“Academia”

AcademiaRevelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

 This world’s system which we have been birthed into is a bit like a school which we shall be in till that day when we graduate into the “REAL” spiritual world of God Almighty. Make no mistake; we will all enter that spiritual realm which so many of us are denying at the moment. This God of Creation has designed life to be what it is. Phase one is that time when we are given a body in the physical womb of a mother in her physical earthly state. We were kept in that womb until we had fully developed to the point where it was too small and no longer able to hold us. At this point, we were pushed out into this physical world where we must learn and gain understanding and wisdom for the next phase of “life”. We are all in school learning how to combat evil and gain understanding of the real spiritual world to come. We are given free will to make choices according to the understanding we have received along the way. We go to an earthly school to learn some fundamental training so that we can begin to cope with what is the next step in our existence here in this physical world.

 The next step is yet another preparation step in which we will hear and learn about life here, as well as someone who will come along in our lives to cause us to understand that there is yet another existence beyond the one we are in. Everyone gets this lesson in one form or another. Sometimes it comes in dreams, sometimes it comes through a word and sometimes it comes through an event that causes us to become aware of another realm other than the one we see with our eyes. One way or another, this God of Creation gets the message through to us that there is yet another existence beyond this one which we will graduate from. Unfortunately, most will have a failing grade and will not graduate with honors. This school we are in is a very tough school to fully understand yet essential in our learning that we can overcome all the obstacles along the way. Yeshua/Jesus came to explain and give us of His Spirit to show us more fully how and what we must attain in order to graduate with honors. Unfortunately, most will fall for the deceptions along the way. The Creator wants us to succeed in this in order to fully integrate into that eternal Kingdom which He has designed as the destiny for those who will choose Him over the counterfeit.

 ©2016 Sherwood A. Burton … all rights reserved

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“Heart Cry”

Reaching outPsalm 145:18-19 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

 I stand in awe continually of this mighty God of Creation and call upon His name quite frequently because I know that in Him is all truth, love, joy and righteousness. I know that He is well aware of my heart and all the faults therein; I call upon Him to create in me a clean heart and steadfast love for all that He is and all that He stands for. I am far, far from where I would like to be but in my own way, I am working on it. I want Him to know me when that day comes and He is about to close the door on His Heavenly Kingdom; I want desperately to hear, well done, good and faithful servant.

 This verse I read the other day about the five virgins who were not quite ready when He came and had to say to them, “I do not know you.” I want Him to know me and actually I want Him to know me well. This fear of the Lord is a state of awe in His unsearchable wisdom and not one of fear of punishment but rather I want to reach out and touch Him to be healed, to be cared for, to be loved. Really, I just want to be where He is cause anyplace else is empty.

 ©2016 Sherwood A. Burton … all rights reserved

“I Never Knew You”

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Matthew 25:11-13 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

 That little phrase, “I do not know you” in this story of the ten virgins does not say, “Sorry you are too late”, it says “I do not know you”. I thought on this for most of the day and believe, He wants a personal relationship with us, He wants to hear our story personally, not second hand. It does not matter about all the good works one has done, it matters if we have a relationship with Him. I can learn all about, say, Mr. Greenfeld, tell people how great a writer he is and get people to read his books and know all the characters he ever wrote about but do you think he will let me into his house unless we have some sort of relationship together? No. That is exactly what this scripture is telling me, I need to have a two way relationship with this loving God or He will not know who I am. I must spend time in the Garden with Him, talking to Him, being thankful for all He has done in my life. How He has carried me through so many deep waters. But …. At the same time, I must confess who I am and all that my life has produced or not. I must let Him know how much I want to be with Him so He can learn firsthand how much I appreciate all that He has accomplished in my life. We need to get to know each other, spend time together, being in relationship. Otherwise, He will have to say, ‘I do not know you.’

I can know the Bible from cover to cover and be able to preach all that it has to say about His Kingdom; I may have said the sinners prayer of belief and go on about my business or made a profession of being ‘born again’ but, do I know Him and most of all, does He know me? Just some things to think about if we think we can get into His Kingdom. When that day arrives to leave this earth suit behind, will He “know” me?

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