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Alert Status

This is just a short one.

What’s beginning to erupt in the USA, and on a global basis, will make the 1960s look like a Sunday school picnic. Some of you are too young to remember that, but it was the initial rollout of this nation being compromised. Stay close to those you love. Make sure you’re checking on one another often. And get close to God through surrendering your heart and life to His Son Jesus Christ, THE only Way, Truth, and Life. Some of you may not like hearing that, but I’m going to say it anyway. Ask Him to to reveal Himself to you. And may His Holy Spirit grant this nation repentance and the protection of the holy angels. We are going to need wisdom that does not come from any humanistic source to get through the times ahead. Keep on asking, seeking, knocking.

Chipping Away at the Truth

Microchips? I prefer kale chips with humus. Let the chips fall where they may, I say.

I still think, all kidding aside, that this is why there is the big push for mandatory vaccination globally: unbeknownst to us, tiny nano chips will be implanted, or may already have been, to simply change human DNA. Little by little. The ingredients labels on this stuff are scary enough, but do you really think that everything that’s in something that’s being mandated is going to be shared on a label? Someone behind the scenes runs this show.

Even some so called “organic” crops, for example, are still “assisted” with Monsanto Roundup, making them as dangerous as the GMO crops. We’re still being led to believe that fluoridated water is good for us. The geo-engineers continue to play tic tac toe in the sky, day and night in the air we breathe. And we’re learning that every institution on the planet has been infiltrated by persons who, shall we say, to put it mildly, do not exactly have the best interests of humanity at heart. That would probably include your church, whether you know it or not.

This is the “bad news” in a nuttshell. It’s one thing to be informed about the bad news. There’s plenty of informing going around.

But I have a question for you to consider carefully, and prayerfully: What do you think the “good news” is that can turn this diabolical, draconian “techno-trend” around, and how is it to be implemented? Instead of being alarmed, we may need to be armed with the sword of truth in that regard.

That’s your assignment, Mr. or Mrs. Phelps, should you choose to accept it. And no, this message is not going to self destruct in 5 seconds.

Where to begin? See James 1:5-8.

Of Stones, Serpents, And Scorpions

The question always arises for me, is the Jesus so many love to hate the real Jesus, or the Jesus they perceive through the filters of 1) their own uninformed opinions, or 2) the false Jesus often presented through “church” dogma and/or the behaviors of its representatives (who may not know Him for themselves)?

I’m not so sure that Jesus is offended by their offense based upon personal bias and distorted impressions. If that were the case, Jesus would be a very little Jesus indeed.

The answer to this dilemma is to ask Jesus to introduce Himself to you personally, get to know Him, and build a relationship with Him by seeking Him and Him alone.

He always reveals Himself and His Truth to the one who sincerely and perpetually seeks Him – the one who asks, seeks, and knocks.

He promises this revealing to us in this manner: that if we ask for bread, we will not be given a stone. If we ask for a fish, we will not be given a serpent. If we ask for an egg, we will not be given a scorpion.

How much more greatly, He promises, will the Father give the Holy Spirit to the one who hungers and thirsts for His Truth and Righteousness, and who asks and keeps on asking.

These promises were shown to me many years ago in the first phases of my “conversion” – the journey out of darkness into the light of God’s glory. They have never failed me. They were given because the Way Home is strewn with many dangers: stones of stumbling, the twisted cunning of serpents, and the poison sting of spiritual scorpions.

This is the stuff of a trek through a desert. These could be places of stumbling and great wounding, but the Holy Spirit transforms them all into a feast, a banquet table in the presence of deadly spiritual enemies powerlessly looking on.

This is the Jesus I have come to know, as He safely walks me through barren wastelands and wanderings. He transforms all of it for my good, which is His glory.

Yet the greatest transformation of all is that which He works within me through the Holy Spirit as I walk and journey together with Him. Then the “outer landscape” of life changes as He transforms the inner one! All the outer things only “mirror” what the Holy Spirit does with me inwardly, as He transmutes the heavy stones into the bread of life, makes fish out of serpents, and turns deadly scorpions into eggs.

The journey is not yet complete. I can see this because I’m not complete, or “perfect”, but manifestly a work in progress in His gentle hand. Thus my prayer and affirmation does not change, as it resonates in an old hymn I learned as a child:

“Let us ever walk with Jesus, follow His example pure,
Flee the world which would deceive is, and to sin our souls allure,
Ever in His footsteps treading, body here yet soul above,
Full of faith and hope and love, let us do the Father’s bidding;
Faithful Lord abide with me; Savior lead I follow Thee!”

These old hymns were always based on Scripture texts. As I meditated upon these words, a gentle reminder, I noticed that this one was based on a very obscure passage, which is hidden in the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Thomas called Didymus invites us to follow Jesus. He says in John 11:16b, “… Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” At first glance I thought this was some mysterious reference to Lazarus, but Thomas is speaking of “dying with Jesus!”

When we affirm and abide in this walk and relationship with Jesus, all within us that is hard (stones), twisted (serpents), and spiritually deadly (scorpions), falls away from us: That part of us “dies with Him!” This dies and the New Man of the Spirit arises at the Word of Jesus, just like Lazarus! This is the path of the Cross.

This is the Way, leading through the kingdom of Heaven within us – setting us free (first of all inwardly) from stones, serpents, and scorpions – as He restores us back into full fellowship with our Supernal Heavenly Father. In this Way, all is removed by Grace, through this intimate one-on-one fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ, as we surrender ourselves fully to Him. Then we can proclaim with the psalmist, as he reminds us and affirms, “He restoreth my soul for His Name’s sake, ” because we know from experience that this is so.

Scripture References: Luke 11:11-13, Matthew 7:7-10, John 11, Luke 10:19

See also Hymn 409, The Lutheran Hymnal © 1941