“Enlightened”

“Enlightened”
Born into a world of abuse and neglect, where abound the traps of self pity, addiction, and self contempt. Through Christ I am healed. The era of the pit of “the carrot” and “the dole” has ended. I will be the leader I was put on earth to be.

50 words…that was what they asked for. Tell us your story and why you believe we have to build America. Hmm, my story in 50 words, an interesting exercise but this is it. “Enlightened” (see above), I am grateful for the challenge. It sums up my story and it is so much more than that for me. Because it is not just my story but the story of all mankind since the fall, in my opinion. We may not wish to see it, but the scriptures testify of it. Sin has been alive and well in this sphere since Adam and Eve left the presence of God. Along with sin comes addictions and entrapment(s) that suggest we can get something for nothing and that just is not so.

It does not have to stay that way though. The way has been provided and we must do our part by looking in faith to Jesus Christ. We can choose life and accountability and responsibility and the beautiful process of creation and growth or we can choose to be in bondage and stifled and gagged, lulled into believing that this is life, and doomed to live the life of the living dead. We have a choice.

Only I can accept my own existence and it comes by obeying the words of God that are found in the scriptures and in the voices of those who listen to the Holy Ghost and live by his guidance. Yes, God’s will is to be found in the instruction and clashes that we have with humanity but we must develop the ear to hear it. As we come closer to Christ and follow his teachings we must also accept the fact that Christ comes and dwells with us. We must be willing to trust that we are being guided by his light as long as we are doing all that we can to live by the light that we have been given through his gospel by the power of the Holy Ghost.

This will come about as we are willing to give up those little sins that we hold onto and say “I am only human after all”. I declare that we are much more than this. We are children of God and he will come and dwell with us and we will be his and he will be ours if we believe in him and in his belief in us and live according to the commandments as did Christ. It is obedience to the principles of the gospel that gives us access to the power in God’s love, not merely to be here, going through these tests, but to literally perform the miracles that we were sent here to do by his power as we recognize that he is our all and everything.

There is nothing like it! Seriously, it is dangerous, chilling, exciting, and yes, even titillating to get into the path of his power and know the “rush” of the knowledge that the Holy Ghost will reveal as we put ourselves into line with this beautiful communicator of the Godhead. It makes life come alive and be dynamic and ever changing and, well, it makes it Christmas everyday for me. I never know what gift and surprise will be waiting for me but I know I can count on there being one.

How can one not be excited when you live in the toy store and candy shop and you have God as your Father and guide? Even the horrors of this life take on new meaning and teach lessons that only taking you further into the light as you look to God with the innocence of the child knowing that he loves you and only seeks your good.

I am glad that this article is going up on Father’s Day. Families are given to us to show us the potential we have in our relationship with him and with one another. I am so grateful to know that I am a child of God. I am grateful for earthly parents with weaknesses and strengths and I pray that the Holy Spirit will take my gratitude and affection for them from my heart to theirs wherever they may be. (My father has passed from this physical life, as has my step mother, and my biological mother has been estranged from many years and while I believe I know where she may be now it is understandable that she would not contact me given my boldness in living by my faith. I sent her a note thanking her for giving me life though…maybe I will attempt to contact her once again once I get my voice solidly established, hopefully in a way that she understands she has nothing to fear from me. My grown children and ex-spouses, likewise keep their distance and that is okay for now. I hope the next volume in my Portrait of a Harlot/Saint series shows them they have nothing to fear and that they come to accept this beautiful experience of eternal life in God’s presence because it is beautiful. In the meantime I am going to “fly” and partake of the beauty that God wants to bless us with as we turn to him with all that we are and offer every ounce of it to him for his work and his glory.)

As we do this we must be willing to practice humility and meekness. Not everyone has access to this understanding and you cannot “crush” their “false world” too fast, we all need the Holy Ghost to help us do this, it is the process of being born again. They will not know how to interact with you, they may be afraid of you, they may be jealous of you or think you are trying to “one up” them or put them down somehow. It is important to reach out to Heavenly Father and ask for help in understanding how you can be a light in their world without allowing them to “snuff you out” or chase you away, especially from gathering together at church as we are commanded to do.

