One thing that will always be mine, and only mine, is my testimony. My life is exactly that; MY life. A problem with this bass ackwards world and its various societies is that those who serve it and them (those who are of this world) is that truth is treated as lunacy. Facts and truths of the lives of individuals are too often written off as falsehoods and blasphemies against the gods, politics, capitalism, money, pride, and lust which are facets of the dirty diamond, Satan. Politics, capitalism, money, pride, and lust don't have to be evil. Yet, when we put them in the high places of our hearts, souls and minds, we become worshipers of them. It's like the worship of a turd. Following it, only leads to life in the sewer.
My testimony is that, I believe in ONE Almighty God, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Yes, I said "Heavens". For there are different levels, but I am not here to educate you on that right now. I believe in Jesus Christ, who did live amongst us, as a man. He lived and taught us the Way, the Truth, and the Life. For He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I care not for these new teachings and preachings of churches that feel it necessary to conform to today's societies and demands, dumbing God down, as though He has lost the power and ability to reach, change, and save whom He pleases by whatever means He chooses. CUT IT OUT! GOD IS GOD!! Today's society has greater influence over the Church, than the Church has over society.
My life, as a whole, can give credit to NO ONE, other than Almighty God, Jehovah, Yahweh. Religion has done Him crappy justice. Government has done Him crappy justice. I, on the other hand, give Him all the honor and praise and credit He deserves of each and every one of us. Though, I know not all will come to Him. Not all will be saved. Not all will come to the realization of the Truth He is. It is in His Word. His Word, to me, means more than anything. In my life and in my growth, I have studied Christianity, Catholicism and other religions, along with Buddhism, Taoism, a touch of Islam, and the Bhagavad Gita. Each time, I found myself coming back to God's Word, Jesus Christ. It's so simple, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, body and soul. Also, love your neighbor as yourself." Just think about it!! If EVERYONE seriously practiced this, putting away the pride, the ignorance, the stupidity and selfishness that society says is okay, the world would TRULY be a better place.
Human nature is corrupt, and has been since the very first time man and woman gave their minds and thoughts over to what Satan had to say. Ever since, we've been weak and easily confused. We want to serve our feeling and emotions, more than we do God. We want to be in good standing, more so with friends, family, co-workers and bosses than we do God. We want money and success, more than we do God. Treasures on Earth do absolutely nothing for our souls.
I believe in God's Word and Truth and Life, as well as the Way to greater standing and relationship with Him. There is absolutely nothing but good that comes from living by His Word, Jesus Christ. I'm sorry to those of you who have been hurt by ministers, friends, and family who have totally abused and misused the Word of God for personal and/or selfish gain. Don't give up on God. He has yet to give up on you! God has not called any of us to hate, be racist, be misogynists, child molesters, rapists, or any other evil version of mankind! Don't blame God, and don't doubt His ability because of weak, sorry, and corrupt men and women who claim to be His servants when they do the bidding of Satan, the father of lies and corruption. I, myself have been ostracized and even kicked out of Churches when bringing about questions concerning behaviors and preachings of pastors, that in no way line up with the Word of God.
This, I know: Jesus Christ is the Way for me. Those of you who know me to be a good man, a good father, and good friend, it's because I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and try me best to live by the example He set, so long ago. How I treat you, comes from my belief in God and His will. If I have mistreated or offended any of you, let me know. I ask your forgiveness. I am compelled to be bolder in matters of my faith. This is me, getting over myself.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
It was my insulin pump that woke me a couple of hours ago, advising that I calibrate, but it was the owl that did not allow me to return to my slumber. It asked, over and over, relentlessly, "Who?" I am not sure which "who" the owl was referring to, but there has been a "who" on my mind for the past couple of days. The "who" that I'm hearing in my head is Martin Luther King, Jr. What a great man he was. Think about it! In his time, who else was like him. Yes, there were many others involved in the Civil Rights Movement, but none like King. His voice, his words, his calling set him apart from all others. It is my belief that Martin had a much greater understanding of the Love of God, than those who walked with him. To take on a non-violent approach in evil, violent times and stick to it, takes divine assistance.
