Archive | June 2016

Simple Response To Complexity

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Each day in some way, most of us are confronted with something that troubles us, something or someone for which we seem to have no answers. When this happens, instead of wringing our hands in frustration or worry, we do well to turn to our Lord. There are many promises He gives concerning those matters too big for us to handle.

But what a Friend we have in Jesus, what an amazing “Friend in High Places” He is! Why is it that so often we think, “All we can do now is pray,” when the very first response to “the impossible” ought to be – without a thought – to take it to the Lord in prayer, trust, and leave it there?

Following are a few promises where He invites us to find our answers in Him. It is good to approach these prayerfully, studiously, and with openness to what they are saying to you. It is good to quietly read and ponder them in context, cross reference them, study them, and really take them to heart. There are many more, for “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge…” (2 Peter 1:3-5)

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

“So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9,10)

“Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:5,6)

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (1 John 5:14,15)

“For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:3-6)

Oh, how vast and bountiful is our Heavenly Father’s willingness to share His mind and his answers with His children who will seek Him whole heartedly! May we always first hasten to Him whenever we are confronted with any complexity when there seem to be no answers… We may not have them, but He does!

Political “Reality” Show? Just Say No!

While I’m doing my crazy, abstract art (https://studioblaise.wordpress.com) a lot of thoughts arise out of the relaxed state such projects bring. While people might be puzzled as to the “meaning”, it’s always surprising what comes forward for the artist along with the art. It never seems to fail. The following is an example:

It would be so greatly helpful if we’d all start using electronic social media for sharing solution-oriented information instead of all the hand wringing, whining, “the sky is falling” problem fixation, victim glorification… blah blah blah… that goes around and around.

I’m not talking about “Pollyanna Positivity” – stick your head in the sand – everything is beautiful – pretend it isn’t happening posts, or just dwelling on what ticks you off in the way of “ain’t it awful”. I’m talking about innovative, creative life solutions that every INDIVIDUAL human being has the ability to come up with. Maybe THAT is why you and I are here in this world now… Have you thought about that?

Seriously – might it be possible to actually think about, ask for, pray for guidance about, and come up with solutions (other than politics, which is no solution at all but the way we’ve always done it)?… A place to begin might be one’s own life, not the national or international levels of matters. After all, the “history” that REALLY counts is yours and mine, not what “they” want it to be – because “they” want to focus us on what the “upper echelon” wants – which is always to be center stage, in the limelight, and adored by the rest of humankind. Consequently they syphon our energy, our resources, our tax dollars, etc. Hogwash! They are not God or gods! They deserve no adoration whatsoever. Respect – in some cases – yes, but not the adulation this sick sycophantic society has been indoctrinated to bestow upon them!

I think that to a degree we’ve been talked out of living our own life and our own God given creativity (no, not necessarily “art” & that sort of thing, but ideas that could be innovative and refreshing for living), and it could begin with something so simple as taking a little time each day for serious, focused reflection on our own interior landscape, our life, and where that needs to go – not where the powers that wannabe (“PTWB”) would like our attention placed.

There might be a lot of healing (even physical) in this approach – consciously building our own God given “energy containment field” and not letting the PTWB syphon it off.

Solutions, wisdom? “You have not because you ask not” . “Ask and you shall receive that your joy may be made full”! Governments have not proven that they are capable of, or deserving of, our adoration since time began. Eventually they always get the big head and start playing God.

For this reason I’m becoming more and more convinced that it’s time to “leave the auditorium” (as in stop focusing on it!) where this charade is played out over and over again. The focus must be higher than a corrupt system made up of some of the most corrupt people on earth. I’m a non violent person, and this is the most rudimentary non violent solution I can come up with: simply pull the focus back in where it belongs – personal, domestic, local. Screw the international scene and its ship of fools!

Remember, it’s been said, “Where the focus goes the energy flows”. We need to stop wasting it on politics – what Gerald Celente ( www.trendsresearch.com ) calls “show biz for ugly people”. Maybe we could all start entertaining instead the “angel unaware” – the new idea that holds answers, a stranger to the thinking of all too many of us.

That may sound odd, because we’ve just never allowed ourselves the luxury of being anything but a “human resource” for one system or another that doesn’t deserve that kind of power… whether we’re “going against” it or supporting it. It’s never too late to start a different way of thinking. It could bring a whole new experience.

Please – I hope you will consider and ponder these ideas.

“Seeker Friendly” / God’s Version

From Jeremiah 29: “And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” One does well to read this verse in its entire context for the full wallop it packs.

What does it mean to seek God with all your heart? This is a good point for self examination and reflection.

