WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH CHANGING, YOU ARE THROUGH!

I will pour out my Spirit on All flesh- Joel 2:28

Had a revelation I believe was from the Lord yesterday about all this change in beliefs again…

I was just writing in my journal about how I am so sick and tired of all this changing. here I go again I thought… I am so tired of changing what I believe. finding out I am wrong once again… it’s so disheartening. i wish i could just settle down somewhere and be happy with that. but no, I have to continually change and go back and forth and have to revisit and study all over again whatever it is that has come back to me.  Lately as I have journaled a few days ago; I had the strangest experience when I was having my quiet time. I was sitting there praying and reading scripture like usual and suddenly something clicked, broke, came apart, dismantled…I’m not sure what happened but It was like I dosed off and instantly opened my eyes back up into a very different world and all I had been so sure of was gone! i didn’t know what I believed again and was seeing how I could prove any of them wrong with the other one.

So sitting here typing out my journal and writing the sentence “I am so tired of all this change and changing all the time” as I was writing this very sentence my iPhone started to ding in text messages. I continued to write about it then checked my messages. I was shocked! it was someone favoriting some of my tweets. on my twitter account. it was this:

“To change and to change for the better are two different things.” (German proverb)

Then:

“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.” (George Shinn)

Then:

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” (Charles Franklin Kettering)

Then:

“When you’re through changing, you’re through” – bruce barton

Then as I was looking back at these this morning I saw this mixed with these:

“People who never live their life today; they continuously live in past regrets or worry about future problems while neither is real” -(me) #reality

Wow! What a revelation! It has to be The Lord letting me know he was preparing me for this a few days ago when I tweeted these. Also and even more marvelous is that it totally explains what is going on and gives me a choice.

This change is a normal part of “growth”

This change is necessary – for me to go on with my journey with the Lord.

If you are growing you are changing or you’re not growing.

All growth involves risk.

Risk because you are stepping once again from the ‘known’ to the ‘unknown’ (just like what is happening)

People generally hate change, but remember it is the only thing that has brought progress

Not all these changes I have made were good – some where, I guess I’m working through that…

And then:

WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH CHANGING, YOU ARE THROUGH!

That’s not what I want. I want to go on, that will involve risk, I have to take it and go on. in order to become and grow into whatever it is that Lord wants me to be do or become as I have always prayed through all my spiritual journey.

Then finally:

“People who never live their life today; they continuously live in past regrets or worry about future problems while neither is real” #reality

That fits this somehow.. having put it together yet, my head is hurting…

A few thought’s I have had and noted on this:

I think my problem is that there are way too many religious sages, denominations, sects, cults, churches, ministry leaders, preachers and bible teachers that are all saying they have all the answers – they have it all figured out – “listen to me!” “I know!” “I have the light” “The Lord Himself REVEALED this to me” They start with “Most don’t know or understand this but…” or “Here’s what the bible REALLY means” All claiming The Lord’s anointing and authority; Screaming in my ears from every direction. I’ll admit, I have been one of them at times… Deep in my heart, hidden even from me, I wanted to be one of these “Special Messengers” only to fall on my face time after time… Oh I didn’t want fame or glory, I really didn’t. I just wanted to know that I knew and share it with others. I suppose this is not a bad desire; the bible says it isn’t. Although the bible warns those who would claim such authority had better have it right and would face stricter judgment than others.

1 “Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

(James 3:1 NLTse)

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed”

(2 Peter 2:1-3 NLTse)

God help us all.

I was reading this morning in 2 Corinthians chapter 3 about the old and new testaments which ironically and conveniently fits in with all this…

17 You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.

1 Are we beginning to praise ourselves again? Are we like others, who need to bring you letters of recommendation, or who ask you to write such letters on their behalf? Surely not! 2 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.

4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.

7 The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. 11 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!

12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.

16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image

(2 Corinthians 3:2-18 NLTse)

Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III also has something to do with it because it keeps popping up in my reading, viewing, and study, which was somehow referenced in my Logos 5 Library Software reading and referencing the above verses. I have 4164 study Books, containing over 50 versions of the bible that I can read – more in original languages I cannot read without using other resources to decipher the words. I have illustrated dictionaries, lexicons, several map sets, books on the history of the church fathers, Egyptian history and it’s ancient writings, American history with with whole sets on everything from the civil war to the making of the constitution, World history, religions, and otherwise etc. which I can search the whole library for any word, phrase, topic, subject or whatever in literally seconds; pulling up literally thousands of references, book, chapter and page. It will even narrow it down to the verb tense, voice, mood, first second or third person, wild card etc. in Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic or English. This is not to mention the poetry, regular novels, true and fictional – instead of days or hours of research it does it in literally seconds and pulls it all together in an organized fashion. So here I sit cross-eyed and overwhelmed with all this information trying to sort through it for whatever I am supposed to see…

So, I keep reading, researching, studying, praying through it all; hoping to not miss the next exit ramp or get in the wrong lane of this super-highway of Theological, biblical, historical, philosophical information!

Well, I guess there’s nothing left to do but buckle my spiritual-theological seatbelt and hit the power button and blast-off on yet another journey into realms I have never gone before! (Again) I’ll tell you all about it when I get there…

The main and most important thing I DO KNOW is very simple, yet profoundly mysterious – Jesus Christ Saves! Thank God!

Peace,

Daniel W Isrite

A Prayer of Moses:

1 Lord, through all the generations

you have been our home!

2 Before the mountains were born,

before you gave birth to the earth and the world,

from beginning to end, you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust, saying,

“Return to dust, you mortals!”

4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,

as brief as a few night hours.

5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.

They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes,

but by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We wither beneath your anger;

we are overwhelmed by your fury.

8 You spread out our sins before you—

our secret sins—and you see them all.

9 We live our lives beneath your wrath,

ending our years with a groan.

10 Seventy years are given to us!

Some even live to eighty.

But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;

soon they disappear, and we fly away.

11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger?

Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.

12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life,

so that we may grow in wisdom.

13 O L ord, come back to us!

How long will you delay?

Take pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,

so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!

Replace the evil years with good.

16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;

let our children see your glory.

17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval

and make our efforts successful.

Yes, make our efforts successful

(Psalms 90:1-17 NLTse)

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Unspeakable Words

Lake Charles State Park AR. 9/15/12 iPhone 4

Lake Charles State Park AR. 9/15/12 iPhone 4 edited with iPhoto

“UNSPEAKABLE WORDS”

Unspeakable words,

The hearing ear learns,

Those who’ve heard it,

Know it’s The Lord!

Seeking for truth,

 In all of creation,

Looking around at nature unfold,

All of It’s mysteries,

Of truth yet told,

Those who will hear it,

Will know it’s the Lord.

Breeze moves His Spirit,

Trees sway his Word,

All nature sings out,

What a lovely word!

Those who’ve heard it,

Know it’s The Lord!

My heart leaps within me,

I look with wide eyes,

At every new vision,

A beautiful surprise!

How would I know,

How could I see,

The Almighty Creator,

Looking back at me!

Unspeakable words,

The hearing ear learns,

Those who’ve heard it,

Know it’s The Lord!

By Daniel W Isrite

The Muddle Man

Thru the eye of the fog

Thru the eye of the fog

THE MUDDLE MAN

I feel I am living,

In a dream state,

How long has it been,

Since I’ve been awake?

I’m trying to rise,

How long will it take?

My mind is so muddled,

I can’t seem to think.

It’s all out of sorts,

All out of sync.

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew,

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do!

How long has it been?

I really don’t know.

Time seems it’s racing,

And then it’s so slow.

What’s going on?

Where’s my mind,

Where’d it go?

In this fog I am living,

My mind tends to wander,

The haze grows heavy,

As I sit and ponder.

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew,

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do.

Things all around me,

Are moving so fast.

I can’t keep up,

How long will this last?

I want to wake up,

From this dream I am living!

Disarray and derangement,

So many misgivings.

This is not where I thought,

I would be at this age.

I should be more sure,

And clear at this stage.

Yet here I am in this state,

Of darkness and haze.

Is this how I’ll spend,

The rest of my days?

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew.

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do!

I was once so sure, so clear and exact,

I was a standard of steadiness,

On each point and fact.

Where’d I go wrong,

And get so off track?

So now tho I travel,

A land of film-flam

I keep trusting You Lord

Tho I know not where I am

Daniel W Isrite

© ™Daniel.W.Isrite

A bit about me to get started.

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Let’s see, I have two of the cutest little Maltese dogs you ever saw. They are my constant companions and best friends. We are a team, we eat, sleep and play together. We take walks and have talks. We love to play fetch and eat treats. Life is so filled with joy to them they bounce up and down and run in circles they cannot contain it; so it runs over into me and I love it! They can make me smile when it’s the last thing I want to do.

I have written a lot about religious views, some poetry, some technical stuff, RVing, and general life experiences. There is no telling what I might write about on this blog. It’s just me Daniel W Isrite and my life; love me or hate me, take me or leave me, I am who I am. I like to express my opinions but I am teachable, open minded to a point, however some things are ‘in my opinion’ no-brainers and non debatable; at least it would be a senseless waist of time ‘in my opinion’. Although opinions are like passing gas; everybody does it, some just don’t want anyone to know it’s theirs. They would rather share someone else’s and hide behind whoever it might be they’re quoting; that way they don’t have to own it. You see a lot of that on Facebook and twitter. I suppose I do it too at times like everyone else; but then there are times I just let my words fly and tell the world what “I” think. Although I have written some things I wish I hadn’t; it’s kinda like toothpaste, once it’s out there there’s no putting it back.

I like reading although I am a slow reader. I have took speed-reading courses and tried all the tricks but nothing really helped me. Oh yes, I increased my reading speed dramatically according to the test but usually didn’t have much of an idea what I just read! So the thing about more retention and comprehension didn’t work for me. I listen to a lot of books with Audible while I’m driving and enjoy it, still, it’s just not the same as reading it. I also read a lot on my iPad, and Mac (the iPhone is just too small for me to read much) even so, digital reading is just not like holding a book in your hands and reading words off a page. It really doesn’t make sense, it’s the same thing, but not the same…? Can I say that? I have literally thousands of books in my digital libraries for different purposes (Mostly for study) I use them for reference for the most part accept for some titles on my kindle and iBooks account. Digital books also makes it a lot easier to copy and paste when I want to quote something. I have books on almost everything I could think of. I also have a large library in my study that mostly collect dust. I have so many interests it’s hard for me to focus on one thing for very long. Maybe I have ADD I don’t know. Then there are times when I am zeroed in on something like a laser and I won’t let up till I take it to a conclusion even if it means staying up till the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes I just need to know, ya know? My brain wont let me rest till I know that I know.

I like the outdoors and nature. I love being in the mountains, or out in the boonies by a lake or on a sea shore. This is why I like RVing. As a matter of fact that is where I am right now, looking out at the lake as I type these words. I used to ride motorcycles cross country and tent camp. I did that a lot until I had an accident at work that injured my neck leaving some nerve damage. I can still ride, but I like to ride big bikes and I don’t think it is all that safe anymore for me with the possible side effects of the nerve damage flaring up at 70 mph. with a 900 lb. bike under me. Maybe I should get a scooter… Anyway, I traded in the big bike and bought an RV, well, three before I got settled on one; kinda the goldilocks thing… RVing is what I do now whenever I can; which is pretty often since I’m retired. My wife is still working and I do have an elderly mother that needs me to not stay away too long so that kinda keeps me from only seeing life through the windshield and rearview mirrors for now. RVing is more than just recreation for me; it’s therapeutic and the perfect setting for the few things I can be productive at and I like to do. I could even see it being a lifestyle someday.

I am a Christian but I am also a thinker. I don’t believe everything someone tells me because they have some title or are standing behind a pulpit. I have even been behind that pulpit myself many times and many times I’m sorry to say, I was wrong, sincere, but sincerely wrong. The difference is when I am wrong I will admit it when it is proven to me that I am wrong; publicly if I need be. Many will not do this because their livelihood depends on being right or at least in agreement with whatever denomination is telling them what is right and or wrong. I was never in that position as I always worked at a regular job. Teaching and preaching was always something I considered a gift so I figured I should return the favor and make it a gift as well. I was put on a salary once but soon refused it. I cannot count how many different views I followed thinking I was right at the time, only to find later on I was mistaken yet again. Now? Well now, since about 8 months ago I decided that the bible is my only rule of faith and practice. Many will say that is what they adhere to as well, however, when confronted with an obvious discrepancy in their teaching as apposed to what the bible actually says; they will dance around the issue quoting from this commentary and that expert Dr. So-n-so, juggling words like a circus clown in a bin full of beach balls. Anything but admit they must be wrong; that is if the bible is their sole source of truth. Anyway, I’m off on a rabbit trail here. I’ll just say, if the bible says it, I believe it, if it says it’s right, it’s right, if it says it’s wrong, it’s wrong. I’ll just say I do not wear any Christian labels, I’m just a bible believer, Jesus follower, and kid of the King of the universe who thanks God everyday for His forgiveness. I’m sure I’ll say more about all that later.

So that’s a little about me and what this blog may be used for. Feel free to leave a comment.

Peace,
Daniel W Isrite