Christian Contemplations

Jun. 18, 2020

Sometimes it seems as if some Christians have no hearts at all. They see what is going on in our country (most of the world for that matter) but cannot empathize with anyone who is in the way of the oncoming destruction, nor do they seem to care that those responsible are souls under possession of the evil one... “Well, so what. God is still in His heaven and I am His child. I have my little safe space where I will wait it out. I have my plan. I have my bug out bag. I’m good.” 

So who cares, in other words? 

Or, “Jesus is coming, so does it matter?” That’s the other default response. Hand me another beer, please, and a bowl of chips.

Does God Himself, Who is revealed to us by Jesus, have that callous attitude? No! He is never glad when any sinner perishes, whether they are the offenders or the defenders.

These “default responses” are very telling. It may be they’re part of the problem, since some seem past feeling, displaying a harshness that borders on cruelty. Talking the talk but unfeeling. It becomes evident how any Christ like compassion is missing. There’s a lack of the Holy Spirit (Who is the only One Who can generate Christ’s compassion in us), and a failure to actually comprehend and apprehend the teachings of Jesus.

Could that be why He admonishes us to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking for the Holy Spirit?

Try to find any common ground there. It’s very revealing to converse about current events with such persons. I think it shows lack of the heart of God over sinners. That, as much as the immoral depravity of America, will be a part of her downfall - the love of many growing cold over the preponderance of iniquity. “I see what's coming but I’m not afraid." Unacknowledged fear also provides the bravado which supplants a heart of compassion. Hardness of heart will have its own outcome. It is a quirky kind of pride in self will and one’s own strength. It might have been learned growing up in harsh environment, and then perpetuated among still more harsh, unfeeling people. It’s personal survival learned the hard way.

Is there a better Way?

Matthew 25:40 speaks to the necessity of seeing Christ in all. And responding accordingly. That essential of Christianity seems to be missing. Some have in themselves great need of unacknowledged need of healing due to so much damage growing up in dysfunctional, abusive, or harsh families. Perhaps that accounts for the attitude and the emphasis on being “tough” and presenting a fearless exterior. Is that really any different on some levels as the scary, lawless thugs terrorizing the cities? Some retreat into violence. Others retreat into isolation and self preservation. All of it goes unhealed for lack of a close relationship with Jesus Christ and a participation in His Real Presence, where healing can take place.

Frankly many of us don’t know how to relate to any or all of this - along with a personal sensitivity and the sense of abandonment, of which we may now have become acutely aware. We can feel pretty alone right now. The societal threat as well as the lack of support by state officials who should be making all this stand down, but are not doing that, leaves a sense of vulnerability unlike most have ever experienced. In some cases these “leaders” - mere conditioned order followers themselves - literally bow to the thugs and bullies and beg to be forgiven - for being white and the myth of white priviledge. This is no answer! Church authorities likewise bend, infested by socialist politically charged ideologies.

Christians of all colors who know Jesus and adhere to His teachings must simply resort to prayer, in full realization and use of all the weapons of our warfare, on one another’s behalf, and behalf of all - mighty through God to the tearing down of these demonic infestations and strongholds on many levels. It’s time to learn. 

Unfortunately much of it will have to be “OJT”. Yet we can know that the King of kings and Lord of Lords, to Whom ALL authority is given in heaven and on earth is covering our six! Boot camp is over. There’s a war on! Real Christianity must all of a sudden be taken for the reality it is meant to be. Time to stop playing church and be the Church - the very Temple of the Almighty!

But we cannot resort to the default modes mentioned before - that it’s about God still ruling in heaven, or that Jesus is coming soon. Where’s the connection? What exactly does that mean, except it’s become a sort of Christian meme or mantra?! 

There’ve been a whole lot of hells unleashed on earth and people have suffered terribly throughout time, for millennia. They all thought this must be “it” - the end. Jesus is coming. A lot of the cold hearted ones probably said that same thing. It amounts to, “I don’t have to do anything but sit back and wait.” No!

Yes, it’s true; God is in His heaven and He is coming “soon” (in terms of Someone to Whom a day is as a thousand years). Yes this may be “it.” The Big One. The Last Day. The Final Conflict.

But it seems very callous to just look around at ruin and suffering and heartbreak and then default to that as a response. This shows a heart that cannot feel any longer. “I default to this because I don’t care or because it hurts too much to be concerned about it.” Love grown cold. Another sign of the end, as Jesus points to it. (Matthew 24:!2)

It should drive us to tears and to prayer and great anguish, to see so many souls either driven by Satan or hurt by those whom Satan is driving, and then also to see leaders in government stand down and do nothing when they have the power to stop the evil! We soon realize that the enemy of my enemy is not my friend, but that my “enemy” - that flesh and blood person with whom I’m in opposition - has the same enemy, the same Adversary, that I do! So the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy!!! And we cannot fight him with physical, carnal means, as the Bible says.

Should this not make us ask why, how, when…? Should this not drive us to prayer to ask God for Wisdom and His protection? There is something of His Wisdom He wishes to impart to us, and a part of that prayer needs to be in developing strong personal sensitivity to His Voice, one of the “entitlements” of being a part of His flock.

Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! The Litany needs to be used. (I thank You Lord that you brought it to my attention. I cannot think of a more all inclusive prayer!) 

Can we turn this around? Can we be covered by Your Blood and protected while the angels of death and destruction pass over and pass through the land? It may be a very long time. Or it may be shortened for the Elect’s sake, and lest no human flesh survive.

We may not be able to turn this around, or avoid it, but He is certainly going to show us the Way through it. “Not my will, but Thy will be done, Father.” The Cross Road.

Prepare. Could He have returned as judge and avenger? Might we ask for eye to see Him in a fierce new light?

They didn’t recognize Him the first time around.

It might be the same this time.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

 

Only A Messenger

Jun. 18, 2020

I have to say, after a number of days being basically off the Internet, it's been an amazing experience in not being exposed to all the mind trash that's out there. This goes for "social media" (which is making us mighty unsocial), YouTube and everything else that's been created and "gifted" to us as a way of turning us against one another, spying on us, and putting propaganda in front of us in more subtle and never before imagined ways. Which as it turns out has been one gigantic ongoing "social" interaction experiment by the powers that wannabe. Also designed to get us used to no more direct Human interaction, but everything must be done by way of "the great all seeing A.I. machine god" being the interface of all human relating. Ludicrous. 

Not for me. I'll take "old normal". I may even opt out for a flip phone. Not because I'm technologically challenged, because I'm not and have always tried to embrace these "advances." But because it's become obvious that human good is not the object of most of it. It may be those good intentions that pave the way to hell. I’d like to believe that, but the deceptive character of technocrats and what they stand for does not take good intentions for others into consideration. So I must reconsider whether to proceed. Leaning towards not for now.

Time to turn away. Yeah, I am gonna go a little "preachy" here. The Lord Jesus said, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." Matthew 6:22. (Although I'm not KJV only by any means, KJV knocks it out of the park on this one, in my opinion.)

Focus and simplicity are being brought to my attention a lot lately, and I'm saying it as a sort of personal confession in this department. Somewhere along the line, the truth came to the surface that where the focus goes the energy flows. So I needed to figure it out: where do I want my focus to "flow"?

Where's the eye wandering to? Darkness? Lies, half truth, and propaganda? Someone's morbid agenda? What do you want in your body? That is the question. Do I want to provide that to someone else as well?! 

There's a connection! He goes on to say, "But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matthew 6:23. Whoa! Do I want that in my very body and soul?

Might the mind trash be making us not only spiritually but physically sick? We are after all embodied souls and ensouled bodies. Let's not lose track of this!

It boils down to, How seriously do we take Him? He's not just blowing smoke here. Where's the focus? Where does it need to be? "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference." That last part seems forgotten a lot these days. Is my being up in the air and harping over things going to change some things on levels way above my pay grade? I doubt it. 

Instead my best "shot" is that I can pray for the bigger cosmic guns to come in and take care of it. Lord, have mercy! (Oh no, did she say guns? We can't use that expression... See how this works? It's all gone to turmoil and confusion.)

There's always a solution! It's where my single eye needs to be focused.  "Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Berean Study Bible) Colossians 3:1-3. "Set your mind on things above..." Sagest of the sage advice well worth contemplating, and a sight for sore eyes as it were - the place where we need to put them, and refuse to look away.

As a friend I used to know, of whom I've regrettably lost track would say, "That is ponderable."

 

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Jun. 13, 2020

Ps 116:16b “... You have loosed my bonds.” NKJV

Romans 10:10 “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” NKJV

In Jesus Christ my bonds have been loosed! I can say that because God's word says so. I also know it in my heart! I have been set free by the Blood of Jesus Christ from the power of self, sin, and Satan himself. Now even death has no power over me. I am free.

I’m not convinced that all "positive confession" is necessarily a bad thing. As an old fashioned Christian I consider myself a confessional Christian. This is not hard to understand in some ways.

I was taught as a child that this simply means that we are saying the same things God says about us through His Son, the Living Word, as well as His written testimony to us - His final Word, the Holy Scripture. When we confess the same things God says, we are “confessional”. It’s what we confess.

I have not thought about this in awhile, but it works like this: through hearing the Word, the Holy Spirit creates faith in my heart, my innermost being. So I believe! My lips confess what I know in my heart and believe according to God's Word. I confess unto salvation - that which God has already given and said of me in Christ. It is based upon the Rock solid Word of God and the Holy Spirit bestowed conviction of my heart!

This is one of the most basic yet least understood concepts of the confessional expression of Christianity, what it means when I say that I’m a confessional Christian, which is really quite basic and Biblical. It seems like an obvious basis to all true Christian understanding.

Some of the confusion about it comes from the "word of faith" “positive confession” Christians, whose perspective on this comes right out of New Thought metaphysics. This is not Bible nor Christian. So real confessional Christianity gets a bad rap, and then no one seems to be able to clarify the difference.

In positive confession Christianity as well as New Thought, confession is used as a manipulative apparatus, usually to bring forth what is desired for your "best life" in this world by repeating words or phrases. This is more like magical incantation and should never be used by Christians. It also is found in such ideas as the power of positive thinking, which is white washed witchcraft because it too is manipulative.

Being a confessional Christian, however, is not about speaking something into existence by the power of your positive words or thoughts! No! Instead it simply means that we are confessing what already is, which God says of us in Christ and in His Word!

I’m confessing unto salvation that already here is for me in Jesus. I’m agreeing with God to what already is according to Scripture; I’m not trying to manifest it out of the ethers by the power of my self will worship or my words. No! That would be a magical or occult practice which we’re to have no part in.

Here’s another thing confessional Christianity includes: confession of my sins as well! I need to do that so that I may repent, and so that I may then also confess the remedy and the cost of them paid in full in Jesus Christ. I need to recieve His forgiveness and be healed and set free. He has suffered the death penalty for me in full, on my behalf, thus freeing me from sin’s and Satan’s power over me. He has ransomed me from the power of the devil and ultimately death (first spiritual death then eventually physical death at the Resurrection)!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Jun. 13, 2020
 
Colossians 1:7-9. "You learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also informed us of your love in the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding."
 
The emphasis of Paul’s prayers for the saints here is similar in content to the ones in Ephesians 1&3. I is shorter and aimed more at how the “ knowledge “ of God ought to increase and to flesh its way out into the life of a child of God in the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit.
 
Our Christian life is about the manifestation of Christ in us! We’re supposed to increase in the “knowledge” of God. This how we grow up into greater likeness to Christ.
 
I think this gets majorly thrown under the bus by dancing around the flagpole of objective justification and an unbending monergism which severs the Body of Christ from her head. Soldiers of the Cross not only must plant a flag, but they must go on into the interior and overtake the kingdom!
 
Knowledge as used here is Strong’s 1922 / “epignosei” means recognition, full discernment, acknowledgement, and even intuition. There’s an interior reality component to our faith that features in the Apostle’s prayers for the churches. This is gained through first hand relationship, contact knowledge, first hand experiential knowing. There is definitely a “gnosis” component to living faith.
 
There is a related form of this word “ginosko” Strongs 1097. It is this same expression used by Mary when she questioned Gabriel, How can this be, since I know not a man? Lk 1:34.
 
Whenever Paul prays for the Church, the subject of this kind of knowledge features strongly. He is not advocating for head knowledge about God, but rather implying that it is through spiritual intimacy that we grow in Christ likeness. We are meant for this intimate fellowship with the Lord through the Holy Spirit.
 
In the early days there were no Bibles, study guides, concordances and many books as we have now. Few people were literate. Spiritual life was not lived in one’s head! It was experienced in personal involvement and relationship with God and others in real life, real time, and a real intense anti Christian milieu. Religion was real, not just the topic of books and discussions over coffee. It was lived out in the context of the reign of God beginning to supplant the stranglehold of Satan. Clearly the pagan world was not friendly to this mission.
 
Such intimacy with God, a oneness, a fusion, a joining with what He bestowed through Christ by truly being filled with His Spirit, is the only way the Church could have survived, thrived, and had a viable witness not just of lips but of life - against a hostile backdrop of pagan darkness and opposition!
 
This was the dirt and fertilizer into which the Seed of the primal church was planted and “died” and so bore fruit that would remain unto eternal life.
 
We do well to enter into the practice of spiritual intimacy with God daily, through prayer, meditation on His Word, song, and worship as life. Paul is clear in a little considered verse Philippians 4:9 “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.” A powerful consideration!
 
We should ponder this well, in a time where that ancient darkness seeks to take back and overwhelm not only the whole world, but especially the sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus - its biggest threat.


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Jun. 13, 2020

Why not mandate healthy eating? Why not mandate weight loss? Why not mandate regular exercise? Why not educate doctors and other health pro's about working with their clients about what supplements, herbs, and natural health enhancements and cures might be alternative routes to vitality (including the spiritual, mental, and emotional ESSENTIALS)? Because those would not generate billions of $$$s for Big Med and Big Pharma and the Rockefeller chemical petrol industry on which they're based.

Besides it would not be politically correct or "sensitive" to suggest to anyone that they actually can be responsible for major input into their own health.

So lets' just keep pushing pills, poisons, and procedures instead. including dangerous, fast tracked, untested vaccines - for which Big Pharma has no legal liability!  That in turn generates more sick people dependent on the medical pharmaceutical orthodoxy and their priesthood of experts who cannot be questioned. These devotees seldom get better, but are just managed in their sick care by someone else, and  believe in and go along with what allopathic authority figures tell them, without question. Till death do us part.

By the way, Pharmakeia means witchcraft. See link. 

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=g5331