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A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress – Becoming What We Are in Christ

1 Samuel 16:7b NKJV. “… For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

2 Corinthians 5:14, 16 NKJV. “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; … Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.”

Is this to say that we need not espouse the directive to become holy, that our sanctification is not to be manifest, that we never encourage or exhort or pray for one another, or that the life of Christ within us remains some sort of hidden candle that never brings its light to the world, or that it is OK to sin that grace may abound?

By no means!

What it does mean is that we do not judge according to our own standards of what we see on the outside of a person, as indicating what God is doing on the inside of a person, as to their spiritual progress. We are to regard them as someone for whom Christ shed His blood and thus they are His claim. What He works in them, or the time it takes is not up to us.

So often our regard for one another is according to the flesh. We need to “see” a different way. Paul points to a “mystery” here: that is, if One (Jesus Christ) died for all, then all died. 

This is the feature of proclaiming the Gospel, so that all who died in Christ may hear and also join Him in His resurrection, as having been made new creatures in Him.

Let’s consider that in light of Ephesians 2:4-10.  I’ll let you look that up rather than writing it here. Have you taken this reality to heart? It means to live according to the “vision” of already having died and made love in the death and resurrection of Jesus! It is in this reality that we live, move, and have our being – becoming what we have been made already – ever being cleansed and made whole by grace through faith, and that the Holy Spirit is ever cleansing us and making us whole – wholly – holy more like Jesus all the time.

We become what we are. Paradoxically. Choose into it and live out from it. That is the expectation of the Gospel!

Pick up an acorn from the ground, and say, “This is an oak tree!” And so it will be – when it is planted into the ground, subjected to being diminished and to dying to its current form. That must happen, if the “life codes” put in it by our Creator are to be awakened, and thus it may gradually become something other than a little nut. It involves a process to become what it is, that great big tree that we cannot see, except with the eyes of faith in God’s intention for the acorn.

Like the acorn, we are to become what we are, not just remain little nuts. That is the expectation of the Gospel! But, as Jesus makes clear, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24 NKJV. That is applicable to any seed, pit, or nut.

Here’s another way to see it. 

As I write this, I can see a very large painting I finished some months ago, yet it was started over 25 years ago! There were clearly long periods of dormancy. Other priorities seemed to prohibit finishing it. It sat in the basement gathering dust for years after only the background had been painted. It had to be lifted out of its space in the dark, and put back on the easel. Cleaned up before the rest of the paint could be applied to it. Then recently, something prompted me to get working on it again, and it seemed urgent to complete it. So a work in progress, even though with many delays, had finally become what it was intended to be – after it became clear in my mind what the subject was really all about.

As I finished it, I realized that this is how the Christian life works. It’s always a work in progress. We are its recipients, thanks be to the Holy Spirit.

We should never give up on anyone, especially our fellow believers, as confused or problematic as they may seem to us! Jesus does not give up on us! 

This is why we do not cease to give thanks and to make mention of one another in our prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and Father of glory, may give to us all the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. This is a paraphrase from Ephesians 5 beginning at verse 15-23. It was how Paul prayed for believers!

This prayer is well worth adapting, to be prayed over all who name the name of Christ Jesus. We can include our sometimes discouraged selves! We cannot see what we are to be without the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. Once you see it, you cannot unsee it, and the “vision” will encourage and spur you on.

It’s important to get rid of the reductionistic, “linear” thinking that has beset the definitions of the Gospel. We have to see all that He has made available to us, in order to be all that He desires us to become according to His will – comprehending no one according to the flesh. In other words according to our human, finite opinions about where this one or that one ought to be by now.

The Holy Spirit used my painting to illustrate this to me. The chief Creator and Master Artist! He reinforced – with the encouragement of this project – an understanding about His work in me, and especially in others. It just doesn’t happen all at once. His grace is all sufficient! And He is patient beyond our imagining.

