The Rich Fool (Part 2 of 3)

Author: Michael Dewar, Sr.
Executive Director, Dwelling Place Cleansing

The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crop…. This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and all my goods. And I will say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21) Read the rest of this entry »

The Rich Fool (Part 1 of 3)

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Doctor Luke records a provocative story about a rich business man (farmer) who was called away to eternity in the midst of business prosperity and expansion. The storyteller calls him a fool, thus the title for this article, The Rich Fool. As a business person myself, the story bothered me, so I set out to investigate. This article is the result of that investigation. The story is short and best understood in context. Here is text of it:

The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crop…. This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and all my goods. And I will say to myself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (Luke 12:16-20)

Note that it is God who calls this business man a fool. But where does his folly lies? Certainly, he is labeled a fool, but not because he was rich. God is not against people being rich. Many godly people like Job, Abraham, David, and Solomon were very rich people. In the 21st century, there are many godly people who are very wealthy. God is more concerned as to how you get your wealth and what you do with it. Wealth gotten by fraud and used for evil purposes is abominable to God, but not wealth itself. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil, not money in itself. The person that loves money to the point of lying, robbing, and defrauding others to amass it for themselves is on a collision course with Almighty himself. But beyond that, there is no prohibition against righteous, godly people being rich.

So, I ask the question again, where does his folly lies? It is because of his business expansion? God is not anti-business success! The man was industrious and hardworking, a strategic planner and visionary. He had good business acumen, and was rewarded for it. The God of the Bible does not condone laziness. In fact, the Bible opens with God at work, creating and ordering things. The charge given to humankind was “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen.1:28). In fact, the man was given a job before he was given a wife. This I loaded with implications. Everything was created to produce after its kind. The story tells us the man’s farm “produced a good crop.” That is what moved him to expand his business. It is not practical to call him a fool because he runs a successful business. His folly has to lie elsewhere.

His folly is explained in verse 21, not included in the preceding quote. Here it is, ‘This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself, but is not rich toward God.” The problem does not lie in the storage of things because that would be speaking against savings, banking, planning and investment. The problem is in the last clause, “but is not rich toward God.” His wealth became his god.

This last clause is contrasting material things with spiritual. The man invested all his life, time and energy in amassing material things which he cannot keep to the neglect of things spiritual with eternal values. We came into this world naked and we can take nothing from this world at the time of our departure. The wise person takes care of his or her spiritual life and do some banking in heaven.

Whether we are rich, middle class or poor, the story is reminding us of the uncertainty of life and how to live life in balance. His folly lies in the neglect of the spiritual aspect of his life that pays eternal dividends, but he has none to collect upon his entrance into eternity. It is a sobering reminder to us all to live life in balance with eternity in view.

Author: Michael Dewar, Sr.
Executive Director, Dwelling Place Cleansing

The Wise, the Fool, and the Idiot

People generally like to put others in one of three personality categories: wise, fool, or idiot. Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  So, I like to reflect on the things I do at times; sometimes I feel wise when I do. A few days later, I am hitting myself in the head and shouting, what a fool I was! Another few days, I downgrade my self-indictment from fool to idiot. Like the first time I bought a house, the realtor told me the price and I said, I’ll take it. I just didn’t know you could negotiate the price. Well, that’s a long time ago. All of us at one time or another fit in all three categories. Alternately of course, because you can’t be wise, fool and idiot at the same time. I often wonder if these three categories really mix? Let’s take a look at them.

Now, we know that a fool is not an idiot. A fool is one with knowledge, but fails to use that knowledge appropriately. Have you ever been dumb-founded how professed smart people do unimaginable stupid things? Be kind because at times that person is not the person spoken to or the person spoken about but the person speaking.

The Bible calls some people fools. For example, “the fool has said in his heart there is no God” (Ps.14:1).  Why is this person called, a fool? I’ll tell you why. If a person with a third grade education looked at the new World Trade Centers here in NYC, and without humor said, they came into being by themselves. What would you think? What if he is a college professor? Now, what would you call him?

Now, an idiot is not a fool. An idiot is one that does not have the capacity for knowledge. He can be excused for saying, the structures spontaneously came to be. He doesn’t know better. Everybody else knows that the structures did not build themselves.

The word, wise, explains itself. The wise looks at the majesty of the structure and is awe-struck by its grandeur, and the genus of the builder (Ps.19:1-3). The fool sees grandeur and majesty but no builder, no agency, no transcendence. None of this matters to the idiot; he does not have the capacity to appreciate any of this.

Author:Michael Dewar
DPSCleansing.com

No Disaster Near Your Dwelling

Wildfire, earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flood, epidemic—yet there are few houses and families left unscathed here and there. And people say, “Isn’t that odd! Look at those houses unaffected amidst this sea of devastation.” Others say, they are strangely lucky! Lucky? I can assure you, if you research the history of these homes and families, you will find that in most cases, their survival has to do with much more than luck or chance. I will not go as far as to say, you can disaster-proof a community with all its homes and families, but you can come mighty close. There is a level of safety most people do not know about and few consider, but half-heartedly. Walk with me as we explore this unconventional level of home and family safety.

Is Home and Family Safety Always Conventional?
The short answer is, no. When a house is built according to the legal building codes of a township: location, quality materials, and other regulations have to be adhered to for safety. These are conventional safety steps that every builder is expected to follow. It is the law!

After the house is built, there are other conventional safety precautions to put in place to ensure safety: fire-alarm, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, home-security system, home-owner’s insurance, fire extinguishers, and so on. Not having these is risky and even negligent. But in spite of having them, disasters can still destroy both home and family. This is the gap that I seek to cover here and refer to as unconventional security. This area of security takes us, to some extent, outside of the purview science into the domain where spiritual warfare is waged. Bear in mind that Satan is called, that god of this world. He controls and influences territories and people.

The book, Dwelling Place Spiritual Cleansing states that the land that a house was built on may be desecrated, and the house itself most often became desecrated after it was built. This desecration is caused by the dwellers that occupied the house or apartment before you moved into it. Living with former dwellers’ desecration is like living on a toxic chemical dump, now an inviting lawn. The place looks innocent but it is slowly killing you and your family. This unseen evil can come at you and your family from various directions, and you can only fight it successfully if you are a person of faith. This is why the steps to combat evil are most often unconventional. Evil has no ontological being of its own to fight, but it can be successfully fought with spiritual warfare weapons (Eph.6:10-18).

Safety of Home and Family Guaranteed
The person of faith is guaranteed divine protection, but it does not mean that your faith will not be tested at times. This truth is self-evident in the book of Job. God temporarily suspend the hedge of protection for Job to be tested. The testing of your faith is soul-making, character building. But who is that person of faith? Here I can only speak with authority for the Christian faith, and within that context, I can only speak for those that are truly “born again” (John 3:1-8). The person who is not born again does not have the spiritual firepower to wage successful spiritual warfare against the powers of evil. But even so, little faith can enjoy a measure of protection and safety as opposed to no faith at all.

From ancient times, the God of the Bible invested himself in the protection of his people. This is beautiful captured in Psalm 91. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord he is my refuge and my fortress, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence” (verses 1-3). The psalmist goes on to say, “If you make the Most High your dwelling…no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your dwelling. For he will command his angels to guard you in all your ways…” (verses 9-11). In this psalm and through the scriptures, the people of God is guaranteed divine protection because of their active faith in the Almighty and his faithfulness to his people.

You may further observe that Psalm 91 is reminiscent of the night the ancient Israelites were emancipated from the tyranny of Egyptian servitude and their subsequent wilderness journey. That night of their deliverance as they ate the Passover meal, the blood of slain lamb was applied to the door-frame of each dwelling of the Israelites for their protection and safety. At the same time the angel of death was striking down the first-born in every Egyptian’s dwelling (Exod.12: 1-12,29-30). No judgment came to the dwelling places of the Israelites because a certain ritual was performed to keep them safe. The God of the Bible is unchanging and continues to provide dwelling place protection to people faith today.

Dwelling Place Disaster-Proofing
Again, there are certain conventional things named in paragraph three that God will not do for you or me; that is our responsibility. The unconventional things to do for your dwelling place and family safety are set forth in the book, Dwelling Place Spiritual Cleansing. The land that your house or the dwelling you live in sits on, is a living thing. It has its own personality and history. If that piece of land is desecrated, it should be spiritually cleansed with the dwelling. Dwellings become desecrated after they are built; they are desecrated by the people who live in them. The shedding of innocent blood, among other things, desecrated both the dwelling and land it sits on. That blood continues to cry out until justice is rendered. This is one compelling reasons, among many others, why dwelling place spiritual cleansing is necessary.

Finally, the spiritual cleansing of your house, apartment, coop, or condo is an annual spiritual exercise. Like a wedding or birthday anniversary, celebrate it each year. It is time to get your dwelling spiritual cleansed, begin with reading the book and follow the instruction.
Author: Michael W. Dewar
DPSCleansing.com

 

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Barriers to Health, Advancement in Life and Financial Success (Part 2)

Author:
Michael Dewar, Sr.

In Part 1 of this article, I dealt with the harmful lifestyle histories of past dwellers that are memorialized in the space you now call home. The past deeds of these people continue to exert harmful influence like toxic chemicals buried at a location but unknown to new dwellers. Lifestyle histories need to be spiritual cleaned up. I say spiritual clean up, because new wallpaper or a paint job cannot cover spiritual desecration. Neither can detergents and disinfectants remove it. A spiritual authority has to intentionally remove it before new dwellers move in to live, or shortly thereafter. The workplace is affected in a similar way, and that is the focus of this part of the article.

The number one place that most people strive to advance is at their work, because the quality of live they aspire to lead is largely based upon economics. Economics determines the house and neighborhood we live in, the college our children attend, and the other perks the good life offers. However, some people, in spite of having good education and good jobs, their lives are bedeviled by series of unexplainable setbacks, barriers that eclipse personal growth and progress.  This article offers one possible explanation, one most people never thought about. To apply these suggestions at work, however, is not practical for everyone given the nature of some workplaces, much wisdom is needed.

Here is a case scenario that may better illustrate the point. David is a young executive that has just landed his dream job in a multinational company. His office suite is on the 10th floor of a downtown skyscraper. He enjoys a panoramic view of the majestic layout of the city. What he does not know is the history of the office he now occupies. The man who ruthlessly built the company almost single-handedly, occupied this office for thirty years. He destroyed many lives to amass his fortune. Since his passing, David is the third executive to occupy this office, none of them stayed more than six months before something unexpected happened to cause their termination. David is not privy to the details of this information; it is a well-kept secret. Workers are quietly placing bets to see if he will make it to the six-month mark.

Now, here is what David did not learn in science class or at the prestigious business school he graduated from: all the lives that have gone through that office are memorialized in that space.  Their physical DNA is still there, but more importantly, their histories like toxic chemicals continue to exert influence in that office as well. David may have brought in a decorator to give the office a new look, but that will have nothing to do with his success. Workers whisper beneath their breath that the office is bewitched, and David will be the next causality. This bewitching thing is a little superstitious of course, and that is not what I am about in this article. For good or evil, there is an unseen reality that influences every location that humans have occupied for sometimes.

What is David to do? How would you advise him? If I were advising David this is what I would do (bear in mind, I am a pastor, a spiritual authority). I would have lunch with him and congratulate him on his new position, then offer to spiritually cleanse and bless his office. I would put it in such a way that no would hardly be an option. We would arrange to have cleansing done discreetly. I know—for some people, if they cannot see it, it does not exist. But pain, gravity, energy, and a hosts of other things are real even though I cannot see them.

Spiritual cleansing is designed to end the influence of all previous human histories in that office and give David a truly new start with a higher spiritual authority behind him. If you are a spiritual person and have your own office, you can do the same and have your office or immediate work station spiritually cleansed. If you share office, you can spiritually cleanse your cubicle or desk area without attracting the attention of skeptical eyes. All you need is a spiritual cleansing guide and a business office cleansing kit. Learn more here.

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Barriers to Health, Advancement in Life and Financial Success (Part 1)

Author: Michael Dewar, Sr.
Executive Director
Dwelling Place Cleansing
June 28th 2016
I have come across many people in life with advanced degrees from outstanding colleges and universities with relatively good jobs, but they live mediocre lives. They never advance in their field; promotion always bypass them. Some live in constant conflict at home and work, conflicts that bring relationships to a bitter end. Their children are in trouble. They live in financial lack and debt; their health is marginal. Yet, for all this, they cannot account for what they are doing wrong to make life such hell. Well, what I am sharing in this two-part article may surprise you.
First, there is good news. You might be doing nothing wrong to warrant the setback you are experiencing. It may be what you have not done or not doing. Your present (life) may have merged with the past (life) of other people at home or on the job, and you are unaware of the dynamics at work here. Now, this information parents don’t teach to their children, nor professors to their students, and very few clergy to their parishioners. It is a mystery that partly came to light few decades ago during the AIDS crisis and quickly moved back into the shadows.
The secret that manifested itself during the AIDS crisis is this—when a person is sexually intimate with a promiscuous person who was or is sexually intimate with many partners, you are actually sleeping with all the persons that the promiscuous person slept with before you, and that put your health at risk. But this article is not about sexuality; it is about a wider issue that has been a well-kept secret until now.
When you move into a house, apartment, coop, or condo that you buy or rent, you are actually merging your present life with the past lives of those that occupied that space before you. Physically, they are gone from that location, but their life-styles and histories are memorialized in that house and at that site. We subconsciously know this—that’s why we disinfect, change wall-paper and repaint, but our conscious mind deal with it  as personal taste or preference because no one told us that the life-style histories of previous dwellers remain and can harm us, if we don’t have it removed by a spiritual authority.
If you are a little skeptical about this, I don’t blame you. I was skeptical when it was first shown to me. If the people who lived in the dwelling before you were wicked people: murderers, drug-dealers, thieves, liars, swindlers, sorcerers and witchcraft workers, that history is memorialized at the site just as their physical DNA is left at the location. Physical DNA is short-lived, but life-style histories remain buried indefinitely like toxic chemical until someone cleans it up. Life-style histories require a spiritual clean-up job by a spiritual authority.
This is the hidden secret that is affecting the lives of millions of people at home, and they have not a clue what is happening to them. For example, conflict is a normal human phenomenon, but conflict is also a spirit that is destructive; it is responsible for destroying millions of marriages and families. The Harrisons were always fighting. They lived twenty years in bitterness in the house at 26 Locus Street; they finally divorced, but due to bitterness the relationship ended in murder.
 The house was empty for a long time, then was refurbished by a real estate company who later sold it to the Jones who came from out-of-state. The house was immaculate, looked like new, but it needed a spiritual clean-up job. The Jones never heard of dwelling place spiritual cleansing, so they just move in and start living. They had not a clue of the turns that their lives were about to go through.
Here is what you should never forget: before you move into a house, apartment or coop to live, always assume that it is spiritually desecrated, no matter how beautiful and innocent it looks. Have that house spiritually cleansed before you move in or shortly there-after. You owe it to yourself and your family to get it done.  Learn more

 

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Honor Thy Father

May 30th 2016
Author: Michael W. Dewar, Sr.
Executive Director
Dwelling Place Cleansing

The weeks preceding Mothers’ Day, I wrote on Parental Honor, addressing the issues of honor and dishonor in the face of abuse. That article is still available on this blog site. In this article, Honor thy Father, I focused more sharply on paternal honor but what is said is equally applicable to both parents.

The duty of honoring fathers is increasingly difficult in a culture of secularized values. Yet, the three great monotheistic religions of the world (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) all embraced the concept of honoring one’s father. The biblical injunction to honor one’s father and mother was first handed down on Mount Sinai to Moses from Yahweh Himself to the ancient Israelite. On the one hand, the command extends the promise of blessing and longevity of life to those who honor their parents but on the other hand, it holds the consequences of curse and death for those that dishonor their parents (Exod. 20:12). Fathers were charged to teach the commands of the Torah to their children.

Therefore, honoring one’s father is enshrined in the Hebrew Scripture, practiced throughout their history, and memorialized in their heritage. While fathers were honored before the Torah was given, the Torah elevated that honor to the highest level possible. Christianity and Islam followed suit. The NT added a warning: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6: 4). There are many reasons to honor one’s father, but five are highlighted in this article to consider for this Fathers’ Day.

First, the command to honor is from the highest authority, Yahweh Himself (Exod. 20: 12). It is not a suggestion; it is a command with no precondition or exception clause. In our postmodern culture, people tend to resist commands imposed on them. We prefer going with what is democratic, poll-driven and trendy. To some extent that is good but when it comes from Yahweh who says, “besides me there is none other,” it might be wise to adhere. Our existence is in his hand for in him “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Created gods are many, but Yahweh is eternal and sovereign over all of life; He owes his existence to no one.

Second, God Himself is Father. He is Father in at least three different ways: Father of all humankind in that He gives life and being to all, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the spiritual Father of all who come to faith (or salvation) in Jesus Christ. Jesus once said to a group of people, “You belong to your father, the devil…” (John 8:44). He meant the devil was their spiritual father. Paternity at this level can be changed, but only by being born again (John 3:3-8).

The Lord’s Prayer begins with the words, “Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name…” (Matt.6:12). Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples; from then on all followers of Jesus address God as their Father (spiritual father). God as Father of all humankind, is life-giver, provider, protector, and sustainer of all creation for all. By virtue of these graces given to the human family, God demands honor. The most despicable thing to a parent is an uncaring and dishonoring child. God said, “If I am a father, where is the honor due me?” (Mal.1: 6). Why God wants to be honored?

Third, human fathers represent God as Father. God is represented in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament as the originator of marriage and family (Gen.2:19-25). From Abraham onward, the father is the priest of the immediate family; he was given the responsibility to teach the life of faith to his children (Gen.18:17-19). The child who rebels against his authority was under the sentence of death, and the child that obeys and honor parents was promised blessings and longevity of life (Deu.21:15-19; Eph. 6:1-2).

The New Testament (NT) depicts God as family (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in perfect union. The Church is called, the family of God; all true followers of Jesus Christ are children of God (Eph.3: 14-15). The relationship between Christ and the Church is represented with the metaphor of a marriage (Eph.6: 22-33).

The bottom line is this—God intended the family to be a loving, caring, honoring institution reflecting God Himself. It is hard for children to love and honor God as their heavenly Father, if there is no earthly father reflecting those qualities of love and honor in the context of family. The child with an angry brutal father is likely to think of God in those terms. God wants fathers to live out these values of life-giver, provider, protector, sustainer, priest to children in the context of family. There is no other way to teach the fatherhood of God to the next generation.

Fourth, honoring your human father is a godly duty. Once the divine has commanded it, that makes it a godly duty. This one is difficult but stay with it and let us walk through it together. The first question we are inclined to ask is, “who can truly assume the title of father?”

Bear in mind the five attributes of a father: life-giver, provider, protector, priest, and sustainer. The ideal is for a man to possess all five. The marginal use of the title calls for a man to have at least one attribute in addition to life-giver (e.g. provider). There are many men that procreate and they are off, never looking back. Are they truly a father? I don’t think so. Any animal of the lower creation can do that, but strangely enough many of them stay around to provide and fiercely defend their offspring.

There are those fathers that are guilty of abuse, neglect, abandonment and a host of other dishonorable things which they later regret. We may say these are justified reason not to honor. Yes, they are justified reasons but for our own sake, the biblical injunction will not allow us to use them to withhold honor. This moves us to the place of forgiveness.

The hurts of parental abuse, neglect and abandonment run deep and are hard to forgive, but not forgiving them is to forever hold yourself captives to the unpleasant past. That alone can shrivel the human soul and spirit. It is far better to forgive than to live and die with a grudge. There is a line in the Lord’s Prayer says, “forgive us of our debts (or trespasses) as we forgive those who are indebted to us” (or trespass against us). It is by forgiving that we are forgiven. The decision and act of forgiving is a way of honoring the other. Parental honor adds quality and longevity to one’s life. It is better to forgive than to live with grudge and bitterness.

Five, honoring your father breaks the generational curse of dishonor. Parents (father and mother) are life-givers and they can pass on generational curse or blessing to the next generation; you may call it dysfunctional behavior or a blessed history. Some people don’t heal or get cured from certain illnesses that bedeviled them in spite of spending a fortune on doctors and treatment. Many carry bitterness against someone, may be a parent. The God of the Bible calls Himself, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: father, son, grand-son, three generations. God is a generational God; He cares about your children and your grand-children. For their sakes forgive, let it go.

The way children are socialized carries attitudes and behavior and practices to succeeding generations that will serve as blessings or curse to them. Though simplistic take for example, the Middle Eastern conflict where we see a generational culture of death—this is indeed a family conflict, going back thousands of years with no end in sight. They refuse to forgive and honor each other, so they cut short their lives and the lives of their children through a culture of death.

If children are socialized to hate their neighbors, they will pass on that hate to their children and grand-children. Honor begins at home. First, a father must live honorably before his children to earn their trust and honor. But even if those father did not do that, children can break the cycle by showing them honor.

Now, when you move into a house with your family, you don’t know the hell the previous dwellers have lived through or the lifestyle have lived. You may do well having the place spiritually cleansed and blessed. Learn more

Author: Michael Dewar
Dwelling Place Cleansing

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