Archive for January, 2010

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Galatians 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Most people do not understand the brevity of this law.  Jesus and Paul used this law extensively to explain the ramifications of sin, death, and destruction.  The whole Law and the Prophets point toward this reality:

Matthew 7:12  Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. NKJV

Think about it.  Everyday you sow seeds of some type- good or bad, blessing or cursing, joy or sorrow.  You need to assess your daily walk and ask Our Heavenly Father to show you those seeds you have planted.  Are you sowing seeds of pessimism, cynicism, or judgment?

Galatians 6:8   For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Galatians 6:9  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

“Doing good” and continuous sowing will take time and resources.  Paul urges us to be patient and not grow weary or lose heart.  Our patience will be tested with tribulation and those who have placed self-interest above the call to minister life will go by the wayside in failure.  Our gifts and calling empower to go forth and fulfill our destiny, no matter what the circumstances.  As we navigate through this life with the Holy Spirit as our compass, we will arrive on the other side full of testimonies of how Our Heavenly Father delivered through the trials and tribulations perfecting our walk.  The adversary is out there challenging our walk but without the power that he held when he tempted Jesus.  The blood of Jesus Christ now provides a protective barrier to the wiles of the devil.  Humanistic thinking has pushed many to forget the power of the Holy Spirit to the point of dormancy.  The Holy Spirit is as important now as ever before.  Men’s abuse of the power under the Pentecostal anointing has been a deterrent to those who have been negatively affected by this abuse thus in their own minds attempted to disassociate with the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  It appears that the gifts of The Spirit have been de-emphasized to the point of non-use by those who are pursuing the Tabernacles anointing.  GOD forbid, for Paul spake in tongues more than you all!  Aren’t we after the full package?  Jesus operated with the full use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit so why should we fail to pursue these gifts that we might more effectively minister to those in need?

If you want to walk in the Spirit, you must submit to the Spirit and sow in the Spirit.  If we seek the Gift Giver we will receive gifts to operate in.  What is a gift for?  To consume upon oneself?  Is there such a short supply of Heavenly gifts that we must hide those gifts under a bushel?  Where is your boldness in The LORD?  The gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed just prior to Paul’s writing on Love.  The gifts will operate and flourish in your life as you sow Love.  As you pursue this walk you will walk worthy of the Lord being fruitful in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of GOD, strengthened with all might according to HIS glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness!

People sit around and wait for blessing to arrive on their doorstep.  The law of sowing and reaping demands that the seed be planted and watered before you can expect a harvest.  What seeds are you planting?

Embrace Change

Friday, January 29th, 2010

One of the biggest challenges to growth is our unwillingness to change, especially has we grow older.  As I have written about the coming, sustained volatility you can expect to live in a fluctuating environment where all of your assumptions will be tested.  Those who adapt to rapid change will not only survive but will flourish.  Others will simply die a slow death.  Jesus always supported life and the living and those are attributes of growth and change.  His earthly ministry produced sudden change and shifted the thinking of those who had ears to hear and eyes to see.

The children of Israel were stuck in Egypt as slaves “doing their time” in the “cursed” time cycle.  Daily life was pretty well lined out for them.  Then suddenly Our Heavenly Father delivered them out of Egypt.  They were thrust into the wilderness without the ability to sustain themselves for they had no infrastructure, only The Word of THE LORD.  Promptly, THE LORD provided the necessities of food and water, heating and cooling, and THE LAW to live by.  They had operated under man’s law based on fear but now they were going to operate by Heaven’s standard of faith.  Change was dramatic.  They were birthed out of Egypt just as a baby leaves the warmth of the womb.  Yes, they cried as well.

We are embarking on a time of change.  The current system is being held together by duct tape.  MacGyver is gone and the duct tape is beginning to deteriorate.  We have been taught the message of “Faith” for hundreds of years and faith will be required as massive change takes place.  Those who resist change can be compared to the children of Israel who wanted to return to Egypt when things became difficult.  Perhaps the greatest difficulty will come when some family members fail to embrace change.

