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19 Jul

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12 Feb

“Coharie Slough”

7 Jan

From times of Colonial script ─ troubles, of Indian  lore ▒ A people then called “driftwood ,” along southern swamps and shores.

Strong enough to fight when pushed─ brave enough to stand.  Smart enough to live in peace─for a piece of what was once their land.

They fought one side or the other, in every “New World” war─ vested forthwith, the only gift ─ black-water, and the gift to drift no more.

Stories are endless, and many.  Archives of misconstrue… But between the lines of Carolina pines, The Coharie still stand true.Coharie Snake Dream Catcher 010

“Coharie Slough” Hand Carved Snake wrapped forked Bass Wood Branch with Dream Catcher… Snake  carved from woody river vine, Gator head carved into the Bass limb, and the spear head carved out of Red Cedar. Bass Wood and Cedar  stained with Red Oak, for the deeper, darker tones, and the snake stained with Natural. All leather is genuine leather made in Italy, including the wrapping on dream catcher. Comes with faux Eagle feathers, and two dancer bells. ( Inspired by the Coharie Tribe)Coharie Snake Dream Catcher 014Coharie Snake Dream Catcher 006Coharie Snake Dream Catcher 004Coharie Snake Dream Catcher 004Coharie Snake Dream Catcher 001

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 17 Palm Sunday

23 Mar

Zechariah 9:9

The Coming of Zion’s King  

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

“Who is this Jesus person?” “What’s all the fuss about?”

Asked a wealthy merchant of Jerusalem, as a cloud of people, and multitudes of “Hosanna” shouts burst through the eastern gate of the city.

“He’s a great prophet” A bystander told him.”A prophet who has done many great miracles in the name of Yaweh.”

“Ha!!! Prophet?”  Retorted the merchant. “Riding a donkey?”

On February 15, 519 B.C. a young Israelite was awakened from what he described a trance, by an Angel of God. His name was Zechariah, and was given eight revelations while yet under Babylonian captivity. These visions, and message the Angel delivered, were not just words of the coming remission of God’s judgement, and freedom for physical Israel’s 70 years of enslavement, but, also a heralding proclamation to the world. A message of hope, salvation, victory, and finalized deliverance from the universal law of sin and death.

Though the book of  Zechariah, including the vision Zechariah was given that night, entails  earthly kings of  power storming the land on colorful steeds, the spiritual message within the book was veiled. And, sadly, for some, without God-given spiritual discernment, still remains shielded today. The real hero in the prophetic vision wasn’t to show on the scene for another 500 years… Not riding a war-horse, or taking land, and spoil, by means of corporal shield and sword, but Instead, He came saving souls, with the sword of a Holy Spirit. An unshakeable passion of  faith, on the most humble beast of all.                                                                                                                                  On the back of a baby Burro.

                             

                                Matthew 21:2-5

                             The Royal Welcome

When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.”

This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:

Tell Zion’s daughter,
“Look, your king’s on his way,       
poised and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,
foal of a pack animal.”

John 12:13  

 So they took palm branches and went to meet him. They were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel!”  (The Message )

I saw a message on a Church marquee sign today that read: “Easter is not a Dead Issue.” And though we could argue about the word “Easter” and its origin. Or, the exact time, and date of the “Resurrection” of Jesus Christ, until the day of His return. I pray instead, if only for one day, if not, a complete Holy Week, we stand together, united in praise…

Because, one thing I believe anyone who knows the Lord Jesus will have to agree on, is, it must have been an awesome sight to behold; The Triumphal Entry. But, the most important Triumphal Entry of our personal lives…is the Day He Enters Our Hearts.

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 14

8 Mar

God is a paradox in many ways to our finite understanding. Which in part could be why there are so many denominations or “Faiths” as the Church world has rationalized the term through the years. If so, that could only mean that God offers, and expects, more of His ways to be understood by His children. Wouldn’t it? It isn’t God’s fault. If God wants us more united, (and heaven knows we should ), as He tells us in His Word, it’s hard to imagine we all have the same love letter from God right in front of us. How can there be so many different interpretations of the same Bible that plainly states it is of no personal interpretation? The problem then is an individual one more than a church issue.

