WAS JESUS SAVED BY FAITH?
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THE MAGNIFICENT MUTE
One of the biggest problems I can see with living for God, or trying to live God's way, is that you can't see Him, you can't hear Him, and you certainly can't "prove" His existence.
Now if someone were to tell me that I couldn't prove there was a God, I'd immediately say, "Yes, I can prove the there is a God." But in the philosophical sense that you can't prove anything, not even that you exist, while you stand there and try to prove it, yes, I can't prove there's a God.
That doesn't mean God doesn't exist. It doesn't mean you don't exist. So let's not get tied up in the stupidity of philosophical, mental masturbation.
I can prove there's a God. I can prove it to the satisfaction of anyone who has an open mind.
Unlike a lot of traditional Christianity, that has to rely on personal feelings, very subjective happenings, to explain that God is, or how He works, I have a lot more concrete evidence. Facts of history. Totally objective evidence. Evidence that is allowable in our courts of law.
For instance, look at the Zodiac. God's message of salvation in the stars. Another area that evidences God is the lost tribes of Israel, that aren't lost at all. Who God prophesied He would turn His back on for 2520 years, would send them to a place where they'd be rich, prosperous, never lose a war. Their populations would grow. They would become a multitude of people, a company of nations, and at the same time that they were not being thought of, or known as, THE people of God, the Chosen people of God, like the Jews, that they would be, in this new place, the sons of the living God. That same God.
A third instance is the Pyramid. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a parallel to the Zodiac. It tells the same story of God's salvation. God's 7000 year plan for one history of the earth. The particular time period we live in. Another example is Stonehenge, and there's more.
But again, the main problem that most people have, me included, is that I can't see God, I can't hear Him, and most of the time, I act like He's not even there. I try not to do that, but it's a long, hard struggle. Gee, wouldn't it be great if God would only do a little miracle now and then?
Well, does He do miracles then? Because we can't point to a particular happening that's miraculous, even "miraculous" healings are hard for us to look at as miraculous, it seems as though God doesn't do miracles. But of course He does.
In my opinion, He does miracles that are much more astounding than the kinds of things we normally think of as miraculous. He does what I call the Mundane Miracles of life. Invisible miracles. These are much more miraculous than Miracles. How does that work?
If you saw "The Raiders of the Lost Ark", you saw a miracle. When the bad guys show up to search the ship, the lettering on the crate containing the Ark suddenly turns black as though scorched. It's an occurrence outside the frame of normal life. Things just don't turn black by themselves. There's a miracle.
The kinds of things I'm talking about, the Mundane Miracles, are much more miraculous than that. Flashing a little heat on a crate isn't much compared to intertwining people's existence, their actions, and working things out so that people "miraculously" wind up being in the right place at the right time. When you can push together many strands of life to make things work out, I think that's more miraculous than a sudden remission of cancer.
One of the biggest examples I've already mentioned: the Lost Tribes of Israel.
God had promised in the book of Leviticus, chapter 26, that if the people of the kingdom of Israel and of Judah didn't do the laws of God, didn't abide by His instructions, but started worshiping idols, that He would turn from them. And they wouldn't have His mercy for a certain time period.
The time period mentioned is "seven times." The book of Hosea clearly outlines that turning away. It says that these people who would be known as "not my people," "not have my mercy," and will be "scattered," will, in that place, be known as sons of the living God. And they will obtain My mercy. In other words, they won't remember their heritage, the way the Jews will remember their heritage. But the lost tribes will be, however, known as the sons of the living God.
Now, that seven times prophesy refers to one day, one year or any combination of those. A year, in the Old Testament context, containing 360 days, results in one time becoming 360 years. So a time can be, a day, a year, or 360 years. The book of Daniel talks about weeks and is interpreted as weeks of years, but in Leviticus there's no mention of weeks.
In the case of God turning His face away from the Israelites for seven times, we're using the 360 year time frame, which means, seven times totals 2520 years. If you also study the history of the lost tribes from the Bible and the secular histories of Assyria, Persia, Babylonia and the Celts, you'll find that the House of Israel, not the Jews, was invaded and conquered in separate waves over the course of thirty or forty years. As these tribes were taken captive, they were relocated up between the Assyrians and another conquered people called the Medes. That's where the lost tribes wound up. Samaria, the capitol city of the House of Israel, was finally conquered and the inhabitants taken captive and relocated in the year 721 BC; all dates being approximate.