We've not had such a movement since. Sure, we've had flare-ups here and there, but the difference lies in the fuel. Anger has fueled most movements in recent times, and anger is an emotion; here today and gone tomorrow. Love is not an emotion. Love is eternal, everlasting, and more sustaining than any feeling will ever be. So, there you have it. Part of why our society continues to fail is that we invest way more of our minds, money, and talent in feelings and emotions (often driven by pride and vanity) than we do Love. Let it marinate.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Give freedom to a feather, and its life is dictated by the wind. It blows every which-a-way, never knowing stability. Give freedom to a rock, an it stays grounded. It is not moved by the capricious ways of the wind. Be rocks, as you move forward through life, not feathers. The life of a feather is dictated by society, what's popular, and fleeting. The life of a rock is about wisdom, knowledge, and longevity. Are you wanting long, successful, lasting life? Or, are you wanting your every desire now, only to have it gone tomorrow? You all often roll your eyes at teaching moments and stories that sparks within me, that I am compelled to share, but it is always and only for your good. Seeds planted today, you may not see sprout and flourish for years. Just know that I've never been one to blow smoke or "bullmess" you, as the world may. There are those who will tell you everything you want to hear and give you everything you want, for they are unaccountable. They are selfish and shun the responsibility of ensuring that you all turn out to be good people, of which God would approve.
Considering the feather and rock again, they are both shaped like you. What is it that makes one so easily susceptible to the wind? What makes the other so magnetic to the ground? It's the very substance you allow to lead you. Is it feelings, emotions, pride, and/or vanity? Is it wisdom, knowledge of the world and truth of it, or a heart give to God? Only you can answer.......
I pray that you all have the ears to hear and hearts to accept.......
The morning of the Sunday, in which my son was baptized, I sang in my head, "I'm gonna lay down my burdens, down by the river side; down by the river side; down by the riverside......." You all know the song. Then, I began to ponder my son's baptism. The song I sang was about baptism, I believe. The river is where a lot baptisms took place back in the day, especially in the country. What I imagine is one taking his/her sins, transgressions, etc and dropping them on the banks of the river, then wading into that river to be relieved and cleansed of said burdens. This thought came to me as I pondered all the teachings I have yet to share with my kids, especially my son, as he has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and is being baptized. The river is meant to be crossed. Many of us lay our burdens down, wade out, get baptized, only to return to the same shore and pick up old burdens to lug around; never making it to where God truly wants us to be. In doing so, we never allow ourselves to be in the place where the Holy Spirit can truly be experienced, leading us into the greatness God has in store. We are left with a preschool understanding of God that we treat as a doctorate level degrees.
The life that God desires for us is across the river, where Jesus says, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light." The place across the river is vast and free from the burdens of your past. Jesus Christ is the river, and on the other side is God, waiting to make Himself known to you. The depth of God goes beyond all that you've learned thus far, in your life. Some may disagree or think I'm crazy, but the depth of God goes even beyond our Bibles. Think about it. Your Bible today, is not the same as it was a century ago. I can even attest to the fact that my Bible today is not the same as the Bible I had in the early 80's. Since the first century, books of the Bible and historical accounts of God's people have been lost, found, destroyed, added to our Bibles, and removed from our Bibles.
As a teenager, I stopped taking people's words for it. I began to weigh and test the words of pastors, priests, teachers, and preachers against the very Word of which they spoke. I began to weigh the operations of religious organizations against the very Word, out of which they claim to be established. Then, I began to read the books that I no longer find in my Bible of today. I read Enoch, Jasher, Maccabees, Jubilees and others. Then, I came across "The Testaments of the Patriarchs." Yes, I've weighed them all against the Word, as we've known it. Then I ask, "What prophecies do you think were studied for us to have been expectant of Christ Jesus? What prophecies do you think the major and minor prophets of today's Bible alluded to, in their teachings, warnings, and admonishments? My point is simply this, KNOW more than what you're told and what you are told to study. There is no end to God. Therefore, your learning of him has no end.
CROSS THE RIVER!! I remember attending a discipleship class at a church I used to attend. The instructor made it a point to proclaim the the King James Version of the Bible is the truest, most accurate translation and all others are not to be trusted. "Really dude?" So, to start off a course that should be about Jesus, ultimately, you make it about Bible versions, as if Jesus can only be truly found in one?? "Cut it out!" I'm not an expert, and I'm certainly not perfect, but my quest for knowledge is never ending. In comparison to countries like Israel, Turkey, Italy, Ethiopia, Palestine, Egypt and Greece, America is still a baby from a historical standpoint. I won't go too deep into that right now. Guess what I don't find on the other side of the River, Christ? Limited Bibles, which come with limited teaching. I find God working Himself into me via His amazing Holy Spirit. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is God cleaning you up, clothing you with the right mind, heart, and eyes for the journey He's set forth for you. Yet, you will never know unless you cross that River.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
I came to you with Truth in one hand, and your futures in the other. I came to you as the fulfillment of all prophecy. I told you who I was. I showed you who I was. You argued with Me, futilely so, unable to justify your evil and hypocrisy. You foolish religious leaders! I stood before you, healing your sick, raising your dead, feeding your hungry, opening eyes, and drying up blood. Yet, the pride of Satan, in your hearts and minds would not allow Truth to exist in you or about you. You conspired to kill Me, but nothing I taught or admonished could be proven a lie. For the very Word, of which you were experts, sided with Me. Your love of yourselves and the riches you gained from the heights to which you exalted yourselves, had become your gods. It infuriated you when I said, "You cannot serve both God and money." Your pride yelped every time I called you hypocrites ("a hit dog will holler").
In all My time on Earth, I showed you all the Love of My Father, your Creator in Heaven. You were given what you did not deserve. Right, is all I ever did by you, but the pride of Satan, in your bones, would not allow you to take the bitterness and cleansing fire of Truth and correction. So, you had Me arrested on "trumped" up charges and manipulated to system every way you knew how, to have me condemned to death. You cowards could not even do it yourselves.
I was flogged and brutally beaten, as multitudes of Satan's eyes looked on and cheered. In effort to sustain your corruption, you pushed for crucifixion. Every stripe, cut, scar, bruise, I bore, for your sins. I carried my cross for you, though you hated Me, mocked Me, stoned Me. Yet, I stood on My own two feet, for Truth. I fell three times, but each time I rose back to My feet, MY feet; for you! You could not break me or take my Walk away. You nailed me to your sins, which I gladly took on, so that you may be saved; so that you may be redeemed to your Creator. Even in all of this, the word in which you were self-proclaimed experts, was fulfilled. For the sake of your religious rituals, you called for My legs to be broken so that I may die faster, but I was already long gone (John 19:31-37).
"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken."
I now, look down on My establishment and see that it is very small still. I look at the hearts and souls of mankind and see the same pride I saw in the Pharisees and Sadducees and those who took part in the Sanhedrin that condemned Me. Pride is out of control. My Church are people who live by My example and My love, verily. I see now that religions, denominations, statues, massive temples, money, fame and notoriety are worshiped more than My Father. My Body is sick, confused, and warring against itself. The pride of Satan still exists among you in these very setting and places. Heed my Word once again:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn (Matthew 13:24-30).’”
I will return for the harvest, but I will not announce my coming! I will not send out advanced notices or emails, asking for RSVP's by the certain date. Though I love you, each and every one, not all of you will survive the harvest. Those of you, whom I know (Matthew 7:21-23), stand firm and remain hot (Mark 13:13). For I will not accept cold or lukewarm (Revelation 3:14-22). ALL that you need is in ME, not man or mankind. Do I have your heart? Do I truly have your heart? I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. My way is in My Word. Know Me for yourself! As I asked my disciples, long ago, "Who do YOU say I am (Mark 8:27-29)?"
