One of us sees freedom

Don Merritt posed a question yesterday: “The same challenge was faced by the prophets who were shown visions of heavenly things; even of heaven itself. How can they describe it to people who haven’t seen it, and who have no words to describe it?”
Discussing Spiritual Warfare:

And then this happened – overnight and then this morning as we conversed His verses .. .

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Dearest Nicodemus, you seek to understand heavenly things? How can I say this …

”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. “

You are a leader, yet you come in the night. You wear fine clothes – the uniform of leadership, the mark of high status. You have duties, rules, laws to follow, to enforce, to judge, to review. Your work is maintain. Your work is to constrain. Your work is work.

And now, this night? Off-duty from your work and in the darkness of night you come to me. Ashamed to be seen here. No fine clothes of status here, no duty, no enforcing. Away from your work and duty and finery you seek like any other. Is this teacher The Messiah? Is he the One? Will he bring Us greatness?

Nicodemus, I see your heart. And so does the Evil One. I see your soul, as does he. We see your “work and duty and status” – and one of us sees opportunity – and one of sees freedom. You see neither.

One of us sees your finery and whispers words of flattery – one of us sees freedom. We both see you working – judging acts and enforcing rules, and we see you off-duty indulging in the very things that, when working, you hold others to account. One us whispers “this is the norm – everyone needs to have their downtime” – and one of us sees freedom.

You have come here in the night. Do you think I am still “working”? Do you see me put on and take off my uniform of duty? Do you think me off-duty at this moment as you ask and seek? And if I was would I speak differently, use different, words, dismiss and judge you – is that why you came in the night? To seek a teacher who was relaxed, who was not working, who might be “one of the lads”?

Do you come seeking truth. Seeking in the night what you see and hear of in the day? Do you come seeking light in the darkness, Nicodemus? Can you hear the Evil One whispering even now? Can you hear him whispering “he makes no sense … look at his worn tunic … smell his unwashed feet … words that make no sense are only nonsense … you are educated he is not … why waste your time in this foolishness …”

Do you hear him Nicodemus? For I do. I hear his whispers. What about you, my friend? Do you hear the Evil One? Do you see him as I see him? Do you wish even to acknowledge he exists?

Might that cause you to choose, cause you to choose each moment: which way to walk – to the right or to the left – to give or to withhold – to condemn or to forgive – to choose life or choose death?

Is your preference I will not choose – yet I will live within this bounty – I will be part of this society of choice – I can take without giving – and I will let others die for me – those who care for “heavenly things” – I am a good man – I work hard for my God – let others die for their passion … ?

Dearest Nicodemus, you seek to understand heavenly things? How can I say this …

I Am and I will. Without debt. And with Love.

Yet even then I am not asking you to kill anyone or anything. I am not asking you to go to war. I am not asking you to live a life of duty – to be at work – and then something different away from work. I am not asking you to do anything. I am not asking you anything at all. That is the Evil One. His way is to whisper, to preen, to flatter, to puff up, to excuse and to confuse and to suck light into darkness.

And yet I do not ask you to kill him either. I do not even ask you to judge him and his kind. I will never ask you to do anything.

Does that mean I care not for you? Just as the Evil One will whisper. Does that mean you are not good enough? For you will hear that whisper too. You will hear lots of whispers and voices. Some will flatter and some will condemn. Some will puff-up and some will put-down. The Evil One has many voices.

I have yet One Voice for I see only freedom. Your freedom. One moment at a time. One choice at a time. One eternity at a time. For where there is freedom in the moment – there is Love if you allow. Each moment is new. Each moment is an invitation to be One with One. That is freedom. One moment at a time. One moment of freedom at a time. With so many voices … so many voices.

One of which is mine. The one voice of One. You are free to choose. You are free to decide. And it will cause you pain this freedom.

Freedom requires choice – and choice requires freedom.

And you will cry out. You will ask me to take this cup from you. You will see a vengeful God, an angry God, a God who requires. And the Evil One will become fat on your pain. He will bloat on your anger. He will puff-up and preen your sorrow. He is also constant.

You will come to call this “Spiritual Warfare”, Nicodemus. It will be death, it will be carnage, it will be painful and it will be what you know as war.

Until you learn my voice. Until you learn all these voices. Until you learn you are always free in every moment. Until you learn that he also desires your heart, that he desires to consume your soul, and he desires your death so he can live.

I desire You to Live. By my Death.

You see war. I see only freedom.

Your freedom.

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John 3


4 thoughts on “One of us sees freedom

  1. Fear takes away freedom. The possibility of loss creates fear. We cannot be fully and truly free until we decide we have nothing more to lose. Once we embrace our own death, we can attain the freedom to enjoy full life. Until then, we remain fettered by our fear.

    Grace — LM


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