Bible Verses with Running Commentary
💦A continuation of “The Living Word is our Eucharist”

“Daily Bread”

John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which templeye are.

Matthew 24:1-2
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

“It’s the Eye Unlocked”🌈
The soul of man is a temple of God. This soul is the Eye of Providence, indwelling within each human mind as the moral compass, or the conscience of the Spirit. Except through this gate the path of Heaven cannot be granted, and all who seek Heaven by the path of morality, as to abide by an upright conscience, are granted that which they seek of God.

Matthew 7:7-8
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

“The Gates of Heaven”
This Eye is “the path that keeps going.” At the time of one’s death, one may continue on unto eternal life through the soul’s Eye. If one’s conscience is impure or unclean through a lack of contrition for sinful offenses, this gate will not open, and eternal life cannot be accessed. Instead, that soul will perish, or go forth to Hell, or enter purgatory. Upon arrival in Hell or Purgatory, if the soul does not perish immediately therein, one may move on to Heaven by expressing repentance for sin.

Eye of Providence💠

Revelation 5:5-6
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

(Exodus 17:11)
Exodus 17:8-16
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 for he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

…substitute in “Jahweh” for “Jehovah.”
Root word: “I AM.”

“Refraining from Judgement”
When I infer value-based conclusions from my experiences, I am practicing self-will in the form of making judgements or formulating opinions or evaluations that I am not supposed to be making. “Ye, we judge not ourselves,” because to do so would necessitate the absence of faith. To practice faith is to refrain from drawing conclusions or making value-laden (good or bad-valanced estimates of value or worth) observations of myself, others, or my surroundings; rather I try to practice acceptance, as the faith that everything is inherently already okay and taken care of by the hands of God. I refrain from making judgements about God’s creation, God’s plan for me or His other children, and the situations in which I may find myself. Practicing faith means assuming, with a firm assurance and certitude, that all is well, because of my choice to trust in God and His inherent love for all of us. If I ever wonder after what could be “wrong,” start to worry or entertain fears, express disdain for others, or entertain doubts or anxieties, then I have ceased to practice faith, as faith is defined as the absence of doubt.

When I perform my Step 10 spot-check inventories, I check my motives to ensure that my aim or goal is aligned in Hope to conform to the will of God and not my own self-will. I do not evaluate myself as good or bad; rather, I take it as granted that we are all “worthy” by virtue of God’s love. We are all equally “not-God” in His eyes. Working and moving forward from this place of love, the unconditional and unmerited love that can only come by choosing to believe and trust in God, I may continue on in the freedom from the fear, doubts, sins, and evils that are manifested by serving my self-will rather than the will of God, of selfless love, the virtues, higher spiritual principles, and the greater good.

I defer to God’s judgement and my knowledge of His will, from the 12 Step foundational literature, the Bible and the Commandments, and Jesus’s teachings. If I am ever formulating “good-bad” opinions or “like-don’t like” judgements, then this is evidence that I am not practicing faith. Faith entails belief that all is inherently well, and choosing to trust God rather than my own finite and mortal perspective. Faith means believing and trusting without actually knowing, as to know would preclude the opportunity to practice the priceless and eternal virtue of faith. “To know” by the mode of “reason” would entail self-reliance, as dependent upon my own intellect, rather than by the blind, pure faith which is trust in God to the exclusion of all else. “Faith worketh by love,” as I can only have such steadfast and devoted faith by believing in God as perfect love. Only belief in God as unconditional, unmerited love, extended to all, allows one true faith, with the natural freedom from all doubts or reservations; God’s love necessarily extends to all of us.

I could not possibly see the fullness of His plan for me, and to insert my own doubts along His path is to sully or defile the practice of trusting Him through thick and thin, regardless of evils and obstacles. In showing God my devotion and practicing faith as a true child of God, I never doubt His perfection, nor the perfectness of His love for me. In abiding by my faith in this way, I can institute a self-correction at any pitfall, to renew my Step 3 choice to trust in God’s care rather than pursue the folly of self-will or to trust upon the fallacy of self-sufficiency, which is the arrogance of Original Sin. Obedience to God and the path of upright morality is it’s own reward.

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit💠

The Virtues

Charity (frequently misunderstood)


Matthew 7:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

“The Leaven of God”
“The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole society has sprung and flowered.” -(AA) The 12 & 12, pg. 22

“Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built.” -The 12 & 12, pg. 21

Matthew 13:18-23; 33; 36-46
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

“Casting Pearls…” (-Matthew 7:6)
Reliance upon God is the greatest art, and is the essence of fruitful, healthy living.

Once finding the upright path of God’s will and spiritual progress to the Kingdom, one could not possibly turn back to the inferior, selfish, material lifestyle of the flesh. Either I’m moving towards God and with Him, or away from Him in worldly pursuits. There is no comparison between the metaphysical spiritual existence under the wing of the Most High God, and living under the illusory, transitory, vacuous existence fueled by sinful self-direction.

Proverbs 23:23
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not;
also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Matthew 6:19-23
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

“Nous: The Eye (-Matthew 6:22)”

Psalm 68:4-18
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:
extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH,
and rejoice before him.
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
is God in his holy habitation.
6 God setteth the solitary in families:
he bringeth out those which are bound with chains:
but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
8 the earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God:
even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain,
whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein:
thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word:
great was the company of those that published it.
12 Kings of armies did flee apace:
and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
13 Though ye have lien among the pots,
yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver,
and her feathers with yellow gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
it was white as snow in Salmon.
15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan;
an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
16 Why leap ye, ye high hills?
this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in;
yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels:
the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men;
yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

“To Edify in Love”
Ephesians 4:1-16
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, andcunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Without absolute 100% honesty, there can be no progress towards God’s will. This prerequisite should go without saying.

“Willingness means Obedience”
Willingness could be described as “a lack of resistance.” I am finding that it can also be understood as “obedience.” I strive to do what I know to be right, rather than what my own selfish desires would have me do. In this way, I strive to be willing to follow my understanding of God’s will, under any and all circumstances, without any resistance caused by ego or self-will, as the negative attitude of defiance or the rejection of God’s will as the best choice.

I try to keep a looseness to my attitude and expectations, clinging only to God as my constant source of steadiness, and I remain open to any and all changes in God’s plan for me. I supply the provision of faith in God as love as my only bedrock, or source of stabilization, and then all else in my life may fall away or shift like sand, but I’m still firmly planted upon my Rock.

“Visual Imagery and an Analogy”
I enjoy the idea of “David’s slingshot,” as a source of inspiration for the AA Step 3 practice of “Let Go and Let God.” This is a way to try to practice faith by trusting in God and not myself or any other faulty sources of security. I try to remind myself that, in striving to be a channel of God, it is my job to be like the slingshot; I am to pull back and put my trust, or my stone, in God, but it is not my job to actually try to throw the rock with the strength of my own arm, or to try to force life to bend to my will or inclination for the rock. My job as the slingshot, or the instrument of God, is to let go and let the slingshot exert its own force. This system of channeling God is predicated upon faith in God actually following through on the other side. I am just to pull back and let the mechanics and physics of God’s own system, of His holy device, do His work as He calls the shots.

“My Only Aim”
Hope is defined as the expectation of divine union with God.

“David and Goliath”
1 Samuel 17:34-37; 48-54 (AKJV)
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 and I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron. 53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent

“Channel of God”
Another neat analogy for channeling God is the imagery of the ionotropic receptor in neurotransmission. My job as the channel is not to place each molecule on the other side of the membrane by hand, but rather, to just to loosen up and let the system of God flow and follow its own workings. In channeling God I must seek Him, and then step out of the way to let Him determine and fulfill the directives of His system.

AA’s Step 11 Prayer:
“The Prayer of St. Francis”💐
“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
(-12 Steps & 12 Traditions, pg. 99)

“Get’s My Goat…”
I can’t help but feel like targeting Pontius Pilate by name in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed is an act of sinful human arrogance and the issuing of blame. It seems like the intention here is to shift the weight of sin off of our own shoulders by placing it upon someone else’s, and thus defer responsibility for our shared human shortcomings. Why would not simply, “Roman Rule” suffice? What exactly are we saying here in pointing the finger?

Jesus died for our sins, not just those of Pontius Pilate. Although targeting him may help us feel better about ourselves, deferring the blame blinds us to our own humanity and sinfulness, and blocks us off from honesty about our own true human nature, repentance and contrition for our sins, and then the ensuing recompense for penitence, which is the salvation of God.

We are all inherently sinful, because none of us are God. Only God is good, and only God is truly righteous. Admitting my own weaknesses places me where I ought to be, as oriented towards God (and not my fellows), and in a position of deference and humble submission to serve His will. If I do not admit my inherently sinful nature, I cannot so humble myself as to seek to perform His will instead of self-will. My own self-will is the only natural alternative to God’s will, and using my free will to serve myself instead of God is, in fact, the root of all evil. I strive for obedience to follow the behest of the Spirit rather than the carnal instincts of the self, of the flesh.

If I do not think that I am a sinful person of my own self, as when self-directed, then I am rejecting Christ’s sacrifice for me on the cross. He died to demonstrate to me the sinfulness and folly of my own ways, of self-will, as doing what I want to do, instead of following the direction of His example and His teachings. Jesus died to show us that we ought to be seeking to abide by God’s will and not our own ways, as the only true path to God’s salvation.

We are all equal in God’s Eyes, as we are all equally “not-God.” We are all equal in our natural state of humanness and mortality when self-directed, of evils, sins and shortcomings, although we may differ in our progress along Christ’s path of humility and self-honesty, and thus, the naturally ensuing recognition of our need for the guidance and care of the Lord.

Luke 18:18-22 (AKJV)
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Luke 18:9-14 (AKJV)
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

“Locus of Control”
My orientation, or locus of control, is God. Any other understanding of the influences of the world is short-sighted and liable to corruption, either from external and environmental influences, or from internal and self-based influences. I focus my mind’s eye upon my understanding of God as love to pull me through the course of the day, and all its grief and tribulation. In this way, I am Rock-steady against the impulsive urgings of self-will, of selfish, sinful desires or instant gratification, and external influences, as the evil intentions of others and the vanity, or emptiness, of the non-spiritual or purely material world.

I defer to God for council and assurance, trusting in His inspiration, through His calming influence over my own thoughts, to guide me through life’s obstacles on an upright path or morality and adherence to my conscience by aligning to the virtues.

I acquiesce to my understanding of God’s will and what is righteous, or morally upright, based upon the dictates of my conscience and the teachings of the Bible. The difference between sin and virtue is obvious to anyone, but to strengthen my own footing on this path, of Christ’s teachings and example, I practice prudent decision-making based upon my own understanding of the Scripture firsthand, by reading it myself rather than taking the lazy route and following the advice of another person. As humans, people are inherently sinful, which is why I must trust God and the Scripture directly, rather than taking a sinful “cliff’s notes” route, trusting in man, and being misled by someone who may have corrupt motives, perhaps of making a ego-driven or monetary profit.

I am not meant to compare myself to my peers, but to seek the example of Jesus as the best path to follow to the Kingdom. The only way to do this is to practice trusting God directly, and reading the Word firsthand, so that I know for myself. The idea of not being “surety” for any other man is crucial here. As children of God, we are meant to rely upon God Himself directly, and we are not meant to mislead each other into mistakenly believing that we need any human power. If I encourage someone to rely upon me, then I am robbing that person of the grace bestowed only by relying directly upon God. If I ever entice someone to depend upon me instead of upon God, then I have overstepped my place in the Eyes of the Lord, and must take steps to humble myself and reaffirm my true standing before God, which is being, of myself, merely human and utterly powerless.

Matthew 24:3-21 (AKJV)
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Proverbs 6:1-5
6 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend,
if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
2 thou art snared with the words of thy mouth,
thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself,
when thou art come into the hand of thy friend;
go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes,
nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter,
and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Proverbs 11:15 (AKJV)
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it:
and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

“Faith without Works…”
Demonstrating obedience to the will of God, as expressed by His Word, is the way by which we are set free from Original Sin. If we do not practice faith by following the instructions, or the path, laid out by Jesus, then we reject that same Christ as our Lord, and thus, choose sin over salvation.

James 2:14-26 (AKJV)
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

“…Is Dead.”
I suddenly feel very much alive.

I would define faith as the firm certitude and soft assurance that God’s loving presence is here already. It is precisely this love that I receive from God that fuels my willingness to abide by His will and not my own. Telling God how much I love Him in my thoughts, all day long, is the only power capable of keeping me on the straight and narrow upright path of Christ.

Faith in God is only possible if I believe that He is perfect love, extended to literally every being without condition. In this way, there is no room for any doubt that He might withhold His love from me. If I endorse the belief that God is perfect, then He is perfect love. If God is perfect love, then it would be disrespectful, and in fact heretical, to think that He might not extend love, care, and salvation to us all.


“Task Force”
Applying my heart, or the mind’s eye, directly to the specifications of the gospel, or God’s will, to create an inner-Tabernacle of the soul, abiding precisely by His holy specifications, as an homage of devotion.

“The Tabernacle and a Special Force”
Revelation 21:1-4; 9-14; 22-27
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 and had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb isthe light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

“A Curious Belt” (Exodus 28:27-29)
Exodus 28:15-21
15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, ofblue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and offine twined linen, shalt thou make it. 16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. 17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. 18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. 19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. 20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. 21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, likethe engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

Proverbs 23:12
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction,
and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 2:2-5
2 so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 if thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord,
and find the knowledge of God.

“Soli Deo Gloria:” Only for God.
“Welcome Home” to my heart; a life of devotion, consecrated unto God.😇


Exodus 17
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? 3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? 4 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. 5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 for he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

“The Fellowship”📣
In this passage, the perils of a group mentality are apparent. The children have just been delivered out of slavery from Egypt by many miracles, works, and wonders wrought of the Lord, but they still chose to doubt and question God. He has just answered their prayers and freed them from oppression to make them a people of His Own, yet they act as though it were His will that they should perish. These people are of an uncircumcised, or a hardened, heart, as they will not open themselves to the belief that the Lord is looking out for them with love. These children will not trust God and let Him into their hearts, but rather, follow after their own misgivings and wayward devices.

“The One”🔔
One little pitfall in the path, and this pack loses all faith in what God has promised them, resorting to their own devious accusations and scoldings toward Moses. These children choose not to trust their leader, and go so far as to claim that they were better off under the yoke of Pharaoh. Such treachery from the very children the Lord is attempting to save and deliver has been a motif in our history of the human race, and represents a failure to learn. The roadblock here is not the lack of water, but the lack of faith or trust in God. Without loyalty, one cannot know of true fellowship or brotherhood, because as soon as an obstacle arises, they defer to their own ways, despite their lack of any knowledge of foresight, and succumb to that same arrogance that is Original Sin.

“The Lord of…”🌊🌈
The greatest truth and the greatest lesson is to learn how to love. All real love, as being unconditional and universal, is always only ever founded upon trust. To love and to trust are one and the same. Only God Himself is perfectly able to be trusted and infallibly able to fulfill our faith. God is perfect and He will always prevail. The trust and love one has for God is meant to serve as the foundation, or backbone, for all of our fallible human relationships. I can trust my fellows without worry, because I am already, first and foremost, putting my trust in God. If man ever let’s me down, it doesn’t affect me, because I place my relationship with God first, as the ultimate source of all security and satisfaction. Given God’s perfect nature, if one cannot trust God, then one cannot trust anyone, and if one is not willing to trust anyone, then one inherently cannot be trusted, as trust is a mutual exchange. Thus, in order to be capable of any sort of healthy, loving, mutual relationship with mankind, one must first be able to trust, which power only ever comes from our intended primary relationship, which is with God. Humans are fallible, and eventually, we will let each other down. This is natural, as we’re not perfect and we’re not meant to be; however, this is a blessing, because otherwise we would not have the opportunity to rely upon our Maker. I am not meant to rely upon other imperfect humans for the perfect trust and fidelity I crave, because that’s God’s job, not theirs. I am meant to place my trust in God, because only the Almighty is powerful enough to be depended upon perfectly.

