Yes its been a while since my last entry and the good Lord Jesus Christ has been asking me to share my experiences. I have been busy at least on my time scale completing projects that an empty house seems to facilitate since there is no one to disturb with all the tool clutter and noise associated with it. The biggest project inside my home was to install #19 fiberglass roll insulation in the attic. This just in a nick of time for the triple digit summer. You wouldn’t think insulation would be that big a deal but when I insulated the garage attic last spring I couldn’t believe the difference it made in the temperature from the previous summer. Even though my garage is not air conditioned in the heat of summer it went from being intolerably hot to very tolerable but warm. All in all it was an itchy affair but not too bad since I wore long sleeves, long arm gloves, eye protection and an air filter, but not nearly as labor intensive or difficult as I expected and certainly no more difficult then cutting a large lawn. Praise God, that in our prayers the Lord always encourages us to accomplish the necessary things we are always putting off. Landscaping has been another shortfall of mine especially when it comes to weed season. Amazing how compared to purposeful plants weeds grow fast and are reluctant to be removed even though they must be or they will overtake and choke a garden of its beauty and purpose. Using my long arm gloves and a screw driver I managed to clear all 10,000 Square Feet of yard space, each week pulled up by the base root and all so that it will not return next season. As a Christian weed pulling always brings to mined the Biblical parable that Christ used to explain to his disciples s what the judgment of heaven will be like:
(Matthew 13:36-43) Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, “Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.” Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
Because none of us are perfect and our nature is sinful, all of us once fall into the category of the weeds, but because of Christ death that paid the price of sin for all those that follow him, we have redemption, forgiveness, and the power to change our lives so that we no longer live for sin, but live for God. A simple truth that we all see unfolding in the world today.
As some of you have read in my earlier journal entries my older sister and brother-in-law were kind enough to give me their late son’s (my nephew) 1987 Jeep Wrangler 4x4. Nothing short of a prayer answered as I had been asking the Lord to guide me in the purchase of a used 4x4 for use in exploring the desert wilderness here in my community. A decision that the Lord had been putting off in my hart for more then a year and a prayer I had not shared with anyone until the Jeep presented itself. I am so grateful to my sister and brother-in-law for their kindness and generosity and of course Gods work behind the scenes. In any event although the Jeep was in working order, it was in need of some serious work to make it off road ready and better running as it had sat in semi storage for more the 10 years. So during this time I have been working on the ignition and fuel system to get it to run smoothly and not stall. It turns out that the ECM, an early chip designed to control the motorized carburetor and distributor for these 20 year old ECM’s were prone to errors especially with age causing the engine to run terrible regardless of tuning. Since these ECM’s are no longer made the only answer was to turn the ignition system back into a pre 1983 configuration by bypassing the ECM and directly linking the ignition to the distributor as shown in this schematic below. Now the jeep runs smooth and clean in full RPM rage, no longer belching black smoke and stalling.
I also had to install a 2 inch suspension lift for about $22 in parts. The labor involved is what is expensive whether on your pocket book or backside. Of course I chose to save the $500 and install it myself which was difficult to say the least but worth it as the oversize rims and front lift kit that came installed on the Jeep before I received it. As a result the rear wheels would rub, hit and crack the rear fenders badly. Before I could install new cheap replacement fenders, I had to correct this clearance problem and correct the front lift kit height causing the weight sag in the rear axle.
With the rear lift kit installed the Jeep now rides level and the clearance for the rear tires is good for off road use. This reminds me of how my prayer life with God every mooring and evening helps me stay balanced so that I can confront all of life’s problems.
(Ephesians 6:17-18) Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
There are too many old projects I have been working on to mention here for now, more I will post later as I tackle a few more.
Rest assured that even with our great human procrastination and short comings, God though his son Jesus Christ is always faithful in keeping his promise able not only save us after death but make our lives more abundant now with that great spiritual peace that passes all understanding (the Holy Spirit). With man's need to create super heroes in books and TV in order to fantasize about a savior, it is fantastic for us to know that God is our omnipotent savior and has revealed himself to the world and us if we will only put trust in him through Jesus Christ, Amen!
(Hebrews 10:21-23) And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
A friend of mine emailed me and mentioned how May 15th was a sad day as the California Supreme Court overturned in a decision in 4 judges to 3 a new law that was overwhelmingly passed by the voters of California against same sex marriage. The ruling by the CA Supreme Court that struck down the new law just as it overwhelmingly passed, will now instead allow same sex marriage providing all the benefits that a normal marriage between a man and a woman would allow. The ruling was approved by the Governor who agreed to sign the ruling into law, rather then the law that was passed by 75% of voters and the Governor pledged to fight any constitutional law (next step) that would protect marriage between a man and a woman, as a constitutional amendment would make it impossible for the courts to overturn unless democracy itself is challenged. The dissenting judges who were against the decision of the court saying "Californians hold a different view, and have explicitly said so by their vote. This court can overrule a vote of the people only if the Constitution compels us to do so. Here, the Constitution does not. Therefore, I must dissent". The proponents claiming victory stated that what happens in CA will spread to the entire nation, this forcing all churches regardless of belief to marry same sex couples under this new law or face discrimination charges.
Although I myself was initially angered by the decision out of my own hypocritical human judgment. God made me realize through his word and Holy Spirit that homosexuality as a sin has no flattered position in the hierarchy of sin against God as we are all subject and will be held accountable for all sin, not just homosexuality. Unless we are willing to believe, repent and make Christ the head of our lives, we can never really change our harts, much less our sinful lifestyles. Whether we practice adultery, fornication, are liars, gossipers, mean, steal, or murderer in our harts, and the list goes on and on, we will never enter into eternal life with God unless we are born again and repent. Although I will agree that these type of things we see happening only reinforces the fact we are living in the end times for our nation and the world, Just like in the days of Noah, God will bring judment. As for Christians who place an emphasis on worshiping in spirit the creator (God) rather then the creature (ourselves) and the flesh, for which we can rest assured that God’s judgment is coming upon the whole world in the form of salvation for those that are born again eagerly awaiting his return. But judgment for those that have dismissed and rejected Gods loving plan of redemption and laws. So let us never flatter ourselves by thinking our sin is somehow less significant then our neighbors by pointing proud fingers, because without being born again through Jesus Christ, we are all in the same boat with all sinners who Christ loves, died for, and offers salvation through his blood on the cross with the power of the Holy Spirit in order to changed our lives away from such practices toward God that we are otherwise helpless to change on our own.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
I am so thankful to God that even though I grow weary in this life and occasionally stumble into sin, through repentance God forgives us because of Jesus Christ blood and our fellowship with God is unbroken. Because of the Holy Spirit, my spirit is committed to God who never grows weary, is everlasting and reigns forever! Those who live for Christ are held up by his grace and forgiven and will participate in his glory from everlasting to everlasting! Amen.
(1 John 1:6-10) So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with God and each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
I have been told that I should realize that my journal writing cause hurt feelings and a sense of alienation. Although this is in no way my personal intent, this description is in fact what the power of the word of God does in order give us a moment of spiritual clarity and show us our need for God so that we are willing to reach out to him and repent, but not everyone is willing to come out of the darkness into the light so they pull back. My intent is that I have an obligation as a Christian to present the truth of salvation rather then hide it from you, which you yourselves would rightly blame me for in the presence of God on the day of judment, if I did not warnyou now.
(Hebrews 4:12-13) For the Word of God is alive and full of power making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow of the deepest parts of our nature, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we shall give account.