Archive for November, 2007

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Weekend Reflections (links)

November 30, 2007

This is a very good piece from Dave Daubenmire, found at news with Views, although I found it on Steve Quayles site.  It exhorts us to ponder the ways that we utilize our time.  Here’s the link: (if it works)

www.newswithviews.com/Daubenmire/dave93.htm 

Cool, it works.  Please take a moment to check it out.  Another good post is on Daniels site:

www.apostolicmessenger.wordpress.com/2007/11/30/prayer-that-stirs/ 

This post tells of an amazing incident that transpired in the Kansas statehouse recently.  Another post was done earlier, but neglected to link to it until now:

www.wordforit.wordpress.com/2007/11/25/the-remarkable-book-called-the-bible/ 

One more.  In an age when everyone is seeking numbers, authenticity is often overlooked.  A post which addresses the issue of sincere evangelism can be found at the following:

www.witnessingencouragement.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/biblical-evangelism/ 

All of these links are well worth a visit.  More may be added this weekend if time permits.  Until next time, Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

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Invasion of the Loons

November 29, 2007

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Psalm 73:25-28  “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  For lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed them all that go a whoring from thee.  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. 

Yesterday on the other blog, I linked to a report that detailed the correllations between our governments pressuring the Israelis to exchange land for peace and natural disasters that followed each incident in which this transpired.  The most notable incident of all was the Israeli pullout from Gaza.  On the day following the completion of this forced retreat, a tropical depression formed south of Bermuda which, four days later, slammed into Louisiana and Mississippi as Hurricane Katrina.  I guess I should link to the report here as it’s quite interesting.

www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/07_Prophetic/071128.stage.set.html

While reading this, I was reminded of the chaotic situation facing the residents of New Orleans in the aftermath of this storm.  Most of us remember the images of stranded residents on housetops, lawlessness gripping the areas still above water and residents banding together at the Superdome and convention center for protection from the chaotic situations that had developed.  For several days, we were granted a “snapshot” of what societal breakdown looks like and it would appear that the majority are ill-prepared to be confronted by a collapse in the status quo.  For this reason, I refer to the “familiar verse of the day:”

Luke 21:26  Mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

One can only imagine a Katrina-like senario on a national scale.  (This post should probably be on the other blog)  Recently, CNN aired a piece in which they pondered such an event.  They brought forth a senario in which a cyber-attack on the countrys power grid leaves large sections of the nation without power for weeks or months.  At first, the report stated, it would be an inconvenience.  As time elapsed, however, this inconvenience would quickly escalate into chaos.  Commerce would grind to a halt, no power would be available to pump gas leaving everyone stranded “on location” stores would quickly run out of goods, panic would set in as no relief was even on the horizon, and suddenly it’s “Welcome to Loonville!”  An instinctive survival mentality would cause otherwise very neighborly people to commit unimaginable atrocities on others as they find themselves in a situation that they never anticipated. 

Such an occurance is very possible; even if we set aside scripture for a moment.  In the CNN piece (which sounded more like something that would be heard on Coast to Coast or Alex Jones) they talked with representatives of a firm that tests the cyber-security of large corporations and government agencies.  In other words they try to “break through” their security systems as to reveal weaknesses.  The reporter asked “what is your success rate for breaking in?” Without hesitation, the representative said “100 percent.”  They never encountered a security system that they were unable to compromise.  In short, we can expect unimaginable upheaval ahead, and in light of scripture, we “know” that increasingly perilous times await us. 

For the saints; born of the Spirit and looking for the return of Jesus, this should not be a troubling time, but rather a time of drawing close to Jesus coupl;ed with soulwinning.  One thing that’s frustrating is that the status quo offers up a false sense of peace and safety.  Folks go about their daily routine oblivious to matters of eternal significance or their need for a Savior.  Many will listen to us and respond with “Oh don’t be such a doomsdayer” or “They’ve been saying these things for years” and, upon occasion, “Does this shirt make me look fat?”  Every distraction under the sun to keep themselves from pondering their eternal destination. 

