Thursday, June 24, 2010

Focus On The Fantasy

What fantasy is worth your living or dying for?

When "lady gaga" falls down in the airport, tripped up in her fashionable "making a statement" Frankenstein boots, she responds that she as any 24 yr. old, has feelings of insecurity and does her best not to show it. Hiding behind the "look", and flaming the fire of "Fantasy." Why the insecurity, why the feelings of inadequacy?

Oswald Chambers writes: "Not being reconciled to the fact of sin — not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have.

"If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life, instead of reconciling yourself to it, you will compromise with it and say that it is of no use to battle against it. Have you taken this “hour, and the power of darkness” into account, or do you have a view of yourself which includes no recognition of sin whatsoever?"

Fantasy can't over ride REALITY.
We either compromise or we battle against the fraud.

Is it a 'fantasy' that millions of gallons of oil are destroying the gulf shores? Or is the fantasy that those who are supposedly in charge really trying to prevent it - or are they using it for their own sinful gain. "Believe in our fantasy, and all things will go well."

"Focus on the birdie!"


"This one means we have to stop oil and walk barefoot in Utopia for the elite."


For you who think this administration is doing their best to "fix" the problem, consider again "sin" and the truth of the matter. Is "Global Control and Dictate" the reality? Or just "Dreams of my Father."

Jesus confronted this same thinking while walking on earth. "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." John 8:44

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bending Down in Love?

There's a big difference between when Jesus bent down and started writing in the dust, verse when Barack or Clinton bend down and feign concern of what's happening on a beach.

Where Clinton puts rocks together to form a cross, Christ is the one who bore it on his shoulders, and died on it in our place.

Today, Barack bends down and piddles in the sand, supposed viewing signs of a devastating ocean oil spill, that he's neglected to remedy or act on in the best interest of others [if anything intends to use this crisis for political and personal gain].

We can ask the question: What would Jesus write in the sand beside them, just as he wrote in the dust before those accusing the gal, caught in adultery? We have dust writings in our own yard as well.

Where man falls short, God stands tall. When men's mouths spew out lies and threats, the LORD speaks BLESSINGS and LIFE. The Holy Spirit knows how best to correct our thoughts, heart and behavior.

The story: Jesus returns from the Mount of Olives and goes to the Temple. As a crowd soon gathers, he sits down and begins teaching them about the Wonders of God! While he's speaking words of life to them, leaders and teachers of the religious law (politicians) enter the scene, toting with them a women caught in the act of adultery.

Now, there's no mention of the man she was supposedly caught in the act with; just her and the self-righteous leaders. "They put her in front of the crowd."

How many times do we see this same action occur with those in power today. Same old story.

They interrupt Jesus and demand from him a verdict. "'Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this women was caught in the act of adultery [which they may've even set up - preplanned/entrapment]. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?'" (http://nlt.scripturetext.com/john/8.htm)

Scripture tells us some of what was in the hearts of these men: "They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger."

The same God who used the dust of the earth to create man, once again places his finger on the ground and begins "writing" in the dust for those around to "see!" Probably the very same finger that engraved the 10 Commandments into the rock tablets given to Moses!

Some speculate that Jesus in fact was just re-writing the same 10 Commandments in front of these vicious vipers, that they themselves had broken - just as their fore fathers before them! We don't know that for sure, but it makes perfect sense. The Author of Life, He knows well what to write!

"'They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.'"

At this point, maybe he had only written down 5 Commandments and proceeded to write the other 5! For Scripture states that after hearing this and watching him a bit longer, the accusers, one by one left. Interesting too, the oldest ones left 1st! The only two left in the middle of the crowd were Jesus and the women. That must've been something to behold!

There's a saying that states, that the way a society treats a women is directly related to who their god is. When women are treated with honor and Grace, that is a reflection of the Creator God.

"'Then Jesus stood up again and said to the women, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?" "No Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more.'"


IDOL Dancing

When Moses was delayed on the mountain top, receiving instructions from God, those below became wearisome waiting for his return.

They assembled around Aaron, who had been put in charge, and wailed their dissatisfaction and fretting - thinking that maybe Moses, whose name they had even forgotten, was dead or never coming back.

Since Aaron had come from a land where the norm was worshipping many pagan Egyptian gods, he did the only thing he knew to do to quiet and appease the people. He agreed to the people's demand and constructed a Golden Calf for them, to have as their god to worship.

"Tear off the gold rings in your ears [and noses] and being to me all your gold, to be fashioned into a molten calf." When the idol was complete he stated, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt."

Now we all know that this man-made idol didn't do such a thing, but when people are confused and misguided a golden calf will have to do. It's better than nothing!

They proceeded to party around the golden calf and got so hot from dancing, and whooping it up, they took off their clothes and made themselves quite unsightly.

God told Moses to return to them, for they had "corrupted" themselves, turning from the real God and had reverted back to worshipping and giving sacrifices to pagan gods. Unchanging Sin-Filled Nature.

When Moses met up with Joshua on the way down the mountain, Joshua heard what sounded like "war" to him at first, as they were arriving near the camp. Then they realized it was just a lot of hoopla and singing!

Moses got so angry at the sight of debauchery he threw down the 2 tablets, with the Ten Commandments (God had written with his own finger), shattering them at the foot of the mountain.

That probably symbolized mankind's breaking of the 10 Commandments in more ways than one!

Moses then took the calf made of gold and had it burned, ground into powder, scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it. [That's a study all in and of it self!]

