The Easter Sunday Tune-up ~ Victory

The Resurrection by Benvenuto di Giovanni, 1491

O bear my longing heart to Him who bled & died for me                                Whose blood now cleanses from all sin and gives me victory.                                ~ Ralph Stanley, Angel Band

When we awaken here, the liar’s arrows no longer pierce the nature of our true being. His nets can no longer capture what we’re born into through God’s love, mercy, and grace. We are literally “shielded in our armor”. We see and feel with His heart and mind, the pain and misery at the source of the lies and madness they wove for us, only to entomb themselves.

The most amazing thing about this victory, unlike every other, is that we want all to have it. I had an interesting exchange with my new friend on Facebook, who happens to be Jewish and shares almost all of my political views. I had posted an article about Planned Parenthood keeping babies alive to harvest their organs for profit, with the comment “Pray for these people to return to God this weekend.” She responded with a prayer for “their death” with the “sword of David”…and a little, what I took as tongue-in-cheek, shot at “you Christians and this forgiveness thing.”

If you’ve never seen Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”, I urge you to do so. It made my Good Friday exceptionally more meaningful. Among his last dying words, as he hung nailed to the cross, his flesh ripped open, the thorns digging into his skull, after the beating, mocking, and scourging, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” What Jesus meant was, they did not realize that they were doing these things to the “Messiah”…they did not understand the “Kingdom”…in much the same way as Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned didn’t understand the “Hell” of Planned Parenthood…until, by the grace of God, she did.

And what was the very first thing Abby did as a convert? She saved two souls!

Victory!  

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Holy Week Tune-up ~ The Harrowing of Hell

The Saving Grace

Welcome to Holy Saturday, the great In-Between Heaven and Hell, Life and Death. To the minds of those who loved him most, their Rabbi lay entombed and decomposing…when in fact, he was descending into Hell to “proclaim good tidings to the dead”. If yesterday was the devil’s worst day, today is no better. Now, after losing the greatest battle ever fought, our Lord is invading the heart of the devil’s domain to awaken the dead and free the tormented.

Many of us can think of a time and a place where we thought that things were so bad, they could never get worse, and never get better. Think about the instant you saw the light and the way out of your suffering. You might have even thought of it as hell. But imagine you are in a place a thousand times darker and more painful than that FOREVER, and suddenly the Father-King you never knew has come to save you. I can’t tell you how often I am told its all over…there’s no coming back. Really?

How did we get to this modern-day Mordor…this dank grey in-between place of death, hopelessness, and despair? On the heels of the 5-yr-old boy thrown off the 3rd story balcony by a Somali Muslim in Minnesota (he’s recovering thank God), the devastating Notre Dame fire which was declared arson-free minutes after it started, Atif Qarni, a Muslim with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, ISNA, and CAIR, is sworn in as Virginia’s new Secretary of Education…on the Koran. Within minutes of posting the article on Facebook, my Catholic friend was labeled a bigot by a “Progressive” Seattle University professor who declares himself a “defender of basic liberal values of religious freedom and tolerance and equal respect”.  

God is connecting these events in this holiest week of the year for a reason. Jesus descended into hell to awaken. God wants us awake and informed. We used to know and understand simple things like, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Why don’t we anymore?

That’s when I discovered another defender of basic liberal values of religious freedom and tolerance and equal respect in Progressive Pastor John Pavlovitz, who seems to have room in his heart for everyone but President Trump, Conservative Christians, and Patriotic Americans. He authored The Heresy of Christian Nationalism back in February. This is a very revealing read into the heart and mind of Progressivism. By the way, did you know that the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers have officially removed the traditional game-opening song God Bless America, and covered up the Kate Smith statue in Philadelphia?

Oh, God hadn’t finished revealing yet. Kathleen Pulis, may she rest in peace, passed away in March. She was a first-grade schoolteacher at my old George Washington Elementary School in Wyckoff NJ. On the surface, you don’t get much more apple pie Americana than Kathleen Pulis. But reading her obituary, I came across the fact that she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star…which led me to this article, Why No Christian Woman Should Join The Order Of The Eastern Star.

