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The vision of the escorted woman

In a very large room, there was a long sidewalk slab made of gray marble and beautiful thick brown wood rails. The bridge was not hanging from the ceiling or supported by columns, but it was floating very solidly in midair. The marble sidewalk was at perhaps 9 feet wide.

In the center of the sidewalk walked two women. One was young, the other older. They walked side by side. The older woman was an escort to the younger. They walked along in the very center of the sidewalk, nowhere near the rails.

The end of the sidewalk featured a counter arrayed perpendicular to the sidewalk, with a partial wall directly behind it. There was another woman behind the counter. The escort delivered the young woman to the woman behind the counter, and they both walked around and behind the wall.

A Psalm

To all who will lift their eye to your throne,
You inundate the universe with knowledge,
Like waves crashing against the shore,
At once chaotic and rhythmic, cascading in a slew of ideas and implications.
Your knowledge is endless, a constant spring pouring forth in the minds and hearts of all to the degree they turn to you.
Your light and knowledge are in all things and through all things. We cannot stem the flow, only rob ourself of the benefit through our inattention or disobedience.
Your word is an ever present sword, progressively developing our discernment of good and evil, increasing the detail of our perception of reality, showing ever-increasingly things as they really are, what improvement is, and what leads to it, and what detracts from it.
You will give to anyone who seeks more happiness, more understanding of what it is and what it is not, how you are, and why we should be like you.
You are overflowing with wisdom and love and patience and forgiveness.
Let all creation wo…

Man is his own tormentor

People have some incorrect ideas about how the judgment works.

After this life, by natural consequence, you will attain a state where you are perfectly aware of things as they really are pertaining to this world. You may think that this state is quite like your present one, and in this you would be wrong. In your present state, it is very unlikely that you have an accurate view of things as they really are. This is because seeing things that way is identical to having overcome all things and being a just man made perfect. These are equivalent because things as they really are is a measure of knowledge--the same measure of knowledge that is required for and is the definition of salvation. You can only see things as they really are in two ways: by being saved, or by dying. The benefit of the former is that you also develop, by definition, the requisite character to endure that knowledge in a state of happiness, whereas the latter entails a miserable experience beyond description--being …

Believe God's Promises

16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (Romans 4)

Those who follow …

The strait and narrow path

This is an expansion of this post.

And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he said unto his disciples: Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein, until the night cometh, wherein no man can work. (3 Nephi 27:33).
What is the strait and narrow path?

Since the fall of Adam, our default position is one of separation from God:
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3) To believe in a scriptural sense means to trust in, adhere to, and obey without reservation or exception.

To become and remain connected to him requir…

By small and simple things...

God is good. Some people believe this. Some people experience it.

Why do some people only believe it, and not experience it? Why are their interactions with his goodness so few and far between?

God shines his light in your life to the extent that you allow him to. Most people do not allow him to.

How do we block ourselves?

We are closed to correction.
https://upwardthought.blogspot.com/2018/08/seeking-correction.html

Enough cannot be said on this topic. So few people use this tool to the extent they could.

We can't just meander through our best idea of what life should be and expect to encounter the full measure of God's intended blessings. We are fallen creatures, and we are far from God in wisdom, desires, and knowledge. If we do not seek correction from every source available to us, we are in some ways cutting ourselves off from a measure of greater blessings in our lives.

We don't introspectively connect our pain to opportunities for self improvement.
Every time you expe…

Isaiah 3 part 2: The problem with the women

Isaiah 3 and 4 provide a prophecy of a then-future people who would be so sinful as to trigger end times desolation. Let's study this chapter and see what modern characteristics, if any, might match his description, in the hopes that we can address these deficiencies in our personal lives, even if we can't turn the course of society as a whole.

In part one of this series, we will look at the failings of women as described by God through Isaiah. I have highlighted the verses that appear to be speaking of women specifically.

1 For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.

2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over t…

Update on Ugandan Orphanage

Hi all,
I got a newsletter from "The Future is Now" orphanage in Uganda. Started by an escaped former child soldier, the organization provides housing and education in the aftermath of a long, terrible civil war.

They have about 250 that they educate for free. They have sponsors for only 5 of those children. The money pays for teachers and uniforms for the kids. Interested sponsors can donate through paypal via the website, or email Denis (the director) at denistfin@gmail.com, call or WhatsApp us on +256 789 320 901.

They currently have space for about 50 orphans to stay in the orphanage complex. They are seeking funds to accommodate 200 more.

In addition to building costs, they are seeking monthly funding to feed these kids. Right now they are receiving just a few hundred dollars per month, and there isn't hardly enough food for the 50 kids they have at present, let alone the other 200 that have nowhere else to go.

If you have the ability and interest to help, please co…

The glory of God: Persistent godly character in the midst of chaos

God knows things as they really are. He has a perfect character.

What do you think the glory of God is? It is maintenance of a perfect character despite an awareness of what is. God can endure the chaos that exists outside of the bubble of this mortal sphere. We cannot.

The gospel is a mechanism that will enable us to endure the chaos to the degree we submit to the process of getting there.

We live in a world of illusion. The spirit of God reveals things as they really are (see Jacob 4:13). As he reveals to us what he knows, we are subjected to what was previously unknown to us. The challenge is to grow in our capacity to persevere in obedience to God and trust in him amidst ever-increasing levels of chaos.

It is naive to assume that these mysteries are things that are delicious to the taste and very desirable--pleasing to the carnal flesh. Instead, when God reveals these things to us, they can be and tend to be awful. They tear us apart. Think about it. Think about the last time somet…

Motive, Part 2

Part 2 of this post.

Have you ever pondered on unconditional love? Like all other truth, the principle is both progressive, meaning it has deeper and deeper meanings, and inaccessible at significantly deeper levels by those who are still grappling with a basic understanding of it.

When I consider those I know well enough to measure their possession of this quality fairly accurately, I lament that it is so rare.

Here is a thought. Why do people do what they do in life? For the vast majority of people, everything they do is motivated by profit. That profit might be monetary, or power-based, or ideology-based, or reward-after-this-life based. It is all about profit. No matter where you look on this earth, or what situation may be unfolding, you will find that the behavior of humans is describable by this one motive.

How widespread is the profit motive? I think the absence of it may be the rarest quality in the world. Even among Christians, who should know better, the vast majority are re…

Isaiah 3 part 1: The problem with the men

Isaiah 3 and 4 provide a prophecy of a then future people who would be so sinful as to trigger end times desolation. Let's study this chapter and see what modern characteristics, if any, might match his description, in the hopes that we can address these deficiencies in our personal lives, even if we can't turn the course of society as a whole.

In part one of this series, we will look at the failings of men as described by God through Isaiah. I have highlighted the verses that appear to be speaking of men specifically.

For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.

2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

5 And …