Celestial Nomad 2022
Luke 6:47-49. “I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid his foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the torrent crashed against that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not act on them is like a man who built his house on ground without a foundation. The torrent crashed against that house, and immediately it fell—and great was its destruction!”
Passively being a member of a religion cannot bring healing to a sin “sick” soul. What He reveals to us must be acted upon.
Why does anyone call Him Lord, but not seek to know and to live by Christ Jesus’ teachings - He to Whom ALL authority is given in Heaven and on Earth? Following His Way is the sure way to wholeness, to becoming “fully Human.” It is the foundation which is the Rock - the revelation of Christ in me, Who is the obedient One doing the works of the Father.
One can have all the “high church religion” possible - with its beautiful forms, vestments, music, architecture, ceremonies, sacraments, observance of days, fasts and foods - yet, rather than enhancing and advancing the Way of Christ in its simplicity, these things often seem to get in the way of the simplicity of the “school of Christ” - to know, honor, and obey Jesus Christ personally in day to day life.
As far as this writer is concerned, the Holy Bible is the clearest “map” one can have, which compliments the “HGPS” - an indwelling of the “Holy Ghost Positioning System.” They can and must work together to heal the sin sick soul, as it is guided along through life. Forms of religion are a language that describes this. But these are often vague, unexplained and very, very confusing. Especially when one is burdened with sin that is hard to articulate, confess, and forsake - yet which continually oppresses.
Religiosity is also traditionally something one can hide in while piously attending to external forms, allowing for great hypocrisy. What follows is a disconnect inwardly that results in a divided heart and mind uncentered and without devotion (personally, daily, continually) to the living God in Christ Jesus. There are no moorings, whether it’s the West’s Scholasticism or the East’s Traditionalism, both can be equally deadly - where one is ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth Himself, Whose Presence delivers and heals - and can be tapped through asking, seeking, and knocking. He is omnipresent!
Jesus is the cure for so called “mental illness,” a fragmentation of both heart and mind which has no Center in Jesus, and finds itself enveloped in chaos. The Spirit must “brood” over such a one, just as He did in the beginning,
Could it be that we forget, or maybe never actually considered it, that sin is the condition we’re born in and what that indicates as far as the deliverance we need? Fragmentation. Chaos. No Foundation. No moorings. Life for the Christian is about the healing of this. We need to know our purpose in Christ, what it means, and where it ought to take us.
“Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11. In other words, “Give me an undivided heart; heal my innate deep state of fragmentation of my innermost being!” What a fabulous prayer, for it targets the source of he problem, a fragmentation of the heart.
Or should we say deliverance from sin must be first, so that healing may take place and life restored to wholeness once that mountain is removed? Once the heart is united in purpose, by the power of the Holy Spirit, body and life healing can follow. Lord, show us how to pray for this!
Sin is deeply infested and imbedded in our spiritual being - the core of us, the heart. Our very DNA, afflictions of the body, and a plethora of other maladies and traps of the soul are the evidence. Our minds and hearts are not “ill”; they are full of sin, and separated from God, fragmented, in their natural state. Truth be told, we’re in a state of rebellion.
We must surrender!
Until we get rid of the 1970s idea of attaching a medical illness “code” (created by Atheists for the most part) in some diagnostic manual to a desperate malady of the soul, we will get nowhere, except into greater darkness. The soul needs, in a very real way, in spirit and in truth, to be delivered of its darkness through initially and continually surrendering to Jesus Christ, intimately relating to Him personally each day, and an understanding especially of God’s love in Jesus Christ found only in the proclamation of the Gospel.
Where are the teachers who can give guidance to souls who have lost their way?
Unless one is experientially born again, beginning a right comprehension of and a life long commitment to the Gospel’s implications - both what God offers and what His expectations are of us - no well oiled religious machine is going to do anything more than allow one to live in his or her delusions and dysfunctions. No such bandaid will heal the sin cancer and put it into remission.
The experience of the living Christ is imperative.
The importance of coming to a personal understanding, a comprehension, a “revelation” of what this is about is paramount, and a willingness to live within that revelation is what must take place.
The first question Jesus often asked was, “Do you want to be healed?” And this must be answered earnestly and honestly.
There must also be in place a clear comprehension of the Gospel:
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10.
Let’s show up for the Good God has for us, and be made whole, complete, and lacking in no good thing!
Soli Deo Gloria.
... from the usual conception of the "1st" day of Summer.
It is Mid Summer June 21ish. Summer Solstice. It is a shift back toward shorter days and coolness, after the longest day of the year. Equal days / equal nights occur at the Equinoxes.
So, how can this be the "1st day of Summer" when Summer's actually turning around and walking away? Just as mid winter Solstice, December 21ish, is the shift back to longer days and warmer temps, as Winter passes away.
These mark the high points of the Summer (longest day) and Winter (longest night). Consider Shakespeare's production called a "Midsummer Night's Dream." If he'd gone with the "modern" calendar and vernacular, he'd have called it "The 1st Day of Summer Night's Dream." (How poetic is that?)
I hate to say it, but in this writer's opinion, the pagans got the "cosmic cycles" nailed down better than the Emperors and Popes of the West, who popped out their own versions of calendars (perhaps with an agenda that didn't have too much to do with actually BEING Christian).
There's always been a lot of fuss in those circles about what calendars are correct. Long story. Ye gads.
Indigenous peoples were very much dependent on harmoniously interacting with the cycles of nature, with crops, herds, flocks, migrating with the seasons, and the like for survival, and were very tuned in to the natural order, as the sky overhead governed the seasons. It was probably just Summer Solstice to them and Winter Solstice. Probably didn't even call it that. Nothing about shortest, longest, first, or last. But I digress.
New flash! This does not, in this writer's mind, condone any of their other idolatrous and sacrificial bloody rituals to demonic influences and entities, or the worship of created things.
It's actually Mid Summer time now. If you just consider what's actually going on in the sky overhead. My conclusion. That's why we're having peak heat now. Which tapers off with shorter days, ebbing and flowing until it actually gets ... cold, sometime in the blurry end of November.
At least it does that when those who would technologically control the weather are not tampering with the clouds, and "playing the HAARP" among the clouds, shall we say... But when do they not do that? It keeps everyone guessing.
I will probably get flack for this in terms of compromising or criticising "The Faith". (And don't forget, "The Science"!)
Suffice it to say, I think we should give credit where credit is due, and call a spade a spade. Might learn a thing or two that's useful.
After much looking into this over the years, this is my conclusion. And my opinion.
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Where to from here? America is not being derailed. It is derailed and deranged. And filled with the demonic. There can be no other explanation... "As it was in the days of Noah..."
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
"Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."
Romans 1:18-32. NKJV
"Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
"Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [g]and in your spirit, which are God’s."
1 Corinthians 6:15-20.
Repent. Surrender yourself to your Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. There is only one Way, that of Jesus Christ, to be saved.
Taking a somewhat different approach...
If I hosted a social media platform, there would definitely NOT be "free" speech. The "community guidelines" would have to be in alignment with the following:
"For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh." James 3:2-12.
"But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken." Matthew 12:36
"A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it." Matthew 15:11
"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6
"Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen." Ephesians 4:29
"The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness." Proverbs 15:2
"The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil." Proverbs 15:28
"A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!" Proverbs 15:23,28
"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit." Proverbs 15:4.
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." Proverbs 16:24
(Several translations used in foregoing.)
Much Scripture is devoted to the use of speech, for folly or for Wisdom...
Let us attend to Wisdom.
Light has no fellowship with darkness.
The first order of Creation was the end of "chaos". It is without question, in my opinion, that never has there been so much chaos stirred up by everyone shooting off whatever goes past their brain. Could this be the intention, to reignite chaos and conflict, by giving platforms to the unrestrained and undisciplined?
Christians need to consider more deeply about freedom of speech, as far as their Lord's directives on the subject. The pen and/or the keyboard have become the extension of the tongue.
And, as always - you have the right to remain silent.
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Caution: This is not going to be an easy read, as it is a hot button subject. It is stern in content. It needs to be, as there are too many playing deadly games with life. The hour is late and the time short.
Proverbs 8:12-14 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight and strength."
Ps 119:92 NKJV. “Unless Your law has been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”
The strong evidence of increasing lawlessness, confusion, chaos, disruption, bewilderment, disrespect of godly order, disdain of other human beings and even oneself created in the image of God - is that God’s “law” (His way in Christ, His principles, and the like) is not the delight of a vast majority. Such receive no higher wisdom of any sort, but instead regard "freedom" as doing, thinking, speaking anything they tell themselves is right. They consider themselves as a law unto themselves, having no regard for the laws and ways of God.
Such do not seek Him at all, let alone with their whole heart, so that He would reveal Himself to them through Jesus Christ. They lack therefore the vision of Him. So they are unruly, and unless this turns around, they will perish, cut off from God and His way in Christ.
The afflictions now unfolding upon this world are increasing, as the ungodly, increasing in number, move further away from God’ Presence, power, and purpose. There will be a great perishing because of this, as more and more grow ungodly.
How far this has gone is seen in the idea of legitimizing and celebrating for an entire month “pride” in that which God reveals is abomination - because it is destructive to both body and soul. All this tells us is how far the majority have wandered, defying and shaking their fist at their Creator, as they choose instead those ways which lead to their destruction. It goes from wandering away to a hatred of Him and anyone who stands with Him and are aligned with what is lawful and life preserving.
Let’s not be fooled into defending this rebellion with the idea that this is “just Old Testament.” One of the final warnings comes from the last word of Jesus Christ in the Revelation 21:6-8, which strongly speaks to those who “shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” It is a good idea to read and take to heart all that is in this passage by unbelievers who’d rather scoff at such old fashioned concepts, or “progressive” liberal Christians. (Scripture is clear that the demons "believe" and even they have the sense to tremble!)
(Other references from the NEW TESTAMENT include 1 Corinthians 6:9,10. Revelation 22:15. Ephesians 5:5,6. Galatians 5:19-21. Hebrews 13:4. 1 Timothy 1:9,10. Revelation 9: 20,21.)
Warnings are for the lawless who insist - evidenced by their thinking, embrace of lies, and lifestyle contrary to God’s way of life - upon choosing the paths of death and not eternal life. These references are all New Testament and for the benefit of any who are under the impression that we can go on sinning that grace may abound.
Let Scripture speak for itself on this. There is probably no clearer treatment of this subject than the entire chapter of Romans 6. Dear reader, please read this at once! This especially means libertine Christians who ought to know better than to embrace hyper grace ideas that we can sin without restraint.
No! Rather grace sets us free - through the work of Jesus Christ - from sin and from the authority of evil and the evil one! Grace does not give a pass to or condone living in further wickedness. It is the power of God that converts. It is not some therapy whereby self effort is applied, but the very power of God as we surrender ourselves to it. It sets us free from those entities and behaviors to which we have been held captive from our very beginnings. Grace is the life transforming power that delivers us from darkness and deception for all who receive Christ Jesus and His redemptive work.
It is activated through holy Baptism. “Do you not know that as many of us who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
The foregoing has not been written to throw those bound by sin under the bus. God’s law must be proclaimed to bring to awareness the intoxicating enslavement into which this generation has fallen.
The Gospel is what must follow, the truth that humankind has been granted an emancipation proclamation from the law of sin and death, its wages. Christ has granted this through His work on the cross, and its justification is in His resurrection. In Him both sin and the law were put to death, so that all who receive this gift may now walk in newness of eternal life, free from the bonds of sin and Satan. We have become new creatures in Him.
Grace reigns through righteousness. Romans 5:21. Grace does not give a pass to wickedness. When we live in grace, as it’s recipients, wickedness goes into remission like a cancer subjected to a reliable treatment or prescription which actually diminishes and destroys it.
Those who prefer to abide in sin and take pride in it are in fact prisoners of war in a cosmic rebellion against the Almighty. They do not know that the side they serve has been defeated by the work of Jesus Christ. They have become comfortable living as captives, or simply used to it. They do not, or perhaps cannot, acknowledge that they are in a prison headed for eternal damnation. This is the nature of bondage to sin.
Many even serve as mouthpieces and promoters of the ways of destruction. They see their prison as freedom, but it is a prison of the worst kind - a spiritual one where they are captives of deception. They serve a defeated, judged, and sentenced foe - who keeps deceiving them and will take them with him to eternal perdition - as many as who will not receive salvation and live in its truth as new creatures.
Let all such forsake these ways, if these words touch your heart at all! Turn to Christ and His gift of eternal life for you.
Let all who truly love and serve the Lord pray that the Holy Spirit sets free all who have been bound and captive to this deception, so as to embrace and to surrender to the life Christ desires in His love to offer them.
Soli Deo Gloria.