Have you been watching The Chosen? Truth is sweet to the ears and there is a lot of Truth that has been shared in the episodes I have watched so far. We were a little late getting in on this but better late than never. Some of the prayers are so beautiful and the scripture they recite, again… beautiful. It’s like watching a Hollywood production without all of the “Hollywood.” I feel like it is really well done and I like the perspective that Dallas is providing for us. I don’t know about you but it makes me feel like I can imagine what it would have been like to be each one of these characters, in a very real way. I’ve continued studying and learning more about history outside of The Chosen as well and realizing other names for Jesus like Yeshua. The Name of Jesus is powerful and beautiful and I feel like Yeshua adds another level of depth to who Jesus was and who He is today. The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, who was and and is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8. I like how they address God as King of the universe, I’ve adopted some of the practices and words they use as well as body language from some of the prayers shared in The Chosen. I can not believe the timeliness of this series and I no longer believe in coincidences. This is a step by step plan to learn how to listen to and follow after God. Pay attention, I say this as much to myself as to anyone that stumbles across this page. Pay attention, I’m sure there are subtleties that I am not picking up on yet. This series is deep, if you’ll allow to be. Don’t let this be your main/only source. Use this series to ask questions and to understand that there are many answers to the many questions we have and we can find the answers to most of them if we know where to look or at least where we are supposed to start. Who knows it all? Certainly not me but God does, why not search his Word for the Truth and for the answers He wants us to be able to hear but I was too distracted by “good” things, possessions, comforts and sins to even realize that God still wants to speak to us, it’s not just something that happened a long time ago, in the Bible times. God wants to speak to us through the Helper He sent to each and every one of us, our Paraclete. Most of us have not been taught this but rather quite the opposite. I was programmed to think that anyone that started to speak Truth and share with me things that didn’t make sense; those people are crazy and they belong in mental institutions, not in the general population as it might be contagious and/or they may be a danger to themselves or others. I am learning that most of what I thought I knew, what I thought was important, I had been programmed to believe. What I had been programmed to believe was important, was in fact lies. My life had been built on lie after lie. It wasn’t my parents fault because they only knew what they knew and they had been lied to as well. Same with my grandparents and their parents. I would sit in my house day after day for several hours at a time and willingly let the media and in turn the owners of the media and those that owned them, program my mind to whatever they wanted me to believe. While I went to a private school, somehow the lies worked themselves into the private school curriculum. It wasn’t my teachers fault, they only knew what they knew, they had been lied to too. All of this to say, wake up! We’ve been lied to, no… you’re not above being lied to and it’s not because the people that love you want to lie to you, it’s just that the Truth has been hidden from us for so long that it’s hard to find the Truth through all of the lies. Well, that last part, I didn’t intend to write and I am tempted to delete it but then I wouldn’t be sharing Truth with you which is exactly what the enemy would prefer to happen. Here’s the Truth. Jesus Christ, Yeshua was sent to earth to become human, one of my pastors refers to Him as “God in a bod.” He became human so that we can better understand that He knows what it is like to live here, to live like one of us, it’s one of the ways that I believe He has provided a personal connection with us. He paid the price of our sin with His life, He conquered death and rose from the grave, ascended into Heaven so that He could send His Holy Spirit to each one of us. There is no longer one temple where God resides but rather each one of our bodies is a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell. Are you taking care of your temple, Bradley? What do I need to do to make sure that I am taking care of my body without letting it become an idol to me? Again, not something I intended to write and would be easy to delete because I mention one of my weaknesses. I thank God that even though I do not do a great job of taking care of my temple with diet and exercise that I stay in a condition that feels healthy for the most part. What are you going to change about your diet and exercise, Bradley? This little section was apparently for me but sharing it here for personal accountability, I guess? I hope that you ask God for eyes to see and ears to hear and then open your mind to the possibility of God wanting to speak to you and then… hold on! I’m sure it’s different for everyone but It’s got to be a little weird for everyone, at first and maybe forever, who knows? I don’t know about you but it had gone against anything that I was able to comprehend, that had been taught to me or shared with me. Maybe everyone else gets it? Maybe it was just me that didn’t realize that God still wants to speak to us…? That He wants to speak to, me? Why would He want to speak to me, doesn’t He know what I’ve done and the thoughts I’ve had? I do not feel worthy of His presence. His answer to me was, “Of course I know you, I created you, I was present with You every step of the way. Of course I know the things you did and the things you thought but that wasn’t the person I created you to be. Repent, turn away from your sins, follow Me and you will be born again. I love you either way, Bradley but I will let you help do My work if you follow Me and I will renew the Holy Spirit within you and place in you a new heart, a heart of flesh, not of stone.” I love You Lord, thank You for pursuing me, to wake me up so that I could follow after You. You have done and are going to do some amazing things, I am humbled and full of joy that I will be awake to see what it is You are doing. Let’s storm the gates! -A humble warrior in God’s army
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” -Psalm 139:7-10 ESV
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil for Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen -The Lords prayer
Thank You for another beautiful day, thank You for the breath in my lungs, thank You for waking me up. Thank You for this journey You’ve placed me on that I can now see that You’ve been present every step of the way, even where I was distant from You, or so I thought, You were there. There is no where that I can go where You will not be. Thank You for this platform where I can journal for anyone to see and for me to look back on to see. So that I can witness what it looks like when You are not only present but I’m aware of Your presence. Thank You for what You are teaching me with Your Helper that You have sent to each and every one of us. Thank You Lord, praise You Lord, bless You Lord! Amen.