“So those who are last will be first, and those who are first will be last.”-Matthew 20:16 (PART II)
You see, when we focus on attaining the things of this world, we are not putting God first in our life. God clearly says that He is not of the world’s ways. When we focus on attaining the things of this world, no matter the reason, this is an opening for evil to grab a foothold into our life, to reshackle us to it. Jesus Christ endured all that He did, to unshackle us from evil. Yeshuay unshackled us from that sin committed in the Garden of Eden, upon His Death on the Cross, for ALL OF MANKIND. This is why Jesus said, “Give up everything, and follow me.” As the Son of God, He knew what God wants of our lives, in order to be able to enter back into the Eternal Paradise. And we have to separate ourselves from the ways of this world, because they are not from God. This understanding or enlightenment can be seen in others who did not practice Christianity. Lets have a further look at this.
Those who have claimed to be enlightened by a divine source, also demonstrated a life to which is similar to what Jesus Christ preached, which is a life, that is devoid of the worldly things, and to become humbled in knowing with each day that we live, we are in the very Presence of the Omnipresent Father of Creation. If we look at the lives of the Dalai Lama, Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Sai Baba, etc. (to name a few) they all lead lives that are devoid of the world’s riches and ways, in ways of love, peace, and nonviolence. And their path to seeking Divinity‘s Ways of Life, were the focus of their lives. Yes…nonviolence is very important in Divinity’s Laws of Life and Love. Why? Only the Creator has the right or jurisdiction, to create or destroy the creations. The creation does not have that jurisdiction to do that. This is why Jesus Christ said, in His Sermon on the Mount, “That I have come here to tell you, instead of “eye for an eye”, that you must “turn the other cheek.” When Jesus Christ was being taken away from the Garden of Gesthemane, the night before He was being crucified, by the Roman soldiers, St. Peter, took his sword to defend Jesus Christ from a soldier, and chopped off one of his ears. Jesus scolded him, and condemned for doing such a thing, and healed the soldier of the wound. Violence by any means justified in the wordly sense, is not justified by Divinty.
God sees how far His Beloved Creations have come from the original greatness that He created for them to be. But He says, that those who have truly found Divine Enlightenment, will understand His Ways. Will understand the true value of the worldly ways. This is why Jesus said, “So those who are last will be first, and those who are first will be last.” -Matthew 20:16. Because God knows, just as His Son, Jesus Christ endured persecution and ridicule, since the time of His Birth on the earth; that evil will make sure that God’s Divine Laws of Love will be forgotten or never known by the many. But those who do know of it, and have found its true meaning, will not be accepted by the world. In fact, by the world’s parameters, they will be the “last”….they will be the “ridiculed” or least understood. Will not be “accepted” or “suppressed for the truth that they know”. But what Jesus demonstrated on the Cross was, that eventhough He was considered last on this earth….He is first in the Kingdom of Heaven, in God’s Eternal Paradise. That the ways of this world is not what defined Him, but the ways of the Divine Father of Creation. In this, with His SELFLESS SACRIFICIAL act of dying as the salvation for all of Mankind, from evil…He showed that Evil’s ways are temporary. And that God’s Wrath, is permanent.
This very verse is stated in so many ways, and words by Jesus Christ. These are such powerful words, and often are overlooked by many who profess Love and Peace, as their philosophy. Those who have truly come to adopt Love and Peace, as their ways of life, will understand what God meant, when Jesus Christ ministered these very words to those He encountered. He also demonstrated this through His Own Earthly Life, as the Son of God.
God does say that He is not of the world’s ways, but beyond them. He does not define Himself, by what His Creations determine as being “good” or “bad”. He, as the Creator, determines the parameters and the definition of what is “good” and “bad”. And those who are in tune with the Father of Creation, will also be guided to His definitions of what is good and bad. Just look at how a child is so confident in knowing what is right and wrong. Things are black and white to them. As the days go by, I sincerely believe that this is how we, as Man, were originally created to be…to know of what is right and wrong. The “gray” area was created by Evil. Evil’s biggest tools are confusion and chaos. God, as the Creator, always provides confidence and certainty. And this is what children display in their knowledge of knowing what is right and wrong. Has the world evolved to such a state, where we, as Man, are now confused, as to what is “right” and “wrong”, according to what God created for this world to be? As seen and described from the times of Adam & Eve, before Satan brought sin to the Garden of Eden, our world was created so that there was a Utopia, and perfect harmony. The world today evolved to its present state….why? Disharmony was introduced into Eden, upon sin being introduced…is the disharmony today, an extension of the 7 mortal sins of greed, gluttony, lust, pride, sloth, envy, and wrath ? Only God can tell us this, when the His Time comes to rule again on this earth. But God, as the Father of Creation; and Jesus Christ, as His Son, make it very clear that this world’s ways are not of the ways of Divinity…Let’s see how this is demonstrated…..
Let us begin with the Life Example, that the Father of Creation, has demonstrated through His Son, Jesus Christ. As the King of all Kings, and being one of the key members of the Most High Court, Jesus Christ did not live as an earthly king, while roaming the earth. In fact this is how He lived:
1. He was immaculately conceived to an unwed mother. Recent findings say, that Mary was even as young as 12 years old, at the time of conception of the Holy Spirit.
2. He was adopted by Joseph, who became Jesus’ earthly father. Joseph understood Mary’s Mission and his, by taking on such a role.
3. Jesus Christ was not born in a hospital, or in the home of his mother by nursemaids. Because word of the “King of Kings” birth was spreading like wildfire, He was being hunted to be killed. As a result, Joseph and Mary had to flee, and during their journey, Mary had to give birth to Jesus Christ in a barn, where He laid in a Manger, where cows ate their slop and food.
4. He lived humbly learning the trade of His adoptive father, Joseph, carpentry. He did not have a palace…or wear silks. He lived a humble life of the cloth that his mother spun for Him.
5. He roamed from town to town, to share God’s Gospel. He was the Shepard of God’s Lost Children. God, as His Father, guided Him, and always provided SUFFICIENT amounts of thing, in order to live from day to day.
6. He died the death sentence of a criminal. He did not die in what would be considered noble or royal.
7. And even when His Earthly Body was laid to rest, it was not in a royal ceremony; or mausoleum; but in a tomb made of stone.
God went to this extent, to demonstrate through the life and death of His Son, how much earthly definition and parameters did not mean anything to Him, who sits in Heaven. In fact the worldly parameters are not needed to live a life that is pleasing to God, the Father. God has even said, through the teaching of Jesus Christ, that it is not only enough to follow the commandments that have been laid out. We must believe in them so much, as to live it, from day to day. That those that encounter a believer in God’s Love, will feel it so much, as to want to change from their old ways, to those ways that are pleasing to God. Jesus has said this very thing to the rich man that asked him this very thing. Jesus said, “Give up your riches, and follow me.” What did Jesus mean by this? He meant, that God is first in all. And if you believe that God is first, you will believe that He will always provide in sufficient amounts, just as He did for Jesus Christ. Because according the world He first created for Mankind, in the Garden of Eden, we did not need money or power. Man and nature lived in harmony with one another.
(PART II TO COME…)
In life, we can witness to the fact that not one life is the exact same. Sure, there may be similarities, but not the same. We all come into circumstances and worlds, to which God has given us, based on the Purpose He had made us for, at the moment we were conceived in our mother’s wombs. God also gave us freewill to choose how we will deal with those circumstances.
In the Garden of Eden, Evil bulldozed its existence into the lives of Mankind, through its temptation to Adam & Eve. And when they chose to follow temptation, instead of resisting it; that is when our battle of choosing between good and evil, began. And this battle will continue till the last breath in our earthly bodies. The challenges and trials we face in life, serve many different purposes. And it is the perspective to which we view these trials and challenges, to which will allow for the power of the Divine Holy Father to enter within our lives. We keep wanting to restrict ourselves by the parameters of this world. The reality is that we were created to be spiritual beings, to be connected to the God who says, “He is not of the world’s ways, but beyond them.” And to not reshackle ourselves back with Evil; by restricting ourselves to the ways of this world, which are currently be dominated by Evil. Evil wants to restrict you to what you see and hear with the human eyes and ears; but God wants you to use what you see and hear with the human eyes and ears; and enhance it with the foundation of faith, that He put within all of us, upon the time we were conceived in our mother’s womb. We are always connected to God, we have the choice of tapping into that connection or not.
God doesn’t give up that easily. He has given us chances over and over again. What we have to realize is that God, Jehovah, Yahweh…..He loves us so much that He just literally sits there, and waits…and waits…for us to just talk to Him. While He talks to us everyday! How you ask? Well, let’s take a look:
1. He lets you wake up to another day to live.
2. Through the words or actions of love, of a child. Or for their very existence in your life.
3. Through the loving words of a parent.
4. Providing a roof over you head, food on your table, and clothes on your back.
5. Did someone let you go ahead of them in the shopping line?
6. Through the innocent gaze of a pet.
7. By the beautiful trees and flowers in nature.
8. With the birds chirping in the sky.
These are just a few things, out of the MANY that He tries to talk to us. But I think where He gets our attention the most is when we feel that the ways of this world, or the logic that we have within ourselves, fail us, in situations that seem to defy them; or have no solution in the earthly sense. But with a God who says He is beyond the world’s ways by our side, we can overcome! Maybe not in the way we intended or thought of…but while we endure, He gives us His Strength, to get through…and before we know it, it is over, and we look back to see what we overcame.
What we fail to realize is God created every inch, molecule, cell within us. He knows out of anyone, what we are capable of, and what we are not capable of. He knows our strengths, just as much as our weaknesses.God always provides what the world can not. He provides what we need in sufficient amounts, in the forms we need, to carry out His Purpose for our lives. We just have to trust in that. He knows the strength that we are capable of handling, better than we know ourselves.
What we fail to realize is that our earthly struggles are not the REAL struggles we are facing from day to day. It is the spiritual battle that we face from day to day. The earthly struggles are “the face” to the spiritual battle. As Man, we have tried to reason, intellectualize, and even rationalize Manmade solutions, to problems in humanity, that are driven by spiritual forces.
Through the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, God showed us what is needed to be done, in order to conquer evil, and to enter His Eternal Kingdom of Paradise. Jesus Christ, as the Son of God…showed us that it does not require earthly measures to serve the Father of Creation, but just being faithful in the everyday things to Him. It is the path we take that matters to God, not the end result alone. The faithfulness in the daily things, is where the healing begins, from the daily battles.
God knows our strength, but we have to make the choice to rely on Him to provide it for us. He knows what we have within ourselves better than we know ourselves. We just have to trust enough, for God’s Will to be fulfilled through us. Through God, we are capable of possessing such powerful strength, that can defy people who shackle themselves to the ways of this world; to the ways of evil. That is the Power of God’s Unconditional Love….a strength, that He has put within all of us, if we just decide to choose with our freewill, rely on Him.
Think about every time you had a “gut feeling“, with a particular situation that you were trying to make a decision. Did you follow your gut feeling? Or did you go against it based on rationalizing and intellectualizing the direction towards which your gut was telling you to go? Now think about how many times was it wrong?
When I think of the questions above, I had come to the conclusion that you see with the title of this entry. As I look back on various scenarios and situations in my life, I see that about 99.99999999999% of the time, my gut feelings were CORRECT. Have I always followed them….. NO! This is where “knowledge” can cripple us in following God‘s Will of our lives. Does God’s Divine Logic follow the ways of this world? Does it stay within the boundaries of Human Logic? When has the creation known more or just as much as the Creator? And how does one know that the logic and knowledge that was used to rationalize or intellectualize the gut feeling, was guided from a Divine Source, or from somewhere else? These are all valid things to consider.
However, when one has a relationship with the Creator, that gut feeling that you receive is more in tune with the Will of God. One of the hardest things for any human being to do is to give in to listening to God’s Call or Will of one’s life. It requires, completely letting go, and letting God to take over and steer your life path. How many of us can let go of the reigns of our lives, to an Unseen God? We often like to see, hear, and feel evidence and proof for what we say and do, on this earth. But being able to do this, is where true strength lies, and God’s Rewards in doing so, will surpass anything that this world can offer. No matter how many times, we as human beings THINK we are steering our own life paths, or destinies, in the end, it is GOD’s WILL of our lives, of this earth, that is ultimately done, based on how we used the freewill he has given us. God truly is an omnipresent being. I have seen evidence of this throughout my life. He also does say that HIS WAYS do not conform to the world’s ways; but ways that are more Divine, and beyond what this world can rationalize and intellectualize.
So how do we tackle the “letting go, and leaving it up to God” situation? Think about it, with anyone that we trust, we so easily entrust our lives, and even in some cases, family to, right? So if we claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, as the Son of God; or for that matter, being God’s Children, should we not do the same, with God? Even in the “Lord’s Prayer“, explained by Jesus Christ as the only prayer needed in one’s life, that explains it ALL , He states within it, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done….on earth, as it is in Heaven.” Just analyze this for a moment. These are such powerful words. This is why it is so important to communication with the Father of Creation, everyday. From the first thought of when you wake up each day, to the last thought of when you go to sleep. So that He can guide you for “His Will to be done”. It takes immense strength to give in to God’s Will. It requires to risk giving up all human logic, to follow a Divine Logic, which does not bound itself the earthly realm. It does not require magic or special power to do so. Because we were all created by God, it is innately within all of us. God sees each one of us, equal in His Eyes, giving us different Purposes and life circumstances to achieve, His Will of our lives. But nonetheless, because we are all equal in His Eyes, He has given us all FREEWILL. And with this gift, that He has only given MANKIND, out of all of HIs Creations, we are to tap into His Connection within us, that was innately put in at the time we were conceived in our mother’s wombs; or not to. But does this necessarily equate to having earthly successful lives? As Mother Teresa has once said, “God didn’t call us to be successful; but to be faithful. The fighter, like our Master (Jesus Christ), is pierced and full of pain. He, like Paul, may be bound and beaten, but he remains.” God says, and provides evidence through the Life of Jesus Christ, His Son, and many of the Prophets that He has sent, that HIS WAYS DO NOT CONFORM TO THE WAYS OF THIS WORLD. So why would His Rewards and Blessings conform to the ways of this world? The “blessings” we see; or the earthly rewards we view on our lives, are the life circumstances given to you as God’s Will of your life. At the same time, the trials we face, and the challenges we face, are a part of refining our faith, and bringing us back to our Will for our lives, by God. We have proven over and over again, as human beings that we stray away from God, especially when things seem to be going “right” in the earthly sense. So this is when God’s People may face certain challenges or trials to be reminded of God’s Existence. We always have the CHOICE TO USE OUR FREEWILL TO CHOOSE whether we listen for God’s solution for the situation, or to Evil’s Ways. This will be a lifelong journey.
