How do we feed the flame to live a life of inspiration? This begins a new series.
Hope you enjoy, and burn brighter every day.
How do we feed the flame to live a life of inspiration? This begins a new series.
Hope you enjoy, and burn brighter every day.
Is this not a beautiful thought? Our ripples of love and life going forth? I hope you enjoy the article below. Taking it with you.
Theology = “The study of religious faith, practice, and experience, especially: the study of God and God’s relation to the world.” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
WARNING: I woke up this morning and felt God moving on me so strong to write, write, write, write, write. I can’t explain this, but I want to warn everyone that I will be popping up a lot in your email, if you are a follower. Some of you may decide to delete me, and I understand if you do, but I hope you will simply ignore me when needed, and take advantage of those things that will INSPIRE.
I love metaphors that INSPIRE. As a teacher/writer, I love to paint a picture in our mind that we can strap a saddle to and ride that horse right through heaven’s gate. I awoke today flooded with ideas I simply must pursue with words on cyberspace.
Here is what you can expect coming.
More of the real life story of “Gotham”.
“Ripple Theology” > This was sparked by a poem I wrote recently and there is much more to be said about that poem, of which I will begin in this article.
“Batman Theology” > David understood what it meant to be a Caped Crusader for God, Caped in God’s “Covering”. There is much we need to learn about this. This teaching closely relates to the “Gotham” story I’ve been sharing. Also, since Batman dealt with some really nasty characters, I will be delving into the Book of Revelation and the Antichrist to some degree. These times are coming!
“J.E.D.I.” Theology > Like the movie coming, there is an “Awakening” going on! God is on the move! Many times Hollywood, or the world, love to copy the things of God in a perverted form. Satan has a habit of this, as in his “unholy” trinity of the Antichrist, False Prophet, and the Beast. J.E.D.I. Theology will focus a lot on “Holy Spirit, master me!” It will also speak of great Christian forefathers of the past who showed a great deal of spiritual mastery. “Mastery” is spoken of in scripture and encouraged. I will be using a book by Dick Staub, called: “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” as an aid in these articles.
So, with these things in mind, let us begin our first teaching on “Ripple Theology”.
Here is how this poem came to be. It was very early as I lay in bed and I knew I had a thirteen hour day of work ahead of me. I looked at the glow of the red numbers on the clock and saw there was ten minutes before the alarm would sound, and nothing in me wanted to get out of bed. WHY GET UP? IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? > Have you ever been there? Spiritual as we may be, sometimes the tedious day in and day out activities of this life just don’t seem worth it. Especially when you think about how great heaven is going to be. Why put so much effort into the here and now?
I work for a Security Company in a bad part of town. I knew I was going to spend eight hours strapped to a desk while watching cameras and checking people, and then another five hours patrolling a parking lot. My whole day was going to be nothing but work, and how was I to reach my own neighborhood, or any neighborhood like this? My passion, my heart is in discipleship, reaching and teaching a neighborhood, and 13 hours of security work sounded miserable as I lay in the warm bed of a cold house. Time to get up.
That was my mood, and I did not want to lose it, because I knew I could write something from it, something that would help me in the future, and perhaps help others. The desk work is actually pretty easy because the North desk is a low traffic area, I mostly watch cameras. I had learned to survive this boredom by doodling on poems. A small scrap of paper, a thought to ponder, you write a line or two and then watch the cameras as you ponder the thought for another line. It causes the time to fly and helps you stay alert for the cameras.
As I got to work, “Hey Don, You’re training John on the North desk today.” Hhmm, this was a first, because I am actually the parking lot guy and only fill in on the desk. Unexpectedly, a partner today. A chance to witness! But how? Well, no working on poems. Drat.
Turns out John was a young black man who already had a day on the desk, pretty much knew what to do, and did not like to talk. He wanted to play on his phone. I warned him about that and later he got in trouble for it, but in the meantime I couldn’t seem to spark any conversation, so I turned to my poem after all. Well, believe it or not, the poem is how I got to witness to John that day, and he loved it so much that he insisted I put it on facebook. He said my poem could change some lives. I believe this poem can too, if only people will take the time to look at the big picture, because that’s what this poem is, and that is what “RIPPLE THEOLOGY” is. Looking at the Big Picture.
You just don’t know what is in a day. I could have said to hell with everything else,(even though I don’t speak that way, but that is what my “actions” would have said), I could have just felt sorry for myself, called in sick and had a pity party all day, but I am more than just me, I am also responsible for the ripples I create, and Jesus said to live for the ripples, not yourself! Now read those first few lines while knowing my frame of mind.
“MORE THAN I KNOW”
Lord help me know the value of a soul…even my own.
These things we take for granted.
The sun rises. / Just another day?
Is there really any such thing?
A stone drops in water.
Is that all I am?
Just the plunk of a stone?
Is that all I am?
there are ripples.
Had I not gotten out of bed, this poem would not have been written, John would not have been witnessed to, a lost day’s income, and even this article would not have happened. The RIPPLE EFFECT goes on and on.
God’s word says we “REAP what we SOW.” We are a stone dropped in water, and sometimes we feel like that is all we are, but no…WE ARE THE RIPPLES. There is much more to be said about “RIPPLE THEOLOGY”. Hope you enjoy.
What is it called when one has forgotten what was long ago known, and with defeat or victory hanging in the balance, must remember…must relearn…must reknow? Stand ye in the ways and see…and ask for the old paths…where is the good way…and walk therein…and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
What is this thing called: God’s Covering? Do we really need it?
YES! For only a Caped Crusader will have power in God!
Consider these scriptures: Isaiah 30:1-2 > “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, BUT NOT OF ME, and that COVER WITH A COVERING, BUT NOT OF MY SPIRIT, that they may add sin unto sin: That walk to go DOWN INTO EGYPT, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the STRENGTH OF PHARAOH, and to trust in the SHADOW OF EGYPT.”
David knew of the COVERING of God when he wrote: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under THE SHADOW of the Almighty.” And three verses later when he wrote: “He shall COVER thee with his feathers, and UNDER his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
In this day of American prosperity have we forgotten the COVERING of the Lord, for the love of money? Have we forgotten the young rich man to whom our Lord said forsake all? Or the disciples who were instructed to not even take an extra coat? Do we seek the COVERING of his shadow in which even the shadow of Peter, because of God’s COVERING, would heal the sick? Is this not the same Peter who said silver and gold have I none, but in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk?
Why am I targeting the sin of greed and materialism so much, for it is sure it is not the only vice robbing us of the anointing today and stripping our capes from us, leaving us to stand weak and ashamed. Love of money, lust, pornography, adultery, murder of babies…the list goes on and on…but so much preaching about MONEY. Be successful! Be happy! Live your dreams! And yet we are blind and naked, stripped of our capes, and do not even know.
King Saul’s army may be looking good right now, but David’s army is out there. They are moving behind the scenes and they have God’s COVERING! They have not gone to the world, to EGYPT for counsel! They have not gone to a medium, a witch for counsel! They have sought the Lord until the Cape of his anointing is upon them! David and his army of Caped Crusaders are out there, working behind the scenes, and when Saul’s army fails in a day, they will begin to rise!
Have you gone to EGYPT for your counsel? King Saul did not inquire of the Lord. David brought the Ark into Jerusalem after Saul and his army was dead, dead, and dead. A tragedy David wept over! And for Jonathon! A good man in the wrong army!
Oh, I don’t know if you even understand a word I am saying? Is your Pastor preaching EGYPT? Is your church seeking to COVER with a COVERING, but not of the Lord’s Spirit? And by so doing they add sin unto sin? If so, you are in the wrong army. You might even be a Jonathon in the wrong army. So sad. Come out from among them before it is too late! But must you be loyal to Saul? Just because he may have been a spiritual father to you?
Paul said, follow me as I follow the Lord. If I stop following the Lord, Leave me! Find someone who is! Find a David! Find God’s COVERING and be caped in his power again! Perhaps for the first time! Relearn, reknow, seek out the old ways of great spiritual forefathers! Leave this modern day EGYPT seeker!
Does your church seek worldly leadership? Do they glorify successful business men? Do they seek to learn from them? Do they run their church more like a business than the Kingdom of God? Do they seek strength from Pharaoh, and to trust in the SHADOW of EGYPT? IF SO, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! AND FIND A DAVID! FIND A PAUL FOLLOWING THE LORD!
Oh, I don’t know if you’re hearing me or not, with my silly Batman illustrations. Speaking of finding your Batcave, hearing your Gotham, donning your cape. Speaking of devotion, training, focus, and sacrifice.
They that do know their Lord, shall be strong…and do exploits.
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries:: but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32)
WE ARE CALLED TO BE MORE THAN A GOOD PERSON. WE ARE CALLED TO BE A PRIEST LIFTING UP HOLY SACRIFICES UNTO HIM. FROM THERE SHALL ARISE CAPED CRUSADERS OF WHICH BATMAN COULD ONLY DREAM. DO YOU UNDERSTAND PRIESTHOOD EVANGELISM? DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
Every day life presents us with a hand to play. We all have to work with the cards in our own hand. Many times we complain about the cards we feel like God has dealt us. However, I think God is telling us we need to learn how to play our hands better. I look back on my own life and cringe sometimes when I see how little I understood on how to play my best hand with what I was holding. Credit cards? In most cases, big mistake! (Just one example.) So if you are a Christian, here is a tip on how to play a better hand, and it is not about credit cards. 🙂
Do you know why breakfast is called breakfast? Because you have been fasting all night! And you are about to break that fast with break-fast. Cute, huh. But here is the point, how many of you know that fasting, the denying of our flesh, seems to add power to our prayers? True, this fast does not require great deal of sacrifice, but when was the last time you truly fasted? So why not take advantage of this card we do have in our hand?
YOU CAN PLAY A BETTER HAND! I know a lot of people say they are not a “Morning Person”, but a lot of people don’t like to read either, and yet God has given us a very big book to read! The point is this, if you’re willing to make the living sacrifice to be the faithful priest who offers up a “real” prayer of the morning, the first-fruits of your day, before you break the fast, you will play a better hand. God will supernaturally move through your priesthood and you will play a more powerful hand.
The fact is that you do have a fast to offer up to God. Add a sincere prayer life to that and see what happens. Two strong principals of God’s Word will be working for you. 1.) You are fasting. 2.) You are giving God the firstfruits of your day. If if you’re not a morning person, then it is even a greater sacrifice you’re offering up. You can’t lose! 🙂
Now go and fulfill your Priesthood in Christ, and play a truly Christian hand.
In “Playing Your Cards Right” #3, we talked about, as Christians, we should believe we have supernatural cards in our hand, but how do you play them? Where has the power gone? Has it leaked away? You might want to read series #3 again, along with this one, to refresh your memory, however, let me give you a quote from Star Wars, as an aid in teaching todays lesson:
“The Jedi seeks to master the use of the Force, to be suffused with and fueled by this potent energy that surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together.” (Quote may not be exact or complete.) I believe it was Obi-Wan Kenobi who was teaching Skywalker at this time.
I see Hollywood movies all the time that are so close to the truth and yet the true path is perverted just enough to destroy your hand! “The Matrix” was another movie, so closely paralleling the truth, but still on a wrong track. Many times our eyes are actually opened to something because of shows such as these, and if we are a seeker, we just might end up finding the truth, and if you want to be the Christian who plays a better and more powerful hand, here is what you need to know to fix Obi-Wan’s teaching.
This is a major principal in Christianity, and one you can expect Hollywood will never get right. It is also the reason this blog site carries the title and theme of “It is the Broken Wings that Soar”. For the Christian, the Force has a Master, and we do not “master” it, but we seek for the Lord of the Force, Jesus, to master “US”. BIG WHOPPING DIFFERENCE!!! We seek to yield, surrender, like the sail of a boat catching the Wind and empowering us by the Holy Spirit to move, breathe, and have our being in Him. We are disciples of the Wind, and the Wind carries us, we do not command or master the Wind. He is PILOT, I am CO-PILOT. If you master being mastered, you can play a very powerful hand.
“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:27-28)
Do not seek to master or be the boss of the Holy Spirit, God’s Force in our life. Our prayer should be every day > “HOLY SPIRIT, MASTER ME.”
