things abandoned:

Matthew 6:19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” 

I John 4:5-6 “They are of the world;: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth us not, Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

The thrust of a persons conversation will always gravitate toward that which they hold in high esteem.  Their level of passion for a thing can be measured directly by how quickly they make reference to it in the arena of discussion. While this has always been the case, lately it’s become a point of increased cogitation. A number of factors are in play, such as the recent uptick of complexities in my own life, the incredible lateness of the hour, and the discouraging fact that, very few give thought to issues of eternal significance. Seriously; listen to the course of the average conversation between two or more contemporaries and one will usually find an overwhelming focus on things temporal, and even simulated (such as a tv program). Cul-de-sacs of dialogue that swirl around every irrelevant topic that one can busy themselves with while, second by  irretrievable second, their final moment continues its aproach.

But the primary reason for this enhancement of cogitation is the fact that my heart has departed this temporal realm. At the moment that we are born of the Spirit, the process of transformation begins and, so long as we are obeidant, will continue until the day of our departing. Each day we should become less like what we once were and more like Jesus. The temporal things begin to lose their appeal and  we become an oddity to those who remain married to this world. (“They think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot”) As we draw closer to Jesus, many of the brethren will likewise begin to keep their distance, after reminding us that “we shouldn’t be so heavenly minded that we’re of no earthly good.” We reach a point where the whole of our desire is unto the Lord and we count all the temporal filler as debris that’s in need of discarding.  (If we cannot take it with us, it’s nothing more than kindling)  We begin to understand what the apostle Paul meant when he said:

Philippians 3:8 “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, (the entire chapter should be included here) 

Trying to describe a heart that has no desire for the worlds agenda is somewhat like trying to explain what wind looks like. I can place down words if any can be found, and yet, none of them seem adequate. In fact, to the average person, it may sound like a form of depression, or retreating into a shell. No phrase; no description, seems to capture the whole of this Being heavenly minded doesn’t mean we close everything down and hide in a closet. (I am steadily employed, and do everything possible to ensure that our family is well taken care of) It simply means that eternal matters take priority in our life and that our affections are on Jesus. That which is everlasting; those works which will follow us into eternity, become the things to which we devote time and resources. Being about our Fathers business becomes our fervent desire; not for personal gain or notariety, but for the priceless ones who are in need.  All of the previous self-serving campaigns fall by the wayside.

Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. (This entire chapter should also be included)

And yet, there has been an element of discouragement which I have been battling. The last few days have seen the rise of circumstances which, from my vantage point, seem to be very restricting. Getting into the streets may become very difficult in the weeks ahead. This is the theater where I have the greatest sense of “this is what I’m supposed to be doing.” (if that makes any sense) The thought of not being able to get out is beyond discouraging; even though I know in my spirit that a different season is at hand. Whether street ministry is possible or not, my desire is to be about the issues that matter in whatever capacity is available. (I Peter 3:15 comes to mind) To be about the Fathers business. Not engage in theatrics or ritual, but to love the Lord in spirit and in truth, to love our neighbors, regardless of their character, with the love of Christ, and continuously seek to bring souls into the kingdom. To encourage others who have forsaken all to follow Jesus, and to be ready at the drop of a hat to offer the words of life.

Philippians 1:23-24 “For I am a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
Note that Pauls single reason for wanting to remain in this world was to be about the work of the gospel.

In the late aftenoon of February 23, an epiphany of sorts was forthcoming. I was at work; machining gear sets while the unfolding events in my life were playing out in my mind. Suddenly, there was a ‘breakthrough” of sorts. It was quite unexpected and not recognized by any in my vicinity. It was as though a “total surrendering of all things that cannot follow us into eternity” became manifest at a level never before visited. Suddenly, the comlexities in my life became as nothing and all of the nagging uncertainties lost their platform. My heart truly is set on the Lord Jesus and my home truly is not in the theater of atoms. This place will never be comfortable; even if every fleshly desire should be granted. I have absolutely no passion for the trappings which testify of squandered resources and time, the simulated dramas, (sports, movis, etc) or the myriad of agendas that  so many of our contemporaries identify with in their relentless quest for fulfilment. We are complete in Christ and that is a liberty which the world can never take away.