“But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition.” (Matthew 6:33, Weymouth New Testament, emphases mine) This is Jesus’ own admonition in His Sermon on the Mount (to disciples, not just those who followed Him out of curiosity, or those who “believed” – as they would any other novelty, as people still do today – going after every “teacher”, or self appointed “master”, guru, pastor, priest, pope, or puppet.)

God and His kingdom are not “attractions” or “entertainment”. Dare we say it is more than being “justified”. He seeks us so that we may seek Him – with our whole heart, to be returned and restored to Him as sons who have had His image horribly disfigured in us through the Fall, in order to be restored. The terms are nothing short of full surrender so that His work may be commenced and finished!

There’s a powerful metaphysical promise at play here, where He is talking about seeking after even basic needs. God bestows these! But how seriously does anyone who names His name (“Christian”) take this? How have we applied it so as to understand and experience that it is so? How well have we taken Him at His word to realize that the teaching is not only radical but real?

Seeker friendly? With God it’s not about “customer satisfaction”. It’s about customer transformation, in surrendering oneself to the power of the Holy Spirit. And the terms? Unconditional, full surrender to Grace!

Eyes Up!

Are things ramping up to their culmination? Yes, I perceive that this may indeed be the case.

Am I on a roll today? Yes. I can no longer hold back. I may have said more than I should. But perhaps not. For in observing – in terms of “news beneath the news” – what unfolds is startling in many cases. And I pray that many will become awake to it, aware, and call upon the the Lord for His salvation, wisdom, understanding, and direction. This, I’m convinced, will be the only thing that will bring us through the times that are upon us.

An acquaintance calls this Earth an “alien world”. I would have to agree up to a point. A good way of putting it. At least it is an “alien infested” world, with a lot of complicit humans who’ve been programmed to see things “their” way, humans who long ago sold out to them and still do. It’s in the Bible. In the beginning. It’s especially clear in the Books of Enoch. It’s a reason that a plan of redemption and salvation had to commence.

Call them alien, call them demonic, call them fallen angels… a rose by any other name? Not exactly a rose, but more of an incredibly thorny thicket in which humans find themselves spiritually entangled and sometimes enmeshed in mid 2016. It is a cosmic conundrum requiring divine intervention on the level of the Most High, to say the least, with fierce and  continual battle waged on behalf of the children of God by all the benevolent armies of heaven (which we call the good angels) commanded by the Lord of Hosts – confronting the adversaries who rage against Him and against His children.

Could it be that an eviction notice was delivered to the “alien occupation” thousands of years ago, on a hill far away, where stood an old rugged cross – driven like a dagger into the stony dirt of Golgotha, into the head of the serpent of old (their leader), and crushing it? And could it be that, in spite of appearances and ongoing conflict through all of history since, that the evacuation is now at last commencing in fulness – as in “Get out of here. This Earth is not yours, intruders. This Earth is the Lord’s. And this Earth He has given to the children of men to cherish and care for! It is the ‘meek’ who are to inherit the Earth.” This is the edict of the Most High, our Heavenly Father!

What to do?

This is a good time to put this directive into practice: “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

Wow! What a sublime thought!

Jesus Himself encourages disciples then and now, “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28) “These things” – the tumult of apocalyptic times – are surely obvious to anyone with his eyes open and wondering, what on Earth is happening for Heaven’s sake? We are to “fix our gaze” on something much higher than politics and current events, while at the same time not ignoring what’s going on around us, and especially not sticking our heads in the sand and pretending it’s not happening! A tall order!

Have you been “raised up with Christ”, dear reader? It may be that He is calling to you to surrender your life to Him, in these troubled times. He’s more than the proverbial bridge over troubled water! He wants to take you up higher where He dwells, in Spirit and in Truth, even while in a body here on Earth! The view from that vantage point changes the perspective on everything considerably. It is then – in beholding Him (and you in Him), the view of faith – that “though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:30,31)

How to tap in?

His promise of old: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) Wholeheartedly! No giving up. Persistence. And also, “So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.…” (Luke 11:9,10)

It may be easy, if we let our eyes fall away from the heavenly vision, to sink as Peter did into the water when he took his eyes off Jesus. The times are such that there is every “reason” to do this.

However, Jesus our Savior and Lord invites us to set our sights above on Him, and the things that are much higher in Him. This is how we can come through the greatest challenges. As the old song says, “put your hand in the hand of the Man Who stilled the waters” – so much more than a man, but the very Son of God was sent to set us free from all the bonds of darkness, and to keep us free.

All glory to His holy name now and forever!