Others Have Been Called
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
I am reminded of this verse every single time a heckler, blog-stalker or Twitter-troll lays in wait for the messengers and soldiers in Christ with an accusation mocking their posting of scripture.
It’s not the messengers of Christ that make it about religion, it is the very people accusing them of doing so by using religion as an accusation. They bring it up so as to replace the focus of the message. Suddenly a messenger of Christ is confronted with the diversion of defending oneself over presenting the truth and that is the whole point of the accuser’s tactics: take your focus off the message and get you to defend yourself thereby focusing on the self. It is the most basic of instincts we have. Once they accomplish this, well then they can accuse you of ego.
What did Jesus do when they lay in wait for him, to trip him in his words? Jesus presented that their own law said that he said “ye are gods”. Jesus defended those they accused also.
In John 8, Jesus simply stooped down and drew a line in the sand. He said to them “he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Those that accused him of arrogance certainly could not let the crowd see them as such. Also there were those who’s conscience got the best of them. They were so eager to stone someone who’s sins were no worse than their own.
When Jesus was arrested and face to face with his accusers, he stayed silent. Why did he do that? He was the son of God. He was the Word made flesh. Any word he said could have destroyed them all, but he didn’t do that. Why?
Matt 27:12: "And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing."
He answered nothing. There was no need to. Jesus wasn’t there to defend himself, he wasn’t even there to fight for the truth. Not at that time. Jesus came here to take our sentence. The truth was coming.
There is a struggle between contending for the truth, and staying silent for God’s work to reveal itself. The first reaction to any attack or even a taunt is to defend, be it you or someone else.
In this I am not alone – and neither are you.
As I also struggle to remember, this is as much for me as it is for anyone out there contending for the truth – Don’t let them make it about you, because they will. You are the messenger. The psychological response to being accused of “using religion” or “hiding behind religion” is to deny it. That shares ground with denying faith but even if they don’t accomplish getting you there, they have already accomplished making the issue about YOU and taking it off of Christ.
Eventually, this is all going to be told. All of us only have a piece of it – which ever piece God gave us to move. And just as Paul in the Bible there are going to be those who accuse the messengers that will shown the light, once their eyes are opened, at God’s appointed time.
It is true that we wait so that God can give time to those still battling Him to come around. It is true that he would prefer that none be lost. Unfortunately there are only a set amount who will be set aside and another preordained to that condemnation. The rest God is still awaiting their moments of revelation.
God’s Word is miraculous. How it came about is miraculous. The truth in it is so complete, there need not be any other writings accompanying it. Only that others be motivated to open its pages and let its words show them what has been hidden from them.
If there was no love in me for any other creature out there, I could keep the words of that book and the cleansing truth to myself. I could be happy just being with God and with Him alone. But I got to know Him through love. I got closer to Him through love. It was love that broke down the wall in me. Love tore the veil; love so powerful and pure that at that moment I offered to take his place, his pain, two fingers once apart finally touched again and I was made whole.
There is no pleasure in selfishly guarding that secret, so I share what I learn as I learn it. There is no fulfillment so complete than the moment that connection is made. The world will not be healed until every single child of God awakes to the truth of what he did for us and I will not stop defending his servants until God tells me to stop, and that includes Michael, since he was my prayer. And I know it was pure because Jesus was the first one I thought of when contemplating my request.
“Is this how Jesus felt when he wanted to die for us? That’s what love is!”
I was called – years later I answered. It’s a responsibility I struggle through every single day. But it is not about me. What happened to me is what it is about. WHO happened to me is what it is about. WHO I want to happen to everyone is what it is about.
I’m Spoken For
Someone accused me of not knowing Michael personally – and they are wrong. Anyone knowing God and seeking to know him knows Michael personally. Because Michael and Jesus were one. Michael and Jesus are one. But perfection was required of one man only and that was Jesus Christ. What he accomplished, he did so for all of us who want to be a part of him and be like him. In that we should never, ever give up our struggle to reach the height of his heart.
A long, long time ago, an offer was made, via request to God. That request came from one of God’s own. The angel. The offer included many sufferings. Those sufferings through the lives of many sons of men made the captain of our salvation perfect. The offer was finished two thousand years ago when Jesus died on the cross and defeated death.
That offer has been extended to you. Through Christ death for you was defeated, but you have to make a choice. You still have to chose of your own free will.
Time is almost up. And the thief of houses will soon stand before you in a vessel you know well and declare himself God.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. So what will you see when he stands before you? The corpses shell? Or the brightness of his coming?
This is truth. This is in scripture. And he did this all . . . for . . . love.
I Would Die For You
I do not need to be validated or celebrated by men. Neither do I seek validation or glorification from men. I was already validated by the most high God in the most beautiful way I could ever imagine. Contending for the truth is not always an aesthetically pleasing production to those who are unfamiliar with the truth. It is when the eyes are opened that the truth is seen and all things come together.
They who strive to instill doubt in your calling should heed this one fact; Another also was called. There are TWO anointed. And there are many messengers called to instruct. It has been so throughout the time God has given to finish this. And still their game has not changed; even during the attempted possession of the body of Moses spoken of in Jude. A pattern repeated will not change HIStory.
“It is finished” Jesus said. And the angel who gathers will sound when the transgression is complete. The “Y” at the center of everything we do is really all about this.
This past week my sons came to visit me. The break taken from this work gave me worries but on a drive back from the beach with my oldest son, we spoke of these things. Broken clouds of showers crossed the land about us and as I looked up, there seemingly hanging from a string was the perfect, heart shaped cloud. The “string” attached the heart to a large cloud above it. I asked my son, “do you see this?” He responded that he did.
As we drove on, the “heart” dissolved into the larger cloud above it. As it passed over our way, we were blessed with drops of rain on the windshield as we drove. There was another image in the clouds about fifteen minutes later, but I won’t tell you what it was. It is too hard to try to explain – but some of you have seen it before.
When thinking on these things, there are no doubts about how much we are loved. Love is the key . . . and faith is the door.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
"But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.
13. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;
14. Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress. 15. For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head."
School the World
Don’t Put It All On Him
Take over for him
They have not a clue
When its all gonna end, the end