If you go into secular history, and find out when these tribes were taken captive, and when those same tribes, who ended in northwest Europe, and England, Ireland and Scotland, became free or knew their heritage, as the information became available, you'll find that 2520 years had passed.
The United States is a perfect example: the tribe of Manasseh was the stock for the Pilgrim Fathers of the Mayflower. They came and founded the United States. They were the thirteenth tribe of Israel. That's why the number thirteen figures so big in our history. We gained independence in 1776, 2520 years after Manasseh was taken into bondage in 745 BC. That's just one example.
Now I would call that much more miraculous than burning out the stamp on the box that contained the Ark. Or even healing two or three hundred people of cancer. And that's the way God works. Which is why it's very, very difficult to see Him, to hear Him, to prove He's really there, and really working.
He works within His own creation. You see, if God were to just, willy-nilly, pop in and out touching people and things, He would eventually gain the appearance of instability and fickleness. He made this creation in a very specific, intricate way, and likes to work within that creation. That doesn't mean He won't come out of that frame and do something supernatural. I believe it's God's hand in most "miraculous" healings. But, that's not His habit; because where we're concerned, He wants us to work first. He wants us to be part of those Mundane Miracles.
If He just pops into your life, taps you on the shoulder, and drops a million dollars in your pocket, what good is that? What do we learn from that? How do we learn to trust God? We don't have any promise that He's going to pop in like that. That's not dependable enough.
If He did that kind of thing, we'd just sit around the living room all the time praying for Him to do it some more, and we'd never get anything done. God works within His creation.
Let's consider it from God's point of view. Our dinky little needs, or the small tasks He gives us to do, don't require these big miracles. See, almost none of us plays a role in God's plan like Paul. God's plan included His Gospel of salvation by grace to be disseminated to whomever would listen, but specifically the Lost Tribes of Israel. Jesus said, "I am not come but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel."
Well, God had to step in and pull out a man, and perform one of those miracles so that His message could go forward. If He hadn't knocked down Paul on the road to Damascus, Christianity would have become no more than a splinter sect of Judaism. It wouldn't have gotten anywhere. It didn't get anywhere in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem didn't turn out to be one of the Christian cities. Nor Alexandria, and later on Antioch. Three of the big Christian centers. They were all promoting legalism after the "saving" experience. Only Antioch differed initially. When the church at Antioch was first founded, it was Paul's doing, and it was a church of faithing. Later the bigwigs showed up from Jerusalem, put a lot of pressure on the church, and it changed to a legalistic, salvation-by-works church. Which shows what the main message was from Jerusalem. That message, according to James, the head man, was justification by works. In order to even join that church you had to be circumcised. You had to have a way of showing outwardly, in your flesh, that you were a Christian. Prove your spiritually by an outward show, which obviously equates with the trap of today's traditional Christianity, good works as being the means of salvation. Those good works are all the rules that are set down how to be a good Christian.
Paul was the only one around who would fit into God's plan to get out the proper message. James, even Peter, and all the other Apostles, that spent three years with Christ, weren't doing the job. They were still bogged down in legalism. Saved by faith, and continued on in legalism. That's the way the church has been ever since. You're saved by a faith act, and then we have to jump over the fence to the law side, and continue your saving process, continue your Christian living, by doing a bunch of works, outward show. To be a good Christian, you have to live this way.
To be a good Christian you have to do the same thing that Christianized you in the first place. Act in faith. Faithing.
So God did step into history and perform a miracle. But even in Paul's case, the people that were with him on the road didn't see or hear Christ. There was a shaking, they got afraid and they ran and hid. All they know is Paul's probably having a fit. Rumor has it that Paul had epilepsy or the like. Paul remarks in 2 Corinthians that God gave him a "thorn of temptation" to remind him.
But normally, God doesn't do that kind of thing; unless He absolutely has to. And shucks, most of the things we need in our lives, and the little jobs we do for God aren't important enough to change history. Are hardly important enough to change our own history, or those around us. We very rarely get out there to make a big difference like Paul did.
Now, followers of God must always be alert to His workings. That's another difficulty. He's not there, you think. If we can't see or hear Him, how can we be alert, how can we follow. We go about our daily life, and don't keep a consciousness of God's presence with us. At all times. I'm not saying that I do that. I'm not saying that anybody does that. But, it's an ideal to live toward, to try and accomplish. We must try, try and be alert to His workings. To finally try and understand.
See, Christianity is a coincidental system of belief. Almost all the "blessings" look like luck. Other people call it luck. "Oh, you were really lucky, wow." Or coincidence. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Because of that coincidental quality to the Christian walk, it's very difficult to keep track of God in your life. It's almost impossible. I think there are ways to do that, but we'll get into that in a bit. The point here is maintaining an alertness, and awareness of God's working.
Here's a small example. The Straight Talk Office, a place to come and study God's Word, has been happening for a while. In the same building there's a large room that used to be a print shop. There's a good possibility that the room will bring in some revenue as a rental. Which will pay the mortgage. When I bought the building, I asked the realtor how much this place would bring as a rental. She said, "Well, in Garberville it would probably bring $350 a month. Here, possibly $300, maybe."
Just recently, someone has been inquiring about renting it. I told them at that time what the realtor had told me. But that because I wanted to give people a little bit of a break, and insure getting a dependable tenant, I thought $250 a month might be OK. No more than $300, no less than $250, but I wanted to get a second opinion. They said fine.
There was no rush, so I didn't give it much more thought. I did think I'd call a friend and ask, not thinking it right to ask someone to come and see the room just to give me advice on the rent.
But one day I happen to be installing a small sign in the window of the Bible study office. I'd hung the sign, and gone outside to see what it looked like from the street. I no sooner got out to the curb and turned to look at the sign, when an old friend saw me, made a U-turn at the corner and stopped to say hello.
"Oh, is this your place?" I said yes. "Can I see it?" Well, I'm just getting ready to ask him to take a look, because, you see, he's also in real estate. Not only that, but he's the one I had thought of to come over and look at the room, but decided I'd call the other person instead.
After looking at the Straight Talk Office, we went into the rental room, and I said, "Well, as long as you're here, you can give me a quote on what I should charge to rent this place." After going over some of the details, he affirmed that $250 a month was a good price.
That's the way things happen. Coincidence. That's a little thing, very small. But instead of saying, "Gee, that's nice, how lucky Bruce stopped by," I take that as God's moving in my life, maybe not his, but probably.
You see, another thirty seconds one way or the other, and I'd have missed him. He was only passing the location, but because he saw me standing outside he stopped. If I'd spent an extra thirty seconds to take the sign back down and check the mounting or some other detail, I would have missed him. If I'd have not taken the time to secure the wire in the wall and got outside thirty seconds earlier, I'd have been outside and back in by the time he passed.
Well, those kinds of things, that "drop into your life", "fall out of the sky", are the things of which I try to stay aware. What I like to call the Mundane Miracles. Again, followers of God must always be alert to His working.
Now, by my maintaining that awareness, as little as it is, of God and His workings, I can easily put this occurrence in His frame. I was on a mission for God, so to speak. I was doing some work for Him. Something that was unrelated to myself, only related to Him. He seems to supply when I'm doing that stuff.
One other example. I'm working on the sign. Inside my building. I'm not out where people can see me. Earlier, I had wondered what I'd do for dinner. I'm sanding, and cutting holes, and making the letters. A friend walks in, totally unexpected, with a bag of food. Some fruit, and steaks and beans, for my dinner. Fell out of the sky. Boomp. There it is! That's God.
Now, when you start to hold this concept, that these things that just "seem to happen" or be "luck", are really from God, you start to really notice when those things happen and try to weave them in to the fabric of your relationship with God. By maintaining an awareness of these Mundane Miracles, I gain confidence in God's existence, and His workings in my life. And that's one of the most important things that can happen to anyone trying to have a relationship with God.
