Understanding the Hunger of the Soul

The hungary soul

It is a reality that we were made for GOD. YAHWEH created us to fill us with His love, so inherently we have an infinite capacity for Him, because He is an infinite being. What happens when we are not in relationship with Him and are incapable of receiving all the love He has for us? We end up with a hunger which seems insatiable. This displaced hunger is the root of all addiction and the strength of the bondage to sin. Men try in futility to satisfy their soul with things created instead of the Creator. Because creation is from GOD it brings some satisfaction, however it is not fulfilling because only the Creator can fulfill the soul. The devil exploits the condition of man’s disconnect from GOD to bind him to sin. The devil deceives man into thinking that sin can satisfy him, but it only leads to bondage. Men become slaves to sin because in order to maintain the fleeting satisfaction, they must continually indulge, or the dissatisfaction of their lives resurfaces. True freedom is not to need anything from this world system in order to have peace or joy. Of course we need the basics of creation to maintain healthy lives, however you can look at the extremes of materialism around you to see there is something deeper at work than a sober pursuit of a means to live healthy and securely.

Through ignorance and deception, men have taken the deep longing for GOD and aimed it at pleasures and symbols of validation to satisfy the soul, and it doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because the things of this world are temporal and fleeting. Look at the teaching of the Apostle Peter related to this matter,

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1st Peter 1:13-21 NKJV)

It is evident throughout history that the men before us sought the wealth of gold and silver more than the wealth of the knowledge and wisdom of GOD, and it resulted in their moral decay and destruction. There are numerous examples around us today of those wealthy in the things of this world yet with out true peace and joy. Unfortunately, even in the face of countless examples, many still are deceived into thinking the acceptance of people and the gathering of material things can heal the heart. We must learn to live in the revelation that our soul salvation is in GOD alone, for it is only then that you can be free. The powers of darkness will continually try to ensnare you with the “trappings” of this world.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1st Timothy 6:9-11 KJV)

This is the line of thought behind popular Buddhist teachings, the concept of detachment from lust and desires in order to find peace and contentment, however it misses the mark of truth because the resting place of our soul is not any state of Nirvana but in the abundance of the life of GOD. The fire or suffering of the soul is not quenched through the delusion of “I don’t need anything,” the fire of the soul is quenched through the living waters given through YAHWEH the Messiah.

Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:6-14 KJV)

The answer is not in overindulgence or complete denial, the answer lies in the fulfillment of the soul through the life that is in YESHUA the Messiah, which liberates us to live in enlightened moderation, righteously without dependence. The cross is where we detach from the slavery of insatiable carnal desires to reach our predestined state of fruitful branches, attached to the tree of life which supplies all we need for the soul to flourish, through the conduit of the Spirit.  This is the true salvation of the soul through YESHUA HAMASHIACH, Jesus the Savior.

 

 

Obtaining 2020 Vision

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Vision is often interpreted in reference to seeing the future. Vision has such broad application. It could be a picture of something in its entirety, or just a picture of the most relevant part of something. I think these two examples make up the focus of the vision we must live by each day. The greater vision is of our Heavenly Father on the throne, carrying out His will for our good and His glory. This overarching vision gives us the assurance we need to have peace, joy, hope, and confidence in the tomorrows we cannot see. A clear vision of what is most relevant in our lives is the focus on the current moment. YESHUA taught that we are not to take thought of tomorrow because we have the greater vision giving us liberty to focus on just today.

The Lord is giving us 2020 vision by showing us how to use our eyes. People often strain their eyes by trying to see things they were never meant to see. You cannot see around a curve. The earth is round and tomorrow unfolds as light comes to us from around the curve. YAHWEH illuminates the day at hand. As I hear people profess today that we are in uncertain times, I contrast that to all the proclamations of Vision that I heard toward the end of 2019 and at the start of the year. It is clear to see the disconnect between what was expected and what the Lord is doing. GOD is truly fulfilling what was in the heart of so many regarding better vision, but just not in the way many expected. He has slowed things down to help us stop and focus on now. Much of our stumbling comes from looking too far ahead versus focusing on where we are currently and our very next step. The most powerful influence you have on your future is the seed you sow today. GOD has given you faith, strength, and a measure of grace sufficient for living victoriously today. If you will just be mindful of the direction He is given you for your steps today, you will find the measure of joy and peace for today exceeding abundant. You will also find there is plenty of light today to see what GOD is doing in your life right now. This is the vision we need for 2020 and beyond.