So coming back to the Title of this entry.
I’m sure all of us would agree that our gut feelings were right 9 out of 10 times, right? Are these gut feelings based on earthly evidence or just a feeling inside? In fact the very reason that many do not follow their gut instincts, is because the option to which it is pointing to, is often beyond logic of the circumstances, right? GOD SAYS HE IS BEYOND THE WORLD’s WAYS; and that HIS WILL IS ALWAYS DONE. So to follow God’s Will of our lives, we must be in tune with God. What does this require? A daily communication with God. And even what does this require? It doesn’t require ceremonies or anything per say. It just requires you to remain in His Holy Words in the Holy Books. Spending time to listen for His Guidance in what He revealed to us in them. And even to at least 1 or 2 minutes, in complete concentration in talking with Him. That’s what it requires.
When it comes to love, in its purest form, where is its source? Think about the great power love carries?
It has been PROVEN to do the following:
1) To heal the most deepest of wounds of the heart.
2) To make enemies into friends.
3) To make the lonely feel loved.
4) To bring order to chaos.
5) To bring peace in war.
6) To find truth, even when lies are being told to you.
7) To revive a soul that is lost to darkness.
8) To unite, what was once broken.
And these are just the few that I can think of, off of the top of my head. These are such powerful actions, with permanent results that change Mankind for GOOD. For love to be this powerful, it must come from a source that is not found on this earth; but beyond it. God says He is beyond the world’s ways, and He is all the encompasses LOVE.
“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
-1 John 4: 13-21
So we must remember we LOVE not because that the world requires us to do so; but if we are God’s Children, we love because God requires us to love. And love in its purest form, is devoid of fear. No matter who it is, we are to love with the same intensity. We love not out of our own human instinct, but out of our origins from God. Plain and simple. Our trust is not in Man, because Man has proven, over and over again, that it has given in to its sinful human nature. Our trust is in God. And God will help us to discern what and whom is in accordance to His Ways or not. But no matter what, whether relative or friend; stranger or acquaintance; enemy or offender …. we are to love them. This is what God’s Ultimate commandment is. The evil within a person, or another living creature can only be seen by God. It is God who leads us in knowing; not by our own doing.
God’s rewards are based on the purity of the heart and soul. And this purification can only come from going to the source of Love, which is God. That purity will be sensed by all. And it is not the shame of this pure soul, to love and trust unconditionally in what God has commanded for it to do. God will show ALL THOSE THAT have hurt such a soul; or even taken advantage of such a soul, the WRATH of harming one of His Children. This wrath is if far more PERMANENT, than any injustice that evil orchestrates through such people, as its wrath, to harm such a soul. So, shame on the person who lies to a pure soul, for the sake of committing the 7 deadly sins. Though a heart of such a soul will be scarred; God has seen how that scar was made; and will get justice for His Children, with whom who caused that scar or wound to them. But we have to continue to love. God’s Love TRULY does conquer all; and we must endure the trials of this earth; that require our hearts being scarred, bruised, and wounded, to perfect the love within ourselves… to make our hearts worthy enough to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Dear Father God:
Thank you for allowing for me to wake up to another day to live. I know that it is only through Your Great Love and Mercy, that you saw it fit for me to do so. I look out my window today, and see what all you have given me to see. The beautiful sun, that beats warmly on my skin, and a light so radiant, that no manmade illumination can compare. Nothing in this world gives me more peace than when I talk to you, Father. And you so kindly answer me back, with such gentleness and love. Oh how I feel so unworthy at times, for the love that you give me each day, Yet, you show me everyday, that I am worth more than “sparrows in the sky”; and “take care of me, as the lillies in the valley”. I begin and end each day, with my thoughts to you. I just can not imagine any other day to live, without doing so. For my heart reminds me each time, that I belong to you.
As the days go by, my heart grows more weary and sad. I see so many people in pain, and feeling so alone; forgetting that You are waiting with arms wide open, for them to come to You. Many are lost, and trying to find a way to you; but they just refuse to see the ways that You show them, how to. Or they are so lost, that they just do not have anyone in their worlds to show them how to find you. Father, I know only You alone can illuminate one’s path….I can only point to the direction to Your Path; or even plant the seeds of Your Love. Please help them to find their way back to you; and to give me the strength to remain on it.
Father, Abba, I know you have told me that my faith should be tested, so that I can come back to the perfection that you had once created for Mankind to be. You have promised victory through You, through Jesus Christ, Your Son; and I believe that with all my heart. Please just give me the strength to endure, so that I may see Your Face, one day. You have told me over and over again, that you are not of the ways of this world. And that you do not judge one based on their actions, but on the intentions of one’s heart and soul. I know for this reason, that I am no one to judge another one of my brothers and sisters; but with Your Guidance, please give me the discernment of what is from You, and that which is not.
Abba, thank you for giving me the chance to make things right with You. Thank you for all that you have given me, within this little life of mine. Thank you for giving me life, so that I can witness to Your Great Love. Through earthly trials and challenges, that even Jesus Christ, Himself was not exempt from, Your Love extended as far as to enduring what I may go through on this earth, to show me, that You understand what I go through. You loved me as much as to take the punishment that was intended for Mankind because of its sinful human nature, and took it as your own, so that I may be given the choice to return back to You; rather than to be lost forever in Evil’s darkness. Thank you for never giving up on me.
Since the beginning of Creation, God distinctly distinguished His Beloved Creation of Man, from the rest. How did He do this? By giving Man FREEWILL. When you look at all the other creations on earth, they follow their natural instincts, to which God had programmed within themselves. So why do you think God did this? He wanted to give Man the opportunity to make choices in the lives given to them. He wanted Man to make the choice to follow His Divine Laws of Love. We have to understand that because of our sinful human nature, God wants us to make the choice in seeking for His Truth. This requires more than what we would see with what is right in front of us. But by learning what God expects of us, and using the spiritual vision that He gives us, we learn His Purpose for our lives.
So, with people falling off the path in seeking God, what is happening? We are becoming more mechanical, as human beings, don’t you think? Before, we would see so many people seeking to help others, one on one. Whether it be boy scouts helping “old ladies” to cross the street, or to help them carry their groceries to the car…..OR sitting down for family dinner at the home’s dinner table. This is just to name a few situations that rarely occur in this day and age. How many times do we invest the human heart with others? In the world today, we seem to be so busy to do so. We seem too busy to even think about properly taking care of ourselves and our families. Nowadays, how many families sit down with their families? Even the amount of maternity leave, for a woman to take off, after giving birth to be with their newborn children. People seem to be working longer days, averaging around 8-10 hours a day? If we do not have the physical time to invest our hearts even to nurture our children; or exhausted to even think for ourselves and the things that truly matter of our souls, just for the sake of getting money for survival….how are we not becoming mechanical? If you look, now children as young as the age of 3 years old are running to technology, for the entertainment and companionship that they crave. Now, adults, are looking for temporary self fulfillment; for quick self gratification, to numb themselves of their exhaustion. As the saying goes, it seems a lot of people are following the philosophy, “Work hard, play hard.” If we are not having the time to nurture ourselves, where would we have the time to nurture the FUTURE OF THE WORLD, with the future generations that are being born today? And for the time that we do have with them, what are we teaching them? These are important questions to consider.
