The job of art is to chase ugliness away.
I’m feeling really sick today so all you get is some creepy art… enjoy.
Mua ha ha!… *Urp*… Ugh, it’s bed time.
You are the Temple of God, not just in body but in mind. For this Bible lesson we only want to focus on the mental aspect of these verses. Since the Bible is really two books in one (Control and Freedom) we are going to focus on the book of ‘Freedom’ as it pertains to deeper truths. The book of ‘Control’ is read as the surface level stories that are typically shared in churches that are meant for the “Child” of God so that they might gain discipline, and then there is the book of ‘Freedom’ which is a little harder to read as you have to read the stories allegorically, which it also helps to know Hebrew or Greek respectively. If not, a Strong’s Concordance and Geek and Hebrew Lexicon help to unravel the deeper truth. However the book of ‘Freedom’ is filled with truths that are hidden in the stories of the Bible that are written by the hand of God through the lives of His “Chosen people” and by knowing how to read into the stories it helps you to raise your awareness so that you might be promoted from a “Child” into a ‘Man’ that mirrors God in understanding. Both attributes of the Bible are like a mirror reflecting within each other so that you might gain a greater understanding and build a temple made of many truths that stack upon each other like stones. These truths are chiseled into perfectly refined shaped building blocks that build a place of higher understanding for you to dwell in. When you live in an estate of many perfectly shaped truths you then find God mirrored within you and thus you become as Christ (The blueprint of the Temple), at least on the inside. This salvation from our former state where we rise from a brute beast into a man is the liberation of the soul/mind that brings us perfect peace while yet living, so the goal of God’s Word is to give you control over your former nature and to give you liberation from the faulty ideals that imprison your joy and stunt your personal growth.
Now while you’re reading the Lamb’s Book of Life (Progress of Truth) or the book of ‘Freedom’ it helps to always keep in mind that everything is allegorical and symbolic for greater truths. In the story of Christ clearing out the Temple of the Lord it is important to remember that the Temple is really your soul (Psyche: Mind) and that cities (Towns, camps, kingdoms, etc.) are all gatherings of truths like men that create mental faculties that you might call a “states of mind” in which your mind dwells for a while as you seek answers. So then all of the men of the Bible are as faculties of reason that are being tested to become righteous truths, or as living stones that build the temple of the soul, which are then memorialized into tombs when the idea is “laid to rest” and become as mental memories.
So now, right after Jesus leaves the wedding in “Cana of Galilee” where he turned the water into wine, which is symbolic for renewing your understanding with clarity, we see that He moves to the region of Capernaum. The translation for Capernaum quite literally means “Village of Comfort” but if you don’t speak ancient Greek you might miss the root meanings to each of these words which change the meaning all together.
|Kapharnaoum: Καφαρναούμ: Village of Comfort|
|Village: kaphar: כָּפָר|
|Comes from the root meaning: to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch|
|Comfort: Nachuwm: נַחוּם|
|Comes from the root meaning: to be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted|
So Capernaum then becomes a state of mind that seeks to be reconciled to the higher understanding of God and to make changes for the better. So consider this then as an act of attrition or repentance. So how does this then apply to you. In the last lesson we learned that you have just come from the self-evaluation of your progress that was the wedding at Cana of Galilee (Measure of Completeness) and have come now to this state of “Comfort in your reform” or “coming to grips with what needs to be done” (IE: Capernaum). Now, as you have also learned in the earlier foundational lessons that “Days” are actually stage or steps of development in your path to understanding, So then consider that if you have just done a self-evaluation of why you have not been progressing as well as you might like to have, and you find your spirit is lacking, then you might decide within your heart to rededicate yourself to pure living and clearer understandings. So you are now in a state of conviction and comfort to this new dedication and so you would like to dwell in that state of being for a while but you can’t remain there long because you now realize that to bypass the err of sin in understanding you must stop trading away your loyalties of thought and attention and instead stay focused on the prize of gaining a pure place that God might dwell within you. So the ‘Money changers’ in this story are symbolically your weakened loyalties that are exchanging truth (True riches) for selfish gain. So you must then chastise your mind, as with a scourge or whip, and overturn the tables in which you trade and consume other faulty ideals. After all, what you eat is accounted to your strength, so you must overturn these mediums of exchange that weaken the temple’s structural resolve within you.
Now that a foundation is laid go ahead and try and follow along and see what truth is hidden in these versus of Christ and the money changers and clearing out the Temple. Or you could also call it a clean slate.
|12) All of your mental faculties cannot rest for very long when there is yet important changes to be made.|
|12 After this he went down to Capernaum (State of comfort, from root words meaning repentance), he, and his mother (wisdom), and his brethren (related ideals), and his disciples (disciplines): and they continued there not many days.|
|13) For the ignorance of sin to be bypassed (Passover) you must overcome your transgressions.|
|13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus (Truth/Freedom) went up to Jerusalem (Peace), (Overcoming transgressions: removing ignorance)|
|14) Peace cannot be found when you are observing faulty practices that lead you astray and rob you of your truth, obedience, progression & compassion.|
|14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen (Service) and sheep (Progression) and doves (Gentleness), and the changers of money sitting: (Exchanging away: truth, obedience, progression & compassion)|
|15) It is only through removal and correction of these faulty ideals that you can progress again.|
|15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; (Removing the consumptions of faulty beliefs)|
|16) For if you are without compassion then you must put these things behind you and no longer trade in such faulty ideals.|
|16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. (Put these things behind you and do not trade in faulty ideals)|
|17) Remember that it is all too easy to be consumed by eagerness and it can rob you of real truth like riches.|
|17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (Consumed in eagerness)|
|18) “Why must I do this” you may ask?|
|18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?|
|19) Because by tearing down these faulty ideals you can then build a higher understanding.|
|19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (Tear down these ideals and the truth shall be restored)|
|20) But you think ‘It took so much effort to create this understanding, can it truly be restructured?’|
|20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? (I am not perfect at numbers yet, but I think 46 is something like “well thought out and organized” and 3 days is something like “you think you can gather and restructure it?”)|
|21) Yes, the mind can.|
|21 But he spake of the temple of his body. (This is the spiritual body called the mind which is being restructured to mirror God in understanding)|
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In sports, every day you can be the hero or the goat.
The Sheep Migrate and Goats Consume
The Sheep migrate (Progression) and Goats consume (Selfishness). The Righteousness only acquires understanding from the fields of truth, yet the Goat is the fool who will eat anything without discretion. The Sheep know their master’s voice and follow willingly to new pastures, but the Goat climbs into folly without concern. One will find salvation with the shepherd, while the other is only food.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
In ancient time cats were considered the keepers of the afterlife because they kept the vermin out of the temple. So within us all is a cat and a dog. A cat to keep you clean and a dog to get you dirty.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
P.S. What do you think the cats are looking at?
Consider grace as the gift of sobriety where you find eloquence in balance of body, mind, spirit and even speech. Grace is the favor of God to be spiritually beautiful even in the midst of navigating obstacles. Much like a skilled dancer you are made perfect in understanding so that we will not walk in the staggering ways of drunkenness. This cup of the old wine is the darkness that trips you up and ensnares you with traps and pitfalls. We have all drank deeply of this bitter cup of ignorance in our past. But clarity of mind is the opposition to the drunken stupor of the old wine which is the vitality/blood of the spirit body that was once our ignorance that clouded our vision and made us fumble over every little thing that was set in our path. No longer are you tripped up in your path to progress if you walk in the beauty and grace that is given through the gift of truth that brings clarity. The new wine that the Bible often speaks about is the living essence of a new life that is symbolic of a reformed mind. The new wine is the gift of a new understanding that makes you “born again” as if there is new person that is reborn in the vitality and health of righteousness. It is important to remember that the word ‘righteousness’ is an antiquated term adopted by religion that often confuses it’s simple meaning which is correctness of understanding. Freedom of the mind (aka salvation of the soul) is a release from the prison of faulty ideals that traps you in mental feebleness and doesn’t allow you to progress and grow, and without a new mind (psyche: soul) you cannot hope to find redemption from your former faulty beliefs that are also known as sin. By religious standards sin is an act of rebelling against God’s laws but in reality sin simply means to err in thinking. Every time you sin you are making a poor choice, not in body but in mind where the choices are actually made.