“Rings True”📜
Only by placing my trust in God is true love possible, and only with this trust in God am I then capable of being in a healthy mutual relationship, or working in true partnership with my fellows. As a people, we can all work together in unity, because we all get what we need from God directly rather than from each other. No one is scrambling to the top of the heap, and no one gets left behind, because we are not competing with each other for the proper care, security, or provisions. No human power could possibly fulfill the inborn need of every man to be at one with his Creator, and with this need met by God, we are finally free to live at peace with each other, as He had intended all along.

The only thing I actually need is God.💙

“One Nation (IFF) Under God”🌈💦
Finally, with the singleness of purpose and unity of vision supplied by God’s almighty will of universal love for all life, we may help each other work in cooperation towards a common effort. The rod of Moses is really having the effect, but a little scaffolding helps to support the structure that is each man’s own temple. In unity under God, all of us being equals only under God, we can finally make forward progress towards the best course of action as an entire people, moving onwards and upwards under the only truly worthy and perfect leadership: God’s.

☦️The Lord is my refuge.💠

“Simple Gifts” by Elder Joseph
A Shaker Hymn

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

“Fear Not!”
Luke 2:8-11
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Matthew 28:2-8
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

“… A Book by its Cover”
There’s a reason for the exclamation of the angel, “Fear not…”

Judges 13:6-7
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7 but he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing:for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

“Liberty and Justice…”
Living free from our human-based fear, and in peace and security under the wing of the Almighty, is God’s loving will for us. Love is the absence of fear, as “perfect love casteth out all fear…” (1 John 4:18).

1 John 4
4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

“The Seventh Gift Unsealed”⚜️
“Fear of the Lord” is reverential deference, to take heed of His might and abide by His will, based upon the fear of straying from His presence, and the desire to please Him. Fear is best explained in terms of a motivational theory, as a driving force, motive, or impetus. One’s “fear,” or driving instinct or propulsion, will be a fear of or desire for something–the only righteous choice is to submit to the fear of the Lord. I’m going to be a “slave” to some sort of fear, desire, inertia, or “Master,” so let it be the loving God who has created us all. Simply, “to please the Lord” is the only truly righteous and honorable reason, or motive, for undertaking any endeavor. “To glorify the Lord,” is the greatest aspiration and achievement of man, and is the beginning of the path to true fulfillment.

“Lucky Number”🌠
This “Seventh Gift of the Holy Spirit” is the means by which all the other Gifts are accessed, wherein we may live peaceably and harmoniously alongside the Lord God.

Proverbs 1:1-9 (Proverbs 1:7)
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 to know wisdom and instruction;
to perceive the words of understanding;
3 to receive the instruction of wisdom,
justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 to give subtilty to the simple,
to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 to understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father,
and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head,
and chains about thy neck.

Proverbs 9:10
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy isunderstanding.

“Spiritual Bounty”💦
The love of the Lord, as agápē, and His endless river of wisdom and knowledge, is the essence of fruitful living, and the only truly satisfying rewards of diligent labor.

“O Ye of Little Faith!”
Matthew 14:22-33
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

“The Stray”
Matthew 18:7-14
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast themfrom thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

“Solid Ground”🗽
God is the only thing in which I trust. I have found that in reaching for truly solid ground, and a firm foundation for sustainable living, the spiritual world of abstract values and virtues, which is accessed only through thought and belief, is far more stable and reliable than the tangible material world, which is accessed through physical sensation or the flesh.

The bedrock of my existence is only ever stable to the extent that I put my trust and my belief in what is actually real, in the power of God alone, to the exclusion of any and all aspects of worldly, material, or purely physical existence, or the world as it ostensibly appears if devoid of values.

I relinquish worldly attachments through the art and lifetime endeavor of practicing my faith in things spiritual, not material. When I take a step out onto the Earth, I do not believe that it is real, in any practical sense of the word “real.” I believe that I am being held up by the power of God, not by the power of the Earth. I do not act based upon my faith that the Earth will hold me up, but upon my faith that God will hold me up. I do not trust in things material, I trust in things spiritual, or in the Unseen Power of God, as an all-powerful force interwoven throughout all the fabric of existence, sustaining the world as we know it empirically, or through the senses.

I could walk on water only to the extent that I believe in God and not the water. If I put my trust in God, before and ahead of purely physical or material existence, then there is no difference between water and dry land. This type of spiritual existence, as through the internal, introspective intuition of God’s presence and the inward perception of the Spirit, rather than by human self-reliance upon my own physical perception of the overt material world, is the essence of being a true believer. I believe in God first and foremost, and all other aspects of existence are purely tangential, or reliant upon His power. In this way, by being a belief-based creature rather than a physically-based creature, I may be uncircumcised of heart, and thus lay myself vulnerable and prone to the influence of the Almighty, without the interference of doubt or a breach of my trust in Him, as with “no gods before Him.”

“The Golden Retriever”🎖
When I put my trust in God’s loving hands, rather than my own short-sighted mortal perceptions, then I am endowed, only by virtue of my faith, with the ability to step foot upon any type of terrain and still find solid ground, even upon the fires of Hell. The Lord rejoices more over the conversion of the wicked than over the preservation of the good. It is not the will of God than any soul should perish, but that all souls may find their way into His fold, embraced by His will of perfect love. Would not the Shepard go to any lengths to rescue the stray lamb back to the herd?

Psalm 19:7
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Prayer of Fátima🎚
“Amen. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”átima_Prayers

“The Law of the Lord is Love”
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
6 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 that thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

“Necessity Is…”🕯
I would rather exist with one eye than fail to live up to the will of the Lord. I could not possibly exist with a clean conscience if I were not to reach out my hand to one in need, or forsake my understanding of what is right, even if only in the interest of self-preservation. There would be no self worth preserving if I did not abide by what I believed to be the right thing to do, and if I sacrificed myself in so doing, I would die happy and in good comfort of God’s love.

“…The Mother of Invention”💡
It is the belief in God, God as Love even, that preserves the soul in the face of any and all adversity. The mortal being puts on immortality, and suffers corruption to know incorruptibility. All this is possible, as a miracle, only by God, but moreover, with this active belief in God’s power, the conversion of the soul from evil to good is not only possible, it is necessary, as the inevitable consequence of the power and will of God, unhindered and unleashed.

Matthew 19:23-26
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Wealth, or material riches, is only ever direct evidence of the absence of charity. Furthermore, charity does not actually mean merely the giving of transitory, material goods, but the sacrifice of self.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

“A Life Worth Living”📯
I am fulfilled in any and all of my endeavors to the exact extent that I do not veer from my understanding of God’s will and from my adherence to virtuous motives and an upright conscience. Whatever I may do, if I do it for God, through God, and with God, I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that, necessarily, “it is good.”

“Lenten Fasting”
Isaiah 58:8-14 (Isaiah 58:14-14)
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
and thine health shall spring forth speedily:
and thy righteousness shall go before thee;
the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.
9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lordshall answer;
thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.
If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke,
the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted soul;
then shall thy light rise in obscurity,
and thy darkness be as the noonday:
11 and the Lord shall guide thee continually,
and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones:
and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places:
thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations;
and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach,
The restorer of paths to dwell in.
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath,
from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight,
the holy of the Lord, honourable;
and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways,
nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;
and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth,
and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

“Veritatem Dilexi”🏺
If ever I seek to serve my own needs or petty whims, after having experienced the glory of serving the Lord, I am left utterly despondent and disenchanted with life. The contrast is simply too stark and my own self a prospect too bleak to propitiate. My joy is only ever to honor the Lord, from whence commeth my help and salvation.

“Zion the Monument”
Isaiah 59:17-20 (Isaiah 59:19)
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and an helmet of salvation upon his head;
and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay,
fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies;
to the islands he will repay recompence.
19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun.
When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion,
and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.

The Sun rising from the west, symbolic of the resurrection, serves as a beacon of hope to the hopeless and poor in spirit. My hope is not in myself, but in the Lord.

“In Good Time”
Isaiah 60:19-22
19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day;
neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:
but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light,
and thy God thy glory.
20 Thy sun shall no more go down;
neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:
for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light,
and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
21 Thy people also shall be all righteous:
they shall inherit the land for ever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand,
and a small one a strong nation:
I the Lord will hasten it in his time.

“Qui Transtulit Sustinet”⚱️
In placing my trust in God to sustain me, rather than in fleeting, worldly resources, I may experience the only truly sustainable and satisfying living. “Real life” only ever comes from the one single permanent and inexhaustible Source of life for my eternal soul, which is the cultivation, provision, and nurturing hand of the Father directly.

“Sword of the Spirit”
Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

“Paper Cuts”🛡
The word of the God is double-edged, as any rebuke I read or summon to mind is always just as applicable to me as to anyone else. Accepting my pitfalls, mistakes, and pains, and humbly asking for forgiveness for my shortcomings, is an avenue to a reservoir of endless relief. Accepting responsibility for my faults without blaming anyone else allows me the contrition and repentance necessary for the direct access to Your healing grace.

Psalm 31:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed:
deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily:
be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
3 For thou art my rock and my fortress;
therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me:
for thou art my strength.
5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit:
thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

“Humility and I AM.”⚔️
The saving grace and sheltering wing I crave is only ever available to me when I sink low enough in desperation of my own powerlessness and lack of resources to recognize my need for God Himself, and a miracle of intercession by His handiwork.

“Yahweh Root Word”🌳
Just trying “to be,” may be a task for which God is uniquely qualified, if I can maintain the humility, or meekness of Spirit, to allow Him the room in my heart to take the lead.

“My Favorite!”
1 Corinthians 13
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there beprophecies, they shall fail; whether there betongues, they shall cease; whether there beknowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

“To Be, or Not To Be…”🥀 (-Hamlet)
And now abideth my eternal soul, under God’s care. Without charity, I am nothing. Under this new truth and everlasting condition, The Great Commandment takes on a whole new world of meaning. This new foothold upon life creates a wonderful new dimension of gravity, centered within the openness of my heart and mind, and resting solely upon God’s Own divine love.

Sunday 3/12/17

“The Prodigal Son”
Luke 15:3-10; 18-32
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and herneighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

“The Uncorrected Error”✏️
Oftentimes, when we think of the Prodigal Son Story, we marvel at the wonders of the Father’s boundless mercy and forgiveness for His wayward and erring boy. We may even derive a secret satisfaction for noticing how our own errors have never been so egregious as those sins of the prodigal son! Just this type of thinking is the sin to which this story is meant to attract our attention, and is the true moral of the story. Who actually sinned in this parable? Well, everyone, actually, save for the Father. The lesson we are meant to derive from this tale actually comes from the elder son, and not from the prodigal son. The elder child sinned most bitterly when he held a resentment against his brother in his heart, and was not glad for his safe return. This elder boy was filled with strife, resentment, envy, and disloyalty towards the Law of loving our brethren and only ever wanting the best for them. This elder boy mirrors most readers of this story; “How dare he! I’ve never made such errors and no one ever celebrated for me!” This is the bitterness of heart, the envy, pride, ego, and self-will or preoccupation with self-interest, that cuts us off from the love of the Father and fulfilling His Law.

This elder son is meant to mirror myself, as the reader or audience of this parable. “I’m not that bad, his sins are worse, and why should he get more than me!” This natural human reaction of my ego is the most devastating handicap, as the sin of resentment. Resentment is often coupled with the sin of shifting the weight of my own blame onto my brother, thus enabling vice within myself by allowing me to neglect my own path of virtue, and to make excuses for my own sinful actions.

“To Thine Own Self…” (-Polonius)🎭
This reaction of sin is the deferring of responsibility for my faults onto another. In focusing upon my resentment and judging his sins, rather than being merciful and compassionate like the Father, I am blinding myself to those same human limitations within myself, as my standing in God’s eyes in inherently equal with that of my prodigal brother, and my own need for that same forgiveness from God the Father is no less in me than in anyone else.

“Under the Big Top”🎩
As a human race, we are all equal in our sins, they just happen to manifest differently. When I judge another for His sins, perhaps because they are more glaring, I have made a classic error and a very commonly overlooked sin to God; I have judged my brother rather than loved him, as God has commanded me to love.

“This Above All…” (-Polonius)🌓
Harboring resentments towards another, and deriving a sick satisfaction for gloating over my own sense of superiority, are both indications that I have veered from the path of God’s will, of righteousness and humility, and been led into temptation by my own ego, arrogance, and self-will, exactly conforming to the disobedience of the great transgression, of Original Sin.

“One Will I Serve”🤹‍♀️
When I serve my own ego’s needs rather than the will of God, I have turned from His path and His will of unconditional love. This is exactly the secret fault that I am meant to have originally overlooked, and now finally realize. In understanding the folly of my ways, and how no one is capable of being beyond correction, nor is anyone capable of living sin-free without outside help, I may bow down in humility. I have sinned and I never knew! I didn’t realize that sinning with my thoughts and my heart against my brother was sinning against God, by violating His Law and His Commandments, to love all the brethren.

“Mirror, Mirror… Oh Wait!”🍎
This realization and this fact of human nature, of inherent sinfulness, is not meant to shame me nor to punish me. This good hard look in the mirror is simply meant to inspire an honest self-appraisal. Self-honesty means recognizing that I am in need of forgiveness and correction to the same exact extent as each one of my brothers, as we are all equally not-God, and thus, all equal in our natural mortal tendency of sin. I am human. I must admit my natural tendency to err and my standing as being inherently fallible and subordinate to God, and therefore in need of the Lord’s loving reproof and correction.

“The Writing is On/Off the Wall”🔦
The intended lesson of this parable is to realize that we all judge, we all sin, and we all make mistakes. We are all equal and united in our shortcomings and inferiority with respect to the Lord’s perfection, and our strength and salvation is in learning humility under God, alongside each other.

“The Moral of the Tale”
Luke 17:1-4
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
17 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

“A Choice is Chosen”🌹
To choose to forgive is my responsibility as a child of God, to fulfill His Law, as the Commandments, but to actually forgive is only ever the power of the Father. Thus, I must be diligent in prayer and singleness of vision, to persist in His ideals until He fulfills His promise according to His time.

Matthew 5:21-26
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

“True Love:🥀The Bible is not a Fairy Tale”
To love the Lord, one must love the children of the Lord, and keep one’s heart and soul undefiled by the stains of sin and resentment, which is caused by an inability to forgive. If I wish to be at one with the will of God, I must act upon the will of God. I must deferentially admit and recognize my own powerlessness to live free from sin, and my inability to forgive of my own power. The effect of this crucial choice to forgive only comes to fruition when worked as faith, as in conjunction with my own humble supplication to God for His forgiveness for my own sinful resentment, and with my plea for His help to actualize His will of love as my real forgiveness towards those who have harmed me. Thus, I, as any human and child of God, must continuously reaffirm my status as a dependent of the Lord, and constantly seek both His forgiveness for my sins of indignation, and His help, for the power to love and forgive. The power to love and express mercy only ever comes from God.

