The Lord told me years ago to simply follow Him, this little video shows how the Lord in his infinite mercy, has used his creation to speak to my heart.
The Lord told me years ago to simply follow Him, this little video shows how the Lord in his infinite mercy, has used his creation to speak to my heart.
Matthew 24:12 (KJV) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Have you ever met anyone who will not acknowledge when they are wrong? A believer would never take such a position, as they are acutely aware of their need for a Savior and will move in absolute humility rather than pride!
Remember Something: Most people don’t give a hang about you, unless your doing something for them… Yet the Lord is not like that!
Here is a link my wife shared with me about such people… shorturl.at/BGHIX
I have found that hidden self righteous pride, is much more detrimental to ones spiritual growth, than being humble and honest enough to go to the Lord for help and forgiveness! To me, it is much more important to be a friend rather than just a rigid instructor of the faith.
This is an opinion piece, allot of very rigid Bible doctrines can be found on this subject, but few envelop the totality of the Lord and his creation as a whole. As a minister with over 30 years of experience, and an understanding of the mercy shown of the Lord, I do not believe the righteous (as opposed to the wicked) suffer the result of the fall, as does the vast majority of humanity. That is to say, the needs of the righteous will be met, if not on earth, surely in heaven. In short, the suffering will be over!
Knowing your Bible gives you the basics for righteous living in life, but this is only a starting point for those who love and follow Jesus. So, the Bible is not emphatic about all subject matters, but is often used as a compass to lead us in the right direction, when used in contexts.
My wife and I just lost our old and faithful Cockier Spaniel, she helped me when I was recovering from my heart attack, and for years was a loving and obedient dog. This is primarily why I am writing this today, and to share with others my very personal knowledge of my Lord.
Below are some Bible verses I have pasted which show the creation order concerning animals and man. “Man” was created in God’s image, being tripartite in nature, yet his rebellion in the Garden of Eden separated him from a Holy God, because of his – (her) rebellion and independence.
Unlike “man” the animals did not rebel against the Lord God, yet were caught up in the downfall of creation, and they too suffer because of sin in the world, ultimately bringing death and destruction.
I cannot state emphatically that the souls of animals go to heaven, and some believe since they have no spirits (as does man) they will not exist with us in eternity; but it is my opinion that to believe such a doctrine leans towards legalism, and does not include the rest of the creation.
The whole of creation seems to be promised redemption; provided it has not rebelled against the Lord’s natural order to include an animal killing a human being, as in: Exodus 21:28–35 ESV
28 “When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. 29 But if the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. 30 If a ransom is imposed on him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is imposed on him. 31 If it gores a man’s son or daughter, he shall be dealt with according to this same rule. 32 If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
It is my belief if an animal kills a man, woman, or child even in defense, it is a violation of God’s order without redemption, and will join lost humanity (those not redeemed) with Satan and his angles in the lake of fire for all eternity.
Yet Conversely: other scripture appears to point to “good animals” (those who have not violated God’s creation order of authority) will also be redeemed as a part of the new heavens and earth.
Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
These other verses also show the totality of the Lord’s understanding especially towards his people…
Genesis 1:28 ESV
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Psalm 147:9 ESV
9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
Psalm 104:21 ESV
21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
Proverbs 12:10 ESV
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Luke 12:6 ESV
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? 2 And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Romans 8:22-24 (ESV)
22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
It appears to me that most verses in the scriptures are speaking about the animals and man, being redeemed to the original creation order, and I’m quite convinced this shall include the pets of the righteous. This is a part of our great hope in Christ, when death has no more sting, what a glorious day that shall be!
For all real believers, it is imperative that you learn how to follow the Lord yourself, to listen and learn for yourselves, rather than just following “the pitch”!
This is a difficult post for me to try and put across, it encompasses years of the Lord showing himself to me while he was working in my life.
We are now living in the age that Matthew 24: 24 applies.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Early on, while dating my wife to be; I can still recall the Lord assuring me that “my life was in his hands”. I did not comprehend at the time the totality in that meaning; I had not had my “near death experience” of Christ lying shoulder to shoulder next to me, nor was I in the Church leadership after I returned home from my orders under Operation Enduring Freedom. I had watched the leadership in the church become more and more institutionalized, as they focused on “building” a larger church body.
I became frustrated because of what I could plainly see, I surpassed all the training at the time because of my personal study under Dr. Gross for six years in street ministry, and Dr. Gross was one of the top exorcists in Baltimore City. I later told the Lord I wanted to be like Paul and Silos; and like them, effective for the Lord so that the enemy would know who I was, and not just pew stuffing in some church!
I then suffered my heart attack and NDE while in the U.S. Army, who were instrumental in saving my life while in water survival; and without which I would not have survived the ordeal.
A week later my new proximal lad stent had started to clot again. They rushed me down the corridor to have more emergency stenting. I told the nurse to tell my wife she was the best thing that had ever happened to me, and I insisted! The nurse (who I had never seen before) spoke very calmly to me exclaiming, “ Mr. Dell, the enemy knows who you are; but this will not stop what the Lord has planned for You” !!!
I was simply speechless, as I knew then that this woman was used of God in showing me he had heard my prayer! Incidentally, this all occurred like a silver thread that has run throughout my life in providence. I had asked the Lord not to have to serve in the Army more than I was obligated too, this echoed the words of a Lieutenant I had know in the Coast Guard, who told me during the reduction in force that the Coast Guard was not his God! It was almost my 20 year mark with the Army Reserve Watercraft now, and 23 years for pay purposes. It was also just three days after my ordination as a minister, and I was soon to get accredited by the reformed Baptists.
As I continued to struggle with getting my accreditation’s, mostly for what I learned under Dr. Gross years before; something very strange happened. I felt led to a room opposite my office where I was writing my thesis. As I entered this guest bedroom, I could feel a calm presence within, and out of the corner of my eyes I could make out what appeared to be the Lord; but this time the ghostly image was in color, not just black and white pushing in next to me, as when my heart stopped!
Honestly, although it was a wonderful experience, it scared me a bit; so I called my old mentor the late Dr. Gross on the phone, and explained to him what just had happened. He instinctively asked me; “where did this happen”? I told him opposite my computer room and office; then he said, “ Roland, don’t you see, it is the Lord telling you to follow him”!!! I had become so busy in attempting to prove myself to men, it seems I had sort of lost focus on my Lord!
Not too long ago, I was deeply involved with a couple men who espouse a type of “Lordship Salvation group” on the net. The leader of this group excepted me with great love in a 7 year Skype relationship. I finally felt accepted by one who seemed to understand just how the Lord functioned. Friction then started with a young brother who likened everything to being tied to Rome and the Illuminati. I tried desperately to communicate with this young brother about what I had learned of secret organizations in the past; but he would have none of it, as he knew I supported Donald Trump for president, who he despised.
The supposed “elder” would not intervene, and relationships with other internet “Christian whack jobs” which he allowed “into the fold” just increased. I am an open person, but I do not like being spied on by sanctimonious dingbats who think that they know better than anyone else; you know the types!
This all came to a head about the same time doctors discovered I had a vary serious infection to my hearts hardware which the military installed.
I was then accused of being “chastened of God” by the group fellowship leader, as being political minded instead of “God minded” read carnal. I do know one thing however, the Lord used this very serious event in my life to “rip me from this Lordship Salvation Cult”, in which the leader exclaims that he is so sanctified that he no longer sins, he just has glitches in the flesh!
I now must ask myself, “what was I thinking”? But in a time of strong delusions and wickedness abounding all over the world, peoples like these are bound to show up on stage; so to speak. The lesson I learned was don’t allow anyone to dictate how the Lord works his salvation and sanctification within your life. The Lord is so far above and ahead of the “paygrade” of any human being within the world that it is laughable to think that anyone can achieve such spiritual wisdom in judging another’s walk; that is – apart from blatant sin and rebellion against God.
It is more likely to be seen as a blatant rebellion against the leaders perceived authority, which he is actually reacting too; as no one is needed in defending the infallible and almighty Lord of heaven and earth!
