Monday, April 23, 2018

Destined for a Crown but Choosing the PIT

Many people are living far below their destiny because they want to.  Oh, they will deny it, but they do.  They would rather live in their chosen familiar pit than wear the Crown and be the Prince they were supposed to be. They blame circumstances and others for their situation.  All this in opposition to the word of God:

Psalms 103:4 says: --- who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy

Now that is either true or it's not.  You make the choice. He's already done it.  He needs you to get out of there.   He keeps saying it over and over, almost like you are supposed to believe it.  What would our life be like if we believed the BIBLE was TRUE.

Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me

1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with Princes, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them."

Psalm 113:7
He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill

YET in spite of knowing and quoting all these there are many who are stuck in the pit, waiting for someone to lift them out.  God is looking for you, he sees you far above your dumpster diving life.  He wants more for you.  You were made for better.

Some of the PITS in which some people have decided to pitch their tent are:

  • The PIT of Fear (fear of man being huge)
  • The PIT of Addiction (sex, drugs, alcohol, relationships)
  • The PIT of Victimization, Victim-hood and Poor me
  • The PIT of Resentment of others better or worse off than me
  • The PIT of Anger against everyone different from them
  • The PIT of Entitlement (I have this coming to me, I deserve it)
  • The PIT of Ignorance (this is a big one, ignoring the truth for a lie) 
  • The PIT of Deception (unwilling to ask the question, REALLY? falling prey)
  • The PIT of Poverty (calling in misfortune in the name of being UNDER)
  • The PIT of Hurts (you have no idea what it's like)
  • The PIT of Impossible (I could never do that)
  • The PIT of Depression (this is a real comfort zone for many)
  • The PIT of Escapism in Theology (Never really embracing the Kingdom)
The Pit you find yourself in is one you choose.  Getting out of it, finding help is also a choice.  Telling the truth to YOU is the big deal.  In fact the Pit SHOULD be a place of JOY because you know that the CROWN is coming.  Your ashes will be turned into Beauty once you exit the pit.

It is sobering is that people will die in the PIT.. they will be buried in the PIT and never having discovered life beyond the Pit.  It's a horrid way to live and die.  You were created for more than this.


GET OUT OF THAT PIT!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

WHY REVIVAL IS DEAD IN THE USA

I was meditating on the things of God, on why we don't see revival. Why so much of the church is inert, Unable to influence the culture. I heard a sound... one that I had not expected. He began to download the truth of WHY REVIVAL IS DEAD IN THE USA.

Here's what I heard Him say:

Life cannot come out of death. When death is the culture, life cannot shine. Even if it does, the dominant culture will prevail.

Clarity cannot come out of confusion. Much of the church is confused and lives in obscurity. My word should be simple but Man has make it a maze that the soul can no longer navigate.

Order cannot come out of disorder. Most of my body is in disorder and disarray. Some is denomination, some is division, some is racial, some is ethnic, some is economic, some is cultural and much is simply selfishness. It's out of order.

Discernment cannot arise our of deception. Too much of my body is living in deception. Some about being victims, some about who I am, some about the Kingdom. How can I move when they don't even SEE the kingdom. Many are not yet born again.

My light of way and truth cannot be seen for the darkness. It's always there, but religion and the world has blinded the eyes of even those who believe or think they believe.

Dependence on others, on government, on poverty programs, on politics has destroyed the capacity to operate in faith and trust in ME. If I move they credit political leaders. They never see me move so they never learn to trust.

As people trust more in Government the less they trust in me. It is an evil scheme of the enemy of your souls. I will not allow my Spirit to move in places where people gather but do not trust ME but rather trust in men, systems, government and others.

As I pondered what I was hearing I thought of a friend of mine who after ministering in a Muslim country and meeting with christian missionaries of various denominations said all that fell away as they gathered, they were desperate for the truth of God and His promise to them. He didn't fail them, but they only had Him to rely on. All the foolishness dispersed and God arose in their midst.

Think of China where people live in oppression. The church thrives. Think of some countries where Christianity is illegal, yet God Arises. Contrast that with Europe with social support systems that remove the need for God. Our government which are in Berlin.. etc.

Here's the bottom line. If you are in a community, a church, a population, a group and the bulk of your membership sees God as a fun guy, praise, dance sing but dependence on Government in every form is the norm.. don't bother to pray for revival. If you support more government support for people.. robbing others, then don't bother praying for revival. There are places I know of where no matter what.. it's dead dead. Not just Dead.

The fact is, until our nation, the USA suffers great depression and great distress in every way, until we are desperate, Revival is never coming. We are too soft, independent, removed and comfortable in our paneled houses. Unless you really want the USA to go thru a pigpen experience like the prodigal to come back the father, then don't pray. Have fun, dance, speak in tongues, howl, scream, sing and have a great time.. living in darkness.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Can you SEE the Kingdom of Heaven TODAY?

What does the Kingdom of God look like.  Jesus told us not to follow everyone who said, It's here, or it's there.  That it is invisible.. mostly.

I say mostly because there are scriptural evidences of the ability to SEE the kingdom.  Jesus did say that unless a person was born again he could not SEE the kingdom of God.   So it must not be perceived or seen by ordinary means.  It requires someone tuned into the supernatural.  Someone who has the spiritual bandwidth to perceive it.  “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given"

There are many references to the Kingdom of God. It's not UP THERE in heaven somewhere.  It's right here, near you, sometimes you get a glimpse.  "Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

So what populates the Kingdom?  First, those who are subjects of the King.  A king cannot have a kingdom without those who hold him up and honor him as King.  “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”  JESUS is our KING and we are his subjects.  "the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one."

There are those who are servants of the King.. not people servants, ministering spirits who do what the King mandates and those who are the Subjects confess.  The angel armies of the Lord.  The ones who you know are always there prepared to act in your behalf.

There is an account in 1 Kings 6 of Elisha and his servant (Probably Gehazi) although his name is not mentioned, just a young man.  They were under threat of attack by The Army of Aram.  The servant was terrified, sure to be killed.  But Elisha asked God to Open his eyes and suddenly the young man saw the army of angels ready to fight for them.  That stopped the fear.  So it is today, if we could open our eyes and see we would be astonished at the things we would see.  We would fear less, be more bold and walk in authority.

Not only are there Ministering angels, but trying to infiltrate the Kingdom of God to neuter the subjects of the king are fallen angels.  Demons.  They are as real as the Angels of the Living God.
They respond to fear and defeat.  They torment.  They can even occupy and oppress a Servant of God.  

Then there are Spirits that are hard to discern.  They are manifestation in tangible form of some of the demonic influences that try to invade the Kingdom.  The Kingdom of God is always under attack by the enemy.  He wants to destroy it.   Some of these tangible spirits which you may see from time to time are hate, anger, greed, fear, terror, poverty, lewdness and every work of the flesh you see listed.  "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit"

We can try to fight against them in our own strength and TRY HARDER to be a Good Christian.  That is a losing cause.  Only by discernment, the power of the Holy Ghost and the authority to command those demonic manifestations to leave can we live at peace in the Kingdom. 
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 
"But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you".

We are a nation, an unseen nation, we are everywhere.  It is the kingdom.  It's as real as Germany, Poland, Iran or the USA.  It has borders but there are invaders.  The difference is, unlike any country, the Kingdom of God is eternal:  "The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever"

Not everyone who claims to be a citizen of the Kingdom is fully alive and awake to the supernatural.  They live on the fringe.  They live without understanding. They live satisfied with a truth of the Kingdom that is 10% of what Jesus intended.  "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable".  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven"

Sometimes it is because of cares and riches that people are kept away from seeing. Jesus said: 
"I'll say it again--it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"  This in response to the Rich Young righteous in his own eyes ruler who turned and walked away.  Jesus was testing his heart.  His riches still held him and would always hold him.  It wasn't that riches are bad or that everyone is supposed  to sell everything and give to the poor, it is because like Abraham and Issac, God wants to know for sure if you are serious.  

