The Senses

See me

Hear me

Touch me

Taste me

Smell me

And move… I must.

Without the blur, sparkle, fade to darkness,

or mesmerizing moonlight… you

cannot join me where I am.

Without the boom, sizzle, creak of the hinge,

or squeal of the newborn… you

will not hear that which I hear.

Without the gentle, harsh, tight-fisted grip,

or hair raising inappropriate goose… you

would fail to feel that which I feel.

Without the spicy, chocolate, tangy sweet cakes,

or bacon rousing mornings… you

could not salivate over my tasty experience.

Without the smoke, cat box, rosey-covered B.O.,

or fishy fresh perfume… you

would wonder why I opt not to sniff.

Without the jump, sag, belly-laugh jiggle,

or “sorry my dearie” crawl… you

could not know each motion I make.

See me

Hear me

Touch me

Taste me

Smell me

And move… I must

For writers must evoke the senses.

 

© Jerry Thomas

My response to: “Is God Speaking to Me Directly?”

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“Different interpretations?… Uh oh!

They’re at it again.”

 

The above post by geojono.wordpress.com came to the conclusion that God rarely, if ever, speaks to anyone in present times, and that He predominantly only speaks through the Bible. And he claims this is Scriptural. And he presented the post in such a way as to infer anyone with a different view is a biblical illiterate. However, while I respect geojono’s view, I beg to differ that it has nothing to do with illiteracy, but it is a matter of interpretation.

My faith and belief is backed up by Scripture, which I have studied for many years. Unlike geojono’s contention, I do not believe that God restricts or limits Himself to a solitary form of communication. He never has in the past, so why would He begin to now? After all, we are shown in His Word that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever” – (Hebrews 13:8). And we know that Christ is God in the flesh, for Christ said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” – (John 14:9).

Did God only communicate to His people in a solitary manner throughout the Scriptures? No, He did not. We see God communicating through a whirlwind in Job 38:1. He announced His presence with an earthquake in Exodus 19:18; and He spoke with a thundering voice in several passages, such as: 1 Samuel 2:10; Job 37:2; Psalm 104:7; and John 12:29. And His voice is compared to both thunder and a whirlwind in Psalm 77:18. And yet, He chose to speak to Elijah in a “still small voice” – (1 Kings 19:12); and He spoke normally, without fanfare, to a young Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10. And these are just a few passages concerning God’s communications.

One of the primary forms that God uses today to communicate, other than the Bible, is through the Holy Spirit (the third unifying presence in the Holy Trinity). When we accept Jesus as our Savior the Holy Spirit indwells us. And is this Scriptural? Yes, it is. He is to be our Comforter and Guide. Pray tell, how does He comfort and guide us if He does not communicate with us? And is it God communicating? Let us look at what John 16:7-15 says:

“Never the less I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send Him unto you. And He, when He is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, because I go to the Father, and ye behold Me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world hath been judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth: for He shall not speak from Himself; but what things so-ever He shall hear, these shall He speak: for He shall take of Mine, and declare it unto you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He takes of Mine, and shall declare it unto you.”

Are there other Scriptures to back-up the Holy Spirit speaking to us and through us? Yes, there are: quite a few actually. What follows are just a few:

“It is not you that speaks, but the Spirit of your Father that speaks in you” – (Matthew 10:20).

“For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say” – (Luke 12:12).

“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water [*Living Water is the Word of God]. But this He spoke of the Spirit, which they that believed on Him were to receive: for the Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified” – (John 7:37-39).

“These things have I spoken unto you, while yet abiding with you. But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said unto you” – (John 14:26).

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them…” – (Acts 4:8)

“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke…” – (Acts 6:10).

And you can find other references in Luke 21:15; Exodus 4:11; Acts 7:2; Acts 7:55-56; and Acts 26: 1-32, along with many others.

In geojono’s post he also contends that the Bible does not tell us to seek “direct messages or revelation from God.”

Again, I must emphatically disagree. The whole point of Christ’s crucifixion was to save us and allow us to come directly to our heavenly Father in a personal relationship. How personal can a relationship be if, like geojono suggests, He is a distant God who does not want us coming to Him personally with our love, considerations, and daily trials? But the God that I see through reading the Word is a loving God who wants a personal ongoing relationship. He tells us to: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” – (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). And what is prayer? It is having a conversation with God, and here we are told to do so without ceasing: as in constantly communicating with Him like you would any father. After all, what kind of a father would say I want you to talk to me without ceasing, but I will never answer, so just look it up in the book? That’s ridiculous!

Of course God wants us to read the Bible, but that’s not the sole path of communication. As the above passages clearly show He wants a personal relationship with us, and He has sent His Believers the Holy Spirit to speak to us, and through us. And relationships only thrive when there is open communication from both sides. And yet, God has used many ways to communicate, and He is not limited to either one or another, because, as a perfect God… He is limitless.

 

© JW Thomas

Educated persecution

[*This post was inspired by listening to two teachers talking about their so-called superior who literally told them to watch-out for kids showing overt signs of Christianity during this holiday season: as if Christianity was not the reason for the season in the first place.]

 

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. — Luke 18:16

 

Do you recall the news story about the special-needs 8-year-old boy from Taunton, Massachusetts who was sent home after drawing a stick figure of Jesus crucified on the cross?

 

When the story broke all of the facts had not been made available from both sides, and what had come to light naturally showed contradictions between the two parties: the family and the school administration.

 

One thing was certain, the boy was sent home, though the school representative claimed he was not suspended. This appeared to be an official statement playing on semantics. Perhaps there was no “official” suspension, but the child was sent home and not allowed to return until a psychological evaluation had been done. And the boy was out nearly a week prior to being cleared to return after passing the evaluation.

 

Another contradiction surrounded the actual drawing that was released to the press. The boy’s father claimed it was the picture his son drew for a class assignment regarding the upcoming holiday.

 

The school’s representative, however, had apparently made two claims (as reported in the media) regarding the submitted drawing. First, they claimed the drawing is not the same drawing handed in to the teacher; and secondly, they claimed it had not been verified whether it is the actual drawing or not (thereby contradicting themselves).

 

Likewise, the school’s representative claimed there was no class assignment regarding the upcoming holiday. This, as you can imagine, is hard to believe, since every elementary school in America shows interest in most main holidays throughout the school year. And if there was no assignment, as the school representative then claimed, why would the child have turned the drawing into the teacher as stipulated? And why, per the representative’s own admission, would there be any need to verify if the circulating drawing was the original submitted to the teacher?

 

Even the mayor, Charles Crowley, wanted Julie Hackett, the School Superintendent, to apologize to the family. Crowley also ordered the school to pay for the psychological evaluation the child was forced to undergo.

 

Now let’s put this in perspective. Several college-educated adults, beginning with the teacher, take a look at a stick figure drawing by a special-needs 8-year-old, and deem it “appropriate” to oust the youngster from school, and demand the parents submit the child to a psychological examination. Decisions that were made merely because the stick figure drawing represented Jesus on the cross, and had X’s for eyes.

 

The boy’s drawing did not have any weapons or blood drawn on it, just X’s for eyes. That was the alleged basis for considering the young boy to be a “violent risk” in need of psychological evaluation in the collective opinions of these so-called educated adults in positions of leadership within our school system.

 

Sadly, the only thing this incident truly shows is the extent of the humanistic anti-Christian philosophy that permeates the American education system. A belief that has unfortunately spread like an infectious virus throughout this once godly nation: A fact clearly seen within the political, judicial, and financial arenas, along with the mainstream arts and media.

 

However, these actions are nothing new; they are merely repackaged attempts to persecute Christians. Since the beginning of Christianity, two-thousand years ago, there have been continuous hate-filled attempts to stamp it out. These persecutions were expected and foretold in God’s word. Even Jesus warned of the coming persecution:

 

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved. — Matthew 10:22

 

Prophetic words that have, and still are, coming to pass: a topic that will be touched on more in coming posts.

 

With regard to the above incident, allow me to leave you with more of Christ’s words to ponder:

 

Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receives me: and whosoever shall receive me receives him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. — Luke 9:48

Encouraging others

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“See what encouragement can do, Stanley?

We made it together.”

After discussing the start of this new blog with an acquaintance from church, I was surprised when they asked, “Why do the blog if you’re clarifying your own thoughts?” In other words, they are wondering why I don’t just keep it to myself.

 

As stipulated in an earlier post, I did that once before. Sadly, the journals were lost. However, as previously mentioned, I can recall the satisfaction gleaned from introspection. It was a blessing, and I want to encourage others to enjoy the adventure of their own introspective journey.

 

It takes more guts than you might imagine to openly and honestly dissect your personal belief system, and discover why you believe the way you do. Many people find out they are merely copying what is politically correct to say, with no foundation to back-up what they claim to believe.

 

That type of shallow belief system is akin to those who hear God’s word and do not act upon it, like the man who builds his house on sand:

 

And everyone that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. — (Matthew 7:26-27)

 

If you build your belief system on a solid foundation it will be able to weather and survive whatever turmoil will arise.

 

Another reason I opted to publish the blog comes from the eleventh chapter of Romans:

 

If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. — (Romans 11:14)

 

I grew up in a low-income, gang-infested area of L.A. County. I am well-acquainted with poverty, violence, desperation, and feelings of hopelessness that thrive in such areas.

 

Likewise, I watched all my hopes and dreams come crashing down as I became a partially disabled Veteran.

 

However, instead of wallowing in self-pity, blaming everyone else, and playing the “woe is me” card, I chose to put God to the test (which He encourages us to do, by the way). And, although it has not always been easy, I have never regretted that decision. When you truly commit to God (that doesn’t mean just say the words) there comes a “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) just like the word of God claims. And it is truly something to cherish.

 

If everyone discovered that peace, suicides and other destructive actions would rapidly diminish.

 

Therefore, if just one person is encouraged by my effort than the effort is worthwhile, and I will feel blessed indeed.

 © JW Thomas

Question regarding the Word of God

I read a post on another site today that appeared to question the divine inspiration of God’s Word. It is one of those questions that can never be truly answered with 100% certainty, since none of us were there. However, we each can base our beliefs on our experiences and knowledge. What follows is my comment to that blog:

Have you ever heard of the unction of the Holy Spirit? There have been many times in my life when I felt led to do something for no apparent reason or in contrast to what I had intended to do. And, inevitably, if I performed that which I felt urged to do a feeling of joy enveloped me in a way that would never have happened if I simply did what I had originally intended prior to the subtle but persistent urge. And many times I would later learn that the action I followed through with blessed one or more individuals in a way, and with needs, that I was unaware of.

I have since learned that this is part of the unction of the Holy Spirit. As a Christian I believe the Bible was set down through divine inspiration: the unction of the Holy Spirit. However, as a human, can I attest to the complete infallibility of the Bible (especially with so many variations of the Bible out nowadays and throughout history)? The most honest answer a human, with all our faults, can give is “no.” Only God knows for sure if those He touched with divine inspiration followed through to the letter. But one thing I do know beyond all doubt is that I have witnessed things that cannot be explained by science or natural laws. And I believe a perfect God can easily take something fallible and use it for good… and for His glory.

God’s Word has always been a message of hope. Whether humanity has always used it for that purpose is another story. However, evolution (by itself) has never been a message of hope. It tells humanity they are nothing more than an accident of nature with no real purpose beyond existing from birth to death. Only by attaching the initiation and instituting of natural laws by a supernatural intelligent Creator (Intelligent Design) can any hope be found in those  theories.

 

You Rock My World!

What rocks my world? – In a sense, you do. And I mean that truthfully. Because I believe everyone has not one, but many stories to tell. That includes you.

Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, as my grandmother use to say, I’ve experienced or observed both the worst and best of what humans do to each other. And it still fascinates me.

I’ve experienced everything from the gang infested streets of L.A. to the pain of military service; in fact, I’m a partially disabled Vet. I’ve also seen victims and culprits during a dozen years of investigative and security work. I’ve even worked as a morgue transportation driver. Thus, I’ve witnessed the extremes from sociopathic evil to heroic sacrifice. And it never ceases to amaze – this thing called Human Nature, or the Human Condition.

Consequently, after observing, experiencing, or participating in these acts or events, I’m compelled to utilize them in some creative format or outlet in such a way that they may inspire, exhort, or teach others. Poems, songs, art, animation, comedy, writing, and even scripts have been used as outlets for me to share the interesting aspects of the human factor.

The facet of this whole process that I find special; in fact, sometimes it just blows me away, is when people come up to me long after the fact with a compliment. And I’m not talking about the courtesy compliment, like “that was a good song,” or “I really liked your play.” They’re all fine and good, but those rare golden moments are even better when someone comes up and says, ”that song has been dear to my heart for years… you helped me through a real bad time.” Or, “I learned so much in that piece you did.” Or, “that character I got to perform in your play is still the most interesting and down to Earth character I’ve done.”

You see, that’s what really makes human nature amazing. Not just to think, but to know, that something I experienced, or witnessed someone just like you doing, can then be used to change another person’s life for the better.

So I’ll continue to be me, and I hope you stay that special you that I love to observe in human nature – because the divine creation of God, human nature, rocks my world!

Thank you.

Now allow me to ask you the same question: what rocks your world?

 

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“Even majestic gardens can begin

with a single bloom.”