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“The Christian Trail of Tears”

PART ONE

How long did it take?

 Who began to realize it first?

That would have been the “Visionaries”.

Who finally admitted it last?

That would have been those who live in “denial”.

Every group has them. Every culture has their Visionaries, Realist, and those who live in Denial. I’m sure the Native American Indians were no different. From this point on I will not type out Native American, I will simply say Indian, but you will know who I mean.

The question I am asking is, at what point did the Indian nation realize that the country they had loved was never going to be the same?

At what point did they realize they had passed the Point-of-no-Return?

How many refused to see even to the very end, with the “Trail of Tears” almost upon them?

How could we have done that to them? It is amazing how capable the human mind is to “rationalize” anything we do. So the indian, the Cherokee, the Choctaws, and so on, did not believe you could “own” nature? They did not believe you could own the river, the tree, the earth, and the sky? I guess that means they don’t own it. They do not have white-man papers of legal ownership. We “do” believe you can own the river, the tree, the earth, and the sky. So we will take it! We will buy it cheap or run them out. We will stake out our land, provide legal white-man papers of ownership, and then it is rightfully ours.

At what point did the indian realize that the country they had loved was never going to be the same, and that they had lost it?

When the PNR, (point-of-no-return), was passed, how many of them understood it was gone? How many still fought on, clung to hope, lived in denial? However, the journey of the Trail of Tears finally came, and the visionary, the realist, and those in denial, finally wept, suffered, and died together.

The process of “cultural transformation”, proposed by George Washington and Henry Knox, was gaining momentum. The “Indian Removal Act” was established in 1830, and by 1837, 46,000 indians had been removed, thereby opening up 25 million acres for white settlement.

The forced relocation of the indians gathered them from southeastern parts of our country and marched them across land to the eastern parts of Oklahoma. Many died in the process, from exposure, disease, and starvation. 4000 of the 15,000 Cherokee died. 17,000 Choctaws were moved with 2,500 to 6,000 of them dying on the Trail of Tears.

The wild buffalo, the bow and arrow, the freedom to roam, the teepee, the indian villages, fishing the rivers, hunting the deer, running the wooded paths, and taming the wild horse, riding bare-back, all was about to change. They had their culture, their way of life, their religion, the Great Spirit, the White Buffalo Woman, the vision of Crazy Horse, prayer cloths, and so on. All of it destined to change forever with the coming of the white man.

The Visionary would have seen it first. They would have begun to warn the people! How many believed and how many laughed? Eventually the realist would have began to recognize a danger was building, and perhaps the visionaries could be right, but those who live in denial would have continued to deny the impending doom. Even if battles began to break forth they would have denied that they would lose, and that a tremendous “cultural transformation” was upon them! But upon the Trail of Tears, the visionary, realist, and the denier, would finally be as one.

George W. Harkins had a Choctaw mother and a European American father. His uncle on his mother’s side was Chief of the Choctaws. He, himself, had been educated at Centre College in Danville Kentucky, and had a Law degree from Cumberland University. He was quoted as saying this:

“We as Choctaws rather choose to suffer and be free, than live under the degrading influence of laws, which our voice could not be heard in their formation.”

“…which our voice could not be heard in their formation.” Some indians did choose to remain with the white-man, intermingle, compromise, and try to adapt. 5,000 to 6,000 Choctaws remained in Mississippi.

However, the question haunts me…”when” did the Native American Indian realize America was changing, transforming, their world disappearing before their very eyes, never to be the same again?

Why does the question haunt me?

Because I already know, and I have known for some time, my America is changing, transforming, disappearing before my very eyes, never to be the same again.

I have been one to fight it, and I will continue to do so, but I believe we are past the Point-of-no-Return.

No, I’m not just talking about the deficit. That 16 trillion dollars is only one facet of many I could mention, and I intend to do so. First, let me be plain, I am a Christian, and I now stand in the place of the long-ago indian, watching the country I have loved disappearing before my very eyes. My chosen way of life is in danger. Perhaps you disagree? Perhaps you do not see? Does that make me the visionary?