Notwithstanding, Satan, the accuser of the brethren, clearly working the onset, and fanning the flame of many disagreements leading to church divisions, the final fracture of the congregation falls on people who by not hearing from God take it upon themselves to part ways. When most church schisms spring from semantics of one verse, or just one word, it has to boil down to individual, personal, interpretation. A deeper, more attentive, relationship with God is the answer. The beauty of it for us today, unlike the Israelites who wandered around in the desert for 40 years instead of crossing into their promised land in the eleven days the trip should have taken, is that Jesus has provided us a perfect opportunity to commune directly with our heavenly Father. We have no excuse for wandering around aimlessly, when He has already paid the price with His precious life, and walks with us every step of the way. All He ask is that we believe in Him. And love Him.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:         Psalm 95:10       

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.      Hebrews 3:19

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.   Isaiah 43:18-19

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.       John 6:35

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Matthew 23:37

WHERE ARE YOU?

You wonder sometimes why no one ever shows; You’ve created such wonders, a place for them all to go. Hard to imagine, what else they expect to find out there;When you’ve given all they’ll ever need, in one place for all of them to share. There’s devotional time, insight, forums and news; Yet the flock remains scattered, as words in a library, among books too numerous to choose.There’s creation, drama, action, and love; sea shores, mountain tops, even fire from above.There’s conquest, chivalry,  sermons and prayer;Yet, still I am alone it seems, for in my quiet time, I alone am there.Now, this may seem selfish, to those of you reading;

But, fear not, do not think it just I pleading.

Tis  not a letter from me to intrigue you;

But from my own daily forgetfulness to spend time with God;

These are words I hear, Softly, lovingly: “ My son”. ” Where are you” ?

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 13

6 Mar

We’ve all heard that undeniable “Inner Voice” as almost a shout in our spiritual ears; “Don’t Do it”, or maybe, ”Do This.” By undeniable I’m speaking of that voice we as children of God “Know” without any doubt at that moment it is the voice of God! ( And We Know We’d Better Heed His Voice ) Many times, though, most of us who know Jesus as our Lord, and Savior, have sought and awaited for what seemed an eternity to hear God’s voice in answer to a particular question, or prayer in our walk with Him. Nothing seems more frustrating to a believer than not hearing God’s voice while seeking an answer to a question, or guidance from Him for a certain direction in life. A big part of the problem is not taking time to listen, thereby giving place for the all too many other voices, or ..”thoughts”to fill our heads. When this happens we may actually be hearing the answer from God, yet can’t distinguish, or put our finger on which is His voice or answer. God’s Word tells us in many places that the answer is to “Trust” Him. By doing so, from my experience, dedicating time with God, and waiting in trust that He is always on time with His answers with our best interest at heart, doesn’t leave any room in my head for collective static, or interferences. Staying plugged into God clears the airways so that I hear no other messages but His.

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

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               THIS CROSS SAYS GOD LOVES YOU

 But, can He forgive me for wrecking my life, and hurting my family for so long? Asked the young man holding a gun to his own head. Yes, said the cross, God loves you.

But, can He forgive me for hurting so many people for so long, and the things I stole from them? Asked the thief. Yes, said the cross, God loves you.

But, what about all the scars I’ve left on my body? Asked the young girl as she slashed another bloody lesion on her leg. Yes, said the cross, God knows the hidden scars you are trying to cut away from within your soul.

But, what about the times I cursed Him, and swore there was no God? Asked the broken-hearted atheist. How could He ever love, or forgive me? A broken leg heals easier than a broken heart, said the cross:  Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

But, surely, He can’t love me; said the lady with the aborted child running across her broken heart, spirit and mind for the past twenty years. Yes, said the cross, your child is with God now, only waiting and praying for you to come to Him as well.

But, none of this makes any sense at all;  Said the philosopher, there is no logic in it to be found. Man’s logic is not God’s logic said the cross: Isaiah 55:8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Oh this is all just a lot of foolishness. Said the philosopher. Yes, the cross replied;     1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto those which are saved it is the power of God.

But, I have studied in the most prestigious Universities, and learned from the greatest professors among man, the philosopher retorted. Of course, said the cross;  :1 Corinthians 1:21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used foolish preaching to save those who believe. In fact, the cross said:

1 Corinthians 1:27
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.

As the philosopher sat back down, an IRA gunman stood in his place with gun in hand, and tears in his eyes and said; I have always thought I was doing God a great justice by fighting for my cause, but, standing here before you, I am suddenly overcome with the realization that I have taken the lives of countless innocent people, for a cause that never really made sense. Surely!!; The gunman said. You’re not going to tell me that God still loves me, and will forgive me for taking those people’s lives… Are you?

The cross leaned out, touched the man over his heart, and whispered into his ear: On this cross, the world killed the Son of God, and the Son said just before He died:                                        

 Luke 23:34“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”.    

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 12

4 Mar

          And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In our ever talking world of voices, and opinions, it’s hard for some to distinguish truth from another persons version of truth. There are so many denominations, and religions, it can be confusing to those who’ve walked with God for years even, if they are not intimately grounded in their faith. In our heart of hearts, though,there is only one voice we should listen to, and of course, that voice is the Holy Spirit of God. His is the only voice that can tell us what we truly need to know. And He does so if we listen adamantly. This is why a constant relationship with God is so very important. Especially in a time where legions of new-age notions, and persuasions, inundate the air-ways, and everyday activities like never before in the history of humankind.

From social- media, internet, TV evangelists, and over 300,000 churches, in the U.S. alone, every wind of doctrine, from seed-liner, to Chrislam, and Kabbalah, purport their personal beliefs. All, though diametrically opposed in many of their foundational Worldviews, lay claim to being Christian. This realization alone speaks to our crucial need to have the Living Word of God immovably embedded in our hearts, and minds. The Logos Word, of course, which is none other than Jesus Christ. All of this is not to say that we who are grounded in our faith can’t listen to sermons, or points of view on salvation, other than that which we are already at peace in our hearts with. As long as the Holy Spirit is living within us to discern false gospels, and teachings.

One thing we should always consider. We are saved by God’s Grace, through the faith that He has given us, and nothing else. If we try to be righteous in and of our own power, we stand as much chance of entering His kingdom as did the Pharisees, who thought they were earning God’s favor and righteousness.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Romans 10:3

Can  there be any difference in one who believes they are righteously living according to all 613 Mosaic laws in the Torah, enough to reach salvation, and one who believes that although God has saved them, they must work to keep what God has already said was a done deal? That way of believing is none other than legalism. Legalism does not save. Jesus saves. Do we perform good works for others? Yes, of course we do. But, we must be born again to the point of having the mind of Christ to ever actually produce those works of His fruit. God wants a cheerful giver, and not one who thinks that by doing good works they are purchasing a ticket into heaven. It can never be by our works, either before we accept Him or after. A sincere belief, and trust, in the free gift of His saving Grace, and faith in Jesus Christ, and He who sent Him will inevitably produce good works of righteousness. Hence, the term “Rest Secure in His Finished Works” doesn’t mean that we just claim to believe in Jesus, and everything is then done for us… It means we seek, and strive for a closer relationship with Him. Once we are “Resting” in His finished works, meaning, we know, that we know, that we know, that we love Him because of who He truly is, He changes our hearts, and minds, just as He promised, and we will instinctively make a conscious decision to do the things He would have us to do. His Holy Spirit then becomes our conscience.

  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.     James 4:8

It is the absolute belief  in what Jesus has done for us, in which only His Grace can instill in our heart, that will open the door for us to enter the righteousness of God. This true belief, and love for Jesus, can only come from one voice. Only “ONE” source. God has not given us the spirit of fear, therefore, how could one resort to teaching, or, preaching scare tactics to lead one to Christ?

