Healing For The Splintered Mind – By Thomas Koester

When we refuse to forgive ourselves and others, we split our identity. One part loaths and hates self and the other part seeks to exist (breath, eat and rest). It is the inner voice of self hatred and toxic unforgivness, which curses the outer self of life and of one’s existence.

We end up with two personalities in one body. We also try to exist in two separate worlds.

One world is real, full of life, hope and dreams. The other is false, filled with lies, masks and illusions. Sure, we can survive in our false worlds, but we were made for so much more than surviving…

…and you know it.

You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong. You don’t know what it is — you feel trapped inside, imprisoned by fear; maybe you feel like a hostage, only it’s you that holds the key to your own prison cell.

In the movie The Matrix, Neo asks Morpheus a question:

“If you’re killed in the matrix you die here?”

Morpheus:

“The body cannot live without the mind.”

The book of James puts it this way:

“The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your compass and leaves you dizzy and confused.” – James 1:8 (VOICE)

Do not yield to thoughts of self condemnation, or self hatred, for the end of such thoughts are self destruction and death. We need to yield and desire wisdom from God, who understands both the body and the mind. But if we reject his Wisdom and Truth, the mere inner thoughts, no matter how untrue and false will become reality. For either the wisdom from God and the belief of self hatred are both initiated by faith. And faith activates the power of both truth and false truth.

If you believe in the truth and wisdom from God you will live and thrive. Conversely, if you believe in self hatred and unforgivness you will become lifeless and die. For the body obeys the mind and a double minded person is unstable, confused and lost.

The standard of God’s Word, Wisdom and Truth never changes, therefore, anchor all your thoughts, fears and doubts upon him and you will find your way again and truly live.

This very moment you are standing at the crossroads, as Jeremiah puts it:

Yet the Lord pleads with you still: Ask where the good road is, the godly paths you used to walk in, in the days of long ago. Travel there, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, “No, that is not the road we want!” – Jeremiah 6:16 Living Bible (TLB)

If you will not turn to God, The Holy One of Truth and Wisdom, not even your loved ones can help you. Until you’re will to expose your false self and cease your fake salvation, you cannot be helped. Until you ask to be rescued, you’ll continue to drift further and further away.

I plead with you this day, turn to God and live!

“…you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask him for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.” Isaiah 30:19

Jesus Christ died that you may live and was raised to life that you may never die.

For there is no peace and no rest in taking your life, but life and peace are in Jesus Christ.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23

Trust Him, He will give you rest for all your weariness and heal your splintered mind.

Breaking The Gravitational Forces of Comfort – By Thomas Koester

You were not created for a mundane life. Your heart is longing to break free from routine. Only a freed heart can do the impossible!

What I’m talking about here is pushing against the gravitational forces of our comforts and guarantees. To break the chains of slavery to fear. To do what our hearts are calling us to do. Its always the heart, which challenges our mind and our body to achieve great things. To listen to our heart, is indeed a scary and costly proposition. But, absolutely necessary, if you truly want to live!

Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to: “above all, keep our hearts, for from it flows the source of life.”

If you want to be free from the “mundane,” you must be willing and brave enough to tap into the source of life and follow God into the unknown — into the impossible. God doesn’t require us to know much, but to simply trust and follow him. He’ll train the stouthearted during the journey. He’s after our passion and our faith. Neither of these two precious qualities happens while sitting in our offices or sofas, or for that matter, even while enjoying our Sunday morning services, sitting in our favorite pew or chair.

Pushing against the gravitational forces of comforts and all the niceties of guarantees is where it begins. Do nothing, and neither you or God is pleased.

What happens when we’re willing to break free from the mundane? Well, God awakens hidden desires that he put into our hearts long before we were born. He won’t awaken your desire until you’re willing and ready to venture with Him.

God spoke to Abram and invited him to a new and better land that God would show him along the way. In spite of all that was comfortable and familiar, Abram said yes, and God begins the journey by explaining to this 75 year old man that he would become the Father of many Nations.

Do you see, how God awakens a forgotten and hidden desire in the childless Abram?

Many years later, God changes Abram’s name to Abraham, meaning: “Father of Many,” and tells this old man that his aged wife, Sarah, would bear him a son.

Miracles will only happen when you are willing to be at risk.

You must be willing to risk the familiar for the unfamiliar. If you want freedom and a true identity, you must break the chains binding you to earth.

Isn’t that worth the risk to follow God with our hearts and to love Him with everything we’ve got?

Do you want to be comfortable, or do you want to be free?

Living a Life Worth Remembering – By Thomas Koester

Seven out of ten people cannot remember the name of their great grandfather. This means that most fathers of today will be forgotten in less than three generations. It’s not that children can’t remember, it’s that most fathers are absent in their lives and therefore are absent in their children’s and in their grandchildren’s memories. The verbal tradition of familial heritage becomes silent, when we live selfishly, or abusively to our offspring.

This is more significant than simply remembering the name of our great grandfathers. Rather, it’s about whether our lives today and tomorrow were meaningful enough to be worth remembering, or positive enough to be inspirational.

When I first learned of this statistic, I sat there shocked; in utter disbelief and horror. This would mean that my future offspring would be oblivious to my existence, and my life today, tomorrow and forever would be erased!

The Scriptures says:

“God has set eternity in the hearts of men.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

This is why being forgotten is so frightening. Eternity is written into our hearts and souls, to never have existed is contrary to our DNA and to our consciousness.

This set within me a passion to leave an indelible and positive mark on the hearts and minds of my children and grandchildren. This is why I write articles and stories. Not only do I want my children’s children, and their children to remember me, I want the life I live now to inspire them to do memorable acts of love and goodness for others.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“…He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.” Romans 2:7

I want my children to do greater things than me, so that their children will also be inspired to do greater things than their parents, and so on. I want what God desires for me and my children; a life of eternity, glory, honor and immortality.