Because again, you can't see Him, you can't hear Him, you can't prove God. To be able to build my confidence by maintaining this awareness, and noting these things that happen, I'm able to purposefully go about my faithing acts and have more confidence that He's really there, He'll help me get through this one, too.
He intrudes, it looks like to me, so much in other ways, that He's got to be there. He's helping me even when I'm not asking Him. And I need that confidence. I didn't ask Bruce to come by and give me that second opinion. I was going to call someone else; because I didn't feel right about asking Bruce to come over just to give me that opinion.
You see, when you start a project, or an action and you're going to act in faith, that takes courage. The only thing that's going to give me the courage I need to do some faithing is the confidence I've already gained in God. Faithing takes a lot of courage, because there's always the factor of the unknown in faithing. In effect, what you're doing is telling the future. In your pretending, you act in such a way, that starts you on a course toward your goal. You're acting today as though something were going to be true, that's where the faithing comes in, Faith is an action, a verb not a noun.
This is like building that sign. The letters are cut out of the front and backed with white diffusion plastic. Now, I knew all the basics in completing that sign. But if I didn't, I could have faithed my way through the process by asking God to help me and then doing the very first thing there was to do, with the attitude that it would turn out all right. If I just listened.
Mostly when we faithe a project, clearly faithe, there's a certain amount of unknown. To overcome the unknown takes courage, on a small level or a large level. By keeping track of all the coincidences, and maintaining an awareness of God, that helps me faithe.
One way to stay on top of God, that I know and use is, I write down what happens. Every day. I keep what I call a journal. Every day I write down all the major things that happened that day, with maybe some side comment. Every day I write "woke," as simple as that. "Eat, work." "Choir, fun; study, good." In the course of that routine, I flash back over the day, thereby reinforcing those "coincidences" in my memory. And when I write them down, they're a more permanent record. They're there forever, and that's heavy reinforcement for my memory.
Now, I may not remember specifically that Bruce showed up out of the blue and gave me that second opinion, unless something jogs my memory. I won't be carrying that memory. What I will carry with me, is that next little bit of confidence, based on what happened. So keeping a journal is an effective way to build your confidence in God's reality. A second way is by tracking a specific activity.
When you go into a faithing process, track that process from beginning to end, and see what happens. See any patterns that might begin to set up.
We've all looked back over our lives in a certain context and noticed how patterns pop out. For instance, relationships. I bet a lot of men have gone through the one about making a list of all their girl friends. I made a list of all the girlfriends I'd had at one time, and what jumped out at me was that an overwhelming majority of the names on the list started with a J. Just like my name. Immediately another fact popped out. The ones that I'd had the closest relationships with, weren't J's.
The point is, when you track a certain period or aspect of your life, you gain understanding about yourself, the world or whatever you're tracking.
Well, if you track a specific project that involves God in some way, you'll no doubt gain standing of His participation. Let's work through a simple example.
If you were going to drive to Eureka, and wanted to faithe the drive, this is what you might do. At the beginning of the drive you'd claim God's promise of guidance to get you to Eureka safely, efficiently, pleasantly, in time. Notice I didn't say ON time. Whenever I start to drive anywhere, I say, "Look God, I want to give the action of this drive to you, and ask that you make me aware of any hazards on the road, give me any suggestions on the best way to get there, and I'll do the next thing I can do." Which is put my foot on the gas, steer, keep my eye on the road, etc.
Tracking a specific action or activity that involves God.
Something that happens to me a lot. A lot. When I faithe driving, more than sixty percent of the time I get to park right at the door. Sometimes it's no more than leaving Redway for Garberville to go to the movie, and arriving ten minutes before the movie starts, when there shouldn't be any place to park, and finding a parking place right in front of the door.
Here's a step by step breakdown of a faithing act. Before you start to do your project, whether it be doing the dishes or building a house, check three different things.
See if it's righteous. Right with a capital R. Are you doing Right by God? That's no big thing, because almost everything we do is OK with God. Mainly we're looking for selfishness. If we can determine that our motives for this project aren't selfish, then chances are that it's righteous.
