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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…

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 …

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 m…

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 the…

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 …

"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 …

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

A woman's purpose

A while ago, I undertook a deep dive into masculine purpose, and wrote this. In creating that document, I benefited from three books that were useful at least in part in accelerating my thinking on the issue. 
For some reason (probably because our modern sensibilities make meaningful discussion on the topic taboo), there are no such books I could find on the female side. I don't know why no one has bothered doing so before, but here is a draft version of a document for female purpose.
========= I have a higher purpose in life, one that transcends the daily. My mission in life is to beautify (improve the appearance of), to enliven (make more entertaining, interesting, appealing), to enhance (improve, make more valuable), to excite (cause feelings of enthusiasm and eagerness), to enrich (improve or enhance the value of), to uplift (improve the spiritual, social, or intellectual condition of), to gladden (make glad), to mollify (calm and soothe), and to pacify (bring peace to). The …

How far will you go before you quit?

One way you can define "trust in God" is by what you are willing to suffer before you act out of alignment with your best understanding of God's character. In short: what does it take to make you blink? How far will you go before you quit?

One way of thinking about the gospel of Jesus Christ is as a system designed to gradually expose you to greater degrees of awareness of reality. When you die, you will be exposed to all of reality pertaining to this sphere. This experience for most will be one of the types of hell described in the scriptures. They will be completely and suddenly exposed to a vastly more extreme reality than they were prepared for. Those who have lived the gospel here will be more prepared, and those who have overcome all things through Christ here will only experience increased joy there, as they will have already integrated the increased reality into their intelligence/belief system/character/understanding/desires/habits/knowledge/etc.

God's purpo…

Enough rope to hang yourself

Because of technology and cheap energy, we have the lowest cost food in the history of the world. Never have so many people been fed by so few farmers. What do we do with such a boon? Everyone is obese!

We have the best-funded medical system the world has ever seen. What do we use it for? Are we saving lives? Not really. We are treating the effects of eating too much, exercising too little, and killing babies. More than half of Americans took a prescription drug in the last 30 days. Everyone is addicted to something, it seems. More Americans die every year from opioid overdoses than died in the Vietnam war.
Today, every single person in the US can attend college. Instead of leading the world in innovation and productivity, the United States is cranking out an unfettered quantity of underemployed baristas. Why? Because given unprecedented access to education, young people prefer majors that end with "studies" or traditional majors for which there are no jobs, in spite of the …