Joy & Peace in the Unknown

I feel lead to share what I experienced last night……I have been seeking God over a particular issue in my life forever it seems like….I have been seeking understanding and knowledge of it….last night as I asked for this knowledge once again…..God asked me why I was seeking this knowledge and what I thought this knowledge would do……I answered that the knowledge would give me a better understanding of the issue and that I could use that understanding to resolve or change the issue….God’s response was beyond words, what I mean is God gifted me a experience that I will attempt to share with words…..the experience was knowing the issue is resolved and that the only knowledge I need is the knowledge of who I AM……the knowledge that I AM one with God and that I can not fail…..I do not need details…..I do not need answers or understanding……I can just rest in not knowing and not operating from the knowledge of good and evil……be at peace beloved…..your servant….Shalom…..

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Organic, Alive, Undefined….

God…..God…..God……can not be defined……I have a brother who often says to me God is always speaking to us…..the question my mind formulates from that statement is…” then why do I spend so much time seeking and not hearing,,,,,” I imagine the reasons are as complex and diverse as the people reading these words….a reason God has recently shown me is in my defining of God……whatever definition my beliefs say that God is can limit my ablity to hear God…..so…..from that I have felt God leading me into letting go of defining…….it sound strange……almost kaotic…..like how do I worship and serve something that I can’t define…..a better analogy how can I hit a moving target……God respounded to that question….” why do you want a definition or a stationary target that you can hit……a stationary target, unchanging and clearly defined, is this not a God that can serve you rather than you serving it…..if I AM where definable would it be necasary for you to seek and be in relationship……could you not just operate seperate from me if I was a defined abstract thing such as a target to hit…..”

Love you dearly brothers and sisters……beyond words…..hope you are at peace and in relationship with a living God…….your servant…..
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Updates…..we are one….be at peace

Holy cow has time flown by……sorry I haven’t been in contact recently…..my last day at John A VanDenBosch Company was Dec. 24th……since leaving I have been busier than I ever imagined I could be……what have I been up to…,,for starters, being a engaged and involved dad of three awesome, complex, and unique girls from ages 7 to 17, lot’s of work but so worth it………I have been working on my e-bay business…….lot’s of work but I am seeing the fruits of my labor, and I am not going to lie it is great working from home…..I also took a trip to visit my Grandma in Ky…….so sweet to see her at peace in this stage of life……

God……well all the updates I have shared are God of course…..the reality that I live, breathe and have my being in Christ is thriving through my soul and conscienceness…..it’s so beautiful……I was thinking about prayer this morning and the unity I am realizing with God makes it difficult to seperate myself from God to pray to God…..it’s strange and even sounds stranger as I write these words….yet I am experiencing it……be at peace brothers and sisters…..your servant…..
 

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

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Unity In Diversity…..LOVE

Good Morning Brothers,Sister,Humans,Beings, and Others for those whom self identify in a way I am unaware of……Unity in Diversity…..we are one…..God is bringing me down this path of learning about how we are one with God and each other…..it is a intresting & challenging idea and one that is not only more than my mind can comprehend but it is also a teaching that is erroding belief systems that were once the bedrock of what I thought God was and whom I thought I was……and at this point I feel lead to share a experience I had yesterday morning………I woke up around 5:00 am….. I was wide awake, after only sleeping for a few hours……my intial instinc was to try to go back to sleep……I tried to do so however my mind wouldn’t co-operate with my body’s desire for rest…..I found myself sitting on the edge of my bed in a foul mood……upset due to lack of sleep, and there where also a few people that I was frustrated with…….. I got up and went to our living room …… I sat on the floor and decided to do some muscle stretches and clear my mind…….as I did God  broght to mind a person whom I was frustrated with……..(for the sake of sharing the experience I will use a faktishish character, Timmy, I do not know a Timmy and if you do this is not him) …… God asked….” Do you love Timmy”…..I responded, Lord you know I love Timmy…..then God asked me…”How do you love Timmy…..” the question caused me to pause……God then asked….” How would you like to love Timmy”…..I answered ” I want to love Timmy as myself”…..God respounded with this…” What if you were Timmy, if you were Timmy how would you want to be dealt with in regaurds to the situation you are frustrated with” ….  I answered instantly ” that is a imposible question to answer, I do not experience as Timmy experiences, I could only tell you how I would want to be dealt with in this scenario……the way I would want to be dealt with may do nothing or have no value to Timmy”…..God’s response ” How would I love Timmy in this scenario….” I answered ” Perfectly, just as Timmy needs to be loved…” and God responded…”  Then you love Timmy that way ” ….. I said…” not possible” God then asked me….” Do you believe we are one? ” ……”You know I do…” then God summarized and answered what was on my mind…….” in your mind this seems impossible,  viewing yourself seperate from me, in that mentality it is absolutely imposible to Love like this……however in Me……beliving( Faith) that you are one with me, and that all that is was created or rather is created from the substance of  me ( i.e. my breath, my essence, my word, my being) then by extention you are also one with Timmy and all beings, as Timmy is also one with you…….you don’t have to think about it, you don’t have to figure it out….just be in unity and this Love will flow naturally out of you….. then God gave me a illastration that clarified the teaching that I was receiving…….be at peace friends……your servant…SMF…..

