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…WHEN YOU’RE NOT LOOKING

lostandfoundIt’s surprising what you find when you’re not looking.”

Any time I’ve found money on the street or a four-leaf clover, I wasn’t looking for them. They found me. It’s like a light shines on them, separating them from their surroundings. The last time that happened was a few months ago – two glistening 20-dollar bills lay side by side, waving to me from a hotel parking lot, saying: “Here we are! Come get us!”, and I did.

Near the end of the book of Isaiah, God says through the prophet: “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not” (65:1). I wasn’t looking for God the day I was born-again. He found me. People say: “I found God”, but it’s God who finds us (his lost sheep) as much as we find him. It’s a mutual finding. (more…)

GOD’S TREASURE

As you can probably tell by the bad quality of the photography (lol), the picture of the rainbow was taken by me and is the real deal. It has not, as they say, been altered in any way. I really did stand at the end of the rainbow and I really did take a photo of it.

I wasn’t looking for a rainbow that day, let alone for the fabled end of one. It found me, about 10 years ago, on a chilly December morning a few weeks before Christmas.  I was living at the time in an apartment building next to Governor Lake in Halifax. The lake is bordered on one side by a few small buildings and on the other side by a rails-to-trails hiking path and extensive wilderness. At night, I would hear the coyotes howling, and occasionally I would find bear scat behind my building, next to the garbage dumpster.

The morning I took the rainbow photo was like any other morning on the lake. It had rained hard earlier, but heavy rain wasn’t unusual for that time of year. I stepped out on my balcony to get a breath of fresh air, and that’s when I saw the rainbow. I ran inside, grabbed my trusty old second-hand camera, and started snapping.

God does these things occasionally – gives us signs that have meaning mainly only to us but also sometimes to other people as well. It’s his way of saying – on a larger scale than usual – that he’s here, he loves us, and to keep going.

The rainbow landed on the part of the backyard that was marshy and all but impassible except for ducks, and there were quite a few of those living on the lake. Every May, long parades of ducklings, marshalled by their proud mamas, would fan across the water in solemn bobbing processions that sadly grew shorter and shorter as the spring warmed into summer and the ducklings succumbed, one by one, to their many natural predators. Duck families of 12 or more would end up as families of 4, 3, 2, or just mama duck.

On the July preceding the December of the rainbow landing, I was buried under a mountain of work. I was doing text editing for my daily bread, and that summer I had taken on too many assignments for the allotted time. One oppressively hot dull afternoon, I was so frustrated by the heat and by the deadlines I knew I could not possibly meet, I took an unscheduled break and ran outdoors to spend a few minutes by the lake. Cool water lapping against rocks always soothes me.

I flopped down on an outcropping of rocks next to the “rainbow landing” and suddenly started to cry. I hadn’t gone outside intending to cry, but there I was, blubbering away. The tears streamed down in a hot rush and the sobs came thick and loud. As I sat there gasping and snuffling and bemoaning my frustration to some startled dragonflies, a mama duck and her one remaining duckling bobbed into blurry view. The mama stayed a ways from shore, but the little duckling swam closer and closer until finally hopping out of the water and waddling a few steps over to me. To my utter surprise, the little thing plopped itself down next to me. The mama stayed where she was.

By that point, my tears of frustration had turned into tears of joy. I started to laugh, but softly so as not to scare the little one. The duckling just sat there, less than an arm’s length away, watching me. We sat together like that for about three minutes, quietly and companionably, while my breathing returned to normal and my tears dried up. Then the little duckling, its mission accomplished, waddled back to the water, hopped in, and swam out to its mama. Off they both bobbed across the lake.

God does these things occasionally to tell us that he’s here, he loves us, and to keep going. Six months later, in part as a tribute to the little duckling (and its mama), God sent the rainbow to land exactly next to where they had so graciously and unexpectedly comforted me that warm summer afternoon.

God does these things to tell us that he’s here, he loves us, and to keep going.

May your day be blessed with rainbows, ducklings, a trusty old camera, and other priceless treasures from God!

DISCERNING THE JUDASES FROM THE PAULS

Remember that Judas Iscariot was one of the 12.

He was part of Jesus’ inner circle of disciples.

That meant he preached and taught the Word. He followed in Jesus’ entourage wherever Jesus went. He was present at many of the miracles. He lived as a follower of Jesus throughout the entire duration of Jesus’ ministry. All of the disciples and other followers accepted him as a fellow believer. No-one doubted his faith. He was among the chorus of voices that claimed they would rather die than betray Jesus.

