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Archive for the month “June, 2014”

This is Conviction.

Suddenly, for a moment, the heart and mind are in perfect unison.  The mechanism for “knowing” that God gave us is temporarily so highly tuned that there is no mistaking the truth.  In that moment, time stands still and everything that is real and pure and worthy stands in high contrast against the counterfeits that Satan has forever employed in his quest to snare man.  Food.  Sex.  Money.  Power.  Knowledge.  Notoriety.  All Frauds.  All good, in their proper place, yet their combined worth, when compared to the weight of glory in knowing the Holy one is less than tissue.  Their power over the heart is consumed in a flash, ignited by the tiniest spark of truth from the Holy One, who forever speaks truth.  And IS truth.

When this moment finds you, grasp it with all that you are.  Do not smother the spark of truth, but stoke it, for it will not last forever.  This moment is a mercy, a brief chance to see the world through the eyes of God, without the foul influences of our weak and deceived hearts or of Satan.  Soon, the moment will end and the minutae of everyday life will fight for our affections.  The thing is to bank the tiny flame with all of the kindling you may find, while the moment lasts.  Act on it.  Be decisive.  Be aggressive.  Commit to a lifestyle that reflects this new, Godly reality which esteems the unseen things more highly than the seen.  Anything less amounts to rebellion against the highest authority in the universe.  “Today, if you hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the wilderness where your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they had seen what I did.  For 40 years I was disgusted with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray; they do not know My ways.’  So I swore in My anger, ‘They will not enter My rest.'”

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