Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Wild & Wacky World Life!

In this world with all its beauty and wonders, we find too, that there is suffering, pain and sorrows (among other things). Has God made a mistake?

Can we go to the wellspring of our imagination and envision a remedy: Like throwing all our problems down into the darkness of an imaginary well - never to have to face them again? Deny their existence.

Or, believe all will be well, but have no clue "who will make everything well." Be convinced that if we believe hard enough that this "living the good life" will come about. That we can made something happen by connecting with a universal force, that we manipulate and control to bring about our desires, magically! By our mere will power and exertion.

Or ... is God's Word true when He tells us to instead, to cast our problems and cares upon him, because he cares for us and loves us? That He alone has the Power to help us, to change us, change circumstances, or allow circumstances to grow us up in the way which we should live? Which is true? Depend on ourselves, other's and hope for the best ... or believe God?
In this wild and wacky world we'd like to know that there is someone or something that is reliable, that we can trust in and depend on. Regardless what happens, that we have a sure foundation, like a rock to stand on. Oh, how good the thought! when we find our life unraveling, falling apart or things change drastically for the worse! A sure and stable grounding is welcome and advised!

We can question why things are the way they are, but it comes down to the fact that in this world, things are and that's the way it is. When we look to answers, are the resources reliable or do they just fit our own thinking and make us feel okay?

To build up muscles, we have to exercise. To lose weight, eat less and exercise. Gain weight, eat more and exercise. Our bodies need certain things in order to be health, if not provided for we suffer consequences. So, why should our emotions, thinking and desires (our soul) be any different?

If we imagine that we are eating, but really aren't, in the physical, our bodies are not nourished. So, is with our soul. What sort of food does it require? If our body works better with good food - not junk food - should not our soul reflect what we are feeding it as well? Yes, it's obvious!

God has answers for these questions and more. If you need to see something, you need some light by which to view it. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, may you and your life reflect this Light of God!

Ask for His Truth to shine on and in you and be changed by the renewing of your mind by His Living Word; which IS food for your soul and will
ignite your spirit.

Words of Life!

"Fear not, for I have overcome the world."
(The True Light Bearer!)

No matter where you go,
there you are,
make sure it's where
God wants you to be!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yes, We CAN'T ... Keep the 10 Commandments

Before the 10 Commandments were heard of, they had already been broken. 

When Moses looked at what the people were doing, when he returned from communing with GOD on the mountaintop, he literally threw down the two stone tablets, containing the Ten Commandments, smashing them in his anger and disgust at what he saw. 

These people had just come out of slavery from Egypt; influenced by their man-made religions, idolatry and ways of thinking. Naked without the Truth and delusional. Making for themselves their own golden god to dance around; while they ate, drank and rose to play! 

Some define "Religion" as: a way to salvationa return to bondage; or all the different ways that lead to Hell - like all roads lead to Roman. If any of these are/were true, would God's Ten Commandments matter if any or all Religions worked?

The Ten Commandments are not suggestions, but show all of us the requirements (Laws) of GOD. It's about "relationship" and respecting the One who IS the CREATOR, who loves us. Not, foolish or mindless-ness with no end.

Laws can help guide or restrict a person in their behavior, but laws cannot change the human heart ... the soul of a person. God's Law shows the very nature of what is lacking in our being - our ungodliness. 

The main reason the 10 Commandments are unacceptable to some, is that they see their inadequacy and depravity - they're guilty of breaking them. For who wants a stealer, liar, murderer, coveter in their house or running their business? But, look in the mirror of the Law and what do they see? 

Instead of applying or using the Law as perimeters, they purpose to abolish what offends and exposes them. That is the way of the fallen flesh, that cannot and will not acknowledge the good reasoning behind the Law of God. This rejection and dismissal, results in that the very faults we distain in others, we find in ourselves and in our children.

The Pied Piper who blew a tune that mesmer-ized the rats to follow him to the river where they drowned, is similar to being enslaved to the appetites and "doings" that the Ten Commandments tell us "not" to do! What we are not to do is what we are drawn to do, because it's more natural to us, more of our given (fallen) nature.

We like to think of ourselves as overall good people who do what's right, but we find it easier to break the law or lower standards than labor or work at being that good person

Who's had to teach their children to lie, cheat, steal, etc? They learned it somewhere. Being "bad" is easier and more fun than behaving. We continually have to teach and monitor them "what not to do!" 

Although, there are some who are so seared of conscience (hardened hearts) they teach just "not to get caught!" Or, because of their own selfishness and lacking, they fail to inspire excellence of quality of character and focus rather on "looks," "fame" or "material gain." What exists in one's heart comes out, in one way or another, like it or not!

We find it easier to justify our thoughts and actions than to hold ourselves accountable for what we've done or not done; all of which goes against the Divine Way

Some say in toughness, "Laws are meant to be broken!" That is, until someone defiles them, robs them of their money, shoots them, steals away their children or kills their family! Then coveting becomes reality and they understand why God said not to have anything to do with it! Plainly stated, "Do not covet."

The Law has no power in and of itself to change us. It only governs or points out the acceptable way to behave and marks us when we break it. Who of us have not broken man's law, much less those scripted by God? 

If we're caught breaking the law here on earth and punished for it (if caught, or at least bothered by our conscience) isn't it reasonable to consider that breaking the Law of God results in consequences as well - whether you believe HE exists or not!? Wishful thinking or denial of the Truth will not exterminate the LIVING and ALL-MIGHTY GOD!

God designed the Ten Commandments for our own good! To let us know that HE IS GOD, and He desires us to live a better way, to choose His Way. When we realize that it is against God only do we sin, by breaking His Laws and Commandments, we begin to understand that we have a heart problem (we need a new nature by which to live). 

Our offense, or sin, against God, brings consequences. Like the Pied Piper leading the rats to their demise, so goes our souls when we follow our natural sinful nature. Eat, drink and be merry! But, reality does not conform to our wishes, nor do we deserve the power to make it do our biding! Pride and arrogance are sin based, lacking and in need of replacement - Restoration.

It is only by God's Grace and by His Holy Spirit within us do the Ten Commandments make sense. Without God in our lives, in our hearts, we break the law. But God has an answer for each of us and the Commandments starts it out: Believe Him, look to GOD for He IS our Creator, Savior and the fulfiller of our deepest longings.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" 
(Rom 3:23)

But, we can be justified freely by HIS Grace
through Faith in the One who fulfilled the whole Law.
No sin or fault was found in him! 
Perfectly Pure.
Only the Nature of GOD is Godly!

The Christ, in human form like Adam
[what he lost, Jesus bought back]
shed his blood to redeem and restore, 
as it was In the beginning.

Paying the sin-debt with His own life for you and me,
- making us able to believe and trust Him -
so that we would not parish, but
have Eternal Life, with GOD.

We could not
and cannot redeem ourselves,

Get onboard with the Truth!
Your Life in Eternity depends on your choice!

There's room on the Cross for you to be saved 
if you make room in your heart for the Savior!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Your Greatest Source of Power

"It is not what we spend the greatest amount of time that molds us the most, but whatever exerts the most power over us."

The question each of us may be well to consider: What is that Source that has power over us here and now?

Who or what is playing the Life music we're walking by? 

Do you desire a different way than where your life is going? It may be as simple as selecting a better power by which to live.

Ridding yourself of things that pull you down; destructive thoughts that lead your from living a good life, free from the clutter or life sucking influences in your life! You want something better ... to live the Best Life!

In order to have this Best Life, you need the Greatest Source of Power! This Source is where Life originated. Where Truth resides and Love reigns! 

If you're drawn to this kind of Life you have much that awaits you! Here on earth and beyond!

Dip your cup in the Spring that gives true life and satisfies! There's a seed planted in your heart that requires this Dayspring water. Take in the Good and it will push out what defeats you living a life worth living! For this Power Source casts out all fear and replaces it with something more valuable = the very heart and Love of God!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Great Weaver!

The Weaver

"My life is but a weaving 
between my Creator and me; 
I cannot choose the colors 
He worketh steadily. 

Often times He weaves sorrow 
and I in foolish pride, 
forget He sees the upper 
and I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent 
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas 
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful 
in the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned."

In Loving memory of my dad, Maurice Castagne; Mother, Lorraine and brother, Troy.
With Thanks!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Is it 'Okay' to be Obsessed?

Depends on what you're obsessed by or who! 

Human nature tends to be obsessive, usually over the edge on the negative end. Custer's last stand, Hitler's grand plan, Utopian mania, etc. resulting in death of many because of the leading of the few. 

The Good News is that there is one obsession that's okay when it's directed toward the right source. Those who've found the key to this great discovery lived or live the high life, on a spiritual plane that helps free them from worldly temptations, or obsessions.

They give meaning to the verse, that His ways are not our ways. But, if we're connected totally, as much as possible, His ways can become our ways and His thoughts our thoughts! The veil that covers the eyes of the heart is lifted. One becomes obsessed with a greater reality and understanding, that far surpasses the norm of materialism. The source: GOD and His Wisdom, the unveiling of revealed mysteries!

In the old days, some adults use to give honey to their kids when they spoke of God and His goodness - Taste and see that the Lord is Good! Connecting the reality of God to His creation. The same as when Jesus referred to himself as the Bread of life or Word made flesh. Both are things we can relate to/with in this life; that comes from the Spiritual existence, unseen but there. A step up in awareness without Yoga, Eastern Meditation, drugs, New Age thought, Fallen Angels/demons inner talk and the such.

If we get in the habit of turning to the Living and Loving LORD, we won't be victims to the current of the day (the world) or going in circles, locked in circumstances. Instead we will call out first to the Source: "Lord, help me, what should I do?" If you expect Him to answer, listen. 

If you don't want or expect the Truth of the God to answer you, don't ask. Be satisfied with being consumed and obsessed by things that deplete your resources. But, if you are brave enough to ask, taste the real Honey of Life and see that it's alive and sweet!

To be obsessed is one thing, the outcome can either help make you or break you; and the outcome beneficial or destructive.