Celestial Nomad 2022

Jul. 30, 2022

 

Waking up from the Stupor and Subtlety of “Religianity” to the Holy Spirit.

 

A large part of life seems to consist of arising out of an anesthetized state wherein the world lies (and much of Christendom) in its fallenness. This is the result of the Primal Parents having partaken of the spiritual venom (temptation to be as gods) of the Serpent, the evil one of old. The “world” consists of the anesthetized, under the spell of darkness. Essentially, most have taken the blue pill. They drank the Kool Aid. There is need of spiritual and mental detoxification.

This Big Sleep, this stupor - to which all men are subject when born into the world - is the very thing from which our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace, desires to set us free. He means for us to be released from the Deceiver and the life of illusions and delusions - lies - which the evil one has spun around and into us. We are born full of his venom and in need of spiritual detoxification, resurrection, and remediation. Resurrection and regeneration by and in the Life of the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life.

This process of being set free is an ongoing one, and there are points along the way where we do not seem to “be ourself.” That is probably because we have never actually known what it’s like to not be envenomated spiritually. We are born in this stupor. Waking up is hard to do.

There is an opening of the eyes (inwardly and spiritually) to see and perceive falsehood as it really is. Especially as it has been embraced and practiced in the religious systems for a very long time. What has been embraced and entrenched has been added gradually to the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that only pure stream which can deliver us from this poison and restore us to what our Creator intended us to be. These things are offered as the way of salvation, but actually are great barriers to it, enshrined and presented with so much subtlety. And with such fervor that wars and persecutions have resulted against those who refuse to bow down to them.

This is an age old problem, from the very beginning, continually interwoven also into the narrative of God’s people of the Old Covenant. They were constantly falling into the things that God, through His prophets, and as much of His word as they had then, warned them not to become involved. 

Ezekiel 8 is a prime example. (Please take the time to read it now.) 

Yet they made the pagan practices a part of their temple rites! A thing that greatly angers God. That sort of thing angered Him even at the time of the Golden Calf, while Moses was receiving the Commandments on Mount Sinai. Not because He likes being angry, but because it jeopardizes the eternal destination of His children’s souls, and makes His word and His story a lie before the world! He will not share His throne with other created objects of worship, whether the natural order or fashioned by men’s hands. 

(See Romans 1. Very important.)

What the work was at that time was the performance of a “liturgical drama”, in a sense, a participatory one enacted daily by Israel, to foretell in ceremony, sacrifices, type, shadow, metaphor, and poetry... of the coming Messiah and His once for all atoning sacrifice to put to death sin and death and the power / authority of the devil, the father of lies. It was a pure “worship” shown to them by the Lord. It had its time and purpose under heaven.

This “shadow” was to speak of, herald, and to give way to the reality of Emmanuel - not only God with us in Jesus Christ, but God Who would dwell in us through the Holy Spirit.

The types and shadows were essentially put to death in the reality of Christ and in the hearts of the first followers of Jesus, following Pentecost. The brightness of His coming by the Holy Spirit poured out on all, Jew and Gentile - following His passion, death, resurrection, and ascension - was evidenced by deliverance from demons, healings, and hearts being changed and freed from bondage to the works of Satan, sin and death, and self. For the Gospel implies the necessity of being saved from these powers of darkness to live in the light of freedom from them! We are to be saved from something and to be saved for God and His kingdom and purposes.

This means a life lived in the very Spirit of God, and to be taught of God. Jn 14:26 - “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall bring to remembrance all things that I said to you.” 

Jn 16:13 - “However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; And He will tell you things to come.”

He teaches us all things.

He brings to remembrance all that Jesus has said.

He guides us into all truth.

He tells us of things to come.