I have also noticed that some of the great classic hymns were not brought forth to completion overnight. Lyrics, for example, might have been penned by a Reformer from the 16th century, but the words were known only to a few of perhaps his contemporaries. Or the words may have been written by someone anonymous, yet having a good sense of being able to combine good theology with poetry. Yet a century later, someone else comes up with a melody. And a century after that someone translates it, and it is published and put into a hymnal – which you have the honor of holding in your hands. The truly worthwhile works seldom happen in the blink of an eye.

(And just an aside – this is also why I advocate for the use of hymnals: They put you in a prayerful posture, with your head bowed and your hands in a receptive position, filled with the word of God in poetic rendition.) 

Nature and creative processes are works of God that don’t happen overnight. And so it is with those to whom God gives the right to become His sons and daughters, those who believe on His name. We are His workmanship, cast in the earth forge of affliction and trial, to bring forth beings of eternal glory and beauty and fitting us for the heavenly kingdom. This is an amazing gift!

Consequently we must be patient in prayer, even for those who may resist the Gospel as they live according to the world and the flesh. Prayer and patience will prevail. We see them and call upon God on their behalf, always remembering that the purchase price of their soul has been paid by the blood of the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world. 

There’s also a time and a place for a truthful admonition, rebuke, or some encouragement, by the way.

We should also be ever prepared to present the precious foundational Gospel with this understanding: that which has been provided in and through the work of Christ Jesus must be entered into and lived, in repentance and faith, ever turning to Him Who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

Let’s never take for granted the “Great Commission.” “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ” Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV. Pray, ponder, proclaim!

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8,9 NKJV.

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The End

However you may perceive the Book of Enoch, I’ve pondered it for years, and have high regard for it. Reading it upon exiting the New Age was frankly an epiphany that brought me back to Christianity… One of the factors, at least. And then I got back into the standard canon of Scriptures.

But aside from that –

It has a lot to say about the end of times, for one thing. I was reading it the other day (I have an app of it on my phone), and here was a show stopper remark from 79:8-10, as Uriel instructs Enoch.

The entire created order is in disarray, and he says,

The thoughts of those who dwell on the earth shall transgress within them; and they shall be perverted in all their ways. They shall transgress, and think themselves gods; while evil shall be multiplied among them. And punishment shall come upon them, so that all of them shall be destroyed.”

This made an impact, upon hearing once more the arrogant braggadocio of a couple of the primaries from the WEF, boasting about becoming gods, and how now that God was dead (oh, really?), one in particular has his sites set on killing “His body.”

Anyone who speaks this way is clearly filled with, or at least overtaken by, the prince of darkness. The intention of that one has always been to usurp God. He knows he cannot. Yet he also knows that the way to hurt any loving parent is to go after his children.

We will see about that.

Scripture is likewise clear about the outcome.

Stay tuned.

Soli Deo Gloria. Amen.

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Are We Where He Is?

From Email / Daily Open Windows

December 28, 2022 By T. Austin-Sparks: The Gospel According to Paul – Chapter 5

For to me to live is Christ.” (Philippians 1:21)

“That is the good news of the all-captivating Christ. When Christ really captivates, everything happens and anything can happen. That is how it was with Paul and with these people. Christ had just captivated them. They had no other thought in life than Christ. They may have had their businesses, their trades, their professions, their different walks of life and occupations in the world, but they had one all-dominating thought, concern and interest – Christ. Christ rested, for them, upon everything. There is no other word for it. He just captivated them.

“And I see, dear friends, that that – simple as it may sound – explains everything. It explains Paul… it explains these believers, it explains their mutual love. It solved all their problems, cleared up all their difficulties. Oh, this is what we need! If only you and I were like this, if we really after all were captivated by Christ! I cannot convey that to you, but as I have looked at that truth – looked at it, read it, thought about it – I have felt something moved in me, something inexplicable. After all, nine-tenths of all our troubles can be traced to the fact that we have other personal interests influencing us, governing us and controlling us – other aspects of life than Christ. If only it could be true that Christ had captured and captivated and mastered us, and become – yes, I will use the word – an obsession, a glorious obsession!

“When it is like that, we are filled with joy. There are no regrets at having to “give up” things. We are filled with joy, filled with victory. There is no spirit of defeatism at all. It is the joy of a great triumph. It is the triumph of Christ over the life. Yes, it has been, and because it has been, it can be again. But this needs something more than just a kind of mental appraisement. We can so easily miss the point. We may admire the words, the ideas; we may fall to it as a beautiful presentation; but, oh, we need the captivating to wipe out our selves – our reputations, everything that is associated with us and our own glory – that the One who captivates may be the only One in view, the only One with a reputation, and we at His feet. This is the gospel, the good news – that when Christ really captivates, the kind of thing that is in this letter happens, it really happens. Shall we ask the Lord for that life captivation of His beloved Son?”

What follows is a “PS” from me: This is right in sync (IMO) with that last prayer of Jesus with His disciples in John 17.

First He prays for Himself (:1-5).

Then He prays for His disciples specifically (:6-19).

Last of all (but not least?) He prays for “those who will believe in Me through their word” (:20-26).

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.

26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

This reminded me of the refrain from one of those wonderful old hymns…

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

This reflects His prayer: that they may behold… the glory that is His He gives to us… He prays that “the love with which You (the Father) loved Me may be in them, and I in them!”

I can’t imagine a better thought with which to enter into a new year!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Amen.

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Grieve-ance

Grievance

Don’t you find it disturbing that – not only are we going through some unparalleled, unprecedented times (that they are global rather than regional makes it so, IMO) – but that so few even notice, even when something is shown to them?

This is where we have to be careful. Especially when it comes to name calling, such as what gets thrown around in the way of “They are so stupid…” You think you’re smart because you see something and are aware. You have awakened. And you aren’t too much bothered by it… But “THEY” are just ignorant and stupid.

Chem trails. The effects of the injectacide (y’all know what I mean). Poison in the air, the water, the food. Lies. Propaganda. Crooked elections. Open borders. Media lies and celeb mouthpieces who are most unworthy “idols.” (But what is a “worthy” idol? An oxymoron.) Constant bombardment of “ain’t it awful” from so many sources – ever so well intentioned – who keep pounding and hounding about the bad news (and it is bad), and put it in front of you, as if force feeding you “truth” that is like journalistic spinach (or pick anything else you hate to eat).

No thanks. I got it. Now I will process it in my own way, and in my own prayerful timing.

There is a war against mankind going on right now. An all out assault on all levels. There are devils in human disguise on the loose on every front. Satan is real. His minions and human sycophants are busy and well organized. We all have our own perspectives on that. Some call it the “4th Turning.”

So let’s just stop with that analysis for a few moments, and connect with some compassion, as to how some folks respond to it. They’re not all “stupid.” They hurt and are in denial. Who has not lost something, or someone, or what characterized your life as “old normal” before “all this” picked up its momentum before?

What we can conclude is that perhaps there’s a massive GRIEVING going on over what has been lost. We have all been assaulted on many fronts – spiritual, psychological, physical, mental, emotional… In some cases the very core of being has been tampered with and damaged severely. Each one of us has a story on that of what the cost has been for the last, specifically 3 years since 2019.

What is common is the GRIEVING!

If you think you’re handling this well, and are proud of it, well, good for you. But some people are not handling things well. They may not be STUPID, as they have been judged, but they may be in the DENIAL phase. If someone does not have the “tools” or the toughness that you have to handle what’s going on, how about growing a little understanding, instead of name calling?

Each of the phases of grieving are handled at different paces by different individuals. And this is global grieving, on a scale never before experienced by humankind.

Evil has the upper hand. This is “Satan’s Little Season,” as it has been referred to. It will not last forever. Because those involved plant the seed of evil, they will eventually reap their own harvest.

But people are being hurt. Desperately in some cases. We ought no to add to that, especially if we name the name of Christ.

A good place to start with an attitude adjustment, as far as bringing a little balm to the wounded, is Psalm 37:1,2. “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.”

