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Standing Up, or not.

I believe in conversation, or maybe even a stronger word, discussion or even debate on christianity and all that it details it in our current moment. I love the descriptive words, the references, the interpretations of the said discussion. It widens the mind of anything that anyone talks about a particular subject. It challenges us to think outside ‘our’ box. I love reading comments on discussion blogs about something that I am interested in, the 60 degrees of answers that I read that tell me alot of things. One thing, that is obviously we are not yet in the state of ‘one mind’ as God wants us to be such as in Phil. 1.27Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one [fn]mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

With this being said, I find things perplexing when I present things in blogs or discussions on topics of various things that I write or bring up in discussion, and I find no rebuttal of background of their beliefs or of their ‘proof’ of their belief. Now, I am not sure on how to take this ‘blankness’ of rebuttal’ on their face’s, but I have a few ideas as why.

There is one idea is that it is a heritage of belief that has dragged on for generation after generation of the same thoughts and understanding of God,faith, and the bible. It is one that is taking for granted that is one that is discerning because of our lack of knowing for ourselves as truth of God ,faith,and the bible is mute for us, we believe what our previous generation does. But it is also because our ‘beliefs’ are set that we are not being tested by ‘fact checked’ beliefs by not having a need to check the scriptures for ourselves.

Continuing on the last reason of the lack of bible scriptures being attested to the same beliefs, it is in the ‘church’ paradigm that it is prevalent in the structure of embodiment of the body of Christ. There seems to be a very low in our comprehension of the bible. Although there is a few standouts of theology minded people who are earnest in the bible studies and research and loving the word. There seems to be not all of the ‘body’ that is fitting into this ‘knowledge’ of the scriptures.

I am one of those very studious people that love to dig into various questions that have been presented to me and I will search and dig until I find the answer. My joy is staying in the realm of God and his ways to be in the mind of God, and Spirit of understanding. This should be the attitude of every christian who is follow God and his eternal purpose for his ‘image’.

We must push ourselves to be loved by God, and for us to Love Him even more to do everything that is ‘of’ Him. Including the reading and understanding the ultimate goal of God to have a ‘people,a world, and be their God’ for eternal eons.

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The Apologists

As I have said before, I read alot. I also find things to read that are old and new. I find alot of things old to find interesting story-lines of the scriptures, sorta like backstories to the stories. It will usually shed some light on the scriptures to tell us why,where, when and what’s of a time period of the bible.

I found one such as this in the book of “Defenders of the faith” -The Apologists. It was very interesting to read the going ons of society and their thoughts and meanings to their actions in the time of the scriptures. This small but ‘large’ book in detailing the people who were ‘fighting for their christian’ lives were doing to just live or be an martyr for their beliefs, is rather dark and somber to read. But it was the ‘Apologist’s’ that seemed to create a front to stop such hatred to the ‘christians’ of the 1st thru the 3rd century to calm the tide of destroying the christian stance in the world. Their were multiple apologists that were mentioned, but one seemed to be prevalent in his stance for the christian, and it was Tertullian and his standing up and speaking the cause of the christians and comparing them to their actual gods that they were serving without any proof that they were even actually a god itself, because of the non-existent of proving themselves.

This book is not to be found in the regular ways, but it is by way of public domain thru theological institutions and their reproducing digital copies of them. If you would like to find more of these kind of things, let me know.

My final thought on this book is not to credited to anybody, because it is not know for sure who said it, or wrote it. It is from the ‘Author of Epistle to Diognetus’ I find poignant coming from someone from the outside looking in, in to the mind of a Christian and says these kinds of things. It makes you wander if we are doing things right these days?

