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CONFRONTING THAT WHICH IS SINISTER

October 27, 2009
This post is in response to a number of ponderings over the course of a very hectic weekend in which the enemy seemed to work havoc in this household. I remember David Meyers once telling about a two week window of intense spell-casting and other forms of sinister activity that preceeds samhain. (halloween) While those who are washed in the blood of Jesus are not in bondage to the threatenings of such activity, we are wise to be not ignorant of the enemies devices and timings. I fear that all too few of us, including the author of this post, fully understand the spiritual battle that we’re in. A significant portion of what transpires under the guise of spiritual warfare appears to be more dramatics than substance; thereby further obscuring an already greatly misunderstood topic. Before going further, the following link is necessary to bring up:
SPIRITUAL WARFARE and DELIVERANCE
I first visited this site almost a year ago when discovering the testimony of Annie Finton, a former witch who is now born of the Spirit, however, I’ve not spent any substantive time on the site since that day. This weekend, however, I breezed through an introductory portion (the site offers an extensive collection of information) wherein it was mentioned that a majority of our involvement in spiritual warfare should not be direct but rather indirect. (Although, it mentioned that, in a case wherein one is demon possessed, the confrontation is more direct.)  Even though I didn’t have time to read further to find out why this statement was made, it did cause me to think about a few things. This is very much a “thinking-out-loud” post that I pray will encourage others to seek the Lord and search the scriptures for further clarity on this topic. First, however, three familiar passages:
II Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
II Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
Casting down imagination, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obediance of Christ;
And having a readiness to revenge all disobediance, when your obediance is fulfilled.”
Acts 19:13 “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.”
Each of these could be a post in and of themselves. The first, while spoken in the context of forgiving others (II Corinthians 2:10) admonishes us to be ever mindful of the devices which the enemy will employ in an attempt to derail us. The second passage reminds us of where the true battle lies. It often seems as though we spend most of our time fighting battles on the surface without understanding the spiritual nature of the campaigns. (This has been a major struggle with me concerning the Morgan and Dustin show, along with other goings-on in this family) Physical manifestations are merely a reflection of a much more profound and complex spiritual situation. The third passage reveals the dangers of engaging the enemy head-on when not in a place spiritually to do so. In this case, the vagabond Jews, exorcists did not have a relationship with Jesus and appear to have had a desire to “play the role of hero” so to speak.
Interestingly, Acts 19:13 is the only place in the King James bible where the word “exorcists” appears.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
So, over the weekend, I wondered what was meant by engaging the enemy indirectly and a few of the following things came to mind.
( 1 ) Phil McAlmond. Many will remember his blogs and the beneficial instruction that he routinely offered up. He once told of a building that he visited on the Scottish island of Iona. The place was dark and an almost overwhelming presence of evil permeated the structure. The Holy Spirit instructed him to just start lifting up the name of Jesus. It wasn’t long afterwards that the sinister presence was banished from the place. He didn’t have to go through any routine or put on a theatrical performance; he just worshipped the Lord Jesus, whose name is above every name, in sincerety. When we go into a place and the name of Jesus is lifted up, the very atmosphere will be altered. A saint can go into the city, stand on a corner that’s known to be a strong hold, and deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ to the captives. The darkness is penetrated and the enemy is reduced to playing defense.
( 2 ) The “opposer of truth” dream. The detailed account can be read “here” and involves a wiccan girl who used to work at the plant. In the dream, we were having a conversation when this entity appeared between us and was determined to “neutralize me.” I somehow knew that he was very proficient in his sinister ambitions and found myself somewhat fearful. As he began an assault, I found myself praying; but not praying about the battle in front of me. I was talking with the Lord about things that were in no way relevant to the situation at hand. While in prayer, the fear dissipated and I noticed that the relentless attack from this opposer was having no impact on me whatsoever. It was just “fizzling” about two feet in front of me.
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
( 3 ) We are all engaged in this. It’s very serious as the enemy is seeking to hang onto every captive possible, but all who are born of the Spirit can (and do) operate in this capacity to one degree or another. Oftentimes the biggest battles in this realm involve us striving to not submit to the flesh. Not so much the big glaring things, but the little things that can oftentimes beset one for years. A seed of spiritual pride, a harboring of affection for something of this world which is considered innocent because the idol appears neutral, a desire for preeminence, (which is also pride) becoming so “mechanical” that we unwittingly leave our first love, choosing gossip over intercession, and a host of other pitfalls too numerous to mention. These things hinder us at every level; providing the enemy with a platform from which he can keep us in a perpetually defensive posture. This leads toward eventual shipwreck.  
( 4 ) Pray always; faint not. This has been a secondary pondering over the weekend. When we come into the presernce of the Lord Jesus; having confessed any stumblings and are abiding in this sweetest of places, it’s a perfect time to bring forth the names and needs of others in our ambience.  Souls whose sins were paid for at Calvary, but don’t have this relationship and those who are facing various giants in their life. Intercession is not only a time of being in the presence of the Lord, it’s a time in which strongholds of the enemy can be brought to nothing. All of us would be astonished if we fully understood the significance of sincere prayer and would find ourselves no longer apprehensive about goings on in the physical realm.
A lot of spiritual warfare takes place without us giving the enemy so much as the time of day. In the first two accounts listed above, the focus was on the Lord Jesus; not the activities of the wicked one. In the third example, we put on the breasplate of righteousness; not allowing the enemy to have a podium from which he can launch accusations against us. And the fourth involves being with the Lord and interceeding for others. While typing out the last one, Acts 12:1-16 came to mind. This is where Peter was imprisoned by Herod, a group of saints  were at the house of Mary (the mother of John whose surname was Mark) praying without ceasing for him, and the report by a damsel named Rhoda, that Peter stood outside the door was initially not taken seriously. (Perhaps if she had let him into the house first instead of having a blond moment. lol) 
One more example is needful before closing, although it delves into the eccentric. Most of us have heard about the numerous “alien abduction cases” and how those who undergo this phenomenon have their lives turned upside down. Last summer (2008) I heard the testimonies of some folks who began to experience this, but called upon the name of Jesus as the ordeal began. In an instant, the beings were gone, (proving that they are not benign ETs but  are fallen entities) and these would-be-victims were back in their place. Some of these folks attended the annual gathering in Roswell NM in order to give their testimony, but were largely shunned by those who involve themselves with such things. The UFO community preferred to believe the storyline of extraterrestrial encounters instead of embracing the truth that can make them free.
Well I really have to go as it’s after 2:30 AM and I have to get up early. These are strange times; unlike any other, but our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
P.S. Here’s a link to the testimony of Jeff Harshbarger.  This link goes to the Refuge Ministries site and his testimony is on the You Tube at the bottom of the home page. It’s about five and a half minutes long.
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THESE BE the PERILEST OF TIMES

October 24, 2009
How does one adequately convey through words, the lateness of this hour?  How does a redeemed one who sees through a glass darkly go about describing a time of unimaginable tribulation; one that Jesus said would surpass every other season of upheaval? How does a saint explain to another that an abrupt departure from the status quo is very near in our future; so close that we may well awaken tomorrow morning and find ourselves in the “brave new world” that’s spoken of in scripture? The primary reason for this blog being less active than in the past is that I’ve been spending more time in the streets. The reason for this is that the sense of time running out is so intense that it’s almost physically painful. I’m awash in souls who are not ready to face their final moment in the flesh and there is a profound hardness setting in on the population.
Last Thursday a routine trip up to Kalamazoo offered up a lot of symbolics. While heading east on Stadium drive, toward the downtown region, there was a profound darkness due to the cloud cover. And although I have an imagination that must continuously be monitored, this darkness seemed in excesss of the norm. It had not rained at all and the ground was completely dry, but it was very very dark. (Just a side note; oftentimes it seems to start raining right after I depart the streets and begin heading back home. I’ve lost count of how many times this has happened over the past several months) While manuvering through the streets, activity seemed routine, but it was a gloomy afternoon.
There was another notable observation. It seemed as though I encountered a very high number of people who were visually disabled; using canes to navigate the urban terrain and alert others to their situation. An occasional encounter like this is routine, but “many” were out on this afternoon and it caused ponderings to set in. Finally it hit me while stationing at a relatively busy corner. Watching everyone hurry about with no concern for issues of eternal significance, it was as though all of them should have been carrying white canes. Those with physical visual impairments were going about their business completely oblivious to the gloominess of the day. From a spiritual perspective, everyone else was doing the same thing. The world stage is fully set for the son of perdition to make his debut and NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE! When one begins to fathom how “lost and unconcerned” so many of our contemporaries are, it’s overwhelming.
The second of the following passages has been referred to many times over the history of this blog, but it seems needful of another visit. One can never really “over-visit” passages from scripture. All of us have particular verses that we gravitate to, however, we must guard against becoming spiritually “lopsided” in the process. I used to attend a church where Philippians 4:19 was mentioned so often that I jestingly began keeping a tally in my notebook. Each time it was referred to, I put down another hash mark. (Oops; sorry for the rabbit trail)  
II Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
II Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
The observations are ominous. There is a hardness that’s setting in and it seems to be accelerating. There’s a profound apostasy setting in on the part of many who profess that they see, and this to is accelerating. And watching events unfold on the world stage at such remarkable speed; knowing that what we are witnessing now is just the calm before the storm, should cause us to realize the imporatance of being in close to the Lord Jesus at all times. We cannot weather the coming season of purifying in our own strength.
One more thought before getting into the links which are the real reason for posting tonight. Last week, Mrs timbob and I were at odds over the flu shots that are supposed to fend off the H1N1 virus (Several school districts in Michigan have been closed due to high absentee rates from this virus; including Schoolcraft where CR lives) I am opposed to it but my wife wanted to allow the kids to have it. She finally agreed to not allow our kids to receive it, but the debate was intense as I was perceived to be endangering our kids. Later on, something hit me concerning this ordeal. This was a type of “dry run” for the time when a mark will be required in order to buy or sell. We should all examine ourselves; whether or not we are prepared to stand when accused of “denying sustinence to those who are under our care.
Jeremiah 23:28 “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
And with that, here are the links. The first one addresses some things that have long troubled me. While I fully believe that the gift of prophecy is active today, (as are all of the gifts of the Spirit) there’s a real need for us to be able to discern between that which is from God and that which is imagination. In this post, Marianne takes on this issue. The post is long and the comment section lively, but here it is:
PROPHETS or PEOPLE READERS? (Heaven Awaits)
The next link is a web site which I’ve been visiting for a couple of days and plan to add to the “End Times Prophetic Sites” page when time permits:
UNLEAVENED BREAD MINISTRIES (These are Americas last days)
This site offers up a plethura of dreams and visions that are relevant to our time. Of course all such material must be approached with prayerful discernment and searching of the scriptures. Below is a small sampling from this site:
FALSE KNOWLEDGE and the GREAT FALLING AWAY
THE CARD BEFORE THE MARK
THE MARK PERSECUTION and REFUGE
TERRORISM, SPIRITUAL INVASION AND APOSTASY
GOD WARNS AGAINST IMMUNIZATION
There’s much more, but I have to wrap this up. The first link to the Unleavened Ministries site has a full listing and covers an array of topics. These issues should cause us, not to panic, but to get in close to Jesus. This is one of the reason that I ponder such things on a regular basis. Not only to be alert to the times, but also because such ponderings cause me to all the more desire to be as close to the Lord as I can be. To let go of the things which don’t matter and to be sober-minded as the day approaches.  The peace of God will remain; even in the most trying of circumstances.
Revelation 1:7 “Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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but then something happened along the way; between the cradle and the grave

October 19, 2009
Coming out here tonight presents somewhat of a conundrum. There are a plethura of things on my heart that could be addressed. Commentary could be offered concerning the prophetic lateness of the hour, the need for each of us to let go of the matrix and get close to Jesus, the relentless spiritual battles playing out in every venue of our haunts, the hardening that’s setting into the hearts of so many, the conditioning of the general population to be willing to receive a mark of allegiance to one who claims to be a god, (in order to sustain their life here) the need to encourage the saints while keeping them in fervent prayer, the need to utilize every opportunity reach out to the lost, and a host of other topics that are relevant to this moment in time. 
But earlier tonight, as I was contemplating a number of things, a song came to me. Not a song that anyone has heard, but rather one of those that seem to arrive and take my thoughts into a particular direction. (and no, it didn’t sound like the theme from the Twilight Zone) While the melody has since escaped me, the title of this posting was in the lyrics. It took me back to a place in time. A particular morning in September of 1983 when the name of one, commonly known as “timbob” was recorded in the book of life. (That always sounds weird; referring to myself in the third person) In the midst of our theological wranglings, prophetic analysis, supplications, agendas, and preparations for the time when our testimony of Jesus may cause us to be terminated by those to whom we are an evident token of perdition, it’s imperative to also remember this great salvation that we have through Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he hath bourne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and by his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
 If I had departed the land of the living in August of 1983, I would have gone into eternity without Christ and found myself in a place of unimaginable torment. Suddenly all of the dreams and aspirations of this world would be forever out of reach and all affiliations with others dissolved. The flames would never diminish and the incredible thirst that must overwhelm a person the moment that they fall into this place, would never be quenched. All bearings of time and space would have ceased at that moment and I would be forever repenting of not accepting the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. I would have been tormented by knowing that the sin which brought me to this place had been paid for by the only begotten Son of God, on an old rugged cross, but that I had neglected to receive the gift of salvation. And today, it would be more than 26 years and two months since my window of opportunity was closed all hope had forever departed.
Scripture is filled with truths which are so profound that we simply cannot fathom the “whole” of them. Being lost for all of eternity; having absolutely no hope of reprieve, is one of those truths which defy our grasping. For several years, I was a heartbeat away from everlasting doom. Held captive and blinded by the devils that be; I believed an illusion, yet thought myelf free. Never considering the implications of the fact that a certain day would arrive and find me not amongst the inhabitors of the earth. Day after day and year after year, this pending disaster lurked dangerously near. And had the devils wishes come true, I would now be a partaker of that perpetual darkness instead of writing about the hour in which I first believed. Something happened along the way between the cradle and the grave.
The day started like all of the others. I awakened in the morning and set out to live for the moment. Yet there were seeds; planted over a period of years and watered much over the course of the summer, which were just about to sprout. That morning, I heard a preacher explain in very simple terms, the common salvation. He explained that all have sinned, the penalty for this was everlasting separation from God, and that we could in no wise do anything to save ourselves. I remember listening intently; hanging on every single word as he explained how Jesus lived a sinless life; despite being tempted in all points as are we. He told how Jesus paid for our sins and that through him, I could be forgiven and have everlasting life. And I remember the moment when this same Jesus became, no longer a historical figure, but someone that I knew personally. I remember right afterwards; the enemy trying frantically to wrestle away that good work which had been started and how it only strengthened my resolve to follow the one who had come to seek and to save that which was lost.
It was the day when I awakened a passenger on the hell bound train and went to bed aboard a ship bound for a new city. I fear that, too often, we get so wrapped up in our churchianity; so occupied with the dramas of this life, that we neglect to adequately remember the hour in which we first believed.  And while it’s imperative to understand the times in which we live, have our hearts set in the age to come and be ever looking toward the day when we are forever with Jesus, it’s equally imperative to reflect back on the moment when the angels of heaven rejoiced as our name was inscribed in the Lambs book of life. To seek an ever greater understanding of the incredible price that Jesus paid in order for us to have eternal life. To grasp just how profound it is to have once been a heartbeat away from perdition, but now to have an inheritance incorruptible.
Luke 10:20 “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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“EYE HATH NOT SEEN”

October 12, 2009
This post must begin with a passage of scripture that’s been referred to enumerable times in the history of this blog.
I Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
When considering the realm of the heavenlies, each of us will have somewhat differing versions of a common scriptural consensus and all of them will fall way short of the real thing. We know of the saint, mentioned by the apostle Paul in the 12th chapter of II Corinthians who saw paradise and heard things which cannot be uttered in this present realm. We know that it’s a place where one is continually in the presence of the Lord. A place where no sorrows can enter and where the saints rest from their labors. A place wherein, a fraction of a second upon entering, all of our earthly woes, heartaches, and disappointments will be departed and will never again be able to foster torment. A place of heavenly melodies and worship of the Creator who is before all things and by whom all things were spoken into being. A place of unfathomable peace and love on a scale that not even the most “spiritual” among us can begin to comprehend. It sounds “too good to be true” and yet it is far more real than this present theater of atoms.
It is an indescribable paradise in every sense of the word, where the eternal and unchanging God sits upon the throne. In his presence there is an incredible company of angels and the great cloud of witnesses who, in generations past, maintained their testimony of Jesus. And yet, as incredibly wonderful as this place is, we know that this present heaven will one day cease to be. A parculiar thought has been on my mind this past week concerning this and it’s still in the “thinking out loud” mode. This present heaven is a paradise in every sense of the word. And yet, long ago, it was the scene of a terrible conflict. Once upon a time, a seed of pride rose up in opposition to the Everlasting Father. The most powerful and beautiful angel, Lucifer desired to occupy the place of God. He gathered up an army of conspirators and together they attempted to overthrow the very one who created them. This lusting caused one third of the occupants of heaven to keep not their first estate and to embark on a joruney that will end in everlasting torment.
This must have seemed most unthinkable to those who remained faithful. That a third of their fellow-servants had chosen to rebel against truth and righteousness. This is just speculation, but I wonder if it was at this point; right after Satan fell like lightening, that the Lord determined a day in which the present dwelling would be replaced by another. We know that a single seed of pride in the heart of the most powerful angel has resulted in untold billions spending eternity in a state of everlasting torment; both fallen entities and those inhabitors of the earth who reject the great salvation. The magnitude of this tragedy is simply unthinkable; even though we are seeing it play out before us daily. Over the weekend, while grocery shopping, I found myself picking up on pieces of various conversations in the ambience. It is astonishing at how little concern there is for eternal matters and how great the darkness is in this age. It was nothing new; rather just an increased awareness of the multiplied calamities playing out all around us.
The present realm is one that has been defiled by pride and rebellion and this is the reason that it has been assigned a final moment. For example, those who have been born of the Spirit know the joy of being forgiven and having a relationship with Jesus. However, we are in an environment that continually reminds us of those days before we were saved. (like hearing an old song, playing in the dentist office, that conjours up memories of when we were undone.) We look forward to a day when this corruption puts on incorruption and we are forever separated from such things. Likewise, I wonder if the present heaven harbors memories of the rebellion that once transpired there. How heartbreaking this must have been for our Lord. The anguish that a parent experiences when a child goes astray is nothing in comparison to what the Lord must have felt in that moment. Again, I’m just thinking out loud and seriously wondering if, perhaps,  I’m intruding into conversation that should be left alone.
I’ve stumbled through all of these cogitations in order to arrive at these passages:
II Peter 3:13 “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
Revelation 21:1-2 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lambs book of life.”
“All things new.” A pristine creation that has never been contaminated by pride or lusting, or ill-will toward another. To think on this seems as a “thing too wonderful for me” and yet this is the eternal abode of all who once were lost and are now washed in the precious blood of Jesus. The Creator of all that is, who became flesh and paid for the sins of all who were born with the fallen nature of Adam. Although we are presently travelling throught this theater of atoms, I think that it’s imperative for us to make regular visits to this place. To remind us of what lies ahead and the incredible price that Jesus paid in order for us to have an everlasting habitation there. When these things begin to really get into our heart of hearts, all of the besetments of this present world, which keep us tied up with this and struggling with that, will dissolve in a moment. The alurements of this world simply cannot compete with a revelation of such everlasting realities.
What an incredible gathering and what an incredible setting. A completely new heaven, a new earth without seas, and a new city where the redeemed dwell in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I sometimes wonder how much we will remember concerning the former things. All of the issues that seem so relevant now, will be faded memories of a realm which no longer exists. And yet, every time we look upon the one who lights up every corner of this city; every time we see his nail scarred hands, we will be reminded that this same Jesus once shed his blood on an old rugged cross to save us from everlasting death. And we’ll be reminded of a particular hour in our past when we first believed on him. A single moment wherein our name was written down in glory and we passed from death unto everlasting life. We will never be able to give him all of the praise that he is worthy of, but we will certainly be able to worship him forever and ever.
I Thessalonians 4:18 “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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STILL:

October 7, 2009
To just be still and know that God is. To take posession of a space of time from the neverending assault of daily dramas and abide in the presence of the Lord. No particular petitions, no preconcieved format, and no alarms to announce that it’s time to go back to the circus. Sometimes it sounds like an impossible dream in todays hectic climate. And yet, never, has it been more urgent for each of us to consistantly seek out such a space.  Lately it seems as though increasing amounts of time spent in prayer is becomming passive. By this I mean it begins in the usual fashions, however, as a closeness to the Lord Jesus manifests, words become almost obsolete. There’s such a peace and contentment that petitions become difficult to bring forth. There’s such a supernatural sweetness that one finds no desire to consider things in the physical realm.
Of course this could seem kind of selfish. Petitions must be brought up; especially those concerning souls who are currently lost and other saints who are sailing through challenging waters. In fact, such moments as these are among the best times to bring forth the petitions that have been weighing on us. In times like these, all of “self” has been subdued and all agendas, which may normally influence the thrust of our requestings have been set aside. Our focus is completely upon Jesus and our heart cries out for those who have not found such a place. Those who are lost; those who are struggling with divers wrestlings, and those who have been born again, but are still clinging to various weights. We plead that all would find this place of refuge; this divine address that resides beyond the borders of space and time. A place of such completeness that all of the former lustings to drop to the ground like yesterdays news.
Seasons come and go. Fads are started, wars are fought, kings rise to power and rulers meet their inevitable demise as do all who travel through the valley of decisions. Continuous change is a primary attribute of this fallen world. And yet God never changes. He has always been God and he will always be God. Long after this matrix has been dissolved, he will still, and forever be, God. It’s imperative that we strive to let go, from our heart, of that which is temporal, and tap into the everlasting realities. We must ensure that we are consistantly abiding in Jesus; the True Vine, and not allowing the goings on that we “see” to distort what we “know.” Perhaps this sounds a little nutty. I don’t know; I was just waiting for the dentist office to open so that I can make an appointment, when this came forth.  Speaking of which, the office should be open now, and so I’ll wrap this up.
It’s amazing how, even a short time in the presence of the Lord can change our perceptions and bring us into understanding over that which truly matters and those items which are soon to no longer be relevant. “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and for ever.” Blessings always in Jesus name.