It’s good to have “situational awareness.” But sometimes it’s also good to know when to back off. Especially if it becomes a matter of pride in knowledge, to the point where we become part of the problem.

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Generosity and Gratitude

Things that happen, of a mindset not reflected in the title of this offering, among people of one’s acquaintance are often a source of grief. A reminder to pause and consider. Especially when it is among those who call Jesus Lord. Let’s just say only that much at the outset, without going into details.

What it illustrates, among little people and the great and powerful alike, is the nature of the real plague that besets humanity in general, and infests the USA in particular. In short the plague consists of a general lack of both the understanding and practice of both generosity and gratitude. There’s a petulant unwillingness to live without self on the throne. This has its root in lack of any real connection with the Almighty Who is Love. Or it displays in the churches a banal carnality and no embrace of growing up into the fullness of Christ. It is cause for mourning for those who persist in the ways of death.

It is a call to be truly born again of the Spirit, from Above. It’s not our natural way.

Much of the “blame” for this ought, in my opinion, to be laid at the feet of these patently antichrist, corporate, show biz churches – which program their willing devotees with messages of success, prosperity, and “divine entitlement” pseudo gospels (where Jesus died to set you free to live your dreams). While swaying to the rhythm of a rock concert which emotionally opens them up to the message that follows. For good or for ill.

But that in itself is a discussion for another day.

Scripture is clear, cutting to the chase that – as we say it in today’s vernacular – what goes around comes around. 

For example, (from the Amplified Version) we find in Galatians 6:6-10. 

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”

Could we apply this to the practices of not only generosity and gratitude, but that of stinginess and complaining? The Way of Light versus the way of darkness both operate according to the principle of planting / sowing and reaping.

What characterizes lives lived in generosity and gratitude, versus the stingy and complaining and covetous? Psalm 37 has much to say on this. Pause for a few moments and read it. 

Has anything changed in the way God’s principles operate? I would offer that the practice of generosity and gratitude (and some praise too, which is faith expressed, especially the sacrifice of praise when we don’t feel like it!) may be the keys to moving through the challenging, chaotic times now unfolding around us. 

This is the opposite of how those who lust after power know only the m.o. of complaint, force, self interest, and covetousness. For awhile, if we can see it in Psalm 37, it may seem that they will always have the upper hand, but it will not always be so. Yet, everything is being revealed – including how we may pass the test of faith. Especially faith expressed as generosity and gratitude. Trust His promises! Let us be encouraged.

Reinforcing the idea, as we know – whatsoever you sow, that shall you also reap. Just because we live in a world system run by the devil, we do not have to think, speak, act, or react like devils. It may be difficult to live in a contrary world of ungodliness, but the point of it is to learn to live above it, so to speak. We have been called by the Gospel to be in it, but not of it. And we are called to grow in Christ likeness.

We should come to realize eventually that Christ hearing and obeying Christians have something of a “metaphysical edge” when putting generosity into practice, with the understanding of sowing and reaping. This principle, of putting actual virtue into practice, in so many ways is woven into the fabric of reality like an electrical circuit, being sent forth and then returning back. Somewhat like breathing. Sowing what is good and loving brings back its harvest. Let us not grow weary and lose heart!

Times like these challenge us, and we tend to forget, getting instead caught up in the darkness.

But no, we are called to be lights against that darkness.

This is why Jesus lived, exemplified, and taught as He did. Even His life laid down for us, with His blood shed, yielded up a resurrection. (This of course was so much more. Golgotha followed by His empty tomb was the greatest cosmic covert jail break ever pulled off throughout all of history and the entire created order.)

Our Heavenly Father intends for His children in Christ to be receivers of much good, even in the midst of tribulation, but that will never happen if we participate in the world’s mindset – that of taking, deceiving, fraud, cheating, theft, lying, forcefulness, meanness, and all such things. 

This is the way the “powers that (are permitted to) be” operate. This is exactly why their agenda will fail at some point. They sow to the flesh, to self interest, to the defeat of others – especially the children of God and God Himself. They cannot do otherwise. All they know is force and “power over.” Even to the point of thinking they are making of themselves gods!

Jesus, on the other hand commends into our hands another way, His way. 

Here’s what He explains, as a dispute erupts among His disciples as to who is the greatest. Luke 22:24-27 KJV. “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.” 

The one Who had every right to be served came to serve! The Creator loves and redeems His creatures. But redeemed, we cannot bring the darkness into His kingdom of light and life. Let that sink in. He admonishes through Paul, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5.

Each and every day is another chance to love, to give, to be generous with one another. It is a day for thanksgiving living, with all done in His name and to His glory. That is our worship. We can pray in the morning, “Lord, show me someone today who needs to be a recipient of Your generosity. Let me be the conduit of Your grace this day and every day. Amen”.

We are not here to connive, take, or even steal what we think we “deserve.” As fallen rebels, what we deserve – we must acknowledge – is everlasting separation from our God and Father. But in Christ our Savior, He has purchased and won us back to Himself, removing us from the kingdom of darkness, and bringing us into His kingdom – where we are to live, move, and have our being in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, as His own. And “the rules” here are not the same as those of the prison planet. 

Rather those ways of living the blessed life are clearly outlined in the Sermon on the Mount. We can start now.

Any time self gets in the way, and we start to “sing in the key of me,” then we put ourself on a collision course with some sort of disaster, even if it’s only another “bad” day. That cycle will go on until we learn that we can create at least a mood that will carry us above the circumstances, seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (See Colossians 1:1-4)

The old behaviors must be reckoned dead, for indeed in Him we have died and our life is hidden with Christ in God. We’ve been made new, to walk in newness of life. (See Ephesians 2:4-10)

The “world” – that which is under the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19) hates a selfless and generous Christian. So it is of benefit that we be laser focused on full surrender to all that Jesus taught, commanded, and promised. There will be many distractions, and temptations, and our own feelings may say, “Just give up.” No! 

Think again –

While the world beats itself up with control, connivery, conceit, consuming rather than contributing, the child of God is gracious and lends, gives, receives back from our Father, and so lives above the world, in essence, although he or she is still in the world. This is the heavenly way of life. From this we know by experience that our Heavenly Father is trustworthy. As good as His word! We give and receive from His endless stores of bounty, the infinite abundance of His treasury. (Reminder: This is to be done “in secret” without fanfare.) We give forth as His administrators on earth – as conduit and circuit, as His good flows out of us and returns often vastly multiplied. Quietly. Little tabernacles of the Holy Spirit.

Warning! This is not godliness as a means of gain! It is so that the world may see Jesus and experience the reality of God Who is Love. God Who rules the world. God in Jesus Christ, to Whom is given all authority in Heaven and on Earth. God Who calls them to Himself. He calls us to be the “little Christs” who not only speak but live His Truth.

This is exactly while the agendas of evil will fail. They do not know the ways of our Heavenly Father. Instead they live as arch connivers and consumers, full of jealousy and hatred, desiring to steal what God has given His own. They are joyless and always seeking more power and wealth, but it never satisfies. Generosity toward them, on our part, may mean to pray for them, for they are seriously bound prisoners of war, owned, enslaved by the ways of evil.

Meanwhile we can live and love as joyful givers, being about our Father’s business – which is to share His good: spiritual, physical, fiscal, according to our ability, with whomever He brings our way or puts upon our heart.

Every day should be Christmas in this regard. Nothing is ours, yet everything is ours to give in His name. Fearless generosity toward others. Outrageous gratitude to Him! Could this be the challenge of the times?

Soli Deo Gloria. Amen.

Until next time, 

Celestial Nomad, 

phasing into and out of the blue.

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Re-entering The Blue

Having let go of the website I was using for a number of years to post my thoughts, links, and a number of other interests, it occurred to me that perhaps my old blog was still available. Lo and behold it is! And I am grateful.

I have not posted anything here since 2020.

So, let’s begin again. It looks as if the format may have changed a bit, and it will take some getting used to. But let’s give it a try, as we “BlaiseIntoTheBlue.”

Until next time, Celestial Nomad over and out!

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What Has Irregularity To Do With Fraud?

Oh! That’s a good one. “Election irregularities.” How nice. How polite. I like that. Does it mean constipated politicians?

Is that a new symptom of cv19? Wow. I didn’t know that. But why not? It changes every day, right? Nothing regular about this! 

Or can fraud be called election irregularity without the little A.I. pop ups that immediately hint that you’re not supporting the attempted and still in progress coup by the CCP and their overused virus and stale, sold out, deep state politicians?

It’s amazing how much mileage you can get, and how many meanings you can assign a set of words, isn’t it?

Wait! Ah, yes! There was a psychoanalyst who specialized in election irregularity. Wasn’t his name Sigmoid Fraud?

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Written 3 Years Ago

Experts and Deception

What happens when authority figures are never questioned, or when their feet are never held to the fire of their promises and words, or the veracity of their claims?

Most of the populations of this world have been taught to never question religious dogma or what their leaders’ backgrounds actually are, political authorities, what the education system promotes and who’s behind it, the prevailing winds of politics, whether the medical system can be trusted to manage your health, and so forth. We sit idly by while we are taxed to death and insurance poor – all to buy into these systems we blindly trust which rob us of our hard earned wealth.

We got duped – because too many trust the news broadcasts and their spin for example – with 8 years of the most noxious leftist administration and agenda seeking the destruction of our Constitutional Republic that this country has ever known (and a voting population that pretty much swallowed the bait hook, line, and sinker). Along with this Trojan Horse of carte blanche open border immigration.

Then the pendulum seemingly swings the other way. What’s the current leadership doing? Who really knows? It still remains to be seen, in my opinion.

We have been conditioned to look upon some things which are ridiculous as being trendy and cool, but do not bother to find out why something has become so popular as a movement, or who may actually be behind it.

We have been so conditioned to trust with blind faith the “experts” in every field – that they always know what’s best, that they have our best interests at heart (or do they appeal through our “beast” interests), that the redacted history we have been traditionally receptive to is correct, and that we actually are too stupid to think for ourselves.

Buy in of that last one had to come first – that we cannot trust our own thinking processes or what we’re actually seeing – thus our most basic human God given reason and senses are tampered with by those who seem to perceive themselves in some ways superior, and therefore must “interpret” even the most obvious for us. Darwinian evolution plays handily into that. After all, if you can be convinced you’re little more than a monkey, clearly you cannot think for yourself.

What’s rolling out across the land and around the globe is a result of that conditioning. Good luck with that. It takes time to ACTUALLY stop, look, listen, and question. Maybe it’s time to take the time. The clock is ticking.

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The Eyes Have It

I have to say, after a number of days being basically off the Internet, it’s been an amazing experience in not being exposed to all the mind trash that’s out there. This goes for “social media” (which is making us mighty unsocial), YouTube and everything else that’s been created and “gifted” to us as a way of turning us against one another, spying on us, and putting propaganda in front of us in more subtle and never before imagined ways. Which as it turns out has been one gigantic ongoing “social” interaction experiment by the powers that wannabe. Also designed to get us used to no more direct Human interaction, but everything must be done by way of “the great all seeing A.I. machine god” being the interface of all human relating. Ludicrous.

Not for me. I’ll take “old normal”. I may even opt out for a flip phone. Not because I’m technologically challenged, because I’m not and have always tried to embrace these “advances.” But because it’s become obvious that human good is not the object of most of it. It may be those good intentions that pave the way to hell. I’d like to believe that, but the deceptive character of technocrats and what they stand for does not take good intentions for others into consideration. So I must reconsider whether to proceed. Leaning towards not for now.

Time to turn away. Yeah, I am gonna go a little “preachy” here. The Lord Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Matthew 6:22. (Although I’m not KJV only by any means, KJV knocks it out of the park on this one, in my opinion.)

