Archive for June, 2011
I have seen the “pointless” of life
I realize whatever God does will last forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing can be taken away from it. God does this so that people will fear him. Whatever has happened in the past is present now. Whatever is going to happen in the future has already happened in the past. God will call the past to account. What we must listen to is what does God approve of, and call to account. Forgive me for being so empty. All has proven to be humanistic. We seek to minister so lives can be saved and yet we miss the purpose that Jesus is worthy of his sacrifice. We live for God so we can be blessed. I live for God so I can be cursed and yet live. Is it Hell that we seek to avoid or is it our love for him regardless of whether we go to Hell or not. Would we serve him knowing we were going to Hell or if our lives never tasted the sweetness of our labor of love? Forgive me for being so empty. Our lives are so confusing and wrapped up in how we can change others and ourselves. Yet it is for the purpose of thinking we made some special deal with God. We live our lives in sin and then pretty it up with whatever is right to us. The words echo; all is vanity and yet we build and grow in that which produces vanity. Oh Lord I starve for you today. I hunger after your righteousness not mine. The emptiness of my soul is not because the vultures have pecked at my flesh, insecurities or theology. It is because you have opened the eyes of my spirit to see the source of my creation. The life I have been birthed into has become vexed and waxed old. Thy word oh lord has brought destruction and devastation even unto the sacred temple ground I stood upon. The destruction has torn down all that I have stood upon in righteousness. I am barren in the land of milk and honey. Your voice is a sound of running water and yet I thirst. Your spirit is a wind to cool the hottest days and yet I am shaking with heat collapse. Oh my Lord bring me into the height of Zion. Thy will be done I pray; release me from the mouth of the Great Harlot. Her fangs have clamped down on my heart as her claws grip me into her presence by her alluring purple clad beauty and seductive ways. Her sword is at war with your sword. The two clash with thunder in the balance of my life and death. They are the same my Lord. To compare her sword and your sword with the humanistic eyes; there is no difference. The spiritual leaders have been deceived. Forgive me for being so empty. I lay at your footstool my God. I cry for mercy and forgiveness. I anguish for the cause of your people and hurt for how you feel for all us. I in life or death surrender to you. If Hell or High water is my destiny, I will serve you; because you my Lord are worthy. You my Lord are worthy.
To save or not to save “FACE”
If this doesn’t apply to you then simply disregard it, and pray for us who it does apply to.
When we reference FACE it is to identify someone or thing. We ask; what his or her face looks like, so when we see them… we can identify them. However, Identity comes in all shapes and sizes. I want to point out something for all of us to hopefully benefit from. As we face the things in our life we should understand what it is that our FACE is identifying with. Is it in the things that we establish for our own identity, by establishing idols and or images, or is it those things that establish our identity in Christ Jesus? We must FACE the truth in whom and what we have established as our identity.
Years ago when my friends saw my face they knew me by what I identified with. They knew me by my identity with Harley Davidson, Drugs, Budweiser, and the party hardy kind of guy. Outside of that I was just another handsome face. LOL. Today I want people to see a musician, and an all around outdoorsman and free-spirited kind of guy. So what do I do? I wear camouflage shirts and surround myself with things that say this is who I am. This is my face. We are all being changed day by day “Our hope of glory”. You see, we want people to se us in a specific identity or “image” that describes who and what we are. The concern is sometimes our identity is conflicting with our identity with Jesus as a son of righteousness? We so often create our identity and then try to fit Jesus into it. This is where the trouble begins.
The scripture says in Jeremiah:
Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, ‘Babylon has been captured, Bel has been put to shame, Marduk has been shattered; her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.’ For a nation has come up against her out of the north; it will make her land an object of horror, and there will be no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away! In those days and at that time,” declares the LORD, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek.
They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
Jesus will destroy our Babylon and her images will be utterly confounded. Where we so often struggle, are in the illusion of our images; we lose face with the one we should be identifying with the most. I know so many just like me have created their own face. Such as: status of maintaining and giving the appearance of success, career, wanting everyone to see and believe they have it all; a house, car, dog, and MONEY or the identifying with Alfonzo or specific Mafia organizations “Sicilians”, or eras like the 50s 60s 70s 80s, etc. we all have our images. We sometimes establish these false illusions and other idols and images by the influences of money, and dare I mentionHollywood, Television, etc. Empty and alone isn’t a pleasant place to be. We don’t want to be left out and un-accepted so we feed each others worldly creations. Are you empty at night when you lay down to sleep? Idols and images are one of our biggest enemies. What makes them so powerful is our indulgence is so established that we interpret and measure the word of God according to those standards. I remember back in the early eighties I had a visitation from the Lord in which he had challenged me to allow him to destroy myBabylon and to break down the image and idols I had created. The term was this; I was to go through my house and remove and destroy all that which did not glorify him. It’s sad to say how much compromising went on however, I submitted to his righteousness and, at the end of the day it almost left me with an empty home. All the things on my wall, my music selection. dishes, and clothing were identified with drugs, porn, whiskey, and yes Satan. I filled trash can after trash can. One of my friends felt so bad for me that he gave me some of his clothes. You see Jesus wasn’t just concerned with my spiritual home he was concerned with the influences of my idols and most of all my images. In my obedience he then was able to establish his identity in my life. And what I learned and grew into was the liberty and knowledge of hearing and seeing him clearer without other voices and influences. This is a continual process in which we as Christians walk.
So today let us; who want to be more like Jesus, fix our face on the one in which we want to identify with more. If your identity is more into the creation you designed; then empty out your trash and wash your face. There is liberty when we let go of everything we try to hold onto, in order to JUST SAVE FACE. Just a thought…
The lord has spoken and yet we dismiss his word. The Lord has delivered and yet we return to our place of captivity. The Lord has loved and yet we continue to show ill toward each other. Is it not enough that the world will hate us? Is it not enough that the wicked seek to kill the righteous? Is it not enough that our traditions and theologies have corrupted our sight of the living God? I say this by spirit of our Lord; Stop devouring each other in harshness and discouragement. Rather build each other up in the doctrine of which brings eternal life and love toward one another. It is written the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth? Yet we seek the council of man to resolve the things of the spirit. Listen and take hold of this truth. Do we not believe? Knowledge puffs up and yet we seek more and more only to give a daily dose to our brethren. Be not as those hypocrites who dwell in buildings built by the hands of man, only to show their own glory and pride. Where is the word hidden in our heart rather than stored up in our mind. Don’t we know that one word spoken by God is more powerful than millions spoken by men? We must humble ourselves in the sight of God, not man’s approval. Do we not understand that we are the temple of God and he will establish his kingdom within us, and not in this world? I say we must submit ourselves to God and his righteousness. Stop complaining and murmuring toward each other for it is also written that even though we have all these gifts; what good are they if we have not love. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouth, but that which is good, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God but be ye kind to one another. We are as sheep being lead into diverse false doctrines and I would say the Great Shepherd hears our cries and he is standing in the midst of the flock beckoning us to change direction. We should be careful not to be lead into false doctrine and theologies that corrupt the word of truth. Be not conceited in our own eyes thinking man may not see; for surely the Lord see’s and know the intent of our hearts. Pride produces covetousness, even of our own works and creation. Therefore I say, set not your hearts on those things that cause us to stumble and fall when God swings his sickle. Surely he will plow; and re-plow our steps from one glory to another, each time emptying us out of our ways. Religion will cause a covering up, God will cause an un-covering. For those of us who have fallen on the rock we understand that God has given us a new identity, and has established us in his council and his footsteps in the chambers of his kingdom not ours. We have need of repentance in order to obtain mercy from the Lord as we walk in love one to another. My days are numbered by God and my work is outlined by the life Jesus lived. There is no greater love than which we lay down our lives for each other. The more we see ourselves in relation to his death; the greater it will impact those around us in his powerful resurrection. Selah… Just a thought…
“Can Satan read our thoughts?”
It’s a question many Christians have asked. I have often asked that same question because my thoughts are both Godly and wicked. It’s a tough question. I can’t give you a clear Bible verse as an answer. I can however say that there aren’t any verses that I am aware of that says Satan can read our thoughts. And there is nothing in the Bible that indicates that Satan is all knowing. We do know that Satan is very clever by the way he tempts us. He probably can predict our behavior based on experience, the same way we can sometimes predict others behaviors. He is likely to be great at predicting human behavior because he has seen so much of it. I think he can make pretty accurate guesses about our thinking as well as use that to his advantage. I think it is more important to take on the mind of Christ so if in the event Satan can read into our thoughts he will hear and see that the word of God is ever present. So rather than be concerned with Satan being able to know our thoughts lets yield our thoughts and intents of our hearts to God and his word. Satan knows your weaknesses he also know your strengths. As he tries to destroy us he can easily find how we think by the way we respond to his temptations. Our reactions and responses say a lot about how we think. But I still don’t believe that Satan is all knowing.
God knows the thoughts and intents of the heart. For out of the heart proceeds thoughts