Job puts it this way:

“The righteous move onward and forward; those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” Job 17:9

Also, I write articles and blogs for others, leaving behind breadcrumbs, so that they too will find the Father-heart of God. I want as many people possible to experience the joy and amazement of belonging to a loving God, through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. You see, even God desires that His Son live a legacy life to be remembered and never forgotten. That all of the works of Jesus would lead us to His Father! That all the Father’s spiritual offspring would find their way home to Heaven.

Your greatest accomplishment is not only to father your children well while you’re living, but even more so, after you’ve gone. This is called a legacy — Living a life worth Remembering!

Killing Religion – By Thomas Koester

Religion must die, after all, it murdered the Messiah. And so, God made good use of it to usher in redemption, through the death of His Son. However, religion does not belong in any true house of worship, nor does it belong in the life of any true follower of Jesus Christ.

Lately, there has been a whole lot of “religion” thrown around, bullying lost and broken souls, for which Christ came to heal, and for which Christ came to die. Don’t become infected by religion or traditionalism like I did. Get cured from it and become Agents of Grace, instead of Agents of Religion.

Jesus Christ vanquished religion the morning he rose from the grave. He left the grave clothes of the old religious order in the tomb and provided us direct access to God the Father through his glorious risenness.

The best way to kill Religion, is to love the Religious into a relationship directly with our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ his son.

In The Gospel of Luke, chapter 12, Jesus warns the crowd:

“Guard yourselves from the yeast that puffs up the Pharisees—hypocrisy, false appearance, trying to look better than you really are.”

You see, your goodness is not good enough. Only the goodness of Jesus is good enough to save you and change your life. You cannot change the truth of who you are in the inside by your actions on the outside. Your heart must be changed. Religion cannot change your heart. It can change your outer appearance, but not your heart.

God’s grace is sufficient to save the Religious out from their Religions.

Because Jesus lives, we live — free from religion and free from the traditions of men!

The Barbarism of The Democratic Left – By Thomas Koester

Evil has now openly taken up residence in the Democratic Party. Interesting, as they openly promote infanticide they are openly removing all evidence of God from their Party and platform. Also, this is to placate the Left’s new ally, Islamic Extremists and Jihad against Christians, Jews and freedom loving Patriots.

“The Enemy of my enemy is my friend,” has become the beckoning cry of the Democratic Left in their alliances with Islamic Extremists in order to destroy conservativism, capitalism and religious liberty.

The Third Reich of Nazi Germany allied with Islamic Extremists as they both shared hatred for Jews. Only 70 years later, the Evil Axis are at it again!

They believe that their inevitable barbarism justifies their means to the end result of Socialism and ultimately Communism. They are also using the Corporate Left’s market control over all Americans to usher in dictatorial rule over our ability to communicate freely and openly. Including our ability to buy and sell.

If you do not take a stand today, and especially during the 2020 Elections, you’ll fall for anything, including slavery and barbarism.

If you don’t believe me, just listen to the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, and their party leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

If you call yourself Christian, Jew, or Patriot and you do not leave the Democratic Party of Godless barbarism then you’ve rejected The God of Heaven and your Faith also.

“No one can serve two masters,” said Jesus of Nazareth, “…either he will hate one and love the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches!” Matthew 6:24

“Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”

Have the courage to walkway from the Party of death and destruction. Just walkway from the Democrats.

Below is an interesting photograph during the 1940s of the Palestinian leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini having a conversation with Adolf Hitler.

The Rapid Collapse of America – By Thomas Koester

Historically, every failed Nation, or civilization has indeed gone through what America and Western civilization is currently going through. The key phrase here is, “every failed Nation or civilization.”

What America is currently undergoing is the rapid decline of our freedoms of the many, for the sake of special liberties for the debauched and the immoral filth of the few. Those with political power will ride the inevitable cultural implosion to greater power and dictatorial control. This is by design and not happenstance.

Again, this is not a new paradigm, but a “rinse and repeat” cycle of history, and what happens with an apathetic, contemporary people, unwilling to learn from past historical mistakes. Albeit, the lack of historical knowledge has been purposely engineered out of our educational institutions, unwittingly to the average American and student. This, by no means excuses the average American citizen, but rather is a sad and factual commentary of our collective willingness in seeking pleasure, and our policy of appeasement in exchange for governmental control and free goodies.

In reality, we’ve all chosen to worship America, and all it’s bounty, rather than the God of Heaven, Earth’s only Redeemer.

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3.

Unfortunately, the 21 Century Church has been too preoccupied with Church! If the Church would’ve been occupied with the Kingdom of God, as an occupying force for good, we would not be this far down the river, and perhaps the “foundations” could’ve been repaired.

Our task was to occupy until He comes — To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the entire world as a witness. Not hasten the day of destruction because of our misguided disengagement, and our pre-tribulation and premilienial exfiltration madness!

As surely as the sun rises in the East, our future leaders will be as debauched, morally vacant and deranged as the voters that vote them into power. Our ignominious milestones of the first this, or the first that; the first gay Senator, first transgender Congressman, first Islamic-Extremist Representative and our first LGBTTQQIAAP President, etc. will become the millstone of slavery around every citizen’s neck; rich or poor, black or white, gay or straight, and liberal or conservative.

Unapologetically, the only option for recovery and change is to turn away from our individual and corporate sins; repent, and turn wholeheartedly to God. Without delay, seeking His forgiveness for our willful disregard of His laws, and of the greatest gift given to all mankind, that is Jesus Christ, God’s only way of salvation truth and righteousness.

Without Jesus Christ, America’s greatness will most certainly collapse, and not even Donald J. Trump can make America Great Again.