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Notes From The Fortress of Solitude



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Notes From The Fortress of Solitude

In the world of comic books, Superman had his place to retreat, the Fortress of Solitude. It was located near the North Pole, far away from the world's distraction and hectic pace. It was his secret place. I also have a secret, retreat place. It's a place to meet with a real-life hero, Jesus of Nazareth.

I used to call it "my cave", but it's not a place to escape from life, nor is it a hole in the ground. I don't run to it only when things go bad, or when I get wounded. When I'm there, I'm not in the dark. You see, it's a place filled with light. When I go there the atmosphere of Heaven surrounds me. It's where I find strength, strategies, and revelation. It's my high tower. It's my personal Fortress of Solitude.



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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

KINGDOM CONFLICT

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KINGDOM CONFLICT
Oil, Sand on Canvas
painted with knives
@1991
—Tony Mujica © 2012


THE TECHNIQUE
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This is derived from a painting I did years ago. I incorporated sand into the surface of the canvas, and then painted with a knife. This started out as a background for another painting, but I left it as is, because I enjoyed it too much.

THE THEME:
Kingdom Conflict is the idea that there are two kingdoms in the spiritual realm. The Kingdom of GOD and the Kingdom of Satan. Although GOD is always in control, there is the dynamic of one side advancing while the other side catches up. GOD will even allow the dark kingdom to advance ahead for a season to bring out qualities in His Kingdom. Israel's history displays this throughout the Old Testament. The concepts of dominion contention and Shabat (rest), have play here in Kingdom Conflict. When God's people do not contend for Dominion, they give up their inheritance and place of rest (dominion). The next generation has to fight to get back dominion or lose further ground.

This painting abstractly shows the invasion of Glory into Darkness. John 1:5 says,"The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." Some versions use comprehend instead of understood.
The basic idea is like a light switch. You can turn on light in a room, but you can't turn on darkness. Darkness is always overtaken by light. When you go into an old school photography darkroom, the slightest leak of light will ruin the photo development. This is light/dark in the perfect world.

"Why then do we have so many problems with the Kingdom of Darkness?", you may be asking. The answer is complex, but boils down to one basic thing. Us. Our compliances with Satan fuels his kingdom structure. There are three things at play: mankind (us), Light (God), and Darkness(Satan). We are the center point here. We line up with one of the two others, but never both. Two-thirds majority rules (Well, not really. GOD can at any given point override the rule —after all, we are created, so is Satan, but He is uncreated. He is GOD), except when GOD uses his Sovereign option. That's when He does something because He wants to do it, regardless of the situation or when He does things to coincide with His perfect will and plan.

Another way to understand this is to replace a few words. The Kingdom of Light becomes the Kingdom of Love. The Kingdom of Darkness becomes the Kingdom of Fear. When Love rises, Fear cowers. When Fear moves forward, Love pulls back. What happens when Perfect Love (Agape) rises? Fear is cast out. Perfect Love casts out all fear.

In this hour, GOD is raising up His people not only to love the things He loves or hate the things he hates. He is calling us into exercising Agape love. That is love without a hook in it. Love that has no agenda. It is applied without consideration of return.It knows no boundaries or limits. This Love, which is the GOD kind of love is "so that the love with which You loved Me (Jesus) may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:26 b)

However dormant, we have that kind of love inside of us. We will have to operate in this high level of love, as we move forward into hard times ahead. It's time to wake up, oh sleeper!

—Tony Mujica © 2012
This is also on my other blog

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Word, The Voice, The Poet

Reply: Rilke Quote
From Tag Team Poets FB Group Page

"If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it, blame yourself for you are not poet enough to call forth it's riches" - Rainer Maria Rilke

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THE WORD, THE VOICE, THE POET

I AM rhythm-rhymed word
have you not heard?
I sang creation to being
and sent darkness fleeing


I AM Word a.k.a. Voice
be glad, cheer and rejoice
as Persona Voice wins
over impersonal word


I AM beauty song
the notes for which you long
upper structure to which
your heart sings in pitch


you rhyme 'cause I rhyme
My timeless bends your time
Alpha Omega or Aleph Tov
serving food most don't know of


I AM, as source of poetic riches,
saving you from poetry glitches
rhythmic twists from time stitches
set to song with musical pitches



