Celestial Nomad 2022

Nov. 22, 2022

 

Thanks giving, forgiving, and just plain giving - in thought, word, and deed.

 Some quick thoughts on blessing and being a blessing...


1) Pray a blessing - be generous - for those in traffic around you, even before pulling out of the driveway. Commit to extending calmness and courtesy while driving. Give thanks upon returning home safely.

2) Pray a blessing for your server - be generous - in the restaurant (or the drive through) instead of whining about the service, or being difficult, especially with the somewhat "tense" ones. Give thanks for their effort. They may be having a rough day or a difficult challenge in life. Be generous with the tip, "as unto the Lord," not cheap because you think they don't deserve it.

3) Pray a blessing on the day - be generous. Then take your ideas off the outcome of how it rolls out.

4) Bless, be generous, give thanks always.

5) Prepare to be amazed at how it effects your mood and the ability to pull through the tough spots.

Psalm 112:4
"Light dawns in the darkness for the upright--for the gracious, compassionate, and righteous."

Psalm 37:21
"The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous are gracious and giving."

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over will they put into your lap. For with that measure you measure, it will be measured again to you."

Proverbs 11:24
"One gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor."

Proverbs 11:25
"A generous soul will prosper, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

A different way to navigate the waters of the day! Is it always easy? No, it can be a cross! Especially if you feel cross, as might the object of your blessing. 

Keep up the good work, saints in Christ. God has been generous in mercy to you. Give as you have received. And prepare to be surprised! ... These are a few practical ways to allow the cross to have its effect on all those "natural tendencies."

Soli Deo Gloria! Amen!

Nov. 18, 2022

 

To the Older Woman: Wild and Worldly, or Wise?


"... the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." From Titus 2:1-5. NKJV.

Lots of thoughts on this today, a word for "older" women. From the Apostle Paul to Titus.

Back to basics? Surely you jest. We are too sophisticated...

Not very popular thoughts in today's Psycho-Babble-On culture, sadly crept in among many who name the name of Christ.

Yet, here's another slant on what is needed.

"Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law. A servant will not be corrected by mere words; For though he understands, he will not respond." Proverbs 29:18,19.

In our household we have often seen and discussed many applications of these verses from Proverbs. This line of thought on women, and especially "older" women is yet another.

It takes more than the correction of words to turn off rebellion: "You need to do this, or you need to do that." The "revelation" spoken of here pertains to the "vision" that we call "faith" - a deep, heart felt, Holy Spirit conviction, of woman seeing herself as having been redeemed in Christ the crucified and resurrected, as a new creature through His cross and resurrection, living in ways that reflect His very nature of humility and love.

When that faith / vision / revelation "goes live" in the heart, it changes every perception about needing to embrace the foolishness of culture as the director of one's life.

No "vision" or "revelation"? Then pray, "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come." Ephesians 1:17-21.

Just putting that out there, ladies. It sheds a whole new light on what's regarded as outmoded and old fashioned by this benighted "trendy" culture.

Lady, be light.

Oct. 28, 2022

 

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 NKJV. “For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.”

Does this sound familiar? All of these were, and in many cases are, still present in just about any group of “believers." These works of the flesh were indicators, that the Corinthian church to whom Paul was writing, had apparently forgotten the view of a living, fruitful faith which says - if it may be summed up as a “confession” - I have been crucified, buried, and resurrected in Jesus Christ. I have been seated with Him at the all powerful right hand of God the Father - far above the rule of the devil, the world, and the flesh. All of that is dead to me and I am dead to it. I have been made a new creation, to walk in newness of life, as the temple of the Holy Spirit, making me one with Jesus, so that I may walk free, in newness of life, now and throughout all eternity. (See Ephesians 2:4-10. Colossians 3:1-17.)

May this ever be our confession - and witness in thought, word, and deed - at all times and all places, corporately in the Body of Christ and as individuals. Lord, help us remember that we belong to You and what that means for our lives.

Either they had forgotten, or had not really laid hold of their truth in Christ Jesus. The Apostle was concerned that he would find them again living after the flesh, the world, and the devil - unrepentant, unchanged. He was warning them that because of this, his arrival would signal something disappointing to them, his coming as a disciplinarian, maybe expressing “tough love.” He thus might not be what they were expecting, and likewise they would not be what he was hoping they should have grown into by that time, in manifesting more of Christ and growth in grace in every way. 

There was the potential of mutual disappointment.

This begs the question, do we as 21st century Christians realize that the nature of the Gospel is that we are a people ransomed from enslavement to the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh? Do we realize that we have been purchased and won by the holy blood of Jesus Christ, to live in His kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit - in joy, peace, and righteousness? Do we realize and “see" that we are created, redeemed, and sanctified (set apart, made holy) to live, move, and have our being fully in Him, and to walk in newness of life - in thought, word, and deed? Do we increasingly “resemble” Christ, in other words, in character? Do we comprehend and apprehend this as part of His body the church and as individuals in the “private” matters of our lives?

