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Prophets ?

I wanted to be on the record prior to 21, May 2011 in order to be able to say from the beginning that here at Cepher we do not believe that the Blessed Holy Spirit will ever inform someone years or seconds in advance of the end of the entire world. I do not believe in the Rapture, and I think that it is a travesty that anyone would believe someone prophesying the end of the world, and yet, there are thousands or more that have stopped their entire lives, closed their bank accounts, quit working and sold their homes because someone told them that the end is coming on a specific date. This person that has predicted the End of Days first predicted it in 1994, and at that time said that if his calculations were incorrect and the earth is still here after 21, May 1994, the next date would absolutely be the correct date, which of course is tomorrow.

As I previously mentioned, the fact that so many Christians have taken this tripe hook, line and sinker, should reveal to the world just how far from the Cross Christianity has fallen. Thank the Lord for the remnant that will always be ready, waiting patiently while continuing to sharing the Gospel by simply living it.

No one is guaranteed tomorrow, that is why it is crucial to live today for King Y’shua Messiah.

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Selfish or Selfless

I am old enough to remember that in the sixties there was an anti-social movement that rated the individual over the group. It was all in the guise of freedom, but deep inside the movement it was completely selfish motivation that took the forefront. Free to be who ever the hell I so desire, to wear what I want, to speak how and to whom I want, and to live as I see fit–damn to my neighbor. That movement preceded the great suburban migration for the individual to live as far from the social centers as possible.

Then in the eighties another individual (selfish) movement came into the mainstream, and this was a financial freedom for the individual. The right for the individual to make as much money for himself (mostly male dominated) with less and less concern for value over time. This movement placed the individual into an even smaller social circle that continued to alienate more and more. Another “aftershock” of this movement was the deliberate attempt to make money/profits the entire goal of one’s life, and the manner in which that was done was of no concern as long as you stayed one step ahead of the law changing the law where ever you could for self benefit . This practice created means to make money without creating value, substance, or any tangible product.

Any honest economist will agree that whenever an economy creates no tangible goods for import and/or export that economy is built on sand which will sooner than later collapse. So it is no surprise to many of the older, wiser, and more honest economist that we have the economic problems that we have today in the USA. Until we stop pretending that the end of the rainbow is just outside waiting for us to begin picking up the gold out of the pot, we will continue to slide downward. That slide need not continue if we would realize that like it or not we are all connected and will rise or fall together. Only those filthy rich few who have enough of everything and can live any place on earth will be able to watch the sinking from a port far from us. The rest of us will go down with the ship.

Do not think for a moment that you will be able to survive with your armored enclave, food storage, and the like for very long. The street gangs that number in the hundred-thousands will tear you apart, and then there will come the desperately starving masses–armed to the teeth. No, the only hope for the USA is God, and His Way is the civil, unselfish, societal way, which begins with all of us coming together (not physically, but emotionally) and living within our means in a sustainable way that provides for those in need as well as for planet longevity. This is not such a dire thing to do, but something similar to what the citizens of this country did for decades very successfully up until the sixties.

Something profound happened in the sixties that caused the majority of citizens to retracted into their own imagined security. I believe what happened was the complete collapse of trust between the citizen and government along with a breakdown of trust between citizens. This was the result of the assassination of  President Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy, as well as the war in Vietnam, Civil Rights Bill and massive civil unrest dealing with each one of all of the above at one time or another. By the time “Watergate” occurred it simply reinforced the feelings that you can trust no one and the more secure you can make yourself the better chance of survival. We now must find a way to rebuild the trust between citizens, but at the moment with groups like the “Tea Party”, and such intense political polarization, it will not be easy. However, it must be done!

A very good place to begin would be in the churches. Because if we cannot come together in the name of God as one Church, well what else could possibly be done? However, to begin to bring churches together would require the elders of each church to humble themselves, and that is the test of all tests. Today, over 80% of US citizens believe they are special and that in turns leads to thinking you are also right. The humility that graced this country in the forties has  dissolved and we need to bring it back.

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Apple Eaters

GENESIS 2:17

Are you an “Apple Eater”?

Hopefully, you understand that the fruit in question here is first of all not an apple, secondly, even though originally it was possibly a real fruit, here it is metaphor. With that comprehension in tow let’s get down to answering the question of whether or not you are an “Apple Eater”. If you’re a human being you most certainly are an “Apple Eater” until you surrender your existence on earth to God. Therefore, we need to determine the difference between “Apple Eaters” and “Non-eaters”, and then discuss what it is to be a “Non-eater”.

Primarily,  “Apple Eater” is a term devised from the Bible verses dealing with the “Tree of Knowledge” in the Book of Genesis. Hopefully, we all know how the story goes and how it was the precursor of establishing God’s people apart from the rest of humanity.  On the one hand Satan offers the world, and on the other, God offers Life. For all human beings the world is self-explanatory and yet Satan insists in offer detailed explanations that extent into our wildest imaginations. What many people have learned is that the more someone tries to sell you something by building that something into a bigger than life item, the more likely there is that that something has a hidden catch, clause, blemish, or trap. Satan has continued to exaggerate how utterly fantastic that “apple” is. On the other hand, God has continually offered one thing, the same one thing and only one thing since the beginning of time without any elaboration or fanfare.

To me the difference is like a Chevy compared to a Maserati, one car needs no sales gimmicks at all because the vehicle speaks for itself. That brings us to the discussion of what it means to be “apple-free”. Throughout life one is constantly bombarded by the “sales gimmicks” of Satan presenting the world to any and all who so desire it. And yet to a much lesser extent one is also aware of the possible option offered by God. At some point in one’s life the realization of what Satan is actually offering becomes apparent, and to some it becomes crystal clear. It is at that point in one’s life that a decision is made to either take Satan’s ride to the bitter end or be set free with God’s offer.

So to be “apple-free” is to be completely engulfed within the loving, secure arms of our Creator who provides us with a life that is eons beyond that which is experienced in a “worldly” existence; so much so that it is completely impossible for someone living within the arms of God to describe that experience to someone who is not. The only true and expedient way to share that existence with someone who is not experiencing it is to let your life be the example of what you are experiencing, and in time others will come to that very same realization that brought you within the warm, secure, loving arms of God.

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Sadness with a Silver Lining

We live in a country that whether it is from the lack of centuries or just luck we have less melancholy memories than most other countries i.e., Europe. I often wonder if the absence of great sadness among the throngs within this country is not caused by the blessings of God. At any rate whether it be by blessings, or by the simple lack of time, or by the fickle hand of fate, it would appear to most today that sadness of great magnitude is just beyond the horizon. A sadness that will go far beyond that of what was felt in the second decade and again in the  fifth decade of the last century by most Europeans and by all those who lost loved ones in the two World Wars (+70 million people died). Both wars were said to be the last due to the viciousness and massive loss of life that was forced on all who were alive during either or both of those nightmarish events.

What I have found to be most curious is how intense sadness affects people in such different ways. Some, who find themselves near deaths door tend to discover God, and others who may have had a lengthy relationship with God decide that the amount of sadness was sufficient to dissolve any possibility of existence of a personal God. Though my curiosity is peaked at the question of why the same trauma would affect people so completely differently, my understanding of why some believe in God and some do not has always been established by the Bible’s explanations that only those written in the Book of Life will believe. Consequently, it would appear that there is a strong spiritual factor determining the affect of profound sadness on human beings.

70% of Americans polled believe in the existence of Angels, and at least three-quarters of the American public believe in the existence of the supernatural, and yet few have sought the complete presence of God. How could that be? Maybe our human nature refuses to relinquish control. However, no one is truly in complete control of their life, although the idea of voluntarily submitting ones self completely over to a God that one is not convinced of is like playing Russian Roulette. There in lies the problem.

Thus enters the magic of sadness. Because of the paradox in the need to believe in God one must first believe in God’s existence–a step of pure faith–which is an action that most human beings are at the least reluctant, and more likely, incapable of such a step. Thus the necessity for God to allow Satan to cause sadness in such a way that enables those humans affected to take the most important step of their lives toward building a true, unbridled relationship with the Creator of all things.

In any case, it would appear that whether or not sadness has a positive side, America seems to be in the initial throes of what looks like a swathe of sadness developing into a thick, heavy and dirty blanket of despair eventually enveloping even the elite. It is at that point when we shall see how many of the 70% that believe in Angels finally surrender their entire consciousness over to God.

