Over the past six to seven months, I've spent time reading and researching Historical and Biblical accounts that we don't necessarily find in our modern Bibles. I LOVE history, especially that of mankind as we relate to the Creator, Jehovah. So, I've studied the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the books of the Apocrypha, the books of Enoch, Testaments of the Patriarchs, and more. In reading these texts, over and over, I found that so many of the Scriptures we find in our modern Bibles, reference the writings, teachings, and admonitions of Enoch, Noah's great granddaddy. Some credit him has being the first ever prophet among men.
Anyway, I fell into this ever-deepening pit of knowledge. Unable to write and voice my mind clearly, I found myself frustrated and even angry at times. It was a feeling of suffocation, almost like a steady, six month inhale while a boa tightened around my chest. Yet, I LOVED the information, the knowledge, the illumination and its relation to today and all that is going on in the world. It's even exhausting to think about it right now.
So that I would not find myself lost or led astray by all the things that your pastor has probably NEVER shared with you, let alone studied, I prayed before every reading. I prayed for God's discernment to rest in my being and that I see and gather only the learning which He desires of me. Without discernment, even knowledge of great things can lead to misinterpretation and miseducation. I implore you to pray for such discernment daily, as my mother did with me, in the late 90's.
You can't learn with a closed mind. Imagine what Enoch had to be when God pulled Him to Himself to impart wisdom and knowledge. Imagine what Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Elijah all had to be for God to work through them. Open vessels, willing to let go of what God did not want in them and accepting all that God wanted in them. It's no different from what Jesus requires of all His followers. Let go of the world, and take hold of God's Holy Spirit you will find after walking through the door of Jesus Christ, God's Word.
It is my belief that God's Word goes beyond and is far greater than King James, as so many elementary level ministers claim is the one true Bible and only one to learn and lead by. It is my belief that once you come to know God, giving your life to Him, He will enlighten you to so much that is wrong in this world, especially in the Christian organizations which many worship more than Jehovah Himself.
It is also my ridiculously strong belief that God did NOT give us denominations or four-walled rooms with pointy roofs and steeples as representation of the MOVEMENT kindled by Christ, fueled by the Disciples, and carried afar by the Apostle Paul. Yet we are content with the Traditions of man which lead us to be uncomfortable and doubtful and disbelieving of the call of God when it falls upon us. Whether you see it or not is up to the spirit or Spirit that lives in you. For even Scripture shares, "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14)." This is pretty much why I refuse bandwagons, denominations, and anyone's word for anything when it comes to Yahweh. Knowing full well, how so deeply evil is woven into the tapestry of mankind by now, I MUST test all things and weigh them not only against God's Word, but also His Holy Spirit. For our modern Bibles, in my opinion, do not give us His EVERY word.
Ready for the "come up" and exhale? As I wallowed in this pit of knowledge, wanting to get out and breathe again, frustration continued to bite and sting. I had to grasp a very specific line of hope, that stretched from today, all the way back to the beginning and the promise God gave in Genesis. That promise is Jesus Christ. All of what I found in this pit leads me right back to the Man I met on August 21, 1998 for the first time, Jesus Christ. I exhale. The message is and has always been, Christ Jesus!
Jehovah wants us to Himself, and the ONE way to get back to Him is His sacrificed and resurrected Word, Jesus. But sit not, simply at the introduction, on God's front porch. Pass through that doorway of Christ INTO the Home of God, His heart! If your knowledge of and dealings with God begin Sunday morning and end Sunday afternoon, then I beg of you to go beyond Sunday's Sermons. As annoying as our children were with the "why's" when they were two and three years old, we must be as such now, as adults. Why? Why? Why? If you are unwilling to ask why, then put on your wool coats and blindfolds.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
P.S. "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit."
A week ago, Saturday night, I dreamed three dreams. All seemed the same, or at least they all seemed to carry the same message. I awoke with my mind, on repeat and saying, “Change the Narrative,” over and over and over. In these dreams, I found myself walking through cities, towns, down roads, and through parks and country sides. At different points of my stroll, I was approached by individuals asking for help. Each person who approached me, carried a strip of paper. On each strip was one sentence, God’s will & judgment for his/her soul. The sentences were all written in black print, except for a word or two in either green or red. Some came upon me, asking, “What does this mean?!” Others came, saying, “Please help me change this!!”
