America retaliation at ur doorstep

Trump did it! Moved the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It’s suspected that the United States, and all nations that follow suit can expect retaliatory consequences from an enemy that will not be defeated. ISSI synthesizers!

“Lets say only 1/100th of 1% of all Muslims are inclined toward terrorism. If there are 1.3 billion Muslims world wide, that’s 130,000 Muslim potential terrorists. And as we saw on 9/11, a handful of terrorists (less than 0.0000015% of the world’s Muslims) can do enormous damage; and terrorists are highly motivated lot, willing to die so others may be killed. The vast majority of Muslims may be lovely people, but that doesn’t mean America has nothing to fear from the ummah, ummah meaning community. Thus the core of the problem is not Americans’ ignorance but the enemy within Islam,” James Taranto, American columnist.

O Israel! Why do you not listen beloved, as My first love. “I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no savior,” Isaiah 43:11. And O! America, child of Israel, why do you not continue to take advantage of Genesis 48:16; Romans 4:18? “So then brethren! We are not the children of the bondwoman. Hagar the devils wife and mother of Islam, but of the free Isaac, God’s promised one, Genesis 17:18-19; Galatians 4:31. Have you not learned that Ishmael son of the adulteress Hagar is evil? Genesis 16:11-12. And will be destroyed, Psalms 94:23?

Are you not up to it because the world will call you racist, and the obsessed ones of Islamophobia. But that’s okay because Jesus said it would happen, Matthew 24:9. But that’s okay, too, if one is able to meet the two requirements of, Mark 8:34, if not, than go the way of the many. But of the few, who are able, behold! I come quickly, and My reward is with Me to give to every person according, as their work shall be, Revelation 22:10. For we are the peacemakers, and the children of God, and the kingdom of heaven is ours, Matthew 5:9-10.

the donald trump syndrome


A lion and a wild ass were hunting. The lion using his strength and the ass his swiftness of foot. When they had caught a number of animals the lion divided them into lots. “I’ll take the first lot,” he said, “Because as King, I hold the highest rank; and the second one, as your equal partner. As for this third one, it will bring you into serious trouble unless you choose to make yourself scarce.”

Whatever a person undertakes, they should estimate their capacity according to their own powers, and not enter into an alliance to tie themselves up with people, who are to strong for them. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“The Lions Share”)

Their is a character who roams the land, who is characterized as a roaring lion seeking whom he might devour. How does this occur one might ask? Because we humans wouldn’t make such an alliance, just to be devoured. It’s done through a specialized skill, called deception.

All with a scriptural bases starting with our roaming lion were we are introduced from the get go to a detour from such alliances. Where we find this reference, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” 1 Peter 5:8. Accomplished through a intoxicating dose of deception, “… who deceives the whole world …,” Revelation 12:9. Giving us a world that looks like this, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. But in the end it plays out this way, “I the Lord search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every person according to their ways, according to the fruits of their doings,” Jeremiah 17:10.

Life is a struggle with all kinds of lion like scams. Designed which at best, at the end might suggest the making of yourself scarce. But there is a way for avoidance outside of being sober and vigilant. Which is to depend upon the following, “Direct my steps by your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man. That I may keep your precepts,” Psalms 119:133-34.

World drama from God on the world scene

14 May 1948, one of the most significant dates in modern history. Because it signaled yet another prophecy to be fulfilled which would be one of many. Launched centuries ago, by the least of the powerful, Daniel. When he stood before King Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful person on the world scene. And said, “But there is a God in the heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days …,” Daniel 2:28.

For our discussion of what shall befall us in the last days, we’ll start with one of God’s historians, Ezra. Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah (for our purposes, we are interested in one phrase which is, ‘shall serve the king of Babylon 70 years, Jeremiah 25:11) might be fulfilled. The LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia. So that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: “All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And he has commanded me to build him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah (the southern kingdom). And build the house of the LORD God of Israel which is in Jerusalem.

Who is among you all his people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah. And build the house of the LORD God of Israel which is in Jerusalem.

And whoever is left in his place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, beside the freewill offerings for the house of God which is Jerusalem.” End proclamation of Cyrus king of Persia, Ezra 1:1-4. At the beginning of his Medo-Persian reign in 538 B.C. through 331 B.C. Remember that date because it’s significant for the date of, 14 May 1948. Which will be developed as a startling piece of prophetic history, as this series develops. And it’ll help you understand modern world chaos. Because it’s tied to Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49:1, where he said, come and learn what will occur during the last days. And that befalling, will be catastrophic! And you, recipient of this discussion will be one of its participants. Whether or not, you are a Christian. And by that, its the recognition of what Romans 10:9-10 declares by experience. Which leads to this life transforming acknowledgment of 2 Corinthians 5:17. It’s all apart of the world drama from God on the world scene.

Cyrus wasn’t a Jew, he was a Persian Yet he did the unthinkable by freeing the Jews. Who were taken as prisoners by his Babylonian predecessor and made to be slaves through out his empire. And while prisoners, the lands of Abraham were ruled by Jew haters and the nations wealth was stolen. Which always occurs because to the victor goes the prize.

Understand this and you got what it takes to understand world drama from God. Because you’ll think individually and in a global manner. Because it applies to you and me, and to world leaders and their governments. And he changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings and raises up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him, Daniel 2:21-22.

Even the least of the mighty can be elevated to become world changers which as Daniel’s experience. And preserved for us by example in, Daniel 4:17. It’s all the doings of divine providence whose ways are designed to dumbfound the high and mighty. Aptly represented by King Nebuchadnezzar whose end is found in Daniel 4:25.

Skeptics Abound Everywhere

Skeptics do abound everywhere when it comes to the authenticity of God’s historical account of all beginnings. Which begins in what he calls the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1). Continues as he puts forth his own struggles for survival. With a horrible ending with the culprits getting booted from the heavens. With a declaration from the heavens declaring trouble for earths inhabitants. A force of events all can identify with because we are all the recipients of trouble. (Revelation 12:7-9;12). Then taking humanity on a journey from life to death. And all that lies in between, including life after physical death. (Hebrews 9:27). Then of all things allowing us to know that he will return and restore order. (Hebrews 9:28). The very heart beat of all inward desires. It’s what all humans struggle for and can’t obtain. Because order is of God, and we are the fallen creatures of disorder.

So when people are unable to understand the fascinating accounts of ancient scriptural history to modern world drama. If the truth be known, those that doubt biblical authenticity lack biblical knowledge.

While what has been said, can be somewhat challenging because centuries of historical events are tucked in between those sentences. That’s why its important to know your scriptural world which will lessen the challenges.

Godly tip for prosperity: “Better is the poor, who walks in his integrity. Then one perverse in his ways though he be rich,” Proverbs 28:6. The latter is guaranteed to result in foot sliding as noted in Deuteronomy 32:34-34. Applicable for individuals and governments.

A Mouse of a friend but the job got done

A Lion was awakened from a sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: “If you only spare my life, I would surely repay your kindness.” The Lion laughed, and let him go.

It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him with strong ropes to the ground.

The Mouse recognizing his roar came and gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free exclaiming:

“You ridiculed the idea of me ever being able to help you. Never expecting to receive from me any payment for your favor. Now you know that it is indeed possible for even a mouse to heap benefits on a lion.” (source: Penguin Classics-Fable’s of Aesop)

Relationships as our lion and mouse discovered can be a devious thing. As noted in Proverbs 27:5-6, “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Kudos for our mouse, who proved to be a mighty mouse. A mouse of its word and without deception.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt any thing?” Vincent van Gogh.

“Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things. That is what life is all about,” Studs Terkel.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Apostle Paul.

God’s greatest challenge

Like you and me, God also had to show some resiliency to His character in order to meet an unprecedented challenge. His kingdom was under attack. In the end the culprit and his associates were booted out of the realm of the Holiest of the Holy, our Creator and defender. Read about it in Revelation 12:7-9. With verse nine being the embodiment of our earthly troubles. Which reads, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

How powerful is Satan? From Isaiah 14:15-16, we discover these facts. There will come a time when Lucifer, son of the morning, who weakened the nations, (verse 12). Who will be dispatched to the pits of hell (verse 15). But in the mean time, he is characterized as the one, who made the earth tremble, who did shake kingdoms (governments) verse 16.

And who is preoccupied on earth, hoping, no doubt to shake to their death God’s chosen embodied in the nations of Israel and the United States. But God, as our defender has ordained, despite our combined sins. Has promised, “For Zions (Israel) sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s (capital city) sake, I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a lamp burns,” Isaiah 62:1.

Stand with Israel because that is the way for personal and national survival! It’s recorded in the book that so many today despise which is the root of Americas national and falling stature globally. Comes these words from the God of Abraham. And, “I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you; and in you (Israel) shall all families of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 12:3

Our people, and its government struggle to exhaustion to find fixes for our combined struggles. Our personal dilemma’s are as tiring as are national and international ones. When we have the reason, and purpose for what ails us as individuals, and a nation just spelled out and with the solution. With one word that epitomizes the cure. Found in Isaiah 62:1, which is the word ‘salvation,’ then what plagued us before God, will unite us with God. And the salvation of our lamp will burn again as a bright light. Meaning two things, first a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or God (John 10:30). Accomplished by confessing ones sins and acknowledging the process of John 3:16-18. It will produce the newness of life found in 2 Corinthians 5:17. And then a return to honor our Judeo-Christian heritage, as individuals and a nation starting with Genesis 12:3.

Acing your physicals

A patient on being questioned by his doctor about his condition. Answered that he had had an unpleasantly heavy sweat. “That’s good,” said the doctor.

The next time he was asked how he was. He complained of a shivering fit that had nearly shaken him to pieces. “That’s good too,” was the doctor’s comment.

At his third visit, he inquired once more about the man’s symptoms. A was told that he had diarrhea. “Good again,” he said, and took himself off.

When one of the patient’s relatives came to see him, and asked what was going on? “Well if you want to know,” he replied, “I’ve had so many good symptoms that I’m just about dead.”

It often happens that our neighbors not knowing where the shoe pinches us. Congratulates us on the very things which we ourselves find hardest to bear. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Favorable Omens)

Christ understands where the shoe pinches. That is why he said, “Come unto me, all who labor (beside personal labors, think in terms of labors for Christ) and are heavy laden, (burdened with misunderstandings, and or, persecutions in His service) I will give you rest. Take my yoke (way) upon you and learn of me; (emphasis is on learn of Me, a 66 book process + as the Spirit enlightens) for I am meek and lowly at heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke (way) is easy, and my burden light,” Matthew 11:28-30.

