John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
II Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Many professing Christians will believe themselves to be walking in this liberty. Indeed everyone who is born of the Spirit does walk in a measure of it. Just knowing that our sins are forgiven and that we have an eternity in the presence of the Lord, carries an incredible amount of liberty and peace. But when a person grows into the fulness of this freedom, their life will be altered in ways that will appear radical, and even “irresponsible” in the eyes of those who have never experienced it. Folks who have entered this realm continually abide close to the Lord Jesus. The fellowship is indescribably sweet and they diligently seek out the quiet spaces as to spend time with him. They trust so completely in his word, that the threatenings of this world are unable to initiate fear. They will not be moved by the enticements of this life as their affections are set completely upon the Lord Jesus and the age to come. They no longer conform to the worlds standards; nor do they weary themselves in pursuit of an ever-increasing stake in this worlds agenda.
This is a place that it’s probably safe to say that all of us are striving toward, but have not reached the fulness of. For example, over the weekend, I found myself thinking of our personal finaicial outlook and some trouble spots down the road. It caused apprehension that “should not have been;” especially over things which are temporal. Seriously! Someday; be it in a few months or in several years, we will no longer abide at this address. This is a temporal thing and fear over potential outcomes in the flesh indicate that ones affections are not as set on the everlasting as they should be. I have so much growing to do and I oftentimes wonder if I have any business bringing up some of the topics covered on this blog. Without a doubt, this forum is of a “thinking out loud” nature. This instalment offers reflections of a place that I’ve often tasted, but have not reched in full. (with the times being as they are, we need to be diligently moving toward fullness in this area)
There are some distinct areas in which we are to walk in freedom. As we grow into the fulness of Christ, this freedom will cause us to be a city set upon a hill without our even consciously trying to be one. It’s astonishing as to how dominating the fear factor is. Even those who profess to have absolutely no fear of God or the hereafter are dominated by fear. Fear of lack, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of their worldview being exposed, the list of apprehensions is endless. We are to walk only in a godly fear (which is life) and should not become rattled by the myriad of senarios before us. Below are some distinct areas of the freedom that we’ve been called to:
( 1 ) FREEDOM FROM DEATH.
Hebrews 2:14-15 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage,”
For an unsaved person, the fear of death governs their life. They will work, establish a comfort zone, and build a kingdom on earth to preserve their life and make it as enjoyable as possible. Because death, for one who knows not the Lord Jesus, is the end of expectation and a leap into the unknown. Folks will go to incredible lengths to find comfort when it comes to the inevitable; even to the point of embracing a complicated array of deceptions. However, without knowing the Lord Jesus, the element of fear remains; unless one has become so hardened that they no longer have any godly fear. I remember reading the final comments of Karl Marx. He was on his death bed and about to slip away, when his maid asked for some parting words that he could be remembered by. He angrily told her to leave him alone. “Final words are for fools who didn’t say enough in their lifetime” he told her. No fear of God at all as he was slipping into a realm that he had spent his life believing didn’t exist.
Truly the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When I was lost and undone, I had a very occultic and new-ageish view of the world. (Astonishingly, I didn’t recognize them as being such) But these ideas were hindered by a profound fear of death and a belief that God was real. This fear persisted; despite my best efforts to find comfort in spiritual concepts apart from scriptural truth. That fear kept me from pursuing paths that were calling out to me. I stood in their doorway; I entrancingly listened to every word, but was “unable to proceed.” (I was a really strange child)
( 2 ) FREEDOM FROM SIN
On the morning of January 24, our pastor preached about rebounding after we stumble. He touched heavily on the seriousness of sin and issued this statement:
“Sin begins as a thought, which leads to an act, which leads to a habit, which leads to a lifestyle, which leads to death.”
We are not to be in bondage to sin. There’s a popular notion that living a life of holiness is a form of legalism. This idea has been further engrained by those who do take a legalistic approach to holiness and issue a strict set of guidelines. But true holiness isn’t bondage and when one is free from sin, the ulurements of the world will lose their influence over us. When we are filled with the Spirit and have living water springing up from within, the things that we once viewed as being “the necessary ingrediants for a good time” will be exposed. We’ll see the former things for what they are; agents of bondage and death. Our lack of attachment to worldly things will not stem from a legalistic set of regulations, but from an authentic “loss of interest.”
( 3 ) FREEDOM FROM WORLDLY FEAR.