The Christians are distinguished from other men, neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. Their course of conduct has not been devised by any speculation of inquisitive men; nor do they proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrine. Inhabiting, as lot may determine, Greek as well as barbarian cities, following the customs of the natives with respect to clothing, food, and other matters, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly paradoxical mode of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share all things with others, and yet endure all things as aliens. Every foreign lan·d is to them as their native country, and every land of their

birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all others, and beget children, but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not an impure one. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life. They are poor, yet make many rich ; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all ; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless ; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as ii quickened into life. They are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; and yet those who hate them are unable to assign any re .. son for their hatred. To sum up all in one word; what the soul is in the body, that are the Christians in the world. The soul is dispersed through all the members of the body, and Christians are dispersed through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, yet is not of the body; and Christians dwell in the world, yet are not of the world. The invisible soul is guarded by the visible body; and Christians are indeed known to be in the world, but their godliness remains invisible. The flesh hates . the soul, and wars against it, though itself suffering no injury, because it is preve~ted from enjoying

pleasures. The world, also, hates the Christians, though in no wise injured, because they abjure pleasures. The soul loves the flesh that hates it, ·and loves also the members ; Christians likewise love those that hate them. The soul is imprisoned in the body, yet preserves that very body; and Christians are confined in the world as in a prison, and yet they are the preservers of the world. The immortal soul dwells in a mortal tabernacle ; and Christians dwell as sojourners in c~rruptible bodies, looking for an incorruptible dwelling in the heavens. The soul, when but ill provided with food and drink, becomes better; in like manner, the Christians, though subjected day by day to punishment, increase the more in number. God has assigned them this illustrious position, which it were unlawful for them to forsake.” How had all this come to pass? No mere “earthly invention” or “human system of opinion” had been committed to them, but truly “God Himself had sent from heaven and placed among men, Hirn who is the Truth, and the holy and incomprehensible Word, and had firmly established Him in their hearts. He did not, as might have been supposed, send to men any servant, or angel, or ruler in heaven or earth, but the very Cre_ator and Fashioner of all things. Did He send Him for the purpose of exercising tyranny, or inspiring fear? By no means; but in clemency and meekness. As the king sends his son, so sent He Him. As God, He sent Him ; as to men, He sent Him : as a Saviour, He sent Him. As calling us, not vengefully pursuing us, as loving us, not judging us, He sent Hirn. He will yet send Him to judge

us, and who shall endure His appearing? Do you not see (the Christians) exposed to wild beasts, that they may be persuaded to deny the Lord, and yet not overcome ? Do you not see that the more of them are punished, the greater becomes the number of the rest? This does not seern to be the work of men. THIS IS THE POWER OF God.”

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How do you ‘see’ the scriptures?

I might be all over the place with this blog, I’m feeling like I need to point out alot of things to everyone! Yes, it’s my turn! lol

My life’s journey has brought me thru alot of things and places because of my heritage thru my fathers’ line of work. You see he was a pastor for all his life and it took our family to some different cities and different states. Which I enjoyed them all as a kid, I didn’t know anything else but to enjoy it. It was a adventure to me as just a new place to check out.

It is in this adventure that I have looked back and tried to surmise the things that my father was doing as a pastor to people. Now, being old as I am I have forgotten some things that occurred or where they happened but their are things that have stuck out in my memories whether they be bad or good, they have. The memories that I have are the ones that were of my father, and my mother that were of the ‘teacher’ method of shepherding people. Let me say at the outset that I believe that this method of ‘teacher’ was the correct mode of said ‘pastor’, but I fear that it was all in vain, because this way was shallow in it’s presentation. What I have seen and read of various authors,pastors, evangelist’s, is that there was a ‘Theology’ first, then a foundation of scripture that fit the scenario. This is backwards.