This is the Gospel: He has won us, and made us new! We’re “under new management!” We are not what we once were. Hallelujah!

It means perceiving ourselves as new persons in His kingdom and under His authority, governed internally by the indwelling Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ within us. We are His temple! This is a change of not only morals and character, but of life priorities. True conversion has indicators, evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit. It’s not about being nice religious worldly people!

Once this understanding impacts our heart, it creates a massive sea change from within. It says that the old me under the domain of darkness has died in Jesus Christ. I am now a new person in Him, and He in me! The former ways of self, sin, and Satan no longer have any legitimate authority over me. There’s nothing for it but that I am able to walk in newness of life. I’m free from the old. I’m free to be the new person He has re-created and refit and repurposed me to be. I love God! I love to converse with Him in prayer! I love and hunger for His word! I love to praise Him! I want to share this life with others of what He has done for me!

“Faith” says that there is living and growing evidence of this unseen reality, in everyday life, by a very changed person, who thinks, speaks, and behaves in godliness and love as Christ loves. (Or at least there is steady growth in terms of evidence.)

Jesus is clear: those who love Him keep his commandments, which are not burdensome (1 John 5:2-14). Those who love Him love one another as He has loved us (John 14:34,35). Those who are His disciples abide in His word, and thus they will know the truth, and His truth will set them free (John 8:31,32) - free from enslavement to sin, self, and Satan! This means freedom from this present evil age (Galatians 1:4) to be as He was in this world, here, now (1 John 4:17). The Body of Christ thus is collectively, and in our individual lives, Jesus in this world. 

This is a spectacular reality, going far beyond powerless religious forms and formality! It is life in Him and He in us!  We have direct access to the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:15,16).

This is what He prayed for before going to the cross. John 17:20-22 says, “I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one.” 

We are at the same time in the Heavenly places where He is, as simultaneously we live on earth. By grace through faith. And that faith is evidenced by the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This is an amazing privilege to which He calls, enlightens, and sanctifies us!

This begs the question, When Jesus returns, will He - like Paul coming to the Corinthians - find us such as He would wish? And when He comes, will He be as we wish?

May our lamps, as the old gospel spiritual admonishes, be kept trimmed and burning!

Soli Deo Gloria! Amen.

 

 

 

 

Oct. 25, 2022

 

Make no mistake; the psychopathic cyber playground bullies have not only overtaken the playground but are running the school. There will be high strangeness for awhile, and a rough go of it.

Watch. Pray. Stay the course.

Isolation - on some level and various degrees - will become the imprisonment experienced by those who refuse to comply. Prisoners already placed in solitary confinement who are not guilty of anything actually criminal are and will be used as the example to us all, the "threat SYMBOLS" announcing the hegemony of the draconian global state(s?) - that truth is not allowed by the father of lies and those who serve him... If you are already isolated in some way, and I know that many are, consider it in terms of this, so that you do not grow weary and lose heart.

Realize that getting used to being isolated began with the 6 foot social distancing and masks!

These times have their purpose. But it will not turn out in the end according to its planners!

The following passages will not leave my awareness: From Daniel 12 - "When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed. I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, My lord, what will the outcome of all this be? He replied, Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." As well as Revelation 13. See Romans 8 - What is the purpose of this "Job Moment" for humankind???

Stay calm and pray a Psalm. Seriously - you will see the patterns in them that declare victory over what APPEARS as defeat.

Everything that can be shaken - including religious systems and all the man made constructs we have trusted - will be shaken. What is not of Christ will crumble. Eventually that means the current regime of the digital dreamers who think they are the rulers of mankind... and they will be for awhile.

Have no illusions, but look up, and keep looking up, for redemption draws near. The King of kings and Lord of Lords to Whom belongs ALL authority in heaven and on earth returns!

As it was in the days of Noah... or a "Global 70 A.D." Not one "stone" will be left upon another, to be replaced by the Rock of Ages and the living stones founded upon Christ alone.

Things will be allowed to be taken to a level we have not seen before, and the Body of Christ is going to be here for it, not whisked away in the clouds. God is forming sons in Christ "in the forge" of testing.

Pray for understanding and spiritual discernment. Stay in God's Word, the Holy Scriptures.

Jesus Christ has promised to never leave us or forsake us. His Spirit is here, now, everywhere, and always will be. Call upon Him in the day of trouble to reveal Himself to you. It is imperative to get to know Him and to follow Him!

Oct. 23, 2022

An honest historrical search into essentially 4th century Christianity bears out the quote below by T. Austin-Sparks. We have Constantine who "legalized" Christianity, with some compromises made, and Theodosius who later forbade any other religion but Christianity in the Empire, to thank for the grandiose buildings (very much styled after Pagan temples), and rituals that were spin offs from the pageantry of the Pagan courts of the land having nothing to do with actual early Christian worship and life.