No one is forcing me on a Trail of Tears, yet, but my heart already weeps for what I see.

I wonder when the first time is that it was said that America is a Post-Christian nation? I do not recall hearing it before, until the last few years, and I have heard it several times since then. President Obama stood in a foreign nation and declared that America is not a Christian nation. I do not find fault with his statement. We have always had the presence of other religions and faiths in this country, and we have always been a country of freedom of religion. No Christian of any understanding is going to force their faith on another person, as we tried to do to the American Indian. However, the America of the past had a strong sense of Judaic Christian morality!

The foundation of this country, even with all of its mixture of good and bad, was Judaic Christian! But I agree with Obama, it is no more! A Nativity scene of the Christ child is not even allowed on most of our courthouse lawns anymore. And the Ten Commandments? Who can even name most of them? Right and wrong? We don’t need the Bible for that, it is just a book written by men. Here is the America of the past, James Madison, quoted in a speech, 1778:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future…upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Federal buildings in Washington D.C. were used as Churches, and Thomas Jefferson attended one three days after his famous letter to the Baptist “supposedly” declaring the Church has no business in government!

“…not upon the power of government, far from it.”

Yes, this is the America of the PAST.

I decided to make this a two-part article. I am not trying to say that those who are changing our country do not have the right to legally do so, but I am saying that the “America the Beautiful” that I believe in, has been sliding down a slippery slope for quite a while, and I believe has passed the point-of-no-return. My wife and I were eating at a Steak and Shake when a couple of men decided to start kissing. Did they have the right to do that? Yes, but that did not stop it from ruining my meal, and if they are going to do that in public, then I still have the right to say I believe it is a sin and very wrong!

We have been on a slippery slope for too long! My mom and dad never had to deal with such a thing in the America they loved, now I do, and what will my children deal with as we continue to slide? Perhaps you say I should change, but I will not. I will not be one of the indians who avoided the Trail of Tears by giving up their ways and compromising with the white-man. As George Harkins said:

“We as Choctaws rather choose to suffer and be free, than to live under the degrading influence of laws…”

I will be free in my soul!

The indians fought a battle of bows and arrows against guns and rifles. The old against the new. The “old ways” against the “new ways”. However, that was a physical battle, and this is spiritual. I will have more to say on that in Part Two. But I do wonder how many see what I see?

Are there any Realist Christians out there who would agree we are a Post Christian nation? If so, do you realize what that means for us? Have you given it any thought? If we are not Post Christian, then how do you explain the moral direction of this country? The mother’s womb is no longer sacred? What is this world I now find myself living in?

Did the Choctaw struggle with owning the river, the tree, and the earth? Did he miss the feel of his leather covered foot running upon a wooded path, or the bare back of the horse beneath him? Did his heart break with the loss of these freedoms, the world he loved because he was a Choctaw indian! Do not fault me for what I love as a Christian! If you are not one then you do not know! The world I grew up in was still pretty safe for children, my dad’s time even safer, but my grandchildren? Do not fault me for what I love as a Christian. I do not like the direction things are going. I read the leaves on the trees. Children are in greater danger in every way. Something is not right in the heart of man!

Where do you see this country going in the next ten years? Will the Bible be more important? Or less?

Am I the only Christian, that even as I fight, there is weeping in my heart? (Stay tuned for Part Two. Feel free to leave comments.)

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“I’m not an Animal”

I was having a discussion with a friend recently, about evolution. We are friends in spite of our differences, even as this discussion was once again confirming. Of course he mentioned the similarities of man to ape and how there is only like one chromosome difference. I told him that didn’t mean anything, dogs are very similar to cats in many ways, but that don’t mean a dog came from a cat, or vise versa. Or a horse from a cow. We went round and round a little bit. I mentioned that supposedly Darwin himself questioned his theory towards the end of his life. He said that was a lie, he never did. I did a little research and learned it was Lady Hope who made the claim, a very religious and devout woman who did not have a track record of lying, but Darwin’s family flat-out denies the claim, and therefore, we just don’t know, but I did learn that Darwin was quoted in his latter days saying this in 1879:

“I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of God.”(Is that taught in our schools along with the theory?)

