Monday, September 18, 2017

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How to Be Sorry

"Sorry" is what my parents called no-good people. We think of "sorry" as having feelings of regret or sympathy for one's loss. What is less used is "sorry" meaning deplorable. It would appear that those who neglect to have sorrow for wrongs which they have done are deplorable. I guess, in Hillary Clinton's view, us "basket of deplorables" should be sorry, but are not. There are many deplorables out there, and they are not those of whom Hillary was speaking.

There are those who are spiritually sorry people. Ironically, they are not sorrowful! To be a candidate for eternal life, there is a huge pre-requisite: one must be sorry for what they have done. Those who never arrive at this spiritual place are called reprobate - a sinner who can never admit to wrong-doings, and consequently never says "I'm sorry."
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"
Reprobates belong to Satan. It is their own or the Devil's will which they do without remorse. They are spiritual psychopaths. Some atheists seem to be loving people.  They may love others, but they detest even their Unknown god, the one that they deny exists. Even their "love" of others is feigned, because they cheer-lead for their eternal destruction. The ultimate love is caring that others never face Hell or even eternal nothingness. Everyone's hope should be that there is a Heaven, and desire that all should go. With that said, atheists don't even love their own souls but only a portion of themselves - their flesh. How then, can they love others? Ultimately, they don't.

Even most who claim to be Christians are reprobates. They indeed believe but fail to feel sorrow for their sins. All have offended God but few actually feel sorry for the offense. Christians need to do some things - to feel sorrow, repent, and trust Jesus. Most never trust Jesus because if they even repented it was without sorrow. Sorrow with if not heart-felt is counterfeit sorrow. Those who were never truly sorry for their sins are counterfeit "Christians".  They are comfortable with being deceived but God has no plan for their eternal peace:
Matthew 7:23 "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
God doesn't know those who fail to feel sorry and repent. If God doesn't know them, neither does the person know oneself. God's retort is that He never knew you as His child, but deep down, the unrepentant person knows himself well! If you are adopted by God, you will know it!

What does it take to be born-again?
2 Corinthinas 7:10 "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter."
"Godly sorrow" is regret for sinning against God. It doesn't work thinking: Lord forgive me for what I'm about to do, but forgive me for what I have done. The former lacks sorrow; the latter must be declared in sorrow. To repent requires heart-felt regret. Most people look back, and never regret their sin, but have fond remembrance, just as Lot's wife did in fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah:
Genesis 19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."
Lot's wife had no regrets. She looked back at all the sin which had been there, and longed for it! Because she wasn't sorry for what she had done, God turned her into a pillar of salt. It is believed that she is now part of the Dead Sea. The faithful who turned away from sin, moved on to paradise - the land of milk and honey, and into Canaanland. Lot's wife missed the promised "salvation" because she wasn't sorry that she had been living in sin.

As Paul said in the passages above, there is a step by step process in being born-again - sorrow, repentance, and salvation. This may come on in an instant or with time, but until one comes in touch with their spiritual deprivation, salvation can't come about. It doesn't have to be in a church and at an altar, but that is certainly a great placed to be saved!

Once a person is convicted, guilt ensues. That emotion of guilt emits sorrow. Satan kicks into high gear; he immediately tries to tell the sinner never to feel guilt. However, guilt must be accepted and emoted before one can repent of it. Those who say that guilt is of Satan are deceived! We are guilty and must feel guilty to have sorrow. One is not saved by skipping any of those steps!

Right now, most "Christians" are not true disciples of Christ because they've never been truly sorry. In a spiritual sense, love is having to say that you are sorry, and sorry you must be! Repentance without being sorry is lip-service to God. To access heaven above we can't skip steps. There is one Gate to Paradise and it is guarded by Cherubim. The password is "repentance" and that is done when you are and tell God that you're sorry!

What is it that for which you should be sorry? For living in sin, which caused Jesus to be crucified in your place. If you are reprobate, then Christ was crucified for nothing, as far as you are concerned. Without sorrow, people crucify Jesus again and again. It is our own "self" which is to be a living sacrifice because Jesus has already done that once and for all!
Hebrews 10:10 "... we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
Whereas the priest offered sacrifices for the sins of the people each year, Jesus cleaned us from sin (sanctified us), with sacrificing Himself one time for everybody. We must have sorrow enough to repent when we think of Jesus on the cross in our place. It wasn't just a man who died that day; the truth is that God our Creator and loving Father chose to die in our place! That is grace. That is divine love. In order to trust God, we must have enough faith to say, "God,  I wronged you, and beg for forgiveness."  We should never be too prideful to beg God. Begging is an outward sign of true sorrow. A fleeting thought doesn't demonstrate much need for repentance. Like Paul, I too am a chief sinner, and so are you! We must feel sorry for that.






Friday, September 15, 2017

Following Your Heart

How often do we hear,  follow your heart! What does that even mean? Briefly, it is to follow your instincts. Generally, it is the first instinct which crosses one's mind. People generally think that the first is the best but usually is one, if not, the worst!

Instinctual behavior is what comes naturally. It is mitigated without conscious thought. Does that sound dangerous? It is! Following the heart is the pathway to danger. It is essentially  behaving according to irrational emotions. Generally, the thought is, I want that, or I deserve that. In order to get things they desire, people do what is right in their own eyes. That is instinctual, and is original sin working in the sub-conscience.
Deuteronomy 12:8 “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today—every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes—"
Then, the next verse tells why: it is not God's will which you are doing!

There are three wills: (1) God's will, (2) Satan's will, and (3) your will. Until you are born-again, your will matches Satan's because he is Prince of the Air. That it the old person. The born-again person is to have their will match God's will. That is the new person with a changed attitude. The "former self" follows his heart because that satisfies Satan, but the "new self" follows God's heart. The perfect example is from scripture:
Acts 13:22b "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will."
This is so clear! We are to follow God's heart; not our own. That is doing God's will! Look where David's own heart got him. He lusted - an instinct, he had her, and he killed her husband! Thinking he was following his own heart, he was serving two masters! David was foolish to follow his instincts because they got him into severe trouble! What should he have done? Do God's will, not his own!
Matthew 6:9b "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
The will is hidden away in the secret places. We do our own will easily, but doing God's will takes effort. It's the difference between following our own heart - lusts, or God's will for us. Scripture even tells us what to do with our hearts:
Deuteronomy 10:16 "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer."
"Stiff-necked" is stubbornly following your own heart!  We are to cut that instinctual desire off, and give it to God. What are we to do with the desires of the heart?
Romans 12:1a "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice..."
We are to not only have a change of heart but actually present the old heart - or nature, to God!

Those who follow Christ, cease to follow their own instincts :
Galatians 5:24 "And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
 As such, if Christians are truly Christ's, they quit following their own heart, and hang it on the cross right next to Jesus!

What did David do? He didn't have to do what Jesus did, but what Jesus did for him:
Psalm 51:10a "Create in me a clean heart, O God..."
That should be clear: quit following your own heart, and follow the new cleaner heart which God provides. It's doing His will, not thy will!

In fact, the motto of Satanism is: Do what thou wilt! For those who are a little slow, that means: following your own heart!

We must be careful what we say. People may actually do foolish things! Following your heart is a stupid thing to do, and Christians need to quit saying that! That instinct is for the world. In fact, what was it that Eve did when she ate the forbidden fruit. She followed her own heart. She tried to blame the serpent but he only put the thought there. She was doing what she willed - following her heart's desires!

It was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Strange, how with all that new knowledge, she did what was evil. Why? She was listening to falsehoods. She was not thinking with wisdom. The serpent was imploring: follow your heart. God, whose Tree they should have stood under, cried that day, and the pair were punished for following their own hearts. Because of that original sin, men are sill following their own hearts, and doing what they wilt!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Story of My Life

I was conceived in sin: My father and mother pleasured in my making.
Although born in sin, God so loved me. I am part of the world He loves.
God knows me well. He knew me even in the womb. I was planned by Him.
My parents planned me not, but without regard of that, I was God's plan.
God knows the hairs of my head. He knows me better than I know myself.
I'm asked to search me so that I know myself as well as God knows me.
When I search, what I find is frightening. I found sin dwelling within me.
Now I know what God knows. I have found the source of evil. It is not good.
Evil dwells within me. There is none without sin. The world and me are one.
God knew that. He had a plan. Because He loved me so, he made the plan.
He desired that I should not perish; he wanted eternal life for me.
God desired that I life forever. Satan that I should be forever dying.
God called me to come to him. He stood at my door and knocked.
God knocked hard to awaken me from my sleep? I was awakened!
God knocked with His own flesh. It was no One else who knocked.
God's own Son beaconed me. He came to awaken me from my sleep.
The hand that rapped was of flesh. The Son of  Man knocked.
Jesus knocked on my soul. There was no welcome mat there.
Jesus so loved me that He knocked anyhow. Time after time he knocked.
"No one is at home!" I said with my silence, but He knew better!
"Answer my call," Jesus said. "You have sinned, and I have seen it!"
I thought no one had. I thought no one cared. Jesus cares when I sin!
"You are going to Hell!" some honest demon screamed from my soul.
It was the soul on which Jesus knocked - my cup which held evil instead.
"I am the Way," Jesus spoke softly. "Please stand beneath my Tree!"
I considered pleasure instead. The other tree was hanging full of it.
That I knew. I saw pleasure, but the other Tree I could not see.
It was there all the time, but I was blind, even as my eyes were open.
When Jesus knocked, I could hear. I heard His knock. It was Truth knocking.
The wind, it seemed, swept the door open a crack. I could see!
Truth was standing at my door. Truth revealed to me my iniquity.
Iniquity is ugly, yet it lived within me. My soul was filled with it.
Sin was revealed, I saw Jesus. I screamed! Never fearing, but relieved.
The demon within me trembled in fear. I had ears but never heard before.
Now I plainly heard what was always there - the gate is narrow.
The narrow Gate is by faith in Jesus. He is the Way that I must walk.
Thus, I came to two paths - my way was one, and His Way was another.
Then suddenly Light shined forth, and I chose my path. I died that day!
In death I lived again! When Truth slapped me hard, I awakened.
The slap killed my old self, but not before I made a living sacrifice.
I died right there on the Cross beside Jesus. I was the thief who believed.
My cross wasn't of wood. It was once on Calvary. My Cross was the Tree.
The Tree of Life bore my sins. All of them! Some as yet to be sinned.
The Tree's juices flowed. He cried. The lashes on the bark bled for me.
The Tree cried real tears. Just as in the Garden, He felt so alone.
Even His Father seemed to have left the Tree all alone!
"Why does no one stand under my Tree?" Jesus thought?
He thought that in the Garden. He thought that on Calvary.
Jesus came home to die. He died in the midst of God's Garden.
Come home. Come home! Jesus died at home - the foundation of peace.
But the Tree ascended as the Garden must have. It stands by the River.
By the River of God the Tree still stands - in the City of God.
Because Jesus died, we are set free. I am free. Jesus blood bought that.
Not because of good, but grace bought my liberty. The Tree bled for me.
I answered His call, and he filled my cup. His spirit flowed into my soul.
God died for me. He was not another. God was nailed to that tree.
It was me who hammered the spikes. You and I hammered together.
I knew not what I was doing, and he blamed me not. He still died for me!
I can hear His Voice. He walks in the cool of the evening.
Jesus walks in His Garden. It's still at the foundation of peace.
He is walking as he smiles on me - from His home in New Jerusalem.
Jesus stops by a golden door and taps softly on the lentel.
"This is your room! I prepared it for you!"  he gleams.
Back home with Him in the Garden. Him and me together again!





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On Jealousy

This particular sin is hidden in the Ten Commandments - right there within coveting. One may say, "That's not coveting because rather than wanting what is mine, my desire is to keep my own!"  The thought is reasonable but wrong: jealousy is coveting. How so? There are coveting after things, and coveting after people. You might say, "I don't covet my neighbor's spouse, my mate does." Effectually, what you covet is what the neighbor's spouse has. He or she has the attention of your mate. Therefore, the jealousy is the attention being received by the one who is the object of the jealousy.

What are the attributes which one has to make another jealous? It can be anything, but usually it is sexual appeal or outward beauty. Sometimes, it is an amicable personality or camaraderie.. Whatever the attribute, Satan and his powers use those attributes to create an atmosphere of jealousy!

Jealousy is of God, but it's misuse is Satan's. In fact, God is a jealous God! (Exodus 20:5). He hates it when his lovers turn to another lover, and fornicate - in a spiritual sense of course. Therefore, jealousy has spiritual and emotional components. The emotional has an affect on the spiritual, and Satan uses that to create chaos in the lives of people. When mates have animosity toward one another, they are doing what Satan desires, except, of course, for righteous jealousy.

Just as God is jealous that people have other gods, people are jealous when they perceive that their mate has a person who is the object of their affection. That is a natural emotion to have because of original sin. I'm not even suggesting anything lascivious, but even friendships. Because husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend, are the best of friends, they are intimidated by those of the opposite sex who have a seemingly better friendship. Many people reject that idea and pay the price; it is difficult to have opposite sex friendships because of marital unity. A third party can triangulate that unity in marriage or courtship. We've all have made that mistake!

It is better to have a marriage in unity than close friends which remove the unity from the marriage. The same goes for those who are dating. True; some can do that. For instance, my son's "best friend" at his wedding was Mary, who was indeed, his best friend. There are exceptions to everything, and that must be remembered, but it is based on the emotional security of all involved. Mary felt no attraction for Jason except for philio love, and Jason felt the same toward Mary. Amanda examined this friendship, was secure in the love that she had, and didn't feel threatened. I've seen that same scenario in divorced couples. A new friendship scenario is built with an ex-spouse, new spouse, and the other spouse. However, it is a rare thing, and all parties must be secure. Insecurity is what Satan uses to dissolve unity!

Insecurity is the feeling of being threatened. Because a couple is "one", an outsider increases the possibility that a relationship of one may become three.  One of the couple feels threatened. That is normal. In fact, if there isn't a little jealousy in a relationship, there exists two possibilities: (1) It is not a relationship based on love, or (2) the pair have a supernatural ability to trust.

My thought regarding jealousy and trust is that if one person of the couple is willing to breach the bond, that the other person be willing to release him or her, but only if one is not committed to retaining the relationship.

I've exposed the demon! Jealousy is the lack of trust - not having confidence that the other is truthful, reliable, and has fidelity. To ensure my own trust, because I know the power of Satan, I wrote several pages of marriage vows in addition to those in the formal marriage rites. Why? Because I know how powerful Satan is, the thorns people have in their flesh, and that the world is a provocative place. We all may be tempted with any type of pleasure, and I wanted my defenses to be in place. If in any relationship, that defense is not established under God, Satan has a target for his barbs.

Extreme jealousy is psychologically delusional jealousy - suspicion to the degree that a person is often pre-occupied with the infidelity - even emotional attachment of their mate without any proof. Essentially, the one deluded feels so threatened - being insecure, that he or she builds a falsehood. The person creates a mental image of something which is not there, at least in the magnitude they envision.

If the jealous person is jealous of the friendship, it may actually be a friendship, but that is not reason for jealousy. The way to combat friendships is to be a better friend. Those deluded fight friendships with isolation and negativity. That's not what God wills, but is the outcome of manipulation by invisible forces. God wants man and wife to be exceptional friends. Friends trust each other by definition!
Colossians 3:12 "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
Christians are to do God's will! What is that? Re-read the above scripture. Kindness, longsuffering, and forgiveness are paramount. Longsuffering is failing to give up easily; having patience in the face of trouble. It is Satan's will that we give up easily. After all, that is the way of the world.

Relationships are built on unitizing two worlds. I define an individual's world as the boundary around them including their personal space. When two people unite, the gravity - the seriousness of the venture, brings these two worlds into collision. Satan uses the collision as a means to destroy. On the other hand, God takes the two, if His will is done, and makes it one larger world encompassing the two. Satan's method is to create enough chaos to make those world's collide. Satan is persistent; he never gives up. Just when the two worlds are operating smoothly in one sphere, the Devil shoots one of his barbs. Jealousy is a very effective and fatal barb!

How does jealousy work? Person X shows interest in Person Z. Perhaps X notices the beauty, personality, or grace of another - usually with a member of the opposite sex. Person Y, the mate, wants that attention as their own. That is reasonable. But then Satan puts erroneous thoughts in Y's head, and a bizarre world is created where the world of X and Z become one. X and Z, in this fantasy, are a new world, and Y is left alone. isolated in their own world. Unity seems to be broken and animosity abounds. Y begins to be jealous of Z, and distrusts X without regard for reality. With time, mistrust turns into disgust and hatred, and Satan smiles. What God has joined together, the Devil puts asunder. He is patient in his timing. After all, his end is further away than ours.

Ironically, in Y's created isolation and frame of mind, distrust may push X further away. Of course, if X understands the nature of sin, he or she will be longsuffering as well.

Delusional jealousy is based on partial truth, coupled with deception. The best way for Y to stay in unity with X is to have the relationship which Y manufactured in the mind -  the one X and Z seem to have in Y's mind.

Delusional jealousy is pathological and can lead to emotional illness. Stress is the outcome and misery comes with it. Some of the symptoms of delusional jealousy are ("Extreme Jealousy Disorder In Relationships | Retroactive Jealousy OCD". Retroactive Jealousy Crusher. 2016-10-13; parentheses mine):
  • Accusing partner of looking or giving attention to other people.
  • Questioning of the partner's behavior.
  • Interrogation of phone calls, including wrong numbers or accidental phone calls, and all other forms of communication.
  • Not allowing any social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter (or watching closely).
  • Going through the partner’s belongings.
  • Always asking where the partner is and who they are with.
  • Isolating partner from their family and friends.
  • Not letting the partner have personal interests or hobbies outside the house. (or limiting).
  • Controlling the partner's social circle.
  • Claiming the partner is having an affair when they withdraw or tries to escape...
  • Accusing the partner of holding affairs when the marriage's sexual activity stops...
  • Verbal and/or physical violence (or attitudes) towards the partner, the individual who is considered to be the rival, or both.
  • Blaming the partner and establishing an excuse for jealous behavior.
  • Denying the jealous behavior unless cornered.
  • Threatening to harm others or themselves (harm may be emotional revenge).
Relationships in Holy Matrimony are symbolic of the bond between the bridegroom and His bride - Jesus and the Church. If Satan can only break the marriage, he is well on his way to breaking the spiritual marriage between X and Y with God. Therefore, the way to have fidelity to each other is to remain faithful to God. When there is perilous times, God is the bridge over troubled waters! Trying to combat Satan on one's own is dynamiting the bridge after Satan has sneaked across. He is certainly more powerful than we are - unless we take the sword which God handed us - the Word.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Marriage: All About Jesus

It occurred to me one day that the Old Testament Scripture is all about Jesus. Where did I get that notion? From John Chapter 1. If the Word (Jesus) was there in the beginning, as John wrote, where was He? His Voice spoke throughout scripture, starting with his first Words:
Genesis 3:1 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
When God said, that was the Voice speaking His Word. Then God, as it was explained, divided the light from the darkness. Hence, darkness is  the absence of light. Much later John explained further:
 John 1:4 "In Him (Jesus) was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
Back in the beginning the Light who shined from darkness was He who would be Jesus. I don't use become because as God, Jesus always Is. God revealed Himself on the first day. To whom? To all those who came thereafter. God showed Himself the first thing, but darkness shadowed Him. However, He was first seen by man when the Word spoke aloud:
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Ironically, the first Words Emmanuel (Jesus) spoke to mankind was "Be fruitful and multiply." That was their blessing. By grace mankind was commanded to replicate himself. We find out later:
John 8:31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, "If ye continue in my word (light), then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Truth and light are the same since the Word spoke truth. Deception is darkness, and is the absence of truth. Since making new disciples was so important that the Word first ordained that, then I believe the first sin was when our forebears usurped that decree. Since all have sinned, including Cain, then Cain was not conceived before the first sin. Scripture validates that as you shall see. As such, Adam and Eve did other things before they obeyed Emmanuel's first words: they had pleasure from eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

Since, in shame, they covered their instruments of sexuality, it would appear that their eating of the fruit may have been sexual pleasure. In essence, Jesus told them the first thing: to multiply, and instead, it was likely that they enjoyed each other. They used each other for pleasure without regard to pro-creating. Since, this quest for sexual gratification has been one big thorn in the loins of mankind. Indeed, putting oneself before God violates the First Commandment.

God picked a virgin (Mary) to manifest Himself. Before, He was Light, and afterward he became flesh. He was both Son of Man and Son of God. The virgin was picked so that Jesus would be born without sin, indicating the sinfulness of sexual pleasure. I pointed out earlier that David was conceived in iniquity (Psalm 51). That may mean either of two things or both: (1) He carried original sin - which he certainly did, or (2) that sexual pleasure, rather than purposeful replication, is sinful. I believe it was intended that sex be entirely for reproduction, and that pleasure was the way it was induced. Not that pleasurable sex is sinful, but is so when it comes before the will of God.

Emmanuel (pre-incarnate Jesus) said first: "multiply", yet even though people do multiply, the first reason most often is for pleasure. Now, the sexual pleasure principle is part our genetic make-up, and God understands. Just as he once overlooked polygamy, He surely overlooks mutual enjoyment in the bonds of Holy Matrimony.
Genesis 4:1 "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.”
Right after their fall, Adam and Eve had sex for a purpose. Then enlightened, Eve said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Their sexual pleasure was for God's purposes. She did what Emmanuel commanded - she multiplied, and did it for the Lord! She put God's will above her own desire.

They were doing what Emmanuel told them in the beginning. He even told them how:
Genesis 2:24 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
Of course, Adam and Eve were children of God, the "dust" being their mother, but this passage was obviously for all who were to follow! Adam and Eve became one flesh as they consummated Cain. They were doing the multiplication which Emmanuel commanded.

One flesh, or sexual knowledge, is an ordinance of Jesus. Catholics say it is a sacrament, and I wouldn't even argue with that. Not that it is saving, but that it is obedience. That ordinance is Holy Matrimony. The biggest problem with adultery is that there is no longer one flesh, but three separate fleshes. Adultery is for gratification, and not for replication. Adultery is just like the original sin - having pleasure for wrong reasons! It is likely that adultery is not for bearing children, but providing pleasure.

I am divorced. Jesus didn't give any loopholes during his ministry for violating the marriage covenant. I did one time, and He has forgiven me, but I can never play games with what God wills, and Jesus commanded. Even his forgiveness of that first sin was hard to endure for me, because I knew it was so wrong. Because I proceeded with my own will - neglecting God's will, God forgot my sin but I never will! As David said, "My sin is always before me!" We should never forget our sins, but recall them in remembrance of Him. When I take the juice and wafer, it is serious business. I remember that Jesus forgot my sin, and I do that to remember why Jesus died for me!

To sin at will is not why Jesus came to die. It was to save us from sins past and keeping us from future sins. He didn't die that we can sin, but so that we need not!

I take marriage seriously. Every moment of it is by grace. Satan attempts to snatch it away but I must stand fast against his barbs. Jesus himself want's marriage to be forever. Who am I to supersede His will?

Monday, September 11, 2017

You've Been Blocked

We all hate those awful words: "You've been blocked!" There is one way to avoid that - to be a true friend. Those who have been ejected from the lovely world of Facebook to the wilderness of real life know the hardships lying out there! Just think, outside Facebook people are on their own. It's a tough world out there, but perhaps there is a way to get back in.

Being obnoxious, belligerent, hateful, arrogant, or self-righteous can get people ejected. Maybe Facebook itself won't act, but another person may. Maybe you'll still be on Facebook but not part of it. "Woe is me!" you think. "I have few friends"  As you  enter into the real world without the comfort of your Utopia, you glance back. There is an invisible despot who wants you out. The entryway back in is guarded by a giant digital gremlin. You feel so alone!

There is a reason for this madness! Facebook is entirely insignificant, but people live for it. It has rules and everyone obeys, or gets kicked out. Sometimes, when even one person "unlikes" you, you are removed from their "wall". At a bare minimum, a gremlin just causes you to not be "followed". You sense that you have been dismissed, but there is no way to know for sure. People may hate you slyly. Given all the drama there, people still want to have their place on Facebook.

Facebook is a trivial example, but there is a case that is not so trivial. In fact your life - eternal life, depends on it. I'm speaking of when Adam and Eve were sent out of the Garden of Eden - on not so good terms. Because they "hurt" God, God allowed them to live, but live outside his hedge of protection. Outside Eden is the wilderness where temptation thrives. God won't allow evil to kill their soul, but their flesh could be tempted. The soul, because they were ashamed and sorry, was protected by God, and was "safe", but Satan and his fallen angels could attack the soul through the flesh.

Outside the Garden was the world. That's where Satan reigns. I can see Adam and Eve now as they dutifully walk through the Gate where no man had been before, oh so sorry that that had disappointed their Father. This new adventure was as a slave in "Egypt", and their Pharoah was the Devil himself. For him they would toil, but they could not go back into the Garden for it was guarded:
Genesis 3:23 "Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
To hell there are many gates. Satan stands at each one with a welcome sign. Satan doesn't stand in the Garden but adjacent to it, because the world lies between the Garden and Hell. Satan's self-appointed task is to tempt man to take any one of his gates to Hell, but he must not kill man. This is the test of God. Satan is His mere valet, doing only what God allows him to do.

For those who pass the test - that is live for God until their demise, have one password to return to the Garden. That word is what God is called, and only his disciples know to speak it from their hearts. It's not merely saying the password, but trusting that He will do what he says He will do. The password is entry by the name of Jesus. He is the straight gate to re-enter the Garden which few will enter. There are no back entrances or other passwords. There is only one Gate and it is guarded by God's own "gremlins". They are real and trusty angels who wield a flaming sword. They allow no one to enter except those who are born-again as Sons of God, for the Garden is the kingdom of God.

The Garden was beautiful, and everything there thrived. There were no buildings because there was nothing to fear. When Adam and Eve left, what happened to the Garden? Perhaps it ascended to the third heaven where Jesus ascended so many years later. There the Word still speaks in a loving Voice, and is the Tree by the River of God. That river is the headwaters from which the other rivers flow. I am implying for those looking for the Garden, that it is no longer where it was but now in Glory - the presence of God. You see, Glory is where God Is, and he dwelt in the Garden and must still, because that is His realm.

In the Garden were two people. There was no need for much, but in Glory there is a city - the City of God. Since our forebears left, God has prepared a place for many - not most, but a City with a Mansion. There are two rooms already taken by Adam and Eve. They went home when they died. There are many more rooms. One is for me. One may be for you!

When the earth is cleansed again - next time by fire, this City will return form whence it came. I believe the Garden stood in Jerusalem - the foundation of peace, because peace will return to earth from whence it came. The City of God, the New Jerusalem will come home to where it was. Right now where that awful Golden Dome stands, a New Temple will be built. It will house the throne of God. The earth will be more than his footstool, but the seat of peace. In One, three will sit on that throne. God will be there, but we'll see Jesus and be comforted by His Holy Spirit! We will finally see God face to face; at least some will. The question is: "Will that be you?"

The Garden is certainly not Facebook. That heresy was used just to get your attention! Some are sad with the drama of that fantastical fictional world, but Heaven and Hell are real! Dismissing our thoughts from reality by living in a Facebook fantasy doesn't make things less real. We need to get out and experience life, and experience God. If people were as dedicated to God as they are to Mark Zuckerberg, then God would not shed tears for us.