Will The Real Truth Please Stand Up

I do a lot of thinking. Too much, sometimes. Over the past year or so, many things have proven to be true that I would have previously laughed at the suggestion of, and did. I laughed at some who claimed the govt could spy on us through the tv, but that turned out to be true. I scorned the idea that the govt of my beloved country, among others, was being influenced or controlled from behind the scenes by elitists with nefarious purposes, but that seems more evident by the day. I certainly wouldn’t have imagined the mass abandonment of reason and rationality which seems to be taking place in our society. As a result, I’ve taken a second look at some of the other seemingly crazy claims and theories that are going around, and there are many. It seems increasingly difficult to be sure of what I think I know, even information I thought I had thoroughly vetted and established in my own mind.

In spite of my lifetime of learning, and my encounters with God and the things He has taught me, I still sometimes find my mind struggling with questions like, does the Bible mean what I think it means? Why is the Vatican promoting a world govt, and looking for alien life, and designing and referring to a religion that includes them, even saying that Jesus Himself might be an alien? There’s so many weird ideas out there, and that’s besides terrorists and crazy dictators with nukes, and let’s not even talk about the weather or a volcano in Yellowstone! Then of course there’s unemployment and other personal difficulties.

How do I cope? Knowledge buffers me for a while, but it can only withstand so long against the invading armies of “yeah, but…”, especially knowing that knowledge is so easily manipulated by people, or even my own mind if I’m not careful, and our senses can be so easily deceived by the ways technology can fake reality, and when I’ve come to the limits of my intellectual defenses, I feel like I’m flailing in the winds of confusion and uncertainty, which leads to fear and apprehension.

I’m ashamed that my natural tendency in these times is to cry out to God for assurance and comfort, and wonder why He doesn’t seem to answer, while I put off and patronize the still small voice that urges me to pick up my Bible and read. Instead, I entertain thoughts like, What’s that going to solve?; I know what it says, why read it again?; or I’ve got too much to do. But I eventually always do, and in the foolish pages of an old book who’s debunking and eradication has been attempted by kings, philosophers, scholars, armies, nations, and competing ideologies of all sorts for centuries, and continues today, I never fail to find God.

It has never mattered which version I’m reading. When I can’t seem to find God, or hear Him, I find Him when I look in the Book. “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” How many times must I learn this? I go to His Word, and He comes to me, and speaks to me, and makes Himself known to me in amazing and wonderful ways. He gives me comfort and assurance, and peace that truly is beyond knowledge or understanding. I don’t need all the answers, just to feel His presence, and hear His kind, gentle Voice, and know that He, at least, is real and true and completely trustworthy, and that ALL things are in His powerful hand, whether aliens, or angels, or elitists, or shadow governments, or mad dictators, or deluded masses, or even the weather and volcanoes.

They’re all His, and so am I.

 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38

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Bless You

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

Psalm 20: 1-5

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The Power Of Nothing

A while back I had to write a short paper for a college writing class on the subject of my choosing, and I couldn’t think of anything to write. I searched for inspiration and came up with nothing. So I thought, since I can think of nothing to write about, I’ll write about nothing….

Have you ever thought about nothing? Have you ever said nothing? Have you ever done nothing? Have you ever seen nothing? If you have, then you may have come to recognize the power of nothing, as I have.

For instance, I have found that doing nothing can be very tiring. Whenever I am doing something, especially something that is productive in some way, I usually seem to find the energy to keep doing something. But it seems the more I do nothing, the less I actually want to do anything. Doing nothing drains my energy faster than working.

Nothing can be a powerful tool of logic. “From nothing, nothing comes” is a basic principle which implies that something must have made the universe, because nothing produces only nothing. It’s also powerful in mathematics. Multiply zero by any number, and you’ll end up with nothing.

God also uses the power of nothing. When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples, He told them to take nothing for their journey. In this way, He taught them to have faith in God, and tested the generosity of those whom they would meet.

Some people use nothing to make a living and seek power. Politicians are famous for this. They have made an art of speaking and saying nothing at the same time. One famous comedian made his living for several years from a TV show that he created and which he called “the show about nothing”.

