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Intuition

INTUITION

It’s an obvious statement to me, to say that – as God is the/our Creator of all things – it is obvious the capacity to create is within every human being.

The ability to create is the result of being created in His image.

Genesis 1/

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;

And indeed because, from our perspective, God was initially revealing His creative power, more than any other aspect of His Infinite being, it is important that mankind carries on the good work of creating.

When God created the universe He was pleased with what He had done.

Genesis 1:10

…And God saw that it was good.

Whatever you or I put our hand to – it can be creative. 

When mankind made a wrong choice he inherited a nature that could do evil as well as good. Be destructive as well as constructive. Destroy as well as create.

One of the prime raison d’être’s given by artists when explaining  their work is to say that it is intuitive.

Some artists are reporters – they try to paint exactly what they see in reality.

Other artists are commentators – who seek to make a statement with their art.

And some are authors – those who seek to create something unique and imaginative. In my view the most intuitive of these categories.

I have always saw myself in the last category when it comes to my painting.

The first category of artist (the reporter), must aim for technical perfection. And ‘reporters’ are usually motivated by this goal in all their art. The skill or craft factor to the fore in their thinking.

They spend their lives perfecting their craft.

Commendable indeed, and the result in realism or naturalism, is usually still the most popular with the ‘non-arty’ public.

For me having looked at art for so long, much as I can appreciate a skilful piece of work, my interest is lost more readily

That said, I believe it is also true to say, that what keeps our interest will always vary from person to person and is largely subjective, when it comes to viewing paintings.

The ‘boredom’ factor spills over into my own painting choices. I paint what interests me, to state it in simple terms.

Perfecting the craft side, does not hold my interest.

The intuitive side of painting or art, involves ‘feeling’, but a definition of the intuitive, or what it is understood as, by a particular artist, can consist of chalk and cheese definitions, varying from artist to artist.

Then there is the intuitive, not in the artistic sense, but uniquely understood in a Christian context – and here we have a completely different meaning altogether.

Spiritual intuition is known by e.g. the prophets, who received revelation in their human spirit as given by God.

Every true Christian has experienced this in giving their lives over to Jesus Christ.

This understanding of intuitive understanding is expressed in the following scripture that I leave with you:

I Corinthians 2/

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

The Exhaling Poet

THE EXHALING POET 2020

“A short poem just before you go

You are not going anywhere I know

But just the same if you have the time

And buddy if you could spare a dime?”

                           ….

He sold his poems in limited editions

For an extra dollar he gave renditions

But people ran and hid their head

From the unmasked man

Who created the dread

                           ….

It takes breath in the form of words

To exhale my sonatas in poetic muse

But people said: No! No!”

His lyrical poems they did refuse

                           ….

Until one day he no longer stood

On that street corner unfurling his hood

Gone to ground – isolated off

The man with no mask

Had been taken to task

By a local priest

Who told him to cease

Pontificating his poems and rhyme

With the unappreciative public – it didn’t chime

                           ….

So he stayed away and wrote some more

Pasting them to his chimney breast

A grand wallpaper they made

                           ….

Until one day hundreds dispensing accolades

Stormed his house

Banging on window and door

Crying through masks: “More more more!”

“We will pay any price more than before”

“Too late” he cried back “they are all stuck down”

“My genius is gone to the wall” he said with a frown

                            ….

The moral of this tale is:

When wearing your mask

Don’t take breathing poets to task

Rather, If you want another poem

Just simply ask

Shut Down

SHUT DOWN

Shut down separation

– contemplation

Easing into your chair

You’ve been there 

 – before

Social distance – misprint

Everyone tries to connect

You’ve been making do

– this time

Are you sure or unsure of

What is expected of you?

Venturing forth

Scurrying back

A fine imposed

Your space hi-jacked

Elbow to elbow

Dust to dust

In awful contemplation

Duty and necessity must.

Making sense of it all

Many struggle to find

A shred of hope 

Emotion and reason entwine

Unless the eternal is your home

You make your way back

To the pleasure dome

Getting away

Stunned paralysis of the vocal

You stand aghast and don’t know what to say

The audacity of the swaying mob

Trying to steal kill destroy or take away

Get away from it all 

and we

Transport you – 

To a far-off shore

Now things are different there

But you freeze in loneliness

You quench all intrusion

Turn-off phones and even throw away…

You live to isolate another day

Who wants this?

All wanting where imaginary other’s are at

Anyway…

Where do we pick up the story of your stay?

Yes you slept a little longer this morning

It would appear…

And a little longer and a little longer…

Until you disappear

Lost in the blankets of oblivion

Until the inner call of your heart

Causes you to climb aboard that ship

Sailing back to your everyday – yesterday

But you learnt a few lessons from the silence

The silence from which you turned away

Back to the pseudo rat-race and

out the other door

clambering down the fire escape

Onto another familiar shore

Into routine daily grind

You try to unwind

But you are on your way

To becoming

One of those stowaways

who stay away

Forever and a day

You save up your cash

Get rid of your trash

Get the next flight out

Back to the land of your birth

Repetition of habits of travel

As you unravel your complexity

And try to reach simplicity

Finding at last that it doesn’t matter

Where you dwell

It’s truth you’re after – forever and a day

Life

I’m not what I would call an ‘out and out internet kind of person’. I spend a fair amount of time thereon – but not near as much as many.

Call it a generational thing if you like. I much prefer the face to face fellowship of normal life.

Of course we are somewhat robbed of this at the moment, with Covid-19.

I’m also a contradiction, at least I would be – in some folks estimation if they equate a writer with a reader.

In other words I am not what I consider a ‘well read’ kinda guy, and yet I love to write.

The spiritual – from the age of twenty took over my life. Both experientially, having encountered the Living God – and spiritually/mentally in the study of the Bible.

I have not read a novel in years. I have read quite a bit on art, yet even on this subject I consider my education limited.

I do watch television dramas, and my claim to fame was acting in three school productions – a million years ago. But I’ve been told a million times not to exaggerate.

So (if you like), the bible and art have preoccupied my mental faculties.

I consider my walk with God to be an absolute priority, and of paramount importance.

I have done the maths and the – (although not fully realised yet)  – sphere of eternity, I reckon, will last a lot longer than time. 😇

So preparation for the journey into it, cannot possibly be less important than anything else, and indeed therefore, more important than anything else.

The only down side of this approach is that at times I don’t follow completely through on things that effect time, considering them less important.

Many find fame and fortune, position in society, followers, travelling the world, fitness, food – things to do with this time journey we are all on, to be all that life is about.

The held idea that it all ends at the grave, to me totally negates the purpose of being here in the first place.

If this is ‘it’ as they say – then what a waste of time.

God’s plan is to fellowship.

God’s plan was fellowship and companionship with His created beings, created in His image. Sin has blighted the image. Rather like the painter who decides to ‘scribble’ out the image he has created, only to afterwards decide how foolish he has been. And that the image was fine the way it was.

Sin scribbled over us ruining our pure image, changing it to one of ugliness – internally of course.

We were fine until the first man and woman decided to distort the image we reflected by disobeying the superior command of God.

People usually deal with the eternity question, probably in one of the following ways – trying to sum them up – helps us focus.

There is no God – so I can do as I like – eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.

There might be a God – so I will try to be as good as I can but no one is perfect. I won’t think of eternity, or death that takes you there permanently – that’s being morbid.

There is is no eternal – you die – that’s it, game over, so forget about it.

If I don’t do God any harm – I’m hoping He won’t do me any harm. But no I do not have a relationship with Him.

All approaches lack the certainty that Salvation in Christ brings.

So all kinds of things can occupy us in this life. God will occupy us in eternity. So overwhelmingly wonderful will be the full revelation of the creator of all things – that we will fall in adoration before Him, if first we know Him in this life.

I must admit to my unanswered query as to why many spiritual things I experienced in earlier years seem to have diminished in the church.

This is not only an eschatological observation confirmed by scripture, but also an experiential one. Namely the change in the spiritual atmosphere that not only I, but others experience in this season.

All the more reason to hold fast to God’s Word like never before.

We think we understand things, but our faith is being challenged.

Here is our experience and our response: I Peter 1/

that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 

Tested by fire. Found to the praise honour and glory of God.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus help us please.

Posting

POSTING

Something by no means unique to a particular blog’s subject matter – is the question of what to put in and what to leave out in a post?

I imagine – Too long a post and we lose readers.(?)

Especially in this instant coffee day and age in which we live.

Attention spans have changed.

When it comes to posts with Christian subject matter in pursuit of readers – here’s how it looks to me:

Many are posting. Many send out the Word of God, hoping and trusting that God will use it in ways we know not of. Based on the scripture that tells us: 

Isaiah 55/

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,

And do not return there,

But water the earth,

And make it bring forth and bud,

That it may give seed to the sower

And bread to the eater,

11 

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Now of course, for it not to return void (in the sharing of Christian teaching sense) – it must be accepted in the first place by the readers to whom it is sent. Or at least listened to.

For most of my fifty years as a Christian I have sent forth God’s Word – not as prolifically as I would have liked. 

But needing something to describe what I do – I became seedsinmotion. (Preaching, teaching, evangelising, writing)

Most Christians agree that the times we are entering into are times of hardship and a ‘falling away’ is taking place, rather like in the days of Noah.