Second, is Prudence. Now a lot of things are Right with God, but if you take the time to study the project a little bit, you'll save yourself a lot of stress. That's what prudence is. It means, careful thought. Don't go off half-cocked.
The third thing, is it possible. Is it really possible? Have you set your sights too high? Are other people able to accomplish this same kind of thing? Is it possible for you to go out and buy a BMW tomorrow, when you've only got a hundred dollars in your pocket? Probably not.
Is it Right? Have you been Prudent? Is your goal possible?
The next step in faithing is asking God. Claim whatever promises of God you need to accomplish your goal. Guidance, I think, is the main one. My nuts and bolts promise for faithing is guidance. Almost anything I can think of to do can utilize the promise of Proverbs 3:6, "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths." Get God in on it. Claim a promise of guidance, a promise of provision, presence. Those three take care of most everything.
The third step, and almost the most important part of the whole process, is to get out of the chair and take the first step toward the goal. We must act before God can help us. You see, He's not going to lay the whole thing on us free of charge. More correctly, He's there to help you, but if you're not doing anything, how can He help?
He can't help unless you're doing something. You might start out doing it the wrong way, but when you take that first step, then He can step in and help you change what you're doing to go in the right direction. How about those times when you've discovered, in the middle of a project, that there's an essential element you've overlooked? But if you just do this little thing here, it turns out great. So, we must take the first step.
Now, after we take the first step, number four in the process is, listen. Listen. Because if you start out down the wrong direction, what will God do to help you? Is He going to paralyze your hand so that you can't pound the nail in before you put the glue on, and then you have to pull the nail out and maybe split the board? Hardly. He, again, doesn't work that way. That's what I'd term a big miracle.
How does God work? What are the kinds of things that could happen to deter you from making that mistake? Well, the phone could ring. Maybe God could tweak somebody's memory, who wanted to call you anyway, and make the phone ring, and the break gives you the space to remember that you hadn't put the glue on yet. How about another way?
The way that I find most often, is the little voice in my head. Some call it conscience. I don't like to call it a conscience, because it's a whole lot more than that. It isn't there just to tell me what's right and wrong. "Don't do this, Jack, you'll get in trouble." It's there as your guide. And I believe, it's one way God communicates with us.
When I start to swing that hammer, something inside my head will say, "Don't do that." Or, "You forgot the glue." Or at the very least there's that feeling that something's missing. Some little reminder will come in.
You've had those times when you've been under stress, you've stumbled and fell, and said, "Oh, I knew I was going to do that!"
That's exactly the process. That little thing that came into your mind and said, "Be careful of that, if you do that, this'll happen." But you went ahead and sure enough, it happened. The fourth part of the faithing process again, is listen. We must listen.
The fifth step is to keep tracking the process as you go along. Stay with it. Not tracking, is like asking God for protection when starting out on a drive, and then holding a conversation with someone in the back seat by constantly turning around to talk. Faithing isn't like a kitchen wax job. Wax it and forget it. It's an on-going process.
Tracking will help you ultimately to accomplish your specific goal, but I think mainly that it will help show you that God is indeed working with you. If you keep that whole process in mind and track it from one end to the other, it's easier to see God working.
Number six goes along with tracking. That is, keep a log. It doesn't have to be a written log. Although that's what I suggest very strongly, it can be a mental log. Stop at the end of the project, go over the whole process and see where all the coincidences happened. See where this or that, "fell out of the sky", and made it work when it wasn't going to. "Oh gee, I'm lucky I remembered to do that. Boy, that would have caused me a lot of extra work."
Now seven, and that's the number of completion. The seventh thing you have to do in any God-related project, is thank God for His help. After you've gone through Right, Prudent, and Possible, and you've asked for help, you've taken the first step, you've listened all the way through so as not to be thrown off the track someplace, you've tracked the process and logged the results, give God a little credit.
Faithing seems very simple. And it is. Simple little formula, and yet very, very difficult to accomplish. But it works. It absolutely works. Because there's a God. And He's there for you. Ready and willing to help. He wants to help. He wants to help you know about Him. If that's what you want.
