Facing Knowledge

The word SAGE popped up in my face a couple of days ago but it was pointed towards Jesus. It was in a poem that Jesus was the greater than any prophet and wiser than any sage. That isn’t verbatim but I connected on the idea of living as a sage rather than living as Jesus, which is also considered a sage which simply means very wise and god-like. Why? I don’t know for certain but it seems more achievable when studying the word sage versus being a philosopher of Jesus. Instead of studying how Jesus or God acts accordingly I now have a word, a definition to go off of. My brain works very different than others presumably. Where some people would read this and say, what, why, and as very limited others would simply just nod their head and go on with the day. I never put it to the test (being a sage, that is) but it makes me think of many other things even as I type.

For instance, trying to explain to the church that tithing was part of the law and it was spoken by Jesus’ mouth himself in scripture. And yet, the church in general says, yeaaaaahhhhhhh welllllll ya knooooooooo.. as if that one thing counts towards their salvation. Which it’s truly hard to digest that this was simply the law back then and that it doesn’t apply to those who don’t live under the law yet we give because we want to see prosperity.. well that is a blasphemy in many places. Yet, it is scripture.

So what gave the sheep power over the shepherds? Yet, we see this time and time again throughout the history of the Bible. Where sheep rise above their masters, or at least try to, and end up slaughtering themselves. And it isn’t even by their masters hand on Earth but by the Master in Heaven that leads them unto the slaughter. Whether that be actual death or just being enslaved. I’m here to tell you that this is what America has been doing for a very long time. You may argue it but look at Jesus’ words to the question how many times must we forgive a brother in a day. Do we really want to exhaust our forgiveness? Pretend that hyper grace is real? Want proof that hyper grace isn’t real? Take a deep look into China. If hyper grace was real then how could we grieve the Holy Spirit? How could we break the unpardonable sin if it was real? And really it should be called hysterical grace. The church has become like the media and has enslaved themselves to hysteria for the majority. They live in a blurred vision of the actuality of Christ and what is really going on in the spiritual realm. I doubt they have any sense to it.

Many times I have faced opposition from the church from speaking the scriptures of the Bible in concordance with what they were trying to say. The church can not strew scripture and pretend they will not be found out. How dare I go after a scripture and call it God or speak it without first adamantly searching the scriptures first? I get excited at times, I really do with the Word of God. But we have to know that teachers are going to be judged harsher so many should not teach. That simply means if we aren’t going to put the time into research and study into the Word of God and make sure every end is tidy before teaching, we probably shouldn’t.

In the southern USA they still believe that as soon as Jesus died on the cross people started to go to hell who didn’t even know about HIM but that is easily squashed if we read the book of ACTS. Hint: Sermon on Mars Hill. I’ve literally been told, “I am in seminary so I.. ”    Yeah that is cool bro but you should try reading the Holy Bible. And I gave him the answer and he sat there and said, “well, I don’t know but I’ll have to study it later.” My heart breaks over this simple false teaching because it destroys the potential of the kingdom of God. And if we are curious to know what happens when people teach false teachings and the men, or the would be men of the faith hear this? It keeps them away from the church. Why would one want to partake in a fantasy of what they want the scriptures to mean? Why would I? Why would you? Why would we want to attend a church that has a set belief system that isn’t biblical but it is only the best thing in town? Yes, not to forsake our fellowship together but when does something become a cult? When idolatry kicks in? Which brings me to my next point.

I am so sick of hearing that idolatry is more than worshiping another God. I hear it is playing video games, or drinking, or eating. No, let me say that the Bible has words for drinking. It says to not become drunk so then we could say drunkard but not idolatry because it isn’t the same thing. We could say eating is gluttony but not idolatry because that is totally something else. I almost wonder if these people have been deceived in defining idolatry as all these different things to soften the meaning so when the real idolatry comes they will say, well people commit idolatry all the time so we aren’t going to do anything about this either. That is a scary state of mind for the church.

To be clear the definition of idolatry is serving other gods. And to be clear God likens adultery against our spouses to idolatry against God. That is how deeply God feels about it as if we are cheating on Him with another. That is a personal and a deep level that shouldn’t be toyed with. That is God’s emotions towards us. Let that sink in if ya haven’t yet.

So why would anyone strew the true meaning of idolatry to get their way with others? That is simply it, isn’t it? To get their way? and not God’s?

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Christians Have the Freedom of Speech?!

As if Christians ever had the freedom of speech.

This comes to mind this morning out of the third chapter of James ~

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

We should never abuse our freedom of speech to tread on other people and their suffering. It seems many of us have and continue to do so. What if a prophetic move of love from the HS was here but everyone is missing it so God uses our enemies to push love on to everyone? But instead, we’re declaring freedom of speech and missing the bigger picture of what is really going on? What then? What do you say to the mercy seat? How many years must we remain vicious against loving other people and side with the world instead of God?

Rant (Christianly) XD

I wonder how many people actually study their Bible.. I mean like.. pull out original text and read it and look at the definitions of words instead of believing every English term they come across. I wonder how many people are offended in the church when you point something out. I wonder how many people turn into a Pharisee at the simple definition of a Word and say, “things are the way they are because they are.” I wonder how many people actually care or have the brain to apply to moving the church into the right direction instead of following a custom set of rules that aren’t biblical. I wonder how many people actually care about the actual Bible. I wonder, if it comes down to it, who will run and who will stand their ground when it comes to defending the Word. I wonder how many people cast out family and church members over little things instead of embracing them and practicing what the HS is teaching us to do. I wonder how many people backstab each other in the church and it is nothing more than a family gathering to them because they have done it since they were children and don’t really know the truth of it all. I wonder how many mindlessly sing old songs and say they’re worshipping and praising a God they don’t even totally know. I wonder if people are just in it for the HS high that comes with it instead of knowledge of the trinity. I wonder how many people actually truly know God. I wonder a lot of things but this I do know. I wonder about Noah, having the last righteous family on Earth, how he went about his days drinking. I wonder about Solomon feeling alone with all his wisdom turning to alcohol for three years. I wonder about the sadness of Jeremiah. Then I look at my generation and realize nothing has changed. Nothing probably ever will. They have turned God into a hype game instead of being still and being quiet. They have turned life into promises of good things instead of learning to strive and that pain teaches us. The false prophecies are arising stronger and stronger and the itching ears are more than prevalent. Yet, the righteous rise their heads unto the Heavens knowing all these things will come, and when they do their time is nigh, so a smile through all the craziness arises on their faces. The others in pain and agony do not understand, yet here we are, smiling. It is funny how in the end we are happy no matter what isn’t it? Though the days may be long we know we win at the end and at last, we’re at rest and at peace. All this struggle to break out of a cocoon. The words of Paul, “we see through a glass darkly.” Have you ever looked at a 4k tv and realized the real world looks a bit bleak compared. I bet Heaven is more amazing than a 4k tv. Just think about the resolution of Heaven. The stars, the brilliance, the Almighty himself! Just think.. and meditate upon Him and feel the breeze of the wind upon your skin. For we are going one day righteous ones, we will be there, never forget our course. Our longing and our desire are to be with Him in eternity! Simply amazing.

War Effort: Pray in Tongues for 365 days

Pray in tongues for 365/24/7. Is it possible? Why not? I’ve been told many times in the morning I was speaking in tongues in my sleep. So I want to put Paul and his words to the test. Pray without ceasing. Obviously God doesn’t like it when we pray the same thing over and over and over again because He says this is in vain.

View Matthew 6:7

So, how does one pray without ceasing then? Has to be in tongues, groanings and moanings.

Okay, well let us see it is War Effort Day 3 and I would like to keep a journal on here of where I am at with my failures and positives. The reason I started this to begin with? Well, I don’t know. It kind of came to me. You see, I have been having memory issues as of late and couldn’t figure it out so I thought that perhaps spiritually I am unaligned with taking care of my spiritual state. Too much worldly stuff. Too much worry stuff. So, I remembered praying in tongues for 2-4 weeks straight.. been awhile so I can’t remember the exact amount of days and wow was it nice to be in such communion every single day. You might think this is crazy, good, it is crazy good and fun too.

Day 1: I had to get over myself. I’ve been here before so it was easier the second time. My body literally will feel exhausted at the thought of speaking in tongues at all times. “You can’t do this. It isn’t possible.”

My response to myself is a simple one. Get over it. We’re pressing forward.

On with my day 1 I failed numerous times to keep at it without ceasing. That is fine. It is day number 1. I am aligning my body again with the spiritual aspect of speaking in tongues. It most likely won’t be perfect considering the, ya know, constant war between flesh and spirit thing. Hmm.

Day 2: I totally forgot the first half of the day that I was doing this War Effort. That is alright though. Throughout the rest of my 2nd day I began muttering here and there in tongues trying to keep at it. Head held high, not in pride but in a fashion of I’m doing this and my flesh isn’t going to stop me. I’m glad it seems strenuous because that means I’m working something out.

“What are you praying for?” Oh, I don’t know just want to be simply close to God again. A conversation awoke in me.

Later on thoughts came flooding my head then a worship song burst from my mouth. This is only day 2 and what difference.

Day 3: Well, that is today. A bit quiet today but nonetheless let us pray how we know we should and let us pray in tongues for the things we don’t know about. It occurs in my memory that Kenneth Hagin (referred to as dad Hagin by his cultish followers … jk but seriously people get hung up a little too much on people) said that praying in tongues is like recharging your spirit. He also said to one lady before, “the tongues you pray in aren’t of God’s but of something else. Here let me teach you.” I often wondered what that looked like. Thanks for that doubt implanted in my mind that my tongues serve something other than my God alone. But there it is isn’t it? My God alone. The doubt seemingly vanishes and I go on with my tongues. How enjoyable.

Now as it is day 3 already I did want to keep up daily because there are things that I missed to write about that happened on day 2 that were marvelous and away from the norm.

A thought occurs, remember where you are going, a spiritual vision someone prophesied to me once. A smile warms on my face in memory.

Life of God

What is the life of God?

Men’s (humans) light are the life of God.  ~  John 1 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Why then do we treat others without love for God? Each and everyone of us are the light of God and He wishes that none should perish but why?

Why may seem like a silly question now giving the scripture in a highlighted context.

Maybe because a part of God dies with them. At such a small level of understanding as we, the human race has about all things on Earth, it shouldn’t be a bit of a surprise that we glance over scriptures like this without giving it much thought. Even that man over there that spits in my face and persecutes me for the name of Jesus was born as the light of God, the life of God, but into sin he came and was corrupted. This is why we are to love our enemies because they are still a part of God until the final day of judgement where it seems that God casts a bit of himself into the lake. What a crazy concept to wrap the head around. Perhaps, God will send some enlightenment my way.

I think when we understand where we come from spiritually and who we are as men and women that it makes it easier to pray for others. It takes a lot of understanding of God for me to coincide with Him. I may be the biggest fool but I just want to know God before I practice God. I want to understand God more and more every day and wonder why He has the patience that He does. To truly understand who we are in Him. It is a very amazing thing to know that we make up the light of God that separates the darkness from light. No wonder the light bulb was made. No wonder the eyes are the lamps of man. No wonder…

Hearing God’s Voice (Not What You Wanted to Hear)

Many things come to mind of what people have said about this but I want to illustrate something to you. I want to show you what I am talking about and it is probably not something that the majority of Christians want to hear.

I went hunting over the weekend on a little get-away vacation. First, we needed the supplies or in this case, the supply, to go hunting with. What was that? It was a black-light flashlight and a pretty powerful one at that. We’re hunting rocks, yooperlite rocks, to be exact. The warning is a great one, do not shine this in your eyes because it will burn your retinas out and do not shine on your skin because it will cause cancer. Yikes!

We waited for the most opportune time to go hunting which was when it was pitch black outside and only the beautiful stars shone in the sky. Not because we had to but because this was the easiest thing and way to do it without struggling. Where do we find these rocks? Around Lake Superior.

So what does this have to do with God and His voice?

Something that stood out to me as we were searching for these Yooperlites is that we kept saying to one another, “is that one? What about that one?” But when we started to find them there was no question to ask because it lit up and stood out among all the others and there wasn’t even a little bit of a doubt in our minds. This is kind of how God’s voice is. When we finally hear it, there is no doubt, it stands out from all the other voices and enlightens us extremely.

I’ve noticed a lot of people throughout my travels (in the USA) seem to want to look to everyone else to learn about God. They want to listen to sermons, or prophetic voices, for a ‘word’ from God. Which, let us face it, isn’t a bad thing. However, the bad thing is when we don’t consult God’s Word [(Voice)Bible] first or at all for a lot of people. I have a few prophetic friends in real life (not on the internet) but sometimes they don’t always seem so skilled in the area of the Bible and it is extremely weird to me. Don’t get me wrong these are extremely gifted people but why don’t we know what the Bible has to say? Why don’t we care? I have many questions concerning a lot.

I John 2:27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

I’ve said all this to say this. It is very helpful to God when we align our hunting of His Voice with the proper supplies, the proper tools. Then we are rewarded greatly for diligently seeking Him.

Having the Bible within our hearts, in our knowledge, and in our thoughts is a great foundation for moving forward in the kingdom of God.

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

 

Your Adversaries Never Win in the End

There is a time and/or times in all of our lives that someone loses their minds on us. What do we do in these moments helps define who we are becoming. Life utterly seems like a mess at times and more of a test than anything else. We have to act groomed and proper at work, outside of work, sometimes at home, at family gatherings, on vacation, etc. But what do you do when some goes irate and the action is directed towards you?

I ask you to sit back and take a moment and dwell on the heat of moments throughout your life and how you handled them. What was the best way of handling these moments?

I’ve learned for myself overtime that simply being quiet and letting everything absorb before allowing myself to reply has helped best. I used to be a fiery kid who would just simply yell back but that isn’t who I want to be. I don’t want to be controlled by the emotions of others and their ‘problems’ within the heat of the moment whether that problem is something I caused, did, didn’t do, etc.

I ask everyone one of us to love ourselves in these moments when the heat is being poured on because at that moment we’re the only ones loving ourselves. Whether or not we may be to blame you should never accept being screamed at as a solution. Yes, it’ll happen but how do you respond? Retreat within yourself and find that compassion for yourself. Try not to live out of your emotions but by who you know yourself to be and when it is time to reply, if need be, give a compassionate reply. Not for them but for you.

Oftentimes people are confused by why they’re instructed to be nice to others, to not commit adultery, to be clean, etc. It never was about the other person. It was always about us as individuals. How do you respect yourself? What memories do you want to give yourself? Do you chance heartbreak? Do you chance a negative reputation? What is it you really want in life?

Well I tell you today, regardless of how your adversaries treat you up front, they will never win in the end. In the end we are defined by how we have presented ourselves and by our individual accomplishments. In the end, it is just us, no adversaries. Take joy and peace in this.

Learn. Grow. Love. Most of all enjoy life and don’t let anyone get you down!

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