Book of the Seven Sermons (Preparing for the Journey) (Book #1)

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. iii
The Lord’s Prayer ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. iv
Greetings to My Brothers and Sisters in Christ …………………………………………………………………..1
Sermon 1: Looking for Answers Here and Up Ahead …………………………………………………………. 2
Sermon 2: Gathering the Christian Children …………………………………………………………………….. 8
Sermon 3: Those Worthy of the Journey …………………………………………………………………………. 11
Sermon 4: On Your Journey Ahead ………………………………………………………………………………… 14
Sermon 5: Discipline in the Journey ……………………………………………………………………………….. 17
Sermon 6: Our Last Supper Before Moving Out ………………………………………………………………. 20
Sermon 7: Acts Speak Louder than Words ………………………………………………………………………. 23
Benediction to My Brothers and Sisters ……………………………………………………………………………25

 

THE BOOK OF THE SEVEN SERMONS

Suddenly I was alone,
In a park of granite and steps of stone,
Flowing at different levels, toward a building unknown.
And then I stopped, and turned around,
And saw my house, chain-linked abound.
But I continued on and walked did I,
Past the benches and under, beautiful sky.
And then in stride,
I reached the building on the other side,
I looked through the door, and in the light,
There I was, in a robe, dressed in white,
Welcoming others, with a smile,
And loving my life, all the while.

 

Introduction

In the summer of 2017 and in the midst of the church’s reflection over its potential splitting, I was given the duty as Supply Pastor and Lay Servant/Speaker at a local church in the Northeast Alabama District of the United Methodist Church where I preached the sermons in this book for seven (7) weeks to prepare the church for the journey ahead.

And Now, The Book of the seven Sermons.

Peace and Love,

Tim

 

The Lord’s Prayer

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 trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen.

 

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Greetings to My Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the days of the Lord, of Jesus Christ my Savior, have I been told through the Holy Spirit to travel in love to those who to Jesus guides me. People of all kinds, even those in the Spirit in our churches, are in great disarray by mortal thinking and it is not by the tongue and ruler shall I confront but by the ear and the heart shall He use me to help change that which is in their mortal heart, if their mortal wills allow. So, I will listen patiently and speak by the words of our Lord. And I will help them become as one for the Lord by helping Him in the Great Commission deliver them to Him upon His return.

I am speaking of people and religious factions. It is, as I understand, the calling from Christ among all His Christian Children. As Caiaphas had prophesied, “Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one (JN 11:51-52).” The Apostle Paul affirms this by saying, “And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to his good pleasure, when he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ (Eph 1:9-10).” The Lord Jesus Christ is calling me back into that one head to deliver His people back unto Him.

For they are of goodness because they are My Children, sayeth the Lord, but the beginning has begun and you are to gather up. You are My messenger, I have told you this from earlier on. And now you are also My deliverer. Seek in him who chooses to give and let the others be who do not. I will and have given to you the first of many churches, but it is the first that I will provide My guidance in My teachings. I will give to you what you have prayed for, a mentor in Jesus Christ. For though I am the All, I shall speak through the Spirit and so you shall follow My Son and your wife will affirm His love, whether in rejection due to feelings of unworthiness or reception in feelings of worthiness. If you are in mortality, seek her, for she will wear My name (because knowledge comes easily to the discerning) (Pr 14:6). You will become a mentor to many and I will give you people to whom you may trust to mentor you.

Cry My Love for the time has come, but the end is glorious. Your lifetime may not reveal to you My coming, for no one will ever know My coming, but I will be there either in yours or theirs. My Guiding Hand is upon you as we speak and more of My teachings are to come for the journey of your everlasting life. Your wife I have chosen, as well. I tell you, the two of you shall be My Children in My Beautiful Kingdom here in Heaven. Peace be with you, My Love.

Each of the seven sermons in this book provides wisdoms to help you develop as a Christian. These wisdoms contained in these sermons are from my own experiences and collaboration with the Holy Spirit throughout my life through trauma, trial, and tribulation, and also celebration.

May they help you in your own journey.

In the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Love and Peace+,

Tim DiMella

 

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Sermon 1: Looking for Answers Here and Up Ahead

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Where are you looking for answers? In 2Corinthians Chapter 12 Verse 2, Paul says, “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.”

As you may or may not know from when I showed some of you the “Map of the Journey”, there is the 1st Heaven in the Kingdom of Heaven where we began as spiritual children through just our belief in Jesus Christ. We made a conscious choice to believe God as an Unconditional Loving God. We chose to believe that Jesus was the Spirit in the flesh who came from God to teach us about God and that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we now have the Holy Spirit within us once we believe. Our belief more than likely came about first through someone telling us about Jesus and secondly, our reading of the Bible (Scripture).

Once we chose to believe, we went to a church built on earth—that is, outside of us. The church taught us all about what scripture meant and to obey scripture. What the church rarely taught us was that it is good to go to the church for basics about Christ. But after the basics, the Spirit within us should be our focus and not the church. So, those in the 1st Heaven continue to live as children obeying scripture and going to church, which are both good up to a point, but not yet having met and communed personally with the Spirit within them after being baptized. After baptism in the 1st Heaven, or in some cases confirmation if you were baptized as an infant, you are supposed to commune with the Spirit within you and move on to form a more intimate relationship with the Spirit by moving into the 2nd Heaven. The church had, for the most part, become the Spirit for us. And this, my brothers and sisters, is exactly what Jesus warned us about in Scripture in Matthew Chapter 23.

Simon Peter, who Jesus had to reprimand quite often, is a good example of someone in the 1st heaven at the time. He continued to deny the spirit’s voice and instructions, and deep down wound up secretly being ashamed of himself for doing so and was afraid of what may happen if he turned around and faced the Spirit at the end of the Book of John.

This 1st Heaven is where most Christians live. Other than some basic or fundamental answers, you will find very few answers from people in the 1st Heaven because they are so wrapped up in the natural world around them avoiding God and themselves deep down, and are constantly in a tug of war being angry with and trying to control the universe and fix the people in it, that they can’t hear God’s answers even if they did ask Him questions. Besides, they fool themselves into
believing you—who are more mature in the Spirit—are really the ones who are lost, and they are the ones who know everything. Those in the 2nd Heaven know that the children in the 1st Heaven really know very little because they refuse to mature. Love is very conditional in the 1st Heaven. Most people in the 1st Heaven know it only as “the world” because they are still so attached to the natural world filled with those who don’t believe in an unconditionally loving God and Spirit within them, even though they have begun their spiritual mental maturation starting with Belief. Heaven to them is really what the 3rd Heaven is that I will discuss later. This is all part of denial and illusion because the attraction of the natural world is still too close for them. Also, it is very scary to mature—that is, venture deeper within oneself to his or her Truth.

