Archive for November, 2010

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SLUMBERING HEIGHTS

November 28, 2010
This post will focus on two passages of scripture that have been on my heart for several days. First, however, it’s necessary to establish a few links, beginning with the December issue of the last trumpet Newsletter, entitled WORLDLY SLAVERY OR SPIRITUAL FREEEDOM? Please keep Samuel Meyer in prayer as he continues to bring us this monthly newsletter. Here are some other links:
OMEGAMAN and STEVE QUAYLE Nov.27,2010 This interview is archived and available to any with ears to hear. At the time of this broadcast, events were heating up off the coast of Korea, however, U.S. military units in the area had been ordered to stand down. (A contradiction to be sure; something strange is going on) The broadcast focuses primarily on whats facing the saints in the days ahead, the incredible apostasy in the land, and the third hour is devoted primarily to warfare prayer with Romy entering the dialogue. (Romy is an intercessor who spends several hours daily before the Lord)
WE HAVE BEEN BEWITCHED (dontbefooled666) This post discusses how we have all been seduced by a pseudo-reality through the media and a plethura of distractions that keep our attention on that which is not real. Please visit this posting which paints a sad-but accurate picture of our present state.
IS YOUR TV STEALING YOUR SOUL? (dontbefooled666) This post identifies the dangers of sitting in front of images with our minds in “comfortably numb” mode. This danger seems all the more profound with the new high definition technology. I watch very little tv, but even the few programs (very very few) which seem harmless and even informational have an almost hypnotic effect. One sits before what seems a worthwhile broadcast and the next thing they know, three or four hours have seemingly vanished.
THE FALLLING AWAY (rjperalta) This posting identifies the apostasy that’s transpiring even as this is being written and read by others. We often think of this in futureistic terms, however, it’s been going on for quite a while. Without a doubt, the falling away is gaining momentum as the separating between the sheep and the goats becomes manifest.
The final three links are to a September 8 broadcast featuring Omegaman and Nathan Leal. Susana alerted me to these in a comment on the previous post. The information presented here is so important that I wanted to link to them a second time:
NATHAN LEAL part 1
NATHAN LEAL part 2
NATHAN LEAL part 3
This is an unusual time of day for me to be operating in the cyber-reality. Following the conclusion of the broadcast mentioned in the first link, I was in prayer and continued so as I went to bed. I was unable to sleep; not so much from the broadcast, but rather from two familiar passages that have been on my heart for days. I was minded to do write at a more normal time, but this refuses go away. (And then matthew woke up; ensuring that my venture into the land of nod would not be forthcoming) The first passage is:
Luke 6:25 “Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall suffer hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.”
When one considers the surrounding context of this, it becomes even more astonishing. We are told to rejoice when we suffer persecution and want for the cause of Christ. Indeed the trial of our faith is more precious than gold (I Peter 1:7) and will result in everlasting treasure. Prolonged seasons of plenty, however, can lull us into a precarious situation. Many of us in the west have never suffered extreme want or persecution and few professing saints with whom I have contact will even consider the idea that “this age is coming to its conclusion.” To one degree or another, we buy into the illusion of continuance because it’s all that we’ve ever known. The mail has always arrived, the consitution has always been seen viewed as infalliable, the military has maintained a “superpower status” for as long as we can remember, and every economic downturn has been followed by a recovery. The media rehearses the globalist party line and we take comfort in the notion that a jobless recovery will benefit us all.
But this passage goes far deeper than material availability, or the lack thereof. It actually addresses the conditions of ones heart and a relentless pursuing of comfort. It speaks of those whose god is their belly and who mind earthly things. Today in the west we have a church that loves pleasure and acquisition. Thoughts of persecution for the cause of Christ, betrayal by neighbors and loved ones, or firey trials that leave them within an inch of crossing over, are never given consideration. (after all; the pastor said that we weren’t going to be here and we sowed a hefty seed-faith offering) I seriously inquire “Lord how do you see us?” I’ve been visiting this much because while we spend our days buying, selling, consuming, and engineering our private empire, those of like faith in other lands are being counted as sheep for the slaughter. This land is soon to experience in full, the consequences of rampant sin and striving to put God out of remembrance. Here’s the second passage that’s been at the forefront:
I Peter 1:17-18 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?”
“If the righteous scarcely be saved” reveals the seriouslness of the judgment that awaits all who have been born of the Spirit. Every step will be counted as we give account of words, attitudes, how we spend our allotment of days, and how we utilized our resources.  A minute lost is gone forever. Three hours spent in front of a television can be repented of, but never reclaimed. This is all the more profound when we consider the contemporaries in our ambience who are without God and facing an eternity of relentless torment. I visit this a lot. When at home, I consider the spiritual situation in my own household and know that I’m largely responsible for the current state. At work, I too easily retreat into my own little world or select goofing around over being ready to share Jesus at the drop of a hat. In the streets, upon seeing the despair that so many are living in, I’m reminded of just how little I do for the kingdom of God.
II Corinthians 5:10-11 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
Well I need to be going for now. It’s after 7:00 am and I’ve pulled an all-nighter.  (When Matthew is awake, someone has to stay awake with him.) The hour is so late and the issue is so serious. I know in my heart that the illusion of stability in the theater of atoms is about to be shattered and multitudes will be caught off guard. May we place our complete confidence in Jesus and be atuned to the holy Spirit at all times. Letting go of the temporal issues that serve only to distract and seeking every opportunity to be about our Fathers business.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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FEAST FAMINE and STANDING IN THE GAP

