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FINAL THOUGHTS



AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR

COPYRIGHT 2018 - BILL TAYLOR

PUBLISHED BY BILL TAYLOR AT SMASHWORDS



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*Special thanks to Shila and Pragna for their encouragement and inspiration*



It’s Been A Privilege

I have a very busy mind and heart when it comes to the things of God. To be honest, He’s all I really think about, in that He’s connected to all things as I see life with Him. That’s not new for me. Ever since Christ’s first tenderly expressed ”Hello”, which in reality stole my heart, I have been like this. “Hopelessly in love” with the One who loves me most would accurately describe my condition. It hasn’t a cure, if you are wondering. Also, if you are wondering, I’m not looking for one. I plan to die from it! I suppose that’s how “82” books get written. I truthfully meant to write “one”, confirming the truth that God leads us “one” step at a time as we follow!

My 44 year and counting walk with God has seldom had dormancy attached, so it’s not really a surprise to me that moving on to “what’s next” brings me to “my last Ebook”. Due to the Ebook format they will be available as long as the internet exists. Therefore, I take great satisfaction in knowing that “not writing” doesn’t mean “not being read” or “not contributing”!

So I ask myself today, what does one express in their final thoughts when they believe that last words are the most important for better or worse. They tend to be remembered.



Thank You!

The first thing that comes to mind is a heartfelt thank you to God and yourselves for the great run we have had together. My goodness, we have covered a lot of subject matter my friends! Hopefully at least some of it, has spoken to hearts. That is the only motivation that prompts the actual exercise.

I guess a “tip of the hat” to my abused key board would be a distant second. It really has taken a beating from my overly aggressive untrained fingers.

Of course there’s my sidekick Shila who has proof-read every written word nonstop for twenty months. Shila and her sister Pragna have been an ever-present source of encouragement and inspiration throughout the process as has been acknowledged in the preface to each book.



The Most Important

Back to the importance of “final words”. I thought this over with great care, limiting myself to “only that which truly matters”. Thought through as if knowing they would be my last thoughts on earth, was not an easy task. As previously mentioned: I have a busy mind! But finally I came up with a “filtered approach” that eliminated the trivial. So, with more love and care than you can imagine, let’s chat one more time!



One Voice Of Authority!

There’s many voices in the wind folks and not all are as they claim. That’s not to scare you into paranoia but simply to inform you. It’s not my opinion but rather a fact and it is obvious. So, to protect yourself from being swallowed up by them, here’s a easy rule of thumb to consider.

Never ever relinquish your spiritual integrity nor sincerity in regards to your devotion to Jesus or that which He said to anyone wearing skin. If that is other’s inference to your inclusion, you instantly walk away! The longer you are there, the harder it will be to walk. To be clear: I’m not referring to the small incidentals that we might have differing views on. No, this is the “are you kidding me” stuff, which is unbelievably popular today! Not scriptural just popular!

This is not to suggest that all communicators are “iffy”. Those who “aren’t” would unanimously agree: The only voice of “absolute authority” in your life, doesn’t hold a microphone. He sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven interceding on our behalf.

Jesus is our High Priest and Advocate and it’s to Him and only Him we owe our adherence. Now, if the microphone holders desire to align themselves with His words then great. If not they have no right to be speaking for Christ nor to His church, and we have the God directed responsibility to vacate when things go off into “never-never land” like as if, the “Church Of Jesus Christ” is a “free-for-all”.

You’ve seen it and you’ve heard it, thus you know exactly what I’m talking about. In short: We have a serious spiritual toxicity that has permeated our faith folks and it’s no small thing! When others appear on the scene attempting to relegate the words of Jesus in a concerted attempt to create an easier, more popular, and more profitable gospel, we are licensed by heaven to deem them as they are. Counterfeit and respond appropriately. That’s our blood-bought right!

In today’s landscape of Christianity, the fraudulent are beginning to outnumber the legitimate. “Selling Jesus” is a hugely profitable business and make no mistake about it, it is a business. So discernment and selectivity has never been at a higher premium.

Please, guard your hearts folks. They are ever so sacred and most worthy of protecting. Do not be casual with them, be vigilantly protective. It won’t make you popular, but it will prevent you from destroying the very thing Jesus died for which is: That you as his beloved, would become a place of His dwelling, un-challenged by imposters.

You see, it’s not just me not liking them with an axe to grind. If it were that minor I would not even mention it. My issue is far deeper than that. The deterioration they cause to the sacred wonder you are meant to be in Christ for the frivolity of foolishness! The connectivity you are meant to experience in your true vine Christ, gets disconnected and re-connected to someone or something else. These people are trying to steal what Jesus has already claimed as His, your heart. Once they have your heart, your wallet will follow! Don’t be offended by them. After all, it’s only business! GUARD YOUR HEARTS!! PLEASE!!

At present, it’s far too profitable for these people to simply disappear on their own accord! The flood gates have opened and the ensuing deluge is in full swing. But that doesn’t mean we have to drown on mass. God will always make a way of escape but only for those who are willing to honestly evaluate the content of what they are being asked to ingest. And how do we do that? Check with “the book” and listen to that “still small voice” that speaks to your conscience! Ask yourself this question based on what you observe: Is this what Jesus had in mind for us as our Lord hung on His cross?

It’s a chilling question to ponder no doubt, but it does cut through the fog and un-muddies the waters to crystal clear status. Once answered it’s amazing how obvious things get!



Your Identity Is In Christ Alone

As I see it, this is perhaps the most egregious error present in our faith today and it is not new. We have an identity crisis! The burdensome peer pressure to “belong” is real and dangerous in a spiritual sense. The desire to “fit in” can easily get manipulated! In the process identities can get greatly distorted.

So for my final thought and pet peeve all wrapped up into one. Our differing denominational flags being proudly waved in the atmosphere of our spiritual existences as if being badges of honor, is offensive to the cross of Christ. I do believe it offends the Holy Spirit. That would be the very same Spirit that some of us think we have a corner on, while grieving Him the most!

I don’t observe quite the same euphoric enthusiasm for the descriptive “disciple” in comparison with “Pentecostal, Charismatic, Baptist or You Name It”. As you know, there are lots and lots of labels at your disposal to choose from. I might be a little too idealistic but that does strike me as strange to be honest in that Christ’s directive was for us to be “disciples”. PERIOD!

Perhaps it’s less challenging and far more easy to be attached to a “what” rather than a “WHO”. We humans are tribal by nature so the inclination to do so is understandable. But, we are to be taking on the “nature of Christ” while shedding our own, so I see a “spiritual oxymoron” in play that concerns me greatly.

Final word with thanks for your indulgence: Your only true identity from heaven’s perspective is in Christ and Him crucified and Him alone. If we boast, it’s He we boast about!

Our identity is therefore in a singular PERSON and a singular CROSS! It is never to be usurped or shared in our heart’s supremacy by a label or spiritual gift or anything else that would divisively infer otherwise. We may discover one sobering day that the divisiveness spoken of is less about denomination self-promoting preferences and more about heaven’s preferences being ignored!

We have been bought by grace with a huge price. Thus, we are owned! Not by an organisation but rather by a Savior! Let’s not get those two dynamics confused with each other. They aren’t the same. I can be an amazing “what” and totally miss the “WHO” I’m to be pursuing and if I do and say all the right denominational things at all the right denominational times, not a soul will ever know with the exception of God! That’s a serious exception when it comes to our reality of answerability!

In short and in conclusion: My heart wants more than anything to see God’s people on mass be water walkers. To do that we must get out of our boats! Otherwise we live within the context of a “theory” when we are called to a glorious “experience” in Christ.

“From glory to glory” is how this walk with Jesus is to be sojourned by God’s own design. We as Christ’s, are neither meant to be common or ordinary. We have been led to an Oasis of “living water” for the quenching of our thirst. Let’s drink deeply and transcend the trivial for the real!



Final Final Word

When is “final” truly “final” when it comes from this Bill guy? When he has said thank you to his Mother/Angel who never gave up on him when most others did. In their defense, justifiably so. Prior to the age of 27 I was an interestingly challenging handful. Now that’s an understatement!

But you see, Mom had a promise from God regarding her “Billy”. A promise that I hope I have in some small way continued to honor, by writing 82 books about her “Promise Maker”.

Thank you Mom. Because of your prayers and the faithfulness of your Lord, He is now my Lord. Based on His grace and His grace alone, I will see you again soon!

Time to say goodbye. Blessings with thanks to all and may God richly bless your journey as you draw closer to His amazing heart! He’s more than enough folks. We truly need no add-ons. We may need some take-aways though. But if that’s the cost for “reality” it’s well worth it! In fact and to borrow a few words of wisdom from The Apostle Paul, it’s worth is “surpassing”!



My Ministry - Our Ministry

Mark 6 - 38 & 41: “How many loaves do you have He asked?” “Go and see”. When they found out they said, “Five and two fish”. Taking the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to His disciples to DISTRIBUTE to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all”. ( Five thousand plus, were fed that day! )

In the biblical story of the “fishes and loaves”, I so clearly see three dynamics in play to achieve the desired completion of the heavenly orchestrated equation. The young boy GAVE what little he had, our Lord then MULTIPLIED it, and the disciples then DISTRIBUTED it.

It’s interesting to note that Jesus, after the multiplying didn’t say, “Come and get it”. What He did say was, “Everyone find a place to sit on the grass and I’ll bring it to you, through my own”. Folks, He loves to involve us. He loves to make us matter! We are blessed beyond measure to be written into, His stories! Just imagine: Invited by Him to participate in His plans for others!

From the inception of the idea of writing books to be made available to “all freely”, there has never been a moment when I haven’t been aware of its ministry context. I could easily be seen as the “young boy” in the story. Jesus has most certainly multiplied my meager offering to Him.

So may I invite and encourage you to be a distributor of that which He has multiplied, thereby elevating “My Ministry” into “Our Ministry”, thus completing “His Ministry”. There’s something about that idea that sounds “perfect” to my heart!

We all have friends, family, work mates, school mates, etc. I’ve included a simple directional on “how to find” the “fishes and loaves”. Please feel free to share “what you eat” with others. You have no idea where it could lead to! That young boy’s mother could never have dreamed, what that little lunch she had prepared for her son on that fateful morning, would produce!

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