So screw up your courage, as I often say, because that's what it takes. Courage. Remember that Magnificent Mute IS there. The more you can determine these little coincidences, these lucky breaks in your life, the more you can come to believe Him on the stuff that really takes a lot of courage. When the doubts start to creep in, and make you wonder if there really is a God, the thing that will help you overcome those doubts are those same coincidences.
My advice is faithe. Faithe.
WAS JESUS SAVED BY FAITH?
In the book of Revelation, Jesus talks about His faith. Revelation 2:13 is talking to the then existent church at Pergamos, telling them that Jesus knows they're holding to His name, and "hast not denied my faith."
From what I've always heard of faith, Jesus certainly didn't need any. I'm told over and over in the Bible that we're justified by faith (Romans 3:28), sanctified by faith (Acts 26:18), saved by faith (Luke 18:42), the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17), thy faith has made thee whole (Mark 10:52).
Jesus didn't need to be made whole, have his sins forgiven or justified. He didn't need to be sanctified, or given mercy. He was faith, in that respect. What we normally think of as faith just can't apply to Jesus.
According to His own words, Jesus knew God before the earth was formed. That surely means that He believed in God, doesn't it? "But I thought that faith was the same as believing." So, apparently, does a major portion of Christianity. But, faith and belief are not the same, as we'll find out. Well, if that's true, maybe Jesus' faith wasn't the same as ours. In Galatians 2:16 and 20 Paul talks about the faith of Jesus, faith of Christ, and the faith of the Son of God. Well, what was His faith?
(We must remember what the original Greek says about faith. The Greek word is pistis. Pistis is a verb taken from the primary verb peitho, which means to convince, to agree, to obey, to trust, to yield. A verb, as we all know, is an action. Therefore, pistis is a yielding action, an agreeing action, an obedient action, a trusting action.)
Maybe our kind of faith is off the mark. I don't think it was Jesus' faith that was off. The only thing that makes sense is that our faith must be the same as Christ's. There can be only ONE faith, can't there? Does God deal in double standards? No. Once God lays something down, it only works that way. If Jesus had a certain kind of faith, then our faith will be found to be the same; if we have any faith at all.
Well, if faith is a verb, then let's look at how Jesus verbed. Was Jesus saved by faith? Yes, most definitely. Saved from what? Everlasting torment in the lake of fire? Not that I can see. He prayed in the garden, before his trial, that he'd done what God had asked. Now, that says to me that he could have gone "home" right then if he'd chosen to. He wasn't being saved from hell.
He was being saved from death. You scholars, please don't argue that hell can mean death. The concept of hell in the traditional church is that lake of fire and brimstone thing. Jesus didn't need saving from that. But he did need saving from death.
The very next day he would be crucified to death. And needed to be saved from staying dead. He couldn't do it by himself, in other words. He needed help. Being saved, receiving salvation means it has to come from outside of self.
Who was going to do this saving? God, of course. God had promised Jesus that if he would offer himself up to the crucifixion, that after THREE days time, God would raise Him from the dead. So Jesus verbed, or went to his death, acting like God's word would be true. He acted in trust, he acted in obedience, he yielded.
When we're saved, we're saved from the same thing as Jesus. Death, or better, staying dead. How? The same way that Jesus was saved from staying dead. By acting in trust that what God says, He'll back up. We must verb on God's word.
The Bible is full of God's word, promises, that we can act on. Proverbs 3:6 promises guidance. Deuteronomy 33:25 promises strength. Exodus 15:26 promises healing. If you've got a need, God has already promised to help you with it. If you'll only give Him a chance.
The rub is in giving God that chance. It takes courage. Remember that faith is a trusting ACTION. Giving up control of some part of the process. Leaning on Him. Yielding to what He says.
"Oh, now you're going to tell me that God talks to you, huh?" Absolutely. But no more than He talks to you, or any other human being who cares to listen.
When you ask for His guidance, how do you suppose He gives it? Have you been waiting for God to hit you over the head with a club? Honestly consider how God might give us Guidance, using the things in His creation. We're not talking about miracles, here. Let's not box God into being able to speak only by miracles.
I know you're way ahead of me. It's that little voice in your head. I don't like to call it conscience, because conscience has come to mean guilt. God is not a God of guilt. He's a God of Grace. He's not a God of punishment, He's a God of Peace.
If you'll take a closer look at what we call conscience, and the thought processes involved, you'll find that the guilt comes from ourselves, not the conscience. All conscience does, is hold up the mirror of the truth for us to judge our behavior by. It's when we see how pitifully short of the truth we fall that we start laying all that guilt on ourselves. We're responsible for our guilt.
Back to the hard part of faith. When we're trying to do something God's way and asking His help, He gives us His guidance through that little voice. But His advice is always very hard to take. It usually goes against the grain. Either it looks impossible, or what we're told to do will not set very well with our friends or family. That's where the courage comes in.
It takes a lot of guts to go against the established norms of society. And when society can't see or hear the reason for our actions, or doesn't give the basis of our action any credence, they often do a lot more than laugh at us. They start throwing rocks; and rocks hurt. You go against the grain and I guarantee you're going to get hurt.
But He said, "As thy day, so shall thy strength be." That means that whatever obstacles we may encounter on our way, that God will supply the strength we need to overcome them.
I don't know about you, but I want to be saved from staying dead, and I'm going to do just what Jesus did. I'm going to try to do all my actions in trust that God will work out the rough spots.
I'm going to Faithe.
I'm looking for some people to fill a space/position in a somewhat different part of My Creation.
But I don't want people I can't trust. I need folks who are able to take and carry out complicated and risk-bearing orders; which many times must depend upon My help in some way. These people must have the capacity to rely upon Me completely to back them up when needed.
Also necessary is the capability to focus on one's own tasks to the exclusion of ALL the other elements of a whole project. Those who can Trust Me implicitly while performing assignments; for which they may have little understanding, but are sure of their capability to accomplish the work given.
Although I've sent this Message to you in many ways and times, somehow your curious Nature always twisted the Word out of shape. You won't be able to deny My Message this time. I hope.
I have prepared a Special Envoy to deliver the Word. He will be known mostly as Jesus. This time I have decided to present My Word to you in Living Human form.
His Special Task is to review for you My Ways, and My Will. Concerning My Ways, He is to spend a season on Earth teaching again the lesson of Sinai. In Flesh He shall speak and Live My Way; as a Living example of how to function best in My Creation.
The Way in which the Creation interacts most efficiently.
My Envoy, in addition, will teach, by His acts, My Will. It is My Will to make known My need to the whole Earth. He will teach people that Dependence on Me will qualify them to fill the above-mentioned Position.
I need intelligent, Truth seeking minds, so He will speak of the Dependence only in parables.
I have commanded Him to teach the Dependence with each and every healing, by saying, "Your Trusting Action has made you whole."
I have given Him My permission to express the Dependence, but very subtly, by raising some from the dead; His Trusting Act being obscured by the commonality of simple prayer.
And lastly, I have asked Him to perform one Monumental Act of Trust in Me; to show finally and clearly what I need for My work.
He has agreed to give up His life, upon My Word, that I will place My Holy Spirit back into His Body, and He will raise from the dead. Whole and Pure. I have, for My part, agreed to give Him everlasting rule over certain portions of My Greater Creation. It thought that only fair.
Lastly, all applicants must be informed that the positions to be filled are subject to many perquisites. Joy. Peace. Harmony. Growth. Light. And Me, of course.
All those desiring application, do what Jesus did. Act in Trust of Me. If someone can't tell you how, find your own way. It's the main theme of My latest Book.
WRAP: 1-So what if we can't see or hear God? Doesn't mean He's not there and just waiting to help us.
2-If you want to talk about God or faithing or anything else, STAG is a comfortable place to do that.
3-We're at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number is 707 923 ALLY (2559). On the web it's STAG.ws. Be sure to check out the radio archive. 25 years of past shows up there. And also 70 YouTubes. The email is STAG@asis.com.
4-I'll be back on the 5th of June. I trust you can make it too.
5-Jesus was saved by faithing, and we can be too, because God is real and keeps His word.
This is Jack, bye.