Fear Not! (or, Who Needs A Haunted House When We Live Here?)

Well here we are at the end of October. It’s the time of year for autumn leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, harvest themes, chilly air (depending where you are), Indian corn (can I still call it that?) — and Halloween. Candy, costumes, The Great Pumpkin, and Haunted Houses. I haven’t been to one this year, but I’m honestly not sure any of them can hold a spooky candle to what’s actually going on in the world.

If you still watch network news, it’s disturbing. If you follow independent news sources, it’s downright scary. Floods, fires, fireballs from space, strange lights in the sky, five feet of hail, Black plague, Ebola, earthquakes and volcanoes, solar flares, Nature seemingly gone haywire.

Government conspiracies, nuclear war, mass shootings, FEMA camps, reports of people disappearing and sudden, suspicious deaths. Poison chemicals being sprayed into the air, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, attempts to abolish gender distinctions and even blur the lines between man and machine, genetic manipulation, pedophile rings and human trafficking.

How far down the rabbit hole shall we go? Aliens in the gov’t, reptilian races living underground, Illuminati agendas, Atlantis buried in Antarctica–or maybe God imprisoned the Fallen Ones there before the Great Flood, Black Goo, the possible return of the Nephilim (did they ever leave?), RFID and the mark of the Beast, The End Times, and a world that seems to have lost it’s collective mind, clinging to and proclaiming a seemingly infinite variety worldviews and scenarios that are a hodgepodge of literal or metaphorical interpretations of virtually every ancient writing that’s known.

Wait…where are you going? We haven’t finished the tour, you haven’t seen the really scary stuff yet!

That’s okay, I understand. It’s all too much, really. Even if you have a firm foundation, it can start your head spinning like a top, and leave you questioning whether anything you thought you knew was real. If you’re not careful, you can end up like Jim Carrey, telling people “we’re all just tetrahedrons floating around”, and none of us really exist. Which, I suppose, is one way to deal with it, if you’re rich enough that you don’t actually have to. It seems ironic to me that so many seek comfort and meaning in a myriad of theories which allow for almost any interpretation of reality and negate the idea of actual standards, or real things that actually are what they are, much less a benevolent, intelligent, and loving Creator who would naturally expect us to acknowledge those things and standards, and the evident power, love, and wisdom of the one who made everything according to those standards.

If you believe in Jesus Christ, you may be told that he’s one of the aliens who have tried to enlighten us, or he’s one of the few ascended masters who have achieved “true enlightenment” and Christ Consciousness. There are even those who say Jesus was deluded and mind-controlled by the evil demiurge Elohim, who desires to keep us all trapped like rats in a matrix illusion through religious dogmas, which is the line Lucifer hands to his top elites in the religious system that bears his name (Luciferianism). If you refuse these ideas, you may be called bigoted, narrow minded, deluded, programmed or otherwise derided.

What to do?

First, “Do not go gently into that good night. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.” Don’t give in to the idea that the exposing of many deceptions means that all is deception. How can you be rescued from drowning if you believe the rescuing ship is a mirage? Will you avoid quicksand by refusing to believe there’s such a thing as solid ground?

Second, if you genuinely want to know who and what Jesus really is, just ask him. If you’ve met him already, you know this is possible. If you haven’t, and if you’re willing to grant me any credibility, trust me when I tell you he will respond to any honest question from a sincere heart. What have you got to lose? If he’s not alive, he won’t answer. If he is alive, as millions who’ve met him can attest, you will meet the One for whom nothing is impossible. Expect an answer!

Third, “Fear not”. This simple command occurs 365 times in the Bible, along with many exhortations to “be strong, and very courageous”. What are we not to fear? We are not to fear anything that mortal men can do. We are not to fear the world. We are not to fear disasters, plagues, or pestilence. We are not to fear armies, or weapons of war. We are not to fear persecution, disdain or ridicule. We are not to fear Satan or demons or any angels, good or bad ones. We are not to fear Nephilim giants (yep, that’s in there too). We are to fear no evil. We are not to fear life, nor death, nor angels, nor demons, nor principalities, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor things present, nor things to come, nor anything else in all creation.

Why? Because Jesus Christ is the first and the last. He said all power in heaven and earth belongs to him. All things, ALL things, were made by him, and for him, both visible and invisible, in heaven, earth, the sea, and under the earth. His name is above every name that is named, in this age, and the age to come. He is before all things, and in him we live, and move, and have our being.

And He loves you.

 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91

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.

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Whatever Happened To Sin?

A Christian counselor wrote, quote
“It’s the only human choice ahead
If you can’t support it
Why don’t you abort it instead?”
You say you pray to the sky
Why? when you’re afraid to take a stand down here
‘Cause while the holy talk reads like a bad ad-lib
Silence screams you were robbing the crib
Say it ain’t none of my business, huh?
A woman’s got a right to choose
Now a grave-digger
Next you pull the trigger
What then?
Whatever happened to sin?

I heard the Reverend say
“Gay is probably normal in the Good Lord’s sight
What’s to be debated?
Jesus never stated what’s right”
I’m no theology nut, but
The Reverend may be a little confused
For if the Lord don’t care
And he chooses to ignore-ah
Tell it to the people
Of Sodom and Gomorrah (woah)

Call it just an alternate lifestyle, huh?
Morality lies within
Conscience is arrestin
Please repeat the question again
Whatever happened to sin?

When the closets are empty
And the clinics are full
When your eyes have been blinded
By society’s wool
When the streets erupt
In your own backyard
You’ll be on your knees
Praying for the national guard
If you don’t care now
How the problems get solved
You can shake your head later
That you never got involved
‘Cause the call came ringing
From the throne of gold
But you never got the message
‘Cause your mind’s on hold

A politician next door
Swore he’d set the Washington Arena on fire
Thinks he’ll gladiate them
But they’re gonna make him a liar
Well he’s a good ole boy
Who was born and raised
In the buckle o’ the Bible Belt
But remember when you step
Into your voting booth
He’ll never lie
He’ll just embellish the truth

Promises were made to be broken, right?
You’ve gotta play the game to win
When you need supporting
Tell ’em that you’re born again
Whatever happened to sin?

© 1983 Sparrow Records

 

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.

We’re All Worth Saving

Jesus made time for people. All kinds of people. He came to serve, not to be served, and He made no distinction between people of high or low class, between the religious and the sinner, between the socially acceptable and the shunned; He served all alike.

Although Jesus reserved some of his harshest criticism for the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, He did not hate them. He made time for Nicodemus, the fearful Pharisee who came to Him under cover of night to find answers to his troubling questions. He made time to answer the questions of the Pharisees who travelled with Him and His disciples. And when a Pharisee named Simon invited Him to dinner at his house, Jesus accepted his invitation as readily as Matthew’s.

While at Simon’s home, a woman with a local reputation for being sinful came in weeping and proceeded to wash His feet with her tears, dry them with her hair, and annoint them with expensive perfume. This situation Jesus readily accepted also.

Simon however, was appalled. It’s a pretty safe bet that this woman had never been in Simon’s home before, and maybe never would have if Jesus hadn’t been there. To have associations with this notorious sinner would have meant scandal for Simon. He might have been seen as one of those who “…lead captive silly women, laden with sins” (2 Timothy 3:6). Her steps go down to death and Sheol; he wanted nothing to do with her.

It’s my guess that prior to this, she didn’t have much use for the Pharisees, either. I doubt she had any particular longing to be in Simon’s house. But in the presence of Jesus, sinners and Pharisees often find themselves under the same roof.

Jesus lived and moved in two mutually exclusive worlds. Neither one had much tolerance for the other. It was all the same to Him whether He ate with tax collectors and harlots one night, or Pharisees and harlots the next. They were all people whom His Father loved. Beyond that, they were people He loved. Neither the sinner’s disdain nor the Pharisees’s smug self-righteousness was a part of His thinking.

Where Jesus is, anything can happen. Worlds collide, and human beings are reminded that they’re just human beings – nothing more and nothing less. Sinners and Pharisees find themselves under the same roof, faced with the same Saviour, and the realization that we’re ALL worth saving.

 

 

©2017 David Fuller

 

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