Archive | November 2014

Gratitude For Divine Authority

First of all Happy Thanksgiving Day, dear reader!

On a day when just about everyone is considering what we’re thankful for, I thought I’d explore that a bit in a different way. Today I’m thankful for “Divine Authority”. That idea may seem a little odd at first, but here’s how I see it.

Some people chafe at the idea of divine authority, or even just the word authority. We live in a world in anarchy and defiance (glorified in our essentially “adolescent culture”), so it’s easy to slip into that mindset, especially these days when so many people want to call the shots with their “mortal mind” without reference to or consulting with the “Immortal Mind” in Whom we live, move, and have our being.

Somewhere in that word authority is the idea of an Author, an Originator. So maybe instead of resisting Him, it might be a better idea – after having experienced one life complexity after another, where we just can’t seem to make sense of it – to get to know Who the Author is and what He has written to us through His servants, in order to find out what we’re missing through the anti-authority mindset which we may need to see within us, – something we didn’t even realize we may be harboring.

Why? Because God’s authoritative word is the only real remedy I know for curing anxiety, if it’s put into practice. More people suffer from this today than ever before. Why? I would offer that it’s because there is often an unidentified, resident resistance in them to Divine Authority. (If you are reading this and sensing a reaction and a resistance to it, it may be true for you as well.)

So if I may, I’d like to share something about that idea in a way that maybe you’ve not considered before. For that we’ll visit Philippians 4:6-9 KJV.

“Be careful for nothing (meaning “have no worry about anything”); but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

God offers His authority here in a unique way. It’s easy to trust God’s “authority” – since God is Infinite Love – Who basically says, “Lay all your cares on Me, and I will replace them with My peace and My presence which surpass all comprehension.” “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

We trade in all our anxiety for the peace of God and the God of peace! What could possibly stand against His presence when it arrives on the scene? Releasing anxiety to the Lord along with copious, unrelenting prayers of gratitude, and elevating our thoughts and attitudes into higher places (including the apostolic examples), is God’s recommended spiritual practice for defeating anxiety!

When our prayers, gratitude, and higher thoughts become the 1st habitual response to life’s seeming no-win situations, instead of thinking or talking or reacting ourselves into a fret fest, something “strange” (because we’re not used to it) and wonderful begins to overtake us when we approach our dilemmas with God’s way: Lasting divine peace along with lasting divine presence overtakes us. But somewhere along the line, we must begin to practice what He shows us here, and that means surrendering to His Way, His authority, of approaching these things, instead of perpetuating our own approaches. That’s the real essence of Divine Authority – pure Love Who desires us to be set free from the scourge of anxiety about anything.

Therefore, why would we resist God’s authority and go speeding off on the Worry Way, when we can surrender to Authority that is pure, infinite unconditional Love and wise counsel?

Personally I cannot think of anything I can be more thankful for today than this invitation into His abiding peace and presence by the Author and Finisher of our faith!

In a topsy turvy world, upside down as it draws near to the devil and resists God, which “is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12), this great old standby passage from Philippians is a sweet way of being reminded to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:7,8)

We’re also drawn to several verses os Jesus’ magnificent teaching on this: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?…Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?… Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:25, 31, 34)

Let us meditate on these directives from our Lord, take them to heart, and put them into practice!

May your Thanksgiving Day, and every day, be marked by the presence of God, relentless gratitude, sublime thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors, and thus the enjoyment of our Lord’s benevolent authority through His grace and peace.

Are Your Dots In A Row?

We would all like to have the big picture these days about what on earth is really going on. So many of us set out to connect the dots, and chart our course accordingly. We have access to all sorts of information via the internet providing various claims on reality. Consequently there are many resources who claim to have the dots connected – experiencers of various realities, “experts”, the news, alternative views and news, conspiracies, extra terrestrial contactees, and the like. We think that because we have access to all this information that it ought to really be a snap to connect the dots. However many claims conflict with the rest.

One problem with this approach to connecting the dots is that it forms a distorted picture which has little to do with what is actually unfolding as the Higher Reality of divine plan and order – what has been needed and has been commencing from the beginning.