 

Witnessing Revival

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We have to get away from the mythology of history and the mythology of the gospel. The problem in the church today is that they are preaching a mythological Jesus Christ. Mythological means represented more by tradition and acceptance than truth. The majority of church goers don’t identify with the real Christ, because just like when He walked the earth in the flesh, often the leaders and the elders in the church reject Him, and turn the people against Him.

“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.” (Matt 27:20 KJV)

The Jesus often preached today, is more like Barabbas, someone that fits better within this political climate and has more appeal to the people. The mess we see in the world today is what happens when there is more darkness than light. There is not much light coming from the church because there is not much truth coming out of the church. The truth is, most people want nothing to do with GOD other than His blessings. That’s why there is all this talk of preaching a gospel centered on a Savior that is just loving and accepting. One that only blesses. That is not characteristic of GOD, nor ever was. YESHUA the Christ wasn’t popular, beloved, or well received. Here is the truth:

“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3 KJV).

It is because He spoke the truth without respect of persons, and He refused to comply with this world. He was uncompromising in His spiritual and divine nature, which made Him alien to the carnal masses. Xenophobia isn’t a new phenomenon. You leaders and elders of church congregations, who are preaching this non-judgmental, all accepting, bait and switch gospel, aren’t serving Christ, you are serving your own popularity. Love is not measured by how it makes people feel, it is measured by how much it resembles GOD in word and deed. The Savior came to earth as pure love and He was rejected by mankind. Stop trying to package the gospel in a way that entices people. People appetites are carnal, and you are making the gospel carnal in order to get numbers. What good are you doing people if they are accepted by you but rejected by GOD, because they are not spiritual.

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23 KJV)

There is revival happening in the land. It is a revival of spirit and truth. The worldy and the carnal will not partake. The only ones who can partake are those who surrender their lives on the cross, out of love for the lamb of GOD, the Lion of Judah, YESHUA HAMASHIACH, Christ our Savior. If anyone offers you any other solution or means of salvation, they are trying to get something from you. It may be your money, your gift, or just your approval. This world can only change for those who are willing to change from the world. The world can only change as the people change. This is why Christ calls for the surrender of your life. He wants to do a new work in you that will change you and the world for the better.

Being About Your Father’s Business

 

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The injustice in the world today is nothing new and neither is the source. The book of knowledge and wisdom tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. This truth indicates that those in business are closest to the root of the problem, since business is the means by which money is exchanged. 1st Timothy 6:10 is the origin of this often misquoted maxim.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Tim 6:10 KJV)

The phrase “love of money” in this verse comes from the Greek word “philarguria”, which translates to fondness of silver. This word comes from part of the same root as the Greek word “Philanthropia”, which translates fondness of mankind, and is where we get the word philanthropy. If you look at the meaning of each of these words, then it becomes clear what the bible is trying to relay in the verse cited above. It also becomes clear why there is so much chaos in the world today.

The cited scripture is not in reference to everyone. It speaks of people erring from the faith. We know the faith in reference because this quote comes from a Christian bible. True Christianity is based on faith in the testimony of Jesus Christ, who gave His life to save mankind. So, without question, we know that Christianity is founded on a love for mankind. This understanding explains why the love of money is then considered erring from the faith. Those who confess to follow Christ should exhibit a love for mankind instead of a love for money.

To my Christian brothers and sisters, what is reflected most in your business? Is it the love of mankind or a love of money? Do you put what is humane and equitable before what is financially profitable? History is polluted with the business of putting money before humanity. Just look at the history of America. We know that the love for Africans did not exceed a love for the profit to be made from their enslavement. We know the love for Native Americans did not exceed the love for the profit to be made from their lands. Is this just a recollection of America’s sins from the past or is this sorrow piercing so many through today evidence that America has not yet repented? America as a government never erred from the faith, because America as a government never employed the teachings of Christ. Christ gave His life for the sake of ALL mankind. The business of this country has always been for the sake of a few.

This a call for the Christians of this nation. Those who profess to live according to the one which put His love of mankind before His own life. You are the light of the world. If your light is hidden from your business, then we lose the light where it is darkest. Business is where decisions are made which impact our whole civilization. The way to remove the chaos from the boardwalks, is to promote a love for mankind in the boardrooms. The corrosion of society stems from morally bankrupt capitalism. All human endeavors must be rooted in the purpose of making life better for all, or humanity will fail as a whole. These words may not find a home in every heart, but my hope is that they will resonate in hearts where the faith of Christ is resident.

