How Much?


Can you name anything on earth that’s free?  Everything costs something.  Even breathing requires an expense of energy from the lungs.  So, even air is not free.  We pay for it by physical labor.  Someone will say, “It’s a voluntary reflex.  And the energy expended is so small”.  But something is paid, regardless.  Isn’t it?

The Christian will tell you that salvation is free.  Now, I will differ with that.  We must believe that God’s word about himself is true.  That’s an expense of personal security, (at least as we perceive security) isn’t it?  Even salvation costs us something.  And the deeper we travel into Christ’s Holy will, the more we are asked to give up.  The more of our “trustworthy” perception we’re asked to relinquish.

I was going to target this idea to the atheist and such like.  But as I went to the Lord about it, I remembered the faithless Christians I’ve met.  I’m not going to go into an attack here.  But it’s important to make this point to all men, evidently.

If you want salvation from the Holy Lord of Life, you’re going to have to be willing to surrender some portion of your “dearly loved security”.  The more you sacrifice your safety, so that you can rely on God, the more He will grant you faith.  And why wouldn’t this be so?

From the man who is sure there is no God, to the one who thinks Christianity is a social club, you need to understand this.  Nothing on earth is free.  And the cost of Christianity is everything you’ve got.

Advertisements

Just Slow Down


Something keeps playing on my mind lately.  It likely has to do with being a truck driver.  But the implications of this thought extend into absolutely every facet of life.

A truck driver jack knifed his rig on ice one night.  His carless driving, in extreme circumstances cost the life of a mother and her baby girl.  I don’t know the outcome of the court case.  But I can assume that the driver was sent to jail on manslaughter charges, at least.

jackknife

(picture is not of the accident I’m talking about)

 

His life ruined.  The family in tears.  The potential of two lives was in the driver’s hands, though he had no clue until the slide began.

Here’s the really painful part.  The next day, the sun came out.  The temperature went from 15 degrees to 45 degrees, within the space of 12 hours.  Within a day the highway was cleared of all signs of the wreck, except for the bent up guard rail.

The implication to drivers is clear.  Just slow down!

The implication to everyone else is, “Just hang on!”

Are you tempted to steal?  Wait till the urge passes, to move your wicked hands.  Are you plagued by sexual desires?   Count off 12 hours before you make that decision.  And how many other “stupid” decisions would have never happened if we had just waited for the “storm” to pass?

Slowing down may mean getting up from the couch, where temptation stews like a pot on a warm burner.  Honestly, in the power of Christ Jesus, it’s that easy.  Without Christ, however, you’re not likely to even be found reading this post, let alone realize there is a way out of your horrible decisions.

Godly, Magnificent, Holy, and Eternally Valuable!


The shape of the human body is so very wickedly misused.  If a man comes among others, well dressed, washed, and manicured from foot to head, he is received as “something important and desirable”.  If a woman does the same, she is admired, sought after, idolized, and honored.  But does anyone ask, “Do they contain what is true”?

Any homeless and ignorant man can be dressed the same.  He can be taught how to walk and hold himself.  He can be cleaned up and presented to that same crowed.  They will surely accept him as one of their own, until he speaks his own language.

How easily fooled are the masses of humanity.  How easily fooled is the Church of God.  How narrow eyed are the eyes of those who say they see.  And how blind are the eyes are those who cannot.

How utterly sorrowful that man should accept such tripe as if it were godly, magnificent, holy, and eternally valuable.  All the while, there is One who holds out his Holy hands to all men.

His hands are not well manicured, for they bear a hole in each.  His body is not built as the desired bodies of such “elegant” people.  For there is a large hole in his side.  And his feet would not incur adoration.  For there are holes in them too.

Yet this is the One who is Godly, Magnificent, Holy, and Eternally Valuable!

The Three Visions


To Christians:

I want to share with you three items of vision that came to me.  But please bear with me in the following word of caution.

I do not share these things to add to my glory or your plight.  In my estimation, these things are useful to all my brothers.  But they should not be allowed to become a source of superstition.  I know the proclivity of man to misuse everything that comes into his hands.

I had three instances of vision the other night.

As I lay down to sleep, I heard my name called out plainly.  If I were not accustom to spiritual things, I would have thought someone called to me outside my truck.  It was that clear.  Not to mention, that the sound came into my right ear, which was laying on the pillow.

As quickly as my mind could process the hearing of it, I asked out loud, “Who calls me?”  There was no answer.

So I lay waiting for what would come next.  I knew it was not the Lord.  So I waited.

I did not need to wait long.  With my eyes shut, I was startled to see a creature, just a little ways off from me.  He stood behind some darkened trees.  The trees were silhouetted against a darkened, yet glowing, horizon.  And the creature stood just on the other side of the trees.

He was white.  He glowed slightly.  But his glow was not like a light.  He was a magnificent creature.  He had no hair.  But his build did not lack for it.  He was seamlessly built.  He had no clothing.  Yet there was a series of shining rings on his chest.  The rings overlapped.  I thought to myself that the rings were golden.  But in the light provided, I could not be sure.  His body was smooth like white plastic.  His arm, which I could see, was not built like a man’s.  For it had more bulges than the muscles of a man.  (I do not think he was satan.  But what can I say I know.)

He was looking at me intently.  Yet he said nothing.  Soon, he moved to his left, behind the trees, and out of view.  Next, I saw him again, moving past me, near and quickly from right to left.  Yet he did not look at me as he passed.

In all this, I remember first feeling some fear.  But I heard the Lord’s voice say, “Be at peace”.  So I just lay and observed.  He did not come to do harm.  He came to intimidate me.

The next vision came rather quickly behind the second.  I saw two men approaching me down a city sidewalk.  Again, it was night.  The first, I can recall rather vividly.  His face was the color of flesh.  His face was well proportioned, according to a man.  He had a line of beard that traced the underside of his jaw.  But it was cut short.  His jacket was black, and in the fashion of a Nehru jacket.  The collar stood up, quite high, and was embroidered with a golden symbol of curves which interlaced one another, and apparently went all the way around the collar.

The one behind the first was but as a shadow man.  He had the form of a man with a hooded and overly large jacket covering his form.  He followed the first.  And I could not see his face.

They approached without words.  But I could see the eyes of the first intently looking at me.  Again, a startle came over me.  But I remembered the words, “be at peace”.  I simply watched them to see what would happen.

As they drew near, the first turned his face quickly and sharply to the right.  And without a word, they both followed the point of his face and passed me by.

I asked the Lord, when all this had passed, “Who are these?”  His answer opened my mind to an awareness I had not had before.  “They are those who desire to have you.”

I have written these visions, the hearing of my name, the white figure in the trees, and the two who passed me by, so that my brothers might know they are also being watched.

Too often we get caught up in the things of this world.  We think we war against many things that are not of the spiritual realm.  But this series of visions have caused me to be more wary of my soul’s intent.  It has “awaken” me more than ever before.  I pray that it adds to your understanding.  I pray it gives you an uplifted awareness.

Be made aware, again.  We share this creation with other creatures.  But do not fear them.  Simply add to your awareness.  We have been set free for the Holy will of the Christ of God.  He will not lose one of those the Holy Father has placed into his Holy hands.  So be put, as was I, at peace.  But heighten your devotion to the Holy Lord who has purchased us all with His Holy Blood.

The Shameful Difference


You look at me and complain that I am not “of you”.  I look at you and consider the same thing.  Did you realize that?  Or did you think your view of things so proper that anyone who does not agree should be put to death for the sake of his worthless thoughts?

The entire world does not agree with the Living God’s thoughts.  In fact, you can’t possibly know them.  (So how can you possibly agree?)  Yet the Living God does not throw away His Mercy toward us all; he is utterly unlike the ways of Man.

Look at how you divide according to the thoughts of a man.  Look at how God includes, regardless how we cannot agree with him.

Doesn’t this put us to absolute shame?  Aren’t we, as one, become a worthless product of the Holy Living God’s Holy Desire?

The Hard Baked Clod of Dirt


Oh, Man!  Look and see what you have done.  See how you quibble over a clod of dirt; dried into a hard, tiny, rock.  You see it in the hands of another.  You desire what the other has.  So you threaten.  You plot.  You contrive reason to steal.  And with various means, you attack with purpose filled vengeance.  You take what is not yours.

First you offer compensation to the other, that you might have what does not belong to either of you.  For all things belong to God.  Then, if he refuses, greed burns within you.  The clod fills your dreams in the night.  The clod preoccupies all your thoughts during the day.  And the man who holds it secure in his house becomes your enemy.

How is this right?  What right do you have to envy another man over a clod of dirt?  What folly is this that men do?  Yet you call it reasonable!   You call it legitimate business.

Go!  Finish what is in your heart to accomplish!  Kill the man so that you can have your desire.  Take from him what does not belong to either of you!  Go ahead!

Then, then you will both find yourselves in another place.  Your hands empty of dirt, but over flowing with greed, and every wicked thing.  Shame covering your face, you will see the One to whom the Living God has given all things.  You will both stand before the One who owns it all!  Your life having been filled with greed for what you have no RIGHT to own.

What then?  You have lived your entire life full of purpose to gain.  Now you have nothing.

Why won’t you hear these words?  Why do you pay money for that which is not food?  Why do you hate and murder your brother for what neither of you owns?  Why won’t you look into these things before you are forced to appear before the owner of all heaven and earth?  Why would you finish your pathetic days in shame?

The Gospel answers you.  The Gospel waits to be read.  There is understanding, so very near the tips of your fingers.  Why won’t you pick it up and learn?