Living life as Child of God , walking with Jesus to see His kingdom come by the Power of the Holy Spirit. And writing of His Majesty and Glory in ALL THINGS that HE may be MAGNIFID ABOVE ALL THINGS!
many years ago to set me free from addictions and distractions. But now ,He has given me another story This is a story of how I was set free from a fear filled and cold religion . The devil will always try to use addictions and distractions to keep us from being freed by Jesus . But, as we are set free from these by our Savior , then enemy will try to capture us again by busy, cold, dry religion. Both are prisons . Certainly we are more dumb than dumb bunnies if we fall for his tactics !Instead , we must say simply and boldly …
It is written … if the Son set us free, we ARE free indeed. John 8:31
“Where are your feet?” The sister asked her brother.
“They are … ugh.. stuck ” the boy replied with a grunt as he twisted his hips back and forth in the sand. His feet remained unseen beneath hard packed dirt.
The boy pleaded “ Sister help me. you hear them coyotes howling? We gotta get outa here before dark ! before them dogs get us” “I hear em, I hear them toothless critters “ the sister calmly replied as she sat beside her brother in the dirt.
” great now what ? you want me to stay stuck in this cold sand and get eaten by dogs ” the boy pleaded “we’ve got to do something to get me unstuck! “
“Chill brother “the girl said laying down beside him on top of the sand “ remember Phobia Phobia who became Faith Rabbit. . .” “yesssss” the boy replied with another grunt and twist.
“ well once the Immortal Invisible one rescued him from the Cunning One, he lived with the Freedom Family.
Great … wish I were there” the boy said sarcastically.
The girl continued to tell her story. . .
” well the family changed his name from “Faith Rabbit” to “Caleb cottontail. ” They called him “Caleb ” because he became just like Joshua’s two friends “Strong “and “Courageous”. Together, these brave bunnies traveled many places with Joshua to tell other bunnies how they were set free. Soon as the words “you are free in Jesus” left their lips , bunnies everywhere bounced free.
So whereever the Shadow of the Immortal Invisible One, Jesus, was , they traveled . And ,if the shadow was not there , they would just ask their Father and he would the extend the Shadow to many new fields. The Father only would ask that they show White Pure Light with every bounce and leap. And that was easy becaouse they were all Cotton tails.
So Everywhere little Caleb went you could see the light of his tail. It bounced through the field under the shadow of Perfect Love . It bounced and bounced bright and free though many fields . Caleb’s paws carried pictures, and flowers, and letters, and poems, and stories to tell about how Jesus, the Immortal Invisible One , sets bunnies free. Everything he made told of the story of the day the Perfect one, Jesus, came to destroy the works of the Cunning One, the Devil.
Caleb would also bring these and many other things back to his freedom family on Sundays. He was always happy to be with other cottontails who were freely singing and waving flags to celebrate what The Immortal Invisible One had done for them. It was a beautiful time in the Freedom Family as they lived freely in the open field. There was no wall or fence, no varmint or rodent, to constrain them under the Shadow of Perfect Love .
And There was no need for the cottontails to fear anything. Fear had left the field. And while coyotes still howled
“and are still howling sister. .” the boy interrupted still twisting in the sand where he had buried himself
The girls voice thickened and deepened. ..
“AND every fox tried to steal grapes…even then , these snarling critters could not come near the bunnies’s camp. They were always at a distance. In fact, many a supper, the cottontails gathered remembering Perfect Love’s last supper with them….and”
The girl lowered her voice yet deeper ” right then , you could see only the eyes of the canines in the field glaring at them . ”
” and their tongues licking their lips to eat them ” the boy trembled in the sand.
” Oh yes . . and hear howling and snarling! ” she intensified and then paused
. . . .but listen ,Boy , it was all put to dead silence as the aroma , that sweet sweet smell of the Last Supper filled the air.”
The girl closed her eyes.
“It’s that it ? They just ate dinner and foxes ran “The boy asked
“It should be ” the girl replied but…she continued
BUT …one day a certain fox came. . he came to dinner dressed as a bunny. And this Fox told the cottontails that they needed to do more to keep The Cunning One , the Devil, away. The fox said that they were not as free as they thought they were. He put fear in their hearts saying the Cunning one could still get them. He told the cottontails that bad weather was coming and that the Cunning one could raise his head again for a final strike.