— Tony Mujica © 2012


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Shop Notes: This quote was difficult because its gravitational pull wanted to steer me away from where my heart wanted to go. It was quite a challenge, because I had to pull away from it. I succeeded by throwing my focus on Jesus, as the one who, as Master Poet, is more than poet enough to call my riches forth.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ZING GO THE STRINGS


zing went the strings
o' my broken heart
making me sing
He plays my part
res'nant ring
in heaven's chart
God's love brings
through His art
doin' His thing
just doin' His thing

Godfingers across
my heart's harp
going beyond the
flat and sharp
He plays a
broken instrument
to bring about
His sound implement

— Tony Mujica © 2012

There comes a point



when fasting,
there's a point
when you become
the fast
when in solitude,
there's a point
when you carry solitude
through a crowd
when silent,
there's a point
when words leak
out through actions
when worshiping,
there's a point
when you become
the song


— Tony Mujica © 2012

Tag Team Poets

I had a wonderful opportunity to write a poetic response to my Serbian friend, Jelena Bogdanovich’s poem through Facebook. I sensed what it’s like to do back-to-back poetry, much like wrestlers do with tag-team wrestling. I am reminded of tag-team evangelism on the streets of Chicago years ago with friends. We would take turns, have a go at it, and then, pass the mic on to the next person, who would add from where the last person left off.

It seems to me that Tag Team evangelist poets wrestle with God, but with words.

Here is Jelena’s poem:



JAZZ FOR THE BONES OF THE LOCUST TREE

You're the rain that falls on my bones
Of the locust tree;
A pearl, on my most fragile joints.
So, You are playing jazz
On Your giant contrabass
With the percussions
Of rain
In the background
You know very well
I would not believe You a word
Today, so you come as a music
Soaking my ground:
"Girl,
I'm not ashamed of your humanity..."
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And here is mine along with one of my paintings:


HORSE CAT TREE


expressed jazz moans
in soulful tones
through loans from various sources
like trees,
like cats,
and horses

 
the bassist plays with
expressive ways
a bow across the strings
and the wooden bass sings

the chambered cry
of a felled tree
no wonder why
but i feel free
at cost of
horse, cat, tree

more like a wail
it weeps without fail as
horsehair bow brings
sounds so low
from catgut strings
causing my heart's glow
— Tony Mujica © 2012

6005
The Bassist
(Portrait of Eberhard Weber)
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"


SHAMAR, QUANTUM, AND BRIDAL FABRIC


This post developed in response to a Facebook discussion about the Movie, "August Rush" and a new Fox TV show, "Touch". Touch is on Thursday nights, right after national idolatry (Oops, American Idol).
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There's an attraction that people have to things that bind us together. Anarchy doesn't work. Interdependence does. Movies and TV shows, (like August Rush and Touch) that explore the inter-connectedness of Man tap into this.


It's written in creation. It's written in God's word. God told Adam to "shamar" (keep, maintain, guard) His garden. Concerning Abel's disappearance, Cain with misunderstanding, responds to God, "What am I, my brother's Shamar?"


I think God's silent answer was, "Yes, Cain, you are!"


God desires that the walls that separate us fall to the ground. He wanted Jonah to go to a foreign people to bring warning. Jonah eventually complied to the Lord's pressing.


God wants us to care for each other, no matter if it's your neighbor or some foreigner on the other side of the globe.


The evidence is there.


QUANTUM
Even science is arriving at the conclusion. Quantum physics speak loud about the subject - the relation of things. Is it a wave or a particle? Tiny components seem to know what the scientist is wanting. They "cooperate" with the scientist and become what is expected in the tests. It messes the researcher up.



In their studies, they find that two waves or particles in relation to the same stimulus or source, no matter how far apart, react the same way. A butterfly flaps it's wings on the other side of the planet. It affects us here on this side.


Angels and saints in worship before God fall down before Him. They cast their crowns before Him. Though the weight of His presence is on them, they all get up for another round, soon to be flattened again.


We worship in this reality. We find ourselves buckling in the knees before God, and down we go for the count. We get up again. It happens again.


I think that this happens in sync with Heaven. We (us here and those in Heaven) fall down together. We act in Quantum. We, in both realities, behave the same way in the presence of the same stimulus or source, God.