Remember also that when Jesus said that someone among them would betray him, all of the disciples (except for Judas) were confused as to who that could be. They each, one by one, even considered themselves as possible betrayers (“Is it I?”) rather than point the finger at Judas. He really had them all fooled.

All of them, that is, except for Jesus.

The same spirit that worked through Judas Iscariot is still active among us today, still in the inner and outer sanctums of Christianity, and still deceiving people into believing that everyone who claims to be a Christian is actually a Christian. We need to use discernment if we are to tell the Judases from the real disciples. We need to use the same Spirit that Jesus used.

I have written in earlier blogs about the Judases I have met over the past 21 years as a born-again believer. Most of these were priests, preachers and ministers. They were no shrinking violets; they didn’t sit in pews and let other people carry the burden of ministry. No, they were active and popular and hard-working and engaging. People liked them and responded positively to them, just as, I’m sure, people (including the disciples) liked and responded positively to Judas Iscariot during most of Jesus’ ministry. If they hadn’t liked Judas, surely that would have been a red flag to Jesus’ other disciples that something was “off” about Judas, but no red flags appeared.

The other side of this coin is Paul’s conversion to Christianity. When he first came out as a follower of Jesus, very few of Jesus’ followers believed him. Most of them doubted his conversion and nearly all of them were afraid of him, as he was on record swearing that he would incarcerate and kill any followers of The Way. In fact, it was Paul himself who many of Jesus’ followers were fleeing from.

Paul had a major uphill battle to convince Jesus’ followers that his conversion was genuine and that he was now one of them.

I mention these two sides of the same coin – falsely believing that Judas Iscariot was a genuine follower of Jesus and refusing to believe that Paul was a genuine follower – because we live in an age of profound deception. Every one of us is either being tempted (tested) or will be tempted (tested) into believing lies and delusions, and the lies and delusions will only be discernible as such through the lens of God’s Spirit. We cannot rely on our own intellect or reasoning powers to tell who/what is really from God and who/what is not. We need God’s help with that.

At the same time, remember that Jesus entrusted Judas with preaching and teaching the Word, just as God entrusted the teaching of scripture to the same hypocritical Pharisees and Sadducees who had Jesus executed. We are not to reject God’s teachings because of the people who teach them; scripture shows us that even unschooled children and donkeys can be used by God to reveal his Truth. In other words, we are not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

At the same time, when it comes to choosing what is personally right or wrong for ourselves, we must 100% rely on God’s Spirit for guidance. There is no way, without God’s Spirit, that you will be able to outwit the spirit that inhabited Judas Iscariot.

Finally, remember that God’s Way is not considered “wise” in the eyes of the worldly. To those who hate or disbelieve in God, the Spirit-guided choices made by born-again followers of Jesus look very foolish indeed. You will be attacked and even harshly penalized for not following “the science”, but your job is to ignore the attacks and pray for your attackers. Even that response will be considered further evidence of your stupidity, but let the unbelievers believe what they want. The only opinion of you that really matters is God’s.

I LOVE YOU, DADDY

One of the hallmarks of organized religion, including organized mainstream churchianity, is to make God hazy and confusing. He is framed in terms of being so far above us that we cannot possibly understand him, and the only way we can catch his attention is through ritualistic, pompous, and occasionally downright boring ceremonies. Churchianity in particular likes to drone on and on about “the Great Mystery of God”, as if God were a Great Whodunnit and we’re all little spiritual Sherlock Holmeses trying to figure him out.

God my Father is definitely great, but he’s no mystery to me. He’s my Dad. He loves me and I love him. Our relationship is very simple: he protects and guides me, and I follow his advice as best I can. There is nothing confusing or pompous about how we interact. We just do. No ceremony or ritual required.

Jesus’ ministry was all about the simple and close relationship we can have with God. He said that God is looking for worshipers to come to him in Spirit and in Truth, and that going into a building or into the Holy of Holies or to a specific geographic location is no longer required. We just have to go to God with a willing heart, and he takes it from there.

I mention this because along with making God a “Great Mystery”, churchianity and other organized religions like to muddy the water when it comes to God’s will. This is another one of those “great mysteries” that we just have to take on faith, according to the wolves in sheep’s clothing. The truth of the matter is, though, that God’s will is very accessible. All you have to do is ask him what the best choice is, and he will always show and/or tell you, even if you might not like the answer.

What I’m saying is that God’s will is no mystery. He never meant for it to be a mystery. That’s why he always sent us prophets to give us scripture, and he gave us the Commandments. If we don’t know enough to go to him directly in prayer, then we can refer to the prophets and the Commandments. On top of that, as Christians, we also have the examples set by Jesus. We can know God’s will in general by seeing the kinds of choices Jesus made in his life. To know God’s will in particular for each of us, all we have to do is ask him.

God’s will can be defined simply as the best way forward from any given point in time. This applies to everyone in general and to each of us as individuals. Note that God’s plan and God’s will are not the same thing. God’s plan has already been revealed to us through the prophets, including the one who wrote the book of Revelation. God’s plan refers to a set outcome that will not change. His will, on the other hand, is living and fluid and changes according to the situation. Jesus never knew more than a few days in advance what God’s will was, and neither should we know.

God’s will cannot be a mystery to us because aligning our will with God’s is the foundation for building a strong faith. Without aligning our will with God’s, our faith cannot grow. Every time we choose to do God’s will (that is, every time we choose to do what God shows us is the best way forward, even and especially if it doesn’t look like the best way forward to us or to others), our faith grows. Jesus had tremendous faith – the strongest of anyone who ever lived on Earth – because he always did God’s will. He told us he did. Jesus couldn’t have done God’s will if it were a “mystery” to him.

Don’t let the churchians make God hazy or confusing or out of reach to you. Know that God is your Dad and that he’s even more accessible than dialing “0” for the operator or “911” in an emergency. If you want to know what God’s will (advice) is, ask him. His will will never deviate from the prophets, the Commandments, or Jesus’ teachings.

God especially loves it when you tell him that you love him, when you come to him for no other reason than to say “I love you, Daddy”. In those moments, your will and God’s will are perfectly aligned.

LIVE LIKE JESUS AND DIE LIKE JESUS: THE TIME TO STAND UP IS NOW

The early church gathered to worship God as followers of Jesus on pain of death. They faced the threat of torture and death simply for being Christians, but that didn’t stop them from following Jesus. They chose torture and death rather than be separated from God. Contrast this with today’s alleged Christians who willingly and without any pushback agree to have their places of worship shut down, who agree to be dictated to by the state regarding the number of people who can worship together, and who agree to cover their faces before God, which is a complete and total denial of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. These are not Christians; they are snivelling cowards who bow to the puppets of the synagogue of Satan.

Are you a synagogue of Satan-worshiping coward, too? Are you allowing the government to intrude on your worship of God? If so, shame on you and give your head a shake! Nothing should come between you and God and your worship of God. No earthly authority has any power to come between you and God and your worship of God. THAT’S WHY JESUS DIED – TO PAY THE SIN DEBT AND ENABLE YOU TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND POWER OVER THE EVIL SPIRITS THAT CONTROL THE WORLD. If you willingly allow the state to intrude on your relationship with God, you are nullifying Jesus’ sacrifice. If the threat of a fine or imprisonment is stopping you from being a Christian and worshiping God, then you are no follower of Jesus: you are a follower of Satan, even though you might not know it. God put the world under the authority of Satan, so if you if bow to government decrees regarding when and where and how you can worship God, you are bowing to Satan.

Jesus preached and taught the Word on pain of death. The early Christians likewise preached and taught the Word on pain of death. Christians today in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia are being imprisoned, tortured and killed for professing Jesus. It is now our time here in the formerly Christian Western world to be persecuted for being Christians.

Any government decree that comes between you and your public worship of God is a form of persecution. Jesus warned his followers that they would be persecuted, imprisoned and killed simply for being his followers, so we should expect imprisonment and death to follow our non-compliance with government decrees regarding our worship of God and preaching of the Word. Again: WE SHOULD EXPECT IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH TO FOLLOW OUR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH GOVERNMENT DECREES REGARDING OUR WORSHIP OF GOD AND PREACHING OF THE WORD.

These tribulations are tests.  God wants to know if we mean what we say or are just lip-servers. God wants us to prove that we choose him over Satan. God wants to know if we will remain loyal to him under torture and pain of death and will die with blessings and not curses on our lips, like Jesus did. These are not idle words; this is the price that must be paid by all Christians during the time of tribulation if they are to get the reward of Heaven. Jesus warned us as much, but Satan has lulled us into a half-sleep where we believe that being a follower of Jesus just means saying we’re Christians, being “nice” and “tolerant”, showing up at “church” for an hour on Sundays, and throwing a few bucks into the collection basket.

The time to stand up is now. The time to defy government mandates is now. NOTHING SHOULD COME BETWEEN YOU AND GOD AND YOUR WORSHIP OF GOD. NOTHING SHOULD STOP YOU FROM PREACHING AND TEACHING THE WORD. If you are threatened with imprisonment in one area, you move to another, but you DON’T STOP WORSHIPING GOD OR PREACHING THE WORD. NEVER stop worshiping God or preaching the Word, not on pain of a fine, not on pain of imprisonment, and not on pain of death. If you are killed for choosing to obey God rather than the satanic state, then you die in good company. But remember to die with blessings rather than curses on your lips.

Remember to die with blessings rather than curses on your lips.

I cannot stress that enough.

Live like Jesus and die like Jesus.

Then you get to go home.

JESUS: THE KING OF NON-COMPLIANCE

During his ministry years, Jesus was compliant to very few government or religious decrees. Only those that were in accordance with God’s will did Jesus follow, such as being baptized by his cousin John (when John insisted that he should be baptized by Jesus) or paying a tax (which Jesus argued did not need to be paid). And his compliance was solely to reveal God’s miracles, namely the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove as a sign to John that Jesus was the Messiah, and the gold coin being found in the fish’s mouth to pay the wrongly demanded tax.

I mention Jesus’ famous non-compliance to government and religious dictates because we currently live in an age of profound and disturbing compliance. Even those who consider themselves Christians are marching in lockstep with government mandates of questionable validity, agreeing to have their places of worship locked down and/or the number of people who can attend worship services drastically reduced. CAN YOU IMAGINE JESUS AGREEING TO STATE INTRUSION ON HIS WORSHIP OF GOD? No, I cannot imagine Jesus ever agreeing to the state intruding on his worship of God. And if Jesus would never have allowed the state to intrude on his worship of God, then neither should his followers.  All Christians are allegedly his followers, so NO CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE PERMITTING THE STATE TO DICTATE WHEN AND WHERE AND IN WHAT NUMBERS THEY CAN WORSHIP GOD.

The government should also not be mandating face coverings while worshiping God, because God’s people are to come before him with their faces uncovered, hiding nothing, and with nothing coming between them and God. THIS IS WHY JESUS DIED, so that nothing could ever again come between us and God – not other people, not evil spirits, and certainly not something as inconsequential  as a government-issued mandate. As born-agains we should NEVER willingly let something come between us and God.

Who should we fear more – God or the government?

Jesus tells us to fear God only, as he is the one who has ultimate power over our body and soul. The government has authority over our body only, and only if and when God permits it.

Jesus was famously non-compliant to government decrees. He spoke when he was commanded to be silent and silent when he was commanded to speak; he walked freely where he was threatened with arrest and refused to go where he was expected to attend; he preached what he was ordered not to preach, taught what he was ordered not to teach, healed when he was ordered not to heal. He thumbed his nose at the unjust and frankly illogical dictates of the temple elders who were complicit with the corrupt Roman occupying forces, and he did his Father’s will rather than that of the rulers. And in so doing, he was blessed and protected by the Father.

We, as followers of Jesus, are to live our lives as Jesus lived his during his ministry years. We should allow nothing to come between us and God, or between us and our worship of God, or between us and our preaching and teaching of the Word. If the state decrees that we cannot assemble to worship God, we do it anyway. If the state decrees that we cannot exceed a certain number of worshipers, we ignore the rule. And if the state mandates we cover our faces when we come before God, we refuse to comply: NOTHING SHOULD COME BETWEEN US AND GOD AND OUR WORSHIP OF GOD, or Jesus died in vain and our rebirth is annulled.

REALLY STEPPING OUT IN FAITH

Noah could have said “no” to God and not built the ark.

Abraham could have said “no” to God and stayed in Haran.

Lot could have “no” to God and perished in Sodom.

Moses could have said “no” to God and remained in exile.

David could have said “no” to God and continued tending his sheep.

Jesus could have said “no” to God and stayed in Nazareth.

Matthew could have said “no” to God and continued as a tax collector.

Paul could have said “no” to God and remained a Pharisee.

All of these men could have continued living as they were before God called them. They were righteous men; no reason to believe they wouldn’t have continued being righteous, even if they’d turned God down. But we wouldn’t have heard about them, and the great feats God accomplished through them would have been accomplished through someone else.

Or not.

Think of all the men and women who were called by God and said “no”. Think of all the amazing feats that God could have accomplished on Earth if those people had instead said “yes”! I have no idea how many people have turned God down over the years, but I’m guessing the number if quite high. I’m guessing it might even be in the millions.

The reason I’m guessing it might be in the millions is because of the way most Christians react to the thought of really stepping out in faith. By “really stepping out  in faith” I mean consciously choosing whatever it takes (such as being poor, homeless, despised, outcast, without possessions, without friends, without family, without a spouse, and without children) to do God’s will by preaching and teaching the Word night and day, like Jesus did, until your dying breath, like Jesus did.

Poverty, homelessness, and living and dying as an outlaw are all horrible thoughts to most Christians and they don’t want to dwell on these uncomfortable thoughts for too long. Yet this is how God calls ALL of us to live, if we are genuinely following Jesus. Jesus lived homeless and despised and under constant threat of arrest, and so did his disciples. So why do you, if you call yourself a follower of Jesus, have a place full of possessions, live with a spouse and/or children, take pride in keeping the worldly peace, enjoy three square meals a day, and sleep comfortably in your warm and cushy bed at night?

How many people do you think God has called who have said “no” to him?

Are you one of them?

Do you try to justify your decision to say “no” by saying that God calls everyone in different ways?

Do you know what the devil does?

He tempts people. He’s a tempter. He tempts and he lies. One of his chief temptations is to prevent people from saying “yes” to God when God calls them. The devil showers them with money and possessions and a spouse and children and all the CARES OF THIS WORLD that he can pile onto them so that when God calls them, they have a million and one excuses why they can’t heed the call, just like the people who were called to the king’s wedding feast had a million and one excuses: “Oh, sorry God, I just got married, and, well, you know…. Oh, sorry God, I just bought a house and I’m starting a new job next week. Maybe catch up with me again when my kids graduate?… Oh, sorry God, I love you and all that, but I love my family, too, and I owe them my loyalty and protection, so I’m going to have to say no. But thanks anyway for thinking of me!”

How many people do you think have said “no” to God when he called?

Are you one of them?

Do you know the eternal ramifications of saying “no” to God so that you can enjoy the comforts of this world? Jesus tells us what they are: He says that you have your reward already. The life you’re living now is all you get. This is it. Not a whit more. No Heaven. And by your choice.

But the good news is that it’s not too late to change your mind, like the prodigal son changed his mind. You can still say “yes” to God. You can still walk away from everything that is holding you back – ALL THE CARES OF THIS WORLD – and really step out in faith. That’s all God’s looking for – people to take that first step when he calls, and then he takes it from there. Noah, Abraham, Lot, Moses, David, Jesus, Matthew, Paul and thousands of others really stepped out in faith. Will God be adding your name to that list, or will you just continue to roll over in your comfy bed and put a sly smile on the devil’s face?

The choice is yours.

The right one is clear.

But the offer is time-limited and may be withdrawn at any moment, without notice

The choice is yours.

The right one is clear.

Make it now, before it’s too late.

Tell God you’re ready to really step out in faith.

Tell God you want your name on that list with Noah and Moses and Jesus and Paul.

Tell him; mean it; and when the call comes: Go.

WHY I HATE BEING AROUND CHURCHIANS

During his ministry years, Jesus hated being around most Hebrews. You can’t really blame him for that, considering that many of them were out to kill him and in the end succeeded. Even those in his hometown of Nazareth tried to kill him when he publicly outed himself there as the Messiah. Never mind that he actually was the Messiah. That truth was lost on them. They just wanted him dead.

But their wanting to kill him wasn’t the only reason Jesus hated being around Hebrews – he also hated their hypocrisy. He warned them over and over again that it would lead to their condemnation and ultimately to their destruction, but they dismissed his warnings. I wonder if any of them thought about Jesus’ warnings when their entire nation was being destroyed a few years later.

Like Jesus, I hate being around people who say they believe but act as if they don’t; who say they’re Christians but are instead Churchians. They want to know what church you go to, how long you’ve been going there, and whether the pastor is “nice”. They want to know your denomination. They want you to join their denomination. If you’re not in their denomination, they talk to you the way people talk to someone with a learning disability.

Yes, the world is a mess and there are bigger fish to fry than interpersonal irritations among alleged followers of Jesus, but actually these irritations are the crux of the world’s problems. Imagine how much different things would be if all people who said they follow Jesus were on the same page. Imagine if there were no denominations. Imagine if there was just “the church” in different locations, like it was in the early years. Imagine if you could move from place to place and no matter where you went in the world, it was the same church with the same beliefs, only called by a different location name. Imagine if followers of Jesus met in person occasionally, not out of a sense of duty or obligation but of genuine desire to be with each other and worship God together. Imagine the force of God’s Spirit in those meetings! Imagine if people didn’t preach and teach God’s Word for a salary and benefits but because they had no choice; the compulsion in them was too strong to stay silent. Imagine the miracles that would flow from this type of church, the type of church that Jesus envisioned and launched but is now firmly in the hands of the devil.

I’ve frankly had it with Churchians. I was an atheist before I was born again, and I’d still rather spend time around atheists than Churchians. There is no love for Truth in Churchians, let alone love for God or their enemies. There is only a faint desire to be part of a social group that meets on Sundays and pats each other on the back (though the smug patting is getting more difficult with their willing compliance with the state’s social distancing dictates).

And this is another reason why Jesus hated being around his own people – their smug complacency and belief that they were “God’s chosen” and therefore had a guaranteed ticket to Heaven. This is the same smug complacency I see in Churchians who insist that Jesus did everything for them and all they have to do is “believe” to get their heavenly reward. This is the same type of lie from the pit of Hell that the Hebrews in Jesus’ day believed, but the irony is lost on the Churchians. They love their comfortable little lies rather than God’s Truth, so their reward will be the same as for the Hebrews in Jesus’ day – total annihilation.

All denominations are lies, every single one, and every pastor, priest or minister who preaches for a salary and benefits is unfit for the job. There is only one church as founded by Jesus Christ, and that is the church of born-again believers who are alive today on Earth. There is no other church. There are not billions of Christians, there are only a few tens of thousands, and those numbers are dwindling daily.

Genuine born-again believers – which is the true definition of Christian – are an endangered species, soon to be nearly extinct. Jesus asked: When the son of man returns, will he find faith on Earth? That was a rhetorical question, meaning that the answer was obvious and in this case was “no”. Jesus did not expect to find much faith on Earth when he returned.

If you are not a genuine Christian – that is, if you’re not a born-again believer who follows Jesus rather than the dictates of a denomination or the state – there is still time for you to get right with God, but not much time. Your heart could stop beating at any moment. The choice is yours, whether you want to be a Churchian or a genuine believer. The path to becoming a genuine follower of Jesus is the same as it always was – repent, and believe the gospel. Believing the gospel means living the gospel, and the only way to live the gospel is to live as Jesus lived, with all its deprivations and rewards. There is no other way.

You don’t get to Heaven by believing or insisting you’ll get to Heaven; you don’t get to Heaven by preaching that you’ll get to Heaven: you get to Heaven by following in Jesus’ footsteps and praying to God every day and in every way to be made worthy of Heaven. Ultimately, it’s God’s decision whether or not you’ll make it to Heaven. It’s not your decision or your pastor’s decision or even the devil’s decision: It’s God’s decision.

To sum up:

Avoid Churchians like the plague.

Repent, and believe in the gospel.

Follow Jesus.

And pray to God night and day to be made worthy of his ultimate reward of Heaven.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE REVELATIONS: A word to the wise

God holds his children to a higher standard of behavior than the children of mammon. To compensate for this, God gives his children special gifts that the children of mammon rarely receive, the main one being the gift of revelation. What we do with that gift determines in large part whether we grow closer to God or fall away.

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GOD’S JUSTICE

bow only to God

God’s justice is perfect. Everything about God is perfect. There is no imperfection in anything he is or does, so his justice must also be perfect.

God’s justice permeates Earth and everything and everyone on it. You cannot escape God’s justice; it is built into you and everyone around you. You may say that you don’t believe in God or don’t agree with his justice, but God’s justice will still prevail over your beliefs and opinions. It is inescapable and perfect.

I mention this because there is currently a pandemic of people in every nation complaining that the state of the world is unjust, and that the way to make the world just is to defund the police, tax the rich, replace politicians, topple statues, redistribute money and property, shorten the work week, and so on and so on. The gist is that the way things are is wrong and so it must be changed, and violently if necessary.

But this “the world is unjust” viewpoint clashes with the perfection of God’s justice. Those who are unhappy with the way things are are looking for scapegoats (history, politicians, police officers, pancake syrup, etc.), insisting that if these scapegoats were removed, erased or canceled, justice would reign and peace would finally be established (“no justice, no peace”). (more…)