To all committed followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, remember that mere men are fallible; my best advice I can give – is what the Lord gave to me; FOLLOW HIM and no one else, in these days of strong delusions!
I will close with what my dear old mother reminded me of tonight: ROMANS 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
One’s perceived Holiness or walking in the Holy Spirit of truth, should never depend upon one’s own viewpoint of the scriptures, nor idiosyncratic emotions. False teachers are big on using such manipulations to gain favor with others and then build their own following. I do not believe all people who engage in such teachings is always on a conscious level; rather they have been deceived into believing that they have found the only or “narrow road” to fellowshipping with our Lord.
Matthew 24:24 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
I know a brother who dogmatically insists that his own spiritual experiences have taught him over the years just who are the “Goats” and who are indeed “Sheep”. He decides who’s allowed in the “Sheep Fold” who is not, and even who is to be rejected among the brethren! He does not enforce these principles by using balanced Biblical doctrines, nor even confer with other elders before deciding to eject the member; he does this as a matter of self-righteous pride, and his distorted sense of self-worth, and perceived authority in Christ! This is very dangerous in deciding who are the weeds, goats, wolves, dogs, and pigs. Only the Lord Jesus Christ himself can know who the Father gives unto him. Fallen humanity uses discernment, when in line with the authority of the scriptures alone.
Below is what a brother recently shared with me, in what he (like myself) has painfully discovered over the years.
“Roland, here is a list of 5 things I learned about “spiritual leaders”. I wrote this in 2014.
If you are not with them or believe like them, you are not of God.
Your value is based on your performance. How you perform is how you are regarded. (No intrinsic value).
You are only truly loved if you are fully submitted to them. If you rebel against their authority or control in anyway, you are being influenced by Satan.
Control and manipulation is enforced through fear, condemnation, confusion, and partial truths. Twisting the truth is common.
There is a “drawing” to the leader. The leader will come in the form of a friend at first. After your heart is opened and exposed to accept the person or group of people, the manipulation and control begins.”
I post this today, as I am continually troubled by the zeal of deception which is broadcast now weekly. The man and his followers are convinced that they follow “but Christ alone” with no amount of human sin being present in their members. They will condemn anyone or anything who would find disagreement with them, and their favorite targets are not Marxist – Liberation Theology; but rather the Evangelical Bible believing church! They systematically pick apart what “they see” as heresies even found within Christian fundamentals. They say that they are not involved with the world, or the world’s systematic theologies, apologetics, policy, politics and even geography. Yet they continually beat down any semblance of the Christian informed peoples of the past, and any attempt at restoring a level of decency in the postmodern world! These brothers but bury themselves within their own sanctimonious behaviors and beliefs; yet stand in condemnation to anyone who would try and convert others to the principles of sound doctrine in scriptures, Christ, or even Biblical ethics, as being a lover of the world more than Christ!
Like a bunch of committed communists working towards their revolutionary goal in converting the world to their way of thinking; these misplaced beliefs, like a Communist are destructive, but even worse unlike a Communist, they claim to represent Christ, yet with having a distorted viewpoint of the Lord. This poor brother, continually pounds on the Church (false and or real – in my estimation) along with anyone who believes the “State of Israel” is still tied to the coming prophesies of the Bible; and for my favorite twist, they especially hate Evangelicals who support Donald Trump as President!
These people teach avoidance of anyone who would challenge or disagree with their so-called discernment’s as being non-believers, and have deceived themselves (and others) that only they, and people like them, who agree with them that they, are the “chosen remnant”, who in the end will be with the Lord! This is a shameful and gut-wrenching pride which I feel is my duty to point out as a minister of the Gospel, and as someone who has inside knowledge of these types of characters!
In closing I would like to recommend the site: http://www.wickedshepherds.com/
This is the most comprehensive and exhaustive site which I have found on the net for such modern-day Pharisees, (who think that they do no wrong)!
I’ve witnessed those who have allot of zeal in attempting to serve the Lord, yet people who attack others in their faith (aside from addressing sin) is unmerited and abusive, often from a deep seated and self righteous pride, which is obviously not detected from those who practice such pettiness…
Romans 2: 1-4 speaks of how the Lord views such people.
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Absolutely correct, and at 60 I am now coming to grips with this type of toxicity. I have learned that parents may never see their own borderline or anger personality disorders, so we must bind the projections in our own minds, forgive, and move on with Christ by ourselves. You can never force people to see, what they cannot see. Thanks for this post!
by Hazel Straub
God created each one uniquely, with destiny and identity. So often, the enemy comes in to steal, rob and destroy our God-given identity. Although we repeated the ditty, as children, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me,” this is not true. Spoken negative words from parents, authority figures, teachers, siblings, bullies, or others shaped our self-image and made us feel worthless, ashamed and stupid, due to their echo in our minds. These words wounded our mind, will, and emotions (heart), shaping how we perceived ourselves, stealing our God-given identity.
We did not recognize that the enemy of our souls, had come to try to destroy the treasure that God had placed inside of us. We believed a lie and shaped our identity based on falsehoods, trying to please people, not God. Then we rate our life, on circumstances, not God’s Word.
God, however, created us…
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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) Jonathan Edwards was a colonial American Congregational preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans. Edwards “is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian.”
One’s effectiveness in understanding the scriptures is not just rooted in sound doctrine, but rather it is rooted in just how much the Lord has chosen to show you about himself!
I had learning disabilities (dyslexia) since childhood, I was tested and tested again in the 1960’s to pinpoint how I could best learn to read and write and function in memorization of academia. My hyper activity didn’t help much in applying myself to my studies neither did being slapped in the head and parental frustrations that only helped to tear down my self esteem, which I did not overcome till in my 30’s in still feeling marginalized and substandard till the Lord saw fit to give me a supportive wife, the love of my life!
However, the Lord is not a respecter of men, but rather looks upon the heart to see who earnestly seeks to know him and love him. It is humility and not pride which enables the Lord to show his son’s and daughters his great love for them, and a greater insight into who He is!
I was also very fortunate to have a mother who came to know Jesus Christ and offered me encouragement and scriptural direction as a teenager. This served me well in my early years in avoiding the pitfalls of false teachings and even cults. I went into the Coast Guard partially to get away from home in which I often felt the scapegoat in a well-educated but sometimes dysfunctional family setting. My biggest desire was in being a man in my own right, with a personal walk and understanding with the Lord. Yet more then not, I found my faith challenged and often scuttled by those who thought more highly of themselves than they should. I’m speaking about the Religious Community, often well-trained men who were proud of their accomplishments while in College or in business.
The “Church” is not immune to such men, in fact it oftentimes tends to breed self-righteous and pride by many who join its ranks. A social status creeps in educationally, financially, and spiritually as to how “fit” one is to be serving the Lord. I could go down a long , long, list on how the Lord has shown me himself working within my life, but it would take too long to write about all the supernatural things which I have learned in life.
Little things like a newspaper page blowing between my feet, showing me a neighbor who had passed away, to larger things like a plaque on a statue of a Civil War soldier which bore my name: as I had been praying about its meaning. The really supernatural part of this is that after decades of searching for the statue that the Lord used to speak to me, under “Roland (Park) Dell”, (which is what I saw engraved on the placard) yet it actually reads Whyman Park Dell in Baltimore Maryland; both near where I studied under a brilliant Pastor having 23 years in seminary , three doctorates, and many spiritual giftings such as healing;“but only” when the Lord moved him to do so, as well as being one of two top exorcists in the city.
I once surpassed the training for Deacons and Elders because of what I learned under the late Dr. Gross, but it seems I wasn’t their “cup of tea” so to speak, or just maybe they felt uncomfortable having Christ-in-me around, as the Holy Spirit really shined on me that day, even apart from a Harvard educated Elder who could find no fault in what I had learned. But again, I experienced rejection from a place I had thought I would gain acceptance. I see many people who argue doctrinal points while quoting the scripture, and theological positions as to why a statement is out of contexts or even wrong. But what I rarely see is someone who can give insight as to why the Lord did what he did, especially when involving Jesus or the Holy Spirit. The lack of understanding is usually because a limited understanding in who God is; shall I say (as a personality), for lack of a better description. This is often found to be the case as the one teaching may be Biblically illiterate, or worse yet, does not have a mature relationship with the Lord!
