Archive | October 2015

What Will You Be Wearing?

“… put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Ephesians 4:24)

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

Happy Reformation Day!!! … That is my greeting. No tricks. No treating.

Are you dressing up for this “holiday”? It is better called a Pagan observance, not any sort of holiday – because that word implies “holy day”. It is anything but that. What will you put on? Or will it be just a put on? Better be careful – it may become difficult to get out of character if you take the role too seriously.

Personally, it was difficult to watch this afternoon: moms leaving the public school across the street – clad in black, dressed like witches, body language in a lot of cases indicating they were enjoying embodying the dark side far too much. (Was this party at the school for the kids or for them?) Few in any other costumes.

More and more each year this observance moves toward the dark side. And therein lies its subtlety. What was once just a day for wearing costumes such as butterflies, ballerinas, and bunnies has now become an excuse to give in “just a little” to the allurement of appearing witchy. For Christians this ought to be a no brainer, as the directive is “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Yes, that one is “controversial”. It seems that wherever the Scripture is clear on something, there are those who’d like to wiggle out of the conviction the Holy Spirit puts on them about it and twist its meaning, or water it down. Certainly “appearing” as the representative of evil, in order to celebrate its prime holiday, is more than to flirt with it.

If you have an “outpost” like mine (a desk by the picture window across from a public school) from where one observes many things, and you’re taking note of the “trends”, that is what is seen at Halloween. Often people used to dress as angels. Now they’re dressing as angels of deception. And loving it. And if you deck out your little ones that way, it frankly borders on child abuse!

Our tax dollars now allow for the observance of witchcraft and its holidays in public schools, but children are not allowed to pray Christian prayers, or to read the Bible. Where’s the religious equality in that? Next up will be an introduction into Islam – coming soon to an indoctrination center near you.

I wonder – if people knew of the real forces behind these ancient Pagan observances, what the practices were, and had just enough of a bump with the actual presence of evil – in a clear and unmistakeable way, whether they would still think it’s all fun and games to celebrate Halloween?

Apparently, considering all the Christians who involve themselves in all the Halloween hype, hoopla, and hanky-panky, we could use yet another Reformation Day and movement. If anything, at the very least, may all who love the Lord and understand His holy purposes ponder that as the alternative to the world’s engagement with this dark observance.

From Psalm 4:4,5,8 and 5:11,12

Alighting for a moment to share something I recorded this evening. I hope you will be blessed by it.

Included the “lyrics”:

Psalm 4:4,5,8 & 5:11,12

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Meditate in your heart upon your bed
and be still

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness
And trust in the Lord

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Let all who take refuge in the Lord be glad
Let them ever sing for joy
and mayest Thou shelter them
that those who love Thy name
may exalt in Thee.

For it is Thou Who dost bless
the righteous man O Lord
Thou dost surround him with favor
as with a shield.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia … Amen.

Merry Christmas Versus Happy Holly-Daze

Here we go again! For heaven’s sake (literally) – There’s a post that goes round and round, and here it is only October. It decries the saying of “Happy Holidays” versus Merry Christmas. So much I could say about that regarding the “problem-reaction-solution m.o. of meme propaganda… But I’ll try to limit this mini rant.

The post has been circulating since mid summer (if not since last year). First of all, personally I observe the tradition of saying Merry Christmas because I grew up in a sacerdotal church, although I now have involvement in a very intimate house church fellowship. But I’m not going to get my nose out of joint if somebody says happy holidays.

If I had my druthers, the commercialism of Christmas would be laid to rest once and for all. That comes out of paganism, winter solstice, and yule. Long story there… Yet to observe the “bleak midwinter” as the gift it is – in quiet and reflection of the story of the entry into this life of Jesus – is the best way, in my opinion to observe Christmas, and is the best of all worlds.

Secondly, we don’t actually know when Jesus’ birthday was, so it really probably doesn’t matter. He didn’t tell us to celebrate His birthday anyway. Scripture however directs us to celebrate the reality of what His Passion and death mean in our life when we partake of Holy Communion: “This can only mean that whenever you eat this bread or drink of this cup, you are proclaiming that the Lord has died for you, and you will do that until he comes again. So that, whoever eats the bread or drinks the wine without due thought is making himself like one of those who allowed the Lord to be put to death without discerning who he was.” (Phillips translation 1 Corinthians 11:26)

Clearly the Lord has bigger fish to fry than taking offense over minor issues. Clearly there is much to be done in a world that is still under Luciferian occupation. In all too many cases we’ve gone AWOL and forgotten the mission.

Sorry, but this gnat is not worth the strain, when camels have been swallowed. (See Matthew 23:24,25.)

It goes by the way side with the Ishtar Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

In my opinion this is probably another circulating meme designed to create even more touchiness and conflict in our already easily offended, hypersensitive society.

Let’s stop making mountains out of molehills and get our priorities straight as the companions of Christ. Or have we forgotten His reason for coming to Earth in the first place, and our mission in Him and His in us? There is a spiritual war going on in which we are to be fully engaged, and perhaps we need to be reminded that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV)

In times like this, it pays to choose your battles wisely. Let us therefore align our minds with the Mind of Christ!

Originally published on my website:

The Voyage Ahead

This is a word of encouragement on a day when we recall the famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) voyage of 1492. Let’s transform the past into our own message – one of a positive outlook now and for the future – beginning here and now.

Attention: The voyage ahead may not be easy. There really may be some doom, gloom, and uncharted space which challenges all our navigational capabilities, and the willingness to move forward undaunted. Yet – we are commissioned, challenged, and charged to boldly go where we have never gone before. The unknown may be before us, but so is the Unlimited.

Everything else up till now has been essentially “Star Fleet Academy”. We’ve been given every opportunity at proficiency for handling all potentialities, including whatever may seem like a Kobiashi Maru! Hopefully we have taken advantage of what has been offered to us on a conscious level. Much of the preparation, however, has been accomplished within, by divine grace – at levels of which we may not have even been aware. We – humanity – are not space cadets any longer. The mission is upon us.

We may think we’re being asked to learn how to sail into the midst of hell’s maelstrom, with Khan starboard, Klingons port, Romulans aft, and the Borg ahead. Hopelessness need not rule the day in spite of appearances. It will only seem so if we insist on spiritual mutiny. Fear not, the True Captain is on the bridge. He is infinitely wise beyond anything we can imagine, and more powerful than any adversary. Therefore let us lighten the load and jettison the cargo of fear. We sail forward in faith. And let us affirm now and always, there is Good in this and it will be shown to us. Indeed Good is, always has been, and ever shall be our destiny!

Therefore, when the Captain says, “Boldly go”, let us make it so!

General Directives Or Private Agendas?

Scripture for reflection:

“… they sanctified themselves in holiness… And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.” (2 Chronicles 31: 18,20,21)

This is a very juicy chapter about the beginnings of restoration among God’s people. I’m not going into detail here about it. This little focus passage makes the point quite nicely and simply – that “prosperity” needs to be according to divine understandings, not personal agendas. (The reader may desire to make a study of events leading up to this on one’s own for context.)

All of us probably have someone in our life who specializes in whining instead of winning. Life for them goes from bad to worse. Constantly entreating others for prayers or help, they fail to understand that the root of the problem is actually the private agendas of self and an un-surrendered and un-sanctified heart.

What often unfolds is that the perpetual whining about no-win situations puts off any who have been willing to help – with prayer or matters of practicality. Eventually intercessor and helper alike begin to realize that the ongoing game is “poor me”, and there is little if any interest in real answers that will resolve the issues. Instead the deeper unacknowledged wish is to have victimhood supported and perpetuated. Intercessor and helper alike then walk away.

In some cases there is also volatile reaction at any hint that this “victim of life” may not be in alignment with the Lord or willing to listen to His directives – either the revealed Word or that Still Small Voice in the heart which has the answers. This reactivity makes it doubly hard for truth to enter the scene. No, they insist, God will do my bidding; it’s only a matter of time. But meantime said sad soul goes about in its misery and disappointment from bad to worse, and in defeat.

If this is you, and your conscience is pricked, your ire raised, and offense taken, perhaps it is time to look into that mirror of the perfect law of liberty and see what appears. This mirror may not reveal who’s the fairest of them all, as in the fairy tale. The disappointing view may instead look like this:

There is a battlefield, and on a hill overlooking it is the tent of the General who is in command of the field. A Private just out of boot camp has been summoned to the General’s tent for orders. Instead of listening to what this wise, seasoned, and respected warrior expects of the Private, he begins to whine to the General about how inadequate are his rations, how uncomfortable are his quarters, how unsavory are his fellow soldiers, and how overwhelming are his duties. Additionally he impudently begins to give unsolicited advice to the General as to how he thinks this war should be won. This guy will be fortunate to not wind up in the stockade or court marshaled, for he is a threat to the mission and is inwardly absent without leave. He is traitor material.

At best he may receive some sort of “remediation” to help him better understand why he has been recruited and assigned here – if he is open to deeper ideas other than his own private agenda. I would offer that the private agenda portrays the “prayer style” of about 90% of Christendom. Stated bluntly, might it not be time to appear before God in silence, shut up, and listen for a change – in humility rather than effrontery?

Essentially “will worship” has infiltrated into the Churches. More than the Christ we claim to serve, it reflects the image of the first “light bearer” from of old, still standing in rebellion before God Almighty declaring his monumental “I will” statements. (See Isaiah 14:10-15 to see where that goes!) Where there is will worship there will also be whining, and a life that reflects that it is out of alignment with the Lord.

Hezekiah’s attitude instead reflects the mind of Christ whereby he reigned. St. Paul encourages us to allow that mind or attitude to be in us which was in Christ Jesus. This was the mind of perfect humility, of seeking nothing but God Himself and His will – it is the Way Jesus walked and wished to show us, the yoke that is easy.

Instead it is so easy to be governed instead by the drives of self – the private agendas (spurred on by the world’s values, politics, human philosophies, and corrupted religions) rather than the “General’s” directives. Yes, self… the same self we are to reckon as having died at the Cross of our Lord, must be replaced by the resurrected, ascended Christ in me the Hope of Glory! Does it make sense then that where self has already died, there is no more unholy trinity of “me, myself, and I”?

If we name the name of Jesus, of Emmanuel – God With Us, this then is the major “shift of consciousness” that needs to take place: He walks in us as us, in perfect oneness. All other ideas are illicit pretenders to the throne of the heart.

The modus operandi is that of showing up in the Presence of God in a receptive manner, in quiet listening and reflection. We sit at the feet of Christ as did Mary of Bethany, with no agenda of our own, but for greater understanding of why we are here and have been recruited. We have our Bible open, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal its depths to us, and then apply it prayerfully to our hearts. We examine ourselves daily to see if we are in the faith of Jesus. We understand the essential two-fold mission of the body of Christ: 1) that Jesus Christ manifested to destroy the works of the devil; 2) that He became the son of man that we might become the sons of God. If we can keep these at the forefront of our motivations, we do well – humbly, without murmuring or complaining.

We show up for work – His work of Grace in us! No private agendas.

We could say that Mary Jesus’ Mother also typifies the body of Christ, reflecting the humble attitude of the mind of Christ. If we are going to bear Christ to the world, we must let her affirmation of surrender be ours, “Be it unto me according to your word.”