THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 10, 2020

As I opened my Bible this morning to II Thessalonians I started to read the preface to chapter 1. I was jolted straight up when I began to read it. It said, “Remember that rebellion and lawlessness are two of the characteristics of the end times. Be care to stay submitted to the authority God has placed in your life. Use your time wisely and spend your life doing the things you know Jesus wants you to do.” This preface is written as a synopsis of the forthcoming scriptures and their meaning in order to prepare the reader.

My grandmother was the first person I ever heard talk about the end times. She told me that when Israel became a nation in 1948 she had thought that was going to be when Christ came. She emphasized the importance of what the above synopsis says, “…Use your time wisely and spend your life doing the things you know Jesus wants you to do.” Grandma truly did this. Wherever she was, she was witnessing for Jesus Christ. If Jesus ever needed a cheerleader he would have chosen grandma for she was truly sold out to Him!

II Thessalonians is only a 3 chapter book. But, it is all about Christ’s return and our need to be ready for it. I don’t spend a lot of my time talking about the end times, but I am not in hiding about it either. There are many biblical signs around us today indicating this time is approaching and likely here. Each of us needs to be ready for this time too. Ready simply means having our relationship and trust found not in man, but in Jesus Christ Himself. This is truly how I want to close out my life regardless of how long the end times last.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 9, 2020

When I began this blog 4+ years ago I did so to let the reader know that once we find the freedom from our past, the journey doesn’t end. In fact, what I found about 9 years ago when I ended the 3 years of therapy and counseling was a start instead of an end. It was the start of living my life as Earnie, God’s created son who came to earth by means of my earthly parents–Harold and Opal. Up until that time I had lived to hide my past knowing it would destroy any chance of successful living in the present and future. It was deception on my part, but that’s where Satan had me bound.

Eventually, in 2015 I wrote the book, The Journey from Error to Heir. The book had three parts, The Abuse, The Secret, Finding Freedom. About 9 months following the book’s completion I began to be prodded by God to start this blog. I was realizing that there was so much more for me to learn on the freedom side of the bondage I’d live in for the 61 years prior. The book ended, but my living in freedom had only begun. Thus, the blog keeps he journey clarified.

God wants each of us to be warriors for His Kingdom work. When man gets fit for battle his body has to be tough and muscled. His mind has to be disciplined and focused. God’s warriors need to have this in place in the spiritual realm. In this part of us we surrender, we trust, we believe, we have faith, all which seem intangibles to flesh. All the mental side of us along with the physical side of us is to be kept on hold until our spiritual side is strong in order to be Kingdom warriors for God.

I could never feel strong in my spiritual side because my mental side kept me believing lies planted by Satan from my past. Today I believe more than ever that I am a child of the King and He has purpose and meaning for me just as He does for you. Growing in my spiritual realm has been such a new awakening for me. This is where I will stay for the rest of my days. I have so much to learn here!

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 8, 2020

The journey today will take us back to Idaho from a nice and relaxing time in Oregon. It is refreshing to come here and let your mind “be still” about so many things which seem to occupy it when home. In fact, I don’t even realize how much that is true until I get away.

This morning’s bible reading is in I Thessalonians. In chapter 4, verse 11 it says to “…endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs….” This was so fitting for me and this weekend. There are so many affairs at the present which to man need attention and they are severe items. To live quietly and peacefully in the midst of this seems contradictory to being responsible with them. However, what God is telling us through Paul’s writing is to take care of our own affairs. Somehow, we get pulled into the affairs of those around us and there are times we need to do this. God nudges us to do so. However, the direction here to mind our own affairs means we need to have our own affairs in order. If we are nudged to assist others, we will be ready to do so.

God’s Light shines for us in showing how to handle our own affairs. I may have things I want to tell others, but if what I wish to say isn’t anointed by God, I can be sure it will end up being words to the wind and sometimes words which cause an entirely new storm. Remembering this lesson as I return home will be a good assignment for me.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 7, 2020

I’ve been coming to Wallowa, OR starting in the spring of 1982 which was the spring Kathy and I met. Since that time I’ve come back yearly and often several times in a year. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty and solace of the mountains and all that lies therein. Whether the sun is out showing the majestic mountains, the clouds are out dumping rain, the snow is coming down adding to the accumulation from the previous snows; there is a peacefulness which only God understands from His creation. I do love the mountains.

Our world today has so much chaos churning throughout it. Often it weighs heavily right behind the activities of the day making me wonder what will be next? I know that God is present in all of this and none of it is a surprise to Him. His scripture tells us to prepare for the coming of the Lord. All this to say, today I can’t see the majestic mountains. The clouds are bringing rain. However, I know my God reigns for I know what the clouds hide.

No matter the condition of our world, the same God Who created us is the one Who will someday deliver us from all of it. Yes, we must live in the chaos, support what we know to be right; but,”… keep my eyes lifted to the hills from whence cometh my help.” Psalms 121:1.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 6, 2020

I’m sure you are just as aware as I am that as soon as you make a strong commitment to grow your walk with God, that commitment will be challenged. I don’t know why I forget that one piece each and every time. Yesterday was one of those times. Earnie’s will was standing out in the front of my mind and emotions all day. Did I know this? Yes, but I had the right to be! It went downhill quickly from there and stayed there. I wasn’t going to budge from my righteousness. Five minutes of communication ahead of time would have cleared this.

Good grief, I just reread what I wrote in the first paragraph. If I were meeting with someone who just told this to me I’d ask them what they thought there next step ought to be? Of course, I know what my next step will be and yes, I will take it.

There is something that surrender doesn’t remove–choice. No matter how committed our humanness is, we still have choice. Today I will choose to start the day addressing the humanness of yesterday. I am so glad our God is a loving, forgiving God!

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 5, 2020

It seems that every verse I’m reading presently and every devotional I read is hitting squarely this topic to total surrender to God’s Spirit’s leading. Only one of the devotionals is new to me. The other one is a repeat and the scriptures are certainly not new to me. What is new to me is the reality of living totally surrendered. It is as though I’m reading all of this for the first time.

So much of my issue has been my belief. I’ve never felt I could be totally surrendered. In fact, outside of a very few people, I thought that total surrender was a goal to work towards, but would could never be completed in human flesh. However, God has never quit working on the root causes of my lack of belief. Finally, I do believe! A huge factor in this has been my getting my eyes off of dad’s life and completely onto Christ’s life. If I were better than dad then I could be Christ-like, I thought. Likewise, if I were better than my brother I could be Christ-like. In all of this I would lose sight of Earnie’s sin nature which was my own, not theirs. Taking my eyes off of them and putting my eyes onto Christ has enabled me to respond more fully to The Holy Spirit regarding me.

The book, The Spiritual Man, by Watchman Nee says we recognize God’s Spirit through our intuition rather than through our minds and emotions. I have a superficial understanding of intuition, but I believe there is a depth to it I will be awakening to as days progress. I want to become this man who is fully surrendered each and every day. My goal is to never lose sight of this need to daily surrender the will of Earnie to God’s Holy Spirit’s will for me.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 4, 2020

Day-long Spirit-filled living is certainly a new mode of operation for me. I had written yesterday that I had a more typical day yesterday resembling ones before the pandemic. I invited God to join me and knew I had His Holy Spirit with me, but I found myself (as I reflect) wanting God to join my work. It is an entire shift in one’s thinking when I awaken to me joining God’s Work instead of Him joining mine. During the days of isolation we’ve recently had, it was simple to have time pondering what joining God’s Work was like and doing it as a servant of Him. However, step back into a day patterned more like one of the recent past and I fall prey to old self.

In my devotional time today I read that when we have surrendered fully to God’s Spirit leading us He will reveal areas of our life, rooms we protect, which are not yet surrendered. I found one of them yesterday which I will now address. It has to do with how I operate at home. My selfishness comes out far more here than at any other place. Maybe that is true for each of us, but I’m only charged with me being surrendered in all areas of my own life. I’m much more awake to it and I am seeing areas God is wanting me to now address.

I started to ponder how God operates when He is home rather than when He is at work and I had to laugh at myself. I’m sure there is absolutely no difference for Him. He is always at home for the universe is His Home. All that transpires in the universe is doing so within His home. I’m the one who calls what I “humanly own and where I humanly reside” my home. Today I want to stay awake to The Holy Spirit throughout my day.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 3, 2020

Today is an important one for me. I step into some work with the school districts that will hopefully have lasting effects. It all starts with some professional development taking place which aligns with a new curriculum being purchased supporting students’ learning to read and learning to apply their reading to all other areas of their learning. OK, all of this is important to me, but I never want this to be my work, but God’s work in and through me.

