The Way it is


The gravel lays where it is placed and is forced to be ground to powder.  Once a majestic singular mountain, it is now but blowing dust in the open space.  Dust that is now forced to mingle and no longer be singular.

Raindrops fall by orders from creation.  They take their place together to create a body of water that was not before.  What was taken away is giving back.  A brief independence is forced to reunite.

Tree roots split dirt and rock to produce obedient fruit.  In its proper time the fruit appears and does not fade until ordered to fall.  With a crash the limbs shatter on the ground.  What was once tall and magnificently beautiful becomes rot for the growth others.

Three specimens to show God’s will dictated.  He alone is life, there is no life apart from him.  Yet what shall be said of man?

His body follows the dictates of God: to grow, to do, and to die.  But man is not faithful, as all creation endures.  He contrives means of rebellion.

How many ponder these things as they sit in open places?  How many allow themselves to be struck by the nature of sin?  And how many of those will fall on their face and beg for mercy?

Salvation belongs to our God and to the lamb.  What errant creature is able to save himself? 

The rocks


I sit by a mountain stream.  Listen to its voice.  Clear as glass, shimmering like liquid diamonds, the water is entrancing.

Where it is from I cannot tell.  Where it goes is a mystery.  But the water will not leave its banks; by sovereign command it flows deeply entrenched.

The rocks within are not like the rocks on dry land.  The land exposes their nakedness.  But the rocks in the stream are coated with a silver cloak.  What is exposed is useful to man.  What lies beneath is useful to the creatures who inhabit that place.

Behold how the Lord has left us a story.  His people are set apart.  They are willing captives to the water of truth.
Once they are in “The Way”, they are immediately set upon by a singular musical sound.  The voice of God encompasses them.  A soothing and promised embrace is theirs forever.

If the land will not hold them and gives them up to the stream, the water of life will smooth their rough edges.  The water will not toss to them back to where they came.  And they will become dressed in silvery tranquil robe.

By His Grace

“Come on in! The Water’s Fine”


Swimming

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I send this message out to every man.  I send this to those who hate the Lord of Life, as well as those who are entering that Love. 

God is true.  God is merciful.  He knows our state of affairs.  And He is willing to accept any attempt you make toward allowing Him to give you The Life.  What He has spoken to the wicked hearts of man remains.  But so does the Hope He offers remain. 

I speak as one who has tasted His Love.  And everyone who He has embraced can testify that the life led under the Lordship of God is worth living.  It is better, by a measure not known to man, to live with the Lord of Life as my master than to spend a million years locked in the futility of my wicked heart.

The hope that grows within me is wordless.  I cannot speak the joy He gives.  With Him I find endurance in the face of any trial.  And all the trials His people endure are the same as those who infect the days of the wicked.  Why would you continue to live without Him?  If you inspect the answer to that you will find your pride.  If you will but lower your pride and seek His face you too can know this joy.

We laugh as children when we enter the water to swim.  And we tell those on the shore to jump in with us, “The water’s fine!”  And we swim and frolic in our joy born of water.  To those on the shore we appear foolish.  For they know the water is cold.  But as we endure the beating against our bodies we begin to warm and learn to have joy in what they consider too cold.

The same is true with the Love of God.  For those who remain outside, this love appears as a judgment against them.  But if you will just enter you will find it more beautiful a life than anything on this earth can give. 

What I am saying is clear.  But let me state it clearly, lest anyone mistake my words.  To be a servant of Jesus, the Christ of God, has no comparison to being a servant of our wicked hearts.   Come!  Enter in.  Abandon your pride and humble yourselves before the Most High God.  Call on the name of Jesus and expect.  Believe His message to man and live.  I tell you a truth, God is able to transform every aspect of your fears into a glorious freedom and confidence.  You do not need to die alone, as you are currently destined to do.  His hand is extended in this time of trouble.  Reach out and take it!

By His Grace.

Salt and Ice


The world is growing colder to the will of God.  And in the end we will see that coldness increase.   What should a man of God desire then?  How will he resist becoming cold to God’s will as the world around him freezes deeper?  Here are some isolated thoughts regarding this coldness. 

It is given to man a certain part of truth that he might give it to others.  I present these things for someone else to expound on.  I am not receiving the ability to put them together in a “fluid” state (no pun intended).  I encourage the one who is blessed to assemble them to do so.  I would love to read how they fit.

Pure water freezes at 32 degrees.  But add salt and you can extend water’s resistance.  The more salt you add the more resistance to freezing.

The Lord Jesus refered to truth as water.  A Spring of water welling up within a man is the work of the Holy Spirit leading us to holiness. 

He also speaks of the need for us to have salt in us.  We are encouraged to have salt in our speech.  This salt is the Gospel.  We are to testify of God’s words often and with boldness. 

Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.  That is, there was no water in her testimony.  Though she was leaving the judgment of God, she did not desire His will.

I want to have God’s will in my life.  I desire to know the Gospel (both the warnings and encouragements of God’s word).  I desire to resist this “Coldness” the world is headed to.  So the more salt within me the better. 

I consider the effect of salty water as it resists the cold.  And I’m put in mind of a burning desire to receive the will of God.  Now my mind turns to a question.  What is the melting point of salt?  I find it melts at an astounding 1545 degrees.  What cold could freeze such an intense heat? 

Father, Your Holy Name is from ages past.  Your truth remains unmovable and sure.  It is Your will that can withstand the blast of cold hearts.  The sin around us grows colder and colder to Your will.  Certainly, there will come a time when You rise from Your Majestic, pure, righteous, and Holy Throne to judge the world for all it’s sinfulness.  I beg Your perfect mercy, that I might not succumb to this coldness.  But allow that I should burn with intense salt of truth.  Let the water of Your Holy Spirit fill me with desire to serve the Living God.   You have chosen Your Son Jesus as our shield in the day of judgment.  He is our shield even now.  We desire Your will above all else.  Not because we are righteous men and women, but because it is Your will to separate a people to Yourself.  You are God!  And there is no one like You.

By His Grace.