 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.            1 John 5:4

Many claim that Jesus taught more about Hell in the Bible than He did about Heaven. That is absolutely not true; even if Jesus’ words in the King James Bible, (and others )were not mistranslated, ( for whatever reason) Jesus spoke much more about heaven. But the reality is the words of Jesus in the New Testament were mistranslated when it came to the word “Hell”, because He used three different Greek words, in different places, that the translators substituted with “One” word for Hell… These three words are, Gehenna, Hades, and Tartarus. If Jesus was always talking about the same place, or event, why didn’t He just use one word?

I will be publishing a work on this subject at a later time. But, for now, as this book is to help roll the stones of confusion away from babes in Christ, and those seeking God’s love, I’ll just leave it at that, and continue rolling away the stones. Although, I feel I must reiterate that; Even if  “Jerome”  had not mistranslated Jesus’ words on these three points, from the original manuscripts, into his “Latin Vulgate”, Jesus taught much more about Heaven than He ever did of Hell. But, I wouldn’t let the fact that parts of the Bible may or may not have been slightly altered in places, or which reasonably translated version you choose to read, as God says what He means, and He means what He says:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.      Isaiah 55:11

Jesus knows about the things that really hurt, confuse, and worry us. He’s lived it. When Jesus was praying to the Father just before His impending demise, He sweat great drops of blood. That can only be caused by the worst form of anxiety known to the medical world, and if memory serves correctly called Hematidrosis. Hematidrosis is a very real, and very serious condition, brought on by anxiety great enough to cause every capillary in ones sweat glands to actually burst. There have been only 14 other documented cases of this phenomenal medical condition, but, it’s real, and Jesus knows first hand.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.   Luke 2:44

At a time like that, one would surely need a friend. Someone who would stand by you. Maybe even wipe the drops of blood from your eyes. Although He will never have to go through the kind of pain,anguish, and turmoil, ( the Bible defines as to the point of death) He went through for us ever again, He did it for us once. How many people, family, and, or friends do you know who would do that? Without even as much as a friend to stay awake and comfort Him.

I would probably, as was Peter, at that time, have slept for sorrow, as the bible says in one place, but, Jesus knows. Jesus knows what real pain, and anxiety, and separation from God can do to us as humans. That’s why among many, many, other promises that He has given us, He left us with these words of reassurance and truth.

 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.    John 14:18

I can only think of Love when I think of Jesus who said: No greater thing can a person do but to lay down their life for their friends…But, He laid His life down for His enemies. © paulwillis – 2010

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.   Romans 8:7

 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.              Romans 5:8

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 10

28 Feb
                                                        
           He is like a tree planted beside streams.
       A tree that produces fruit in season
          and whose leaves do not wither.
               And what it produces thrives.

A well cultivated field will grow what the farmer intended it to grow. If one is in the Word of God, who planted us to begin with, and keeping in good company of fellow flowers, and not the weeds, they will absorb the sustenance of living waters, and grow as a tree planted by the waters of a river bank. This of course is not to say that we are to live separate from, or alienate the rest of the world, but only that we are separate in the way we live.

We also have a hope for a future existence long after this present physical life. A life increasingly better, and more abundant. Not just a temporal here today, gone tomorrow.  But we have been given this choice of eternal security, as a gift. And we live among others in this world who need to know Gods grace as well.

Just as weeds grow among flowers, we live among some not yet in the light of God’s love. How will they know of it, if all we do is attend church, and church socials, geared only to edify those already in the church?

Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

All too often though, we as the children of God can allow our selves to become shaded from His light by becoming entangled with artificial intrigue, and deceptive lures of the adversary. Like a corn plant, that would otherwise be producing goodness for the world to seek as nourishment, stooping to admire the deceptive beauty of a morning-glory flower only to become wrapped, and smothered by its suffocating vine, so could it be in the life of a child of God.

All hope is not lost if this happens, however. For just as the farmer can prepare the field, before a wild-flower like the morning-glory can completely take over, He can also plow and hoe the weeds away from the corn. The child of God is exactly like the corn plant in that situation. But, without the love and caring actions of the farmer, we will soon wither away and die. The Word of God is what we need to inhibit and reverse any harmful effects of such life stealing substances, and influences in our lives as children of God.

