Updated: Nov 15, 2021
In my last blog, I revealed to you, and hopefully I convinced you, that if you are one of God's elect (those who are of the truth who consistently treat others the way you wish to be treated), you should come out of all forms of organized religion immediately and never return, because they are all whorehouses of the devil who will lie to you and lead you away from Yahuwah, the one true God and His son, Yahushua the Messiah. So, you may be wondering, what am I proposing you do in its place to come to know and develop a healthy, respectful, devoted relationship with Yahuwah and Yahushua? I am going to share with you here my thoughts on this subject, that are rooted in my own daily and weekly spiritual practices, which hopefully will challenge some of you to give it a try and see what happens in your own lives and walks with God and with Christ.
I cannot promise you that your experiences following these practices and spiritual disciplines will produce the same results that I am experiencing, but if you are truly one of His elect, I am certain that you will be filled with wonder, awe and delight as Yahuwah and Yahushua bless you and teach you God's ways and wisdom, as they have done for me. But recognize this: God's relationship with each one of us is different and unique by His intentional design. We are all as different as snowflakes are different from one another and He intends to relate to each of of us in ways unique to each of us. So my experiences will inevitably not match your own experiences, even if you follow the same practices that I do.
Many of us have long assumed and understood that to know God we must go to a church and join some form of organization. But the Bible does not teach this at all and the KJV Bible ought to be our absolute standard of truth in all things, particularly in spiritual matters. The early development of Christianity after Yahushua's death, resurrection and ascension into heaven consisted of sent-out-ones, or apostles, going out into surrounding regions, preaching the good news of the gospel of the Messiah, leading others to submit and surrender their lives and their wills to Yahushua as their lord and savior and organizing home churches in what is today Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, Italy and the Middle East. Some of these stories are told in the Book of Acts. These were communities of new believers who sought to learn from one another and enjoy fellowship and a sense of community and belonging with others who shared their new-found faith. They met in people's homes, broke bread together and the more spiritually mature men taught the others of the community as volunteers, not as paid clergy, what God's word says and means and how they should conduct themselves with kindness, honesty and integrity with each other and in the world. The English word church was translated in the KJV Bible from the Greek word, ekklesia, which The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines under Strong's #1577 as "a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both) - assembly, church."
So in reality, church is the body or community of believers and followers of Yahushua the Messiah, and this is what we ought to be striving for, rather than creating or being a part of some formal institution or organized denomination. In fact, the word denomination is derived from the Greek word, denomos, which means division. Anyone who is at all familiar with the teachings of Paul especially, knows that the goal of Christ is unity with Him and with the Father and in the one true gospel and faith that Paul and the other apostles preached and modeled to others by their own godly examples and in their writings. That which poses as Christianity today is a far cry from this godly example which they left us in God's word.
Having said this, we are now living in the last days of end times Bible prophecy. If you are of God's elect, you know and can see this. If you are not of His elect, you cannot know or see this. I know this because the Bible says just this and because I have tested it countless times with many other people who just stare at me like a deer caught in the headlights - they are completely clueless that the second coming is now imminent and painfully obvious, and nothing I say or do is ever going to change that. What this means is that these are as the days of Noah (see Matthew 24:37-39, in which the Messiah describes these last days would be as the days of Noah were), as described in Genesis 6. It is worth taking a minute to read a few of the verses in that chapter to see what Christ was referring to:
"And GOD (Eloah) saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every evil imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD (YHWH) that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD (YHWH) said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (YHWH). These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in all his generations (there was no fallen angel DNA in his heritage and bloodline), and Noah walked with God (Eloah). And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth" (from whom the white, negroid and oriental races, respectively, were descended). The earth also was corrupt before God (Eloah), and the earth was filled with violence. And God (Eloah) looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." Genesis 6:5-13 (Parentheticals added for clarity)
For those of you who know the story of Noah, God brought upon the earth the flood and only eight people on the entire earth were not drowned: Noah, his wife, his three sons and their three wives were all that were spared from the flood in the ark that Noah built as God commanded him to. God destroyed all the rest for their endless wickedness. Today, there are very few of God's elect alive who are just, righteous and of the truth, as Noah was. Thus this remnant of God's elect who are alive today is very small. Psalm 3:6 and 91:7 give us a clue or hint that it might number on the order of one out of every 10,000 people alive on earth today are truly righteous and of God, and thus of His elect. If this does not have a profoundly sobering effect upon you, it should. Moreover, if true, and I am convinced that it is from my own challenged life experiences that have been marked with much opposition and affliction, it means that seeking to join in fellowship with other true believers (as opposed to phonies, fakes and frauds) is almost impossible. So in these last days, we must go it alone; which is what I have done and continue to do.
As I have endured some heartless and cruel betrayals from those allegedly closest to me, I have on multiple occasions found myself all alone and so, out of desperation more than anything else, I have gone deeper into my relationship with Yahuwah and Yahushua and I have been richly blessed for it. So much so, that I dare not retreat from my practices that I adopted when I was so desperate and lonely, because I cannot bear the idea of not enjoying the deep and profound intimacy that I enjoy today with God the Father and God the son.
So here is what I do on a daily and weekly basis to stay connected with Yahuwah and Yahushua:
Every Sunday through Friday, I read six chapters in the morning after breakfast from the KJV Bible, reading the Bible from beginning to end. I begin by reading 3 chapters in the New Testament (starting in the Book of Matthew) and 3 chapters in the Old Testament (starting in the Book of Genesis). I am on my eighth full read of the Bible and my seventh reading of the KJV Bible. I have just finished reading the entirety of the New Testament, so now I am reading 6 chapters from the Old Testament only. I take my time and pay close attention to what I am reading. Every time I reread the same verses, I see and get new insights out of what I am reading. Many of these insights are truly mind-blowing and exhilarating! I'm seeking to learn how God thinks and operates and what He values.
