Nov 30, 2012

Thank you Again God

I am sure people who read this blog may just think I am a broken record, but I honestly can't Thank God enough for the sweetest frustration I know and thats the inability to praise and worship Him, to Thank Him to the degree that satisfies me. I know it can't be done. I remember seeing the billions and billions of angels or beings of light circling all around Him in what I knew to be Heaven in the near death experience, and was amazed, overwhelmed with awe at their never ceasing, never tiring, never a waiver in the pure ecstatic praise emanating from their inner most parts... If we could satisfy ourselves with a million songs, or prayers, or anything in adoration or praise of Him, then it would end and He has no end...its eternal because He is eternal. Imagine when you first fell in love, or even now that special child, mother, father, friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, grandparent... the person that in your heart you feel you love more than life itself... you can't tell them enough, laugh with them enough, cry with them enough, there is nothing you can do to sum it up, to complete it... do you get what I am saying? You want a banner as big as the universe that says "I LOVE YOU!!!"... but you have no way of creating that, no way to tell every living creature great and small how much you love that person...or God. Thats how it is with God... and how I feel in my heart most days. I can't imagine any greater joy, literally.. than to be in Heaven one day and just be able to praise Him without ceasing, without tiring, without giving out of a voice, out of energy...to be equipped to praise Him continuously for all eternity. I can't comprehend how that would be possible, but that is one of my prayers. If I can get it right in this life, to be counted worthy because I have believed on Him and what He accomplished at Calvary through Jesus...knowing that He paid the price in full with His own life, His own precious blood... then God, equip me with the voice that is worthy of praising you, one that would never waiver, never tire, never grow old - give me a new song, every day, every hour every minute to bless you, to sing to you to worship you. That is my desire right now and more and more every day. To just be at your feet 24/7 because it would take eternity for me to be able to express this gratitude that cannot be contained!

Pursuit

I am really tired this evening after traveling all day from Texas... but God is continuing to whisper something to me, in my heart, my spirit. And while its an obvious thing to many, and even to me, I keep hearing that word "Pursuit"...and He's starting to give me this story, this picture, this....something. I will keep listening until its all formulated and comes out in a narrative here... But I am reminded so often of how in my own life, He has used circumstances and situations to show me exactly what He longs for, aches for from each of us and that is truly our PURSUIT of Him. For many years, most of my life, I pursued something...not quite knowing what or how to get it... but in the end I know it has been love, plain and simple. Its true..we have a bad habit of "looking for love in all the wrong places" and boy, where it can lead us... can be detrimental on so many levels, even unto death. He wants us to pursue Him, with every ounce of energy, passion, and effort we have in us, to run after Him, to chase after Him... He wants us to fall absolutely in love with Him. For a long time I did that, with various things, people, situations... I wanted what I wanted and felt like I needed. Some of those pursuits pay off in various ways, but the pay off isn't always exactly what we intended, or hoped for...thought it would be. And we end up finding that we have made some pretty bad investments, with no return...or further in debt - mentally, physically, spiritually... its a bad deal. The story and testimony of Jesus Christ, is the greatest Love story ever told, ever lived and is still going strong today. Unfortunately, He is still being rejected, ridiculed, mocked, spat on, beaten, and it goes on and on. We must get to know Him, in order to Love Him. We must pursue Him in whatever way we can, with what we know, and what He reveals. I am sure there will be more about PURSUIT... but thats what He wants, and what we need...

Nov 29, 2012

My Buddy Opey

Just a lazy day pic of the putty tat aka Opey lounging around in his favorite spot

Nov 23, 2012

God's Will for Our Lives

So many people, including myself, have often pondered, wondered, question and doubted God's will for our lives. So many more times, we have chalked up disease, death, financial issues, bad relationships, unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness and so many other things to "well that's what happened, so its God's will". What I have learned over the years, is ..well its not necessarily God's will. He will use anything, even our bad choices, our own free will if thats what we give Him. But surely, He will for us is to prosper in every single way. And I am not talking financial prosperity. So don't think for a minute thats where this post is headed. While I will be the first to admit, I wouldn't turn down plenty of money in the bank - it is not the most valuable thing we can receive. The most valuable thing we can have and experience in my opinion is a close and intimate relationship with God, because then all other things are added "unto us" but we can't have that relationship without the tiny measure of faith He has given to us all. With that faith we can receive the salvation through Jesus Christ, who is very alive and who is literally aching to be united with you, with us. So why do things happen that are less than pleasant? Ask yourself and really be honest with yourself. Bad choices, poor judgment, lack of faith, lack of understanding, lack of desire... thats part of it.. but with all those "lacks" there is a deeper understanding if you ponder enough... if something is lacking what is it? Surely it is Jesus. Just like the post I recently put up titled "Engulfed by Light".. those areas of our live, that we simply subject ourselves to, those dark spots, those things that are not God's will, are the areas where He is absent... What are those areas? Oh gosh I could name a million it seems in my own life, but we are told to bring everything to Him... EVERYTHING. Who do you turn to when life is hard, when you have a problem that seems unsolvable, when you need advice, or just someone to listen? Usually its your mom or dad, or a best friend, but regardless of who it is - more than likely its someone we trust, someone we are IN RELATIONSHIP with, and someone who accepts us, and loves us. So why don't we bring EVERYTHING to God? Because we don't believe, we don't have faith, we don't trust in someone we can't see and touch - again because we don't have faith. But God has already said EVERYONE has been given a measure of faith, EVERYONE. This post can go on forever, but I encourage you today, to find that measure of faith deep down in your heart...and just believe in Him, seek Him, pursue Him - because the world will not have the answer, your mom and dad will have answers, but they won't always be the right ones, people will let you down because they are human, but God in His infinite wisdom and a love for you that goes beyond human comprehension, will supply your every need, He will weather the storm with you, and raise you up, and breathe life into your body, He will renew your mind and spirit, and will NEVER leave you or forsake you. More to come....

Nov 22, 2012

To be Thankful!