I have travelled extensively in my life, thus far. And there are quite a few things I have learned along the way, based on my life experiences. Earthly things will come and go. But the things that remain with you forever, are those things that that Divinity supplies. No matter where I have gone in my life, my faith sustained me. It is not restricted by location, time, or circumstance. In fact, it transcended all of that. But in order to have and maintain a strong foundation in faith, I had to continuously nurture it; and build on it. One thing I have learned is God always supplies in sufficient amounts. People have just become so busy to see God’s Existence to things, and begin to think that it is by their own doing, that things come into existence. We, today, often waste so much time on unnecessary things. On things that can do so much more harm to our souls, than help them. We begin to lose sight of what God had originally created for us to be, as His most precious out of all creations. God can show us so much more than what we see in this 3D world. It makes me feel sorry for those who have neglected this aspect of their lives. Not to say that I am perfect because I decided to focus on this aspect of my life. But I realize that this journey is a life long journey; and through the little I have seen, thus far, has truly awakened me in mind, heart and soul. Many of those who do decide to travel on this path, in seeking God and strengthening of faith, are often walking this path alone, or finding others that are walking on a similar path. But once you’ve decided to seek, that yearning of developing that relationship with God, will never leave you; and only grow stronger. But God says, we must separate ourselves from the ways of this world to find Him. Evil is running rampantly on this earth, and wants you to forget about God’s Existence; and in moments of where people have been on the path, want to give you so many trials and challenges so that you will grow bitter with God. Evil wants you to REGRESS to animal instincts, and become mechanical, so that you will not be able to invest the time in developing that relationship with the Creator. Evil wants you to forget that God gave you FREEWILL. Evil wants you in its trance. But God clearly states that He is beyond the world’s ways. I always believe when life is going so smoothly for you on this earth, Evil is not worried about you. You’re going on the path that it wants you to go on…conforming to the world’s ways to which God said He is not a part of. The more trials and challenges you face, take it as a sign that evil is trying to throw you off the path in finding and seeking God. Evil wants you to forget that you have the choice in choosing God’s Ways or its ways. It is through this freewill, that God had given us the ability to analytically think about all that we encounter on this earth, to make choices. It is THIS critical thinking that God gave us the CHOICE to choose how we lead our lives. Mother Teresa said it best when she said, “We are not called to be successful; but to be faithful.” We are to CHOOSE to be FAITHFUL…..not to be SUCCESSFUL. God will give us the success we need to fulfill His Purpose of our lives. This analytical thinking is very important to nurture and develop; and to never lose sight of. This will only be enhanced and maintained through a relationship with God. And Jesus Christ died on the Cross to reestablish that direct communication we once had with the Almighty God. (It was initially destroyed upon Man’s first sin, by falling to the Devil’s temptation, in the GARDEN OF EDEN). God wanted us to have that relationship with Him so badly that He continues to give us the chances to CHOOSE His Ways….to talk with Him, to receive His Guidance in our lives. But how many of us choose the mechanical route, today? Not only do we suffer by making this choice, but our children suffer as well, being the future of the world.
So where is the moment to develop your relationship to God? I’m not even talking about a faith base or religion, but just to develop a relationship with God, or to be aware of His Existence in your life?
Are we now too exhausted to even think about God? It’s not about just going to your place of worship, once a week. It’s about having a relationship, and growing stronger in your faith. Think about it, for any relationship that means a lot to you, what do you do? You go out of your way to spend more time with that person; to learn about the things the person cares about; and even talk with them on a regular basis. So where is that with God? The One who ALLOWS FOR YOU TO WAKE UP TO ANOTHER DAY TO LIVE? That’s right…people forget that it is because of God that you can wake up another day to live. It’s not because YOU are keeping yourself healthy; it’s not because YOU have cheated death; it’s not because YOU are exercising. It’s because it is GOD’S WILL FOR YOU TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY.
It’s sad for me to think that people believe solely in what is in front of them. These things can be easily manipulated by Evil. It can easily be twisted to hide the Truth behind things. When you believe in a God who says He is beyond the world’s ways…who can give you knowledge beyond what you can see with your human eyes, and hear with your human ears; and feel with your heart and soul…you will not be fooled. GUARANTEED. God promises this. The question is, when has creation become equal to the Creator? When has the creation become smarter than the Creator? He gave us freewill, so that we can think for ourselves, to see the Truth of His Love. That all “order” comes from Him; not by what we manufacture. Evil wants you to believe that you are working so hard on this earth, towards obtaining the knowledge of creating order on this physical realm. TRUTH is God, the Father of CREATION, determines this. This is a DIVINE knowledge, that is translated all the same exact way by ALL OF THOSE inspired by Divinity. In ways of Nonviolence, Love, and Peace. Plain and simple.
God also states that in the end of times, in the Book of Revelations, that many of His People will be persecuted. Many of His People will be even killed for pointing out what is right and wrong in accordance to His Laws of Divinity. But death to the earthly body is in no comparison to a death of the spirit/soul. The minute we choose evil’s earthly ways, and do not turn away from them with the wholeheartedness, to not commit them again….that begins the process of the condemnation of our souls. Souls never die. But souls can either be stained for purified. This is a truth believed by all faiths, all across the board. But God’s ways purify the heart and soul; and only HE can be the judge of this.
The intentions behind our thoughts and actions, is what we, as Man, are judged by. These intentions will be reflected in the purity of the heart and soul. What should the intention be? To honor the Authority of THE CREATOR through your thoughts and actions. Whenever an action or thought is justified for PERSONAL GAIN, that’s when we fall prey to evil; which only muddies the heart and soul. There will come a time on this earth, where evil will have full authority over it….so God’s People, will need to decide to go against the grain or not; to uphold God’s Divine Laws of Love and Peace. Has not World History showed us this? Those that changed Mankind out of Love, died to uphold God’s Laws of Divine Love. and Peace. They, as Jesus Christ said, in His Sermon on the Mount, “TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK”. This is guaranteed for all of God’s People. So by growing stronger in your faith in God, He will help you to discern the deception that Evil will envelope this earth with, to turn people away from God’s Path…and to further deceive nonbelievers. Endure the trials to refine your faith, this is the only weapon you have against evil. It is a spiritual war that is occurring, over the SOULS. Many are already lost, but they have the chance to come back….till the last breath of their earthly bodies. None of us know when that is, however, so that is why such refinement has to be an everyday process. And even then, it has to be humbling to the point of it becoming a wholehearted, born again heart and soul.
We were born shackled to the evil ways of this world; but upon truly understanding why Jesus Christ, as the Son of GOD(Not Son of Man….but being GOD Himself) had to sacrifice Himself, to become the Salvation for ALL OF MANKIND, we will be truly set free of those shackles. Jesus Christ did not come here to establish a religion. As the Son of God, He came to set us free, and to give us the choice to choose His Ways or not. And those that have seen the truth in His Life Example and Teachings….were changed forever in seeing it. God has said, no matter what Holy Book you follow, that HIS TRUTH will prevail. His Truth translates all the same, no matter what faith belief we follow. Because His Ways are constant and everlasting. As stated in the entry below, by Jude, God’s Ways are that which do NOT follow our “natural instincts” or “human nature”. Therefore we are not to give in to them, in order to follow God’s Ways. We must be BEYOND them. We do not have enough strength to do it with our own human strength, but must ask God to give us the strength to conquer those sinful ways of human nature. God has guaranteed victory through Him, and only God can help us to conquer the Devil.
