From the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23 (King James Version):
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”
As children, we move on. Walk through the landscape of childhood, uninhibited. But then we attain, time wise, to another periphery. by then we have accumulated knowledge of several faux pax. And now we answer questions out of our subconscious purview. Ongoing continuous performances (As I used to bark outside the Victoria Theater in NYC as a young man. Open twenty-four hours. Torn down now.) of interrupting critical mass. This world is so good at it. At giving us a subconscious debate. Point and counterpoint. Do’s and don’ts.
We reach a point where we ask self; “Will we always be like this?” Trapped in this dilemma? Can the Leopard change its spots?
Jesus came out of Nazareth. Nazareth had a reputation, a negative one which preceded it. And so the precious and beautifully astounding sermon was born……..”Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” If you have not heard it, it has various representations of it on Youtube, look it up. Worth your while.
As to us, when we reach that stage where we encounter innate “Programming” struggling against the “Persona” we want to substitute in its place…….
We find that drugs and alcohol smooth things over a little. And also complicate things severely. A lot in some cases to our chagrin. There are cases of initial deaths to take into account.
Sadly our world believes that “brainwashing” is a great alternative. Early morning mantras. We pay for courses which are surefire guaranteed to help us peel the skin and emerge the butterfly.
There is a Spanish song where the writer says that he will go to the beautiful girl’s home and break her mirror in pieces, in the hope that her not seeing her beauty, minus the mirror, he then will own it. Take it captive.
The above is poetic, and so, loved. Romantic. Idealistic. And so is the illusion that we, the Leopard, can change its spots without a regenerative approach at work. From the bottom up. Fundamentally. It is funny that unawares I, as a youth had made a pact with God concerning this, not realizing at the time that it eventually must lead to Christ.
I was so shy, and I did not know why. Shy in public speaking, shy in asserting self. Shy, self-disabling. I said to God one day after tears of frustration; “God help me to be “perfect” in my public presentation (I used the word “Performance”, what was I thinking, but I learned, oh did I learn…) in front of folk, dear God. This was a guy who at times due to my Asthma attacks, would shake a fist at God up to heaven.
Listen, this earthly plane is a canvas. And that thing with which we enter this earthly sphere with being our voided state, not fit for original intent as Children of Adam, the one who forfeited the Life of God initially, it is that voided state which colors the canvas.
It finds a way, it always finds a way to affect this stage, and it does it in good and evil.
And they are both equal in measure, in estimation, and why? Because they both emerge from this basic foundation. Our fallen nature, bereft of the Life of God.
Can the Leopard change its spots? Good and evil emerging from a fallen creation equals zero. I have said before; The Void always has the last laugh on us, and Void value always equals zero value.
Do not be deceived. We are all in need of an overhaul. When we think we are a good person when we think we are a humble person humility takes flight, crashing out through the window. Abandoning us as must be the case with any ideal, any brainwashing.
what God offers, make no mistake, is Supernatural. Natural, earthy, is what we have in Adam. Jesus walked upon the water. A symbol of breaking the natural laws. He brings regeneration to us.
Jesus’ Spirit, He in being described as the 2nd Adam from above, unfailing, a submitting Spirit, doing the Will of God, it is that Spirit which is regenerative, which will provide for us the overhaul we need.
He in submitting to the death of the Cross whereas He could have called ten thousand Angels, have been done with us. Washed His hands of us and foregone the Death of the Cross and set up a kingdom here on earth after the abolishing of foolish mankind….
“My Kingdom is not of this earth”, Said he. He was resolute, but only where we were concerned, for it was so that He loved and loves us. For our sake; “Greater Love hath no man than this…”
No, dear child, it is of heaven.
Of heaven. When it is of heaven the Leopard can change its spots.
For it is the darkness of our Voided State that paints this earthly canvas with sorry, portraying our primordial sorrow in our fallen father Adam. Be done with that, take a start, a beginning which will give ye access to His Spirit, it begins to fill and regenerate from within.
Trust in Christ, trust in God. Take a minute and listen to this song. I did with trembling and tears.
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