So many times in life, I have had ups and downs just like anyone else...and I have gone through bouts of depression, of utter heart ache and despair. I may again some day. One of the toughest times in my life was watching my mother die of cancer, and then of course the day she left this world and passed on into the next. It was a day we all knew would come. The hard part was watching her fade away, and really become someone else besides the person we knew as Mother, friend, wife, daughter, sister and the list goes on and on. Another time that was hard was many years prior to that, when my parents went through separation and divorce and both parents tried to commit suicide at different times.. It was probably a little less hard being younger and not fully grasping or understanding the details of the why's and how's of it all...than it would be today.. but it was still tough to see your family break apart and then the two people who you loved most, be at the end of their ropes, with no apparent hope in sight. Just like many of us, I guess they felt it was a way out of the mess that their lives seemed to be, and an escape from a pain they had no cure. Another time was when my brother was in a terrible accident and he was burned severely. I will never forget that day. Being his little brother, I guess he always had some sense of looking out for me and the day someone drove him up to the baby sitter's - while my parents were out of town, I saw large bubbles and blisters forming on his body and it broke my heart...and in the middle of what I know was terrible pain, he smiled when he saw me breaking down and said "I will be ok, its alright"... I tear up now just remembering that day. Little did I know the pain and anguish he would endure for many months after, or that of my parents. But you know what? God in His infinite wisdom, mercy, grace and overwhelming love for us all - in so many ways, more than I can count, or even those I am not keenly aware of...redeems us, repairs our hearts, clears our minds, and gives us peace. My mom was the absolute best and I am so thankful to have had the years being her son and she my mom. We certainly shared a special bond, not unlike most mothers and their kids. My Dad, he has to be the most generous man I know, kind hearted, loving, and while our relationship wasn't always the best - God has formed one that nothing could break. He is my father! Not to mention he has brought so much humor to my life and I know as long as he has breath - I can count on him. My brother - well I have watched him through many stages of his life, and I know he has had as much if not more heartache than me in many ways. He struggled through so much and just as I, continues to do this day - but like me, we both share some of the best qualities of our parents - and some maybe not so good we have created on our own, perhaps from our parents, maybe not... but he's a good man and like my dad, I know if I ever needed anything, he'd be there if I needed him. He has a good heart. How much more thankful can I be? My parents although separated and divorced, taught me one of the greatest lessons of life... reconciliation. You see many years later, they mended their ways enough that they wanted to be reunited and they remarried on their former wedding anniversary. Through that reconciliation, forgiveness and simple but eternal love, they taught me one of the most beautiful, most powerful characteristics of God Himself...Forgiveness. I know God had it all planned, because He knew the day would come my Mom would need it, we would need to be a family to endure the months of her battle with cancer and subsequent death. Some things have come full circle and to this day I am still learning so much - sometimes from memories, sometimes from a distance, and at other times in the present... just like today. Me, My Dad and My Brother - all very different and certainly would never agree on the same thing twice, or three times (smile) we each love each other - each expressing it differently, but surely we know its there. Family is good... even when one is missing... Some people say its "mothers who are the glue that holds families together" and I can certainly attest to that...because when she left us, things fell apart, we all did for a while. But little by little here and there, I realize that glue still exists, through God, His mercy, His desire that we all prosper in health, peace, and in our relationships... I am so thankful for today - so very thankful. Thank you God for keeping us united in the way you have, for bringing us together today, for nourishing our bodies, but more than that, nourishing our souls. Thank you for reminding me of the most important thing we can have, and that is relationships with each other, but above all, relationship with You.

Nov 21, 2012

The New Jerusalem is Here



The post I put on November 14th entitled "Metamorphosis", now has more meaning... you can read the post here. I had not even finished watching this, and lo and behold...there was more confirmation regarding the "Last Call"... also posted on my blog a few days ago here.

Nov 20, 2012

LA SINK HOLE: Major EQ movement continues

To Be With You

This morning, Lord, I just want to be with you. To be at your feet, and soak in your presence. Some days my heart grows weary, some days I falter, and I wonder how can you, how can you continue to call out to me. Your mercy, is overwhelming and I struggle, ache even at the inability to give back to you in words, in song, in worship, in complete and utter adoration for what you have done in my life. How can you love me so? I cannot comprehend it, I simply cannot, but I accept it, with an over joyed heart, and humility that isn't humble enough. I cannot bow low enough, I cannot sing enough, pray enough.. it is unending and my heart sometimes feels like it will just break into a million pieces, being so full. You have given it all, and yet you continue to give, how can this be? I don't comprehend this great love, I only have seen and felt a small fraction of what and who you are. You bring revelation and each time its like experiencing another facet of your majesty. I ache, yearn, thirst for a way to worship you that would convey what you place in my heart. But yet, I find myself still wanting ...still wanting to say it over and over again, how much I adore you, how humbled I am by you, how absolutely broken I am in your presence. Thank you for turning this dark heart toward you, that it would be transformed and made new again and again. I pray you continue to the point that I would be completely and totally lost and hidden in you. That nothing of me, would exist and only you, your words, your heart, your love, mercy, forgiveness and grace would be seen and felt by all those that see me, that they would see you. For Great is Your Name, and You, and You!!! Are worthy, worthy, worthy to be Praised!

Steve Quayle - Apocalypse Now

Steve Quayle discusses many prophetic words, this particular show aired April 1, 2012 via Prophetic Info Wars. Steve Quayle is truly a man of God. I recommend all of his material, radio shows, interviews and books. You can find his site at www.stevequayle.com

Nov 19, 2012

Thrive

If you really want to know how things work, watch this entire movie. Then get on your knees and pray, because what is depicted here ..again...is only a slight scratch on the surface - and don't think for a minute your vote, your political affiliation, your opinion, or your protest will make a difference. During the film the presenter shows the pyramidal structure this evil system works and who is at the top of the pyramid? The global elite...but what he leaves out is who controls them... who might you think that is? I suggest we all get on our knees and pray because if you look around you, closely and then across the oceans to other countries and how one by one they are all falling and chaos is erupting all over the planet - then you must (unless you are incomplete denial in your fantasy world) understand the overall plan and how it all comes into play - and while it may not directly appear to be effecting you right this minute - I promise you it will hit you like a ton of bricks very soon. And I will repost something I fully believe is from God. That was posted many months ago: Revelation and Division posted on my blog 3/22/12: I can assure you the foundations of this earth are being shaken up and will continue. I firmly believe we are in that time frame that many thought would never come, or never affect them - I firmly believe that we are in the period of tribulation and its time for people to decide what it is they believe in and move toward it... period. no matter if it is good or bad, black or white - the days of being on the fence undecided, unconcerned, are about to end. The complacent mindset and attitudes will be shaken to such a degree that people will be divided - starkly divided and the veil of delusion will come off their faces and they will no longer seek refuge in their religion or rebellion They will face a truth they never comprehended.

The Last Call

Recently - I let my expectations of others cause me pain.  Sometimes, those expectations are a return call or text message, maybe even a response to an email - and sometimes I let my impatience cause me frustration and anger.

Jesus made me think of so many who have been hearing His voice for years and sometimes they listen and act, and other times they don't.  Sometimes they say to themselves "I'll do that later".. or "He's not important enough right now, I really don't want to hear what he has to say, or feel the conviction in my heart, that I know His truth will cause"...

How many times will you ignore Him?  Put Him off?  How many times will covet you the darkness in your own heart, that only provides short lived pleasures be it a self appointed sense of power, or physical pleasure whether it be from an addiction, or an unholy relationship or connection?  How long will you withhold the forgiveness in your heart, toward your parents, a friend, a brother or sister, a coworker?  How much longer will you let those things dictate your thoughts, your angst?

How many times?  The day will come sooner than so many think, when He will no longer call out to you.  The time will come when a crisis takes place, that you will have no one to turn to, especially the One who can transform the situation.  Who will you call on then?

He loves you so much more than any words in the human vocabulary can convey, describe - beyond comprehension.

"Come all to me who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest"...

Please seek Him, please listen for His voice and respond - its not to late, but the time is growing short.

Daily Earthquakes since 11/11

Nov 16, 2012

Heart Ache

My heart is breaking tonight. Its so easy lately for me to tear up over the slightest things. When I am speaking about God and His indescribable love for me and for all, to the constant fighting I see among those who call themselves Christians. Its like seeing your best friend or your momma slowly dying of a diseases (and I know what thats like first hand). You feel helpless. You ache for them, you lament. Lament: to feel or express sorrow for, to mourn for or over.

He is answering the prayer I made many posts back about the need to be broken. You can read about that here and here. As I laid here in my hotel room, I asked God to give me His Word... encouragement for all of us. And He told me to start in Ephesians 3 - I recommend the whole chapter, but then as I continued to read, this was the word, for me and for all of us..

Ephesians 4:1-7 - I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

That is my prayer, I can hear myself saying that... To all.. being a prisoner of His great LOVE, I beg you even, implore of you, to walk upright to be worthy of the calling He has placed on your life. Be humble, gentle, kind with one another. Be forgiving and long suffering, carry each other's burdens, and let God be your pursuit that we may be united in Him, through peace!  Love one another as He loves us!

My heart literally is aching, with sorrow as I see all around me the bitterness, the resentment, the constant and deepening division. I get so angry and frustrated at the constant reminders so many put out there about the wrongs of others. Don't you see this is a distraction of the enemy? We are denying the divine resources He has given us through His Holy Spirit when we spend so much time and energy focusing on the things of the enemy, and because of that, whether you like it or not, admit it or not,  you are making the things of the enemy, even the enemy himself, your god.

I was seeing in the spirit so many people trying desperately to reach God.. the journey was rough, bumpy and they were fighting with their own demons, their own battles, but along the way others who say they are Christians, were throwing stones in their path. They were heaping piles of trash and rubbish in front of them, as they ran faster and faster...they would pull them aside and say "Look!, Look! what the people are doing, look at the sin they are committing, look! look!"...or they were reliving old offenses, recounting an evil history, and a long line of curses.  "Remember she betrayed you, remember he murdered, he committed adultery, she didn't forgive you, she did you wrong, they forgot you, they mocked you..."

We must, we must get on our knees before God and turn our hearts toward Him, which means we must fill our minds with thoughts of Him, of His ways, and His Love.  We must be doers of the Word and not just hearers.   We must be filled with His light and stop focusing on the darkness, because just as we are filled with Light when He begins to dwell and grow within us through Salvation and Sanctification...through His word, our communion with Him... if our minds are constantly focused on the things of the enemy and its what our eyes are constantly seeking, then we will be filled with darkness, there will be no light in us- Do Not Be Deceived! And be admonished.. repent and turn from this wickedness.

God and His Holy Spirit will lead our loved ones into ALL Truth just as He leads us into all Truth.. we are not equipped, capable or commanded to take on that responsibility or task - its impossible! We can certainly assist and be stewards of the Word, but the Holy Spirit is the Great Teacher.  And what are you teaching when all people see or hear is the ridicule, the resentment and the bitterness toward people who are being influenced by your enemy?  We wrestle NOT with flesh and blood... have you forgotten that?

I beg of you, I beseech you as Paul did, to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called!

Nov 15, 2012

Updated Blog

I decided to change the format of the blog. Hopefully it's easier for everyone to read and navigate.

What Does the Election Outcome Mean?

Recently in a post titled "Voting on Biblical Principles - Are You For God or Against Him"  prior to the election which as well all know by now reinstated Obama for the next four years.  God was revealing something to me during the weeks leading up to the election and the duty I had as an American citizen, but much more the duty I had to fulfill as a Christian, to cast my own vote.

Voting became a number priority for me and in the last hours I had available to cast that vote the magnitude of what was taking place, weighed heavily on my heart and mind.  Something was different about this election and I knew it in my spirit, but couldn't exactly articulate what I felt was stirring in the spiritual realm.  But one thing God revealed clearly to me... I had to vote and I had to vote for the candidate to whom I felt would most support Godly/Biblical principles.  That didn't mean I agreed with everything Romney supported, his ideals, etc, nor did I always disagree with everything that Obama supported, etc.  I realize that regardless of who is in the office of President, the agenda is the same just as it has been since the beginning of the human race.  The agenda - of the enemy has never changed and if the majority of the world hasn't been shaken awake by now, well I am not sure there is much hope for them.

One thing that weighed heavily moreso than any other time when it came to our duty to vote is that I felt strongly God would hold accountable those who opposed Him.  This is no different than anything else we oppose Him in, whether it be our words, our thoughts, our actions, but something about this election, seemed to be paramount, there was an urgency in my spirit about it and I knew that the outcome would be a sign post, a marker, a seal - a flashing unavoidable SIGN that would answer for us  what is in store.

Nathan Leal's message from The Watchman's Cry, confirms this heaviness in my heart and spirit.  God has given this message to so many and I wanted to share this with you.  Please take time to listen to this timely message.  Remember - we wrestle not with flesh and blood...  We need to be on our knees before God, praying for this nation, for God's grace, for the people who govern us, who have power and authority in our governments.

Revelations 3: 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Be warned, Nathan's message is somber and many who listen will feel convicted and condemned.  My sharing his message is not meant to condemn, but I tell you as a living testimony to Christ's love, His redemptive work on Calvary, I am being transformed as so many of my posts convey.  I fear for those I love - especially those who have become complacent, who are lost and don't believe it.  Please seek God for yourselves, lean not into your own understanding of "Christianity" or trust in my own words, or those of another seek Him for yourself!  He will lead you into all Truth and I promise because He has promised if you seek Him you will find Him and when you do you will never ever be the same and you will enjoy a victorious life through His spirit.  

May God Bless You All!

Nov 14, 2012

Metamorphosis

I realized this evening as I finished up the last post...that this blog has truly turned into a "Metamorphosis" ...  God is transforming me over and over and over and I am so thankful and it truly is a Metamorphosis of magnificent proportions!  I am so honored to be able to share this journey with you.

Metamorphosis:  Meta - (in ancient Rome) a column or post, a group of columns or posts placed at each end of a racetrack to mark the turning places.  (Surely in this race, we face twist and turns, thank God He has placed sign posts along the way to let us know when to make a turn or when we are about to change directions).  Meta - in chemistry - pertaining to or occupying two positions.  This definition reminds me of the duality we struggle with... born in sin, but belonging to God, having a carnal mind while we strive to obtain the mind of Christ.
Meta - origin - after, behind, changed, altered, higher, beyond. In the midst of, in pursuit of, in common with.
Meta in medical terms:  At a later stage of development.  Change transformation.  Beyond, transcending, more comprehensive.  At a higher state of development.

Morphosis:  The sequence or manner of development or change in an organism or any of its parts.  To shape.

He is certainly molding me and making me!  God I pray, continue to cause my heart, my body and my mind to yield to your voice, your calling, your discipline, your chastisement.  You are the potter and I am the clay, mold me and make me!!!


Engulfed In His Light - Conception


Engulfed in Light

This morning as I lay in bed, half awake half asleep I began to dream. 

God was showing me something…. It was as if I was dreaming two dreams at once and one dream consisting of flooding, and what seemingly should have been chaos.  I saw large ships full of military personnel in the middle of a city that had been flooded.  I saw people swimming in the streets that otherwise would have been flooded with cars.  I don’t have any interpretation of this part of the dream or this other dream.

Then I immediately saw a representation of myself, my spirit, piercing what appeared to be a sphere of light.  I noticed that it took persistence but after a while the barrier was broken and I was literally engulfed in this light.  What struck me as peculiar was when I was pressing in pushing to break the barrier, the sphere of light bent to surround me…and just when I felt like stopping the barrier broke and I entered into the light.  I was still filled with some darkness, but God reminded me of the scripture that talks about being filled with light.  There are actually a few:

Luke 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.  But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.

God caused me to also remember a recent conversation I had with someone when I was explaining what people who have had near death experiences said they experienced when they went to hell.  Aside, from the screams, the fire, the torment one common denominator among most of who have visited hell and come back to live and tell about it, is the utter and complete separation from God they felt. 

He then revealed to me that as we are filled with light, the evil thoughts, or anything that seeks to exalt itself above the knowledge of God, are the dark places.  They simply are places in our lives that God is absent. They either are places that are hidden, that He must reveal to us, or places where we have refused to let Him enter.  

I then realized that the desires of my flesh are fading, God is delivering me!  How is this?  I have always felt like I was fighting and in fact I was, with these things I was in my own strength fighting principalities and powers with my own intellect and knowledge.   We have no power apart from God.  I have no strength and the battle is His, as we press into Him, as we are transformed IN HIM... we move from being a victim into Him as the Victor!

The visual that He gave me of piercing that sphere of light, and as I did it surround me, was His protection. He was that sphere of Light.   Just about the time I was seeing this I received a text message from a dear friend in Christ, Sieglinda who wrote these words:

“Sending heartfelt prayers across the miles for Divine Healing for your back and your every need this Day!  We continue to choose worry or Worship- I’m learning sometimes we experience in our physical body what is going on in the spiritual realm of the Body in these last days ---don’t go inward, keep reaching out.  Your blogs and ministry are right on – so far reaching, amazing, from God. “   

The part of her saying don't go inward, was her saying (at least as I interpret it) is don't keep this journey to yourself, don't keep the good news to yourself, keep reaching out to others.  So as I continue to move further into the center of this sphere, right into His heart (it is my desire) I want to tell the world about it!  But I must go inward toward Him and reach out to others to bring them along with me on this wonderful, life changing, transforming Metamorphosis!!

God revealed to me in the dream and something that was actually taking place at that very same time, that as we press into Him, as we pursue Him, He surrounds us with Light, with encouragement through His presence, His word and His people.  I was so grateful to receive that text message early this morning!!  Thank you Sieglinda, not only were you encouraging me, but you were being used so beautifully by God to confirm His word through visions and dreams at the very moment He was speaking to me!!!!

We must pursue Him!  We must press into Him!  I promise you as I sit here and type - His word is true, His yoke is easy and His burden is light!

He also showed me the image of the miracle of conception.  That process, of the sperm persisting to break the seal, the barrier to enter into an egg is literally a testimony of the Salvation and Sanctification we have through Christ.  Can you see it?  The journey the sperm must take against all odds… the long journey of constantly and consisting pursuing the prize… just getting there is half the battle, then to have the endurance, the strength to continue until the barrier is broken…then and only then does conception begin.  That is when the relationship is formed and all things are made new.  The two join together and multiply and as this relationship continues and the cells which have become to numerable to count, form another living human being.  This embryo grows and forms all the things he or she needs to live life in the outside world.  Eyes to see, ears to hear, lungs to breathe… its simply and overwhelmingly amazing.  God does the exact same thing for us supernaturally to live as spiritual beings through His Word, His spirit. It truly is a miracle!!!

One definition of conception is this:  origination, beginning.    How true is this when we pursue God and receive His gift of Salvation, it truly is the beginning of a new life in Christ!!! 

As we pursue Him, and we press into Him, we are surrounded by light, and when we have that “break through” and we first meet Him, and see Him for who and what He is, we begin to be filled with light.  We are truly transformed….and we truly become children of Light. 

Ephesians 5:8 NIV

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light.

God’s Word Translation

Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light.  Live as children who have light. 

There is so much more to this vision, that God is continuing to reveal to me, but I don’t yet have the words to articulate. 

One of the “ah ha” moments is when I realized that this battle is not mine, this war with the flesh – I simply must repent and turn away from sin, and turn toward God.  I don’t need to stand there facing it and fight with it, talk about it or to it… I simply turn my back on it and face Him!!!  When I do a flood of light starts to engulf me, surrounding me, protecting me, encouraging me, lifting me up… and as I continue to press on toward the goal, to Christ Himself, He begins to fill me with light and flooding those places within me that are absent of Him, and my whole body is filled to overflowing with Him, with His light!!! 

I am not sure who this message may bless, but I was just so happy and overwhelmed with the simple revelation of it all.  God is so good sometimes to just “show me” rather than let me struggle to figure it out on my own.  I recounted this today in between meetings with a good friend, Brooke… and I was on the verge of tears so I stopped, while we headed into the meeting.  I am so humbled by God’s love for me.  I often use the analogy of trying to explain what something looks like to a blind man who has never seen – I would imagine it would become frustrating for him with descriptive adjectives of which he also may have no first hand visual knowledge of…  but if his eyes were opened, there would be no need to describe it… seeing is believing and I tell you when God gives me these treasures of just “seeing” it… I feel so humbled and so blessed.

Thank you God, Thank you!!!!!

For those that want to see the miracle of fertilization ... This really gives me a better understanding of the "straight and narrow" path, "many are called but few are chosen"...  

