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The Greatest Song On Earth

Well can you believe it? I wrote The Greatest Song on Earth the other day as I was driving in my car! I could be more pleased with the result!

LYRICS:

“This is the greatest song on earth
To suggest there’s a better song’s absurd
It’s got magical, sonical, tyrannical qualities
that no ones ever heard
Oh this is the greatest song on earth”

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I think God’s into numbers?

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So we went on a road trip a couple of weekends ago. I noticed that as we were leaving the place we visited the odometer read all ones and fours. Then, once back home, when we pulled up into our driveway it was all ones and fours again. My wife again took it out for an errand the next day and came back and it read 141414.

So what’s going on here?

Is God trying to communicate to me through numbers? I’m sure many of you have had numbers highlighted to you at one point or another.  But how do you know what they mean? I mean, do you google it and let the first “new age” website or http://www.ask-angels.com tell you what it means? Or do you go for something a little more solid?

How about getting an actual personal revelation from God? (A close second for me would be from a prophet that I trust hears from God).

I am naturally a very skeptical person. It takes some hard evidence to convince me of most anything. When I encounter something new, I don’t always know where to find solid sound answers for questions I have. And besides, once you start digging it raises so many more questions. Which is awesome!!! I far prefer this to finding “answers” and ‘moving on’ anyway. It is the height of boring to “have everything figured out”. How so many teenagers manage to do this at such a young age is beyond me.

Case in point:

Recently the number 222 had been highlighted to me. I saw it one day on a guitar that I was repairing for someone (Yes, there is a 222 guitar by First-Act). I then was redirected by construction to go a different way home and saw the 222 building in downtown Appleton.

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I then was asked by a still small voice, “What day is it?”

I realized it was February 22nd. 222! “Ok God, you have my attention. So what does this mean?” I told him, “I am not going to consult anything and I’m going to ask you about this tonight in my dream”.

Sure enough, that night I remembered to ask about it in my dream.

(Last night the final thought I woke up with was “what exquisite marvelous fun” at the thought of “playing God” in the dream world. Making up immersive experiences and living out different “what if” scenarios. Or having alternate realities created for me in which to learn and grow.)

So I asked in my dream what 222 meant and I was simply told (I think by angels) “dimensions”. I immediately thought of a cube box and then my mind when to the x, y, and z planes in geometry. Beyond this I don’t have any further revelation besides stumbling upon another “prophetic type” of person who highlighted Daniel 2:22 (Kind of personal, right? Daniel?)

And then of course I see it on license plates, and all kinds of other places all. the. time.

So back to ones and fours. Today I was watching a vid, paused it randomly, and saw this:

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A couple of years ago the numbers 444 were highlighted. I talked about this in my blog post Reflect Love and Sacred Geometry. Well, you can check out that post if you want… but, you probably won’t. Actually, would you please NOT read that one? You might judge me and persecute me on facebook or something… ok, I am totally joking! In fact, I encourage the push back. Challenge me! That too is great fun because as the Scripture says, iron sharpens iron, and I rejoice whenever the Truth wins out, even if I am wrong. Like the first chapter of The Purpose Driven Life says:

“It’s not about you”.

So I learned a thing or two about 444. Not all of what I learned was in the above mentioned blog post. I’m still feel fairly ignorant when it comes to this stuff.

Then 1111 became a thing. Again, I couldn’t tell you what it’s all supposed to mean. It was encouraging to me that Shawn Bolz had a season where God was highlighting 1111 to him and speaking some marvelous things to him. What it meant to me has a great deal to do with what I learned and shared in this post about our mystical union with God.

Update! I just posted this and became number 1111 on number of likes on my friends facebook page The Rising Light.

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So I need more revelation on all this but it keeps life interesting.

 

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God in the Hands of Angry Sinners?

We are all familiar with the facts of the Gospel (Good News):

Jesus died on a cross and rose again on the third day.

This is by far the most important thing anyone can possibly know. But what does the cross mean?

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19

I love telling people they are already reconciled by the finished work of Jesus Christ. I love sharing that God is love (1 John 4) and love holds no records of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13).

I love sharing that we can now rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God as his dear friend… thank you Jesus!

“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:11 NLT

I am reading right now a writing by C. Baxter Kruger called God in the Hands of Angry Sinners.

In this article Baxter tackles the long held theory of penal substitution.

Here is an excerpt from page one:

The theory contends that, as the Father placed
the sin of the world upon Jesus, he then poured out his wrath
upon Jesus instead of upon us who deserved it, hiding his face
from Jesus, abandoning his own Son in utter rejection.

The doctrine of penal substitution states that God gave himself
in the person of his Son to suffer instead of us the death,
punishment and curse due to fallen humanity as the penalty of
sin… That the Lord Jesus Christ died for us — a shameful
death, bearing our curse, enduring our pain, suffering the wrath
of his own Father in our place — has been the wellspring of the
hope of countless Christians throughout the ages.

Well, that sounds like what most of us believe, right?

He then quotes George MacDonald:

“Good souls many will one day be horrified at the things they now believe of God.”

What?!?

He is saying I should be horrified by believing this? I have to admit, as I am researching the Atonement, I am coming across several theologians and Bible teachers who do abhor the view of penal substitution. I am nervous about where this conversation is going but want to investigate and compare whatever the alternative is with the Holy Scriptures. (Because, as Einstein once said, “Condemnation without Investigation is the height of ignorance”.)

After reading several pages of the article, I came upon this following quote:

“Yet how is Jesus to make contact with us in our fallen
humanity? How is he to bring his union with us in his humanity
into our alienation? How is he to unite sinners with the Holy
Spirit, and lost sons and daughters with his Father? How does
Jesus Christ reach us, and deliver us from evil? Not by suffering
the wrath of his Father, but by…” (Read the article here)

Aren’t you curious where he is going with this? Do the ideas have biblical merit? I’ll let you read it straight from the source on your own and find out for yourself.

So what are we to believe about the Atonement?

Could it possibly be something more like this?

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I have already examined the evidence for the Trinity being on the cross together in my post Papa With Scars. Please read it and cross examine it. Please correct me if I’m wrong!

I love to think of the atonement as our “At-One-Ment” with God, because this is exactly what was at the heart of what Jesus was pulling off at the cross. As I noted in a recent post Mystical Union With God I have come to see the point of the cross as to bring us into union with Himself (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit):

“When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14:20

At the cross is where Jesus removed every barrier between us and God. He was the last Adam, and even more our representative before God than Adam himself was. He gives righteousness to all. See Romans 5-6

It seems we have a great deal of faith in what Adam pulled off but far less faith in what Jesus pulled off? Do we not believe him when he said, “It is finished”?

Well the Trinity knew we would not believe him. Check this out:

“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” Isaiah 53:1 

And by the way, the arm refers to Jesus. I just learned that in a Bible study.

And here is the following quote from page 8 Baxter highlights the greatest lie of Satan of all:

“Jesus loved us. Jesus found us, embraced us, accepted us as
we had become in the dastardly schemes of evil. How did Jesus
Christ reach us? How did he penetrate the terror of our souls?
How did the Son of the highest unite himself with us at our
lowest? How did the one who was rich become poor (2Cor 8:9),
and he who knew no sin become sin on our behalf? (2Cor 5:21).
Here, we can agree with the penal theory that that key was
Jesus’ submission to the will of his Father. Yet we refuse to
accept the perverse notion that…” (Read it here)

Am I getting annoying yet? The whole article is a journey of thought through Scripture, so you just gotta read it for yourself!

It reminds me of one of my breakthrough moments of my life I had an open vision on Easter Sunday years ago of punching Jesus on the cross, over and over and over. He was just taking it and loving me all the while. I wept and then went to my friends house and played worship songs for a couple hours with a group of amazing brothers and sisters.

The Great Exchange!

I love the illustration from the Bible (and I share it often) about how the Israelite worshippers would bring a lamb every year to the temple. The lamb was an object lesson and a tangible tool and expression of faith so that worshippers could actually believe in their right relationship with God (by faith).

The worshiper would place their hands on the lamb and symbolically their sins would pass to the lamb. The lambs innocence would pass to the worshiper. The lamb would then be killed as the just penalty for those sins. The worshiper walks away innocent. An exchange was made. Sins for innocence.

The book of Hebrews explains in detail how Jesus is the once for all Passover lamb, just as John (whose name means Grace) introduces Jesus: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

When Jesus died, all of humanity was placing our hands on Jesus. All our sin passed to him, all of his innocence and right relationship with the Father (righteousness) is passed to us. Your belief activates the blessing and joyful experience of this forgiveness and your already reconciled relationship with God who is love.

“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

I heard a recent definition of sin that I really liked from someone who examined the Greek word for sin and said something like this: sin is everything that we focus on or cling to or adopt into our lives or that the enemy puts there and we allow that are not into alignment with our true core self which is love.

I actually believe this and here is why: We are created in the image of God who is love. We are made in the very likeness and image of Love itself. Every sin you can possibly imagine is anti-love in some way and the entire law is summed up in love, Jesus says.

“This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

That same chapter tells us that we love (God redeems our core which is love) because he first loved us. We love God and others because he loved the “sin” out of us on the cross. That’s what the cross means to me.

But, we must submit to his love. We must receive his love. We must believe his love. Or his love will become our torment. God, who is love, is a consuming fire! I think if we search the matter out we will find that his wrath is the fiery extension of his love! That it is his very Presence that becomes a tormenting fire for the unbeliever. (I first noticed this in Bible college 20 some years ago).

This is why we are commanded to Repent (start thinking rightly) and Believe (come to trust in his love)! I am reminded of this Scripture from Romans 2:

“Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3 But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.”

So, what do you think? Where has your journey in searching out the meaning of the cross led you? Any insights? Corrections? Comments?

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Emma and the Golden Dress: Rescuing and Restoring Destiny

I love this article written by my new friend Mystic Mama. I know this will set a heart free. It reminded me of a vision the Lord Jesus gave me: I was in a padded cell for the mentally ill. I looked out the barred window of the cell to see a huge picture of an outline of a man sitting. Several circles with the colors of the rainbow in the man were all muted and dark as ash and soot and black roots choked out the the colors. Then a mighty wind of God’s Spirit blew all the darkness and removed the roots and the colors all sprang to life and the flow of life and light returned. As I witnessed this happen, my cell door burst open and I walked out a changed man. I was a strong warrior with a sword and ready for battle. My crew showed up and welcomed me. I was free and I had like minded friends in the battle and journey!

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The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1


The Hebrew word for “broken” in Isaiah 61:1 is shavar, meaning “to burst, break into pieces, wreck, crush, smash; to rend, tear in pieces.” This is referring to fractured where a portion of our spirit separates itself as a natural way to deal with a traumatic event. I am still very much just learning about this subject, however in the process of receiving some emotional healing myself have discovered how much God desires for people to be whole in body, soul, and spirit. I also discovered how we have the ability to spend time with God in the spirit and allow Him to bring…

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Mystical Union With God

“I am in you, and you are in me, we are One”.

These were the words Jesus was speaking to me over and over again as the revelation of it astounded me again and again.

Later that night as I slept, my cat pawed my face and as he woke me the Lord was saying,

“Pay attention Daniel. This is important.”

Enjoy this talk themed around John 14:20:

“When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

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