World changers what it means how its done

We are told that God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1. The earth later referred to as a garden, and described as Eden somewhere in the Eastern part of the world, Genesis 2:8. Which was perfect, for all habitats with its history discoverable in the first three Chapters of Genesis. But that didn’t last, for the earth and all its habitats were cursed. Also discoverable in those early chapters, and beyond. It’s why we die, fight and war. With larger life forms eating smaller life forms. With the earth being restless with constant destructive eruptions. No one today would call earth a Garden within Eden.

In due time, God introduced a remedy called Jesus Christ. And from that remedy, would come the following. “Now, therefore, you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God. Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit,” Ephesians 2:19-22. That’s part of what it means to be a WORLD CHANGER!!! Changed from within first, then sharing ones change so that others are no longer strangers or foreigners, but fellow citizens.

It’s accomplished through His church. With the church not being one of those God condemned things discovered in Revelation 2:1-3:22. Which are very visible, and dot the American landscape and conform to the will of the government and their corporate masters but not God. Got some questions? Read yesterdays discussion, “Change Makers.” But rather the church is a codified individual, who assembles with like minded people. Who become small bands, who are difficult to detect, as they strike God’s foes with their swords and disappear. Insights discovered with the 17 December 2016 discussion, “Christendoms Future City A War Away.” That completes what it means to be a world changer and introduces how it’s done.

Getting it done though takes the stone like character of Christ, who is the chief cornerstone. Were many are not willing to go because of the sacrifice and danger. It’s a great misnomer to think that getting it done for Jesus must be done through violence. Because Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God,” Matthew 5:9, and in the same breath, “Blessed are they, who are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” verse 10. Who would prosecute peacemakers? Muslims and secular governments, that’s who! And even, some of your church going neighbors. And not to be left out of the mix ones on family, and befuddled agnostic and atheist neighbors. While at the same time, Jesus said, “Think not that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword,” Matthew 10:34.

Oh! How our nay-saying foes love what they suspect are dichotomies. Declaring that such scriptures demonstrate the contradictions of Christendom; and therefore, Christendom is a falsehood. They are both deaf and made sightless, so no need exists to explain them away. Other than to say that it’s an incurable disease, apart form God’s intervention, Proverbs 20:12, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again. “He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes. Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them,” John 12:39-40. For the scriptures says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show My power in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth,” Romans 9:17. So lets sock it to them, big time. For that reason God raised up our naysayers; in all of their various forms that His name might be declared through out the land.

Become, well acquainted with yourself through 1 Peter 2:5-6. Because individual Christians are likened to as ‘living stones,’ who are anchored to the chief cornerstone of Ephesians 2:20, who is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a masterful illustrative artist. What He said thousand of years ago to those of His era, is applicable, and works for us today. Though divine, He often referred to himself as the Son of Man. With that phrase being used a total of 88 times in the New Testament. With such references making him very human. Like what is said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man, came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Therefore God’s intervention in the affairs of humanity, and His purpose for the Son of Man and His Stones. It’s illustrated through Mark 8:34, when He had called the people to himself along His disciples, He said to them, “Whosoever desires to come after Me, let them deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow Me.” With His cross symbolizing action, persecution, prosecution and death. And that’s what it means to be a sword whirling peacemaker who is blessed through persecution referenced in Matthew 5:9-10. In other words, His stones are to condemn with strength and with visibility everything offensive to what the scriptures teach.

Christ was the perfect societal trouble maker. That’s what he meant, when He said, “Think not that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword,” Matthew 10:34. Which means violence, but not through His living stones. Because the scriptures teach that justice and retribution belong to God. Our job is make clear to society exactly what will bring about His justice and retribution.

That is best done through small codified groups, maybe as small as two. Who can easily strike at evil, then disappear. But there is power through huge numbers. But take note, “Likewise the Spirit also helps our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God,” Romans 8:26-27. Suggesting that our small groups, are silently adding to their numbers. Praying for a great ground swelling of living stones, who come out of seemingly from nowhere. And congregate at some Spirit determined location, denouncing Americas godlessness. Refusing to be dispersed at government insistence. Whether local or federal, even as force begins to take hold. America has lost its spiritual destiny, and the nation is beyond decaying, it’s putridness is toxic to survival as a nation under God. This is where the stones of Jesus become violent! Not of ourselves, but of God knowing we can’t prevail. So we have to pray, for God’s justice and retribution. Which can manifested itself as follows, “To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time. For the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them shall make haste,” Deuteronomy 32:35. Many swords are at God’s disposal. He can raise up his enemies, like Muslims to punish individuals or nation states. Even using weather patterns as a viable weapon, if He so chooses. Thus giving clarity of meaning to Matthew 10:34. Because the ox knows his owner, and the ass his masters crib, but America  has rebelled against God. Modified from Isaiah 1:3, but the truth keep in tact, especially verse four. America must repent or be destroyed!

Hopefully this discussion has contributed to what it means to be a world changer and how its done. The unknown to many is the willingness and ability to sense what the Spirit is saying. Then having faith to act in whatever form the communication comes. After all the Spirit is within each lively stone, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The world at your finger tips

The name Jacob brings little significance to most. But for some it’s a name of great importance and significances. Because it was said by God, “Your name shall be called no more Jacob but Israel. For as a PRINCE you have power with God and with men, and hast prevailed, (meaning Jacob had struggled with God and man)” Genesis 32:38, and note Genesis 48:16. Volumes of history past, present and future are contained in those two verses.

But for now, just these few thoughts. With God making Israel a prince, a reference to royalty, as Jesus is known as the “Prince of Peace,” Isaiah 9:6. The name change from Jacob to Israel was symbolic to Jacob becoming reborn. A necessary process that would be necessary centuries later, if people were to be reconciled to God. Note this carefully peace is a gift from God, and peace is a particular indicator for individuals, as well as nations. Because a peace less individual,or nation suggest conditions of separation between themselves and God. Which at best spells complicated stress, and at its worse misery. Jesus said, “Peace I give unto you, my peace, I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” John 14:27.

This is what God offered the modern world through Israel (Jacob). This gift is the greatest of gifts God offers individuals and nations. From the aforementioned symbolic name change of Jacob to Israel symbolically picturesque for individual reconcilement with God. If you haven’t already done so, claim that gift today for yourself, and experience John 14:27. Then help America to understand what it means to be reborn politically and to know the peace of less stress and misery. God’s often works His mercy with threads of duality. In this instance His presences gives individuals what they want most, ‘PEACE,’ and then makes, ‘PEACE,’ available collectively for the nation.

For some of us it’s easy to understand why God is upset with three biblical empires. Each destined to be God’s mouth piece to individuals and the community of nations. It’s all wrapped around Joesph. Who learned from his father Jacob that his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh were destined for greatness. Ephraim’s seed would result in the birth of “Multitude of Nations.” Which became Great Britain and her Common Wealth of Nations. While his older brother Manasseh would also be “GREAT.’ It was through Manasseh that the United States was born, Genesis 48:19-21, (verse 21 Israeli nationhood 1948) Their combined history reaches back to the Abrahamic covenant recorded in Genesis 17:4.

Israel, Great Britain and the United States have pretty much walked away from their destiny. So this ancient prophecy, may once again repeat itself in our modern age. From 2 Chronicles 36:16, we learn that people have mocked the messengers of God. Despising the very words of God. Adding insult to injury by ignoring His prophets. UNTIL THE WRATH OF THE LORD AROSE AGAINST THE PEOPLE TILL THERE WAS NO REMEDY. It would appear that God’s wrath against His chosen people is playing out through the global theater today. The Apostle Paul, minister to the Gentile world wrote the following, “Be not deceived, GOD IS MOCKED, for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap,” Galatians 6:7.

A new America

The government is a castrated giant unable to make necessary compromises for the peoples good. For many reasons, but for now consider this, fifteen unelected group of people known as, the, “Independent Payment Advisory Board,” exists. Those fifteen people will determine whether or not the way your doctor wants to treat you is to expensive. And if this advisory board determines that it’s to expensive, then your doctor can’t by law proceed with his treatment plan. It could boil down to whether you live or die. Do you want to put your heath and well being in the hands of such an unconstitutional board? And, that’s just one aspect of their power. There is no place in the United States Constitution where such power given to such people. That in itself should motivate people to demand a complete evaluation of Obamacare. But will it?

Obamacare is promised a furlough under a Trump presidency. That doesn’t mean that when the furlough ends Americans will have an improved health care system. We the people must make the Trump presidency redesign a health care system that meets the needs of the people. A that will require the collective voices and energy of we the electorate.

A collection of buffoons are playing government at the peoples expense. And the people need to remake their republic in the image of its long lost Judea-Christian roots, as they travel to rebuild their republic. And know this, the process will be will be uncomfortable. But is it worth returning America to its origins of divine intervention? Which is best described from two scriptural texts, that will occur tomorrow.

We the people have this rare historic opportunity to change America! I pray that we will have the fortitude and determination to do just that. Remember Donald Trump thrives on praise and acceptance. Use it encourage Trump to govern from a Christ centered perspectives. Trump brags America first. To our founding fathers that meant allegiance to our Judea-Christian principles. That must be the end result of his presidency

Remember the counsel of Solomon, who said, “I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all,” Ecclesiastes 9:11. This is our time and chance. It may never come our way again.

How labor strife happens

“It’s of great importance to set a resolution, and not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; an he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second time and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart and in time depraves all its good disposition,” Thomas Jefferson, 1785.

Jefferson got it right, as his truth reaches us today. Where workers are blamed for their inability to govern. Now disparate to save their hides, they must blame the people, who make prosperity happen and nothing to do with budget shortfalls within governments. Or corporate conglomerates, always arguing that they can’t be competitive on the world market because of their workforce.

So here is what God Almighty, said about such scoundrels. “These six things the LORD hates; yes, seven are an abomination unto him. A proud look (ever notice that look on a politicians face) and (what they do best) a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. (as partners with corporate conglomerates to deprive working people fair wages. For the sole purpose of keeping them oppressed for their combined sole gain. Which, amounts to shedding innocent blood) A heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that swift in running to mischief. (And the working people hurt because of their imaginations and swiftness to misbehave) A false witness that speaks lies, and that sows discord among the brethren, (a favorite tactic of state governments reaching the feds, as they have become as Jefferson put it heartless because of lying tongues), Proverbs 6:16-19, with emphasis this writer through out.

Yes, you can believe it, when Obama and state governors say the nation is emerging form its worse recession since the 1940’s. Because Wall Street and corporate conglomerates continue to show record profits. But, it’s been at the expense of working people. With millions of lost jobs that are not going to return. With most of the remaining work force expected to work harder for less money.

To make the cycle almost complete, they must crush the collective bargaining rights of public service employees. Following the example of corporate conglomerates, who have pretty much destroyed collective bargaining. Reducing their employees to poverty wages and increased cost for heath insurance and retirement benefits. Then they’ll turn their powers of destruction by insisting that the working class assume a greater tax liability. And politicians must answer to their master, who aren’t masters of anything, except greed. It’s we the people, who are the masters, and we better assume our rolls. Or God have mercy on the fallen, to the depraved politicians and corporate greed mongers.

So throughout America its crunch time. It’s time to destroy them before they destroy you. No matter how you perceive Jesus Christ. This is certain, He was a great teacher, who taught many esoteric concepts missed by most. One of them was economics. Where he insisted, using Timothy as his spokesperson, “For the scriptures says, you shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain; and the laborer is worthy of his reward,” 1 Timothy 5:18.

What’s going by the feds, state governments and corporate conglomerates is war that is no different than any other war they have fought against the workforce. Tactics for now are different while they nonviolently are determined to crush workers rights. Working people must not allow that to happen. When government pushes, working people must bush back harder. And if those government becomes violent along with the nations corporate conglomerates, then working people have the right to self defense. Spiritual depravity leads to that kind of behavior.

Defense starts now with these Christ economic principals. James is the New Testament authority on economics which centers around material provisions. Where he said, “If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say to them, depart in peace, be warmed and filled. But you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead,” James 2:15-17.

Meaning whatever workforce protesters need by way of regional coordination, now is the time for preparation. There you’ll have to read between the lines because each will prepare and serve according to their interest and talent. Do so because, think not that failure to respond will not impact you because it will. In small ways it already has with surging consumer prices. But that’s just the beginning because the impact of governments to earn profits for corporate conglomerates will only intensify. Then turning their guns on you to bear a greater tax burden for balancing their budgets. You see there is plenty of money in America. Its just that the feds and the states don’t know how to budget it. For starters the feds must end their trillion dollar wars and global expansion of military bases. The states must focus only on providing for the welfare and safety of the people. To pay for that they must place a greater tax burden on corporations within their respective states. And the working class must earn more money and pay less in taxes. Don’t say it can’t be done because even in so called difficult economic times they were busy churning out stunning profits. America needs a new experience with economic equality in the workplace and marketplace. If we all do our part, it can happen! It must happen, if America is ever to put an end to the harm from lies that were unfolded by Jefferson. Jefferson’s analogy represents modern America. Truth telling, and truth acting is what America needs. But it’ll only occur because of the sacrifices and actions of the American workforce.

Stones from Jordan

For some reason, God is partial to symbols. We’ll start with his fascination with symbols with the early Israelites  and end with some symbols which were designed send a global message. Because, that is the purpose for his usage of symbols.

Starting with Joshua, who succeed Moses after his death. And destined to lead the Israelites to the promised land of milk and honey. Symbols for strength, plenty and prosperity.

Twelve stones that take on a special symbolic meaning. They were to serve as a commemoration for a historic feat preformed by God. The Isrealites crossed the Jordan into the promised land. They were able to cross the Jordan River on dry ground because he rolled back the seas making a wall of safety for their crossing.

Time passes, and people forget and die. So to preserve such a memorial feat, God wanted those stones to serve the purpose of recollection for future generations. Knowing that people are curious and sure to ask what the stones meant. They would be told, that Israel crossed over on dry ground because God made the waters dry up, just like he caused the Red Sea through the hand of Moses note, Exodus 14:16. But the greater symbolic is as follows. “That all the people of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever,” Joshua 4:24. For the curious, more details can be found by reading the first four chapters of Joshua.

That is God’s eternal purpose for his use of symbols because they transcend life, described as fleeting leaf. And if you haven’t noticed, we humans often use symbols to make a statement. Why is it that we elect to mimic God with the use of symbols? It is because life is breath. And once God breathes life into us, we are forever connected to God. Before that happens, we are just a lifeless substance. Note: “And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” Genesis 2:7.

After God created the first woman, the birthing process changed, but not the process of life. Because life begins, when one becomes a living soul. Even for those in denial of any God, as creator of life. It’s universal, humanities fascination with God, who mimic the creator in so many ways. Symbols are used to remind us of our heritages and they give us resolve and strength. And they also play out the same way through nation states, like ours. Humans use symbols to express their invincibility. Which was God’s declaration of invincibility with the stones taken from the Jordan River.

Taught By Experience

A lion, a donkey and a fox formed a partnership and went out hunting. When they had taken a quantity of game, the lion told the donkey to share it out. The donkey divided it into three equal parts, and bade the lion to choose one. On which the lion leapt at him in a fury and devoured him. Then he told the fox to divide it. The fox collected all of it into one pile, leaving only a few trifles for himself, and told the lion to make his choice. The lion asked who taught him to share things that way. ‘What happened to the donkey,’ he answered.

We learn wisdom by seeing the misfortunes of others. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Taught By Experience”)

However it is found, once found this is the value of wisdom. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies. And all the things you may desire can not compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths bare peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her. And happy are all who retain her,” Proverbs 3:13-18

And so it has been said, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And with all your getting, get understanding,” Proverbs 4:7.

But O, how elusive those gems can be. With most experiencing a donkey like fate, so many times. And some, if fortunate, like the fox, learn to get by. That leaves the few, who must work very hard to find her tree of life. Not an easy journey even for those secure through Jesus Christ. From a man who would know, came these words. “Be diligent to present yourself approved unto God, a worker, who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15.

Trying times answering the call

As we are seeing all resemblances of Christianity is being removed from public places, usually through the judicial system. What will be next to deny the public, perhaps its only chance to be drawn to the Christ of Christianity. Symbols are not just important they are almost sacred, as a means of drawing people to the Father. Jesus put it this way, No one can comes to the Father except through Me. Having had declared that He is the way, and the truth and the life, see John 14:6. Think not that a Christmas nativity scene, or an Easter display of three crosses, the Ten Commandments or the Bible displayed in public places. Can’t be used by God’s Spirit to save a lost soul, or move a nation to return to its Judeo-Christian roots, is to think wrong. The one purpose and intentional design of secularism is to bring to fruition the aforementioned through Psalms 2:3, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces. And cast away Their cords from us” And I say, let it not happen!

As America moves to become more secularized, making America more hostile to Jesus Christ and His followers. What can we anticipate our future to look like. Here’s a glimpse, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, and will betray one another and will hate one another,” Matthew 24:9-10.

Then to compound things even more, this curse will manifest itself with even greater confusion. “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many shall grow cold,” Matthew 24:11-12. Can you see it happening?

The body of believers in Jesus Christ must mobilize and unite as one mighty army in order to protect itself. For both defensive purposes, and for evangelistic purposes. For it is written, “But they that endures to the end, shall be saved,” Matthew 24:13. Because it’ll take courage, and strength to execute a greater purpose with an intentional design. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end come,” Matthew 24:14.

Beauty and the the beholder

A fox had lost his tail in a trap and was to ashamed of the disfigurement that he felt life was not worth living. So he decided to persuade all the other foxes to maim themselves in the same way; then, he thought, his own loss would not be so conspicuous. He collected them all and advised them to cut off their tails. A tail he said, “Was merely a superfluous appendage, ugly to look at and heavy to carry.”

But one of them answered, “Look here!” “You only give us this advise because it suits your own look.”

This tale satirizes those who offer advice to their neighbors not out of benevolence but from self interest. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Cut Off Your Tail To Save My Face”)

Shame on self interest, however, it is a behavior that we have to put up with, to a degree. It takes some effort but overcoming is accomplished as follows. And what accord has Christ with Belial (uselessness)? Or what part believer with an unbeliever?  And what agreement has the temple of God, with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, “I will dwell in them, and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate,”says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean. And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. Text:2 Corinthians 6:15-18.

People Ways and Destines

That which follows, most likely will not stir the interest of most politicians, nor the celebrity status driven people of Hollywood, nor the driven athletic super star. And certainly not the masters of exploitation on Wall Street. With rare exception, they are all about making history, being glamorized or immortalized, and made very wealthy, even if they have to cheat those who can least afford to be cheated. That is the way of the temporal world.

There is a better way and it starts with the recognition of this heralded dispatch of centuries past. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways says the Lord,” Isaiah 55:8. Then, what are the ways and thoughts of the LORD? Many! But hear are a few, master them, and find the destiny of prosperity. And of course, learn to avoid what is made clear by instructions from our sacred scriptures.

In that quest, do not think in terms of being a history maker, or being glamorized, or immortalized or wealthy beyond your imagination. Although that is not beyond a possibility, but rather think in terms of a destiny of prosperity in obedience to Jesus Christ. For those, who make that journey, they have indeed discovered the destiny of prosperity. Because another eternal promise from the promise maker is, “Behold! I come quickly and My reward is with Me to give to each according to their work,” Revelation 22:12.

Here is one path to that destiny of prosperity. “Happy are the people, who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But their delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law they meditate day and night. They shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever they do shall prosper,” Psalms 1:1-3. Again, think in terms of the spiritual and not the temporal.

As contrasted by the tumultuous experiences thrust upon the history seeking makers, celebrity status folks, heroes from the world of athletics and those dollar crunchers, who do so at any cost. Irregardless of the harm done.  Collectively who are described as like this, “But the ungodly (realize that some who say Lord, Lord are of the ungodly) are not so, but are like the chaff (waste) which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous (meaning when life is over for them they will not know the rewards mentioned above, Revelation 22:12).  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous; (godly in Christ) but the way of the ungodly shall perish,” (meaning the second death of eternal nothingness which is the inability to withstand the judgment, Revelation 20:15, but to get the full impact of nothingness read verses 11-14, also), Psalms 1:4-6.

All because of the following. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that parish is foolishness, but unto us who are saved it’s the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

With a quick glance back to the first paragraph as a refresher of the ways and destinies of so very many. Those numerous pursuits are experienced as follows, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent,” 1 Corinthians 1:19. It’s very difficult to convince people that they are not wise and prudent in their pursuits.

God is beginning to pinch the wayward ways of the self obsessed of paragraph one. Who want a kingdom, but with out God involved in any way. Especially the history seekers, who mostly represent our system of government. And because of the them, that pinch is feeling more like a bite. For all, even the Christ community, who may really be the ultimate target of that bite.

Because, it’s the dwindling Christ community that stands in the way of the gods of temporality.

The work of God and its consequences

Yes, people of God, are directed to be separate from secularism. It works in the following manner. And what accord has Christ with Belail (meaning nothingness)? Or they that believe with unbelievers? 2 Corinthians 6:15. Clearly showing a separation between two very different pursuits in this world.

Whether the majority within the general public accepts the nothingness of their society, it is immaterial to the responsibilities of individual committed Christians. In the end their individual and collective societies will return to dust from which they came. Not a pleasant reality but accurate as it is truthful from the scriptures.

That is what individual death, and the changing of world powers is all about. Death is observable all the time, nothingness and dust. With the changing of world powers being less frequent. But it is happening right before us today, as the United States slips from being the global premiere economic and military power. The United States will clearly become the paper tiger that some noticed some time ago. It all represent God’s clear object lessons of the nothingness outside of His directives. That is what human suffering is all about. It started in the book of Genesis. It helps some to understand the Psalmist lamenting, “Why do the nations rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalms 2:1.

The hope for America is to reclaim her destiny from our ancestors Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Manasseh, David and Jesus Christ. Three nations have enjoyed unusual blessings from God. They are Israel, Great Britain and the United States. But each in their own way, are in the grips of the prophecy of Hosea chapter five Which can be summed up in verse four, …”And they have not known the LORD.” Meaning to have failed to dot the (i’) and cross their (t’) in accordance with God’s directives.

“And what agreement has the temple of God (you and me) with idols? verse 16a. The church should be about the business of the church, as exemplified by Jesus Christ. Who was murdered for his opposition to secular governments and religious fraud. Verse 16b continues, “For you are the temple of the living God …” Which represents a vast difference between people. Pursuing very different approaches to life. One which sees the bigger picture outside of themselves where existence continues after all seemingly ends. While the other grapples to survive gathering prestige and other stuff, knowing that in a several decades it all ends forever. One represents a glorious existence while the other a pitiful end.

Which is why the command is specific, “Wherefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord …,” verse 17a.

Which will now take us to Acts of the church, where we find centuries later the young church lamenting the cries of the Psalmist in chapter two, verses two and three. But the scene has changed, but the behavior being the same. Note the similarities then and at the time of the early church. “… Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings (governments) took their stand, and the rulers were gathered against the Lord, and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom you have anointed. Both Herod, Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel where gathered together. To do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done,” Acts 4:25-28. Meaning it is the revolving door of history repeating itself through the centuries. Begging for wise people not to repeat the historical errors of their predecessors. Which is to reject God and His Christ, who is the only figure, who can alter the nothingness of existence. Nullifying the rage between the nations. Bringing an end to the vain imaginations of the people.

Verse 16a, wants to know what possible agreement could exist between the temple of God and idols? Although touched upon above, the term idols represents the perfect pursuit of nothingness. All those pursuits, whatever they may be outside of the sanctions of God Almighty.

But for those of us, who diligently pursue the sacred sanctions of God. This is where our fortitude to persevere comes from. It is put in this manner, “Or do you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which is God’s,” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

The world that most are engaged in amounts to nothingness. While the world, of those who have the compact of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, remain in a world called somethingness with earthly challenges and divine rewards. It all comes down to personal and national choices. Individually, and collectively as groups of nations, crunch time is always on the horizon.

The genesis effect

As part of our nature, human curiosity is never satisfied. In one form or another, our species is busy satisfying our curiosity about the things to come. Always wondering what tomorrow will bring, and at times, with personal peril for what will occur today. Which seems to be a constant trait, through out history.

Humanities greatest pursuit should be making sure our today’s are pleasing to God. Then our tomorrow’s will fall into place. What was said of Noah, should be our pursuit today and tomorrow. It was said of Noah, that he had found grace in the eyes of the LORD, Genesis 6:8.

For our time, Paul in Galatians chapter one put it this way. “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this evil age. According to the will of God and our Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen,” verses 4-5. Note, the “will of God.” Many want to know the will of God. Agreed? The, “will of God,” to be delivered from evil through the divine providence of God our Father. Who wants to keep His creation safe. Humanity is made safe through Christ. That can not happen, until one clearly understands, and accepts the Christ sacrifice for individual sin. Christ’s life, His saving power, is then available to deliver us from the influences of this evil world.

Then Jesus taught, “Seek first the ‘kingdom of God’ and ‘His righteousness,” Matthew 6:33. Very important, “Be therefore not anxious about ‘tomorrow;’ for ‘tomorrow’ will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own evil,” verse 34.

What is meant by the phrase “sufficient unto this day is its own evil? Jesus taught us about that evil in Matthew 24:38-39. It is called by this padre the genesis effect Because it puts into play, the curiosity of the human nature.

Many have paid good money to fortune tellers and others to get a glimpse of the future. And millions could be earned if someone could foretell tomorrow’s history with accuracy. Especially, if they could provided proof as to whether world history as we now know it will end. The good news is, yes, word events as we know them will end. The regretful news no one knows the timing. Jesus put it this way. “the day and hour no man knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only,” Matthew 24:36.

Even the disciples wanted to know when the world would end. “… tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming, and the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3.

Jesus told them it will be just like in the days of Noah, Matthew 24:37. What where those days like? Genesis gives this account. It was a time of unusual wickedness. Humanities pursuit was a thought process of producing only evil, Genesis 6:5. So successful was humanity in this endeavor that the earth was corrupted with violence, Genesis 6:11. To the point that God regretted that He created humanity. Moses expressed God’s sorrow with these words, “it grieved Him at His heart,” Genesis 6:5-6.

