Expectant Living…

Expectant Living

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself(Himself) maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified

Exultant Living

What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thin to the charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth?  It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded that nither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God is more concerned that we be Rich in Heaven!

Trial’s free us from the Bondages.

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.  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.  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.  There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath nor filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  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.  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.  And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  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.  The shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

To be continued, allow this to set in and ponder in the depth of your soul, what does this mean?  Do you believe this to be fact?

I do…


Sanctification and the Process…

And I, Brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speach or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Second Corinthians is with humble beginnings.  Paul here states what is so true and yet overlooked.  The more of the world that we know, the less of a relationship with God we have.  what are my goals here on this planet?  If I am lucky, I will have at best about 50 years left.  So many are without goals.  who am I?  what do I want?  When backpacking in the Olympics, I have recently found a place that I dream of going.  There is no trail, just a dot on a map of these lakes that you must hike strait up this mountain from about a thousand feet to over five thousand in just a few miles.  I don’t know if I will be able to make this hike in just a few more years unless I can continue to get in better shape.  my back, my knees, everything is giving out!  I am slammed in the face with the reality of death.  Death is getting closer every day we live.  that can be a half empty statement, but rather I delight in my death, because that is where life starts.  So how am I going to live the day’s I am here?   This makes me think of how I am using my time.  I want to be wise not foolish and live with regret’s.

I am responsible for me.  and that is it…

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

I can’t put the blame on my wife, I can’t put the blame on anything but myself, and that is where I need to fight to not fall in to apathy.

Life with Jesus…

Sanctification, Sanctify.

this noun and verb derived from Lat. sanctus, ‘holy’ and facere, ‘to make’.  set apart, brightness, the former could underlie references to holiness of sanctification in terms of position, status, relationship.  set apart for exclusive use, dedicated.  consecrated, “not as in grape juice” regarded as sacred or holy in contrast to common, profane or secular.  and inward transformation gradually taking place resulting in purity, moral rectitude and holy.

This is a word that I often think of, I am not content to dwell in the flesh and continue to be the person that I am at this moment in history.  Every second that we breath we are creating history, something that we cannot change dispite any attempt.  but what we do for eternity is what is ongoing.  I want to leave a history, or a legacy for those that go ahead of me on this earth.  But I believe that there will be a catch up with all and everyone at that final moment when we let out that last breath and are instantly with our God.  Time is not a part of eternity, this is something that I have spent hours thinking about.  there is neither before nor after when we are in eternity.  I want to be all that I can while I am mortal.  The crazy part of that statement is that the older I get the more I am hitting this wall of realization that it is not about what I can be, but who I am.  I can be a Chef, a Pastor, Police Officer, but that is never going to define who I am.  Who I am is a child of God Almighty.

Glory Only in the Lord

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”[c]

What I want in my flesh is a title, there is hardly a moment that you are with people that what you do is not brought up.  I am fed up with this thought.  Do you want to know me? or do you want to know how to cook?  I can teach you how to cook, as a chef I am good at that, but that is not who I am.  I am a person who is building a friendship with Jesus, I am dealing with mental issues, such as OCD and anxiety, I am in love with my wife and kids.  I am big and strong, which comes with being 6’3″ and 300# but I am gentle and quiet in spirit.  I love seeing the creation of God, I love the little things, the nature, the flowers and trees, the bugs, the animals.  My favorite animal is the Rat.  I give my two rats a kiss every morning and every night, and you will never understand that unless you know me!  This has no coralation with what I do.  I am learning to love my wife and let go of passivity.  Who I am will be looked into with further writing, but I am not sure of where to go with what I do.

It is clear in scripture that as 1st Corinthians says it’s not the mighty or the noble, it’s not the wise things, but God takes what appears foolish to dumbfound the wise or that people who think they are above it all.  It will never make since to have children.  I could be much more esteemed and wealthy, and accomplished if I were to not have kids.  It makes much more since to work and put my kids in daycare.  I have taken such sacrifice to be home in my prime working years with my children.  But what appears to be foolish is eternally wise.  There is no gain in making money, or stature, but in relationship is everything.  I want to know who my wife is, not know of her and tell you of what she does.  I want to know my children, their deepest dreams, the fears, the loves, I want to have relationship.  When I get to heaven and enter eternity, all there is going to be is relationship.  And when I am with Jesus and I say to him, “hay, lets go hiking up to that lake and go fishing and hang out to talk”. that’s going to be where it’s at.  I want to spend time with Him.  I want to hang out with friends and family and not be bound by this body.

It is in that chaos of life that the eternal takes place.  I remember the look on my sons face when he was covered from head to toe with sand when we were camping.  That is relationship, that is what is eternal, the joys of temporal work.  I have to remind myself of this daily.  Because in my job, the mundane is easy to get lost in.  It’s the Tyrany of the Urgent that needs to be the focus.  What is it that God want’s me to do today?  I fail at this hourly, but it’s not about me!  That is the center of America!  it’s not about us, get that out of our brains and maybe something incredible will start hapening.  I don’t have any goals of what the end of my life will look like, I talk of the corvette, and think of the nice house overlooking the water and mountains, but what I truly want is a shack, where Jesus is alive and He through my life is reaching out to people all arround.  when that stops, and I no longer think of this, that is when I hope someone punches me in the gut and get’s me to wake up!  I am tired of the apathy of America, our issues are all centered arround “meism”  What about ME?  Most of the world is on simple survival and this is what brings out “who”  you are and believe it or not that is when God is needed and looked to, and Joy is found.  we are happy in America, but when you find true joy, that is where life begins.

Life as the stay at home Dad…

at home day in and day out with children can be one of the greatest gifts and jobs that a man can have.  Though the majority of men question this.  Oh, to go out rite now and leave my job for a ten minute break to get something to drink.  I leave to the front porch and I am followed.  there is no break, the house continues to get messier as I continue to procrastinate.  I dream of the day that my house just gets dirty because of me and my wife.  instead of waking up and going to work on a project, each day starts out and often ends in the ritual of picking up the house.  I hardly even get the time to do the basics of moping the floor and vacuuming, there is just not the time.  I love my children, my girl of 6 years is so precious and my son of 4 is a firecracker and a gentle spirit.  I am torn in the selfish pursuit and looking to the tyranny of the urgent and the eternal which is not my boat, not my dreams but loving my future, my kids.