I have considered starting a Star Wars Series based on a book written by Dick Staub: “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” So far, this has been a very interesting book. If anyone would like to read such a series, please leave a comment.
So…with a sincere heart full of love for God, pray this prayer every day and play a powerful hand: HOLY SPIRIT, MASTER ME.”
OUR FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 2:5
FOCUS > “YE ALSO, AS LIVELY STONES, ARE BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE,…”
A preacher opened my eyes one day to the fact that God never referred to the nation of Israel as > “a spiritual house”.
The sons, who would become the twelve tribes of Israel were born from the seed of a man called Jacob (one who undermines), whose name was changed to Israel (A prince of God). After that time we see the nation Israel referred to as the House of Jacob, or the House of Israel, or possibly the House of Judah, or House of David, but never as a spiritual house.
SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT GOD REFERRED TO THE HOUSE THAT CHRIST BUILT AS A SPIRITUAL HOUSE?
It saddens me what passes for Christianity these days. A friend of mine pointed out that in Antioc, followers of Jesus were first called Christians, and they did not call themselves that, but those who watched them and knew them began calling them Christians. There are a lot of “good” people in the world who do “good” things, but what is a Christian?
If a stranger could watch your every move for 24 hours, at the end of that day would he call you a good person, or a Christian?
How many days would it take? Would it take 7 days, when he might see you go to Church, and might speculate you could be a Christian? And would he have to weigh his speculation against the day you flipped the finger at the man who cut you off in traffic, the dirty joke you told at work, a few curse words that slipped, the secret porno at night, the people you never said one word to about Christ, the wife you slapped around, the people you stepped on at work to get that fat bonus, the fact you have no prayer life, your Bible sets untouched all week, you worship only in a Church building, and there are parts of the Bible you don’t even believe, let alone practice. You know, he might decide you’re not even a good person, let alone a Christian.
IN AMERICA, DO WE NEED TO BE MORE THAN A CHRISTIAN TODAY?
IF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN SPENDS 5 MINUTES OR LESS A DAY IN PRAYER, THEN HAS THE TIME COME THAT WE NEED TO BE MORE? ARE WE REALLY TOO BUSY? IF SO, WHY?
What then? What do we need to be? What is more than a Christian? Give me a vision!
To be continued…
Our series continues. If in #2 we decided we are eternal beings and a true WIN is not winning a few battles, but the war, then we are ready to proceed further.
WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT SOME OF THE CARDS IN OUR HAND ARE SUPERNATURAL!
IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PLAY THOSE CARDS?
I hope we can all agree that if you have some supernatural cards in your hand then you have a powerhouse, like a trump card. Does it make sense to ignore such cards, or to waste them and play them wrong?
If you knew the other people at your table have supernatural cards, but you had none, would you feel you are being cheated, set at a major disadvantage? I would. And I would be extremely grateful if I requested three cards and they turned out to be trump cards!
As Christians, if we know we have such cards in our hand, why are we not grateful? Why do we abuse them, ignore them, and use them wrong? Why do we weaken them and cast them before swine as if they are nothing? And then we blame God that we have been dealt such a bad hand? Do you see how foolish your way of living has been? We need to learn how to play our cards!
We have been called to a supernatural priesthood in Christ, and yet we do not practice the functions of our calling. We do not pray, we do not study, we do not obey sacrificially, we do not love sacrificially, we do not worship, we do not give God first place in our life, we have idols we bow down to, and those idols are so weakening our hand that we have no anointing to empower our supernatural cards. Your cards have been watered-down, compromised, weakened, demasculated, without Christ they can do nothing! Your hand is weak because like the five foolish virgins you’re asleep and have no oil!
Here is a good truth for playing a better hand. THERE IS NO STRENGTH IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITHOUT THE ANOINTING. SEEK THE ANOINTING. SPEND TIME EVERY DAY SEEKING MORE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
With the anointing some of your cards will begin to glow, and when your enemy sees how many cards are glowing, he will know he better back off and make room!
NOW GO, AND IN THE NAME OF JESEUS, PLAY A BETTER HAND.