The SURPRISE AWAITING CHRISTIANS

So, YOU’RE BORN AGAIN, “BORN FROM ABOVE”, YOUR FLESH WAS BORN OF WATER, NOW YOUR SPIRIT IS BORN FROM ABOVE ... or quite simply put, you’re no longer “spiritually dead. “Forgive my seemingly flippant sarcasm, but “ain’t that just flowers of sweet fragrances and ain’t life comfy cozy and grand?” …Well, I am here to tell you, that it isn’t. Now that you are not spiritually dead, you are a “candle-lit” and a candidate to be involved in the supreme struggle between good and evil, God and the Devil … (You think Harry Potter had it rough? Boy Howdy, you just wait) … Back when you were going around doing your thing and living your vain, pride-filled life, the devil had you exactly where he wanted you, he wasn’t so concerned about you, but now that you are a “candle-lit” for God, he is very concerned about you, he wants you dead before you can do damage to his kingdom. You might ask, how or why could I say these things? … I KNOW AND SAY THESE THINGS BECAUSE I HAVED LIVED THEM OUT IN MY FLESH, BLOOD, AND BONES.

Here’s the surprise awaiting mature Christians that are wondering why things aren’t easier, after all, God has defeated Satan, by His Son’s sacrificial death on the cross. Stop the presses, and hold up! … This is true ‘but’, those born again still have to live the remainder of their life in the flesh. And what goes unknown to a lot of Christians is that they have three enemies, and they are the world, the flesh, and the devil. Since being born again and maturing in this new identity, Christians come to realize that they are a new creation in an old body … “That” old bodies soul, which is “the mind, the will and the emotions” is now at battle with the new spirit inside the believer … And the struggle is on … This is where Christians find out what they are made of … And it can get really nasty, especially if you try to walk and defeat Satan in ‘your’ flesh and ability, ie: THE SPIRIT IS WILLING BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK: Matthew 26: 40 – 43 …

Fighting in the spirit is essential to survival for the Christian … Thus the saying, We struggle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, darkness, against evil powers in high places. ( paraphrased). Once Christians face this situation, they can overcome through the power of Christ and Christ alone, efforts otherwise are futile … Is this being taught today in “The Church”? … contact me if it is … falconeyed2@yahoo.com or littleraventhepoet.blog… All for now, Frank Payton … Your friendly neighborhood piano player … DON’T SHOOT!

Hills are filled with fire, J. Morrison …

MY PERSPECTIVE PART 2

Let’s hopefully, go deeper. Hold on to your hats ...

I want to take us deeper by going into things that I consider necessary and crucial to all of us being better human beings. Seems to me “Life is all about higher levels of awareness/consciousness.” I want to maybe inform and enlighten by addressing areas concerning “church activity”, other areas concerning human nature and technology, comparatively speaking. First, today’s churches find themselves in a position of opportunity, if they can rise to it … If the church can lovingly but scripturally address the diversity of issues including, racial issues, gender issues, social justice issues, media issues, issues of free speech, and issues rooted in socialism and marxism. As Erwin Lutzer so wonderfully asked in his must-have book, “WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED” asking, How did we get to where we are without noticing where we were heading?… So many things happened worldwide, personally, politically, culturally, spiritually, “The river runs deep.”

Continuing through history, up to and including now, we compare history to human nature. We stand perplexed scratching our heads, trying to figure ‘things’ out (Human nature remaining relatively the same, ie: … We murdered in the book of Genesis and were still murdering today; while technology is progressing exponentially) trying to figure ‘ourselves’ out. Where did we come from? Where are we going?, What is true … evolution or creationism? Perhaps many are of the school of thought that humanity is a descendant of aliens that placed us here … Well, I say it’s possible but unlikely, IMHO. (I believe that there have been “earth ages”, that is periods, that have come and gone. I believe knowledge ‘had’ increased way beyond what we presently know … I also believe that much of it has been lost or hidden (through these different ages) I sincerely believe if we had a deeper understanding of “Revelation 12 and Ezekiel 1” we might be able to catch a glimpse of the ‘earth ages’ I have mentioned … Also a deep study into the school of teaching that there is a “gap theory” between Genesis vs one and vs two, with an entire age existing between the two verses. I would also like to say as wonderful as translations of the Bible are … A deep study in Hebrew is required for some of these topics. One is an example in verse two ( of Genesis) where the word WAS is used, “The earth WAS VOID. It quite possibly should have been translated the earth BECAME void, etc. The thinking being related to Revelation 12 and the battle that took place, where Satan led 1/3 of the angels against God and lost, then was cast down-to-earth, destruction being the result to the earth from this battle, which begs the question, did or could God have ‘created’ this ruined earth? …so ( does God create anything that begins as ruined?) …

or did it ‘become’ that way through the battle of Revelation 12? (To further this school of thought, we need to look at how the fallen angels (NEPHILIM) mated with human beings and created a race of giants which has mainly been denied by the pushers and purveyors of Darwinian evolution …Why? you might ask was/is this denied?, … because most non believers in Christianity know that a race of giants existing in the past is supported by the Bible and they don’t want anything to do with that, it takes away their authority … start a study, and you will find the ” the more you study the more there is to study ” and to be revealed.

The last area I want to address in this post … I will tell you what I have learned from experience … If I could tell nonbelievers one thing about MOST Christians, it’s this … OUR SPIRITUAL EYES HAVE BEEN OPENED BY AN ENCOUNTER, A RESULTING RELATIONSHIP WITH God, some say that what Christians have is nothing but more religion, well it’s not. It’s life over death, because the Lord that I know, overcame death itself, Jesus was the first fruits of the resurrection … Firstfruits being indicative of a later harvest … EUREKA! ALL BELIEVERS! … Do not make the mistake of estimating who God is, through the failings of Christians and others …

Here is the culmination of what I want non-believers to know … Being a true God-serving Christian is as tough a road that anyone could ever walk down. Since being a Christian myself, I can honestly say, that I have been beaten up and spiritually left for dead, I have been attacked and nearly choked to death in my sleep, I have experienced a spiritual entity stretched out full length over top my body, paralyzing me ( ain’t Christianity a blast?) ( smirk ) … I have been lied to, lied about, had curses put upon me … been betrayed, buffaloed, baffled, misunderstood, misquoted, harassed and harangued to extremes … But I have learned to count it all as joy … to gain what is promised in Christ … King Solomon was right, everything else under the sun is vanity … Also a notice to all nonbelievers, a mature Christian will not be a hater, only a discerner and informer that what nonbelievers may be ‘doing’ or ‘acting out’ may kill them … According to God’s standards … A genuine Christian is an honest messenger … And should not be judgmentsl, as that is God’s job … I try to practice loving discernment … And that can be very tough to accomplish in this world of hatred we find ourselves living in … but we have to persevere … littleraven thepoet.blog … Frank Payton …

MY PERSPECTIVE PART 1

Well, I have enjoyed my time on planet earth, ( 66 years so far) for the most part. I view my life and all life as a gift from our creator, God. Having said that, I will try as joyfully as I can to live out the remaining days on the calendar set for my life. I have found my life to be wonderful at times. I have also found my life to be very troubling at times; relationships both magical and also very problematic at times, decisions very hard to make almost all the time. ( controversy crouches and pursues me, my personality, I think) I view my life as a failure in a lot of ways. I have allowed the ‘potentials’ that God put in me to go underdeveloped. I hold myself responsible ( failing) for the immaturity of my youth, and because of this youthful immaturity, my failure to get a good baseline on what it takes to have every chance to be a fully prepared super-productive human. As I look back to my late teenage years into my twenties; I found myself caught off guard, uneducated, ( I learned quickly that the school system teaches very little to prepare kids for REAL LIFE) and unprepared to deal with the spiritual nature and battle between good and evil, God and the devil, that I would find myself dealing with. This struggle would come whether I was ready, liked it or not. Unfortunately, I had little or no exposure to “Godly learning or matters” until my mid to later twenties ( 28 to be exact) in and around 1981. Everything changed in the spring of 1981. At a revival meeting one day, I “walked the dirt road” to the front of the church. I heard the word of God that day and gave my public profession of faith. Soon thereafter I attended my first Wednesday evening prayer meeting. A long story shortened, during the prayer meeting “A sensation of having oil poured on my head came upon me”, or ( to describe another way ) it felt as if a handkerchief had been draped over me. It was pleasant but unfamiliar to me. I later learned that ( through others) the presence of God had manifested that day. Days later I also became aware of a gift or gifts that had been imparted to me ( I believe during the oil, handkerchief manifestation.) My main gift, “evangelism” with a special anointing and ability to cut through and leave behind all the religious hype in some Christian circles; revealing a simple but deep understanding of the heart of the gospel. How, you might ask did I believe this to be true? … Well, I was often told by people as they would say ” I have never heard Christianity explained quite like what you have just told me”… These were exciting times. Maybe I will continue my story later, that’s all for now, there is much more. For insights into my writing life, visit littleraventhepoet.blog … Frank Payton–Note: This effort and account of my life is an attempt to help “everyone” that ever knew me “warts n’ all” & “writer n’ all” especially, Rhonda N. … Linda C. Mizuho P. … My beautiful daughter Lauren, my amazing son, Ari’el. Also some other great friends of my youth … Diana W. Mark W. … and Harrison C. “Hats off to all of you”, Thanks … others unmentioned, you know who you are Ann & Jack R … Many friends in St. Petersburg Fl. and Virginia … And inlaws and family in Japan, Etsuko, Hiroiki, and their families …

Path to my “Long home”… I’ll meet you there … we’ll start a neverending fire …

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE.

We can say either fortunately or unfortunately, but this is where America is today some 20 years after 911 … In a nutshell … As the “Assyrians” (Akkadians then, now Arab) soldiers attacked ancient Israel in 732 BC … God’s hedge of protection was lifted from Israel … fast forward to 9/11 and God’s hedge of protection was lifted from American soil … neither nation repented and returned to God and further calamity and destruction followed … both Israel ( back then) and America ( now) we’re and are defiant, shaking their fists at the face of God … Both nations claimed they would “build back better” (as Joe Biden proudly says) … specifically “ The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; The sycamores are cut down, But we will replace them with cedars.” ...ATTENTION! ACHTUNG! … PEOPLE, WE ARE IN JUDGEMENT PHASE ONE, IMHO … Study the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the coming “tribulation” or Daniel’s 70th week, if you want to know what’s coming … Also study, “The Parable of the Fig Tree” if you never have, ( in Matthew, I believe) … The Prophecy in the ‘parable of the fig tree’ is that ‘this’ generation (the one we are currently in) … is the last generation before all will be fulfilled ( count 40, then 70, then 120 years from 1948 when Israel returned as a nation, and you arrive at the farthest date out, of approximately 2068, and I’m not claiming a date per se, but a season, rapture at any time ) … ( for coming wars, etc.) The world at war, followed by the second coming of Jesus Christ … For further study, Reference: Jonathan Cahn’s book Harbinger 2 … pg 114 … opinion, added material and suggestions by me, Frank Payton … Check it out for yourself … Signs Of The Times are Everywhere …

IS TRUTH EXTREMELY HARD TO GET TO?