Is it any wonder that the Apostles made sure that the new converts - some of whom had not even heard at first when they became Christians of the Holy Spirit - not only had to be more fully informed, but had to actually receive the Holy Spirit with signs following? This is the evidence of conversion, the real meaning of “confirmation”, as the Spirit confirmed that this person now belonged to Christ and had received His Spirit. It was not just a ceremony! It was a living reality and experience, to be seen by all.

The question is, where is this today? We have lots of venom offered as salvation, and billions drinking it! But where is the truth backed up by evidence of signs following, and in particular, greatly changed lives, loving Jesus and loved by Jesus and filled with His presence and power?

(And then there is the subject for another day of false signs and wonders so as to lead astray if possible the elect!)

See Jn 16:7-12. Jesus as both Son of God and Son of Man was Himself filled with and walking in the Holy Spirit. Yet He says in verse 7, “... it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”  

He was one person, and an unique one indeed. Yet many “peculiar people” were/are needed who are re-created in His likeness! 

It could be said that this was supposed to result in many like Him! And it did, but other venom was again introduced. As the Spirit was promised to be poured out on all flesh. Jn 14:12 - “Most assuredly, I say to you, He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.”

Consider also Jn 1:12-16. “But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God... And of His fullness we HAVE all RECEIVED, and grace upon grace.”

May the everlasting presence and power of His Holy Spirit be with all who truly seek Him, who continue to ask, seek, and knock - according to the promise of the Father, who will never deceive!

Mark 16:15-20. “... and these signs will follow those who believe ; in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and it they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover... And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”

See also Luke 11:9-13. (It is important to read this now.) This is how we are to be “de-venom-ized” and delivered, through life long walking in the Holy Spirit, not after the deeds of the flesh trying to save itself through false ideas and practices. Surrender of self and life in the Holy Spirit, not struggle in the flesh, is the modus operandi of receptivity by grace through faith. It is not passive! It is receptive!

May this Spirit of Truth once more resurrect those asleep under the venom of the Serpent and his slaves arrayed against the Spirit born and led children of God in Christ Jesus!

Ephesians 6:10-18 encapsulates this warfare: 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Soli Deo Gloria! Amen!

 

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Jul. 15, 2022

 

 

"P’s" On Earth Prayer

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your Presence, pardon, peace, power, provision, protection, patience, promises, and purpose - granted to me (us) through Jesus Christ. Christus Victor! I ask for Your Holy Spirit, to live in this truth, that my life may be prayer and praise, to my good and to the glory of Your name. Amen.

Jul. 3, 2022

 

James 2:12 (NASB) “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.”

Yes, it’s that time of year again - when everyone seems obsessed over the idea of “liberty.” Politically speaking that is. Yet, for most, whether on the conservative “right” or the libertine “left”, the shared idea of liberty means, “I want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.”

Sadly this “model” of liberty - admitted or not - finds its roots in the likes of servants of the occult such as Aleister Crowley, a Satanist whose byword was, “Do as thou wilt.” 

As one considers that, it opens the door to the idea that doing as much evil as possible, without restraint or ramifications of the harm evildoing will cause others - body, soul, or spirit - is not a problem. Some think they should be able to do this. Nor are its consequences considered for the evildoer dishing it out. Let us be mindful, however, that what goes around comes around, so to speak. 

This is the inherent flaw in the idea of the “right” to the “pursuit of happiness.” It is simply not a compatible way to do things in a society which has the “ideal” to bring together that “inclusion” of the darkness that some consider as liberty and happiness, with the light that folk of good will strive for as their liberty and happiness. Humanistically, there is no compatible way for opposing philosophies to actually “just get along.” Sooner or later clash and conflict will arise, because what’s being discussed here comes from two diametrically opposed domains. 

Light, in truth, has no fellowship with darkness. In fact the very first act of Creation was the separation of light from darkness. Ponder that for awhile. 

This should be pretty obvious as we watch the rollout of current events. It’s my “dark" happiness clashing, conflicting, and bringing chaos against your “light” happiness. It’s all just shades of gray. Oh, nay! Oh, that you Christians would be more open minded, they say. And they consider themselves entitled to it - that the Creator should allow the “happiness” that is in evil deeds. What? 

Both sides of that desire come from the heart (which according to Scripture is not a reliable life director, to say the least! For there’s always the way that seems right to a man, but its ends are the ways of death.) 

(“Dark” and “light” in this context have nothing to do with racial matters, by the way. Let’s get that straight. This addresses spiritual and metaphysical terms only of what works and what does not work to support life.)

The “Law of Liberty” addressed in the Epistle of James is of a far higher and entirely different order. It is, as a matter of fact, an entirely different reality. It goes beyond the clash of “my good” and "your bad,” so to speak, where both sides see themselves as “right” and as having the “right” to “do as thou wilt.” 

It is another reality which the Christian life is to embody: Namely there is an understanding that - through the incarnation, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ - I have been set free from the powers of darkness, so that I can live entirely free from that authority, no longer under the dominion of evil. For in Jesus Christ I have died and been made alive again, as a new creature, living in newness of life, filled with and led by His Holy Spirit. What has been is now dead to me and I am dead to it! The former powers have no power, as they were defeated once and for all in Jesus Christ, Who cried out at the last, “It is finished.” It - the old dominion of wickedness - really IS finished.

This new state of being, this new reality, was created for and is offered to every human being through and in our Lord Jesus. The question is, will we receive this Gift and live in what it implies?

We have been given the ultimate freedom by our Lord Jesus. It means we have freedom from sin and its wages death, self, and the power (authority) of Satan. This is Liberty, the Liberty in which we are called to “speak and act” by the Holy Trinity yet one God - our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. We are to live as people who have been set free from the aforementioned prison chains of evil and eternal death. We are a people who, in our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, must put on the mindset that we have already passed out of death into everlasting life. 

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24. 

This changes the picture quite significantly… 

We find ourselves with our Lord in a Kingdom that is not of this world, living by the faith of the Son of God!

We will be judged by this Law of Liberty. It’s as if Christ is saying, “I have set you completely free. You have been given your ‘get out of jail free’ card. Are you using it to live as if you have passed out of sin and death into eternal life and freedom? Or do you prefer to still perceive of yourself in chains of darkness? As long as you do, you will never let them drop from you, so as to walk away from your prison cell and into newness of life! I have called you into this by My Holy Spirit. Will you follow Me in this new life of freedom, or remain in chains?”

There are no excuses for staying in the jail of sin, lies, and darkness, and not partaking of this freedom once you’ve been granted a pardon from spiritual death row.  Sin brings the eternal death penalty at some point if it is not relinquished. Christ died the death penalty - the wages of sin - for you and me! There is a new reality for which we’ve been purchased and won. He pours out His Spirit upon all flesh - all people - calling us to receive Him. And whoever receives Him He gives the right to become a son of God. (See John 1:12,13) This is not part of the “natural” order of things.

Yes, this Gospel “Law of Liberty” has its implications for this life. It is not simply a pass for a piece of pie in the sky by and by. If we are new in Jesus Christ, it is imperative - according to Hebrews 12:14 - that we are to “pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification (holiness) without which no one will see the Lord.” 

When was the last time most of us heard a fiery, Holy Ghost anointed sermon that called listeners to the pursuit of holiness? Yet, there it is, in Scripture. And the reality is found in Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God! We pursue the holiness provided by and in Him! And thus we pursue HIM!!!

That should be a show stopper and a wakeup call to the hyper grace crowd, embracing “cheap grace”, who perceive that we may sin that grace may abound. Or the sad, weak message that we cannot become holy! Not on our own, true! But we have been provided with everything possible to make it so! Rather we are saved to be as those free in Christ, no longer chained by the evil one in wickedness.

Soli Deo Gloria! Amen.

Only A Messenger

 

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Jun. 24, 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.

Amen.

Jun. 18, 2022

 

... 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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