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Principles to Paradise

There are opposing forces beyond what we can physically see & it is undeniable that good and evil exist all around us.
If you follow each force to it’s extreme, on either side of the spectrum, you arrive at ultimate good and ultimate evil.

Thinking about it for any length of time, you will eventually come to the logical question… Where did those forces originate from and how do they work, either for us or against us, in our everyday lives?

It won’t take long to find stories of a battle between good and evil represented in the belief of a creator God and our adversary Satan.

God YHWH (“Yah-wheh”, the ultimate good) has given us all the freedom to choose from either side of the spectrum by pulling from & applying everything good into our lives or pulling from & applying the evil (bad) side to make those our every day normals.

There are laws that were put into motion that, if you follow the principles of those laws, you will benefit greatly,
those are following the way of YHWH.

Ansel Adams, a famous photographer that put together what’s called the “zone system”, a spectrum of light and dark that explains how to expose a perfect picture.

Just like to believe in Ansel Adams, and the zone system that he put into place, & study his principles, you will see an amazing difference in your photography.

The same with the creator of this universe and His principles, if you put your belief in Him, turn from your old ways, study His ways & actually apply them to your life, you not only will live a fulfilling life here on earth, but it will also extend into eternity.

He is perfect and demands perfection, but we, as humans, will never fit into the category of perfection, so YHWH, in his infinite grace, sent a perfect substitute, Yeshua, to be a sacrifice, standing in our place so we wouldn’t have to pay for our imperfection by eternal death.
So to accept His merciful gift, and show appreciation for it by a changed life means that you can enjoy eternal life in a place called paradise.

Notice I did not say that it would be problem free, but your focus will be totally different, making your life more full of love, peace, joy, patience, etc. which will result in a higher quality of life.

Even if faced with death.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in Thought Provoking

 

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Veil of Fears

The things that you most need to face and fix in your life are usually avoided and hidden behind your veil of fears. (greatest fears)

Most people these days fall for the illusion that accepting where you’re at in life, is always where you’re going to be, or end up just drifting along in life and responding to the next circumstance instead of actively and aggressively, intentionally going after what they are destined for.

Be open to the fact, that you are not always right, which means, sometimes not so obvious, that you will be wrong on many different levels. And one of those levels just might be the one you are on right now.

If you’re all about self, arrogance, closed-minded, or more reactionary, you drift along thinking that there are no issues,… you’re not wrong, in your own mind, so you settle where you are, stuck in that state of mind and then carve it in stone, doing damage to yourself inside that mindset without digging deeper into the fact that you could be wrong.

Develop your mind in a way of pushing your thoughts beyond the realm of comfort. Challenge yourself into a conscious belief that looks at life in a curious way, by asking yourself “what if I am wrong”.

A person that closes themselves off to that fact, will never develop fully into the person that they want to become because they are refusing the steps to get there.

Confront your enemies, make it a point to engage those you feel that your “auto response” says you need to avoid. (using discretion of course for the dangerous ones)
Check off the list of avoidances, one by one until you have eliminated everything you are avoiding.

Face Your Fears, until you don’t have any more to face!!!

Fear itself is not an actual substance, it’s just an illusion the dark side wants to keep you in, so you don’t reach your potential.

The veil of fear is a cloak, like blinders on windows, it keeps you from seeing what is on the other side so, for you, that means you have to physically go up to that veil and move it aside.

You will find that by going up to your fears and facing them head-on, there was really nothing to fear in the first place. Which will give you just enough courage to face the next one, conquering that fear, and then that one, and that one…
Then one day you’ll find fear is just an everyday, ordinary obstacle to get over, like opening the door to go outside, but instead of opening a familiar door, it’s just another unfamiliar door to open to find out what is on the other side.

An open mind is willing to look at self as imperfect,… by thinking “I could be wrong”, and if I am, I’m not afraid to face those facts so I can correct that wrong.

The illusion that you are open-minded and a free thinker, is stating those very claims and then closing off to the idea that there is much more that exists outside of your little bubble of understanding.

You MUST make fear submit to you rather than letting fear be your master.

We were created to be warriors, leaders (the head not the tail), of a sound mind, and ready for battle.

God did not give us the spirit of fear…   Notice that fear is a “spirit”, and if we are in Him, (Yeshua) the one who all spirits submit to, and we have authority in that name, then all we have to do is step into that place and dominate it.

Fear is just a smoke screen with a bunch of over exaggerated noise behind it to intimidate us into not boldly walking through the smoke.

If you have a fear, face it.

If you feel you are avoiding something or someone, confront it or them.

Avoidance is just another word for fear, just a more padded word to make it seem less intimidating but still has the same effect on you.

Get to the bottom of everything that is in your way of becoming who you are,

and who you are lies just behind that veil of fears.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in Thought Provoking

 

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Self Love (Text)

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When I say “self-love” I’m not referring to selfish arrogant conceit

But more of the lack of insecurities, jealousies, to rid yourself of the damaging effects of self-hatred or not taking care of yourself by negative comforts such as junk food, smoking, drinking, drugs, cutting, tattoos,… in other words, not knowing your worth as you are,…

Everything you think you have to have to comfort your inner voices that tell you that you need just one more… “thing” whatever that is.

For instance… “I need a cigarette”, “I need a drink”, “I need another tattoo”, are all some sort of temporary mask to put on to calm something that is going on, on the inside.

Set off by a trigger to seek a comfort, something to generate a feeling that will just get you by until the next one. Whether its something you need every hour or every week or every year and so on, and the more you do it the more of a habit it becomes, and when it’s a habit, you now think that it’s a part of you. So

Anything that makes you feel, good about yourself, tough, better, bigger, or more confident, anything that generates a feeling to take you to a place that you have to keep doing or getting to maintain that feeling,… there is something going on, on the inside that is not quite complete in your life that keeps you going back to that,… comfort thing. Or habit.

Unfortunately, those who rely on those things won’t fully understand that until they get to a place of total contentment with themselves. So deceptively will continue to rely on those things without even realizing it.

As a matter of fact, if you’re watching this and getting upset while you are defending your “thing”, there is more than likely something deeper going on.

Going even deeper with insecurities, jealousies, and issues inside of yourself that usually and eventually will spill over into your relationships.

So the need to work on being content with yourself as to not be a hindrance in a relationship by constantly needing attention or reassurance from those insecurities or codependency is beneficial in a healthy relationship…

When it says to “Love your neighbor as yourself” first you have to love yourself so that you can be effective in loving someone else, you can’t take care of someone else if you don’t care for yourself because your interests are always focused on self and the dissatisfaction you have for yourself.

You are so worried about what you look like, or act like, is my hair in place, does my butt look fat, what are they going to think of me,… blah blah blah,… ya know what?

Nobody really cares! Not being rude but everybody has enough to think about, much less be concerned with everything you think is wrong with you.

So being filled with self-worry or self-concern that you don’t have any room for anything or anybody outside of your insecurities because basically, they take most of your time.

To be honest, are selfish, any negative self-awareness that you generate outward, towards anyone else is a display of selfishness.

When you are completely secure with yourself (healthy self-love) then you are free to just be yourself without the hindrances and are then able to give of yourself instead of demand from others to “make you happy” or reassure your insecurities.

The only way to fix that is to rely on the way God himself thinks of you and then believe it, don’t wait for the feelings to come before you start to believe it, because they won’t. & the only way you are going to find out what God thinks of you is to read the words directly by him, for you to take straight to the heart.

The word “Believe” in scripture is a verb, an action word, something to tangibly take ahold of and make it a part of your life as if it already exists.

A conviction based off of faith and not the way you feel at any given moment.

So when it says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE, when it says he loves you, BELIEVE THAT HE DOES, & belief is a conviction, not a feeling.

And when it says to believe, don’t hesitate, from that moment on, to start living it as fact and not something that will come to you eventually.

Yes it will “feel” awkward and not true, but ignore that like dropping objects while learning to juggle, just pick them back up and keep going until it becomes a part of your life. Until it becomes a good habit.

If you wait for the feelings you will never experience that freedom.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Thought Provoking

 

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Search

If you search for truth, morality, spirituality, goodness, peace, righteousness, joy, & happiness without Jesus, it will be all separate and in vein.
But if you only search for Jesus alone, you find it all and in one complete package in Him.
Let go of everything this world has to offer, it will never completely satisfy with any depth.

It can be a narrow, challenging, lonely pathway but in the end will be more than worth it.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Tid Bits

 

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Coming to the Truth

    Their are world views that have twisted the so called truth to fit whatever they choose to believe it should be, according to individual beliefs and has adopted a form of “spirituality” that gives them a false sense of security in whatever they want to call “god.” (small g). Their truth says that God is loving & forgiving so he will forgive me at the end of it all. A loving father does love unconditionally, however if that same father let you do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted to do it without rules or consequences, then that same father just turned from loving to wicked. (anyone that is a parent should understand that)  Don’t be deceived into believing that there are no consequences.There is room for everyone in the “true church” but only if they come to an understanding that when they get in there that THEY have to change to fit what The creator God lays out for them to follow. Otherwise you have just created one of your own religions, which is exactly why there are so many religions. But it is not about all “religions” that need to be accepted into one believe, It’s about one God that wants everyone to willingly accept Him and His ways, not man made rules and religions and their ways.There are two different ways of coming to the “truth“.

(1). You have already came to the conclusion that you know what you want to believe based on your own convictions and believes,… So you seek out whatever and whoever believes the same thing you do to confirm your believes. So, that is exactly what you will find. Whoever will tickle your itching ears of what you WANT the truth to be.  2 Timothy 4: 1-4

(2). You search for the truth, no matter what YOU have to DO or CHANGE when you finally find it. Sometimes when you find the truth you won’t like it. Normally 9 times out of 10 the truth hurts and is hard to swallow.So come to your own conclusions, do you feel all warm and fuzzy when someone tells you what you want to hear or does it rub you the wrong way…? One leads to destruction and the other leads to life. One is hard and one is easy.  Matthew 7: 13, 14

If you want to share your opinions about who God is and what He wants everyone to do, then please read the book that He inspired, so as to not lead others down the path of destruction.

If you were the owner of a company and one of your employees showed up to work one day and just decided to do whatever they wanted to do and not follow the rules that you have clearly laid out for them, even though you were a generous and loving owner and gave them many chances, how long would you just let them completely defy you and do whatever they wanted to do without you doing anything?

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22,23

This verse is for the people that claim to be “Christians” in theory & in personal “spirituality” but not in true heart.

I am not condemning anybody, but through a moral obligation,… I am simply expressing a heartfelt conviction to reveal the actual truth that is plainly printed in scripture, the warnings are very plain and clear to those that choose to seek the truth, but some speak about “Christianity, or Spirituality” that are grouse misrepresentations of nothing more than a self proclaimed, “I am the master of my own ship” attitude, that “I” know what is best for “me” because it feels good or right in “my” own eyes & that, my friends, is a dangerous road to be on.

Would you go to a doctor if that “self proclaimed” doctor has never studied medicine?
Be careful who you influence if your influence is not authentic…

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Romans 12:2

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Thought Provoking

 

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Judge Not

JudgeNotDo not Judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Matthew 7: 1
We are all sinners, no one is beyond the massive list of faults that we tend to heap on the people we are upset with or think that they have done us wrong. Our first reaction is usually to list off what it was that they did to us in a manner of looking down on them for doing the same things that we have done ourselves, either to the person that did it to us or to someone else in our past. So if we sit back and take a very hard, deep look at ourselves we WILL find that we fit into the same category as the one’s we have just shoved in there. Which the passage above clearly warns about. So be careful…

  • If you judge someone for lying,… you will be judged a lair.
  • If you judge someone for stealing,… you will be judged a thief.
  • If you judge someone for hypocrisy,… you will be judged a hypocrite.
  • If you judge someone for unfairness to you,… you will be judged for being unfair.
  • etc. etc. etc.

The list can go for miles, so the next time you have the urge to complain about someone doing something to you, first throw it into the pile of offenses that we have done ourselves. If we get a match for doing the same things,…  Leave it in the pile, hang your head in humility, ask forgiveness from the Lord and live in peace.

If we still find ourselves stubborn and say that “I have never done that to anyone”,…  think again, and continue to think until you do find that you have. Maybe not exactly how they have done it to you, but in another form or action you will find that you are just as guilty.

There are usually two different responses to the information above and they are;

  1. Being additionally judgmental and furious with these truths.
  2. Being convicted and humbled for it.

If we find ourselves in #1. and are fighting the truth, we are refusing to let go of, either past hurts from others, or our own insecurities that someone might just be getting away with something that “you” think should be in a different category as you, and still deserves your ( or Gods ) vengeance.

If you have chosen #2. then you will experience peace through humility and usually a desire for reconciliation will follow.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Thought Provoking

 

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Absolute Truth

gavel1     If you live by your own rules, they will constantly change when you change.  If you don’t have an established set of morals or a solid line drawn, you will constantly be redefining your line, which will be driven farther away from the “absolute truth”.
If you don’t base your absolutes off of an already established set of morals, life will become more “dark” and you will always justify your behavior by comparing yourself to someone that is worse than you. The worse you get, the more you expand your justifications to the next person that is worse yet, and so on until you are at a place that you said you would never be. You keep moving your line farther and farther, so you must draw your line off of an already made set of absolutes, made by the creator of life Himself,… One that knows the outcome of everything, one who is perfect, looking out for your best interest, so you don’t keep slipping further and further away from the “absolute truth”. If you base your standards off of His laws you can NOT go wrong.

Man is susceptible to imperfection so if you even base your morals off of man made rules, you still have chosen to follow a set of rules that are tainted from the start. Unless they have based their rules off of the absolute truths of the creator through scripture.
There has to be a starting point for everything. Like at a track meet, if the runners were aloud to make their own rules everybody would be starting wherever they wanted, running across the field for a short cut,  taking one step back and one step forward to cross the finish line without running all the way around the track, everything would be chaos, & confusion. Human nature always gravitates to the path of least resistance. But what suffers in this thinking are morals, ethics, and pretty much everything else that is “right”.

Building a house has to start with a foundation, or the house will crumble. Vacations have to start with some kind of planning or you end up lost. Businesses need a business plan or that business would fail soon after it started. The list is endless on sets of guidelines,… rules for optimal performance, structure, best results, etc. things are constantly being improved by those guidelines. Everything in life has a starting point for progress and success, but when it comes to rules and guidelines for the same, as applied to human existence, people go on a free for all,… truth is arbitrary, there are no absolutes, you make your own truths. But if you apply that way of thinking to anything else in life, everyone would think you’re ridiculous.

Morality shouldn’t have an adjustment level or knob to put it wherever you want it according to your feelings on any given day.
Like big businesses that step on the backs of others to gain their wealth, they justify it by saying they gave them jobs, etc. it’s always explained away so they will feel better about themselves, but if they put themselves in the shoes of the people their stepping on, they would feel different. (love your neighbor as yourself)
Pin yourself to the board of morality through absolute truth, laid out by the standards of God Himself.

In anything in life that “man” does it’s always made sense to follow guidelines, rules, regulations, charts, graphs, and everything else in the spectrum of life’s adventures, but when it comes to Christianity people that force themselves not to believe, through everything that makes sense everywhere else,,, somehow twist things all up in a ball of non commitment, all because they don’t want to let go of their lifestyle that essentially will lead them to a place where they don’t want to go.

If you find yourself defining your own “good” so the definition of bad loses its edge,  anything outside of your own definition of goodness is your definition of “bad” which is usually compared to someone “YOU” deem is worse or more evil than you are, so it makes it easier to see yourselves as “a good person”. But if you sharpen your standard of right and wrong, good and bad up against the stone of the word of God then you will be able to cut through the lies that spread like gangrene through life’s deceitful little diseases.  Such as,… if your good enough, God will let you into Heaven. What is true on the contrary is that no one is a good person compared to Gods definition, so He made it open to everyone to receive eternal life, not just the ones that may or may not have the strength to do good things, by doing that, He leveled the playing field. He is not willing that anyone should perish.

Judging our behavior by a Moral compass,… We can’t say one day that north is in this direction and the next it’s in a different direction…  We need an anchor point that we can always go back to as a starting point or a guide line to always re-focus on. So there is no backwards change in our behavior. It always strives to achieve perfection through grace & mercy.

These days it’s not about right or wrong it’s about finding the best lawyer to “FIND” you right no matter what the truth is. The justification is now fabricated down to who has the most money to win a case and not actually accepting the blame for your actions and dealing with it.

A good way to judge right and wrong is to dream of a “perfect” world for “you”. How would you want people to treat you, would you want a harem, slaves, all the money from everyone else etc.
Now reverse it to, if someone else wished the same thing and you were part of their harem to use you as they wished, you were the slave, or they took all your money etc. would you like the way they were treating you if what you wished for was somehow transferred to the people you had in your dream as being where you placed yourself.
Or would you choose something that if reversed would also be good for you putting the shoe on the other foot. If what you wish for is equally good for everyone else as it is for you than you are on the right track.
You wouldn’t steal, because you don’t want to be stolen from. You wouldn’t lie, because you wouldn’t want to be lied to. You wouldn’t kill, because you don’t want to die. You wouldn’t treat someone bad, because you would want to be treated well. You would trust, because you want to be trusted. Tell me when this is sounding familiar.  Does this sound like any other document that a lot of people are trying to abolish because it stands for what they deem to be religious, as if it doesn’t apply to them.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Thought Provoking

 

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