Wednesday, April 7, 2021
What if you were the child of a loving, wealthy, kind, and powerful family, but had become separated from them at birth by some catastrophe? Let's say you were born in a country - like Russia - which had revolted against the one where your mother, father, and family lived - like the United States. And now these two nations are in a hot war.
So you had been cut off from them your whole impoverished life. The entire time you thought you were an orphan. You did what you had to do to survive, sometimes committing violent crimes. Everyone in your country had done the same. Only recently did you discover the truth of your birth, when a messenger delivered documents and proofs that you were a blood relative of this great family. Now they desperately want you back, even with full knowledge of the guilt you bear, but you're angry. Why did they wait so long to find you? Would they really want you if they knew everything you had done? How could you ever fit in?
There are a lot of secret reports from the battlefront, and the carnage is terrible. Millions of soldiers on both sides are involved, but your country is doomed, sooner or later. Many of the dead soldiers you knew, and some you grew up with. When, and if, your compatriots find out you're actually a blood-member of the U.S. side, they will accuse you of spying and hang you.
The messenger prevailed and returned a message to the family that your sense of hurt and anger was the only reason for delay.
A few days later another stealthy messenger came through the lines and handed you one last note from the Pater Familias; the head of the family. It reads, "I know your hurt and pain, which are very familiar to me, but forgiveness is a two way street. I have forgiven every transgression of yours. Can you not forgive the pain I allowed to be given you? Just know that I have reasons you'll never understand in this life, only in your eternal life to come, why your suffering was necessary and accrues to your entire benefit, one-hundred fold."
This, good readers, is exactly the situation you and I and all faithful people are in. A huge war is raging, and will soon be over. Can we not forgive the Creator of all life, and trust that He knows what He's doing? Trust in Scripture, particularly the Apostle Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 2:
The Man of Lawlessness [Satan]
"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God..... and he will work [dark] miracles..."
There are benefits for believing in God that you may not have thought about:
We only have a limited time to act and save our souls and spirits. Don't procrastinate. Consider how timely this song was in 1969 when it first hit the charts:
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Time is short for us. We know something isn't right. Nobody feels entirely safe in the world now, regardless of nationality, income, power, or social status. There are threats of every kind and from every direction, by design. Some are real, but most are contrived lies that you can't verify. We're living in a black hurricane of lies and condemnation. But there is a lighthouse out there, sending its beams cutting through the storm. Go to it. There you will find sanctuary and nourishment. "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you", Isaiah 66:13.
The Prince of This World, Lucifer, wants you to be fearful and panicked because you can then be persuaded to do things you would never agree ordinarily to do. You can be controlled much more easily if your self-confidence is damaged or destroyed. And even more so if you're shamed into believing you're a racist, a hater, a homophobe, or a capitalist.
Satan is "The father of lies, a murderer." Jesus, John 8:44. He's an accuser who won't shut up or admit that he lies.
Until recently in the western world we were entitled to the assumption of innocence, and an accuser had to present verifiable evidence in a court that you were guilty of something. But not anymore. The weapon of shame is being wielded by sociopathic individuals and authorities that command you to prove yourself innocent, or be condemned.
This is evil, because in our modern social network world, your life can be instantly destroyed by others using false accusations, and evidence that exonerates you can't wipe away the stain of a lie. It's hard to believe, but true, that our images, all our writings, and many of our documents are stored in the internet forever. They will never go away, by God's design.
Our present age was prophesied a very long time ago by the Lord Himself; not just the disasters, but the great opportunities we have for joy in Heaven.
Pray to Him now, as if your eternal life, and the lives of those you love, depend on it. They do, and yours does also.
Understand this. Our Creator's universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine.
When you pray with your eyes closed, look for God's Eternal Light, His Lux Aeterna. This tells you He is near. Some see it as golden light, and others white, or lime green; but it's a cool light, not a glare. Light that hurts is not from the Lord. Ask God for His True Light.
The masses of people are marching into darkness, or a glare they think is safe for them, but it's definitely not. It's The Pit of Inferno.
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Jesus, John 8:12
This will give you the feeling of the Lux Aeterna:
VOCES8. Lux Aeterna - by Edward Elgar
Latin words: Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Translation: May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord, with Your saints forever, for You are kind. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
We live in two worlds, simultaneously. The world we see outside ourselves, the one we were born into, is real enough to make us think it's the only one we inhabit. But that is a grave error. If a good God exists, there must be an afterlife where judgment is rendered and recompense takes place.
Our inner world; our thoughts, daydreams, sleeping dreams, and imaginations have potential reality. When our bodies of flesh die, what is left? It's then that we inhabit the other, invisible world. Which is why now, today, is the time when we must move toward God, Truth, and Wisdom.
This is why Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world", "The kingdom of God is within you", and, "You must be born again [into this inner world]".
This author has often felt the sting of pain and persecution, even to the breaking point, and has appealed to God for answers. He answered my prayers, saying, "I have forgiven much in you. Will you not forgive me? I have important reasons for allowing your suffering that you can't understand while you're on earth. But the time will come when you'll see how it worked for you and all my people's benefit. Be patient, and you will see it."