Those who love the truth, other people, and humility, expose their shame to be covered by mercy, forgiveness and grace. We’ve all seen this tap-dancing and have performed a few moves of our own.Do you remember the look on someone’s face who knows you are lying?

(The narcissist has no empathy, and no sense of shame which causes you to surrender to truth. So, they never see the other person’s face–they don’t care. The only pain being protected is their own.) What did Adam become? God knew where he was, but did Adam know?

Listen to the interrogation. With each question Adam drifts further away from God. In fact, this is the last we will here of his relationship with God.

…And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? [a request for self awareness, spiritual gps location?] And he said, I heard thy voice [the event which caused a reaction] in the garden, and I was afraid [for the first time by your presence], because I was naked [ashamed of myself for the first time]; and I hid myself [to avoid the shame and save my self righteousness].  And he [God] said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?  [Two questions providing opportunity for honesty and repentance] And the man said [lies, half truths to poison the mind of the interrogator and implicate/destroy his wife], The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. [So, out of the 3 of us, I am last to be blamed]Genesis 3:9‭-‬12 KJV

The narcissist always asks “why all the questions? You don’t trust me?”  From his/her perspective, the only stake in the relationship is theirs. What they don’t REALize is, the interrogator already knows where they are, they just want to know if they know where you are now in the relationship.


This just scratches the surface of this drama.


“Share in afflictions? According to the POWER OF GOD”???
Isn’t that a contradiction? Doesn’t the WEAK one experience the pain, and the POWERFUL experience victory, and peace? What is Paul taking about? He’s taking a beating from God’s enemies—literally–and talking about. “…according to the power of God”?

As we learned in Romans 1: the gospel is the “POWER of God; the FORCE of God unto salvation.” Rom. 1:16 (a parallel verse.)

Therefore the forces in the world are soo powerful that God must use FORCE to accomplish salvation!

  • FORCE is necessary to overcome the enemy and rescue the captives. 2Tim. 2:9-12, 15, 3:8, 11, 12, 4:2-8
  • FORCE is necessary to give life, sight, and faith to those being rescued. 2:25-26
  • POWER is necessary for the children of God to overcome during this life and receive the inheritance. 1:6-14, 2:3-6, 4:2-8
  • The GOSPEL is that power/force: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise UNTO SALVATION through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be PERFECT, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED unto ALL good works.
    2 Timothy 3:15‭-‬17 KJV

“Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord SHALL DELIVER ME from every evil work, and will PRESERVE me [POWER TO RESIST CORROSION] unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. –2 Timothy 4:17‭-‬18 KJV 


” be thou partaker of the AFFLICTIONS of the gospel ACCORDING to the POWER of God;” 2 Timothy 1:‬8 KJV


“Let no man beguile you of your reward..”. –Colossians 2:18 KJV ,

“That their hearts [the center of desire and longing] might be COMFORTED, being knit [forced]  together in LOVE [deep family bond], and unto [the collective purpose of this bond is towards] all RICHES of the FULL ASSURANCE of UNDERSTANDING, to the acknowledgement [complete knowledge, discernment] of the MYSTERY of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;  In whom are HID [kept secret] ALL THE TREASURES [treasure chest] of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE…And this I say, lest any man should beguile you [to cheat by false valuing something] with enticing [persuasive] words.. As ye have therefore received [taken possession of] Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye IN HIM:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving… Beware lest any man spoil [take spoils, lead away as booty] you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  Let no man beguile [to defraud or beguile of the prize of victory] you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, Colossians 2:2‭-‬4‭, ‬6‭-‬10‭, ‬18 KJV

We have these bandits, pirates, today. Beware of the pirates, stealing your treasure and leading you away captive. They lead you away from Christ the priceless treasure, and towards the fools gold of religious/spiritual activities and doctrines. see Col.2:23

It is important to understand (like the Galatian false teachers,) these pirates were professing Christians. They were teachers in Christian churches, pretending to serve Jesus but denying his glory by placing equal or more value on religious rituals, activities, empty philosophies, and traditions.
False teachers lead into all kinds of religious distractions, but they do not comprehend Jesus So they reject his riches. They believe other things are more profitable. They trick their followers to treasure the wrong thing.

So then, if you are going to mine for gold and search for treasures, there is only one true place to spend your time.

[THE TREASURE:] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; [THE JOY:] teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.–Colossians 3:16 KJV

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:   Who, when he had found one pearl of GREAT PRICE, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.–Matthew 13:45‭-‬46 KJV

Study your Bible until you know it’s treasures by heart, and are a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about Jesus in whom all the fullness of God dwells.

