Ancient Paths 2021

Dec. 23, 2021

 

Let me say from the outset that this is not an attack on freedom of speech just because it’s about listening. There are things that do need to be said and heard, in such ways as will make a difference. However, an equally great need is that people in these times, having been shut down in so many ways both personally, socially, and politically, is to have someone simply listen to them.

But the question is, are we up for that with no strings attached, or does listening mean it’s done with a view to advice giving, or a manner of sizing up the other person for what we may get from him, or as some means of ferreting out methods of controlling him, or of pulling him into an ideology?

We can begin with a very basic promise from Psalm 77:1 (NASB). “My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.”

This is such a simple statement, one of hundreds like it. So “easy going” that we might tend to ignore it and take it for granted, just as we do those who may be in need of someone who listens. God hears me! He is always listening. He yearns to hear from us, having created us for fellowship with Him. And when He redeemed us, and offers redemption, that goal does not change because He does not change.

Yet, as the rest of this Psalm reveals, the answer to our need for hearing Him may come by way of the Holy Spirit deflecting our “hearing” and “seeing” His answer toward recalling all His marvelous interventions, not only in other times and ages long past, but in our own lives when we noticed - by His answers - that He was listening and intervening.

This wretched man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6.

A legitimate question arising along with this takes it a step further, into our listening capabilities. If we - who regard ourselves as the Body of Christ collectively, or individually as a temple of the Holy Spirit - are created in the likeness of God, would we not also have a capacity for listening to one another, without attachments (aforementioned), and with great intensity and compassion?

Would our listening capacities be characterized by the divine qualities found in 1Corinthians 13? (The reader is encouraged to read this and make the connections.)

When we are born from Above by his Spirit, His trait, His likeness, becomes ours increasingly. This is not to be taken for granted, however, but is a gift, a charism so to speak, “stirred up” and cultivated, not only through use, but by continuing to ask, seek, and knock for the Holy Spirit. (See Luke 11:5-13.) Why? Because we don’t take His Presence for granted, and the need of the moment changes in its specificity as to application.

That one person in need of simply being heard and acknowledged as a worthwhile human being should be able to find in one of us a capacity to not just physically hear, but to listen inwardly with openness, compassion, and sincerity, with no personal or ideological agenda behind the listening, this is a treasure. It costs nothing to bestow this gift, except a little time. As He has freely given to us, so we freely give.

Sometimes resolve and answers arise for the one listened to by simply being able to express his need and know that he or she is being heard.

So here’s a thought. What if, instead of saying, “Let’s get together to chat over coffee,” we changed the intention to, “Let’s get together to hear and listen to one another over coffee”? How might this change of intention not only deepen the depth of a friendship, or even heal a distant and strained relationship, or simply supply the relief of being heard?

In a time when we are not heard but rather regarded as a herd (!), how great is the gift of listening on a personal level!

So many have been shut down by so many “forces” these days - political, social, and personal - it would only seem logical that listening by Listeners without any agenda would be a great gift to give.

I suspect that those annoying compulsive talkers each of us know - if they perceived that someone could fearlessly and without any agenda simply listen, this might allow them to get off the launch pad of trivia, and on into deeper hurts and disappointments and not fear judgment. They might at some point cut to the chase. They might be willing to go deeper than the incessant repetitions about surface activities and “busyness”  and set aside the litany of grievances over this far gone world’s political and social issues.

What if we placed the intention to be Listeners as God listens to us, because He has all the time in the universe, and beyond in His uncreated realm? If we are in Him, is this not so for us as well?

Before they will come to Him in prayer, they may need to see Him by our resemblance to Him, in that we care enough to just welcome and listen.

It’s nearly Christmas! The gift of listening without judgment or attachment to an outcome might be the best stocking stuffer we could give! A gift that keeps on giving!

God after all heard the cries of this lost and fallen race, and cared enough to send His very best into the world to redeem us. This season marks His incarnation among us, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, true God and true man, so long ago. God’s listening to the heart cries of fallen humankind change the direction of everything, pointing us heavenward through His Son! This is worth celebrating.

For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace On the throne of David and over His kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of armies will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6,7.

All glory to Him to Whom is given all authority in heaven and on earth! This is He Who hears us, Who listens to and loves us with an everlasting love, because He IS Love. Amen.

 

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Dec. 16, 2021

 

God is infinite, uncreated, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. That the evil one is none of those things, but is giving the impression that he is, is a huge part of the game that is afoot. Folks need to stop fearing him as if he has all the powers attributed to God. He does not. He wants to be all those things but cannot and never will.

Magical and manipulative tech tools are spinning the illusion that he has all the power of God when he has no legit authority at all! Keep your eyes up and be on the alert. To Jesus the Christ has been given all power in heaven and on earth.

This is a time of testing and sifting for humanity. Always pray for discernment through the Holy Spirit. We must differentiate between lies and Light. It is a daily task.

 

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Dec. 12, 2021

 

This year I'm not into Christmas cards. I admit to never having been big time into that anyway. No tree is going up inside the house. Lights were put up outside, but that's probably going to be it. The focus has taken a far different direction, far beyond the commercial, having to do with the "interior Kingdom."

Speaking of that - One thing that really galls me is when people use personal Christmas greetings as merely a pitch for something they want to sell you, often "in the name of the Lord," or at least with a religious slant on their product, cloaked in phony friendliness. So fed up with that approach. Some of us can see right through that.

Did it ever occur to you that "taking the Lord's name in vain" has to do with more than cussing? It also means that you use His name to represent the worldly lifestyle and values you promote and strive for.

Hey, wake up and understand, this is about the celebration of Christ's incarnation and birth to change the hearts of all humankind who will receive Him forever, not a chance for you to hawk your wares.

Remember, friendship with the world is enmity with God. Maybe that's a new concept for those who've been suckered into the megachurch mentality of name it and claim it.

Dec. 2, 2021
 
A short Thursday thought on the link:
 
 
Always remember - follow the money wherever draconian mandates or even "recommendations" are implemented. (Recommendations become redefined into mandates in the minds of the people, after the media mockingbird mouthpieces do their job for their keepers, who also run the politicians. Eventually the public is conditioned to SEE them as "law" - which they are not. We still have a Constitution, believe it or not!!!).
 
Somebody stands to make a lot of money with this mental maneuvering, and those "somebodies" have control of the politics of this country, making their appeal through completely corrupt politicians. They are controllable because they are so corrupt.
 
It makes sense to me that they control the politicians, not the other way around - as many people are led to believe.
 
Politicians are the puppets.
 
Media is the mouthpiece attempting to do your thinking for you. Stop letting them do that!
 
Think about that. I suspect you will see it clearly after awhile.
 
Thank God that a judge finally saw through this and overruled it. But it is not time to rest on our laurels.
 
We must keep praying and being involved in spreading the truth. Let truth like a virus infest the matrix of lies in which we have been immersed.
 
To God be the glory! ☦️
 

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Nov. 27, 2021

 

1 John 2:15-17. BSB. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away, along with its desires; but whoever does the will of God remains forever."

This is how I see it. Everybody is so doggone bogged down in the world and all their "Stuff." Stuff is capitalized because it is the god, isn't it?

You can have all the "praise the Lord religianity" both old and new that there is, and mostly it's still about the god of this world and the rest of the pantheon of Stuff, if the heart - the innermost being - is not changed. Or it's about being somebody or something other than what's in the present.

Many seem to have their own "Green Movement" - ever wanting to move to where the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

I pray that the day will come when Christmas is about Christ coming to the stable of the heart, and being not only First Love but Only Love, THE Beloved! A celebration of Him and not Stuff, on an ongoing basis throughout life.

Maybe that day is not far off, but oh - the prying of Stuff from bloody fingers and fists that cling that may have to come first! Even among the people who don't have Stuff; it doesn't matter; they worship what they don't have, wishing away their life, grabbing onto their illusions.

May Stuff be the butt kicker we need, since so many codependently enable him!

As they say, be careful what you wish for when Stuff is the object. Meantime, let's put up some more storage buildings for our Stuff, where it may be enshrined in the darkness it comes from.

Evil will have its purpose, as it did with Job. Sometimes folks need a wake up call, when they realize that things are not as they seem.

I can recall mine. Actually it required about 3 good "jolts" over a few years. Literally. Enough to make someone realize that evil is real. But it has been permitted entrance for a wake up call and repentance. As long as things are comfortable, no one will leave the couch of convenience.

Am I on some sort of a roll tonight? It would seem so.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

"Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, so we cannot carry anything out of it." 1 Timothy 6:6,7. BSB.

 

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