What’s REALLY GOING ON? ... REF: worldfreedomalliance.org & Mrs. Cahill … Comments Frank Payton) What is wrong with the new vaccines, in particular mRNA vaccines?… Note: This post is extremely introductory as the subject is very controversial and difficult … I say this because we live in a complicated political world, full of personal agendas, full of deception, full of money grabbers, full of fame grabbers … Apparently, Mrs. Cahill is putting forth her extremely educated belief that the mRNA vaccines promote more harm than help to humans, making a lot of us wonder… WHAT THE SAM HILL IS GOING ON?) As I post this, people like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden, K. Harris, The Obama’s … The Clintons … The Bush’s, and The CDC come to mind, and too many others to mention at this point, but you catch my drift … oh … I almost forgot China and other nations …

Here is what I am proposing or suggesting ... Is this whole Covid 19 debacle a dark agenda (maybe Satanic) to drive the masses to make a critical choice … Either trust the governments in place, including the United States ( That think they are, or can/should be God … giving “them” control over you) … or trust an omnipotent omniscient, omnipresent creator God, who’s slow to destroy, and whose tender mercies and long-suffering are evident in this troubled world (giving him control over you) … Regardless of how long you might think he ( God) is inactive/uninvolved or tarrying …

God does things on his schedule, not ours … ( Old subject, however, I have not heard a satisfactory satisfying answer) … Why was the use of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin virtually made illegal in the treatment of Covid 19? … when it was proven effective, across the board … IMHO … “Because there was no dark agenda and little money to be made by Big Pharma, with the use of the above-mentioned drugs” … I believe it’s a fact that some people were penalized monetarily, or threatened with up to 6 months in jail for prescribing Hydrochloroquine …

So again, I know I’m beating the same old biblical worldview … but as it says in Ecclesiastes, “there is nothing new under the sun” ( I believe this specifically refers to people living on earth) ( ref: Under the Sun) and the unchanging ( without Godly renewal) dark inevitable evil/death march consequences of the fallen nature of mankind ... As I said at the beginning, this post is introductory … Please proceed on down the path … Finally … Why do I believe truth is so hard to get to? … Because our culture has made truth undesirable, even painful, disturbing, uncomfortable … If you don’t believe in God, you have a belief system that follows and dictates to you, if you believe in God, you have a belief system that follows and dictates to you … However have you ever thought how much more chaos we would have in this troubled world, if we didn’t have a plumb line, if we didn’t have a standard, that is provided by God and his Word? … IMHO… We should be thankful God has not snuffed out ” The whole lot of us.”

There is no grey area when it comes to the truth … That is yours / mine, our ignorant truth … There is only truth and error … And this is too restrictive and not all-inclusive enough for a lot of people … Good luck with that … we humans pretty much stumble along, not realizing that the powers that be are forcing us into decisions that have life and death consequences …

And “boy howdy” don’t they make it sound so innocent and nice … I can hear the echoing voices of the Nazis …” Just get on the train, we’re taking you for a shower and a nice hot meal.”… we all know how that turned out …

‘Understand this … God takes no comfort in anyone going to hell … I believe a lot of people on planet earth, have a problem with God’s plan, in that it is not all-inclusive … Christianity is exclusive … by this I mean, we have to play by God’s rules … accept his Sovereignty … As we try to understand in our limited ability, the grand eternal scheme of things … God making atonement, available to all ( this is all-inclusive) but only activated by those who believe ( this is exclusive) … Don’t shoot me I’m just the piano player … God has given us freedom of choice and honors our choices, be they for or against him …

THE END

“This is the end, beautiful friend… the end, of our elaborate plans, the end, of everything that stands … the end … No safety or surprise the end … Jim Morrison and the Doors … Very prophetic for their time…Can You picture what will be So limitless and free … desperately in need of some stranger’s hand … In a desperate land …(The Oedipus section) … The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on, grabbed a face from the ancient gallery, and walked on down the hall … He went into his brother’s room where he… then he went into his sister’s room and he … Walked on down the hall into his father’s room saying … ” Father”, “Yes son” ‘I want to kill you’ … then into his mother’s room … where he … ( Note: These lyrics when written/played out to completion in this song, led to Jim and the boys being kicked out of a club in LA, back in the day … Jim loved Greek mythology … Jim was brilliant but often got carried away …

The End

PRAYER FOR AMERICA

Led of the spirit, on this beautiful blossoming Spring day … Comes my prayer for America and her people …

Dear Lord, I look around on this beautiful mountain top … On this glorious Spring/Fall-like day and I see and feel your presence everywhere … Your love for your creation and your created beings is amazing … Your tender mercies and long-suffering with humanity through the ages, are a wonderful thing to behold yet sometimes hard to understand … Comprehending, grasping Your obvious depth of love for all you have created is mind-boggling … I will not allow my mind and heart to be ugly, by questioning You, as I am bound by the limitedness of my understanding of your workings and dealings with human beings … I’ll mention one of many observations through my studying and seeking after You; and that observation is, that You display justice and fairness like a peacock showing his proud colorful feathers … Through the power of Your Word, I know that all will be revealed soon … Lord I lift up America to You … Please forgive us for being a stiff-necked people … Please forgive us for turning our backs on You and pursuing our selfish ways (What a sad mystery it is that generally speaking humanity cannot fathom or accept that only You can bring the perfect peace that is desired and needed) … As I look around at our stumbling ways, I am reminded of how much we need You ‘again’ as our guiding light … I’ll thank You in advance for bringing the much-needed revival/awakening to America and beyond … How can I serve You? … Frank … littleraventhepoet.blog …”He who would be a great king, must first be a servant.” Life is not so much bout “ME” or even “WE” as it should be about YOU … PEACE!

Appalachian trail, our home near Sklyline Drive, Va… Dog pictured is Princess Aja…

THAT BIG TOE

It was about 7 pm … As my wife and I pulled into our friend’s driveway, to have dinner with them. As we stepped inside the doorway, the wonderful smells from the kitchen wafted up to our noses. Our friends naturally feeling comfortable in their own home were prancing around barefooted. I thought nothing of it and thought it perfectly normal until I saw my friend Steve’s big toe … His right toe had to be almost two inches wide and about three and three quarters to four inches long ( Perfectly pedicured) … Steve’s wife smiled a peculiar smile, and said: ” Yep that’s some toe.” My wife and I gave a quick glance at each other. Everyone was feeling a little uncomfortable at this time, so I thought I would lighten things up as I said, “Wow if that toe could talk, the stories, I could only imagine.”… Things got uncomfortably heavy … My wife got us out of there by quickly saying that she thought she had left the stove on and that we had to go home … So we left … Needless to say our friends declined our invitation for them to come to our house for dinner … “That damn toe” …

YOU WANT I SHOULD DO SOMETHING?

(“What are you crazy”, I would reply every morning to my boss’s same old question … Then I would usually say something further to this effect …”Do I have to remind you that we work for the government?”… We don’t really do anything … We ( like politicians) talk a double language that even we don’t understand … For most of us government workers and politicians, it’s the art of not doing anything and not answering any questions … When asked about most anything we give our “in front of the camera answer” which is usually a crock of bullshit … Then when we get behind closed doors, we all have a glass of champagne and laugh about what a good acting job we’ve done once again … And make comments like “If the American people want to know what’s really going on, they will have to find out for themselves … Because they certainly aren’t going to find out from us politicians or the media” ( the media, by the way, figuratively speaking), is on G’s payroll … Again, which takes us back to the American taxpayer, who as usual, is actually paying for everything … So to put it bluntly, the politicians are using the peoples money to pay the media to lie to us, all for their agendas … Welcome to the United States, the latest third world country … So boss, I have enough to contend with and I really don’t feel like doing anything … I’m going to lunch now … ( as I leave the room giving all the peace sign , with John Lennons creepy lyrics in my head … “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.” You were great John, but sometimes you just couldn’t shut up …

I look good, I don’t need to do anything …

DON’T BE BUMMIN

Now, don’t you be a “bummin”, because the summer rains soon be coming On your front porch, you should be sittin’, with knife and stick just a whittlin’ … or back porch guitar strummin’ … Just a strummin’ and a thumbin’ … Too bad that you’re a loner … because you pulled a sassy boner …

I’m gonna smoke this, somebody give me a light!