As the days go by, there seems to be more evidence that we as Mankind, are growing further and further away from the greatness that God had originally created for us to be. Though God has given us the freewill to choose whether to follow His Ways of Divinity; we often decide or make the choice of not doing so. God had entrusted us to make the right decisions, yet we keep chosing to do the wrong. This was proven when temptation to sin was first introduced in the Garden of Eden, and Adam & Eve fell to the first sin to be committed by Mankind. Ever since then, Man has shown their weakness to the temptations of Evil, by falling prey to the 7 deadly sins in some shape or form; leading to harming each other…harming Mankind, which is in direct violation of God’s Divine Laws of Love. What distinguishes between a believer and a nonbeliever? Repentance….repentance….repentance. I can’t stress that enough. Through this simple, humble act in front of God, you show that you still recognize His Authority in your life. There will come a time where we all will have to answer to Him, whether we believe in Him or not; or whether we have forgotten Him or not, from our lives. We are each held accountable for all we do on this earth. And there is no hiding of anything from God, because He sees all. Evil try to convince you of otherwise, just like it did with Adam & Eve. And God’s Wrath is permanent; while the inflictions that Evil puts on us are TEMPORARY.
People who are faithful to God will endure trials and tests. God is refining them through these trials, to breakaway from the ways of this world, back to the perfection that God had originally created for all of us to be. And the world’s ways are currently running rampantly with NOT WAYS OF DIVINITY; but WAYS OF EVIL. Remember that God says He is BEYOND the world’s ways. So we must breakaway from the ways of this world. Jesus Christ, Himself said that it is not enough to just be faithful to the Commandments and the laws. But you must give up everything that you value in this materialistic world, to follow God. This is really a mental process. When you BELIEVE in something….you begin to LIVE it. Our hearts will prick us, the moment we violate God’s Laws, as God’s nudgings of whether this is right our wrong. But Evil will constantly be around to constantly make us fight those “nudgings” from God. Evil tries to tell us use the “knowledge of this world as our philosophy and way of life. This only combats God’s Wisdom which is BEYOND the ways of this world. Nonetheless, even is the knowledge of this world, God reveals Himself. The question is are we viewing them through our “spiritual vision” or through our “human worldly vision”?
God says we are not to accept what violates His Laws of Divinity. Yet look at how many atrocities to Mankind exist today? And how we have justified their existence? EVEN GOD HIMSELF, though having all of the authority to do so, DID NOT DESTROY HIS CREATIONS. Yet we as His Creations, have given ourselves authority to destroy them. From killing nature, the animals in the wild, AND EVEN EACH OTHER. Who are we to do so? Have we considered ourselves to be gods ourselves to do this? To think that we are godlike in deciding who out of God’s Creations are superior to all other of God’s Creations? God does this to give ALL the opportunity to change from their sinful human nature, both good, and those who chose to follow evil. Out of His Love for Mankind. He just wants us to choose willingly to do so. Evil’s authority on this earth is allowed only because we CHOSE to allow for it to enter within our lives.
(PART II to come…..)
“For some godless people have slipped in unnoticed among us, persons who distort the message about the grace of our God in order to excuse their immoral ways, and who reject Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord. Long ago the Scriptures predicted the condemnation they have received.”
“Remember the angels who did not stay within the limits of their proper authority, but abandoned their own dwelling place: they are bound with eternal chains, in the darkness below, where God is keeping them for that great Day on which they will be condemned.”
“But these people attack with insults anything they do not understand, and those things that they know by instinct, like wild animals, are the very things that destroy them. How terrible for them! They have followed the way that Cain took. For the sake of money they have given themselves over to the error that Balaam committed. They have rebelled as Korah rebelled, and like him they are destroyed.”
“The Lord will come with many thousands of his holy angels to bring judgement on all, to condemn them all for the godless deeds they have performed and for all the terrible words that godless sinners have spoken against him!”
“But remember, my friends, what you were told in the past by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, ” When the last days come, people will appear who will make fun of you, people who cause divisions, who are controlled by their natural desires, who do not have the Spirit.”
“But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit and keep yourselves, in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in His Mercy to give you eternal life.”
“Show mercy to those who have doubts; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and to others show mercy mixed with fear, but hate their very clothes, stained by their sinful lusts.”
In the world today, many seek “The Truth“, to many different things in life. Whether it be to a situation that they are in; or maybe even to something that is within themselves. But I tell you today, that TRUTH can only be found through God. If we rely on our own logic, we will surely stray further and further away in finding it. As human beings we have become so dependent on what we can intellectualize or rationalize; that the current condition to which we see the world today, is the result of relying on that flawed human logic. God has constantly showed us this through all the religious texts out there; to even various event in World History. Our decisions and conclusions resulted in the world that we see today, before our eyes.
As the end of times grow nearer, with each day that goes by, we have to become stronger in our faith in the Creator. The world around us may challenge that faith. But the challenges only make us stronger, and refine us to the greatness that God originally created for us to be, as the Perfection for His Eternal Kingdom. To which was initially seen with Adam & Eve; before they fell to the temptation of Satan. We have to realize that God’s people will be ridiculed and persecuted, with each step that is taken to advance in their path to God. Some may be falsely accused of things that they did not do, as well, just as Jesus was. JESUS’s LIFE, in what He had experienced, and to what He had endured, is what forshadowed to what a CHRISTian may endure, by upholding God’s Divine Laws of Love. Jesus Christ clearly demonstrated with His LIfe, that TRUTH, is not seen or heard with the ways of this world; but felt by a heart that is rooted in the Word of God. With this understanding, anyone can become a CHRISTian. A prime example of someone who understood this was Mahatma Gandhi; who led the largest democracy IN THE WORLD, to independence, in a way of NONVIOLENCE, LOVE, and PEACE. Exactly how Jesus Christ taught us how to live our lives, in a way that is pleasing to the Father of Creation. It is a wide known fact that He took the Teaching of Jesus Christ and adopted them, as his own. And with that, changed the world with his life and purpose.
What many do not understand is that God clearly states that, “He is not of the ways of this world; but His Ways are beyond them. ” What does this mean? It means that The Creator, has no value in the world’s ways, and that His Ways are far superior to that which can be ever imagined to this world. Just look at the things, that no one could ever replicate of God’s Creation:
1. How a child comes into this world.
2. How a blade of grass, has the molecular structure it has.
3. How the human body was designed.
4. How the sky is endless.
5. How the animals live and survive in the wilderness.
Can Man ever CREATE with their own human logic, such things, without imitating what God has already created? Never. And this is proof enough that God exists, and that He has a Truth that is worth relying on Him, to discover. If He says, that He is beyond the world’s ways, the minute number of things that I have mentioned above of God’s Creations, prove this. Then imagine the philosophies He has to offer, as to how we should live….are they going to be of the world’s ways? Imagine the world with His Philosophies:
1. Jesus Christ on His Sermon on the Mount has said, that instead of ” Eye for an Eye ” , I have come to establish a new law. We must, “Turn the other Cheek “.
Did not Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian people put this into practice in order to gain their nation Independence? Eye for an Eye would result in war.