It is the scripture that should create our understanding of God. This is the model which should of been emphasized from the very early beginning. The good news is that it seems that this is starting to come out thru the works of alot of theologians who have put in tireless work in digging out the storyline of the bible. It doesn’t come out easy, it is searching for God’s work in everything that He orchestrates thru his hands. But it is making a difference in how we see the bible as the word of God, and his people.(for more information on this,just make a comment to me at the end)

Another thing that is closely tied to this is the failure of the previous story, and even now, that there was and is a failure of the people of God that are failing to read and ‘know’ the scriptures! I don’t know for sure what the reason is, behind this, but I have a few. Lazy on the individual,lazy to know the pastor will tell them sunday, I have heard it before, read all the stories in the bible, doesn’t pertain to me, and the list goes on. People have not, and were not told of the storyline of the scriptures from day one of their interest in God. This is major flaw of christianity to the world. We have not presented the God of our World to the people in the right way.

Our way was to tell the stories of all the great people of the bible and their stories, to impress them of such great men or women to loft up our God and his purpose. But that is to shallow. God started from the beginning, Genesis to start this journey and a blueprint of what God was going to do in the now, and the latter. In which the now and the latter were the same. Compare Genesis 1-2 with Revelation 21-22. God’s book should be read and ‘known’ from beginning to end. There is storyline, WE HAVE TO FOLLOW IT! The New Testament(covenant, I prefer) is the continuation from the Old Testament(old covenant). This brings out the biblical thought with using Covenant, instead of ‘Testament’.

I would recommend to people to get a few people together and start in genesis and just get a fresh perspective on how God has put very specific things into place and also people to make his story come alive for us. Go slow and methodical, to ‘see’ God’s design of his people and his Kingdom.

You might have a revelation in doing it this way by realizing that ‘we’ can all become ‘one’ in our ‘knowing’ and ‘seeing’ God, and not be split in our ways as we are now!

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Observations

I am an observer. I have become over the years interested what people say and think, in whatever the circumstance I am in. I listen to people’s conversations on the street, in restaurants, in groups of friends, not just to hear them talk, but to listen to what they are ‘really’ are saying. I have veered off of my original school studies in college of Psychology, but more of a sociology angle of people. Although I was very interested in sociology in high school as well.

This leads me to my love of listening of a plethora of things and topics on Youtube. My playlist covers a gambit of topics that I have chosen to constantly be apprised on. I continually am researching and being aware of things that are currently being discussed, but also the history of things that are always being brought back up for discussion.

My most recent episode of youtube video was a production of someone that decided to venture out on a limb(which I applaud mightily) and ask three individuals of Israel and three individuals from palistine to talk in a setting to talk. The format of the discussion was set up by a host that would ask a question that they would agree or disagree on or just a question of inquiry of state of affairs between the two people. All six people would then walk over to a stool, three stools facing three other stools for a face to face discussion. They could chose to elaborate on their opinion on the question with a rebuttal coming from the other side of the discussion. It was a very civil discussion and very informative.

I have come away with two observations from this video, not about the subjects, but from a more humanity perspective. One, in the discussion after probably thru most of the discussion it came apparent from both sides that the problem of their issue, was that it was the governments on both sides were getting in the way of what the people wanted out of the whole issue. It was like if the people could talk to each other as a whole that they could come to a resolution in a matter of minutes. What was also apparent that these six people were from the opposite sides of conflict in their views, that they were not acting as an enemy after the talks, but were one on one talking with each other about various subjects that they had discussed earlier.

The second observation, was a brilliant move by the creators of this experiment( I again want to stand up and give them an ovation for what they did), their cementing of the end result of what the creators knew what would happen in their discussions of the actual participants of the parties involved, would not be going at their adversarial throats or even attacking each other in hatred. They knew the outcome!

After the questions had all been asked and discussed by all and the answers were satisfactory understood, there was a surprise to all six participants.

They were treated to a formal dinner brought in to them for them to sup together! All six of the individuals said they would enjoy the meal together! Is this just ridiculous? Two enemies sitting together and eating together as if nothing between them mattered! They were after all just eating a meal together! But what about the things that they were fighting about in the real world? They were enemies, fighting from afar and from side to side,they were standing up for their beliefs on the issues. How could this happen, people on the opposite sides, sitting down to eat together!

I want to expand on this last point with a couple of expansions of the point. One of the realities of the discussion is the intrusion of the government into the equation. It is the ulterior motives of the government that always gets in the way of things, but it is the people that are in the middle of things, that seem to not understand the fundamental needs of the people of just getting along with each other and just living their lives. For the people as a whole wish to live together in harmony.

The last point I wish to expound on is what happened at the end of the questions put on the six people of the video on youtube. The Meal.

I can’t enough say that this event is and was a powerful statement to mankind, but even more to the audience of christianity. I will now tell you that we have to go back to the New Testament and the story of Paul and Peter in Antioch of the actual historical confrontation but also the allegoric meaning of this story.

The story of Paul and his mission to the people of Antioch was the harmony of the message was the same within the gospel being taught. A key element was the justification of who was apart of the gospel? The answer was everyone. Jew and Gentile(anyone not Jewish), The chosen people were now not just for the people of Israel but of the whole world. This picture was realized in the actual sitting down with everyone involved in the gospel and eating with them. It was a cementing statement in a picture of sorts.

It is when Peter and Paul both understood this element of the gospel, and their evangelizing to all that were concerned to know the gospel. To really understand this soon to be confrontation in context we have to understand that it was Peter that was considered to be the leader of the assembly in Jerusalem, along with James.

But it is when James and a party of his men come to antioch to check on the people of antioch for themselves and see that Peter quickly arise from the table of the gentiles to sit with the jews to eat his meal that causes a scene. Paul, having seen what had happened, chastises Peter for not staying with the gentiles to eat and escaping to sit with his fellow jews. This was not the gospel! and Paul told him so.

It was almost a story within a story to this altercation. Why did Peter do what he did? Was he only standing for his convictions when he was with Paul, or did he not really believe that the gospel was just for the Jews? It was James and his party that were being put on trial in sorts because is this the way that the assembly in Jerusalem believed. This last part will have to be for a later time to delve into for a separate blog.

It is my opinion in this matter that this was a sign of Paul and Peter going their separate ways of understanding of the gospel. This matter in this story is not often really dug into for the real issues driving the story along. I honestly believe that Paul and Peter were not on the same page of the gospel. There was a divide of the gospel stemming from the ‘church’ in Jerusalem and all the other church’s, especially the ones started with Paul.

We will further talk about this story in coming blogs to maybe clear up some things between Paul and Peter.

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Grass Roots

This term has been used in another field of study, but We won’t go there today.

My sense of a way of life in the new testament for the new christians of the world, were always very small in size and very unique in their living. They began by either ‘seeing’ Jesus and ‘knowing’ that He was the ‘Messiah’ that was promised by the Jews and their religion. This was known by the Jews but also by the gentiles that were coming to the tabernacle square to hear the latest word from the religious leaders and of the issues of the Roman Kingdom.

The individuals coming to the square for the news were either from the city or from the outside of the city because of the business of the person to come to Jerusalem for the day. The individuals coming from within the city walls were being curious of this Man who was claiming to be the ‘Messiah’, Son of God. It was a curiosity at first, but later it was intriguing thought to be a more thought out fact. This curiosity was then bantered about with friends who have also heard this claim to ‘Messiahship’. It is this encounter with this claim by ‘Jesus’, that sparked the discussion between friends of acquaintance or from your neighbor, or from the tabernacle square discussions that have led you to the small group of disciples.

The individuals that were coming from outside the city of Jerusalem, businessman or just travelers going thru the city on their way to somewhere else. Their stopovers would always lead them to where the latest scoop of religious and city news and notes would be discussed for the good and the bad. It is then that the traveler would hear about the news about the man that they were calling the ‘Son of God’,doing miracles of healing and of raising from the dead, and being a teacher wiser that all the teachers that they knew. This was the beginning of ‘gossip’ or things that we have heard that we must tell someone else, so that they might be also interested too. This was the beginning of another pocket of discussion back at the traveler’s home town to his friends,family and to the religious leaders of that town. It would soon become to be known as an assembly of the discussion of ‘Son of Man’.

Now if you can imagine this scenario played over and over again, with people coming and going inside and outside the city, discussing the matter of ‘Messiah’, and asking yourself if Jesus was this one, t,hat it created alot of discussion in and around the temple of the Jews, which was a threat to their authority, but also the new claim that God had sent his Son to save them from all of humanity. From the gentile perspective, this was a very confusing time with their philosophy of having a plethora of gods to take care of your needs, covering them all individually in your life, but now to be told that there was a God that was a God of all, was to much to handle.

It is these little pockets of believers that were dotting the landscape of the roman world that was changing the romans but also the Jewish leaders of Israel. They were different. They were believers in this ‘man of God’ that was going to free them from the slavery of roman hierarchy of rule and also the rule of law of the priests and of their institution.

It is this ‘Grass roots’ formation that will keep the belief alive in the coming Kingdom. It will not be the formation of the ‘Jewish’ separation of authority of ‘knowing’ God but the oneness of all, the kingdom of Priests. It will not be formation of a kingdom of mankind to rule over us as to whatever he chooses to be for us, for this too is slavery.

God will reward us for diligence of becoming that light on the hill that shines Christ to all that are around our little hill! That little hill combined with all those other ‘little’ hills will eventually be the brightest light for God! Which is exactly what He said would happen.

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The Picture

Did you come across one of those weird pictures at the store where you have to stare at it to find the hidden picture in it? I have a few times and could never see what was in the deeper foundation of the picture, I could stare at that picture for hours and still not see what was hidden in it. It was so frustrating that someone else could see it and I couldn’t.

I actually have something similar at my house that could be as frustrating for someone. I have a what looks like gibberish symbols on a piece of a  board with what looks like some  lines with sticks going out from it coming from the left,some from the right. It doesn’t look like it would be anything or say anything at all.

I think the point of this sign and those pictures you see at the store that are just jibberish, is that until someone tells you what to look for in the picture or the plaque like mine, you will never see it. It is like a light bulb when someone tells you what you are looking at, it is as someone did turn on the light in front of you.

You see it as plain as your nose, you can’t help see it every time you walk by it now!. wow, how could I not see it before. duhhhh.

My little sign with all the little crooked lines says”Jesus”. WoW!

Until I knew what I was looking for, I was just lost.

This brings me to my point of how we have looked at things in not just our lives but God’s Church. Their is another picture behind the first picture, there is another meaning behind the word that we read everyday.

We as christians have bought into the same thing that the children of Israel did some 4,000 yrs ago. We have re-created the temple according to the instructions of God to the Israelites almost to the T, including things in our buildings now in our churches, and that I might add more than what was in the physical temple of the Jews.

We not only have recreated the structure of the temple but we have built an impossible re-creation of Life of the temple!  God designed the temple in such a way that this was just a temporary picture of Himself. It was for the children of Israel that were to have this picture in front of them in daily life, and stare at it and see that it was just all about the High Priest. If we were the High Priest we would be filled,touched,mingled and Christlike.

This picture was and is still being put in front of us, but yet we just don’t see it until we know what we are looking at. I pray that you can now know what you are looking at when you see the picture of the temple.

My pray is that the people of God can all see the picture behind the picture of what God wants us to see!!

P.S. Just a mention here that this is the REAL CHURCH that Christ is talking about in the bible. We as High Priest’s are considered the “CHURCH”.

Thank you,God for your insight into your eternal ways and Life!

 

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Ideology

I am wondering how ideology actually changes in a society? I don’t really know if I have actually been apart of one or seen one?

The concept I think is depending on the subject matter is done first by true discussion among groups of people either for change or for a revolt. But I don’t know. Let me know what you think?

The only reference that I know of a change of Ideology is from God. His transition for His people in the old testament to the new testament was a very radical change in thinking and doing!  We, I believe are in this beginning of such a transition of Ideology.

