I will be gone for about 8 days.  I won’t be able to access WordPress.  Not that this should bother my brothers, for you have your own productivity in the Lord to keep you busy.

But I post this as a request for mercy.  For when I return, there is likely to be a flurry of posting.  I ask you who have subscribed to this blog to understand that I’m not trying to flood your inbox when this happens.

I will have produced a number of posts in the interim.

This blog is a testimony of the Love of God which I am learning.  It is not a source intended to direct, teach, or lead others (though it sometimes goes that direction).  Yet I don’t want to disturb any of you when I return.

May God bless your walk, according to the riches of Christ within us all.  May the coming week provide a wonderous revealing of His Majesty to all my brothers and sisters.

We will all gather together in the coming age with glorious joy.  It is good that we strive to develop this joy while we are here.  Though it pales horribly to that which is promised, as we grow in application of the things of God, we grow ever closer together.  May this be the nature of our reunion in a week.


Time and Eternity

Among the things of man there are places that we “wait” to encounter.  We wait for Sunday, that we might attend worship with our brothers.  The time in the middle of the week to gather together and study the Holy Word.  Perhaps there is also a time in our lives when we gather together to pray as one.  And there is a “waiting” for these moments to appear.

But there need be no waiting to become one with God in Christ Jesus.  The body needs to wait for the next appearance of event.  But the soul has no sense of time.  For the soul is of the same essence as the Spirit of God.  It is timeless.

Those who live according to the needs of the body separate one moment from another.  Those who live according to the nature of the soul, find recognition of time a burden.  They do not take note of passing moments that have come and gone without productivity.  But they live in eternity.

Prayer and worship are not a place on this earth.  they are a matter of posture.  It is the result of a life led in the Spirit of God.

Without Regret!

I cannot know the fullness of the Life that lives within the Holy Power of the Holy Living God.  But I can know in part.

What I perceive is beyond the expectations and dreams of man.  If man says something is worthy, God is more.  If man says an action is righteous, God is more.  If man speaks of a life that is worthy to live, God is more.

I can rest assured that the Living God in Christ Jesus is infinitely more than anything of man.  And I can rest in knowing, with great boldness, that the Living God’s Christ is willing to lift me into His Holy Life.

I may not know the fullness of the Gospel.  But I can proclaim with great confidence the things I have heard.  I cannot “do” the Holy Life my Lord Jesus has done.  But I can do the things He speaks to life in my soul.  For His Holy words are living.  They give and grant life wherever they appear.  If I survey my soul’s proof of “Doing”, and find clarity of conscience before the Living God, then I can rightly surmise that I have known Him.  And doesn’t this “knowing” provoke proclamation?

From this wellspring of holy Life, that beauty He has extended within me, I can proclaim with excellent boldness and fearless determination.  It matters not that I am void of full understanding regarding the things of God.  What matters is that I open my mouth and allow the Holy Spirit of God to use my tongue, and this to the Glory of Jesus the Christ of God!

Glorify the Living God, all you who know of His Good News.  Yield up what rightfully belongs to Him.  Give what belongs to God, even your entire life, body, mind, strength, and soul.  What reasoning should we use to excuse our partial and unwilling service?  What regret belongs to us if we hold back?

There is a day, and a day which is fast approaching, in which we will give full account of the willingness we offer today.  Shall we provide regret in that moment, by refusal to serve Him today?  Shall the eternal soul, which belongs to us, despise the choices we make today?

Wouldn’t it be so beautiful if our soul should be able to stand before the Living God’s Holy Son with a fullness of accounting, full of joy, boldness, and surety of accomplishment?  Wouldn’t it be so lovely a moment to hear the words, Well done, thou good and faithful servant.  Come.  Enter into the joy of your master.

How is your soul’s stance not your responsibility today?  What excuse stands well before the Living Truth of God?  Regret is a monster of monstrous proportions!  Why would you capture him and try to make him your household pet?  Don’t you know that a “Regret” will surely consume, without mercy, anyone who desires to tame him?  If this is the case with a single regret, what of an entire herd?  They will surely raze your entire house to the ground!

The Storehouse of Determination

The house of light.

The storehouses of hail and snow.

The place where lightning and wind are cast abroad.

The father of rain and dew.

The womb of winter, with its ice and heavenly born frost.  (Reference job 38 for more.)

Only God knows these places and ways.  They are marvelous concepts to ponder.  Beautiful words that beckon understanding.  Yet who among us can hope to grasp their full meaning.  The fullness of them belongs to God alone.

As marvelous as they are, there is one more mystery I went to present before the Living God and His Holy Christ.  And in my presentation, I found a similarly mysterious quality.  So I write it here.  Let my fellow man ponder it while I wait for an answer. 

(Shall the answer come from the Holy Spirit of God, directly to my soul?  Or shall he send the testimony of a man, to humble my soul?  I will know I have received, when I see it appear in my will to obey.  Regardless its source of arrival, there will be joy and praise to God.)

“Where is the storehouse of determination?”

With righteous expectation, the Holy Lord commands all men to become holy before his sight.  And he does not ask too much!  For he willingly gives the strength to overcome the wickedness of this place of testing.  Let us be willing to confess, that it is we who do not provide his rightful expectation.

He has promised that a man may go to him for wisdom, with full expectation of receiving.  By this he provides the tools to accomplish His Holy will among men. 

But I find a mystery at work in this.  Why do so few accomplish his rightful expectation?  And what strength do those who overcome employ?  The answer has come to me in the form of a question.  “Where is the storehouse of determination?”

The Holy Son of God knew where it was.  And from it he drew consistently.  For he was found fully pleasing before his Father, the Living God.

It is as if each man lives in a spacious place.  It is as if his own land.  God Himself commands us to farm this place and to keep it in good order.  It is His righteous and Holy expectation that we obey.

But what should a man say if he finds a task he cannot accomplish?  Perhaps a rebellious tongue abides on his own land.  Perhaps his besetting sin grows weeds faster and taller than the righteous crop expected. 

Frustration attends the man’s land as if a rebellious servant.  What hope does such a man have to accomplish the righteous holy will of his God?  Such a man needs another tool.  Such a man needs determination!

He has seen that others have it.  He has also perceived his own lack.  Yet he knows that God is faithful to provide.  So he has searched among his things to find determination.  Still his farm proves his lack.

With the little time God gives us in our life, do we have time to search the vastness of our own land?  And what should we say, if in our search, we have not found the means to obey?  Time grows short and we are bound to appear before him.  “Do I dare appear with a lack?”

God has required it of him.  God is just in all his expectations.  But where is the storehouse of determination?  And it must be a storehouse for it is not a singular tool!  It is a constant, overflowing, and endless resource.  Therefore there must be a storehouse of vast potential.  But where is it?

Who has found this place on his own land?  It is he who has succeeded to give the Living God his rightful expectation.  It is he who can be relied upon with excellent faithfulness.  It is the kind of man who receives all the excellent titles, both from God and man.  It is he, of whom it can be said, “This one has accomplished”, or “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.

So I ask again, with a hope of mist around me, that some man may answer me.  Or that God himself will lead me to it.  “Where is the storehouse of determination?”

By His Grace

Baby “Man”

Here we live and die in obscurity.  How utterly unpalatable for Man!  “I refuse to live in obscurity I will be recognized as vital!”  So screams Man.

Everything the heart of Man does is focused on recognition.  The way he moves, how he dresses himself, the words he uses as he speaks, the friends he gathers to himself, and all the things he buys with what money he can make.  These are but a loud cry of complaint.

Scream and cry and kick like a baby.  Beat your brother about the head for the things he has, you will gain absolutely nothing.  It will gain you nothing in the end.  As you lived your life in obscurity, so you will die.  Though you strive to “keep up with the Joneses”, amasing similar trinkets, you still remain obscure.

The pride of man is futile and pure folly.  But humility before God in Christ Jesus His holy son, this is renowned.  This is to become “someone”!

By His Grace

“I Am God”

Peace, every human wants it.  But not a single one is capable of grasping it.

In the struggle for peace:

Some try to fill their lives with their desire; amassing to themselves all manner of trinkets.  With what commerce they own they purchase peace.

Some use anger to control the world around them; driving others away, lest desires clash.

Many turn to drunkenness, sexual immorality, and drugs; subduing their perception of reality lest they perceive anxiety (Peace eluding them once more).

Most turn to a form of religion; encasing themselves in a structure of belief in God mixed with social righteousness.  They find they have the acceptance of man, but they are still void of the acceptance of God.  Peace eludes them even while they reach to grab.

Still a few turn to a life of obscure devotion to an obscure god; wasting away with self abuse for the sake of the god they make in their mind.  The fruit of the peace they seek is death itself.  A wasting death, void of peace, and filled with anxiety.

There is nothing on the face of this planet, nor all creation, that can give peace.  If man makes it, or has anything to do with its production, it is immediately laced with chaos.  The very peace they seek is wasted by their own efforts to attain or produce it.

True peace must come from a place of perfect Peace and Truth.  This entire creation is but a shadow of that place.  At our very best we can only manipulate lies to form what we call truth.  Because of that, anxiety is king over all humanity.

It is written in the Bible, “Then they will know that I am God”.  I never really grasped the full meaning of that until now.  Yet by the very definition of Truth, can I say I have grasped its entirety?  (I write this while I am on the earth.  I have not yet arrived in heaven.)

God the Father, His Holy Son, and the Holy Spirit; these are Peace.  They are from eternity and they are life.  They alone are Truth, for the Father alone is Truth. 

Peace is given not contrived.  Unless we receive what He offers, we will have no peace at all.

And let a man rebel against God’s commands, while he is in the process of receiving, he will find peace removed from him by degree.  With the stark difference in his soul, the man will perceive the words, “Then they will know that I am God”.  (Let the reader understand, I am writing this from experience not conjecture.)

Anything that is extended can be retracted or cut off.  Anything that is given can be removed.  For the one who has given is more blessed than he who receives. 

It is fortunate for the Christian, that what he has received is regulated by perfect loving wisdom.  The very purpose of the regulation is to “draw” the Christian to Truth. 

If this article provokes anything, let it be this:  anyone who is drawn to Truth must go where Truth lives.  God alone is True. 

It is in this drawing that we begin to understand the words, “Then they will know that I am God”.  If you seek Truth, with diligent and humble heart, you will come to understand those words.

Read what God said through Ezekiel.  “I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel.  [He who struggles with God.]  I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand.” (39: 2,3) 

God himself will lead us to himself, and this through Christ Jesus His Holy and Righteous Son.  Anyone who is drawn to God will lose his own perception of truth.  In its place, Christ Jesus becomes King.  Progressively, chaos is decimated.

It is not possible for man to manufacture his own peace.  But True Peace comes with a price.  The cost of redemption has been paid.  But the cost of Truth is very steep.  A man is forced to pay everything he has. 

Who, among God’s people, is willing to pay that price?  I suggest to you there is not a single one.  But it is God who comes to us all to give what we are neither willing or able to pay.

God provides the place where understanding of these things is far more than academic.  It gets quite personal!  Isn’t that what he means when he says, “Then they will know that I am God”.

By His Grace