The grey in-between is no place to live. The fact is that Jesus conquered death in the battlespace of principalities and powers. I did not know Kathleen Pulis, but I’d be willing to bet she had no idea she was engaged in Satanic Arts. “She may not know it, but in bowing before the altar of the Star, the inverted pentagram of Baphomet, she has surrendered herself (however innocently) to the gods of Masonry. That WILL give Satan an entry point into her life, no matter how devout a Christian she may be.”

We were the dead before He came to awaken us. The Harrowing of Hell is over for us, IF…

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

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The Holy Week Tune-up ~ Good Friday & Sacrifice

Hope or Surrender?

Pilate therefore said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have the power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the greater sin.” ~ John 19:10,11

I work for a very large “global” corporation. As with most large global corporations these days, we have a Director of Diversity. Ours happens to be a very lovely woman of the Muslim faith who also happens to share the same birthday with yours truly. A few weeks ago, she had sent out an email to our entire field force of 400 associates, promoting the benefits of marketing to the LGBTQ community. My instant reaction, as a white Christian man, was visceral.  I’ve had some time to process this incident and my response to it, and this is what I’ve realized…just two days before Good Friday. This one incident contains two separate truths:

  • Diversity is the reflection of the values enshrined in our founding documents, that “all men are created equal…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” This is a very good thing, and the essence of our American Exceptionalism.
  • There is an imposed diversity, an artificial diversity that pretends to be what it is not, by perverting the 1st Amendment with gimmicks such as “hate speech”, advantaging one group at the expense of another. This is a very bad thing, and the root essence of tyranny.

You might ask what these things have to do with this, the Holy Day of Good Friday, when Jesus Christ was beaten, scourged, mocked, and crucified on Calvary between two common thieves. I will tell you…

It all comes down to Sacrifice.

“That was some fire!”, Joe says to me on Monday. My friend who did not know about the 5-yr-old thrown off a 3-story balcony by a Somali Muslim in Minnesota, knew about the Notre Dame fire, but made no connection to Islam because he was unaware of the one dozen attacks on French churches in the same week, as well as the fact that there have been 875 French Catholic Churches torched, vandalized, and desecrated in 2018!

And sadly, my uninformed friend is far from alone. Question: WHY ARE SO MANY OF US UNINFORMED? Answer: Because too many of us are afraid to befriend and defend the truth people in power are trying to murder and hide away. Why: Because we will be attacked, scorned, and/or cast aside for doing so.

In this holiest week for Christians on this most significant day, when Pilate gave Jesus the chance to save himself, to appease, to bend…He chose instead, to fulfill scripture, to “finish”, fortunately for each and every last one of us. In this most holy week of all, the poser surrenders to the lie…while the uninformed see only a fire burning, completely unaware they have been betrayed by the poser/Judas…that they and theirs are consumed in the flames of their own ignorance. Maureen Mullarkey’s Must Read: “Why Does Pope Francis’s New Morocco Logo Imply Submission to Islam?”

Good Friday was a terrible day for those living and dying it. Imagine being betrayed, scourged (your flesh torn apart by barb-tipped whips), mocked, and killed by the same people you loved more than anyone has ever loved them…willingly, for them. Imagine how lost and devastated the disciples were. Imagine Mary living every minute of this agonizing day. Well…stayed tuned. Things are about to get very, very interesting…before they get to a place that none of us ever dreamed was even possible. See you tomorrow…God willing.

But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it was borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth—that you also may believe. ~ John 19:34,35

 

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Sowing the Real Seed

The Seed of Life

We are never the same after listening to the truth; we may forget it, but we will meet it again.  ~ Oswald Chambers, Sow the Real Seed

What an incredible week! Attorney General Barr signals the end of the Deep State as the Deep State (it would appear) arrests the man (Julian Assange) who exposed them all, doomed the Clinton Campaign, and created the opening for President Donald J. Trump, now soaring in the polls as our 45th President.

The world is waking up from the great lie we know as “Progressivism”, and for the first time in a very, very long while, there is the dawn of a new Spring. A real Spring of true hope and anticipation for nothing less than a restoration of the Natural Order…our world as it was divinely designed and created to be. The Progressive war against the Natural Order and God Himself is over. If only…

The Truth is, we’re not quite there yet. The Truth is that the Lie has lost the moral high ground, having been forced by circumstance to reveal itself. Unable to hide behind the cloak of compassion, fairness, and a crumbling entourage of faux social justice values, it’s left to forcibly drag the last remaining REAL Western Journalist out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this week…in broad daylight. No need for pretense any longer.

David Warren asks, in the same week, “Can Beauty Save the World?” The answer is both yes and no. I would offer a conditional yes. The condition being nothing less than a level playing field on which Truth and the Lie compete…which implies knowledge:

I Am ~ “The Truth matters, and it matters because the Truth is a Person, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To deny that the Truth matters is to deny that God matters. Our Lord is the Way, the TRUTH and the Life, and ONLY through Him, with Him and in Him can we see the Father. There is no lie in God. There is no error in God. There is no unreality in God, who is reality. ‘I AM WHO I AM. Before Abraham was, I AM.’ To love God is to love Truth. To love Truth is to love God. Indifference to Truth is indifference to God. Indifference to God is indifference to Truth.” ~ Ann Barnhardt

Diabolical Narcissist ~ “People who freely choose to purge all love from their souls. All that remains after the purgation of love from the soul is an emotional palette of ANGER, HATRED, JEALOUSY and FEAR. DN fuel, just as with the demons they emulate, is SPITE.” ~ Ann Barnhardt

God’s (I Am) compassion is carried behind the breastplate of knowledge, faith, and courage. Progressive (DN) compassion is carried behind the naked lie, as the young cyclists in Tajikistan, and the young hikers in Morocco so tragically learned last year. God’s compassion protects. Abraham’s son Isaac was as safe as the baby saved and united with its real mother by the wisdom and true compassion of King Solomon.

The Bad Seed ~ A 5-yr-old boy was thrown off a third-floor balcony by a Muslim at the Mall of America in Minnesota yesterday. It was followers of Islam who murdered the young cyclists and hikers. The truth is that Islam poses a far greater threat than Measles. But you and I are told the opposite. The headline at the top of Drudge this morning: Russia Says “New World Order” Being Formed In the comments at the end of the article, Karen speaks to the epidemic of Somali Muslims in Minnesota. Imagine being a 7th generation Minnesotian watching the home of your ancestors turned into a living hell. We are on the same trajectory here in New York, as well as other states of our glorious Union.

The truth is that we all are living the consequences of what we have each sown. I will start with myself by confessing that I have not lived my life sowing the “real seed”. In fact, I’ve lived most of my life sowing the wild seed, without discipline…my regular readers know about most of my misadventures. I came to the realization of the greater than myself obligations and duties late in life. But by the grace of God…when the tumblers click, they click.

The Real Seed ~ The real seed is sown in the action, not the result…often, with some degree of risk, discomfort, and/or pain. Certainly, for the most part, with no immediate return or profit. On this very day, our Lord was hailed as a hero/king in Jerusalem…knowing it was to be the last week of His life on this earth. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ~ John 12:24

If you sow vows, resolutions, aspirations, emotions, you will reap nothing but exhaustion: “And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it” (Lev. 26:16); but sow the word of God, and as sure as God is God, it will bring forth fruit.

 

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ One Of Us Has To Die

They are “Grooming” our children.

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ~ John 3:19

We Murrays have lived here in New York since my 4th Great Grandfather Andrew Murray settled here after moving from Scotland. He enlisted and fought in Col. Van Schaick’s NY Battalion after things became unsettled under the oppressive thumb of a foreign king. Six generations of us have lived and let live since Andrew passed at the age of 66 in New Scotland up in Albany County in 1824. 195 years later, things have become unsettled again. Albany has become the monster not even our Founders or Forefathers could have imagined. Under the corrupt reign of our domestic king, Albany has devolved into a den of the most un-American vipers…the modern version of  John’s men who “love darkness”.

A midnight vote…without debate…secret police…so the king could steal a $70K pay-raise for himself…here in America. This is so far beyond the “unsettled” state of Andrew Murray’s day. This is the exact evil John describes in 3:19…and growing worse by the hour!

I wrote to a dear friend mired in the grip of losing faith this past week, (Part 1) “Fear is the poison bad kings use to kill the joy and the hope of the people.” I included a poem I had come across that very same morning:

Ah, Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire!
Would not we shatter it to bits — and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!                                                                                        ~
Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat 

Have we grasped this “sorry Scheme of Things entire”…entirely yet? Let me help… 

“OSU is intent on silencing or driving away parents, employees or volunteers who believe that there are only two sexes, male and female, and that homosexuality and ‘transgenderism’ are inappropriate subjects for impressionable children and have nothing to do with 4-H. Indeed, interim director of Ohio 4-H, Kirk Bloir has clearly said: ‘If parents or volunteers don’t like that, then we are not the program for them,’” the report said… as Christian students are targeted at Yale in the same week:

The school will no longer provide financial support for students and graduates who work at organizations that discriminate on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.” ~ Yale Law School, under “pressure” from the LGBTQ Outlaws

Also, in the same week:

“I chose to kill that young man because he looked happy. And I couldn’t stand his happiness,” ~ Said Machaouat,  The Muslim killer of Stefano Leo

Where this is all going:

Then one day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They
were happy, happy to be free from their troubles
. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping
the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. ~
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, under his pen name “Psychedelic Warlord”

The same Puppet Master behind the bad king in Albany, pulling the strings of OSU and the Yale Outlaws, is the very same one pulling the strings of Said Machaouat and Beto O’Rourke.

And what, you might ask, do all these puppets have in common?

Diabolical Narcissists are “people who freely choose to purge all love from their souls. All that remains after the purgation of love from the soul is an emotional palette of ANGER, HATRED, JEALOUSY and FEAR. Diabolical Narcissists’ fuel, just as with the demons they emulate, is SPITE.” ~ Ann Barnhardt

Is it any wonder that we Christians are the #1 target of all DN’s and their Puppet Master? How do we answer this evil? How do we live with the misery-loves-company-crowd who live to devour our souls? Judging by what I see when I look 360 degrees around me, it would seem the answer for most people is to ignore, pretend, and not nearly enough…pray the evil away.

Surely, we can be honest enough with ourselves to see there is a comfort and convenience for us in the ignore-pretend-pray model by letting God do the heavy lifting. Nice…no conflict…head down…eyes straight…mouth shut. To you I say, have a little Revelation 3:16 ~ So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

I went to see the pro-life movie “Unplanned” on Friday. I urge you to take a pro-choice friend, and/or ideally…a young women faced with the decision. There was a scene in the beginning that modeled God’s instruction to us of how to stand and fight. The movie depicts two unrelated groups of protesters outside the Texas Planned Parenthood Clinic; the angry anti-abortion group, and the loving pro-life group. My Bible (Revised Standard Edition) contains 66 books on 981 pages. On Thursday night, our pastor led our men’s bible study into a discussion on God’s instruction in 2 Chronicles 7:13,14 with the open-ended question. “Why is our world so messed up?” On the very next day, I hear the exact same scripture passage movingly recited by one of the young actors on the big screen as part of the conclusion in the movie “Unplanned”. Someone, please calculate the odds…

When I shut up the heavens so there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name (Christians) humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:13,14

(Part 2) It broke my heart to hear you losing “hope” my friend. Especially since I see in you the very heart of goodness, love, and beauty the bad king wants to kill.

We are here and now, in a time and place more troubling than even our fathers’ fathers knew. They are literally coming for our children. One of us has to die. If you look carefully, and choose wisely, you can already tell which one of us this will be.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Preparing For The Separation

Leaving the Dead Sea for the Eternal One

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he can not be my disciple.” ~ Luke 14:26

There is a group of us men…well-seasoned baby-boomers, to put it politely…who meet in our Men’s Bible Study once a week. There are about 8-10 of us in total who, after sitting on couches I’m convinced were purposely designed by the devil, low to the ground in an attempt to discourage us from coming back because it always takes two to three catapult-thrusts to propel ourselves back to our feet after two hours of sitting. Anyway, after a few minutes of comparing aches, pains, titanium hips, reconstructed knees and bad backs, I half-jokingly said to my Pastor, “I feel like I am compensating up here (pointing to my head) for the rest of me that’s slowly wearing out and falling apart.” This was not a new revelation for me but, thinking about it afterwards, what I really intuit and meant to say, is that God is purposely weakening my earthly vessel…while simultaneously nourishing, strengthening, and preparing me for “the separation” and life in the new home. I am living the joyful consequence of praying James 4:8 for the past two and a half years…and meaning it! I am not saying I’m preparing to die tomorrow…I am saying that I am intentionally freeing myself of the ties (old habits) that bind me here, and replacing them with new ones.

I liken the “mind of this” transition to a young woman who comes to my gym. I watch (study) everyone and everything. That’s who I am, and what I do. I see everyone (including myself) come every day to “work” out. I see her come to play and have fun. The irony? She works harder and gets more done than most all of us. There is a child-like letting go in her that is a joy to behold. Think of all the energy in this world that wants to work us, suck us in, contain us, alarm, enrage, and frighten us into or away from one thing or another. To many of us, it becomes a little like quicksand. If we’re not careful, it will contain us, own us, and completely define us…leaving us spiritually homeless. I can’t begin to tell you how many of you have expressed the feeling of being trapped and hopeless to me over the past year…especially now that I am back on Facebook. Talk about a Dead Sea…

There is a reason, I’m now understanding, why Eldredge places Lover after Warrior and before King in our natural development as men. The reason is really quite simple; there is no greater love than the one we would give up ourselves for. This is the heart of Jesus’ Luke 14:26 teaching…the ultimate separation, right? Who are we more tied and bound to in this world than our own parents, families, and selves? He is not telling us to hate them…in essence, He is teaching us the opposite…to love them above our own attachment to them, as He himself did by His own example on Calvary. The voice of our modern world is calling us in the opposite direction, is it not? An entire “selfie” generation gazing into its own Narcissi-Smart-Phone reflection…missing the true “Cantare, amantis est” (Lover’s song) in so doing.

True Love has to come before the King…“Only the Lover Sings”

The 12th Psalm reads: “I shall sing to the Lord, who has granted good things to me.”

  • The language of love affirms that “It is good that you exist.”
  • The language of friendship adds that it is “good that we both exist knowing one another.”
  • The language of truth states: “It is true that you exist.”
  • The language of creation affirms that “You and I both exist even if we need not exist.”
  • The language within the Trinity speaks “eternal life.”

I wrote Inclined Towards Love last week, tapping into the wisdom of King Solomon and Ecclesiastes 10:2…days before one of my favorite TCT writers posted his two cents on today’s Left/Right paradigm. Definitely worth the read! What struck me even more powerfully than the words of David Warren, which takes some doing, was the image of God selected by Brad Miner who matches most all of the artwork with the TCT writers. Tell me what you see…

I see God expressing Love to His right, in both His expression and His Right hand. And I see him expressing what seems to be disapproval, displeasure, and a warning to His left with His left hand and His looking away. Is this what you saw? Pray James 4:8 and you will…I promise you. In the meanwhile, start to turn from the songs of the earth…so clever and pleasing to the ear…and sing the song, I am in the world not of it, and know it to be true…and pleasing to God.

 

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Inclined Toward Love

Can’t Hide From Love

A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool’s heart toward the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2    

“Nothing and no one hates God half as much as the wrong disposition in you does. ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God’; what we should hate is this principle that lusts against the Spirit of God and is determined to have our bodies and minds and rule them away from God.” ~ Oswald Chambers, What We Should Hate

Looking out on the world from a life of experience with nothing to lose is a powerful vantage point. Why? Because it provides the basis of reference with the freedom to apply it honestly. King Solomon, considered the wisest man to have ever lived, authored the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. If we put Solomon’s Ecc. 10:2 observations of his fellow man alongside those of Oswald Chambers centuries later, an important realization emerges.

Most of us, whether we consider ourselves to be Christian or not, are familiar with the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. This past week I happened to read a review of Sodom: The Official Guide by Brad Miner over at The Catholic Thing. What occurred to me as I read, was the fact that our world is under siege by three “principle(s) that lust against the Spirit of God and (are) determined to have our bodies and minds and rule them away from God.” They are the most unholy trinity of Sodomites, Socialists, and Islamists. Thinking of these three in the context of the current disharmony, building tension, and increasing division ripping our country apart, I wondered what could make such an alliance of these three who ordinarily would have absolutely nothing to do with one another…and then I happened to read (smile) Mark 5:1-20 and realized all three are connected to and possessed by a similar Legion. I posted this observation at the end of Brad’s review on Facebook. Within minutes, another TCT reader posted the following:

The three noisy abominable frogs of the Apocalypse of St John 16:13 “Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world …”

I can tell you from life experience and my study of human nature that inclination “towards the right” is the inclination towards God, the right disposition, and the true love God desires for us. I also know that wisdom takes the time to consider what the quick-witted and bright-minded are so ready to accept or reject. On the surface, and to most people we come in contact with in today’s world, taking any position on the Right appears to be a move against our own self-interest. Have you heard of anyone who has been fired, chased out of restaurants, assaulted, banned, or censored for taking a position on the Left? It appears safer…more secure, as well as smarter, kinder, and gentler to incline to the Left, does it not? But Ben Franklin once wrote, “Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither.”  Trust me…Franklin & Co. saw this coming.

The word incline deserves closer attention here. Being inclined toward a person, place, or thing suggests that my personal being…my individual nature already has relationship to the subject I am inclined towards. We humans are all born with some degree of natural disposition…an inherent sense of good and bad, right and wrong…an internal natural moral compass. Our formative development as children into young adults takes care of the rest. So, imagine you’ve been hired to work as a staff member for the new HUD Director, Andrew Cuomo. Your very first day on the job you are called into a staff meeting with all your new fellow employees to meet the new director. In this meeting he hands out copies of Machiavelli’s book, The Prince, as he sizes up the room and says while holding a copy over his head, “This is my management philosophy.”  I will ask you here, based on the Chambers’ quote at the top of the page, has your new boss Andrew Cuomo just informed you he plans to rule you towards or away from God? Herein lies the heart of Solomon’s wisdom in Ecc. 10:2. In that very moment, most of my readers would have politely gotten up from their chairs, excused themselves, and left that office and his employ, never to return again. The Good King, in contrast, who leads his people on the basis of a right vs wrong moral code, would NEVER impose an “ends justify the means” edict on their hearts.

The “fool” sees “Right” as a death sentence and acts accordingly…knowing in most cases, what he/she is surrendering to do so, which is how they earn Solomon’s judgement as the “fool”. Why does the mouse die in the mouse trap? Because it doesn’t understand why the cheese is free. The mouse can be forgiven. You and I cannot. If one were to morph all of the faces of those on the 10:2 Left using modern technology, and compare them to those on the Right, you might…just might be swayed to change your direction. Very similar to how a young woman considering abortion might change her direction after seeing the life inside of her on the ultrasound screen. The similarity is this. We can act, pretend, and fool many things…except LOVE.

Whatever has diminished your heart as a king, or toward the king, you must not let it win. It is as a king you were born, and it is as a king you must rise. There is great good to be done, and many people to rescue—all that we are missing are the kings of the earth. ~ John Eldredge, Fathered by God

It is impossible for love to “diminish your heart”. Whatever love does to our heart, including breaking it, it does to build and strengthen it for the ultimate purpose of uniting us with our Father in Heaven.

 

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