For this reason, in the book of John there are 6 stone containers of water (Spirit/Truth) that are changed into the best new wine which represents symbolically the completion process of a new understanding. For the first 6 “Days” (Aka steps/stages of development) of your inner-world “Creation” process you have not yet been fully filled with the truth that is represented as water to give you the authority that brings about liberation or salvation about the soul. Again the word ‘soul’ in Greek is ‘psyche’ which means the mind, so it is freedom of thought that that we are creating here thus emulating Jesus within whose name means “Salvation/Freedom”. So when you accept Jesus into your soul you are really accepting freedom of thought so that you may have clarity of mind and not fall into the trappings of the old wine that once blinded you. So, as we are building up our understanding into a house of God’s understanding, then we must follow the blueprint of Truth that creates that perfect image of God within us known as Christ. Since Christ means anointed/authority we are then emulating Christ’s ministry and allowing it to transform our inner-world like clay that is being shaped into a vessel of renewed purpose. By this point the first 6 stages of development have thus far not bared fruit despite your best efforts. So then a drastic change is needed to create the fulfilment of the kingdom within. So a marriage celebration is underway. This is symbolic for the unity of concepts within you where the measure of your patience is bringing about the renewal and fulfilment of the promise of peace called the “New Jerusalem” which means New Peace.
So in short the “marriage celebration” represents the unification of understanding, and the water is symbolic for the truth that is converted into a new understanding like a new wine, which again means the vitality of the new spirit body which brings about clarity of thought by the renewal of the mind. So water changed into wine is really symbolic for the awakening of the mind to a greater understanding. It simply means that you will be able to see things more clearly.
Now as you read through these verses it is important to remember that cities, towns, etc. are all symbolic of mental and emotional states of being that your consciousness resides in and thus Cana which means “reed” or “measure” is a state of self evaluation, and Galilee means “circle” or “circuit” and represents a state or process of completeness. So the marriage in Cana of Galilee is a measure of self evaluation to check your progress thus far.
|1) There is a time in which unification is measured by the fullness of the freedom it brings.|
|1 And the third day (Time to gather) there was a marriage in Cana (Reeds/Measure) of Galilee (Circle/Circuit/Fullness); and the mother (Foundational self-relation wisdom) of Jesus (Truth/Freedom) was there:|
|2) Salvation and its disciplines are found in this merger of understandings.|
|2 And both Jesus (Truth/Freedom) was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. (The discipline of joining concepts)|
|3) And thus you desire the joy of that which was promised in the renewal of the spirit of the mind.|
|3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. (Joy/Renewal/Vitality of truth)|
Now notice in this next part that Jesus tells His mother that He has nothing to do with her and that His moment has not yet come. In relation to yourself His mother is really your need to make things about yourself. Women are symbolic of a passive wisdom that relates to yourself, so in this case it is a declaration that you are not yet complete in your understanding and that soon you will acquire the fullness of the Christ like authority of freedom within you. But for now, “this is NOT all about me and my wants” you say. This is about following the process that is set before you. So quickly your ego plays the mother as wisdom and sets to work the delegation of responsibilities without becoming overly emotionally involved as in frustration or obsessiveness. Don’t make this about your wants and just stick to the plan.
|4) Yet salvation and wisdom are not yet complete at this time.|
|4 Jesus (Truth/Freedom) saith unto her, Woman (Self-relational wisdom), what have I to do with thee? mine hour (Moment/time of Completeness) is not yet come.|
|5) So then the wise course is to stay faithful yet a little while longer.|
|5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. (Wisdom speaks of faithfulness)|
Now there are six water pots. This is the six stages of development that are used to purify your understanding, but each pot is not filled completely signify something is yet missing. The word “firkins” means ‘measure’ so it is symbolic for a measure of what is yet missing and needs to be filled to be complete. Now the number two (The twain of choices) suggest that perhaps you are not considering things properly, and the number three (To gather) suggests that perhaps you may not have all the facts when you make your decisions, and thus maybe you might need to spend some more time considering the choices that are presented to you so that you may measure your understanding and make better decisions that you won’t later regret.
|6) For as of now you have observed six stages of development that have purified your understanding yet it is incomplete in both choice and action and hence it still remains unfulfilled.|
|6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. (unfulfilled days/stages of the promise of purity)|
|7) So thus the fullness of truth is incomplete.|
|7 Jesus (Truth/Freedom) saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. (Fulfillment of the truth)|
|8) So then draw from the truth that it yet may be understood.|
|8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. (That which governs the affairs of unification)|
|9) And know that though you may not know when or how, truth shall renew your understanding.|
|9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,|
|10) Though at times it may seem like your old ways were best, be patient for the truth is that the best is yet to come.|
|10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. (Patience brings forth the best reward in time)|
|11) Thus you see that transformation comes by the measure of your completeness through dedication and observation to the truth.|
|11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. (Discipline realizes the measure of completeness taking form)|
Also notice that IMMEDIATELY after the miraculous transformation of the mind via water into wine that the temple is cleared out of the thieves that rob the soul of true riches.
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A defining reality for me is what Scripture teaches in Hebrews 12, that God is our father, and that a sign that he loves us is that he disciplines us, he takes us through hardship to build character in us that could not be shaped apart from difficulty.
Sometimes the potter must beat the air from the clay to prevent the work from ruin in the fires of adversity.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Addressing the symptoms is not the cure to the disease but only a temporary redirection. The source of the affliction of the soul always boiled down to one thing… ignorance. The word sounds more harsh than it is but it is the source of all evil in the world. ‘Ignorance’ is a word that feels so insulting and deriding and lacking of respect, and that’s because our entire existence is wrapped up into a an overwhelming NEED to always be correct, even if the right answer sometimes means to let someone else make your decisions for you. Our entire lives our filled with a type of measuring of percentages where we put a value onto things and calculate what is right and what is wrong based on how much they are worth to us.
To the mind’s eye, what you value most is what you see as the clearest and biggest issue, and what you value least can all but blur and vanish completely from your view. To some this could be something like the homeless which they may devalue to the same worth as the garbage on the street. If we are not facing an issue it is invisible to us, but once it is in your face you can no longer ignore it, “Oh sorry, I didn’t notice you there” we say as we are faced with a shift in our perspectives, and the value of our focus then requires its payment of worth in attention and time.
The truth is that ignorance is an absence of understanding, and the lack of understanding is what we fear most because we put so much stock into our own self-worth fearing we might vanish if we lose sight of ourselves. And so we cling to our own values so dearly as not to get lost in the shadows of insignificance, where we fear that if we don’t know what to do then our own perceived value will plummet into that dreaded obscurity and risk simply disappearing from all view. So we then try to compensate for our lack of understanding because ignorance frightens us more than anything else on the planet, “if I only knew how to slay my dragon I could overcome it” we think but there is no victory celebration in ignorance as it is the great void without answers. So we cling to faulty shields to protect us from the stings that come from the shadows. “What’s that noise? Is that the devil come to find me?” we think in our primitive state of mind.
So it is then only TRUTH that can overcome the ignorance that blinds you as it is the light of understanding. Only TRUTH can remove the thin veil of ignorance that covers over this mortal life. We all seek answers, but those that dare not ask or risk the quest to find them settles into routines of self-soothing where we whisper secret lies of “everything is going to be alright” and they drink, or smoke, or find vices to occupy their time… yet do these things ever make anything alright? Nothing can ever be alright while yet living in fear. Nothing can ever be alright when we are afraid of the darkness when even the world outside us is bathed half the time in night. That would simply make you afraid all of the time for even what you “know” in the light has no control over what to expect each night of your ignorance.
Only bravely do we face our fears and stare down the shadows of the things we don’t understand. Only with confidence do we seek the light and find the treasures that are hidden in the dark. For nothing ventured, there is nothing gained. If treasure is not already in your home, how can one become rich sitting at home all alone? Only to the explorer is conquest gained and only the contender can win the prize. And like the lottery, “you can’t win if you don’t play”… so the Bible says “SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND. KNOCK AND THE DOOR SHALL BE OPENED” for ignorance does not need to knock for an invitation to come in. It is always there around you. Darkness takes no energy at all to exist. It is ever persistent and it never tires and so it is always there when your eyes grow weary and the light goes out, and it fears nothing save one thing… the light you hold onto and care for. This is the light of TRUTH, we also know it by another name called ‘Christ’ for it is the authority granted to you by God to reflect His glory and to overcome adversity via the light of understanding. But he who sleeps forgets his charge and the change within and the world so soon slips away into that ever persistent darkness where shadows live, and the void of ignorance frightens you and torments you with everything that goes bump in the night.
|19) It is important to keep in mind that truths are riches, and he that values his own beliefs is most rich with the wealth of his own knowledge. Also purple is the color that signifies riches as intellect and not royalty. It was later adopted by royalty only because it was feared that a king should not appear lesser than any other man, especially a merchant, so only the royal were later allowed to possess the expensive to make color purple. Also garments are the symbol of station weaved by the truth we possess that cover over our nakedness of ignorance, so thus verse 19 is about a belief in one’s self being excessively wise in one’s own eyes and blindly seeing only their own splendor.|
|19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:|
|20) Lazarus means the ‘Help of God’ and thus the beggar here is one who is afflicted and hungers for the answers of truth and seeks the way to understanding, and so he is laid in the gates without the means of progression to enter into the vanity of “knowing”.|
|20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,|
|21) So the low in spirit seeks satiation and desires to know so that that they too may be rich in understanding, but the dogs represent the compulsion of the impure mind that consumes you.|
|21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.|
|22) Abraham means ‘Higher father’ and represents the uplifting of principals and the poor man here is the ideals of seeking pure truth that lead to higher understanding. The word angel means ‘messenger’ and thus the concept of wanting to know is raised up by the message of truth to understanding. But the one that is full and wise in his own eyes is weighed down by his possessions and is buried in the tomb of his own vanity.|
|22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;|
|23) The word ‘Hell’ here is Hades which means “one who cannot see” and thus the true affliction is he who can learn nothing new for they are blind to the truth before them. Yet they now can clearly see that to overcome the death of ignorance one must seek the help of God to be uplifted in understanding.|
|23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.|
|24) The fires of perdition are the flames of the eternal light of truth that purifies ones understanding, and thus the faulty ideal of vanity (As the rich man) are trapped in torment without resolution and it seeks the refreshing truth of the spirit (water) to clarify its tongue of expression so that it may too be found even a little worthy of being considered a higher understanding (Via seeking the means for the help God to save it. IE: Lazarus).|
|24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.|
|25) But higher understanding reminds us that building false ideals may sustain you for a time but they will not last and only persistence to seeking what is true can give you a better reward in the end though it may not seem like it at the time.|
|25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.|
|26) For pure truth cannot be found in ignorance as the two are divided by too great an expanse of understandings.|
|26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.|
|27) So vanity then seeks to not vanish completely without leaving behind its legacy.|
|27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:|
|28) Five is the number of judgement and referring to the left hand that is without balance or clarity of discernment. Thus vanity seeks to not let its ideals and judgment go to waste and be known for being useful.|
|28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.|
|29) The five laws of Moses are of the right hand of clarity, and thus you have the law of truth in which to guide you to understanding and need not rely on vanity to guide you unto righteousness.|
|29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.|
|30) Yet vanity contends and says “will not experience in such judgments then dictate what is right and create a change in path?”|
|30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.|
|31) But higher understanding makes it clear that one does not need to pursuit vain things or to have faulty judgments to find what is true. One only needs to hunger for understanding and seek as the “poor man” to find salvation from the prison of the dead mind called hell (Ignorance).|
|31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.|
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People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.
We are primed by our past experiences to grow our future endeavors. It is in the clearing away of our past failures that we make room for future successes, so then it is too in the realizations of our wrongs that make us strive towards what is right. Therefore, in the end the glory goes to that seed of hope that is nurtured, and even though it may be planted into the field of the heart where pain and suffering dwells, it grows joy into a glorious tree that overcomes its first estate. So the beauty of the seed is that it channels the worthlessness of dust and it reorders it into a useful purpose of great value and strength, and its stature rises far above the problems that fuel it, and bears the sweet fruits of compassion that feed the world with kindness, and each fruit too is filled with seeds all wanting to grow. A smile is contagious, a hug can break down walls and love conquers all… all of which is found in a single small seed no bigger than a mustard seed. For fate is all you are given, but destiny is what you make. So always remember, that hope is a fire that can consume the world yet starts with a single small spark.
2 Corinthians 12:
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.
Only through the power of Truth does one ascend from his first estate as a slave to sin to the highest abode of the soul (mind) called the “Kingdom of Heaven” (Higher State of Enlightenment).
For only he who overcomes adversity through their endeavors to understanding builds a house of many truths and inherits a more noble self that is crowned in victory.
So thus wisdom grows within your heart like seeds planted in the fertile filth of your past to grow a tree of life turning earth into a throne in heaven.
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove.
Blame Always Finds The Innocent
Judgment cares little for the wicked but obsesses over the innocent… and thus the finger is always pointed away.
The innocent do not blame, yet the judgmental blame all the wrong things. The verses below do not fully reflect this yet only one line is given unto the raven and five are given to the dove.
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.