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Crude versions of the title’s gist have survived millennia as excuses for rejecting The Holy Word and Way of GOD in Christ.

 

Some variation of:

‘The white man created and used Christianity to control people of color.’

‘The Holy Trinity is just a knock-off of Far Eastern beliefs that pre-date Jesus.’

”They’ think we’re savages and want to replace the greatness of our culture with some blond-haired, blue-eyed doctrine.’

‘I’m smart. I work hard…and I deserve my heaven now; enough cheek turning!’

often finds its way into believer-nonbeliever discourse, leaving the parties full of self or emptied of energy from debating over a God (and pandemic, human sin condition) larger than anyone.

 

The spirit of rebellion that first reared its head in The Garden continues to strike down our good sense, contentment with God’s Natural order and daily Invitations to cultivate His Character within us so our souls can flourish.

With no foresight or foretaste of The LORD’s Goodness [Psalm 34:8 KJV], the couple instead chose the notion of great gain opposite His Will and the second-guessing in their guts; confirming knowledge of a Strict Instruction in Genesis 3:2-3 right before disobeying it then hiding from God’s Address altogether in verses 8-10.

To date, humanity still fawns over many distractions and dead letter worship [of 2 Corinthians 3:5-7] alone that we cover for in the name of devotion; stagnant existence, no Inspired Guidance through Life in The Holy Spirit.

Our relationship with flora (taking time to appreciate and maybe plant them or maintaining a healthy internal environment to best digest His Full Truth) also suffers.

Stubbornly concealing a constipated nature that refuses to let go of fast-acting yet long-lasting toxins like pride, bitterness or jealousy eats away at one’s own functioning and integrity [Job 5:2, Proverbs 14:30, 27:4; Galatians 5:19-21, James 3:14-16, 4:2-3], ‘rotting the bones’ aka the natural framework that’s supposed to hold us together and help us live/move/be upright in Acts 17:28‘s truth according to Biblical thought.

On the other hand, incontinence’s volatile manner though lacking self-control [Matthew 23:25, 1 Corinthians 3:5 YLT] doesn’t discriminate as its stain spreads beyond the sick party, broadly contaminating whatever it touches even in tiny, unseen ways that can still spread dis-ease long after the initial contact.

As is true of our mundane work, heady pursuits [Ecclesiastes 2:15-24] and spiritual lives [Ecclesiastes 7:16-18], balance is much more vital and civil(ized).


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(I might’ve had a bit too much fun with some 80s meme generators this week, but I’m just grateful for Joy in The LORD! Ok, back to my post…)

So, how is balance achieved? Is it, like genuine faith in GOD, just another term many swish around their mouths in good social taste with so few actually putting their hand to or heart and foot in it?

Again, in addition to robust prayer lives, Biblical nourishment and a social circle of shared hunger for the righteousness of God, what practical assists are Christians afforded when seeking a healthy work-life balance in “wisdom…knowledge and…equity” [Ecc. 2:21 KJV]?

Are we suited for any of the mindfulness and other holistic wellness practices currently experiencing a renaissance, e.g. clean eating, yoga, meditation, massage therapy and more?

These were some of the questions I asked of The LORD when I started to exclusively see and receive His Way as The Truth for my life.

It probably goes without saying that a nutritional approach to balance—a moderate, ‘eat to live’ mindset—does well to honor The Most High’s Instructions to avoid gluttonous excess [Psalm 78:29, Proverbs 23:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:1, 3] while giving the organs and systems of our temples, as best able, only content and portions that fuel it for rightful service instead of wearing it down; inviting sloth [Proverbs 12:24, 24:29-31; Ecclesiastes 10:14].

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One sin too easily leads to another. A proverbial bad apple sends microbial messages to the bunch so the misery of its rot spreads to its company. I won’t say the few gnats and fruit flies that show up constitute pestilence of Biblical proportions, but the chain of events is the same. Disobedience (including buying beyond need or means via the lust of the eyes) begets decay.


 

Be encouraged to abide in Christ with me and please don’t be dismayed. Remember the trespass yields to The Gift God Gave us, even today in this present moment [Romans 5:15]! Yes, we must always guard our hearts and whole selves from the world’s evil [Galatians 6:10-18], avoiding bad company to avoid corruption of good character [1 Corinthians 15:33].

Indeed, it was written that “a little leaven” (or bacteria, fungus, viral agent, even the cold untruth of Pharisee-like doctrine we’ve all promoted or have otherwise been privy to at some point, etc.) affects “the whole lump” when what matters most is really “faith which worketh by love” [Galatians 5:6-9]. More importantly, each Fruit of The Spirit Developed in us also helps seed another!

The religiosity of whomever decides they want beef or not, etc. has no literal or figurative place in true worship of The Sovereign King, Bearer and Mediator of The New Covenant, JESUS [Luke 22:20, Romans 14:13-17, Hebrews 8:6-13].

In Him, we can say (better yet, shout) Grace about every food, drink and behavior known to man except unquestionable and impermissible blasphemy against His Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23; Matthew 12:32, Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10].

That doesn’t mean we who also love Him and decide upon those foods, drinks, behaviors, thoughts and connections that help limit parasites, excess weight or other imbalances are wrong or ‘bougie’ (?!).

It is pleasing to human visitors when we sweep our homes, temples; offer beverages from thoroughly clean cups without old food, lipstick stains and such, provide savory fare and are less likely to embody the hormonally-injected spirits of stubbornness or artificial sweetness to name a couple.

Why wouldn’t the spiritual equivalent invite and please GOD’s Presence? His Word Teaches that we are (to be) “unto [Him] a sweet savour of Christ” [2 Corinthians 2:15]. Beyond those who are saved or perishing, He Is Most Worthy of our best.


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To that end and new beginning, meet my recent ‘soda’ replacement! I won’t peddle late-night infomercial lies about great flavor…but it tasted decent while supplying the larger benefit of boosting energy [experienced] and good bacteria [expected, reported] after that flu fooli’ness. This is no endorsement; just part of an extended metaphor. Especially for those who avoid dairy and related yogurts in or outside of this mucus-heavy time of year, any kombucha, like many fermented foods, can be helpful in improving gut & immune health. If need be, I may try another kind, make my own or stay flush with fresh lime and ginger in ample water. No worries!

I believe I’m growing in the understanding that when probiotic doses are discussed, perspective comes along the line of “parts per billion”. It’s a matter of concentration; that is, how all our unique, active ‘stuff’ resists quickening where there’s gravity or situations that bring us down to Earth (mass) relative to how a billion ‘everybody elses’ throw their weight around this planet.

Don’t seek an opportunity to be unduly oppositional along 1 Timothy 6:20 lines, because The Most High Is yet a Job 9:8-10, 38:4-7, 33, 36 and Daniel 1:4-5 GOD! One pill to swallow is that according to the world’s human population—approximately 7.6B—each of us does our daily part to operate either as an agent of ill or wellness, moreso to The relatively smaller Body of Christ.

I am receiving greater appreciation for the Truth of my Great Physician. Per Deuteronomy 28:7, the ratio of His Healing Power Is intact. The enemy can keep its fever! It Is also well with The Master’s (exponential) Formula in Matthew 18:21-22 and Proverbs 24:16 for forgiveness and recovering from minor falls after that big one. I, too, am one of His children who shall give the enemy no environment to thrive.


 

This brings me back briefly to some other wellness and relaxation methods. As clinical models and centers of healthcare became more integrated over the years, some natural, complementary & alternative medical [CAM] practices that are particularly active in spiritual undercurrents the unassuming (Christian) person might not consider are frequently on the menu.

Herbal medicine—from the aloe plant’s innards that surfers and other sun lovers wisely place on their skins for burn relief to our ancestors’ sips of maté, mint or sassafras to the local gentrifying shop’s chamomile or ‘new’ overpriced and exoticized teas then on to the very foundations of virtually every drug your pharmacist carries—has long been demonized as a tool of witchcraft.

At one point, moldy bread wasn’t even fit for peasants and slippery attempts to sell it must’ve been grounds for a few brawls. With right perspective and in the right hands, however, its relative, penicillin, has helped many recover from various biological battles.

Being innocent regarding evil but wise in good things as Romans 16:19 Teaches us, of course there are many who may be unaware of or don’t share my belief in Revelation 22:2‘s (figurative?) Vision.

It is understood that some people do employ plants, bodily fluids, friend/family trust, even Scripture or a smile and anything they can get their hands on to manifest the evil within them. They see the world from that place because their father, the devil, taught them effectively [John 8:44]. They will have their reward. One Way or another, we all will.

The trend didn’t begin with, but was certainly popularized by, executives whose strategies would benefit from pillaging whole territories and cultures.

We still see the culture of synthesized and regulated raw bounty otherwise used well by its kindred that suddenly gets slapped with trademarks and/or high price tags with ‘Beware! Don’t Feed the Natives’ signs for extra effect against anyone who survived. [Hint: real 🐇 (hip hop…)]

That, too, is a form of mistaking good and evil [Isaiah 5:20, Jeremiah 22:13, Matthew 23:23]. Those so inclined should stop while they can. My Heavenly Father Is a Forgiving, even Adoptive One when approached with reverence and genuine repentance.


 

During a chat with a friend about my holistic health interests before I became saved, the Christian gentleman met my expressed thoughts from a position of understanding the sustainable, natural fitness goal but gently introduced the question of why I specifically hoped to move ‘chi’.

Why were trendy, ‘mystical’ ways necessary to achieve improved coordination, strength, tone and well-being?

Essentially…

 

Without using any of the following words, The Spirit of God in him admonished me that my good intention and acceptable appropriation of a thing contended with a road already paved for millennia with the distinctly different spiritual practices of billions.

Christian as you want to be, you can’t recite foreign chants (likely to foreign gods if you understood the language) and form certain ‘mudras’ with the hands (many of which, including the “ok” sign and some hand gestures associated with our cities and gangs where unfortunately applicable, quietly made their ways to mainstream culture) without somehow appealing to the mother of harlots.

I thank GOD that my testimony among those of so many brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe, Empowered by The Blood of The Lamb, is part of Babylon’s death sentence [Revelation 12:10-11, 16:5-7, 17:1-6].

My rational mind searched for rebuttal from the memory of positive harm reduction outcomes I’d contributed to and witnessed in recovering heroin addicts at one drop-in public health center where the acupuncture a partner and I offered was among vital services for detox.

The next immediate memory was of the treatment protocol’s focal point, the Shen Men or “spirit gate”, at which time I had to just shut up, listen closer and step away from that chamber with my righteous mind. I mean, he didn’t have to yell…at all. Faith cometh by hearing The Word of GOD [Romans 10:17], which isn’t guaranteed or referenced through that ear location.


The concept of cultural oversight in that regard also brought to mind a fellow creative lady from my adolescence whom my then-boyfriend loved, arguably too much.

We went to her shows. He spoke of her by codename among his circle when we chilled together. Y’all, Sir Honesty volunteered that they read the “Kama Sutra” together in her dorm room on a nearby campus when I had yet to return to mine from late classes. Via countless stories, he hated her boyfriend who was apparently anything but generous towards her. And so on.

I’m neither designed to be jealous nor a jail warden, preferring natural respect and selection over force or so-called feminine wiles, so victimhood by cheater/liar wasn’t my lot. If anything, my ‘I will address you with my findings once then play and beat you at your own game until I’m bored’ younger self was her own victim.

I hurt him badly too, so wasted time and consequential pain made its way back around to refine how I treat people. The affliction was good [Psalm 119:71, Matthew 7:12, Romans 8:28].


 

Feeding into what didn’t value either young woman instead of subtracting myself from the confusion, staying gone then yielding to God for cleansing°healing°redirection°rightful union otherwise was my fault.

Eventually, the restless spirits involved did what they all do when they go without accurate identification, protection and rebuke in Christ Jesus. Hindu, Chinese, Japanese, Ghanaian, Dominican, Haitian, Trini, Jamaican, Nigerian, French, Panamanian, Canadian, Native American, Southern, Scottish, Latin American, Irish, Syrian, German, jovial, depressed, bottled, rolled, broken, whole…spirits attempt transfer and she literally became the woman of my dreams, too; crying in sorrow each time.

Whenever God Laid her on my heart amongst everything else He Would Share in those night visions, I genuinely asked the young man about his friend. One time, he broke down and shared that she’d just had a daughter. We were all 22-24 by then; had gone from baggy to painted-on jeans and both (allegedly) moved in and out of his life.

I felt the child was his but never verbalized my questioning as our part-time, six-year love was apparently sealed shut. With the exception of a criminal act, pregnancy says two things: all claims of ‘there’s nothing between us/we were never intimate’ are nullified and physical protection was either faulty or never on.

A few, new girlfriends also entered the stage then—and, yes, my dreams; one even by name before we’d met. I did too much trying to prove the lack of hard feelings I’d moved on with, accepting invites to talk from one and supporting another’s business by getting a tattoo [Leviticus 19:28].

Even his mother, then a beloved friend and mentor to me since our teen years, never exploited her son’s business or played favorites but expressed a serious, simple “you really shouldn’t have done that” disapproval for my giving her access to my blood and life [Leviticus 17:11-14].

Clearly, I was too close to him and not close enough to Christ at the time. That tie was way too strong outside of The LORD to be a blessing yet there was no use wasting more time in blame about what was already done.

I respected life, reached out to the new mom for the second (unanswered) time since day one and wished her blessings with what I believed to be the purity that white roses represented.

Silly of my way back, Asiatic Black ideology at the time not to consider that some of the same Far Eastern cultures of our common interest regarded white (roses) as funerary.

I feared this was the unintended making of a vendetta and, for a split second, almost agreed with the old wives’ tales of our respective cultural roots that her anger was later the reason for the loss of my children.

Social media stalking for a few years after I’d not only moved on from him in relationship but to another physical state? Yeah, that happened. But to blame anyone for fetal demise? I choose to believe that’s a lie. Only my God Decides.


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With developing knowledge of, obedience to and strength in Christ over time, none of those prospects and their attempts at tapping into the occult practices of our ancestral homes for harm mattered to me.

Actually, how dare I assign overall life & death power to any but The Most High GOD-in-Christ?! [Isaiah 25:8, Hebrews 2:14, Revelation 21:4] Didn’t I know and understand that regardless of where any of us could boast being born, I was Reborn in The Messiah; my blood Transfused with His Precious Sovereign Flow? [Acts 20:28, Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, 2:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 1:19-22; Hebrews 9:11-14, 12:23-25, 23:11-13]

I was no prophet [Amos 7:14] and neither were some of my community’s superstitious elders who lived in church but made cultural practice of keeping tape measures or yard sticks and a bell of sorts by their bedroom doors for fear of the dead forgetting or remembering and visiting their place [Job 14:12, Psalm 146:4, Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, Isaiah 38:18-19, 1 Timothy 4:1-2].

The Middle Passage daughter that I am deeply understands the rage of a people stolen, enslaved, brutally made to change and give up the abundant land, influence, respect and love we knew since antiquity.

Well before North American colonies then states were established, we ran with the Teachings of Christ that many like Cyril (*) brought to The Continent. It received the ‘you can’t quite sit with us’ Coptic sub-genre treatment. We studied the Torah as Did The Messiah and those deemed oppressed further oppressed His people as falasha outcasts. I get it.

Denying Christ as our Savior or otherwise adopting the nature of evil for undue gain and harm, however, is far inferior to reclaiming our place among The Most High GOD-in-Christ’s Family. It’s time!

It’s time we let go of wrong allegiances among the world system. I’m referring to our people’s long-time love affairs with freemasonry, eastern starriness, frats and soros, too. Our GOD’s Name Is Jealous [Exodus 34:14].

Unity, community service, great networking and polished appearance are possible without allegiance beyond God and family. With the exception of The Most High Himself, a select Biblical few humans and the Covenant of marriage we still maintain, oaths and even false vows haven’t gotten a pardon [Matthew 5:33-37, James 5:12].

The LORD Rebuke every branch, chain and root of voodoo, astrology/numerology/tarot hoodoo, santería, candomblé, spiritual baptist, orisha and seductive self worship blended among His Body!

We must stop the bitterness and blame! Stop lying and spreading foul spirits to new generations! Stop lying to ourselves! The Holy Spirit Will Hear and Share in every earnest groan of despair, Just as He Did mine [Romans 8:26-27].

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If you believe I am the worst and at fault for everything in my own and other far-removed lives, then you can trust there Is room for the better YOU in The Most High’s Love. Please join me in surrender to Him.

No demon of hell [Romans 8:38-39] and no human I don’t awaken to in our true marriage bed, after having been ordained as one flesh [Genesis 2:23-24, Mark 10:7-8], could affect that.