Thus a rather long-winded, haphazardly way of an attempt to ensure all who read it that, though the light at the end of the tunnel may frequently turn out to be just another high-speed train, there really are silver linings in the most vicious of dark rain clouds. However, the only way to benefit from that metallic rainbow is to survive the flood.

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Oil

Mark 6:13

“And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.” –NASB

This is one of many scriptures informing/instructing followers of the benefits of Holy Oil. The instructions for the Holy Oil are like the instructions for everything else in the Bible–they are there for our benefit, but only if we are obedient to the Word of God–by applying the instructions to our lives. It is that obedience to the Word of God that is the most important thing for all followers to learn. It is through obedience that we learn to Trust our Creator, it is through that Trust that we learn total dependence on God, and it is through that dependence that we learn just how truly remarkable God’s Agape Love really is.

This dependence on God will be the deciding factor of survival as it has been for millennia. Throughout time we see where those who followed God completely have always managed to persevere through the toughest of times. Times are about to get considerably tough, maybe about as tough as they have been in decades . It does not take a prophet to see what is coming on the horizon. There are some very dark clouds on that horizon, and I am not referring to famine, drought, war, disease, climate change or population overload, which are already prevalent in various parts of the world today as they have been for thousands of years . The clouds on the horizon that I am making note of are filled with anger, hatred, selfishness, laziness, divisiveness, and an inability to see the trouble ahead. These are clouds that cannot be stopped with anything other than a “Spiritual Awakening” much like the one the First Century Believers experienced after the Ascension of King Y’shua Messiah.

For that Awakening to occur we need to look back to the time of the First Century Believer just before King Y’shua Messiah left the earth. First, we must remember what the expectations of the First Century Believers were concerning the coming of the Messiah. For most, they thought that God was sending them an army general who would decimate, by the sword, everyone who would not follow God. Unfortunately, since it obviously did not occur then, many people today believe that it will occur within our lifetime. What did happen at the time just prior to the “Ascension” was the passing on of the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), the Blessed Holy Spirit to all those who were true followers of God (Acts 2). The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God which can only be truly understood by the help of the Blessed Holy Spirit.

Before the Blessed Holy Spirit could be passed on to all the followers, directions had to first be followed by the followers. Those directions were given by King Y’shua Messiah, and had to be followed to the letter in order for the followers to be in the right place at the right time. Because without the Blessed Holy Spirit the followers would have had no chance to survive what was about to occur. All the way back to the beginning we can see this basic truth–God’s blessings require our obedience. From the Garden of Eden, and Noah’s Ark, to the gift of the Blessed Holy Spirit, God’s blessings were interwoven with our obedience.

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The Dragon Has Left The Building

I thought I would share some good news with you that may create more questions than answers, but I believe that whatever direction the information leads you it will be worth passing on.

I have been under the claws of the “Dragon” (which is the name I gave to my Multiple Sclerosis because it was the only dragon/ ailment that I was not able to overcome on my own) for about the past six months, and just in the past few days the Dragon has left the building. As bad as it has been with MS, I thank God for it. It has been the driving force that led me into complete surrender to God. When you have lived by your physical abilities to a very long and successful extent, and in an instant your ability to physically overcome all obstacles is gone, a very serious situation arises in your life that makes you extremely desperate and forces you to find out why.

At its most extreme, Multiple Sclerosis is an emotionally straining as well as cognitively confusing disease that makes it very difficult for me to realize when I am in the grip of the Dragon as it slowly chokes the life from my veins. I usually can sense when the Dragon approaches by the odd heavy, puffy feeling in my left eye which will begin to blur as the Dragon begins to take hold. Unfortunately, soon after the Dragon begins squeezing, my legs become weak, my balance becomes hampered, I become fatigued and it feels as if I am living inside of a bowl of clear viscus fluid making everything I do extremely difficult, including breathing. It is at this point that I lose the ability to realize what is causing all these symptoms, and when people ask what’s wrong or how am I feeling, at times I am at a loss of an explanation.

However, with each new MS episode/exacerbation I find myself getting closer and closer to God as I am forced to depend upon Him. The more I depend upon God, the more God provides and shows me how wonderful our relationship could truly be. I have been experiencing these bouts with the Dragon for almost two decades now and when they were first diagnosed God gave my wife a scripture that has been thoroughly true, and has given her the strength to get through all this within the Grace of God–John 11:4.

