Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dance to the music in your heart

Everyone has God's light within them, although each person is more or less aware of it. One way of describing this light is like a song. We can be in situations where there is background noise that we are unaware of. For instance, imagine if we were sitting in a kitchen talking and I pointed out the hum of the refrigerator. Until someone points it out to you, you may be unaware of what is actually a significant and constant sound.

This song is the song of your heart. If you follow its influence, it will lead you to understand more about God and act more like him, which will in turn lead you to greater joy and happiness.

The Bible contains records of several occasions where King David danced. This wasn't merely a celebration. David knew the Lord's influence within him, and he was adept at tuning his whole being into that music. One one occasion:

14 ...David danced before the Lord with all his might...
16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. (2 Samuel 6)

Why did David dance? And why did David's dancing cause his wife to despise him? These questions matter.

Hearing and dancing to the music in your heart--the music from God's light--is not easy. It certainly isn't the default state. It isn't the most obvious path to joy. It happens despite the world. It happens in opposition to what the world calls happiness.

Life hits you right in the music. It cuts the volume. It takes out the melody and leaves you with a lonely baseline. You have to fight back. You have to learn to listen to the music. You have to go out of your way to get to quiet places to hear it. You are not designed to be defined by your life. You are designed to define your life by following the music within you, the song of your heart.

Eventually, through seeking it and living by it, you will increase the volume of your song sufficiently that you can broadcast it out into the world, the positive version of the inconsiderate people in public places that blare their awful music as if the world were created just for them.

Anyone can be happy on a sunny day. Your objective is to tune your ear to hear God's music so well that you can not only dance on a rainy day, but project light into the darkest night so others can dance, too.

When you dance to the song of the light in your heart, you will look like a fool to some. Others will resent you. Some will hate you. If you persist in dancing, some will even try to kill you. Why? Because your living according to God's song in you is living proof that they could do the same, but chose not to. You show them what it is possible to be, and they will hate you for it.

Just keep dancing. Dance even harder. Drown out the noise of everything else in this world, and dance to the song of God's light within you. If you lose your friends, dance anyway. If your spouse resents you, dance anyway. If your work colleagues hate you, dance anyway. Dance in poverty and dance in plenty. Dance in sunshine and in rain. Dance with all your heart, even if no one else hears the music.

Who you are, deep down inside, is not the rut of life that your environment has produced. It is what your song is. This is the light God has given you. It expands and develops as you heed it. Transform what is outside by listening to what is on the inside. Don't let the world act on you, you act on the world.

There are situations and people that act as a filter for the song of your heart. They will make it harder to hear the melody or the bass line. It will significantly affect who you are.

The song in your heart can be temporarily drowned out with busyness, drugs, alcohol, or any number of other things. No matter what you do, it will always whisper back to you in the quiet moments: this is not right, you were meant for more than this, others need you. It will never cut you a break, it will never let you make excuses for yourself. It will point out your self-deceit and your rationalization.

Find situations and people that resonate with your inner song. When light interacts with other light that has the same wavelength and phase (called coherent light), it amplifies in strength (this is how a laser works). Alternatively, light that interacts with other light that has a different wavelength or phase is attenuated--the waves cancel each other out. Find people and situations that add to and amplify the song in your heart, like a cellphone signal booster. Avoid people and situations that tune out, diminish, or obstruct the song in your heart.

For example, I have found value in certain scenes in certain movies. The themes of sacrificing everything for a greater cause, of standing up for what is right in the face of opposition, of discovering latent capabilities that were dormant until unusual circumstances were encountered, etc., have caused my song to resonate within me.

I remember an experience while watching "Wonderwoman" in the theater. I asked God why I feel the way I do when scenes like the one where she walks out of the trench and towards the enemy line happen in movies. The Lord told me that the desire I was feeling was a righteous one, and the resonating experience in these movies was good, but I should note that the fulfillment is much different because his kingdom is not of the world. He showed me that the real fulfillment of that impulse was in doing what was right in private sacrifice: in stopping what you are doing--no matter how important--to consider the needs and wants of those around you as if they were your own, in standing up for truth even though it is unpopular, in telling people what they need to hear even if they don't want to hear it, in forgiving those who have offended you seventy times seven times, in suffering for those who will never notice or appreciate it, in giving to those who have no ability to pay back.

Unlike in the movies, these actions can be taken by completely normal people on a consistent basis. You don't need superpowers or special events, you just need to love God and go about seeking to reflect his goodness in you daily walk.

These actions are not typically outward, extreme one-off actions, like charging across no-man's land or killing the bad guy. Instead, they are more like an inchworm's next tiny slug forward. God's work tends to happen as a very normal person stares into the darkness and decides to take a single step forward in spite of it all. It is one of the great contradictions of reality that the everything good and grand in creation is the result of an infinite number of single small steps forward into the darkness by otherwise normal people. It is a soul-crushing contradiction. You step forward, you regain your breath from the shock of greater realization of sorrow and evil, and you decide anew whether to do it again.