The whole venture is supposed to progress naturally in our Christian journey. No one is supposed to stay in the 1st Heaven throughout their lives. But what you see commonly in religious institutions is just the more mature children in the 1st Heaven up ahead trying to control the less mature and more vulnerable children entering through the door of Belief. The more mature children actually become a wall between the 1st and 2nd Heavens because they are the ones most afraid to continue on as the Spirit has prompted them, and so those wanting to break through are willing to uproot their own deep-rooted insecurities with their Spirit’s guidance. They choose to move out further into their journey by relying solely on their Spirit within them if they must. And that, my brothers and sisters, is called a willing to Act in Faith and takes a great deal of courage. So now you know why there are a lot less people in the 2nd Heaven than the 1st. Those who go against the norm of religion institutions will more than likely make it into the 2nd Heaven because they must rely now on their Spirit within them and not just religious leaders or their written words. Those who go against the norm are the more courageous, and later become more knowledgeable and wiser—though they be called heretics by those in the 1st. And this is why there are less people in the world’s churches today, and getting fewer. And why at the end of the Book of Revelation, it states that there is no longer a temple but just God and Light filling the place. People have become more courageous, and more and more are entering into the 2nd Heaven because they are not afraid to break through (or progress through) the wall. Soon the wall will have such a huge hole in it that church will become obsolete unless the Church is willing to progress as well.

I, as all of us who are Christian, started in this first heaven. And while there, I too searched for answers everywhere I could from who and what I saw.I traveled over land,
I swam through water,
I looked up at the stars and imagined other worlds,
I searched the outermost reaches of my mind from what the world taught me,
I tried to figure out “why” when it came to sufferings of others and my own,
I even tried to live my life through others.
And in all those journeys, I only found basic answers. I knew I had to continue on if any of my deeper questions would be answered.

See, we have two sets of eyes. One set looks outward, while the other looks inward. The set that looks outward is the world’s eyes and is the set that I tried to use to find answers while in the natural world. This set is our human eyes, and they see the world as you try to make sense of it. But the world doesn’t make any sense while you are in it, because if you could see with your spiritual eyes, you would see it and everyone in it scattered to the wind without any true rhyme or reason to it, except that they are all trying to avoid something by trying to control it or suppress it.

They grasp at straws, trying to gain the most important straw of all. But they never find it because, in the natural world, all everyone can draw is the short straw.

Now the set of eyes that looks inward is not commonly used. This set is our spiritual eyes that begin when we enter the door of Belief in the Kingdom of Heaven. When we begin to use this set of eyes, we find answers—hidden secrets—about the world and everything that lives in it including us. This is because our spiritual eyes seek answers from God through His Spirit in us in the heaven we are in. And God and, thus our Spirit, has all the answers—He is the long straw amongst all the short straws.

When we choose to believe (John 3:16) and repent and be baptized of our SIN in the natural world—which I will discuss later—we leave the natural world and enter into through the door of the 1st Heaven. When we are ready to go into the 2nd Heaven, we too must become baptized (confirmed) and heed God’s voice (Acts 19), so that we may begin to use our spiritual eyes in a deeper and more personal way with the Spirit in what is known as the 2nd Heaven. In this heaven, we confess ourselves to God and fully accept His grace because of Jesus’ death and resurrection and what it stands for. Therefore, we stop seeing ourselves and each other as sinners, but realize ourselves as only human.

And by realizing ourselves only human, we are no longer ashamed and are able to look at ourselves in the face and move forward toward God in the 3rd Heaven by the guidance of our Holy Spirit within us. We come to accept His grace and by doing so, we are able to feel good about ourselves again. This kind of pride is our esteem born out of gratitude through adolescence and not egotistical pride as what we once had in childhood. We actually begin to feel God’s presence in us—known as feeling alive—and not just know we are reborn as it promises in scripture, and we break down and cry because of it. So much feeling comes alive in us, that we become humbled and so grateful to Him that it is our gratitude that drives our devotion to Him. We realize that it was us suppressing our feelings in childhood that prevented us from being free, and thus, suppressing our ability to devote ourselves in our own special ways. We had indeed been our own oppressors.

No matter what, we will never be perfect and we come to realize the reality of that. But we know that we don’t have to be perfect in order to be loved, and it is that exact reason, that we are able to continue with ourselves in life in greater devotion and one day culminating in peace and joy.

Let me give you this poem, so that you can see what I mean:

“Just Bein’ Human”
There is nothing you can or will ever do
That will make God ever leave or stop loving you.
Cheat, steal, or borrow,
Love today or hate tomorrow.
If one moment cloudy and the next moment sunny,
Cry because it’s sad, cry because it’s funny,
Or maybe ‘cause I ain’t workin’ and I ain’t got no money.
Do you think I’m lazy or I’m crazy to live with all this feelin’?
Well, I ain’t low and on the floor,
And I don’t keep hittin’ that high ceilin’.
You gonna keep all that control and keep judgin’ you and me?
Or are you gonna give it a go in some sweet and decent ambiguity?
Trip on a stone, Throw me a bone.
Write when ya wanna, Send it to Santa.
Whatever you do, do it whateva,
Just do it in love and soon you’ll feel betta.
But if you don’t, that’s okay,
He’ll still love you either way.
And if you slipped and if you fell,
It’s probably ‘cause you slipped and fell.
Who knows the why, the how, the what, and the who?
Just keep on doin’ that thing that you do.
Then one day, you’ll wake up and say,
“Isn’t this nice. Hey, this is okay!”
So, just do your best to love one another,
Show some love to your sister or brother.
‘Cause if God is perfect, then He knew what He was doin’.
Show that you love Him,
By Just Bein’ Human.

In this 2nd Heaven, you can find many answers, but it takes a lot of sufferance (which is defined as enduring patience) while mentally and emotionally battling to weed out the truth about you from the fiction you believed about yourself in the 1st Heaven from yourself and others. This can be a very confusing time, which is why the 2nd Heaven is known as the adolescent heaven where it can feel like in the Book of Revelation in that you are feeling like you are in a battle for your life between what you knew and experienced in your past childhood and what you may be afraid of experiencing in your future adulthood. And a person needs to commune with his or her Spirit more than ever and fully accept His grace during this time. There can be no doubt for accepting God’s grace—that is accepting yourself human rather than a sinner. If you do this, adolescence will be much easier for you as you go into the Harbor of Devote. Things will start to become much clearer in Devote because the Harbor of Accept is like a bridge from Old to New, from Dark to Light, and from B&W to Color on your journey to God.

And then there is the 3rd Heaven—known as the adult heaven. This is the heaven where God actually lives in His City. It is what we all think of what heaven will be like—like at the end of the Book of Revelation—and we commonly just call Heaven. The 3rd Heaven is where we have become so confident in God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit, that we completely surrender ourselves to Him. Our childhood (the 1st Heaven) has fallen away or died. We have transformed into spirit. We rely on our spiritual eyes for everything because we have been given all the answers we need, and we come to realize inside and out that we were always a spirit born of the One True Holy Spirit. We see everything very clearly now. We see all of God’s Kingdom clearly from on-high because we came out victorious. We are now true adults.

As Jesus said in the Book of John Chapter 3 Verse 6, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

Yes, these people are the true adults of the Kingdom of God and will be given a unique room in the third Heaven as promised us by Jesus in the Book of John Chapter 14 Verse 2 where Jesus says, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” They, as princes and princesses of the True King, may become spiritual parents to free-up the spiritual children and adolescents in their journey by becoming one or more of the fruits on the Trees of Life. In other words, you are now able to share your wisdom of the journey to help them reach God.

The difference between the 3rd Heaven and the other two is not needing the world to confirm your existence (i.e., that you are). If everyone disappeared except you, then in a short time or maybe almost immediately, a child in the 1st Heaven would think he doesn’t exist and others existed somewhere else because he is not yet in touch with his Spirit. In a longer time, an adolescent in the 2nd Heaven would do the same because he does not absolutely trust (is confident) that the Spirit in him will stay. He still very much doubts the Spirit in some form or fashion. However, in the 3rd Heaven, he has an intimate relationship with the Spirit and would say “Oh, well” because he is confident (having no doubt) that the Spirit is there and will be there forever and he talks to the Spirit all the time. See, the existence of the Spirit within proves the existence of him. And the more you become intimate with the Spirit, the more you become confident that you exist and will always exist. Therefore, in the 3rd Heaven, he knows that he doesn’t need to rely on anybody else but the Spirit, which is known as Freedom.

So then, let’s summarize this. The Spirit is our existence, also known as the “I Am”. SIN is Seeing Inside Nobody or not yet acknowledging (believing in) the existence of. It is the only sin that we need to be concerned with. Everything else is covered through Jesus’ death and resurrection. So then, once we acknowledge (believe in) the I Am, no longer are we sinners, but only humans, and we set up our churches on the outside. When we reach adolescence, we leave the outside churches to follow only the Spirit, which is the Book of Revelation up to Chapter 21. A Need is a desire for something to exist or be that we pursue because we be-lieve in a God who can get it for us. Confidence is knowing the I Am intimately and so you know that you absolutely exist. Freedom is when we stop needing the world to confirm that we exist, and so, we can now let go of the world to just be with the I Am. And Peace is when we come to know no difference between our existence and the I Am’s existence, in other words, Revelation Chapters 21 and 22. Therefore, after we die, we as spirit are the same embodiment as the Holy Spirit because we were born of Him and in a way, are Him.

So then, exploring the Trinity or Triune God, Jesus came to the 1st Heaven for us who had been baptized by John the Baptist so that we may come to see him with our human eyes as a spiritual leader, and thus, recognizing our existence. He died and was resurrected so that we could begin to see him with our spiritual eyes on the inside in the 2nd Heaven. This was the end of being a child, and the beginning of adolescence. So then we no longer needed only the leaders of the church on the outside but could rely on the Spirit within. We not only recognize our existence, but begin trusting in our existence. Then after we devoted over time to the Spirit within, we came to trust the Spirit so much that we became confident in the Spirit. This was the end of our adolescence, and our beginning of being an adult in the 3rd Heaven. And finally we would someday physically die in Peace in the 3rd Heaven to become Absolutely Peaceful not knowing the difference between us and the I Am. But before our physical death, we still had the most tiniest inkling of doubt—maybe not even consciously being aware of it—because, obviously, we were still human. This is the difference between living in Heaven-on-Earth and living in just Heaven.

Now do you understand life and the living? Peace is where you join with God and His Spirit. It can be said that where you physically die in the journey is where you will start up again afterwards somewhere else. This I can only speculate. But what I do know is that a person can only live and die in the final harbor of Peace after having the confidence to totally let go of the world.

LET’S PRAY
Father, thank you for the death and resurrection of your Son allowing us to come to You through this heaven so that, in the end, we may enter into your City in the next. Help us to always use our spiritual eyes to find your Spirit in us and walk with Him so that we may mature into confidence and be able to deliver you to others. Though our bodies may get bruised and wither a bit along the way, our souls will not because You are always with us now and in the everlasting.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Sermon 2: Gathering the Christian Children

Brothers and Sisters.
Choose love over everything else (1Cor 13). Listen to the Spirit that is talking through me and not from the person you see before you. What you see is only a body, but the words are of the Spirit from within. “When you are ready to enter into Adolescence, separate yourselves from Childhood. Keep the good crop and discard the weeds, and move forward with the grace that God has given you, and do not look back until you unite yourselves with the Spirit.”

Those in the Kingdom right now who are in the Spirit and see the Spirit clearly, help your brothers and sisters see. At the very least. you can clearly discern the way of the Spirit apart from deviancy. Help your brothers and sisters discern. Show them and teach them what to look for so that they may see those for who they really are and say, “Be gone, I choose the God of Love over you! I choose to defend my brother or sister and love them as I love my lord, Jesus Christ!

The truth is that, after Jesus died, every type of person found the calling of the Holy Spirit (as did you and I) and responded and entered into the Kingdom through their belief (as did you and I). And they were accepted into the Kingdom by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit because they repented of their deviant ways, as did each of us, and accepted God’s Spirit of Unconditional Love.

So you ask, “Okay Tim, what is deviant and what is not deviant?”

Brothers and Sisters, deviancy is an inhumane (extreme or self-righteous) way of behaving that coincides with Seeing Inside Nobody (SIN). It is the only sin unto God because of the death and resurrection of His Son. SIN is reserved for the likes of rapists (or what Paul calls the sexually immoral in tune with Genesis 19:5) and those who believe they are God like sociopaths and psychopaths who are extremely narcissistic and who have no remorse after committing a crime. It is also reserved for idolaters who may believe in a god but yet to believe in the existence of The God Who is Unconditionally Loving and His Spirit in them that can only be done through believing in the existence of Christ through his death and resurrection.

All other behaviors are not deviant but only human because somewhere inside is a sincere search by a believer for an unconditionally-loving God. Some more mature than others, and thus, further along in the Spirit than others. But human nonetheless. Therefore, focus on your sister and brother as a human being and no longer a sinner. Take the word “sinner” out of your vocabulary unless you insane, and thus truly passionate to See Inside Nobody (SIN), and it is what makes you happy.

But you still say, “Tim, but what about scripture?” Scripture enables children to shield themselves between them and the extremists in the natural world so at least they are safe for the time being until after they believe and commit to the Spirit within. But if they do not choose to act in faith through adolescence by following the Spirit that is within them—like a call of rapture through what some may define as a purgatory of sorts—to be transformed into full adulthood, then they will remain children in Childhood never knowing the shield of confidence rather than the shield of the outside church and scripture.

But it is only when you confess, “I am no better than anyone else. I am human too. I need my Spirit,” and accept Him to lead your life as master and personal counselor, then you will experience the true nature and power of the Spirit in you and you will have left Childhood behind. You will no longer need the church and scripture to surround yourselves in because everything in scripture and more is already in the Spirit in you to seek counsel from to whom you follow and obey. All you have to do is ask. What the church, if it has matured as well, is needed for is fellowship in love during this time.

So then for anyone experiencing the Journey, be far removed from Seeing Inside Nobody, and be very discerning on who is men among men and women among women. There is only one way to know this for sure:

If a person has not searched his own soul and admitted or confessed his soul empty and aching before God AND has not proceeded to do the hard work to dig down and work through it with heart and emotion to become intimate with God not just in verse but in Spirit, he or she is not a man or woman of God. In other words, only those in Devote after being filled with the grace of God through Accept or who have gone even further may be a pastor. Any other has not yet become a full adult in the eyes of God. Therefore, no longer allow children to lead children because children must grow up knowing the full grace of God in their lives in order to become full adults.

As it says in Proverbs Chapter 27 Verse 19, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”

And Isaiah Chapter 29 Verse 13, as the Lord says, ‘These people come near me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.’”

And Jesus says this in Matthew Chapter 23:5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They [always make sure you see them carrying their bible and wear their ornate garments long for you to see]; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. 8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

And also this where I’m paraphrasing to make it more modern:

• “Woe to you, Pastors and Preachers, you hypocrites! You lead my people to the doors of the river as if you’ve done something so wonderful, and then when the door opens, you push them through, and wash your hands of them. You leave them standing, and you are long gone. You don’t even help them into the boat!

• [From Mark 12:40] “Woe to you, Pastors and Preachers, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win your converts by devouring them behind closed doors those who are vulnerable and crippled and all in the name of Jesus, and then put on a show or elaborate ceremony making lengthy prayers as if the length of your prayers could ever make up for the your insensitivity. And when you have succeeded, you make them feel even more guilty and ashamed and embarrassed and lost than you feel yourself as you parade them in the media before your congregation and those in higher positions all while saying “Praise be to Jesus!”

• “Woe to you, Pastors and Preachers! You ‘Send the offering plate around two or three times, and then you contribute nothing to the poor who have made you rich.’ You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You strain out a gnat but swallow a whole camel.

• “Woe to you, Pastors and Preachers, you hypocrites! You make the outside of your churches look beautiful to entice people in, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pastor! First clean up your inside, and then your outside also will be made clean. You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. And you “build” tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the famous whom to you should be righteous whether they are or not. And in the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous yourself, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. And this is what Jesus says about this in Matthew Chapter 7 Verses 21 through 23:21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not [preach] in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles [and deliver to you many people]?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

LET’S PRAY
Father, speak to me. Help me understand, and I will listen. I choose to draw closer to You whose love is unconditional and away from the conditions of the world. Give me the conviction to do what You will me to do and not what I fear me to do. Give me the strength and courage to focus and be baptized in you—not as a repentance for what I did in the world—for that world is dead and buried—but prepare me for what I am about to do in the world ahead that is alive.  Help me understand that you have judged me worthy of the journey and no longer in the world where there is only pain and suffering and gnashing of teeth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

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Sermon 3: Those Worthy of the Journey

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Before we believed, we first needed to be informed of a God who loves us unconditionally so much that He sent His Son Jesus to show us God’s true Spirit and die for us that we can receive this Spirit.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. He was with God in the beginning. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in those whose minds are filled with darkness, and so they could not see it because they never allowed themselves to know of it. (JN 1)

For God so loved the world that He gave us this Word in the form of Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, that whoever allows himself to know of it, thus believing in it just even the tiniest amount, will come to be saved by him. (JN 3:16)

If you believe, then God says to you to come into the light; for the extremists live in darkness. Will you go? Perhaps you are afraid. So let me ease your mind by explaining to you who He is that is asking you to come.

I have had instilled in me early in life that when bad things happen in my life, God doesn’t like me very much anymore, and I have to qualify for His Love by being a perfect saint.

But, friends, this just isn’t so. That is not God, but from a person who has been deceived. God, Himself, cried out to me and showed me that He loves me no matter what. God, by way of His Son Jesus Christ, has taught me that I am of great worth to Him. I choose to rely on the drive and guidance from the Holy Spirit, which is God’s Will given freely to us.

Then from that I will be guided on the right path and begin to feel valuable and deserved even though I am always worthwhile.

Many childish parents, leaders, and teachers still living in Childhood teach you and reprimand you for not doing good, when all along you were first trying to search for who you are, trying to reach the Spirit within you, which must be the number one priority in your life. They call you sinners. Many of you have relied on these same people and others to be the driving force for your own fulfillment. Many of them have volunteered to take that place.

But No, it is impossible for you to find unhindered, continuous love from these others. That you will only find from God and the Spirit He has given you inside you.

When you receive Christ, you will learn that God has given you the treasure chest called the Holy Spirit within and that He gives you God’s Truth, which is the treasure of what all you are searching for. And then you will not only think you are worthy or feel you are worthy, but you will know you are worthy to God to be part of Him, in Him, and with Him.

Friends, shame counteracts love (1Cor 4:14). Shame comes with our disappointment of others. Disappointment comes with our expectations of others and ourselves in the way we think things should be done, but that is not reality.

We must not expect others to do right in the way we think they should do it, but only perceive their actions as either human or Seeing Inside Nobody (SIN). No longer should sin be synonymous with being human, and no longer should human beings be called sinners. It is hurtful and no longer true due to the death and resurrection of our Lord.

Mothers and fathers, we must show our children affection and forgiveness. Most children place us on a pedestal. If you can forgive your child by first forgiving yourselves, then your child can forgive himself. Paul explains this well in 2Cor 2:5-11.

We obey those who obey our God of Unconditional Love. And we obey God because God loved us first. Not the other way around. When you receive the Holy Spirit, you are given the tools to understand this.

How is it that God had already decided to send you His Own Son just so that you must first qualify for His Love? “What should I say to you? That ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or say, ‘Hey you, Get up and walk and Get over it!’? It is because a person feels forgiven is why he becomes alive and he can get up and walk (MT 9:1-8), not the other way around. It is not if you get up and walk, then I’ll forgive you. That is not love. That is not God.

Worship the Lord first. He loves you even when you break His rules. And if you say sorry to Him and truly feel sorry for what you have done, His mercy will be upon you and you will be forgiven by His Grace. Then we are to continue on with the journey and be even more devoted.

Let me say this again, there is nothing you can do that the Lord will not still love you. You will always be worthwhile to receive His love whether you believe you deserve it or not by your own actions.

The hardest thing in life is to accept God’s Grace, especially when you absolutely feel you don’t deserve it. I could tell you this a million times, but you will still feel you have to qualify for it because this deception has been so engrained in your psyche. By the way, let me tell you a secret. Only a good person would have those feelings of undeservedness anyway. They may act out in unwise behavior, but it is only because they hurt inside. A bad person is a person who couldn’t care less.

But the thing is that God has made you for a purpose, and children deceiving you to believe that you are not good or as good as you are because you are human, delays that purpose.

Yes, you are human—a person with the Spirit on the inside enabling you to be more whole if you listen. And God wants you that way. You are not a mistake. And you were never supposed to feel unworthy, but you believed in this deception whether intentionally or through trickery, and you took it to heart. So God sent His Son to take care of that once and for all. But the thing is that even if you know this in your mind, your heart still doesn’t believe it, and if your heart doesn’t believe it, then you will always feel that you haven’t done enough to totally let go of feeling ashamed of yourself.

I know you still may feel that you need to do something in order to make things right. That nothing is free. And I understand this and so does God. So, then in order that your heart believes that God’s grace is upon you, then confess what is troubling your heart. That will be your qualifying moment. At minimum, confess it to God. But it will be cemented in the heart if you also confess it to others. Confess not that you have sinned, because there is no such thing as sin anymore, but confess yourself only human—that what you’ve done was just wasteful in your journey to which you are allowed, but why bother.

What is it that you seek? I think you seek love, and not only love but intimacy. This should prove to you that you are of worth to God because you can only seek that kind of love when you were born from that kind of love.

You knew it once. Was it that you may have known it at conception, or maybe even before the womb through Spirit? (Jer 1:5) That should prove to you that you were once good and are still good, but your minds have been deceived, and again you took it to heart. Now I give you the real truth so that you may clean and clear your mind and your heart.

God has sent us His Son so that, by him, that shame you took to heart can be lifted so that your mind and heart can then continue to shake hands with the one and only Holy Spirit so that you may unite with Him.

So remember, it is God who loved you first. It is God who always loves you. It is your Spirit in you who always loves you. If you will believe this, just even have the smallest amount of faith in it, then all you have to do is ask your Spirit to come—knock on the door to the place in you where your Spirit has come to live—and He will open the door and invite you into His Kingdom that resides in you (Luke 17:20-21).

So, God says to you who are afraid to knock:

My Child, My Grace is Sufficient enough. You must not run away or harm yourself to numb and forget your pain.

You must go through it with Me, for as I say I will be there with you with endless mercy and forgiveness along the way for you will mess up sometimes but I will pick you up each and every time with all My Love to journey you forward. For I tell you, as I have said, believeth in Me and your journey will not be easy but your reward will be great and you shall inherit the riches within My Kingdom. You shall be healed and thus enter through the gate and be within the walls of My Great Sanctuary. Even now, I send My Angels to retrieve you. For My Spirit within you is perfect and My Kingdom here where I dwell is so as well. Thus, My Angels are sent only from those places I dwell.

So, Believe in Me:

For My Grace is upon you even now as we speak. You are My Child, and I shall do whatever it takes to collect you and bring you back home to Me. Do not feel guilt. Do not feel shame. Feel worthwhile to receive My Love on your journey, for you are my human child, not my sinful one. For My Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness sanctify you from your destruction. When you feel or think destructive—and you will from time to time because you are My Human Child—give them up to Me with trust and faith, and these destructive thoughts and feelings will disappear because they will be in My Hands now. And continue to live in Grace. My Grace is for you to live in forever. I have spoken My Word and My Word is a pact of unwavering truth between Me to you from now until the end of time.

LET’S PRAY
Father, I feel lost and abandoned. I do not know where to turn. I do not know who I am. I knew you once, even if only a glimpse while growing up or a shimmer of light coming through. Allow it to be enough to find my hands in yours once again.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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Sermon 4: On Your Journey Ahead

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
A long, long time ago I asked God that when I completed the journey if I could go back and take those who have not yet met Him to come meet Him. I didn’t realize that all these years, He was granting my wish. So He allowed me the wisdom to see the path I was walking as I was walking it and journal it so that I may someday have a road map to Him for you. And now I do. But I’ve come to also realize that I am not the Spirit. I am only a spirit to hand you the journey for your own edification, and not to be with you every step of the way. That is the role of the Holy Spirit in you. My role is to finally live and die in Peace as spiritually part and physically apart from you. In other words, let you be so that I may too let be.

So, what does the journey look like?

Well, take a look at the Map of the Journey and then open your Bible to Ezekiel Chapter 47 Verses 1 through 12.

The River From the Temple:
1 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. 3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. 6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets.

The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Great Sea. 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail.

Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

This Sea of Iniquity is outside the virtual door that is the mouth or entrance to the River’s first harbor called Believe from where one must struggle against the current up to the City of God where the water flows down from and is at the center of the 3rd Heaven. That Sea is where SIN lives and manifests itself.  Some who live in that world will be touched by the river’s water to make the long journey up.  But others will deny it.   Just beyond the door of the first harbor is the 1st Heaven where God’s children live in spiritual childhood. The river has flowed into it making those who touched its waters worthy of the journey. The river also flows through the 2nd Heaven or Adolescence (Ezekiel 47:1-12). Let the river be your way through Adolescence. Along the banks of the river are many trees filled with wisdoms or fruits planted there by the Spirit to sustain you in your journey until you meet Him at the end. And at the end, let it be where God lives.

Now in Ezekiel, the man shows Ezekiel as the Son of Man, Jesus, the way to the Dead Sea where the salt is made fresh by the river. Jesus, in the Book of Matthew Chapter 5 Verse 13, calls us the salt of the earth. We who are made fresh through the repentance of SIN become alive by the Spirit.

Notice in Ezekiel, that the river flows down to the sea from God’s City, so when you enter it from the sea, it will be a struggle for you because you will have to “go against the current” so to speak. It is not unlike salmon confident in their struggle upstream or upriver to the place they were born to thus spawn (spread their seed that is analogous to delivering our Truth within to the world in order to be free and in peace once again). In other words, you will have to go against the norm. No, it’s not an easy journey, and it can be a long one, but it is so well worth it when you get to the end.

Jesus knows the river. Stay together and allow He who knows about the river and its banks and hazards to help guide you and pick the fruit and give it to you to eat to nourish you and heal you from the inside out and outside in. In other words, allow Him from time to time to provide you the wisdom you need to make it where you are heading in the healthiest way.

When you accept the fruit of the Spirit and eat it to sustain you, it builds up your strength and connection with Him. In other words, it builds up your esteem.

Remember, the wisdom is from the Spirit. Low esteem is due to idolizing others who have no or very low esteem themselves. And any person who allows you to idolize Him or takes credit for what God has given Him has low esteem himself. This person has not fully accepted the grace freely from the Spirit through the death and resurrection of Jesus and is not an adult.

Now, the further you go and the closer you get to the City, the more fruit you eat and digest along the way, and so the greater your esteem.

From time to time, there will be harbors or ports along the way for you to rest before continuing on ahead, and so you will see others in and around these ports or harbors. The harbors have names—Believe, Ask, Receive, Commit (Baptize), Commune (Understand), Choose (Decide), Act, Accept, Devote, Marry (a.k.a., Confidence, Complete), Let Go (Free), and Live-and-Die-In-Peace or just Peace or Tranquility.

And if you continue in this way up the river, you will wind up making it to through pretty well off, and it will be there in the end that you will finally see Him clearly with your eyes, and you will be able to help free-up others by delivering Him to them for their journey. But be warned, many—especially in the 1st Heaven—may not want to hear what you are offering because they rarely if at all have seen the true adult and are afraid, and other people may still be narcissistic enough not to allow you to touch the Spirit.

But I am reminded of the Book of Mark Chapter 10 Verses 13-16:

While Jesus was in the world, people were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them,
‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. …And he took the children in his arms,
put his hands on them and blessed them. (MK 10:13-16)

And so too it will be for you who are courageous and go against the norm, to touch the Spirit in you and journey on ahead.

LET’S PRAY
Father, thank You for you unconditional love and showing us the way, and thank You for the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit in each one of us. May we know You and hold You every day of our lives. We pray that we allow ourselves to rely on the courage You give us to make the journey.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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Sermon 5: Discipline in the Journey

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In Luke Chapter 15 Verses 11-32, Jesus gives us the Parable of the Lost Son. A man’s undisciplined son has been gone so long from the Father and squandered what he had that finally he has no choice but to humble himself and go back to his father, and his father rejoices.

Hebrews Chapter12, Verses 4-11 says (And I replace some of the bigger words with easier words for the young children to understand):

4 In your struggle with [obeying God’s spirit within you], you have not yet [accepted responsibility for your actions]. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he [gives you a real talking to],
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he [humbles] everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his child. For what child is not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us. 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful [and hurtful]. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

So then, let us begin our training. Now, in John 7:38, Jesus talks about streams (channels) of living water as off-springs from the main River (see also Proverbs 5:15-17 and Isaiah 8:7), which is a metaphor for who we are—a spirit born of the Holy Spirit. And Job says in Chapter 6 Verse 15-17 that “my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow, but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.”

We all hear that we are children of God. But we never hear that we must mature by God to be men and women of God. And little are we told about grace, because unfortunately the river narrows as we venture up it, and there are far less people near the end of the journey than at the beginning. And, therefore, there are far less people who know and feel grace for what it truly is.

But to make it to Accept (Grace), those on the Journey need discipline so that they will stay on the river and not stray. Job is a good example of discipline by the Spirit. But too harsh the discipline, and they won’t trust grace, and thus will not feel alive. They believe grace is only a trick for someone to get something else later down the road. Too light the discipline, and they never think they need grace. This is why discipline must be loving, and part of being loving is being stern (assertive and not aggressive), so that they are not terrified of grace but welcome it.

What does a child do when he is given a real talking to by his father? Even if his father is nice about it but still stern?

In order not to do the hard work and work through his feelings and accept his own wrongdoings and thus also God’s grace which is all part of one’s spiritual adolescence, the child will do at least one of three things:

Either he will take it so to heart that he will punish himself and leave his father and, therefore, the family as well. This is known as being passive.

Or he will get so mad that he will attack or threaten the father and, in doing so, hurt all the family members in the process. It is like throwing a pebble at a spot in the pond and how the ripples coming from it affect the entire pond. This is known as being aggressive.

Or, the one you really need to watch out for, the child will play his family members against themselves through switching between being passive and aggressive so that he can continue to stay within the family while not accepting any responsibility for what he did. This is called manipulation. He uses family members against each other in order to distract from himself and his own responsibilities. Usually, the first thing he does is go to the softer parent to get her or him on his side, hoping that the parent will go to the parent who disciplined him and give that parent a worse talking to as the child just sits there smiling and observing. This saturates his own ego telling him that he is the real ruler of the family because everyone else is so weak.

But some people will never learn this lesson of assertiveness. And without learning this lesson, they will not become complete within themselves. And if they cannot become complete within themselves, they cannot be effective parents for God.

And no one is complete if he or she refuses to communicate, listen to, and obey the Spirit, and accept the grace that the Spirit gives. You still believe a part of you is still in control. We must let go of childish ways and lay a strong foundation by following the Spirit within us.

Now, God is proud of you who are persevering in the maturity and completeness of Jesus. But there comes a time to discipline. And if you reject it, you only deceive yourselves and allow yourselves to remain in a state of confusion and chaos, i.e., adolescence.

Now, I could give you any number of verses in the Bible on this subject—the Parable of the Weeds, certain verses in Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians or Jesus’ Words in the Book of John—but I choose to read from the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 13 Verses 8-12 and 20-23, and close with the Book of Revelation Chapter 2 Verses 1 through 7.

First from Ezekiel:
Discipline for being passive. 8 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your [passiveness], I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord. 9 My hand will be against [those who deceive themselves and others]. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.

Discipline for being false. 10 “‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

Discipline for being manipulative. 20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against those who charm and manipulate with which they ensnare my people and I will tear them from my people’s arms; and I will set free my people that they ensnare. 21 I will unveil them and save my people from their hands, and my people will no longer fall prey to their power. Then everyone will know that I am the Lord. 22 Because they disheartened my people with their lies, I will save my people from their hands. And then everyone will know that I am the Lord.’”
And now, from Revelation:

Discipline for following mechanical doctrine, rather than pure love that once motivated you. 1These are the words of the Spirit. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked [deviant] people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6

LET’S PRAY
Father, we ask you to teach us Your ways and give us Your wisdom. We know the real Truth and that is You. We pray that we hear Your calling to become the men and women You ask us to be. As each of us calls upon You and speaks to You and consults with You from within us, we know that we will discover our new world—Your world, and no longer be tied to the cold, harsh world we were living in.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

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Sermon 6: Our Last Supper Before Moving Out

Brothers and Sisters,
I’m going to start off today telling you a story. It’s a children’s story. There is a River, and the River flows through the Great Land of Life.
It flows from the first great harbor of sight.
When the children arrive, they ask themselves,
“Who am I?”
This makes the boys and girls ponder.
“Who am I?” they wonder.
Suddenly the Father appears and says,
“Did someone ask Who?
Let us head out without further ado.”
“Where, where is this place we seek?”
they ask Him with their eyebrows raised high.
“Oh, closer than you think,” the Father replies.
“Listen closely to this story about a child like you.
This child wasn’t sure,
Where it was too.
So this is what I asked the child to do.
‘My child, I’m going to give you two ways to choose.
Choose well on which one to do:
You can avoid Life and live on a cloud.
Or You can judge Life and feel very proud.’
So, to figure it out, the child went away,
and then one day,
came back to the Father, with something to say.
‘Father, I tried to escape,
but it was too late,
‘cause I have grown.
I tried to judge,
but I keep getting back, all that I’ve sown.
‘Well, my child, then what will you do?
What other choice is there for you?’
‘Father, when you gave me the choices to decide,
there was one choice
I chose to hide.
I feel so ashamed to tell you my wish.
But, Father, where am I
in all this?’
“And after He heard this aloud,
The Father was so very proud.”
‘Oh, my child, many avoid and many condemn, again and again.
But you, you wish to know your part.
And now I know,
you’re ready to start.’”

So brothers and sisters, it’s time to leave Childhood.  And for those of you more spiritually mature, Adolescence. We cannot expect, besides it is impossible, to rely on anyone other than the Spirit to know ourselves and our part. We can neither avoid nor judge Life because the Spirit is Life. Doing either will keep us in the 1st Heaven as children and prevent us from entering the 2nd Heaven of adolescence and so forth on our way to Peace in the 3rd Heaven.

Through God’s grace, we are allowed to live holy and wholly and the Holy Spirit is just that—both holy and wholly. For what is grace, but the act of accepting fine who we are in the scheme of things out of love for God and one another, to which God, in return, gives us everything we’ve always desired which is love, happiness, and complete fulfillment within ourselves.

But, how so many of us search for the one thing that will make our lives complete. But there is no single person. There is no single purchase. There is no single view, period that will make our lives complete.

Why is that? Because they don’t involve the Spirit in you. See you cannot feel complete without first offering yourself up into the mixture of the recipe of God’s Life. You must ready yourself for the next stage. And the only way to do that is to choose the Spirit to guide you home.

See finding out who you are and your purpose is like the bread you eat and the juice you drink in Holy Communion. It is God’s Spirit in you that will wind up filling you.

The food we eat and digest, not just in our stomachs, but in our minds and hearts, must be holy. Do not just accept whatever someone is determined to give you, but only accept that which is holy. And in turn, only offer to someone else what is holy because you love them and wish to strengthen them in their journey.

Fill your minds, hearts, and souls with the Holy Spirit. First, experience God by filling your minds with the Spirit’s knowledge, which is the bread of knowledge from the written word.

Jesus’ Words, in the Book of John Chapter 6 Verse 26, say this:

“I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” In other words, you heard My Words that filled your minds and that is what is making you willing to take the next step by looking for me and my wisdom within. (John 6:26).”

Then secondly experience God by filling your hearts with the Spirit’s wisdom, which is the wine of wisdom from the fruits of the Spirit (1Cor 10-15).

Do all this so that one day you may thirdly experience God by the Spirit Himself, for “He who comes to Him will never go hungry, and he who believes in Him will never be thirsty (John 6:35).”

We know by Communing with the Spirit that, not only can we eat from the Tree of Knowledge, but we can now eat from the Tree of Life. We have access to God’s knowledge and wisdom. And all of you who are sincere in your journey only need ask.

Yes, because of Jesus, we have all the wisdom we need by picking the mind of our Spirit. Our Spirit’s wisdoms are that off the apples in the Garden of Eden from the Tree of Life, which is the same garden of Peace that is still within the gates of God’s City.

And when the Teacher came, for those who believe, you were granted permission to eat from the Tree. When it was time, God said, “Now you may enter into the Kingdom and pick and eat from the fruit of the Tree of Life.”

And so though now we have the Holy Spirit within us and are fed through Him, let us remember how we gained Him and how much we need Him now and up ahead.

LET’S PRAY
Father, thank you for each and every one of us. Thank you for the time and effort in making each one of us, filling us each and every day with your truth and your love. May our love and gratitude show in our Communion with You today.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

HOLY COMMUNION
(Let’s bow our heads):

During his final supper, Our Lord Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This bread is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” And then he took the cup, saying, “This wine is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Now please come join together in remembrance of His love for our journey ahead.

 

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Sermon 7: Acts Speak Louder than Words

Brothers and Sisters,
I have nothing to lose. And very soon I’ll be leaving you.

But before then, I encourage you to act and move forward in your journey. Look ahead and do not feel sorry for yourselves! Don’t say “Woe is me. Woe is us. The end is near. Why bother?”

Yes, if you look outside your window with your human eyes, it may appear so. But don’t you understand that you are not to live any longer as children in fear of what is happening around you? Though the wind blows and makes the seas rage on the surface making it hard to breathe and to keep your head above water, below is calmness for you to live in if you are brave enough to trust the Spirit and take His breath to stay alive. This I know from experience from one who dives.

And why not let loose by letting go of what ties you to childish ways. Sell your fields and follow your Spirit, or at least sell all but one of your fields and raise your own church on that field close to the next stage of Adolescence. In this way, you can leave in a moment’s notice when ready.

Let go of that world and those who are apathetic and feeling sorry for their own selves that don’t have the courage to move out but rather want you to stay and take care of them—to drain all your energy so that you say “Please no more. I’ll stay. No more conflict, no more fighting. Let us all just live in peace.”

Are you talking about outer peace or inner peace? Outer peace is easy. It only takes a smile and a few seconds of hello and everyone agreeing with everyone else for an hour or so each week.

But if you don’t do something that follows the heart of Jesus Christ who is prompting you to find more love and intimacy, you will never have the Peace you truly seek. It is not as hard as you think if you know that whatever you do, you will be given grace by He who is in you—that you are no longer a sinner, but just a human being.

You still don’t understand that you will not make it to Peace if you don’t act. You say you know you need to do something and so you pray and pray and sometimes you plan a little, but for what? What good is it to plan and never act on that plan? Yes, grieve, but move forward as you grieve. I am not asking you to dive into the deep end, but walk into it so that later you may swim in greater calmness like in Ezekiel 47:3-6. But do not wade or wait too long.

I sincerely believe that some of you don’t even realize that you have the most powerful being living inside you right now.


Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

You have prayed and asked for Jesus to come. You ask, “Where is He? How can Jesus have come when what we have known for so long is being destroyed?”

Well, he has come, but you still won’t believe it. Two thousand years ago he died and was resurrected and you still will not accept the Spirit totally, or even His grace fully.

He is in you asking you to move forward, but you don’t believe it. If you believed it, you would see Him in you and sit down or walk with Him and talk with Him just as you talk with your family at supper, now and in the new world up ahead—where there is Freedom and Peace. If you can see it and believe it, then it is already really there waiting for you. You just have to move towards it.

But you are so caught up in the world around you and yourselves, that you will not even make an attempt to move so that He may come to work through you for the betterment of yourselves.

Now, again, I say this because I have nothing to lose, but also because I love you. My soul is intact. My mind and my heart are all aligned with God, and I fear not death going forward. I am not ashamed of myself, nor do I fear that someone will say, “That man is crazy. He says he talks to the Spirit.” Soon I will be somewhere else, and not with you. I may be preaching in the streets or helping out in another church or teaching at someone’s home. I do not know. When God makes it clear to me to go here and go there in the place where I am going, I will. So, one day you may see me, and the next day not. But if you see me and hear me one day, let me go because it is He you should be getting with and not me.

Allow me to live in Peace in my own Heaven-on-Earth.

But what is worse? The aches and pains you feel in your own body, or the knowing that you had the opportunity to live for God. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear the voice of God say to them, “You have done so well. I am most proud of you. Come my child, and I will take you to where you belong.” I had already heard that once many years ago, and that is how I know He will say it to you too.

NOW, IS HEARING GOD SAY HE IS PROUD OF YOU WORTH IT?

When the Spirit said to me, “My child, let the dead bury the dead. You are mine and I will raise you as my own. Come and I will show you”, I didn’t have to go, but I felt in my heart nothing inside me that mattered, though my mind did know some scripture. Where else was I going to go? At least this voice from somewhere in the unknown gave me hope in my wallow and shame and my feeling of being unworthy. And so on that day, I obeyed and entered into the 2nd Heaven, and I continue to obey even to this day in the 3rd.

See the problem is that you may not know that you ARE worth it. If you knew you were worth it, you’d accept what the Spirit has been wanting to give to you. But how can he give to you something when you won’t even turn around and face Him and then hold up your hand and allow Him to take it in order to put something in it for you to hold on forever?

People in the 1st heaven are children. You must realize that they want what they want, and then when it is handed to them but in a form that they were not expecting, they reject it.

They trust that there is really candy on the inside just because it says “candy” on the outside. And so they untie the box right away and eat what is inside and enjoy it and then rest with it in no time.

Well folks, the Spirit feels a lot better than candy and it lasts forever, not just for a few minutes.
So you say, “Well, pastor, if you are saying that the Spirit is better than candy, then what box must I untie to get to the Spirit?”

Everyone, right now. Look at someone else. And when you go home today, look at yourself in the mirror. Now what do you think you need to untie? What you see IS the box that encases the Spirit in you. Can’t you see this? If not, do whatever you need to untie yourselves, and move out with Him.

LET’S PRAY:
Father, show me how to reach you. Give me the strength to untie myself from the clutches of that which is holding me back so that I may move out with you.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

{And it was then I moved on.  It was an awakening, a spirited move to give to them what they would see in the future and to move on and mature from the Church’s adolescence.  I felt that they were a church much further along than most in their spiritual maturity. But too difficult to hear, they asked me to leave. I still find them most blessed.}

 

This ends the Seventh Sermon.

 

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Benediction to My Brothers and Sisters The greatest thing, is for me to have seen,
True love for my bride, before I died.
A person only sees what she wants to see, and no more.
Saddened and quickened to my core,
If she could not match an ethereal heaven with a grounded earth.
And be too preoccupied with the search,
Of what love should be, could be,
In order to see, to feel, to be.
To only analyze love; its knowledge from above.
Without having the cour’ge, to act on its urges,
To acquire, the selfish desire,
To just be her own person, her own lover,
Her heart ablaze, on fire. How could I have blamed, but the sinners and seekers, and devilish creatures, with their lies,
Pulling their wools—their deceiving rules—over my bride’s, innocent eyes. All one can do, is what one has done, and is all anyone can do, until they’ve won.
From the mouth of God, “My son, my daughter, now it is time, that you rest.
You have done your utmost best. I know you wish you could’ve done more,
But acquiesce, My son, daughter
Of whom I so, adore,

There is no more.

Welcome.”

– God

 

Peace be with you always. As you go forth, let each one of us find the time to be with God so that you may know Him better and be comforted in His Love and be guided to the Garden in His Great City where you may experience love, happiness, and peace everlasting.

Amen.