Of course I cannot say what would have been had I not gotten sick, but I can say unequivocally with regards to every aspect of my life, that where I am at today is about as wonderful as I could have ever hoped for, and the only item I would like to see improved is to some day very soon become as dependent, trusting and surrendered to King Y’shua Messiah as any human being has ever been. That is because I have become certain that there is a God that created everything, and the entire Creation is designed for one single purpose, which is to help the beings that God created specifically to learn to become completely dependent on God.

What do you get the person who has everything? You give that person a being that has the capability to learn how to love him/her, who will in the end choose to love the person who has everything not because the person has everything, but because the person who has everything is so magnificently wonderful, compassionate, sensitive, and has a love that surpasses understanding.

We are on this earth to learn who the Creator is, as well as, learn how to love the Creator with the very same Agape Love the Creator has for the Creation.

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Why Am I Here?

Have you ever asked yourself the esoteric question of existence? You have if you have ever lost the original reason you believed you were born for. Those of us that have been injured to the point of no longer being able to continue our prior existence have no choice, but to ask why we are here. In my case everything I did to make a living was completely dependent on my physical abilities. Once I had lost those abilities I was forced to begin living in a completely different existence than I had become accustomed to.

Why? For some, living without reason is perfectly acceptable, but not for me. It has always been important to me to analysis as much of life as I could, and my sudden disability was something I needed to get an understanding of. At first, I thought it was just a matter of changing occupations. So I found various jobs that were completely different from law enforcement, but no matter what job I chose my health continued to decline until the point of near death.

Through all I experienced it became obvious to me that God was not creating any of this negative activity in my life. I had walked into it by shear obstinacy refusing to heed the call of the Lord for decades of my life until finally I had given God no other option. Like a father with a stubborn child who refuses to learn the easy way, God was forced to stand by and watch me walk into the darkness until I eventually stumbled and badly injured myself. Only then was I weak enough to call for God’s assistance, and humble enough to accept it. Of course, He immediately responded with an overwhelming Love that I had never experienced.

Raising six children with my wife has helped to make all this very clear. God is Love. His power and His entire existence is that Love. Once I felt that Agape Love for the first time in my been set free! Once a person realizes that the Creator is not waiting for His creation to make a mistake so He can punish it. That person then begins to understand the nature of a relationship with the Creator. All of the characteristics that God desires to see in His people (1Corinthians 13) are the exact same characteristics that God possesses.

Once I had come to that understanding, I realized that if God has a specific occupation that He desires for me to undertake He will make that very clear. Otherwise, I am not to concern myself with whether or not I am in the correct line of work. What I need to concern myself with is whether or not those whom cross my path can readily see the Love of God through me.

The only way that the Love of God can flow through me is if I am obedient to God and allow His Son, King Y’shua Messiah, to take over my life.

In the mean time, I will be attempting to make Holy Oil!

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Zaccheus in the Desert

Luke 19:2-4

“And behold, there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; and he was a chief tax-gatherer, and he was rich. And he was trying to see who Y’shua was, and he was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. And he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.”

If you are aware of this story you know that Zaccheus went through a great deal of trouble to do something that Y’shua Messiah had probably already done for him. King Y’shua Messiah had every intention of seeing Zaccheus whether or not Zack climbed up a tree. We do the same thing every day when we toil and fret for things we think are so important including things that we believe God wants us to do without ever really knowing God at all.

I just got back from the desert where I have learned to go to spend some time with God completely one on one and it was Heaven! The new moon looked as if God was smiling and why not, His lost sheep had come home. I go to the desert for the solitude and the opportunity it awards me to spend uninterrupted time with God. I have found that no matter what I try to do at home to spend quality time with God it is nothing like the times in the desert. It gets me away from almost every man-made device except our van, my harmonica, a few cooking utensils, and just very little to get by on for a couple days and nights.

I have found that there are two types of people on this rock, those who give and those who take. Those who give, are those who take much less than they give, and the opposite is true for those who take. It is not a zero sum game, but those who give are prone to give it all as the widow of the story in Mark 12: 42 where she gave everything she had in the way of finances. Before I experienced Multiple Sclerosis I would push myself to the extreme in an attempt to do as much as was asked of me by others without regards to my own needs. Ultimately, that would lead to my frustration and contempt towards those who were asking for my assistance. Eventually, I found myself doing for, and giving to others reluctantly and without any regards as to whether God desired my assistance in a particular situation or not.

It wasn’t until I could no longer live in this fashion do to the disabilities of MS that I finally discovered that what I was really doing most of the time was trying to take the place of God by maintaining control over all that I could. By trying to fix everyone’s problems and keep peace inside my little world, I was simply getting in the way of God’s Work, which is to teach everyone who desires to Trust in God. From all that I have read and from all that I have experienced, I am convinced that we are on this earth to learn how to Trust in God. I am certain that every one of us would have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge had we had the chance, because we make that very same choice everyday whenever we do not Trust in God.

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Imagine

Imagine a life of pure bliss.

A life full of peace, satisfaction, and wonder.

Does such a life exist?

That would depend on your imagination.

Take my life as an example; one could view a man who has lived life burning the candle at both ends until recently. Someone unemployed, on disability, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Degenerative Disk Disease, Osteoarthritis, Barrett’s Esophagus, and Pancreatitis, over fifty years old and financially strapped, viz., a mess.

From another view; one could see (what I already know), a man who has been given a brand new lease on life by the Grace of God. Someone who has changed from a “control freak” to being completely dependent upon the Lord for absolutely everything in life. Someone who has no control of anything, nor the desire to have control of anything. This view would show a man who has had to learn how to trust in God for everything. A man who has learned through experience that God supplies everything a person could ever need.This view would show a man who will not change his life for anything, because this man has finally discovered what is truly important in life. This view would reveal a man who has come to the realization that he was never in control of anything in his life anyway, and that life was an illusion.

Everything that seemed so important in that life was killing me. Thank God His Hope kept coming back. A Hope that never gave up on trying to get my attention. First there was the broken neck, then a few years later a broken back. Then came extreme pain and agony in the years that followed until I became so sick with pneumonia and valley fever that I almost died. Still thinking that I was in control and I could get through this just like I got through everything else–pure physical force of will.

That was until I met “The Dragon”, That is what I began calling Multiple Sclerosis after a few years of suffering. Only MS suffers can understand why I would call it such. At first I took the diagnoses as I had anything else–I will beat this thing! Within a few years of soiling my britches, wee-weeing on myself, falling down–all in public, having seizures, and just having “cruddy” days, I finally crumbled down on the floor prostate to my God and asked for help.

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Farther Up And Farther In

In the last book of the Chronicles of Narnia there is a part where all of Narnia’s followers of Aslan (the lion metaphor for King Y’shua Messiah) were following him up a large seemingly unending  mountain. While they were continuing to climb Aslan would remind them periodically “Farther up and farther in”, as if encouraging them to continue to climb because that was what they all needed to do to get to the top.

Throughout my time dealing with my ailments while trying to be a father and a husband I found myself often going back to that part of the Narnia Chronicles. I knew that God had tried in vain to dissuade me from doing many of the things that eventually caused my discomfort. It was my part to continue “Farther up and farther in” no matter how difficult it would become at times. Because that is where I placed myself through disobedience, and the Bible is full of scripture that speaks to the point of never tiring. There probably is a solid reason for the Word of God to speak on the need for perseverance to the extent that it does.

When I was younger, I would push through the pain and sickness to do whatever it was I thought needed getting done. Through my ailments I have learned that first of all, it was that exact mind-set of disregarding what my body and mind was telling me that harmed my body to a great extent and caused most of my ailments that so negatively affect my life today. Secondly, by learning to listen to my body I have learned to obey God far more than before, and now I know that if I feel physically incapable of performing a particular task (due to an ailment) I will consider that task something that God does not wish me to undertake at that moment. By doing this I have learned how to live with God while allowing Him to take care of so many things that I once thought was my sole responsibility. This in turn, has allowed God to work in so many other people’s lives that I would constantly interfere in before. My interference would hamper other people from developing a relationship with God as their sole provider.

Of course, all of us would like to think that our pain and suffering was for admirable reasons and I hope that by sharing my stories of discomfort it will give some comfort to others in some way by the Grace of God. However, I know that I have learned a great deal about my self through all the sickness and discomfort I have experienced over the decades. The most important development that has transpired from my ailments has been my relationship with God. It has without a doubt been so wonderful that if I had the chance to pick a pain-free healthy, wealthy life without God or my life today with Him, there is no question in my mind that I would never even think about my life without my Lord.

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