The result in this is that if you were not "Christian" - as pertaining to the "approved" government sanctioned system of beliefs and practices, you were also not a citizen of the empire.

Politics and religion therefore have long been wed it seems.  

These practices had no resemblance to how the saints gathered together prior to that, in worship and life, as they neither spun their worhip off the Jewish temple (which had been destroyed along with its rites, nor did they imitate pagan styles). Claims nowadays to the contrary are made by Christendom's major systems of institutionalised tradition and ritual, which can and are being used to draw in devotees into these systems. It's very seductive to think that all is as it has been from Pentecost, as is often claimed. If you don't like history, beware.

Honest history perhaps makes more honest theologians than seminaries. There are always those who love to rewrite history, or to - for their own reasons - at least de-emphasize its importance or obfuscate the realities.

There was a time when the concepts encapsulated below by Mr. Sparks pushed a lot of hot buttons for me. I was raised and spent a lot of my life in one or more of these systems of institutionalized tradition and ritual. But I would come and go and come back in and go... Now I know why.

What I have concluded is that, when a person has had a genuine conversion experience, and desires to walk in the Spirit, there's no longer room at the Inn because you're on a different footing than those who are content with churchianity.

It may be like that for you as well, dear reader. What this reveals is the power of "tradition" to masquerade as an angel of light, and thus to draw in souls to an ongoing scenario where they are not changed from within by the Holy Spirit, but merely being lulled to sleep by repetitious patterns. Our natural "wiring" is fallen, and it's comfortable with what's frankly Pagan pageantry. Especially when it's been pitched as "original Christianity."

Even the Magesterial Reformers in the West did not address many of these things, but left them in place. The East never had a Reformation, and saw no need for it, although emmisaries were sent from the West by the Lutherans. Could they (East or West) have not been aware of their own history, which was as one church until roughly the 11th Century? The Reformers also persecuted the Christians who were born of the Spirit and who desired to walk according to the New Testament Way, right along with the major church systems in place, which they sought to correct on certain isssues!

Here's the skinny:

By T. Austin-Sparks from: What is Man? - Chapter 5

The Most High doesn’t live in temples made by human hands. (Acts 7:48 NLT)

"Christendom is largely constituted by this [aesthetic] sense – its architecture, its ritual, its music, its adornment, its lighting (or lack of it), its tone, its atmosphere, its vestments and so forth. All are of the soul.... Spiritual death marks that realm, and while there may be intense emotions which make for resolves, 'high' thoughts and desires, there is no genuine change in the nature of those concerned, and repeated doses of this must be taken to maintain any measure of soul-self-satisfaction which makes them feel good.

"All religions have this soulish feature in common, more or less, and it is here that the fatal blunder has been made by many religious people who contend that other religions, which are undoubtedly devout and sincere, should not be interfered with, but the good in them should be recognized and accepted. It is the confusing of religion with what the Bible means by being spiritual.

"Religion can rise to high levels and sink to terrible depths. It is the same thing which does both. But that thing never rises above the human level; it never really reaches God. Religion can be the greatest enemy of God's true thought, because it is Satan's best deception. Asceticism is no more truly spiritual than aestheticism. There is no more a brief with God for rigors, denials, fastings, puritanic iciness, etc., as such, than for the opposite. Simplicity may give God a chance, but it is not necessarily spiritual. It may be a matter of taste....

"How near to the truth in perception and interpretation can the mystical go! What wonderful things can the imagination see, even in the Bible! What thrills of awe, amazement, ecstasy, can be shot through an audience or congregation by a master soul! But it may all be a false world with no Divine and eternal issues. It may all go to make up this life here, and relieve it of its drabness, but it ends there. What an artificial world we live in! When the music is progressing and the romantic elements are in evidence – the dress and tinsel – and human personalities are parading, see how pride and rivalry assert themselves, and what a power of make believe enters the atmosphere! Yes, an artificial world....

"The tragedy in this melodrama is that it is 'real life' to so many. This soul-world is the devil's imitation. It is all false, wherever we may find it, whether associated with religion or not.... The Christian Faith embraced as a religion, a philosophy, or as a system of truth and a moral or ethical doctrine, may carry the temporary stimulus of a great ideal; but this will not result in the regeneration of the life, or the new birth of the spirit. There are multitudes of such 'Christians' in the world today, but their spiritual effectiveness is nil."

Highly also recommend Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, an older book by Frank Viola and George Barna. A book I avoided reading for ten years... You can find it on Amazon and other places. Very challenging if you're hooked on systems of religion. It will push your hot buttons, whether you're a devotee to ancient or contemporary forms.

It's also important to remember that there are, beyond the human propensity to be deceived and to deceive, in the midst of religious institutions another order of unseen beings who serve the Serpent from of old, who has no one's best interests in mind. Except his own. To say the least. As well as those who knowingly or unknowingly serve him. 

Watch and pray. Pray for spiritual discernment.

See previous article

https://www.at-the-crossroad.com/451445867/7144587/posting/de-venom-ization