November 22, 2010
The following links will be added to the spiritual warfare page when time permits, however, I wanted to make them known here as to maximize awareness of them.
OMEGAMAN RADIO I don’t know the full identity of the host, however, this is where the previous three interviews with Steve Quayle were conducted. This broadcast features a number of guests who offer instruction concerning deliverance, spiritual warfare, prophecy, and what have you. As I write this, I’m listening to a teaching on intercession and “going the distance; even when there seems to be no movement.”
PAT HOLLIDAY This is one who engages in deliverance ministry and instruction of others in this realm. Miracle Church is located in Jacksonville Florida. Lord willing, I would really like to visit this church; even though I have yet to visit Truth Tabernacle (Last Trumpet Ministries) which is only five hours away. Nonetheless, it’s important to ensure that we’re seeking the Lord and not following a crowd.
DEREK PRINCE Until recently, I had heard the name, but knew nothing of the teaching. Steve quayle sat under this ministry for several years. Derek Prince taught that “all healing begins with deliverance.” The final link is to a post by Michael Boldea entitled:
WHY I WEEP (Homeward Bound) This is a tragically accurate description of what the church has been reduced to in these final moments of the age. This is a serious “wake-up” to all who have ears to hear.
II timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
When we consider the battle before us and the array of devices used by the enemy, we see the need for this aspect of ministry. As we scan the ambience and take inventory of all that passes for Christianity, we see how little is being done in this realm. The form of godliness is rampant while the numbers of those who are actively working to pull down strongholds inb Jesus name are few. May we all let go of that which is lacking in substance and seriously engaged in the battle which we are called to join.
The desperation in the land is astonishing and it manifests in the physical realm in the form of bondage and lack. Saturday evening, while working at the plant when I came across a Detroit newspaper from November 18. The following article caught my attention as it sheds light on the dynamics of the bigger picture. The article is entitled “FOOD PANTRIES STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH GROWING NEED.” It was written by Catherine Juin and reads as follows:
Lisa Cain has watched some of metro detroits hungriest and most desperate people faint in line as they wait up to an hour for the limited amount of food her Rochester hills pantry can provide them. “There will literally be people who are starving,”said Cain, founder of Gods helping hands. “There are days that are that bad.” Her staff now keeps at the ready juice, peanut butter and cheese crackers to serve the recipients – seniors with medical conditions and self-sacrificing parents, some of whom have missed meals for days. Lingering double-digit unemployment is projected to fuel a hunger crisis in Metro Detroit over the next three years. By 2013, one out of four people in the region won’t know where two of their daily meals will come from, according to the united way of southeastern michigan. In 2009, there were 706,ooo people hungry in Metro Detroit; by 2013 962,000 people could be in need.
This is hard to wrap ones mind around, and yet it’s playing out. This isn’t a faraway land on a distant shore; for me it’s two hours to the east. And one cannot begin to fathom the impact of the coming hyper-inflation. The article continues:
“The biggest challenge is how much free and low-cost food is available,” said Gerry Brisson, senior vice president of Gleaners Community food bank of Southeast michigan, the largest provider of emergency food in the state.
Gleaners will increase its food distribution – last year at 37 million pounds – by 10 percent each year for the next three years, joining other agencies in Metro Detroit looking to dramatically ramp up food distribution – some by as much as double – in the next three years.
“we consider that to be an absolute minimum to get more and more food out, because our partners are so pressed to get more and more food,” Brisson said.
Many Metro Detroit families already are feeling the strains of a food shortage – the long waits at the pantries, rationing at soup kitchens, and agencies resorting to cheaper “filler foods” – pasta, breads, canned goods – to fill more stomachs. The agencies also are turning to unprecidented solutions by offering food-budgeting classes and tapping new sources to rescue discarded food: farms, hydrophonic growers and food manufacturers.
But food agencies are split on whether emergency food alone can meet Metro Detroits needs. Some say the volume of food is there – estimating that 1 billion pounds a year is wasted in Metro Detroit – while others believe that emergency food alone cannot fill the monumental gap that is projected to come.
Two things come to mind here. The first is that, while statistics can be debated, we do waste a lot of food in this land. Speaking for my household, it blows my mind at how much we sometimes throw out. Seriously; we have some chunky coyotes around here who thrive on what we dispose of. Secondly, these estimates are on a supply basis; that being what is available and what is not. When we consider the prophetic significance; the consequences of sin in the land and a global agenda coming to fruition, a tragedy of “biblical proportions” appears to be unfolding.
At Gods helping hands, drops in food supply mean sending families home with less: two cans of fruit instead of four; one box of cereal, not two.“Sometimes it breaks your heart, but there’s nothiong we can do,” said Cain, who founded the pantry 12 years ago with her husband Brian Cain. “We have never turned anybody away…We don’t want to start now.”
The article continues on, however, this opeing portion provides a solid picture. And while Detroit has been hit harder than most regions, these problems aren’t exclusive to Detroit. There is despair and desperation in every community; oftentimes hidden in plain sight. We can be sure, however, that all is recorded in heaven and one cannot help but remember the words of Jesus “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
This seems like a split posting, but it really isn’t. If one takes up a position outside the bus station in Kalamazoo, they will witness all of these aspects working in unison. The rescue mission across the street on the east side of the station, the addiction recovery center at the corner of Burdick st and Kalamazoo Ave, folks being dropped off at the bus station to get away from something, folks arriving at the bus station to get away from something in another venue, and just to the south, a campus filled with students; many of whom seem oblivious to what’s transpiring  all around them. 
Well I must be going for now. Just an update on Matthew, he’s had a very good weekend. I don’t believe that possession is an issue here, however, I know that this situation has a spiritual side to it. As in all situations, I pray; knowing that God understands the whole of what’s taking place, what’s soon to take place, and what he’s accomplishing in the lives of all who are associated with the situation. My sincere thanks to all who keep Matthew in prayer.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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saving matthew

November 19, 2010

This post must begin with the mention of two standing prayer requests which are offered up much in the intercessions for another. The first can be traced to the following passage:

Jeremiah 24:7 “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”

The standing prayer is that God would grant others “an heart to know him.” This applies both to unsaved contemporaries and those who have been born of the Spirit. In the case of one who is still lost, they are in need of a Savior and this requires the working of the Holy Spirit. (I’m still fascinated at the way the Lord brought me to a place of repentance in 1983.) For the saints, all of us are in need of a heart to know God on a deeper level. Seriously; how many of us truly esteem the word of his mouth more than our necessary food? (Job 23:12.) We’ll forgo bible study for a plethura of reasons, however we’ll never miss a meal. This isn’t  a finger-pointing statement; I’ve been asking this of myself for months as my choices don’t always line up with the scripture “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

This rabbit trail is heading way off course now, but how does God view the lifestyle of the average westernized saint? We heap to ourselves riches while our brethren in far away (and oftentimes hard to pronounce) lands are perishing daily from want? We raise up multi-million dollar entertaiment centers named after famous ministers wherein folks can learn how to enjoy their best life now, while anyone in North Korea caught preaching Jesus is put to death on the spot. (This is “not” an exaggeration) How does God, who knows the hearts of all and counts each of our steps view the choices that we make in our daily routine? We claim “I cannot wait to see Jesus” but our selection process often tells a different story. The judgment seat of Christ should be a sobering thought because everything is going to be revealed for what it is.

I John 3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

The second standing prayer request for others can be identified by the following passage, and this is where our son, Matthew comes into play:

 John 9:3 “Jesus answered Neither has this man sinnned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be manifest in him.” 

In praying for others, I often ask that the name of Jesus will be glorified in their lives. This is especially true for Matthew as I struggle to truly understand the scope of his situation. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Since that time, the challenges have been increasingly profound as he has grown. . He is currently on a medication called “abilify” which I do not like because of the side effects, however, without it he is almost unmanageable at times. A few evenings ago, he overpowered three adults in our house during one of his rants. (We went tumbling like bowling pins.) This proneness to violent outbursts is ramping up and is now causing problems at school. He has injured teachers and come very close to injuring other students in his class. He’s only fifteen and is the same height as me, (5,7″) but he is as strong as an elephant.

On the morning of November 19, while dropping him off at his classroom, I learned that he had once again come unglued. The day before he had unexpectedly gone into a tantrum (for lack of a more descriptive word) and had pinned one of the assistants to the flloor, bending her left arm backwards in a very unnatural position.  The other assistants were unable to pull him away. When the principal came in, (his name is Dave and he is the perfect role model for “big and tall”) Matthew atttacked and overpowered him also. He is fostering chaos at school and the report from this incident was alarming in that it gave evidence to something that I have been wondering about. The lady who was pinned down told me, “I looked into his eyes and…it wasn’t Matthew. It was something evil.” An incredible statement from a lady who operates from a predominantly secular platform. This is beyond routine autism and while we can oftentimes identify what sets him off and avoid conflicts, the perimeters are clearly changing. There is a need for deliverance and one can probably guess which passages were running through my mind:

 Mark 9:21 “And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? and he said Of a child.”

Matthew 17:21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Suddenly the words from Job 23:12 take on a whole new dimension. For a time now, the topic of deliverance has been in the forefront; not only for Matthew but also for ventures into the streets where one is confronted by captives of every device imaginable. This is going to be an unusual analogy, but it fits. I feel like I’ve been marching with the intantry and now must go far ahead of the traditional front. Journeying deep behind enemy lines and into places which most folks only have nightmares about. I think that Matthew has a role in all of this, but I cannot identify it as of now. This morning I began thinking of certain deliverance ministries when I was stopped short. I have the Holy Spirit abiding within; I should be taking this on directly. Please understand that I fully embrace the deliverance ministry. There is a desperate need for those who are called to this area of ministry, however, I was reminded that the one who grants deliverance abides in everyone who is born of the Spirit. I need to seek the Lord first and foremost.

Oftentimes we bring forth the standing petitions whthout knowing what the answer will look like or how the situation will unfold. But we know that when a person is given a heart to know God and whenever the name of Jesus is glorified, it’s a good thing. I don’t see the whole of this battle, but here’s an encouraging thought:

Mark 5:20 “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him; and all men did marvel.”

Well I’ll close for now. I should probably not post this yet as I have not really proof-read through it, but I wanted to get it out because this situation is in much need of prayer. The battles are intensifying in every venue and we must be close to the Lord Jesus if we’re to be in a proper place; both spiritually and physically. The situation with Matthew is baffling, however, I know that the Lord has a clear picture of what’s going on and what has to transpire. And as such, the two standing prayers remain. “Lord Jesus, please grant us a heart to know you and let your name be glorified.”

 Blessings always in Jesus name.

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GALES of NOVEMBER (2010)

November 11, 2010

Normally I’m not one to highlight particular days. In the context of Romans 14:5, I’m firmly in the “every day the same” camp. This is due primarily to each day being a gift from the Lord and the incredible peace that one has when they are abiding in Christ. Be it a cold day in January or a balmy summer afternnoon, the peace of God remains through all seasons and circumstances. There are, however, three days of a given year, which cause reflection and turn ones thoughts to the flow of events. The first of these is new years, where one cannot help but ponder the developments over the last 365 days, consider the trends in light of scripture, and prayerfully inquire as to the events to comes. Another day is the fourth of July for much the same reason; albeit as pertaining to the course of a nation and its role in that which is soon to be unleashed. The third is November 10, which is my birthday. It’s a day of reflecting on an important reality; that the years are slipping by and issues of eternal significance must be given utmost priority. It’s a call to “number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12.)

