Do We Get It Yet?

Do We Get It Yet?

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. I will not accuse them forever, nor will I always be angry, for then they would faint away because of me— the very people I have created.I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.” But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:15-21 NIV

There is not one person on earth who has never sinned, never gotten everything right the first time. This is why Jesus came–to provide us a means of being cleansed and never totally forgotten, but forgiven, as we continue to get living right–the way He intends for us to live. He will keep us sheltered in His loving arms until we return to Him–living with Him, for all eternity.

However, the wicked–shall not dwell with The Lord forever for they continue in wickedness even when their sins are exposed and their evil intent revealed for all to see. They are blinded by their own desires to be great–when all they end up doing is making fools of themselves and greatness–will never be theirs. They seek fame and become infamous; they want notoriety and become notorious; they seek glory and are seen as gory. The end of the wicked and their eternity is already fixed in the lake of fire.

Though the wicked will act as though they are the wise, their true selves are soon seen and woe to those who believed anything they said. Their self-important wisdom is seen as foolishness and those who were gaslighted with all the falsehoods about great things–will end up in the muck and mire of all they detested.

The wickedness spilling over from Republicans will end up costing many their lives and this group–proclaims to be “pro-life.” How can anyone be “pro-life when they make laws giving coal mines permission to contaminate and poison water? They are de-regulating food safety mechanisms, ripping apart the safe-guards put in place to protect the environment, the poor air quality will have us wearing masks like the Chinese and because healthcare is not important to them, people will die a slow agonizing deaths–because the pro-lifers didn’t value their lives. What irony from a party who claims to love The Lord!  It would appear they love money and corporate greed far more than they love God and certainly they have demonstrated they have no love for those they can see, struggling on a daily basis. or perhaps–they don’t want to see them.

The good will have their day and the wicked–will certainly know the consequences of their actions–sooner than they expect. God is watching–He sees, He hears, and He knows our thoughts from afar. He knows who belongs to Him and who doesn’t. I’m willing to bet (though I don’t gamble) that over 80% of those who claim to love God and are supporting a Republican agenda, are lying to themselves and they are certainly making a mockery of how God’s love is manifested towards others by those who truly have received the love of God, and know how to love. Perhaps, they need to read the Gospel of John and all of his letters–again, and again, and again, until the love of God is revealed to them and in them.

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. I John 2:3-18 NIV

There is so much more in The Word and in John’s letters that reveal who we are by what we do, rather than what we say. God’s love towards us is unconditional and so should our love be for others.

On The Journey–Kaph!

My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.

My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, “When will You comfort me?”

For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,
Yet I do not forget Your statutes.

How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?

The proud have dug pits for me,
Which is not according to Your law.

All Your commandments are faithful;
They persecute me wrongfully;
Help me!

They almost made an end of me on earth,
But I did not forsake Your precepts

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Psalm 119:81-88 NKJV

The eleventh letter and the eleventh stanza–the continual plea for God’s intervention.

Salvation–being saved–comes from The Lord. From whom do we need to be saved? From those who attempt to belittle us, mock us, ridicule us or is it that we need to be saved from ourselves more than anything else?

The enemy can kill the flesh, but when our soul is right with God, there is nothing anyone can do to hinder what God has for us.

We see the writer exclaiming how his soul longs for salvation–literally from his enemies and figuratively for the appearance of Jesus. We see how he has searched God’s Word until the strain has affected his vision.  He’s tired and admits he’s having a hard time holding onto hope, dried out, but he perseveres–holding onto the promises in The Word.

Have we become “dried out” when it comes to living for God? Have we succumbed to the pits the enemy digs for us–especially those in the church (Body of Christ) who claim to know God?

When I look at some of the things that “Believers” post on social media, my heart hurts. I am crushed that they do not understand who it is they’re supposed to be representing and when others–who claim to be Christians–attack–unmercifully–those in leadership or anyone else who disagrees with them–I cringe and pray.

The Word tells us to pray for our leaders and all those in authority over us. It does not tell us to belittle, ridicule, lie about, and paint such a picture of ugliness OF OURSELVES when we do it, other people. I am so tired of the disrespect shown to President Obama–and it’s not because I agree with everything he does. Instead of talking about him and belittling him, that time and energy would be better served in praying for him–which I do. I pray for leaders everywhere–that they will be still and hear the voice of God and obey.

Those who support the NRA–pray. They who support the right of all living–pray. (Somehow the right-to-lifers and are the same people who support the NRA appear to be a bit paradoxical–on one hand they say don’t kill the babies who are not born and on the other hand, they approve taking a life of one who is already here). I don’t support either group. I support and proclaim the Word of God and in it–He gives us CHOICE, with clear consequences of those choices. Democrats/progressives and Republicans/conservatives all have a lot to learn about what it means to be a true Believer!

It is the attitude of those who proclaim to be Christians that cause my soul to dry out and thirst for the re-appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. But while I wait, I am yet searching God’s Word, seeking understanding, and proclaiming all that He reveals to me.

Are we who claim to be His children on one accord yet? If not, how can we ever expect to benefit from the miraculous as those who witnessed the outpouring of Holy Spirit–so long ago. They were all on one accord and received the promise. Until we are all on one accord, the promise will be delayed and it is up to us to be the change the world needs.