Matthew 6 31: 34 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
To completely trust the Lord for everything; regardless of physical conditions. When we grasp this, we’ll stand out while the world is going nutty around us. I often hear comments such as “I don’t know how you can stand working here” (I hear this often at work) or “I don’t know how you guys can handle Matthew.” (Our oldest son, Matthew, is autistic) People view circumstances that are, or would, drive them out of their tree, and wonder why we can handle it. They see potential senarios on the horizon and become so fearful that they simply “cannot think about it” and wonder why we are not likewise fearful. When we begin to understand just how temporal this world is, how long eternity is, and what our primary mission is in this life, senarios and threatenings will not move us to apprehension. Regardless of what transpires, these agents of oppression lose their voice the moment that we step into eternity.
( 4 ) FREEDOM FROM RELIGION AND TRADITION. There are two sides to this and both will probably foster disagreement. The first is traditions of the world; be they conformity to holidays, dressing in accordance to the present trends, doing certain things at certain times, or what have you. Either way, the prevailing trend of “being like this” or “doing that” confines us to the perimeters of what the world considers to be “normal.”
This mindset is likewise widespread in the church as too often we conform to the expectations of others instead of seeking the Lord and being transformed. In many venues, the teachings of men, who have been soundly indoctrinated prevail, while the flock clings to their every word. The undiscerning are encouraged to “get with the program” instead of diligently seeking the Lord Jesus before whom we all shall stand. Without a doubt, the Lord grants teachers and pastors according to his will. But each of us must be individually atuned to the Holy Spirit and prayerfully searching the scriptures. Not using the theological lens or list of standards that we were presented with when we began to fellowship with the church down the road, but in a diligent quest for understanding from on high. (Jeremiah 33:3 and james 1:5)
When we begin to walk in the liberty of Christ, we’ll become a threat to those who have elected to remain within the comfy confines of religion or take comfort in their theology. But the fellowship with the Lord and peace will be “out of this world.” Not to mention the fellowship with like minded saints. One reason that CR and I talk so much is that we engage in discussions that few seem to be interested in. Our conversation always rockets into the realms of the everlasting. Ponderings about the deep things of God, ponderings of events soon to unfold, concern for the priceless souls all around us, and an eternity where we shall forever be in the presence of the Lord. It’s astonishing to see professing saints become “uneasy” and seek an exit strategy when some of these topics arise. (especially prophetic considerations from a post-tribulation rapture standpoint)
Well, I have to go because this post has exceeded 1700 words. Lord willing, I’ll try to make it around over the weekend. I often wish that we were all in a single geographic area, but that’s probably a selfish desire. Each of us have a position in this temporal world that only we can occupy. Besides, we “will” be in the same place when our testimony here is completed. How important it is for us to maintain an eternal perpective. Until the next time, blessings always in Jesus name.
Genesis 9:6 “Whoso sheddeth mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
This post is a grusome; albeit very brief, departure from the normal flow. I’m questioning whether or not it carries benefit, and yet it’s on my heart to place it out here. First of all, an acknowlegment must be issued to Glen Beck of Fox News who has brought to light some historical information that few of us may be aware of. Those of us in the west; especially the citizens of the United States, have a dangerous element in our worldview which cuts across ideological boundaries and is based primarily upon our limited experience. It’s a mentality of “BACK THEN and OVER THERE.” The atrocities of history; even the more recent events, somehow seem afar off and bearing little relevance on the present. The illusion of continuance is dangerous beyond our grasping. If we are truly in the final moments of the age, we should be aware of what this means. It means that the return of Jesus is at the door and he’s coming for a bride without spot and blameless. It also means that events lie before us, which are so horrific, that they’ll surpass all of histories previous seasons of despair.
II Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
Revelation 13:7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Recently I heard a report about police officers who have had to take a life in the line of duty. Virtually all of them report that their lives are forever altered by the incident. “The person who was killed remains with them for the remainer of their days.” Sadly, however, recent history is filled with individuals who were so hardened that the life of another meant nothing to them. On Friday, January 22, Glen Beck featured a documentary entitled “THE REVOLUTIONARY HOLOCAUST: LIVE FREE OR DIE” It featured information on some of the bloodiest regimes in the twentieth century. Some of this information I had never heard about; despite having an interest in historical events. The number of souls lost during these times is staggering and one cannot help but think of the eternal and prophetic issues which have, and are, playing out. Afterwards, I lay awake in bed; my thoughts seeming to almost trip over each other as I sought out a starting point for prayer.
Daniel 8:27 “And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the kings business; and was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.”
Profoundly large numerical values tend to circumvent our comprehension. If we hear of a soul perishing at the hands of an assailant in our city, we instantly think of the tragedy and loss that that has transpired. But when this number is in the millions, we cannot fathom it. From a historical and prophetic standpoint, we consider events that either have, or soon will, come to pass, with our theological lens firmly in place; not grasping the scope of the event in terms of souls. The reality of it is that “a million” isn’t just an arbitrary number. It’s 1+1+1+1+1+1+1….until the number 1,000,000 is reached. We’re approaching a time wherein the world situation will be so horrific, that unless Jesus returned at the time appointed, there would not be a single person remaining. The loss of souls will be at a rate unsurpassed by any previous time. DO ANY OF US REALLY UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE HOUR? I’m asking myself this and I fear that, too often, my actions do not reflect this urgency. In reflecting back on the atrocities mentioned in this documentary, one cannot help but wonder what the final moments of the age will resemble.
Below are some links that shed light on some of the tyrants of recent history The first link may initially seem an unlikely stop, but a necessary one as it entails an ideology that has resulted in the deaths of untold millions.
THE PLAYWRIGHT IN SPITE OF HIMSELF George Bernard Shaw was a fabien socialist who was born in 1856. The documentary last Friday featured film footage wherein this man detailed his worldview. George Bernard Shaw expressed having no problem with “elinminating” various segments of the population in pursuit of the communist utopian society. “No regard for human life” as an agenda is held in higher esteem than eternal souls. In one of the segments, he expressed high regard for Benito Musselini. (It should be noted that, despite widespread belief to the contrary, the differences between socialism and fascism are minimal. This truth is manifest in the comments by George bernard shaw) It would be easy for one to think that these are just the notions of one given to a worldview that has been effectively discredited, until one considers the bigger picture. There are, at this very moment, people in high places, who believe that the worlds population must be reduced to 500 million. These people are devoting time and funneling financial resources into endeavors designed to bring this about.
STALINS FORCED FAMINE 1932-1933 7,000,000 DEATHS When ideologies and lust for power trump human life, the result can be catastrophic. To stem the tide of nationalism, collective policies were imposed upon the citizens of the Ukraine. Citizens were removed from their farms, Storehouses were raided and the borders of the Ukraine were sealed off. Within a single year, over 7 million Ukranians perished from starvation. Interestingly; at the time of this event, the Ukraine required 10 million bushels of grain per year to sustain its population. In 1932, they had produced over 12 million bushels. Sadly, however, Stalin viewed these people as a “problem” and subsequently initiated policies designed to “starve them into submission.”
MAO TSE TUNG He called it “the great leap forward” but it resulted in the death of seventy million Chinese citizens. It’s sad that we hear of politicians in various venues who hold this man in high esteem; having no understanding of the horrors that played out during his tenure as Chinas head of state. “Seventy million souls!” That’s the equivellant of the entire population of Iran. It also equals the approximate number of abortions that have transpired in the U.S. (depending upon which statistics one adheres to) Chairman Mao once stated that “political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun.”
Note: The above site has a detailed listing of twentieth century tyrants and the numbers of those who perished at their hands. This list includes Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Francisco Franco, Shiro Ishii, Slobodan Milosevic, several high ranking officials of Hitlers “Third Reich” and sevral people that most of us have never heard of. This information can be found in the column to the right of the information about Mao Tse Tung.
THE KILLING MACHINE: CHE GUEVARA FROM COMMUNIST FIREBRAND TO CAPITALIST BRAND This guys picture is everywhere, from t-shirts to artwork. His name appears in musical lyrics and a number of public officials have expressed admiration of him. Until the documentary last Friday, I didn’t even know who he was. I had seen the picture and, in my spirit, knew that something was “very very wrong” but I knew not the the story behind Che Guevara. Tens of thousands of Cuban citizens perished at the hands of this loyal follower of Fidel Castro. I’m 45 years old; how did I not know the story behind this guy? Judging by the popularity of his image, it would appear that most others are likewise uninformed. I mean NOBODY would wear a t-shirt that featured a picture of Adolph Hitler. Yet the image of Che Guevara is considered “a fashion statement.”
Every soul who perished at the hands of those who viewed them as “a problem” was fearfully and wonderfully created in the image of God. The initial passage of scripture reveals just how serious it is to take another life. I have actually prayed (fervently) that I would never be in a situation where such a decision would have to be weighed. Even if someone was threatening this family and I were to neutralize them, I wouldn’t be able to handle knowing that the attackers fate had been sealed at my hand. I have no guns in the house and have no plans to ever pursue an agenda of such. My hope is in the Lord Jesus and I keep this family in fervent prayer; knowing that the Lord can sustain us in the most trying of times. (Psalm 91 says it all.)
One more topic is in need of addressing. Last Friday was the 37th anniversary of the Roe Vs Wade decision by the Supreme court which legalized abortion. It was also the day in which testimony in the Scott Roeder trial began. Scott Roeder is the man who gunned down late term abortion doctor George Tiller. This entire case is hard to think about; especially since this doctor had no problem with engaging in “religion” while taking life. (He served as an usher at his church) Taking a life is sin; be it an adult or an unborn child. George Tiller had been threatened many times in the past, and on one occasion, he was shot. Yet he determined that his “service” was worth the risk to himself. When a person holds a “cause” in higher esteem than those who are created in the image of God, it can only bring sorrow and loss. “These are very strange times.”
FAMILY OF ABORTION BUSINESS OWNER IRVING FELDKAMP DIES IN MONTANA PLANE CRASH Irving Feldkamp owns the largest chain of private abortion clinics in the country. These facilities perform more abortions in California than Planned Parenthood. Last March, he lost fourteen family members when their plane crashed in Butte Montana. One of the aspects of this event is worth mentioning. The plane crashed into a cemetary; very close to a monument that had been erected in memory of all the unborn children who have perished from abortion. God is not mocked and while he is very longsuffering, judgment does come. David Meyer offered commentary in the May 2009 issue of the Last trumpet Newsletter. It’s in the final paragraph of the segment entitled “Hells Society.”
Well this is a very long post and it’s time to close. I apolagize for the grusome topic. My prayer is that it will foster a soberness before the Lord, a heart of thanksgiving for all that he has blessed us with, and a greater understanding of the battle before us. Every day, souls are perishing. Whether a land is under the thumb of a tyrant, or peace and safety are having a season, every morning the sun rises on a slightly different population. Some perished during the night while others were born into this fallen place. May we all draw close to Jesus and be about the business of reaching the lost while they are within range.
The February issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter has just been posted, and is entitled THE TRUE STATE OF THE UNION. The lateness of the hour is undeniable; especially when one considers the timings which are pointed out in this letter.
The following link comes from Steve Quayles site and is simply titled WORD FROM INTERCESSOR This was given by one who has chosen to remain anonymous, which may cause some to be skeptical. Yet I would encourage any who stop by here to “prayerfully” consider the information presented in this writing. If we are atuned to the Holy Spirit and grounded in scriptural truth, we’ll know whether or not this is authentic. In these times, there’s simply no substitute for hearing what the Spirit is saying unto the churches.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Greetings in Jesus name. This is a very impromptu posting, but it’s intended to bring attention to a very important topic. The following posts have fostered much cogitation as they bring to light some important spiritual principles. Everything posted here and linked is done so with the intent of encouraging the saints to draw closer to the Lord Jesus and compel those who have never been born of the Spirit to consider the words of life. Regardless of the topic that a post may address (even the apocalyptic ones) the overall intent is the same. The following posts are a real encouragement to let go of everything that’s not of God and to set our affections firmly upon things above. This life is ever so brief, but eternity is everlasting. Here are the links:
AFTER I LEFT THE CHURCH SYSTEM (not true church) (Stirring The Deep) This addresses the danger of leaving our first love in favor of a church. This will challenge some ideas that have been engrained into many of us, but it’s a needful challenge. We must ensure that Jesus Christ is truly Lord of our lives and that we’re not serving a religious superstructure. On this site, Rachel is also going through a mentoring series that’s designed to foster a deep intimate relationship with the Lord.
REFLECTING CHRIST CLEARLY (Cindy in S.D.) This post encourages us to let go of everything that’s cloudying up the spiritual waters. That we may be abassadors for Christ; reflecting an accurate image of our Savior and Lord in a world where multitudes are hanging in the balance.
HELP!! MY HUMILITY ISN’T SHOWING (Five Peas in a Pod) This post encourages us to continually examine ourselves, using a humourous situation involving a truck. It’s important because we can unwittingly respond to situations in ways that are well-intended, but possibly damaging. This was a big one for me because it’s something that I deal with daily.
BEYOND SUCCESS (Cindy Hansen) The truth that stood out for me was how all of our past circumstances have contributed to where we are now. This spoke to me there’s a season in my past in which I drifted severely. It was, without a doubt, the darkest time of my life, and yet, as a result of that season, a lot of lessons were learned. I fear that, had it not been for that dark season, I would have ended up conforming to the evangelical “status quo” and believing that all was well. It’s hard to explain and while I could do a post on it, the truth is that I really don’t like to think about that time; other than to praise God for bringing me out of it.
REVOLUTION (Scottish warriors) “You must become temporary residents or travelers in this world.” With these opening words, the tone is set and five points are brought forth that are needful in drawing close to Jesus and letting go of our religious facades. We must return to our first love. When we do this, all of the superficial will be left by the wayside.
All of the above sites are worthy of routine visits. As always, there are a lot of other posts on various sites that should be listed here. Such is the case whenever a post like this is done and time is very limited.
The morning of January 17 turned into the most incredible time that we’ve had thus far at the new fellowship. An awesome time in the Lord, coupled with a very timely message about sincere generosity and giving of ourselves to those in need. And like many of our pastors messages, this one touched on the error of the prosperity gospel, wherein the focus is placed on getting stuff for ourselves; not giving of ourselves to those in need. The message was in response to the tragedy in Haiti where many thousands have perished and thousands more are coming to terms with incredible loss. I subsequently found myself revisiting the book of James tonight, which explains how our faith will become manifest in our works. (Our actions will reveal what we are truly believing)
The most incredible part of the morning transpired when eight souls were baptized. This group consisted of two kids and six adults; two of whom are middle aged. (The six adults are actually three married couples) Their testimonies were incredible and most of them revealed years upon years of friends and loved ones praying for them. One of the men told of how his marriage had been about to fall apart without remedy until he was born of the Spirit. This morning, he and his wife were both baptized. To be honest, baptism is a topic that I almost intentionally avoid discussing because of certain controversies. (My statement of faith on this issue would not line up completely with any “official theological position.”) Nonetheless, this was one of the most incredible baptism service that I’ve ever witnessed.
Two things were encouraging about this morning. First was the souls who have been recently saved. When we hear of another name being recorded in the book of life, it’s always a cause for rejoicing. It also causes us to overflow with thanksgiving unto the Lord Jesus as we reflect back to the moment when our name was written down in glory. The second thing was the testimonies about years of intercession, seed planing, and watering by other saints which led to these souls coming to Jesus. (II Timothy 2:24-26) I thought about the number of unsaved folks whose names are on my prayer list; many of which have been there for a long time. This morning encouraged me to keep praying for the priceless eternal souls around me who are still outside the ark of safety; no matter how discouraging their individual situations may become. The enemy is playing for keeps, therefore we need to be “praying for keeps.”
Sometimes there’s a tendancy to feel as though we’re not really doing much by praying. (At least I struggle with this.) It’s erroneous; even sinful, to think like this. This perception stems from our old fallen nature which measures everything in accordance with physical endeavors that produce readily observable results. And yet, it’s in the prayer closet that strongholds are brought down. We don’t wrestle against flesh, we battle giants in the spiritual realm. Entities who chose to abandon their place in the presence of the Lord and are now trying to destroy as many souls as possible. On the flip side of this, fervent prayer doesn’t excuse us from the need to minister physically when we are in a position to do so. If our neighbor is hungry and we have the means to remedy this, we are called to do so in Jesus name. This was also touched on in the message this morning.
James 2:15-17 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Een so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Well I must be going for now. Sunday was a very encouraging day and it was worthy of an impromptu posting. This church with whom we are currently fellowshipping is affiliated with a large pentecostal denomination, but they don’t appear to be status-quo-ish. This doesn’t mean that we can stop watching. If anything, we must be even more careful and discerning. This is clearly a season of separating between the sheep and the goats. In time, this will affect every fellowship; including New Hope. It’s imperative to be hearing from the Lord and ready to move in a moment; should He instruct us to do so. As was mentioned in the previous post, the Lord sees the whole picture; we can only see a cloudy fragment.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Matthew 9:37-38 “The saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
I Peter 3:21-22 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
Daniel 12:3-4 “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
This is a post that requires much carefulness in writing because if not worded correctly, erroneous impressions may be created. The past week was so filled with activity that, once again, I’m having to write during the overnight hours that lead into Sunday morning. It’s a thing by which the obligations of life consume so much time that, instead of being about the business that the Holy Spirit has placed upon our heart, we find ourselves in a perpetual cycle of errands and obligations. The tandem of work and home, combined with a steady mixture of things to be carried out at regular intervals, and the spontaneous obligations that seem to manifest without warning, can devour every moment of ones day. Almost none of these activities are actually bad, in fact many are necessary. For example, if a child has to be taken to the doctor, it’s our parental responsibility to attend to this need. And we never know when an opportunity to share Christ may emerge in the waiting room.
The problem is that our lives can become so defined by the obligations of this temporal realm that we never get around to our Fathers business. Last Monday, January 11, I was minded to go into the streets of Kalamazoo, however, events on the home front made this impossible. So I determined to go up Tuesday “NO MATTER WHAT!” Something else came up Tuesday and so Wednesday was my next goal. The next thing I knew, it was Saturday morning and I had spent the entire week tending to a neverending procession of tasks which were necessary but lacking in eternal significance. Every Saturday is likewise consumed by a neverending list of tasks. The things which are not completed on Saturday, are reassigned to Sunday afternoon. And then the cycle begins all over again. It seems as though temporal things consume an ever-increasing portion of each 24 hour period and they work to keep ones thoughts on the things of this world.
For many, if not most, it’s not a big deal to be continuously running to and fro without end. Many (if not most) Christians, seem perfectly content with the treadmill and the carefully proportined time slots that they give unto the Lord each week. They conform to the consensus and settle into a predictable routine. But for me, it no longer works. The standard model stopped functioning about five years and ten months ago, when the Lord did two things “suddenly” in my life. First, he brought me out of a profoundly backslidden state that had lingered for a few years. Secondly, he granted me a heart for eternal matters on a level that had not been manifest in previous seasons. It was kind of like being “rebooted.” I was delivered, not only from weights and sins which had led to years of stagnation, I was also delivered from the superstructures of religion. Subsequently, much of what takes place in many churches these days seems as little more than showmanship. Fancy buildings with state of the art equipment, where programs and marketing have replaced the working of the Holy Spirit.
I apolagize for sounding so negative. It was a frustrating week as, despite the overwhelming sense of urgency, I was hemmed in by the issues of twenty first century living. Even more astonishing is that very few seem to understand the lateness of the hour. I knew to expect an increase in obstacles, but this doesn’t make it easier to contend with. It’s an area where I have to learn patience. Every trip into the streets is a struggle to navigate past an arena of obstacles. It was laid on my heart that this struggle will become more intense as time progresses. This coming week, Lord willing, I’m minded to be in Kalamazoo on Monday and Elkhart on Tuesday. Right now, the coast is clear, but one never knows what a day may bring forth. The urgency is not waning; it’s growing stronger. The return of the Lord Jesus Christ is closer now than it was five hours ago. At some point, the final name is going to be recorded in the book of life and the door will be shut.
Well it’s about time to close. One thing that I must remember is to not allow circumstances to “get to me.” It’s very possible to become so obsessed with the way that we’re certain things should go, that we miss the opportunities that routinely emerge before us. (note to self) The Lord sees the entire picture while we observe just a fragment. We cannot possibly navigate properly in the flesh. The truth is that, if were atuned, many opportunites can become manifest when “our plans” go awry. For example, when I’m tied to the house in the afternoon because Matthew is home with an illness, it’s an awesome time for prayer. Through prayer we can literally touch the lives of millions and bring down strongholds in places that we’ll never visit in the flesh. I would contend that an anonymous elderly lady in an apartment who spends most of her day in prayer, does more for the cause of Christ than all of the worlds celebrity preachers combined. I pray that, regardless of our circumstances, we would strive to be about our Fathers business and not become frustrated by situations.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may plese him who hath called him to be a soldier.”
Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
The words “And I heard a voice from heaven” place quite a profound emphasis on the above passage of scripture.
How does one adequately grasp the sense of urgency that’s demanded of the hour? How does one effectively communicate to those of a leisurely nature that “time is running out?” How do we discern as to whether or not we ourselves understand the lateness of the hour? We’re quick to proclaim “yes indeed; time is certainly running out. The signs are everywhere!” We say it with the most serious tone of voice that we can muster. “Jesus is returning!” (This is true of course) We study the corresponding scriptures and we rehearse our preferred end-times senario to the point that we can run through the timeline in our sleep. And yet, in many instances, our actions don’t reflect this urgency. (This is more of a self-evaluation than an observation of others) We (or I) follow the path of least resistance, we maintain the integrity of the routine and somehow expect the cycle to keep resetting because it has been doing so for as long as we can remember.
The concept of “time running out” can be hard to fathom; even though we have all seen it transpire in our lives. When we attend a funeral, we are remembering one who once jouneyed through the dimension of time but has now passed into eternity. Ecclesiastes 7:1-3 explains how the passing of a life will cause the living to consider their own situation and its inevitable conclusion. Shortly after getting to work Thursday evening, a thought was dropped into my spirit. “Hell is full of people who thought that they had more time.” It about stopped me in my tracks as this the significance of this began to manifest. It goes without saying that every soul who has ever departed this world without Christ has forever lamented every moment of procrastination. In this life, we may often lament not utilizing earlier years as we should have. (I know that I certainly do) But an everlasting lament is uncomprehendable to us.
While this set the tone for the evening, what transpired after our first break has set in motion a number of things. My work station is a “blessed monotony” in that it offers much time for cogitation. I load and unload gear sets into four machines for processing, which keeps me “walking in a circle” most of the night. (Woo Hoo! lol) This is good, because shortly after retrurning to my work station, I suddenly became stirred in a way so profound that I couldn’t even stand still. The need to “turn it up” insofar as street activity, became overwhelming. I was deeply impressed with the need to go way beyond one-on-one encounters. To begin making signs and to obtain a magaphone. (Fare thee well, oh comfort zone of mine) The imporatnce of making the most of “every available moment” was (and is) profound. Equally profound was the understanding that most who call themselves “Christian” will be quick to point out, just how ineffective these methods of outreach are.
Signs are relatively easy to employ. They can be displayed anywhere and we used them to a small degree in Virginia. Since last summer, nearly every downtown around here has featured a person holding a sign in a marketing capacity; offering to purchase consumer gold. (I’m certain that it’s an orchestrated plan to remove gold from the population) While I’m striving to hear from the Lord on specifics; signs can be very effective seed planters. A few words (not too many words) that force the reader to consider their present state, such as “If you died tonight would you be in heaven or hell?” That’s a question that will make many return visits to a person who is not right with God. In the night; when everyone else is asleep, Holy Spirit gently brings forth the realization that, despite all of their trappings and reputations, they will eventually leave it all behind. The unresolved issue of their eternal destiny becomes manifest. Because in a moment, a persons final breath can pass, ever so silently, through their respitory system. This concentration of atmosphere may neglect to reveal that none of its colleagues will be making subsequent visits.
Street preaching works in much the same way. Seeds are planted; most of which may not be instantly observable. My ventures into the streets over the past years have been primarily “one-on-one encounters with others. I’ve not actually “street preached” since my days in Virginia and I’ve “never” used a megaphone. (Calvin Stringfield, a saint in Philadelphia, used a megaphone routinely back in the 1980s) But of all the cogitations to come forth from the 2 hours that make up our second rotation, the most profound was the sense that “this window is closing.” The time between now and June (of 2010) must be utilized to the utmost. It’s important to note here; that the dividing lines between “thus saith the Lord” and my imagination are not as clear as they should be. As such, it’s imperative to be continually seeking clarity. A brief moment of improper handling can negate years of planting and watering in the heart of another.
At lunch time (8:00 pm) I made a call to CR and told of the evenings transpiration. Here, I learned that CR is also being deeply stirred about such issues. An overwhelming sense that “the only thing that really matters now is be about our Fathers business.” Every other endeavor seems as nothing. Undoubtedly, we are still in the theater of atoms and, as such, must function in a world where time is a monitor of flow and gravity an enforcer of laws. We work, we sleep, (sometimes we sleep. lol) and we embark upon decisions that say to the world “this is what’s dear to my heart.” But as we become increasingly homesick for the age to come, everything that places the worlds cares at center stage leaves us cold. We are truly in this world, but not of it. A city set upon a hill; proclaiming to the passers-by that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. “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.” WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SALVATION!
Well I’ll be going for now. This has been a week in which the shortness of time has been a primary cogitation. There’s a new post on the seldom used auxillary blog which does a type of “dry run” through a calamity of epic proportions. None of us kow exactly how long the present situation will hold up, but we should rejoice in every day that the Lord allows; knowing that somewhere in the world, souls will be added to the kingdom. Here’s a link to the other post:
Also needful are links to katherine Albrechts sites. Katherine follows privacy issues; dealing primarily with RFID chips, big brother, and the coming beast government. Along with all of her normal endeavors, she has a childrens book coming out this summer entitled “I WON’T TAKE THE MARK.” (How often is this talked about in Sunday school?) Kathrine was interviewed last week on Coast to Coast AM. Here are links to her sites:
The following link is to a report by Henry Makow that I found on Steve Quayles site:
AUSTRALIAN EDEPT UNVEILED WORLD SATANIC CONTROL Things are not as they appear on the surface and they haven’t been for a long time. This is simply more evidence that points to the lateness of the hour. May we all be sober minded and engaging in works that will follow us into eternity.
JANUARY 11, 2010 Hello again. I just came across the following post. It touches on such an important topic that a link is needed:
Psalm 84:10 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
It’s after 3:00 am and I “really” should be sleeping. The temperature outside has dipped into the single digits. The sky is crystal clear and the stars are brilliant; giving testimony of a God who inhabits eterntiy and changes not. The waning moon is bathing the snow-covered landscape with an almost surreal glow. There is “absolutely no wind” coming across the fields and the only sounds are the occasional howls of the coyotes which inhabit this portion of all that is. Other than that…..silence. A short while ago, I was out there; walking by the road and considering the ambience. So cold…..so serene….so…..out of this world. It’s one of those nights that carries ones thoughts deep into the realms of eternity. Spontaneous meditations are placed into words and offered unto the Lord. In the silent venues; undisturbed by the affairs of vanity, one can focus entirely upon heavenly things. Feelings of indescribable gratitude as we think upon Jesus; our Savior with whom we shall be with forever and ever.
“And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Forever and ever. Despite how breathtaking the scene is just beyond the walls of this dwelling, it’s but a temporary thing. Tomorrow morning, the sun will most likely rise and this picturesque moment will be only a memory. I have to rise earlier than normal, run to Joe’s house, pick up hay for the goats, run home, put the hay in the barn, clean up, run to church, run back home, and tend to a myriad of other tasks which have no eternal significance. (None of these tasks are “bad;” they’re simply things which bcome irrelevant at the point of ones departure) At some point, the strong-but-erroneous sensation of “this crazy cycle is never going to end” will call upon me; suggesting that I surrender to the agents of discouragement. Too many times, I’ve given in to this temptation. And yet this too is but for a moment. This crazy cycle of “to-dos” will eventually run its course and be gone. Eventually, we will be absent from the body and present with the Lord.
The year before us is shrouded in mystery, however, we know that the acceleration will continue. The shortening of days, the separating between the sheep and the goats, and the continued implementation of a global governing entity. There are things coming upon the earth that will turn everything familiar into a memory. At some point, a brave new world will emerge and it will appear that all of the age-old problems have been solved. With smooth words, it will call out to us and ask “why are you still hanging on to those outlandish ideas?” It will be an hour of temptation such as we have never seen before. And yet, just as all the hours previous, this one too will surely pass. At the appointed moment, the trumpet shall sound and Jesus will return. He will send his angels into the four corners of the earth to gather his elect. Those who know him will put on immortality. Those who know him not will cry out to the rocks “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”
“And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Forever and ever. If there’s one admonition that’s needful as we head toward the moment of Jesus’ return, it’s to hold fast the profession of our faith. No matter what befalls us in this world, we know that it’s but a temporary situation. We must remain mindful of the eternal picture and not be overcharged by those things which are but for a moment. Earlier, while walking along the road, I was thinking about how this serenity is soon to be swept away by the agents of chaos. Not only this beautiful January night, but the status quo as we have come to know it. We must ensure that our heart is in heavenly places and that we are not harboring any thoughts of unbelief. We read about the great falling away in II Thessalonians and understand that these are folks who once walked with the Lord Jesus but stopped doing so. They bought into a lie.
II Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
And now I REALLY MUST GET TO BED! As we head into 2010, I pray that we’ll not only keep our hearts with all diligence, but that we’ll also be about the Fathers business with all diligence. Earlier I was thinking about how the enemy is fully aware that he has but a short time left and is diligently seeking to destroy all that he can. The devil places a lot of effort into running out the clock on the lost. How much effort are we putting into reaching them? I’m asking this of myself and I don’t like the answer. I have squandered an astonishing amount of time over the years. We must strive to make the most of each day that the Lord has made. Because every morning, when we wake up, hell is larger than it was when we went to bed. May we all be faithful ambassadors for Christ in the days before us.