Friday, May 21st, 2021. 2:27 PM.
A Christmas for Carolyn
Confiding with Lady Carolyn, Again!
Confiding with Carolyn . . . again . . . and . . . again . . . and . . . again . . .
Only By the Light of Christ
Can We Discern Between the Good and the Evil —
And Choose the Good and Abhor the Evil.
Without faith in the gospel of Christ it becomes a case of:
I can do whatever I want.
I can believe whatever I want.
What happens to those who choose to place themselves on the throne of their heart – rather than letting our Maker be there on the throne? Isn’t it His throne? His Holy Scriptures inspired by His Holy Spirit tell us that . . .
“The earth is the LORD’S and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
“Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!” -Psalm 24:1-10 ESV Study Bible.
“As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’
“For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.” -Revelation 18:7, 8. ESV Study Bible.
Beware the sin of pride.
Beware the deception of trusting in yourself – trusting in your own judgement – trusting in your own understanding.
Rather . . .
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
“My son, do not despise the LORD’S discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” -Proverbs 3:5-12. ESV Study Bible.
May 14th, 2021
Carolyn: “What is it, Mark?”
Mark: “Please forgive me for writing to you, again – out of “the wild blue yonder” so to speak. Would you please read to me again like you did yesterday?”
Carolyn: “Why do you want me, mark . . . to read to you again, “out of the wild blue yonder” — maybe mark?”
Mark: “I just love to hear the sound of your soft-spoken voice, Carolyn. I like to imagine that by your voice you are entering my heart and soul; and your soft-spoken spirit just pacifies my own spirit by entering me like a stream of pure water entering a thirsty lake and filling it with its own peacefulness and quietness so that it can both rest and be full again; and become like a mirror reflecting the beauty all around it – like a beautiful lady – a lady of the lake – with flowers and birds and butterflies and the breeze of a perfect Spring day in late May – all giving Her their attention . . . attracted by the Shekinah glory of the lady of the Lord God Who has made Her so lovely to reflect the Invisible God’s own beauty in His Holiness – and to show forth the coming glory of His Creation being born again – regenerated and refreshed and resurrected for Eternity.”
“There Is a River Whose Streams Make Glad the City of our God”
Mark: “Carolyn, there is an event in the gospel in which Jesus speaks to a Samaritan woman. They are at Jacob’s Well.
Carolyn: “I wonder what that means that Jesus spoke:” the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life”?
Mark: “There is more to Woman than even she knows about herself. I don’t exactly know either; but, I have an imagining about it – that I hardly dare to confess it to anyone. It’s very personal. I imagine many would say: “He’s sick!” In fact, after sending Eileen, your sister, a Mother’s Day card in about 1989, she said to me about that card: “This is sick!” Well, what I fear to confess may be even sicker. Or, maybe, it is exactly what the LORD is giving me to write.”
Carolyn: “Tell me, Mark – if you can. What is this imagining you have about what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.”
Mark: “I just realized something else related to my imagining.”
Carolyn: “What did you realize, maybe mark?”
Mark: “There is another Scripture in the gospel of John that may be related to what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman about “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:14 NIV Study Bible.
Carolyn: “And what is this other Scripture in John that may be related to John 4:14?”
Mark: “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” 7:37-39. NIV Study Bible.
Carolyn: “And what is this strange imagining that you mentioned, maybe mark?”
Mark: “Going into the shower with a woman, nude.”
Carolyn: “And what happens between the two of you — naked as Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden — in the shower, maybe mark?”
Mark: “Well, it is a sensuous experience – or at least it feels so. Love making. And during that sensuous experience, I sit on the floor of the shower. And the lady releases a stream of living water out of her belly onto me – on my face and head and into my mouth – and, perhaps, all over me. And she tells me to gargle her living water and then to swallow it. And other love-making experiences happen between us both before and after this “living water flow out of her belly” occurs.”
Carolyn: “And do you enjoy this experience you have with the lady-woman, maybe mark?”
Carolyn: “And who is this lady-woman?”
Mark: “I only hope she is my wife.”
Carolyn: “And why do you hope she is your wife, Mark?”
Mark: “I would miss her so much and hurt so much if she was not my wife living with me every day. I would want her to be with me always – “even unto the end of the age.” And, if she wasn’t my wife, then the experience with her in the shower might not have our Lord God’s blessing – since only a married couple enjoy God’s favor in making love – the others are only committing fornication – because they aren’t married.”
“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” -Matthew 28:16-20. KJV.
Carolyn: “Are there any other Scriptures that may be related to this experience you imagine happening between you and your woman-lady-wife?”
Mark: “Yes, Carolyn.”
Carolyn: “What is this other Scripture, Mark?”
Mark: “something about ‘eat my body and drink my blood.’ — which Jesus said.
“The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.” -John 6:52-59. ESV Study Bible.
“I have come to bring fire upon the earth”
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lost it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 10:34-39 ESV Study Bible.
“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” -Luke 12:49-53 ESV Study Bible.
One Moment in Time
Carolyn: “I don’t know how to enter you, maybe. we are in these separate bodies, maybe, that keeps us individualized. How could we blend and merge in spirit . . . I just cannot imagine how, mark.”
Mark: “It’s a spiritual experience, Carolyn. It can only be done in the Spirit – the Spirit of God; so, we have to be “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” As John was during his inspiration by which he received the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the last book of the Bible.”
Carolyn: “How may we get “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day?”
Mark: “We must be lowly; for, it is written: “Though the LORD be on high; yet is he near to the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.” Our hearts must open to the Lord our God’s Holy Spirit.” “Open your gates ye everlasting doors that the King of glory may come in.” -Psalm 24
“the river of life” the tree of life in Revelation
Carolyn: Carolyn reached out for Mark’s hand, “Let me help you up, maybe; I understand it isn’t easy to stand up from the shower floor at 69, dear.” Mark took Carolyn’s hand and stood up by The Power of Love. “Come with me, Mark; we’re going to the marriage bed undefiled to enjoy the LORD’S favor in the beauty of holiness where there are pleasures forevermore at His right hand; by His Grace flowing out to His children in His kingdom in the Heavenly Jerusalem by the river of life where the tree of life stands giving its fruit for the healing of the nations that are faithful to His Word – His Living Word – Christ our Savior.”
The name Carolyn means “Generous; just” according to a little booklet picked up at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island in the late 1990s: “Names For Boys & Girls” by Mead Johnson Nutritionals 1994.
“And I said to the angel who talked with me, ‘What are these, my lord?’ Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, ‘Do you not know what these are?’ I said, ‘No, my lord.’ Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” -Zechariah 4:4-7 ESV Study Bible.