“And Sgt. Pepper”🌐🌹🌎
The salt and savor of our life on Earth is in realizing this power and limitless love from God, as an unmerited gift to His children. If I do not realize the source of this savor and richness of life, if I do not attempt to follow and channel God’s will rather than self-will, then there is no goodness or source of savor in being alive. If I, as the salt, have lost my flavor or connectedness to God in serving His will of goodness, then there is no other means by which to know goodness, or to enjoy good living.

Matthew 5:13
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

“Strength is to Sit Still” (Isaiah 30:7)
Isaiah 30:8-18; 27-33
8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 that this is a rebellious people, lying children,
children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10 which say to the seers, See not;
and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things,
speak unto us smooth things,
prophesy deceits:
11 get you out of the way,
turn aside out of the path,
cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel,
Because ye despise this word,
and trust in oppression and perverseness,
and stay thereon:
13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall,
swelling out in a high wall,
whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces;
he shall not spare:
so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it
a sherd to take fire from the hearth,
or to take water withal out of the pit.
15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel;
In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
and ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses;
therefore shall ye flee:
and, We will ride upon the swift;
therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one;
at the rebuke of five shall ye flee:
till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain,
and as an ensign on an hill.
18 And therefore will the Lord wait,
that he may be gracious unto you,
and therefore will he be exalted,
that he may have mercy upon you:
for the Lord is a God of judgment:
blessed are all they that wait for him.
27 Behold, the name of the Lordcometh from far,
burning with his anger,
and the burden thereof is heavy:
his lips are full of indignation,
and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 and his breath, as an overflowing stream,
shall reach to the midst of the neck,
to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity:
and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
causing them to err.
29 Ye shall have a song,
as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept;
and gladness of heart,
as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord,
to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard,
and shall shew the lighting down of his arm,
with the indignation of his anger,
and with the flame of a devouring fire,
with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the Lordshall the Assyrian be beaten down,
which smote with a rod.
32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass,
which the Lord shall lay upon him,
it shall be with tabrets and harps:
and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.
33 For Tophet is ordained of old;
yea, for the king it is prepared;
he hath made it deep and large:
the pile thereof is fire and much wood;
the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone,
doth kindle it.

“Rock of Zion”🌊🗻💦
“This too shall pass,” if you let it pass by you, rather than acting out of the ego’s imperious urge towards sin or temptation. In clutching close to the Rock, as my own personal understanding of God within my mind’s eye, I may be kept safe and sound upon the dry land of an inward peace. In cultivating this connection with God, as an intimate human relationship unique to each individual, then I may, always and without fail, find refuge, even in the most dire and devastating of circumstances.

“Strait and Narrow”🔱
God is my Rock and my refuge, the temple of my fortress within, and a very present help in danger. The art of clinging to this stronghold of God within, as merely the idea of Him and His will to love and care for us no matter what, is my practice of faith and trust, and my job in this life as I go through my day of worldly distraction. As I meditate upon God and His guidance through spiritual contemplation, with a focus upon the overarching ideals embedded within the Scriptures, I find adaptive serenity in any environment, despite any outward tumult, and amidst any level of seeming calamity. I am not to look to the left nor to the right to indulge in temptation and entertain sinful doubts. Any such sinful doubts, as worries, fears, or anxieties, only ever evidence a breach of my faith and trust in God’s care. So long as I seek to abide by the will of the Father, acting responsibly and with love, then there is nothing more that I can do, and so there is no use in worrying nor is there any cause for fear. Growing in my realization of His care and love is the beauty of this journey of life, and the path out of the human bondage of the ego, or the vanity of self-based fear. As I stumble along God’s path, as any child will in the natural progression and course of learning, I must immediately remedy my defiant act of self-will, by expressing repentance for indulging in the naïveté of my own ego or in sinful material concerns, and then refocus upon God and His love. I am not to cater to vanity, or the vacuous and empty needs of my own selfishness and sinful ego, as “myself,” if serving my own finite self rather than the infinite and immortal God. In fastening my “self,” as my will and my soul, onto God, and applying my heart to His Rock like spackle, I may grow eternally, as grafted onto Him and fashioned after His divine will for me.

Matthew 7:21-27
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

“Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.”

“The Host with the Most”🌿
Psalm 47
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
1 O clap your hands, all ye people;
shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
2 For the Lord most high is terrible;
he is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us,
and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us,
the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
5 God is gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises:
sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth:
sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the heathen:
God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together,
even the people of the God of Abraham:
for the shields of the earth belongunto God:
he is greatly exalted.

“Praise and Raise”🕊
Psalm 50
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken,
and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence:
a fire shall devour before him,
and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth,
that he may judge his people.
5 Gather my saints together unto me;
those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness:
for God is judge himself. Selah.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, and I will testify against thee:
I am God, even thy God.
8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices
or thy burnt offerings, to have beencontinually before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of thy house,
nor he goats out of thy folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls of the mountains:
and the wild beasts of the field aremine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee:
for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving;
and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
16 But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
17 Seeing thou hatest instruction,
and castest my words behind thee.
18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him,
and hast been partaker with adulterers.
19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil,
and thy tongue frameth deceit.
20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother;
thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence;
thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself:
but I will reprove thee, and set themin order before thine eyes.
22 Now consider this, ye that forget God,
lest I tear you in pieces, and there benone to deliver.
23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me:
and to him that ordereth hisconversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

“Plot This Graft”🌳
Isaiah 61
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;
because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;
he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all that mourn;
3 to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
4 And they shall build the old wastes,
they shall raise up the former desolations,
and they shall repair the waste cities,
the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
and the sons of the alien shall beyour plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord:
men shall call you the Ministers of our God:
ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
7 For your shame ye shall havedouble;
and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion:
therefore in their land they shall possess the double:
everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8 For I the Lord love judgment,
I hate robbery for burnt offering;
and I will direct their work in truth,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles,
and their offspring among the people:
all that see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decketh himselfwith ornaments,
and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,
and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth;
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.

“Pursuit of Happiness”🍂🌱
I cannot manage to lift my eyes but for the sake of the Lord. I might despair over my own powerlessness to remedy my human condition, but I immediately thereafter repent of my selfish, morose indulgence of the ego. As soon as I tell Him I’m sorry for not being of better cheer, I feel a wave of relief and immediate comfort in admitting my fault. Truly, the only failsafe remedy to any of my human or emotional ailments is only ever to apologize, and then praise the Lord! It works every time when all other methods prove futile. The difficulty in repairing my perspective on life is in wresting my own sinful and despairing self-will from the cockpit of my soul, and surrendering the pilot seat over to the Captain. It can often be a dire struggle to summon the courage to let go, but as I loosen my grip upon my own vision, God slowly but surely provides a better attitude and outlook, corresponding to His love. My desolation is suddenly aglow with His presence and an outpouring of tender mercies, as little buoys to uplift my Eye in the hope of God’s Own making. As soon as I think of the Lord as He would have me, with the reliance of love and a sense of hope and trust, the joy of living slides right back into my heart. Clinging to gratitude and praises towards God always rescues me, setting my heart aloft in love, and delivering my soul, by pulling me right through all my hardships and upwards, straight towards Him. God’s salvation is the only solution truly worth pursuing. Practical penance is the humble praise of a meek and beckoning Spirit, open to the eager intercession of our loving Provider.

Love does not fly solo.❤️🚀💙

Monday 3/13/17

“The Lowly and Humble of Spirit”
Matthew 5:1-12
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

“A Room of One’s Own with a Woolf”🐕
I am supposed to be honest about my shortcomings and inadequacies. This fact of my own inferiority, if I am really honest with myself, is God’s honest truth, and He’s waiting for me to be courageous enough to admit it. Admitting my own ignorance and my inherent weakness of sin is actually my strength, because it is the necessary action on my part to set right my relation and standing with God.

“It Was Meet Virginia”🌂
When I give up on myself, the part of me that keeps going, by the fuel of courage, is God’s strength. Letting God into my heart to tame my wayward Spirit, and to learn to bestow the same lovingkindness that He showers upon me, is God’s will for all of His children. I must appear somewhat lowly, debased, and wretched in my own eyes if I am being truly honest with myself, because only God the Father is truly good.

“Saint Francis and the Woolf”☂️
To see myself in any other light than of wretchedness and inability is a sin of haughty arrogance, and presupposes my own self in the throne that only God could possibly fill, and only God is ever meant to occupy. In recognizing my weakness is the coming of my only real strength–His! Because God demands such rigorous honesty to work in confluence with Him, as to follow His orders and instructions instead of my own ignorance and lack of foresight, I must thoroughly understand my own state of helplessness and hopelessness, of my own self, as He created me. God will not enable the vanity and emptiness of my ego, self-deception, immorality, or the inequity wrought of my own pride and selfishness. Humbling myself by being truthful with myself, as I stand in relation to Him, is my strength, because it allows me to know the only true might and power, which is only ever that of God the Father Himself. The more deeply and thoroughly I delve into my own utter powerlessness as a creature of dust and ash, as merely of His own will and making, the more I can know the beauty of God. He will respect my honesty and step in to provide the care and protection I require. I will not know God’s grace if my ego flaunts itself falsely as being of itself capable of any effect, which only ever indicates my condemnation and arrogant denial of God and His All-powerful status as our Creator.

“Veneration Reserved for God”
Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.

“Heart Eye’s Up Soul: Eternal Coffer”
Matthew 6:19-25
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

“Occupied Territory”☔️
God is jealous, in that I cannot properly serve Him if I place any other priorities ahead of Him, or even alongside Him. “God or nothing” might be His stance on His leadership position, because if ever I pursue any other objective, it is implied that I am questioning God’s authority and His care; this insubordination also means that God’s standing in the hierarchy of my thoughts and cares gets knocked down a few pegs in importance, with the result of a diminished capacity for love. There is no leeway for sin or my own mortal authority in God’s plan and in God’s will. I choose to serve God only to the exclusion of all other endeavors, and I trust His goodwill and care over my own shortsighted mortality.

As a circumscribed Spirit, relying upon none of my own resources but solely upon the power and protection of God, He occupies the forefront of my mind, heart and soul, and Himself serves as my armor. God serves as my un-circumscription and envelops me in His love beyond limitation, as His own power without any restriction and allotted beyond measure to the Spirit.

“The Real Riches of Solomon”
Proverbs 1:1-9
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 to know wisdom and instruction;
to perceive the words of understanding;
3 to receive the instruction of wisdom,
justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 to give subtilty to the simple,
to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 to understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father,
and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head,
and chains about thy neck.

“Spiritual Evolution: God Has Freewill Too”
Matthew 6:29-34
29 and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

“One Day At A Time”💧(-from “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” an AA Devotional)
My boon and bounty for the day comes from humbling myself in my own sight, so that I am cognizant of my own ignorance, in order to rightly seek and be receptive to instruction, learning, and spiritual growth. The claim of Socrates, “All I know is that I know nothing,” is an appropriate claim when I situate myself so as to regard my standing in light of God’s omnipotence, rather than in regard to my standing among my fellows. I do not look at the world judging or comparing myself with the brethren, or oriented towards earthly relationships and matters of the flesh. First and foremost, I orient myself towards the Father, and only after I have firmly latched onto my understanding of Him will I allow myself to relate to any other part of this world. In this way, I may maintain an honest humility, as being powerless, ash, nothingness, and ignorant next to God, but inherently always equal, regardless of appearances, when next to my fellows.

“Nous Is Also French For We”❄️
The more I fix my “nous,” as the mind’s eye, or understanding, upon God and above earthly or corporeal concerns, the more I allow God to filter my perceptions in the accurate light of His Own judgement, rather than my own ego-derived, and therefore faulty, appraisals of this life. Relying upon my own judgements always precludes and nullifies faith in God’s plan for me, and cuts me off from relying upon Him, in favor of my own self-derived and limited knowledge, intellect, and reason. Relying upon God’s limitless knowledge and infinite power is only achieved by faith, as by forsaking my own capacity to accomplish success in any endeavor. I blindly trust in God’s unfailing love instead of my own faulty and mortal limitations.

Matthew 11:25-27
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

“Blessed Be the Weak”🌬
Only through the instruction of Christ, by the Son, by His example of self-sacrifice and charitable love, will anyone arrive upon knowledge of God the Father. As I remove my own self-importance from my mind, and allow wisdom, as the desire for God and spiritual progress, to take the place of my ego, or self-direction and a untruthful sense of self-righteousness, then I develop the humility to follow Christ. The “desperate cases” at the dregs of society are actually in better standing with the Lord, perhaps because we are not blinded by material distractions to our own shortcomings, inabilities, and need for the instruction and intervention only of God.

Truth: ☃️
Human honesty can only ever admit weakness. The truth will set you free!

“Those Darn Stoners!”
John 8:31-32
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Tuesday 3/14/17
“Nous Spiritual Elevation”
John 8:23
23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

“Of Myself I Am Nothing…” (John 8:28-30)
John 8:28-49
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father.
Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of yourfather the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

“Fleur-De-Lis” ☁️🏰☁️
I resolutely affirm my own essence of self, as my own ego if experienced and understood in the absence of God, to be likened unto a prison, and a bottomless pit of endless sorrow, misery, and heartache. The sword of the Spirit cuts through flesh and soul, differentiating the spiritual from the purely physical. I, as a creation of God, and not myself God. When I look at myself with rigorous and truly thorough honesty, to regard my self only in the light of truth, I am forced to admit that my own self, if apart from my knowledge of God, is utterly desolate and rife with evilness, as self-hatred, self-pity, sadness, and misery.

“Ponce de Léon et un Pouncing Lion”⛲️
My experience of this world, as its material aspect if perceived apart from a higher spiritual perspective (which contains an elevation towards the idea of God, and the abstracted spiritual qualities of virtue), has only ever been that of wretchedness, injustice, debasement, pain, and sorrow. The bottomless pit is the depth of my own soul as I would exist if outside the care of God. The more I know of this world, the more convinced I am of it’s inherently evil and vacuous, or empty, nature. I am also convinced that my own self, if in isolation and apart from my understanding of God, is no different or less wretched than any other part of this earthly, empty, vacuous, and purely material existence of vanity.

“Bottomless and Topless”💃🏻⚔️
My immersion into the depths of Hell in this fact-finding mission of self-honesty feels cruel and meaningless; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The more I learn to distinguish between myself and God, the better I get to know God, and the corresponding depths of His grace, care, and will to save. When the torment and injustice of the world, and of my own self, becomes too much to bear, I am left with no other recourse than that of the Lord. With my only outlet left being that of God Himself, as I plunge into the abyss of a trust fall, I am simultaneously thrust from above unto the heights of His unfathomable love. This divine love of God, this theoria, is knowable only by pure faith, and by no other human capacity.

“Boogie-Board the Boogie-Man”🌊🔱💎
If I never experienced this struggle with life, I would never have the means or occasion by which to seek and know God. He delivers with me persecution from my friends and family, disaster and calamity beyond my ability to reconcile such misfortunes with my understanding of justice, mercy, and goodness, and constant torment; therefore, I am blessed in being cornered and pigeonholed into a life of faith, by no virtue of my own but only by His Own grace. I am left no other option but to forsake my self and this world and flee to the Lord, as my higher ground and my refuge. Quite literally, my only recourse is to seek God. In this way, by having the worst of this world thrust upon me through no fault or wrongdoing of my own, I am delivered accordingly into the hands of God, Who is in fact the only true and real goodness that there ever actually is. The more I reject this world and it’s empty pursuits, by being hated of it and of my fellows, the more refined and fortified my reliance upon God, and things spiritual, becomes. I am forced, confined, and pushed upwards towards God, only because no other route is available, and all other bridges are burned. Dead end paths are laid to waste in shambles, and revealed as the empty vacuums that they truly are, by the contrast of the overarching light of my hope in God, for divine union with Him.

“The Real Illusion”🌍
The less real this earthly, empirical, corporeal, tangible, visible, “of the flesh” world becomes, the more real God truly is. I cannot know God without rejecting and forsaking literally everything else, even myself. When I let go of “me,” with my arms outstretched up towards God, He swoops in and scoops me up, safe and sound to dry land, just like He promised. We watch the evils of this world and the torrents of my emotions circle in the depths of that whirlpool beneath us, as from the safe perch of the promised land. Watching the world as latched onto the Eternal Father, as a spectator with Him from above, He ushers Us up unto the freedom of His will, His Eye, and His mind. We are held close by Our rapturous love as we are propelled by the jettison of my own soul to within the jet stream of His lifeline, up to the safety of His Eternal Kingdom.

“That Which Openeth My Matrix”💨🔥
Practicing my faith is resorting to God for help, and retreating to His care instead of that of this world or own my own power.

“Má Vlast”🕊🌈🌞
When the going gets rough, I remember that “friction leads to fire,” and I view the path of Christ as being lubricated with the anointment of sacrificial love, obedience, willingness, and absolution. I try my best to give up on myself, and allow the idea of God, innate within me, to take my own place and thus allow Us to keep going, along His path of goodness and mercy, smooth and buttery with the finesse of kindness and the milk of compassion. With this kindling of Our passionate love, which only two souls together entwined could ever possibly muster, the pain and agony of the vast extent and expanse of this human experience, as the depths of the evil within the mortal soul, all this wreckage is no longer a sentence to anguish, rage, terror, and torture, but rather, becomes a gateway to Our Father.

“Wishing Well Armory”🌊🛡💦
This calming trance of my faith, as my belief in and willing acceptance of God’s love for me, is the foretold reception and manifestation of God’s promise. I seek the Kingdom not by the Law nor by the Commandments alone, but by a willing and open heart, cleaved unto the Lord in all innocence and earnestness of trust. I allow God to steer my helm and to be my foresight, in perfect trust and love, as uncircumcised of Spirit. Thus, I relinquish all arms and defenses in order to allow Him to properly Captain this mothership. I have surrendered the buttresses and shields of my own ego and given up all of my own defenses to walk the plank of faith, clutching, by my stronghold of belief, to God Himself as the sole power of my salvation. Only by letting go of all of this world and myself, with the baggage of my lack of foresight and flawed understanding that results from using my own resources, may I be able to fulfill the promise of the faithful and make good the Word of God.

“A Forthright Stratagem”💎⚖️💎
Faith only worketh by love. Of myself, I am nothing, but I choose, I will myself even, to believe in God, and in Him alone do I trust. My belief in God’s love for me is the only true belief that there could ever be of God. In order for Him to be real to me, I step out on that ledge of faith, of pure trust in His love, at each turn and at every corner, as I proceed through the minefield of my soul, this earthly life, and this worldly existence.

“Only God Hath Glory”
John 8:50-51
50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

“Is Become the Headstone of the Corner”
Romans 9:1-9; 30-33
9 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

“Align: Singleness of Vision with God”
1 Peter 3:1-18
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

“Ariel: Lion of God”
Isaiah 29:1-2; 11-14; 22-24
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
29 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city whereDavid dwelt!
add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
2 Yet I will distress Ariel,
and there shall be heaviness and sorrow:
and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12 and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
13 Wherefore the Lord said,
Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honour me,
but have removed their heart far from me,
and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
14 therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people,
even a marvellous work and a wonder:
for the wisdom of their wise menshall perish,
and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
22 Therefore thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob,
Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
neither shall his face now wax pale.
23 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him,
they shall sanctify my name,
and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
and shall fear the God of Israel.
24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding,
and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

“Noesis (Nous): The Eye of God”
Matthew 6:22-23
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Our use of the Eye of Providence…
A Moral Compass and Cupid’s Target.

“Et Avec Ça, Mon Ami?”⚜️
I rely upon my faith and my intuition of things spiritual, via my belief in God’s love, instead of my own intellect or capacity for reason. Reason also is subject to God.

“Circumcision of the Heart”
Ephesians 2:8-22
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;15 having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments containedin ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 for through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

“First and Foremost”⚔️
Circumcision is the innocence of perfect trust and love, to cleave unto the Lord without any doubt or reservation, thus enabling Him to truly be my protection. God takes the lead, and I offer up the use of any of my reasoning and foresight as a sacrifice unto Him, as an act of faith to ensure resolute and devout allegiance, to unquestioningly abide under God’s perfect and unquestionable, supreme leadership.

“My Womb the Matrix”
Exodus 13:1-16
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.
3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. 4 This day came ye out in the month Abib.
5 And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
8 And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that whichthe Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. 9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the Lord brought thee out of Egypt. 10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
11 And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, 12 that thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord’s. 13 And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: 15 and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. 16 And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.

The milk of mother’s compassion and the honey of the Word of the Lord preside eminently over the promised land of Heaven, accessed only from within the mind’s Eye via God’s dimension of the Spirit, made manifest as Mount Zion, in order to be consecrated as a memorial of veneration to God, thus potentiating every mortal soul unto His gift of Eternal Life.

Wednesday 3/15/17
Witch Tree?🌳

“That Tree and ‘Strange Fruit'”
1 Peter 2:15-25
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this isthankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

“Be Kind Rewind”
2 Corinthians 12:5-12
5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

“Power of Christ Cannot Exorcise Christ”
Matthew 12:25-37
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the HolyGhost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by hisfruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

“The Husband”
John 15
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and thatyour fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
KJV reproduced by permission of Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK.

“Faith of a Wraith”👻
I try to constrain my Eye’s focus to within the present moment, with no planning, worrying, or entertaining of doubts. This constraint of my Spirit is an expression of true virtue, because it is founded upon my continual willingness to live uprightly and without falter or deviation at any given time, always doing the best I can at that moment and to the best of my ability at that moment, as always taking the path of greatest hardship, effort, and diligence, and refraining from the defiled mind-state produced from contemplation of fleshly mundane cares, or worrying after my own self or my own well-being. Rather, I am quite purely always fixated upon God, in the interest of serving His will of divine love. I live as merely an appendage of the Father, a limb grafted, supplanted, and transplanted unto the life of the Father.

“He Trans-fixed Me!”🕊
My roots grasp a different soil, as that of His Own Eternal Soul. My center of gravity is the voice of God at work within my own conscience, and I abide by no other dictates or precepts. If I believe it to be the will of the Father, then I follow and concede without hesitation of reluctance. I judge not myself nor my actions, as to whether they may be good or worthy, or of any meaning or value. Anything in my life only ever has value if and when God decides that it does, as only indirectly, by virtue of His opinion, will, or fleeting fancy. All I care about is God’s intention for me, and I pursue no other action, thoughts, or activities, but rather, partake in this life’s offerings only indirectly, as first filtered through His direction and channeled via the Father’s desires and purposes for me, which are beyond the reach of my finite mortal comprehension, but are inherently always supreme, as entailing the best possible plan, course, trajectory, and outcome. I defer all of my self and my will, as my opinions, desires, wants, likes, and judgments, to Him, as a student and child, and follow His will or urgings, allowing Him to be my one and only center of gravity and internal source of momentum or inertia, thus allowing Him to reveal Himself to the greatest extent possible, with no interference, or resistance, of my self-will. Willingly I abide and proceed in His name, with complete innocence and trust, as without questioning the goodness of His will. Only pure, innocent love would trust without question and without reason, and thus provide for God a worthy recipient for a mutually loving and truly reciprocal relationship, based upon His will and His ultimate virtue of “caritas,” or divine love.