A year ago I was praying for a colleague who was applying for a superintendent’s job with a neighboring school district that has gone through deep community strife. She was hired and I spent a good deal of time in the summer and fall giving assistance for a healthy start. It seemed to be paying off and a new day seemed to be on the horizon. I work with one of the schools within the district so we stayed in touch throughout the year. I was called yesterday afternoon by her and told she had resigned. The pressure was simply too great and the effects on her and her family were too severe. My devotional focus this morning was largely on JOY. It was a good reminder to help others see God’s work even in our most stressful times. I know this person will find a new position where her strengths are appreciated and respected. I’m also sure she planted many seeds which will likely turn into fruit from another’s leadership.

Keeping my eyes on the fact that God is tremendously involved in all things is so important. If I lose sight of this I don’t advise well and stress/worry take over. Joy is lost. One other thing God is helping me see now that I’m much more open to His Spirit’s leading in my life, is my own spirit wanting to have its way. I’m finding that one can’t have God’s Spirit leading one’s life without this Light showing the selfishness of one’s own self. Instead of squelching this I want to expose it and surrender it. Each day is a new day of learning to walk closer and closer to my Heavenly Dad.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 2, 2020

The awakening to man’s spirit, my spirit, has been extremely insightful. Little had I realized how much I squelched, barricaded from my mind (thinking) as it related to one’s purpose behind their actions. I would always say that if they only understood they wouldn’t act that way. Little have I realized how much man doesn’t care what others think, they only want what they want. Now that I’ve accepted this reality, my blinders are gone and I see things much more clearly.

The day I thought I would have yesterday got completely turned upside down. Not that it was bad, it actually turned out giving me time to go meet with my prayer warrior about all of this spirit revelation. As I began to share this with her, her smile kept getting bigger. This isn’t her usual nature as she is more serious minded so I often see the wrinkled brow taking in the information she’s hearing. I broke down and wept as I told her my realization that dad didn’t have my best interest at heart and that my brother didn’t either. Their abusive behaviors were purely selfish. As I confessed all of this I could also see my own selfish will looming forth. I wanted so much to be important to dad and to my brother, so much so I’ve spent a lifetime trying to earn value in man’s eyes.

Today in my devotional time I could see my relationship with Jesus, God and The Holy Spirit as simply ours. The relationship connection was directly between us. All of the connections to my past were no longer the direct line to the way I saw my relationship to God and His Kingdom. My relationship to God is set upon the fact He created me to be the man I am. The freedom of this is immense!

When I’d finished telling all of this to my prayer warrior she said, “Wow, you’ve turned a page in your life’s book.” I responded by telling her I had closed the book once and for all which was my false identity Satan had written in my mind for all these years. I can see that book as being closed now and I see a new one with pages waiting to be written by God and me as I obey and surrender to His Spirit’s leading in my life each and every day.

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES: JUNE 1, 2020

The journey of present truly has me in a wonderment I’ve never known or even considered. In fact, I wouldn’t even let myself go there because it was just too bizarre in my mind. I’m talking about the evil side of man–man’s spirit. Little by little I’m waking up to the truth of what man’s selfish side really looks like. I’ve always been told I was naive to the ways of man, but I thought that was because the one talking didn’t know the truth about me. Good grief, I’d been sexually used for 12.5 years. How could I be naive about the selfishness of man? However, what I’m finally awakening to is that I never wanted to believe that my abuse was sheer selfishness on my brother’s part. Included in this was that my dad’s abuse was sheer selfishness of his part. I always wanted to believe they had my well-being in mind but were somehow oblivious to the effect of abuse on me or anyone else. I couldn’t let myself believe they didn’t care about my well-being. I’ve never wanted to believe that any man could be so selfish that he would intentionally hurt another. Somehow, awakening to the Spirit of God is revealing the ugliness/selfishness of the spirit of man. Light–God’s Kingdom Light–does penetrate the darkness of man.

There is a good deal more I could write here but I strongly believe I am to let the dust settle on this reality a little longer. I am actually overwhelmed with this new truth I’ve keep buried for so long.