“I AM… DEBT… FREEEEEE!!!!!”?

Is unfinished work a debt?

Is unfinished work a debt?

Have you ever heard the callers call into Dave Ramsey’s national radio talk show and scream those very powerful words?

You can hear the freedom in their voices and screams after they paid off their debts and often EVEN their house.   You can feel the joy in your heart as you celebrate with them and can’t wait to join their ranks.

I have always followed the idea of being “totally debt free”.  I mean house and everything.   But, recently, I have discovered there may be MORE things than money that are keeping me in bondage.

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God's reality

Ever wonder what God sees?

Ever wonder what things must look like through God’s eyes?

According to his divine attributes, he is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present.

The last attribute is one that greatly boggles my mind – his “Omni” or all-presence.  This means he is present everywhere that exists, all at the same time.

This not only means he is present at all spaces that exist, but he is also present at all TIMES that exist.  All at once.

Ponder this a bit.  (In my often not-so-humble opinion) It’s deep and very powerful.

It means that God is not only at the same exact location and time that you are at right now, but he is also RIGHT NOW present at the moment of your birth.  He is also there when you graduated high school or college and got married.  Or whatever event comes to mind to you from whatever important time you recall.

He is there right now.

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women are true love

Are the women of this world the reflection of God’s true love?

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This morning in my studies and quiet time many deep and amazing things are being connected for me and I ever so grateful to the Lord for that.

I am beginning to see powerful glimpses of the TRUE hierarchy of things in the hidden realm of the Spirit.  What I am seeing in “pieces” is surprising (yet some parts not so surprising) and wonderfully beautiful.

I keep wanting to share more specifics about these powerful “glimpses”, but feel I can’t quite get a strong “foothold” or foundation to start from.

Why?

He just keeps going deeper and deeper.  I feel “settled” and then something else shows up that is even deeper… and deeper…. and deeper.  I am constantly realizing there is NO end to the glorious depths of our wonderful father.  So, we must starts somewhere or we may never start at all.

So, the question and “theme” that comes to me most today is…

Are women the TRUE servants who most exemplify God’s true, sacrificial love?

My heart screams YES!

Remember the words of Jesus “the last will be first and the first will be last“?  Matt 19:30, 20:16  (Men this may be a great scripture to ponder…)

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I heard a quote this morning and it really struck “a cord” in me.  Maybe you will be fed by it too.

“God’s (highest) truth is the most beautiful thing we can ever discover but we can’t work directly for it. We must focus on the image and shadow version of him called “hard work, self-sacrifice,  and charity to others“. He is hidden inside the darkness and he appears as a free gift of light and life to us all to be revealed in his time” Unknown

I am still learning this one…so please be patient and forgiving with me when I stumble.

Have a great day.

Duane

 

Is there more to "sin", "son" and "sun" than we realize?

Is there more to “sin”, “son” and “sun” than we realize?

I never cease to be amazed by God.

He works in such mysterious and yet simple, “everyday” ways. I was just talking to my younger teen “son” about our Sunday goals before I release him to his computer. I started to hear a thought in my head (probably based on one of his simple yet profound thoughts) about the words “sin”, “son” and “sun”.

I knew I need to go look deeper to see what was going on. I have trained myself to pay very close attention to all my thoughts. I believe they are very important if we want to truly hear from God.

I know that the “sun” shines on the “earth” in our physical reality or our natural body. But, in the Bible God sometimes uses “son” and “sun” interchangeably. Also, he sometimes uses the word “earth” interchangeably with “body”. (Our “body” is even made of the “dust of the earth”) I believe this is NOT a coincidence.Continue reading

Remember the game we played as children called “find the difference” between two things?

That is what I get to do all day in my work of solving computer or network problems.

I have to find the difference between what they have now (a “problem”) and compare it to what they had before (the problem was present).  If I can remove the difference (what changed) then the issue will be resolved and person very happy!  Their computer or network has been “restored back to the truth”.  That’s how I see my work… as “fighting the forces of evil”. 🙂

Maybe we can use this skill to study God’s original words he gave us and tell us when he is speaking about the same thing or something different?

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Should we be changing God's "signs"?

Should we be changing God’s “signs”?

Mankind has done some GREAT things, hasn’t he?

He has also done some “not so great things”.

One thing that man has done is taken Gods original words of living truth or “signs” as I like to call them and tried to assign meaning to them for us in our own native language.

This is AWESOME or how would we ever know what God was saying at all?

The original words God gave us were in Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the new (with some other smaller exceptions).

I suspect that sometimes man was correct and sometimes he wasn’t.  Sometimes he simply couldn’t see the bigger picture God was revealing.  I know I often can’t until he unveils it in my minds eye and I have that powerful “ah-ha” moment I share so often.

Maybe he even saw the truth but didn’t believe it?

Or even worse… Maybe some other men had darker motives and they may have wanted to keep the truth from us for whatever ever reason?

Whatever the motive was, should we simply accept what man says based on “blind faith”?  Or should we dig deeper to see if God meant something else?  Do you think God rewards those who dig deep into his words in an effort to know him better?

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Is God telling us more in all the numbers he uses to organize all his Word?

Is God telling us more in all the numbers he uses to organize all his Word?

This is a follow-up to “Part 1” I wrote on Monday.  This is what I sat down to share initially when the FIRE spoke within, but was so excited I never got to it.

That happens often.

I consider this the “meat” of what I wanted to share, but once I saw it, I was so in awe of God I wanted to sit and enjoy him with you first.  Sometimes I ramble on and on when that occurs.  Please forgive me for that.

I am astounded by his Word, both versions – written and living.  I have found the Written Word merely points to the living Word who is a spiritual man and God’s Son.   Then, Jesus the Living Word speaks to our hearts and reveals what the written means.  And it’s ALL good… for everyone.

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Freedom in truth

Is it possible that God is MUCH closer than we realize?

 

“God” absolutely continues to astound me.

I hope you will allow me to share a glimpse of the powerful experiences he has been allowing me to experience the past three years.  Let’s face it.  Life is hard and is full of pain and heartaches. I certainly have my share.  I still have them, but in-between them I experience very high, mountain-top experiences that tell me “it is ok, I am taking care of all things for you”.  It’s all I need to hear to rest.

Do you want to see more of God and his amazing beauty and glory in your everyday, pain-and-trial-filled life?

It happens nearly every morning when I get up out of bed and go to my computer and simply ponder his written Word or an “idea” I can’t let go of. The living Word soon begins to speak and appear within to reveal something beyond wonder and imagination. It is so exciting, like an infinite jig-saw puzzle that he is putting the pieces together within me from a hidden, unending realm or world.

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Good afternoon and happy Saturday, 

valley of the shadow of death

What is the “valley of the shadow of death”?

I have spent most of this entire week in solitude and deep scripture study and spent a couple days in deep darkness.  As much as I hate it, the sun ALWAYS rises in my heart after the “night of darkness”.   

Are you ready to hear of a God MUCH bigger and more glorious than we have heard before?  Hopefully, you are listening with your “new wineskin” from inside your heart.  Otherwise, the old wineskin of the outer man may burst when we pour in this most awesome “new wine”.  Mine has burst many times.

I was doing errands today and sitting, waiting in my car staring outside.  Suddenly the words came to me in a FLASH (based on a conversation yesterday with a friend and Christian teacher…)  I am always asking him to reveal more of the truth about “death“ and “life”.  That was part of our awesome conversation.  Her faith is so awesome to see, but we both agreed it appears out of death.  Most (if not all) the people I know who have great faith have experienced great death in their “lives”.  She lost her son who was in her 20’s and struggles with the darkness.  My mother died at the age of 7 and “family” was very dysfunctional with lots of alcoholism.  Another friend lost her young teen son to an accident.  Others struggle greatly with addictions or abuse.  All of them are seeing “death” first hand.   All of them have great faith (full trust in God) as a result.  It’s very refreshing to see.Continue reading