Individually Born Again
It is so important in this life here and now, to understand and comprehend the magnitude of who you are, where you are going, and how you are to get there. Most would assume there are easy answers to these questions.
We were all born into this world, into a system. Our parents cared for us with love and many were not so loved. Some grew up and had a silver spoon attached from their bib and of course, all those in-between and yet still, others were much less fortunate and simply ate with their hands, if at times they ate at all. Both fortunately and unfortunately every child individually born grew to a point, they were no longer totally dependent upon the sacrificial and loving care of a parent nor did they want to be. They have figured it out or so they think and so begins the journey through life…as an Individual.
Who are you? This should be easy to answer but it isn’t. One was born from their mothers womb and all brought into this world without a clue and most had no one to tell them the incredible truth of “who” they really are. It is mysterious to say the least but is an overwhelming truth, if you could even begin to wrap your mind around it. Simply stated; There was a force working behind the scenes intricately knitting you together in the secret place, of your mothers womb.
Truth Revealed Truth Understood:
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You. When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them." Psalm 139:13-16
“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name." Psalm 147:4
“Who made the heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever." Psalm 146:6
“Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has stretched out the heavens: when I call to them, they stand up together." Isaiah 48:13
At the very thought; Yahweh God, Jesus the Christ and Holy Spirit, being a living, breathing, life-giving, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent Spirit; He desired one, namely man, to be created in His own image. This very moment! is when He had “You” in mind, “for He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." Eph 1:4
God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Gen 1:26
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Gen 1:27
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." Gen 2:7
You! Are made in the very image and likeness of the Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords. THIS! is who you are. Picked out and set apart for Him and Him only, to be brought into the family of God, to be loved and cared for indefinitely throughout all eternity. YOU! were conceived and knit together bearing a part of the very essence of God for His Spirit lives in you. Please know this………………YOU! are more than flesh. Yes You Are.
Where are you going?
In our individual journey through life, you set out with the assumption that you know what you are doing, for you have been set free, you have been liberated from the yoke of another’s love and care, to find your own way. In this world we are born into (the treadmill of life), we work, marry, procreate and for most, party and live it up like there is no tomorrow, we run to and fro until there is nowhere else to go. Some do very well and are labeled successful but I’m afraid most times they would concur, they are successfully empty. Do you find yourself at times lost in a world of what could easily be defined as the skid-row of organized confusion, illusion or even delusion?
We attempt to fill the voids of life with everything we can get our hands on. We stay busy running here, running there, looking as if we have it all together, to keep our minds off of the obvious. Our lives are filled with things that are always a sure and inevitable find, time and time again along this path…emptiness, loneliness, rejection, frustration and fear.
We quench our thirst from the well of self satisfaction until the well runs dry and are desperately left with only and empty hole. Then the search begins all over again. Why? Because we truly have No clue where we are going. What a travesty. Yes, we can all certainly agree that the only thing we know for sure in this life’s journey ~ we live and we die.
Truth Revealed Truth Understood:
There was a minister (Miles Monroe) once long ago, who taught on the importance of “Purpose”. He used the analogy of all things created and the importance of created things staying connected to what it was created from, in order to live. He spoke of these things in this way, as I remember it:
When God spoke, He spoke to that which He wanted it made out of. When He spoke to the dirt, out comes what He desired. Therefore:
All vegetation ~ must stay connected to the dirt…in order to live.
The animals and foul ~ must stay connected to the dirt…in order to live
All Aquatic life ~ must stay connected to the water on the dirt…in order to live.
Isn’t this incredible?
But hold on…..Wait for it!!!!!!!
When God made man! Hallelujah!! HE SPOKE TO HIMSELF!!!!!!!!
“Let US make man in Our image according to Our likeness." Gen 1:26
Don’t you see? We MUST stay connected to Yahweh God, Abba Father in order to LIVE. In order to fill the voids that are forever constant in our lives. They forever are and forever will be until we come to the realization of this fact. We were not created by aliens or the annunaki or any other created being or entity. We were made by the Creator of all things created.
