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A Rose By Any Other Name

I met him on the elevator of the senior high rise.  “What is your name he growled?”  “It is Joy, I said”  He continued to look down at the floor of the elevator not saying another word to me.

I didn’t see him again until several weeks later when I was having dinner with my friend.  We walked into the dining room where dinner was being served.  He was sitting at a table by himself.  No one spoke to him or attempted to sit with him.  “Strange”, I thought.  Everyone else in the room was seated at a table for two or four.

When my friend and I were seated I asked who this man was.  “Oh, they say he was a doctor”, she replied.  “He is Egyptian.  One time I approached him, he was very unfriendly.  I tried to engage him in conversation about where he was from.  I mentioned that I had been to Israel when he said he was from Egypt.  That seemed to make him irritated, I never attempted to speak to him again.”

Subsequently I have been to dinner a few times with my friend, and have seen him there.  The same scenario continues, isolation from the other residents.

This morning as I was contemplating this situation it occurred to me that he was of an  Eastern religion.  They are commanded not to even eat with infidels, which would be all the rest of the world who are not of their belief, that could be the reason why he keeps himself separate from the others.

As I thought on this, the last time I was there, after I was seated, I greeted a couple that I have come to know with a wave at the husband as he came into the room.  He just happened to be behind the Egyptian at that moment and the man thought I was waving at him, and he waved back.  A look went across his face when he realized I wasn’t waving at him, but rather this other man.  I felt badly for him.

Isolation is not what man was created for.  The God of Abraham is a God of family.  That is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray:  “Our Father who art in Heaven.”

As I have been contemplating all of this, I wondered what his name is.  I don’t know, of course, but I thought, Saleem.   Looking up the name online, it means “peaceful”.  Interesting, because the man seems anything but peaceful.

As I watched him, he would glance around the room at the people, never gazing long at anyone.  I made eye contact with him a few times and began to see what was in his soul.  He is envious of the others as they eat and visit together while he sits alone.  Yet his religion isolates him from the very thing his soul is drawn to.

He got up from his table, stuffing his aluminum wrapped food into a bag hanging from his walker, walked over to a table of four and gruffly, loudly said something to them, to which they didn’t respond, except to stare at him.  Turning away he shuffled out of the room….lonely still because of his manner.

My heart goes out to him.  I would like to say to him, “What has your god done for you?  You are alone, your health is gone from you, your end is in sight and you have no one who cares for you.”

Religion is a terrible thing.  It assures you that all is well, you are on the right track and heaven awaits you when you die.  It is false assurance which leads to a place prepared for the accuser and his angels.

The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is the only true God.  He does have a Son, and that Son became a man, Yeshua of Nazaret.  He is the door to Heaven, there is no other way.  It grieves the heart of the Father that people refuse to walk in the way that He willed.  He has done everything He could to make His will, His way and His Word known to mankind, yet there are those who choose religion over relationship.

Every religion is based upon works.  If you do, you can be, and you can have whatever they promise.  Relationship with God is strictly based upon what Jesus did for you, you cannot add anything to it, nothing.  It is so simple a child can understand it.

Religion blinds the eyes of the spirit and keeps the blinders tightly closed over them.

Religions blocks the ears of the spirit from hearing the good news that the price for your soul has been paid through the bloody sacrifice of Jesus over 2000 years ago and you can enter into His rest through faith.

Religion promises you Heaven, but keeps you from your desired destination.

The power of agreement is virtually unknown to most of mankind.  You will become like the one you agree with.  You will take upon yourself much of the thinking, much of the behavior of those you are around on a regular basis.  Adaptation is inevitable unless you are under the influence of a spirit, whether the Holy Spirit of God or a spirit of the adversary.

Saleem, “peaceful” one, what kind of peace is the experience of such a one?  False peace.

There are two kinds of real peace.  There is peace with God that comes to a person who turns from sin, from his own way of doing and being, to embrace God’s way of doing and being.

Then, there is the peace of God that comes to someone, who is in the process of getting to know the God of all peace, who is at the same time bringing their mind, will and emotions into subjection to the Holy Spirit of God.

God’s peace brings rest for the soul.  There are also many believers in Jesus, who have never entered into God’s rest, the still strive to be what they believe they should be.  I have a friend that says of these, “They always think, ‘shoulda, woulda’, coulda’.”  True.

Friends, I trust that I have provoked you to think about religion versus relationship.  God, my Father, would have all men to be saved and come to know the truth.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is the answer to every question, the hope for every desire and the love of your life when all others have failed you.  Come to the Father through the Son.

Affectionately,  Joy

 

 

An Open Letter to My Grandson

My dear grandson:

I see you wasting your life, I see you giving the wonderful gift of life that God gave you to a spirit that is not of His Kingdom.

Kingdom?  Yes, God is a King and He has a Kingdom.  The world that you live in has two kingdoms.   First of all there is The Kingdom of Light, of which God is the King.  Second is the kingdom of darkness, the fallen angel Lucifer is the king.  You know him as satan or the devil.

Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, came into the earth to be the Savior of mankind.  What are you to be saved from?  Saved from the kingdom of darkness, saved from misery, pain and bondage, saved from your ultimate destination, Hell.

God extended His love to the Gentile world through Israel’s Savior.  But, salvation is not automatic, it must be received.  You are saved out of darkness into light only by a choice that you make.  God has done all that He could do for mankind through Jesus.  Now, the rest is up to you.

What happens to you if you do not receive the gift of life from God?

Hell was created for the devil and his angels, called demons and evil spirits.  It was not created for mankind.  It is a place of eternal torment with no means of escape.  A being is bound there and tormented forever.  There is no light, no love, no laughter, no peace…no God!  There is an overwhelming smell that nauseates a person; it is dark and there is no water there.  Every person who has not chosen to receive God’s provision through Jesus comes there when he or she dies.  There are good people in Hell.

There are only two choices, Heaven or Hell.  You choose while you live.  When you die the choice you made is where you go.  No choice is a choice, and Hell is the destination.

You are living in Hell now as you live upon the earth.  The lifestyle that you have chosen is Hell on earth.  There is a spirit of the kingdom of darkness that promotes the use of drugs.  The purpose is to numb your mind, to prevent you from having a good life and fulfilling God’s plan for your life and ultimately to send you to Hell.

The Word of God says that the Devil has come into the earth to steal, kill and destroy.  That pretty much describes what is happening to you.  He is stealing your life day by day, killing your relationships with others and destroying any hope you might have of having a normal life with a wife, children. and a good job.

Now, through the lust of your flesh you have conceived a child.  This child will not know the love of a mother and father in a home that is blessed by God through a godly marriage.  You have chosen.  It  is not well.  You will answer to God for this child.

Divorce is a ripping apart, it is spiritual bloodshed.  Your mother and father covenanted before God to love each other for the rest of their lives.  Because they chose not to do so, you children were affected, especially you.  This was not your fault.

At the point in your life when your mother threatened divorce, you reacted fearfully.  The world without God does not have a true answer, a lasting peace.  And now you are trying to numb the pain, the hurt, the wounds you received as a young boy with drugs.  This is not the answer, Jesus is the answer.

Jesus taught His disciples that God is “Our Father who is in Heaven”.  You cannot be a father unless you have children.  God had a plan to get back what was given to Lucifer in the Garden of Eden by Adam.  That plan was to send Himself, His Son, to buy back what had been given away.  This purchase could only be made through bloodshed, Jesus blood.

God has made a way where there seems to be no way.  You can get out of the mess you are in through Jesus.  He is the door to the Kingdom of God.  In the Kingdom of God there is deliverance, healing, protection, provision, peace, love and joy, the right way of doing and being.

How do you get into the Kingdom of God?

First of all, you must realize that you have chosen to reject God’s way of doing and being right for your own way.  The Bible calls this sin.

All have sinned and fallen short of the mark God has set.  There are no exceptions.  God is Holy, Pure, without fault or sin.  That is the standard set by Him for any who want to come into the Kingdom of Light.  It should be obvious that no man can meet that high standard.

This is where God’s plan to save mankind comes in.  Enter Jesus on the human scene.

Jesus was called “The Word” before He came to earth as a human being.  He was fully God and fully Man when He lived on the earth.  He never sinned.  He lived a perfect life. He died for you so that you could live for Him.  God accepted Jesus sacrifice.  He became the door into the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Light.

The debt of sin was so great that no man alone could pay it.  So God Himself, in the form of the man Jesus, came to pay a debt He did not owe for a debt we could not pay.  In so doing the door to Heaven was opened through Him.  Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life and no man comes to the Father except through Him.

Now, my dear grandson, you have been shown the door.  It is up to you to open the door and walk into the Kingdom of God.  It is the love of the Father for you that compels me to send this letter.  But, the choice is yours.

Know this:  I love you and I pray that you will be aware that the path you are on is leading you to Hell.  That would be your destination if you died today.  No choice is a choice.

Choose today to turn from the kingdom of darkness.  Jesus will help you if you turn to Him with all your heart.  Cry out to Him for mercy upon you and ask Him to forgive you for rejecting Him and choosing your own way.  Ask Him to deliver you from drugs and all the things of the kingdom of darkness.  He loves you so much that He gave His life for yours.  He will transfer you from darkness to light, you will begin a new life as a child of God.

I love you.  I pray that you will come to know my precious Savior.

 

The Message

Love:  Greek;  Agapao  “To welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly.”

God so loved the world that He gave…Jesus.   (John 3:16)

Show us the Father and it will be enough! Have I been with you so long and you do not know me. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.  If you have seen me you have seen the Father.    (John 14:9)

The image of Jesus is the image of the Father.   (Hebrews 1:3)

Let us create man in our image and our likeness.   (Genesis 1:26)

From the foundation of the world, I knew you.   (Ephesians 1:4)

All your parts were known to me and planned before the world was made.  In my book every day of your life was written when as yet there were none.  Psalm 139: 1-18)

God IS love.  Jesus is the face of God.   (I John 4: 8-20)  (John 14:9)

Many were offended and left…Will you leave also?  To whom shall we go, you have the words of Life.  (John 6: 66-69)

Eternity….no end.  (Isaiah 57:15)

It is appointed unto men once to die and then comes judgment.   (Hebrews 9:27)

Some men’s sins go before them openly and some follow after to judgment.                 (I Timothy 5:24)

No man comes to the Father except by me.   (John 14:6)

Forgive and you will be forgiven.  If you refuse to forgive then God cannot forgive you.   (Mark 11:24-25)

There are no liars, murderers, idolaters, adulterers, sorcerers, thieves, covetous, drunkards, extortioners…..in God’s Kingdom of Heaven….only those who love God and follow the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world…God had a plan and He executed His plan.  There is no other way to God, to Heaven, except through Jesus.  (Revelation 22:15)  (I Corinthians 6:10)  (Revelation 13:8)  (John 14:6)

When you turn from darkness to light, you are transferred into the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of God.   (Colossians 1:13)  (Isaiah 57:15)

Eternity with God in the perfection and completeness of all things.   (Luke 12:37)

Eternity without God.  Complete perfection of darkness and evil.  (Matthew 25:30, 41)

You choose whom you will serve.  No one makes that decision for you.  (Joshua 24:15)

God loved you so much that He made a way for you to be with Him forever.  It is not your way.  It is not the way of any other.  His way is the only way.   (John 14:6)

There is a pouring out.  (Acts 2:17-18)

There is a time for everything.   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God gives because God loves.   (John 3:16)

This is not a new message, but it is a message that blinded eyes cannot see and it falls on deaf ears in each generation.  How shall they hear unless someone tells them?  Who will go?  Who will tell?  Who will pray that they may hear? (Romans 10:14)

This is not a message for the mind of natural man.  The message is for the hungering heart, the thirsting soul.  It is for the “whoever will come”.  (Mark 8:34-35)

Broad is the way that leads to destruction, many follow its way.  Narrow is the way the leads to life and few find it.   (Matthew 7:13-14)

Every gate, every door leads to somewhere, something, some way.  A gate may look beautiful, fun, interesting but it may ultimately leads to destruction, death and Hell.  Choices matter for eternity.  (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)

Jesus said if you are not with Him you are against Him.  (Luke 11:23)

There are many gates, many doors and many choices.  Choices can be made even if you are going the wrong way.  You can turn around and go back.  It is not too late.  As long as there is breath in your body, you can turn around.   (Revelation 3:20)

God calls you to come home, come back to the one who made you, the one who placed your spirit in that little bit of flesh in your mother’s womb, the one who grew and became strong enough to enter into the world of men.  He created you.                  (Genesis 5:1-2)  (Isaiah 43:7; 45;12)

Come home, can’t you hear Him calling?  “I love you my son, I love you my girl, come home.  You are welcome.  It doesn’t matter to me where you have been or what you have done, I love you.  I will clean you up, just trust me, come to me.”          (Revelation 22:17)

Pray:  Father, I come.  Just as I am.  Forgive me.  Thank you for receiving me.  I receive what Jesus did for me.  Thank you for giving me life eternal!                    (Psalm 61:2  62:7)  (I Peter 2:1-10)

If you have prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, welcome to the family of God.  It is important for your spiritual growth that you find others who believe as you believe and enter into relationship with them.  It is important that you have a Bible that is written so that you can read and understand it, it is the manufacturers handbook, so to speak, and you need it to know how to live from now on.

The new birth as recorded in John chapter 3, opens the way for God’s Holy Spirit to come to live inside of you.  There is a subsequent (or can be at the same time) infilling called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts.

The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the “Body of Christ” and Jesus baptizes you into the Holy Spirit.  These two things are a work of the grace of God, independent of your works.  You cannot earn either one, you just receive.   (I Corinthians 12:13)   (Mark 1:8) (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4)

“Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”   (Titus 3:5)

May the Lord complete that good work that He has done in you.  Amen!

Joy