Every evening I read one chapter from the Book of Proverbs, the book of wisdom. Each evening I read the chapter that corresponds to the day of the month. As I write this, today is November 12, so in a few hours I will read Chapter 12 in Proverbs and then I read from a daily devotional that I read from every year, authored by a man who was instrumental in leading me to God and to Christ, Walter Henrichsen, some 20 years ago. His daily devotional is entitled, Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man. I can so identify with that title, for I have often been desperate at times over my 20 year journey with God and with Christ. Desperation leads to submission. They really are inseparable. For those interested in finding Walt's devotional, you can find it at leadershipfoundation.org. I have been following this discipline since mid-September of 2008, so it has now been over 13 years. My goal in doing so has been to become wise. Someone once taught me to do this for a decade and that I would be amazed at how much I would grow in wisdom. I got to the decade mark a few years ago and concluded that it was a practice I saw no reason not to continue doing indefinitely. It has taught me how to spot the wicked and the foolish instantly, and what to do about it when I encounter them. That knowledge alone has saved me from profound grief and frustration countless times. And Walt's devotional always concludes with a paragraph or sentence that leaves me pondering and thinking and challenging me to think more clearly and critically.
As I go to sleep, I pray to Yahuwah and Yahushua for several things: restful sleep for my little dog, Matti, and me, spiritual protection for us and my few friends (I don't have many), I ask Yahuwah to continue to reveal His will for me every moment of every day so that I might know it and do it to being him honor, praise, pleasure, glory and delight, and then I pray to Yahushua for His speedy second coming.
I honor the sabbath (the seventh day or Saturday) and keep it holy by doing no labor or buying or selling from sundown on Fridays to sundown on Saturdays, in obedience to the fourth commandment in Exodus 20:8-11. I don't cook any meals during this time and I read either the first 75 Psalms or the last 75 Psalms each Saturday morning. The promises of God in the Psalms to His people bring me much strength, confidence and peace and leave me grounded for the coming week.
Beyond this, I fear God and keep all His commandments, as Ecclesiastes 12:13 teaches me to do. I genuinely fear God. In June of 2001 I had a premonition of the burning lake of fire and brimstone, which quite literally scared the hell out of me and I have never been the same since. It's what motivates all I do today. If I can spare just one person from that terrifying end, all my efforts since then will have been more than worth it. God is not to be trifled with. I don't sin any longer. I am dead to sin and alive to Yahushua and Yahuwah and totally devoted to doing their will and pleasing them. This means that I do not care what others might say, do or think of me. I do what God wills and the rest is in His capable and all-powerful hands. I fear and trust no man; only God. And so I am free to be me, as God created me to be. It's amazingly liberating to live this way, but very rare, I know.
As I began to write the first of my six books, I was distinctly aware that I was being led and inspired by God as to what He wanted me to write. Every time I sit down at my keyboard, the words flow effortlessly out of me and the result is always a mystery for me to behold and wonder at. The insights which come out of me are often brilliant, and not ones that I am consciously aware were in me, because they weren't. He inspired my every thought and I have come to realize that this goes well beyond my book writing today. I know with confidence that every thought I have finds its origin in God. I know with confidence that this deep intimacy that I enjoy with Yahuwah is very rare and I do not take it for granted for an instant. I am very humbled and grateful for it, and joyful at the same time. My life has been very painful and cruel at many times. But there were always lessons in each one of those incidents that taught me something important and which grew me in wisdom, power and grace. So I know they had a purpose and I do not regret any of them. They had to happen for me to become the man I am today.
I share my own spiritual practices here with you my readers so that you can see the central role which God's word, the KJV Bible, plays in permitting me to know God intimately, deeply and accurately, whereas the world around me clearly does not know Him at all. They use the word God, but what they are referring to is a figment of their imaginations and wishful thinking, and not the sovereign God of the universe who created all things and who revealed Himself to His elect through His infallible and inspired words of the Bible. So most people who claim to be Christians are self-deceived or knowing frauds. I can spot them in an instant. Because I know what to look for and because I have been burned by the fakes many times before. Most of them simply don't read books of any kind, and even fewer read the Bible, and even fewer do all that it says. Lips lie; but feet never do.
This is one of the main reasons why I teach and use the true Hebrew names of God and Christ, Yahuwah and Yahushua, respectively, and not their titles or the intentionally distorted name of Jesus. If someone claims to have a relationship with me, but does not know and use my given name, they really have not made much of an effort to know me at all, have they? The same principle applies with God and with Christ and the scriptures, in the Psalms and elsewhere, are very clear how important their names are TO THEM! So if we don't use their true names, we are effectively insulting and dismissing them as largely irrelevant. I will not dare do such a thing, now that I know better, and I urge you to follow my lead and do the same thing. You won't regret it.
Finally, there are some other spiritual actions we all ought to engage in once we have given our lives to following Yahuwah and Yahushua that enhance the unction or spiritual flow of blessings from Yahuwah and Yahushua to us. I teach these practices of cleansing and spiritual deliverance in Book 2, Spiritual Warfare in the Final Days of the End Times.
I hope these ideas might inspire you to go deeper with God the Father (Yahuwah) and God the son (Yahushua) and try some of these or similar spiritual practices on your own. And if you do, please let me know what results you experience in the comments below!