Not once did the Fox talk about the foot of Jesus on the Cunning One.The Fox only spoke only about the frightening dangers ahead.He never spoke of the works destoyed.
The truth is that The Cunning one remained far in the field where Caleb last saw him . There, immobile, with the foot of the Immortal Invisible one firmly on him , every danger was destroyed. But the fox erupted fear and soon no one believed what they saw . And rumors became like yeast in bread making the lie bigger and fatter than ever.
Soon bunnies reported that The head of Rasha, the snake, had not yet decayed .” In fact it looked as alive as the first day caleb saw it” they would say. And even though It did not move and it had no teeth , bunnies swore that that its eyes followed all the rabbits with hatred and accusation. And in truth ,it did do that very thing for those who drew close to it.
Many bunnies were going back into the woods of Doubt and Fear to see the head of the Cunning Evil One. And as often as they went, they looked at his head and not at the foot of Jesus, fear would consume them. Soon, Every bunny who went to the dark woods to look in the Cunning One’s eyes would get hurt. So hurt were so many bunnies that you could hear their screeches in the night.
And not only their screeches, but the Cunning One’s hisses. He would hiss and hiss as they ran back looking for safety. He would hiss “scared rabbit. . . ha scarred rabbit. . run” Each hiss they heard invited Fear back in the field. And so it spread from bunny to bunny , fear upon fear.
Now Caleb heard all the fearful things that the bunnies were saying about the snake in the field “His head is rising! He will strike again! He is after you! He can take your freedom away! He smells your coming! He hates those with the whitest tail! And you Caleb your tail is tooo white!”
So Caleb became very ashamed and very afraid. Many friends left Caleb to go back to houses of addiction and distraction . ” I too have got to hide .” Caleb thought. So he buried his white tail in the dirty sand.
Caleb was sure he would blend in with other bunnies who dirtied their tails with distraction or addiction . But, it was not always so.
Because whenever Caleb would talk to the Immortal Invisible one, Jesus , he would get joy and bounce. And when Caleb bounced, all the dirt would fly off his tail. It was very hard to keep his tail buried and dark.
Soon , Only a few of Caleb’s friends remained in the field. But even they were afraid to be free. “We are going to protect ourselves “they would say. “See,you stand out Caleb like us . . but we are building a big house where you can come in and be safe“ his friends said “they will be nice strong houses with plenty of room and you will have everything in them that you need. You wont have to go anywhere else Caleb Cottontail, you will be safe with us. So come stay in the house we will build under the Shadow of the Immortal Invisible one” It all sounded very good to Caleb Cottontail.
“ I think Im going to live with my friends” Caleb told Joshua one day while they fished by the Main River.
“ Well. . .as for me” Joshua replied
“I know… ” caleb wouldn’t let him finish his scriptured sentence .
“I know but we too can serve the Lord. We must keep people safe from the Cunning One. He cannot get us if we build the right kind of house” Caleb said to Joshua
“ you make sure you stay free” Joshua warned Caleb .
Hearing a coyote in the distance Caleb bounced away” I’m always FREE . . just be sure to . . . tell Strong and Corageous, I will miss them”
“I will and We will pray for you Caleb. “ Joshua shouted back , wiping a tear with his paw.
“ . . . .beware of the foxes”he weakly cried.
The house Caleb entered was big and had a room for everyone in the family. An official rabbit from another country set up rules and ways because he had built many houses before. It all seemed comfortable. There was time for speaking, time for singing, time for dancing, time for eating, and all things were done together in order .
But as the days past, more and more order was given, the bunnies stopped talking and thanking together. There were too many duties to be done. In a few months the house became both big silent and cold.
Bunnies began to take their food in their own rooms and sing their own songs in their own rooms and dance their own dance in their own rooms . Soon everyone was in their own room and their only company was the mirror on their wall. The bunnies wrote and spoke and looked alone to themselves, . . . . everything to themselves. There was nothing to one another.
The roof over their heads blocked them from seeing the Shadow of the Immortal Invisible one and they soon did not talk to him either. If anything broke in the house instead of asking one another for help, they would send for someone from another house to fix it.
Little by little , foxes moved into the house all dressed as bunnies. They would come promising to fix things but, instead ,they would steal things.
