This book is written for 21st century Christian leaders and followers of Jesus Christ. The power of truth has been written to lead God’s people from the “Broadway” to the “Narrowgate”, which is to God’s kingdom, to live the righteous life that he has provided for all who trust in him.
“My Journey to Patmos”, is a Christian book detailing a Christian woman’s eternal transformation from carnal living to internal spiritual living. This book is an allegorical autobiography about a Christian woman’s history of pride and her discovery of humility, on her solitary, spiritual journey to a place called “Patmos”. The story is centered on the illuminating journey of the main character, Temple Clay. She is a misguided Christian, who is struggling to find her place in organized religion. After countless failed attempts to be accepted in the church, she is forced to abandon the traditional church mandate, in order to find her place in the body of Christ
The story gives an account of her soul searching experiences, which takes the reader on a journey with Temple Clay, to the very depths of her menacing soul, and to the height of her discovery of true salvation. The story describes the bold exploits of Tempe Clay’s all-embracing testimonies of her lust for the world, and her denial of her weaknesses. The revelations she faces, reveals her inner-self on her journey, which will cause the reader to laugh and cry, and fall in love with Temple Clay. Traveling through this blessed journey with Temple Clay, will encourage the reader to consider a journey to Patmos too.
There are many literal and figurative characters in the book. Some of the characters are humorous and delightfully holy; and some characters are monstrous and deceitful. For example, Daily Grace, who represents the forgiving, and understanding the love of God. Another character is Will Divide, who represents division and conflict, challenging Temple Clay’s Christian authenticity. Each character in the book dares the reader to search their own heart for the hidden, and forgotten secrets that are holding them emotionally captive to the world and all of its delusions. Each character is placed in Temple Clay’s path on her journey to Patmos, to bring her to a spiritual understanding about true faith in Jesus Christ.
This book transfers its reader to a place in their heart that will challenge them to take a journey to Patmos, and become spiritually liberated, as all Christians are called to be.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Although we love to deny the truth the majority of the time, the mirror does not lie. The reflection we see in the mirror is our flesh! The whole lump of us! We can say to ourselves that a mirror puts on or takes away poundage, still we deny the truth! This is who we are in the flesh! Sometimes when we consult our mirror, we become quite aware that our fleshing is decaying and life in the flesh is coming to an end. But we should not be in despair because on the other side of this METAMORPHOSIS is LIFE EVERLASTING! The change will be like a caterpillar turning into a “Butterfly”. However, unlike a butterfly, there will be no more death after this transformation. All who trust in Jesus Christ will be transformed into a new life that will never face death again! A place where there will be no more sickness, sin or disease! There will be no more sorrow, “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall: feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17).
When youth is on our side, we are not fearful of consulting the “Looking Glass,” the mirror. It seems that we cannot get enough of admiring ourselves. Some people are so vain that they consistently look at themselves on their cellphone camera feature. Personally, I think that is beyond vanity, I believe that is an obsession with oneself! Anyway, in our youth we are not confronted with dark circles under our eyes, unless sick, wrinkles, crow’s feet, gray hair, Bengay, Icy Hot, denture creams or a turkey neck! The challenges of youth are pimples, great hair styles, the latest fashions, careers, facial hair, cracked teeth and make-up. The thought of gray hair and moles, wrinkles, mental illness, wheelchairs are not considered. So, I say enjoy these youthful days while they last because if God is merciful and let you live long enough, the daunting days of aging will come upon you.
As we reach our midlife, our mirror indicates that we are changing, dying in fact. Our steps are a little slower, our bladder leaks, teeth are falling out, vision is blurry and our strength is leaving us. We finally see the “Caterpillar,” we discover a few gray hairs popping up here and there. We try using the tweezers or some sort of dye to conceal the aging process, but the gray hairs are stronger than any dye or tweezers can combat. If you pluck out one gray hair, five more show up! I can’t personally speak about hair dying, I vowed never to do that to my hair because I would be denying God his glory. But from my observations, even though people dye their hair, I can still tell they have masked their gray with hair coloring. Because gray hair is so bold and aggressive! The other ways we try to hide the truth is with wigs, toupees or hair extensions! I say, “What’s the point?” The gray hair is going to win in the end anyway! I say embrace the wiry truth tellers and give God his glory!
During our confrontation with our degenerating caterpillar self. We should be preparing to be digested by decay and infused with the wonder working power of God to be transfigured into a beautiful Butterfly. As we look at our caterpillar state of being, we are reminded that the spiritual man is being renewed day by day. The real you is being strengthen every day! The earthen vessel is just that, an earthen vessel. It is not who you are! The real you, is spiritual! God is spiritual! We are his children and we are spiritual beings! Stop praising the caterpillar and embrace the Butterfly! The eternal you who will live forever and never die!
As the caterpillar wraps itself into a cocoon and prepares for its Butterfly transfiguration, we too must be prepared for our earthen vessels to be wrapped for the grave, that we too will be resurrected into a beautiful Butterfly. The beauty of Everlasting Life is that it gives God’s children a beauty and a peace beyond our understanding. Why would anyone want to stay a caterpillar when a beautiful Butterfly is waiting to be born? This I will never understand! When the Lord calls me, I want to go “Home!” and be there with God and be radiant and majestic like our Father in heaven. The light of God will shine upon us and display the beauty of God. Fly beautiful Butterfly into the presence of the all Mighty God. Live in the very presence of the Living God where there will be everlasting love and everlasting life! For the record, only a born-again Christian will understand this post! God bless you and amen!
Written by Reverend Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor
GROWING IN LOVE!
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5).
Have you ever met a Christian who claim they have been in the Body of Christ for decades and behave badly? Oh my dear Lord!!! I have and it stands to reason that something is terribly wrong! There are three things to consider: 1) What kind of spiritual food are they being fed at their church? 2) Are they reading the Word of God daily? 3) Have they been baptized with the Holy Spirit? I know there are more areas to explore, but let’s consider these three areas of spiritual neglect. There is a reason why Christians are not GROWING IN LOVE.
The same way we must eat food for our physical body, we also must eat spiritual food to feed our spirit. If we neglect to eat food for the nourishment of our body, we are going to be weak and our body parts will not function properly and eventually we will die. The point is, we must eat the right kind of food in order to stay healthy. The same principle applies when it comes to our spiritual growth. The first thing a new Christian does is to read the Holy Bible to learn of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29). The first lesson of many, which I learned from the Holy Spirit, was to read the Holy Bible for myself. I was feed Word by Word of the Holy Bible through the teaching power of the Holy Spirit. It was an entire year I spent in Bible Study with the Holy Spirit before I joined a local church. This may not be God’s plan for every Christian, but it was for my spiritual development. It important to know what written and applicable to Christian spiritual development.
In this church, there are those who are called to teach and preach the Word of God to nurture the growing Christian. But if the church teaching and preaching ministries are not led by the Holy Spirit, the chances are the members are not being fed the Word of God in Spirit and in Truth. Thereby, the members’ spiritual growth is undeveloped and their growth is stunted. Also, they are suffering from spiritual malnutrition and they will slowing digress into sin and feed from the world and strengthen the desires of the flesh. There is no spiritual growth when a ministry is not feeding its sheep. The sheep remain stagnant and unloving.
If we are to grow in love, we must read God’s Word. We have to know the Master of Love. The Word of God is the spiritual food that every Christian must intake daily. We cannot neglect the spiritual man. Our spirit must be stronger than our flesh, which loves world and sin. The flesh will overrule the spirit if the spirit is not nurtured with the Word of Truth. The spirit when it is strong and well fed will overcome the fleshly desires of the world. “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8). Don’t wait for anyone to feed you the Word of God, feed yourself! Make reading the Bible daily one of your priorities, along with prayer. Growing in Love relies on being full of the Word of God.
The final consideration is whether this person has been baptized with the Holy Spirit or are they still profiling their “Water Baptism”. The Holy Spirit Baptism comes when ones heart is truly sorrowful and repentive. We can say many things with our mouth, but our heart is far from God. God knows every heart whether it is true to him or not. The Lord is not going to dwell in the heart of a sinner!!! He is not going to abide with sin! “But ye that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Those who are in the church building each Sunday and have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit have not surrendered their heart to Jesus! This is the reason why so many who are not “Growing in Love” have not changed for the better. They need to give their heart to Jesus and stop playing church! “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Growing in Love requires a commitment of love and honor to our Creator. Christianity does not stop after water baptism, Christianity is an ongoing journey! We must strive every day in this earthen vessel to press toward the high calling of God. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge”. (2 Peter 1:5). We have to practice what we preach…Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” (2 Thess 4:1). Keep Growing in Love and pleasing in God sight! For the record, only a born-again child of God will understand this post!!! God bless you and Amen!
Written by Rev. Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor
“Heavenly Father, we have been turned on by many things. We have also tried to turn others on by our own charm, talents, and clever devices. But we confess our powerlessness this day. Like so often before, many of us have simply run dry. It is discouraging to draw from an empty well! Give us a clear vision of our true source of power. Deliver us from substitutes that only promise but never provide the lasting satisfaction we all long for. In Jesus’s name, amen!