Focus and simplicity are is being brought to my attention a lot lately, and I’m saying it as a sort of personal confession in this department. Somewhere along the line, the truth came to the surface that where the focus goes the energy flows. So I needed to figure it out: where do I want my focus to “flow”?

Where’s the eye wandering to? Darkness? Lies, half truth, and propaganda? someone’s morbid agenda? What do you want in your body? That is the question. Do I want to provide that to someone else as well?!

There’s a connection! He goes on to say, “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:23. Whoa! Do I want that in my very body and soul?

Might the mind trash be making us not only spiritually but physically sick? We are after all embodied souls and ensouled bodies. Let’s not lose track of this!

It boils down to, How seriously do we take Him? He’s not just blowing smoke here. Where’s the focus? Where does it need to be? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.” That last part seems forgotten a lot these days. Is my being up in the air and harping over things going to change some things on levels way above my pay grade? I doubt it.

Instead my best “shot” is that I can pray for the bigger cosmic guns to come in and take care of it. Lord, have mercy! (Oh no, did she say guns? We can’t use that expression… See how this works? It’s all gone to turmoil and confusion.)

There’s always a solution! It’s where my single eye needs to be focused.  Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Berean Study Bible) Colossians 3:1-3. “Set your mind on things above…” Sagest of the sage advice well worth contemplating, and a sight for sore eyes as it were – the place where we need to put them, and refuse to look away.

As a friend I used to know, of whom I’ve regrettably lost track would say, “That is ponderable.”

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View From The Window

I’m looking out beyond the parking lot at the corner (it used to be a nice grassy field) to the wooded (thankfully protected for now) area southeast of here. I’m struck by the beauty and abundance of nature in the late spring – so full and green as the wind moves around the leaves – against the gray sky beyond it.
 
Squirrels and crows provide entertainment in the foreground. Last night there was even a frog out by the little “cement pond.” I’d never heard a large one before; there are always many of the little ones. It’s an in ground glorified bird bath put in decades ago by the patio, about 3 feet across, shaped like a lop-sided heart. We have a pump in it in the summer that shoots pleasant sounding bubbling water gurgles into the air. This time of year it’s always plugged with soft maple whirly helicopters and has to be cleaned once a day at least.
God must love soft maples, as He gives them a lot of reproductive capability. And He loves squirrels too, because they’re well fed by the maple seeds. Nature reflects His generosity. It witnesses to His truth. Everybody is cared for. The flowers of the field and birds of the air. There’s enough to go around. Are you not worth more than they? asks Jesus.
 
Then I heard these strange noises on the other patio. I went out to see about it and found 6 squirrels (5 black ones and a gray one) arguing over some pumpkin seeds I threw out the other day. They looked up, assessed the situation and then scattered. I brought them more. Note to self: Go to Tractor Supply tomorrow and get some mix or peanuts for the critters. Someone might ask, why feed them with everything nature provides so well in the warm seasons? Purely selfish I guess. I love to see them come up and have lunch with us – on the other side of the window. Life can be good with the simple things.
I bet it could be even better if we realized that the Good Lord put a very special “law” right into the fabric of everything: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
 
This is really the way things work harmoniously and without harm – by the fearless exercise of generosity – not by force, fear, extortion, cunning, conniving, and destroying things because you have been taught to regard yourself as a victim, and feel that others have what you want so you hate them.
That is the lie and the behavior of the evil one and those “at the top” given over to him. His minions use people who don’t know the truth to do their evil bidding. But in the end those used people will only be cast aside. They won’t get a piece of that pie as they were deceived into thinking. Those “seeds” will also bear their own rotten fruit, by the way, in the lives of those who sow them. Others will be blamed for the crop failure of course.
The bottom line is we’re always sowing and reaping, for good or for destruction. That’s just how it is. It’s what we do.
 
I’m not sure how exactly to best spread that good truth, except to put it into practice and share it with anyone who’s looking and listening; but it’s a message that needs to be widely spread and to bear fruit; and by the looks of things, it needs to be a clear alternative that happens fast.’
For now, ponder and pray about that. Listen. Practice generosity.