It is the same type of situation as one speaking about your Father with authority and understanding, but do not know him, or oftentimes have never even met him! I would much rather listen to a person who knows my father, than one who knows all about my father : are you getting my point? But the world is a proud and sinful place, and really has little use for us dime a dozen simple followers of Christ.
That’s why I believe the scripture teaches that if a man loves the world, the love of the father is not in him; no matter how well trained or religious. The other twist to this equation is one who judges their brother in having “not loved the Lord enough”; or should I say, that they deem him in loving the world more!? That is the inherent Religious Pride aspect often found within many a church system, even if they only ever use the term Ekklesia when describing themselves.
Yeah, to understand your Bible is not just about the texts on a page, but the relationship one has with their heavenly Father.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
It has been said that the doctrine of once saved always saved is a “Broadroader’s” doctrine; yet in fact, it is a sound Biblical doctrine!
This video may completely change your life and relationship with God. It is that good ! Derek Prince shows from the Scriptures what the Bible says the Gospel is. What it means for us. Many people talk about the Gospel without actually knowing what it is. This is a very clear message on the most important teaching in the Bible. It is English audio with Chinese Subtitles
I painfully became aware after 7 years of fellowship with a legalistic “Lordship Salvation” group on the net; the complete lack of love shown to me, in one of the greatest trials of my life while facing the very real possibility of my my own death, for the second time around! Many of my earlier videos reflect the very sharp teachings of a brother who is so dogmatic in the faith – that he has forgotten about his own fallibility and even has convinced himself and others of “their own righteousness” by a “continual abiding” in Christ! This is a very dangerous and deceptive trap, as even to those who have been truly born again of spirit, should never become so proud in condemning others for not keeping legalism. Or in other words, believe that they have something to do with moving into the Kingdom of God in and of their own efforts!!!
I chose to publish this video on the site as an example to such heretical teachings while using the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and subverting the Gospel into something the Lord never intended it to be! I would hope that people could learn from my mistakes, rather than having to suffer the consequences in listening to “another Gospel” like I made the mistake in doing!
I know that most of my traffic comes from being one of the original followers of “Lucas Labrador”, ( I will be gracious and not use his real name) who I was ingratiated with for a solid seven years, until Donald Trump got elected a President; and I was later accused of being “chastened of God” for my political views by this “dog”, as for an infection on my heart’s hardware I received while in the military. Which has since been removed by the man who invented laser surgery to the heart, and the Lord graciously allowed me to meet, Praise God!
I may not be the best public speaker, but I can tell you that I have never been a “boot licker” ; once I discover an unrepentant personality disorder in which * I believe is used in twisting the Gospel of the Lord for their own following having become devoid of Grace, “puffed up” in exclusiveness, while comparing himself to other brethren and full of Spiritual Pride in attempting to follow the Lord – unlike any other.
I earnestly beseech you to listen to what is being said by Dr. Prince, as it is the most fundamental aspect of the Gospel and Faith in Jesus Christ alone,which you will ever need to live a victorious life in Christ!
Published on Jun 18, 2019
By Grace Alone, we are able to become the sons and daughters of God. Our love for the Lord is found by abiding in him, we are helpless without the unmerited favor of the Lord being with us, and indeed carrying us when we haven’t the human strength to move forward!
I have discovered this truth despite many of an objection by some others. I do not need a cult following of many to exemplify the simple truths of the Lord within my life; so I will be limiting future videos until motivated to share some more.
To contact me visit: http://lightshipministries.org and use my contact form to engage with me, if you please.
The Lord moves and works when he wills in accordance to his plans. The most important thing we can do is to “Stay in the Net” (network) with him, to keep the channel open in listening for Him who loves us.
Are we receiving…? No one else can tell you how or when to listen, we just simply keep listening, and then moving in obedience when we are called to do so.
Men may make plans for movements, but it is the Lord alone who directs our paths.
On board one of my tugboats I had a man tell me once that I have had enough experiences for three lifetimes! Of course, I ate up that recognition, especially when constantly made to feel like I was the lesser early in life.
The Character of a person I have always felt was worth far more than earthly accomplishments, and yes, you can have both, but most people get “puffed up” in ego by their status in the world with few remaining humble enough in realizing that most of their personal gains are but a gift from God, and not of themselves!
You will remember that Jesus told Pilot that all the authority he was given on earth, was by his Father who was in heaven. With that, Pilot attempted to wash his hands of the Lord’s condemnation by men!
I have known a few men who remained humble, despite their outstanding success in the world, one was a cousin of mine who had been a paratrooper during World War Two. He understood the value of a man’s character despite his station in life.
But then we will always have the ones who I call the “smoke blowers”; these type people create an illusion of grandeur while projecting their importance onto others. This is not to say that they have not had their successes and experiences in life, only that they tend to be creative in over-dramatizing themselves, often at the expense of others. This is what allot of politicians do, they enhance their importance and sometimes will even fabricate stories, thus drawing more attention to themselves.
Like most people who have known some degree of struggle within their lives, I find these types of people repulsive. I had once met a man who served in the infantry during the First World War (The great War) in France under General Black Jack Pershing; I was humbled and amazed at what was most important to him: wool blankets which he pointed to on our museum ship, he got very excited exclaiming how wonderful it was to have a wool blanket while in the trenches of WW I, in keeping warm from the snow and rain, and then he added, if you had two blankets; boy you were in heaven!
I then realized just how spoiled our society has become to those who had lived 100 years ago! The character of these old timers often embraced the very basics of life’s necessities, as if they were of a great prize, which was very sobering to me!
One thing which remains consistent to me, is that the one who struggles in life, seems to develop a greater character then people who have simply been given earthly wealth and status. And oftentimes people who increase their prominence in the world tend to forget either wear they came from and will often look down upon others, who may have overcome even greater obstacles within their lives!
This goes far beyond race, gender, beliefs, or place of origin; rather I am speaking about the character of the individual soul, the merit of an individual and what they do with what they have been given yet overcome. Jesus Christ, (my Lord) exemplifies to perfection the Supreme character of what a man or women should actually be; he was God incarnate yet was humble enough to wash the dirt from others feet!
This should be the nature exemplified in all of us who claim his Glorious name; yet “blowing smoke” in the face of others we consider as “lesser” should be shameful to us who have been given so very much in being redeemed.
Are You Obsessed by Something?
Who is the man that fears the Lord? PSALM 25:12
Are you obsessed by something? You will probably say, “No, by nothing,” but all of us are obsessed by something— usually by ourselves, or, if we are Christians, by our own experience of the Christian life. But the psalmist says that we are to be obsessed by God. The abiding awareness of the Christian life is to be God Himself, not just thoughts about Him. The total being of our life inside and out is to be absolutely obsessed by the presence of God. A child’s awareness is so absorbed in his mother that although he is not consciously thinking of her, when a problem arises, the abiding relationship is that with the mother. In that same way, we are to “live and move and have our being” in God (Acts 17:28), looking at everything in relation to Him, because our abiding awareness of Him continually pushes itself to the forefront of our lives.
If we are obsessed by God, nothing else can get into our lives— not concerns, nor tribulation, nor worries. And now we understand why our Lord so emphasized the sin of worrying. How can we dare to be so absolutely unbelieving when God totally surrounds us? To be obsessed by God is to have an effective barricade against all the assaults of the enemy.
“He himself shall dwell in prosperity…” (Psalm 25:13). God will cause us to “dwell in prosperity,” keeping us at ease, even in the midst of tribulation, misunderstanding, and slander, if our “life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). We rob ourselves of the miraculous, revealed truth of this abiding companionship with God. “God is our refuge…” (Psalm 46:1). Nothing can break through His shelter of protection. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
Published on Jun 1, 2019
It is the Lord who has shown me that the power to overcome “the sufferings of Christ” within us, is to realize the great love and mercy he has shown to us. It is much easier to be critical with our feelings within, than it is to yield to the Lord’s love within, and to obtain the power to forgive others for the many injustices we may have suffered. Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
May 28 Daily Devotional
In that day you will ask Me nothing. JOHN 16:23
When is “that day”? It is when the ascended Lord makes you one with the Father. “In that day” you will be one with the Father just as Jesus is, and He said, “In that day you will ask Me nothing.” Until the resurrection life of Jesus is fully exhibited in you, you have questions about many things. Then after a while you find that all your questions are gone— you don’t seem to have any left to ask. You have come to the point of total reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus, which brings you into complete oneness with the purpose of God. Are you living that life now? If not, why aren’t you?
“In that day” there may be any number of things still hidden to your understanding, but they will not come between your heart and God. “In that day you will ask Me nothing”— you will not need to ask, because you will be certain that God will reveal things in accordance with His will. The faith and peace of John 14:1 has become the real attitude of your heart, and there are no more questions to be asked. If anything is a mystery to you and is coming between you and God, never look for the explanation in your mind, but look for it in your spirit, your true inner nature— that is where the problem is. Once your inner spiritual nature is willing to submit to the life of Jesus, your understanding will be perfectly clear, and you will come to the place where there is no distance between the Father and you, His child, because the Lord has made you one. “In that day you will ask Me nothing.”
From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
This is very special to me; you see when I was dead briefly (looking down upon my own ambulance) I had a “knowing” that anything which I needed to know, was plainly there for the asking!
It had nothing to do with me knowing everything, it was just a spiritual presence of an all knowing God and truth…
We who know Him, are immediately with him when our hearts stop, simply because he is already with us now!
For God and Country
I was watching CBS NEWS last evening on the new diversity of West Point, I thought it a pretty fair interview from a progressive standpoint, but I still struggle with merit promotions standards verses being all inclusive.
I ask myself, why can’t we have both, being that all peoples are seen as equal, even despite their physical make up (gender) or ethnic origin? When I started in my military career in the U.S.C.G. we all had to learn how to swim effectively involving the rescue of others and ourselves. These were the so-called standards at the time. Yet I have noticed over the years that politically correct diversity has taken center stage. When I worked in Army watercraft (across from the Coast Guard Yard) in Baltimore, I read a pamphlet stating that the Coast Guard was no longer focused upon the “old” level of training they once provided, but rather diversification in the ranks.
This troubled me, as again I thought; “why can’t they make sure that the newer more diversified Coat Guard do both”? Would we pay a “substandard” surgeon to operate on us, or would we expect that surgeon to have the best skills and training required?
The answer should be obvious to anyone with a grain of common sense! Yet I have noticed that the progressive movement likes to use semanticist phrases; like we need to change the standards, but not lower them. Short of technological advancements in lieu of human strength, that makes little sense to me. Specifically, what does that mean?
It all gets down to performance in any given task, does it not? Or, in simplified terms, can you do the job or not? If the quality of “all types of peoples” are all up to speed so to speak, then why do we need to focus on being diversified; it should be like the blind justice symbol in weighing the actions of the individual, should it not?
Changing a standard verse keeping a standard are at odds with each other, and to say we are changing the standards, yet not lowering them are nonsensical. It really gets down to what are the standards for all peoples involved. As you cannot have one set of standards for one group, and a different set of standards for another; and if you do we call that injustice, which no free society can enforce and expect to remain healthy.
It is my belief that everything will fall to the lowest common denominator, and a level of degradation will be the result for all: should we not expect the highest performance and ethical levels out of all people. It is much easier to spiral downwards and fall behind as a nation in the interest of all being equal; than it is to expect everyone to carry their portion of responsibility as a united people.
So, a clear-cut standard should exist for all to attempt to uphold, and should one fall short of doing so, then others can help that individual be lifted up, rather than us all spiraling downward. The freedom to excel is what makes a nation collectively strong, but sluggishness in the interest of “being fair” will only lead to ruin!
The big question to me is: how can we have pure multiculturalism, yet expect to keep the same standards for all our citizens?
Happy Memorial Day!
An opinion piece; written by a former Equal Opportunity Representative, and street minister.