Farther Along

One of the things that has hit me in the past year is how dependent I am on revelation from God. As I get older and I’ve spent more time in the Way with Lord Jesus I’ve come to realize how utterly dependent I am on Him to do what I thought was basic when I was younger. The ability to understand anything for example. My understanding is a bruised reed and a smoldering flax, when I have humility in my heart and I am faithful to knock He is faithful to fill me with His understanding. Then an amazing thing always happens, He gives me the gift of even deeper humility. He gives me understanding of His grace, mercy and deep love for me. None of this can happen when I hold the pride of knowing something for myself in my heart.

View from Mt. Healy, Denali Park – Alaska 2017

As I mentioned in my last post I have great trepidation in writing now that the Father has began to reveal this to me and expose the motives of my heart. My particular point of hubris is as a culture warrior fighting against the progressive elements in our Church and society, a point on which I am still very strong-willed, I confess. The big issue being how to resist the enemies assault on the Church in a Godly and masculine way. In my striving I found it easy to lean on the arm of my own flesh and my own understanding and turn my back on God’s rest. As the “manosphere” would put it, I was busy about my own business establishing my own “frame” while trying to cling to the covering I have in Jesus Christ. His rest, His “frame” (in all reality His Cross) and mine are not compatible. While I have adopted some of the attitudes, skills and techniques of leadership that were invaluable in my growth as a husband and leader from a circle of Godly men found here I have struggled with bringing into submission under Jesus much of the truth I’ve been exposed to.

I would point to an old revelation that the Lord gave to me regarding the action of the enemy:


And all thy sons shall be taught of the LORD; and the peace of thy sons shall be multiplied. With righteousness shalt thou be adorned: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear it; and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. If anyone should conspire against thee, it shall be without me, whosoever would conspire against thee shall fall before thee. Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth the instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the slaves of the LORD, and their justice from me, said the LORD.
(Isa 54:13-17)

I came to the realization that much of what is considered by many to be the Church is going to be consumed by this destroyer as I wrote about in Into the Maw of the Matriarchy. What I’ve increasingly come to realize as we are siding towards an era of outright hostility and persecution of those espousing Jesus Christ is that anyone who is NOT taught of the Lord is going to be consumed by this thing. The whole point of the exercise is to destroy all flesh, yours and mine which will compel us to abide entirely within Jesus Christ.

The thing is that God has allowed for the construction of such a monstrous beast in the Social Justice movement that I’m now more than ever convinced that He is the only one that can overcome it, and that is the point.

As we head into a time of the below ground Church, a Church I feel as if God has been preparing me for my entire life I MUST realize the futility of political fights and remember what we are fighting against and with what tools. For example: who will we invite into our home fellowships? With whom will we share the Good News? Assuredly, that will come to mean risking our jobs, our homes, our well-being and perhaps our lives? If we are to share Jesus Christ and His Cross with the chronically offended and the professionally oppressed it needs to be done with a sensitivity of spirit that far exceeds my imagination, it also lies outside of the bounds of the culture of Christian Masculinity:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the destruction of strong holds), casting down reasonings and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and leading captive every thought into the obedience of the Christ and having a readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If anyone trusts to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.
(2Co 10:3-7)

God Himself in His goodness and mercy will not allow anything else to prevail. That is a good thing, as we will see.

Farther Along ~ Josh Garrels


Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
So cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by
Tempted and tried, I wondered why
The good man dies, the bad man thrives
And Jesus cries because he loves em’ both
We’re all cast-aways in need of ropes
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I’ve seen
Where did I go wrong, I sang along
To every chorus of the song
That the devil wrote like a piper at the gates
Leading mice and men down to their fates
But some will courageously escape
The seductive voice with a heart of faith
While walkin’ that line back home
there’s so much more to life than we’ve been told
It’s full of beauty that will unfold
And shine like you struck gold my wayward son
That deadweight burden weighs a ton
Go down into the river and let it run
And wash away all the things you’ve done
Forgiveness alright
Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
So cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by
Still I get hard pressed on every side
Between the rock and a compromise
Like the truth and pack of lies fightin’ for my soul
And I’ve got no place left go
Cause I got changed by what I’ve been shown
More glory than the world has known
Keeps me ramblin’ on
Skipping like a calf loosed from its stall
I’m free to love once and for all
And even when I fall I’ll get back up
For the joy that overflows my cup
Heaven filled me with more than enough
Broke down my levee and my bluff
Let the flood wash me
And one day when the sky rolls back on us
Some rejoice and the others fuss
Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess
That the son of god is forever blessed
His is the kingdom, we’re the guests
So put your voice up to the test
Sing Lord, come soon
Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
So cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by

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2 Responses to Farther Along

  1. You know the type of environment Kris and I live in – Asheville is called the San Fransisco of the East. I also work in a very liberal work environment – kind a goes hand and hand with acupuncture and eastern medicine. When it comes up I mention that I am a Christian and then I don’t do anything except be myself. Someone told me the other day I inspired her to open her Bible for the first time in 10 years and honestly I didn’t do anything special except listen to her when she needed it and offered for her to call me if she was having a hard time. I didn’t even point her in that direction.
    I think I just need to love people and the Lord works out the rest.

    • We narrowly averted a “bathroom ordinance” in our city recently. I was thinking pretty hard about it when it was vetoed by the mayor. Then I found out that same day that our HR liaison was a ordained pastor who transitioned while in ministry. Guess who I met on the way into the men’s locker room? (How’s that Establishment Clause working out there?) There is malicious intent.

      I know that if I’m hidden in Christ that the Lord will work the rest out. I also know that I can’t win this by having a confrontation during the next civic meeting or celebrating diversity class. At the same time I’m looking at a desperately lost soul who is surrounded by a curtain of professional death.

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