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
John 1: 1-5
One may wonder, what do you mean, in the beginning was the WORD?
Word IS Jesus! Jesus is God. Remember what you’ve just read? When God decided to make man He said “Let Us” make man in Our image in Our likeness. Notice the scripture says;
“And the Word was God." He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God and He [Jesus] made all things and without Him [Jesus] there was nothing made that has been made. Hallelujah!
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
The Our/Us in this phrase is: God the Father Yahweh, Jesus the Son [Word] and Holy Spirit. All Three are One. A good example of this fact, is the egg.
The egg has three parts, the shell, egg white, and yoke. Without a single part, it simply is NOT an egg, right?
The same could be said about the Sun.
The Sun: No one has seen because you cannot look upon it with the naked eye, just like [God].
“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." John 1:18
“And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form." John 5:37
The Light: That comes from the Sun which allows us to see the beauty of nature. If a plant is kept in darkness for an extended period of time…it dies. The Light gives Life! Jesus is the light bearer. [Jesus the Son, the Light of the world].
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness to bear witness of the Light, that all through Him [Jesus] might believe. He [John] was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." John 1:6-10
The Sun Rays: This is the beam of energy that makes the trees bloom, the grass grow, and invisibly shows His power by the sweet whispers of the wind that blows so delicately through a peaceful springtime meadow, that none of us has seen or can see, just like [The Spirit of God].
“However, when the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you." John 16:13-14
These Three are ONE and there is no ONE without the other!
Sun, Sun Light and Sun Rays
The Deceiver Comes
Don’t you know, that the enemy comes to deceive you into thinking you already know who you are. No you don’t! You are a stranger unto yourself on this dark and winding road. He deceives you into thinking you know exactly where you are going. No you don’t! This is why you can’t hear the Good Shepherds voice, for the victor always goes to the one that screams the loudest. The trinkets he uses are always that which appeals to your senses and he knows that you can’t do without them, for the enemy knows the spirit is at times willing, but the flesh is weak. And lastly, he has convinced you that you know how you are going to get there. Again, No…You…Don‘t. He’s a very strategic manipulator and taunts you to dare someone or anyone that tries to steer you away from these lies, to tell you the truth.
Remember, you have been set free from the yoke you grew to almost despise…dependency of parental guardianship, love and care. Why? Because Love - disciplines and imparts wisdom. Guardianship - guards and protects. Care - provides food and shelter and these were not always on your terms. Don’t you know that the enemy is a worker behind the scenes trying to kill you, to steal you (yes, You were bought with a price) and to destroy you? And why would he want to do that, you may ask? It is very, very simple. It is because…
YOU! WERE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
ACCORDING TO THE LIKENESS OF GOD
“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world…?” 1 Cor 6:2
“Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” 1 Cor 6:3
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2
Do you for one moment believe this does not bother your arch enemy in the least?
His name is Lucifer. He is a created being. He is Satan, and here is his story:
“…You were the seal of perfection. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The Sardis, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your tabrets and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers: I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you." Eze 28:12-15
Yes, this is his story! Don’t you think he is a bit perturbed at the thought that God has taken away his beauty, kicked him out of his position, out of the abode of his heavenly estate along with all the others that followed after his devious plan to usurp his power over God? God even made a being [man] that will some day judge the angels. What is he? A fallen angel. So, therefore do you by the slightest chance believe he has an ulterior motive to destroy you? To steal you away from the one that purchased you. Knowing the only way to accomplish this feat is to kill you or distract you away from the truth, until it is too late and you have no other choice but to spend an eternity in hell with him. Trinkets, material things, and all that brings you pleasure and keeps your focus off of the one who made You, IN HIS IMAGE, IS His motive operand a. And it is working!
Jesus so honestly says it this way:
“I am at the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." John 10:11
“I gave My back to those who struck me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out my beard: I did not hide My face from shame and spitting." Isa 50:6
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed…?"
“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness: and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men. A Man with sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His strips we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked- But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him: He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:2-12
This is His story [Jesus the Christ]. He! who has shown You “who you are”. But where will you go when your life’s journey is through? Will you believe the report?
There in lies the question that only you can answer. What will your answer be? Many leave this world suddenly, within a blink of an eye. Some leave after a long bout of sickness and pain unsure of where they will end up. Many have fear of this realization because they have never faced the inevitable truth of the hereafter but it is a sure and guaranteed fact.
“And it is appointed unto man to die once and after that the judgment". Hebrews 9:27
Do you really know where you are going and how you are to get there?
The Truth of who you are and who He is, determines your eternal destination. Will you allow Him to show you the way?
How do I get there from here?
Jesus answers this by saying, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
These destinations are determined based on your understanding and realization of who you are, who He is and where You want to spend eternity.
Let’s give a little more detail as to who Jesus is. As we have learned His name is Jesus, known as the Word. He was with God in the beginning. He created everything even you and had you in mind before the foundation of the world. It is most important for you to understand the very nature, the very essence of His being; to…know…truth!
To know truth, is to KNOW:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things and in Him all things consist." Col 1:15:17
The Distance Thunder
Your journey began when you were born into this world through the womb of your mother. This was the vessel that was chosen to bring you into the family of God. Jesus’ plan was for you to be loved, cared for and brought up in the knowledge and wisdom of Him, until you were truly able to comprehend who He is and had the individual ability to make the decision for Him. Unfortunately, many did not have this knowledge or wisdom imparted to them.
He knew the road for some would not be easy, at times the road for many would be very difficult. But all along He had you in mind. He watched as you grew. He heard every cry and saw every tear fall from your eyes. He watched as some were taken from the original vessels and placed where they did not belong. He saw how some were even moved from place to place at times, as it was part of the system of human disarray. He saw when hearts were broken, lives were devastated and journeys along this road were long and sometimes most brutal. Many times, there was hunger, sickness, pain even to the point of death and things I dare mention out of great compassion for the atrocities perpetrated on some. These by His grace, were able to survive, to find the light of His love. Praise Jesus!
He even saw some grow that did not have the difficulties in life as others did, they just simply jumped on the treadmill of life and sorted things out as they went along. These at times had many difficulties simply because of choices. Even those who were unknowingly blessed and had vessels who did it His way, were enticed by the evil one and opened the forbidden door of inquisitiveness. They too, ended up on the treadmill of life, to find their own way. Truth is, none of them had a firm grasp on who they were, knew where they were going or had any idea of how they were to get there, once their journey had come to an end.
Through it all, Jesus watched and waited for the day that your total dependency would be broken from the arms of another, in the form of people, places and things. He called for you, cried out to you, sent messengers to you, but the cares of this world drowned out the gentle whispers of His voice, that always appeared to be way in the distance. He wanted you, loved you and wanted to pour out His loving care for you, just as His selected vessels [most times] had done at your birth. He knew there would come a time when you would be set free and was of the age to say yes, to the proposal He had waiting for you. He also knew because of this freedom, it would take some time for many to find the hidden treasure of truth because of the many obstacles and traps that had been so enticingly placed in the way, along the road. His plan was for you to learn of Him early in life, so that when you were no longer dependent solely upon them, that you would become solely and willingly dependant upon Him. That you would some day come, and realize, He was always the voice in the distant thunder.
What Jesus Wants You to Know
Now that you’ve experienced this journey through life and found that there is something that always appears to be missing and have that perpetual void that never seems to be filled or quenched; He is here to tell you that the answer you’ve spent all this time trying to find, is like finding the fountain of youth.
Yes, you must go back, way back. Back to the place of infancy. What? Yes! A place of total dependency. A place that He has longed for you to be, all of your life. A place where you are helpless, pitiful, humble, meek, naked, and blind. A place where you are solely and truly dependent on another for everything, even the very air you breathe. A place where faith is not a matter of hoping but is blind and a matter of knowing. Back to the place where you began with love, guardianship and care. But this time…
Through Me and For Me, Yes!
Your God, Your King, Your Husband, Brother…Your very best Friend!
But YOU must be…Individually Born Again!
Born of the Spirit of the true and Living God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord!