The horns of war are sounding and the foretold calamities are stacking up, but are you listening? Do you see that business isn’t the same as usual? Do you feel that kick in your spirit that whispers, “I don’t even know why I try? It’s not like life is ever going to get any better than this.”
Question: Are you still trying to do anything sensational with your life or have you settled for the mundane routine of just getting through the day and being content with a little pleasure here and there to make it all worth it?
If this is you I highly suggest that you spiritually WAKE UP!!!!!!!!! As humans endowed with intelligence from a Divine Creator we are not to be conformed to this world and yet just count the ways that we all at times get hooked on the system that is foisted upon us and given us to drink from infancy up. We are imbibed in a swirling array of societal customs, stigmas, prejudices, and stereotypical programming that all coalesces to enslave us more than it does anything to help us. We were created by God to be different than all creation before us in that we have been gifted with the power of choice and yet we let others and the artificial societal structures put in place around us do all or most of our thinking for us. Think about it. What do any of us do that is truly an act of freedom from the thoughts and stated opinions of others?
Even those who choose to live dangerously and self abusively are only fulfilling the role that has been cast upon them by the dictates of a society that will never foster perfect people on its own. Today’s culture and the powers that be behind it have done everything they can to remove the influences of the one entity that makes everything new. That entity is God, clearly shown and made evident to us by the things that have been created and characterized in three persons (Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit). Together the three make one whole and yet we as people moving about upon the face of this earth are a fractured and divided lot of warring tribes being manipulated by the unjust gainfulness of a few, while other fallen entities encourage the whole spiral downward into death in hopes that we all experience death while still fully ensconced in bondage so that we might never know the glorious freedom that is to be had for each and every one of us who would but humble ourselves and call upon the Name of Jesus.
Freedom is glorious. Slowly I am learning to live in freedom. It’s hard. One has to realize first that one’s walk through life will never be sensational enough. Never pleasurable enough to warrant suffering through the pain wrenched moments sprinkled throughout a mortal lifetime. Never rewarding enough to last for an eternity and never unforgettable enough to be remembered by perhaps only one or two generations of descendants that may follow. What makes a believer in Jesus Christ different than all the people who are busily caught up in this mad cycle to fulfill the wants of their flesh and mortal imaginations? I submit to you that it’s the act of being selfless. Selfless in that you give up the very one thing that was endowed to you by your Creator, your freedom of choice. You give it back because you realize you’ll never be good enough, rich enough, happy enough, etc. - while frankly admitting that life is about more than the pursuits of one’s idle endeavors that only last for a mere vapor of time. As Christians we should be living with the one stated goal of the eternity to come and not the affairs of this life. And yet why do you not see this? Why are Christians some of the most miserable and worst hypocrites of all?
Some would say that it’s due to ignorance in the fact that we never seize the mantle of authority that Jesus gifted to us before He ascended back into heaven to be with the Father. Others would say many other things I’m sure, but one thing I have learned as an author dependent upon the Lord Almighty to write fiction that is meaningful and uplifting to others is that one can not lead without first having been abased. One can not have a position of authority without first learning to be humble and not think of oneself more highly than one should. I submit to you that the key to becoming a Christian of significance that can offer a meaningful impact in whatever land of circumstance that you have been placed in is the acceptance of the act of submission. Submission of your thoughts, desires, goals, future, hobbies, and family to the One who knew you before you even were and crafted you within your mother’s womb. It’s only by submission that one can realize that the key to living free and experiencing the joy that comes with it is by realizing that God can live your life for you better than you ever could for yourself. Put self aside and let God rule and reign in your life and you will see an unexpected harvest and a wealth of pleasures untold that do not find their root only now in the temporary physical plain of existence, but that also extend into the distances of eternity itself.
So why is it so important in these desperate times we live in to live such a given over life to God? Well the answer sadly is because so few have chosen to do so. The harvests of this world truly are ripe, but there are few willing to gather it into the storehouses. So many Christians are only so, in name, only. They have no perception or an extremely limited one at best, as to what is taking place around them. They have been conditioned by wolves and the deceits of their own lusts to ignore the signs of the end times that we live in, which Jesus forewarned us of (Matthew 24:1-14). Look around, but don’t do it through the eyes of others. Turn off the TV and the radio and put down the phone. Go outside and pray for the insight to see what has taken place in the length of time that you have willingly allowed yourself to be apart from what is true reality. Full disclosure doesn’t always come in a moment as it is, “the honor of kings to search out a matter’. This is a hard thing for the instant-on-demand generation that has been coddled into a dreamlike separation with the elements that constitute life as we now experience it 24/7 in the forms of addictive substances, harmful food additives, imagery laden lusts of the flesh, prescription drugs that enslave, and the greed of always wanting more of what makes us feel good.
Jesus asks more from us who walk in faith than just to be believers in name only. We are to be the light of the world and yet what have we become? What a stink we are to the tribes and nations of this world! Change is desperately needed and true change only comes through a heart that is ready to be humbled in the presence of its Maker. The power of the Church does not exist in the structured walls of a building better left unbuilt, instead it exists in the hearts, minds, and prayers of a body of believers that goes beyond all borders and knows no Master other than the Lord Jesus Christ! I am so sickened by how far ‘Christian’ has been stretched to accommodate so many things abjectly opposed to the faith walk of a true follower of Jesus. Even now at great expense to the taxed people of this land a Pope from Rome travels about spouting blasphemies and speaking of great things as if he was God himself. Even going so far as to say, “that a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous”. Yes, a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous. It can change everything. A life administered over into the Father’s control has the potential of laying waste to all of satan’s best laid plans and surmounting the seemingly unscaleable walls put in place around the hearts and minds of people who have been ensnared in a cradle to grave mindset of hopeless toil numbed by worthless pursuits, lands and titles that literally amount to nothing in the Kingdom of God!
It is time – it is well past time to get to work! I do not know how much time is left, but time in general is short to all those of us that draw breadth and so let us labor our youth away in the pursuit of redeeming the time that we have been given. Let none of us be content, but let us strive and push past old boundaries and open the corridors of our hearts and say, “Here Lord! Take it all and do with me as you will for my desire is towards You and You alone!” Let us become the Bride of Christ and stop walking about with our heads held low with only half the oil in our possession that it takes to make it to the Bridegroom’s loving arms. We all face a judgement. We all must account for what we have done. I submit to you that the Bride of Christ is not a body of believers that gather together one day a week for the sole purpose of hearing someone else speak and sing on their behalf, but rather a Bride is one that yearns and earnestly looks for her lover to appear and does not hold anything back in her pursuit of His redeeming love, even as the honor is not hers for being who she is, but rather that she by her actions has become a fit and adoring mate to whom all honor is due.
Calamities and tragedies are raging across this world and here’s one clue as to their location – they’re not on TV. I heard a story once of a man who had a friend who was a top CIA agent. One day the man asked his CIA friend what one thing he could do to be more in control of his own future and his friend told him, “I never watch TV.” You can guess at the obvious conclusions, but speaking for myself I can honestly say that the start date to waking up for me and my wife, as to what reality really looks like was the proclamation I made to myself as a newlywed man that I would not have any kind of cable/dish TV programming in my house. As I said, the process of waking up has been a gradual one, but now while many watch the newest installment of the zombie apocalypse occurring on their favorite TV show, I have but to make a trip to Walmart to witness it firsthand. That may come off as funny, but truly I’m not joking. How true the Scripture is when it says, ‘the eyes are the windows of the soul’. When you’ve been awakened and you walk in the filling Grace of the Holy Spirit, with the authority of Jesus upon you the things which will occur will amaze you. The demons will wink at you and pester you to show what you are made of in hopes of you becoming the fool in assuming that they have any real power over you in the first place. People who hardly know you will confess things they’ve never told anyone else, because they sense the difference. The difference being that you’re now a person under authority versus one walking around in the authority of ones choice to choose as you will. The opportunities to witness and impact lives is endless and the good favor of a Father blessed down upon a faithful son or daughter, who has chosen to search out His ways and obey them, is beyond comprehension. The best part of all is that your no longer alone in your struggle to hold up your head in a world gone mad, but you have the active and deep urging of the Holy Spirit, who only seeks for your best and a heavenly ability to send the warriors of heaven to wherever the battle line requires it the most. You’ll wake up every morning not with the pressure to be the perfect Christian, already knowing to do so is beyond your own abilities, but instead relishing in the fact that God already has the day well in hand and what He wants the most from you is true authentic relationship as exists between a Father and His children in whom He loves and delights in. Anything and I mean anything is possible, when God is directing your steps for, “the steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord”.
If the above up and close personally invested relationship with your Maker isn’t for you and you prefer to keep yourself in the driver seat of your own spiritual reality, which in turn effects the outcomes of our joint physical existence, then please do the Father the benefit of not calling yourself a Christian, because as a whole you are lukewarm and God would rather you be hot or cold. Reality comes in the fact that there is no gray area. True believers are in a daily struggle of good versus evil and if you choose not to partake in the fight, as the affairs of the world are to firmly entrenched within your perception of what is of most importance, then know you have your lot with those deemed to the Pit and the Lake of Fire, as even Jesus put it best by saying, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:13-29”
One last tip I can offer to anyone, who desires to be awakened and have the fire of God poured out in your life, so nothing of what you used to be remains, is to read your Bible every day. You have to understand that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5”. Simply reading the Words of God every day will do wonders to unlock all the hidden potential that God has already placed within you to do mightily for the eternal Kingdom to come, which shall not ever pass away.