But in times of upheaval, when the wheels of the chariots of Egypt fly off and it all comes crashing down,  the truth that everyone needs is suddenly center stage.  Tomorrow is not a promise that the flesh can deliver on.  This life is ever so temporal and when a persons final moment could be lurking around every corner, they discover that the cares of this life appear trivial at best.  I’m convinced that in times of upheavel, many of those seeds which we were certain fell by the wayside will bear fruit at the most unexpected times.   This is why patience is such an important aspect as priceless souls are residing all around.   

Of course, in terms of prophetic fulfilment, such chaos will also be a mechanism for the man of sin to bring to fruition his world government as those without Jesus cry out for some resemblance of stability.  Instead of trading land for piece, they’ll trade their souls for a loaf of bread by “receiving” a mark.  I know that in recent weeks, I’ve been on this hobby horse (as Pastor Gibson used to call a dominant theme) but these are very “VERY dangerous times and our adversary is actively seeking whom he may devour.  I’m really desiring to type out II Thessalonians 2:1-12, but I’m trying to cut down on post size as to not cause any to suffer from “Blogger Fatigue.”    So I’ll go to another “familiar but astonishing” passage instead. 

Revelations 9:20-21  “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” 

This is incredible.  Despite the collapsing of everything around them, many will cleave to that which is unable to deliver.  But for those whose spiritual eyes are finally opened, we’ll have to be close to Jesus and ready to bring them along.  (II Timothy 2:25)  I’m noticing a remarkable thing at work.  There are a few who seem to be waking up to the truth that our country is in a perilous situation.  (Nine trillion dollars of debt, over 45 million abortions, and a policy of pressuring the children of Israel to surrender land that God promised to the seed of Abraham will result in a nation finding itself in a perilous situation)  And while I would fervently love to take a buyout, move west, and street preach with Richard (I have not flown this idea past my wife yet) I’m probably right where I need to be. 

Philippians 4:11  “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

Well, once again, I wasn’t planning to post today.  We never know what a day holds in store but the Lord sees the end from the beginning.  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.  So until next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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“I See Dead People”

November 27, 2007

Ephesians 2:4-7  “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath he quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

We were once dead in sins, but now are seated with Jesus in heavenly places.  This is as life-changing as it gets; to go from being spiritually dead and headed for an eternity in a lake of fire, to being born of the Spirit and have the promise of life everlasting.  From the hour that we first believe, our lives are forever changed and we become a testimony of the truth that there is power in the blood of the Lamb.  The name of Jesus whereby we must be saved.  He is the way, the truth, and the life; a fact which we experienced firsthand when we repented of our sins and accepted him as Savior and Lord. 

Tragically, there are multitudes all around us, and possibly even some in our various local fellowships, who are still dead in trespasses in sins.  They have never been born of the Spirit; never called upon Jesus, and are completely unprepared if their final moment should suddenly arrive.  Richard has a post that really hits home to all of us.  Here’s the link to the post which has the longest title that I’ve come across thus far.

www.rjperalta.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/usually-no-problem-mentioning-god-but-try-jesus-and-see-what-happens/ 

This post hit me also as far too often, I wait for opportunities to present themselves instead of actively and prayerfully pursuing opportunities.  We enjoy our comfort zone where everything is numbingly fuzzy and oftentimes prefer not to rock the boat.  The simple truth is that when the name of Jesus is mentioned, the boat is going to be rocked every time.  This is unavoidable as the enemy is aware of the simple truth that Jesus is “the way” to eternal life.  The devil will offer no resistance to a conversation that’s travelling down a dead-end street, however, when Jesus is mentioned, he gets rattled for fear that another will be birthed into the kingdom.  The devils believe and tremble.  I fear that most of us, including myself, fail to grasp the seriousness of this as we should.  So I’ll start off with a passage which I have, in times past, used to justify laziness.

I Peter 3:15  “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”

This is true; we should be ready, at the drop of a hat, to share our faith.  Staying in prayer and staying sober-minded is imperative here.  However, most who are unsaved are not going to ask of us about the hope that is in us.  Were going to have to bring it up or they’ll just continue talking our ear off about their new boat, football, the democrats, their financial problems, their vacation, their newly remodeled basement, or the upcomming contract talks between AAM and the UAW.  Anything except, “what must I do to be saved?”  This passage reminds us of then need to be instant in season, out of season, but it doesn’t give us a pass to sit on the sidelines and wait for curiosity-seekers.

