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Ahead Full Impulse Power

Greetings,

Following Jesus is rarely an easy endeavor.  He calls us to do some mighty difficult things at times. However, when the day is done we always have to ask ourselves the question… did I follow His will today or my own?  Far too often, in my life, I have to admit that I actually chose my own will over His.  At those difficult times He still always reminds me that His grace is sufficient for me.

Some of the most difficult things that Jesus said are found in Luke chapter 9.  In this chapter Jesus says to a man “Follow me”  and the man’s response is “first let me go bury my father.”  Then Jesus says to him “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”  Still another said “I will follow you Lord;  but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”  To that Jesus replied “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is  worthy of me.”  This passage makes it very clear to me that Jesus calls us to go to extremes for Him.  The path He often places before us is neither comfortable or easy.

Just what did Jesus mean when He said that if we put our hand to the plow and look back we are not worthy of Him?  In my studies and with extra guidance from The Holy Spirit.  I have come to this conclusion… that Jesus desires that we put the plow to work on the hardness of our very own hearts.  Hosea 10:12 says “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your (fallow & hardened) unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes..”  And while we are at work plowing our own hearts we are to keep looking forward directly at Jesus and not to the left or right or at our past.  Because He is much more concerned about where we are going than where we have been.

Jesus wants us to keep plowing and breaking up the hardness of our hearts.  He wants the soil of our hearts to be soft, pliable and broken up so that He can freely sow seeds of love, truth, mercy, grace and righteousness within us.  This is our mission and everyday task if we really want to reap the fruit of His unfailing love.

No one else can do this for you!  It is your heart and your very own responsibility.  No sister, brother, Pastor or anyone else can complete this task for you.  But always remember this is not done with your own strength or will.  This is done by His strength within you and by His will.  All we have to do is surrender and cooperate with Him.  If we truly surrender He will equip and empower us even better than the energizer bunny ever could ever imagine.  Jesus is a power plant of immense boundless proportions.

Life in this world can hit us pretty hard at times and many things can occur to us each day that tend to help us to harden our hearts towards Him and others.  But if we cooperate with Jesus and keep our hand to the plow of our own heart..He will see us through each and every time.  Remember “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Love and…….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Hands On Deck !

Greetings,

I just want to take time today to thank all of you who visit or follow my blog.  Blogging has been far more excellent and rewarding than I ever had imagined it would be.  There are now some days that over 3000 people visit this simple blog page.  Pouring out my heart and mind and receiving excellent valuable feedback here has brought much freedom and healing to me in many ways; especially where it comes to my struggles with PTSD and related depression.  Thank you for allowing me to open up and share all that is on my heart and mind with all of you here.

I deeply appreciate those of you who have taken the time to comment on my blogs too.  I totally value dialogue over monologue in every way imaginable.  I just love it when iron is sharpening iron and the sparks are flying all over the place.  We all have different ideas and experiences of who Jesus is and what following Him is all about, and when we come together and simply share our portion of the truth in love with one another Jesus is then glorified and exalted.

I love how He brings light and balance to us when we are free to openly discuss the different facets of Him that we may see from our very different angles, perspectives and points of view.  This way we are much more likely to get a true revelation of who He really is and a better more balanced perspective of what He wants to reveal to and in all of us.  As it is written,  “speaking the truth in love WE will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Fact is we need to hear from one another in the Body of Christ.  Each part must share its portion and do its work in order for us to be exactly what He desires us to be.  Which is whole, complete and mature in Him.  We all desperately need to be part of His ongoing conversation with us.  Where it comes to being fully equipped full fledged members of His Church we need to hear from one another because sermons and monologues never really get close to getting the job of equipping and releasing us successfully done.  We all need to be true disciples and the best way to learn and grow is by being part of the ongoing wide open conversation with Jesus and one another.  Yes, we do really need each other in the Body of Christ.  If we totally embrace that fact we will then voluntarily surrender ourselves and open our hearts and minds to cooperative learning as guided by Christ alone.

We NEED revelation from Him!  The book says that “Wisdom is found through a multitude of counselors.”   So please open yourself up to all your sibling peers in the Church and stop looking up front at that one “man” sermon show for all your answers.  Remember that EVERYONE has a very valuable contribution to share when we gather together in HIs name. (1 Corinthians 14:31)  So please step forward and speak your part when Jesus leads you and it is your turn?  We need you!  More truth and love happen when we gather in makeshift circles rather than rows.  Christ is in the center of our circles and is the focus of our passion, affection and attention.  Whereas rows focus on the mere man or woman up front.  Circles reveal our passion well.  Rows fit the program well.  Which do you choose today….passion or program?

Love and…….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spock’s Final Questions

Greetings,

This question has been raised…  Why the hell do I write what I write?  And why do I write so much about the need to be Holy Spirit led rather than bible led?  The answer is really easy…. I just write what I feel inspired to write.  I write what comes to heart and mind.  I seriously try not to have an agenda, but I am human so I am certain that at times I still do.  Intense planning ahead is not something I do very often unless extreme detail is required.  I am much more of the … just let The Holy Spirit fly me by the seat of my pants kind of guy.

I really don’t have a target audience.  To me, all things are much more a matter of whosoever will, than whosoever won’t.  So I try not to waste much of my time on the whosoever won’ts like the Pharisees, the legalistic and the overly religious.  Those folks make it quite clear early on that they don’t want anything to do with me or the type of things I share.  I don’t try to convince others of much.  I just put the truth in love out there for others to see and consider.  However, I do love the simple give and take of a lively, active discussion.  Like Paul, an apostle, I just pray that whenever I open my mouth, “words may be given to me so that I may fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.”  Eph. 6:19

However, I am certain that my sharing of the truth in love is always colored by my time with Jesus and my life’s experiences.  No one is 100% pure gospel when they share.  Yet I make it my goal to be as true and pure as humanly possible in all my sharing both verbally and in print.

My passions are relationship with Jesus and those who claim to know and seek HIM.  I also have a deep desire to reach those who do not yet know Him in His fullness.  All I really want to do is to speak and live the truth in love in such a manner that blesses The ONE who sent me and also those who I live and speak before and with.

I do believe that the Traditional/Institutional “church” system has gotten a ton of things extremely wrong and damaged a whole shit load of people.  It is my sincere hope that I am able to bring restoration and healing to those who have gotten caught up in that evil religious machine.  Better yet I hope to reach those who have not yet been tainted and injured by that damn machine.

What my heart cries out is FREEDOM!…..   Just like William Wallace in the movie Braveheart.  I am willing to live and die for the freedom of my siblings in Christ.  It is my heart’s deep desire that all of God’s children be set free to be fully empowered and led by the Spirit of Christ in all matters. Pastors, programs and politics only hinder the pure Gospel and need to be done away with in Christ’s true Church.  Religion Kills, but Relationship gives life!

Love and ……

Kirk Out !

P.s.  To be clear I mean the Church has no need for capital P Pastors who get paid and dominate and control times of gathering and fellowship.  I am all for sisters and brothers who flow in simple pastoral gifts that actually benefit the Body of Christ.

 

 

 

 

Another Question From Spock

Greetings,

What follows is yet another part of an ongoing conversation I had with a friend who I shall continue to call Spock here….

Spock asked:

“Christopher – perhaps you can tell us of your experiences with the Bible and the Spirit and what causes you to bring this issue front/center as often as you do?  I am not able to relate to what you speak, because I value the Bible, but I read that you value the Bible also.  Somewhere, there is a disconnect in my understanding of your writings.  Maybe if you explain specific experiences a bit, if you can, we can begin to relate / commune with you on this.”

Alright Spock I will give this a shot.  The issue to me is why do we elevate the bible to place that is equal or higher than The Holy Spirit in our lives?  To me it is quite clear that we receive primary revelation from The Spirit and secondary revelation from the bible.  After all it was The Spirit who inspired the writers of the bible to write what they did in the first place.  It seems to me that many Christians get it backwards in practice where they use the bible to try and interpret and set the ground rules for The Spirit, when they should be using The Holy Spirit to interpret the bible and lead them in their everyday lives.  Because there are some things in life that the bible just does not address or give guidance to us about.

Way back when I was in college I was also a concert promoter.  After a big Resurrection Band concert I was drove the artists back to their motel.  On the way back home I had to stop by the late night drive thru at Burger King to get some food for me and 5 other students who had helped me set up and tear down the sound and lights equipment for the concert.  So I was going to order 6 whopper meals when I heard Jesus or The Spirit tell me to order 7 meals.  It felt right and harmless so I ordered 7 meals.  When I got the food back to my roadies dorm room I distributed the meals to the 6 of us and I left the 7th meal in a bag up on a loft.  In the midst of eating and fellowshipping Tim stuck his head in the door and asked where his whopper meal was.  I immediately pointed to the sack on the loft and told him his whopper meal was right up there.  I also told him that God had specifically told me to buy that meal for him.  About a half an hour later we were able to lead Tim to Jesus all because I was told to buy that extra meal.  I am still in contact with Tim to this day.  He remains strong in The Lord and often gives his testimony about how God used an extra whopper meal to bring him into the fullness of Christ.

The bible had no way of communicating to me the need for an extra meal, but The Spirit was fully capable of leading me in such a manner.  It is just like in Acts chapter 9 where The Lord tells Ananias to go to a street called straight and find Saul and heal his vision.  Ananias could have read scripture from cover to cover and still not be moved to act in such a manner.  It takes more than biblical knowledge to be guided in the best ways of surrendering to and serving HIM and others.

The fact is that the bible is just not enough to lead us in our walk of faith in Christ.  Jesus Himself said that He was sending us The Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.  The bible was never meant to be our guide.  That is The Spirit’s role.  Always has been and always will be.  Jesus also said that “His sheep hear His voice and obey”.  Note He NEVER once said that we read His book and obey.

We NEED to hear directly from HIM my friends!  The Spirit is our guide and often times He leads us to the bible for reference and understanding.  But it is HE who sits on the throne and not a book about Him.  Who sits on the throne of your heart?  If we are really honest about this most of the time it is WE that sit there, even as sincere followers of Christ.  But we need to surrender that place DAILY to Him and The Spirit.  The book should never be in the position of preeminence in our lives. The bible is a great gift and tool when used as led by The Spirit, but without The Spirit’s illumination it can be just plain old dead letter ink on paper and never forget that the Letter kills and the Spirit gives life.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

More Questions From Spock

Greetings,
               Today’s blog is a continuation of a conversation I had with a friend I will call Spock once again here…
               Spock said, “However, without a Bible, what do we know about the Holy Ghost?  What source do we have for any knowledge of God, and the Holy Ghost, if not Bible? “
               Spock and all,  It seems to me that you are forgetting the most important source of all…. Direct Revelation.  The Spirit leads us into and teaches us “all truth”, that is what Jesus said anyway.  The bible is a great resource, but the source is God Himself.  I mean WHY SETTLE FOR A POST CARD WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY TAKE THE TRIP?  True one on one contact and communion with Jesus is what I am talking about.  I mean do you prefer to hear directly from Him, or from a book about Him?
               Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and obey and He literally meant that we can actually hear His voice.  Yes Jesus does totally speak to us with His voice, but the real question is are we listening?  Do we discount or ignore that still small voice or do we take what we hear from Him and run with it?
               I will admit this though, the times I perhaps most often hear His voice is when I am reading the bible.  He guides and directs me concerning where to turn to in the bible and what I need to read at any given moment for my benefit and the good of The Body.  Other times He speaks to me and leads me in what I am supposed to share with other people along the way.
               The key to me is do we want to merely know ABOUT Jesus from a book, or do we really want to Know Jesus directly?  There is a huge difference between knowing Him and just knowing about Him. The difference is relationship!  You can’t have a relationship with a book, even the best book.  But if you desire you can have a relationship with Jesus via The Spirit.
               In closing two songs come to mind and most Christians base their life and theology on one of these two simple little songs.  The first song is “The B.I.B.L.E.  yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, The B.I.B.L.E.”  The second song is the one I choose to sing, “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.”  It seems to me that one of these songs is more legalistic than the other, and the other song is more relational than the other.
               This is all very real and personal to me and I just want others to open up more to Jesus and His Spirit.  So that we can all be led by Him and in turn love others like He does.  So don’t throw away your bible, but please also be listening for His voice.  He can and does lead us.  Again, Jesus said, “My sheep HEAR My voice and obey.”
          Love and …..
Kirk Out !

Open All Hailing Frequencies

Greetings,
                Recently and many other times in this blog and in the comments section we have touched upon the issue of direct revelation.  To me the real question is:  Does God continue to speak to us today or does His speaking begin and end with The bible?  Some people,”churches” and groups claim that the only way God speaks now is via the bible.  I firmly believe that He continues to speak to us today in scripture and well beyond it in our daily lives.  God has not stopped communicating with us and it would do us all well to listen for His voice and direction in all our affairs.
               The whole idea of confining God to the scriptures and keeping Him handcuffed, bound and gagged in a book is totally atrocious.  For a limitless God to limit Himself in such a manner makes no sense whatsoever. Besides even the bible speaks of revelation beyond itself.  Act’s 2:17 says, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”   Notice it says “on ALL people” and not just a select few!  Those who limit God to only speaking through the Bible in the here and now also say that in times past God only spoke to special people like Jeremiah, Moses and Paul.  I say that God shows no favoritism and that He is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34,35)  Besides He also spoke to another mere disciple named Ananias and told him to go find Saul and to lay hands on him. (Acts 9:10-19)
                Many of those who limit God to secondary revelation like the bible also say they cannot trust their own hearts and minds with direct revelation because “The heart is deceitful above all things”, (Jeremiah 17:9)  and that their mind and choices are corrupt and not trustworthy.  I say that these facts changed dramatically when Jesus came and The Holy Spirit was given.  Now believers are indwelt with The Spirit and we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds and thus are now able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good , pleasing and perfect will.  (Romans 12:2)
                God is still speaking and He wants us to hear Him and trust Him!  Our hearts have been indwelt and changed and our minds are being transformed!  God is NOT limited to a book and our limited understanding of what the book really says.  Now to the HUGE question…  does direct revelation ever seem contrary to what is written in the scriptures?  To answer this important question I will refer to Peter’s vision in Acts chapter 10.  “…Peter went up on the roof to pray.  He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.  He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.  It contained all kinds of four footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air.  Then a Voice told him, “Get up Peter, kill and eat.”  Surely not, Lord!  Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”  The Voice then spoke to him a second time saying, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
                Did you catch what just happened?  That’s right, God just told Peter to violate the Old Testament scriptures and the Law.  Peter was told outright to go against the scriptures that he had known.  In this circumstance Peter was told by God’s direct revelation to go against the secondary revelation of the scriptures.  Can this still happen in this day and age?  I don’t know why not.  Has it ever happened to me?  Sure, once God told me to hit an older man in the head with my guitar.  I am pretty sure that assaulting Larry with my guitar is not something that the scriptures would approve of, but when I hit him in the head his hearing problem was healed and he has had full hearing in both ears since that day.  That is just one example of the numerous times Jesus has spoken to me in a vast number of ways beyond what is written in the bible.
                For Peter that day on the roof was a game changer.  The voice of The Spirit spoke and went directly against the laws of the Old Testament.  The voice of The Lord changes things!  The question is are we willing to allow Him to speak directly to us, and when He speaks will we obey?  Do we trust Him more than we trust our own understanding of the bible?  Or will we allow HIM to change how we read and live the scriptures?  I admit that even I am still sort of wary and uncomfortable with such revelation; even after over 50 years of hearing and following HIS Voice.  It is just much easier and convenient to trust what is written, but then again what does Jesus want?  I have plenty of questions and only HE has the answers.  When push comes to shove will I come directly to Him, or to the book I have become most comfortable with?
                Direct revelation, His Voice… I do not want to call anything impure that God has made clean…. Including my own heart and mind.
           Love and ……
 Kirk Out !
           “HIS sheep hear HIS voice and obey.”

“Revenge is a dish best served cold”

Greetings,
                    Over the years many people have just done me wrong.  From my childhood abusers to “church” leaders and about everywhere in between.  My exposure to the traditional/institutional “Church” and its so called leaders was very short and limited though…  THANK GOD!  I can only imagine what it would be like to have to endure more than a very short season  sitting “under” the ministry, authority and teaching of a human Pastor.  I find the thought offensive to Christ and it makes my stomach turn.  However, I can honestly say that I have never wanted to get even with any of these people.  In fact I actually feel sympathy for them.  Sure a fleeting thought of some type of revenge has crossed my mind a time or two, but I have never allowed those type of thoughts to hold me captive for any length of time or find fertile ground in my heart.  This, I think, makes me a better person.  I have known people who have held onto dark and revengeful thoughts and they were usually kept captive in their very own personal and private hells of their own doing.  The actual wrongdoings that they endured, and the associated memories and thoughts themselves were bad enough in the first place.  Why compound and intensify the pain, misery and suffering by holding onto some type of spiteful grudge?
                    Paul said it best in Romans chapter 12, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:  ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.  On the contrary:  ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
                    Pretty heavy words!  If possible???  As far as it depends on me???  Wow!  Seems extremely difficult and important to be able to let our offenses go and give them all to Jesus so that HE can sort them all out and handle the troublesome situations and people for us.  If we dig in our heels and refuse to let go of such offenses they can eat us alive and really hinder our walk with Jesus and relationship with others.  And heaping burning coals on their head is NOT about payback in any sense of the word.  No, it means we will help them in their purification, repentance and return to The Lord.
                    When you are wronged which way will it go for you?  Revenge or restoration?  Seriously think about it?  One choice puts us in bondage, the other sets us and others free!
                 Love and……
                 Kirk Out !
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