Nov 10, 2012

Helping Others Find God Without Condemnation or Rebellion

For several days now I have been trying to reconcile in my mind and heart, how to convey this very message. I think it sums up what I have been trying to articulate beautifully. We can't win others over to Christ, by pointing out their sins, even if we do it with the idea that is our purpose... in fact it is not our purpose. God wants to expand His kingdom not have it divided. The Holy Spirit really is the one who does all the work, we simply lead them to Him, by the fruit we bear, by the testimony in our hearts and the life we lead by example. Love covers a multitude of sins, not just of our own but others. Let us love one another both Jew and Gentile, saved and unsaved, democrat and republican. Let us become unified in truth and purity. Allow God to be God, and by His power and His might, shall we all be transformed and conform to the way of Holiness and Righteousness through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior!

When you talk to someone about the Lord to lead them to salvation, speak only of the greatness of God, the good things He brings to human life and what He has personally for them; things like good health, financial prosperity, God's will for their future, etc. Speak with thanksgiving to God for what you have, even for the fact that God has brought this person into your life. Let them know how He has released you from Satan's captivity and he will release them also. Let them know that God has always had his eye on them and has made wonderful plans for their future.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity.

Speaking the positive things in the Bible gives a person hope. Never give a person the do's and don'ts that we all know the Bible is full of; it puts Christianity into what I call a "Keep the rules and God will love you" relationship with God. So many Christians promote this type of teaching instead of doing what they are supposed to do: preach the Gospel.

Mark 16:15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

As a person yields to the love of Jesus, they will grow into a place of righteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit. It's not something a sinner, or even a young Christian just starting out, should be burdened with. We're not to clean up our own sins before reaching out to be saved, and we surely will make many mistakes after salvation just because we're human and are easily influenced by the world. Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.

Learning to do the right thing is a process brought about by giving ourselves daily in devotion to the Lord along with the Holy Spirit's leadership to make us holy. He works with us instilling a desire to please God and to be obedient to His Word. When a Christian is having trouble with sin and temptation in their life they are simply not spending enough time with Jesus. People act like the person they spend time with.

When trying to reach someone for the Lord, talk about God's love, how great the things were that Jesus did and how He helped people etc. Talk about heaven, its description starts at Revelations 21:1. Pull out some of the more interesting scriptures that could be entertaining to them and use them at fitting times. Even though it's not the Word you'd like them to receive, it gets them used to hearing scripture in a way that doesn't offend them. Proverbs has some that might fit a situation you are aware of. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

Proverbs 11:22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. Proverbs 21:9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. You can find many stories that are interesting that have nothing to do with their life such as:
Tax Money in the Fishes Mouth - Matthew 17:24-27
The Lord Made the Shadow Go Back Down Ten Steps (2Kings 20:8-11)
The Ax-head Fell Into the Water and Floated (2KI 6:3-7)
Elijah Proved To the People the Lord Is God (1Kings18:20-39)
The Ark of God Destroyed the Philistines God Dagon in His Own Temple (1Samuel 5:1-5)
Jesus Feeds Over Five Thousand with Five Loaves and Two Fish (Matthew 14:15)

Getting scripture into a person is the best way for them to receive faith, but if a person doesn't respond to talking about God then give them short lessons about "life according to the Bible" without mentioning God. Take stories from your daily life and apply some godly insight, talk about how that situation should have been handled. The Holy Spirit will draw them through the message of righteous living. Pray about what you should say to people. It's the best way because the Holy Spirit knows exactly what will mellow their heart. Continually let them know God loves them because that is the real story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 12:30-32 Jesus said ...Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. When we present the Gospel of Jesus correctly, who he was and what he did, and everything that God designed for building up our faith through his overcoming power; then we'll draw people into a loving relationship with our Lord. We should never make a person feel condemned. Talking about their sins is not our job. As we lift up Jesus, planting seeds of goodness and mercy into people's hearts, the Holy Spirit will reveal their sins to them and lead them into salvation. A sinner already feels condemnation we don't need to point out their sins. What they need is the love and compassion of Jesus; that's something they don't receive from other people.

John 3:16-18 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. When We Act In Love It Draws People To The Lord We must act with the love of God when helping people enter and grow in His kingdom. We see the quickest results when we use patience, kindness, compassion and understanding; recognizing that their faults differ from ours and help them to overcome. Lifting them up and encouraging them to reach out for the things of God so the Holy Spirit can do His good works in their life.

 We are to use the Word of God to help others; building their faith just as we use it to build up our own faith. Romans 10:17.. .faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Faith is what pleases God and activates the movement of the Holy Spirit to make changes in a person's life.

 2Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. As we learn God's ways we mature and get tough, desiring correction because we see the benefits it has brought to our lives. Many people, on the other hand, are tender and only feel hurt when they're corrected. We must be careful with them so they don't become discouraged. (Titus 2:1-8) 2Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-- with great patience and careful instruction.

The Holy Spirit Works To Draw Us Into All The Goodness Of God People do not have, within their human ability, the strength to obey rules that make them righteous. They can learn right from wrong, and many people do their best to do what's right, but God's rules are spiritual. It takes revelation and insight, which is given to a person by the Holy Spirit, to maintain the righteousness of God in their lives. It's the drawing of the Holy Spirit that brings a person to salvation, which is found only in Jesus Christ.

John 6:43-44...Jesus answered. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. (My own note: No one can come to the Father unless the Father draws them to Him - we cannot make them go to the Father nor can we soften their hearts to do so... only He can). John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Our next step in the process of salvation is water baptism. Jesus said water baptism fulfills all righteousness. Matthew 3:15 Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness. When Jesus was baptized it was His obedience to the desires of God that John was already producing by baptizing others; which was rooted way back when God saved Noah. It was the beginning of his ministry. From then on Jesus began to show us a better way to live, not under the Law but under grace. He showed us God's love and how to live in God's righteousness. He taught us what was available to us from the Father and how to receive it by faith and living holy. Our obedience to the act of water baptism is like us putting a seal on the salvation Jesus has just given us. It's our pledge to God as well as the world that we have renounced the old sinful life and are beginning a new life in Jesus Christ; which will become our ministry.

1 Peter 3:18-22 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. When we're baptized in water, we're announcing that we have a new life and our old sinful nature is dead. Our standards have changed and we will think, speak and act according to God's way of living. We commit to continue in the righteousness which our Lord has given us.

Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Once we are established in our new life, we have a covenant relationship with God. As we study the Bible to find out what benefits belong to us the Holy Spirit gives us revelation, transforming our natural mind into a spiritual mind that thinks Gods way. (My own note: this is truly the transformative work that takes place in the believer, once he has come to salvation - He then becomes sanctified, only the Holy Spirit can do this, not us).

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. As we begin practicing obedience from what we've learned and confess what the Bible says we can have, God fulfills his part of the covenant and we receive physical as well as spiritual rewards from our Lord.

Hebrews 11: 6...without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. It takes the Holy Spirit working with a person to change their heart into a heart that will accept the things of God. We are to be helpers of the Holy Spirit, planting seeds that He can produce growth in the heart of another human being. Leading a person into righteousness is not trying to get them to give up their sins to follow God's rules. Most people are comfortable in their sin, and they don't realize that there's a better way because they've never experienced it. As we show someone the goodness of God, the Holy Spirit will convict a person of their sins and eventually lead them into a place where they desire to change their life and receive salvation. 

It may seem like a slow process, but it works. If we are consistent in planting small seeds and we let the Holy Spirit do His work while we stand by giving people love and encouragement, that person is less likely to rebel. It gives them a solid foundation of love for their salvation from us and God and they are less likely to backslide. When we show them God's love, it won't be long till they respond; no one can resist an abundance of love and compassion.

Confessions of a Legalist

I came across this post by someone who is a 'recovering" legalist and it hit home.  I found it encouraging and right on... and while this post/story is as much for me as anyone, I think it will be a good thing for unsaved or non-believers to read as well.

While our hearts intention is to do good and share the good news, we often times get caught up in the "letter of law" and lose sight and connection with the Spirit of the law.

I thought this was a good read and want to pass it on, share it with those who have dealt with or are dealing with it....and to those who are seeking to understand how a true Christian should be living their lives and representing the life of Christ.

http://www.ptm.org/legalism/legalismConfessions.htm


The Law of Faith is belief that only God is righteous and merciful and that only He can provide the way of salvation for mankind. This plan of salvation from God was actually carried out when God the Son (Jesus) paid the requirements of the law for all on the cross. These who by faith believe God and accept the sacrifice He provided for mankind's sins will be saved. You see, God is interested in saving people who truly trust in Him. God is not interested in having people in His presence who think they got there by their own righteousness through following the letter of the law or by rituals of obedience.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 

Rom 3:27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Gal 5:4  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Another good read regarding legalism in the Church and how the problems it creates.  This was well written with some good insight as to the repercussions of legalism among Christians and the impact it has on non-believers.

http://maxgrace.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/how-legalism-kills-the-church/

Rebuking

I am going to continue on this theme more for those who are just now seeking the truth of God's word and to undo the damage that so many self proclaimed Christians have caused in the lives of believers and non-believers alike. I am also doing this for my own growth and understanding. It is true that God's word is good to be used for correction, rebuking and encouragement. In most cases the only way someone will receive correction, is if that correction is coming from someone they are in close relationship with, someone they trust, someone they respect and honor. Otherwise, if correction comes from someone whom they don't know - well its like a stranger all of sudden stopping you along the way to point out something they feel is wrong in your life... how quick will you listen to them? And if they do it under the guise of "I'm a Christian" and God revealed to me that you are wrong....not only does the one being corrected reject you, but they also reject the One you say you represent, Jesus Christ. How dangerous is this?

How would you feel if you are a parent, and you're at the playground with your kids and lets say your son or daughter calls another kid on the playground a name - but before you could correct them, another parent someone whom you don't know or have ever met comes over to you and says "Hey your kid needs to be punished for that, or worse even, they directly go to your kid and tells them how wrong they are and they should be punished"....How would that make you feel? How many times in life have you had this type of situation. What if that other parent bent your kid over their knee and spanked them? WOW... talk about a law suit, or worse even an all out brawl.

That is the very thing so called Christians do every day. God has not placed us in that position - The goal of correction the goal of rebuking is to help bring people into right relationship with God so that He is glorified not rejected. Not alienated or abandoned. We can only operate in that position in the way God intends, by having a trusting relationship with the one we are correcting or rebuking. And that really only works for believers. If we try to correct or rebuke someone who is a non-believer, its like trying to apply a rule or law to a foreigner...it simply doesn't work. I mean really people... imagine that you're Muslim (since that seems to be a hot topic these days) and you go around telling all the women they are breaking a commandment by not covering their face... I'd imagine you'd be ignored, laughed at, or mocked... or in a worse case scenario beaten to death.

You cannot apply a rule or a law to someone who feels they are not subject to it, and attempting to do so only causes division. In order for us to correct or rebuke someone (with the hope that would improve their relationship with God) because thats why its done...then the one being rebuked must #1 believe in God #2 want to do what is right in the eyes of God #3 trust your walk and your life as a Christian. Otherwise you are just blowing hot air and the damage you cause, the division you cause - well consider it innocent blood on your hands. So many so called Christians go around quoting scripture demanding that everyone is under the same conviction as they are - when in fact, most aren't. Luke 11:52 says it best: What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don't enter the Kingdom yourselves and you prevent others from entering.

To possess the key of knowledge as noted in the above scripture... is to possess the means to enter the Kingdom, to be taught directly by God.  If we remove that key, we are in fact becoming latter day Pharisees.

We should shudder and tremble at fear when we read this. Jesus even says in verse 46: "and you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them." If your kid does something wrong, not understanding why, do you just punish them, and beat them never explaining to them why what they did is wrong and why they should do something different? Until they reach an understanding of the law, of the rule... then how can you hold them accountable? We are to be stewards of the word. Do you understand what a "steward" is? Lets look it up and see: steward - a representative of... and if we are to be representatives of the Word, aren't we also representatives of Jesus Christ, of God. So if we are constantly finding fault and only focus on the aspects of sin in another's life, what are we really stewards of? Are we also teaching repentance, are we also teaching that when we burden these people down with the condemnation of their wrong doing, something Jesus himself already stated they hardly can carry, i.e understand even... are we also teaching the full gospel of Christ... the redemptive power of Christ, the Love of Christ?

No what I see all around and one of the most destructive devices of the devil, is this use of scripture to cause division among the brethren and it slams shut the gate that leads others to the saving grace and knowledge of God because all they are reminded of are their faults and isn't that exactly what satan does.... he constantly reminds us of how wrong we are, how messed up we are, how we have screwed this or that up - he is constantly accusing day and night. That my friends, is the very thing that should cause you to see.... no matter who someone professes to be, if all you hear and see is a constant "shining of light" into the dark areas of your life, especially from anyone that you are not in close relationship with... then know it is straight from hell. I am sure many would disagree with me and we could toss scripture back and forth, but I know this to be true and see it every single day of my life. It breaks my heart. But there is one thing you the believer and non-believer alike can do to overcome these types of attacks. Seek Him for yourself... Let God and God alone lead you into all Truth and let Him guide you and teach you - don't subject yourselves to any man or woman, including me - find it all out for yourself. Otherwise, you are setting yourselves up - you are literally walking into a trap there is no escape if you place your faith in men or women. Should we rebuke and correct one another yes..... but we cannot correct or rebuke someone and expect it to make a difference or lead someone to Christ who doesn't already know Him... nor can we appoint ourselves authority over another - in fact in most biblical cases only the prophets and pastors gave corrections and rebuke. They were in loving relationships, and had that authority and they garnered the respect of their flocks... the key word here is "relationship" again!!!

If someone is trying to correct or rebuke you and they lack an attitude of encouragement, love, mentoring and support - do not listen to them, because their goal is not to help bring you into a right, rewarding and life affirming and giving relationship with Christ. They are in fact doing the exact same thing as the enemy does day and night and that is to accuse and condemn.

As Joshua stands there before Jesus, satan is also there, accusing him. Accusation seems to be the devil's full-time occupation. When the apostle John was given a vision of the future, he saw that Michael and his angels will throw the devil out of heaven during the Great Tribulation. At that moment, he heard a loud voice in heaven saying, Rev. 12:10 ...the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. The devil is constantly accusing us before God - so much so that this becomes one of his official titles: "the accuser of our brethren."

He is pointing out every sin, bringing charges against us. But because Jesus Christ has paid the price for all of our sins, the charges can't stick - the penalties were paid at the cross. As Paul said, Rom. 8:33-34 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

It is evident that satan spends a lot of time being frustrated when he accuses us of our sin, for it has all been paid for. But he does not give up easily. In fact, he has discovered another - often more effective - way to accuse us.

The book of Job tells us that satan accused Job in front of God, saying, Job 1:9-12 ..."Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast Thou not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse Thee to Thy face." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him." So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. After this, Job lost everything - his wealth, his flocks, even his children. But instead of blaming God or sinning, Job worshiped. After this, Job 2:3-6 ...the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to ruin him without cause." And Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. However, put forth Thy hand, now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse Thee to Thy face." So the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life." Notice that satan wasn't accusing Job of sin he had committed. Rather, his accusations were that he would sin under certain circumstances. Always remember that satan is not just accusing us for what we have done. He is also accusing us of what he thinks we will do under certain difficulties or temptations, should God allow him to attack us. The devil is up there saying, "If you let me take that man into bankruptcy, he will abandon his Christianity like as a condemned house. If you let me kill that woman's child, she will become bitter and angry with you. She'll drop her faith like a hot potato.

"Paul told the Corinthians that the way to avoid being taken advantage of by satan was not to be ignorant of his schemes (1Cor. 2:11). So, knowing that satan is doing this should equip us for victory. Begin to look at difficulties not as we normally see them - as "a stroke of bad luck" or "another cruddy day" - but as spiritual tests. Begin to view temptations as a proving ground, rather than something to be defeated by. You see, trials and temptations are really opportunities to show those in the spiritual realm what we're made of. They become a testimony to God that we have faith in Him and are choosing to walk in victory. They are a testimony against the devil - saying that when he accuses us, he will always be disappointed and proven to be a liar.

Trust no man or woman who seeks to correct or rebuke you if they are not also first telling you about Christ, His great love, and what He accomplished through His death and resurrection so that you might have the power through Him to overcome sin.  Correction and rebuke should come from a place of love that is evident, and one that has as its goal to bring you into a greater and more intimate relationship with Christ. Nor give any thought to one who tries to correct you that doesn't also speak of repentance, the need for it and what it accomplishes.

And remember this - The Christian life is not about escaping hell or just overcoming sin, the whole purpose of it all is to have a RELATIONSHIP with our Creator - that is the whole reason He sent His only son to live among us and why He was crucified, why He conquered death, hell and grave and was resurrected...so that through His Holy Spirit He might live within us and through us!!!  Being a Christian is not about escaping, but rather entering into a RELATIONSHIP with God, because He loves us!!!


That Wonderful Day!

I am just overwhelmed right now... with anticipation... what a day it will be when the whole earth acknowledges you... when all of creation sings in complete adoration and worship - loving you... loving you with song and music... what a celebration, what a joyous day that will be.

What greater pleasure can one have than to be at your feet, singing your praises, in true worship.... when every molecule of our being, when every breath, every thought, is directed to you in complete and utter adoration!!!

That will be Heaven!

The Journey to Love

I traveled all day today from Texas back home to NC. In between flights here and there and while 36000 feet up in the air I listened to worship music, I read part of a book I downloaded about a man who had a near death experience, and I listened for God's voice... I posed questions, I received answers, I reflected on His mercy, His grace and His great Love... its a typical day of travel for me lately. I read posts from tweets to facebook, to alternative news sources, and so on.

Some things started to glare out at me, some things started to get my attention and as they did, I felt anger rising up within me, because I began to see so clearly what I have been guilty of and saw so clearly how people who call themselves Christians literally are prostituting God's word and it caused pure rage to well up inside me. Then as I pondered it more, my heart began to break, and in silence while I surveyed the view from 36000 feet up, I cried.

We are so quick to point out the wrongs in others, their sin, their faults, their shortcomings - and the more I see it the more angry I become because that is NOT the character of the Jesus I know. The same Jesus who died for all those sins, those faults - the same Jesus who was crucified for us all who suffered long and hard, who was ridiculed, mocked, and spit on.

Who was called names and rejected. One thing He has been working on teaching me lately is a question I have at the forefront of my mind and that is ... How do we reach others, without condemning them, without alienating them? It is so easy to see the speck in someone else's eye, but fail to see the log in our own. I for one, have lived a life of constantly criticizing myself, constantly judging myself - and I will admit I have been guilty of doing the same to others. But I learned a long time ago if I spent more time surveying my own life, my own spiritual well being or lack thereof, there is NO time to worry about someone else. I mean really - as I said recently on a facebook post, as Paul did... I am chief among sinners... I thought about the recent outcome of the Presidential election and while I will be the first to admit that I fully believe the majority of our administration and President are anti-christian, I also am reminded that each and every one who make up that administration, even the President himself, are all of God's creations...and while some will hate to admit it or even believe it... God loves them also. Just like He loves the sinner and the saint, the murderer, the whore, the adulterer and the homosexual. 

Does that mean He accepts their sin, NO, but He accepts them as they are, just as He has accepted me as I am...and I am so eternally grateful for that. Because of that acceptance and that love, I am drawn toward Him, not apart from Him. I am getting to know Him, and through that growing and developing relationship I am being led into all truth... and as that truth becomes my reality, I am changing and being transformed into what He intends for me to be.

And so I come to the bone of contention the thing that brings me to tears... so many people who call themselves Christian are the very ones who give Christianity a bad name. Constantly pointing out their faults and rehashing, reliving, and reminding all who have given them their ear - what others are doing will be doing and have done wrong and against God. This my friends, is not the character of Jesus Christ, this is not the example He gave for living a Godly and holy life, it is not what He intended. And in my best estimate is a great sin. If you read your bible, over and over, you should get the major theme....and it was not about "fixing people" or condemning people, it was about redemption about getting to know the person and character of Jesus Christ, likewise the very nature and character of God. It was about RELATIONSHIP, not retaliation. Not ridicule and rejection.

I imagined a story of a bus driver, who's only job was to get a busload of people to a place where they would receive healing, restoration, help, clothing, food, encouragement.... a busload of outcasts that needed what only the destination provided. The bus driver was trusted, intelligent, and perceived to be Godly by those who didn't know God, and therefore they were quick to get on the bus and allow the driver to take them to the "promised land"... where the hungry would be fed, the sick would be healed, and the unloved, loved.

However, along the way, the bus driver, being the "authority" in all things God - made several stops along the way to show these needy people all the wrongs taking place in the world - he or she stopped along the way when they saw someone picketing, someone with signs up for gay rights, or the politicians whose lies were being aired throughout all the media... "Look over here he would say, look at what they are doing, and those folks over there, they killed innocent babies last week at that abortion clinic, and look here those people never go to church, they act like Christians on sunday and live like the devil on the weekend... and the passengers were engaged and listend and started to become focused on all those things and the sin in other peoples lives... before you knew it, they had stopped 20 different times along the way with a sick fascination of what others were doing and weren't doing. Along this journey, the hungry starved the death, those that needed clothing died from being in the elements, those that needed healing grew more sick and some perished. Those that were discouraged, become even more discouraged - some who had felt rejected, felt it even more having identified with some of the protesters who were gay. A mother on the bus who spent time at the abortion clinic while the driver detailed what a partial birth abortion was, felt so guilty she committed suicide because she took her own baby's life years before... needless to say the bus took many detours and when they finally reached their destination only a few were left, everyone else had perished, either got off the bus, or were to afraid to continue on.... and the worse part.... when they finally arrived The Great Physician, had left, His time was up, He could wait no longer - healing, comfort, peace and love were no where to be found.

The bus driver himself, felt he had done his duty and arrived safely and felt proud that he had pointed out all these things, sharing the "truth" as it were... but when he stepped off the bus, ready to meet his maker - he heard a loud voice... depart from me I never knew you...

Matthew 25:37-46 37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

God has revealed so clearly to me through his audible voice, through His word, and through my own life experience, that OUR job is to lead people to Him, and it is through His love, that people will be changed, His love and His word, will be the light that separates the darkness, not our legalistic condemnation, or constantly finding fault....or constant judgment of others. If we cannot express the Love of God, then how in the world do you think condemning someone and pointing out their transgressions are going to lead them to Him? It will never happen. People who constantly do this, are treading on thin ice with God... because so many people are distracted from God, they are being put on a detour to hell and their blood will be on your hands. I was so disgusted to the point of being nauseated as I read things people point out over and over and over again. They have this sick fascination with the letter of the law, and lack the spirit of it. There is no light in them even though they quote scripture and justify it by saying its the "truth".... the truth is WE ALL FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.

What we focus our attention on and what comes out of our mouths is revealing the very thing that lies within our hearts. And I tell you, those that speak of these evils and constantly cause people to be reminded of their own sin, or those of others - I want to stay away from, I want no part of, because there is no light within them... they obviously do not know the Love of God... on the other hand, those seeking repentance and who are constantly evaluating their own walk with God, and who are constantly reminded that they themselves are wretched, naked and blind...and have a spirit of humility about them - they will get my attention.

They will be and are most likely the true saints - they are people after God's own heart. Do not be deceived folks! It breaks my heart that the enemy uses these legalistic "christians" to pollute and prostitute the very testimony of Jesus Christ. One of the first commandments God gave us, and I have written about it before, is to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF - and don't give me the BS that this is "tough love"... go back and read your bible and get to know Jesus the Christ, Jesus the redeemer, Jesus who came not only to give us life but to give it more abundantly.... and when you get to know Him truly know Him and His great love and realize His mercies are new every day, His grace is sufficient and His love knows NO BOUNDS.... then let us reason with one another, rightly dividing the truth - When HE is the focus, all those things that seek to exalt themselves above Him and the testimony of Christ, will dissolve in His presence and only His presence, not yours.

My neighbor is anyone on the face of this planet... not those within a certain political party, not those without what I perceive to be as sin, or those of a different color, creed or religion. He is giving me boldness to speak out and about these matters, and I promise you, as He is my witness, if you continue to walk in this darkness and use His word to cast stones, you will be stripped naked and the true nature of your heart will be revealed for all the world to see - you will be brought to your knees and my heart aches for yours. Because the stench of the rotting spirit within you will be so evident, you will no longer hide behind you self proclaimed righteousness and your holier than thou mentality. Repent now and ask for forgiveness.

It is LOVE and ONLY Love that will bring others into His kingdom and if you are incapable of understanding that, or know what that is, I suggest you get on your knees before God and cry out to Him to reveal the darkness in your own heart, before you distract and lead so many away from Him through condemnation and constant judgment. No man or woman can change another, only God can. I don't recall Him telling me either through His word or through his commands, that He has endowed anyone with the power it takes to set the captives free, except Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. If this offends someone reading, good. It has served its purpose. I will fight this twisted use of His word and what He stands for to my death if thats what it takes.

I know what its like to be utterly rejected, I know the pain of what it feels like when you have been made not to feel good enough to even be in His presence because of others. I know what its like to be told by your own parents - "we will disown you if we have to"... If you are Christian - just as I say this to myself, it is high time we start BEING one, and stop acting like one. Our days are numbered and I for one will not sit around and tolerate the attack I see so many self proclaimed Christians making against others who need us, who are hungry for the truth, who need to be loved and accepted, who are hungry and need to be fed. Love one another at all costs, especially your pride, your self appointed righteousness. God will not tolerate it much longer. His love will reveal all truth and it is His love, not your corrupted idea of love or tough love that will lead them anywhere but to condemnation and hell, and He is clear that because of this their blood will be on your hands.

And I will repeat to all, especially those who seek their knowledge from fallible men and women, who think they can get it through going to church on Sunday, or reading some religious person's posts on facebook or tweets - you need to seek God, directly, not indirectly.

For if you seek Him you WILL find Him, but not until then. You will never be known by God, through someone else, you will never have a RELATIONSHIP with God if all you do is sing about Him, read about or listen to others talk about Him. You must, I repeat YOU MUST seek Him for yourselves. He will reveal the mysteries to you Himself, through His word and through His spirit. Not me, not you momma not your pastor or your best friend, or that religious person who is constantly pointing out the sin in other's peoples lives. Stay away from them... and when you have grown up in God, not in Church, and pray for discernment, then you will know what is true and what isn't... then you will see with open eyes and have ears to hear.

God Bless you all!