"And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."
Luke 16:15 (King James Version)
The LORD Jesus Christ was really precise about His teachings, of serving the FATHER alone.
Take note of these particular words of Christ -- "that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God".
What do you think are highly esteemed among men?
Would it be things like fame, fortune, looks?
Wealth, power, influence?
Aren't those the things that men and women obsess about in this world?
So much so that it has reached the point of neurosis?
And that people have forgotten God?
How can anyone think those things would please God, when they are the very things that make man feel he is above God, feeling all powerful, popular, influential, and wealthy?
How we have all deluded ourselves into thinking that our puny power here on earth can match the CREATOR's.
All we have are little "pockets" of power which are no match to the might and power of God.
We have been under the control, and payroll, of the lords of the earth, the pretenders to the throne, the usurper of God's power.
If we weren't, then why is the world the way it is -- corrupt, inept, tainted, and cruel?
Why is vaccine being created for many years now, when what people really need is food, clothing, shelter, clean air, decent work that doesn't rob them of essential sleep, time, and income for themselves and their families, and peace in nations?
We have become slaves, and enslavers.
We have become robots, and oppressors.
The light of God is slowly being snuffed out from our eyes, hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits.
We are following the way of the fallen one.
We must wake up, and acknowledge the error of our ways, and start finding our way back to God, through Jesus.
If we hunger so much for truth, and clarity, our only hope is in Christ.
We are so deeply mired in the ways of the world, and we cannot even lift our eyes and see the Glory of God, much less feel the Grace that is being given.
We are shrouded in darkness, and we need the Light of Christ, so we may find our way.
We are all in grave danger of being lost forever to the darkness that encompasses us all.
We are literally sheep being led to our slaughter.
Jesus cares about every member of His flock, as He says here:
"How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?"
Matthew 18:12 (King James Version)
We all matter to Jesus, for He has chosen us:
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
John 15:16 (King James Version)
How can we let the LORD Jesus down, when He laid down His life for us?
How can we be forgetful, and ungrateful?
We must wake up, and see the veil of forgetfulness, shielding us from the love of God.
We must tear that veil, and rejoin the path back to God, and walk with Christ, as He leads us back to the FATHER.
What could be a happier path than that?
What could be a more certain path than walking with the LORD?
We have been duped big time.
The lords of the earth seek the ruin of our souls, surely we must know that, unless we are children of darkness, and don't really mind.
I mind that you are being duped, and I hope it is not with your permission.
I mind that you have forgotten the LORD, and continue to fraternize with the lords of darkness.
Your soul doesn't mean a thing to them, except to mock God with.
That has been the case since they first fell from grace, and it shall be so until the Lord Jesus comes back for His faithful.
The battle continues to rage, and we are all in the midst of it.
The tests, and temptations, take as many forms as there are as many people on earth.
Night and day, the tempter aims to destroy your soul.
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
2 Corinthians 4:4 (King James Version)
This is also in mockery of the breath of life that God gave us.
If you love God with all your heart, and pray to Jesus to really see what's happening to our world, you will be shown.
Your spiritual eyes and heart will be opened, and you will see the devious ways of the destroyer.
You will see who works for him, and what they do.
And you will have no part of it, once your eyes are opened.
As it is right now, we are all part and party to the destruction of each other.
Again, go back to the first part of this article.
What are the things man is obsessed with?
Those are the very things that will destroy him, and his soul.
He took the bait, and he is not the Lord's anymore.
But it is not too late.
We just have to wake up from this terrible nightmare, and pray to be shown all we need to know and see, under the Grace and Guidance of God.
After that, darkness will have no power over us anymore, especially if we follow Christ and His teachings.
Only we can make that decision, if we care about our soul, and that of the people we love.
But first, start with self.
We have our soul to tend to, like a garden upon which Christ would want to visit, and linger.
A garden that would bring a pleased smile upon the LORD's heart.