If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 

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Be at Peace……Dwell in the Secret Place……

What is new  my friends…….I am striving to stay in the secret place of God…the hidden place……which we all have access to but most, myself included, live this life blind to…….for me, the cares, worries and things of this world often distract me from whom I am……from the peace of God that dwells richly on the earth……that can’t be earned or taken away…..it’s neat as I awaken once again and walk back to the secret place I am aware of the deception that so easily carries me away from being…….for me, often times it is relationships, circumstances, etc…….and in the moment I see these things, people, events as separate from me and so I separate from whom I am and leave the secret place mentally…..and in these moments I feel emotions other than peace, Joy, Security……as I experience these things I ask the Father….which is me and is you and is all that is created…..why am I once again in this place…..this foreign land if you will……the nice thing now is I don’t see it as a vicous circle that I once did…..in the theology of sin and choices and free will and viewing myself in a back slidden place…..in a place of the damned rather than the redeemed…..now that place doesn’t exist,  I actually am existing less and less and Christ, God, Father, Buddah, Zen, Mother Earth, Higher Power, Holy Spirit, Etc……what ever label you want to put on the I AM is all that there is……like those of you whom read the bible are familiar with it….

Galatians 2:19-21New Living Translation (NLT)

19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Have a great night my brothers and sisters……be at peace…..you are thae apple of God’s eye…..you are perfectly imperfect…..one with God….one with those whom pursecute you and with those whom bless you…..SMF…….

James 1:2-4New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

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How Are You

Yesterday I had a friend ask this question of me…….and it felt great…..it caused me to feel value…..so I am asking this of everyone reading this……I am not asking like a shallow expression of ” how’s the weather….” I am asking it in Love……how are you……I value you and your life…..feel safe to share…….you matter…….you are highly valued…….beloved brothers and sisters…..be at peace and have a great day…… your servant

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Question to Ponder : God’s Love

Is God’s Love unconditional…..seems like a easy question…..for me it was complex and over the past 4 years God has brought me to a simple yes……and has given me the challenge to Love you as I am loved by God……

A few thoughts if you care to read and explore this question as I have :
1. When God first asked me this question, I would say “yes, however we serve a righteous God whom is 100% pure and because of that God has to reject or separate himself from that which is impure or sinful……”  and God’s push back to me would be, if that is true, then is my love unconditional……to which I would have to say no…..and then God would ask me if I believe if that is true….to which I would say no…..something deep down in my heart tells me your love is unconditional……when God got me to the point where I actually believed in the unconditional love of God, God has been able to teach me much from this launching point…..
2. After I became aware of God’s unconditional Love towards me……God challenged me to Love others as I am loved…….initially I had this joy and excitement in extending this beautiful gift….I still do at times……however there are times where I am challenged by this…….like when I am re-jected by my brothers or sisters….or when I offend and that offense cause push back……many reading these words have been offended by me……many reading this have chosen to partially or completely separate from me……to be transparent, there separation was causing me to doubt that I could continue to Love those whom didn’t return it……God refilled my sails this morning and I will continue…..e-mails and encouragement to be in relationship with a living God will continue to come to you from me…..
Be at peace brothers and sisters…..your servant…..shalom……
Matt 5 : 38-48

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [punishment that fits the offense].’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights];but whoever [a]slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also [simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise]. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, [b]let him have your coat also[for the Lord repays the offender]. 41 And whoever [c]forces you to go one mile, go with him two.42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow man) and hate your enemy.’44 “But I say to you, [d]love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous[the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]. 46 For if you love [only] those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers [wishing them God’s blessing and peace], what more [than others] are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles[who do not know the Lord] do that? 48 You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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