We as Christians have failed to separate ourselves from the world as Christ has told us to be. We are apart of the problem, we are working for Christ within the world as opposed to separating ourselves to be the example on the outside. We are to be that Light on the Hill, not in the valley with all the world.

You see( I am sorry to say this,but It has to be said) We are doing, as opposed to Being Christ!!!

You see what we are doing in that building is all wrong!  First, there is no building! Secondly, Christ said in Matt. 16:18-And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Christ’s eternal plan included us as his church in a indwelling spirit inside of us, that corporately we would be the church or the Bride of His dreams!!

His indwelling spirit, is the key to His building of His Church. I have for the life of me cannot figure out how to sell,push,pawn,argue,coerce, or talk into someone the Indwelling of the Spirit. Now I know what you are going to say about this, that we have a obligation to witness to people! But let me come from a different angle, God has called us to have a testimony of Christ, I believe that it is more of a experience of Christ that we have failed to do, as opposed to clubbing people. Their is that inward movement of the Lord that has to be there, or there is that ultimate brick wall that we encounter with people.

Let me give you some scripture to check out. Acts 7:44, 1 Corinthians 1:6, 2 Corinthians 1:12, Hebrews 10:28, 1 john 5:11, and  Revelation 6:9.

As I have just read this, I am getting the impression that this testimony that is mentioned, is more from a personal perspective ourselves. Let me explain, Read Revelation 6 :9 again.  “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.”

In all these verses there seems to be a reference to us having a testimony given to God as to our belief of Christ.

Here is a quote from George Barna: “An individual cannot transform himself,nor can a church transform a person. That work can only be done by God,through the empowerment and direction of the Holy Spirit. But God is eager to partner with those who will cooperate with Him. Understanding what God seeks to do in our lives is a critical step toward not becoming seduced and sidetracked my mere religious activity. The richness of the journey is found in the experience of progressing through the challenges of the process in the company of God”

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Where are you sitting?

Isn’t it ironic, that people in church services migrate to the furthest pews from the pastor?

But wait,maybe not! Excuse me for saying this but it has to be said. Maybe this kind of worship is not of God!

Let me explain myself. If this is what God intended to be an example of His worship of Him, would we not be sitting at the feet of the Pastor?(this is not to give more credence to a Pastor!)but if He is of God wouldn’t this make sense?

This is exactly what Mary did when Christ came into her home, she sat at Jesus’s feet, not on the next to last row so I could beat everybody out of church to make it to the restaurant in time! If we do not think or believe that God is in the room why are we there?

Please think about this for a few minutes or longer. Please.

If Christ is in a physical room or a physical way, I would be at His side in a heartbeat!! But the matter of things is that our mindset is that things of a service are not of God, so we do not react in that way.

Let me lead you on to a different path. How do you get close to God? I for one am the closest to Him, when I am reading His word. I am an avid reader, but I am more of an avid reader of the Word, you see Christ is in His Word, the Living Word. He lives in His words,His thoughts, His people, and His Spirit. His Spirit is what is the closest  I believe you can get. I can become like a kid in a candy store when God gives me insight into His Spirit.

Let me go deeper into this subject, Let me give my 2 cent opinion of this matter. We as christians have just plainly missed the boat on what Christ wanted!!!!  Let me explain, You see it is like the Piñata effect! Our natural action when we see the Pinata is to get a big stick so we can beat that thing to death, so we can have all that candy inside. Candy is the byproduct of the Pinata. For centuries we have been trying to find a stick at church and beating that pinata to get to candy, when we should of been trying to just own the pinata ourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doesn’t this make sense! Yes, a million times. You see if we had the Piñata(Christ) we would own the Candy(byproducts of Christ) His Gifts of the Spirit.

God is our Goal. So, Where are you sitting? Are you sitting close to Him or are you in the 43rd row?

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How

How does one tell,show,convince, or believe in the concept Spiritual Reality?

This subject has been weighing on my mind for quite awhile now, and the only answer that I have to reply with is—- I don’t!!!