At the outset, I would offer that what is emerging, as “Real Reality” that will stand, is wrought by the hand of the Lord. All other bets are off. He’s Still in charge, always has been, always will be. Other appearances can be deceiving. Therefore, fear not!

How do we know what this emergence will look like? There is only one way to find out, and that is by accessing the Mind of God on the matter. He tells us clearly through His revealed word, however, that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, as heaven is immeasurably higher than earth. (Isaiah 55:8,9)

Does this make the thoughts of God forbidden or inaccessible, as we’ve been given the impression by some “voices”? No. Jesus Himself invites us to continually ask, seek, and knock, and what is needed will be opened to us. St. James explains that God eagerly grants His wisdom to those who ask, while St. Paul admonishes us to put on the Mind of Christ, Who has promised that the Holy Spirit will be given to those who ask. The Holy Spirit will lead those who ask into all truth, and will bring to mind all that Jesus has taught us!

How much clearer can it be that God wishes for a “celestial mind meld” with us wherein He can reveal His thoughts and His plan to His people? He wants to guide successfully the ships of our lives on our assigned voyage by fixing our minds on the Daystar from on High! Thus we need to be fully attentive to His revealed Word through the Scripture – which always reveals Jesus – and keep an open hailing frequency to the Still Small Voice of the Holy Spirit within. “My sheep hear My voice”, He reminds us. (John 10:27)

When we seek Him alone, then any dots we’ve been trying to connect (when necessary) become “visible” to our perception with God’s numbers attached (a figure of speech of course), pointing us to the next and the next, just like connect-the-dots coloring books in which children delight.

However, what may emerge may not be according to our personal notions, agendas, or previous opinions about the direction and formation of the big picture. God’s thoughts reveal to us a brighter and higher purpose – even within the current circumstances where we find ourselves. This alleviates many fears, anxieties, or hopelessness which grips so many minds today. It’s imperative that we seek fully – with a pure heart – the Mind of Christ and the high thoughts and perspectives of the Lord.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV)

The end revealed, perhaps even while enduring much tribulation, is intended to bring forth joy, beauty, and the assurance of an enduring reality where we know that we are never separated from the love of God. For us to be one with Him has been His intention since the beginning!

I’m reminded of the refrain from an old and favorite hymn:

“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.”

The face of Jesus alone – this is where we need to fix our attention and focus. We then come to understand that every cross is followed by a resurrection! This is the Truth that lines up all the dots as it plots the course for our life. The face of Jesus – the Daystar whereby we chart our course, the bright Sun into which we can and must gaze! He will never blind us. In fact, when we do that, we can see more clearly than ever, and we can see forever.

To God be the glory!

© 11/13/2014 by Yvonne Blasy

Originally posted on my website:
http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/2301305/posting/are-your-dots-in-a-row

Afterthoughts Post Veterans’ Day

What about those “free” lunches, coffees, and desserts offered to veterans on 11/11? I decided to forego that this year. This I hope will not be taken as being anti-veteran, or anti-troops. It certainly is not intended that way, since I’m a veteran myself, a human being.

However, having been “awakened”… over those years little by little, my eyes have opened as to the reality of what war really is about: justified killing of human beings, plain and simple – for causes that have little if anything to do with “freedom”.

Our Lord says, “Thou shalt not kill.” How seriously do we take this who have been called by His Name? Most of us, for example, do not support abortion, but rally behind supporting the military effort.

OK, let me see if I can get this straight – it’s not acceptable to kill an unborn someone, but it’s acceptable to offer them up as a sacrifice to the military industrial complex’s agendas upon graduating high school? A bit of cognitive dissonance going on here? Don’t support the murder of the unborn, but do support the killing of 18 year olds (or anyone’s son or daughter of any age). It’s “God, guns, guts, and glory”, right? Jesus did not teach violence and murder as His Way, for the Lord is the Spirit of Life.

He tells Peter, “Put away your sword. All who take the sword shall die by the sword.” I cannot turn away from this, if I call Him Lord. He asks, “Why do you call Me Lord, but you do not do what I say?” In the final analysis, Jesus Way is the most troop and Veteran-friendly of all, since according to Him we’re not to kill at all or even seek vindication for any reason (“Vengeance is Mine…”, says the Lord) If the world were run in a Godly way, there would be no need for soldiers, no abortion, no capital punishment, no killing.

Let’s take a look at the eateries offering these meals – branches of multi national corporations. How do “they” do things? Let’s see. They pollute the earth and mine her resources in largely destructive ways to make a lot of junky products to sell to us, then call us useless “consumers”. These products are made in sweat shops in third world countries, where people are treated like slaves, because they can get the labor very cheaply there. Consequently American jobs have been farmed out overseas. A number of the big cola companies (which own chain restaurants supplying meals on Veterans’ Day) also privatize water to make their unhealthy cola products. Consequently many people in these countries no longer have access to clean water.

“We thank you for your sacrifice, by providing our token – a free meal consisting of GMO foods, colas, and unhealthy desserts. Come! Enjoy ‘our’ spoils of war!”

Essentially there has been gradual corporatizing of nearly the entire world. This is what our military personnel are used for, sometimes giving the ultimate sacrifice, sometimes coming home as physical, spiritual, and mental human wreckage – having been asked by a government in bed with these corporations to murder other people’s children, and follow other unconscionable directives. Is this why Veterans commit suicide to the tune of over 20 per day? Are our military fighting and dying for freedom, or are they misled and misused for the interests of amoral multi national corporations, who largely dominate and control politicians?

Our Lord also makes this clear, “My kingdom is not of this world.” “The world” is what we are not to love, for it passes away. We cannot serve God and mammon. “Whoever does the will of My Father abides forever.”

Like it or not – many such systems are under the dominion of the prince of this world, someone who has no use for humans or the God who made us. Considering this, just exactly whose “freedom” have our young people been giving their lives for? Is it that of We The Wee People, or the freedom of the globalists to continue to use and pillage humans and the world God gave to us in the beginning?

Probably every Veteran, including myself, has “served” under the illusion that we were doing our duty for the “righteous” cause of freedom for our beloved country and all that it has traditionally stood for in a Godly way. I’m not so sure anymore. I love my country, but as I look around at her decline, I have to ask, how has this happened? Who’s really running the show? “The truth is out there!”

When we gave away the farm, so to speak – or shall I say the Garden – this is what brought about the need for our redemption, our ransom through the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ. (Consider Galatians 5:1).

As the Body of Christ it’s imperative that we understand why Jesus called us out of the dark world, and that we no longer participate in its unfruitful works. Let us once again embrace the Most High King of Heaven and Earth, and re-commit to understanding our mission here on Earth: to be as He was – about the Father’s business.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.“ (2 Corinthians 10:4,5)

(This https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cora2zzVl3o is an excellent little primer on the subject of corporate empires. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. This book helped open my eyes.)

Originally posted here:

http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/2299592/posting/afterthoughts-post-veterans-day

Rethinking

Just a few remarks concerning a post I took down a few moments ago. I think it reflected some fear that what is posted may be picked up and used in ways we never intended, especially in a “free” venue. In a time when we need to be fearless and to stand up for the Truth, it’s no time to hold back. It is in fact time to push forward. And it’s especially not time to play pretend that it doesn’t exist, or – if I don’t think about it, it will go away.

Yes, it’s good to be positive, and always “keep on the sunny side”. However, there are things that need to be addressed that may not always “feel” positive, and that is a part of these apocalyptic times we live in – that the dark gets revealed as well, and we must stop pretending that evil doesn’t exist.

After all, the cycle of a day is not all sunshine. There is also an equal amount or varying amounts of darkness, and this is simply a fact of life.

Everyone has a piece of the puzzle to bring to the table of the Big Picture, and if we don’t show up at the table and bring along our piece of that puzzle, then the picture cannot be complete. So we press on, whether someone dislikes us or likes us, stand we must.

Yes, no matter what the cost.

It’s a part of what is, not what we wish it may be. And if there is no “bad news”, then there is no reason for the Good News of the Gospel. If you dare to look, you will see that there is every need for the Gospel and for truth on many levels – especially now. Perhaps it only needs to be presented in its 21st century context. Each day more and more comes to the surface.