I, Bryan Hollomon Williams, am grateful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on this day and all days of my life. My heart has been heavy this entire week, as I've studied the Passion and imagined each day of Holy week and what Jesus did on each day. A Man against the world, He was. Imagine your child, right now, in your mind. No matter the age, imagine your child slapped repeatedly, beaten, spit on, and flogged for simply walking into a place and telling the Truth. My son and I discussed this very thing last night. Could you bear to see your offspring go through what Jesus did. For the sake of my Savior, I refuse to allow the world, current trends, worldly and misguided modern day Pharisees influence me in any way.
Last night, I had a dream. I dreamed that my family and I were back at the house where I grew up, in Eight Mile, Alabama. The family was all about in different parts of the house. I looked out into the backyard to see a tornado touching down. It seemed that only I could see it. I shouted and yelled for everyone to get into the bathroom. It was as though they could not hear, and I could not move them or drag them with me. It felt as though the tornado surrounded the house and sat there for what seemed like an eternity. As all the air was being pulled out of the house, I fell to my knees and prayed out to God, that our lives be spared and that the walls and windows hold up. Shortly after, the tornado moved on. Outside, all surrounding homes and trees were decimated. Though I felt sorrow for others, I could not resist praising God for saving my house and my family.
As with this tornado, I cannot make you see Jesus. I cannot make you know Him, seek Him, or give in to Him. All I can do is shout it out and pray for the best. So, my shout and prayer to and for all of you on this day:
Lord God, I pray for every heart and soul attached to the eyes of those who read this today. May they see Jesus, this Easter season. May they see the significance of having true relationship with Jesus Christ. May their pride be set aside and diminished by humility, open minds, and true discernment. Bless their homes with the protection You provide for mine. Turn their hearts and minds into that good soil which receives the seed of Your Word, understands it and "produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown." Lord, help us to discern, identify, and call out the works of evil among us, and not fall for its traps and snares. May we ever have it in our hearts to praise You and give You honor, not just during religious seasons, but in all seasons of life. Let us all, be mindful of what Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior did for us on this day. May this be our focus at this time. Let us not be consumed by the material, unholy, and pagan traditions that tend to plague this weekend, in contention for our very souls. I love you Lord, for all that You've done, all that You do, and all that You will do. I know our time is not promised and is short, God, but I pray that with Your Word expressed in this post, at least one or two or a few souls are turned from weeds to wheat, so that they find themselves in the bosom of Christ instead of soul destroying fire. Thank you for our lives this day and please continue to provide safety for my family and my friends and all who are reading this now. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
As I was stirring my coffee at Starbucks this morning, "The New York Times" caught my eye. See the attached pictures. This is not the first time it has caught my eye, but this morning, I was compelled to buy it. After reading this article about these women, my first thought was, "FORGET THEM! LET EM STAY THERE!!" Almost immediately after, my heart was struck with, "What if it was Taylor?" I grappled with different thoughts at that point. I won't summarize the article but in a nutshell, it was about two women who left their countries to join ISIS, but now want to come home.
If I say, I follow God; believe in His Power and Holy Spirit; follow and claim Jesus as my Savior; and claim to have and live by the Love of Christ, then I also claim His forgiveness. This forgiveness is often times bitter, but it's of God, whom many of us claim to know and serve. The forgiveness that exists within the Love of Christ is inexhaustible. Carnal minds can't fathom this, which is why we struggle with this. Even those of us who keep our minds on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable and anything excellent or praiseworthy, struggle with forgiveness at times. The battle between spirit and flesh is real and ongoing, until God ends it.
One day, this guy that Jesus knew, asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Then, Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." Some translations say "seventy times seven." I'm sure you get the gist of the message. Unfortunately, in today's society, flags, politics, feelings and even religion trump Christ's forgiveness. Forgiveness is a way of living, just as Love.
I remember a time when a friend crossed me up something awful. The day he came clean and apologized, he asked for forgiveness. This was one of those moments when I opened my mouth and spoke words, not my own. I told him, "You were forgiven the day we became friends." Yes, it felt like swallowing a baby porcupine with acid dipped quills. As I look back to that day and considering the bigger picture of that moment, I see that God literally saved lives. Knowing now, that on that day, my friend was one harsh word away from a violent snap, I see God's work. You never know the impact of forgiveness until you give it. It's an invitation to another chance. It's an invitation to be better. Not all who receive forgiveness will do better by you or for themselves, but it's not for us to decide who gets it and who doesn't. Was Jesus that way with you, when you came to Him, confessing your life and asking for salvation?
We claim the Love of Christ and in that Love dwells Forgiveness. I hope my point was made.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Since I could not sleep in as late as I planned this morning (Thanks Mattie & Leo!), I figured I'd come down and listen to my music. Of course this annoys the kids, as no one likes my music but me, unless it's Queen. The first song I listened to was "Pomps & Pride" by Toots and the Maytals. Being born and raised American, I sometimes find it hard to follow and understand some reggae songs without googling the lyrics. I thought to myself, "I've never known the full lyrics of this song!" So, I googled it. Prior to now, I felt I had a tidbit of understanding. As I was listening and reading, a verse jumped out at me. Follow me on this. The verse goes, "Everybody just crying, crying, sighing, sighing, dying to see this light. And when they see it, they say it's not bright! Can this be right?"
To all you Believers and those of you who know the history of God's chosen folks, does this not sound familiar? For centuries, the people of Israel awaited the Savior whom they had been hearing about since God chastised Adam, Eve, and Satan for what went down in the Garden of Eden. Enoch even wrote about Him. When Jesus arrived on the scene, the religious leaders were so corrupt, full of "pomps and pride", they could not see Him (John 1:9-10). In their minds, the Savior would be of great physical power and strength, and the Kingdom of God would also be as such. This just proves that by this time, Truth was so twisted and distorted by centuries of corruption, misinterpretation, and misunderstanding; some malicious and some not.
Paul admonishes us, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Then he further urges us, "Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
We are spiritual beings in a world, flooded with varying, contrasting, and warring spirits. Yet, there is One Spirit that stands above and is most powerful over all. This is the Spirit, the Light, that came into the world after John the Baptist, also known as "The Voice in the Wilderness", prepared the way. The Light came, and we saw nothing more than our measly selves. For we had not the Spirit to see how great this Light was. Furthermore, we could not see our own potential of being amazing souls. Jesus came to show us the Way, the Truth, and the Life, in human form; OUR form! Can you not see?? He set the bar, the example, the path! All we have to do is set aside the "pomps and pride", the evil and corrupt, the ignorance and hatred, and take on the greatest thing God ever gave us; His Love!
Look at Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, and others who have accomplished living this Love that surpasses all understanding (Epesians 3:14-19). GREAT things can be accomplished when operating in the Love of Christ. Nations can be changed when we recognize the Light for Who He Is! I'll be doggone if I witness this Light and say, "It's not bright!" Yet, so many of us in this world say it every day. We say it, when we turn to religious leaders and politicians, to be our salvation. We say it, when we believe that the key to happiness is financial stability, having a man/woman, and having material things. Such distances us from where God would like us to be.
Meeting Jesus Christ, and allowing Him to purge my heart, rearrange my mind, and set aright my soul, was the absolute GREATEST thing I've ever experienced in my life. I see the Light for Who He truly is! This is the Light that allows us to have true sight in this world. It gives us the ability to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2). Having the Light in your heart makes your eyes bright headlights, piercing through the darkness of this world that the sun is incapable of exposing. Yes, there is such a darkness.
The Light is bright y'all! Set aside the "pomps and pride" and allow the Savior in. He will change your life, your heart, and your soul for the better. Stop taking other people's words for it! I can say it all day long! Others can preach it all day long! This does NOTHING for you! You have to be the one to "taste and see" (Psalm 34:8). When all is said and done, no one will be able to speak on your behalf when face to face with God, except the Light of whom so many say, "It's not bright."
God forbid this be you:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’"
Before you ask, "The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent."
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
The night before the night before last, I had a very vivid dream. I was at a reception of some sort, it looked to be. I was sitting next to a minister from a church I attended years ago. She was speaking with other people, not realizing I was next to her. Once the people she spoke to were gone, she turned and seemed surprised to see me there. After greetings, we began discussing insulin pumps. It was extremely weird, considering that she does not have Type 1 Diabetes. She had this elaborate insulin pump, the latest in insulin pump tech. She showed off all its features and super cool accessories. All I could think was, “That’s just too much! I don’t trust it,” as much of it made no sense to me. After the show, I asked about her insulin and what type she used. A deer in the headlights, she became, as I questioned what was actually going into her body. The minister stuttered and stammered a bit, in effort to change the subject. At that point, I woke up and took Leo out for a quick walk.
As I showered in preparation for work, the next morning, I pondered the dream and its meaning. I knew that the message had nothing to do with diabetes or insulin pumps. So I asked God for the meaning of the dream or what may be learned from it. My thoughts were guided to the church, not the one seen in the Book of Acts, but the modern day religions and denominations that we identify as church. It was not until that afternoon, as my friend and I were discussing Daniel 11 and my dream that something struck me hard in the chest. It was Daniel 11:32, which says, “With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”
I see this flattery as a form of desensitizing the violators to the severity of the corruption in their hearts. “It’s not so bad Mr./Mrs. Minister, it’s not like you’ve killed someone.” Better yet, “Did Jesus REALLY say for you not to store up treasures on earth?” What about, “It’s not YOUR fault these people exalt and praise you, more than they do God. I mean, you’re just being about your Father’s business, right?” Finally, “As long as you feel good, you ARE good!” My minister friend was all about her pump, the look of it, the expensiveness of it, and the attention it drew. She wore it with pomp and pride, but when asked what was in it and what she was allowing into her body, she was lost and could not talk to me about what’s most important for her disease.
The darkness of this world, and the purveyors of it, continue to lead many astray in convincing us that the look of a thing is more important than the truth of a thing. In allowing this, we move into houses with leaky pipes, faulty wiring, and rotten studs. Yet, we are totally okay with it, because all these things are hidden behind beautifully painted and decorated walls and molding. It’s only a matter time that the Kingdom of good will come upon us as a mountain, like no other. All other mountains of gold, silver, false & incorrect teaching, pride, arrogance, and all things that stand in opposition of our God, Yahweh, will crumble and melt away. On his mountain, you will find the latter of the aforementioned scripture.
Yahweh wants your heart, not your looks, and not your lip service. In a time when fake and phony fuel our society and self-loathing is applauded and glorified, the parts of us that matter remain hidden and trapped under doubt, fear, low self-esteem, shame, guilt, regret, and all other manner of self-destruction. Therefore, we find ourselves on every bandwagon of feel good, held captive in the pockets of those who flatter us the most. Just like Satan, the “violators of the covenant” prey on the minds and emotions of the weak. When it comes to your heart and soul, high and unchecked emotions are more dangerous than the most potent of narcotics. The ministry of Jesus Christ, on earth, was not to make us feel good about or content with the world and its ways.
Hear me on this. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One, understanding (Proverbs 9:10)”. We were made in the image and likeness of our Creator, Yahweh, and we are BEAUTIFUL, AS WE ARE. I entreat each of you to consider these things when you look into your mirrors each day. Eyes, influenced by this dark and dangerous world, will never see the amazing being Jehovah has created in you. Eyes influenced by His Holy Spirit, attached to minds that have been committed to seeking knowledge of the Holy One, beyond their day of Salvation (beyond Sunday service), will always see that there is NOTHING this world can do or offer to make them see anything less than a treasure of a child of God! PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU ARE AMAZINLGY BEAUTIFULLY MADE!!
What's going into your body? What are you permitting into your spirit? What are you allowing in, to sway your mind?
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
The home, into which you were born is on fire. It's been burning slowly for generations, but your generation happens to inhabit the only room remaining in the house. Many, from the previous rooms made it out, unscathed. They've even, shoved instructions under your door, of how to make it out safely. You've had these instructions all your life, but the room is fun and exciting.
Everyone in the room scoffs at the instructions and admonitions passed down from the older generations; those who stand on the lawn, hoping and praying that you make the right decision. Though all others are eating, drinking, and being merry, something about this note puts a foul feel in your gut and a bitter taste on your tongue. Your Spirit has accepted the Truth of the Word on this papyrus that has transcended thousands of years of mankind and his "screwery." You fall to your knees as this Truth works out your innards and forces you to regurgitate, spewing all foolishness you've allowed to exist in you, on to the floor.
When you stand back to your feet, it's as though no one can see what you see; the flames beginning to rise from the corners of the floor. You pan the room to see one and only one uninhabited chair, your chair. What do you do? Now, knowing what you know and seeing what you see, you take your seat. You take it by the legs and fling it against the One window in the place. You've tried to show others the Way but only a few take your Word for it. Once you've passed through the Way, and now stand on the lawn with your ancestors, you are able to see how massive this house once was. It's down to the last room, and your heart breaks for all those who simply will never see, understand, or heed Truth.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
People often refer to their spouses as their "better halves." I was referring to my wife in this manner not too long ago, and I had to stop myself. For I was about to make a grave mistake, in calling my woman something she is not. Crimesha is not my better half at all. She is my BEST half. She is absolutely the best I’ve ever had and the best I’ve ever been! Point blank, is this Truth. If you’ve noticed an evolving, growing happiness coming out of me over the past 5 years, it’s partly because of my, now, wife. The other part is God and all that He does and provides for me. In terms of relationships, The Almighty took me from dust to diamonds in an instant, in bringing this woman back into my life! I thank the Great Jehovah for her every day of my life.
Four years ago today, I celebrated my Love's birthday with her for the first time. We flew to Vegas and spent five days. I remember standing in our room at the Mandarin Oriental, overlooking the strip and all the pretty and busy lights. It was Crimesha's first time seeing me truly at ease, with a mind at rest. I was at a peace I thought no longer existed in the world for me. It was a little over a year, prior to this trip when I declared to her that I was all in.......this time. Yes, there were previous opportunities for me to make this commitment, but I always seemed to walk away, or shy away, or shun the possibility, choosing unwisely. I am FOREVER grateful that this amazing creation of God gave me this one last shot at the title. That spark from January of 1995 was much greater and stronger than we imagined at that time. How two hearts could connect in such a way that they never stop fighting to get to one another, no matter the time and trials, is awesome to me.
Everything about this woman makes me smile! If there is a bottom to this ocean of love, in which she and I are submerged, then I never want to reach it. No woman has ever been as great or as good as THIS woman has been to me. Unafraid, she touches my flaws, my heartaches, and my pain, letting me know that there is so much more love and beauty on the other side of them, and even within. "Best" falls so short of how I see this magnificent Woman, Wife, Mother, and Friend, but "Best" is what I have to work with. She, Crimesha Evette Williams, is the ABSOLUTE BEST! I have never been able to say this about anyone in my life!! Today, is the day, on which this fantastic, beautiful, amazing, awesome, lovely, loving, dream of a soul mate was born. THANK GOD FOR THIS DAY, AND THE GIFT HE BLESSED THE WORLD WITH, ON IT!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, THE WOMAN OF MY DREAMS, THE BEST PARTS AND PIECES OF ME, MY TRUE RIDE OR DIE, AND MATE OF MY SOUL!!
I LOVE YOU, WOMAN, IN THE MOST INEXPLICABLE WAY!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams