The Bema Judgment

Every Knee SHALL BOW

Here I stand, suspended on nothing, naked before the Bema, before the God who is Holy, Holy, Holy. The God of Love, yes; but also the God of Justice. God, who required that my life meet not a standard of excellence but of perfection.

A life not one of us can even come close to living out before Him. Meeting His standard is required for entrance into His Perfect Heaven. Not our standard.

Just a millisecond ago I was in my body. Now my body has gone the way of all flesh, back to the dust it was made of. I am what is left. The essence of who I always was and will now continue to be; a soul and spirit.

The words and phrases of Scripture that have filled my mind on earth now swirl around me. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord”. A moment ago I lived in the physical world. My eyes watched as darkness overtook the world I knew.

Then Blazing light enveloped my being as I was drawn upward by a power not my own. My spiritual eyes now accustomed to this light found myself standing before the ONE who called me into existence from eternity past. The ONE who gave me life as He did you. Life yes, but with a purpose to fulfill. His purpose, not mine or yours.

The word Awe, or for that matter any other word devised by mankind cannot come close to describe the ONE I now stand before. I stand before Him bathed in the light of His love. I feel love surround and envelope me for He is Love. He created me. I have never been loved like this, I do not want to go back to my body or to my life on earth.

No words have been exchanged at this point. Only a gaze between us that seemed timeless. Then, His eyes changed as He looked at me. They became eyes of fire. This light that pierced me, surrounded me, enveloped me became uncomfortable.

I found myself falling to my knees before Him and then further down until I lay prostrate before Him. Face down, with my arms outstretched, suspended in space…forming the Cross. A new feeling of emotion swept over me. I felt alone as I felt the penetrating gaze of His eyes of fire.

The Book of Life was opened before me, His book, His Autobiography. Scriptures poured forth from it swirling around me. As my life unfolded before me, verses came forth and applied themselves to every scene of my life. The verses I had memorized came forth to join the ones that poured forth from His Word.

Then they attached themselves to scenes from my life. They condemned me, for my life did not uphold His commands. We are called to live for HIM, to Love HIM, to Honor HIM. The only way we prove that we are HIS is by obedience to His Word by applying it to our lives.

He had given me life. I was to live that life for HIM as His image bearer, for each of us are made in the image of God. Now it was Scripture, the very words of God that were judging my every act, my every thought…the motives of my heart. My life was now being reviewed. Ernie Pahlek, my words, scenes of life, thoughts of my heart and mind towards loved ones, my circumstances, my choices, my actions and more continued to play out before me…then everything stopped.

Up until now no words had come out of my mouth. I only watched this shared vision of my life before God. Then I heard His voice speak. His words lifted me upright before HIM. It was now my turn to speak on my behalf.

Have you ever taken the time to think about what will come out of your mouth when you stand alone before the God who is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY? This was not the Babe of Christmas, nor was it Emanuel (God With Us)…but the Risen Lord, wrapped in Light, with fire in His eyes. I had claimed Him in life as my Savior and Lord.

The words now formed in my mind. Every accomplishment, every deed I did in my life began with the letter I. Did I truly do it all for HIM?  Or, was it for me and the praise, honor and glory others lavished on me. Was I really humble? I claimed to know Jesus as Lord with my mouth. I tried to prove it with my actions and deeds. But God judges only the Heart and its Motives.

Nothing I have ever done entitles me to enter His Heaven. Comparing myself to others or to people in the Bible will not justify me. Isaiah said we are all un- righteous before a HOLY GOD! Only 3 words come forth from my mouth. Lord, Forgive Me.

The thief on the Cross and I have much in common. I tried to live my entire life for Christ. He lived only the last few minutes of His life for Christ. Neither of us are worthy, each of us is equally guilty of Sin before God. It is only His Grace to each of us that allows mercy to flow to us so we can be forgiven and then enter His Perfect Heaven.

It is all a gift from God. Through Faith alone by Grace alone do we hear Him whisper our name and then Turn, Repent, and Accept HIM as Lord. Strength comes back into my body as I rise up to a knelling position. I feel His hands around me lifting me up before Him.

He says, “My sheep hear my voice. I knew you before the foundations of the world were made. The Good work I began in you; I have now completed. You are one of mine and I love you with an everlasting love. Come; let me show you your new home.”

Oh…My God…My Lord…thank you. He takes me to the place He prepared for me. There is a door before me. I turn back and look to Him. I am overwhelmed with emotion and I burst in tears and great sobs. These were tears of great sorrow, and of pain.

I looked behind HIM…faces were everywhere before my eyes. My children, my grand children, my parents, my relatives, my neighbors, my dear friends….all whom I loved in my life. All there before my eyes in one moment of time.

I reached into the air behind Him trying to touch them. Sobbing and choking back the tears I cried with a loud voice to HIM.  But what about them? What will happen to them?

He spoke softly to me. This ONE who spoke the Universe into existence. “Ernie, I stood at the door of your heart for 38 years waiting to be invited in. Then I whispered your name and you heard my voice and you opened the door to your heart and let me in.

The decision to open the door to your heart was yours not mine. The same decision is theirs as well. I will continue to knock on the door of each one of their hearts for as long as they live in time. I will wait patiently as I did for you, to be wanted by them. They too as you have, in a yet future moment; will stand before me. They will have to answer my question…”Who do you say that I am?” They two will be held accountable to my Standard of Perfection.

Then the same hands that formed me in my mothers womb, gently wiped the tears away from my eyes. He opened the door before me and said, “Welcome to my home, to your future…for you, the past is gone forever.” “As for them…they have the Law and the Prophets (Luke 16 verse 30 -31).

The Messiah Jesus walked out of the pages of the Prophets and into our world. The world HE MADE. And for a while the Heavens loss became mankind’s gain, and God proved that his mercies are new every day.

At the end of my days, when HIS Throne fills my view, I will sing of HIS Mercies anew, and I will STAND in HIS Presence Forever and ever.

“May the Lord God Almighty, the Ancient of Days, the Lord God of Israel shower you with His Grace and Mercy and Peace…. as you raise your voice with the Apostle Peter’s response to the question Jesus asked him on the Mount of Transfiguration…..

“Who do you say that I AM?” You, are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”.

Will you be able to stand before HIM when He comes the 2nd time?

HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED ! ! !

Heaven and Nature Sings:

You know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and that God entrusted to Adam and Eve the job of caretakers. You know they failed their mission and the whole of creation is now fallen as the animals and the earth groan together bearing the burdens of Mankind’s sins.

So nature is not what it was intended to be when God first created it. However there is a simplicity and extraordinary beauty to be found in every creature, whether animal, insect or plant…even in this fallen world.

As you walk on your journey home to Heaven, pay special attention to the beauty of Gods creatures that are all around you. The colors, the patterns, the odd yet uniquely divine designs of every creature are incredible to behold.

Watch as you walk and His Creation will come alive before your eyes.

Then lift up your hands and take a moment to PRAISE THE LORD.

Your Bible… Easy to Understand

 

The Bible distilled down to 4 easy to understand points.

Four simple points. These four points contain depths of knowledge beyond our comprehension. For who among those HE has created can say they understand HIM or can even begin to know HIM.

Point One: God had a vision to create an ultimate Holy and Eternal World where God and man would co-exist. This vision became reality when God said, “Let there be Light….” And so there was a place where God and man could walk together in a garden, in the cool of the day.

Point Two: Sin entered into this pristine world, twisting the relationship between God and man. This disease born on the dark wings of a fallen angel named Lucifer spread to every man and woman made in the image of God for all time. Every person every born of the flesh has this SIN GENE, that condemns them to a 2nd Eternal Death.

Point Three: Two worlds now existed side by side. Two dimensions occupying the same space but not the same time. God in one and man in the other. But God promised to send HIS SON to REDEEM MANKIND and the world he lived in and re-unite both planes of existence…into ONE.

And so JESUS, the God / Man was born into the world to die for the world and make it ONE again.

Point Four: In the beginning everything was made new. Then for a time everything new became old and life became a cycle of continuing birth and death. But just as God had created the beginning HE also created the NEW BEGINNING of the End.

God would bring forth new birth pangs that would ultimately give birth to a new blending of HEAVEN and EARTH, a NEW Place where God and BORN AGAIN Mankind again would walk together for ETERNITY.

The Bible is the Greatest Non-Fiction Story Ever Written. It is far more than history. IT IS HIS-STORY. And your Father…Almighty God wrote it especially for you and to you.

And I heard ELOHIM say to me in my heart…

Ernie ….ALWAYS Remind My Children That I LOVE THEM.

YOUR   ABBA / DADDY

I have learned something from the Silence of God. My attitude has been reshaped to take comfort from the words …This Too Shall Pass. Now, rather than pray for what I want to happen in any given situation; I give it over to God and ask for His strength to bear the burden till it passes.

In so doing I have learned the best way to wait on Him is to Worship and Praise HIM for who He is. This lifts the clouds of anxiety and the SON shines again into my soul. Our prayer life when tied to our worship feeds our faith. Then when the answer comes the invisible God becomes real to me in a greater way.

The relentless waves of bitterness that wear me down always leave me as I turn my eyes towards His Throne. I know that our ultimate end is a new beginning in a new land into which we who believe in Jesus will enter a world we cannot even begin to envision or imagine.

No longer will we live in a country governed by Democracy. Instead we will live in a new united universe governed by a Sovereign King who makes everything new just for you. A place where the King will personally escort you to the personal space He has created for you.

Have you met this Visible King who calls your name? The King who stepped out of eternity and walked upon the Earth that He created among the people He created? You, as a Believer know that God left a seed of life in your heart that need’s watering. It is a kernel of Truth that will only grow if you nurture it within you by reading His Word.

You can hear the voice of God today, but only through the written words He has spoken to you recorded in His Book. He only speaks there, within the context of His Words. His truth about each of us is buried deep within us. It is like a dream that is so real, yet recedes back into the mists of your inner mind when you awake.

This Visible God came to Earth 2,000 years ago to save you from Himself (His Holy Wrath towards sinners). This Visible God came to proclaim His Invisible Kingdom. A growing Kingdom that resides within the hearts of His called-out ones. His Ecclesia…His Born Again True Church of Believers who have put their Faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

Every one of us would admit that life is hard and its challenges can be a severe burden. Yet, The Lord is there all around you waiting for you to ask HIM to share your burden and make it light. He never sleeps. He watches over you every moment of your life. There is no place you can hide from Him, for even the darkness is light to Him.

Burial Cloth

INTERESTING
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this….

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’ Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it..
The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because……….. The folded napkin meant,

‘I’m coming back!’

HE’S COMING BACK!!!!

The God of Shalom…Peace

 

Do you have a quiet spot where you can withdraw from the world around you? A place where the only sound you hear is your heart beating and the rush of wind coming out of your lungs.

A place where the sound of silence is deafening. A place, not where you go to meet with God, but a place where God is always waiting patiently to greet you with open arms.

Jesus described this personal place as a prayer closet, a small place, where we go to be alone with God, a place of prayer. It is a chosen place where the image bearer of God goes to meet with the one whose image we are called to reflect to the world around us.

Unfortunately I come to this place, this special bitter sweet place very little. As I reflect on my days it seems of all the things that I am; what I am not is a man of prayer.

The reason for this is that through the years I have prayed mainly in desperation. The prayers have almost always been “Me-Centric”…about my needs and wants. The answers to my prayers rarely seemed to come quickly. More often than not the painful situations continued on for a long time.

I always wanted answers now not later. I waited for a cool cup of water from the hand of God. Instead the desert heat dried out my tongue until it cleaved to the roof of my mouth and my words stopped as the deafening sound of silence continued.

I have learned something from the Silence of God. My attitude has been reshaped to take comfort from the words …This Too Shall Pass. Now, rather than pray for what I want to happen in any given situation; I give it over to God and ask for His strength to bear the burden till it passes.

In so doing I have learned the best way to wait on Him is to Worship and Praise HIM for who He is. This lifts the clouds of anxiety and the SON shines again into my soul. Our prayer life when tied to our worship feeds our faith. Then when the answer comes the invisible God becomes real to me in a greater way.

The relentless waves of bitterness that wear me down always leave me as I turn my eyes towards His Throne. I know that our ultimate end is a new beginning in a new land into which we who believe in Jesus will enter a world we cannot even begin to envision or imagine.

No longer will we live in a country governed by Democracy. Instead we will live in a new united universe governed by a Sovereign King who makes everything new just for you. A place where the King will personally escort you to the personal space He has created for you. Have you met this Visible King who calls your name? The King who stepped out of eternity and walked upon the Earth that He created among the people He created?

You, as a Believer know that God left a seed of life in your heart that need’s watering. It is a kernel of Truth that will only grow if you nurture it within you by reading His Word. You can hear the voice of God today, but only through the written words He has spoken to you recorded in His Book. He only speaks there, within the context of His Words. His truth about each of us is buried deep within us. It is like a dream that is so real, yet recedes back into the mists of your inner mind when you awake.

This Visible God came to Earth 2,000 years ago to save you from Himself (His Holy Wrath towards sinners). This Visible God came to proclaim His Invisible Kingdom. A growing Kingdom that resides within the hearts of His called out ones. His Ecclesia…His Born Again True Church of Believers who have put their Faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

Every one of us would admit that life is hard and its challenges can be a severe burden. Yet, The Lord is there all around you waiting for you to ask HIM to share your burden and make it light. He never sleeps. He watches over you every moment of your life. There is no place you can hide from Him, for even the darkness is light to Him.

You are a Believer and you bear His image. Let your soul ignite your voice as you join with nature singing His praises while waiting for His Second Coming.

He is the God who made you in eternity past. He is the God who was broken for you on the Cross. He is the God who cries tears over you. He is the God who patiently waits to be wanted by you.

He whispers your name and says, My Child, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. Come take my hand. Let us walk together on this journey called life all the way home to HEAVEN.

Yes, true peace is resting within the protection of someone greater than you. Go find your quiet place, call on HIS name, He will hear you. Then wait quietly…it will be worth it. He will answer you…and when you receive your answer…
be still…and know that HE is YOUR God.

Questions…YOUR Answers?

 

Is your heart towards God soft or hard, do your eyes see Him all around you? When you’re still but the noise around you is deafening…can you hear Him whisper your name?

I wonder occasionally about who is more fortunate those who have all five senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight), or those who are impaired? What about those who are handicapped either mentally or physically versus those who remain healthy and mentally whole?

What about those who face debilitating illnesses like cancer or have been told they have days or months to live? Is it better to know the time of your appointment with death, or would you rather not know of that day and hour?

Through the years God has brought many people into my life to share my God Story with. I have found that people who have all their sense’s that are healthy and have sharp minds, are the ones with the hardest hearts. They have no humility, nor humbleness, no fear of God; in fact many mock God rather than thank God for their next breath of life.

The day will come for all of us when we desperately will gasp for that last breath of air. At that moment of your life…God will finally have your attention.

FAITHFUL

 

 

 

 

I’ll let you in on a personal secret. When the communion cup is passed to me I always look for the cup with the most bubbles in it. To my mind every bubble represents billions of believers throughout time. The bubbles remind me that I must do the best I can to live up to the faith that has been passed on to me by them. That they died for the cause of Christ and I must live for the cause of Christ.

You know this life is described in the Bible as a race that we are too run in and win. The difference is that this is a race of winners. We all are running together. As the one in front dies and immediately goes on to be with The Lord, their hand reaches back into time to pass the torch of Faith to the one who follows behind them. To the one in whom they put their time, effort and life into…the one they have been called to disciple.

My prayer for me comes from a lyric in a Steve Green song…”May those who come behind me, find me faithful”.

CAN YOUR EYES SEE JESUS ?

Do you see JESUS on The CROSS ?

Do you see the LION’s Head above His Cross?

Do you see the STONE Rolled Away in the lower right corner?

Do you see the MAN with a Prayer Shawl on his knees before the Cross in the Judean Dirt?

Do you see the Man on Jesus left side who Cried Out “JESUS SAVE ME?

DO YOU HAVE A BORN AGAIN HEART that Pumps Royal Blood because You are a TRUE CHILD of GOD?

I am Praying for YOU !

THE Resolution for Every New Year

 

Too many of us when witnessing to Non-Believers about GOD use the word god. The word god means a multitude of things to a multitude of people.

There is NO POWER in using the word god…it is vague.

We as believers tend to use titles to reference HIS NAME; such as King of Kings, Savior, Lord of Lords, Christ, Messiah, Son of God and many more.

All are correct and biblical, BUT without Power and have little meaning to the people we witness to that are Biblical illiterates.

JESUS said HIS Sheep know HIM and hear HIS Voice. Therefore,
when you speak His name among people a line appears in the sand between you and them.

That line represents what JESUS came here to do. He came to divide the Wheat from the Tears, the Few from the Many, the Believers from Non Believers as He separates the Found from the Lost.

When you claim Him as your own it will cost you dearly as people you love: your Father, Mother, Sister, Brother, Children, and Grand Children, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins…your entire family will ultimately turn against you because of your belief in JESUS.

For like you they too were created in the image of God, with a Sin Gene contained within their DNA. God cannot look upon Sin.

And like you they need to repent of their sins and place their Faith in the Life, Death and Resurrection of JESUS.

Believing in JESUS Alone is the ONLY way for them to be in heaven with you. When this life you live is over, the reality of your real life with JESUS will begin for Eternity. Their real life will begin as well, But without JESUS.

You then will have a new Eternal Family, because you and every person who has placed their faith in JESUS the SON of GOD has become a Child of Gods forever family.

So when you witness this year to those you love and want to be with you in Heaven…Don’t refer to the word god. Instead use the NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES…. JESUS.

JESUS came to make all things new again. Its not the end of the world that everyone hears when we speak about what is coming.
It is a NEW BEGINNING…back to the future, a New Genesis.

At the name of JESUS the demons tremble and at the NAME of JESUS every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that
HE Is LORD.

So promise yourself in 2019, not to just use the word god when witnessing to people. Instead Say The Name. …JESUS.

Draw the line in the sand between you and them. Let them know whom YOU belong to and that you have not placed your faith in legends, myths or fairy tales.

Your faith stands on History, Archeology, Science and most of all Prophecy, which is pre-written History by God in His very own Scriptures, HIS Autobiography…called the HOLY Bible.

Learn to defend your FAITH in JESUS this year.

Tell those you love that they need to call on the NAME of JESUS
because there is SALVATION in no other name on earth but HIS.

Stand there before them on behalf of the LORD and extend your hand, and help them to CROSS the line in the sand to Eternal Life…so they can live with you in Heaven…FOREVER.

There is Power ONLY in the NAME of JESUS.