“Trust the Moment: Spiritual Navigation”
John 3:5-8
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

“Caritas Is Latin”👼

“Courage à Trois”
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
4 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Isaiah 62:1-5; 10-12
62 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness,
and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness,
and all kings thy glory:
and thou shalt be called by a new name,
which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken;
neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate:
but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah,
and thy land Beulah:
for the Lord delighteth in thee,
and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin,
so shall thy sons marry thee:
and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride,
so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
10 Go through, go through the gates;
prepare ye the way of the people;
cast up, cast up the highway;
gather out the stones;
lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them,
The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord:
and thou shalt be called,
Sought out, A city not forsaken.

“The Lion’s Share is Vegan”
Isaiah 65:1-12; 17-25
65 I am sought of them that asked not for me;
I am found of them that sought me not:
I said, Behold me, behold me,
unto a nation that was not called by my name.
2 I have spread out my hands all the day
unto a rebellious people,
which walketh in a way that was not good,
after their own thoughts;
3 a people that provoketh me to anger
continually to my face;
that sacrificeth in gardens,
and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
4 which remain among the graves,
and lodge in the monuments,
which eat swine’s flesh,
and broth of abominable things is intheir vessels;
5 which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me;
for I am holier than thou.
These are a smoke in my nose,
a fire that burneth all the day.
6 Behold, it is written before me:
I will not keep silence, but will recompense,
even recompense into their bosom,
7 your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lord,
which have burned incense upon the mountains,
and blasphemed me upon the hills:
therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
8 Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster,
and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it:
so will I do for my servants’ sakes,
that I may not destroy them all.
9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob,
and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains:
and mine elect shall inherit it,
and my servants shall dwell there.
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks,
and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in,
for my people that have sought me.
11 But ye are they that forsake the Lord,
that forget my holy mountain,
that prepare a table for that troop,
and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword,
and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter:
because when I called, ye did not answer;
when I spake, ye did not hear;
but did evil before mine eyes,
and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:
and the former shall not be remembered,
nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:
for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing,
and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and joy in my people:
and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her,
nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days,
nor an old man that hath not filled his days:
for the child shall die an hundred years old;
but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them;
and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit;
they shall not plant, and another eat:
for as the days of a tree are the days of my people,
and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble;
for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord,
and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer;
and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:
and dust shall be the serpent’s meat.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,
saith the Lord.

“Arise, Our Eyes…”
Song of Solomon 2
2 I am the rose of Sharon,
and the lily of the valleys.
2 As the lily among thorns,
so is my love among the daughters.
3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
5 Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples:
for I am sick of love.
6 His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand doth embrace me.
7 I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
by the roes, and by the hinds of the field,
that ye stir not up, nor awake mylove, till he please.
8 The voice of my beloved!
behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains,
skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart:
behold, he standeth behind our wall,
he looketh forth at the windows,
shewing himself through the lattice.
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
12 the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 the fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret places of the stairs,
let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice;
for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines:
for our vines have tender grapes.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his:
he feedeth among the lilies.
17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away,
turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe
or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

“Apocalypse” Meaning:
“End time,” as in “at the appointed time.”
⏱…No cause for “alarm.”

“Time for a Heart-to-Heart”😇

Thursday 3/16/17
“Ghost Stories”👻

“Got My Back?”
Mark 8:29-38
29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. 31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and ofthe chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

“Ghost’s Myth-Busters”
John 12:23-33; 44-50
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

“God’s Truth: An Honest Appraisal”
Luke 14:25-35
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

“Master Pai Mei”🛐
Good old-fashioned hard work and discipline is an acquired taste, but is the wherewithal by which the soul has savor. Faith without works is, of course, quite dead, and availeth a man nothing but to be cast out with his naked and empty soul. In order to accept Christ into one’s heart, one must take heed and actually follow Him, as by the dictates of the Scriptures. The path Christ set out in the Gospel is not debatable, it is forthright and clear-cut. There is no way to the eternal Father but through Jesus, as by following and abiding by His instructions as the “Word of God.” To believe Jesus and His instructions as being of God is evidence of Original Sin if one does not then actually do as they say. The Great Transgression was, in fact, disobedience, as the human arrogance of self-direction by the defiance of God’s Commandment. Abraham found favor in God by trusting and abiding by God’s instruction, even to the loss of that which he held most dear, and this obeisance was evidence of trust, faith, and innocent love. The children of Abraham are His seed, only if they do as Abraham did, with the trust of innocence and real love, devoutly obedient. Seeds grow after their kind, and so if one does not do as Abraham did, then one would not be counted for among His seed. The seed of Abraham must necessarily display those same virtues for which Abraham found favor in the sight of God. He who is chosen is simply he who chooses to answer the call made by God.

“Only Through Me…”☦️
Jesus is the Word and the path because He teaches and edifies the will of God in giving us verbal instructions, as the written language of the Bible. Jesus elucidates and clarifies the meaning and intentions of God behind the rich symbolism of religious practices and rituals as laid out through Mosaic Law in the Old Testament. The concepts are the same, but Jesus’s new explanations are more thorough, as they contain the abstract spiritual lesson, as the real meaning, meat, and significance, underlying the concrete, physical rituals. Aligning our heart to the right place is the intent for us behind following His statutes, as focusing on the materials of this world as being merely symbolic, or the low end representative, of things higher and greater, is His way of showing us how to be more like Him and less like us, as sinful materially-oriented, and selfish humans. The less we see the edifice, or earthly surface aspect of existence, and the more we see the “moral behind the story,” as the value or principle of virtuosity, the better our understanding is of things spiritual in nature, and therefore eternal as God’s will.

“GI Jane: Kung Fu Grip”✡️
To know God, one must intuit His unseen love enmeshed all throughout His creation, rather than just the shallow appearances, which love we may access at all times through our capacity for abstract thought, contemplation, and moral consciousness. God’s ways are higher than ours, as He is concerned with virtues and higher values of abstract thinking, as of things having a spiritual significance, rather than those of purely material meaning, and so devoid of any altruistic intention of God’s divine love. Though the body may die, God’s love is a part of God, and so exists eternally with Him. In nurturing my eternal soul to know and grasp this love of God for all of us, and learning to cling to Him against all odds, I may carry my Spirit on unto Him in the afterlife, as the victory of love over death.

“Faith Without Works”
James 2:14-26
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

“Only Through Me”
John 14:5-7
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

“Victory Over Death”
1 Corinthians 15:44.5-58
There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as isthe heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

“Unmutable and Immutable”
1 John 5:1-7
5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, evenour faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

“Fun Trivia: Define this Word’s Meaning”
Selah (delay, sigh)
Sinai and Horeb (Sun + Moon, reflectively)
Bryn Mawr (Seven Sisters)
The Pleiades
Salvador Dalí
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee…
IFF (if and only if)
(google search terms: — name meaning)
*multiple interpretations

“Comic Strip Ideas”
-Better than a monkey (on my back)
-Through hoops (Bryn Mawr May Day)
-Giving up Church for Lent joke
-“Too much pressure!” (To appreciate life)
-“I said it was a curious belt!”
-“Will I ever find another Job?”
-“Between two tails, one sits on a firebrand.” -Samson (French Proverb)😜
-12 Steps, yada yada… I mentioned “God’s will!” (Serenity now! A Moveable Festivus)
-“Love the tentacle!…I mean tabernacle!”
-Bullock chick-flicks and gas-guzzling Rams given up as sacrifice
-This cat is a Lion, thank you, but maybe that’s just my pride talking.
-…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Ewoks…. and Jabberwockys…
-Call me Chief “Flying Turtle.” A Flying Eagle is just not that impressive.
-I was born a poor black child, to a wealthy white family on the Main Line. (-The Jerk)
-Please cease your activities on the radio. “Oh, I didn’t realize I was radioactive!”🌞

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