If one has withered somewhat, or drifted away, all we have to do is reach out for the farmers loving hand. Although you may feel it will depress you if you read the wrong verse, or chapter, of His Word, when you are feeling down, the truth is, maybe you have only drifted from the nourishment that keeps us from withering in our spirit, but have not yet become entangled. I have drifted at times and felt the same thing about getting back into His word, but thankfully, our Father God will not leave us to wither away.

If  He finds even the slightest ray of hope in us, like a tiny sprig reaching out from the dead crusty hardened trunk of a tree not planted on the banks of a flourishing river, God’s Word will bring water to us. Or, if  a bird has taken the seed and dropped it on rocky, non-productive ground, He will bring the water to us through His Word, and continue to shine His light on us until the rivers of living waters are once again flowing from within us to other needy plants, and flowers, in the Garden of the Lord. Read His Word written just for you, and share the blessings of goodness it produces with all the world.

 I will be like the dew to him;  He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.                                                                                                                                                       Hosea 14:5

The first thing a Christian must learn to do to enable God’s gift within us to produce noticeable fruit, is to learn to rest secure in “The Finished Works of Jesus” on the cross for us individually. According to God’s Word, (Many examples including Moses) one can become saved and live a life of struggles and never reach the “Kingdom of God,” or, “The Promised Land” until the day of Jesus’ return. How sad that would be for a child of God.

Jesus already suffered and died, to purchase with His own blood, abundant life for us to enjoy here and now. In other words, the Kingdom is at hand, and we must seek what ever it takes to receive and walk in that promise from Him. What is it that we must seek? How do we rest? For me it is to seek His face. This may sound a little too cliché to many, so I’ll put it this way. It is basically impossible to think of Jesus and the things He went through for us, while thinking of sinning at the same time. Of course, we can shut the thoughts of Him out of our hearts, and minds, and do the thing the adversary has tempted us with. Thankfully, we don’t have to though, as along with eternal life, and reconciliation to our heavenly Father, Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection has given us power to overcome sin.

This of course is not to say I am perfect, or have reached the place of a completely sinless life. But, my rest is in what He has already done for me. Just as the flower, or corn plant, in the garden springs forth life and love in response to the light giving, warm and loving sunshine, the more we drink in the water of His Word, the more love we produce. Not only do we produce good fruits for others around us, but we also develop much more love for Him. Respectively, from His nurturing love for us, and our growing love for Him, we begin to produce nourishing fruit, both physically, and spiritually.

Until Jesus comes back for His children, we will not all be completely sinless. But, from glory to glory, because of His love for us and our growing love for Him, we instinctively DO  Sin less.

© paul willis-2013

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“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 9

26 Feb

Why is it so very important for us to accept Jesus as the loving, forgiving, eternal life giving son of God He tells us through His word He is? Why is it important to know Jesus, and to take Him at His word, rather than to listen and accept Him as only the wise, gentle, good man that many lost wanderer’s would have us to believe ? “I believe that Jesus was one of the best men to ever walk on the earth.” I’ve heard many say. “But the son of God?” “No way.” They proclaim. “He was just a great man who walked a straight line, loved everyone and told the truth.”

Wait! If we believe Jesus was the greatest most honorable man to walk the face of the earth in His own physical life time, and was about truth, then how can we overlook the fact that if this is all He was .. then He was a liar?

I’ve heard many similar opinions expressed about Jesus being the greatest man to ever walk the earth, implicating that the Bible and His name have been eternal-ized down through the years only for that reason. I am overwhelmingly inclined to agree that Jesus was the greatest man to ever walk the face of this earth. But, to envision Him only as some preeminent glorified Jesus freak, or motivational speaker, of His time, is totally absurd. How could He even be thought of, or referred to as a man of truth, if He himself was nothing more than a liar?

If we do not take all of His word as truth from God Himself, then how can we call Him a good man? When He Himself said: “I am the way the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me.” How do we say He was not telling the truth and yet still say He was a man of truth?

Jesus said many times, in many ways, in no uncertain terms, that He is the Son of God. If we do not accept this as truth, then we can not say He was the greatest man to ever live, nor a prophet, nor a pacifist, or a gentle man of truth at all. Indeed, if we did we would only be basing our opinion of who He is, or was, on part of the information freely given to us throughout His Word. In fact, what reason would anyone in the twenty-first century have to believe in anything this man said two-thousand years ago, if we do not believe that all the things recorded by eye witnesses, and those who actually heard Him speak were truthful testimonies?

I pose this thought for all who have listened to the many confusing voices, and opinions, and can’t get past the what ifs? and if so’s? enough to realize the all so liberating truth that either Jesus is who He tells us in His word He is, or He’s just .. a man. And, not a very good man at that. At least no better than any of us. Anyone who has any doubt in their mind as to who Jesus was, and who He is in our lives, should find much awakening, and liberation of the soul in the reality that Jesus has been written about, and esteemed through thousands of years of time as the greatest person ever to have lived.

It’s no surprise that even those who do not accept all of Jesus’ words as being truth look at His ministry on earth as being one of superb spirituality, and life changing greatness. Sadly, those who do not base what they know of Him on a sincere personal relationship beginning with a faith filled study of His word overlook the fact that, all we have in writing, that He did was recorded by eye witnesses. All of whom, (being Jewish) did so at great risk to their own personal lives and well being.  Certainly there is something greater at work in the words of the Gospel, or else none of it would be remembered, let alone preserved historically, or, religiously for two-thousand years.

What other person in the history of the world was written about more? Who else in the history of the world is esteemed as any greater man? What other religion has spanned the vastness of time in such a way that the entire world is either drawn together in its promises of love and salvation, or offended to the point of murder, war and hatred at the mention of His Name?

Incidentally, who does the Bible tell us that Jesus is?

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.                                                                                                                                                                         John 1:1

Of course that verse alone doesn’t tell us that Jesus is the living Word, or God. Which is why all of His Word is so very important for us to read, while listening for His Spirit’s expiatory voice.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.                                  John 1:14
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The  Word of God.                                                                                                                                          Revelation 19:13
We only have to search His word with an open heart, and mind, to see the many places He tells us He is God. But, that is for another time and place, as the focus of this study is to help   Roll Away The Stone of doubt, false guilt, and shame from hearts, and minds, hindered from knowing the Prince of Peace.

 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.                    John 1:17

Sadly, though the truth of who Jesus is is spelled out for us throughout scripture, and that by Him alone can we be reconciled to the Father, many still can not see, or accept the redemption of His Finished Works on the Cross for them because of the simplicity of the truth therein. In reality, many can’t see the “Forrest” of salvation, for the openness of the “Tree”. The simplicity of Christ and Him Crucified. What an amazing gift of Grace. He came as human as you and I. And with His own life, fulfilled every demand of payment the Law held as a curse over each heart and soul.

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.                                                                                                                            Galatians 3:10

 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:                                                  Galatians 3:13

My excerpts, of course, are by no means exhaustive, and should be searched and studied further in the Bible by the readers themselves. Trust me. “Like Prego…It’s in there”.

We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.                                                                                   2 Corinthians 1:12 NLT

 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.                                               2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV

AS FOR myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;                                                                                                                                 1 Corinthians 2:1                                                                                                                            

For I resolved to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.       1 Corinthians 2: 2 ABV

There has never been anything more simple and freely given to mankind than the redemptive plan of God through the “final atoning passover lamb.” One simple offer of eternal life and love through His Son Jesus Christ.

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.                                                                                                                                                           Proverbs 16:25

Man can not save himself, through any amount of self righteousness, religion, rituals or self sanctifying methods.

It would be a sad eternal mistake to be blinded by the very truth that can save one from eternal death simply because one refuses to accept the simplicity God has put before us as a free gift of his grace unto eternal life.  Wouldn’t it?

For the wages of sin is death;  “BUT”  the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                                                                                              Romans 6:23

There is nothing we can do to be saved beyond believing in Jesus, as being the Son of God, and His Finished Works on the Cross for us as individuals.

