Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Where do you live?  In a house of brick, stone or timber on this street or on that avenue?   No.  You live in a home men never see.   The real temple is in your own heart, and on its walls by the brush of fancy and imagination are painted the pictures that is really your life..  This temple of our hidden thoughts life has sublime thoughts, and evil thoughts,  Every one of us has an observatory which looks outward and upward toward heaven and the stars, and every one, too, has a ladder which leads down to hell.

The hidden world of imagination and thought is the real life and the real world because,  in the first place, it is the sincere and actual life.  There good is done for the sake of good, evil for the sake of evil.  There no considerations of fear or shame hold us back.  There are no thoughts of what another will say or think, or what effect this will have upon our prospects and our prosperity.  In this hidden realm there is no shamming or pretending.  There we are exactly what we are.

On a church board was found this message.  You are not what you think you are.  You are what you think.  As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.   Taken from Strange Texts but Grand Truths by Clarence E. Macartney.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wherefore do ye spend money......

Who is my lighthouse!!

Isaiah 55:2  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread and your labour for that which satisfieth not?  Harken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.   KJV

"spend money"  - I see this in my life could also mean time.
"on that which is not bread?  - or that which is not rewarding or valuable in life.
"labour for that which satifieth not"  give the strength and gifts of my body to that which in the long run brings no satisfaction.  That which is fluff or sometimes even harmful - certainly not essential or best.

This verse brought a picture to my mind.  I am like a child in the home, living on the riches and bounty of my Father yet going about my own interests.  Not rising to give help when needed or even offering to be involved in the life of the home.  i.e. doing dishes, helping serve, even keeping my own personal space tidy or clean.  Living my life as if others are there for my convienience and comfort - living selfishly.

This clearly is not the recommended way.  Isaiah says, in my own paraphrase - ' listen very seriously, paying attention to what I am saying.  Only give your time and money to that which is good, not only for your own body, soul and spirit,  but for others involved in your life, and those God may put in your pathway.  Make that involvement one that makes their life better.  This will be delightful and nourshing to your soul.  A sure fire way to improve your life personally, and bring joy to others and make you aware of all your Father in heaven has done in making you His child. '    (Ok.  A very loose translation but is is how this verse hit me.)  

LORD - let me begin to spend my life on that which is of true value.                  

Eyes unvailed!

Shepherd's watching saw with eyes unveiled.  

I heard this comment on a message but cannot remember which one.   But it stopped me short.   Yes. I do forget this truth in the ordinary days of my life. 

Yes, Heavenly beings are  always there, Some for good.  Some not.   

But the greater thing is that  God's presence always there.  Even if we could see, we likely would not see Him but He is there.

The truth of life is it is our eyes that are veiled.  This veiling is, for me personally a blessing.  I believe it would make me focus on the Heavenly Being and not actually live in the present life God has called us to.   And whether I see the Heavenly Beings or not I know they are there.  It is God's gift to us to give us extra spiritual  aid, protection and comfort.