The next time you feel the compulsion to fall down during worship, it may be that your loved one in Heaven, has just fallen down before Him, also.


You see, this inter-relationship even goes beyond this globe.


BRIDAL FABRIC
There is thread that connects God's Kingdom Folk. (see a vision concerning this at “The Shower Of Gold Coins
"). This thread that binds us is not unique to us. It was God's design from the get-go. This is why movies like August Rush are so popular. They address a cry, a longing, to love each other and the existence of a personal entity who moves us toward each other.


God made Man to love. Love in the vertical aspect (loving God), and love in horizontal aspect (loving each other). We also are made to be loved (in both aspects as well).


God sees us in many ways. He sees us individually. He sees us corporately. He listens to our weeping when we come to Him in brokenness. He views a group as one. He'll even refer to an entire nation as one person.
That thread that binds His people is laced with love that covers it like wax. He sees us beyond national origin, race, and identities that separate. Jesus holds us together (read the section starting at Colossians 1:15). His love binds us. We really are our brother's Shamar.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Heart No One Else Could Open

by Tony Mujica
Sometimes the encounter you pray for isn’t quite what you expected.


I saw my heart lying there in the middle of the throneroom. Its beat was constantly throbbing; it pulsed with life.

Engraved upon it was this:

"No room for lesser lovers."

It had a seal upon it. No one could open it's seal — no one, that is, except One.


Lo and behold, I heard the voice of the Word. The lone heart on the floor looked like it was wanting to move. If it had legs it would have ran toward the Voice. It became animated after hearing the resounding Word.



"Henani! Here I am, the One who shuts so no one opens and opens so no one shuts!"



My heart pounded so forcefully it looked like someone was in it trying to punch his way out. Indeed, it had already succeeded in running on ahead of me to meet the Lover of my soul.



With scarred hands, He picked up my heart. I expected Him to pull out a set of keys from His pocket. He did not. Instead He held the heart in His left hand and with His right hand He lined up the hole of His palm scar over the center of the heart seal latch.



My heart opened. Dim light escaped from within it. It was dim, but at least it was lit. It was like putty in His hands, waiting for reshaping.



"Come forth!", He boomed with authoritative command. A wisp of amber light trailed in spiral pattern out from the heart. At first I thought it was smoke but no smoke could burn so bright. The light was alive. It seemed to move with a mind of it's own. It broke from It's initial spiraled release and, in improvised trail, it made it's way to its' source, the one called "the Light of men".



My light moved toward His feet, and paused as if it were bowing before Him. Then it wrapped around His legs and caressed Him like a kitten brushing one's leg. Then the amber continued wrapping around the rest of his frame. His own light, which already was ablaze, seemed to grow even brighter. His smile broke into deep laughter. I think He knew what I was thinking.



"Yeshua, my Lord, I never thought it would look like this. You're brighter. Is it really because of my light?



"Yes, Yes. I released the light of life that I deposited in you, years ago. You have been through a lot of adversity. I have been releasing grace to shine in stages throughout your walk with me. I grow brighter because you, as overcomer, give me glory."



I looked into those eyes , so full of love and acceptance. I did not want to blink. My body was at the point of collapse, but His eyes seemed to hold me from falling.



"Now, I have fanned the flame of passion needed to run the course of your remaining years. I did not remove the scar tissue around your heart. The evidence of your wounding remains, just like the scars on my own hands."



I thought I would be healed in my body. Before I could think a disappointed thought, He told me, "Your healing is not here today. Go on with faith and continue to please me. For now, My grace will do."



"I breathe life into you, so that you can love others with a purer love. That is your best weapon against the kingdom of fear. Be filled with my Agape and guard your heart to stay tuned into Me."



The amber smoke light trail unwrapped itself from Yeshua as I continued to stare at my Jesus. I blinked and Jesus left the room. My heart was no longer on the floor. It paced within my chest. I felt so alive and reassured. I thought that it was odd because I was sure I was getting healed this time. I can't explain it, but I could continue on now, with all the physical pain, even with all the disappointing heartache of life. Shalom peace rested on me.



I found myself back in my bed. Knowing that someday I will be healed.


— Tony Mujica ©2012
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