2. Do unto others, as you would have done unto you. Jesus Christ has stated this as the Golden Rule. If we only took this to heart, and adopted this as a personal philosophy, there would not be so many people yearning to be loved in this world. That are feeling so lonely in this world. Jesus Christ, through this Golden Rule, is saying, that God requires us to invest the human heart with each person we encounter in our life path. EVERYONE is equal in God’s Eyes. There is no one more superior than the other. We just take different life paths. However, upon the temptation that Satan had brought to Eden, he introduced one of the 7 deadly sins of PRIDE. And Mankind ran with this sin, to stem off into various others sins to form.
3. We are to love not only those that love us back; but love our enemies, and strangers. We should love others, more than ourselves. SELF LOVE is professed by evil. Jesus Christ, through death of His Own Earthly Body, as the Son of God, showed us that we love, even to the point of death. SELFLESS, SACRIFICIAL LOVE is what is professed by Divinity.
While seeking truth, we have to remember that God has a truth, and it is right in front of us. And it defies, what our human minds could ever imagine. The truth is right there in front of us. But in order to see it for its true value, we have to be rooted in His Ways of Divine Love; to which He says are beyond the ways of the world we live in. And when a heart is rooted in such ways, it will begin to see the true value of the things of this world; and how God views them, as well. Remember the things of value, are those things to which a pricetag is not attached, in its original form. If Man has put a pricetag on something of God’s Creations, that originally did not have one, then it is in direct violation of God’s Laws of Divine Love. Plain and simple. I guess God must be shocked and heartbroken what how far away we, as Mankind, have come from the greatness that we originally were created, by Him, to be. He puts the TRUTH out there, in front of our eyes to see; but many of us prefer to be blind to it. We must open our hearts to see Truth….and seek it with all of our heart.
………IN THE FATHER OF CREATION?
“My ways don’t sail me to the sky;
On my own, these wings won’t fly…
Jesus told me so…
Still I’m not so sure that I know.
I can’t find no rest for my soul;
Can’t find no rest on my own…
Jesus told me so…
Man the Trouble is;
We don’t know who we are instead….
My heart it ain’t built to stay…
Because Jesus told me so….”
- JARS OF CLAY’s “TROUBLE IS”
Sometimes I believe people focus to much on the “words on the pages” of the Bible. What I mean by this is that they focus on memorizing, just “knowing” that it exists. We must focus on the content, what was it telling us. More importantly what was it showing us, in what God expects of us. Jesus Christ showed us through His LIfe and Teachings, what is required to conquer Evil. He showed us that LIVING God’s Words is what is required of us. As human beings, upon the introduction of Temptation and Sin, we are very weak to go astray from what God expects of us. Hence resulting in the chaos that we see in the world today. The Book of Revelations in the Holy Bible, reveals that we are to continue with living in God’s Ways, even when it seems there are very few people around us that have the knowledge in how to do so.
This is what Jesus Christ demonstrated with His Life, Death, and Resurrection. Through His Life, Jesus taught God’s expectations of us; showed how to conquer the temptations of Satan and his evil through prayer and resistance; and that God’s Ways of Living, in Love, does not conform to the ways of this world. In fact, His Life shows us that we can serve God with just the things we were born with, our minds, bodies, and soul. We can not use EARTHLY WEAPONS for a SPIRITUAL WAR. We have to use SPIRITUAL WEAPONS, which is what Jesus Christ showed with His Life and Death. His Death, was the ultimate trial, in fulfilling God’s Plan for Him. Could ANY MAN have done what He did? ABSOLUTELY NO. Man would have wimped out….because that is how weak in the flesh we are to fear. But Jesus showed us, that with putting God in control, it is possible. Jesus showed, that we must continue giving, if it means to the point of death of our human bodies, to LIVING God’s Words. In a previous entry of mine on this blog, I had referred to the Book of Revelations, Chapter 2; where God ask us, are we willing to uphold HIs Gospel to the point of death? When we have truly been enlightened by the ONE TRUTH; fro the ONE TRUE God….we will begin to see what the true value of things really are, in this world. And we will see that there is nothing in comparison to the value of what God’s Eternal Paradise, has to offer us. Which is what Jesus demonstrated in His Resurrection into Heaven. We must give…keep giving….
What is the point in saving, when your family members or neighbors are starving and homeless? What is the point in having power, if you can help those who are helpless? What is the point in loving only those that love you back, when once someone DECIDED to love you, as a perfect stranger; or to forgive you when you did something wrong? What is the point in having closets full of clothes, when you neighbor has only 1 pair of clothes to wear? And for a God that says that He is not of the ways of this world, but BEYOND them; what is the point in donating to charities, when you don’t invest you heart o the people you are helping with that money…..for a tax right off? For earthly recognition? God says, if that is what you seek, then your recognition will remain at that point, and that HE WILL NOT RECOGNIZE you, when you come knocking at His Door.
Once we recognize the true value of the things of this world, we will know what Jesus meant through His Teachings…it will become a part of us to the point that it is how we live and breath. When we do this, we encounter the resistance, the trials of this world, which make us die in the earthly sense, but become MORE ALIVE in the spiritual sense. The enlightenment of God’s Love and Words, will become more clearer. And the death of the human body, as many of those of our Brothers and Sisters, in all of the 4 corners of the world are enduring, will seem trivial in comparison to what God has promised us. In fact a life that is free from trials, is a life that is not threatening Evil; but a life that is conforming to it. And a life that is full of trials and challenges, is a life that is resisting evil, and fighting to get one step closer to the Creator.
God, through Jesus Christ, His Son, showed us that He loved us so much as to give His Son to save Mankind from being in the Hands of Evil. He loved us so much as to take on our sins, as His Own. To take on our punishment for falling astray from God, and falling for Evil’s Temptations, AS HIS OWN. We have to give…keep giving….
I think the Father Up Above, has made it very clear, in the Book of Revelations, that He alone can pass judgement. And this is based on what he is able to have access to, and what we do not have access to, in order to have that authority to pass judgement onto others.
In Johns; Book of Revelations 2:23, God revealed to Him:
“And I will kill her children with pestilences and all churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of your according to your deeds.”
We must keep in mind that when we walk on this path, that we call “life”, we can only hold ourselves accountable to the things we say, do , and think. And God will expect that of us. We can not change others in these aspects; only God can. In the end, however, God will ask us, as individuals, for all the things we did, while living on this earth, and see if we followed His Ways, and understood His Word.
So remember, judgement is not ours, but God’s alone. God gives each of us a window to peak in to His Widsom, through the lessons we learn in our life paths.
For every believer in a God who says He is not of the ways of this world, they must ask themselves, “Are they ready to endure the times of trials and tribulations?” God says, you must not value the ways of this world, that are not derived by Him. And He makes it very clear as to which ways are in accordance to Him, and those that are not. Just as Jesus Christ showed us with His Own Time on Earth, that those that uphold God’s Laws of Divine Love, have to endure the trials and tribulations, because those that truly do what God expects of all His People, they will understand through these trials and tribulations, that God truly is not of the world’s ways, but beyond them. Jesus showed us that even as the Son of God, that He wanted to endure the same earthly trials that we, as God’s Children on this Earth, endure, so that He can show us, just how much God loves us, and to show us truly that HE IS NOT OF THE WORLD’s WAYS, but beyond them.