John 3:36  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not on the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” 

This verse just popped into my head, so here it is.  It desrcibes, in no uncertain terms, what’s at stake.  There are people all around us who are, in effect, living on borrowed time.  Anyone who doesn’t know Jesus is lost and undone.  So why do we spend hours on endless debatings over the theatrics of this life instead of presenting Jesus?  Again, I think that oftentimes, we just don’t want to rock the boat.  (Can’t we all just get along?)  Richard mentioned in a recent post (I think it was called “How Ya Doin?) that we must get out of our comfort zone and be about our Fathers business.  Here’s another completely unplanned passage. 

Romans 14:10-12  “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?  for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

I don’t know if anyone else does this or if I’m just weird.  I think about this moment; a moment that will arrive for each of us.  The moment when we stand face to face with Jesus and are called upon to give account of our time here.  It’s sobering and it causes serious examination.  Well I’m going to close out for now; even though this is shorter than average.  This was to be a day primarily for commenting, but this is too serious to allow it to wait another day.  Please check out Richards post.   I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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“FAITHFUL CREATOR”

November 24, 2007

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Revelation 4:11  “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

This is a post primarily for pondering.  Thinking of the sheer magnitude of the God whom we love and live for.  The very one who is from everlasting, to everlasting, has no varience or turning, possesses all wisdom, created all that is, and became a man to pay the sin debt of a fallen world that wasn’t seeking after him.  There simply aren’t words in our vocabulary to accurately portray such a wonderful creator.  When he told Moses “I AM THAT I AM” he made it clear that he is eternal and unwavering.  That’s a very comforting thought; to know that he won’t change overnight. 

So on this weekend after thanksgiving, when most spent their time battling through crowded market places and acquiring that which can never satisfy and will eventually be left behind, I find myself pondering the greatness of our God.  When we have the peace of God in our hearts that passes all understanding, nothing of this world can add to or detract from it.  The joy of the Lord who inhabits all of eternity doesn’t hinge upon a holiday, the economy, the weather, the institutions of others, or anything of this world.  Jesus is with us always, and will remain with us, not only in the peaceful times, but also when the foundations of the world are being shaken.  As the old song goes, “Our God is an Awesome God!”  So here are a few passages that fit into this theme beginning with where I was this afternoon.

Psalm 113:3-5  “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.  The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.  Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high.”

I’m reminded of the days when I would become worked up over theatrics in the geo-political arena.  The simple truth is that God inhabits all of eternity, he sets up nations and he brings nations down.  He establishes one king and brings down another.  Nebuchadnezzar learned this truth when the kingdom was departed from him and he ate grass as the beasts until seven times passed over.  (Equally incredible is that his kingdom was returned to him.)  I know that this sounds “really elementary” but I think it’s needful; to be mindful of how incredible God really is.  To see things from a spiritual perspective and pray that our eyes would be opened to things as they are and not as they appear in the physical.  This brings to mind some other passages.

John 1:3  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Hebrews 11:3  “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made by things which do appear.”

All that is; the earth, the sun, the planets, and even the far-flung galaxies which are speeding away at an increasing pace, were created by God.  (This continual acceleration in the expansion of the universe has astro-physicists baffled and a plethura of theories exist in an attempt to explain it.  Perhaps Revelation 20:11 could offer some insight)  It’s amazing that the most educated in this field of study run into one astronomical conundrum after another in trying to piece it all together, and yet cling, with a childlike faith, to the big-bang theory.  A theory that, if it were true, would have the universe expanding at the same rate.  All of the matter would be in the form of a shell; thereby revealing the exact location of this big bang.  Without a doubt, God brings to nothing the understanding of the prudent and no flesh will glory in his presence.

Isaiah 57:15  “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

He inhabits eternity with those who are humble and sincere.  Those who are born of the Spirit are seated in heavenly places with Christ.  When we truly begin to grasp this, the lusts of the world lose all of their appeal.  As we draw ever closer to Jesus, it becomes increasingly difficult to get excited over the temporal things of this world.  A few moments ago, I texted Richard ( www.rjperalta.wordpress.com ) with words to the effect that “I’m betwixt!  This world is getting stranger and I long to be with the Lord!”  It’s how I feel.  My only desire in this world is to work for the furtherance of the kingdom of God.  That souls would come to Jesus before it’s too late.  To gather and not scatter.  We’re in this world, but our hearts should not be attached to this world. 

I Peter 4:19  “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

A faithful Creator.  What an incredible salvation that we have through Jesus Christ; who paid for our sins with his own blood.  “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”  I know that this post is written kind of haphazardly, but this has been on my mind all day.  Why do we obsess over the temporal things of this life when we know Jesus.  The flesh can never satisfy, the dramas of this life can never offer fulfilment, and football is “just a game.”  Ten thousand years from now, however, long after the last touchdown has been made, the last political speech presented, and the last automobile has rolled off the assembly line, we shall be forever with Jesus. 

The assembly line.  A couple of years ago, I was in working in department 94 which is the final assembly line for the GM truck axles.  This very thought came to mind.  I was looking back up the line which was filled with axles, each at a different phase of completion when I began pondering “what will be going on when the final axle comes down this line?”  There will be a “final axle” at some point.  There will be a final axle, a final dinner, a final post, a final holiday season, and a final election (providing the final election hasn’t already taken place)  Yet when this world is nothing but a memory, we will be forever with the Lord Jesus, singing songs which are so incredible that they are simply beyond this earthly realm. 

Well, I’ll close for now.  I’m certain that some editing is in order, but I’m tired and must get to bed.  I wanted to go to Job chapters 38 through 40, but I’m already heading for 1200 words on this.  So I’ll conclude with this final passage:

Hebrews 1:14  “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purgedf our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Magesty on high;  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” 

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Fatal Distractions

November 21, 2007

Genesis 19:14  “And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.  But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.”

We probably all know people like this.  Whenever the conversation turns to the times in which we live and the events unfolding on the earth,they reply with a “ho-hum” attitude.  Some may offer a superficial interest, but nothing genuine as they go about their daily grind with indiference.  The attitude of Lots son in laws reflects that of most these days.  “Life is good, I have my career, my retirement plans, and my stuff.  Leave me alone!”  They willingly close their eyes and refuse to so much as “entetain” the notion that things aren’t going to just go on forever as they seem to be doing. 

The distractions of the world are undeniable, as illustrated in the above passage. Distractions abound, not only for the unsaved, but also for those who truly know and love the Lord Jesus and may truly be understanding of the times in which we live, but remain sluggish about doing all that we can do before nightfall.  (This is a wrestling that I must deal with on a daily basis.)  The following passage is incredible.

Genesis 19:15-16  “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, whichare here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.  And while they lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 

Without a doubt, Lot knew that the city was to be destroyed, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone out to warn his sons in law.  (I wonder if he knew that they probably wouldn’t listen to him, and yet decided to try and talk sense into them.)  Yet when the eve of destruction turned to the morning of destruction, we read that the attitude was of a more casual nature.  (I imagine they were packing)  The angels had to physically remove them from the city.  One would think that this act, along with the warning in verse 17 to not look back would have sufficed.  Without a doubt the seriousness the situation was, at this point, grasped by all four who had been delivered.  They were “escaped.”  They were outside of ground zero and yet, one of them longed for the “good old days.”

Genesis 19:26  “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” 

Luke 17:32  “Remember Lot’s wife.”

Lots wife has become a proverb and a warning to every generation since this incident.  A warning as to the deadly consequences of harboring a love for the temporal.  It’s amazing that, she loved these cities even though she was aware that they were in the process of coming to be no more.  She just couldn’t let go of the past.  We have a tendancy to like the status quo, or “that which was” when the present isn’t satisfying.  The truth is that there simply is no satisfaction apart from the Lord Jesus.  While the world offers up an increasingly complex array of distractions; complete with the latest bells and whisles that the current state of technology has to offer, there is no peace apart from the Prince of Peace. 

It’s interesting that we never learn of the name of Lots wife.  Just like the rich man in Luke 16:19-31, she passes through the ages anonymously.

Mark 13:37  “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

The warnings abound.  Do not be overcharged by the things of this world.   There are so many scriptures relating to this that choosing is a task in itself.  So, I’ll begin with these passages from Proverbs and I Timothy respectively: 

Proverbs 30:8-9  “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD?  or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”

I Timothy 6:8-9  “And having food and rainment, let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

This is amazing.  A prayer of “Dont allow me to have too much”  in the book of Proverbs.  It’s a recognizing of the dangers associated with abundance.  It will take our heart from our first love as we begin to say within ourselves that “gain is godliness.”  Today, the landscape is dotted with mega-churches who preach an acquisition-focused message on how to have “your best life now.” (Oops)  The precept upon precept warnings from the scriptures are casually disregarded as people have their heart set upon the wood, hay, and stubble.”  Recently Phil (in the blogroll under “No Other Name”) stated that people are seeking Jesus hands instead of seeking his face. 

Matthew 6:21  “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Today people are gazing back at Sodom; a world that is to soon be no more.  It’s this love for the world that will cause the world to wonder after the beast.   It’s this refusal to grasp the concept of loving not our lives in this world, that will cause millions to sell their birthright for a morsel of meat.  Saving their lives in this temporal world because they have either left their first love or have never truly met the Lord Jesus.  I know that this has been an over-dominating topic, but loving this present world is an incredible snare.  When material gain is offered up in christian gift-wrapping, its appeal is nearly irresistable to any who harbor a love for the temporal. 

Last night, David Icke was on Coast to Coast AM.  He talks much about the coming global superstate, although he seems to have a new-age outlook.  Nonetheless, he made a statement that caught my attention.  He mentioned how fear will cause people to buy into the schemes of those who are orchestrating the global governing entity.  (Actually, the situation is far bigger that he mentioned)  He mentioned that once a person no longer fears them, they no longer have any power over that person.  In other words, he was, in a way, offering up a biblical principal.   When we truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, and love not our lives in this world, those who would cause all, small and great, to receive a mark, will have no power over us.  Sure they can end our physical life and many of us will be called upon to offer up this witness.  But in doing so, we’ll be forever with Jesus. 

At this point, I’m thinking that this post belongs on the other blog.  Nonetheless, this exhortation to look to those things which are eternal is needful.  I’m running short on time here and so this will have to be edited later on.  Yet I want to get it out because this issue of so many being overcharged by the things of this world weighs heavily.  Actually there are a number of other passages that I wanted to visit, so a part two may be in the works.  As for now, I have to go to work.  Until next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus. 

Nov.23,2007  Greetings.  Currently on the other blog, www.timbob2.wordpress.com is the initial post of a series on Matthew chapter 24.  As the return of Jesus draws ever closer, this is a pondering of the events that will proceed his return.  Since the other blog is a “piggyback” to this one, it’s now well known and so I make mention of it here.

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The Heart of God (Episode V)

November 19, 2007

Matthew 5:25-26  “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whilst thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.  Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.”

I want to start out with a link to a post that almost coincides with this installment of this series of posts. 

www.wordforit.wordpress.com/2007/11/17/eight-words-that-will-improve-your-life/ 

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of disputes that begin over something frivilous and escalate to ridiculous extremes.  Sometimes an observing party will interject “you know, it’s really not a big deal.”  This is often responded to “that’s not the point!  It’s the principal of the matter.”  The result can be a breaking of a friendship or even a family because someone had their feelings hurt or something was done that may have been wrong but they refuse to apolagize and/or the other person cannot forgive them.  Pride gets in the way and relationships come undone. 

In the above passage, Jesus admonishes us to be of an agreeable nature.  Not to compromise our faith, but to make peace when peace can be made.  If we’ve committed a wrong toward another, resolve it quickly lest we find ourselves in a situation “spiraling out of control,” that we cannot win.  Likewise, to strive live peaceably with all, even if we must absorb a wrong that was done toward us.  Personally, I would rather be at peace with another than to score points at the cost of a friendship.  Especially if the person is unsaved and I’m the only ambassador for Christ that they know.  Just as we daily choose to follow Jesus, we daily choose to live peaceably with those around us. 

Just a side thought here.  The more that we go through scripture, the more we realize just how contrary to God we really are in our fallen state.  So focused on fulfilling our own desires that everyone else and everything else takes a back seat.  If everyone were to suddenly love their neighbor as themselves, all of the strife in the world would be gone overnight.  Of course this will not happen until Jesus returns; thereby revealing the truth that this world is in complete opposition to Gods perfect will.  Only the blood of Jesus can wash away sin. 

II Corinthians 5:16-17  “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 

Woo Hoo!  This is such a familiar, and yet, powerful passage.  As we venture into the next series of verses, it becomes increasingly evident that sin goes much deeper than what a person does or doesn’t do.  It’s root is in the heart and that root, coupled with a fallen nature, will produce fruit.

Matthew 5:27-28  “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  But I say unto you,  That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath commited adultery with her already in his heart.”

In other words, if we should notice a member of the opposite sex, and commence allowing the imagination to wander into thoughts of engaging in sexual activity, in the eyes of God, it’s the same as though we have commited the very act.  (as for looking at a member of the same sex, I refer to Romans 1:26-28)  It’s common for married couples to say to each other “You can look, but don’t touch.”  (If I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard that)  Not so according to scripture.  Physical adultery is the manifestation of something that has already taken place in the heart.  This sermon; when Jesus first gave it, was radical.  It was completely in opposition to the worlds view on things.  Today in 2007, it’s every bit as radical, and yet every bit as true.  This next passage goes on to describe just how serious sin is. 

Matthew 5:29-30  “And if thine right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:  for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  And if thine right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

Looking and touching; both are addressed here.  Basically, if we had a problem in this area and had to put our eye out in order for it to no longer be a problem, that would be much better than continuing in sin and being cut off from God for eternity.  Too many of us, including myself, fail to grasp just how serious rebellion is; that being engaging in activities which are contrary to Gods holy nature.  Adultery is contrary to God and hurtful to the person whose spouse is looking for fulfillment in another.  The institution of marriage was established in Genesis 2:24, when there were only two people in the world.  While this conversation has geared toward adultery, forication is every bit as sinful; being the perversion of something that God intended to be as a bond between two people who are committed to each other until parted by death. 

I’m wondering if a post on fornication is in order at some point.  Ours is a society where “everybody does it” and hardly anyone talks about it.  When listening to the current generation, it becomes obvious that, for many, there’s no moral compass in their lives.  My friend at work has a former girlfriend who was a second-generation loon because her parents were were first-generation loons.  She was raised in an environment where drug use was rampant, nothing was wrong and looking out for “me” was all that mattered.  She is now 26 years old, has one kid with one on the way, and is incapable of functioning in society.  These kids bear the brunt of faulty decision making on the part of their parents.  (My friend is not the father of either child)  As touching fornication/adultery, I refer to a warning from Jeremiah along with the “very practical” passages that we were given at the hand of Paul.

Jeremiah 5:8  “They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbors wife.” 

I Corinthians 7:2  “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every man woman have her own husband.”

I Corinthians 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better for them to marry than to burn.”

Fornication is one of the key factors that led to my season of rebellion.  A redirecting of my focus from keeping the Lord Jesus first in my life and allowing the old man to reassert himself.  Praise God that, despite my years of rebellion, I have a wonderful faithful wife of 15.5 years, who puts up with my continual blogging.  (lol)  While we’ve seen others marry, divorce, remarry, redivorce, and keep a lover or two on the side, we’ve had no problems of that nature. 

Well, I’m not going to get to verses 31 and 32, even though they should be included with this post.  Adultery is in direct contrast to loving our neighbor as ourself.  It’s a purely self-centered and self-pleasing act that severely hurts the person whom we promised to love honor and cherish till death do us part.  Our culture seems to almost encourage such activity (“Desperate Housewives!” I’ve never seen it but I’m certain that the title says it all.)  I’m trying to cut down on the size of posts, but so far it’s not transpired.  So until next time, I wish to all a most blessed day in Jesus.

Revelation 22:14-15  “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates of the city.  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

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Dreams and Divisions (?)

November 18, 2007

While this account will most likely be posted next week, (and probably removed shortly thereafter) I’m writing it on Saturday morning while this thing is fresh in my mind.  A dream that may have no other message than to not eat too many fish fillets and french fries, or may have more significant meaning of which I am not aware.  For this reason, I’ll offer it up and pray that I’m doing so out of sincerety. 

The first part of this dream is obscure; only that it involved a house or building that I was in that seemed like a labyrinth of rooms and passageways.  I’m not even sure if this is an accurate description of this first portion, but is the best that I can remember.  The final segment, however is very memorable as it entailed my oldest sister who has been a Mormon since her early twenties, has multiple personalities and talks to dead people.  (That’s not a joke; she is really in a serious condition and in need of prayer.) 

We were in this room along with a relative whom I do not recognize at all, however, I had the understanding that this lady was a relative.  This relative was in a bed and I also had the understanding that she was dying of cancer.  This was to be her final night on earth and I was with her along with Sally.  (I don’t know if I should even go here.  Its SO OUT THERE!)  She appeared to be almost middle aged; possibly late forties or early fifties. 

Sally and I were at her bedside, when suddenly, Sally arose, took two sticks, began talking as though performing some form of a ritual, and commenced hitting this lady over the head.  The sticks were each a little over two feet long but thin.  They also had grooves in them at regular intervals, as though they had been formed on a lathe.  These sticks were also connected by a cord about three or four feet in length.  The whole apparatus was covered in a golden substance.  Well, upon seeing Sally go to work on this ladys head and the lady, naturally not liking it, I rushed over, put myself between her and Sally and yelled “What are you doing?”  I had to physically force an end to this ordeal with the sticks.

Let me interject this.  In times past, Sally has been involved with holistic medicine and other things of that nature.  I don’t know if she still is or not. 

This incident ended and there was almost a repose for a time; kind of as though I was napping in the course of the dream.  When I came to, I decided to go and check on this relative to see how she was doing.  While going down the hallway, there was a person lying in a blanket there whom I thought to be this relative whom I wish had a name so that I could stop calling her “this relative.”  In the blanket was a much older lady with very white hair.  However, also in the hallway a few feet over, was the lady who was a relative, wrapped up in an orange colored blanket.  I went over to see how she was doing.  She was still with us, however it was now almost morning.  A lot of information in this dream, I just seemed to “know.”  I then heard a disturbance.  Looking up; here came Sally with the sticks again.  “Oh NO!”

I jumped up and headed her off at the pass.  Pushing her back until she finally fell backwards onto a couch where I pinned her down.  She exclaimed “I must finish the ceremony!”  I loudly replied “You’re going to have to show me that in scripture!”  I kept her pinned to the couch, lest she go to work on the ladys head again.  Going through my mind was the fact that Sally is involved with some really strange things and also hoping that I hadn’t missed some obscure verse that one could use to condone beating a departing relative over the head with sticks.  Sallys response was really bizarre.

The response was in the form of a well constructed rhyme and it had to do with hitting the person four times so that they could get to the other side.  If only hit two times, (that’s all that Sally had managed to get in before I interrupted the ordeal earlier)  they would be stuck in between worlds.  Well, this is where I awakened and, as one can imagine, I pondered “WHAT WAS THAT?”  I have no idea as to what any of this would signify.  The sticks that Sally was using seemed very detailed; as though made precicely for the purpose of performing some sort of ritual.  I can still see the face of the relative and also the much older lady who was in the hallway.  I can hear the rhyme in my head, but not remember the exact wording; only the message contained therein.  I seriously don’t know if I can even post this.  (this may not be here very long) 

One serious thing has already come from this.  I need to be keeping Sally in prayer.  She has involved herself with some really strange things over the years and needs a deliverance.  She really “needs a deliverance!”  We know that Jesus came to set the captives free and to save us from an eternity of everlasting death.  We know that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  We also know that Jesus Christ is God, manifest in flesh, and is from everlasting to everlasting.  He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.  That’s such a comfort; to know that God doesn’t change.  He is a sure foundation and we can be certain that as he was in the times when he established the foundations of the world, so he is today.  As he was in the days of Abraham and Elijah, so he is in 2007.  As he is in 2007, he’ll continue to be 200 million years from now.   

Well, I’ll end this for now.  It’s still Saturday morning, but I don’t plan to post this until  tomorrow or Monday.  (I’m still not certain if it should be out there and input is definately requested)   I know that this post is “out there.”  Currently on the other blog,  www.timbob2.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/a-number-and-a-man/  is a more average post.  I’ll conclude with an awesome passage of scripture and wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Matthew 4:23-24  “And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were posessed with devils, and those which were lunitic, and those which had the palsy; and he healed them.”