Others’ unholy unions and, even creative, James 1:15 offspring would have to be a subject of fervent, deliverance prayer. As for me, however, when God Says so, I will only marry once, in and through Jesus Christ The Son of GOD. His Blood Fills our bodies, Covers our home and every member in advance and we shall serve Him only [Joshua 24:15]. That. Is. It.

These are touchy subjects for the church, I know, but the devil isn’t ashamed of secrets and lies so…touché! Truth must be told in Love.

That said, massage is often affiliated with but bears no distinct spiritual culture as an clinically sound, therapeutic modality. Even it should be approached with the caution of 1 Timothy 5:22.

 

{Work in progress; more later…}

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Both Sides Now

Somewhere between first saying “Happy New Year” 2018 and “here”, the last digit’s been staring me down some. (I wanted to say it was waving at me or the like to get my attention, but look at it… It’s not built that way. There are two openings, however. For these purposes, I will call them eyes. Thanks.)

Without second thought, yesteryear’s consciousness would have emphasized the ‘build & destroy’ balancing act the number itself appears to perform effortlessly. After all, two opposite but complementary realities are facing each other at their most pivotal points.

For either to fall off, so to speak, is to create a completely different number/entity/time altogether. Not even marked by the emptiness or potential of two zeros, the image is of two random teardrops–or map markers these days. Turned on either side, as we do when we choose rest or get knocked down in Life, His Infinite Power Is represented regardless.

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The Holy Spirit Began Whispering reminders of eight’s Biblical importance into my temple. The Ark’s roll call for salvation in a dire time [Genesis 7:7]…the day of return after the allotted week of menstrual and/or (male) childbearing separation [Leviticus 15:9, 12:2]…days from birth after which male children were to be circumcised [Genesis 17:12]: all eights.

I decided, or maybe He Decided and I simply honored the memo, that I would commit to deeper training and stream-of-His-Consciousness sharing with God’s Word on every eighth day this year as He Allows.

{NOTE: Pending inclusion of the Daily Post prompts in this space isn’t necessarily His Idea, but helps me keep (His writing gift) keen to environmental changes yet sharply focused on Him.}

If even after prayer the flow feels sluggish or not quite as perfect as I might like, I would advance more fiercely before The Throne.

Isn’t that part of what it is to tarry for His Holy Spirit? Doesn’t our Heavenly Father Want us to engage and wield His Word with fervor for greater inner-standing? With all the rumors of war and arguably less weighty matters plaguing the world, shouldn’t we be ever fiercer with our greatest Weapon for taking down spiritual strongholds?

 

The blizzard and sub-freezing temperatures that ushered in the year as well as other recent climate changes have been violent.

Shift dynamics that allow little time for self-care plus the very idea of mandatory flu shots (or stay-on, turn patient comfort-off masks) that can’t possibly address all strains of the virus and offer no defense against others’ (hand) hygiene OR simple colds no matter how careful I’ve been are violent.

The way I made through fresh cranberries, kiwis, citrus, peppers and a Kleenex box yesterday and today alone is kinda violent.

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The final yank I had to do with a wayward heart string before dawn this morning was violent, though harming nothing but the door to unbalanced enabling that it held ajar in the name of never being a “mean”, cold & hardened Christian.

More revelations of popular figures’ alleged criminal indiscretions and continued deaths suffered by and from law enforcement is violent.

With Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16 Being facets of God’s full Truth, His people must also reach for and grasp His Kingdom with wide open hearts and hands; violently, even.

Warriors, soldiers of The Cross, brothers and sisters in Christ…ours is the most Grace-full fight (un)known to humankind. Be armed and encouraged in His Strength, not our own, because Victory Is already His. We must first endure.

En garde.

The Room

Convention has it

that there was no room

 

Hard to believe

of someOne Who Continues to Offer a place among many mansions, a timeshare in Paradise, a Love that Stretches Its Arms°Hangs Its Head°Gives Up Its Spirit°Says to our sins, “It Is Finished” to INFINITY

if only we would do, sow

 

What do you get that Kind, a King at that?!

(Where) do you hide the present?

Is there a suitable room

in our hearts, eyes, panic or praise, entire lives?

 

Never mind…

i hear He Stays Renewing and Renovating anyway

Just cherish this day

un/like all the other gifts

resting beneath the Tree

of abundant Life after death

 

Thank You, Messiah.