Sunday, October 25, 2015

Please, Don't Misunderstand Me

I think more and more people are starting to notice some life changes that my family and I have been making.  Many of these changes have caused curiosity for some, and unfortunately, confusion and hurt to others.  

This morning as I was praying about these things, my heart once again became overwhelmed to the point of bursting (or so it seemed)!  I felt the need to try and better explain what is taking place in my heart.  I will let my husband and my children speak for themselves. 

I have often wondered what it meant when Peter said,  

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy".   1 Peter 1:14-16 

That "be holy" part seems rather vague, doesn't it?  What does that even look like?  That was always one of the questions that I tucked into the back of my mind.  1 John 2:6 is another verse that usually made me go, "Hmmm?!", yet I didn't ever really meditate on it or find out what it meant more specifically.  

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:6 DID Jesus live? 

Well, to use His own words: 

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me.  
John 5:30 

 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
John 6:38

All of Torah tells us what the Father's will is. All of Torah points to Jesus! 

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Luke 24:27
Going back to what Peter said, "for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy".  The passage of Scripture that he was referring to is in Leviticus 11. In this chapter, God is giving instructions on what is to be considered clean (for food) and unclean (not food).  Why would Peter quote this passage of Scripture if it was no longer applicable?  Now, this post is not going to be entirely on what is considered clean and unclean, but it is a pretty important aspect of how we are to live in obedience.  Jesus would NEVER have eaten an unclean animal, and He would NEVER have told anyone else that it was OK to eat anything unclean.  Jesus NEVER sinned.  He came to redeem us from our sins, not tell us it was OK to sin because He lived a sinless life for us and would love us anyway.  So, one of the things that my family and I have started doing is following the dietary instructions found in Torah.  We do this because Jesus did.  Jesus loved the Father.  We love the Father.  Jesus walked in obedience.  We desire, and are trying, to walk in obedience.   (I know I said I would let my husband and children speak for themselves, but I do know where they stand, so it's hard not to include them.) 

Something that I find ironic and somewhat disheartening is that since we've implemented this change (as well as keeping the Sabbath set-apart, observing God's appointed times, and other commandments as we come to understand them), some people have accused us of being "holier than thou".  Aren't we instructed to "be holy"?  What does that look like?  We are told what it looks like in Torah!  So, following Torah out of love for Jesus and the Father, is what it looks like and is to be holy!  What does holy even mean?  It means "consecrated" or "set apart".  From what/whom are we to be set apart?  The world!  How can we be set apart if we are living like the world?  We can't!  

 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15

 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 
 1 John 5:2-3

What did Paul have to say? 

 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 
(emphasis mine)

Please, don't misunderstand me! I am not saying that I have it all figured out!  I am not saying that I am holy! What I am saying is that I am searching the Scriptures and as I come to better understand what my Father has instructed, I am striving to be obedient - because I love Him!  That's all my family and I desire to do.  We do not think we are better than anyone else. We do not judge anyone else who is not walking the same way we are.  We do not believe that we are saved by works, but we now better understand that what we believe will be made evident by what we do (or do not do).  

Paul exhorts us to:

 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 
(emphasis mine)

Again, God gave us His instructions, His Torah so that we can know what His will is!  If God expects us to be holy because He is holy, then this IS something that is achievable.  

I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me. 
Philippians 4:13 


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Obey God, Not Man

My family and I are on a quest to better follow God's Torah (instructions).  Among them is the keeping of, or setting apart, God's Sabbath Day.  From the very beginning, God (I will sometimes use YHWH) established the seventh day of the week to be set apart, or holy:

 By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.
Genesis 2:2-3 

So why do most Christians not observe the seventh day, but instead consider the first day of the week to be the Sabbath?  One of the resources that YHWH has used to teach my family comes from the 119 Ministries.  They have a video teaching entitled The Sabbath Day.  I highly recommend your watching this teaching.  I have also heard the teaching from Tom Bradford's Genesis study found at  Tom Bradford states: "Around the late 2nd century A.D., it became a goal of the now gentile dominated church to abandon anything that seemed to apply to the Jewish people, eventually in the 4th century the church officially abolished the Shabbat." (Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath) Tom encourages others to see the actual church documents that validate this statement, so I did.  I searched for "Council of Laodicea document, 364" and came across this site, where I read the following:

CHRISTIANS must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.