With change will come revelation to those who are called to minister and they will be equipped to deal with the issues that arise as a result of the various aspects of change.  The path to greater revelation may seem lonely at times but the Holy Spirit will comfort those who need assurance and confirmation that they are indeed on the right path.  On the other hand, those who resist change will suffer as the winds of change are sometimes violent by nature and volatility will be common during the transition.  Romans 12 remind us, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”.

Paul clearly states that we must be patient in tribulation (suffering) therefore expect some suffering to occur.  Many Christians hope they won’t have to endure suffering during the Great Tribulation but just as the children of Israel were surely affected by the cries of death at Passover, we too will be affected by the suffering of those who have been caught up in lawlessness and sin.  This is where we must let patience have its perfect work and know that Our Heavenly Father does and allows everything to move each of us to a point of reconciliation with HIM.  Our short term view of the big picture pales in comparison to HIS overall plan of redemption of mankind.  We must trust that all change is initiated by Our Heavenly Father and based on HIS never-ending Love for each of us, no matter what condition we are in.

These times will require us to be “instant in prayer”.  The word “instant” means:

1) to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one

2) to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing

3) to continue all the time in a place

4) to persevere and not to faint

5) to show one’s self courageous for

6) to be in constant readiness for one, wait on constantly

It will be crucial for us to communicate with Our Heavenly Father and I would suggest listening over petitioning.  HE knows our every need and has a complete understanding of ALL things whereas our own limitations are so great, we are at risk of asking amiss.  We are encouraged to “wait on THE LORD”:

Psalm 27:14   Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

I’ve got a feeling that our hearts shall soon need strengthened!

America’s Coming Super Depression

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The title should tweak your interest, it did mine.  I receive a few  Christian monthly newsletters by mail.  In recent years I must confess that many of them were not personally relevant to me but nonetheless I scan the newsletters for topics of interest.  Last Thursday morning (early) I opened one newsletter and this was the first article, “America’s Coming Super Depression”.  The writer had a prophetic dream in early 2009 and in it, he was speaking to a financial expert who told him in mid-August of 2010, wheels would be put into motion to abandon the US dollar.  After this, everything was going to change!  On August 15, 2009, he had a confirming dream.  In the second dream, he found himself at a food court in a shopping mall.  The only restaurant still open was labeled “School Cafeteria”.  The food should be cheap, maybe $2 for a meal, but a plate of food was $30.  He protested and walked out and suddenly a Chinese restaurant appeared.  He ordered coffee and the Chinese waiter said “Coffee – $10”.  Again he was shocked and angry that it cost so much money and walked away.   The dream ended.  In a third dream, he was hungry and was in the cafeteria of an actual school.  All of the other people in line were adults.  “What is the special?” he inquired.  “It’s Thanksgiving dinner.  It is five meals for $99 and if you want that price, you need five people in your group”.  He protested.  The dream was over.

I must admit that after reading this, I wasn’t sure if I was to react to it.  After all, I have heard hundreds, maybe thousands, of prophetic words over the years.  Christian TV has had prophecy teachers proclaiming the demise of most every nation for years.  However, this time is different.  Two hours after I read this newsletter, my lovely wife awoke and came into the office and greeted me with a question, “What?’  She explained that she just had a dream where she and I were in a Chinese restaurant having dinner.  I leaned over to her and said, “There’s something I want to tell you, guess what?”.  She awoke and The Lord told her to ask me “What?”.  I showed her the article in the newsletter that had the “Chinese connection”.  We asked Our Heavenly Father about the article and the dream.  HE indicated to us that I was to share this on the blog thus I have now done so.

