a random verse… to a tribute for a good man… from all my family…. and we continue on…
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” Amos 4 v12
and the word go continues…
“Seek ye me, and ye shall live:”…
“Just as I am” the song says which played at the end of each service with a man saying ‘would you come, come right now, step out of your seat and come‘.
I am writing of a man who’s life on this earth, in mine and your life time, has portrayed the greatest example of what it looks life to be a selfless, true giving man. A man who truly understood the calling of God in a way that actually in truest fact put Christ first in his own personal life, and in the life of the ministry he was called to.
Through Christ Jesus living in him he understood the anointing of God in such a way that the peace of God shown round about him as he walked the halls of the world. The counsel he brought was first ‘All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask his forgiveness. Then turn from your sins-that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty.‘ ….by Billy Graham Ministries
From a distance and up-close, his life appears to be one of serving others with a capacity of immeasurable competence in what his purpose was. I know of not another man in my lifetime that can be measured in such a way of more giving than the late Reverend Billy Graham. His travels carried him around the world and across barriers that no other man was able to cross with a message that none other was allowed to bring in many of those places, that was the message of Christ Jesus. It was not a message of himself or his ministry but of the word of God, the Love of Jesus, and the peace of God. He often had to leave home and go on this journey with his wonderful wife and children understanding his the gift of his life that he was to bring to others.
You see, for this to work, they to had to have the gift of understanding the need for Christ around the world, and they do.
Even to those who did not understand, nor fail to understand still yet, his message remained consistent-You need Jesus. As I was blessed to travel for years and be involved in the political world for some time, another favorite song by Brandon Heath came and a part of the lyrics went like this, ‘give me your eyes for just one second‘, and what that request was to see what God seen for just one second of ‘all the people‘ who were moving about the world. ‘I can only imagine’ by MercyMe is another part of lyrics applicable to understanding the life and passing of Reverend, Brother, Father, Billy Graham. What were all the things he and his wife seen this side of heaven, the burden that drove them in keeping under the shelter of ‘the amazing grace’ he shared with so many others.
You see, I was truly one of those-so many others. I tell again, as I will over and over until I myself make that final transition the testimony of how Christ Jesus gave me literally a second or what I felt as a last chance on life through the ministry of Billy Graham. An evangelist David Ring bringing the message of hope even though his life had been riddled with cerebral palsy and numerous tragedies his life in Jesus was able to go forward. His message was you can to have hope and succeed.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding”
I was so glad to hear that message, but most of all to feel the anointing of the Lord drawing my life near to him once again, to release the burden of sins which sought to apply so much guilt in such a way of destruction and hopelessness, and hear the voice and respond directly to the almighty through his son Jesus Christ that set me free.
‘You raise me up so I can stand on mountains…You raise me up to walk on stormy sees…And I am strong when I am on your shoulders…You raise me up to more than I can be… ‘ by Selah
I can take no credits for the good things of life, only that God has blessed my life, and through him will the generations to come be blessed as well. May all the deserved credits of even this writing be where they should and with those who they belong, and the credits of life be where they belong, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Mathew 5 v8
I thank you for yet another brother who has come to be with you.
Living in the third dimension, experiencing all that God has for us. In all reality, there is no third dimension to speak off, I am just using that as a term to describe life beyond our own limits and also beyond the limits of anything we can attain of this world.
In America today, and around the world, we as a people put a lot of confidence in our own abilities. We have the ability to make healthy choices in life and to make good financial decisions, living our retirement years out in a somewhat comfortable lifestyle. Also, we have the choice of any religious preference we desire, even if it is none. All around the world the greatest choice we have is whether or not to walk with God.
“To walk with God,” what does that mean? For the purpose of this writing I will share what I can with you from an educated but learning/standpoint, experiences from my own life, and from a life of meeting others.
Now to the writing.
“Perception is reality” some say. How we view things every day in life is reality, tends to be what they are implying. A business venture struggling often is picked through by the owner, monitoring the activities of that business, then adjustments are made to try and correct any noticeable problems. Corporate, Labor, and Political leaders are continuously meeting to plan the futures that affect so many in America. A Lot of energy goes into the abyss when our society, cultural, or personal development goes on without the acknowledgement and leadership of our creator, God. God is not seen with the natural eye in such a way that we can take our simple mind, put our hand out to him, and touch a tangible
person. This reason is often used as a mystical tactic in testing the faith of those who say they believe in God, It is asked, “If God exist why can I not see him?”
As I write, I sit by the sounds of a stream pouring into a pond. The streams existence is obvious, I can hear the water flow from where I sit and if I walk a short distance I can see the water flowing into the pond. If I followed the stream up the mountain, I would find some of the tributaries flowing into it, each one making the streams existence greater. At some point going up the mountain, the stream begins in a place that is not seen. There is no large body of water at the top of the mountain feeding all the smaller streams coming into the pond, or maybe there is. The action is not made by man, nor man controlled, that causes the water to flow.
Science, in fact, has defined the process of evaporation something like this-from the ocean to the clouds-the clouds to the land-through the rivers and lakes-then back to the ocean, yet man still wonders on the control of such a process. Every day the requirement of trusting the evaporation process will continue to happen, beyond the knowledge or activities of men, it is a gift from our creator. The gift we must act to receive by faith is our relationship to God through his son, Jesus. The gift of eternal life with him.
There are those in our world who tend to place more emphasis on the spiritual experience than on the experiencing God in their walk with him daily. I hope to be careful of this and enjoy the walk with the Lord, and as I stumble, to get up and start again. It is Christ Jesus alone where my hope comes from, and I fear there are some with whom I have shared my life with that I have failed to show the true Christ. May God and others forgive me and help them to know I have made mistakes overtime. [“the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen” Philemon 1 v25]