There is a popular idea that when you die you sit through a flashback of your life. This isn't exactly correct. What you have is a complete, constant awareness of your life: everything you did and everything you didn't do. Our situation will be much different than we imagine it. In this life, we have a fantastic ability to lie to ourselves about why we do what we do and how we feel about it. There, we will know why we really did what we did, and why we didn't do what we didn't do. We will lack the ability to cover our failings, fears, unbelief, and selfishness with lies. We will be stripped naked of our excuses, and we will see ourselves as we are seen by God: in truth.

In that day, we will feel joy to the extent that we reconciled ourselves to the song in our hearts, and indescribable pain and regret to the extent that we did not. This life is the time we have been given to learn to listen to that song inside of us. This life is the time we have been given to live in a way that amplifies its volume. This life is the time we have been given to lose ourselves in dancing to the song of God's light. In doing so, you will find yourself in the person you become. Like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, become the reason you were born.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Adultery is not just sexual

What is adultery?
To illustrate this condition, we will rely heavily on Hosea, a book that deals principally with the adultery of Israel from the Lord:

The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. (Hosea 1:2)

We incorrectly associate our blessings to our own ingenuity instead of recognizing that God himself has cushioned us from the natural normality of earth life--wars, pestilence, famine, earthquakes, fires, lightnings, floods, etc--and that this miraculous "hedge" is given to us to allow us to worship and serve him more.

Adultery is not just about sex. It is a condition of the heart. We commit adultery from God when we turn our hearts from him: when we fail to seek him with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. We commit adultery from God when we fail to see the blessings he has given us. We commit adultery when we assume we know better than God. We commit adultery when we convince ourselves that somehow we know what is right independent of God. We commit adultery when we seek for happiness in something other than the way he has appointed. We commit adultery when we act contrary to our most sincere understanding of his character, in any way and at any time. Even in those moments when no one would know, when we choose to act against our understanding of his character, it is just as severe and damning as a spouse having sex with someone who is not their spouse. The symptoms may be different, but the disease is the same!

How do we do it?
We spent our resources on the works of our hands instead of on building the kingdom of God:

2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen... (Hosea 12)

We hate truth; we hate correction; we trust in man's fallen understanding of right and wrong:

1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.
3 O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. (Jeremiah 5)

We fail to recognize God as the source of our blessings:

8 For she did not know that I gave her acorn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. (Hosea 2)

We kill, we lie, we steal, we cheat, we seek understanding of right and wrong in all the wrong places:

1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery. (Hosea 4)

What are the consequences?
4 And the Lord said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
8 Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
(Hosea 1)

2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms.
5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the Lord. (Hosea 2)

3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.
11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. (Hosea 4)

4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.
5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.
6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. (Hosea 5)


5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.
6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.
7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. (Hosea 11)

15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.
16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. (Hosea 13)

6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
(Hosea 13)

3 Now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and you men of Judea, please judge between me and my vineyard!
4 What more could have been done
for my vineyard than I have done for it?
When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it produce wild grapes?
5 Let me now inform you
what I will do to my vineyard:
I will have its hedge removed and let it be burned;
I will have its wall broken through and let it be trampled.
6 I will make it a desolation:
it shall neither be pruned nor hoed,
but briars and thorns shall overgrow it. Moreover, I will forbid the rainclouds to rain on it. (Isaiah 5, Gileadi Translation)
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. (Jeremiah 5)

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13)

4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. (Hosea 13)

The Lord has shown me the truthfulness of these prophecies. They will literally be fulfilled.

Specifically for the United States, we will see the hedges torn down. We will see the long period of military protection, lack of natural disasters, and other hedges come to and end.

Here is one vision I was given: I was hiking in the woods with a friend. First, I saw a mountain lion run across a stream. Then I saw a deer with a chunk ripped out of its back, with a leopard and a lion stalking it. Then I looked to my left and, at the edge of a forest, there was a hill on which apartment buildings sat. There were two moms sitting on the steps going up the hill, and maybe 15 feet from them was a huge grizzly bear and her cub. The one mom was alone sitting on the steps (closest to the bear). The other mom was tending her maybe 3 year old daughter, who was crying hysterically. I was very anxious because of the proximity of the bear. The mom said, "Oh that bear bit my daughter's hand, look it is squirting!" in a nonchalant way. The daughter's hand was bleeding from the wrist and literally squirting blood. I knew she would die very soon from blood loss, but the mom didn't get it.

Not only will we see the rise of the leopard, bear, and lion, but we will also see how the clueless masses in this country refuse to acknowledge it is coming, even as they suffer the mortal wounds they will bring.

The cause of this desolation is the adultery we have committed to the Lord. The consequences have already been ignited, and in due time they will explode in our faces. As Hosea described it, it is like putting yeast into bread, or a baker burning a fire in a clay oven all night to prepare for baking the next morning.

