Lost in the infancy of this newly found freedom
Trying to grip the reality I found
Awoke from a sleep that has crippled my soul
Beginning to see what my eyes never told
Searching and seeking for something unknown
Never to find it, I’ve been so alone
Through much despair, grief, and deep sorrow
I’ve encountered my demons and faced them head on…
Throughout my life, I have encountered the same problems that are common to all of us. I have made mistakes. Quite a few actually. Yet, the Lord God in His infinite wisdom and goodness, taught me valuable lessons throughout my life. I wasn’t always one to take the advice of others growing up. I put my hands right to the “burner” and got burned. And a lot of times, it was painful. Finally though, change and growth happened.
We all should take the time to consider our lives, looking at the past, and see how gracious the Lord truly is to us all. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9. Although, the very next verse should be somewhat sobering to us all. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
What if we were to fall short? Peter explains this portion as well in verse 11. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” Let us look at the root meaning of conversation and godliness. We will also be looking further at another word contained within the definition.
Are we striving for excellence with the command of our vessels? Are we attempting to align our thoughts and behaviors with those of the Messiah? Did you know that there was a Gospel scheme? It is as simple as, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” – Philippians 3:13. Did you know that there was a before? Were you aware that we aren’t from here? Did you know that Jesus even tells us this? Those who know the truth are referred to as strangers and pilgrims on the earth. If you are either, would you be from that place?
Those who gain access to the Spirit are eloquently put in the Bible as such, “And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:” Would you like to know the depth of this meaning? Do you want to leap for joy when you hear the Spirit speak to you? “And his disciples heard it.” Everything is here for you. This entire website and all contained herein is to give you the keys to eternal life, as I have been blessed to receive them.
“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” – Psalm 51:4. Please click the following link – The Gospel Of Repentance. It will take you through a journey of understanding to help you gain perspective of how grave this sin truly is. Also consider clicking on the Bible Study With The Word on the Homepage. It adds additional Scriptures and videos to gain even more understanding. Finally, read the free eBooks and all of the recent posts. The Word Stands, and I pray that all who find their “way” here, will as well.
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner