In a Fear-Mongering Society
THE VIRTUE OF COURAGE
In a Fear-Mongering Society
Truth in any source of media, written or digital, is rare. Nor can the Truth be found in the church, Protestant or Catholic. Truth is not from science, the theorems produced from it, or laws empirically determined by it. Deceit has infected scientists, the medical profession, and monitoring agencies. Discernment of the Truth also cannot be found in any earthly source. Belief in the God of Abraham is the key to opening the vault of Truth and living a life of faith, exampling the fruits of the Spirit.
Seeing and recognizing Truth is God’s gift of discernment to believers. Having a blessing of insight provides a clear view of all evil intentions contrary to the will of God. I pray continually for understanding— it is the wisdom that only God can provide. A student who practices and studies have book savvy. Book-savvy people are educated, not wise. Education can drive away wisdom and instill cunningness to deceive people. As mentioned in my previous writing, “The Virtue of Courage,” states highly educated people can be stupid. These are the most dangerous people of influence.
Newton’s laws of motion can be witnessed by all who see an apple fall. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus states, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” Moving a mountain is contrary to any physical law because it is not a physical law but a spiritual fact. Newton’s laws failed when Christ ascended bodily into heaven in front of witnesses. In Christ, all things are possible.
Many who have read to this point will say, “This guy has been eating too many magic mushrooms.” I have witnessed faith in action. I have not seen a mountain move, but I believe it is possible because of confidence in the God of Abraham, the God of the universes who spoke them into existence and orchestrated their movement. This fantastic, hard-to-believe, or at least understand, is the foundation of Christian belief. Solomon considered the wisest human after Christ ever to walk the earth, could not comprehend God. In Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 he writes, “I tried to understand all that happens on earth. I saw how busy people work day and night and hardly ever sleep. 17 I also saw all that God has done. Nobody can understand what God does here on earth. No matter how hard people try to understand it, they cannot. Even if wise people say they understand, they cannot; no one can really understand it.” It is humanly impossible to comprehend God; this is why God gave us the word breathed into men who then wrote what God said, the Bible, the most excellent self-help, source of Truth, and roadmap for this earthly life and the path to heaven.
I have lived for seventy-two years; I did not read the Bible for sixty-nine years. I did attend church, and I did try to live a good life, well, a good one filled with selfish desires, but occasionally I gave the stranded a tidbit or two. It may be true the older you get, the more you see and understand the values that feed a good life. I am unsure of what occasioned the sudden true belief, but interestingly it was when I started journaling and telling good-news stories with words and pictures. My interests in writing, photography, and videography also blossomed in these three years.
The possible incident of my change came from reading Matthew from the Sermon on the Mount; it became very evident to me that the words in chapters five through seven were God’s operations manual for a life lived to the full. In chapter seven, Jesus gave me the key to the door; “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” On many of my desperate occasions in sixty-nine years, when all else failed, I did call out to God for solutions to my problems, and as I play back those years, God did respond. Not until recently did I knock and seek God’s wisdom for the sole purpose of knowing Him and my goal, my calling. In John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If it is the Truth you seek, seek God.
Now I rise at three and seek the Lord with all my heart and soul. Some days are more energetic than others. Some days are so quiet you can hear the frost fall from a tree. In the early morning, in the silence, is when I write, the words God speaks to me and directs my fingers to strike the keyboard. Time fades, and I lose myself in these moments, then I feel a holy restlessness eager to see the dawn. I grab a camera and risk the elements to photograph the motion of God’s universe, the first flower of spring, a bird in flight, the first glow of light, or the magic of frost growing on an oak.
I am not a photographer: I am a God seeker, and nature is the chapel I hear His voice and know the Truth. In the crisp air, I can meditate free from the pollution of global media. I pause and gaze upon His creation, God’s glorious gift of the morning. Then I am armed with the Truth, ready to stand firm against deceit.
This morning I stumbled across a video called “Axel Vervoordt Uncovers What Is Timeless and Universal through His Collection of Art.” I have yet to learn who Axel Vervoordt is, his character, his values, or his beliefs. The video depicts he is fabulously wealthy, lives in an old castle, and filling it with expensive art. The art that hangs on his walls makes him complete. To me, Axel is sad because he is blind to the most incredible art outside his window, free to be shared by all.
Between the rise of light and the setting sun, I am bombarded with deceit from the media and people. I filter earthly claims using the discernment armor God gave me to fight the good fight. I fact-check all claims by presidents, priests, prognosticators, and partisans against God’s Word.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the Son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham, yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father'” (John 8ew:31-38).
The deceit dial is pegged full blast across the globe. The people and institutions we once trusted have hypocritical cancer growing within them. They believe they know what is best for humankind and the planet we live on but are free to do as they please and break their laws. God warns us of the evil intent of deception in the Scriptures:
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Your tongue plots destruction like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
I see God at work; the Truth is coming out about the shenanigans of governments and agencies, elites, the source of covid, and the true intent of every deceiver. These emperors of lies will be with no clothes in the end. God will release the Truth cork, and the deceit genie will be without excuses.
If you seek the Truth, open your dusty Bible and set Truth free. Open your hearts and minds to the good news of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
A winter storm blew in; the pure white snow seems an appropriate image for the Truth, pure, clean, and unblemished.