4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me. (Chapter 7)

We have sown the wind, or planted fruitless seed, and now we must deal with the consequences that are coming. It has been appointed!

7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.
10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.
11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the Lord accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.
14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. (Hosea 8)



Summary
The Lord has given me dozens of dreams showing me how he feels when we turn our hearts away from him. The dreams are absolutely awful. They take days to recover from. There is nothing I can say to convey the depth of emotional pain he feels when we turn away from him. He truly loves us. He has never done anything to cause us to doubt him in any way. He continuously blesses us. He loves us so much. And what do we do? We turn away from him in almost every way, almost every time. We refuse to acknowledge his love and his wisdom and his hand in our lives. We refuse to seek him and trust him.

1 And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
2 Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.
4 O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!
5 Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride; yea, how quick to boast, and do all manner of that which is iniquity; and how slow are they to remember the Lord their God, and to give ear unto his counsels, yea, how slow to walk in wisdom’s paths!
6 Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide.
7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.
8 For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.
9 Yea, behold at his voice do the hills and the mountains tremble and quake.
10 And by the power of his voice they are broken up, and become smooth, yea, even like unto a valley.
11 Yea, by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake;
12 Yea, by the power of his voice, do the foundations rock, even to the very center.
13 Yea, and if he say unto the earth—Move—it is moved.
14 Yea, if he say unto the earth—Thou shalt go back, that it lengthen out the day for many hours—it is done;
15 And thus, according to his word the earth goeth back, and it appeareth unto man that the sun standeth still; yea, and behold, this is so; for surely it is the earth that moveth and not the sun.
16 And behold, also, if he say unto the waters of the great deep—Be thou dried up—it is done.
17 Behold, if he say unto this mountain—Be thou raised up, and come over and fall upon that city, that it be buried up—behold it is done.
18 And behold, if a man hide up a treasure in the earth, and the Lord shall say—Let it be accursed, because of the iniquity of him who hath hid it up—behold, it shall be accursed.
19 And if the Lord shall say—Be thou accursed, that no man shall find thee from this time henceforth and forever—behold, no man getteth it henceforth and forever.
20 And behold, if the Lord shall say unto a man—Because of thine iniquities, thou shalt be accursed forever—it shall be done.
21 And if the Lord shall say—Because of thine iniquities thou shalt be cut off from my presence—he will cause that it shall be so.
22 And wo unto him to whom he shall say this, for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity, and he cannot be saved; therefore, for this cause, that men might be saved, hath repentance been declared.
23 Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved.
24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works.
25 And I would that all men might be saved. But we read that in the great and last day there are some who shall be cast out, yea, who shall be cast off from the presence of the Lord;
26 Yea, who shall be consigned to a state of endless misery, fulfilling the words which say: They that have done good shall have everlasting life; and they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation. And thus it is. Amen. (Helaman 12)

The Lord stands waiting for us to return to him. He wants to protect us, to bless us, to instruct us, and to improve us.

14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16 And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. (Hosea 2)

1 O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. (Hosea 14)

Monday, June 17, 2019

A day in the woods will help you get perspective

If you could step outside of your life for a moment, and look at it objectively, you could create a pie chart of how you spend your time and other resources. You could create another pie chart of what your output is. You would find that almost all of your resources are spent on things that are of very little worth.

Strong statement? Yes. Valid? Probably. Proof? Pack up your family (if you have one) and head to the woods. If you can, go to a place where there isn't an established campsite. Pack only what you can carry. You should be able to learn a lot from just a 24 hour trip.

Here are some things that you might learn:
1. You need water, and water is very hard to come by.
2. You need food, and food is very hard to come by.
3. You need shelter, and shelter is very hard to come by.
4. It takes almost all your time to secure what you need to survive.

REALITY BITES
Technology empowers us to do many things we could otherwise not do. It frees up time and provides many resources. Most of us use this windfall to mask who we really are instead of improve who we really are. In the woods, all the illusions are taken away, and we are left in our base state.

In the wilderness, you are perpetually:

  • Hungry.
  • Stinky.
  • Dirty.
  • Tired.
  • Cold.
  • Hot.
  • Sun-baked.
  • Sore.
  • Wounded.
  • Working.

What will this situation expose about your true character as it stands today? Odds are you will be:

  • Selfish.
  • Angry.
  • Irrational.
  • Scared.
  • Lazy.

Who are you, really? Who you think you are may be very different from who you actually are. Strip away all the illusions made possible by modern technology. Who remains? Who are you in your worst moments? How much do you really care about others? That is the real you. Unless you are exceptional, the real you is a monster. What are you doing about that?

THE TIME IS COMING
When your trip is over, you will return to your home. You may notice some of the things you previously took for granted.

The time is coming when society will be reduced to the state you voluntarily immersed yourself in for just 24 hours. There is nothing you can do to stop that. But you can prepare now for that day, and in doing so will be better equipped to appreciate it, benefit from it, and help others to do the same.

PREPARING SPIRITUALLY
Can you call down miracles? If you can't, you are very unlikely to survive. Do you know God? Are you reliant on things and people that will not be around when things collapse (church, church leaders, the internet)?

PREPARING EMOTIONALLY
Can you keep yourself together and be happy in a primitive state? Can you keep morale high even when things are tough? What do you do when someone is dying from an infection? Can you hold yourself together when someone you care about has an emergency and needs you to calmly help them?

PREPARING PHYSICALLY
Can you physically labor all day without prescription drugs, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, or any other thing that isn't available in a primitive situation? Can you walk all day with 100lbs on your back through the woods?

PREPARING MENTALLY
Do you have the skills required to survive? Do you know how to start a fire? Do you know how to chop down a tree? Do you know how to find and clean water? Can you build a shelter without modern tools?

PREPARING GEOGRAPHICALLY
You will need to be in a place where you have access to clean water, you are away from other people, have access to food, and can create a physical environment that can sustain life. Almost all Americans live in a place where this is not possible. This doesn't mean you should move right now (though it might), but it does mean that anything you buy to prepare should be limited to what you can carry in a backpack, because you will be walking very far.

PREPARING GEAR AND ADDRESSING FEAR
Vast sums can be spent in trying to maintain the illusions of modern life through a collapse. Don't be suckered by this lie. No amount of money can buy security in that day. A good knife, a fire starter, a cold weather sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, a large pack, a camel back, a four season tent (if you have a family, you can distribute the load among multiple packs), and a water filter are all good things to have whether or not the world ends, but anything you can't carry with you is very unlikely to make a difference in the event you actually need it. The primary reason for this is geographic location: almost everyone in the United States would have to travel by foot to get away from where they presently live in the event of a collapse. If you have surplus money left after obtaining a basic gear load, the best thing to do with it is to transfer it into time. Spend that time learning what you can, developing character traits in yourself and in your family members, and helping other people.

Note: God will direct some people to specific locations and give them specific instructions when it comes to preparing a place of refuge where others will be directed to go. Do not use the above advice to serve as a reason to disregard whatever God tells you to do. Whatever God commands is right.

WHAT THIS MEANS AND WHAT IT DOESN'T MEAN
Nothing I've said here should be interpreted as a call to sell what you have, give to the poor, and go live in the woods. On the one hand, your house doesn't matter, your hobbies don't matter, your job doesn't matter--in and of themselves, anyway. All these things only matter inasmuch as they provide you with time and other resources to learn more from God than you otherwise could, become a better person than you otherwise could, and help others more than you otherwise could. But we don't use our resources this way. Instead, we use them to block out the most important things every day.

The inner voice is quiet. It doesn't normally intrude upon your attention without your desiring it. The quest of your life is to develop the song that the inner voice is singing, and conform your character to it. It is to bring about a life reconciled to the light God gave you while obtaining the additional light he wills to give you. It is to discover and walk the path God has provided for you to obtain the deepest desires of your heart. Almost all aspects of almost every life are designed to and used to block this purpose rather than catalyze it.

Here are some implications for your life:
How much of your life is spent on things that are of no worth? When the illusion is ripped away, what is left? What is your character like? What is your capacity to bless others when money, technology, and everything you've accumulated is gone? How are you using these things in the meantime?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Ain't nobody gonna steal my joy

As I was pondering the world the other day, the Spirit called to my memory a chorus teacher I had many years ago who used to say, "ain't nobody gonna steal my joy!" She was emphatic enough to be believed. But many years have passed since then. I am confident that there have been countless times since then when the world did, in fact, steal her joy.

I googled this phrase, wondering if it had come from some old song or something, and this newer song came up: https://youtu.be/yOEviTLJOqo

It is interesting that the song is your typical "I have been forgiven of my past sins, therefore everything in my life is happy" mainstream Christian trope. That is a worldview that can only exist at an exceedingly low level of awareness.

I would wager everything I have that there are things in this life--even common things--that could steal the joy of anyone portrayed in this video.

This is an interesting passage of scripture:

2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. (Psalm 45)

Glory, majesty, might, meekness, truth, righteousness. Yet "they right hand shall teach thee terrible things." What are these terrible things? They are the increasing evil revealed when one acquires more awareness.

Without God, these terrible things will overcome you. An incorrect or incomplete idea of God will be insufficient to contend. The "I have been forgiven therefore I am happy" tripe will not be enough to get you through this world, although it may be sufficient for spans of time. Have you ever known a "Christian" who is full of fear on their deathbed? Then you know of what I speak. And this sort of "ego death"--the violent revelation of the insufficiency of one's beliefs to contend with reality--can happen to anyone at anytime, whether visible to outsiders or not.

The gospel is a means to contend with (not erase) the increased sorrow and evil that unavoidably comes through increased awareness. To overcome the world means that there is nothing left in this world (whether you have experienced it or not) that can steal your joy.

Is there anything in this world that would cause you to react by:
-Trusting God less?
-Believing God is less loving?
-Believing God is less wise?
-Believing God is less powerful?
-Acting contrary to your most sincere idea of God's character?

If so, you have not overcome the world, and whatever that thing is that would cause you to react that way has power over you. It has power to steal your joy.

Even if you can't think of anything that would cause you to react this way, can you be absolutely certain that nothing exists in this world with that ability?

Can you tell the difference between the unknown and the non-existent?

Can you loudly and confidently and accurately proclaim that nothing can steal your joy? Can you loudly and confidently and accurately proclaim that nothing can separate you from the love of God?

Some people can, and it makes all the difference in the world.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

"I wish I had a righteous spouse"

I have many friends who are married to people who believe in God less than they do. I can't help but notice in them the (sometimes secret, sometimes open) wish that they had spouses with whom they could see eye to eye.

I find this interesting. Here is a question: Of all the people who loved God in the scriptures, how many had spouses who felt the same way?

Did Abraham?
Did Isaac?
Did Jacob?
Did Lehi?
Did Abigail?
Did Job?
Did David?
Did Ruth?
Did Moses?

We could go on, but do we need to?

Why is it that those who love God tend to be married to those who love him less or not at all?

The first and obvious reason is that those who do not love God far outnumber those who do. It is a numbers game.

The second and more relevant reason is that we are on this earth to develop Christlike character and trust in God, not to receive the reward of having already done so.

Of course this does not mean that, when choosing a spouse, we ought not invest time and effort to find someone who is at least as dedicated to God as we are. I have a few friends who obtained such a relationship. That is beautiful.

On the other hand, when it comes to the fruits of this life, they already have their reward (see Matthew 6).

For the rest of us, our lot is the same as Abraham when dealing with Sarah, Abigail when dealing with Nabal, and so on.

Our task is to:
1. Love our spouses as Christ loves us.
2. Learn to walk the fine line between wisely preserving opportunities for them to repent and arise (good) and pushing truth to them (bad).
3. Forgiving them 70 * 70 (and even more) by preserving love for them instead of having our love wax cold.
4. Using the situation to learn as much as we can about God, his love, forgiveness, mercy, long suffering, etc.

If you are in this situation, do not feel like God has cast you aside. Do not feel sorry for yourself. It is likely that you are exactly where you are meant to be, and now it is up to you whether you will do exactly what you are meant to do to make the most of your time here. It is sad when people think that what is here is the fulfillment of God's love. That comes later. Do not be tricked into thinking that God's design is for everyone here to be happily married. This is simply not the case. If you are tempted to complain about that not being the case, first consider Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Lehi, Abigail, Job, David, etc. If you are more righteous than they were, and have proved faithful to their trials and greater, then perhaps you have room to petition the Lord for relief. Otherwise, you might want to check your pride and open your eyes to the opportunities God has given you to condescend, love, and improve.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

You marry a dad, a son, a mom, or a daughter

I've heard people say that those who are dating should consider the relationship their prospect has with their parents. There are different versions of this. For instance, I once had a girlfriend who was very interested in my relationship with my mom because she said I would treat her (the girlfriend) the same way I treat my mom. I've heard people say that women with negative relationships with their fathers will project that onto their husbands.

I think this sort of advice is overly simplistic and that these things aren't necessarily predictive.

But here is something that I have seen play out:

If you are a man, any woman you marry will either be a mom or a daughter to you. If you are a woman, any man you marry will either be a dad or a son to you.

For a perspective spouse, ask yourself: what role does this person have with their parents? What role would they have with me?

In an ideal situation, the potential husband is fulfilling the role of father, the potential wife is fulfilling the role of daughter, the former has been trained by a father who was actually a father to him, and the latter was trained by a father who was actually a father to her. This is ideal, among other things, because it aligns more with human nature than any other arrangement.

It might also work if the inherited relationships are different than described above, but consistent from the previous generations to the next. For example, if the father of the potential wife treated her like a mom, and you want her to treat you like a mom, it might work out.

People with sons for fathers tend to end up the same way if they are men or desire sons for husbands if they are women. People with moms who are moms to their husbands (or single moms with no husbands) tend to want to be or obtain moms for wives. Of course, any person can, through their own work, shift the disposition they've inherited from their parents.

In most of the cases I know of, there is a lot of friction when:

  • (very frequent) The potential husband wants to be treated like a son, and the wife wants to be a daughter, not a mom to him.
  • (much less frequent) The potential husband wants to be treated like a father, and the wife wants to be a mom to him.


I'm not sure why I've never heard this spoken about by anyone. It is important.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Correspondence: In what way does the Lord tell you?

From time to time I get emails that say something like this:

When you say " the Lord told me to post this video" or "the Lord told me to write this blog".
In what way does he tell you? Do you actually hear his voice?