We press on!

Stay tuned…

 

Link associated with these remarks:

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Lament In Honor Of The Pines

Today they came, unannounced, to do their dastardly deed.

As they finished, I asked the tree butchers to leave one stump from my noble Guardian in the front yard. (I apologize, but at the moment I find it difficult to acknowledge them as anything else.) What I will do with that stump, I do not know. Right now that doesn’t matter.

I am grieving now. Five great ones who were my friends are no more. These pines were always a major presence during our family raising years, and now long afterward they have kept their watch. What memories and moments they held as each day I looked out the window and smiled a hello to them. That exchange held meaning which is hard to explain. Five friends were taken from me today. Perhaps this hurts so much because they were so taken for granted!

Now no more will I hear them as the wind plays them like soft sweet harps, nor will their piney scent fly like incense on the breezes. Now no longer will the owl call out in the night from her summer hiding place. If she returns, she will discover her apartment is no more, that the whole building is gone, so to speak. No more will the birds and creatures great and small play and chatter with one another in their green and shady boughs, or what was left of them after disease set in. Yet even then, they supplied what refuge they could.

How much they taught me just by their presence as I spent time with them! They have a way of wordlessly communicating that makes itself known within the Soul. Only someone who has felt this will understand what I mean.

As each of them fell to the ground with an earth shaking thud, I felt gutted! I know they had to come down, but as they did, it was like watching family members being ambushed and waylaid by thugs, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Their final painful “last words” to me were this: What ails people is that they have little or no connection to nature, especially to the trees. If they did, the Earth would have better care and respect than She does, and all would realize that the “Creator’s Prime Directive” to “have dominion” does not mean to dominate, rape, and ruin until there’s nothing left, but instead to be good custodians who are themselves a respectful part of the divinely natural order! And if they were more connected to Creation, especially the trees, they would eventually encounter the Creator from Whom it all came.

My tall friends are gone. Trees have always featured in a fair amount of the art I’ve done. It’s as if to render them artistically is to connect with them inwardly. And this understanding will give rise to more of same on the way – to honor my friends and all they have meant and still mean to me.

An old song courses through my mind, “All My Trials”. There’s a line in it, “There is a tree in Paradise; the pilgrims call it the Tree Of Life…”

Tree of Life. Source of Life. All things exist in the Creator, and the Creator in all things. Maybe if we got a handle on that there would be more respect for all Creation, and for one another.

Rest in peace, my beloved friends.

Posted here originally:
http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/2276912/posting/lament-in-honor-of-the-pines

©11/3/2014 by Yvonne Blasy

Heretics On Fire

Be forewarned: this poem is not the most pleasant of visuals. It may in fact be considered by some to be “inflammatory”, if you’ll pardon the dark pun, dear reader. However, it points to a time in history when a radically “orthodox” mindset swept through the church, reflecting the real “spirit” behind it, which was anything but the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.

With the radical polarization of mindsets in the world today, and also in the churches, one wonders – and hopes and prays against it – if the greatest enemies could possibly once more arise against each other from within the churches. The real enemy is within, and we do well each day to surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit, Who alone has the power to sublimate and dissolve all the dark drives and will of our fallenness, as we put on the Mind of Christ! May we fully surrender to Him Who is absolute, infinite, unconditional, Love!

See them now,
searching through the woods,
seeing not the forest for the trees,
crazed, infested with dark spiritual disease,
With their hounds a baying,
supposing God’s decree obeying –
Thus believing,
so they’re saying.

Bring the kindling!
Bring the flame!
Thus the mob incites desire
to offer human flesh a’burning,
like some boar on spit a’turning.

Wearing cross and cowl,
screeching like the owl,
preaching God above,
feigning truth and love.
Inwardly a pterodactyl,
outwardly a dove.
Madness, craven, blood lust slake,
Sleeping, yet pretend to be awake.

Lo! Another live one here –
Heretic, recant in fear!
Burn! Return!
Repent for heaven’s sake.
Too much at stake.

Originally posted on my website:
http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370756/2274977/posting/heretics-on-fire

Revisiting Emmaus

(Dear reader, It may seem a little strange to post something about Easter as we head down the homestretch toward Advent, but it’s simply where my personal Bible reading is at the moment. I pray that it blesses you anyway.)

“… He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.”

Two disciples walked home accompanied by a stranger. Since it was approaching evening they invited him in for an evening meal.

There was no recognition of this physical Jesus. Odd. To them He was a stranger, but as travelers along the way often do, they expressed their grief and disappointments over the events of the last few days concerning their now crushed expectations of the one they regarded as Messiah, who had been put to death on a cross. It was simply more than they could handle.

The stranger’s input into this conversation was to connect the dots for them from ancient events and prophecies pointing to the very events over which they grieved. Still they did not understand how such a thing could happen.

It may have made some sense. Maybe it even provided a little spiritual balm and relief that made some sense to them. Yet their hearts felt ripped apart by the experiences and perceptions of the last three days.

Even so, in the throes of this very high strangeness, being hospitable Jews, they invited the stranger in for the evening meal without recognizing his identity.

The passage does not say that Jesus ate with them, but that He reclined at the table with them. Consider how relaxed and in the moment this was! No rush, no fear, no thought of “we need to hurry this up; the authorities are looking for me, as my body came up missing.”

No, He simply broke the bread and distributed it to them. When that happened, a paradoxical thing happened – when they could “see” Him, He vanished from their sight. They knew who He was, but once that came about His physical form disappeared!

Let’s go over that again:

*They do not recognize who He is while with them in physical form.
*He breaks bread and distributes it to them.
*Their eyes of recognition and understanding are opened in that act.
*When their spiritual and mental understanding and recognition are opened, His physical manifestation removes itself from their physical presence.

I would offer that this is what takes place in the Christian mystical experience. The breaking of bread points to the fragmentation of physical and sense oriented perceptions concerning who Jesus is and what he provides. Their perceptions, for example, of Messiah were largely that of throwing off the current oppressors – at the time consisting of the Roman occupation. Complicit with the corrupted religious leaders of the Jews, these forces had just put the Chosen One to death – along with all their hopes as to the establishment of a permanent physical kingdom to be administered by the awaited Messiah.

It was all shattered like broken bread. This man in the gesture of breaking bread depicted in that act the bread of their shattered hopes built on a finite idea about what God was doing among His people. They sought an earthly kingdom. They partook of that misconception in symbolic form. In so doing it pointed to the fact that they did not recognize the Son of God and that His kingdom is that within a man, within the heart.

It wasn’t until His physical manifestation was removed, and all they were left with was the broken bread of their broken dreams, that their “eyes” were opened to see Him for who He is.

What is this saying? All of our finite, physical “religious” constructs, making up a false reality based on false notions and lack of insight must be broken, concerning Jesus Christ and our expectations of Him, before we can see Him for Who He really is and His claims on us. Regarding Jesus what needs to be shattered are our agendas – the agendas of both personal or political or even religious ego. Until this breaking apart happens, there will be no clear sight of Jesus – seeing Him for who he truly is according to the Mind of God. Up until that event, it’s all conjecture!

The physical Jesus of many religious, political, worldly, or personal ideas must vanish from sight. When man’s fantasies are broken, it is in that moment that we can “see” Jesus – the greater spiritual Jesus as Who He really is! And in so seeing, we connect with our own reality available in His redemption of us!

Apocalyptic times are all about that. They shatter all false notions. Whatever is emerges – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Truth about many things is revealed, for the word itself means a revealing. We live in such times, and this is its upshot: naked truth. Of Jesus Christ it is proclaimed, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the Earth shall mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)

Everyone these days has a piece of Jesus, according to their own agendas, but when cloudy views disappear, the Son is seen in His true brightness! The shattering of the many lesser views of the tribes of the earth will be a source of mourning. However, He will reveal Himself to any who truly desire to know Him as He is, on His own terms, in a way entirely comprehensible to the one who receives His revelation of Himself.

 

Originally posted on my website:

http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/2274547/posting/revisiting-emmaus