Archive | October 2014

Just Metaphysics, Or The Metaphysics Of Jesus Christ?

What about Christian scriptures – are they a matter of many you-get-to-pick interpretations, or revelation? Lets’ take a look:

As a practicing Christian for nearly 40 years, yet also having been a student of metaphysics in times past, I disagree with major (but sometimes subtle) points concerning Christian Scripture, often embraced in “metaphysical” circles, who love to “interpret” the Bible without the understanding of the One which Scripture reveals. At the outset, I would offer that the Bible is not for interpretation but rather revelation – to reveal, to disclose, make known something or Someone.

The claim is that there is this interpretation and that interpretation, based on the thinking of men. So you can pick and choose what you like, based on interpretation slanted by someone’s agendas, rather than going to the Scriptures as The revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ. It’s not about “interpretation” for the sake of whatever is politically or socially correct, or what feels good, or a book about “how to” be personally successful by naming, claiming, and framing what you think will make you happy. That is cherry picking at its finest, by “seekers” who don’t know any better.

The question is, what are they seeking – an interpretation of their truth, or THE Truth that sets us free?

What Jesus Himself also says, as He speaks to the religious “experts” and “interpreters” of His day, was that “you search the Scriptures because you think you find life in them, but they testify of Me.” (John 5:39)

There are many people now twisting the Scriptures to their own ends, both inside and outside the churches, so that they can do as they please. There is no understanding or acceptance of the need to be saved, about the redemption through Jesus Christ, or its implications for mankind.

This is simply not a part of the program for so many people who are into “metaphysics” or what they like to call “spirituality”. The preference in these circles seems to be personal power and/or the attainment of what feels good. A birthright has been exchanged for a bowl of porridge!

“Interpretation” must not be confused with the Truth as the Person Jesus Christ, Who He was and is, or that both His teaching and His redemptive work mean freedom from sin, worldliness, and the prince of this world. It implies and makes available complete restoration of ourselves to God, through the work of Christ applied by the Holy Spirit.

It doesn’t get anymore “metaphysical” than that – the Most High impacting the scene of the seen from the unseen!

Truth be told, Jesus’ metaphysics is far more real and powerful than any involvement in personal magic and so-called empowerment, which deceives you into thinking you’re some sort of “god”. (God help all such “gods”!) This is religion that appeals to the ego and inflates it. That kind of thinking is nothing but a sugar-coated trap that deceives. It keeps you consuming spiritual porridge when you could feat on the Bread of Life, the Manna from Above!

Again, it is Jesus Himself Who challenges us about truth, that IF we abide in His word, we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. (John 8:31,32) We do well to pick up this idea and start with His basic teachings, recorded in the written Word, which have a “metaphysical” way of working on the heart, mind, and soul – from the inside out, the spiritual impacting the manifest life. Eventually it is revealed to our heart and mind that His claims are real, and that it is the most important truth that can be made known to us. He says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life!” (John 14:6)

Then there is the matter of the HOLY Spirit, not just “spirit” – “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come”, straight from the Mind of God, Source of Truth! (John 16:13)

When we approach Scripture, as in actually reading it, studying it, and pondering it ourselves, it’s wise to ask the Holy Spirit for direction, to go to the Source, to be informed by the Mind of Christ – not the interpretations of men. This is the one Mind, the Infinite Mind of Christ, Who alone may be trusted, above all others, Whose Voice is clear and lays to rest once and for all all the divisive nonsense arising out of the minds of men, or worse yet the doctrines of demons.

There is so much wisdom in Jesus Christ Himself, revealed by the Scriptures. So it’s important to know Him first above all else. Knowing Jesus Christ, knowing God, is eternal life! (John 17:3)

Personally I know no better place to be than in a one-on-one with Jesus: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1) This is where we go to meet with Him, to know the Truth Who sets us free from all other delusions and deceptions. This alone is the fortress of spiritual protection and direction!

This is where we want to live, to dwell, to abide! This is the Holy of Holies made available by the Blood of the Lamb, where we come to understand “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).

Here, in this secret place of the Most High, we come to understand that “… God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)

It doesn’t get anymore “metaphysical” or better than this! Gory to God our Father Who made this all possible through His Fullness in Jesus Christ, and Who brought it “down to earth” by His Holy Spirit to dwell in any who will invite Him in! Amen.

New Website Official Launch!

Introducing my new website launch –


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Many thanks, and God bless!

Shadow of Your Former Self

Yes, this expression has its usual meaning for sure, as when someone loses a lot of weight, or when someone is not feeling well, and it shows. Then we may remark that this person looks like a shadow of his or her former self.

However there are spiritual applications, as a play on words, which we can use relating to the “shadows” of what our past represents – the dark things, the hurts, being abandoned, negative events, the blame, the pain, and the drama. Shadows can also be represented by bodily injury and the “pain by which we gain” sympathy and support – long past the time when dependency would be better left behind, when perhaps wholeness has not been encouraged or embraced for whatever reasons – long after physical healing. The shadows of the former self can then become excuses why we “do” or we “don’t”.

Our shadows could be called “Cling-ons”, since they follow us wherever we go, and live to cause trouble and conflict. Shadows thrive on these things.They love the darkness.

Shadows can be “long” at the beginning of the day – in early life when we don’t, for whatever reason, pick up skill sets for making them disappear. Or in the final phases of life when we are aware that the sun is setting. At that time one may be too feeble, sick, lonely, or demented to make the shadows go away – if they have not learned how to do this earlier in life.

So, the question is, has the shadow of the former self been calling the shots for you? Has the old self in spirit and in truth been reckoned dead and buried in Christ Jesus through His cross and resurrection? Or has it been allowed to cling on like a ghost, long dead, haunting your life? Is it still taking its unlawful place as lord and master of the manner, as the former self which covertly forms your attitudes, beliefs, the way you see things, how you approach life, and your relationships with others? If so, it needs to go. It doesn’t belong here now – this usurper of the throne, this shadow of your former self which pretends to be your self former.

How can you give it the boot, that left foot of fellowship? It has no right to you, no business being the director and producer of the show, making a bad actor out of you!

That producer -director position belongs to Someone else, who wished to restore you to spiritual stardom, to your place in among the heavens. That Someone just happens to be “ the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning from Whom comes “every good gift and every perfect gift” (James 1:17).

The key fact to chasing away the shadows of your former self is this truth and realization: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is fact in the present!

This is the foundational truth to affirm and declare when the cold specter of the former shadow of yourself comes calling (who also likes to be the shadow former because misery loves company, but can only do so with your permission)!

Get out that word of truth, proclaim it, and live according to it. This gives that former shadow the boot! The fact is, it doesn’t even exist as a viable power in your life. It’s been crucified in Jesus’ cross and it needs to stay dead.

You have been raised up in Him as a new creation, “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)

Shadow of the former self, begone! It just doesn’t get any better than this. We are new creations with a whole new view, created and created anew for grace and kindness. WOW!

In the Light of this precious truth there can be no shadow of your former self!

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The Former (Revisited)

What do we usually mean when we speak about the “former”? Most often this refers to something which pertains to the past. For example we could say, “I used to live in that house in former times.” Or, “This person was a former coworker of mine.”

Some things that are former, we do not wish to bring to remembrance. Others we recall with great fondness, reliving it in our minds and hearts.

One of my favorite Scripture promises using the word “former” is this: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” (Isaiah 65:17,18)

This echos again at the end of the New Testament, “ And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

What was former can stretch across time, giving us a glimpse of the latter – that which is to be at the culmination of all things! What a view – panoramic, spectacular to say the least!

A former also implies forms. Forms are everything created, from ideas to solid objects. Forms change. Forms pass out of existence or visibility, or undergo a metamorphosis into another form.

May I suggest then that we could also refer to the Creator as “The Former”, not as something past, but as One ever present, as the Source which forms or originates all that is, often through His forms and creations – Human Beings?

This is THE Former which we do want to keep in mind and never forget, the One in Whom we live, move, and have our being – in Whose holy image and likeness we were created! This Infinite Sentience, characterized by unconditional Love…All that is formed originates within The Former.

Within this Former – omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent – is what we perceive as past, present, and future, all rolled into one. Amazing when you think about it. Essentially unfathomable with our finite mind and senses. Dizzying in fact to ponder it!

So, we might ask, who is better in-formed – the one who clings to the past, or one who see what has been shaped by past and in communication with present Presence?

The creative path is always in formation. Art is but a tool that can teach us that when we think we’re “informed”, the truth may be that we’re actually in formation.

Being in formation through connection to The Former is our journey toward manifested wholeness – unlimited, infinite.

Here’s some food, some manna for thought that feeds the soul. It’s what’s in store from the Former to the formed-yet-in-formation sons of God, we “works in progress”: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:1,2)

Thought food worth savoring! The finished beauty here is in the Eye of the Beholder, The Former Who sees us complete, whole, perfect in His Son! This is how the artist sees the work even before s/he begins it. The vision becomes the view becoming the completed work. Thanks be to God, The Former, the Alpha, the Omega!

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Gratitude As Creative Process

Perhaps the best way to “create” connections with people who manifest a grateful nature and have a grateful and positive attitude is to cultivate and to be grateful and positive yourself. This is commonly referred to as the “law of attraction”: we attract what we put forth.

When we find ourselves lacking in this sufficiency, we can ask God to open us up to it.

Let the prayer intention be, “Please let my eyes be opened that I may see all that I have to be thankful for. I know, Lord, that your love and goodness are boundless. Your grace is perpetual and ever extending itself into my life. Let me never waver from being as Jesus was in this life – so that when others see me, and experience my effect in their life, they see and experience the Father’s love. Let me be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let my heart be pure and my eye single, that Your light alone may radiate from me. I give you thanks that you are perpetually bringing forth your likeness within me, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in Whose name I pray. Amen.”