Though contrary to their instinct , the foxes always left the bunnies alive. It seemed that they had no want or craving of the bunnies because the bunnies no longer had the aroma of a bunny. They did not even sound like bunnies. Fear had made them no longer sound or look like what they were created to be.
In this house, Caleb too forgot who he was. And he became very lonely. Especially when winter came. No one invited him to their room and he was too afraid to invite another bunny to his. He was afraid that they may make fun of his tail. He still knew it was white but, like all the other cottontails, He became very self conscious and embarrassed of his white tail.
By mid winter, it became soo very cold in the Big House . Day after day ice would gather another layer of ice on Calebs door . Ice upon Ice until Caleb was in a corner and the door iced shut. He couldn’t even get with other bunnies if he wanted too. A cold wall of ice had grown right there in Calebs room!.
Cornered again , Caleb felt full Fear come over his whole body. He shivered and cried so much that the tears gathered as icicles on his pure white fur. Long piercing icicles all the way down to his tail. In a few months …maybe days…possibly years, he found he was frozen against a wall. Time seemed frozen as His cottontail stuck in the ice.
But this was not so for Joshua. Joshua and his house stayed in an open field. They continued to eat together and thank the immortal Invisible one with great fearless joy. No matter what the weather. No matter how many foxes or coyotes gathered. The sound of their joy and the aroma of their faith kept the foxes and coyotes far away. And as for the Cunning One , his voice was so distant and small , they would sometimes gather and laugh saying, “is this the one who scared the nations?.” .
But quietly, When they would laugh , Joshua would ponder and sometimes weep . .”is this the one that scared our brethren into that cold dark house? ”
Joshua thought a lot about Caleb. He thought and talked to Jesus, the Immortal Invisible one every day about Caleb. And often times when he was fishing , he thought about the last day that Joshua fished with him . With every thought and prayer , he wept.
Joshua wept many tears into a river. It was the big broad river that flows from the Home of the Immortal Invisible One. Joshua’s Tears streamed upward and gathered downward everyday until one night……
One night they met up with Caleb.
One night, Caleb was pulling against the icy wall with all his strength. Tearing hair and skin , he pulled and pulled. but the more he pulled , the more ice would fall from the wall crushing his every effort to be free. His feet became raw cold immovable. His lips were raw, his throat parched. He remembered to pray but he could not .
His lips were frozen shut. “now now when I remember to pray, I cannot, I cannot loose my lips to call for help.” he thought then he moaned . . .”ohhh… a… ba….. a …. Ba.”
Two syllables came from his stomach like a belch out his throat. His lips tore apart , blood dripped from his lip onto the ice. .”Abba Abba” he cried. Again “Abba. ” an soon the blood dripped along the iced doorframe. Patting his lips together to stop the bleeding , Caleb wept and wept..”help me abba”
The building slightly shook. A small crack formed. Soon, Water came trickling through the crack . Soon the ice all around the door was melting. Caleb continued crying but his tears were now warm and flowing. A joy , a joy truly unspeakable entered into Caleb.
He cried and cried in this joy as he could faintly hear birds singing, bunnies bouncing, trains passing and far off….. far off in the distance, his dear friend Joshua praying.
In moments, Caleb’s weeping face slipped fully free from the melting ice and bent to the ground of the trickling water
The drops of blood disappeared in the flow of the water trickling . Caleb touched his lips with the water . . . “give me drink “ he said . . . . sipping and sipping as the ice fell all around his room, he smiled . Then , a large chunk of ice fell from the door and a bright beam of sun came into the cold dark house.
The warmth began to melt the ice around his cottontail. Wet but free, Caleb shook. Drops of water splashed through his entire room. The mirror was covered in water. No longer looking at himself.
. No longer afraid of Coyotes, or Foxes or the Cunning one. No longer cold. No longer without speech. Caleb soon bounced Free.
It took many days for the ice to crack in the rest of the house. Many bunnies thought something was broken and they would call on Foxes to fix it. No matter how many times Caleb sent letters to tell them that Perfect Love would melt the ice in the house so they could be free they would not believe him. And no matter how many times Joshua would tell them that the Cunning one was defeated they still stayed in fear. Locked in fear in the cold house.
But Caleb was free. He was free on the day the River of Life came His way. A river moved by the Spirit, given by Jesus, to let all be free sons and daughters of the Father.