II Timothy 3/

unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

We are also told that there will come a time when: 

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

So some will not even get past the title of a Christian post, before they decide it’s not for them.

The preacher gets his listeners on a Sunday morning. Usually an expected ‘ready made’ audience.

But sending out blog posts is potentially hit and miss for bloggers.

Usually having many genuine readers and not just followers, in my opinion, depends on the interest factor or lack of it.

It is not based (again – in my opinion) solely on writing ability.

It is true for myself also – if I am not interested in a particular post – I trash some of my email notifications without even reading the posts in situ.

So I shouldn’t be surprised if others do the same with me.

However there are those I return to again and again for the opposite reason i.e. I’m interested enough to do so.

Also – perhaps to the chagrin of the ‘poster’ – I sometimes read their post in my emails and don’t sign in to click the like button (naughty I know).

There is no doubt Christian or non-Christian when you read a Christian post – you are ‘exposing’ your mind to content that can be used by God to do something inside you. That is the most important thing when it comes to Christian posts.

Not just primarily that you have been educated or informed intellectually but rather: is God saying something personal to you, that you can take into your being, and because of which you allow Him to bring change?

That’s the question you must ask. There is no way of knowing how many ask this question.

And that is something we (i.e. more specifically I) must leave to Our Heavenly Father.

It’s no surprise to me that often my poetry gets more ‘likes’ than posts with Christian subject-matter (though not always). The following scripture explains why non-Christians do not respond to Christian teaching.

However if they respond to the powerful Word of God – they might stop long enough, to examine the claims of Jesus the Christ, and pursue these claims to find salvation and/or the truth making them free!

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Real Deal

THE REAL DEAL

There is either such a thing as sin – or there isn’t.

And quite clearly there is such a thing.

It’s as plain as the nose on your face. We can see the results of sin all around us. Often in epidemic proportions.

Sin is one of the most obvious phenomenons on the planet. And yet it is explained away under many guises.

The problem for preachers is – they too are subject to and can be guilty of – sinning.

So how can they stand in pulpits and preach against what they themselves are engaged in? Or so the commonly held view is expressed, by some.

“Is this not hypocrisy?” reasons the person who tries to say – no one should ‘judge’ others.

One perception held, is that preachers are hypocritical Pharisees who love to castigate everyone but themselves. Bringing people under their rule and control, as ‘holier than thou’ – potentates.

However have you noticed that those who say: “we shouldn’t judge”, are e.g. also those who can lose their temper and hit out with swear words, at the unknown person who stole their car? They wouldn’t be trying to ‘judge’ them would they?

Quite clearly proper judgement is necessary in life. Else why not close down all the courtrooms throughout the land, and allow anarchy to ‘rule ok!’

The fact that unjust judgements are made, and hypocrites can be found in places of moral responsibility, does not negate the need for proper, sound, just, judgement.

Problem is, at a time of increasing moral decay – the hypocrites seem to ‘rule ok’ in responsible positions, rather than the sincere just-persons, who should take up these roles.

Preachers, who have moral integrity, are automatically lambasted by those who don’t want their sins found out. Preachers that are tarred with the same brush as the hypocrites. Condemned usually without trial or examined evidence.

The result is confusion (and often every evil work).

So in societies – corrupt officials take bribes, and the unjust sinner goes free for the right price.

The almost automatic way to portray anyone of ‘the cloth’, in drama productions on television or cinema – is to create a character who has a snivelling, hypocritical, judgemental, narrow minded, self-centred, cowardly personality.

Such types find their way onto the playwright’s script  when a character is needed to ‘represent’ the church.

And the non-believing but ‘good’ villain who spares a dime for the beggar in the street – is the real deal. Even though he has killed and robbed.

So society relieves itself from any responsibility to take notice of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. ‘Cause after all ‘they are not hypocrites’, like those religious types.(?!)

They don’t ‘pretend’ to be good or religious, or better than others. And so in all of this they spend their lives missing completely the ‘real deal’ of the Gospel.

So who is going to tell us we are sinners when all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God?

Well the answer is – God Himself.

The Holy Spirit’s job is to make me aware that I who write this post – am a sinner.

And to be always talking about sin, without the rest of the message that makes the messenger’s feet beautiful is to get out of balance in presenting the whole gospel.

The whole gospel summed up is – we can have our mess (sins) removed.

We can know God the Father through Jesus the Son, and we can know the ‘real deal’ of fellowship with God.

To be liberated inside – in a way you have never experienced before is the result of receiving and obeying the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I’ve just summed it up briefly, (to accommodate the need for a short post).

REAL DEAL GOOD NEWS:

…Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

….Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: