM!

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Wisdom is the PRINCIPLE THING… The question then becomes, what WISDOM must we find?

Is it the wisdom to rule your life? The wisdom to co-exist with others? The wisdom to do what is right? … It is my belief, it is all of these and more. In fact, it is the WISDOM of the TRUTH, knowing the truth and having it operate in your life, that sets a person free. It is the WISDOM of who you are… who you REALLY are… and what that means.

Lately, I have been in deep thought over what I should next write to you all. Within me there was a desire to share something, something of great importance, but what that was I did not yet know.  Over the years I have learned not to force things. We must allow these things to come to us, we must allow the process of birth to take place first within and then when the moment of birth is come, that gift is then to be shared without. So, after days of waiting upon the LORD (the existing one, the one who truly exists) proverbs 16 came to me in a most wonderful way.

I quickly opened this wonderful chapter and began to read. It was then I knew I MUST share this with all of you. So, in this short essay I will, line by line, break this chapter down. Because it is my great hope that understanding these words will in fact change everything for you.

PROVERBS 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.

This first line is quiet interesting, it tells us that the LORD is in control of all things. The word “Lord” in this passage literally translates into “the existing One”… The ONE true Lord. The ONE that is all… As Ephesians states, One Lord, One Baptism, One Faith, One God and Father, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Notice the word, ONE? This means, God is all there really is. We are all ONE with this great spirit of creation. It exists in all, through all, and is in control of all. God is all that really exists. Yet we have all been blinded to believe differently. We have believed that our EGO is in control, and we have allowed our EGO to create new Gods for us to worship, our Ego tempted us much like Jesus in the garden, stating if we worship it, (which most do), then all will be ours… The problem is, the EGO is a liar and the father of all lies. There is no peace to be found in lies, only destruction. Because a LIE only seems to exist. When the TRUTH comes the LIE will be destroyed. This, my friends, is why we suffer.

Everything is from the LORD, yet we don’t believe this. We have allowed our EGO to take over, and we have been filled with fear and greed and lust and hate and every evil thing because of it. This is why we are tormented day and night, because the TRUTH of who we all are is FIGHTING TO BREAK FREE. We will either come to the truth and be broken, or we will be broken by the TRUTH of LOVE. You see, in the TRUTH there is peace but when one is ruled by lies, there is great torment. There is a great war within us. Our Ego fights to keep us focused on everything but the truth. These are the cares of the world (lusts) that strangle the truth. Our Ego keeps us running scared, because when ruled by lies and fear one cannot think clear.

Our FEAR is the root cause of all of our suffering, and there is great torment/testing in fear. Which is why we must embrace LOVE for all, because we are the ALL and the ALL is ONE. When we LOVE we are free, because there is no torment in love.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Now why is LOVE so very important? The reason is simple, if there is only GOD and everyone is one with God, than what we do to others, we in fact do to ourselves. Let’s take that line of thinking a bit farther.

If you HATE your neighbor, you will experience hate. If you are not compassionate to another in their time of need, you will experience the same. If you judge, condemn, tear down, mock, hurt, rob, or murder another you will experience the suffering that goes along with it.

What you do to others, you do to yourself. This is why LOVE is the key. When we love we are patient, gentle, kind, long suffering, meak, we do not strive, we do not debate, we do not condemn, we do not fail, we overcome, we find peace, and we know God as God knows us, as ONE. When we LOVE we have no FEAR, because PERFECT LOVE casts out fear. There is power in LOVE, there is hope, there is inspiration, there is unlimited potential in Love. In fear, there is weakness, anger, regret, sorrow, envy, and every other evil thing.

The problem is we have left our TRUE LOVE, we have LEFT the TRUTH and followed after the LIAR. We have DIED to our true nature and now we suffer. We suffer because rebellion against the TRUTH brings fear and in fear their is torment. When ruled by the EGO, we are selfish and cruel, and we are hopeless. Sadly, we have become a people addicted to the torment of the EGO. We speak more of what we cannot do than what we can, we think more about what we don’t have than what we do. We are lost in the web of lies that the EGO has spun, and we (thinking we are our EGO) believes it is foolish to live any other way, or to think differently. This is the very definition of insanity.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

When ruled by the EGO we think our actions are justified, but the ONE WHO TRULY EXISTS judges the thoughts and we are either justified by them or condemned by them. God is not mocked what ever a person sows they shall also reap.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Scripture tells us time and time again that we must take our thoughts captive, to test these spirits (thoughts) to see if they are rooted in the LORD (the one who really exists/truth/love/peace), we are told what thoughts we should entertain… Thoughts of peace, hope, kindness, charity… When we commit ourselves to this, our thinking will change and we will operate out of truth instead of lies. Then we will have a bigger idea of who we are, and when we have this faith, all things will be possible.

Philippians 2:4-6
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
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:

The same mind in Christ, is IN YOU… the same mind that tells you that we are equal to God, for we are ONE. In the Father and the Father in you… With this understanding, you will begin to see that you create the good and the bad that happens in your life.

Many refuse to accept this great truth. Convinced that the bad that happens is not our own doing, but that somehow we are victims of an outside force. Yet, the one who exists within you, who IS you, makes all things FOR YOU!

4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Notice, how the LORD MADE ALL THINGS…FOR HIMSELF! It does not state the LORD makes all things for his creation, but for HIMSELF… Because there only is GOD!

Everything we endure and experience in this life, is a creation of God… The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly… The creative force within us creates all things through us, and for us. EVEN TERRIBLE THINGS. Because in the end, they will all have served their purpose.

We find in the scriptures that God created, and hardened the hearts of terrible men and women, like Pharoah so a great purpose could be carried out. And PHARAOH is an ALLEGORY of man’s EGO and HIS POWER IS YOUR SHAME…

Isa 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

We have been slaves to our EGO and prisoners in the LAND of confusion and ignorance for too long. The only way out is to boldly declare the name of the LORD to your EGO… I AM THAT I AM… and understand that LOVE is your salvation. To understand that how you judge situations and people will become your experience….Because by how we judge we will be judged… Whatever YOU believe in your heart WILL BECOME!

5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

To exist out of your EGO is to be proud in your heart, and this is a recipe for disaster. You must understand who you REALLY are, cannot hate, and so when you operate out of anything but love, you will be rewarded with the same.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

LOVE is the key to peace of mind, TRUTH and MERCY destroys the sin (foolish thoughts) in your heart and keeps you from making the same mistakes again. Which in turn makes the life you are living here more enjoyable.

7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

You will find that when you are at peace with everyone, you have no enemies. But mankind has been tricked into believing the individual matters more than the whole. This is why we see war, poverty, crime, tyranny, abuse, and worse… The more you care for others, the more you will be cared for.

9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

Your EGO may convince you to think that who you are in this world is in control, but it is WHO YOU REALLY ARE that is bringing every one of your experiences into existence. Sow hate you will receive suffering. Make peace and you will know peace. Act selfishly you will always have want and fear. Live humbly and the world is yours.

10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work. 12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Our thoughts and words have power… OUR TRUE NATURE is LOVE… So it is an abomination to act otherwise. When we transgress who we really are, we create a false reality for ourselves, we create a hell, within which we must suffer. The power of life and death is in our tongue. Our words and thoughts have great power.

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

When we act out of ignorant rage, we create great hardship for ourselves… When we operate out of wisdom, when we operate out of truth and love we create peace in our lives… If only you could truly believe this, your whole life would change for the better, instead of creating a life of sorrow and pain.

15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

The LIGHT is a symbol of understanding, a person’s countenance is what is before and behind them, it is their experience, when we understand these things we find LIFE… and within this life is joy unspeakable. We must not act foolishly, we must no longer follow our fears and be snared by the lies of our ego. We must think before we speak, and we must test our thoughts before we set in our heart that these thoughts are true.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

To find the truth within you is the great treasure that has been hidden in the field, as the scriptures state. When we find this treasure we MUST rid ourselves of everything we foolishly valued before it. When we do we find REST!

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

You may say you can’t forgive some, that some do not deserve your love, you may find that you want to hold onto past hurt feelings and say things like, I CANNOT FORGET OR FORGIVE… Well my friend this is the Pride that goes before the fall… You are setting yourself up for more heartache, more pain, more hate, more of the same. But to embrace love erases past wrongs and sets a person free.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Why is it better to put others, even your enemies above yourself? Because in so doing you lift yourself up out of your self created hell… we must embrace love to be free… How you think and act determines your experience and shapes your world…

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

How you handle things decides whether you will find good or bad… it is all in your power. Whoever trusts in the wisdom of Love finds happiness, and will find never an end to what one may know.

22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

As above (what you think) so below (what you experience)… this is why the Proverbs state we must understand the power of our thoughts and words, and that the right words are sweet to the soul health to our bones. Now it may seem right to behave how everyone else behaves, to think the way everyone else thinks, but the world’s ways are not our ways… and when we act contrary to our nature, we suffer. Think of the torment of the drowning man who is meant to breath air, how he suffers if he tries to exist in an environment that is not natural for him. If we act out of our nature there are repercussions, and those repercussions are like the water flooding the drowning man’s lungs forcing him to return to his natural and perfect state of being.

Read these next lines and see how we actually imagine evil for ourselves because this world (our lusts) and the ruler of this world (our Ego) has convinced us that good is evil and evil is good.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

These four passages proclaim the state of mankind’s heart… we have been brainwashed to believe getting ahead of others is our right, that its a dog eat dog world, that nice guys finish last, and that the only way to happiness is the one who ends up with the most THINGS… We have been brainwashed to hate, to lie, to cheat, to do whatever we have to to get ahead… and this is why people hurt today. Because these terrible beliefs we bring to pass by believing this is just how things are. People plot, and scheme as to how they can get someone back for how they have been wronged. People plot and scheme and tempt people to be what they foolishly decided them to be in their hate filled hearts.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

Our EGO is the cause our suffering, it is that voice in our head saying… hate this person, get that person back, you will never be loved, you will never get ahead, you will never be happy… and when you believe these lies you bring this experience to pass. However, if you don’t… IF you take hold of the TRUTH and understand that… YOU ARE OF GOD… And who you REALLY are IS greater than who you think you are or have been… then you will know LIFE EVERLASTING!

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

There is nothing that can hurt you but you!

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

It’s time to RULE WISELY! It’s time to wake up to your RIGHTEOUSNESS! It’s time to let go of hate and fear and embrace LOVE AND TRUTH! Because in the end, it is ALL IN YOUR POWER TO DO SO… one way or another. It’s always been up to you… RETURN TO THE LORD (The one who really exists) and LIVE!

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Peace to you and yours,
Jacob
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Call Upon The Name

CALL UPON THE NAME

This weekend I had the chance to speak with a pastor of a near by church. He was sharing quite a bit with me. I took the oppurtunity to do the same. I knew that the way I “see” things was dramatically different than the way he saw things. So I didn’t try to force my views on him, nor did I try and prove what he was saying as wrong. He of course, put heavy emphasis on Jesus the man/the Christ being Lord and Savior and that if you don’t put all your trust in this man from two thousand years ago then you will not be saved.

When I asked him what it is that we needed saving from. His answer was of course infinite torture. You see his view of salvation is an assurance that in the future a God of Love will not torture him endlessly.

This is what I call the dangling of the carrot. Hold that carrot out in front of the donkey and get that donkey to work for you without ever receiving the reward. To an extent this is very true with religion today. There is a lot of self assurance and belief that in the future everything will finally be perfect, but in the now the majority of mainstream “believers” are some of the most miserable. And why wouldn’t they be? They are taught that they have no power over their situations. They are taught that there is a scary monster called the devil who is out to get them, so when anything goes wrong of course it couldn’t be them who are either to blame for it, or benefit from it. They are also taught how to be prideful and arrogant and prejudice. They are convinced they are part of some elite club and that anyone outside that club is somehow “less than”. They believe that it is love to tell a person that they are going to burn endlessly if these people don’t change their orientation or belief. They are taught that they will be blessed with more money IF they only give their money, sort of like a spiritual lottery where you have to be in it to win it. The reward for their devotion to whatever church, temple, mosque, or religion they serve is the promise of a future pay off… THAT NEVER COMES WHILE THEY WALK THIS EARTH. Sort of like saying, work for me for the rest of your life and after your dead I’ll pay you.

Now this line of “sinking” ironically is not even scriptural. It took me many years of study, prayer and contemplation to see how very tricked I too had been. I too, had been the donkey chasing after that carrot. It took years to finally give up this egotistical line of “sinking” and find that the carrot had already been within. The instant I did, I began to rest.

After your work, and you SEE all you have done under the sun, and you can say that everything was for the good… YOU REST! This my friends is salvation.

Salvation is NOT a future event. It is freedom from your fear, your worries, your dread, your insecurities, your pride, your hate, your shame, your illusions, etc. Salvation is KNOWING the TRUTH of who you are. Because it is THE TRUTH that sets you free! Salvation is finally entering the KINGDOM OF GOD. Which is NOT a future event… it is a NOW EVENT.

For those who do not know what the Kingdom of God is… this is not some far off palace in the sky. The Kingdom is WITHIN YOU and it is RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY! – It is finally finding REST! It is finally being able to LIVE YOUR LIFE IN ALL IT’S GLORY!

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

Now, where mainstream Christianity uses fear as a motivator… you will find that in the kingdom of heaven, there is no fear… there is ONLY LOVE!

God is LOVE! And there is NO FEAR in love. In fact, perfect LOVE casts out all fear!

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

And yet those in mainstream Christianity will use fear of this or that, whether it is hell or the devil, to get you to do whatever it is they want you to do. “You better do this… OR BURN!!!!!”

Fear produces death. Giving people a to do list to find peace is pictured beautifully in the allegory of the LAW. Moses came up with what seems like an endless list of do’s and don’ts for us to follow… OR ELSE! In it contained ways to punish people, condemn people, and yes kill people… Man’s law is not God’s law. The LAW OF LOVE is CLEAR!LOVE GOD FIRST and…

Mark 12:31
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Man’s law produces fear, shame, regret, pride, anger, lust and more… The Law of Man produces DEATH (carnal minded thinking)… It is the LAW OF SIN and DEATH. The LAW OF LOVE, which one finds when they rest… SETS YOU FREE!

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

No to do this one must learn to DENY themselves. They must TAKE UP THEIR CROSS. They must lay down the lies the once learned and cross over to the truth.

Let’s for a moment see what mainstream Christianity says we need to do to find out “future salvation”. Then I will show you what we must lay down to be free now.

Salvation according to mainstream christianity is “confessing Jesus as Lord and escaping and endless amount of unspeakable torture. The caveat being, this infinite horror show many professing Christians have no problem saying a GOD OF LOVE created.

The same God of “love” who created you, and me. The same God of love who told us all to love and forgive, especially our enemies. The same God of love who said, If we know how to take care of our children and we are ignorant, HOW MUCH MORE does this same God know how to treat his own.

The logical question many parents would ask is, if they, themselves, would never give up on their kids regardless of what their children had done, why would God? There is not one parent that would send their child away to a place of unspeakable torture because their child was too ignorant to know their parent to begin with. Anyone reading this would agree, it is better for a child to be taught and encouraged and loved. Yet, not the god of mainstream Christianity. No, this God would say that we should always forgive and love, yet this God, according to mainstream Christianity will not do the same.

IF you DON’T do as you have been told, if you DON’T say the magic words and call upon the name of the “Lord”, the very same God of “love” who created you, and told you to love always, forgive always, to do good always even to those who do you wrong, will send you to a this place of infinite torture.

And I bought into that line of “sinking” for many years believe it or not. Even though it never sat right with me.

I just wanted so desperately to know God, to escape my sadness and to find peace. I thought I better get in line and believe what everyone had been telling me was true since I was about twelve years old, you know, JUST IN CASE I was headed to Dante’s inferno for not doing so.

I was alive once before the LAW came. I didn’t fear God. I had hope. I trusted in God’s provision. I believed I could be anything. I didn’t worry about what tomorrow would bring, what I would wear, what I would eat. I didn’t worry that God was angry with me, holding me under his judgmental microscope waiting for me to mess up so he could send me to a place that makes the movie SAW look like something from Walt Disney’s imagination…. I WAS ALIVE ONCE UNTIL THE LAW CAME.

I was TRICKED AS PAUL was TRICKED! Really read this next verse and then let’s open our eyes a little wider as the truth come forward.

Romans 7:8-10
8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.

Paul understood he had been tricked, just like I was tricked… JUST LIKE YOU WERE TRICKED. But trust me the deception goes much deeper than this. We are just getting started with this one people.

But back to Paul. You see “HE” was TRICKED by religious people as I was. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees. “SIN” seized the opportunity to take the very TRUTH ABOUT GOD intended to bring life and actually tricked Paul into living a life of death.

Let me offer what I believe Romans 7:8-10 means.

Sin is the thought of foolishness. It is missing the mark, missing the truth. Sin is missing the SPIRIT of things. SIN can take something that is meant to be a blessing and turn it into a curse. It is taking something the wrong way. Like reading the directions of a shampoo bottle and thinking you must continue to wash your hair again and again and again, because it says “Repeat”. As opposed to understanding this means, the NEXT TIME you wash your hair do the same thing.

So Paul misunderstood what the LAW OF GOD really meant. This is what SIN is, it is to think foolishly, to be ignorant, TO MISS THE TRUTH OF GOD and MISS THE MARK OF WHO YOU REALLY ARE.

Proverbs 24:9
The thought of foolishness is sin

Paul was ALIVE ONCE, as I was ALIVE before MY FOOLISH UNDERSTANDING of GOD’S LAW TRICKED me into thinking I was miserable sinner who was damned to suffer the horrors of endless suffering.

The truth is we were ALL ALIVE once before SIN (OUR FOOLISH UNDERSTANDING) took the opportunity to turn the WONDERFUL TRUTH OF GOD into a terrible threat where we better do what religious men and women tell us to do, believe as they believe, think as they think, condemn as they condemn, OR ELSE!

We all began our lives as ADAM (Which by the way, literally means MANKIND as a whole).

We ALL were ADAM, we began UNASHAMED of who God created us to be. We were at peace. We had no fear of the future, no shame of the past, we were children alive in the garden, living the life God intended… THAT IS OF COURSE, until we were brought to that TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL and told we better eat or else.

At around twelve years old or so I began to listen to what the Priest told me, in my reLIEgion classes I was made to attend I was first taught of the horrors that await IF I DIDN’T FOLLOW THE FOLD. Side note: something FOLDED has something important wrapped up and hidden within.

Until the priest and religion instructors told me what a blasphemous sinner I was, I had no idea that I was born into this world the miserable horrible sinner that God loved so much he actually had to murder his own son to save me. Which of course if I didn’t swallow that bait hook, line and sinker, I would be punished for. So I had to believe my God of Love, actually hated me and murdered his son to save me, BUT only if I believed he did this.

SOUNDS RIDICULOUS if you really think about it. But as children we don’t know any better do we?

AND SO…. (PLEASE RE-READ WITH DIFFERENT EYES)

Romans 7:8-10
8 SIN, SEIZING the opportunity afforded by the commandment (the foolish idea of what God’s commandments were), produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law (This kind of foolish thinking), sin was dead (I had no fear and ignorance). 9 ONCE I was ALIVE apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin (THE IGNORANT TEACHING OF WHAT IT WAS, WHICH IT REALLY WASN’T) sprang to life and I died. 10 (LATER IN LIFE) I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. (BECAUSE I NEVER REALLY UNDERSTOOD IT)… THANK YOU SIN!

IN THE GARDEN…

The SERPENT said EAT FROM THIS TREE and you will be LIKE GOD! The Serpent said, if you eat from this you surely won’t die. Just as the RELIGIOUS leaders of my youth told me, they said believe this, do this, don’t do that, and you will LIVE FOR EVER… or else!

YES, the EGO of man is clever and as children (immature in the faith) we listen. I listened and it took hold and my whole world changed.

You see as kids, we DON’T know truly, as EVE didn’t know, that we ALREADY WERE AND ARE LIKE GOD. We DIDN’T HAVE to eat from the tree of knowledge of what is good and what is evil to be like what we were. WE ALREADY ARE AND WERE the children of God. But when those religious leaders told us, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG in God’s eyes to be God’s child we listened and we ate, and we BELIEVED, and EVERYONE OF US DIED SPIRITUALLY!

The instant we believed, we began seeing God outside of us, far away and distant from us. We believed God was angry at us… for simply being born into a fallen world because of someone else’s mistake we were told. AND WE BELIEVED THAT TOO.

And so we were cast out of the GARDEN, which is within us, which is the Kingdom of God, which is where we lived/existed BEFORE SIN (FOOLISH BELIEF) took hold and condemned us to death.

If truth be told, it wasn’t ADAM that fell, It was US!

Think back to when you were a child, carefree and happy. Then question, why did it all changed?

The answer is we were tricked into separating ourselves from the truth by listening to lies. And what a cost we have all paid.

The instant we ate of the egotistical lies of religion our eyes were opened to a whole new world of death. And that world was one where we suffered, and had to work harder and harder to become what we had forgotten we already were, GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN.

We were told we were NAKED and that we should be ashamed, that were SINNERS in need of a Savior. We were told we were no good, losers, that we would never know peace or joy UNLESS WE DID AS those keepers of the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL told us to do.

The serpents tricked us into eating and we ate. AND CONTINUE TO EAT! Because we have not yet believed, IT IS NOT BLASPHEMOUS TO ACCEPT WHO WE TRULY ARE.

Think about this, who did Jesus call serpents?

That’s right the religious leaders of the time. The ones who looked all righteous on the outside but were filled with hypocrisy and death.

Matthew 23
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers

These blind guides did not see (know) the truth, and we followed them and did we not ALL FALL INTO THE DITCH of IGNORANCE AND SUFFERING?

They told us we were sinners, and that we should be ashamed, and that we should hate who we were, we were bad, bad, bad! So bad we deserve to be tortured endlessly… Once again their reason was simple, because of ONE’S MAN’S SIN six thousand years ago. Another shining example of how SIN takes the scriptures and makes it mean the very thing it means not.

YET, did God tell us we should be ashamed of who we are? Did God tell us we need to do anything to be who he created us to be? NO! One of the very first things God told us NOT TO DO was to EAT OF THAT TREE!

Genesis 3:11
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

So I ask you, DID GOD TELL YOU THAT YOU WERE A SINNER or DID MANKIND?

The answer is simple, CARNAL MANKIND did.

So a bigger question is now raised? What is salvation? Do we really need to be saved from some monstrous fate God has predestined for those who don’t do as the religious/serpents tell us?

OR do we need to be saved from the SIN of believing what the religious/serpents have tricked us into believing?

The SIN OF ADAM was EATING OF THAT TREE wasn’t it? ADAM’S sin was not simply being born ignorant of God, it was being tricked into believing he had to do something to be like God.

SO WHAT IS IT WE NEED TO REALLY BE SAVED FROM?

Well let me first put on theory to rest. We are NOT saved from some place of infinite torture called Hell. The reason is simple, there is no such thing. Hell literally translates into the GRAVE, the HIDDEN PLACE, it is IGNORANCE. For the sake of time, if you disagree with this statement please do go to my search bar and read two essays I have written here, one is called “Hell Revealed” and the other is called “Lake of Fire Revealed” and NO they are not the same thing.

HELL (our ignorance/death) is cast into the LAKE OF FIRE (Which is God’s spirit, a consuming fire, which is an allegory for refinement. As impurities as burned away from precious metals, so are our impure thoughts burned away with the truth.)

Nothing can separate us from the love of God! Only our ego can trick us into thinking we are far from God.

Romans 8
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I must add, since HELL is our ignorance, it is indeed our IGNORANCE that we need to be saved from.

Now there are many teaching today that God will forgive us and save all men. And that is a step in the right direction. The problem with this is, they are still placing salvation in the future. They are still saying this salvation was attained by one man who was put to death so we could die and go to heaven. And that my friends is a big problem. It is like saying, one doesn’t need to learn how to drive to get a license, because one man learned for us all. This is another trick of that enemy called the ego. Once again it is putting faith in something outside of you, instead of going within.

This belief that the price was paid by someone else, and that we need do nothing but believe that… is like trying to get to the truth by entering another door because it seems easier and people told you to.

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

The thief and the robber is the ego of man, always trying to do it the carnal way.

HOWEVER, when you enter into the truth… the same person who was once a follower of the truth, becomes the truth itself.

John 10:2
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Jesus never said to simply believe on him and it’s good. Jesus said, to take up the cross, to do as he did, to see as he saw, to be what you were born to be. Jesus never said to pray to him, or to think that you are good by simply believing he did what he did. HE SAID…

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

DENY YOURSELF, this doesn’t mean to deprive yourself. It means to DENY IT. To understand who you think you are IS NOT WHO YOU ARE. Jesus said IF ANY MAN COME AFTER HIM, LET HIM DENY WHO HE THINKS HE IS, take up the same CROSS from death to LIFE AND FOLLOW THE PATTERN LAID OUT FOR US ALL.

Imagine if you will that I had overcome this world, and I told you “I AM” the resurrection and the life. The SIN would be to think that “I”, “Jacob Israel” was the SAVIOR who you must put all your trust in… However, the words can be read another way… “I am the resurrection and the life” MEANING the path to resurrection and life from the death of our ignorance is UNDERSTANDING “I AM”, understanding who YOU ARE TRULY is the RESURRECTION from the ignorance of who you once thought you were. It was never about putting your faith in one man from thousands of years ago, IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT understanding THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. It is about finding your way back into the garden. It is about DENYING who you think you are and taking hold of the marvelous truth that you are God’s only begotten child.

When you do this, when you deny yourself and take up the cross from death to life, you too can say when people ask to show them the Father that “I am in the Father and the Father is in me”. For the Father is all there is.

Now for those that teach, only Jesus did what has to be done what follows is people feel that they are let off the hook. Meaning, people can basically live the way they want to live and it’s all good. The truth is, whatever a man sows he shall also reap. We are corrected in this life and when this happens we MUST pay attention to it. Our testing is the trial of our faith. This is our refinement process. So to simply believe you have arrived and it’s all good and you can go about and live your life any old way you want because someone else did all the work is in fact another lie of the ego. And just because your EGO has made you believe that this is some grand revelation doesn’t mean it is true. The EGO can come as an angel of light and cause you much harm.

Just because you believe it’s all going to be peaches and cream after physical death doesn’t mean you are saved. Because salvation has absolutely nothing to do with the future. You are still trapped, you are still in hell, you still need to be saved from YOUR”SELF” in the here and now.

You see the thief wants to do three things to you.

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…

The THIEF pictured here is your EGO, the person you have been tricked into believing is you, the one you must deny. Another name for this thief is the Devil. Once again, please read my article called “Man’s Ego is the Devil” if you have questions about that statement. And it is this THIEF, this FALSE SENSE OF SELF that you need to be saved from. You need to be saved from your ignorant suffering. You need to KNOW LIFE AGAIN! And the only way to do this is to embrace who you truly are and always have been. This revelation is revealed with you.

John 10:10
… “I” (WHO YOU REALLY ARE) am come (IS REVEALED) that they might HAVE LIFE, and that they might have it more abundantly.

BELIEF doesn’t set anyone free, going along with the popular crowd doesn’t set anyone free, doing this or doing that doesn’t set you free… ONLY THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU REALLY ARE sets you free.

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

Now what I am about to share may shock you, but it doesn’t make it any the less true. Thankfully the scriptures also back this revelation up.

As with the story of ADAM, the story of Jesus’ crucifixion is also OUR STORY!

Jesus is a symbol of who we all really are and were before “we/our ego” crucified him. As Paul said, we also were crucified with him.

When Jesus died, we died. Why? BECAUSE WE ARE HIM AND HE IS US. Jesus is a symbol of the son of God we really are that we allowed RELIGIOUS LEADERS and POLITICAL LEADERS to KILL WITHIN US. But the same SON OF GOD that we are, that we all crucified, is also LORD. The word lord, in other scriptures it is translated to Jehovah, literally means the EXISTING ONE. You see, JESUS (a symbol of humanity in it’s risen/resurrected/enlightened state) is the ONLY US that really EXISTS!

We have the MIND OF CHRIST, we are the BODY OF CHRIST, we have the NAME OF CHRIST… That doesn’t leave any room for Tom, Dick and Carnal Harry.

Who we thought we were is actually the very same EGO that killed who we always have been. We chose an alternative reality, one where suffering is a way of life, where hopes and dreams go unanswered, where we have no power, where we need to do what religious people tell us to do to be saved from an imaginary place of infinite torture that doesn’t even exist.

YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO BE SAVED? FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE!

Let me break down the symbolism of the crucifixion for you. To help you better understand this.

Jesus is called the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. No one can get to the FATHER without knowing the way, the truth, and LIFE!

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by (The way, the truth, and the LIFE).

ANDDDDDDDDD….. For THAT to be fully realized one must understand the nature (name) of God (love) is also the NATURE (name) of that person. Because when that nature is matured and we judge the truth correctly we understand AS HE (JESUS) is… SO ARE WE!

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

Now WHO was condemned by the religious of the day and declared to be HERETIC for claiming to be the SON OF GOD?

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE!

Who was rejected by many, who was angry at what religion had done to the way people understood God?

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE!

Who was put to death by the religious and political leaders of the time. Because they wanted to be KING and rule, and didn’t want all of humanity to be ruled by the WAY, TRUTH, AND THE LIFE?

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE!

And where was the WAY, TRUTH, AND THE LIFE put to death by these religious and political leaders?

That’s right GOLGOTHA… and what does GOLGOTHA MEANS? The PLACE OF THE SKULL! And what is beneath your skull? YOU BRAIN!

And where is the WAY, TRUTH, AND LIFE buried right now? WITHIN YOU!

And where is the WAY, TRUTH, AND LIFE seated? In the Temple of God… PLEASE POINT TO YOUR TEMPLES. What is between them?

YOUR BRAIN! Your thoughts!

Christ (The truth revealed in mankind) was put to death (buried beneath lies) at Golgotha (the place of the skull=Our brains), yet CHRIST(the way, truth, and life) remains seated in the TEMPLE of Gods (Your brain is between your temples).

We ALL were crucified with Christ (meaning we all became ignorant of the Truth) after we were given a crown of thorns.

And what does a crown symbolize? A RULE, BEING RULED. And what are the Thorns?

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

The instant we took upon ourselves the SINS (foolish thoughts/cares) of the world, the TRUTH OF WHO WE WERE was put to death, by the new IDEA of what we should be.

And in that instant we began to believe God had forsaken us.

Matthew 27:46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

All thanks to that religious egotistical serpent that said, TO BE LIKE GOD ALL WE MUST DO IS EAT!

We all believed we were separated from God and that produced death. We ALL were forced outside the GARDEN (our heart) and began living OUTSIDE the GARDEN, which means we began to put faith in everything temporal outside of us instead of the eternal truth that is within.

Newsflash people, WE WERE THE ONE “MAN” THAT BROUGHT DEATH INTO THE WORLD. The good news is WE ARE THE ONE MAN THAT BRINGS LIFE INTO THE WORLD. The instant we CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

Now here is the big shocker. Read this scripture carefully and buckle up because everything is about to change.

Romans 10:12-14
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

There is no difference between you and me, and those we see in the news or on the street. The same LORD IS OVER US ALL.

The word LORD translates to “The EXISTING ONE”

There is no difference between you and me or others, because the same ONE THAT EXISTS is over all. Meaning we ALL EXIST. We all share that same amazing gift or LIFE. CHRIST is our LIFE. WE EXIST! The world revolved around each of us. The sun rises and sets upon each of us. We ALL EXIST! We ALL are the one looking behind the son of the ONE WHO EXISTS… who we ignorantly call by our worldly name… Our EXISTENCE GAVE LIFE TO WHO WE ARE IN THIS WORLD. And just as we repent of the life we have created for ourselves and set out to destroy the idea of the person we used to be, we see the same story told over and over again in the scripture.

Genesis 6:6
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

The one who exists wishes that he or she had not become the very thing they had become. This is the first step toward true salvation.

There is no difference between us, at our core we all EXIST! We ALL are in the father and the father is in us. We all can say, if you have seen (understood) ME you have seen (understood) I EXIST!

We need to go deeper, to seek more, really question who is behind the wheel driving our life? We need to see that “He that is WITHIN ME, the one who EXISTS, is GREATER than the ONE you think you are in this world.”

I GO TO MY FATHER (I AM/I exist), for he is GREATER than who I think I am.

That day, I will be IN YOU and you will be IN ME, because you will understand we ALL EXIST!

Now here is one way it is explained to US on how we will find salvation. And what follows is truly what this whole paper has been about.

Romans 10
13 For whosoever shall CALL upon the NAME of the LORD shall be saved.

It would be sin to think The words “call upon the name” of Jesus is how salvation is found. The words call upon (eÍpikaleÑw) actually translate to “to put a name upon, to surname, to permit one’s self to be surnamed, to be named after someone”

This is huge news people, because we already know the word LORD translates to THE EXISTING ONE. But what is indeed startling is the fact that the only way to find salvation is to CALL YOURSELF THE EXISTING ONE!

It is not about accepting Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, it is about accepting that what was true was Jesus is true for you. You too can say, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM. As Jesus did, before you knew ABRAHAM you EXISTED!

So you see the problem. For anyone to truly know salvation, they must first know SALVATION IS ALREADY THEIRS! You will never be free as long as you are looking outside of you for the answers, you will only know the truth when you enter in and become the shepherd of the sheep yourself. The next line in Romans is the reason so many still suffer.

14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?

How are you going to finally come to realize who you are, if you believe it is a sin to do so.

CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD! CALL YOURSELF THE EXISTING ONE AND BREAK FREE!

The POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH IS IN YOU! Think differently!

Now before you go and say that I am declaring that “I AM” God alone, or that you are GOD ALONE… I want to remind of something, GOD IS THE ONLY THING THAT EXISTS!

Mark 12:32
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is NONE OTHER
.

Now read this with new eyes.

Genesis 1:26
And God (THE ONLY ONE WHO EXISTS) said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness
:

The ONE WHO EXISTS created who you think you are in the image of who you really are. You TRULY ARE more than you know.

I would like to leave you with this last ground breaking truth. In the scriptures, when Moses went to Pharoah and was asked what God sent him… Moses answered, “I Am”… God (The one who exists) spoke with Moses and explained that his true name was “I Am That I Am”. Not only does this mean God is existence itself… but the words “I AM” are translated incorrectly… Those Hebrew words literally translate into… “I WILL BE WHATEVER I WILL BE”.

God is the creator, he makes and remakes as he wills. Be what it is you want to be, by first knowing who you TRULY ARE! The POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH is in your mind and tongue. CREATE A LIFE FOR YOURSELF AND RISE FROM THE GRAVE OF RELIGIOUS THINKING.

Psalms 82
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

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JACOB

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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“the Truth Will Change You”