Here is my generic response:
I get these questions from time to time. In my experience, the purpose of them is to evaluate the truth of what I say. As least, that is the reason the person thinks they have in mind. In reality, in my experience, these people have actually already made up their minds, and are seeking to justify their already made up minds.

Regardless as to how he tells me this or that, if I tell you, how could it benefit you? Suppose it was some "small" revelation. Many great things came from "small" revelations. Look at how Gideon destroyed the Midianites or Lehi successfully avoided the destruction of Jerusalem. If it fails to pass your arbitrary and uninformed criteria, then you will reject something that is true for all the wrong reasons.

Suppose it was some "big" revelation. In this case, you may still reject it, in which case you will be cut off from the benefits of living it until you repent. Or, perhaps worse, you could believe it solely because it passes your arbitrary and uninformed criteria. Then you will believe what I have taught simply because it matches your preconceived notions and traditions, and would make you an idolator.

If you search the scriptures, you will find that there isn't one time when the Lord instructed us to evaluate the merit of a putative new truth by analyzing the manner in which it was received. We are told over and over again that neither the vessel (the messenger) or the manner matters. We are given clear instructions on what does matter.

I've taught extensively on this process. Here is a one paragraph summary. The first level of this is answering the question "could this be true?" Are there obvious rational inconsistencies? Has the teacher been able to support the lesson with scriptures? After the initial sniff test, you actually have to test the teaching through your own works. If you do it, what fruit follows? Do you become a better person? Are you more like God? Do you know him better? Are you more resilient to the vicissitudes and evils of life? Do you see and understand more of reality? Are you better capacitated to love and help others? And so on. John 7:17, Alma 32, etc.

The Lord speaks to me many times daily, and he does it in all the different ways he did it in scripture: through visits, voices, visions (awake, natural eyes, spiritual eyes, asleep), bursts of understanding, etc. He uses them all, and they are all equally valid when they come from him. It is not given to you to evaluate my manner of receipt. What is given to you is the responsibility to independently evaluate each item based on the criteria that God has taught you to use.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Correspondence: Request for prayer

I woke up at 1am this morning and had received an email requesting a miracle for a family member who had been in an accident and was going to die. I wrote back saying:

You haven’t given me much information to go off of. I prayed for him, but I don’t know the circumstances. It is very hard to ask God for something when you don’t have a reason to believe that things should be different than they are. You have to make a case that his intervention would lead to improvement in a spiritual sense. If you can make a case for that I am glad to take as much time as is needed, if it isn’t too late, to do all I can. 

When we ask anyone to pray, we ought to understand how prayer works. If we simply say, "so and so is suffering, please pray for them" we are openly mocking God, because we have left him and his will completely out of the situation. Without sufficient detail, how can the person being asked to pray do anything except offer a wish to God, as if he were some sort of genie? And why would God pay any attention to a particular person above another in such a case? Do you know why the Father responded to Jesus' attempts to heal others? It wasn't because Jesus had magical powers. It was because Jesus knew the Father's character better than his fellows, and his awareness of unseen causes enabled him to secure otherwise unseen effects. Anytime anyone does any miracle, it is based on this same exact principle. It only makes sense to ask someone to pray for something if you believe they have more awareness than you do. Even then, if you don't give them sufficient information to interact with their awareness, it is like having a factory and expecting products to be made without providing any of the necessary raw materials. God has never, ever worked an arbitrary miracle. In every case, his actions conformed perfectly to his character, which does not change, and from which all his power derives.

Prayer is not a means of changing God's mind on something. It is a means of changing the situation so that God's perfect will lines up differently. The question that must be asked is "why would <requested action> benefit the world more than <current situation>?" God does nothing save it be for the benefit of the world. You have to have a reason, and relieving suffering is an insufficient reason.

God is much more willing for us to suffer than we realize. In order to understand miracles of healing, one must first understand the role of suffering in the gospel and reality. There is opposition in all things, and the greatest happiness can only be experienced in conjunction with the greatest suffering. Physical suffering is one vector for fulfilling this requirement. On the micro-level, physical suffering tends to be very beneficial for:

1. Revealing limitations in the beliefs and actions of the individual and others.
2. Encouraging gratitude and humility beyond what the person would otherwise experience.

There are many other situations where physical suffering is beneficial to the individual, and God should be sought in every case, asking what possible benefit the person might experience through continued suffering.

When is it God’s will to heal someone? When it benefits:

1. When it will lead to greater obedience and diligence in the life of the person and witnesses. Miracles are needed to give a reason to believe the teacher, but that isn’t a blank check. Type and form of miracles must be tied to the message of the teacher. Jesus healed all types of sick people to a) show he had power to forgive sins, b) show he knew the Father’s will and did it.
2. When the person has already extracted all the learning they will from the situation. Note: Alleviation of suffering is irrelevant, until or unless this is true. No one will be healed while they are still learning from the situation.
3. When the target or other people sincerely believe God and their present understanding of God suggests it is God’s will.

Healing is just one type of miracle. All of God's works work in the same way, according to the same principles of cause and effect. If you are going to ask for a deviation from how things are at the moment, you need a reason, and that reason has to be based on God's character. If it isn't, your requests will be in vain.

We are told that miracles happen according to faith. One definition of faith is learning more about and from God and acting according to it. Far too often, we act like Jesus is Santa Claus and religion is just sitting on his lap making wishes. We need to get off our butts and learn more from and about him if we want to experience greater things from him.

I have written a lot on this subject in "Seek Ye This Jesus," and if you haven't read it, I encourage you to. You'll find links for free audio and pdf versions, as well as Kindle and print versions, in the sidebar of this blog.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Correspondence: Does the journey seem hard?

I received this email today:

"I have been reading your blogs and watching your videos, and It seems that each time I read / watch another, you raise the ante, making it nearly impossible for me to even grasp the possibly of eternal life, much less attaining it. If Job put a cap on his eternal progression, as you indicated, what does that say for the rest of us? I have [done a lot to come closer to God]. Though these things were big issues, your presentations clearly make them innocuous to me. I am trying to get the courage to lay everything on the altar, but your teachings seem to keep it just beyond reach. Any thoughts that you think might be helpful?"

Here is what I would say to anyone with similar comments:

We VASTLY underestimate what is required for eternal life. We also VASTLY underestimate the power of God to get us there.

The Lord has explained plainly that EVERYTHING is required to obtain all his has. Anything less is insufficient. There is no other way:

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14)

The good news is that ALL of us are capable of doing what he asks us to do.

23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10)

We have to be honest with ourselves. If we fall short, it is only because of our choices. It is only because we are manifesting what we REALLY desire, which is less than what he offers us.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Unlimited happiness and unlimited sorrow

A single man, no matter how productive, can only do so much by himself. If he turns his labors to inspiring others, his limit of contribution will expand to include the amplified works of those he inspires. If he can show them, in turn, how to inspire others, his contribution becomes unlimited. Likewise, as long as your sense of happiness is derived from what you alone feel, your happiness will be limited--finite. When you learn to rejoice in the joy of others, your happiness becomes unlimited. It is THE way you achieve unlimited happiness--there is no other way. With that vicarious capability comes the necessary opposite--you also feel the sorrow of others. If you have understanding that exceeds theirs, you will feel commensurately greater sorrow, because you will be aware of all the things they are doing and not doing that detract from their happiness. They may be lumbering along in blindness to the fact that they are about to encounter some awful things that they could avoid if they just put their trust in truth. You will feel all the pain of what they have not yet experienced, plus more because you will know it could be avoided. For you, it will be as if it is already occurring, even if it is a future event.

I have been subjected to all types of grief, pain, and sorrow throughout my life. I am no stranger to it. Some people are overcome by negative feedback from others. Intense hatred will be levied on you quite early on in your attempts to live according to what God has revealed to you. If this is a block to you, you won't get very far until you overcome it through trust in God. Some people are overcome by physical pain. It is a rare case that a man or woman of God gets through life without acquiring permanent thorns in the flesh. If this is a block to you, you will only be able to come up so far before you quit. Some people are overcome by emotional pain--depression, anxiety, sorrow, etc. In my experience, this type of pain can exceed physical pain in intensity. It seems to take more emotional pain to kill you than it does physical pain. I have spoken about depression and anxiety before--these are effects with known causes and they can be cured by addressing them. Sorrow is a different ball of wax.

The greatest pain I am aware of is the pain of knowing someone's potential and seeing them act contrary to it. And the more understanding the observer has, the greater the pain is.

I once asked the Lord why he had opened my eyes to see the potential of others. He said so that I would do more in attempting to help them fulfill it than I would if I only saw was what others saw in them. The reverse pendulum swing comes with it: a depth of pain and sorrow for them that is impossible to describe. This creates an interesting cycle. On the one hand, I try with all my might to help them. On the other, the harder I try, the more it hurts. Guess how many have lived up to their potential since the Lord opened my eyes to this? But I just keep going.

Success in life is not measured by how many people listen, or to what degree, but rather whether or not we do all we can to acquire and attempt to share what we have been given. It is what we give and not what is received that matters.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Correspondence from posts on relationships and gender roles

I've gotten some feedback on the posts and videos I've created on the topics of relationships and gender roles.

Four women have contacted me with gratitude for writing these things. They are older women who have observed these things over a lifetime of experience in their lives and the lives of their children and (in some cases) grandchildren. They said how they wish that younger people knew these things, or that they knew these things when they were younger. Some have lived through divorce and death of spouses, some have had very long happy marriages. I have encouraged these women to go and teach their wisdom to young people. I hope they do. One younger mother also said she appreciated these things.

Two men have contacted me saying they appreciate these videos. One told me an interesting story of how he was discussing this material with a friend of his who shared with him the fact that there are a lot of people who are very upset with this material, and are disparaging me on private message groups. He said he had wondered why I kept mentioning that, and he had no idea that I had such a big group of people that hate me. Several of the previously mentioned women also said some variant of "you must have a death wish."

One woman contacted me with a mixed reaction. She said:

I’m a woman and the love/hate I feel towards some of your posts draws me in, sparking interest in why I feel the way I do when I read some of what you write. It is interesting to both bristle at something and yet want to improve so I keep reading and looking inward to what I need to uproot! If something I read bothers me, I want to know why I had that reaction to printed words. It can be a good exercise!
....Has [the Lord] told you women need this wake-up call and told you to write it?
I ask because I recognize my own disappointment with men who ignore God, lack a connection with Heaven and are ruled by their eyes and their penis perpetually, to the heartbreak of their wives who scrub, do laundry, home school and grow older and less desirable compared to the fresh crop of 18 year olds every year willing to expose their bodies for money....It is beyond soul-crushing. I don’t believe most men understand how deeply they have hurt their wives by their constant obsession with physical appearances (while their bodies are spared the wreckage of child bearing) and allow their lusty desire to forever wander elsewhere....
I appreciated this email. I don't know this person. As with most of the correspondence I get, it's the first I've ever interacted with them. But I was touched by how much she had thought about these things, and her obvious reverence for the Lord.

I responded:
...I teach what the Lord tells me to teach. I hate this topic, and much prefer the other things I’m working on. But as I am working on them, when he speaks to me, I stop what I’m doing and write it out and make videos before returning to what I was doing before. If I don’t do that, he can’t keep speaking to me.
I want to remind you that guys are often told what they need to work on. If they get a pass in life, they certainly don’t in what I’ve taught. I’ve told men that more than 25% will never be worth marrying, many more will never prepare themselves to be worth marrying, and most who are simply aren’t cutting it. I’ve told men their role is to be a priest—to actually be holy and actually have a relationship with God and I’ve described just what experiences that entails. They know how rare these things are. I’ve also told them that the responsibility for their whole family sits squarely on their shoulders and that they are alone on facing the chaos of life.
Meanwhile, my simple message to women is that the inherent value you get for free with youth has an expiration date, and is meant to be replaced with character and service, things that are much more valuable than looks. To me, that is a very much easier pill to swallow, and the fact that so many hate me for saying so is a greater evidence of my being right than any argument I could give.
Men should not be led by physical attraction. They should not indulge in the sin of lust. A man should acquire sufficient wisdom to desire and highly value the traits I described in “A woman’s purpose.” Few do, and few women bother developing them. 

I share that interchange here in the event that other people have a similar question.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"to take away our reproach"

And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. (Isaiah 4:1)

What is their reproach?

16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground. (Isaiah 3)

Modern women and men foolishly define the the value of women through their looks, and include in the equation what makeup, clothing, plumbing, etc. contribute. When the Lord corrects the haughtiness (overinflated view based on illusion) of women by removing makeup, clothing, bathing, hair, etc., women and men will be forced to calculate the value of women based on their character and their contribution.

In that day, their character will be evident because in hardship our true selves are revealed. In that day, their contribution will be evident because in a primitive environment no one holds the illusion that men and women are interchangeable.

The generations that come after that one will be raised with a correct understanding of the value of women: They will understand that while their good looks are valuable assets in the attempt to attract a quality husband, they are fleeting and short-lived. They will understand that their long-term value is a function of the following attributes of character that, unlike their looks, they are not born with, and need to actually work to develop, namely the ability to:


  • Beautify (improve the appearance of)
  • Enliven (make more entertaining, interesting, appealing)
  • Enhance (improve, make more valuable)
  • Excite (cause feelings of enthusiasm and eagerness)
  • Enrich (improve or enhance the value of)
  • Uplift (improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of)
  • Gladden (make glad)
  • Mollify (calm and soothe)
  • Pacify (bring peace to)


Women will also remember (as our society has forgotten) that children are critical to their maximal improvement and happiness in this life. The value of children is obvious in a primitive society, where survival depends on having children to share the work as you age and care for you in your late life.

The reproach of women in that day will come because women will snap into a forgotten awareness of these things. They will seek to provide value, and will realize that the most significant way of doing so is through having children. Unfortunately, most men will be dead from war and other causes.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Poll from a friend

All,
A friend of mine is trying to better understand feminine qualities and has asked me to request the following:

For each attribute below, will you please write an example of when a woman (any woman) in your life has helped you by using her God Given attributes to:
1. Beautify
2. Enliven
3. Enhance
4. Exite
5. Enrich
6. Uplift
7. Gladden
8. Mollify
9. Pacify
you in your life?

Note that she might use these in a blog, so please keep them unidentifiable. Please send responses to me at 2robelephant@gmail.com but replace elephant with smith.

Thanks,
Rob