Patience Part One | Fruits of the Spirit

pier-1209549_640When consulting knowledge I like to dive into the scriptures. I believe that all knowledge starts in the scriptures and all knowledge ends in the scriptures. We’re just the inbetween and we make of it what we will. Being that we believe these scriptures are infallible then I wholeheartedly believe we must learn and store these in our hearts. I am going to be covering the fruits of the Spirit in my studies over the next 9 days and I wanted to start with patience because I feel as if I have lost a lot of mine and want to refill my tank in such a way as knowing where, what and why the importance of such a wonderful thing.

First things first. The fruits of the Spirit scripture that we all know and love, most of the time. It is found in Galatians chapter 5 verses 22 and 23. I’m using NASB (New American Standard Bible) at the moment.

22 …the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; …

One of my favorite books to look at is Proverbs when it comes to finding more scripturesegg-583163_640 based on a situation since it is the book of wisdom. In Proverbs 15:18 it says, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.” In other versions the word slow is also used as patient.

And it is true, once impatience sets in we then become aggravated. Aggravation and anger can be a powerful tool if we learn how to recognize it, not let it control us, and proceed to be patient with this aggression we are feeling and use it towards constructing purposes. But there is a very important word in there called patience and without it we can end up being very destructive and the Bible considers those of us foolish.

However, thankfully, there is forgiveness for our shortcomings. I know I have had many shortcomings in life but I think the idea is not to give up regardless and keep pressing forward into making ourselves whole. Listening to Graham Cooke speak on these things is also very helpful. He, Graham, mentions (paraphrasing) that Jesus already sees us as bridge-53769_640who we are and to get over our insecurities about ourselves. And it is true, Jesus already sees the finished product in us, we just can’t give up no matter how bad we assume we missed things.

One thing we must do, is be patient, with ourselves. With the next two upcoming posts today to cover patience I will be talking about shortcomings with myself and shortcomings in the Bible along with the fulfillment of patience and its blessings.



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?

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.

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.


Breakthrough vs Stay-through

Breakthrough, breakthrough, we need a breakthrough! Well, I’m am happy for all those who stay-through and keep pushing to the breakthrough stage. I once heard a pastor, probably ill advised in hype, tell people they need to quit needing a breakthrough.

Listen, breakthroughs are an amazing thing. But if you hear a teaching telling you that you don’t, well, it is probably safe to say they don’t know what they’re talking about! We wouldn’t need breakthroughs if we didn’t have stay-throughs. Not everyone is a hypochondriac. I’ve heard a lot of ill advise from preaching growing up but this one reminded was brought back to memory about three days ago and it came back to correct my thinking. Yes, I have given in and trusted 110% in what pastors had to say just to be burned in the future and then have God correct me. Funny thing is I didn’t give much heed to this word from the pastor but it obviously still stuck in my subconscious.

A breakthrough is such an amazing thing. What breakthrough did I get you wonder? I spent the better part of a week reading and rereading about trade options on the stock market until it finally just clicked. I felt so elated and relieved and for the most part happy then made $100 off $65. Amazing stuff. It reminds me of the parable of the talents. May I please the Lord to be smart enough to rule over things He gives to me. To each one according to their abilities. Amazing stuff. What are your abilities? What are you pushing through? Where do you need a breakthrough? Would love to hear from you guys!

Why Not to Commit Suicide

Many famous minds, many intellectual minds, many important minds have at one time or another contemplated suicide. So, why you? Why do you contemplate?

I get it. I do, as a survivor of the mindset to off myself multiple times, I finally decided to bring myself out on the end of life. It was really self talk that motivated me to stay alive. It was never what anyone else said to me. No one, can feel the individuals pain as they do. What they see, what they go through on a daily basis, who there caretakers in life are as they grow into adulthood or simply how they view the world.

After my eighth failed attempt (yes, eighth) I started to think about why I should stay alive especially since my body wouldn’t die. What do I have to look forward to? Can I actually pave my own path?

It wasn’t these questions that kept me alive after that day but it was a statement I made to myself that did. Let us see what life is bringing. The curiosity arose in me and I set out on a knowledge quest. I had to learn everything. The greatest thing I first learned was how everyone I looked up to had lied to me, about everything. I began to realize how I was manipulated in this world from adolescents. To be downright honest, it made me angry. I was offended, annoyed, irritated beyond belief that my loved ones lied to me all these years just to manipulate and press their own image of life onto me as if I was their last hope of survival in their twisted reality. No wonder.. no wonder.. but can we help to think for a moment that they were indoctrinated the same way?

Personally, the deceit led me to a stronger position on learning. I’m steadfast in the truth today. Lies kill people. Lies kill your loved ones. First in the mind, then in the physical.

So, tell me, why today, do you contemplate? Because the world has set itself up in lies? Because your family has set itself up in lies?

What if you are one of the ones who changes this world into truth and provision? To help eradicate the lies that have been set in place to manipulate? We need you. We need your help. We want your help.

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