Keep in mind, they are from my own pocket. Celebrating a thing and living a thing are two TOTALLY different things. Think about it. Many celebrate Christmas while having zero belief in Christ. Many who do believe in Christ celebrate Christmas, yet outside of the season, live lives that in no way reflect the One in whom they claim to have Faith and Belief. Today, we celebrate a man whom I believe is one of our greatest human examples of living the Love exemplified by Christ. Over the past couple of years, I've listened to the "Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Growing up, all we ever heard about was his "Dream" but this man told and taught SO MUCH MORE!! Even in his "Letter From Birmingham Jail", he share a soul full wisdom! Yet, we limit him to the Civil Rights Movement when what he sparked was truly a LIFE movement!
When we hear "reading is fundamental", we are hearing some of the grandest wisdom and advice we may ever hear! Most of us stop reading, once we feel we are done with school. Honestly, once you are done with what's required to graduate school, you should elect to read all the gray matter that lies between the lines of all things you've been taught. Personally, I've learned more from my elective reading, outside of school than I did while in school. Growth happens throughout your entire lifetime, if you allow it. So much of our growth is stunted by mentalities of ungodly, and sometimes inhumane traditions. Only you can identify where you've come up short in your learning.
As I mentioned earlier, "Celebrating a thing and living a thing are two totally different things." So, the Love, Charity, Compassion, Empathy, etc that you celebrated in December; are you still living that today? The Love and Passion you commemorate today; will you have it next Monday? The lessons from the life of Jesus Christ, that you nod "yes" to, shout "Amen" to, and affirm on Sunday; does it reverberate and ripple throughout Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday also? Celebrations of Greatness and Love are hollow and hypocrisy, when the day that follows finds us empty of that which we just claimed as great and needed and awesome and amazing and enlightening. It is what it is.
There are stacks of steaks, awaiting the grill, but the Chef will not begin to season or place them over the flame until He sees that you are TRULY finished with your milk and mashed peas.......
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......
Fire and Truth, both, burn and purge and shed light, but only one brings life. Ages ago, the mighty Atlas sustained a crippling blow, dislocating his shoulder and causing the world to roll slow. By the time we hit the ground, the world will be completely upside down. Before you will appreciate the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of the Bee, he must first provide you with his sting. Running from the storm does you no good. For when you're exhausted and your legs are through, the storm will come and have its way with you. Standing firm in a storm is the deal. It can only happen when you're standing firm.......and still.
Donnie McClurkin said it best, "After you've done all you can, you just STAND."
There are dreams and there are visions. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the two. No, I am not going to spend this moment breaking them down. I just want share a recent lesson and concession. Between July 2004 and Summer of 2006, I had several dreams. In these dreams starred the same two individuals, living out the same scenario, with one of them eventually suffering a major loss. Terrified by these dreams, I've spent the past fifteen years trying to prevent them from ever happening. To no avail, I've fought.......to no avail.
A couple of weeks ago, I went back to read my documentation of these dreams, in my journals. It was then that the lesson settled into my heart. "Visions are to be prepared for, not prevented." These are the words I heard within my own soul, by a warm, bitter whisper. Then came the concession......."Lord Yahweh, I place it in your hands! Your Will be done!" Amen.
What most politicians have in common with drug dealers, and the like, is that Yahweh is not welcomed into the daily affairs of their lives, EXCEPT maybe on Sundays when they provide Jehovah with hella lip service. This reminds me of Isaiah 29:13, "The Lord Jehovah says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."
We, as the people, get the same treatment. We have all of their words, yet none of their hearts. I am not dogging ALL politicians, but I am dogging the majority who are in charge of our best interests in D.C.. If the shoe fits, wear it!! Wear it proudly!! Be honest about who you are. If the truly good-hearted politicians were the majority, our country would be in MUCH better shape, financially, ethically, physically, and most importantly, SPIRITUALLY!!
When Yahweh is cut out, ALL hell breaks loose and runs rampant among us, the innocent and guilty alike. The corruption of government kills an entire nation ("Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people." -Proverbs 14:34-). We call ourselves a super power among the nations of the world, yet we can't ever seem to resolve our own civil, internal, racial, ethnic, ethical, financial, and social issues. We are nation, divided in multiple ways. Our country is sick. It is bruised. America is falling apart. Only Yahweh has the power to save it. Obama couldn't do it! Trump can't do it! The democrats can't do it!! The Republicans can't do it!! ONLY JEHOVAH CAN HEAL OUR LAND.......working through US!!!
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." -2Chronicles 7:14-
.You start off down your path of life. Years down the road, you come to a fork in the road. You go to your right. A little ways down, you trip on a rock in the center of the road. "Ow!", the rock cries out' "You're not supposed to be on this path!" Angrily, you keep on down the road with a slight limp as your toe throbs. The pain eventually subsides. You keep on keeping on, until you face another fork. Again, you choose your right. Again, just a few steps in, you trip on seemingly the exact same rock. "Geez!" the rocks shouts, "Watch where you're going! You shouldn't even be here!" Yet, again you get up and hobble on down the road until you feel you've healed. Feeling you're living your best life, doing as you please, you come to a third fork. As we can predict from your track record, your right is your choice. This time you get pretty far on the path, but BAM! You hit the stone again. This time it breaks your foot. As you topple over, you try breaking your fall, but instead, you break your wrist. The rock says, "This is clearly not the path for you!" As you gather yourself and sit up, you see a dead-end ahead of you. Behind you, the path has grown in with thickets and thorns. It's going to cost you more to get back to the right path, than it did to take the wrong one.
This is the best I could do to describe my thoughts this morning and the imagery in my head. This flow of thought was sparked while pondering parenting. Children, what you think is right is often based on feelings, emotions, and looks. So, often times, your "rights" are the wrong turns of your life. I am not saying that parents are all-knowing, but based on our years of experience, we instruct and warn you of the dangers we know to be lurking on and around the paths of your "rights." The rocks are the dangers, of which we've warned you. The words of the rock are not actually from the rock, but echoes of your parents' words in your mind and conscience.
Not one of us is perfect, but we all can benefit from giving a bit of credence to sound advice and wisdom. Hindsight is always 20/20, but none of us want to have to work our ways back to better pathways through thickets and thorns, with the baggage of broken feet and broken wrists. Save yourselves from such drama by simply considering more than your impulses fueled by emotions and lust of the eyes.
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......
What if Ezekiel 9, itself was the sermon? Would you gain anything? Would you understand? Learning helps us to grow, in all aspects of life. In order to learn, we often have to question what we see, what we hear, and what we read. So, here's Ezekiel 9:
"Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, “Bring near those who are appointed to execute judgment on the city, each with a weapon in his hand.” And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar. Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple. Then he said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and began killing throughout the city. While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell face down, crying out, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel in this outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?” He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see.’ So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.” Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded."
Who is the man with the writing kit?
Who are those who grieve and lament?
Why does the killing begin at the Sanctuary?
May Yahweh bless the readers of this word and those who give their minds over to answering these questions. My He have His way with your hearts and minds in such ways that you find the man with the writing kit marking your head. Amen!
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......
P.S. "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11 -
It’s funny how Yahweh behaves nothing like most who claim to follow Him, believe in Him, and impose the title, “Christian”, upon themselves…….I imagine, at times, Yahweh being just as upset as “Birdman” a while back, saying “Stop playing with my name! Put some respeck on it!” We have heaped so much nonsense and b.s. upon the name of our Creator…….So much so that many refuse to give Him even a ponder, due to religious human behaviors, misguidance, and manipulation! Yet, we come to this time of year and claim “joy to the world” and “peace among men!” Then, by January 2nd we are back to behaviors of division and closet hate! Capricious and fickle are the hearts of mankind.
What if I told you that Jesus did NOT commission His followers to go out into the world and make Christians of men? Would you believe me? If not, show me the scripture. The one I see states, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Hold tight for this next bit. “Christian” was a derogatory term used to describe the Believers, Followers, and Disciples of the Way, Truth, and the Life. Tell me which of these terms you find in Scripture. My personal feeling toward it is this: It’s no different from me being called a “nigger;” meant to degrade, hurt my feelings, and draw out a negative response so the speaker can play victim to a problem he/she caused. Ultimately, it’s just a word and, like my wife often says to our kids, “I give it no power.” “Nigger” is not my name. It’s Bryan. “Christian” is not my title. “Believer” is. “Follower” I am. “Disciple” is my path.
Words, along with the power you give them, make a difference in your life. So, I am always careful of how I use mine. If you’ve been paying attention, I’ve begun to use “Yahweh” and “Jehovah” a lot more often. Why? Look at it this way, my name is Bryan. Yet there are umpteen thousands of Bryans in the world and if you count the different spellings, there are way more. So, when someone says “Bryan”, who are you talking about? This is why most times you see my name, you see “Bryan Hollomon Williams.” When you Google it, how many do you find exactly like it? It’s the same with “God”, for me now. Throughout time, mankind has worshiped many gods, even to this day. So that there is not confusion of whom I speak, I choose Yahweh and Jehovah. These stem from interpretations of the Tetragrammaton (YHWH or JHVH). Can you see it? Many of us know the story of Moses’ question to Yahweh, “Whom shall I say has sent me?” Yahweh answered, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Some scholars have gone as far as interpreting the name to be “I AM BECOMING.” Either way, I take this to mean that Jehovah is all He needs to be. Need forgiveness? Yahweh (I AM), your forgiveness. Need salvation? Jehovah (I AM), your savior. Need protection? Jehovah (I AM), your shield. Need provision? Yahweh (I AM), your provider.
When you go to church, to whom do you give more credence? The Word of God? The Pastor/Priest? The deacon board? The elders? The traditions of man’s making? Actions speak louder than words. For many, Christ is claimed as their way. Yet, their actions and traditions are strictly about pastor or long running traditions that cannot be justified by scripture. Again, many oppose the church because of what mankind has done with it and to it for personal and political gain.
As I look back over what I’ve written thus far, in this post, I question the point. Ultimately, something struck me this morning and began to write. I AM is always I AM. We were made in His image and likeness. He also gave us the model to follow, Jesus Christ. If you TRULY are a follower of His, then this overwhelming love, compassion, and warm and toasty feeling inside your heart should exist in all seasons of your life, not just from Thanksgiving til the time the kids go back to school. If you TRULY believe, the your life becomes a lifestyle of love; love that has no bounds. In case you’ve forgotten, “Love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If mankind truly loved this way, we wouldn’t have or need seasons for it. I mean, do you truly grasp this scripture? “ALL the Law and ALL the Prophets hang on these two commandments!” If mankind TRULY loved this way, the world would not suffer so much. We would not suffer so much. The Earth would be healed of the cancer, called man's pride. I don’t care what anybody says, LOVE IS THE ANSWER!! Unfortunately, not all can receive such a message. As soon as the seed sprouts, all of the worldly weeds living in their hearts choke out the sprout of Truth. Love is power, but you will never know how powerful until you wield it.
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear…….
Reading various quotes from various people, from various stages of American History; reading various writings of various authors, living in various eras of America's growing pains; and recalling the many wise words of many men and women at many major mile markers along my own journey through American life and society, I see a particular truth. The Truth is that too many minds in this country are locked.
The Key was given, long ago
Not for squats and giggles, not for show
It was give for you to know
There is a Way to Truth and to Life
Upon Whom the yoke is easy, and light
It requires not your might
It was understood from the start
A way from which we were asked not to part
It simply requires ownership of your heart
Yet, we choose to be led by minds and emotion
Ignoring that ever gnawing notion
Succumbing to temptation's misguiding potion
I thank God, that the lock on my mind was one of pad, when He blessed me with the Key. Too many of us have traded out the original padlocks for combination locks; combinations of hatred, tradition, politics, and mis-teachings from those whom Jesus says should be dropped into the sea with millstones tied to their necks (Matthew 18:6). These things are not of God. If they were of God, then His only Begotten would have been a lying, cheating, manipulative, racist politician. Only you, who choose to live by worldly ways, can pick the locks you've been duped to allow to hold hostage, your minds. The picks to be used are education, seeking knowledge beyond traditions of bigotry and racism, and even challenging the Word of God. Yahweh certainly knows I challenged Him big time in my younger years, but in all my running, contending resisting and arguing, I always found myself at His feet seeking answers. Even in my more recent studies of books removed/excluded from modern day Bibles, scripture considered not to be canon, and ancient scrolls and writings that stand against and opposite of God, I find ALL these things yet encompassed in the Word of God.
I can only speak for me, in terms of my relationship with The Most High and how He got me to this point in my life. I will just say that wrong is wrong. Institutions, governments, and even churches that practice, promote, or protect evil and wrong behaviors are simply not of Jehovah.
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......
Where there are people, there is position. Where there is position, there are politics. Where there are politics, there are power struggles. Where there are power struggles, there is corruption. Where there is corruption, there is collateral damage. Where there is collateral damage, there is suffering. Yet, those who suffer are never the corrupt, power hungry politicians who are in a position to help the people.......
The other day, I pondered a potential title "Thorns, Ant Beds, and Molehills." It started out with just a thought on ant beds and how they pop up in your yard every now and then. You kill it, but soon after another pops up. While walking Leo the other day, I came across a gang of ants. I am not sure if there was an ant bed under the thatch or what, being that there was no mound. It angered me a bit, but who cares for real. It's nature right? It's to be expected. While pondering ant beds, I thought about Paul's thorn in his side. From there my mind went to Jacob's hip. Reminders, these things are. Reminders of our lives, our flaws, our doings and imperfections, they are. They keep us humble, in that we are not perfect. No one is.
A few nights ago, I simply posted "Antbeds" to my Facebook page. My young cousin Darron, simply commented "Molehills." I appreciate that response, for it gave me a different perspective. Compared to ant beds, molehills are way more concerning. Moles burrowing in your yard is a sign of danger. It's a danger to the very foundation of your home. You always see the hills, but never see the mole. Where is he? How deep is he? Is he just in the yard, or has he made it underneath the foundation. Is my home about to be a lost cause? Taking out a mole is not as easy as picking off the chipmunks, that are just as much a danger to home stability, with a pellet gun. There are things I see at Home Depot and Lowes that can help get rid of moles in your yard.
There are things that come against us in life, that often attack or challenge the foundations of our faith and boughs of our beliefs. As exhausting as it is to play "whack-a-mole" and "ant bed bash," we have to work relentlessly to eliminate the threats that the world throws at our homes, our minds, our heart and our souls. Unfortunately, these threats don't come as ants and moles. They come as people.......
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Earth is the bowl.......Humanity is the pudding.......
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love money your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your money as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love your political party, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love only those in your political party as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love your race, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love only members of your race as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love your denomination, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love only members of your denomination as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love human tradition, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your traditions as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love social media, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love social media as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love lust, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love lust as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love your pride, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your pride as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love YHWH, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
"Love JHVH, your god, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear…….
*Version – a particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier form or other forms of the same thing.
*Perversion – the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.
Bryan Hollomon Williams