Nate helps us to find heaven. Not the heaven that one thinks of after we die, but the heaven Jesus talked most about. The kingdom of heaven is now! It is up to you to find the kingdom of God. Because as Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is at hand!
I am a happy person. Generally not much gets me down. Why? How? What is it that can keep you going when life sucks?
Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Be like children, yes, children. Live, laugh, play, and live in the infinite now! Alan Watts spoke beautifully and synonymous with the words of Christ.
“This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~Alan Watts
So get out there and no matter what your occupation or day may be like, remember it’s only life, go have fun!
The national economy is a scam. At one time a man could graduate high school and land a job which could support a home, wife, and 2.5 kids. It’s not that way anymore many families working full time are eligible for “entitlements” which the term is often misused. Unless we suggest only the lucky ones with more wealth have the privilege of having a family. many have a misconception that receiving state supplements to survive is something that is desired. Nobody wants to live on welfare, but we must also realize the government does not care; in fact longs for a welfare state. Food, housing, and financial supplements serve to allow the what I call modern slaves of society to have families, preventing a desire from becomeing entrepreneurs or gaining greater heights, that said is financial success really what we as Christians should be concerned with? Let’s not forget we pay our tithe to the state as Isreal of old in order to fund social welfare programs to help those in our Lords image. The church does its part but cannot match the government’s provisions. While it is appealing to think of the church being the center of social well fare it is not equipped, nor I believe the thousands of denominational differences between us could allow for such to take place. Also I do not believe a theocracy on this earth is the way towards true Kingdom living. People have lost hope in the “American dream” it is a fantasy which few find and when they do become angry they fill the grocery cart of the less fortunate and then claim Christian values. If we truly took the parable of the Good Samaritan to heart we would not complain but be happy to help supplement our brother who lives in worse conditions, works crap jobs, to serve those who have more. And we somehow think that they think they are taking “our” money? Should a man rob God? The famous line used in churches to create guilt for the offering plate. Then we turn our nose at the poor. Nobody thinks they are entitled, people are born to survive and will do so however they can. However they find opportunity. Not alot of opportunity going around at the moment, but follow the money. Corporations are overseas, and only those in which it makes sense to stay here do so and are forced to pay a living wage. See we blame the youth, it’s not the youth it is what the youth have been born into. I argue not that they have not been born into a state of entitlements, but a state of Greed. Yet are we supposed to praise these Wallstreet banksters who trade money like a commodity and think they are blessed by God because they have wealth? Wealth and earthly luxurious do not equal to Godly blessings. The begger Lazarus can show us this. Yet we mock the begger while we tear down barns to build bigger ones. Yes our Lord was truly correct the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Soon after the election of 2016 America as we know it will come to an end. Yes that is right we are on the edge of a complete collapse of the United States as we know it. That is if you believe some big name preachers and church leaders such as Franklin Graham. The conservative reverend has stated that America is close to its end like a new reincarnation of Babylon. http://www.christianpost.com/news/franklin-graham-warns-america-our-end-will-be-near-160821/
Of course as we know looking back at history all countries and empires come to an end, it is natural; I am not hoping for America’s end, I find it hilarious that so many are so worried. The modern “Super Apostle” Dutch Sheets who I do not believe has officially endorsed either candidate, yet you do not have to be smarter than a 5th grader to know whom he and his “Appeal to Heaven” movement is appealing will win the election. I myself heard Dutch speak to a local congregation during the primaries he spoke in disdain that a “socialist” was doing well in the polls. Of course he did not mention Bernie Sanders by name but you get my point. You can read all about his desire for a President and in his view the vital importance we vote for the right candidate.
Finally there is Jerry Falwell Jr. I could not be more saddened by the President of Liberty University the school I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I do not even have to share a link to let you know how Falwell thinks and as a President of a major not for profit University I feel it is inappropriate for him to drag the University its students and alumni through having to associate ourselves with the likes of Trump.
Yet all is well, Hillary Clinton will become the next president and all of prophecies will change and the Republican Party will do its best to keep Hillary from doing anything positive. I am reminded of when Obama became President the world was also coming to an end, yet here we are 8 years later and in my opinion America has never been better. This is in fact the best time to be alive! So what is it that the far right radical Christian conservatives want? I believe that they would be happy with a Christian theocracy while complaining about Islamic sharia law it would not be a problem for them to impose a Christian one. The hypocrisy is beyond reproach. They cry about gun rights, welfare, LGBT rights, and abortion and while I consider myself be pro-life there is much that could be done to prevent the number of senseless abortions in this country. (Poverty=abortion). There also must be an understanding when the mother’s life is in danger, it does no one any good if two lives die when one could be saved.
Personally I am not a big Hillary Clinton fan and I am definitely not a Donald Trump fan. I was a huge Bernie Sanders supporter I even gave him a dollar through his website. I am not saying that the Presidential election is not a rigged, owned by Wall Street, and a dog and pony show. As a matter of fact I think it kind of is. Do you know what I think is so hilarious? Yet at the same time sad, the way many conservative Christians truly believe any of this matters. Many conservative Christians feel that the end is truly near, that America is at a crossroads. Let me put it like this every day each of us is at a crossroads in life. Every day we must decide to be good people or not. Every day we must have faith that God is in control regardless of what we think is right or wrong, instead of trying to place so much energy in this kingdom our energy must be placed in our heavenly Kingdom.
We do need to appeal to heaven, not for the next president of the United States but for the spiritual awakening of mankind. Not a people who desires to force Christian law upon a people, but to allow them to choose. To see Christ in all people just as if we were entertaining angels. To pray God’s will be done His Kingdom come! Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton will bring about any of these changes. This is not about Supreme Court appointments it is about human enlightenment.
Let us take some time to think about what the Master said in regard to politics which divide us as Christians. Jesus said “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25, NIV). We as Christians must stand united in living out a lifestyle that follows Jesus. Jesus himself was not overly concerned with the politics of his day. He desired that even his people under occupation from the Romans render unto Caesar what is Caesars. He was in opposition to the religious leadership of his nation yet even in opposition cried out to call Jerusalem together. In much the same way I am calling us to come together in unity for the true Kingdom.
In closing I desire to ease your fears, it is going to be ok! Regardless of who becomes President of the United States we have nothing to fear, and if you do fear then you are in need of healing. A supernatural healing to soften your heart and allow love to enter in, as the Apostle said love drives out all fear. It is time we stopped listening to who we think are our Christian leaders and look within ourselves, at the law written on our hearts. To not just listen without question but instead question everything. To not assume that we know anything, but be humble enough to say we know nothing. We will witness good leaders, bad leaders, and leaders in between. While human leaders do have an impact on our earthly lives, they have absolutely no impact on our spiritual lives; unless we let them. This is why I stated that America as we know it will come to an end. It is basically your call. You can allow the outcome of this election destroy your inner peace, cause division in your household, and literally cause an end to America as you know it or come to an understanding that the Kingdom of Heaven is near and has nothing to do with American politics. No matter who is elected next month let us fear not and continue in the Spirit of love to all people.
The Kingdom of Heaven is within, so said the master. According to the Christian tradition paradise was lost when man and woman rebelled against God through the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this “fruit” whatever it may be either literal or as I would believe to be a an analogy of the ancients in order to demonstrate man’s fear. Adam and Eve of the garden were afraid that they would be left behind, that they were being kept out of the loop, that God the Father was somehow refusing their birthright unto them. I suggest that fear was original sin and since the time of Adams and Eves picnic of knowledge, fear became passed down from one generation to the next with man loosing paradise and the peace, bliss, and the worry free lifestyle was now far from the minds of man with a flaming sword guarding the way back in. In my imagination the type of life in which God created us to be before the fall is one in which we do not possess an ego, a life in which we have no hopes, no dreams, no desire other than being one with God in spirit. This is because we do not need a “self” a “hope” because we have everything or “desire” for the same reason. This was a time when we were one with God, a blended consciousness perhaps. Yet we were not immune to falling short of this continuous bliss, we were deceived to believe that God is the enemy, that we were neglected and like the parable of the prodigal demanded our inheritance which eventually left us eating with the pigs. The forbidden fruit is fear that God will not bestow upon us the knowledge which He possesses. I suggest to you that fear is of the greatest of sins, one in which we were are born with, one which takes us away from a fundamental state of reality, creating a self-centered life which in turn brings about the fruit of all kinds of sin.
The great master Jesus Christ came to show us the way back to the garden. His life was one of living in this world full of fear yet He himself had no fear. He lived a life as one who was one in consciousness with God His Father. We may say to ourselves that Jesus being the incarnated son of God gave him an advantage, well you have me there, and then again we are also sons of God through Christ! Christ came to be the restorer. He came to bring the death of the first Adam to life, this being done through the cross. This great mystery is just that a mystery, a mystery in which we must take advantage of!
Now that I have given a very brief synopsis now I must get to the point in which we start to live a life without fear. Unfortunately I have sad news, for most people if not all people it is impossible to completely live without fear in fact some fear is good, yet I do not know if it is truly fear. The fear that may have brought about original sin is full of every sorts of evil. Our fear drives us as human beings to create the world in which we have around us today goes back to the beginning of sin. Getting back to paradise will not be an easy task. We are constantly being bombarded with situations causing stress, pain, and anger. We are around people who create turmoil in our lives, Jesus had to deal with people within his own inner circle of friends who were thieves, violent and angry, sexually promiscuous, those who wished to undermined and threaten the very reason which the Christ came. We also deal with people with very similar issues which directly and indirectly affect us. Jesus knew full and well what was going on yet he did not allow it to detour Him. Jesus was fearless, He understood that He was in the hands of the Father, regardless of any situation that came His way even that of the pending cross He gave it all up to the Fathers will. He was not always immune to human emotions, but lived his life without being detoured. We each have a mission in life, a calling, a purpose, something in which we were placed on this earth to do. In order to carry out our purpose we must choose to live our lives totally surrendered to God. How do you do this? Well I will be honest sometimes it just boils down to not giving a crap about life and to live in the simple bliss of knowing that everything is ok. Like a baby in the arms of his mother, so we are to our Father. The Father is pure love and light, He sings His praises over us. We suffer earth to earn our soon reward. If we can break down our state of being to realize that nothing in this life in which we hold so dear really matters. As Jesus would say we must be born again, we must lose our lives to gain it. To do this we must first surrender to love, it was the love of God which allowed us to be reunited as His sons and daughters, so we must learn to live love. I suggest a reading of 1 Corinthians 13 in which the Apostle Paul gives a very powerful definition of love. If we can grasp love to its fullest extent we may just be able to truly live out life as a type of Christ on the earth. If we can live out love we can change the world, it is not the amount of numbers we have, and Jesus who had few followers who ended up changing the world even to the extent in which I write this article.
So let us make living out love something in which we start to practice. Let us spiritually take upon ourselves the Christ consciousness, let us let go of what causes us stress, pain, and anger. Let us understand that most of what we place our stock in is worthless. To understand that spiritual strength and mental peace is more valuable than gold. To not allow ourselves to be owned by the world, but free people, happy people, people who enjoy life and able to carry out our mission in which we have been placed on this earth to do. We can live a life without fear, without much worry or stress, we can live our lives happy and free. We must rid ourselves of the fear which has destroyed our lives, the fear that our Father wishes to keep the glories of heaven for himself, and the fear of those who try to rule over us here on earth. My passion for you is to be restored to the Father, to make it through this life, to find the Kingdom of Heaven within and be free!