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, WE WOULD SEE JESUS. John 12:21 KJV

There are a number of hidden treasures concerning Jesus the Son of God in the short letter to the Colossians– do you know them? How valuable is this secret knowledge to you? What’s your plan for mining more treasures about the Lord and his kingdom?

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is ABLE to BUILD YOU UP, and to GIVE YOU AN INHERITANCE among all them which are sanctified. –Acts 20:32 KJV

The Glorious Sun! No shades please.

They tell us most of the country is vitamin-D deficient and are therefore sick. Yet they insist you need sunscreen to block the greatest natural source of vitamin D–“the sun is now harmful, so you need to buy some cream.” God wants to hurt you, but we got you covered.” 😉

2 Corinthians warns is against this trick. Never let anyone tell you you need shades when gazing into God’s glorious light. Reject any teacher who filters God’s glorious word. They explain, they pure word is too harsh for the mind and needs to be cleverly watered down so that it is more easily digestible for sinners. Their sermons are full of interesting stories “people can relate to.” (Friends, you want life giving stories, the word of God is full of them!)

“But have renounced the HIDDEN things of DISHONESTY , not walking in CRAFTINESS [trickery], nor handling the word of God deceitfully [no light filters or sunglasses;] but by manifestation [visible exhibition] of the TRUTH commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our GOSPEL be HID, it is HID to them that are lost: In whom THE GOD OF THIS WORLD hath BLINDED [obscured, shaded] the MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT, LEST the LIGHT of THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST, who is the image [exact likeness] of God, should SHINE unto them. For God, who commanded THE LIGHT to SHINE out of darkness, hath SHINED in our hearts, to give the LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE of THE GLORY of God IN THE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day [as we stand face to face before the Word of God].–2 Corinthians 4:1‭-‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬16 KJV


Don’t put a novice in office.

There is a trend in many churches these days of putting younger people into leadership. I recently visited a fellowship run by young people in their 20’s and early 30’s. Most of them are also new believers.

There is a very good reason the Bible says:

“A bishop [elder/pastor-teacher] then must be … apt to teach; Not a novice, [new plant] lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.-1 Timothy 3:2‭, ‬6 KJV

Even though the “young plant” may have knowledge–be a quick learner; They lack one essential ingredient all God-appointed Biblical leaders have: EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE.

You can teach what you’ve learned, or you can teach what you know to be fact.

In God’s kingdom this required EXPERIENTIAL knowledge is

  1. Of God. (1Jhn. 1-2)
  2. The Christian journey, battlefield. (Rom. 5)
  3. The enemy the devil. (1Tim.3,
  4. The path to victory/Overcoming.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for a young plant to possess this knowledge. This is why all of the prophets and disciples were trained over long periods by God before given responsibility to lead his flock. It’s also why we don’t reach maturity until we have been tried in the furnace of trails, and have endured like gold.

Objection! But wasn’t Timothy young? Yes, but he wasn’t a young plant. He was trained in the faith/scriptures since a child.

These churches who covert young leaders also SHAME the elders in their midst as they dismiss their wisdom and experience in favor of “young talent”.

Many of these churches have spiritually dried up, and hope to survive by recruiting youthful leaders. It’s a misguided business strategy, mixed with LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.

*the pic is from Unconscious: Unlocking the Zone book.

MANNA: “Surpasses all understanding”

And he humbled [afflict, oppress] thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know [were force fed like a helpless baby. Not food!?]; that he might make thee know that man doth not live [have the activitiy of life]  by bread [grain, earthly] food only, but by every word [all the commandments] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. –Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV

Like the unfamiliar food: manna, the word of God is the answer to all of our distress. We normally expect relief to come from what ever we feel we are lacking that causes our discomfort. But, getting closer to God in prayer and his word are the remedy we really need. Notice the level of relief, comfort, and satisfaction promised in these passages.

“for NOTHING BE ANXIOUS, but IN EVERYTHING by prayer, and by supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God;  and the peace of God, that is surpassing all UNDERSTANDING, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 YLT1898

Surpasses all understanding,” is exactly what the manna from heaven did to the starving Israelites in the wilderness. It was nutrition they knew nothing about, yet it was more than enough to satisfy their needs, with plenty left over when they could not work for food.
Friends, the word of God, (full of his promises) is all we need to lean on when times get tough. God promises to take care of everything we need.

“and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called in one body, and become thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, in grace singing in your hearts to the Lord; –Colossians 3:15‭-‬16 YLT1898

“‘Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest,  take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls, –Matthew 11:28‭-‬29 YLT1898

“Do you believe this?”

Manna: I’m Starving! But, what is that?

In the wilderness, the Lord afflicted the souls of the Hebrews through starvation, so that they would learn to look to him daily for food and sustenance. (Deut. 8:3)

This was an important event on planet earth going forward in the history of God saving his people.

Did you know that the “fat man” may very well be as nutritionally deficient as the starving, skin and bones, child in the third world country? The fat man is stuffing his starving body with nutritionally empty substances Therefore his starvation continues even as his body grows.

First there must be a certain type of hunger/starvation, nutritional deficiency. Then the sweetness of the words of God are no longer words in another book on the shelf.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.–Matthew 5:3‭-‬4‭, ‬6 KJV

The world system, the kingdoms of men are organized to condition its subjects to look to the empire for the satisfaction of every need. For example, entertainment for the lovely and empty. Specially packaged food for the hungry. Club memberships for community and identity, etc. These, like the starving fat man, create an illusion of healthy growth.

The nutritional deficiency is so great that a mirror threat of taking away these things create a panic which often manifest in a war-like reaction, such as we see it the two party political system. The members are trained to fight the opposing side as if food and water are at stake. The same mindset is seen in organized sports leagues.

When these provisions fail, the kingdom provides drugs to numb the disillusion mind, or take the mind in trips.

What if our soul and spirit were starving for a different, unnatural food? A food not for the body.

Silence is complicity, and protection is accessory: Judges 19-21

This is a really good summary of this passage. The passage reads like a Blockbuster movie with anticipation, stomach churning horror, amazement, sadness, outrage, revenge, and a measure of redemption. I left out at least a dozen more adjectives.

Every teacher must remember the beginning of the book, and do not leave off the ending, which ends where it began.

This tells us that you really don’t go to the book of judges to find the way the people of God should live. You go there and learn how the people of God should not live.

(Bible critics use passages like this to accuse the Bible of promoting vile conduct.)

The episode in chapter 19 highlights the worst moral decline among the mightiest of the tribes. There are a lot of failures to consider. However, one that stands out to me, (and is often overlooked,) is the perpetrators were a distinct group among the Benjamites. They had a reputation for corruption. They were known as “the children of wickedness.”

Nonetheless, they found a haven and protection among their blood brothers. “A little leaven, leavens the whole lump.” Instead of family shame, their brothers supported their evil lifestyle.

In this case “a king” (as the book repeatedly reminds us) would have been morally responsible before God, and be the first to suffer for such evil in the kingdom.

Friends, silence is complicity, and protection is accessory to the crime. God took the opportunity to clean house in all of Israel at that time.

Study note: Remembering that the Lord only tells us what is important; how many mistakes were made in this episode in Judges 19 + 21?


“And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 5:4 KJV

Why was John crying his eyeballs out? Because that book contains the list of those inheriting eternal life. The roll must be called, the names must be read.

WORTHY is a word indicating a comparison between at least two things.

Thayer Definition:
“weighing, having weight, having the weight of another thing of like value, worth as much.”

Who “outweighs, is more valuable” than what or who?

The answer is The Law, Sin, and Death. Therefore more powerful than them, and able to deliver out of their hands and give life!

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:9‭-‬14 KJV

Living outside of the Beast’s power and control


What is it like to live outside the Beast’s kingdom, power and control? That kingdom where everyone lives for the success, merchandise, dainties, experiences, and pleasures provided by the Beast?

and that no one will be able to buy or sell , except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.–REVELATION 13:17 AMP

In this world system, managed and controlled by what the Bible calls the Beast, the mind is taken captive, away form life, in a system of deterioration. From the cradle to the grave mankind is educated (programmed) to pursue pleasures along the path to death. This is the only hope given by the Beast. We now call it accomplishing “the bucket list” by those successfully progressing along this path of diminishing pleasures.

The educators in the Beast’s system are dogs” in business suits and decorated religious robes.

Paul abandons his bucket list, andescapes his soul into the kingdom of God, toward everlasting life ,–never looking back. Along this (New Birth from cradle to glory) path, the knowledge necessary for progress is exclusively of the Logos. And it is ever increasing with each step predestined by God in heaven.

You will notice at the end of chapter 3, Paul is led by the Spirit to warm again about the Beast and his teachers the dogs in this dying world system.

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain into the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark [identify and follow] them which walk so as ye have us for an example.


(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you EVEN WEEPING, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly [like dogs], and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) [They are spiritually dead, and only know the Beast’s earthly system.]


“For our conversation [the kingdom of which we are citizens] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.–Philippians 3:2‭-‬3‭, ‬7‭-‬14‭, ‬17‭-‬21 KJV