IT is not lawful to receive portions sent from the feasts of Jews or heretics, nor to feast together with them.

IT is not lawful to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.

Even earlier than when the Council of Laodicea convened: "The Roman Emperor Constantine, a former sun worshiper, professed conversion to Christianity, though his subsequent actions suggest the 'conversion' was more of a political move than a genuine heart change.  Constantine named himself Bishop of the Catholic Church and enacted the first civil law regarding Sunday observance in A.D. 321." (

I then went to where I read this:

15th Century. Norway

1. "We are informed that some people in different districts of the kingdom, have adopted and observed Saturdaykeeping. It is severely forbidden - in holy church canon - one and all to observe days excepting those which the holy Pope, archbishop, or the bishops command. Saturdaykeeping must under no circumstances be permitted hereafter further than the church canon commands. Therefore, we counsel all the friends of God throughout all Norway who want to be obedient towards the holy church to let this evil of Saturdaykeeping alone; and the rest we forbid under penalty of severe church punishment to keep Saturday holy." Catholic Provincial Council at Bergen. 1435 Dip. Norveg., 7, 397. 

and this:
16th Century. Council of Trent

1. "On the 18th of January, 1563, the Council of Trent ruled that Tradition is greater than Scripture, after a powerful speech by the Archbishop of Reggio, in which he said that the fact that the Church had changed the Fourth Commandment clearly proved that Tradition was greater than Scripture." H.J. Holtzman, Kanon und Tradition, 1859 edition, p. 263.

Matthew 15:3, 6-9. Jesus replied "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?", " You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draws nigh unto me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

In the book History of the Sabbath, by J.N. Andrews, I read about the genesis of the Sunday sabbath doctrine: 

"The true doctrine of the Christian Sabbath was first promulgated by an English dissenter, the Rev. Nicholas Bound, D.D., of Norton, in the county of Suffolk.  About the year 1595, he published a famous book entitled 'Sabbathum Veteris et Novi Testamenti', or 'The True Doctrine of the Sabbath'.  In this book he maintained 'that the seventh part of our time ought to be devoted to God - that Christians are bound to rest on the Lord's day as much as the Jews were on the Mosaic Sabbath.'" 

By the way, if you will notice the first Scripture I shared, YHWH set apart the Sabbath at creation - not with Moses.  Moving on. J.N. Andrews continues: 

"Dr. Bound was not absolutely the inventor of the seventh-part-of-time theory; but he may be said rather to have gathered up and combined the scattered hints of his predecessors, and to have added to these something of his own production. His grounds for asserting Sunday to be the Sabbath of the fourth commandment are these:

That which is natural, namely, that every seventh day should be kept holy unto the Lord, that still remaineth: that which is positive, namely, that day which was the seventh day from the creation, should be the Sabbath, or day of rest, that is now changed in the church of God. (bold mine)

He says, that the meaning of the declaration, 'The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God,' is this: 
There must be one [day] of seven and not [one] of eight.

But the special key to the whole theory is in the statement that the seventh day in the commandment was "genus", that is to say, it was a kind of seventh day which comprehended several species of seventh days, at least two.  Thus he says: 

So, he maketh the seventh day to be genus in this commandment, and to be perpetual: and in it by virtue of the commandment to comprehend these two species or kinds: the Sabbath of the Jews and of the Gentiles, of the law and of the gospel: so that both of them were comprehended in the commandment, even as genus comprehendeth both his species.


J.N. Andrews explains: "He means to say that the fourth commandment enforces the seventh day from the creation to the resurrection of Christ, and since that enforces a different seventh day, namely, the seventh from Christ's resurrection.  Such is the perverse ingenuity by which men can evade the law of God and yet make it appear that they are faithfully observing it." 

When talking about changing the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, many people point to the Roman Catholic Church - with good reason.  I went to check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church and read this: 

"Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ: Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death."

