Bad News Good News

Nov. 7, 2017

Psalm 54:4,7 (Amplified Version). “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life… For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies.” 

There is so much in the way of happenstance in these times which is used so powerfully against so many people. It seems that we are surrounded by so many adversaries and so much adversity! However, the agenda is and always has been to undermine the truth that God is, that He is in control, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (See Hebrews 11:6).

Scripture states great truth which helps us to affirm our faith with beautiful and encouraging statements such as those from the Psalm stated above. We certainly live in days when our faith can be easily undermined. So in order to find the encouragement we need to move forward each day, we ought to take time to daily pray and meditate on God’s Word - which is a means of transmitting His grace to us through His perspectives. Without this time spent with Him, life can seem pretty bleak and hopeless!  Spending time in God’s Word has the effect of transforming our thinking and worldview, as the Lord Himself reassures our hearts by His Spirit working through His word.

We come forward from such meditations in His word with the assurance that He reigns sovereignly over all that is - the entirety of His creation which is His workmanship in every aspect. We see that we can put our trust in the One Who is truly rightly named The Lord The Almighty. Indeed we must put our trust in Him, for “… without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him, for whoever would come near to God must (necessarily) believe that God exists and that He is the Rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him (out).” (Hebrews 11:6)

If we do not avail ourselves of Scriptural truth, expectantly and consistently, then we cannot anticipate much more than what news sources of all sorts throw at us - which is largely very dark and depressing content. This writer also admittedly has been often guilty of too much time spent “exploring” what’s happening in the world, who is behind it, and then passing it on. (News seems to have replaced the whodunit novel!) Honest analysis of news content reveals that seldom will we find that anyone offers any real and lasting solutions! 

Yet we wind up passing news along because we care deeply about what happens to our loved ones, our country, and our world, in a well intentioned yet misguided attempt to provide perspectives. 

But is this continual emphasis on the bad news what’s needed, or could we use some “truth therapy” instead, some real honest to goodness Good News?

Yes, while the pressures of the advance of a sinister agenda are enormous and seem to be ever pushing forward, a sense of hopelessness at times is unavoidably overwhelming, since there does not seem to be a “fix” that lasts on any human level. However, should we keep staring into the darkness of these finite views, or “behold” God’s assessment on our reality?

Might it not be better to confess and testify to what God says - that He is my helper and ally, and that He not only upholds me, but also those who uphold my life? That is an exciting thought which can take us to another level entirely, if we will but pause for a moment to actually ponder well something we often don’t think about. We often take His provision at this higher level for granted! But this is what we ought to be looking at all the time.

Who are those who “cover our six”, who uphold our life, but the vast host of heaven, powerful beyond our comprehension and wildest imagination? Although unseen by us, these angelic beings were created by our Heavenly Father to minister to, protect, and serve His sons and daughters in Jesus Christ. These duties they tirelessly and lovingly perform at all times without ceasing. There are also myriad departed saints, named and unnamed, who also in Christ pray for all who comprise the “beloved of the Beloved” (the body of Christ). In other words “all the company of heaven” tend relentlessly to their duties above on behalf of those who are inheriting salvation on earth. (See Hebrews 1:14)

Spectacular events are happening right now on our behalf in the heavens above us. Perhaps (this is just speculation on my part) we are kept from an awareness of this for the most part, for if we could see the intense spiritual warfare the goes on all around us between the sinister forces and the hosts of the Lord on our behalf, we would not be able to live our lives and do what we need to do day to day. It would overwhelm us. 

Yet Colossians 3:2 encourages us to set our minds on the things above - on those higher things already set in motion on behalf of our temporal and eternal wellbeing. Focusing on the world’s troubles is sure to bring us into a down spiraling direction headed for defeat. Why go there when the very next verse informs us that our life is hidden with Christ in God? Wow! Does it get any better than that spiritually?

In practical terms here’s what I glean from this. Too much emphasis on the bad news is not a good idea. I can no longer keep up with who’s who, for example, in the revolving door presidential administration. The whole world of politics and events is like a maelstrom! And if you hang out in the rigging, you’ll get all tangled up in it and washed overboard without a doubt. (Actually it is the doubt that you are with that washes you overboard, come to think of it.) 

Even King David provides a very practical example of something you’d think a great king would never say, “O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me." (Psalm 131:1,2) 

Certainly, since the king was a man after God’s own heart, we might want to heed this in our own puny estate. Shouldn’t kings be in the know about everything? Maybe not, if they are surrendered to the Spirit of God and trusting fully in His leading in all things. If they’re wise they will see that the devil is in the details!

We have “journalists” of all sorts, from the 7 figure a year suits in the media, all the way down to the blue jean clad “citizen journalists” making videos on their cell phones from their vehicles. While this is commendable as far as freedom of speech goes, after awhile - with this plethora of persons all vying for more clicks and monetization on You Tube - one begins to wonder, who’s really behind them? Are they for real, or is it some kind of dark script whereby these seemingly innocent individuals are being used to demoralize and discourage many people, perhaps without even realizing it? 

The bottom line is that everyone is proclaiming how awful it is or is about to get, but no one is offering any solutions, except to “make others aware” of how awful it is! Could this, by some twist - because the serpent is the most subtle - be simply part of a spin on what he wants us to see as his reality? 

It comes to a point, my dear Watson, where one must go to the highest truth, where we acknowledge the spectacle of the activity of angels and saints in Christ Above, who serve the One Who is far, far greater than he who promotes what appears to be unleashed against the world and against us who dwell here below.

The fact is that the serpent has been cornered, not us! All he’s got is that he is a master of illusion. Illusion along with distraction may be the two greatest ploys used to pull our focus away from the centrality of the Cross, for it was through the Cross on Golgotha (the place of the skull), that the serpent’s head was utterly crushed! 

What we need to do is think, speak, and live in terms of Christ’s already accomplished victory, not cowering at every newsy note. We overcome the deceiver and liar by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! So we must ask ourself, Am I confessing defeat or victory, lies or truth, deception or clarity with what I share? 

Overcoming the lies of the father of lies comes by way of affirming and attesting to the fact that the old evil foe’s power was long ago dismantled on that hill far away by the Prince of Peace and Truth Himself, Jesus Christ - crucified on that cross, Who crushed the serpent’s head! This will never be undone, and the gates of hell shall never prevail against those who are called by His name.

This is not to say that horrific events may unfold, or that they are not real. But the question is, do I allow that to determine my reality, or do I trust in the truth of what God’s Word says about me in Jesus Christ? And that takes us right back to the opening thought of this meditation, “Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life… For He has delivered me out of every trouble, and my eye has looked [in triumph] on my enemies.” 

What a magnificent song of praise to contemplate, for so it is! Amen.

PS: Are we there yet? ”But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24) 

What a neighborhood is this place He has prepared for us! Can it be any better than this?

Oct. 24, 2017

While engaged in morning prayers for needs and concerns personal, familial, and political, I was impressed with the thought that it is increasingly important for Christians to "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving." Colossians 4:2. 

This was also coupled with the idea that prayer - our hotline directly to God, made available through Jesus Christ - must never be given up, in spite of circumstances, in spite of everything our senses tell us, in spite of our perceptions of what is going on in life or in the world, or in spite of our mind's interpretation of those perceptions. Never ever give up on prayer - even in the face of doubt, fear, or the illusion of hopelessness. ... 

These "feelings" will come! These perceptions will make it seem in every way as if the Lord has forsaken this planet. But this is precisely the time we must not give up on prayer. We have to see by faith beyond these things, into the holy vision of salvation that God provides for us through Jesus Christ.  

Thus it behooves us to devote ourselves to the practice of prayer, keep alert, and in spite of what we perceive, to honor the Lord with praise and thanksgiving. 

When we are devoting ourself to prayer, and keeping our minds and hearts attuned with the mind of Christ by meditating on Holy Scripture, praying them, we will find ourself in a space of peace that transcends circumstances and ordinary comprehensions. 

In prayer we are not simply giving vent to some tepid, humanistic centered evaporating hope. For when we pray we are calling on Abba Father to send forth all the faithful host of heaven on behalf of a world ransomed from darkness by the blood of Christ! These angelic hosts are far more powerful than the adversary who besieges us with accusing thoughts, great temptation to wickedness, self centered concerns, and the physical situations contrived by those in league with the dark side. 

There are also actual spiritual attacks on the part of the demonic realms called forth by humans who invoke such things! Let us get past the idea that this is not real!

But truth be told, the forces of darkness have no legitimate authority here. When we pray, as we stand in Christ, we are exposing and dismantling the agendas and influence of darkness.

Here is what also needs to be understood: The host of heavenly angelic warriors may actually have some challenges breaking through enemy lines. (That may seem surprising, but please go to Daniel 10:10 and verses surrounding this account for further insight.) 

So it is all the more needed that we are faithful and continual in prayer during times when we may not be perceiving breakthrough. We are calling forth - through petitioning Abba Father in the name of Jesus Christ - our most powerful allies in the cosmic spiritual realm in these last days! In this we are one with Christ Jesus in heavenly places - the interceding Great High Priest, and the priesthood of all who are in Him at the all powerful right hand of the Father. 

Prayer is thus a mighty privilege not as well understood as it ought to be. It may be said that it is learned through its practice. Prayer is the very work of the Church - the house of prayer, those who are of one heart and mind with Christ in the understanding of the outworking of salvation. 

So let us pray for the Spirit of holy prayer, and the understanding of its importance, and then be diligent about our Father’s business. 

Amen.

Oct. 1, 2017

This has been around for a long time, but it is amazing how few people actually know about it. And it needs to be made known along with its nefarious goals and implications for us and our children and generations that follow.

For anyone who is still unfamiliar with the Georgia Guidestones, also known as America's Stonehenge, see the link included below. Goals of its creators: (1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world. Limiting the population of the earth to 500 million will require the extermination of nine-tenths of the world's people. (2) Promoting "environmentalism". (3) Establishing a world government. (4) Promoting a "new spirituality" (which will of course not include Christianity, or at least any legitimate Christianity with Jesus as Who He really is. Can you figure out why?).

Evidence of these goals unfolding... Look up at the skies criss crossed with unnatural patterns - the very air you breathe - and ask, What's this doing to me, the plant and animal life, and why is it right in my face? Consider the manipulation of the food supply with genetic modification, glyphosate, and other chemical additives. Taste the fluoride and other chemicals in your tap water, and then go read what fluoride really is and what it was originally used for. Ask why we're at perpetual war and making "sacrifices" of our young men and women in the flower of their youth. Why have there been millions of abortions on demand since 1973? Why is there so much promotion of not only useless but dangerous vaccines in huge overdoses, both for your kids, you, and your pets? Why is it that millions of children go missing every year never to be seen again? Think this "just can't be happening in my reality"? Guess again.

http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm

Let us pray for wisdom from our almighty, all knowing, and everywhere present Creator!

Aug. 21, 2017

One of these days, something is going to happen to you that gets your attention. It doesn't have to be any big moment of earth shattering importance. It may be a small thing. But it will cause some interior discomfort of soul - maybe a little, maybe a lot. It will impact your life, make you sit up and take notice. Make no mistake about it. It will shake your comfort zone. It will make you ask questions. You will wonder if things are really the way you thought they were. What in the world was that? Why is this happening? What does it mean? What is it going to mean for me, for those I love and to whom I'm committed? 

You will question everything, including the nature of reality itself. The answers will come to you. They will open up in front of you like a trail of crumbs. But it will, small as it may be at first, make you realize that things are changing forever. And there is no turning back.

There may be more than one of these "epiphanies" in a lifetime. Each time you will wake up more, see more, understand more, search harder. The excess baggage of life will jettison itself. Including people. Interests you had will morph, take another direction, or die entirely. Don’t worry about that. Let go and don’t try to put it back the way it was. In some cases you won't mind. With other things it will be painful. You will make mistakes.

You will adapt. Sometimes you will go the distance walking wounded. That can be by Divine appointment.  In some ways it doesn't really get easier either, but each phase prepares you for the next, and it all becomes increasingly intensely interesting. These phases are like rocket boosters, dropping away when no longer needed. No lift off without this.

As they say, these will be the moments you have to choose between the blue pill and the red pill. In some respects the decision will be a no brainer. Sometimes it comes with gut wrenching angst.

At those moments a line has been drawn in the sand. Once you cross it, things will open up to you. Maybe not the way you think they ought to. The Creator always has in mind your very best interests. So the point here is like an old song that says, “Dance in the darkness; slow be the pace; surrender to the rhythm of redeeming Grace.”

I wish someone had dropped this into my awareness when I was about twelve.

It’s been on my heart to share this awhile, for whoever may benefit by it.

Godspeed, and may the Wind be at your back.

 

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

(1 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Jul. 16, 2017

What's up with this anyway?- So much occultism being passed around and promoted on Facebook and everywhere else on the Internet: witches, fairies, paganism, New Age, astrology, totem animals, skulls and bones, other spiritual practices and superstitions you ought to have nothing to do with. Where's your spiritual discernment?

You who are promoting this (even while calling yourself "Christian") do not even have a clue about the darkness you're helping to advance! You need to get clear as to who you belong too and get rid of the superstition and darkness from your life. You can't have it both ways. And you wonder where the great dis-ease on so many levels of your life comes from? Let alone the fire you are walking into that will devour you at the end of your physical days. “"Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28. 

That’s Jesus talking. Think it can’t happen? Jesus love bombs, right? He’d never talk about hell. Guess again. Yes, same Jesus who cursed the fig tree, and took a whip and turned upside down the bankers who’d made the temple a den of thieves. Same Jesus Who cast out the demons from people who let them into their lives because of their occult involvements and practices. 

Same Jesus who surrendered Himself to a horrible death on a cross so you can walk free of the darkness of the devil and of this fallen world.

This writer used to buy into the occult agenda too. Yes, I know - usually its starts with something “innocent” - like checking your daily horoscope. Or playing with a ouija board. But here's the thing: You've opened the door to subtle darkness in your life with these ideas and practices, these subtle lies that “it’s only a little, harmless, playful thing”. Same old serpent who said to Eve, “Did God really tell you that…?” 

You cannot claim the Blood of Jesus Christ, and then go hanging out with the dark side. It doesn't work that way. Not even a little bit.

You were redeemed OUT OF darkness, freed from it. Grace has set you free from sin, self, and Satan. Not to walk back into it, but to experience a life free of those things, in an ever growing way and experience.

"Coexist" does not exist! Never did. Doesn't now. Never will.

Does that sound harsh? Probably. Because admonition is not a familiar way to speak in a generation which lives by the "feel goods" and has fallen into a spiritual trance, swallowing every bait that dances in front of it.  

What word do you really live by? The popular word of the day, or the Word of the Lord, which says, ”Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?" 2 Corinthians 6:14,15. 

Jesus didn’t purchase you with His blood - from sin, death, and the power of the devil - so that you could walk right back into the devil’s kingdom, where He took you from. 

“So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21.

I realize this is a strong message, but it is a warning that needs to be sounded. None of this baggage can be carried on this road, the Crossroad.