Any good businessman hopes for the best, prepares for the worst.  Our Heavenly Father issues warnings not to scare us but to prepare us.  If violence is coming, we should be prepared to go through it by faith, not by fear.  The attitude of entitlement and arrogance of the U.S. has set itself up for lamentations.  Our Heavenly Father will evoke a corrective judgment on nations who move toward godlessness.  The adversaries of the U.S. have been empowered by this attitude.  Homeland Security has spent billions and still cannot keep airplanes safe.  Another homeland attack is inevitable since the covering of THE LORD has been lifted.  These prophetic warnings are to be heeded even though we all know that Our Heavenly Father may evoke mercy at any time and avert the judgment.  Unless this happens, lawlessness will be dealt with by righteous judgment and the “books” will be reconciled.

We have been led to buy glass storage containers to hold staple foods.  As you may know, plastic leaches into the food and is a toxin so those baggies are not the best to store food in.  Many foods do not have a long shelf life so a 90 day revolving food supply would be a good investment.  The current national food distribution chain assumes about a 20-25 day inventory of food.  Local vegetable gardening will flourish as will the art of canning.  Maybe its time to assess your food pantry and begin accumulating to a 90 day supply.  Seek out a local food co-op and join it.  Calamity occurs for a season and we should prepare for that season knowing that judgment will not be eternal.  Remember HE loves us.

Expect Violence

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I wish that I could write only about pleasant topics but the marketplace demands our focus and it is not good news.  Our Heavenly Father is orchestrating an interesting drama that will affect the lives of the entire globe.  It looks like the tipping point is within 15 miles of the Boston Tea Party.  The people of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown, a Republican, to replace Ted Kennedy who held the Democratic Senate seat for five decades.  What???  This totally unexpected event will have global repercussions.  How?  President Obama and his administration are losing their perceived power at breakneck speed and they are now moving into the self-interest survival mode.  Things were looking pretty good 6 months ago but now the liberal state of Massachusetts has begun throwing tea overboard.  Obama immediately went after Wall Street and immediately the Dow Jones dropped.

Rev 18:21  And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

The word violence comes from a root word hormē meaning:

1) a violent motion, impulse

2) a hostile movement, onset, assault

Violence in the marketplace (Babylon) means volatility, uncertainty, and destruction.  Volatility is a “violent motion” of impulses and I expect seismic swings in the stock market, gold market, and energy market.  As we say in cowboy country, cinch it up ‘cause it’s going to be a wild ride!  The “management by perception” methodology is giving way to the stark reality of the global economic tremors.

We could easily see $100 daily swings in gold.  The timid investor will lose money this year as he gets bucked off of the gold bull.  The mature believer has already seen turmoil at a personal level and has been prepared for the Babylonian violence that is coming.  The times in the wilderness requiring us to walk by faith and not by sight and base our direction on the word of THE LORD was well depicted in the movie “The Book of Eli”(Rated R for violence and language).

As the violence rages we must rest in our assurance that Our Heavenly Father will see us through this turmoil.  We must continue to take steps to shed ourselves of any unnecessary baggage that demands our servitude.  Invest in your relationship with Our Heavenly Father by spending daily time seeking His Face.

40 States are moving toward bankruptcy or insolvency and will need Federal assistance to stay afloat.  In Euroland, the focus is on Greece who only accounts for 3% of the Union’s GDP whereas California is equivalent to the 8th largest economy in the world.  Both Federal and State authorities have built an infrastructure base on an “optimistic” tax base and will look to the taxpayer to support this economy built on sand.  Expect more taxes, more fees, higher utility bill, and any other means for those authorities to extract your wealth.  Do you really think the Fed can raise interest rates with this mess ready to push us into the double dip recession or worse?  On the other hand, “big money” wants to be paid interest on their money, hence volatility and violence in the markets are expected.

The Democrats must figure out what to do before the November elections.  The Scott Brown victory has caused a cry to “abandon ship” because the incumbents don’t want to lose their job (and their healthcare).  Only the GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH knows how the next few years will play out.  Why not go to the Source?

The other word to expect to see is “treachery”, an act of deliberate betrayal of trust.  As self interest moves into survival mode, men will become desperate.  Their desperation will evoke treacherous acts that will be exposed for all to see as the “Light of the world” comes on the scene during the destruction of Babylon.  The lawlessness that has infiltrated the current system will be replaced by the righteousness of the Kingdom.  Truth will sweep away the refuge of lies.  People have trusted in the U.S. Dollar but will be betrayed by those in control of the value.  The Law of equal weights and measure will replace the subterfuge now in place.  Complexity will be replaced by Simplicity!

It’s critical!

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

… for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

As a student of economics, there is one thing I am convinced of: no economist has a clue what to expect this year.  There is a raging global battle in the unseen and there is nobody in control except one- Our Heavenly Father.  There is absolutely no way that man can get his arms around the current economic picture.  Who can tell us what the true value of assets are on the balance sheets of the banks throughout the world.  It’s like silly putty in your fingers remolding itself continually.  The lack of regulation in the financial industry has created an accounting nightmare and if accounting standards were truly enforced, many of the largest banks would be insolvent.  The Fed knows this and will keep interest rates low so those banks can create profits to mend their balance sheets.  This is at the expense of the innocent who diligently saved their money and did not succumb to the temptation of larger houses and bigger autos when all of their peers were temporarily feeding their egos at the expense of their future.

The Federal government failed its citizenry by exposing the uneducated and inexperienced to the wiles of the financial industry.  We failed as a society to comprehend where blessing comes from- above.  When man operates according to his own understanding, he operates in darkness and like a magnet he is drawn into destruction.  As each of us fails to pursue the “light” from above, our focus quickly switches to self-interest.  When a whole population does this, judgment comes on a corporate level.  This is where the U.S. is today.

You only need to look at the content of daytime talk shows to ascertain the condition of America.  Sin abounds at all levels.  Promiscuous behavior has infiltrated our schools at an earlier age than ever before… nothing seems to be sacred anymore.  Man’s philosophy of “anything goes” has replace Biblical Law.  As a student of Biblical Law, it is clear to me why Our Heavenly Father established those 613 commandments and statutes.  For example, tattoos have become the rage among the masses.  The Scripture warns against tattooing, why?  With the understanding gained In our EDS project, we  know that metallic substances interfere with the bodies ability to heal itself.  For a tattoo to last, metal or similar substances must be introduced into the ink to assure a lasting mark.  This substance acts as a “toxin” to the body and interferes with the “electrical” system.  Even though it may be subtle, the long term effect is not positive.  Our ego would tell us that it is not a big deal and that everyone is doing it.  However, when the books are finally reconciled, our body will reach a tipping point and no longer be able to fight off sickness and disease.  Then we will wonder why it happen?  Our ignorance and defiance of the Law has ramifications.  Does Our Heavenly Father need to justify every statute to us?  Should the “created” demand answers from the Creator?  What an act of defiance!

The financial system has broken about every Biblical Law you can imagine.  Can you find a financial institution that operates by “Love thy neighbor as yourself”?  A Kingdom Treasury should operate by the mandate of Love and do what is best for those in need.  Man’s idea of a “treasury” is to extract wealth in every possible means that it can get away with.  A great example is the recent change in law toward the credit card industry.  This industry has been abusing cardholders for years.  Finally, the regulations were changed.  However, the change would be delayed for several months giving the industry time to modify its agreements and find new loopholes to exploit the leveraged cardholder.  Are the lawyers today any different than they were in Biblical times?

How long can this lawlessness prevail?  Is the U.S. too big to fail?  Students of history know that the U.S. is at risk of collapse by simply comparing the U.S. to the Roman Empire.  The parallels are striking.  Our Heavenly Father is patient but ultimately demands righteous judgment to correct the lawlessness when it reaches epic proportions.

What can I do?  Start moving towards the “Light”.  Jesus told His disciples that HE is the light and that whosoever believeth on HIM should not abide in darkness.  Spend quality time each day in your “closet” seeking Our Heavenly Father’s perfect plan, will, and purpose for you.  Pursue Love and it will take you through these tumultuous times ahead.  Practice walking by faith, spread hope, do good things for your neighbor.  Be kind, look for ways to positively effect others without expectation of payment.  This system might fail but Love will remain!  Jesus said, “Whosoever believeth on ME should not abide in darkness.”

Energy Update

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Peak Oil was projected to occur in 2005 and as of today, that projection is holding true.  Two thirds of the global population lives at or below the poverty level.  All of the energy use has been focused on the privileged one-third.  What about those people in the other category?  They want access to energy just like everyone else.  Their immediate goal is to become part of the “Middle Class”.  At the same time, the global population is growing on an exponential curve.  “Houston, we have a problem!”

You can use the following traditional French riddle to illustrate the nature of exponential growth:

Suppose a water lily is growing on a pond in your backyard. The lily plant doubles in size each day. If the lily were allowed to grow unchecked, it would completely cover the pond in 30 days, choking out all other forms of life in the water. For a long time, the plant seems small, so you decide not to worry about cutting it back until it covers half the pond. How much time will you have to avert disaster, once the lily crosses your threshold for action?

The answer is, "One day." The water lily will cover half the pond on the 29th day; on the 30th day, it doubles again and covers the entire pond. If you wait to act until the pond is half covered, you have only 24 hours before it chokes the life out of your pond.

What “day” will the global leaders wake up to this problem as it relates to resources?  People assume price to be the key factor in determining surplus of inventory.  A low price suggests a surplus of inventory whereas a high price would indicate a shortage.  Prices affect our decisions to consume energy.

Natural gas is heading for supply crisis.  Cheap natural gas has caused many drillers to suspend drilling operations because they can’t afford to drill when prices stay below $6 per mcf.  It’s simply uneconomic to drill a $6 million well and pay notable lease costs when you will be unable to recover the costs at $4 natural gas prices.  Traders point to the current inventory levels as the indicator of cheap prices in the foreseeable future.  However,

The following analysis provides a 12-24 month view of the natural gas situation in the U.S.

Areas of Supply Growth


Production change

Fayetteville Shale

+1.1 bcf/d

Haynesville Shale

+1.08 bcf/d

Marcellus Shale

+220 mmcf/d

Woodford Shale

+108 mmcf/d

Cana Woodford

+97 mmcf/d

Eagleford Shale

+134 mmcf/d

Granite Wash

+155 mmcf/d

Pinedale Anticline

+600 mmcf/d


+3.494 bcf/d



Areas of Supply Declines


Change in Production

Piceance Basin

-800 mmcf/d

District Four of Tx.

-1 bcf/d

District Six of Tx.

-1 bcf/d

Barnett Shale

-2 bcf/d

Gulf of Mexico

-3 bcf/d


-200 mmcf/d

Canadian Imports

-4 bcf/d


-12 bcf/d

I believe we will see a net decline of US natural gas supplies of approximately 8.5 bcf/day.

Unless the economy collapses, expect upward pressure on natural gas prices and their related stocks.  This situation is not about reserves under the ground but extraction of those reserves at an economic equilibrium.  Shell gas needs a $6 breakeven and $7-8 price to really encourage drillers to ramp up their activity.  In the meantime, leases are beginning to expire and will need to be renewed to hold those reserves in place, further increasing the cost of drilling those properties.

Those with natural gas production in place will enjoy a wider profit margin once the market prices in this disparity in supply and demand.  This should make up for the underpriced natural gas being sold in 2009-2010.

2010- Forecasting A Year of Volatility

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I expect gold to hit $1,600 per ounce on or before 1/11/11 and expect silver to hit $22.

Oil should trade in the range of $40 to $100 range unless traders finally figure out the peak oil occurred in 2005 and move the price to “conservation” levels.  Iran could impact these numbers to the upside.  The U.S. economy could move the numbers to the downside.  The overall  average should be between $60-$80.  Natural gas has the biggest upside challenge.  $4.50 looks pretty good right now and the pricing pressure will continue to pull on the $6 level since all of the shell natural gas has a rough breakeven there.  Lower price will cause gas drilling to dry up in the shell plays and ultimately translate to lower supply.  States with natural gas revenues will suffer in 2010 at these lower prices.  High energy prices help the revenues at both Federal and State levels as we have shown in the past.  They receive the greatest windfall when energy prices are high even though they act sympathetic toward the consumer during those times.

The stock rally since March of 2009 was supported by the government stimulus package.  Economic collapse in the next 12 months has a 50% probability of happening.  If this happens, the Dow Jones Industrial Average could drop to 7,700.  The Fed will fight this risk, especially prior to the 2010 election cycle.  Congress will stimulate the economy with a jobs bill of at least $150 billion.  According to leading economic indicators, we will initially see an economic recovery but the risk remains.  With over 7 million unemployed workers not contributing to the economy, any recovery will be hampered.  State governments (about 40 of them) are in deep trouble.  Tax revenues are dropping rapidly and continued cuts will increase the unemployment numbers.  See:  California is the 8th largest economy in the world and is broke.  The Terminator may have some problems in getting Washington to print up some extra money for him.  Federal tax collections are down substantially and you can count on more stimulus to make the current members of Congress look palatable for the November elections.  These realities will have a negative effect on the deficit and future interest payments to support it.  On the bright side, corporate inventories are down and will need to be replenished which will help the GDP numbers, temporarily.

Inflation will continue to increase because the Fed will be unable to raise interest rates to fight inflationary pressure.  This will continue to hurt the savers who practiced fiscal discipline while reckless borrowers were not required to fully pay for their actions.  Bond yields will put pressure on interest rate policy and will impair the recovery, a catch 22.  It will benefit savers who have not been sucked into riskier investments since by waiting, they may see their interest checks rise as the bond market wakes up the Administration with a forced increase in yields.  On the other side, a broad recovery needs low rates.  The net result: someone will not be happy.

Management by Perception from Washington will continue to create noise and misdirection.  Cooked numbers and rhetoric mask the underlying realities which you and I have to deal with at a personal level.  Who represents us? Our Heavenly Father!  This is why it is necessary to focus on HIM and not trust or rely on Washington to see us through this.

What can I do to protect myself against this volatility?

1. Continue de-leveraging- pay off debt.

2. Simplify and change your buying habits.  Do without by choice and see how you do.  “Act your wage” as well-known talk show host Dave Ramsey says.

3. Give.  This is contrary to your natural inclination.  Our Heavenly Father open rewards those who meet the needs of others in a genuine fashion.  HE loves a cheerful giver.

4. Fellowship.  Face to face time with family and friends is a great, inexpensive alternative to other time consuming entertainment alternatives.

5. Dwell and meditate on the Word of GOD and HE will direct your ways through the turbulence.

6. Analyze ongoing expenses and look for ways to reduce those expenses or eliminate them.  Why pay for storage when most of what is in it will be eventually thrown away.  Get aggressive on utility bills and figure out ways to reduce your usage.

7. Pursue your calling with renewed passion.  Each of us has a calling and Our Heavenly Father will bless that calling with the resources of Heaven and earth.  However, don’t expect to blessed in your ego-based direction outside your calling.  It’s just a waste of time, energy, and money which ultimately creates remorse. 

Slay the Ego

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Jesus spoke specifically about the ego twice in Matthew, both times to His disciples.  This provides us a specific understanding about operating in our calling.

He spoke to His twelve disciples and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

Matthew 10:38   "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

Matthew 10:39   "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Jesus revealed to the disciples the need to “die” to the flesh.  The cross was indicative of the death experience where the ego needed to be placed in order to operate on Kingdom business.  In this chapter, Matthew named the disciples and they had received their calling to go and preach to the lost sheep of Israel.  Clearly, there was some preparation needed as Jesus commanded them to go with the “power” or anointing He had conveyed to them.  Do you want to be found worthy of The Lord?  If so, the ego must be dealt with.

Again, Jesus reminded the disciples of the need to lose their life, being prompted by Peter whose ego was still a problem with him:

Matthew 16

21   From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

22   Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!"

23   But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."

24   Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

25   "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

26   "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Peter failed to understand and submit to “Love”.  Love was going to the cross so the whole world would be reconciled unto Our Heavenly Father.  Peter unknowingly wanted to prevent the earthly calling of Jesus Christ.

How would you like for the Son of the Most High God to call you an “offense” or a “stumbling block”?  No thank you!  Our egos are our stumbling blocks to fulfilling our calling.  When we operate by our ego, we are an offense to Heaven, we are as an adversary or Satan.  That was a pretty tough statement made to Peter but I believe it got his attention.  Peter was rebuking Our Lord even after spending notable time with Him.  This was the first reference by Jesus of His impending death and resurrection.

A wise man looks for profit that is long term at the expense of short term profit versus short term profit with long term losses.  Temporary profit is worthless if the result is ultimately loss.  Most people today are short term thinkers.  Instant gratification has infiltrated our society and psyche.  Peter’s “act now, think later” attitude caused a severe rebuke from Our Lord.  Peter failed to understand Love and the necessity to slay the ego.  The revelation came after Peter denied Christ and the cock  crew three times, he wept bitterly.  He finally understood the necessity to slay the ego.

Economic Revelation: Money talks

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Management by Perception continues to assume the herd mentality will keep the wheels on the current financial system “wagon”.  Statistics have been cooked to support the belief that all is okay and we should start spending again.  The “too big to fail” banks have continued paying bonuses with taxpayer-based profits.  It has been said that if a banker can’t make money in this environment, he needs to get out of banking.  When you get money at 0% and invest it at 3-6%, you will make money.  Federal bailout money is designed to take value away from the taxpayer and reward large banks who took unnecessary risks then were rewarded with large bonuses.  There is all of this free money for financial institutions yet the credit card interest rates are on the rise.

There is a continuing ground swell of dissatisfaction with the current system.  Taxpayer revolts continue to surface.  Technology is enabling those who are becoming active in the quest for change to produce another view of how the system ought to work.  The following is an example of the coming confrontation of views:

Intent- The “Free Will/Sovereignty Equilibrium”

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Intent is an anticipated or planned outcome or action.  Our Heavenly Father’s will is His intent and it is the highest level of intent.  His will as Creator cannot be changed by the created.  His will has various levels contained within.  To my current understanding, there are twelve levels of His will or intent.  Lower levels are classified as revocable (or conditional) whereas the seven higher levels are irrevocable (or unconditional).

The next level of intent deals with the functionality of the universe.  Everything was created by intent, there were no mistakes.  It is amazing how man can view a sub-microcosm of the universe and develop a hypothesis only to sell it as reality.  Man’s reasoning does not allow for the unexplained.  He views 1% of reality and leaves out the 99% of the unseen.  Great scientists were always looking for GOD’S great plan of the universe and were given revelation that ultimately became accepted and operational theories.  You can attempt to redirect the intent of an animal or plant but your time and energy will be wasted.  Our job is to embrace the intent of the universe and its contents which in turn will promote life.

Another aspect of intent is found within the community of mankind.  The interaction of intent can become quite complex.  Our Heavenly Father created laws to help us deal with the intent of mankind as it interacts.  None of us can change the intent of another person.  We can reveal and expose intent but it is up to each individual to change the intent of the heart.  In the Old Testament, man’s intent to be destructive was met by death whereas in the New Testament his destructive intent was changed by “conversion”.  The intent of the “old” man passed away and was replaced by the intent of the ‘new” man.

At a personal level, intent is what you have set in motion… the seeds you have planted.  This intent is set into motion and will continue to fruition unless you take some action to change direction.  Our intent grows into maturity just as a seed grows into a mature plant.  When others such as your parents see a positive intent, displayed as a characteristic in you, they will often “water” the seed and encourage its growth.  If the child is artistic, the parent will give art supplies as gifts at Christmas.  Destructive intent is handled differently.  The parent immediately begins a remedial process to discourage destructive behavior, its source being wrong intent.  Those seeds must be plucked up and exposed so that they don’t produce death and destruction.

The Battle of the Doctrines

There has been much debate concerning the free will versus sovereignty issue.  Serious Bible students will all agree that Our Heavenly Father is sovereign, after all, HE is the creator.  The Creator has full and complete power over the created.  No question!  On the other hand, Scripture is full of conditional alternatives given to the created for a choice to be made.  Why?  The answer has to be “Love”.  Love offers choice whereas sovereignty requires a predetermined outcome.  If GOD is Love, then choice must be given to love or not to love.  Without this choice, there would be no joy in the outcome.  Every parent and grandparent understands the joy of choice by the child to desire fellowship with them.  When the person “willingly” responds in love, there is no condition placed on the response.  That falls into the category of agape Love, the highest level of Love.

Problems arise when a person’s intent conflicts with the three higher levels of intent mentioned above.  Our Heavenly Father’s intent supports life and the living.  If your intent is destructive, you can be assured that it will not be successful as it conflicts with Our Sovereign Heavenly Father’s intent.  This is true with the intent of the functions of the universe.  You may intend to fly when jumping off a building, but the intent of gravity will win out.  Thirdly, when your intent conflicts with the community around you, strife and division result.  Generally, nobody wins the battle at this level.

What’s the Answer?

To be successful, work with the intent at all levels.  As you seek to understand Our Heavenly Father’s intent, simply align your intent with His.  You can be assured His intent will be successful since He is sovereign over all things.  Dwelling and meditating on His Word brings you closer to His intent.  What is His intent?  Love!

The universe is a big place, both the seen and the unseen.  When Our Heavenly Father spoke to Job, He gave Job an idea of how big the universe is and that there is an overall balance to the universe that will be maintained.  Job’s troubles were not at the center of the universe.  As we open our eyes to how the universe is designed and how it operates, we would be wise to align our intent with the laws that keep the universe in balance.

Driving down the wrong side of the road does not make sense.  However, people will attempt to “buck” the intent of the community and expect blessing.  Wrong!  Some people will use credit cards and over-extend themselves, then blame the credit card company for its actions.  Irresponsible behavior does not support life and the living.  Wrong intent will be met with resistance each and every time.

We must look inside our heart for those “seeds” of intent that cause us grief and destruction.  When you think those evil thoughts, you must deal with them at their source.  “To the pure, all things are pure” is a two-edged sword of personal analysis.  Our outward actions are a result of our inward beliefs.  “To the impure, all things are impure.”  When we judge others, we reveal the intent within our own heart.  When we attempt to control others, we reveal what’s in our heart.  You know your thoughts.  Only you can honestly review or analyze what is proceeding from your heart.  Yes, you can put on an acceptable front for others and deceive people into thinking you are a saint.  However, Our Heavenly Father knows what is going on inside your “Holy of Holies”.  The Holy Spirit will convict you of your thoughts and intent.  Love cleanses the heart of bad seed.  As we purse Love, our intent begins to conform with the highest level of intent- The Love of GOD.  When this happens, our intent conforms to HIS intent and the intent of the universe.  The result is life, growth, and blessing.  Revelation is only given to those whose intent aligns with the higher levels of intent.  Why stay in the dark?