But when you look to Scripture, it is extremely clear that YHWH established the Sabbath day - forever:

"And the Lord said to Moses, “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep My Sabbaths, for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death. Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between Me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed." Exodus 31:12-17

I don't know about you, but the arrogant statements made by the men quoted above gave me chills (and there are many more)!  It astounds me to think that mere men had the audacity to usurp YHWH's authority! Having participated all of my life in something that was NOT ordained by Him has really been quite sobering for me.  Now that I know and clearly see in Scripture that YHWH has not changed His mind about His Sabbath (or any of the other commandments), I must follow through with obedience.  I want to be obedient!  Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) also made things clear when He said: "If you love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14:15)

It's not easy to stop following the traditions you've always known, but it does get easier.  My family and I have been keeping the Sabbath Day now for about five months, and we are finally getting into what I call a "Sabbath groove".  It truly is a day that we all look forward to, knowing that YHWH created it for us - to rest. 

I know that there are many people who will disagree with our decision.  Many people believe (as did we not long ago) that the Torah (or Old Testament in general, or the Law specifically) was "nailed to the cross", and that we are no longer "obligated" to keep it. But now I wonder, just what is it in the Torah that is so objectionable for Christians to follow?  Aren't we supposed to "die to self"? (1 Peter 2:24) Don't get me wrong, there are some things that I still don't quite understand the why of, but I still want to be obedient  - out of love for YHWH.

The bottom line is, even though the majority of Christians observe Sunday as their day of rest, we will choose to observe the day that YHWH commanded us to keep.  

"Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."  Joshua 24:14-15 

And as Peter said in Acts 5:29, 

We must obey God rather than men.   

For even more quotes and resources, check out the article "The First day of the week, the Lord's Day and Sabbath" found here.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Going Back to the Roots

 My garden continues to help me understand spiritual applications.  This morning while picking green beans, I noticed a vine with blue flowers mixed in.  I have not yielded a bumper crop of green beans so far this year, and I wonder if these blue flowers and their encroaching vines are the reason.

Getting to the green beans was quite challenging because of these invasive intruders; I thought of how they could be very symbolic on a spiritual level.  These pervasive weeds (to me they are weeds because I did not plant them and I don't want them in my garden) represent false teaching.  These false teachings look alive (and they very much are alive), and their leaves look very similar to the leaves of the green beans (truth), but they are not, well, green beans.

The darker green leaves on the left are the green bean leaves.

They grow just like the green beans grow, and they have become extremely entangled with the green beans.  In fact, it was very difficult to discern which vine was the weed (false teachings) and which was the green bean (truth). So, I decided that if I wanted to know which was which, I needed to go to the roots, and that is what I did.  I found a vine of the weed and traced it back to the ground where I found the root system.  Each time I did this, I found that the weed had grown up very near to the green beans and then wrapped itself around the green bean vine. There were so many of these weeds they were choking out the green beans!  Once I determined which was which, I yanked up the weeds.

That is what my family and I have been doing spiritually speaking.  We started noticing that some things in our lives that we have believed and participated in were not stemming from the truth of God's Word.  They were no more than weeds (false teachings) and they were choking out the true vine, which meant we weren't producing a bumper crop for YHWH.  We have been going back to the root system of our faith.  Recognizing that as children of YHWH, and being grafted in to Israel (Romans 11 talks about this), means that we are now part of Israel.  Therefore, we need to live as YHWH instructed Israel to live.  We need to follow His instructions, which is found in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible).

Going back to the root system has helped us to recognize what is truth and what is false.  We are now growing exponentially in our understanding of YHWH's Word!  We have learned more in the last six months that we have our entire lives!  Hopefully we will start seeing bumper crops soon - all for the glory of YHWH!
This picture is of a previous year's crop.
Another thing that I noticed is that the pests seem to go after the green beans more so than the weeds.  Hmmm... interesting!  I definitely see that in the spiritual realm as well.  Satan doesn't go after false teachings, now does he?  Nope. He goes after the truth and he does his best to distort our perspective of the truth.  In fact, he plants false teachings in close proximity so that it is difficult to discern at first glance which is which.  That is why it is vital for Believers to go to the root system!

Now, can we produce fruit even with some false teaching in our lives?  Yes, I believe so.  I can look back and see when and where YHWH used me & my family and blessed us in spite of not following His Word completely - in spite of the false teachings.  However, He has promised that when we walk in obedience, blessings will be abundant - we'll have a bumper crop!  I truly believe that I can speak for my family in that we would much rather benefit from YHWH's blessings because of what we believe and do instead of in spite of it. Does that make sense?

If you are a Believer and Follower of Yeshua (Jesus Christ), and you want to know more about the root system of your faith, I encourage you to do the research.  First of all, search the Torah. Go back to the beginning.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth (John 16:13).  Find out how the Bible defines truth (John 17:17, Psalm 119:142, Romans 2:20, Matthew 5:18). Find out what YHWH says about your current belief system and the things you participate in in the way of worshiping Him.  He makes it clear in the Torah how He wants to be worshiped.  Remember that often times it is difficult to discern what is beneficial, so go back to the roots.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Troubling Dream - Do Not be Deceived

I woke up from a dream. I saw lightening strike nearby. I looked up into the sky and saw clouds part. A UFO came out from behind a cloud. I saw a sign that read simply PEACE. I yelled, "It's started!" I was yelling at a crowd of people who were underneath a pavilion. They couldn't see what I saw.

I have bing as my home page. The picture for today (see below), September 1, 2015, has this one description: "Who rides the bronze steed where the bright lights of a Ferris wheel radiate with royal glory? The Sun King, naturally."

I clicked on that link, which took me to Wikipedia. Part of the write up on this "Sun King" reads:"...he became one of the most powerful French monarchs and consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule..."

This combined with my dream gave me chills!

1 John 2:18-29

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

 In the 1 John 2 passage, I put in bold letters verse 24.  What was it that YHWH's children had heard from "from the beginning"?  YHWH's Torah!  His Torah points to His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), and Yeshua always pointed to Torah:

Luke 24:44-48
 Then he said to them, These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

If we don't want to be deceived (which the majority of people will be deceived by the Antichrist), we must remain in Yeshua.  Yeshua IS the Word (John 1, Revelation 19:13), His Word IS Torah.  Torah instructs us on how to live out what YHWH has commanded us, to love Him first and foremost with all our hearts, soul, and mind, and second to love our neighbors as ourselves.  

Christy Ellis's photo.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Desire to Delight in God

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
Psalm 37:4-5

There was a time in my youth when I claimed these verses for myself.  I would pray them to God, reminding Him of His great promise to me to give me the desires of my heart.  At the time I was not petitioning Him, but rather demanding Him to give me the desires of my heart!   And He did.

What I most desired at the time was not what God wanted for me.  What I most desired at the time eventually brought me extreme pain and misery.  God knew that to begin with. What's worse is that I knew that God knew that, because He had told me so! But I was too stubborn, selfish, and prideful to admit it.  I wanted it, and God's Word said that He would give it to me (at least the way I was reading it), so that was that!

Later, after licking my wounds, drying my tears and wiping my nose, I went back and read these verses again.  This time, however, I actually saw them.  The very first part of the Scripture instructs me to "delight yourself in the LORD".  That's the part I skipped over!  I neglected to keep my end of the bargain.  If I had delighted in the LORD, then I would have listened to Him and realized that the thing I wanted was not right for me.  He had something much better in mind. I also obviously neglected to "commit" my way to Him as well.  I wanted my way - plain and simple.  But again, His way was so much higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9), but I was not willing to believe it, which means I didn't really trust Him.

How often do we see what we want to see in God's Word?  How often to we take a part of Scripture here, but leave others?  How often do we lay hold of God's promises, yet refuse to see our responsibility?  How often do we take advantage of the grace of God because we are ignoring His holiness and the command that He has given to us to "be holy as I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:16)? I would like to say that I learned my lesson the first time, but like so many others, I'm a slow learner!  I hate to admit that off and on throughout the years of my life, I have gone back to claiming parts of Scripture for myself without fulling acknowledging that there is an act of obedience that precedes God's blessings.  Just as with a parent/child relationship - if a child wants to experience freedom and rewards, they must prove they are responsible and obedient (honestly, I hesitate using such simplistic analogies because our Heavenly Father is so much greater than any earthly model).

My point is this: Picking and choosing the parts of Scripture that make us feel good while leaving out the parts that hold us accountable to Almighty God, will only hurt us in the long run.  We are short-changing ourselves when we try to manipulate Him!  There is a reason that God has commanded His children to walk in obedience, to delight in Him, to trust Him, and that reason is because He is God and He knows what is best for us.  Yes - it is that simple.

Not only are we short-changing ourselves, but we are grieving our Heavenly Father, Who is holy, righteous and just!  When we walk in partial obedience, we are actually walking in complete disobedience.  And the results will always be pain and disappointment.  

So, I exhort you to read through the Scriptures slowly and intentionally.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth (John 16:13, Psalm 25:5), to show you wondrous things in God's Torah (instructions) (Psalm 119:18), to help you to trust Him with all your heart & to lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk in obedience and keep His commandments (2 John 1:6).

Delight yourself in the LORD, and (then) He will give you the desires of your heart.  You know why?  Because then your desires will be HIS desires, and He desires His best for you! 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spiritual Parallels in "Tomorrowland"

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
1 Corinthians 13:11.  

Some of my favorite TV programs growing up were Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, One Day at a Time, Growing Pains, and Family Ties, just to name a few.  Now that I am an adult and a parent, whenever I watch these programs today using my "Mommy lenses", I can see how much of what was in those programs actually did, well, program me! Growing up, I was a strong-willed, independently minded girl, which I attributed to my mother's influence, who was a very strong and independent woman herself.  However, over the years I have realized that entertainment also played a large role in my upbringing. Although, at the time I would have vehemently denied it, writing it off as "Just a TV show!", or "It's just a movie - it's not real!"  

Last night my husband and I went to see the movie Tomorrowland, a Walt Disney production science-fiction type movie.  I didn't know what to expect, so I had no predetermined ideas concerning the movie.  Honestly, I did not find it very entertaining, but perhaps I would have if I had waited until it was in the "dollar theater".  I will say that all throughout the movie I couldn't help but recognize some programming of sorts, or to use a stronger word - propaganda.  Dare I say - there are even spiritual parallels woven throughout the story.  

Now I know that there are many people who might roll their eyes at me and blow it off as, "It's just a movie!".  I've already established that I once thought that way as well.  And honestly, I refrain from sharing many things that I think (I know you might find that shocking) because I might be considered crazy or weird.  But I guess I'm reaching that age where I don't care what people think about me.  

Before I go into the spiritual parallels that I noticed in the movie, I'm going to share why I think they even exist. Believers in Christ are exhorted in Ephesians 6:10-17: 

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore 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.

There is a spiritual battle going on, and since it is spiritual, most of it takes place out of our physical capacity to see.  But one of the ways we are able to see it manifested is in the entertainment world: movies, TV shows, music, etc.  The devil does not want anyone to know that there is a spiritual battle.  He goes out of his way to make such things seem ridiculous, and Tomorrowland reflects this mentality.  


I was surprised to find that Tomorrowland is an apocalyptic movie.  It is full of images of nuclear bomb explosions, riots, and natural disasters.  In fact, at the beginning of the movie, the main character is shown in different classes at school where her instructors are teaching the end of the world, and of course each teacher comes across as a crazed lunatic obsessed with man-made global warming.  The girl is desperate to find out what can be done, but no one has the answer.   This girl, Casey, is chosen, or "recruited", by Athena, who comes from the future. It is thought that Casey IS the answer to the world's problems.  Athena takes Casey to Frank, a man who, as a boy, had already been to the future, but apparently built something that messed everything up, so he was exiled back to the present day.  However, he was needed (for some reason that wasn't made clear to me) to get Casey to Tomorrowland so that she could fix whatever it was he created (side note: Casey never really did anything, she just had a good idea, which if Frank was so brilliant to begin with, he should have thought of already).  Of course there are robot type people who are trying to kill them both along the way.  They finally get to Tomorrowland and discover that the head honcho there, Nix, is really the one who has been putting the "doom and gloom" thoughts in the people's minds, which is actually causing the world to come to an end.  He is doing this because he doesn't want anyone to cross over into Tomorrowland (the future?).  Casey's big idea is to destroy the thing that Frank had made that was making it possible for Nix to control the people's minds, and then everything would fix itself (yeah, I know).  After much struggle and of course much destruction of things (including the female robot who went to get Casey), Frank's invention was destroyed.  The movie ends with Frank and Casey addressing new recruits to go back into, I don't even know what to call it - the real world, the past, Earth?  - I don't know!  Frank stands before them flashing a huge smile with a twinkle in his eye, speaking in an "It's all going to be OK" tone.  Casey is there with him and hands out these pins for the recruits to take to people (other dreamers) so that they can cross over into Tomorrowland.  

So, what I saw in the movie is that yes, the world is coming to an end, but it's all God's fault (represented by Nix).  He can stop it, but he refuses to because he is mean and selfish and doesn't really want anyone in heaven (Tomorrowland).  

Frank and Casey are the true saviors - representative of the Antichrist and the False Prophet.  The pins that are to be handed out represent the mark of the beast, which will be the only way anyone can buy or sell in the last days when that time really comes.  (read the entire book of Revelation)

There! I said it!  

Yes, there really is a time when the world as we know it will end.  God IS in control, but He is warning everyone ahead of time so that they can choose to repent and follow Him, thus making it possible for anyone who chooses to enter into His kingdom.  
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
 Psalm 145:17-19
The devil knows all of this and is moving ahead at full speed deceiving the masses so that they will think there is nothing to it!  It's the old, "Did God really say?" lie that he first told in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1).  The devil is unoriginal - he copies everything that God does!  The devil is also desperate, and he wants nothing more than to keep as many people as possible out of the kingdom of God.  Don't let him lie to you!  Don't let him make you think that God isn't real, heaven isn't real, or that hell isn't real!  

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear people say that they don't believe in God because they can't see Him.  More often than not, these same people will ask others to send them "good vibes" or "good thoughts" whenever they are having a hard time.  Can vibes or thoughts be seen? No! Is there any power in vibes or thoughts? So why are those things acceptable to believe in but not God?  It all comes down to accountability.  We don't want to be held accountable.  It's not comfy to think about standing before an Almighty, Holy God Who will judge us!  But not believing in Him does not negate His existence!  A person desiring "good vibes" or "good thoughts" is indicative of their inner most being KNOWING that there is someone higher than themselves.  Romans 1:18-20 states it clearly: "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

Again, I want to encourage you - don't let the devil lie to you!  Call out to God and He will answer!  

  Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

 If from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  Deuteronomy 4:29 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23 

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9 


Oh, and the very last scene of the movie shows the "dreamers" in a wheat field, which reminded me of the verse where Jesus said: "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Luke 10:2)



Monday, May 18, 2015

A Safe Place to Take Root and Grow

A new season of gardening has come, bringing with it more teachable moments. This morning while I was out pulling weeds, I was waiting to hear from the LORD.  I wasn't sure whether or not there was anything new that He could teach me in the garden.  After all, this is my sixth year having one.  I had decided not to listen to my iPod, just in case He had something to say to me.  Well, I wasn't disappointed. 

Today I noticed that there were a few green bean plants growing in places where I did not initially plant them.  They were close to where I planted them, but definitely not in the exact same place.  What I think happened is after some heavy rains we've received, the seeds I planted were washed away just slightly.  Thankfully, because I have a border around the garden, they weren't washed away completely.  They were still in a safe place where they could take root and grow.  

The LORD told me that the border around my garden is much like His Torah.  He gave His Torah (His instructions) to His people in order to set safe perimeters.  He then reminded me that sometimes in life His people experience periods of heavy rains, or storms, but as long as we remain within His set boundaries, we will still have a safe place to take root and grow.  

Joshua 1:7-8 tells us: 

Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.…

Having just recently come to understand that all of the LORD's commandments still apply to His people today means that I am still learning what all of those applicable commandments even are.  I'm starting to recognize the safe perimeters He has laid out.  I see these borders as a demonstration of His love for me, even if I don't understand them all just yet. Much like when my children were toddlers, their father and I set perimeters for them, showing them where they could go and what they could do. These borders were not given to keep them from fun, rather we laid them out for their well being.  Our rules & instructions provided freedom and safety for our children.  The freedom was their ability to enjoy life knowing that they were safe as long as they obeyed their father and me. 

As a child of the Most High God, I am to follow His Torah - His instructions (Exodus 18:20).  Because I love my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, I am to obey His commandments (John 14:15). Doing so gives me a safe place to take root and grow

Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing
for your rules at all times.
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
who wander from your commandments.
Take away from me scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies.
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors.
Psalm 119:17-24 

                                                (This picture is of my garden in 2013)