There is nothing in this world that can compare to the absolute “contentment and peace” that resides in the heart of those who have forsaken all to follow Jesus.  To have a heart that’s divorced from the world. This is not to suggest that I’m believing myself to have “arrived.” (Philippians 3:13…I love the book of Philippians) I am, however, determined to finish my course and maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ until the end. Revelation 12:11 bears continual repeating. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their own lives unto the death.”

 Well it’s now after 3″30 AM and I should to close this. Incidentally, Linsey Williams is on Coast to Coast while I’m finishing this. He’s been discussing in great detail, the agenda of the global elite; referring often to their own admissions. His site is entitled The Prophecy Club.  In the near future, I’m also wanting to provide an update on Matthew. He’s doing better and I’m grateful to everyone who has kept him in prayer. This is a situation that’s complex beyond measure, but God has everything in control. Someday, when we are on the other side reflecting back on these moments, we’ll be fascinated to see how everything came together for the glory of God.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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14 Responses to “things abandoned:”

  1. Timbob,

    Thank you yet again for another wonderful post. It is a blessing and great encouragement that I personally needed. I always look forward to your posts.

    May God bless you and your family.

    Nina

  2. […] The thrust of a persons conversation will always gravitate toward that which they hold in high estee… […]

  3. What a wonderful post full of the meat I needed today! God bless you for sharing – Sometimes I feel so alone and detached from the world and it is so good to encounter another traveler on the narrow road! I so much look forward to the day we are all together with Jesus face to face and looking back through a differenct lense when all things will be made new in Him! Thanks so much for the encouragement and I look forward to the update on your son. I will be praying for you and your precious family!

  4. Hi Nina. Thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to the day when we are all gathered around the throne.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  5. Hi Linda. “Detatched” is a great way to describe it. We’re here, but our hearts have crossed over to the other side. Longing for the day when Jesus appears and this mortality puts on immortality. Thanks for keeping Matthew in prayer. It’s a complicated situation and now psychiatrists are soon to be involved. They will most likely not see the spiritual side to this and, as such I’ll have to closely monitor this situation.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  6. Bill Johnson said that we will always emanate the reality of which we are most aware — whether it’s Heaven founded on rock-solid faith, or our present reality in which critical thinking/doubt are esteemed as virtues. We are desperately in need of a revelation of the reality of Jesus and His coming kingdom!

  7. mcalmond Says:

    Timbob, just stop by to say hello. Every blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ to you and yours brother!

    I am back up and posting again, but not as wonderfully awesome as yours of course. 😉

    http://mcaphil.wordpress.com/

  8. Hi Chrystal. This is such an important truth that you mention. To have such a revelation of Jesus and the age to come that this present world is truly secondary in our hearts. To see things as they really are and not as they often appear in the flesh.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  9. Hi phil. It’s so great to hear from you and to know that you are posting. I have really missed your insights. Are you still in Minnesota? Things here have been semi-chaotic (semi?) but Jesus is still the King of kings and Lord of lords.. Thanks so much for returning to the blogosphere.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  10. Great post Timbob – your sentence – “Cul-de-sacs of dialogue that swirl around every irrelevant topic that one can busy themselves with while, second by irretrievable second, their final moment continues its aproach.” — wonderful expression of words.

    Recently, my husband and I have been feeling a stronger “pulling away” from this world and to God, so I know what you’re talking about. The spiritual focus, seeking and enlightenment has been advancing quicker than normal. We see the vanity of what so much of this life is. Our perspective is changing to see all in relation to our relationship with God. It is amazing and exciting. And you are right it’s not depressing of any means but the opposite. I feel more alive, more free, more excited. I wondered if it was because our Lord is drawing ever closer to bring home His bride? My husband and I were wondering if other believers were feeling it too. I guess so 🙂

    Rachel

  11. Here’s a youtube link to that vid… It’s not exactly the same. — different music

  12. Hi Rachel. It seems to be a common theme; that of the Lord drawing us away from this present world at an accelerated pace. Kind of like fleeing a geographical location before a cataclysmic event transpires in that place. It’s an awesome thing and makes us, all the more, long for the day when we are present with Jesus.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  13. Hi Code. Thanks so much for alerting me to this. I pray that it will cause all who see it to examine themselves and consider what has been presented.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

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