As I read the different slips of paper, I realized that these sentences were life sentences. It was their destinies laid out in one simple sentence. They were not compound sentences with ands, ors, buts and therefores. Better yet, these words were the narratives of the lives of the many I came across. The red words found in some could not be changed, but the green could be changed. Those I could help, I helped, erasing the green and replacing it with that which meant salvation. Those with the red, I could do nothing but send them on their various ways, knowing their unfavorable fate.
In the third and final installment of this dream series, there was a black van parked in the center of a small town. It was loaded with a bomb that could destroy the town and everyone in it. I was handed a device that looked like an iPod with a tiny keyboard on it. There was a timer on the screen, with only three minutes and counting down. Pictures began to appear on the screen for a few seconds at a time. The only way to diffuse the bomb was to interpret the title of at least one of the pictures, simply by looking at it, then type the title into the keypad. It was a guessing game, and by the time I’d type two letters, the screen would change to the next picture. As the timer approach zero, I decided, “Hell, this is just a dream! I’m gettin out!” So, I woke up.
As I ponder this series of dreams, do you know what I did not see? With the multitude of individuals I encountered, there were zero pastors, priests, parents, teachers, or attorneys speaking on their behalf. The various narratives of the many lives, were chosen and the life sentences were assigned accordingly. So, the narrative of YOUR life, YOU chose. YOUR life sentence, YOU earn! No one can account for your life, other than you. "Change the narrative" still echoes in my head. The great news is that as long as there is breath in our bodies, we DO have an opportunity to make better the narratives of our lives.
"Sanctify them by Truth; Your Word is Truth," Jesus said as He prayed for His disciples. Think about it. Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." By Him and through Him, we are saved, sanctified, reconciled and redeemed. Jesus is our opportunity to change the narratives of our lives, if and when need be. Though we have life in our beings today, tomorrow is not promised and time is not guaranteed. Now and what we do with it, is what always matter the most in life.
Make today the day, that you do better for your own life. Make today the day that you take hold of your narrative and establish a life sentence without red.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
P.S. You have three minutes and no way of diffusing the bomb, what do you do?? Into whose hands do you place your life and soul??
Early in the morning, before the night drops its drawers, revealing the crack of dawn, many of us wake. We rise and begin our preparations for the coming day. Physically, mentally, and for some of us, spiritually, we ready our beings for the expectations of yet another day. As we do so, let us remember to seek first the Kingdom of God and that His Will be revealed and done, in us and about us. Remember that today is your day, full of opportunity. Worry not about tomorrow. For tomorrow has trouble of its own. Remember, as you go about your day, to humble yourself. Before judging those you see, consider your own shortcomings, failures, specks and planks. Remember how God turned you around, forgave you, gave you grace, and showed you mercy.
Leave the house with Love on your mind and in your heart. With Love in mind, remember that Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. Never forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Never boast about tomorrow. For you do not know what a day may bring. Focus on now, what you can do now, the awesome you can be now, and every second of now, today! Prepare for today, as though it’s your last. Never be caught slipping or sleeping. We never know when the Lord will come. Therefore, grasp this. If you knew the day and time the thief was coming to rob your house, would you not keep watch and be ready to defend your home, your property, your family? As the wise “Suga Free” once told the world, “If you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready!”
Ask yourself, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Am I trying to please people?” If you are still trying to please people, you cannot be a servant of Christ. Choose you this day, whom you will serve. At the dropping of night’s drawers, and before the Sun lays His full gaze upon the land, be ready to live! Be ready to love! Be ready to fight for your life and for what’s right! Your soul is appealing to both, angels and demons. It attracts both love and hate! It’s up to you, who you allow in as a guest, a boarder, or permanent resident. When the dogs of good and evil show up in your yard, which will you feed? Which will you pop with the b.b. gun?
Marinate on these ramblings and prayerfully consider the starts to each of your remaining days. What’s of true value to your soul, your spirit, your heart, your family, you future? Today determines your tomorrow.
Those who have ears, let them hear…….
P.S. Let Scripture be written on your hearts and found in your daily conversations. Allow it to become a way of life.
Imagine, if you will. Imagine that all education, as we know it today, vanished. Imagine that all books of knowledge, reference and learning were removed from existence, with no record of history before today. This means no libraries, no schools of any kinds, no periodicals, just nothing. Even our beloved Bible is extinct. A new mandate/ordinance comes down from on high. It says to parents, present and future, that the only education your children receive will be from your social media posts, from your births into the various forms to today. You can only teach from YOUR posts and no one else's. You and your children will only have access to YOUR posts and no one else's.
Be honest with yourselves, if at all possible, and answer me this question. Which will be YOUR children, blessed or screwed?
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
I snapped this picture this morning, and thought to myself, "As long as there is light." With the little bit of light, creeping from around this door, we are able to brush our teeth, shower, get dressed, and even iron our clothes in preparation for our work days. So, much can be accomplished with just a little light.
Coming into the season where I struggle the most to carry the heavy backpack, called depression, Light means more to me now than at any other time of year. A couple of days ago, as my spirits tried to dip, I thought about my wife's smile; what it was to me in 1995 and what it is to me now; absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Then, I smiled and made it home from work, feeling pretty good. My woman sees my struggle and helps me through, ever giving me smiles, chuckles, and laughs.
Yesterday, I sank a bit again. Then, I thought about my kids, their smiles, their laughter and silliness. These are the types of things I miss, while I'm at work and they are at school. My thoughts of them lifted me out of sinking sands. I even think about the silliness of my mother, way back in the day before I was old enough to go to school. She made up a song that she sang to me, titled, "You've got a pork and bean head." Yeah Ma, I remember, even if you don't.
There is another memory that comes to mind in this moment. Back when Crimesha and I were dating under the radar, we planned a meeting at Barnes & Nobles/Starbucks one day after work. Of course, I arrived early and browsed books of poetry. Minutes before the Love of My Life arrived, I was approached by a dude. He was hitting on me, under the guise of offering me free membership at his gym. In multiple ways I expressed my non-interest. Suddenly, I saw my Baby and felt relief, thinking she'd walk up and give me some sugar, ultimately ending the onslaught of "hollerinatyaness" from dude. But NOOOOOO, she decided to hang back for a while and see how I would handle the situation, finding it to be hilarious! I still love her though, with all that is me.
These are a few forms of light that pierce through the darkness of the season, reminding me of all the joys that exist in my life today, right now. All the lights of my life are God-given, so I aim to keep my eyes on the hills and in the skies. For God is ALWAYS there, reminding me of His presence in, and His power over, my life! So, as I exited my car this morning and walked into work, John Fogerty was in my ear, saying, "Long As I Can See the Light......." which is why I've shared the attached song, by Credence Clearwater Revival.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Love, Mercy, and Grace! If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Compassion, Forgiveness, and Justice! If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Fairness, Equality, and Understanding. If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Unity, Truth, and Salvation. If you stand for Christ, you stand for God, His Word, His Wisdom, and His Holy Spirit!
If you stand and stand for injustice, you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
If you stand and stand for oppression, you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
If you stand and stand for racism and those who so clearly promote it, you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
If you stand and stand for division, in forms of race, ethnicity, denomination, political party, religion, class, financial status, gender, looks, or any other form that eats away at our potential greatness like cancer, then you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘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 (Matthew 22:35-40).”
If you do not stand for and live this scripture, from the mouth of Christ, then you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
For those on the sidelines, standing for nothing, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15-16).” Safety is not found on the sidelines. Safety is found in the Savior. Sidelines shelter complacency, compliance, acceptance, and apathy. If you are neither hot nor cold, what good are you to Christ? If you stand on the sidelines, then you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
It is foolish to claim you know Christ, stand for Christ, yet be racist, hateful, and supportive of evil in any form. If this is you, you need a millstone and deep lake. OR (as I reel myself back in), you can come to Christ, TRULY, and accept Him and abide in Him, WHOLLY! Though one of the toughest things is for a fool to look in the mirror and see “a fool”, I believe in the power of Christ!
Where do you stand?
Those who have ears, let them hear…….
P.S. Why call yourself "Christian" if you're not striving daily to be a reflection of Christ, or at least practicing what HE preached?
I went from rock, to revolution; from revolution, to showcase, from showcase, to mockery, and from mockery, to parody. What am I?
Many of us get to Christ and call it a day, thinking “that’s it! I’m saved!” and never go any farther. Yes, Jesus is the doorway, through which we all must pass in order to see God, know God, and have relationship with God, but there is a pathway beyond the Door. This pathway (if walked) takes you into deeper knowledge and understanding of the very Word that saved you, but could not save you without the drawing in of the very Spirit, belonging to the One who breathed that Word. Depth of knowledge of the Holy One is severely lacked in our world today. It is deficient in many of our churches.
Now, some of what I am going to say may be offensive to some, but my concern is not for feelings right now. So, draw back your toes. Get them out of the aisles and walkways. There are many pastors and preachers who have great depths of knowledge, who pick and choose bits and pieces of truths to share, but never preach anything they feel may drive their congregations away or into questioning. See, Jesus did not run after the young rich man in Matthew 19:16-22. The young man likely could not fathom how he could possibly live without his things, his money, or his notoriety. Jesus simply told him the Truth and let the man decide for himself. Now step back, and take a long, hard, and honest look around you. Can you see it? If not, take time to read the Gospels, paying close to Jesus’ ministry, teachings, and instructions to His disciples. Then, take another long, honest, and hard look around you.
There are those out there in ministry, striving daily to help others see Christ, so that they may be saved. They do it without expectation of anything from anyone. They do it simply by loving God with their entire minds, bodies, hearts and souls, while loving their neighbor as themselves (Matthew 22:35-39). Unfortunately, there are those who run ministry too much like a business, customizing packages of God’s Word, trimming here and fluffing there, in order to maintain membership and attract more. I remember hearing a pastor shouting at her congregation, “Y’all are SUPPOSED to be taking care of me! Y’all are SUPPOSED to be treating me to nice things!” This same pastor would chastise her people for not bringing in more visitors that she hoped to turn into members, increasing the income or tithing she’d call it.
If Jesus Christ is our prime and ONLY true example of the Way, the Truth, and the Life, how and why do we allow what we see every day in many of our local churches. If our Bible is TRULY the WORD of God, then why do we mistreat Him so, mis-teach Him so, abuse Him so, try corrupting Him so, and do so much of what the Word Himself warns us against?? There is a Church in my heart with a big “C” and our communities and cities are literally littered with little “c” churches. The only thing that turns the little one into a big one is absolute, honest, unadulterated Truth, whole Truth, and nothing but Truth. So, please help us, God!!
Now, humor me a bit. Set aside your religion for a moment. Set aside your denomination for a moment. Set aside pastor, apostle, or prophet whoever for a moment. If you can, of course.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers (Matthew 7:21-23)!’
"What is this 'will' of which you speak, sweet Jesus?", you ask??
"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day (John 6:39-40).”
Can you say that the Savior truly KNOWS you? Can He distinguish your single “Lord, Lord” from the millions shouting it to the heavens? See, your denomination can’t speak for you. Your pastor, prophet, or apostle whoever can’t speak for you. Your religion can’t speak for you. Would you send your best friend to marry the woman/man of YOUR dreams whom you desire to have as husband or wife?? Think about it this way. Back in high school, a friend of mine was afraid to speak to a young lady he liked and asked me to “go hook it up.” So, I spoke to this person on his behalf. After a good bit of conversation, she expressed that although she liked my friend, she’d rather it be me that she talks to and gets to know. Now, Imagine Jesus, surrounded by multitudes of pastors speaking on behalf of their congregations. Jesus looks up and says, “I know only seven hundred seventy-seven of the six hundred sixty-six million of which you speak. Did you not instruct the others properly?"
All I am saying is that YOU, as an individual, should be taking measures to confirm your place in the mind and heart of Jesus, and such work takes place BEYOND the Door, on that path from salvation’s start to eternity with God. Just as the make-up of our society begins in our individual households with what we are taught and teach, the strength of the true Church begins with our individual relationships with Jesus Christ. What's the use of building a brand new car with rusted out nuts and bolts. It will only fall apart. Yet many of the churches that thrive the most are packed with folks content with spiritual blindness and deafness, and having plausible deniability (see the P.S.).
Deeper knowledge of the Holy One leads to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him (“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”). Learning NEVER stops. The minute you feel and believe you know all you need to know, is the minute you become stagnant, mentally and even spiritually. We were made in the image and likeness of GOD!! We are meant for so much more, BEYOND the Door!
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:24-27).”
Those who have ears, let them hear…….
P.S. Plausible deniability is the ability of people (typically senior officials in a formal or informal chain of command) to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others in an organizational hierarchy because of a lack of evidence that can confirm their participation, even if they were personally involved in or at least willfully ignorant of the actions.
Mankind will never treat you as the treasure you are, in God’s eyes. Looking at this coin while pondering what I could possibly pass along today, that would be motivating and uplifting, I see the word “Liberty” resting above the head of a beautiful Native American woman. For her and her people, “Liberty” died, once the Europeans arrived, laying claim to what was not theirs. But that’s not what this post is about, though it does play into the message. The Native Americans were NOT treated as the Treasures they were, and are, in God’s eyes. They were treated as filth and savages, by a certain sect of mankind. Now, let me not go too far down that road, but History has not lied to us. Neither has the Truth.
The Truth I’d really like for you all to hear today is that God LOVES you! God treasures you MORE than ANY man or woman can! You are worth FAR MORE than gold! Let’s just say that our souls are diamonds, the greatest of jewels and treasures. In God’s hands, you are regularly cleaned and maintained. He places you in high places of marvelous light, so that you sparkle with pupil-shrinking radiance. By you, His illumination is cast out into the darkness, drawing others in, to Him. Blinded by His Glory, they are found. When God is all you can see, His will is all you ever truly want to be.
Now, there is another, whom many choose to serve and believe. Many of God’s diamonds, he’s be able to retrieve. Instead of placing them high in areas where they can glow, He pours them into a pit; dark and low. Then, he downs a box of Ex-Lax and squats over the hole, contaminated and blotting out the lights of every soul. He convinces them that the only way one can escape is by stepping and crapping on his fellow man. They are blinded by the mess and choked by the funk, under which none of them can stand.
Yes, I know this may be a bit extreme, but extreme is my love and respect for God, for Love, and for Truth. YOU ARE WORTH FAR MORE THAN GOLD, PLATINUM, AND DIAMONDS TO GOD!! NO TREASURE IS GREATER THAN YOUR SOUL. Think about it! If gold, platinum, and diamonds were greater than your souls, why would Satan be so concerned about them? Why would he go through centuries of drama and evil for such an unworthy thing? Let your soul be like the Time Stone, under Dr. Strange’s spell, burning every hand, other than God’s, that tries to take it!! Your soul is the ultimate infinity stone!
Those who have ears, let them hear…….
Like Elijah, my Anger hides in a cool, calm place; a place of thought, of insight, and of meditation. At times, it can be heard from the mouth of the cave, as I monitor earthquakes of injustice and inequality, causing rifts in the valleys of our society. My eyes squint, wanting to close but not, at watching chaotic winds of challenge, disruption, and division come against our moral integrity and standards, set forth long ago by our Creator. I stand firm, bending not, as the furious fires of ignorance, hatred, and flat out evil scorch and singe all things near and dear to my cave.
Given all that has gone on and goes on, TODAY, in our country and throughout the world, I pray that my anger NEVER hears the still, small voice…….
Those who have ears, let them hear, let them heed…….
Bryan Hollomon Williams