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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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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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A Future To Avoid

Things are moving upon the USA very quickly now and we all must become aware of the changes. Our lifestyles are going to be changing as well, if they have not already, and the sooner we can become acclimated to these new demands the sooner we will be able to live comfortably with the changes.  Some are trying to do things outside of Biblical advice to live by the sword, die by it. Some are trying to stock up with enough supplies to last the coming shortages. The problem with that, outside of not relying on God, is trying to calculate the amount of supplies one may need. How long will you need to maintain on your supplies? Only God knows, and He can and does supply.

One must realize why these changes are occurring in the first place. Nothing on earth happens by chance. We are living in a time of extreme decadence, and it cannot, nor has it ever been allowed, to last. So, as believers we can simply turn to God and ask for His guidance, which He will gladly provide. However, His advice may not be what we would like to hear and we will have to make a decision whether or not to follow God’s advice.

What God has been leading us at Cepher to do is to tighten our belts and begin to learn to live with much less than we have ever done in the past. We are also to learn to be more appreciative with whatever we do have; even if that means a roof over our heads without electricity or running water. Not to imply that it will ever get that bad, although it could. The point is to learn to live inside a much smaller footprint than what we are currently used to.

We may be completely wrong and it will be wonderful if none of these changes come to fruition. However, just in case we are not wrong, or for the fact that as a society we could all benefit from a reduced life style, economic change or no change forcing us to do so, we should at least seek our God’s leadership on this front and follow His response. That is exactly what we are doing at Cepher in a spiritual nature through payer and Biblical history, in an intellectual nature applying Scriptural teachings to worldly activity of our society, and in an emotional nature by following current events within our society and society’s responses.

Here at Cepher, it all points to a very serious problem that the USA has gotten itself into with only one possible solution, which is of course God. He will not abandon His people, but as we have seen so many times before, some situations required a great deal of agony before God’s people finally turned back to their God.

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Do We Care?

Are we aware of what our wars are doing? As people who believe in Jesus, are we aware of what the wars our country is involved in are doing to all those involved? We here at Cepher cannot sleep well at night because of these wars and what our country is turning into. To most believers the war is a fight between the good angels and the bad devils.

It is time to understand who is really affected in these wars. Or consider the thoughts of many in and out of the military.And with those thoughts in mind consider, if you will, those who really suffer, apart from our military personnel, their family and loved ones, the poor, innocent citizens of the countries we are involved in.

People, brothers and sisters, please understandwe as believers will be held accountable for our attitudes and actions! Can you imagine what impact we would have if every believer E-mailed their Congressperson to reject the idea that we can control, through military might, other country’s citizens?

If the Word of God teaches us anything it should teach us that the end never justify the mean. Therefore, no matter why you think our military is in other countries, as a believer and follower of the Messiah you should ask what Yshua thinks.

We here at Cepher do not take lightly the sharing of strong opinion,  and only do so when we feel intensely directed by the Blessed Holy Spirit as we do in this post. Please check your spirit and ask yourself if these words above of Yshua Messiah(Luke 6:27-38) mean the same thing to you as they mean to us. If they do not we ask your forgiveness for our zealous behavior; but if these words of the Lord mean the same to you as they do us, please do not wait another moment. Use the link and contact your elected official and/or what the Blessed Holy Spirit leads you to do.

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To walk with God

Genesis 6:6

“And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”  NASB

An article from the AP dated 15 July discussed the death of an 85 year old British conductor and his wife of 54 years. They chose to die at a assisted suicide facility in Zurich.

I know what it is like to live with sickness and in great pain. Multiple Sclerosis, Barrett’s Esophagus; and the results of a broken back and neck, as well as a battered body, and now my Pancreas! I do know what it is to live in discomfort from the baggage I collected on numerous roads and from battles I did not need to be in or travel. However, God is holding me together! If the Messiah does it for me, it’s a cinch that everyone can find comfort, in God!

According to an article from CNN. com five cops were shot in New Jersey during a shootout with a suspected armed robber.

I also read on 15 July from the AP about our Iraq War Vets having enormous difficulty adjusting to life in the US. The article stated that in the past four years eleven people have been brutally murdered by soldiers in a specific Brigade Combat Team. Apparently, the fierce combat trauma may be the mitigating factor.

As someone who worked for the government in a unique capacity with military personnel, I am very aware of the stresses of just combat training and when you add the trauma of combat it is not a good thing. There will be a great need to assist many tens of thousands of such affected soldiers, sailors and marines in the coming decades.

Proverbs 8:12-17

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. By me kings reign, and rulers degree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all who judge rightly. I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me.”  NASB

I love the entirety of Proverbs and chapter eight is one of my favorites. I did not come to God in blind faith. As Wisdom instructs us above, I searched and researched to find the Truth until my eyes could barely stand it. I had already made the two biggest mistakes that any human being could make. The first was to accept other people’s view of God when I was sixteen, and the second was thinking that was the true view of God and completely abandoning any hope of ever finding the Truth. This blog’s main objective is to make you think and hopefully search out the Truth.

Thank God we have Hope!

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That One Solitary Life

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book, He never held an office, He never owned a home, He never had a family, He never went to college, He never put His foot inside a big city, He never traveled two-hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials, but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His Divine Manhood.

While still a young man the tide of popular opinion turned against Him, His friends ran away, one of them denied Him, He was turned over to His enemies, He went through the mockery of a trial, He was nailed to a cross between two thieves, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying, and that was His coat. When He was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen (twenty) wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that were ever built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as has that one solitary life.

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