It was after our discussion that I realized it is really not about physical similarities, chromosomes, how smart an ape might be capable of becoming, not even if he learns algebra and builds a house one day. Scripturally speaking, it has nothing to do with any of that. It was one of those “aha!” moments for me. A sudden revelation, and once again, I learned something.

God gives us the answer way back in the beginning, in Genesis. I will try to condense this for the sake of speed, but I don’t think you will have any problem following what I’m about to say. The first point is that Genesis chapter one makes it very plain that God made every animal “after his kind”. This is repeated over and over. Example:

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” (Gen. 1:24)

This phrase, “after his kind”, is spoken over and over and over again, until it comes time to create man, and then very different words are used. Now God says:

“And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness:…” (Gen 1:26a)

No. This is not yet my point. Here is what really happened, in detail, when God created man. (Gen. 2:7)

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,… and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;… and he became a living soul.”

Notice three steps! Not one or two, but three! 1.) His body formed from the dust of the ground. 2.) Breathes into his nostrils the breath of life! This is where God is imparting “spirit” into Adam! Life! 3.) And he became a living “soul”! There is no record of anything like this with any animal. Now add to this to what Jesus said in (Matt. 16:26):

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

So what am I saying here? The part that makes man different is the possession of an eternal “SOUL”! And Jesus said, don’t lose your soul! We are made in the image of God, three parts, body, spirit, and “soul”! Both the body of man and animals go back to the dust of the earth, it is the soul that makes man “not an animal”.

Now this led to some interesting spiritual conclusions as I continued to follow this line of thinking. It is Satan who wants to reduce man to living like animals. The flesh, in all of its forms, the lust of the flesh, can so easily lead man astray from following his soul after God, to living in his flesh like an animal. If there was ever a doctrine spawned from hell to convince man he is an animal, it is the “THEORY” of evolution.

It is the “soul” that makes man “not an animal”!

Lust is the way of the animal and love is the way of God. True love leads to commitment between two people, animal lust leads to sex for the sake of sex, not love. To convince me of evolution, you would have to prove I have no “soul” to lose, or that an ape does have a soul. It is not about anything physical, it is about everything spiritual.

Man can live like an animal if he wants to, and lose his soul. I have seen people who live that way. Most people, because they have a soul and conscience, try not to live as an animal even if they may think they evolved from one. The soul in us makes a difference even when we don’t believe in it! But Jesus said, don’t lose your soul.

It is not about anything physical, it is about everything spiritual!

Romans chapter one adds a very interesting light to this.  I’ll use “Revised Standard Version” for simpler understanding.

(Romans 1:22-23) “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.”

Man wanting to be animals is not new. It goes way back. But as a result of the previous verse, the next two verses become even more interesting. First I want to look at verse 25, and then we will add verse 24 to it.

(vrs 25) “because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served the CREATURE rather than the CREATOR, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

And so here we are again, with a large number of our population wanting to serve the “creature”, rather than our “Creator”. We believe in the “creature”! We do not believe in the “Creator”, nor will we serve him!     (Now for verse 24.)

(vrs 24)Therefore God gave them up in the lust of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,…”

(vrs 28) “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.” ( The King James says “reprobate” mind.)

(vrs 26) “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged the natural relations for unnatural, and men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.”

Yes, we can choose to live like animals. It is not the way God created us, nor is it his desire for us, but to not live as an animal means we are willing to accept certain rules of conduct. Did you notice that refusing to acknowledge God as our Creator lead people towards unnatural sexual behaviour? Yes, this would include homosexuality. Is this a sign of our time? Is this why so many people claim to be born this way? Is it just coincidence that the more we seem to deny the existence of God, the more we seem to see an increasing amount, and an increasing boldness in homosexual behaviour, to do that which is against nature?

The Bible instructs us to walk in the Spirit, not the flesh. (Galatians 5:16-17)

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.”

They are opposed to each other! King James says they are contrary to each other. There is a portion of our society who will look for any excuse to justify their animal behaviour. God is completely against us living as animals. The whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation is about man not being an animal and not living as an animal! They were made after their kind! (Genesis 1!) We have in us the seed to be the children of God! Animals do not have that! They would trade with us in an instant if they had the chance! What a great gift to be made in the image of God and we would throw it away to say we are just a bunch of highly evolved apes? No thanks! I know a bum deal when I see one! The devil offers his deals in a very pretty package, but what’s inside is rotten to the core!

No. I don’t care if apes learn to wear clothes and talk on facebook, the answer does not lie in the physical, the answer lies in the spirit, something called a soul. Jesus said, do not lose your soul. Do not choose to be an animal. Do not choose the creation over the Creator. So once again we are back to “faith”. We are forced to come to God in spirit, or not at all. We are forced to listen to that still voice inside and decide what we believe is true. I cannot “prove” mine, and you cannot “prove” yours. We will come to God in Spirit and in truth, or we will not come to him at all, and we will lose our soul, and then we can be the animal we wanted to be.

I choose to honor my Creator and not be an animal, and therefore not live as an animal. I choose to walk after the Spirit in my life, and choose the “high road”, that leads to much better things. I choose to live by certain rules of conduct, and seek higher things in my spiritual potential. Animals do not have spiritual potential. They are what they are and animals will be in heaven. The lion will lie down with the lamb, but they will never be the Bride of Christ!

So the next time I’m at the zoo, I will look deep into the eyes of an ape and I will say, “I am not you, and you are not me. Praise God!”

 

 

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“Truck Driving”

Just putting out the word that my “Truck Driving” story has been picked up by a new blog magazine just starting out. The name of the magazine is : “The WordExpress Weekly”. It is a very open forum in which a wide spectrum of perspectives are allowed as long as it is presented in a respectful fashion. Open minds and open discussion is welcome there. Donald Miller started the blog magazine, and he is a man of wide-ranging knowledge and interest.

At this time, I seem to be the main Christian voice amongst the writers. This magazine is a platform, and a potential portal to a wide open field of people. It is a wonderful opportunity to have such a platform, but if God’s cowboy fails to prove his worth, if Christian people are not interested enough to support a Christian voice on this magazine, then this cowboy will pack his own saddlebags and ride on. It is the cowboy way.

Again, I stress, this is a wonderful opportunity for a Christian voice. I ask that when you go there, go there with complete “respect” for each writer. Conduct yourself as Jesus himself would. People have reasons for what they believe. We should respect that. And with, “reasonable reasoning”, sometimes a mind can be changed. But creating a “Holy War”, as Donald likes to say, is not likely to accomplish anything!

My “Truck Driving” story is actually a tale of two truckers just starting out in the new career. These are two separate stories that I weave together. It includes going to truck driving school and the whole works. If you have ever wondered what it is like to pursue this career path, well, that’s what my story is. It can be found at wordexpressweekly.wordpress.com. Thank you for your support.

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“One Crazy Bird” / Tumbler Pigeons

I watched the pigeons circling round and round over and over in a swishing flock of wooshing wings. (Try saying that 3x’s fast.) I was young then. It is a memory of my youth. The pigeons kept flying in a big circle over our small farm, with our bright red barn as the epicenter. It was a beautiful sun shinning day with a bright blue sky. I don’t remember any clouds, but I do remember when the first bird went crazy. No, make that three birds went crazy!

“Dad, what in the world is wrong with your birds? Why are they falling out of the sky, tumbling head over heels, and then suddenly catching themselves and rejoining the flock?”

“They’re supposed to do that, son. They are Tumbler Pigeons. They tumble.”

They are supposed to do that?” I questioned. “Who told them they are supposed to do that? Did God tell them?”

“I guess it would have to be God. It’s just the way they fly,” he answered.

“That’s one crazy bird, dad. Very cool though.”

I don’t know if that conversation ever happened, but it could have, or should have, but somewhere along the way, my dad finally let his pigeons out, and when he did, they put on a show.

My dad is now eighty years old and I would call him the “Tumbler Pigeon Man”. As a matter of fact he even took a tumble off that barn a few years ago, lucky to have survived, and his feet still give him troubles. However, this is not about my “tumble dad”, it is about his “Tumble Pigeons”, for I see a great lesson in them.

In my fifth grade we moved to a small farm of seventy-five acres. Around my seventh grade dad began building a large screen pin connected to a chicken coop we had. Soon he came home with a few of these pigeons and explained they could not be let out until they had a few babies. Once the pigeons considered this their home they could be let out to fly, and they would not leave, but would come back in to roost  every night. So I waited, not really expecting it to be all that exciting to see a few pigeons flying around. What’s the big deal, anyway? They’re just pigeons, right?

Well, I did not know that these birds were “crazy kamikaze pigeons”! They are now housed in our big red barn, and once they all get out they begin to fly in a flock in big circles round and round the property. When the flock passes over you can even hear their wings swooshing in the air! It really is cool, but adding to that is their various color combinations and the fact they like to suddenly flip head -over-heels and start falling out of the sky! What a crazy bird! 99.9% of the time they pull out of it before hitting ground, but every once in a while, for some reason, a pigeon does not pull out, crashes into the ground, and dies of a broken neck. Very sad, yes.

I did not know these birds were “crazy kamikaze pigeons”!

Having grown up watching these birds, I cannot help but realize that most of us have been a Tumbler Pigeon in our life at one time or another, perhaps even more than once. We all know what it is like to feel like you have lost control and you’re just falling head-over-heels out of the sky, hoping something straightens you out before hitting ground! Two birds that the Bible compares people to are the sparrow, and the eagle. A pigeon would rate somewhere a little above sparrow, but far short of eagle.

God’s word says he has plans for us.> “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

God offers us a powerful life in the Spirit. This is a supernaturall offer. The sparrow represents life in the flesh, or a carnal Christian, one who fails to grow in Spirit, but remains carnal. The Tumbler Pigeon? I’m not sure what they represent except all of us who go crazy sometimes, or our life has gone crazy and now we’re tumbling! God offers to rescue and put us on a path of “peace“. Through spiritual law, peace and order can be brought to our lives. I call it the “Position of Power and Peace”, but now we are talking about the eagle!  The eagle ties in with God’s supernatural!

God’s word says it this way.> “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

God has a plan for our life and it is not for us to remain as sparrows or Tumble Pigeons. He has an eagle’s path for those willing to tread it. It is a supernatural path. Isaiah 40:31 is very supernatural in its description. Yes, it requires training and willingness to learn in order to live in the high places of the eagle. “The Position of Power and Peace” is the reward of being willing to live an uncommon life on a faraway spiritual mountain.

Now to put a cowboy spin on this, the eagle is not a chicken!  Eagles like to eat snakes! They are natural enemies! The eagle likes to grab a snake, take it high up over a very hard rock and drop the snake! Eagles are not afraid of a spiritual vengeance trail! (As I wrote about before.) We are the hunters, not the prey! Because we know how to pray, we are not the prey! But you must pray like an eagle.

Because we know how to pray, we are not the prey! We are the hunter. The devil doesn’t want you to know that.

God offers us a powerful life in the Spirit. We don’t have to be Tumbler Pigeons. Fun as they are to watch, it is no fun to be one! There is a promise of mounting up with the wings of the eagle for those who lay hold of it. Let God show you how. Amen!