However, there’s more to it than having more positive and grateful friends –

Our prayer along these lines is based on Jesus’ own prayer, His final prayer, before His crucifixion per John 17. Prayer aligning with His revealed will is always answered. Thus it behooves us to meditate on this His “final will and testament” prayer for disciples, for those who believe, and ultimately for all humankind.

This great prayer reveals that it’s also not just about us!

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

So in considering this, it’s also clearly not just about us “attracting” a better life with more grateful and positive people in it, but so that the entire world consisting of the human race may know His love and return home to our Heavenly Father, the Father and Source of us all.

Let us ever be “attractive” the way Jesus was, so that the world may come to understand that they are loved as much as the Father loves Jesus.

Amazing grace is meant to be expressed through the Body of Christ, His ambassadors on Earth, His very body, as we also shine more brightly as one with Him in the Holy Spirit!

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

There’s some growing to do, some becoming more like Dad, in His likeness.

Let us shine on, as “suns” of God – growing in the brilliance of grace and gratitude, being as He was in this world, manifesting more of Him as the new creation which we already are!

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Crumbled Stone

Well, I thought I’d try a different approach – with a little poetry (of sorts). This brings up some issues that haven’t changed much since Day 1.

And I think we already have the answer to the question that ends this offering…

Reminiscing, through the moaning winds
within my restless mind,
on crumbled stone and toppled throne of those who thought themselves divine,
whose bones lie drying in the desert sands,
who made demands
of human sacrifice of body, blood, and sweat,
And yet…

Somehow such spirits rise up once again,
with calculated cunning terrorizing souls of men,
within top secret boardroom off’ring deals, appeals, favors, bribes, or threat,
And yet…

See how they charm with view to trap or harm,
to satisfy rapacious eye, control, possess, alarm!

The ancient story like a dirge is sung,
memorialized in crumbled stone across the earth –
As if the bloodshed has some honor or intrinsic worth.
The one who sees himself divine
mouths – as if by hand of unseen puppeteers –
“We thank you for your sacrifice,”
then has his lackeys pour for him another glass of wine.

The bride cries out in darkness
who shall no more embrace her sailor groom;
A tiny child pines, crying for his soldier mother
in some far off land, gun in hand –
by which she used to rock the cradle, used to rule the world,
as midnight specters swirl in nightmares ‘round his lonely room…

Whose causes claim this right to human suffering, harm, and blood?
What ancient contract sealed and prisoned us within this paltry state?
What sleight of hand has caused our minds to see
this endless war and sacrifice as “good”?
Whence comes the holy hand that shall redeem us from this fate?

Proverbially Speaking / Chapter 17

Back to the Proverbial quest!

“A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”(Proverbs 17:17)

Time to get back on the trail with the Proverbs series, this time with an emphasis on this verse which seems so clearly to point to our “Elder Brother” and friend of sinners, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Most of us know what it’s like to have a friend – that really special person in our life who we like to be around all the time. They seem like a Godsend. In fact they are! We never lose track of one another, and even if it’s been awhile between visits (as in years or even decades), when we’re back together, it seems that nothing has changed and as if no time has actually elapsed at all.

Friends can also be family members, such as cousins or even aunts or uncles. My closest friends were my sister-in-law and an aunt, both of whom are now departed from this life. Both these women were absolutely the most fun to be around, and they really helped me always unlock a sense of who I am. They had that sort of impact unlike any other in my life.

I can testify that the physical absence of such beloved friends hurts like nothing else. These are people who can never be replaced, and these dear souls I think will be the first I look for Above when I cross over into the next life. You realize how intimately involved their Earth Mission was with your own.

I’d have to say that they fit the friend criteria found in this verse – that of expressing love at all times. It was sincere, non judgmental, and as close to unconditional as it is humanly possible to achieve, and it never seemed like they had to work at it – it was part of who they were. I count myself blessed to have had people like this in my life.

Most of us also know what it’s like to have a brother. When we’re kids these are the guys who’ve got your back, especially when you’re the kid sister. My brothers were both nearly grown men when I was born, so they were impressive, exemplary, and significant in a very different way than when your brother is someone close to your age. I looked up to them and still do. In many respects I wish they had been closer to my own age, because we didn’t really “grow up” together, yet we’re still very close, now as older adults.

It occurs to me as I write this that I’ve never really expressed to either of them how much they mean to me. I think it’s about time I do that, since life is moving so quickly on, they both suffer from advancing Alzheimer’s, and we’re all moving closer to our time of departure from this world.

“Yes, Jesus loves me…” Sometimes it becomes clear that He’s been standing there all along, right in front of you, as someone near and dear, and has been there for a very long time. He says, “I’m here for you; I’ve got your back.”

Could it be that this is who we are meant to be to others whom God sends into our lives?