I’ve joined to movement. Won’t you join us?
(The puzzle pieces do not match the picture on the puzzle box)
How long will you labor over misunderstandings, confusion, and mess before you pause? How long will you question and ponder the reasons before you slow down and step back? How long before you stop planning and strategizing before you hault?
Be still. Close your eyes. Listen. Then stop listening. Shut out the noise. Put your hands down. Breathe. What do you smell?
Does it smell good? Or is it bull…?
Open your eyes. Move about. Stop. Look around. Breathe. Is it the same?
When your position changes, but your perspective does not…STOP.
How many times will you restrategize before you surrender? This energy that we consume fighting a fight in a sea of complacency…
Who are we fighting for? Are we fighting collectively? Or are we fighting alone?
Are our objectives aligned? Are we fighting for the same thing? Are we fighting each other? Are we controlling access to some of the puzzle pieces? Would you do that? Why?
We are struggling daily with forces that we perceive as negative. The change-makers will make change. But what will they change? Will they change their position? Will they change their approach? Or will they change their minds?
We have someone fighting us right now. They think they know why. So do we. But we are wrong. We are all wrong.
There’s another way. Close your eyes. Be still…
You gave me something that you could take away.
You gave me…hope.
You made a promise.
You convinced me to love.
And then you took it away.
It was a planned removal.
A calculated risk.
A manipulation of trust.
A conception of sin
That turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to us.
The most horrid, mean-heated, demon-ization of our relationship manifested into the biggest blessing.
You left me. And I’m grateful.
I shall use this as an opportunity to reference a lesson that I’ve spent the past three years learning. When I thought that I was in the presence of God, I was instead being protected by him (which is far more personal). I endured a storm so harsh, others could not have survived it. But I came through unscathed.
I’d been fooled and conditioned into thinking that I was on the path to blessings. All along, however, I was being led by a temptress who called herself the dream maker. My naivety cloaked her harmful ways. And although she could spew scripture and scoot in and out of sanctuaries unaffected, she was no angel. To the contrary, she may have been a minion–a false prophet indeed.
I’m safe now, but she’s only begun to call upon the next like a siren. The next guy is the son of a preacher man. That guy may not stand as a good a chance than I because, as a descendant of a holy messenger, the bounty is far greater.
I pray for his soul; that the Lord create a hedge of protection around him; and I pray that he is more discerning than I was.
False Prophets Mimic the Spirit of God!
The Story will be told by many men. It will be a story of a woman who claims to be the heir to the throne. She will argue that if she has to prove her legacy, her challengers simply lack faith.
She demanded that each man she tempted believe in her. In doing so, those “kings-to-be” will have a Devine connection to the Almighty. It was believable. I admit that I too conceded. I tasted the forbidden fruit, and it came easily. Am I condemned as well (for trusting this wolf)??
Do we chastise the ones who believe the lies? Do we judge the fools?
God protects the children and the fools. The children do not know better, but the fools are in peril because of their simple ignorance.
“Tomfoolery is alive and well,” she used to say!
In short, she was a liar! Or was she?? She choose a narrative that was not genuine. And she sold it. A sucker is born every minute…every minute that he spends with her.
Her entire story was a cover up of a life she choose to live–a life of ill-repute and a life of regret; a life that could have been forgiven by her Savior. She may never gain forgiveness because she choose to lie about it instead of testifying.
After searching many scriptures, this one gave me every certainty that I was in the midst of a raven:
“If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.”(Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NIV)
She inspired a higher belief in God (accidentally). Having survived her clutches, I am affirmed that He protected me. I was bathed in the blood of Christ. Her plan was foiled. She did not mean for me to get closer to Him. She wanted my essence for herself.
While in the midst of a spiritual attack, during a fast or consecration, I would to say to her, “are you ReAlly surprised that these attacks would come now?” I’d say this to her each time we witnessed God’s glorious works; each time he protected us from certain destruction. Any time we weathered a spiritual attack, we knew He’d protect us.
She must have secretly been crossing her fingers.
My prayer today is simply that the Enemy release His hold on her life so that she not be destroyed nor damn her victims.
Peace be unto her, for I refused to sleep with the enemy nor make love to the false prophet.
Lingering rain droplets replaced the morning dew. The summer breeze enticed Angels’ tear drops to roll off the maple trees leaves. An acorn falls onto his shoulder, and he quickly turns about to see who threw it. There was no one there. He was alone again.
He’d seen many storms and had come through several of his own. He was no longer afraid. He knew that his walk was a lonely one. His path was his own. His perils were only temporary. The storm had passed. All that was left were the drying leaves and the moist grass between his toes.
He was refreshed…
We deal in the “what if’s”
when recognizing how fortunate we are
We convince ourselves that there’s a single point
in our own personal history that our life changed
(for the better or for the worst)
But let’s suspend the rules
Let’s offer the responsibility up to a force greater than our own.
We convince ourselves that things happen for a reason.
As intellectuals, we accept the premise of cause and effect.
…and we convince ourselves that we can take measures to prevent
…things from happening.
Be humbled. Accept that we don’t know!
Not knowing IS ignorance,
But ignorance doesn’t need to be blissful.
The bliss comes from not caring.
But the bliss can come from gaining knowledge.
The bliss can come from the release.
The release of defeat.
The release of deceit.
The release of something sweet.
The receipt of…
…the knowledge that comes from wisdom
…the wisdom that comes from an awareness
…and the awareness that what we know to
Suspend your beliefs.
Slowly close your eyes.
Beware of the dream makers!
They may deliver on the dream,
But can not guarantee the reality