Archive | February 2015

Proverbially Speaking / Chapter 19 (Truth Or Consequences Revisited)

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape… A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.” [Proverbs 19:5,9]

As I write this it is now Ash Wednesday 2015, and this passage reminds me of an old TV show, Truth Or Consequences. It also brings to mind several questions from a little different perspective. The bold italicized phrase, ‘he that speaketh lies shall not escape”, has been coursing through my mind of late, and so I set about the business of how the Lord might be speaking to me about it, especially as it pertains to this year’s Lenten observance – a time when we review how The Truth (Way and Life) indeed sets us free through His passion.

Ordinarily we think about lying as simply not telling the truth. This can come about on a number or levels of thought, word, and deed. Some people are able to live a lie, a “double life”, where their public persona may be one thing, but in fact they are actually covertly quite another. They seem to be able to manage this for awhile, but eventually they are always found out – with consequences. As it is said, oh the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

However, might it be time to explore this on the level of the inner man? What are we who name the name of Jesus Christ telling ourselves? Do we dwell in a consciousness of being overwhelmed by sin, sickness, and sorrow? If so, perhaps we have not been affirming consistently and fervently to ourselves the Truth of our position and authority as being one with our Lord in His cross, death, resurrection, and even ascension. Did He not cry out, “It is finished!”?

“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” [Psalm 51:6]

Apparently there are those deep places within us where truth is a very good idea. It is here that the seed of our blessed reality in Him must be acknowledged and received. So we cannot afford to acknowledge a defeated posture any longer. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” [Revelation 5:9,10]

So the question is, what are we speaking to ourselves? What are we affirming? God’s truth or the world’s lies? Are we proclaiming to the Kingdom within us that we are redeemed and set free, that the “Luciferian occupation” has no authority here and now, that Jesus Christ has already made us kings and priests to God so as to reign on the earth?

The first “earth” we have authority over because of Him, in Him, and by the power of the Holy Spirit is ourself! The beginning of a new creation!

As we follow Jesus on His journey to Jerusalem, on His Way of sorrows, what are we going to tell ourselves? Do I claim and proclaim to my inner being that, as Paul confessed, “I have been crucified with Christ”? Is the old self dead and buried? Am I raised up in Him? Do I embrace, know, understand, and acknowledge that I dwell with Him above all principalities, powers, and every name that is named? Does my attitude, worldview, and life reflect this higher reality [Galatians 2:20]?

Or am I still embracing and living a lie? Do I live in His truth or the consequences of living the stories that come from the father of lies? Have I seen myself in Him, and do I confess and affirm that it is at the cross where the end of my old self and the reign of evil finally bit the dust? Is this the truth in my inward parts, my inner being?

Let us truly examine ourselves as we walk these forty days on the Way of Sorrows with our Lord Jesus. Self must co-suffer and be co-crucified to reign with Him! “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.” [2 Timothy 2:12]

Let us therefore daily during this holy season pose the question to our innermost being, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Song recorded here:

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?…
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?…
Were you there when He rose up from the grave?…
O… sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble…

Pressing, Impressing, Or Sitting?

May I ask, dear reader, that you please visit before proceeding and read this brief devotional article?

The foregoing link, “Pressing Him”, from Chip Brogden’s insightful daily article, was the catalyst for what follows. The point brought into focus in this article is that the majority of the crowds “pressed” in on Jesus for what they could get out of Him for their temporal wellbeing – miracles, food, healing… and the like. Some even sized Him up with the view to their own political agendas of making Him their king, even to the point of insurrection and the ousting of Imperial Rome from the Holy Land.

We can all come up with the twenty-first century counterparts to these, if we’re at all aware of what’s happening in the world, especially the world of religious motivations.

But Jesus would have no part of it, for His Kingdom was and is not of “this world”. He was always about His Father’s business – exclusively.

Additionally we have the loyal, “busy” servant minded people. Here’s where it gets tricky, since “serving” can be based in spiritual pride, manifesting from our own view of “righteousness”, which insofar as Scripture is concerned, is that of “filthy rags” [see Isaiah 64:6]. These efforts come from our ego and not from God’s anointing and the direction of the Holy Spirit.