He will show us how to do this. I believe this and I believe that you will be blessed as you condescend as Jesus Christ did and subject yourself to God’s will instead of “standing up for your rights”. That does not mean being a doormat, it means asking Father’s assistance so that what you have to share with them comes from a place of love, from a place of God’s love. You see, this is part of the real secret, the real truth…because it is only God that exists right now…you and I are only potential…based on our willingness to yield to the will of God. 😉

Clarification on Where I Stand

Someone sent me a tweet that said “I look forward to reading your tweets!”. When I wrote a thank you back she had dropped me. It kind of rattled me. Chuckle, I guess it should not bother me, I want people to be free to do as they will. These are some of the thoughts I had as I reflected on the situation, just claiming my own voice and identity, if you will…

I know that people turn me off because I profess Jesus Christ and then there are those who turn me off because I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.And I really feel bad about that, especially for the true seekers of enlightenment, God, and a united world people. Christ is the only way to God, period.
Meditation and other spiritual practices can help you heal your psyche and your relationship with world experiences perhaps but only Christ has the power to reunite you to your Heavenly Father for continued development and evolution of your eternal self. I make no apologies for that statement.
Second, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is the organization that Jesus Christ, himself, has established so that those who desire to join in our Father’s work will be gathered and instructed so that his people will be prepared for when he returns. This church has all the components of the Kingdom of God and the principles of freedom contained therein and is preserved by the hand of God himself. This is my witness by the power of the Holy Ghost and 30 plus years of study and struggle within its walls as an adult convert. Heavenly Father will have a united and purified people and in that there must be a foundation and structure and I believe, with no apologies, this is it.

I also believe that there are many roads to Jesus Christ and that Heavenly Father has planted valiant and faithful people in every hill and climb so that all might have an opportunity to feel of their witness and choose for themselves, but any road that claims to lead to a true close relationship with God, the Father, without Jesus Christ is false and any positive benefits from that pursuit will end with mortal life. I am looking for freedom and eternal life through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Let us continue the work! 🙂

Freedom Comes With Giving The Reins To Christ

Freedom is what you feel when you are in line with the laws…all the laws, not man’s laws (I do not know if there is anyone who could be in line with all of  those, there are so many and they are so bizarre and “warp-able”) but this is not so with the laws of God…and this is the law that I am referring to. True, it is impossible to keep all the laws of God, because of our human weaknesses…if you take out Christ and the atonement and repentance…this is what our “new age” spirituality is doing…it says that Christ does not have to be in place for all things to come together and for you to have a great life and peace and get to God…this is a false teaching…NDE (near death experiences) and other paranormal activities, which I believe have a lot of probability and can teach man a lot, seem to give credence to their assumptions. I believe that this is very dangerous, however, because while God may wish someone to feel of his love and not feel over-whelmed by their actions that were not in line with eternal laws, it is important to remember that a person will only be shown what he is able to receive and God knows what that is. That includes he knows what they are able to understand that may be “new”.

We cannot omit Christ out of the picture because he is the plug or conductor that allows us to tap into the power of God once again. We have all broken that connection. We have believed at some time or another that we are responsible for our being or our options when, in fact, we are responsible only for choosing one course or another…all else is in God’s hands. Putting ourselves in line with receiving greater blessings is important and doable but even at that, any benefits or gains are for enjoyment are only in this moment in time which ends so quickly, if we leave out Christ and do not yield our all to his service and God’s glory. Eternity is a long time to go without having accepted our own existence and reliance on the love of God that makes all possible.

Freedom Means Knowing You Will Be Misjudged And You Have To “Chill”

If you are going to be free you are going to need to think for yourself and this is not something that is accepted in society. Even the “outliers” tend to have a group that they interact within and if you are going to be free you need to be autonomous or self sustaining. You need to understand that you will be misjudged, envied, and talked about. You also will be emulated (1. a : to strive to equal or excel. b : imitate…Merriam-Webster) or copied because your living your beliefs will inspire others to live theirs. Of course, they will claim that they did it all on their own but you will know in time that people gain their own personal freedom and motivation by knowing you, even if they do not know you very well.

You might even make enemies because of being misjudged and to this you want to respond with meekness and see them as “children” who do not have their eyes open yet. Until we become a society that honors freedom and lives it, this will be the situation. Perhaps it will not come but I suspect that before the Lord returns that there will be many around the world that are willing to reach out to Heavenly Father and unite with him in full fellowship and prepare for the coming of Christ just as a bride prepares for the bridegroom and looks with anticipation to being with him and doing that which is pleasing to him and helps him in his work. I believe that this is the attitude that we need to have as we prepare for his return.

The Lord was misunderstood by many and criticized by countless more…can we really expect anything less? The answer is in the beatitudes though, we want to see how we can be there for others without losing ourselves in the process.

Check out Ephesians 5:22-32.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

“…Freedom is everybody’s job…”

I had to put this up today:

Red Skelton 1969 on the Pledge of Allegiance

I grew up in school saying this pledge daily. I am so grateful for this because it helped me establish and focus on all that I hold dear today. I respect and honor every word of this pledge and know that it must be upheld under God if this country is to stand.

 

Organizaional Religion Should Not Take Your Personal Values Away

I re-read a statement in a book on leadership that I read a couple months ago. “When someone joins an organization, that organization’s values eventually take precedence over the individuals values.” I believe that this is why people are so afraid of organized religion and it is not found in the gospel of Jesus Christ…it may be found in the culture of the church for sure but it is not found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I can understand why organized religion would be so threatening to people. This is why it is so important to study the doctrine and teachings of the church to understand what the correct principles are that are taught. And it is important to understand that you are there for a relationship to God first, yourself second, and other people second.

A true religion would invite you to find out what your true values are. That is different, hugely different than having your values modified by the organization. And this is what the gospel of Jesus Christ does and why it gives you freedom because it takes you to a place where those things that cannot be seen with human eyes can be seen with spiritual eyes and lets you see the truth and it is the truth that sets you free! 🙂

True Freedom Is Freedom From Fear Of The “Other”

When one has attained real freedom what others do or do not do has no bearing on who you are as an individual and before God. This is obtained by developing a relationship based on integrity and honest of who you are, who you have been, and who you will be with both yourself and with God.

Freedom Requires Leadership

Freedom requires leadership, first of the self, then for others. It is accountable. It is self reflecting and self analyzing. It is constantly changing in small ways to correct itself to the fullness of the inner truth that one seeks for like a miner panning for gold. It celebrates the small accomplishments but does not shy away from accepting the flaws within oneself. Freedom allows that one does not have all knowledge and uses ones ears and eyes to work out the code of “existence” not only of the self but of all others as well.

The Battle for Freedom is the Battle for the Right to Believe, to Exercise Faith As We See Fit

The battle for freedom is the battle for the right to believe. The right to exercise faith in truth or in falsehood, In that which brings growth, light, and life to intellect, spirit, and/or body or that which brings dead ends, darkness, and ultimately death to intellect, spirit, and/or body.

Mankind lives by faith, the right to personal leadership if you will, the ability to guide our own destiny be it into life and growth or into death and dead ends (this was known in another age as damnation). The battle for freedom is the battle for the right to testify of the power of God and that means telling our own story so that others may gain confidence and inspiration from it.

Our personal story, even those things that we may be ashamed of may need to come to light, not to discourage others but to lift them. Oh, true, there will be those who will use our personal story to feed their lustful nature and make excuses for wrong behavior and thoughts and justify wrong doing because just as with any mighty tool mankind may choose to use it for righteousness or for wickedness. They may throw sticks and stones and they may even hurt us but that cannot stop us from the pursuit of the mission and concept of freedom.

When we can say “I was there and I got here and I feel better and at peace” others may be able to take hope and continue their journey and struggle as well. To simply pull ourselves out of the quicksand and wash ourselves off and then go say keep on going to those still in the quicksand as if we had never been there is not as powerful as if they knew that we had once been there as well and we made it out of the quicksand!

The battle for freedom is the battle for personal leadership, personal choice, accountability, and then stewardship. Gone are the days when we had the liberty to rely on the leadership of others. We must take accountability for our choices and our path on a very personal level. It really has always been that way. Mankind was not created to be dictated to or governed by any form of government than self-governing. To teach one another is a given and once we understand, by personal desire and struggle to do so, we may share that knowledge and wisdom with others. I believe this is the only kind of environment that would allow the people to be prepared and ready for the Lord’s return, which I firmly believe in.

With the right to personal leadership comes the right and responsibility to testify, not just that Jesus is the Christ, for the adversary would gladly do that, but in the sharing of our personal story of challenge and struggle we may be a catalyst or a light for someone else to see their way onto the straight and narrow path that leads to our redemption which is by the atonement of Jesus Christ. We may be the light as we reflect the principles taught by Jesus Christ, a light that allows them to travel through their challenges or their “circumstance” with an understanding that the “circumstance” is only that.

In all these words I am not sure that the witness is coming forth that I received as I woke in the wee hours of this morning, that faith is the privilege of all man. That is all he truly has. He has no absolute knowledge at this time (even though he likes to think so in so many arts and fields) and that is the way it is supposed to be here in this sphere. Every absolute of humanity, including gravity, has its moments or potential of being false.

Freedom must be upheld for mankind to choose for themselves what they put faith in.  This is the battle that must be upheld by all righteous governments. The laws of the land will not determine the destiny of a nation or world. The hearts and inclinations of the people will. It is the individual that will raise or destroy mankind and this is a reality that has truly always been regardless of the way history has been recorded. Those who are adults need to be honest about who we are and get out of the cloak of mystery. Only then can we truly testify of the need of God in our lives. Personal leadership leads to truth or leads to err and we will someday all come to that understanding as we stand before the one who has the right to remove all blinders so that we may see absolute truth and know we chose all along. Ours is the battle to remove those blinders by choice and by struggle today and choose our way and in so doing have the potential to develop muscles that take us into eternal life and the responsibilities and opportunities we will find there.

Sharing Ideas Equals Freedom

The sharing of ideas among mankind is a part of the growing process and leads to continual development and awareness. It is not something that we need to be afraid of. We want to have ears that hear so that we might grow and so that we might recognize the enemy’s trickery. The scriptures have told us that man is not enemy. (See Ephesians 6:11-12 below)

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

   
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

With that in mind I hope that you will take a look at this blog that a friend posted about how we present our cause and some suggestions that may help us be better heard.

http://www.thesocialleader.com/2011/12/freedom-lovers-worst-enemies/

I believe true freedom comes through the principles taught by Christ.

Recognition of Our Vulnerability and Complete Reliance On God

Freedom requires recognition of our vulnerability and complete reliance on God.

This is intrinsic in the reality of all truth for only God is truth and only in God may truth be found. In fact, complete freedom requires that one recognize that the only thing that exists is God, once we understand that we will walk with God even as Jesus did. We will be one with God; they will dwell in us and we in them.

Freedom is the ability to choose your direction and your destiny. Literally it means the ability to be in line with God’s will. This is where true freedom lies, as Christ lived and taught so well.

Choosing the way of the adversary, or “my way” which is the same thing, is not freedom. It is a falsehood, a false hope, a false life, a dead end, an illusion created by the mortal body and intellect that defies the immortal spirit within each of us and rejects and denies our potential and our divine inheritance if we allow it to grow and consume us.  This is often encouraged or fed by fear or manipulation of those who know where they are leading you. And yes, I believe that there are those who have chosen the path of the adversary and know it and they lead others into his ways sometimes with outright wrongful presentation and sometimes with the look of all things good. These were spoken of by Christ as the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

The ability to choose, to follow the teachings of Christ, is the freedom that we have in this life. Because it aligns us with the love of God and under that  love we have the capacity to reach our full potential.

The armor of God is our only true defense against the adversary and his henchmen. The helmet of salvation – knowing the gospel and plan of salvation that God has given us. The breastplate of righteousness – having his laws written on our hearts so much so that they are manifest in our actions. The shield of faith – living by the word of God which buffers and protects us from the darts of the adversary. The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – which defines and clarifies truth from lies and half truths. Having your reproductive parts wrapped with the understanding of the purpose and plan of procreation. Having on your feet an attitude of preparation for peace, meaning that you do not look to harm your fellow man but to lead them into the light of Christ and the freedom and hope that you have found there. (See Ephesians 6)

And being armed properly we want to pray always that we will be able to stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ and of truth and the love of Heavenly Father for all his children, wherever they may be.

This is where power lies. This is where freedom lies. And we find it in and through the name of Jesus Christ. He alone has mended the lines that connect us with God, our eternal father, in whose likeness we are made, in whose path we, too, may progress eternally.

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