Most everyone has seen, done, or said nothing at some point in their life, but few of us think about the many ways which nothing affects us. Nothing does not live up to its name. The power of nothing can be very influential for something as insignificant as its name suggests.

 

 

 

 

© 2017 David Robert Fuller

 

Just Sayin

​I don’t want to read about praying. I want to talk to God.

I don’t want to read about seeking Him. I want to know Him.

I don’t want to read about how to know God’s will. I want to know God’s will because I know God.

I don’t want to take your word for it. I would like to ask God myself. The Bible says I can. And it contains a crowd of witnesses who say He will answer.

I don’t want you to take my word for it. See for yourself. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything. God is wherever you are, and He has all the time in the world.

I don’t want to read about what it means to know Jesus. I want to learn what it means to know Jesus.

I don’t want to ask, “What do I think Jesus would do?”. I want to ask Jesus what to do.

Incidentally, His answer frequently differs from mine.

I don’t want a religion with you. I want a relationship with Him.

And, hopefully, with you as well.

I don’t want to wonder if He’s real, any more than I wonder if you are.

I don’t want to be left in the dark. I want to see clearly.

I don’t want to be loyal because I fear punishment. I want to be loyal because I love.

I don’t want to worship. I want to adore.

I want The Rapture to happen to my heart right now.

I want to love so much, to love any more would tear me apart at the seams, but that wouldn’t stop me.

I don’t want to be filled with the Spirit. I want God to flow through me like a fountain, and get everyone else wet. Sometimes people get upset when that happens.

Love Re-Interpreted

I Corinthians 13:4-7, the famous Love passage, as seen through the lens of 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not brag, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in injustice, but celebrates the truth. He always protects, always believes in you, always hopes, and He never gives up on you. God never fails.

 

 

Hebrews 13:5

God Himself has said, “I will never leave you, I will never abandon you.”

In other words,

He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

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Psalm 119:130

The fruits of another brother’s research….hope you don’t mind, bro!

Pilgrim's Light for the Path

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“The opening of your words gives light, it imparts understanding to the simple.” -Psalm 119:130

פֵּתַח דְּבָרֶיךָ יָאִיר מֵבִין פְּתָיִֽים׃

This is the verse I chose to be the verse of this ministry when I first started Pilgrim’s Light Ministries. I chose it because in English it conveys the meaning of anyone can understand the Bible.  While this is true the verse has much more to say than that. What follows is a word-by-word breakdown of the verse:

פֵּתַח

Pay-tach, Pey-Tav-Chet.

The wordpeytach (פֵּתַח) means: to open. That is to open in the sense of opening a door. As such the word is also translated as entrance. Some have used unfolding as a translation and it is a good term and rather poetic, however opening seems to be the most accurate choice. In this sense it would be like unfolding a card by opening it to read the inside.

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On The Origin of Humanity

The foundation of all religion being laid in our relation to God as our Creator, it was fit that the book of divine revelations which was intended to be the guide, support, and rule, of religion in the world, should begin, as it does, with a plain and full account of the creation of the world—in answer to that first enquiry of a good conscience, “Where is God my Maker?” (Job 35:10). Concerning this the pagan philosophers wretchedly blundered, and became vain in their imaginations, some asserting the world’s eternity and self-existence, others ascribing it to a fortuitous concourse of atoms: thus “the world by wisdom knew not God,” but took a great deal of pains to lose him. The holy scripture therefore, designing by revealed religion to maintain and improve natural religion, to repair the decays of it and supply the defects of it, since the fall, for the reviving of the precepts of the law of nature, lays down, at first, this principle of the unclouded light of nature, That this world was, in the beginning of time, created by a Being of infinite wisdom and power, who was himself before all time and all worlds. The entrance into God’s word gives this light, Ps. 119:130. The Gen. 1:1 of the Bible gives us a surer and better, a more satisfying and useful, knowledge of the origin of the universe, than all the volumes of the philosophers. The lively faith of humble Christians understands this matter better than the elevated fancy of the greatest wits, Heb. 11:3.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary

https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/matthew-henry/Gen.1.1-Gen.1.31