Monday, March 17, 2014

The difference between Faith and Fantasy

 
   Do you know people who you would say "they are living in a fantasy world or some folks are just not in touch with reality?" Then there are those who walk out their day to day lives always looking up with a hope? On their lips you hear their whispered words, "today may be the day" The latter are those who put their faith in the Savior, the Redeemer of His people. Today I would like to discuss the difference between faith and fantasy.

   First I would like to consider people who live in a fantasy world. In a fantasy "you" the ruler of that world set up rules and guidelines for the plot of the fantasy, thinking all will turn out in the end. For some it is that good always defeats evil. For others it is just a hiding place to run away to when life gets too serious. They have a tendency to set themselves up for a fall, or disappointment, because when reality comes knocking at their door they seem to struggle in their ability to cope with day to day realities. For one to live a fantasy in this broken world is extremely hard  because inevitably one will always come up empty, hit a dead end and be disappointed. The definition of a fantasy is to create imaginings, daydreaming, an illusion, a delusion, a whimsical notion or idea.
  "Fantasy is the soul being driven by the flesh". It is an erratic and impulsive behavior, emotional instability. The proverbial double minded man if you will. Fantasizing is an emotional escape to a world of illusions and false hopes in aspiring to fulfill the flesh in some way, it's the great deception. People will use all kinds of things to "deal with this world". Such as drugs, alcohol, cars, movies, cartoons, work, the opposite sex, gambling etc.. I think you get the picture.

   Does this mean that one cannot live by faith and believe in miracles? No, for faith and fantasy are not the same thing.
  The definition of Faith is a confident belief in God, trusting God, having a loyalty and allegiance toward God. In other words, "Living by Faith is the soul being driven by the Spirit". It is a wise and true state of mind, a sound mind in which emotions have not the power to rule, but submits itself to the higher power which is the Spirit of God. Faith is a Spirit driven hope of knowing and being assured that one day you will escape, but while you are here, trust God for His will to be done in your life as you yield to Him. Living by Faith is where your ultimate true peace, joy and rest lies. Faith is not slave to the flesh as fantasy is. It is slave to the Spirit of God.

Do you enjoy imagining things? if so then live by Faith in your imagination and not fantasy and try to imagine this for example: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). Can you try to imagine what God has prepared for you not in this worldly kingdom but "His Kingdom" Go ahead go for it and know and be assured that it will be for real and exceedingly greater than you could ever imagine.

Hoping for better while here in this world is okay because God's Word says He gives us a hope and a future. But when you try to make this world your fantasy paradise it shall not go well for you. For Jesus said "my kingdom is not of this world". Think on God's Kingdom and what it has to offer. In believing the enemy's lies, you will find that what he has to offer in this world is shallow, a life of false hope and empty promises, an illusion. It's interesting that what the enemy offers and the fantasy offers is basically the same. May we allow Jesus when He was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness to be our example. What did Jesus do when Satan took Him up to an exceeding high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world? Satan said, "all these things I will give thee, if you will fall down and worship me". Jesus replied and said: "Get thee hence Satan for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Mt. 4:8-10). When we create a fantasy of the perfect life here in this world, are we not, essentially in that moment, in the same position that Jesus was. He was being tempted by the enemy to place more value on the here and now. To make the things of this world to be desired and make it a mission to have it and all that it has to offer? Is it not the great deception from the enemy to draw our attention away from God our Lord and Savior (Who is our only true hope for today, as well as our eternal hope). Satan's only goal is to get us to worship him and the things of this world. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. His goal is to keep us blind to that which is most important. That we (God's Children) have been given a hope and a future. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope in your "final outcome" (Jer. 29:11amp.). Did you catch that? He said "final outcome" so if you want to live by faith and not fantasy then place your hope in your final outcome when you leave this life and go into His Heavenly Kingdom.

Jesus tells us ever so lovingly in His Word to "Occupy till He comes" What that simply means is to carry on with what needs to be done to live out your life while here. For example: working, keeping busy and trusting Him to meet your needs, it's called living by faith and it can be a beautiful and contented life. And as you trust and obey Him, He will continue to give you His mercy and His grace. "Lean not upon your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all of your ways and He will direct your path" (Proverbs 5:3-6). So go ahead and be "Heavenly minded" for this will keep you living by faith and wise in your day to day life until He comes and not in a fantasy world.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Heart's Diamond



  As His Light pierces through, His grandeur appears which my gaze beholds. Together, He my teacher and my eyes as I behold the cut of the rock the sharp edge and the smooth one. The sharp is like the strong mountain of Justice, no bending or bowing as the great tempest blows steady and strong it holds fast, majestic in it's splendor so magnificent to behold. As I peer upon the smooth, I behold the gentle breeze that blows, a bowing of the knee, burdens lifted, oh how sweet is the surrender as peace sweeps across the soul. Looking deep and seeing what has not been seen before I see Light upon Light and turning upon turning as beams of reflection dance all around, there is no shadow of turning only the brightness magnifying the depths of His Grace, the tenderness of His Mercy and the unconditional love that always shines and never fades. Oh the beauty I behold pure and unblemished so glorious and perfect. Darkness escapes, evil is overwhelmed by the beautiful Light of God. Nothing hinders His majesty, undaunted as his love overtakes the wholeness of creation. Splendid in glory and honored by all.

Time and age so fleeting but a friend indeed for it will unveil the many facets of God's beautiful character. Jesus as a Diamond that's been lifted from the dark earth by the hand of God all for you and me and brought forth into the Light of our Creator who makes all things beautiful within our own souls as we become the beautiful faceted diamond created in His Son's image.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Real Man


Here's my motivational exhortation for all the real men out there. Just because you play music, write poetry, and are in touch with your emotional/sensitive side and know how to be a loving true friend to another male "doesn't make you gay". A real man knows this to be true because they have the capacity of heart and mind to know the difference between sex and love. Men get a bad wrap and just can't seem to win a lot of the time because the world will portray this kind of character in a man as someone who is gay, thus many men suffer identity crisis. Real men that are in tune/sensitive to their Creator's heart will not be deceived but be able to distinguish between the truth and the lies of this world and realize that God created them with emotion and sensitivity as to know what real love is and how to show forth that love. After all man was created by God, who is a God of emotion and who is the all encompassing expression of life living "Love". God formed you from the dust of the ground in the image and likeness of Himself and He didn't stop there, He also breathed into mans nostrils the breath of life thus giving man all the attributes of Himself and man became a living soul. Men, you have been given the whole package of manhood and not just the physical.

A real man will understand the concept of loving his wife as Christ loved the church and gave His life for it. A real man understands the love in laying down his life for a friend. A real man understands righteous indignation in loving tough, and understands that this is what it may take in order to see a victorious end. I would go as far as to say that a real man has a greater understanding of love and how to convey it then most women if he would be willing to let go and allow himself to be sensitive to the heart of God and be the man God created him to be. If men would do this without concerning themselves with the disgusting lies of the world they would not only be powerhouses in courage, strength, honor, determination, hard-working, but they would also be passionate, righteous, loving individuals who will display the most beautiful character of God which is love in its rawest form, and they will be as King David was, "a man after God's own heart".

I am thoroughly disgusted at how people poke and make fun of this kind of character in men and make jokes about it. Call me old fashion, a stick in the mud, I don't care. It's not right and I'm tired of the homosexual labels and jokes.

Quit you like men the Bible says, rise up man of God. Don't be embarrassed or ashamed of the emotional side of God that abides within you. You are not an idiot, you are not out of touch when it comes to love in it's purest form, you do understand, so stop pretending like you don't just because the t.v shows, psychologist, books and others tell you so. You are physical beings but you are also an emotional being just as God created you, stop going along with the lies that you are clueless. Nor are you effeminate just because you are in touch with your sensitive side, King David wasn't and he was a man of poetry as well as a man of war and had a deep abiding love ( not a sexual one) for his dear friend Jonathan. In fact King David was so in touch with his emotional/sensitive side that he not only wrote poetry he played the harp and fought with his bare hands a lion and a bear just to save the sheep he shepherded and loved. He was all the things that the world would label a man as gay. But the fact is King David had a fondness of desiring too many women and this was one of his flaws.

Men if you choose to act like you don't know and laugh about how you are clueless when it comes to emotion/sentiment or use them as a justification for perverted living then you "dishonor the character of God Himself". But, if you have been innocently ignorant up to this point, consider yourself now schooled in the character of God and how He created you, so be set free and be the man that God created you to be, a living loving being who is well intentioned and fully aware of your identity in the image of God!  

Friday, February 10, 2012

"A song in the night"

Awoke from a dream in August of 2011 singing this:



I thank you for your mercy



I thank you for your grace



I thank you for your healing



You're worthy of all praise



I love you I adore you



I praise your Holy Name



You're glorious you're wonderful



Your love forever reigns



You're our well spring of Joy



You're our life giving rain



You're our protector and deliverer



Your blessings have sustained



I thank you for the hope



The promise we foresee



One day all will praise you



And everyone bow their knee



No tongue shall keep silent



Every hand will raise



All creation shall worship you



And sing forth your praise



"Tammy Greenwell"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Beginnings


Where has the time gone. It has been awhile since I have written anything. Life has a way of interrupting in good ways as well as maybe some bad. But for us it has been good and we are so very thankful. Here we are beginning a new year with a new Grandbaby, in a new home, and working new jobs. Our life in Arizona for 5 in a half years was filled with many a life lessons, some good and some not so good. But hey we are back living in our home town and life has seemed to begin afresh for us. Wow! how thankful I am for fresh starts. God is so very good about that, giving us new beginnings that is and allowing us the freedoms to live and learn and to come to that place where we can sit back and look at all that has transpired and say thank you God for your mercy and grace, for your loving kindness and for miracles that happen more often then not if we would just take the time to be still and listen and watch. How Great God has been and always will be. Placing our trust in Him will always in the end bring forth His tender affection and mercy. Life will never cease to be difficult from time to time but nor will it cease to be good from time to time as well. I guess that's what it takes so as to keep our eyes fixed upon what really matters in life. Trusting God and a whole lot of lovin is what will hold out in the end.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Matrimony

We exhort you, who are a husband, to love your wife, even as you love yourself. Give honor to her as the more delicate vessel; respect the delicacy of her frame and the delicacy of her mind. Continue through life the same attention, the same manly tenderness which in youth gained her affections. Reflect that, though her bodily charms are decayed as she is advanced in age, yet that her mental charms are increased, and that, though novelty is worn off, yet that habit and a thousand acts of kindness have strengthened your mutual friendship. Devote yourself to her, and , after the hours of business, let the pleasures which you most highly prize be found in her society.
We exhort you, who are a wife, to be gentle and condescending to your husband. Let the influence which you possess over him arise from the mildness of your manners and the discretion of your conduct. Whilst you are careful to adorn your person with neat and clean apparel--for no woman can long preserve affection if she is negligent in this point--be still more attentive in ornamenting your mind with meekness and peace, with cheerfulness and good humor. Lighten the cares and chase away the vexations to which men, in their commerce with the world, are unavoidably exposed, by rendering his house pleasant to your husband. Keep at home, let your employment be domestic and your pleasures domestic.
To both husband and wife we say, "Preserve a strict guard over your tongues, that you never utter anything which is rude, contemptuous, or severe; and over your tempers, that you never appear sullen and morose. Endeavor to be perfect yourselves, but expect not too much from each other. If any offense arises, forgive it; and think not that a human being can be exempt from faults."
From the book: "The Royal Path of Life by T.L Haines 1876"

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Conjugal Relation


We cannot look upon marriage in the light in which many seem to regard it--merely as a convenient arrangement in society. To persons of benevolence, intelligence, and refinement, it must be something more--the source of the greatest possible happiness or of the most abject misery-- no half-way felicity. You have not had the folly to discard common sense. You have endeavored to study charitably and carefully the peculiarities of each other's habits, dispositions, and principles, and to anticipate somewhat the inconveniences to which they may lead. And as you are determined to outdo each other in making personal sacrifices, and to live by the spirit of the Savior, you have laid a foundation for happiness , which it is not likely will be shaken by the joys or sorrows, the prosperity or adversity, the riches or poverty, or by the frowns or flattery, of the world. If there is a place on earth to which vice has no entrance--where the gloomy passions have no empire--where pleasure and innocence live constantly together-- where cares and labors are delightful--where every pain is forgotten in reciprocal tenderness--where there is an equal enjoyment of the past, the present, and the future--it is the house of a wedded pair, but of a pair who, in wedlock, are lovers still.
From the book " The Royal Path of Life" by: T.L. Haines 1876

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What if this really is the way it is...

We pray for blessing we pray for peace
Comfort for our family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while you hear each spoken need
Yet love us way to much to give us lesser things
Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if your healing comes thru tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know your near
What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom, your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel you near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from your word is not enough
All the while you hear each desperate plea
And long that we have faith to believe
Cause what if your blessings come thru raindrops
What if your healing comes thru tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know your near
What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart that this,
this is not our home
Cause what if your blessings come thru raindrops
What if your healing comes thru tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know your near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can't satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
Lyrics to the song "Blessings" by Laura Story

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

God's song to His child

My Child has my eyes
My child has my face
My child has my heart
My child can't be replaced
You are my child
I hold you close
You are safe
In my embrace
No cause for harm
You're in my arms
You are my child
I love you so
No need to fear
I hold you tight
You are my child
Every thing's alright
I look in your eyes
I kiss your face
The joy you bring
Can't be erased
You are my child
I love you so
You are my child
I will never let you go
Tammy Greenwell
Behold what manner of love
The Father has bestowed upon us
That we should be called the sons
and daughters of God
(1John 3:1a)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Remember These Words

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Mt. 24:27.
One does well if he remembers these words of Christ for he will not be lead astray by the false christs and the false prophets, who will no doubt show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Be as the wise Berean and search the scriptures for your self so that you will know the truth. Don't lean only upon the teachings of man and what a so-called wise teacher might have to say. Learn for yourself, study the Word of God for your own good so that you will be prepared and know how to answer the one who has a question about the end time and the return of Christ Jesus. Be not mocked such as the ones who claim to be prophets and speak of the end of the world, the judgment of God and the day of Christ return. They call themselves ministers of the Word but yet they know not the Word. They are the ones who give true Bible believing Christians a bad name. Do not judge all Christians because of one looney person who considers himself a scholar when it comes to the Word of God and an end time prophet. Back-up everything with scripture and know the truth for the truth will not lead astray and will always lead to Jesus the Word and what Jesus said..
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings; for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (2 Timothy 2:15-16)