When Moses questioned Aaron, Aaron again did what he only knew to do, he pointed his finger away from himself stating, "Do not let your anger burn against me, you know the people yourself and how they are prone to evil." Now that reaction goes back to the Garden of Eden, when the LORD confronted Adam for disobeying; who points to his wife Eve (that God had given him), who in turn points to the Serpent, who deceived her!

Now if you look at the above picture again and consider this event in history, you'll see the comparison. At least these people are dressed, at this particular time - what about later in the streets during the parties!

How did Moses handle this? He saw that the people were out of control, that Aaron had allowed "derision" (contemptuous ridicule or mockery) to have hold of the people's perspective of reality. So Moses did what he knew right to do, he gave them a choice: Life or death.

He stood at the gate of the camp and stated, "Who ever is for the LORD, come to me."

There comes a time in everyone's life when you join one group or another, even if it's you own. Either we dance around the golden calf knowingly or ignorantly. But, when God asks us to come, we either choose to come or not and reap the rewards or consequences.

Who's the 4th Man In The Fire?

When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down and worship the golden statue that Nebuchadnezzar made (which stood 90' high and 9' wide), they were cast into the flames. The blazing furnace was so hot that those who were ordered to toss them in were killed by the heat of the fire.

What happened next made Nebuchadnezzar stand up in awe and maybe even terror. For in the middle of the fiery flames stood a fourth man, shining brightly as the Son of God! The other three, as you remember, had been loosed from bound-up hands (probably burnt off by the flames) and were walking around in the fire, unharmed.

What conscious awareness these 3 men had, or what they talked with the Fourth man about, Scripture doesn't say. But, you can tell by the text that they were not afraid.

When you watch the Graham Cooke show below, you'll see the in your mind's eye the resemblance of what happened that day in the times of Daniel the Prophet.

Although a statue of Jesus, made of human hands, may be hit by lightening and destroyed, the real LORD, Son of God, Still walks thru the flames and rescues those in bondage. Those He redeems, come out alive, not even smelling like smoke! Now that's REAL POWER and GRACE.


June 14th, 2010; day before Flag Day.


6 Story tall statue hit by lightening 11:15 p.m. during a thunderstorm.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m935GJsDoXE

Friday, June 11, 2010

When the "Fullness of Time Had Come"

I was trying to delete an email that had a number of photos and I couldn't understand why it wouldn't delete. I tried deleting it from the online account and it wasn't there to delete. It was "stuck" somewhere in the net.

Then I remembered that this had happened before. With Mac Mail the message has to be fully downloaded before you can trash it.

The thought came to mind. When God says we have to wait until the "time is full" or the "download is complete" that's just what we have to do - wait. Something needs to come to completion before the next 'action' is allowed to take place.

In this case it was deleting a message. The same could be with anything in our life's or being. Now I realize what God means when He uses the term "When the fullness of time came ..." certain things and events must occur first:

* But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, ...

* ... as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. ...

* ... who gives the rain, the winter and the spring rain, at the right time; who keeps ... and the latter rain in due season: who preserveth for us the fullness of the ...

*
... And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together. ... I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ ...

The fullness of the "time" needs to come to completion before the next page of the Book of Life is turned. God is not slow in bringing forth His Good Pleasure, in that He desires for all to come to Him and receive His Gift of unfailing Love, Grace and Mercy.

So, when you can't delete, or get rid of something - even your own thinking or attitude - ask the One who will help bear your burdens and makes them light, if we truly ask him. You may find that you're one of the last pieces of the puzzle to be filled in to complete the fullness of time of this age.

When the LORD Jesus comes to us - even now to bring us to a completion - He does so, that when the fullness of time occurs, we will be found in Him and His Eternal Life Spirit found in us.

For all who call upon the Name of the LORD will be saved and He will receive us unto himself, as His beloved.

Just as every star in the sky has its place, so do you and I in the Kingdom of God. We just need to be reminded who really loves us and delete the rest.


Time and Space Transrelocation

Ian Clayton tells about his Trans-relocation experience:



Saturday, June 5, 2010

What are Friends ... for?

What Kind of friend are you?

Some friends are like a-part-of-a pie.
Sometime they're crusty and hard,
other times, soft and sweet.


Sometimes the saltiness overrides the sweetness,
or the mixture is just right!

Each has a different flavor, but compliments the One who created 'um.

Some are nutty.
Some fruity.
Some cold but refreshing.
Some are tart, yet invigorating.
Other's are spongy, fluffy, airy, just fun to be with.

All the ingredients that go into a good dessert can be found in a friend!

They love to flour you with kindness.


Encouragement you with substance & the binding action of an egg (Laminin).


Give you a sense of security that they'll be there for you, sweet as sugar.


Add some baking powder to give you a little lift!


Baking soda, just because it helps you keep a clean conscience.


A little Salt to preserve a flavorful friendship.


Oops, wrong salt example!


Speaking God's Words of Truth to you, like anointing oil (healing, empowering, relieving).


Friends together make up one big pie, each a slice adding to the whole!


Now there's other types of dessert and friendships as well!


Sometimes friendships can bring these thoughts out as well:

At times you want to

Whip the pudding out of 'um!

Break 'um like an egg and beat them!

Pinch 'um like salt.

Crush them , like graham crackers, nuts and pretzels to form a base.

Slice, dice and mash them like fruit.

Twirl 'um around until their topping (thinking) is just right.

Add the cherry to top them off to our completion!

What kind of friend is that do you ask?

The ONE who does it the BEST is the Lord God, Who makes and changes us to be good friends.
HE just squeezes us like grapes!

May the Lord Jesus make us the "best Quality friends" ever!!!
Even unto Himself, and His Will!

Making the Best come out of us!