But God is always merciful, in Noah God had a just man. Perfect in his generation for he walked with God, Genesis 6:9.

God had determined to end that age with a devastating flood. God said unto Noah, “The end of all flesh is come before me. The earth is filled with violence through them. Behold I will destroy them with the earth,” Genesis 6:13. Going on to instruct Noah to build an ark, verse 14. Then entering into a new relationship with Noah with the entering of the ark, Genesis 6:18.

So will it be in the unknown future when God will have had enough of humanities wickedness. Noah’s ark served as a prophetic picture that evil is an abomination to God to be destroyed.

But as Noah, found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Becoming a just man perfect in his generation, and able to walk with God. That is the destiny of people who find grace in Jesus. Becoming perfect in our generation, and able to walk with God. The path to that walk was introduced above.

For it is the promise of scriptures that this age will end, and all those in Christ will have an Ark like experience. Not on the waters but in the sky.

Sweet Sleep

In the jungle, he had rested, knowing that rest was as much a weapon as a gun. The eyes and mind are much more lethal, when alert then a dozen steel weapons strapped to his body. (source:Robert Ludlum, “The Aquitaine Progression”)

There is something very mystical about the restoration of the body through rest or sleep. Elihu in the book of Job passed on this observation. “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleeps falls upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instructions,” Job 33:15-16.

How many times have you heard it said, “Let me sleep on it.” Clarity of purpose often emerges from deep rest. Sleep, a true gift from God which must be earned. Earned through right living, as taught in Psalms 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law he meditates day and night.”

Doubt it, test it! Over time. And remember, God isn’t a grab bag of goodies, for selfish human interest. Which seems to be a twenty first obsession for far to many. Whispering silent thoughts, like provide it Jesus, or we’ll part ways. Indeed the ways will be parted, and the world suffers.

And the church will be judged, as declared in Revelation 1:20;2:5. Which reads, “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. And the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do your first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” And understand, it’s not about concrete and stained glass windows, but rather, people washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.

The person at peace with Jesus knows the sleep of recuperation of verse three, “And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Not necessarily from the material but rather by spiritual acquisition.

But the person troubled shows the following, “The ungodly (non believers) are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away,” verse four.

Human toil takes us deep into the jungles of aggressive, hostile and sometimes adversarial conflicts. Sometimes such experiences are beyond being exhausted. Yet sleep will not come. But the well rested body knows that sleep, is indeed, as much of a weapon strapped to ones body. Because the rested body results in the mind becoming a lethal functioning machine. Able to prioritize and mow down the toils of human existence.

Laugh and the world laughs with you:weep and you weep alone

A bald man, who wore a wig was riding one day. When a puff of wind blew the wig off, at which the bystanders guffawed. Reining in his horse, he said, ‘It is not surprising that I can not keep hair which is not mine on my head. Since its proper owner, on whose head it grew, could not keep it there.’

Let no man be cast down by accidents which befall him. What nature did not give us at birth can never be a permanent possession. Naked we came into the world, and naked shall we leave it. Source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“A Philosophic Baldpate.”

Most get Aesop’s inference, I suspect. But there is a stage beyond nakedness because our species broke the Edenic Covenant. From that failure, we have these words, “In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread. Until you return to the ground; for out of it you were created; for dust you are, and dust shall you return,” Genesis 3:19.

For most that is a pretty dismal prospect. All the sweat and labor to secure less than ten decades of existence. Only to deteriorate to useless dust.

In the mean time human existence plays out something like the following. “He has said in his heart, I shall not be moved; for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud; under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sits in his lurking places of the villages; in secret places he murders the innocent; his eyes are secretly upon the poor. He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den; he lies in wait to catch the poor. He does catch them when he draws them into his net. He crouches and humbles himself so that the poor may fall by his strong ones,” Psalms 10:6-10. Concluding, “He has said in his heart, God has forgotten; he hides his face; he will never see it,” Psalms 10:11.

There in verses 6-10, we have the cunning ways of a fallen species. Along with a way of getting around all accountability to God in verse 11. Those six verses play out on the world scene in the form of corporate, governmental and individual decadency.

Scriptures sometimes require the use of ones imagination. The above verses represent some of those occasions. It boils done to this scenario. It is any behavior where one has been victimized. Just slip yourself into the picture of those verses and there is your individual hurt.

It has been said, laugh, and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone. Most people in our world will laugh at any notion about accountability to God. While some of us weep at the worlds decadency. Weep we do as though alone, but the God who said this, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they who dwell therein,” Psalms 24:1. Who also said this, “He that sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision,” Psalms 2:4. Payback is in the providence of God Almighty. Against the nation and to all individuals who do harm. Including the many, who have been hurt and have no voice for justice, babies, children and the elderly. In derision, I shall have them is the eternal promise.

For those, who have experience the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ, this decadent world is just sick place to live. Affording us a different scenario in Jesus Christ. Let God take care of business as usual and give yourself to higher purposes. Where a reprieve can be found from the sweat of ones labors and sorrows.

Concentrate on this path and discover avenues of reprieve. It is not always an easy path because it requires effort, commitment and maybe sacrifices. So note, Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the congregation of the scornful. Think about what that means and how it is accomplished. Then practice this, but their delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law they meditate day and night. Followed by the rewards, and they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf shall not wither; and what-so-ever they do shall prosper, Psalms 1:1-3.

Some contrast between how those people function outside of Christ. And how believers function when draped by the mercies of God.