This may sound weird and controversial, but I believe that this is how I truly believe that God wants me to proceed in my journey. My belief in the “indwelling of God’s Spirit” in me, and to just “live that Spirit” and to “just be” .

Let me clear the mud in what I am saying. My journey has come from a lot of different things and from different perspectives and my personality. I am one of kind! but that might not be good!ha,ha. But God thinks that it is, you see we are all different, in our unique ways that God made us. We think and act in different ways. I do not know how anybody processes things so that they understand something, the only thing that I can do is to have my “testimony of God”. I am not sure that God wants us to have that responsibility of knowing on how to actually reach someone or “save” someone.

The concept that Jesus uses in Matthew of the seed falling to the ground is a good example of what I am talking about. My understanding of this parable is that”Us”(I will elaborate on this in a second),falls to the ground, to different kinds of dirt or rock, and acts accordingly. I first am a seed, which is easy to understand, if I am planted I will grow into something bigger and better. Secondly, I will produce offspring! Multiply!! Thirdly, the condition that I surround this seed in, my environment is the key to the growth of the seed. My rationalization of this is that I have to be in deep fertilizer! Not rocky soil,not shallow fertilizer, but deep fertilizer that keep me grounded in the soil.

When you talk about starting to plant with seeds, did you know that their is usually something that is overlooked of that planting?  Every seed has to DIE before it can reproduce!!!!!

We must completely die to being a seed!!!!! We cannot be a seed no more. we cannot be that shell of seed, we cannot be that small or useless seed. We have to die,be buried, and rise again in a different realm of life! Re-read my last line, does this sound familiar? Isn’t this the exact same thing the Jesus did!

When I said “US” in the fifth paragraph, this statement might be confusing to some. This Us is Jesus and You and me that He took with Him to the Cross and Died for us,with us,and was all about us. Our humanity was killed! Jesus humanity was killed. His and our humanity is dead, but there is still that process and memory that we have journeyed through our lives that we can Thank God for! But we have to realize that we are now in the New Kingdom.  We are not of this World! Jesus words to Pilate are the crux of our living! John 18:36- Jesus answered,”my kingship is not of this world;if my kingship were of this world,my servants would fight,that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.

John 18:37- Pilate said to him,”so you are a king” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world,to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” RSV

I am to bear witness to the truth. period. Amen and Amen

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I am “going against the grain!”

There is a popular sports show on the radio and TV show named “The Dan Patrick Show”, a former sports anchor from ESPN network, his TV “dan-ettes” , fellow co-horts help him with the tv side of things. One of them Andrew Perloff has coined a phrase recently “going against the grain” in his explanation of someone doing something against the norm in any sport.

I have instituted this in my life. Mind,Body and Soul. You see I am not apart of this world! I do not know what this will look like or be like, but I feel that God is nudging me in this way. This is a very scary thing,but if we are of  the belief that We are of God, then we must not be apart of this world. This is a ongoing journey with the Lord, I pray that I can have his indwelling in me on a daily basis.  You see if I search for the “root” of Christ and not the “fruit” of Him, I will have his indwelling  in me, which will naturally flow the “fruits” of Him.

I challenge you to “go against the grain” and search for God in not of this world’s ways but according to “His Kingdom”. For to long we have searched and “done things in man’s ways”.  Why have we lived accordingly to man’s ways when we have been filled with His Spirit and not have accepted his indwelling in us.

I want to expound on this subject of going against the grain. When we examine ourselves,can we honestly say that we follow man’s ways everyday? Yes, I included. The basis of us not following man’s ways, is what happens to us when we finally do? This goes against our natural instinct! Aha!! Do you see it! Do you understand now!

This is what we fight against everyday as we live. This is our Natural instinct is to be apart of this world, not of the “Kingdom of God”.  I pray that I can be apart of the “Kingdom of God”. Daily we can do this, by believing his indwelling of Him in US.

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