My Testimony (Baptism Of A Skeptic)

This was first published as a guest post on The recovering legalist, and I wanted to share it here also.

Source: My Testimony (by David Fuller)

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Are You Kidding Me?

The Veritas guy found this U.S. patent for a device that can create and or stop a hurricane.

Abstract: A method is disclosed for affecting the formation and/or direction of a low atmospheric weather system. Audio generators are positioned to project sound waves toward a peripheral area of a weather system. The sound waves are generated at a frequency to affect the formation of the weather system in a manner to disrupt, enhance or direct the formation. The sound waves can also be projected in a manner to cause the system to produce rain.

Doesn’t matter. God Himself said when people work together, nothing is impossible for them. (See the Tower of Babel account.) So yeah, it’s plausible. But Jesus also said all power in heaven and earth are His. That means any power anyone exercises is on loan to them, so to speak, including your power to take your next breath. That’s why every sin is a transgression against God, and why Jesus forgave people’s sins against others, that seemingly had nothing to do with him. If they’ve learned how to manipulate storms, they will be held accountable for how they use that power. The wicked are caught in their own nets, and He catches the wise in their own craftiness.

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

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

The Hope Of Glory

What’s ahead
Beyond my fears
Beyond the shedding
Of my tears
The hope of glory
Shining bright
In my heart
A candle light
A flame of Love
Eternally
Melts my heart
Changes me
The strongest faith
The slightest doubt
The victory
He’s holding out
Can I ever
Be released
Son of Love
The sweetest peace

 

 

©  2017 David R. Fuller

 

I Stole This

I copied this directly from an email I received from Equisync, minus the part where they try to sell their binaural beats generator for meditation. Truth is truth, though. Of course I added the scripture at the bottom.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”-Mahatma Gandhi

Would you like to live a long, happy, and fulfilled life? Perhaps the most important thing you can do is forgive the unforgivable.

While the person who wronged you may not deserve to be forgiven for the heartache and grief they caused you, your mind, body, and soul deserve to be free of hatred, anger, pain, and hurt.

Likewise, if it was you who caused the pain, self-forgiveness is just as important.

Before we tell you the secret to letting go of the past, it is important to understand some basics:

What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is a release & letting go of a past hurt or resentment. A deliberate conscious act that comes completely from within, forgiveness does not require justice or an apology, while releasing all energetic debt between the people involved.

How can forgiveness positively impact my life?

• Often the first step toward healing.
• Helps you accept the shadow side of humanity: shines light on the dark.
• Releases you from the past and allows you to be present in the here and now.
• It can mend old friendships.
• Holding on to grudges causes stress, leading to a myriad of emotional/physical problems.
• Is of paramount importance in almost all spiritual traditions, particularly Christianity.
• Feel more freedom, as you are no longer holding on to the negative feelings toward yourself and others.
• It can open you up to more love and light.
• When you accept the flaws within others, you accept the flaws within yourself.
• Feel lighter from the cathartic release of emotional burden.
• Dramatically improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”

Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21, 22

 

Supernatural Store Run

The other night I drove to the store to get something, I think it was TP. Of course, this requires spending money, which, being unemployed, is in limited supply. The Lord has provided through many such times, and yet still that voice of doom and doubt shows up, while I’m distracted and stressed. “Are you  sure? Yeah, yeah, I know, ‘ he’s gotten you through before’, but there’s lots of explanations for that, if you’d just let go of your programming. Besides, even if ‘God’ is real, how can you assume he’ll help you? What if his will is something different than what you want? And aren’t you the creator of your own problems anyway, like most people? I wouldn’t be surprised if he lets you fall on your face to finally teach you a lesson, which we both know you’re too stubborn and self-centered to learn. Isn’t it time you finally grew out of these fantasies…?

And the beat goes on, while I’m getting what I need and checking out, distracted and vaguely aware of the subtly obvious attempt to subvert my faith and use my own mind against me….The ordinary transaction’s completed, and as I’m slipping out the door of an ordinary convenience store, there His majestic self is, I can hear Him. He’s singing to me. And as I try not to melt in public, I hear,

I’m only one call away

I’ll be there to save the day

Superman got nothing on me

I’m only one call away

And that’s why I love Him.

Counsel for Christians in the New Age

6-7 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

8-10 Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in Christ Jesus, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

11-15 Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.

16-17 So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ.

18-19 Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.

20-23 So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Www.biblegateway.com

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+2&version=MSG

If you follow the link above, you can read the above passage in, I think, every translation that exists. (Seriously)