I think one thing that people seem to loose sight of, when it comes to Jesus Christ is that God knows the evil that exists in the world. The very fact that Jesus Christ came to die, as the Salvation for Mankind, demonstrates this. But God has decided that He wants true believers in His Divine Laws of Love; in His Eternal Kingdom with Him and His Saints. Not just “lukewarm” people; and definitely not “cold” people, that can be easily swayed by evil. He wants people who are strong, and adamant for God’s Laws of Divine Love. Such ways, as Jesus demonstrated with His Own life or ways of Nonviolence and Love. For any injustice done to us on this earth, we are to leave justice in the Hands of our Creator; because it is not up to us to seek that justice…WRATH is one of the 7 deadly sins. God’s Wrath for doing so, is far worse than anything that happens to us in this world. For any pain that we endured, God can heal it to its entirety; as opposed to any healing done so here, on this earth, w/temporary measures. We are to ”turn the other cheek”. Jesus Christ demonstrated this to the extreme of death on the Cross…..are you ready to endure, such a trial, to uphold God’s Laws of Divine Love?
Because you see, power and money, can only take you so far. God says, that you can only enter His Kingdom, by giving up these things, because these are things that are bound by the ways of this world. A heart that is childlike in love and purity, is what enters the Kingdom of Heaven. What does this mean? Does a child have any value for money? Does a child value clothes or cars or homes? Such things, in its EARTHLY value are unknown to a child. But they value what is right and wrong. They value love and peace. These are things that truly make a child happy. This is what God means by this. They endure pain, but only to the point of that moment. Look at how easily they forgive….THIS IS WHAT JESUS MEANT TO HAVE FAITH LIKE A CHILD.
Trials and Tribulations, in the Book of Revelations, God has made it very clear that His People will endure great trials. In fact, He asks us, that if we are certain of His Truth, are we ready to uphold His Words to the point of death to our human bodies. God’s people will endure more and more trials, to throw them off the Path to the Heavenly Father. Evil’s time is running out on the earth, and Satan is trying to claim as many souls AWAY from God. His most prized possessions would be those that were once on the path. We must grow strong in our faith, so that we can have our foundations in God, solidified. We must recognize that battle that we are in, is not the of physical realm (despite what we see and hear on this earth); but of a spiritual realm. We must know, through the story of Adam and Eve, that our human strength is no match for what we need to endure the trials of this battle. Our own human understanding and strength is no match at all! Jesus states that, “We should not rely on our own understanding…” And as He demonstrated at the Cross….that it is only through God’s own strength, can we conquer the trials that evil throws at us. God’s people know this…and with the Book of Revelations, God’s People know that it is not earthly victory that we seek; but a spiritual victory. There is no fear of earthly trials or consequences, when you stand by ways that honor God; and the truth of the Eternal Kingdom.
Remember God’s People are not DEVOID of any problems or TRIALS. GOD clearly states that they are FULL of them; because they are constantly being tried to be taken away from God’s Path, by evil. So endure the TRIALS boldly, and proudly. Because the more trials you face, the more threatened evil is getting by your faith in the ALMIGHTY GOD, that says He is not of this world’s ways, but BEYOND them. And if your life is rather problem free on this earth, you should worry, that means evil is not threatened by how you lead your life….you’re going along the path that it wants you to go on…conforming to the ways of this world.
How is your faith these days? Are you scared to die for the Almighty God, and His Divine Laws of Love? If you know God, He says you shouldn’t. Because when we decided to go on the Path seeking God, we would have endured so many trials that our tolerance is already higher for adversity in the earthly sense. And we die a little each time, from the ways of this world, with each victory over a trial we get, in the Name of the Almighty God. So death of the earthly body should not be feared. God says He is not of the earth’s ways, but beyond them.
Truth in this world always seemed to follow a “Gray Area”. Why is that? Is it based on different understandings of it? Or is it because evil has introduced different ways of manipulating it? Either way, when it comes to putting God first, and foremost in your life, you will see that those others that put God first, will see Truth in the same way and manner; without any deviations. Why? Because Truth is consistent, which is why it withstands the sands of time. It does not need to work hard, it prevails in all. Plain and simple.
The way you see this is in the most simplest of ways in this world. Look at the animals in the wild, nature outside, or even how a child conducts him/herself? There is certainty in TRUTH, and it just exists…lives. When you are certain in a truth, then why get upset, when someone challenges it? Why get angry when one mocks it? Why seek revenge, when someone defies it? Jesus Christ was a perfect example in demonstrating all this. A divine truth, does not get disturbed or manipulated by a physical world; because it’s parameters are not defined by worldly parameters, but by Divine parameters. We must remember Truth is TIMELESS, and without any boundaries. But is consistent in principle. It does no harm to others, but only displays love, even in environments of danger, anger, and hate. There is no opposition to other truths; but upholding the integrity of the one that you know and feel as your own.
Jesus Christ demonstrated all of this. He was the Son of God, who showed us how God would expect Man to live. That’s what I truly believe. So when someone mocks your truth, remember everyone is entitled to the truth that they know; just as you are. When the time comes, God will let us know if what we believed was correct or not. But one thing He is clear about is, He does not like “lukewarm believers”. He would rather you be on either “certainside” spectrum.
Dear Father God:
Thank you for giving me another day to live…to testify to Your Endless Love. Thank you for never giving up on me, no matter how far I may roam off your path, for which You called me to. Through Jesus Christ, You showed me so many things. I feel so unworthy of having such love being shown for me. For Jesus gladly took on Your Purpose for His Life, in that He was born to die, in order to save me , and all of Humanity. He showed me how to have courage, and to never forget how You are everywhere, and in everything. Jesus also told us Your Great Wisdom, that is beyond all the ways of this world; and as a result beyond all human logic, which is bound by them; and how our faithfulness in seeking You will allow for You to show us portions of that Great Wisdom.
Father, Abba, I can only imagine how sad You are, watching us, as Your Children, from Up Above. Seeing all of the destruction, anger, and deceit we have all become succumbed to. Those of us who continue to seek You faithfully, have been beaten, bruised, and torn…growing weak, frustrated, and tired. Yahweh, please see those whose souls and hearts burn for You, and give us the strength to overcome our frustrations, and weakness, so that we can return back to You. And for those of us who have forgotten what Jesus did for us, or those of us who never knew…God, please continue to show Your Mercy towards them, so that they may be given the opportunity to make the choice to find You.
Everything that happens on this earth occurs due to Your Holy Plan. We must still uphold Your Laws of Divine Love, as best as we can. We know that we can not do this by our own flawed human logic; and weak human strength. That is why it is so important for us to get constantly refreshed in You, on a daily basis, at best. As of recent, Father, You have taught me…that our flaws, mistakes, and even our trials, serve as reminders of Your Existence in our lives, which we often forget; as well as how flawed we, as Men, have become.
Continue to watch us from Up Above, Abba. And let Your Will of my life, to be done.
Many people believe that people who choose this path, are to be flawless, and to have led sinless lives. And those who do not choose this path, are very quick to point out the flaws of such people, or the events to which they fall short of that perfection that they expect from God’s People. This type of thinking is wrong. In fact it is our flaws, doubts, and even failures within such paths, that remind all of us, how flawed Man is. Man became flawed upon accepting the temptation of Satan in the Garden of Eden. That temptation was offered in order to steer God’s most precious creations away from Him. Upon accepting that temptation, we became weak and divinely, illogical.
If you look through out the history of the Bible, many of those considered Prophets, Apostles, and even Disciples of God’s Laws of Divine Love, came from paths that were not perfect, flawless, or even of nobility. This is the extent God goes to show us that if you come to Him, “as you are…”; and ask Him to love and forgive you…He will take you as you are in the earthly sense, and make you a new person in Him, in the Divine sense. This path was meant for EVERYONE. Not just the few. EVERYONE. This journey is lifelong, as you live on the earth. The purity of a heart, who endlessly seeks this perfection in God’s Eyes, is a heart that will finally touch the Eternal Unconditional Love, of the Father of Creation in Heaven. We, as Human Beings get so caught up in what we can see with our eyes, and hear with our ears. But God says, when you have a heart rooted in seeking His Ways, you can feel the truth, that overrides what Evil can manipulate of what the human eyes can see; and what the human ears can hear. This is what Jesus Christ showed us through the Example of His Life. He defied and conquered Evil with His Teachings, Death on the Cross, and Resurrection into Heaven. These are all things that can not be comprehended by a 2D or 3D human mind; but by a multidimensional spiritual mind, that is rooted in the Almighty God that says He is beyond all the ways of this world.
So, don’t you think, those that chose the path in seeking God, and His Infinite Guidance, will be challenged by Evil, so that they will not know what God has put innately within all, to conquer it? OF COURSE! Satan does not want you to know how to conquer him, and his schemes to take us away from the Eternal Happiness God has promised all. So with each step you get closer to God; Evil will come and tempt…attack…and lure you BACK 5 steps. And when you fall for the temptation, it does not end there. God says, “He will forgive, as long as you come to Him with a repentant heart…” But evil wants to keep you in that regressed position, and will tie you down with the guilt of committing that flaw. Which is where those that decided to not take the path in seeking God, are used as mere instruments by evil, to keep such people back…but pointing out flaws of those that did choose the path. Or the other way evil will keep you in the regressed path, is to make one have no regret for the flaw or sin, that is in violation in order of God’s Divine Laws of Love.
What we have to remember is we have till that last breath in our human bodies to make this choice. Jesus Christ demonstrated this by forgiving the criminal that was being crucified along side Him. This path was meant for all of Mankind, not just for the few. For those that choose the path in seeking God and His Kingdom of Heaven, remember we are all going to face set backs. It is a part of taking on this path. The difference between those who choose this path, and those who do not, is that we understand that God’s Mercy is endless. This is what He showed us through the Salvation that He gave us through Jesus Christ on the Cross. To die in our place! What more can God show us? So we can come back to Him, each time we fall. Do not be held down by those who say, your life is not perfect. Do not be held down by those who say, what you did is beyond God’s Forgiveness. Because all is not. When God has put His Roots within your heart…He will always call you back to Him. No matter how far off the path you have come. He sees your intentions…the purity of your heart; and quite frankly, in the end of it all, His opinion is the only one that matters. We try to reason with our FLAWED HUMAN LOGIC, for what GOD’S DIVINE LOGIC tells us. This is what Jesus meant by saying, “Truth is not seen or heard; but felt.”
We are human, and we make mistakes. God knows this. It is a steadfast faith, a loyal heart in God, that will give us the resilience, and strength to carry on, despite what evil tries to challenge us with. And remember even with our flaws, this is all God asks of us, to put Him as the Head of our households, our hearts and souls….and He will take care of the rest. His rewards are not defined by the ways of this world, but by His Divine Ways. So endure all, but keep focused on God.
If we look through out the history of those that have changed Mankind, in a way of Nonviolence, Love, and Spiritual Enlightenment, what do they all have in common? A life that is devoid in valuing the things of this world. In fact they went as far as spinning their own clothes, or to living a life of a nomad. Living a life, where they are not ID’ed by their profession or wealth. Simply known for the love that they shared and preached to others. They were known for putting others before themselves, by letting their hearts to be seen boldly.
In the Bible it states, that in the end of times, the once acceptable will become unacceptable; and the once unacceptable will become acceptable. God says in the Book of Revelations that those that believe in Him, and His Ways to Righteousness, will be persecuted, even to the point of death. Isn’t that what Jesus Christ showed us with His Own Life and Death? So not only did Jesus teach us about what God expects of us, while we have this time on the earth; but He SHOWED us with His Life, that it is not an easy path to travel on. For God’s Ways no longer rule this earth. It is that of evil that does…and God Ways are above and beyond the world’s ways. His Blessings and Rewards are nothing in comparison to that of anything that this world can offer you. But you have to see this. You have to believe this. To the point, as Jesus showed us on the Cross, of death. His 12 apostles understood this, which is why they spread the truth of God’s Gospel, as Jesus taught them, knowing that they will be resisted, persecuted, and ridiculed. But did it anyway. So, let me ask you, brothers and sisters, how is your faith these days? This way is not meant for the few, but by all. The question is, how many of us will choose to do so….
By coming down to live amongst us, Jesus Christ, the Living God, knew He was born to die, in order to save all of Mankind from Evil’s Wrath. As a Living God, He could have came in the form of an earthly King, with all the riches of the earth. He could have died a noble death, full of honor and glory. BUT HE DIDN’T. This is the extent God went through to show you that the things that are considered RICH or of HIGH VALUE in this world, ARE NOT in His Kingdom. This is the extent God went through to show us that the things of this world that are POOR or considered LOW in VALUE; ARE of great value in the Kingdom of Heaven. God does not define His Ways that are of this world; but of the Kingdom Up Above. So why do we, as human beings, keep looking…saying…that earthly rewards, which are temporary in nature, are God’s Blessings? His rewards are permanent, and eternal.
The Prophet Job’s story is also a great one. He is a man that had it all in the earthly sense; and at the same time, was faithful to God. And when everything was taken away from him, his faith was tested. Our faith in God should surpass everything, even our own selves. Evil will try to manipulate everything of the human condition and body, in order to take you away from the greatness that God created for you to be; in His Image, as His Child in Heaven. And we can not conquer this with our own human strength; this is how Adam and Eve fell to sin and temptation, in the Garden of Eden. This can only be conquered through how much God’s Gospels are rooted within our hearts and souls. Evil will say that it can give you all the fame, fortune, and wealth on this earth; however, once you attain such things, you have no choice but to serve it. God says that He will allow for you to make the choice to choose His Ways or those of the Evil One. And those are endless, while you are alive on this earth. God says He will give you till the last breath of your earthly body, to make the right choice; and even if you once made the choice and strayed away, you have the choice of coming back.
God also did say that because His Ways are not of this world that this world, and the evil that runs it, will persecute those that decide to follow Him. Isn’t that what Jesus Christ showed with His Own Life? That the ways of this world will ridicule you for what you believe in accordance to God’s Ways, because the “once acceptable, are now unacceptable.” Prosperity on this earth is all temporary. It can be taken away with one swipe of God’s Hand. But things that came by way of God Himself, will be everlasting.
As we get closer to the end of times, we see so much turmoil in this world. Have we become closer to God; or further away from Him? Have we forgotten Him; and think of ourselves at the same level as Him….How can a creation be at the same level as the Creator? Whether we believe in God or not, there will come a day where we will all have to answer to Him…for all the things we did in our lifetimes. This is why Jesus said, to repent…and to throw all of your burdens and cares unto Him…and He will give you rest.
It is clearly stated in the Holy Bible, “Who is first on this earth, will be last in my Kingdom; and whomever is last on this earth, will be first in my Kingdom.”
Do not compromise God’s Eternal Paradise, for the sake of temporary prosperity on this earth; but go through the persecution of this earth, to receive God’s eternal prosperity.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.
If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.