I the USA and many developed nations, what little Gospel Truth there is so watered down in order to fit the blinded eyes of "christians" who jump thru hoops, even say a sinners prayer, but never encounter the Kingdom.  The are still on the other side of the eye of the needle.  

We should expect to see, expereince, discern, sense, speak out and manifest all the gifts of the Spirit of God and in that way also be able to see what God is doing and what the Kingdom is all about.  That also means sometimes we will be somewhere that is NOT the kingdom and we will know it.  

That's another story.  JESUS want's us to be able to SEE the Kingdom of God, He wants us born again and seeing. BUT the devil is busy: 
"Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God".  They might be church goers, they might be church leaders, they might be "apostles or prophets" but they are unbelieving believers.  Jesus had them with him, he had to constantly say..   Before He raised Lazarus from the dead he had to say to Martha: 
 "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

Jesus calls us to open our eyes to his Glory.. to the Kingdom and all that it entails.. We are blinded by the light, there is so much more. 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Can Satan HEAL people?

Satan cannot “heal” – but he can easily appear to do so, which means his healings are always counterfeit. Either a person is healed through the power of suggestion (much like the placebo effect)  or through an illusion of some kind.  The problem is counterfeit healings fail soon after. There are also several other reasons why people believe themselves to be healed and Satan is more than happy to cooperate with these to fool someone.   The bottom line is that the devil has more than enough power to convince someone that they’ve been healed, even when they have not.  The test to Godly healing is are they healed.  I know that sounds simplistic, but as the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.

But don’t take my word for it. Let’s see what Scripture has to say on this subject.

First of all, nowhere in Scripture do we find evidence that Satan has the power or authority to heal anyone. Therefore, because he is not capable of doing anything good, he cannot heal anyone,but, as I said, only appear to do so.  Only GOD is the author of every good and perfect gift.
 
In Job 2:7 where we read “Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” This tells us that sickness or injury can definitely originate from Satan. Therefore, it follows that Satan would certainly be able to make a person feel better or even appear to be healed if he simply stopped inflicting the sickness on a person.  That would be possible if you think satan is compassionate and wants to see people delivered from his oppression.

However, keep in mind that because he’s incapable of doing anything good, he’s not withdrawing the affliction because he wants to help the person. He’s doing it because he wants to trick them into turning away from God and convincing them to rely on something other than the goodness of God for their healing.  Consider King ASA.  2 Chronicles 14-16.  He did great things, he tore down satanic altars, God delivered him many times.  YET when he was inflicted with sickness.. even having seen the miracle working power of God, at the close of his life this is his legacy:  "Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign."
He did not seek God, but the Doctors only.   I believe in Doctors. I go to them.  But my faith is in the Lord and there is a satanic oppression that some have that are devoted to doctoring to excess.  

 Remember, Jesus told us that Satan is a “murderer” and a “liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan always wants death and destruction, never healing and life.  He will lie to many saying God can't heal, only pills, drugs and potions.  Many new age "Healing" services are based on this.

Satan is also a master of illusion. “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2Corinthians 11:14).

There are ample warnings about this aspect of Satan in Scripture. “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24), and “The lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9).  We have them among us now, some are quack doctors, some are new age, some are "Pop Cures" that cause people to fall into delusion.

We know from these warnings that Satan is entirely capable of fooling even the holiest among us.   It takes discernment to know when he is trying to fool us. People have more faith in the Devil's capacity to cure than God's.   This is a deception that even the very elect suffer from.  They are convinced that everything that isn't "Normal" is demonic.    The problem is that discernment is sometimes wrapped up in culture and human reason.  It sounds like this, “God would never cause a person to…” – what -- dip seven times in a dirty river to cure leprosy?  Put mud and spit in someone’s eye?  Lay on a dead child to bring him to life?  And as a person was being delivered and or healed did the demons fight to keep them from being delivered?  Many times as the devil is cast out of a person, there are strange events that follow as the casting out commences.  Writhing like a snake is common.  Foaming at the mouth.  Speaking in a strange voice.  Screaming. Convulsing.  I have seen all these and more.

Here’s what happened when a Demon was cast out of a man by Jesus:
While teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus was interrupted by a man possessed by a demon. He cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Jesus ordered the spirit to be quiet and to come out of the man. The man convulsed, and with a loud cry, the spirit left the man.
Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37

Note, the demon didn’t let go easily, the MAN CONVULSED

OR If a person were actually HEALED by satan.. would they stay healed?
Jesus speaks to that too:
After Jesus drove a demon out of a person who was mute, restoring their speech, He was accused of driving out demons by the power of the Beelzebul (the devil).  Jesus responded to the accusations:
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people* drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first.”
Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:20-30; Luke 11:14-26

Most people who are healed by some demonic method, particularly new age, soon are worse off than ever.

EVEN APPROACHING a demon possessed person by a spirit filled person can cause satan to manifest in strange ways.
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A man came to Jesus and told him his disciples were unable to cast out a demon from his son. Jesus asked that the boy be brought to Him. Upon approaching Jesus, the demon caused the boy to convulse. The man told Jesus that the demon had forced the boy into fire and water in an attempt to kill the boy. The father asked Him to help “if you can.”

Jesus replied, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”
“I do believe,” the man responded. “Help my unbelief.”

Jesus ordered the spirit to leave the boy. Once again, the demon made the boy convulse, and with a cry, the demon left. The boy laid on the ground motionless. His father thought he was dead, but Jesus took the boy by the hand and helped him up.  Later, the disciples asked why they were unable to drive out the demon. Jesus told them (from Mark’s account), “This kind can only come out through prayer.” In the Gospel of Matthew, He says, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:14-20; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43

Many times as a demonic oppression is being driven out by the name of Jesus the manifestation is writhing, convulsing.  It would be unusual for there NOT to be such a reaction.  The devil doesn’t go quietly.


It's just that it doesn't fit our nice neat sanitized version of western Christianity. That's why in so many circles of churchianity there are so few healings.

One last thing.. Jesus didn't PRAY for the sick and possessed.  He spoke to the situation with authority.  So when we do.. don't be shocked if the person being delivered manifests, sometimes in strange ways.  In fact if they don't.. well that may be a problem.

Monday, April 2, 2018

"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"

Satan has caused many saints of God to allow the sting of death to return. He has influenced some into clinging to our mortal shells without any Godly reason. Yes, we want to live, we can't do much for the Kingdom when we are gone, but we will all step from time into eternity. There is no escape. It is, was and always will be appointed unto man ONCE to die.

There is a second death. It is the death of the lost. To the pagan, those lost for eternity, death does and should hold fear. I will not address those things that they fear. There is a way to enter into eternal life. I am here concerned with Christians who fear death needlessly. We need to know with confidence how that last breath happens and what it means.

What happens as we die? There is great confusion; it's the second time we go thru such a radical change in our lives. Change is confusing. All change is perceived as loss. Birth was confusing. Darkness to light, Warmth to something new and much colder.  We cried out when we were born.  It was a trauma.

We were confused in this transition. Uncertain. Scared. Frightened.

Death has the same effect on us. As we lay on our deathbed, sometimes with fear, sometimes amazement, a metaphysical roller coaster ride is taking place.

It is said that as Steve Jobs lay dying, just before he took his last breath, his eyes opened and he said, WOW!  I don't know what that means but I am sure WOW fits. Some withdraw further and further. Sleeping more and more until they never wake up. Recognizing the end and accepting it without struggle. Some struggle right up till the end in fear. It's understandable.  It’s a trauma.

Yet is there a way to understand death and overcome the fear, the sting, until we can say, “Oh Death where is your sting?”

Is there pain in death? Yes, sometimes; particularly in an unnatural death. A gunshot, stabbing, car accident, execution, torture, a painful death by drowning or a by suffocation. 

Most people imagine they are going to die on a bed with friends and family surrounding them. That is not always the case. What of these more difficult unexpected situations of dying in pain. To deny pain is to deny the reality of death. There is good news, pain is the last ditch effort our flesh wields against eventual eternity to keep us here, in time.

Those who have gone thru this and come back from the edge say the pain was momentary, brief, intense and then erased from all memory. Like having a bad tooth pulled. Pain for a moment and then no more pain. Mortality is not sloughed off easily. Our flesh doesn't want to become an empty shell to be buried, burned or abandoned. It wants to hold on as long as it can.  Something like a teenager who becomes such a pain in the neck that a parent is glad when they leave. So too our flesh will cause us more and more discomfort as we age until staying in it is no longer acceptable. It's very much the same syndrome that we can learn to accept as normal.

Not that there isn't regret and pain in the impending separation from those we love. That's part of it too. Yet to the Christian, it is those loved ones left behind that suffer. Once death happens for the Believer all pain is gone, all memories that produce grief dissolves into the dust. The sentiment then changes to “I'll see you soon”.  Our eternal perspective offers that.

If as Christians we would grasp the temporary nature of dying we might not enter into it  full of trepidation as some do. Much of the heroics we commit ourselves to in the false hope that we might live forever in our bodies (or longer anyway) are vain attempts to postpone that which will take us all. It's not a sin. Doing battle with disease is part of life.
Jesus (the great physician) healed the sick and raised the dead. Yet all He healed eventually died. It's that reality that must be recognized.   We all step from time into eternity.

We come into a new reality as a believer who dies in Christ. No pain. No grief. No fear. It is important to know what happens right AFTER we die. What it's really like on the other side of the veil.  There is a thin veil that stands between time and eternity. Most people don't understand this now but on the other side we will. If we can grasp it here, it will change us forever and we will live in victory --fearless and purposed.

What happens to us right after we die? It's the moment after we die, time has now ceased, we enter eternity, all pain is gone and our carcass is empty.  We might even see it from a distance in that moment and wonder about it all.  Body and soul are no longer one.   What do we see or experience afterwards? What is that moment like?

There are scriptural evidences and testimonies of those who have witnessed these things and returned which help us grasp what happens.  We can construct what it will be like using these clues and Biblical support.  The song “I can only imagine”, as wonderful as it is, comes short of the mark. We can imagine and if we can grasp the vision, fear will dissolve.

The moment people who die in Christ, in that instant when you die here's what happens:

There is a shock into well being.  We suddenly feel indescribable peace beyond all understanding.  It overwhelms us.  We can hardly take it in.  There is unimaginable beauty.  It is a manifestation of the fullness of Jesus in His beauty. Every color comes alive such that we can taste them.  Music is everywhere, all at once.  Not cacophony, a symphony of all music all at once.  It will be full of joy.


In eternity everything is now.  Our experience in eternity non linear, time has ceased.  It's all now happening as if all at once.  It’s hard for those of us trapped in time to grasp, but to get a small glimpse of what that might be like, think back to a wonderful childhood memory, a good one.  Think of it.  All the color, music, joy, fun, and love you felt. Now let that emotion come over you. 

You do not experience it in linear fashion, but as one good memory, all at once.  The parts you really enjoyed come back again and again.  That's a weak imitation of what eternity is like.  Happening all at once, but able to be parceled out as experiences.

People ask what kind of music will I hear.  It will be whatever your fullness of joy is to experience... whatever fits your moment; For some hymns, for some chants, for some choruses, for some classical, for some a gospel song, or even a joyful rap.  It's your eternity and Father will speak to you in the context you understand.  You will grasp that it's all one.  Yet differentiated to you, yet we will not know of the differences others have.

You will have unspeakable joy.  No remembrances from earth that contain any regret or pain follow you into heaven ... the pain you had in life will fit into your understanding and there will be no questions.  The Idea that you are going to ask questions of Jesus when you get there will be needless.  You will have full understanding of all.  You will know who you really are.  There will be no more self doubt.

How you fit into the whole of life while on earth will make perfect sense.  That is why there is no recognized hierarchy in heaven.  One saint is as another.  Fullness and fitly joined together in unspeakable joy.  

This sudden recognition of your place in the universe will take your breath away.  The value your life contributed to the Kingdom will be revealed and add to your joy.

Your capacity for any experience will multiply a thousand times or more.  You will experience heaven as if you had 5000 senses instead of 5.  Every color, every sound, every taste, everything you hear, everything you feel, and the fragrance... it will be amazing.  You will understand what a vapid colorless place life on earth was.  You won't regret it...but wish everyone could experience what you are experiencing.

You will live without confusion. No questions. Your desire will be to worship.  It will all be so clear.  Bowing in worship, raising hands.  Singing.  The Sea of Glass experience is a desire deep inside every believer.  Eternity is hidden in the hearts of men. We want to be there in this place and out of the constraints of time. Whatever we do will make sense...in heaven. It will be automatic.  You will want to enter into who HE is so completely as to be lost in Him.  You were created for this.  The beauty of Jesus will be revealed again and again. It will be all one but eternal.  It will never be boring. Love will be overwhelming.

You will have a form.  A spirit form, that is the spirit of you will cause your form to allow others to see you as you were remembered best by them.  Known as you were known. Recognized... yet it the spirit that they see.. the rest is construct for them, not you.  In fact you are a spirit.   You always were, a spirit, with a soul living for a short time in a body.

It's hard to explain, but you will be completely a spirit being, but to those who see you in heaven, you will look as you did to them in bodily form while on earth.  

To understand, think of a child who dies young.  Her daddy is 25 years old.  She will see him thus in heaven.  His brother who dies at 50 will remember him as about his age and his wife who follows him in death will see that man thru the eyes of love. His mother who bore him and died in childbirth will see him as a young boy.  They will all know him, but all in context and construct.  Its how people who die see grandparents and such waiting for them... as they knew them.

It will not seem an unfamiliar place to be explored.  You will already know all about it.  It will seem normal, someplace you already knew.  In a strange way, heaven has always been in your heart.   You’ve have had glimpses of it.  This is why the idea of reincarnation keeps coming up in false religions.  There is a sense of going back after you die, so people try to explain life birth and death as reincarnation.   The Father started it (and you) by saying “let there be”. It's not reincarnation.  But it is a type of returning to the Father ... Remember, once there, all here is now.  Eternity.

To grasp this scripturally, “you are already seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus” ...yet you are here. In that way you return to heaven.  It is impossible to describe so those who have had a glimpse of Heaven are lost for words.

One thing is certain, once you have been there and come back the fear of death, even the fear of the pain of death is gone.  I have known people like that who after such a transformation don’t fear death at all.  They received a gift.  We can learn from them.

People don't GO to heaven.  They enter heaven.  Heaven is infinite in proximity.  Right here. Right there.  Just there.  The other side of the veil. It is easier to think of it a long away somehow out there, but it's right here. Not on earth as such, dimensionally proximate.

When people die they step from the cloak of time into the uncloaking of eternity.  We are locked in a box called time and enter into an unlimited vista called NOW..  Eternity.

That day comes sooner for some than others, but the Word says,   “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”

You have hope.. His name is JESUS.. and it’s more appropriate for those who must leave early to say, “See you soon”.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Confusion in the Body of Christ over Identity. Christian Schizophrenia

There is a lot of buzz about identity, particularly among Christians.  People want to know their purpose.  Who God wants them to be.  What they should be doing. 

Some of this comes because we thing our identity is something we are in Him.  That we live doing or being what He wants us to do or be.  That is upside down.  Our identity is best described as who HE is in US. 

Colossians 2 has much to say about this issue.  You can read it here in the NLT.

Here are a few TRUTHS that will help people figure this out.  It's not about you, It's about HIM in YOU.  The hope of Glory.  Italics are mine:

2:2 I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  You already have access to all the hidden treasures, they are there for the taking.  Don't reach out, reach in.

7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.  Knowing who He is will help you know who you are.  Learn to probe the depth of His attributes.  There are over 100.  Dig deep as a tree does in fertile soil

8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers  of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.  10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.  So much of what passes for theology is in reality psychobabble recast.  Your union with Christ is not You and Christ in you, that's true, but more accurately you IN CHRIST.  The father sees Jesus when he looks at you.

13God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.  Jesus made fun of your accusers by the victory at the cross.  He neutered them.  We only give them validity if we buy into the lies. 

16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. 18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels,  saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.  Even among evangelicals we find ourselves doing self denial. We find ourselves navel gazing.  We suffer in a way Jesus didn't expect us to.  It is up to us to look to Him, Who he is, don't get tangled up in fake theologies.  He loves you, even likes you and wants to do good for you.  Live in expectation of good.

20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.   We all have evil desires.  We all have things we suffer with and from.  BUT.. we don't have to.  We can live above them.  IF we know our position.  It's not a quest, it's a fact.  You are free..even if you don't feel like it all the time.
 Chap 3: Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.  Here's where the real rub comes in.  And it's a tough one.  We are busy trying to fit in here on earth and don't see our real position in heaven.  We are seated in heaven already (think eternity) at the right hand of the Father.  A  place of authority.  A place of power.  A place that is far above anything we can think of on this earth.

Eph 2: 6  God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus  So if you are wondering about your earthy identity, first get a handle on your true identity and it will all come into focus.  You are what HE is, you sit where HE sits, you carry the authority HE carries.  There's your purpose.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Dream of Being Lost and Yet Not

A recurring dream of mine is being lost.  Most of the time it's in the city.  I guess as a country boy I'm pretty good in the wild.  I think I can find my way well.  No, it's nearly always in a city.  Taking a wrong turn, ending up in a place I didn't want to be.  Losing time. In danger sometimes.  Sometimes in a trap.

Sometimes these dreams have me going down a road a long way to find my destination.  Most of the time on foot.  Sometimes in a building or in a hotel can't find where I supposed to be.  Lots of variations on this dream.  Too many to talk about.


The wrong turn lost feeling comes because I set out without a clear direction. I have stumbled and ended up where I didn't want to be.  This is a sinking feeling.  There is almost never somewhere to find and rescue me.  I don't die or am not injured, just lost and not where I want to be.

I have wondered what this means.  I believe I know.  I am now convinced that this comes from not fitting in and knowing my place in the WORLD.  I know my place in the grand scheme but in the world I am a stranger in strange land.  My mastery is not of worldly things, but of other.

I feel like the old Hymn:

I’m But a Stranger Here
By: Thomas R. Taylor
I’m but a stranger here,
Heaven is my home;
Earth is a desert drear,
Heaven is my home;
Danger and sorrow stand
Round me on every hand;
Heaven is my fatherland,
Heaven is my home.
What though the tempest rage,
Heaven is my home;
Short is my pilgrimage,
Heaven is my home;
And time’s wintry blast
Soon shall be over past;
I shall reach home at last,
Heaven is my home.
Therefore I murmur not,
Heaven is my home;
Whatever my earthly lot,
Heaven is my home;
And I shall surely stand
There at my Lord’s right hand.
Heaven is my fatherland,
Heaven is my home.

So I will finish the race even if I don't get where I think on this earth, My home is elsewhere