 

 

The Real Choice Before Us

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Awake! We are not called to save this world. We are called to save people out of this demonic world system. This world system is not redeemable because the Lord didn’t build it. We seek a kingdom which is to come. The only thing that can change this world is a revolution of values. That is only accomplished by renewing minds and changing hearts. You need the power of GOD to do that. He has already sent a Savior for this world. There is no other answer; not marching, not physical war, not electing a better president. The answer is the Body of Christ taking up the cross and preaching the sincere unadulterated word of GOD. Don’t say we’ve tried that because the majority of what I hear from pulpits and confessing Christians doesn’t line up with the gospel that YESHUA preached.

I have seldom heard a gospel preached which shifts the affections of the hearers to the kingdom of Christ and away from this world. Most people today come to Christ seeking to save the life they have, not looking for a new life altogether. Ministers tell people, just say this confession and it will all be better. YESHUA said, go sell everything you own and then come and follow me. The gospel of Christ demands that you let the things of this world go. It may be riches, it may be unforgiveness, a desire to be successful in the eyes of your family and peers, a criminal lifestyle, ungodly sexual practices, alcohol and other drugs used as a way of coping; we have to give it all to Him.

The Creator will not build on a foundation He has not laid Himself. Contrary to the misguided belief of many Americans, GOD did not build the foundation of America. The founding fathers of this country were not inspired by the teachings of Christ, or His New Covenant. Granted they may have been inspired by the bible, as in the Pharaoh, building a kingdom through slave labor and hard bondage. It seems they may have adopted social control methodology from Caesar and Rome, imprisoning and brutally killing dissidents. How could those fighting to be freed from oppressive rule, turn around and institute a government with built in marginalization and oppression? The heart of Christ is salvation to all people regardless of ethnic origin. When has that been modeled through the United States Government. Before you answer, do your research. It is clear when the founders wrote “All men are created equal” it was understood in that day that only white males qualified as the referenced “men”; not women or any people of color. Just study history. This is the true heritage of this country, and until people accept this reality, they will not be able to see clearly enough to forge meaningful change, nor shift their allegiance to Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom. Which by the way, is unstoppable and inevitable.

I have been some what hesitant to produce videos and now I know why. It is because people need to read. They need to learn the power of words, and the discipline of dedicating time to the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Truth is to be chewed thoroughly to the smallest of pieces and fully tasted in order for it to be consumed and digested properly. Listening to the bible while you are driving or doing other things is OK, but studying the Word with a concordance and a dictionary is truly enlightening.

The separation of church and state has been twisted to imply the Word of GOD shouldn’t be injected into conversations about problem resolution around tables that outside of churches. As believers, we are not confined or limited by this belief. We are called to inject the Word of GOD on what ever platform we have been given. This is what is needed to break the powers of darkness that is blinding so many. The light of the Gospel of Christ must break forth unrestrained. There is no other solution to man’s problems other than that which GOD has given through the life of His Son, Yeshua Hamashiach! If you disagree with this, then you are part of the problem.

Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” (NKJV)

Luke 11:23 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” (NKJV)

These two disciples of Christ are testifying that they heard YESHUA say what I have quoted above. It’s time to gather with Christ. Will you surrender your life to Christ and His Kingdom, or will you continue living in deception and cleaving to this crumbling world system?

This can be considered part 2 of a post from November of 2016

https://theinscribedheart.com/2016/11/13/crossing-over-to-spiritual-unity-is-the-only-hope/

 

Breath For Those Struggling to Breathe

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What we are seeing in America today may look like the result of centuries of systemic racism, but it is really the results of millenniums of greed. Racism is just a tool the greedy use to maintain control. Greed is defined by Merriam Webster as “a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed.” The wealth of this world is being greedily held by just a few. This manufactured racism works so well, the aristocracy can just flaunt their extreme wealth in the faces of the oppressed masses without fear. While it is true that the soul of the courts has been bought, it is the lack of empathy in society, for those whom justice is slow to serve, which hinders the needed reforms.

Racism is the bait and easy way taken by those infected with fear, who hold with clinched fist, the dregs left them by the greedy. The problem is not your neighbor, who is just trying to live as you are, it is the system which allows so little to be given for the masses to divide. Racism is the virus which was created by the aristocracy, carried in society by the weak-hearted, and infecting all susceptible to hate.

The inability of one human to see the humanity in another is the pandemic heart disease which threatens all mankind. Inhumanity is the disease which cripples the judgment of the greedy, which hinders the ability of them to see that their excessiveness is depriving other humans. Before you dismiss this as just socialist rhetoric, it is undeniable that there is only so much water, so much land, and so much time to work with in any given generation. When these key resources are manipulated so that they only profit a small segment of the earth’s population, it is unethical and wrong. If there is any concern about a shortage of natural resources, the focus should not be reducing the population of the poor through inhumane eugenics, it should be making sure that the wealth of the world benefits all humanity.

The only way to combat greed, and the racism it perpetuates, is through curing the diseased hearts. This will facilitate the revolution of values needed to rescue society from further moral decay. This is why the gospel of Love must be taught and demonstrated by the true children of GOD. Unlike the Christian hirelings which have been historically complicit with the oppression and injustice rampant in the United States and the rest of the world, it is time for the true followers of Christ to arise and continue the mission of YESHUA which He declared in Luke 4:18-19 (KJV),

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

This mission is for those who have taken up the cross of Christ and only seek the life which is found through the resurrection power of GOD. They who resist fear through faith in GOD and persevere through love, will triumph with Christ!

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)

Seeking More Than A Spark

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It’s easy to find someone who wants to make love, but it is rare to find someone willing to allow Love to make them. The Holy Scripture teaches that GOD is Love. I believe that, and I also believe you can’t make love until you have allowed Love to make you. In the beginning, we are told that GOD breathed into an earthly vessel He had formed, which created a living soul. Our soul was born out of Love, so our soul needs love to flourish. Sex will not cause the soul to flourish. The soul needs love; joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, temperance, discipline, patience, gentleness and virtue. GOD said it was not good for man to be alone. Just like it takes the friction of at least two things together to create a spark, love is manifest through the union of separate beings. Two beings coming together can create a spark, but it takes love to fuel a fire. Sex alone can create a spark, but it takes love for it to become the fire which provides the warmth required by the soul.

I love building fires. There is an art to building a good fire. Positioning the wood so that all the pieces ignite, however leaving space for the air to feed the flames. External heat is needed to start the flame, however the fuel for the fire is already within the wood. As the wood gives its fuel, there is a wonderful display of light and sound. Through the fire, the wood transcends into rising smoke and leaves nothing but ashes. I find it almost hypnotic experiencing the warmth, sounds, and visuals of a good fire. The Creator often teaches us through allegory, and there are a lot of lessens embedded in fire. It is GOD in us which fuels the fire. You take away the air and the fire will die. Air or wind, throughout the bible, symbolizes the Spirit of GOD. To have this glorious fire, which transforms the soul, a relationship must be saturated with Love and the Spirit of GOD.

So remember, the spark is nothing, without all the other components needed to produce a lasting fire.

 

What are you injecting into your life?

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I understand the logic of medical vaccines however the principle of it violates MY faith. I am emphasizing “my”, because faith is a very personal thing, and I don’t want anyone thinking I am trying to take shots at them (hehehe). I am neither suggesting that taking medicine is evidence of a lack of faith, even the Savior says if you are sick you should probably see a physician.

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17 KJV)

I will say that some of the products put on the market today for medicine are criminal. Worldly vaccines come in many forms; a scientific cocktail injected into the bloodstream or any accepted belief suggesting something other than GOD can preserve your life. Every indication of diseases and plagues I have seen in the bible come as a result of sin. Due to my new covenant with GOD, through the blood of Yeshua the Christ, I am no longer afraid of curses related to sin. Since I have GOD’s promise regarding this, why would I then subject myself to a disease for protection against it. I want to repeat something here, “I have the promise of GOD”. This is not the promise of scientific evidence, which has a probability of failing, or the promise of man, whose life subsist on dependencies beyond his control. This is the promise of GOD, who has ALL power to bring about whatever He wills, and He is FAITHFUL and TRUE…amen!

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)

This is the promise to every child born of faith in Yeshua the Christ.

The heart of man is so wounded, he is afraid to speak in positive absolutes. He will affirm his captivity to “negative absolutes” all day on the evidence that his life, and those around him, have been littered with negatives. Man has experienced so many failures, disappointments, and setbacks, he is reluctant to speak in positive, victorious absolutes. I am not suggesting that people should lie to themselves about things they would like to happen. I think people should believe and affirm the positive things that the Creator has said. However, for that to happen, you must first have knowledge of what He has said, and you must believe. I have spent a great deal of my life seeking the heart and mind of GOD through what He has spoken and through what He has made. YAHWEH and His love through Yeshua the Christ make up the realest element of my life. I have gone days without eating and drinking, but I have never LIVED a day without relying on His love to sustain me. Life is the presence of GOD inside your soul. I have faith that nothing can uproot GOD from my soul, so I will live eternally. The Life in me is impervious to disease, or any other type of physical deterioration. My decisions on life are all based around my relationship with GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This must be an absolute to keep my life from being vulnerable. This is also why GOD has given us His promise, and living proof, in the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua Hamashiach.

 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:13-20 NKJV)

These are all professions of my faith which have come from injections of the Word of GOD and from revelation of the Spirit, as well as the written testimonies of GOD as recorded in Holy Scripture. Life will test our beliefs, it is the only way we come to see who we really are and who GOD really is. After living on this earth for over 50 years, I still hold all these things to be true. I do not know what the next moments or tomorrow holds, but I know who holds time itself, and I know He loves you and wants to secure your life in Him. Accept His love for you as an absolute and never doubt it, and you will find a stability and assurance in your life which gives true and lasting peace. From this foundation of peace, a rest will hold you which yields a power to live on the terms of Love instead of fear. This is the liberty which Yeshua the Christ gives to all who accepts His amazing love.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NKJV)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Roman 8:1-2 KJV)

Reminded of The State of The Union

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Yesterday, I went out cycling for some exercise at a nearby park. Upon finishing and returning to the parking lot, I entered a conversation with a fellow biker unloading his bike. He came over to my car as I racked my bike to continue the conversation.  He was an older white guy in his mid-sixties. The conversation quickly shifted from cycling talk to the impact of COVID-19. I listened to him for about 2 minutes and then I realized, in my free loving just talk with anyone ways, this person was rimming over with information he had been gathering from his news sources and the circles he travels in, and I had provided him an opportunity to pour out his opinions. I understand the propensity of older people to share their views to enlighten those who will follow them, so I let him finish expressing his thoughts. When he was done, he had given me his explanation of why the corona virus had been particularly hard on New York. In a nut shell, he stated it was due to the illegal immigrants living ten deep in apartments infecting one another. He made sure to make a distinction from undocumented immigrants to illegal immigrants. He also stated the illegal immigrants were most likely “dogs” from their homeland. I am not exaggerating this or embellishing his words in any way.

This wasn’t provocative to me because after living in America and seeing how the mythology of American history is taught and perpetuated, I understood perfectly how he could have these viewpoints. It is no different from labeling native Americans as savages to justify the profits from taking their land. It is no different from labeling African abductees as incapable monkeys, only two-thirds human to justify profits made through their enslavement. The labeling of humans that seek asylum in America is another way of justifying the profits made from government contracts in privately run prisons and holding facilities.

So, I calmly shared with this older citizen that these were not undocumented immigrants or illegal immigrants, these people were first and foremost humans, just like he and I. As humans, they deserved to have their humanity protected and preserved with the same rights and dignities as every other human. I told him that at a minimum, that is what the law of the land should provide to all humans. I explained to him that they were not just human, they were also individuals and deserved to be treated on the merits of their individual selves and we should care about their individual stories. Well, the tone of the conversation changed after that, and he went on to tell me he was exercising and on meds because he had an ailment that was causing his arteries to harden. I hoped our conversation had at least softened his heart.

I drove away pondering the level of continued blindness in what is now the twenty-first century. I don’t think he stopped for moment to consider that he was speaking to someone who has ancestors, which only a generation ago, had to sit in the back of buses and in the rear of trains and barely could vote in the south, due to them being unjustly stigmatized. I don’t think he is aware that this blight is still impacting the lives of many people of color through the criminal justice system in higher incarceration rates and longer sentencing, as well as the financial sector through higher interest loans and higher insurance premiums and lower property value assessments.

It will probably take months, if not years, to get the facts on who has been most impacted by COVID-19. A lack of thorough testing and no country wide standards enforced on documenting and reporting related deaths during the first weeks of the outbreak, will impact the accuracy of statistics. This pandemic reveals yet how far we are from the ideals of The Pledge of Allegiance, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Arise Shine, For The Lord Has Come!

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As many of you reflect on the resurrection of Christ, I would like to bring to light an element of resurrection life which is not often part of the focus at this time. First, know that resurrection life is for the here and now, while still on earth. We experience new life as a result of the rebirth of the spirit in us, which takes place once we are reconnected to the vine of life. Life flows through us once again as we are reconnected to GOD through Christ. This new life is invincible, and death cannot prevail against it. As this new life floods our soul, our minds are renewed and we become different people, because we think, see, and respond, to things differently. As our minds are renewed, we have opportunity to change the impact of past events still yoked to our soul. The breaking of these old yokes brings a peace and liberty that gives birth to new found joy.

The love of GOD gives us the strength to correctly bury the past. It is very common to have past experiences which caused embarrassment, hurt, and pain, that are still unresolved in our mind thus still tormenting us. They are like infected wounds still causing us pain.  These infected wounds of the soul are the real triggers behind the anger, frustration, apprehension, fear, and cold-heartedness which surfaces in us from time to time. When situations in life either touch or bring us close to these sensitive areas, our reaction is often centered from the wound instead of the spirit of love. Whenever you feel resentment, anger, strife, or shame, it is a sign that there is something you are still retaining. It is an area where the grace of GOD has not fully saturated. These wounds often need cleansed primarily with forgiveness. We often need to release others, as well as ourselves, from acts of the past. Pray and ask GOD to deliver you from the roots of any bitterness or shame. Be prepared to squeeze GOD’s hand as these wounds are reopened, to be sanitized with forgiveness and grace.

We can’t enter the resurrection life which Christ has prepared for us until we properly bury the pass. There is a saying, “Yesterday is in the tomb, and tomorrow is in the womb, all we have is the present.” If your yesterdays have not been properly put to rest, they can interfere with what GOD is doing in your life today. The Love we have found in Christ has provisions for this. One of the things which the powers of darkness continue to under estimate is the power of Love. Love showers us with undeserved provisions for life through charity and grace. The gift of salvation is an undeserved provision for life. Through this powerful Love we have received, we can provide others with the same undeserved provisions for life. None of us can live without forgiveness because we have all earned condemnation to death. If you disagree with this, then I am sure you also struggle with understanding your total need for Christ and salvation. Until you are able to understand how lies, deceitfulness, selfishness, envy, lust, and cold-heartedness are some of the sinful characteristics which breed death, you will not understand your role in the demise of others and the debts you have created.

For those of you who know you have done harm and confess that you need forgiveness, receive it from the Lamb of GOD, and also forgive those who have wounded you. We have all been hurt and wounded by someone, who also was hurt and wounded by someone else. Forgiveness destroys the perpetuation of death and allows Love the opportunity to bring new life. Your releasing of others actually frees you to walk in newness of life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reads,

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Put the past to rest and free your self to be a new creation in Christ. I have worked in ministry with former drug addicts for many years and one of the conflicts I see in their restoration is they have been taught to confess that they are perpetual addicts. As I witness the salvation of Christ to these men, there is a point where they have to see themselves as new creatures in Christ. If they continue to see themselves as addicts, then the potential to use is always present. If they can embrace that they are new creatures, which no longer need or desire drugs, through the knowledge they really needed and actually craved GOD all along, then they can shut the door forever on being an addict. Unfortunately, I see the same error in the church today among the children of GOD. False religion has fettered the children of GOD to the past by teaching them to see themselves as perpetual sinners. The counsel that those saved by Christ are still sinners, only forgiven, is not from the Spirit of GOD but from Lucifer the great deceiver.  Just like the men recovering from addiction I mentioned earlier, this flawed mindset wedges the door open for continual sin and does not allow the past to be properly buried.

YAHWEH sowed a seed in the earth, that seed was His son Yeshua Hamashiach, also referred to as Jesus Christ. A seed can only reproduce fruit after its own kind. Christ promised,

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)

The church today is called the Body of Christ, how can sin rule in the body of Christ if the seed that produced it was beautiful and righteous. False teaching has contaminated the church and robbed it of its glory. False teaching has robbed the children of GOD of their freedom to live righteous and gloriously.

Here is the truth about resurrection life:

“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:13-14)

Believe the grace which is in the love of GOD, ministered through the workings of the cross. Let GOD counsel you on burying pains of the past that you might experience life anew. Don’t allow Lucifer, the father of all lies, to still the life Christ has set before you. I am including a link here to my book, “True Heritage: Recovering From Spiritual Identity Theft”, as an aid to you. I present a lot more on this subject to assist you in recovering the abundant life the resurrection of Christ put within your reach.  It is time that the church comes forth in her full glory. This is her time to shine!