So we understand that it is possible to get lost in impressing Jesus with our own personal agendas about what we think will please our Lord. We may not even realize that this is what drives much of our religious zeal and works.

This can amount to attempts at not only “impressing” God, but others, or even ourselves with Martha like serving – “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” [From Luke: 10:38-42.]

Who among us has not been care-full and troubled about things being just right?

If I Were Martha, I’m not sure I’d know how to handle that remark.

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you’re basically working your fingers to the bone to get a job done, and someone else is just sitting there [from your perspective], oblivious to the fact that you could use a hand, you can identify with how this feels. If it doesn’t happen at home, it’s a pretty typical, familiar scenario in just about any workplace.

The matter here, however, is that Jesus seems to be inviting Martha to examine her motives for serving Him. Was it what He was asking of her, or was it from her anxious self wanting to please Him, or might it have been religious tradition dictating her every thought, mood, and move about how a woman was to act as a hostess? What was the driving force behind Martha’s anxiety and anger?

This is good fodder for examining ourself to see if we are in the faith [see 1 Corinthians 13:5]. Or at least it may be worth contemplating what our modus operandi is in relating to Jesus, Am I pressing like the crowds, impressing like Martha, or sitting at the feet of Jesus as was Mary? Where are my “marching orders” coming from? He may want to show us our truth concerning this matter, at least if we can sit still long enough to simply spend some time with Him, hear Him, and understand what He is actually asking of us personally.

After all, might He simply want to remind us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”? [Matthew 11:29,30.]

He may only wish to spend time with us and to call us His friends. “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” [John 15:15]

The Word made flesh and dwelling among us, Emmanuel – God with us – would like to call us friends, to sit with us, to cherish our companionship!

I cannot imagine anything more exciting than to hear this from Jesus! Yet how easily this can be missed due to all the “pressing” and “serving”.

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Sacred Creativity

If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. Turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him. Your creative mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You will begin to see that your thoughts are from God as well, and your mind will no longer be at the mercy of your impulsive thinking, but will always be used in service to God.” [From Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost For His Highest.]

This snippet from My Utmost For His Highest embodies how I perceive creativity – as the flow of God’s Presence through me as I place myself before Him.

I can do that through using art as a means of entering into Divine Presence – a silent centering with intentional receptivity of Divine input. If making art is reckoned as a tool for contemplation, then it is not an idol – itself the focus and obsession – but only a tool, wherein that greatest gift – creative mind – is surrendered to the Divine Mind, the gift offered to the Giver.

This can also be true of writing, or creating music, or probably other art forms as well. I only speak from the perspective of my experience with the art forms with which I’m familiar. Certainly there is the framework of understanding a bit of something of spelling, grammar, or how to read music for example – the nuts and bolts aspects. Even so there is a natural “built in” attraction, a desire which also is spun from God, to want to learn how to use the nuts and bolts.

Or they can be likened to a flute – a hollow reed – through which the breath of God goes forth to beautify, bless, enrich, and enliven both the observer – hearer and the vessel through whom they are sent into life.

Creativity is not always “restricted” to the arts. It may flow through as inspired ideas or solutions to problems in refreshing ways, perhaps never before made known. It can come through dreams, since sleep is the one place we’re at rest and still, unbothered and freed from the mundane cares of everyday life. But all creativity is in the Infinite Mind of the Supernal Creator where exists every possibility. We’re invited to ask and receive. So we can affirm with confidence that with God all things are possible, and in God nothing is impossible.

And this is a foremost characteristic of creativity, that its seed is within every Human Being in some form, waiting for its time and season to be acknowledged, brought forth, and nurtured into fulness. This is the Creator’s image within us yearning for unfolding.

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Watch And Pray, Lest You Be Hacked

I’ve been losing track of friends lately whose accounts have been closed on Facebook. I don’t know whether some accounts were hacked, or shut down, or if persons simply bowed out. Others are complaining of being hacked on Facebook, and are threatening to shut down their own accounts. Social networking has become a rather unsocial space. Personally I experienced such a hacking attempt recently, but it was caught via email, interestingly enough. Let’s say, there are some links that you shouldn’t open. If you have an inner “red flag” about it, then you should heed it.

This is a 21st century form of forced “boundary crashing”. It could be called “cyber-trespassing”. Trespassing goes back a long way to the first wave of the Watchers’ incursion, of which Enoch writes – the Fall of angels that precipitated our Fall.

Maybe that’s why we pray “forgive us out trespasses”? Something to contemplate.

Hacking depicts to me a spiritual lesson:

Be sure, there is an “invasive presence” afoot on this earth which knows its time of occupation here is drawing to a close. The “eviction notice” was given on a bloody hill called Calvary over 2000 years ago. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made it so, as He ransomed us with His blood from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

The unfoldment of this eviction notice characterizes the last two millennia of history. It is a reflection of that eviction notice to these forces, which must happen in each and every one of us, so that we may be restored to our Home and our inheritance as the sons of God in Light. This is a very real matter that is meant to flesh itself out in our life through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not pretend. It’s not “religion”. It is implied in a vibrant and ongoing relationship of complete surrender to the Work and teachings of Jesus Christ and to the Holy Spirit, in order to bring us through to the finish – among those who are called to it and who hear His Voice, the Voice of the Good Shepherd seeking out the lost and entangled in this world system.

Let us therefore humbly watch and pray, surrendering ourselves without compromise to God Who is our Father and Who is infinite Love, so that our very beings are not further “hacked” by our formidable adversary, “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith…” (From 1 Peter 5) It’s clear his target for spiritual hacking are the ones who are “the resistance”, yet not by carnal warfare, but by the Way of Jesus Christ – mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.

This is the quintessential “hacker” of Souls who waits like a hungry lion!

As Jesus said to His sleeping disciples at that very darkest hour, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation…” Lest you be “hacked” spiritually by that which is always looking for chinks in the armor. Prayer without ceasing is the way through – unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit, not just talking but listening.

Originally published on my website

Proverbially Speaking / Chapter 18 (Words Create)

A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind… A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows… A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul… The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge… Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit“. (Proverbs 18:2,6,15,21 NASB)

This chapter is rich in so many ways; however, the foregoing verses seem to have a common thread – the connections of mind, lips, mouth, ears, and tongue, what the right or unrighteous uses of them reveal about a person, and the outcomes in life of such uses or abuses with words and opinions.

In light of this my attention was drawn to the popularity of electronic social networking, where in so many cases people seem to feel entitled to say anything without pause for consideration of its effects on others, or ultimately ourselves. We have the “freedom” to say whatever we want, without regard to how it makes us look or who it hurts or offends. There is no thoughtfulness to most of the opining, but it’s almost an obsession to be “heard”. It’s somewhat like road rage, but I’d call it maybe “screen rage”, as one may sit in a sort of anonymity and assumed safety behind the “device” and spew all sorts of verbal abuse in some conversation thread. It’s a reactionary way of responding, but usually not thoughtful, caring, or wise.

The question is, where are your manners? Or is that just another outmoded idea you’d like to rant and swear at, as you do the Bible, decency, propriety, and traditional values which frankly have made our world a pleasant place to be in times past, as well as times present where these are observed? Newsflash, pal. You may have the right, to say it (so called freedom of speech), but that doesn’t make what you say necessarily right or polite, let alone enlightening, when speech and writing are over-seasoned with highly overrated so called “colorful metaphors”.

Then there’s the opposite – delighting in understanding (not the mere spewing of opinion coming from one’s own mind) and the acquisition of knowledge. This is for the mind and the ear, and it comes with an implied need for a closed mouth and silence (a receptive attitude), listening rather than opining.

God please grant us the realization that we have two ears and one mouth! How we express ourselves reveals much about us, and whether we like it or not, there’s some “karma” involved in the use of mouth, lips, tongue, and words. Hopefully as the twenty first century rolls itself out, we will transcend the need to reveal our dirty laundry in every conversation, live or electronic, and acquire the self respect and decency to think with consideration before we “speak” or by extension write. Words after all are creative – for good or for ill.

