The Tumble

 

The Tumble

Posted: April 14/2017

 

They were shoring-up the boulders as fast as they could; but the snow, rain, and moisture put the handwriting on the wall. There were always an abundance of risk-takers. On the one side were whose who finally thought they had secured the stones and gave the official “okay!” On the other side were the drivers who looked at their maps through treacherous parts of the passageway and gave the “okay,” as their perfect risk-taker put their car into motion.

 

It wasn’t long before the snow- in terms of large tracts of land came down in the tons onto of tons of boulders the size of mid-sized cars. Nobody really knew whether it was the snow or rain that brought the mighty-wall down. The picture-frames 3-D-ed Space and Time.

 

 

[How past, present, and future work together is a real phenomena- but- He is the Past-Present-Future God as One.]

 

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Intimacy with Jesus: Loving Jesus with the Love We Started with

 

 

 

Intimacy with Jesus: Loving Jesus with the Love We Started with

Matthew 15:8-9

These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.

Revelation 2:4

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

Hosea 10:12

I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plough up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

When Moses began to teach the children of Israel the commands, decrees, and laws of God one- emphatic stood-out and that was: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” John said, “we love him, because He first loved us.” Another verse stands-out in the book of Revelation metaphorically on this point regarding Heart Matters, and it goes: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (The Lord Jesus speaking in John’s Revelation 3:15,16)

 

As I have meditated on Revelation 2:4 about “first love” and the other verses which deal more with the heart- it finally dawned on me- nothing that would look like a “return to first love” (the way we loved Him when we first became intimate with Him) would look like following some kind of “letter of the law.” First love wouldn’t be all law-ish. Rather- it all began with the Grace, Love, and Mercy of God and for us to return to Him with everything- it would all be because of God’s Grace, Love, and Mercy. Tis why the verse that John gives us is so important: “We love him, because He first loved us.”

 

Allowing all that God did at the beginning til now In The Name of Love will lead us to a watershed moment again and again with checks and stops (or Signs and Wonders and Providence leading onward- like a Polar Bear recently appearing at a cross standing up and 100% looked like it was praying) that always lead us back to the Good Shepherd who “loved us and gave Himself for us.” (Paul) Allow the Grace and Love of God to grip your heart over the matter of His goodness and remember it is always He who initiates our Exodus back to Him in first love and with all our heart.

 

 

 

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Day 19 Intimacy with Jesus: Recalling God’s Faithfulness

 

 

 

Day 4 or 19

 

Intimacy with Jesus: Recalling God’s Faithfulness

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

 

1 Corinthians 1:8-9

 

He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

King David- a man “after God’s own heart-” penned the beginning of this Psalm saying: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” It is oh so easy to get caught up in the moment when we’re in the eye-of-the-storm and the sails and all the ropes are just snapping. But- in spite of the many trials and tribulations David prescribed under the power and guidance of the Spirit these words, forget not all of His benefits.” Sometimes, just when we should be remembering God’s previous “benefits” or acts of faithfulness, we fly apart scrambling in some trial with our eyes on the trial and not on “Him Who called you is Faithful.” We lose center. So- David in his many trials did what he often times did and he simply spoke himself back into Center. Intimacy with Jesus Christ means that we must sometimes speak ourselves back into Centeredness with a mini song or sermon.

 

 

Both of the letters- one to the Church in Thessalonica and the other in the city of Corinth and passages of the Bible are very similar in that they insure God’s Activity in our lives to get us all the way through life filled with Eternal Life right to the very end – because God is Faithful. That is a foundational truth to put our trust and faith in with Jesus Christ as God’s Lord over all creation. It is a foundational truth to put our faith and trust in the Holy Spirit having come and having been sent by the Father and Son to see to it we ourselves are faithful to the end by God’s Own Faithfulness. Paul describes this intimacy as being God “who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ.” That is a clear Ecclesiological and Christological truth- the concept that both the Church and teaching about Jesus the Christ are centered on this point- that we may Know Him and Make Him known. Next time you can’t fall asleep try counting all the great things God has done for us The Church and individually in our own lives instead of sheep- who knows- maybe the door to the things you desire is right there in simply being Intimate with Jesus by recounting His Greatness and Great deeds for us past-tense and in this life forevermore. AMEN.    

 

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Intimacy with Jesus: Being Led by Him and Following Him

 

 

Day 3 or 18

 

Intimacy with Jesus: Being Led by Him and Following Him

 

 

Exodus 13:21-22

 

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”

 

Acts 8:26

 

“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went.”

 

Acts 9:10-11

 

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.

 

In all three of these passages, we see God’s people being Led by Him and Following that leading. In one instance it is a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, another- it is an angel of the Lord speaking, and finally it is a vision that led Ananias who was led to the ferocious persecutor of God’s people. In fact (formerly by name Saul) Paul says, “I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,…”

 

There are several terms used by the Bible to describe God’s Own- like: God’s people, Christians (first called this in Antioch meaning ‘little reflections of Jesus the Christ), believers, the children of God, and followers of the Way. None of these are just passive names by nature because of the Nature of God demands that we allow Him to lead and place our Trust in Him as we Follow. For them to ring true they require faith working through love. They require faith in Jesus the Christ the Son of God. Romans says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” We have a Divine appointment with God to be led by Him believer and a Divine appointment to follow that leading. This is called “walking in the light as He is in the light.” And- since nobody perfectly follows God’s Gracious Leading- 1 John says, “and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” as we substantially or intermittently (oh so prone to wonder as one hymn points-out) walk in the light.

 

So- where is this leading of God found? Mostly at the tip of your nose as you gaze into the Word of Liberty – the Holy Bible. If it says, “forgive”- we forgive. If it says, “be controlled by the Spirit,” – we are controlled by the Spirit. If it says, “love one another,” – we love one another. The one leads- The Holy Bible- in the Light of the New Covenant and its Eternally enduring principles and the other follow- God’s children. Intimacy with Jesus is found in God’s Precious Word. Intimacy is being led by the Spirit as it says of these- the last days- “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’”

 

Believer are you one of those souls who has strongly desired to be led by the Spirit and you were listening to God’s Word, His Spirit, and getting wise counsel from God’s people and things you planned just fell to pieces? Not every door is an open door. In all fairness you need to know that even though it all sounds so positive we still live in a fallen world as a light on a hill and that darkness is bent on seeing you fail and fall. Even the Apostle experienced what God permitted into his missionary endeavours when he says, “out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8) When bad things happen to God’s people as they pursue being led and then follow- we call it God’s Permissible Will when darkness is allowed to triumph for a moment (sometimes to us those moments seem forever- but, they are not). Believer- it is all part and parcel of being a Christian handling His Divine Appointments and Disappointments as His Appointments. We may not be able to figure-out some things in being led and then following- but, we can Trust the Good Shepherd- we can relinquish our confusion to The Trust-Worthy-One Forever to be Praised. Intimacy with Jesus is even found in the closed doors just as much as the open doors. Continue to adore the Adorable one- Jesus Christ our great God and Saviour.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Iranian-Sweat

 

Short-Fiction:

 

 

He was hot- bubbling from the inside-out. Everything always started with the sweat-everything- from the brow to the bottom of one’s foot. He was sweating.

 

The North Koreans were acting-out and up again. It was always so much cheaper to just purchase an airline ticket for N.K. Mules to go from x to y than launch yet one more 1000 Kilometres and then- the plunge. So- some in the intelligence community just scratched their head and went, “humph-hmmmm.”

 

He was code-named “Carrier”- but, nobody knew what it was he was to carry. They worked him pretty hard leaving him with broken ribs. It was all too amazing that the Russians didn’t leave him with their typical TM- a bullet to the center of the head. Rather, they rolled him onto a busy street- beaten to a pulp.

 

He was just a “typical” Iranian Purchaser for major retail outlets who landed him in Vegas for an International Trade-show to look at and purchase the next “Tech-Cash-Cows.” Fads came and went and it was Ja-Heeth’s job to separate the next Cash Cow line of products from the “here today and gone tomorrow.”

 

Little did anyone know that the “Carrier” had been worked-over so hard that the containment inside of him had been compromised and was fractured at a sealant juncture? The North Korean enriched Plutonium Pellet had been contained just for delivery to a major “Sin City” event and was now uncontained and the “Carrier” – after his event-extravaganza with the Russians left him to roll quickly off the street as his unique sickness grew and grew as a clear and present danger.

 

(March 9th-10th /2017 to be continued…)

 

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Intimacy with Jesus: Walking in the Light

 

 

 

Day 2 or Day 17

 

1 John 1:5-7

 

Intimacy with Jesus: Walking in the Light

 

 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in The Light, as he is in The Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

The Term “The Light” is just as wide and deep and rich as the term “The Faith” and “The Truth.” All three allude to the whole of Christian teaching passed on from Jesus to the Apostles and unto those like Luke who recorded “The Truth” under the power, direction, and inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. In Jude 3 he says, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for The Faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” And the Apostle John describes it all later as: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in The Truth. Basically, it could be said that the Corpus (body) of Christian teaching can be expressed in any of the three ways I point out here. But, in 1 John 1:5-7 there is a nuance that 3-Ds and it is all about purity, holiness, righteousness, and the noble.

 

Anybody can just speak Christianese. Anybody can just check off a fairly lengthy check-list of Do(s) and Don’t(s) in their daily living. Neither stance- taken to the most extreme left- or right- are Christian at all. The Apostle James says that faith without work is dead and works with no faith is dead too- both are simply just dead in the water of God’s perfect plan in Jesus Christ for our lives- Intimacy with Him as balanced individuals who walk and talk Jesus. Regarding even just salt- the two chemicals left on their own that make salt are deadly lethal if ingested on their own. Not just anybody walks the walk and talks the talk.

 

 

That is the kind of person who is living, breathing, and walking in the Light of Day as God is the Light of Day (Paul said we are “children of light” who “walk in the day”)- that is someone who is Intimate with Jesus. I’m going to be frank reader- this author of sorts has no desire to walk and talk in this world without that “balance” that only Intimacy with Jesus brings. Believer- “We love Him because He first loved us.” “God is Love.” “Perfect love casts out fear.” Allow His perfect love to cast out your fears and be embraced by this Light, this Love, this Truth, this Faith. In the light of this Holy God- He sent His only begotten Son to shed His blood, die, and be raised from the dead on our behalf because we are sinners in need of a Saviour- This Saviour- the Great God Jesus Christ. This is the basis of our entrance into The Light, the Life, the Love, the Truth, and the Faith once forever and for all saints everywhere passed down for our edification and instruction believer. Only believe it and receive it and daily- “walk it out” as you embrace Intimacy with Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intimacy With Jesus: Encountering God’s Caring Nature

 

 

 

Intimacy With Jesus: Encountering God’s Caring Nature

 

1 Peter 5:7

 

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

 

 

The “cares” of this life are many and many are those who try to just carry them alone. In the book of Deuteronomy, as Israel passed from nation to nation across many lands to the promised land, their reliance upon this God who calls us to cast upon Him our cares was to inspire other nations to the point where they said in contrast to their own affairs and religious practice: “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deuteronomy 4:7, n.d.) Intimacy with Jesus ought to be inspiring others to want to be intimate with Him too as they see what great things God has done for us. Psalm 126:3 says, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” So, Paul has good reason to say, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!”

 

There is still continuity between the “old testament Israel” and “the new covenant Israel” (God’s people generally speaking- those who live in obedience to His commands now under the new covenant forged by Christ’s shed blood). He was no more moot in dealing with the cares and anxiety of his people back in the Old Testament hundreds and thousands of years ago than He is today thousands of years later. He is There and He is Not Silent. (Schaeffer, n.d.) The Prophet Zephaniah wrote: “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

 

Those of you who desire to be intimate with Jesus with your many or not so many anxieties and cares remember- He is rejoicing over the fact you are looking to Him and casting those cares upward into His loving hands. If His eye is on the sparrow- how much more is His eye on you oh born from above believer in Christ! He knows your cares and anxieties ever before you breath them out in prayer and is working all things together in accordance with His good pleasure for you- a member of The Church Universal (the invisible body of Christ world-wide which manifests sometimes as more visible than at other times in history).

 

I cannot count how many times I have seen the saints over the last several decades see, experience, and encounter God’s loving and caring nature- I stopped counting somewhere way back even in my own experience. But- bottom line- “He cares”- tis why He is called “The Faithful One So Unchanging” and “The God of All Comfort.” He has been described as “Tender-hearted and Full of Mercy.” The Lord Jesus is said to be the exact representation of these Attributes of God for it says: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3, n.d.) Draw near to the Lord Jesus and He will draw near to you- run to his throne of Grace boldly- and simply pour out all of your anxieties and cares because He cares for you and Acts on our behalf. If He didn’t act on our behalf- there really is no point in me writing one word of this series as it is about the relationship with the Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ who acts on behalf of His people- He really does. Encounter God’s caring nature through embracing Jesus Christ more and more in all things we call life and liberty.    

 

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