What Jesus gave us was retro-knowledge about the Word–
filling in questions that should have been asked but were deferred
so that priests could settle in their power and the Temple grow
to the size of many football fields, and atonement be “the show.”
And the Scripture become like concrete with nowhere to breathe
making religious men approached by Jesus burn with envy, seethe,
at the insight and the parables that showed them Truth is elusive
for those who pursue their own agenda and refuse to let God live.
Often prophets fill in places that were purposely left quite vague,
but if you don’t allow God to breathe, Satan can send a plague
of religiosity and crucifiction, even if on a subtle level.
To close God like a book, to bind His lungs, is of the devil.
What Jesus gave us was retro-knowledge about the Word–
First of all, what kind of God does not completely destroy
spirits and souls who disobey Him, still hoping they’ll return to joy?
Why did He (or DID He) make angels and men so far apart?
Could it be that for angels and men He has the same generous heart?
What He’s told me, and not to brag, is He let us survive our first
attempt to strike out on our own, and experience evil’s worst.
And when we cried out desperately from the lack of Him called Love
and, instead experienced being abused. He reached down from above
and lifted each spirit up from the pit to a world of dust and water–
with free will and time to choose our allegiance as son or daughter.
Some people chose the dark again–to be servants of the accuser
hearing his appeals to pride, then following the way of the Abuser.
But some, like Abel, leaned into God and despite the envy of Cain
refused to cower to the shower of threats in the form of disdain.
Who is the first Son of Man, of Adam, in whom God put His pleasing?
The Bible says it was Abel, who even turned his cheek at teasing.
And that was the offering so very treasured by God: returning good
for evil–Abel wanted more than anything that God be understood!
So prophecy should lift and exhort, give good report and treasure
what God has done for us. I do! To do so is my only pleasure.
When I get angry, as the Baptist and Jesus did with the Pharisees,
it’s because when God actually speaks again, the religious man flees.
And he points to an 8 x 11 book that sometimes weighs a pound
and tells me, “If it’s not in here, I don’t see it,” so God cannot abound.
And God can’t tell us anything new, just like He never could
without the prophets being killed while the killers thought themselves quite good.
For the next person who defends themselves of
needing meat, please take a moment–a breath–
now, we all get different instructions from above
and we will, until we meet with “death.”
Now what if the reason I’m told to quit eating
meat is because God has a ministry for me
that involves going somewhere that I’d be competing
for resources that don’t come so free?
Or what if I’m going to India, where cows graze
and are worshipped. Wouldn’t it then be best
if I didn’t eat cows, but ate lentils with praise.
Would I want them, my God, to detest?
Who are we to tell anyone when they have belief
that they didn’t hear from God on a subject?
Seriously, this desire we all have to be Chief
goes against wisdom: be circumspect!
THE NAME OF MY BEST-SELLING BOOK
“Do NOT read this book unless you’ve
read the Bible first”
is the name of my book. I’ve nothing to prove–
no bubble left to burst.
Why not accept this great sacrifice
that has already been made on our part?
What kind of person says “that’s not nice”
when the gift came from Jesus’ heart?
I know: the person who refuses to admit
to having the need of a pardon.
But sinning gets worse, and it just digs a pit
which is nothing at all like “the Garden.”
TRUCE: PLEASE DON’T GUILT ME ABOUT WHETHER
I DON’T EAT MEAT AND I WON’T GUILT YOU ABOUT
EATING MEAT, OKAY?
As I unbury my conscience from its years in the sand
please forgive my new choices and try to understand
that I was always a fool for the sweet whiskered being
and would rather eat less of the ones that I’m seeing.
Though in Romans Paul says not to make life about
what we eat and we drink, must I always, when out
eat bacon and drink wine so others don’t feel
that I’m being judgmental and “off on some spiel?”
I realize I can’t earn the grace that God gives me
and nothing I’ve done deserves “fame” or outlives me,
but still something tells me to eat less of what I
didn’t butcher, and by its own choice, would
not want to die.
Free will and wisdom are not the same thing.
Haven’t you had enough of your dumbness?
I have, and I’m ready to bow to the Spring
of Intelligence–to be free will’s alumnus.
BEGGING TO GO HOME NOW
Some days I feel like anything I do means “to beg”–
begging for pig pods that humiliate. I’d rather return
to my Heavenly Father, as a servant–go down a peg,
than stay and throw pearls to the swine who won’t learn.
P.S. I’m having one of those Prodigal Son days….
I have a confession I must make to you. I pray for others because I’m very very selfish! A few years ago, I had a zit the size of Vesuvius on my forehead. I went to the gym despite my embarrassment (I was addicted to the gym then) and while riding a stationary bike for almost an hour, I was compelled (probably by God, yes?) to pray for people I knew were in trouble and also people I hated at the time (I have that problem of judging others). After riding, I went down to the bathroom to relieve my gerbil-sized bladder, and I passed the mirror on the way to the toilet and glanced in it as I often do (oh so vain). So guess what? The ZIT WAS GONE…completely gone. That had never happened to me before like that. I don’t have mountain zits just disappear in one hour. God told me right then: all “your stuff” will be better if you focus on praying for others.
So I am one very selfish person praying for you and for “that guy.” : ) I am blessed by my prayers to be able to go on 4 very long and strenuous hikes with my dog this week and not feel like dying, although I did sleep till 9 a.m. this morning. LOL.
Selfishly praying for you! Sheri
THE HOLY SPIRIT TOLD MORDECAI NOT TO BOW
Why did Mordecai refuse to bow, they ask–
but could it be that the Spirit of God
assigned him this seeming outstanding “un-task”:
not to give Haman’s evil plot the nod?
Because if Mordecai had cowered, what then?
Only God knew what likely might have been.
No, Mordecai was told each Jew soon would be sold
as an animal because of Haman’s own sin!
As with all things regarding our own responses
we must always ask God: tell us what to do!
Yes, the Bible is a guide, but it can never over-ride
what the LIVING GOD, through Spirit, tells you!
No formula any man can discern
will be always right–or what we’ve need of.
God’s constant input is what we all need to learn:
to ask, seek, knock, trust — that is Love!