FATHER’S APPEARING, NOW
BY: LINDA KEITH
APRIL 3, 2005
Well, Pope John Paul II passed over this weekend. That seems to be the topic of everyone’s conversation. Not knowing, throughout the day, that Father would use this passing as a lesson for and in me, it all came together as I was lying in bed, last night.
I was, I’m sorry to say, one of those who fought the Catholic teachings, tooth and nail. I could excuse every denomination except the Catholic denomination, for their teachings. Strange, how we pick out one thing to rail against, isn’t it? Some like to pick apart, others’ teachings; some like to rail against denominations, and some just like to rail, period. My daughter in law is Catholic, as is her whole family. When my son married her and when she became pregnant, my son decided that he and his daughter, by a previous marriage, were going to “join” the Catholic church, well it all hit the fan!!
My son had attended many of my meetings and I knew that he had some idea of what was wrong with the teachings of the Catholic church, so I could not understand why he would do this. I only asked him one time, why he was doing this. He replied, “Mom, Carol wants the baby to be blessed by the church”. So, as hard as it was, I held my tongue. Of course, there were times when I slipped and got in a little “jab”. (Forgive me Father). For instance, when my oldest granddaughter was “christened”. We all met back at my son’s home for a little “celebration”. In the midst of the celebrating, my son mentioned the fact that when the priest christened Ashley, at the end of it, the priest said, “I introduce Saint Ashley”. Well, right in the middle of all those guests at his home, my son said, “I never knew that there was a Saint Ashley”. LOL!! Of course, this was my chance to put in my two cents worth. “There isn’t a Saint Ashley until the Catholic Church made one out of your daughter”. Well, everyone acted as though they had not heard me, but, my son sort of looked at me as if to say, “Mom, this isn’t the time or place, please”.
Well, I’m here to tell you that Father has used the Catholic church to teach me a lot, about His people. As time went on, my daughter in law and I have talked much about Father. She is a believer and tries to teach her kids about the Lord. But, talking with her, we talked about the Catholics praying to the Saints, praying to statues, the rosary, the Pope, and the church’s teachings in general. What I learned through her is that SHE is a Catholic and remains one, because she doesn’t want to hurt her parents by leaving the church. She has come to see a lot of things that are the Truth and what are some of the things that aren’t the Truth. I now know that Father is doing HIS work in her, HIS WAY. So, we do have a harmony.
When the Pope died, I was talking to a friend that I dearly love. She made the statement, “Boy, is he going to be surprised when he finds out that he is not the Holy Father.” Much too quickly, I agreed with her statement. Forgive me Father.
As I went to bed last night, Father brought it all together for me. I love the way Father does His Teaching. Sometimes, we think we know so much, just to find out, it’s the small, everyday things that He is teaching us to change.
First, that Sweet Voice said, “Linda, the Pope John Paul, IS the Holy Father”. Right then, it hit me. Yes Father, You are absolutely right. We are ALL our Father’s Life. This IS Your Life that we are being awakened to the reality of. I am One with my Father. I am my Father’s Body, so that makes me equal with Him. As He IS so I AM.
MT 23: 7-12, “….and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi for one is your master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters; for one is you Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Do you notice how some of the words are capitalized and some aren’t? (although, in the original writing, there were no capitalization, paragraphs, chapters, etc.) father and Father. masters and Master. I feel that the difference in these words are the KNOWING of WHO ONE IS. There is man (in man’s way of looking at things) and there is FATHER. There is a difference. There are those who believe that they are mortal man. And there are those who KNOW that they ARE what Father created them to be: in His image, His Body, His Life, ONE WITH HIM. They also know that their home is in “heaven”. That state of being, where there is only ONE, and that is FATHER. Oh, He reflects Himself in many personalities.
Black, white, red, yellow, big and little. These are reflections of Father, IN THIS NATURAL WORLD. This is how the natural eyes see. The little group that I am a part of is all “black”. I am the only “white” there. But, we don’t even notice this. We have come to the place of seeing each other as a part of ONE BODY, FATHER’S.
To the natural eyes there are Baptists, Muslims, Jews, Christains, Catholics, Protestants, Buddists, New Agers, on and on and on. But, in the eyes of our Father, there is ONE MAN, Himself. ONE BODY, His. ONE LIFE, His. We are, not will be, what He is. Everyone isn’t SEEING Him yet, but, they will. He’s here and He’s here to stay. You see, it’s how WE look at people that determines who and what we see. Many are being awakened to the fact, of whose Life they are living. Praise Father!!
I have met some people that Father just oozes out of them. I have only met Gary Sigler one time. And actually it was sort of at a distance, but, he has that Spirit of Father, he is a people’s Father. You know how you just feel a Father’s Presence? That’s how it was, for me. Then, there’s gentleness. Bro Carl, a member of our little group. Carl is a big guy. Not fat, just built big. He is the most gentlest person I have ever met. There is a knowing, that what ever may be going on in your life, he is there to comfort and hold you and allow that Spirit in him to just wash away all cares. There is Marlene. Love. Mar, is one person who is just so full of love, that she has enough for all people. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen her get really angry, she doesn’t have a bad word for anyone. Then there is compassion. Pope John Paul, I think we all have to agree, had the compassion of Father. Not being a Catholic, I really didn’t realize all the things he has done. Now, when I hear his name, the word COMPASSION will come to mind.
Last night Father said, “Linda, it’s how YOU see people that determines what that person will be in YOUR life.” WOW!! That’s powerful. We can see people as we CHOOSE to see them. I want to see them the way Father sees then. There are many who will say, “you can’t determine a person’s life”, but, I’ll tell you, I can determine how that person is IN MY LIFE.
2 Cor 5:16, “Wherfore henceforth know we NO MAN after the flesh; yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, YET NOW HENCEFORTH know we Him no more.”
You see, even though Jesus had no sin, UNTIL He took upon Himself, OUR sin, flesh and blood cannot enter heaven. It use to seem strange to me that “flesh and blood” could not enter heaven (that state of being of Father’s Presence), but yet, the Kingdom of God was in ALL flesh!! How can this be, Father? Well, once we come to know that this flesh body IS NOT US, but, a vehicle to be SEEN in, it is easy to understand. The REAL us, is Who we are and were created to be. Once we awaken to the fact of Who we are, this body won’t be “flesh and blood” as we know it. You see, when this body was created, it was as He is, perfect. No death. No sickness. ONLY PURITY of the One that we are One with
Duet 32:4, “He is the Rock, HIS WORK IS PERFECT…”
It is the carnal mind that has fooled us into thinking that these bodies are as they are. When we fully realize WHO we are, we won’t KNOW ANYTHING or ANYONE after the flesh!!
Jesus is not that flesh man who walked the earth, any longer. He is Father. He is a Spirit Being, as He has always been, only now, He’s living His life through us. Hallelujah!! He came, He laid a Pattern for us to walk into, and then He returned to Who He was before the foundation of the world. WE TOO, were as He was/IS, before the foundation of the world. And THAT HAS NOT CHANGED!! EXCEPT IN OUR THINKING. “As a man thinketh, so is he”. We think that we are humans, so we manifest the image of humans. We think sickness can touch us, so we manifest that thing. We think that each of us are the color we are, so we manifest that. But, think of the word “hue”.
HU-MAN. Colored man. HEW-MAN. Hewed down man. Hewed down in our thoughts. We are Spirit Beings, after the image of God. Is God a color? I don’t think so. Is He big or little? I don’t think so. He is , that’s all. And we ARE JUST LIKE HIM, in fact. WE ARE WHAT HE IS!! If we choose to see Him as we look at others, we will see Him. If we choose to look at others with flaws, guaranteed we will see them. FOCUS, is what it’s all about. Carnal mind or Christ mind, which will we choose. We have the opportunity to use either one of them.
Baptist, Catholic, which are you? NEITHER, WE are Christ on the earth. NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES!!
Gen 1:27, ” So God created man in HIS OWN IMAGE, in the IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM:”
James 1:18, “OF HIS OWN WILL begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
“We should be a kind of FIRSTFRUITS”, this is a God Kind of people. HIM!! We were are ARE created in His image.
You know, we hear a lot about “PROCESS”. Oh, this is all a process. Oh, this process of becoming will take a long time. Well, folks, it IS NOT A PROCESS. WE ARE in His image. NOTHING can change that fact. No process can make us what we already are!! The process is choosing which eyes we are going to see through, and which mind we are going to use. Still, it doesn’t change WHO AND WHAT we are!! We may manifest one thing, but, in TRUTH we ARE WHO WE WERE/ARE CREATED TO BE!!
We are creators with our thoughts and our words. Just like when I ageed with the sister that said, “is Pope John Paul in for a surprise when he finds out he is not the Holy Father”. HE IS THE HOLY FATHER, JUST AS WE ARE!! We cannot be His Body and not be the same person that He is. My lesson: BE SLOW TO SPEAK!! I repent of agreeing with those words. I choose the Christ mind. I choose to allow HIM to be seen through me. I AM in agreement with:
AS HE IS IN THIS WORLD, SO AM I.
I AM created in His image.
So are you and everyone else.
I choose to see you as Who you are.
I choose to see ALL as they really are.
Folks, without us, as He is, we would see NO LOVE, NO COMPASSION, NO GENTLENESS, NO HOLINESS, NO RIGHTEOUSNESS. All we would see is FLESH. This is why He told us, “PUT ON THE MIND OF CHRIST”.
Folks, He didn’t take that mind from us. He gave it to us. WE chose to not use it, but to use the carnal mind. He is not going to RE-GIVE it to us, WE must put it on. We must allow it to come forth. He is appearing NOW. UNBELIEF is the only thing that is keeping Him from appearing in us all. Judgment means to change what is incorrect. Let us choose to judge our thoughts and our words.
2 Thess. 1:10, “When he shall come to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS, and to be admired IN ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE.”
Yes, last night was a good night, for me. You too, I pray. Be blessed.
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