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“Why was Moses not allowed to enter the Promised Land?”

Was it because he broke the Ten Commandments? Was it because he got angry and allowed a bunch of Israelites to be slain that day? The question has been asked and to read my answer, simply click on “The Answer Man” button above and scroll down to “Question #2”!

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“Why faith?”

Why does God insist on faith rather than just proving himself? I just had to have an answer for that and I bugged God until I got something that seemed right. If you would like my take on this, simply click on “The Answer Man” button above. I like things simple. I’m not a facts and figures man by nature. I keep it as simple as I can. Maybe you will agree with me or not? Maybe you will have a thought of your own? In any case, welcome to J.C.C.!

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“The Answer Man” / Time tested opinions.

Recently, I had a question for a blog site that did not relate to what they had written. I tried to find a proper place to ask an unrelated question. I finally just had to attach it to their most recent post. Then I asked myself the question: “How would someone ask me an unrelated question if they wanted?” My answer was that they would have the same problem. “The Answer Man” is my attempt to fix that problem. I’ve added a page for questions pertaining to God, faith, and the Bible.

My answers come from fifty years of tugging at the hem of God’s garment. I’m not a college grad, I’m just a Seeker who is growing older every day, and along the way have learned a little about this favorite subject of mine, that is…everything spiritual. I’m also a person who wants to keep things “simple”. I believe we make everything way too complicated. My answers will be as simple as I can make them, what I call cowboy common sense.

Things of faith cannot be proven in a “physical” way, therefore, these are my best thought out “opinions”. Much of science has drifted into the area of “faith” also! Yes, it has. Evolution is way unproven. Darwin even may have doubted it. The Big Bang “Theory” is way unproven. Faith is faith no matter who speaks it. In this site I will RESPECT your OPINION. Please also RESPECT my OPINION. This page is simply for the sake of trying to help all true fellow seekers have honest discussion, and hopefully find more light.

So maybe you’re interested in what this old cowboy thinks, or maybe you are not, but at least if you do have a question, now it is easy to ask, and easy for me to answer. I’m very curious about how this page will do? Welcome to this cowboy’s site. I’m glad you dropped in. Wish I could hand you a cup of black coffee, but I’m afraid we haven’t advanced quite that far yet. Just give it another couple of years.

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“Weak Christianity”

I have noticed that unbelievers get very upset when a strong Christian upsets their apple cart that Christianity is for weak-minded individuals. After all, Christians are supposed to be weak, meek, and mild, right? They are supposed to be easy to out-wit and verbally beat-up. Does not most of our art work portray Jesus as weak, meek, and mild? A lamb of a man hanging helplessly upon a cross? Is not religion just a crutch for weak people who need a crutch? How many phrases could I say that unbelievers lob at Christians, a people who have faced death fearlessly over the ages, time and time again?

Enough of the phrases. We all know them.

Recently, very recently, I visited a site in which I am the living opposite of their perspective on God. The possibility that someone might be living what they say is not true was not welcome there. And even though I offered a reasonable debate, it soon degraded into accusations of hate speech and who insulted whose intelligence first? Somehow my question never got answered. My experience has been that when someone diverts the debate into accusations of hate, it is because they are out of ammo, and the accusations begin to fly so they can shut you down. It was their site, and out of respect for that, I did not press it, but it was made very plain to me I was not welcome back. What are they afraid of? A different perspective? Debate in the realm of ideas? Whose weak?

I think they saw I am not weak, and neither is Jesus.

I would like to take a moment to look at the weak, meek, and mild Jesus if I may. And if any of those people happen to be reading this, I hope they at least have the courage to read the whole argument. If they are weak, they will stop here. Did I catch you ready to stop?

First I would like to look at a few things Jesus said, before we actually consider the physical stature of Christ. I’m not going to explain these statements, I just want you to see how strong they were. Jesus said everything I am about to list.

1.)  “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”  (Matt. 10:34)

2.) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.”  (John 6:53)

Many people left him at that point. Did he try to explain? No. He turned to his disciples and said this.

3.) “Doth this offend you?” He says a few more hard things and then asks: “Will ye also go away?”

4.) “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

5.) To the religious leaders he said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres…”  (Matt 23:27)

6.) “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?”  (Matt. 12:34)

7.) He looked straight at Peter one time and said:”But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me…”

8.) “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”  (Matt 16:24)

9.) And then of course there was the “whip thing” in the temple.

And yes, this is the man who was willing to hang on a cross for us all. So before you’re too quick to judge God himself, perhaps you should reconsider.

Whether Christ was muscular, slim, or short and chubby, I cannot say, but he sure was strong! No weak man could have taken the beating he took, lost the blood he lost, and still be alive for the cross. And not only that, but how long did he hang there, before of his own will he gave up the ghost because it was the “exact proper time”? The devil so tried to kill him before the time of the slaying of the lamb by the high priest for Passover. But the man refused to die! The same man who earned a rough living as a carpenter, lifting and carrying large beams, and over threw heavy tables in the temple. The same man who fasted forty days in a wilderness. The same man rough fishermen, like Peter, greatly respected, and the same man who refused to die until it was time, even though they tried so hard. He took everything they dished out to him, without even striking back.

Now there is one last thing. The book of Revelation describes his appearance when he will return. He came the first time as the Lamb of God, but he comes the second time as the Lion of Judah. Revelation 19:11-16 gives the details, and one thing for sure, he is not coming back in weakness.

I have learned if you come across weak, the unbelievers just say: There goes another namby pamby Christian. So there is no winning with those who “refuse” to see. God has made me strong for a reason. At least if you come across strong, people either wake up or get mad. Either way, they remember you. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, what about the time Jesus said to the woman at the well: “Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidest thou truly.” The lady didn’t get mad…she woke up!

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“Vengeance Trail” / A dark horse.

 “For these are the ‘days of vengeance’, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”

Luke 21:22

The Apostle Paul was a man who should have had a lot of regrets. Perhaps his salvation in Christ so utterly cleansed him that he was able to completely forget his past deeds, but I doubt it. I don’t think his deeds haunted him in the way they do an unrepented person, but I do think he wanted to make amends as best he could. Something “drove” Paul like no other man. Was it the memory of holding people’s jackets as they stoned Stephen to death? Was it his own zealous hunting of Christians, rounding them up to be slain? Hunter of the Christ followers, zealous for his own Jewish faith? Only to discover he had been lied to, and now owed the very one he had been persecuting his very life? Was this the fire burning in his belly that drove him to take such vengeance on the devil? No wonder it is Paul who teaches us the most about what I call “spiritual vengeance”. This article is not for Christian wimps, so if you have no backbone or stomach for this, stop reading now.

If you catch the vision of the Vengeance Trail, your life could be in great danger. Do not take up this path without making sure your gun is loaded with real bullets, because the devil has no mercy on the foolish. This is not a path for the novice, but it is a path for those who are so sick of the devastation they see Satan inflicting upon this earth, that they become willing to ride a dark horse and live a “focused” life. It is a path of devotion and dedication, like a Texas Ranger hunting the outlaw. In other words, it is a about a Christian being everything they are “supposed” to be. True spiritual grit!

As I write this tonight, I have taken a night off from work because I felt something in my spirit. It is ten after midnight as I type these words. It is now the day that a movie which has been teasing us for years finally comes out…”The Avengers”. How apropos that I write this today. It is a dark horse because it is a “war-horse”. Black represents declaring war on the devil. You see, most Christians have a peace treaty with him, as long as he leaves them alone they would just as soon not stir anything up. Let the devil stay in his territory and I’ll stay in mine, but not so the vengeance trail!

Many people believe vengeance only belongs to God. “for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19b) However, the spiritual vengeance trail is not about seeking vengeance on your fellow-man, oh no, it goes much deeper than that, for it strikes at the very root of the problem, not the person being used of the devil, but it strikes at the very devil himself. I seek no vengeance on any man, for vengeance “is” his saith the Lord, but I seek vengeance on Satan! That I am permitted, as the Apostle Paul will teach us.

Are you willing to undergo training? Paul lays it out like a staircase leading to a higher place, the place of spiritual vengeance.

Are you ready to ride a dark horse and live a dedicated life? Are you ready for fire to burn in your eyes when you look upon the devil?

“For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you,

yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge!”

II Cor. 7:11a)

Usually people ready for the vengeance trail have been through a thing or two, and have finally reached a point where they are ready to lay it all down, for they see how great the need is. They have experienced the godly sorrow, been on their face before God until a fire began to burn in their belly, and they rise up in that fire a spiritual Lawman, ready to arrest the devil at every turn. These are people who make the devil wish he had never touched them, because now they are out to make up for every bad thing they ever did. Every act of disobedience they ever performed against the one they now love, burns in them, driving them to ride hard after Satan and his band of thieves and thwart him at every turn! To turn what the devil meant for bad in them, into something good! The drug addict is set free and begins a ministry of helping other drug addicts! The spiritual vengeance trail!

I read the words I have thus far written and the fire in me is not satisfied! My words still fall short! You still do not understand Paul, nor the fire burning in me! The fire says write more, write harder, this truth must be known! How will they understand II Corinthians 7:11 if they do not see the fire? Look at those words! The words…what carefulness…what fear…what vehement desire…what zeal…what revenge! Do you see the fire building with each word? Do you see the godly sorrow building, climbing a spiritual staircase to the most intense place of all, a fire of vengeance against Satan himself! This is the place Paul is inviting us… but it’s not for everyone…this I know. It only takes a few people alive with this fire to accomplish great things. After all, look what the Apostle Paul, one man, was able to accomplish, and their light inspire a multitude of others! But what is this “Lawman” that rides the dark horse?

Now comes the warning. Paul is not done teaching, for this is not a vengeance against anyone else, as I said before, this is vengeance only against the devil and your own past disobedience. The dark horse, the war-horse demands a dedicated rider, or you will regret ever putting your feet to this path. The devil can only be arrested by “the Law”.

“For though we walk in the flesh…we do not war after the flesh…

bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience…

when your obedience is fulfilled.”

II Cor. 10:3 & 5b & 6

To revenge all “disobedience” when your “obedience” is fulfilled. Whose disobedience are we revenging? Your own! Some of us have a lot we want to pay the devil back for! The Apostle Paul knew all about that and he burned a trail like no other man. The devil regretted the day he ever tried to use a man called, Saul, whose name God changed to, Paul.

Satan came at Jesus three times, and all three times Jesus shut him down cold with…”It is written…” Is the Law in you? Are you an authorized Law man? Do you love God’s Laws like David wrote about? David the giant killer? “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8) “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” (Psalms 37: 31)

This path is not for everyone, but if you’re at such a point in your life that you’re willing to submit yourself to training like a Navy Seal going after Ben Laden, then perhaps…just perhaps…this article has been written for you. If you are such a one, you must daily drink his juice, for this is a supernatural path of which God works from the inside out…to empower…to enable…to inspire. God has set us free from the curse of the Law, but we can become Lawmen, experts in how God designed everything to work, and the devil can be arrested. It is a life dedicated to the Word, prayer, and action! When you can call a sword out of your mouth at your command, now you’re ready to hunt devils. As I said, this article is not for everyone. I have taken a risk at writing something so deep on my Cowboy site, but it is a risk this cowboy just had to take. There is a dark horse waiting for anyone willing to ride the spiritual vengeance trail. I never said it would be easy, but I can promise you fire and passion! Make the devil wish he never touched you! Study those two verses of Paul closely, and I think you will see there is a Vengeance Trail. Your War-Horse awaits. It’s time to cowboy up!

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