I urge each of you. If you have not already accepted this simple offer from God as truth, to stop worrying about the all too many voices, and views, of what is required of us unto salvation, and just choose to let Him save you. Mans righteousness to God is like dirty laundry. Our righteousness can help another human being here on earth, and well should, but it can not save our souls.

Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; And thy righteousness may profit a son of man.                                                                                                                                                       Job 35:8ASV

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.                                                                                                                                                                 Isaiah 64:6 ESV

There is no way a person can save them self. But, through Christ, we can choose eternal life.

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and “His” righteousness, and all these other things shall be added unto you.                                                                                                     Matthew 6:33

With a little deeper study we easily find the “Righteousness” of God spoken of here to be none other than Jesus, and the Kingdom of God which He ushered to earth at the cross.

Jesus said ..”Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”.

You may ask. Where can I find this truth?

Jesus also said: “I am the way the truth and the Life” and no man cometh to the Father except by me”

Although many chapters, and verses reveal Jesus as God’s righteousness, Isaiah prophesied it 700 years before the birth of Jesus, so what better place to look?

As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One,  My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.                                                                                                                                       Isaiah 53:11

And as far as the Kingdom of God, and where we might find it, Jesus said in many places while He was here walking the earth that the Kingdom was at hand.

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.                                                                                                                                                                Matthew 12:28

He also in very plain words told us where to find the Kingdom of God…At least, if we “Rest” in His Finished Works at the Cross.

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.    (Faith)                                                                                                                                       Luke 17:21                                                                                                                                         

The one thing that all of us who either are believers , or are seeking to cut through the “What  ifs” and “if So’s’ to find truth should remember is this:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.                                             John 3:16

Our faith in his finished works at the cross is the only thing that overcomes the worlds hold over us.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.                John 16:33

because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.                                                                                                          1 John 5:4 HCSB

© paul willis – 2013
                                                         Roll Away The Stone Chapter 1

Blue Bird Hotel

27 Jan

After seeing a blue bird on a fence in the remaining day light hour before darkness,  I walked a few more steps, opened the door and felt the assuring warmth of home wrap her invisible, loving arms around my shivering soul.

I wasn’t thinking of how wonderfully blessed I was to have such unseen opulence embrace and welcome me as I stepped in from the cold, but, as soon as it did, I thanked God.

It’s amazing how we can come to the same home, open the same door day after day and not realize what a blessing it truly is to have.

One of the things this caused me to do was remember to praise, and thank God for abundance of things He has told us in His word not to worry about, or, to give thought to.

(Matthew6 : 25″ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment”?

The ensuing verse  illustrates  how He takes care of all the needs of the birds of the air also.

(Matthew 6:26″ Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they”)?

Unlike male, and female, roles in our human condition, the male bluebird gets to pick out the home. Of course, the choosing of the dwelling couldn’t be a joint effort anyway, as he only chooses a suitable  “House”  or, “Covey hole”, to attract a female to come in and make it a home.

Along with his duty of choosing a potential residence, the male Bluebird is responsible to move all the building materials to the lot before beginning  his wing flapping, love-sick song and dance, in hopes of attracting an interested companion.

The female ( after the wedding of course ) moves in, does all the decorating, builds the nest, lays the eggs and sees the off-spring through the nurturing days.

How wonderfully well planned and provided for all God’s creatures are. 

When these realizations  nested in my heart and mind, I could not help but follow through the full gestation of both thoughts to fruition.

First of all,  I meditated on,  and quoted the verse in God’s Word that kept resonating it’s subliminal, chirping, Tweedledee, sing-song through the surround sound system of my soul:

(Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.)

After cooing thankfulness to God, who cared enough about me as an individual to nestle me with such incomprehensible, immeasurable provision, and cue, I set out to prepare a small bit of real-estate for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird.     Blue Bird House 005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebird Picture#1 @ Peanutt_28′smedia Photobucket

Bluebirds#2 @ poker4848′smedia Photobucket

Bluebird house @ sons of thunder patron

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