“So give me your hand . Let’s go from here.” The girl reached her hand to her brother and he stood.
“How did that happen? . “The boy stood up amazed.
“Because Perfect Love Casts out all Fear and without Fear we are FREE!!”the big sister replied.
“now shake the sand off your feet and lets go” she commanded
“Okie sis and Im shaking a tail all the way “ the boy chuckled.
“That’s right boy and don’t let no foxy bunny tell you it aint white as snow!!!”
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Galatians 5:13 ESV
“And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.”
Luke 13:32 ESV
“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.””
The Song of Solomon 2:15 ESV
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.”
Yesterday, in the park, Our Father gave us a feel of His Promise of Spring. We gathered feeling what Paul proclaimed and what the preachers now preach. We could see with our eyes that “all things ARE made new”. Little buds were on a few trees, blades of grass were bending upward breaking out of dirt. The breeze that the lord sends each month met me before Frog could spread the first table cloth. . It was warmly blowing . It blew all that was planned on my papers to the ground. How wonderful was Spring peeking through our winter yesterday. We all could sense Our Father’s hand reaching out to His children in a new way.
It was only natural for us to open with song like the birds do all day. We opened singing “Father let your Kingdom come” . Wide eyed children with small dollar store tamborines, nappy tired old children staring at lyrics, some singing, some dancing, some pondering. . . as the chorus repeated ” you make all things new. . in places we don’t chose. Halle hallelujah, Father let your kingdom come” https://youtu.be/EHIGm7qYVz4
“Unless you show us Lord , we will never see your kingdom. ” I prayed and we all stopped singing.
For months we have been learning anew the outline of what folks call “THE Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6. This prayer , this “way” or “manner ” Jesus taught us to pray neatly holds every prayer we have ever prayed. And yet, Jesus prods us ,calls us, prays for us, to pray it rightly from the heart. Yesterday we were going to enter the heart of what “thy kingdom come , thy will be done ” looked like ” here as in heaven”.
So, for the month of January I read Our Fathers word . . . “kingdom”. the word kingdom started long ago when Our Father had His Kingdom perfectly set in a garden. But , a rebellious angel set mission , out of jealousy towards Our Father, to destroy the kingdom. Our Father in His Love and Mercy for us would not let us be destroyed or His Kingdom . And so He sent His son to save both us and His Kingdom. It is a wonderful thing to have a Father like this. And One that wrote every battle plan of Love down for us in His Word.
By the time I got to the word “kingdom” in the new Testament, I saw Jesus bring the kingdom of Our Father back. He did everything that God wanted from the beginning. It was healing it was righteousness . It was love and joy and peace. More than anything, it was a perfect relationship with God. It was a perfect relationship where Jesus would ask anything of the Father and it would be done. It was perfect unity with the Father in knowing what to ask for. It was having the desires of the Father’s heart and seeing His heart manifest everywhere.
So from reference to reference I knew we must know who Our Father planned us to be and who we now can be ” in Christ “. So I prepared much for there was much to know from Genesis to Revelation. I had posters and handouts and songs and flyers and diagrams . I studied and prayed and studied again. And the day came … The first Tuesday of Febuary . . .it came like Spring . . .it came like a groundhog not scared of any shadow.
Standing before a handful in the park. I began to tell how Jesus said in Mark 1:15 The time is fulfilled the kingdom of heaven is at hand : Repent and believe The Gospel. I showed the 10 commandments, I spoke of how we all fall short, I spoke of God’s mercy saving us by the death of Jesus. I then spoke of the resurrection of Jesus proving we are now set free from sin. Each commandment Jesus has set us free to live obedience, not in slavery but as dear children. And I spoke of how the devil makes us forget this by condemning us or telling us there is no joy in obedience. I spoke much. I spoke too much. Everyone’s face was weary. It felt like winter was coming back.
Three children helped me by holding the 10 commandments poster upright as I taught. I thought perhaps they might be weary tooo. So ,in my soul ,I prayed. ” lord what do you want me to do ? How do you want your kingdom to come now?” I looked at the children awake alive . But all others looked weary .Suddenly I felt as if a hand came upon my shoulder to gently sit me down . Heavy but tender it came until I could not help but to sit on the bench.
I looked at the children and said ” can you tell me what Our Father wants us to know today. ?”
Suddenly a young girl named Isabella spoke. ” well I think I can.” she handed me the poster.
“He wants us to know to listen to God our Father talking to us. If we hear something some one says or we think about something that doesn’t obey these ,”…she pointed to the commandments” then it’s NOT God’s voice , It IS THE DEVIL! ” she emphasized with a stomp of the foot. “It’s not too hard . . . .there are only two voices . . . .and one loves you and the other wants bad for you. God can’t get anything done UNLESS WE listen to His voice! ”
Every face suddenly came alive . Some clapped , some raised hands , some said Amen , all heard the Big Precepts of God unfold like a new bloom before them.
“That is Wonderful” I said. Then, I asked my little teacher ,”so then how do you hear His voice?. ”
“well” she stopped for a moment while every ones face looked expectantly at her.
Putting her hands to her chin she slowly said “Well, I guess you gotta be like a child to be able to do that. ”
Suddenly I remembered, tucked in all the verses on the Kingdom was Jesus saying to me, to us, “AMEN AMEN I SAY TO YOU UNLESS you TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM of heaven” Matthew 18:3 ESV
Yes , little sister, with all our efforts and programs and resolutions and restrictions and all the ways of man to better himself , we are no closer to the kingdom than when we were first saved. It all begins with knowing and loving and trusting Our Father then acting as His children. To repent as a child is simply to come near Our Father and say “I am sorry, I was not listening, I want to obey”
And now little sister and all my brothers and sisters in the park, the kingdom of heaven … the revival of all of Our Fathers desire for us begins when we sit down under His Hand and know we are His children. . . . then we will hear and he will heal our land.
“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:16-17 KJV
Children whisper “12 days till Christmas. ” ….
They whisper it in secret languages packed with tones of wonder. They cannot hold back the excitement and often interrupt those with authority by their zeal for the gifts of Christmas.
Long ago, in the 16th century, a certain group of children of God did the same . But instead of coded whispers they sang a certain song. It was a song of all the gifts they were given in Jesus . And it was sung in code so that none in authority, who knew not the Giver , would hear, lest they be imprisoned , hung and quartered. They sang the song to one another to teach one another and to worship the Lord of all perfect gifts.
I too , had listened to this song many times before and could not hear it. I only heard silly rhymes. But now , now as His child, I hear the great gifts we are Given in The Son of God , our Savior Jesus. And I sing this , not as if it is nonsense ,but as it is ,a secret tongue, a poem of Spirit and Truth. I sing ….
come oh Jesus
Oh Come my true Love
Be to me a partridge …like a hen gathering chicks
… in me your pear TREE
Come with your
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments your letters of Love.
oh Come Jesus with
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and LOVE and you and the Father and the precious Holy Spirit.
oh Come Jesus with
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels that sing the New song in my ear.
Oh Come Jesus with
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, which remind me of my fall from your Love and the manna manifested to save me !!
oh Come Jesus with
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
Oh Come Jesus with
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Oh Come Jesus with
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes that align and nourish my attitude to be like yours.
oh Come Jesus with
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit I see so beautifully dancing in your body !
oh Come Jesus with
10 Lords A-leaping = the Ten Commandments that leap within me into obedience to you!
oh Come Jesus with
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles who lived LIFE to the fullest even unto death!
oh Come Jesus with
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of the My Creed, The apostles Creed that Centers me before , behind and beneath your cross.
Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath THIS TREE. . .
Does your foot still come to corrupt gardens , does it come crushing bud and head?
Does it come crush double faced flowers and snakes long ago dead?
Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath my feet. . .
Does your foot still come in snowy fields , does it come where limbs stiffly pray?
Could it come pick me amidst trees that bend and break and sway?
Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus to the ground beneath the dirt. ..
Does your foot still bleed into these roots, does it come where sin and doubt do rot?
Could it soak this evergreen right here and uproot me for your pot?
Come oh Come of Foot of Jesus , please dig me out from this ground. . .
Does your foot still move across the barren, does it move through filth with snow?
Could it bring me to your home of Lights and from your light would I glow?
Come oh Come oh Foot of Jesus, lift me to the beauty of your arms . .
And carry me carry me to the house of Our Father where I will be a TREE dressed in heavens charms!
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Genesis 3:8, 14-15 KJV
“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.”