brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of
good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
What did Jesus mean when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life?"
From Seventh Dimension
- The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
What did I want? If I knew, would I be willing to risk everything to obtain it? I gazed at
the lake-where was the king headed? I wished I knew the lake's secrets. If he was the king from the garden, how did he get
here? He seemed powerful in some ways but not in others.
Shale faced the same issues that you and I face today-discovering the truth and what it means. How should I live,
and is Jesus who he said he was?
Many religions offer you multiple paths to salvation or fulfillment. Baha'i embraces all religions and states
that God sent messengers-like Jesus, Buddha, Moses, and Muhammad-to progressively teach us about God's nature.
Islam teaches that if
your good works outweigh your bad, and Allah wills it, he will let you enter into paradise.
Hinduism and Buddhism claim you go to heaven after
many reincarnations when at last you become one with God.
Some Jews still wait for the Messiah's return. Each year during the Passover Seder,
a Jewish custom is to pour a cup of wine, "the cup of Elijah," and send a young child to the door to look for the
prophet who is to herald in the coming of the Messiah.
Unitarians believe you can get to heaven any way you want and not to worry about
Wiccans don't believe there's a need for salvation.
What do you think?
In Seventh Dimension - the Door, Shale went on a journey-it was her path.
No two journeys through life are exactly the same. God knows which path you will take-but his unconditional love gives you
free will to choose.
Along the way, you will be exposed to many "truths" and many lies. You must learn to discern truth from
falsehood. The Bible says Satan is the "father of lies" (John 8:44). When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, shortly
before being crucified, Pontius Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" (John 18:38).
Truth stood in front of Pontius Pilate, and yet
he did not recognize the truth. Instead, he denied that truth, condemning Jesus the Messiah to death.
If truth stood before you, would
you recognize him? Could you taste his goodness? Could you feel his breath and know it was the breath of life? Could you perceive
God's gentle touch? Would your mind be quickened if God called your name?
It's a scary thing to be confronted with the truth of
Jesus Christ and yet deny him-deny his power, deny his sacrifice, and deny his love.
Satan makes our life difficult. Our sin nature leads us
astray. But if we confess our sins and acknowledge Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life, we won't be fooled into
believing untruths. Nothing makes Satan and his demons more angry than hearing the name of Jesus. Fill your heart with God's
love, praise his holy name, and they will flee.
Thank you, Jesus, that you are the way, the truth and the life. Help me to be
more like you. Help me to be discerning in all things and protect me from being led astray.
Help me to focus on what is true and noble
and be an example to others. Let my little light shine before men and light the path to you. Help me to know the way of salvation
through living out my faith. In my life, Lord, be glorified.
The full collection of devotionals can be enjoyed in "Am I Okay, God"
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds
of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to
you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living
thing, and the breath of all mankind? Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes its food?
Which animal do you identify with in Seventh Dimension - The Door? Do you perceive your
nature to be like Worldly Crow; Cherios, the rabbit; Baruch, the donkey; Much Afraid, the dog; Nevaeh, the bird; or Lowly,
"Will the king always be
"Always. The seventh dimension is within you. The animals represent parts
of your character. Your suffering has produced good fruit. And always remember, the king is your heavenly father."
-Shale Snyder and Astella, chapter thirty-seven
All of us are multifaceted and complex, intricately woven together into extraordinarily complicated
human beings. The Creator isn't a novice at creating life. Look around you. He can breathe life into building blocks simply
by speaking them into being.
Good and evil are at war against
each other in the world and within ourselves. We will never be free of temptation until we enter heaven's gates.
All of us at one point or another have been as wicked as Worldly Crow or as heavenly
as Cherios, the rabbit, or Nevaeh-the unusual bird in the garden. Did you know that Nevaeh is "heaven" spelled backwards?
Cherios comes from the word "charity," which means
generous actions to aid the poor, ill, or helpless, or to devote one's life to love. Cherios gave her life as she praised
the king before the demons in the Hall of Darkness.
other animals were redeemed by the king. Baruch means blessed. InThe Donkey and the King, Baruch was a temperamental
donkey that struck out on his own and became lost. The king sent the sheep to find him in the wilderness, just as the king
searches out each one of us when we become lost.
may be feeling lost right now. Have you made foolish choices? The good news is that Jesus Christ won't leave you there. Even
if you're as wicked as Worldly Crow, God still forgives if you ask for forgiveness. The king is in the business of fixing
problems and situations that seem hopeless. The king's way is even better than your way.
Maybe you're like Lowly the pig. Do you feel worthless? God has given you everything you need to become the person
he created you to be. Not one cell or gene is missing because God made a mistake. He's gifted you with what you need to glorify
If you want to be a doctor, God has given you the
brains and the ability to be one. If you want to be a dancer, God has made you graceful and athletic. If you want to be a
teacher, God has given you the ability to teach. Not only that, he has given you the desire to want to do the things he created
you to do.
If you enjoy painting, God made you to paint.
God needs Christians in all walks of life. We can't all be lawyers or bankers or chefs. Perhaps the job you will have when
you graduate from high school, technical school, or college doesn't yet exist. My profession wasn't around twenty-five years
ago. The world is constantly changing.
like Much‑Afraid, the dog that pursued Shale. The Bible tells us in I Peter 5:7: "Cast all your anxiety
on him because he cares for you."
This is much easier
said than done, but just as Much‑Afraid stood up to the demon‑possessed man in the cemetery, God will give you
supernatural power to overcome your worst fears. He does not mean for you to live in fear of the future or regret about the
Sometimes things don't turn out the way you want
them to, but it's not because God failed or you failed. It's because if you put your trust in Jesus, he knows what's best
in every circumstance. Jesus cares about the process more than the outcome.
The only moment you have is right now. We aren't guaranteed tomorrow. And we don't want to look back on our past
with regret. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:16 that we should make the most of every opportunity.
The devil and his demons won't like it if you read the Bible or pray to God daily.
Expect at those moments when you're most like Jesus to be attacked. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 that the enemy prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
must not give up. Shale was tested and overcame and you can overcome, too. The battle is a spiritual one.
I imagine angels all around with swords in hand knocking down demonic strongholds.
We must claim the power of the risen king to overcome demonic influence, the Worldly Crow part of us, and rely on the Holy
Jesus Christ is not in the tomb. He is risen.
He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, interceding for you.
You have a future and a hope. You were made with heavenly hands in your mother's womb. When you start to doubt your
value in God's eyes, remember what Nevaeh whispered in Shale's ear, "You're a
daughter of the king."
Thank you, Lord, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made- that you knitted me
in my mother's womb and knew me even before I was born.
I thank you for tall giraffes
and whimsical butterflies and slimy snails and hooting owls. If this world can have so much vitality and variety, as darkened
as it is with sin, I can only imagine the perfect world that lies in wait.
Let the animals
teach me how to be kind. Help me to listen- to the call of the wild, the purring of a kitten, the roaring of a lion,
or the cry of an abandoned dog. Help me to be your heart in a world that needs caring people to speak up for those who can't
speak for themselves.
May I grow more like you as I care for the animals I meet. May I
be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove. May I remember that a kind person is kind to his animals even when no one
Note from Lorilyn
I am busy writing my second book in the Seventh Dimension
Series. So if my posts seem a little more sporadic, bear with me. It's difficult to tear myself away from the writing
to post on my blog. Summer 2014 is the projected publication date.