Perceiving With Eyes Of Faith

Here’s an affirmation which I pray will jumpstart your week in positive, creative, victorious, and innovative directions, based upon being a new creation in Jesus:

Seeing with the eyes of faith means seeing into God’s greater reality, where – in Christ – all things have been made new. Consequently I am able to affirm that life is continually full of blessing and opportunities to understand and receive all the Love that God has prepared for me, which may not be immediately perceived by my mortal mind and senses, but make themselves known as I ask for Wisdom which God never refuses to give. In Christ I understand that I already have been raised up into heavenly places, thus bringing me into God’s Presence, profound peace that surpasses human comprehension, and His highest good, which are continually available to me.

Using affirmations can help lift up our consciousness into where God has placed us actually and spiritually in Jesus Christ and through His redemptive work. Reminders about our greater reality in Jesus can bolster our faith in times when so much else seems to work to tear it down… Best to all this new week, as we take a positive faith stand for who, what, and where we are in our Lord Jesus Christ!

A word of caution about affirmations: We build affirmations based on our higher truth in Christ, not on fantasies that we think ought to come true created by the mortal mind. Affirmations can be good springboards for contemplating all that God has created us for, and all that God has created for us. They need to be grounded in the view of faith, not wishful thinking.

Have a fabulous week, friends, affirming you greater reality in Jesus Christ. Good on you!

Where’s My Focus?

“…whatsoever things are lovely, …think on these things… and the God of peace shall be with you.” [For full passage see Philippians 4:8,9]

I have become aware that all the hype over various aspects of “brave new world” threats, be they ever so true or not, is having a deleterious effect on my consciousness and spiritual life. And I think my health as well! There’s such an overwhelming drive from the world of the finite-minded to focus on the dark side. Being a part of humanity, it feels like a mighty big rip tide – you may not know it’s there until it pulls you into its undertow.

Jesus and the Apostles had a lot to say about attitude adjustments necessary for getting one’s head above those waters. When I was making some art last night, the work itself reminded me that “…whatsoever things are lovely, …think on these things… and the God of peace shall be with you.” It was so uplifting, and so soothing to focus on beauty and creativity for a change through making art! I “re-realized” how healing art can be, and I need to get back to my focus on that, for “where the focus goes, the energy flows.”

It would seem that a major focus preoccupation of the majority of people these days is aimed at making the energy flow into a great many dark constructs, and all the while the challenges loom greater and greater, while a lot of people ask, “Where did all this come from, and why is it so bad?” Could it be because we flow our combined thought energy into it and continue to energetically support it that things have escalated to this level?

Might we just even entertain the question, what if [that wonderful what if!] we just put a lid on all the reactionary responses, and try another approach? What if we actually followed the Biblical directive to “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth”? [Colossians 3:2] After all, the times in which that was penned were probably far worse than the times in which we find ourselves.

We can drive ourselves crazy and into panic by not remembering the essence of the Serenity Prayer – that we need to realize that there are some things that we cannot change, at least not at the same level of consciousness that created them in the first place. Spiritual transformation comes not just on an individual basis, but has to do also with the collective human “race consciousness” – how most of the world sees things and reacts to them.

So that poses the question, which consciousness have I been participating in most – Christ Consciousness [God’s viewpoint and directives concerning matters at hand] or the consciousness of the vast majority of mortal humankind perceiving itself as separated from its Supernal Source and limited by all sorts of things?

I was doing a lot of soul searching on that today, after creating art [see link below] with the intention of bestowing a visual of beauty, balance, and hope. Such “thinking on whatsoever is lovely” works wonders on both the creator of the art and the creation of the art! And hopefully it will also then impact the beholder of the art.

This is why it’s extremely important to be surrounded as much as possible by beautiful art, music, and harmonious environments. It is also important as much as possible to discover one’s creative gifts, and develop those. It is tragic when people say, “I’m not creative.” If you say that, you’ve just possibly talked yourself out of an entire new worldview!

No, not everyone is artistic or musical, but everyone has some creative aspect of himself to tap into and bring it out into life. When we focus on that, we’re not feeding into the darkness, but on the goodness God has for us! It’s just plain good for the mind, emotions, and body to engage in creative pursuits – because it draws us upward into the Divine Presence where there are answers to life’s perplexities and healing for every level of our being – spirit, mind, emotions, and body.

To view art mentioned in this post please go to: