My normal readers come from all over the world, about 60% here in the USA and the rest from various countries. Lately however my stats have spiked right here locally in my own back yard. This is undoubtedly due to the fact I have began to stir the waters with my local School District. To those here to "check me out" or learn more about who I am and what I believe, this is indeed a good place to start.
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I've never been a fan of being politically correct. That is likely what drew me to Jesus at the age of 12. Even as a youngster, there was something radical about this image of a long haired guy that stirred up so much stuff that people around Him either loved Him or wanted to kill Him. Looking back of course it was the precious Holy Spirit drawing me unto Himself, but it was that original duality that really allured me to begin to read the bible for myself and ultimately give Him my life for the first time before I became a teenager.
As the years would pass by, I was so drawn to get to know God in a way that went far beyond the pages of a book. God's Word, The Holy Bible began to come alive to me. I would read verses, then passages, then chapters then entire books at a time. I was fascinated as I would read and reread the same passages and yet bring something new out of it each and every time.
Accompanying my spiritual journey were several talents and giftings that God had blessed my life with. Many of these were musical in nature and as I began to yield myself to the Holy Spirit, He began to teach me musical things personally and directly through bypassing my human mind and giving me direct impartation of talent. I would find myself playing what I had learned for other more accomplished musicians just so they could explain back to me exactly what it was I was doing. This gift of spontaneous worship continues to be a faithful companion with me through this life to this very day.
In recent more years Jesus began to unlock a gift of Wisdom over my life. Wisdom begins with the understanding that you don't know everything but you do know what it is that you do indeed know and what you don't. Reread that again a few times if you need to .. you will get it. ;)
I am in a current season of my personal life that sees me refocusing on my personal health. I was at death's door a few years back, to read about that click here. After a miraculous healing from God that baffled doctors, personal deliverance and a rededicated effort I was able to lose close to 250 pounds now and turn my entire life around. I have been very successful in health and weight loss to be sure but the words of Jesus have never left me, what do you really gain if your soul isn't your primary focus? (My paraphrase of Matt 16:26)
The soul is what really matters.
Your body is the case that your soul was inserted into at it's conception. Taking care of your case is important to be sure but the most important thing is the part of you that is now eternal, your soul. This idea that we are living souls is a biblically sound doctrine. In previous generations, news reports when several people would die for whatever reason would often say "100 souls lost", or "all souls lost". This is because until recently, the idea that we are not our bodies but instead we are really souls living inside of a body was well known and well accepted.
In Genesis, when God created man he breathed His Spirit into him and he (Adam) became a living soul. Things change when you begin to refocus your perception about yourself to better understand that you are a living soul. I'll probably share more on that later on but for today, just know that every human body you see is just a case, a shell, an outer covering for who the person really is, their soul.
When you apply this understanding to Jesus Himself, things begin to line up better as well. The real person of God was poured into a human shell. That shell was inserted into the virgin womb of a 14 year old little girl named Mary who conceived that shell and gave birth to it. Much has been made over the centuries over what jesus really looked like. I would suggest it is irrelevant as the point isn't what the case looked like, the point was what (or who) was in the case.
As Jesus earthly case was beaten and crucified, He chooses on the cross to exit His shell and does just that. This is more commonly referred to as death but it is simply a separation of the real person (soul) from their earthly shell. The same eternal God that has always existed poured Himself into a human shell, protected, sanctified and set apart that human shell so it could be pure enough to be used as a holy sacrifice back unto Himself. Once the real person of God leaves His shell He spends three days finalizing in the spirit what He now had the legal authority to accomplish, namely the redemption of all of humanity.
With those "keys" in tow, He now pours Himself back into the same body He had willfully vacated 72 hours earlier and the first key he uses is the one He has for Himself. Remember, He died under the curse of the law just like everyone before Him. The power of the resurrection is manifested in the person of the resurrection and as He reinserts Himself back into His previous shell, that shell restores and regenerates itself almost instantly and for another 40 days He walks around talking with and ministering to hundreds of eyewitnesses.
In this shell He eventually ascends back up toward Heaven and along the journey His presence continues to regenerate His shell to the point that we see it described by John in Revelation chapter 1. Feet like brass, eyes like fire, so majestic and powerful in awestruck wonder that John falls to the ground before Him as if John had died. This is the exact same Jesus who inserted himself into Mary's young womb, the same Jesus that told Moses to stretch forth his rod, the same Jesus that met the three hebrew boys in the fire to sustain them, the same Jesus that is attempting to use my words as a vehicle to capture your imagination as you read this right now... He is the one who really matters.
Why not take a few minutes, turn off the things that appease your shell, ignore your outter case for a bit and listen to this song, it's all about Jesus, the one who really matter.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.