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It’s the waiting that creates the drag. 

I feel a very powerful, relentless pressure in my spirit or my soul to stress one single thing: Salvation.

Salvation is the One Thing.  Salvation is the only valuable thing on earth, or in all of creation.  Without Salvation, there is nothing of meaning or of worth, and with Salvation nothing else is necessary.

Salvation is everything, and all else is nothing.  Salvation is it’s own singularity.  Salvation is The One Thing.

People cling to life as if it is important, when in fact for the saved, life as human is only meaningful if one loves others to the detriment of himself.  Anything less than that is self-serving, and self-ish.  Self centered.  Me first.

It is the sacrifice of the Me in order to represent the Living Truth which leads to gain.  Storing up treasure in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys – that is the mission of the Saved.

Yahukanon the Immerser wore animal skins and ate grasshoppers, and it was he who baptized God.  So where do you think he lived?  A fine mansion?  A really nice home in the suburbs?  On a ranch?  A sailboat, perhaps?  Did he sport a stylish trim?  Was he dating, perhaps?

None of that.  And most likely he never married.  His life was devoted to ushering in the One.  Yahukanon was destined from the beginning of mankind to be born when, where and to whom for one purpose – announcing the Mashiach.  After John immersed Yahusha, his job was essentially finished.  He highlighted the adultery and whoring of Herod, and was executed.

He was not fearful of dying.  He didn’t mind leaving this beautiful earth, covered with violent and lying sinners.  No more more grasshoppers for John.

Baptizing people in the Name of Yahusha – that was his life.

So do we worry about what we will wear or what we will eat, or drive, or where we will live?  Yahusha told me repeatedly a few years ago that the foxes have their dens and the birds have their nests, but that He Himself had no place to sleep when He was here.

I reminded Him that He is God, and He knows His future full well.  I am a mere mortal being with a detachable soul.  I tend to consider where I might lay my head, what I will wear and what I will eat.

I do so in vain.

My Lord has taken such good care of me for so long.  The best things in my life have come from Him without asking.  He troubled Himself to save me.  He proved Himself to me repeatedly, and in no small ways, either.  Big things.  Unexplainable.  Horrible and beautiful and powerful beyond measure.

For my sake, He saved me.   I don’t know why He did it, other than He loves me.

I have been at the threshold of death many times.  One time a man held a shotgun in my face in the dark of a local park.  I found out a few days later that the man was also on parole from Colorado State Penitentiary for “multiple murder with a shotgun.”

We filed charges on the man and had to miss some high-school classes a week or so later to attend court.

In the hallway, his attorney asked us to drop the charges because the man would go right back to prison if we testified, so David and I (David was my friend and driving that night) discussed it and agreed, with no conditions.

We were 16/17 years old.  I don’t remember praying at any time, but the man was a convicted killer (his ex-wife and her boyfriend).

God kept me here.

When I flipped my motorcycle at a State Trooper calculated speed of 70 MPH, I did pray to live.  I wanted a family and an education.  I lived, suffering a compressed spine but that was 50 years ago and to this day I have zero complications from that spectacular crash.  My best friend was behind me on his own new motorcycle, a Suzuki GS750, and when he caught up to me on the ground beside the highway, he said it looked like the opening scene of the Bionic Man TV series – I flipped my bike three times end over end when I hit a vertical dirt embankment directly square and off we went.

God kept me here.

About a year later, in the U.S. Army, He called me deep into the New Mexican desert alone around midnight, where he filled me with His Spirit.  The most powerful event of my life, I shook violently, wept wildly and spoke in a language that had a life of its own.  I had no idea what was happening, and concluded that I had lost my mind.

Another year or so later I was a civilian again and visiting a church where I was asked if I wanted to “receive the holy ghost”, and I did.  When the assistant preacher laid his hand on me the shaking started again and the tongue started again, nothing like the power of the desert infilling, but at that moment I learned what happened in the desert.

God filled me with His being.

Yet I am fully human.  I married shortly after that a girl I loved very, very much.  But she rejected my belief in Yahuah (I had known her for many years already), and left me over and over and eventually swallowed a bottle of pills in front of me over the spiritual battle she was in, tormented by her mother who had convinced my wife that both she and I were hell bound because our church did not have “Church of Christ” on the sign in front of the church building.

I divorced her, not because I was angry at her but because I wanted to set her free, to send her home or wherever she wanted to go that would give her peace.  For many years I hurt and often wept over our loss.  I don’t think I have even yet recovered from it.  From the ugly, dark trauma of it all.  I cannot understand how people can live with such anger inside of them.

It is the antithesis of hope, of forgiveness, of love, of understanding.

That was 42 years ago and last year I had my very first opportunity to talk to her again.  She was still very angry, and very hostile.  Bitter and unforgiving.

Poor thing.  Still bound by the spirit which controls her, and unwilling to be free.   No concept of it, probably.  No hunger for it.

As for you, I know that I rarely write these days.  You are always on my mind, and I never forget you.  It’s just that  I see the road and how close we are to the end of it, and getting all fired up about the wars and the rumors of new ones, or the corruption of the world and the unending wickedness of man – it doesn’t stir me to anger any more.

Salvation is all that matters now.  Yours, if you have so far turned away from the waiting Yahusha (aka “Jesus”).  He’s waiting for the remainder to be saved, to “answer the call” as Keith Green used to sing.  When you call on Him to save you, ask Him to fill you with zeal for the Truth.  Seek it and you shall surely find it.

John 8: 31 and 32. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Note the qualifying statement – “If you hold to my teaching…”

You will stumble a bit as you start to walk upright.  You will still sometimes sin, as “sin is transgression of the law”.

1 John, Chapter 3

1See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, a we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

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11For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

19This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

 

 

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karla altiero
karla altiero
2 days ago

just found keith green- appreciate your writing-

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