Never has this seemed more important than now as the end time situation continues to manifest before us. I’m convinced beyond a doubt that unimaginable turmoil is right around the corner in this land. The devaluation of the currency, and the intentional sabotaging of a land by those with global aspirations will have irreversable consequences. (George Soros has visited the Obama white house 4 times) There is judgment in the land and I have to agree with Steve Quayle that “while individual salvations are, and will continue to take place, the nation as a whole is reaping the whirlwind. The reasons are manifold, but here’s a single example that highlights the extent of the problem. The drainage networks of the United States run red with the blood of approximately seventy million unborn innocents. Seventy million souls who are forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Even if everything else was in order, this single atrocity would be enough to bring a nation to nought. We have taken that which was fearfully and wonderfully made by the Almighty and esteemed it a disposable inconvenience. An inconvenient truth, so to speak, that will lead to the shipwreck of multitudes. (Matthew 18:10.)

Just a heads up. On Friday, November 12, The broadcast “Conspiracy theory” will be discussing the FEMA camps and the plans that those in high places have for the masses. This will air at 10:00pm EST on Tru Tv. Here’s additional information from Alex Jones’ site on a story entitles BOMBSHELL: FEMA CAMPS CONFIRMED

On November 10, 2010, I turned 46. It’s a reminder that, regardless of how, or when, prophteic fulfilment will finish its course, time is running out on each of us. It’s a reminder that grows louder every time it sounds off. I spent the morning in the streets of Battle Creek. Surprisingly, while canvasing the downtown area, I ran into a number of saints, including a lady at the bus station who was born of the Spirit about ten days ago. Upon returning to the truck, I received an encouraging phone call from a saint who routinely comments here. We talked as I travelled I-94 west toward Kalamazoo.  It’s always a blessing to talk with those who understand the times and have set their affections on the age to come. (Malachi 3:16.) Once in Kalamazoo, I met up with CR and we took the gospel into a city that seems to be growing harder by the day. The sense of urgency is overwhelming. We can see what’s coming, (albeit we don’t see the exact form) and are compelled to share the good news of Jesus while time remains. If it were possible, I would like to spend every waking hour in such manner; compelling the eternal ones to believe on Jesus.  Only what’s done for Christ will carry over into eternity. When a person leaves this world, the “only thing” that matters is their standing with God.

well I need to be going for now. Ironically, this morning as I casually opened the scriptures, the following passage was the first place that I landed:

Jeremiah 30:15 “Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.”

Without a doubt, sin is a reproach to any people.  May we be about the Fathers business of seeking out the stragglers who are still to be birthed into the kingdom; even as the world as a whole is being prepared to believe a lie. Thanks to all who stop by here. I’ll try to be more diligent in making the rounds.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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SING YE PRAISES WITH UNDERSTANDING

November 8, 2010

There are a number of ways in which one could approach this topic. It began with a casual landing on Psalm 47:7 and migrated into thoughts concerning the indescribable greatness of our faithful Creator and our grasping of this truth. Without a doubt, his ways are unsearchable and even the most discerning among us will see but a fraction of the whole. Who amongst of us can explain how it’s possible to have “always been;” from everlasting, to everlasting, and without variance? Who can explain the process by which atoms are formulated,  worlds are constructed, and living creatures are brought into being? Who can comprehend the intricacies of the creation; from far-flung galaxies; each containing billions of stars (and countless planets) to single celled organisms; the simplest of which is so complex that it could never be duplicated by another. (although some tamper with the creation in ways that are very dangerous)  And who can explain how God knows the hearts of all 6.7 billion of the earths present inhabitants; not to mention those of every past generation?

Job 31:4 “Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?”

John 2:24-25 “But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men.
And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

As we consider such incredible attributes, we know that a logistical understanding is beyond our grasp. Yet when we are born of the Spirit and begin to consider that these testimonies are true, we can become so overwhelmed with wonder that the words of worship and adoration simply begin to flow. It’s not a forced thing, nor is it a scripted series of catch-phrases. It’s the sincere outpouring of a heart that has just received a glimpse of the everlasting. It’s the expression of one who has ventured beyond the arena of atoms and had an encounter with the Almighty. It’s a deep communion with our Redeemer and a profound sense of commonality with others who have visited this place. All anxieties and commotions lose their authority while an indescribable peace permeates our being. We begin to realize that he is in complete control of every situation and is a very present help in times of despairing.

Psalm 147:5 “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinate.”

To sing praises with understanding is to go far deeper than the touchy-feely experience that many will settle for and is not dependant upon exterior stimulation. It’s a worship that stems from ever-increasing revelation of just how awesome our God is. “Ever-increasing” because we will never run out of something new to discover or something else to think on. And if such is true in this present fallen world where we interract with others from a platform of sinful flesh, one cannot even begin to fathom what it will be like when this corruption puts on incorruption. When the trumpet sounds, announcing the return of Jesus in accordance to scripture. When we see him as he is and are forever in his presence. If that which we presently see through a glass darkly is awesome beyond description, one cannot imagine what the gathering of the elect will be like, or the age to come when God himself is the light in which we dwell.

Ephesians 2:7 “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (I’m somewhat using this verse out of context, however it adds emphasis to the everlasting)

It seems needful to point out that “the moment is fastly approaching” when we will put off this earthly vessel. There’s a tendancy to become discouraged by present goings on; both in our respective venues and in our personal space. It’s easy to lose sight of this understanding and focus on the waves that are positioned to swallow us up. It’s easy to be discouraged when we take inventory of all the times that we’ve not been as faithful as we should have been. It’s easy allow circumstances to have mastery over us; just as Elijah was overwhelmed by Jezebels threatenings. (and this, right after the Lord honored the sacrifice in the presence of 850 prophets of baal and the groves)

I Kings 19:4 “But he himself went a days journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, it is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”

We  are easily discouraged when those in our ambience seem able to implement their wicked agenda with no rebuke. It’s easy to see the commotion before us and forget that “it’s only for a season.” We will understand this from a theological standpoint, but when the enemy is bearing down from every angle, these truths can seem far removed. The understanding of who God is and the grasping of our great salvation, has to be more than lifeless theology. Our worship has to be more than just a formula that we use to get things. That sounds mean, but I’ve heard it. I’ve heard teaching in which praise and worship seemed to be part of a five step plan to receive presents. True worship is void of self and focused completely on God. It stems from understanding and believing that which is written concerning him; even when circumstances seem to favor an alternate worldview. Psalm 73 addresses this well and the following verse reveals the remedy:

Psalm 73:16-18 “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castest them down to destruction
How are they brought to desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.”

When this person left the sanctuary, their situation was the same as when they went in. But the understanding was increased as the whole of the matter came into focus. One more passage just came to mind, along with a cogitation that has been present for some time. (This may initially seem removed from the topic at hand)

John 8:24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

We have no way of knowing how many were hearing these words, nor do we know how may may have believed later on. One thing, however, is for certain. In the years beyond this encounter, each of these souls went into eternity. One by one, they left their kingdoms and went into the realm of the everlasting. At the moment of departure, the only thing that mattered was whether or not they believed on Jesus; the only begotten Son of God. For those who rejected the truth, they will forever remember the moment when Jesus looked into their eyes and said “for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”

Psalm 47:7 “For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”

Well I have to go for now. My prayer is that we would all take time to just be still and know that God is. To step away from the commotion, find a quiet place, and spend time in the presence of Jesus. It’s a place of fellowship, rest, revelation, instruction, and perspective. There are moments in the presence of the Lord of such completeness that words are an intrusion. A place of total contentment; where there is a want for nothing. It’s as though, if someone were to burst onto the scene and ask “if you could have anything in the world what would it be?” the reply would be “I’m content. There’s nothing of this world that I desire.” To one who has never been here, it sounds crazy; even reckless. But it is the authentic peace of God and it defies the very foundation of what the world refers to as “logic.” 

Blessings always in Jesus name.