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Willy Wonka and the gospel

I am almost finished with the book I am writing on walking with God. It's been a very exhausting but enlightening process.

The second half of the book focuses on entering into and dwelling more and more in the spirit realm. This morning I was reflecting on loneliness and living the gospel, and how it relates to dwelling in the spirit realm. My thoughts actually led to Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory.
Willy Wonka dwelled with his fellows in this fallen world, but one day decided that he wanted to make this world a better place. He could make and distribute chocolate that was superior to what was available on this earth. In order to do so, he spent great effort to design and construct a factory that was sealed off from the world. To make something better than what the world had, he had to create a system that was better than the world had. In exerting the focus required of such a task, he became quite a hermit to the world. In a sense, he was quite alone. His only companions w…

By his stripes, we are healed

The Lord can appear to us without glory (as he did on the road to Emmaus), with much glory (as he had to Moses, which was in appearance like a bush on fire--a continuously burning orb), or something in between. He cannot, however, appear to men in all of his glory while we remain in a telestial body.

Though he spoke with God face to face, Moses hungered and thirsted after righteousness, and was not satisfied by this experience. Once, emboldened by the Spirit, Moses asked the Lord Jesus to show him his glory:

18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth …

Stop outsourcing your relationship with God

Before Noah's flood, the gospel was known by all people on the earth despite the fact that, from the beginning, the majority would not live it.

Adam knew all of his children. Adam was personally acquainted with God and his gospel, and he taught it to his children. From that point until the flood, every man born on this earth had access to a living eye witness of God. Someone who had not only talked to God, but who had seen him face to face.

After the flood, the population of mankind dispersed and increased enough that this was no longer the case. Still, the records that were written by the eye witnesses were sufficient to demonstrate to the misguided that there were greater blessings available to those who were willing to let go of their traditions and seek God directly.

Abraham is the quintessential example of this pattern. Abraham was raised in a religion consisting of the commandments of God mixed with the inventions of men. Having lived what was offered from his fathers, he ga…

Destiny

Destiny Who are you, where did you come from, and why are you here? Every one of us has a deep sense of destiny buried deep within us. This destiny has to be awakened and sought after in each of us. If you are not walking towards your destiny, there will be a sense of unrest and confusion in your life. People today suffer from a profound lack of purpose. They think their lives are meaningless, but in reality their suffering stems from unknowingly deviating from God’s purpose for them. The manifestations of this deviation include depression, anxiety, restlessness, and hedonism. No one alive today is meant to just live a normal life. That is not why we are here. Every one of us has been sent to this earth with a calling, a purpose, and a destiny in God. In 2 Timothy 1:9, Paul says that God “hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” You were given…