Allegories

A Name in Zion

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“Namby-Pamby” did not like himself. He wanted to be strong, vibrant, vigorous, decisive, courageous, and powerful, but alas, try as he might, he remained “namby-pamby.”

One day a temptress named “Seduction” called him to her. “I have what you want and need,” she whispered to him, provocatively revealing her half-naked breasts. “Come with me and I’ll take you to the high places where you’ll be filled with power, ecstasy and wonder and you’ll come to be known as an elder among the people… a man worthy of great honor.”

“Namby” was overtaken by her outward beauty and promising words of all he desired, he succumbed to her enticement and pressure. The “High Places” were in his dreams for himself so off he went with her, never uttering a prayer to the One who bought him with His blood. “Seduction’s” words seemed so right to him and desire already had hold of him even before her appearance to him. 

Oh how happy he was thinking to himself: “Now my name can be changed!” and he thought continually upon how wonderful he was going to be. “Seduction” had him wrapped around her  finger and knowing that one of his biggest desires was to be finely dressed, she brought out the religious garb she had personally picked for him-… such an ornate piece of work it was of gaudy, too flashy gold material with multi-colored jewels that looked real but were fake and black and blue crosses embroidered into the fabric. Oh my! “Pamby” was spellbound and immediately decked himself with it thinking he looked grand. 

Off the two of them went to the high places which were in Babylon, the city renowned for all its observances, traditions, and pomp. 

When “Namby” and “Seduction” arrived, a guard with glaring eyes stood at the entrance: “Do you have the password?” he demanded in an intimidating way. “Namby” didn’t but “Seduction” whispered its name “Deception” to the guard in a garbled voice that “Namby” couldn’t hear. 

The gates of the city immediately flung open and cheers of welcome sounded throughout the “Kingdom of Religion”proclaiming joy over another seduced one coming into the kingdom. The numbers were rapidly increasing because most thought that Babylon and the City of Light were the same and that the high places were the ordained places by God for true worship. They had forgotten or never knew that only in the Holy of Holies could pure worship exist. The meek and lowly ones, the ones who had heard the voice of the “Beloved” to “Come out of Babylon”, were not found in the high places, but rather in the low places seeking to find the lost to share the glorious gospel with them. These humble ones knew that the seat of worship was in spirit and in truth for it was in the spirit of the heart that the height of the Lord Jesus Christ could be known… it was there that His joy could be found. 

Poor “Namby-Pamby”- here he was in the clutches of “Seduction” thinking he would ascend to God and experience ecstasy in “Babylon.” not realizing that he was deceived. 

As he looked into the faces of everyone there, he did not see the joy he expected, for every face was covered by the mask of hypocrisy. A lot of hoopla was going on, pious sounding prayers with no anointing on them, chanting, old dogma repeated over and over again and singing the songs of Babylon. Owls fluttered over the city, with morose sounding hoots that gladdened no one. 

“What IS this place?” “Namby” cried out to the One he knew Who heard the cries of His people. The Holy Spirit within giving a thump to his belly,replied quickly: “It is the place of the dead who believe that they are alive and that the Word of Truth is spoken by their false leaders. Get OUT, “Namby”! Run for your life before your heart turns cold and you no longer know who you are and why you exist! It is not to pay homage to men and to bow down denying the One Who deserves all of your love and attention. Run! Look: Angels are waiting at the gate to carry you out of this God forsaken place. The guards can not prevent the ones whose hearts are fully turned toward the Lord from passing to the green pastures beyond where the Good Shepherd awaits them.“

“Namby” knew the holy voice of the Spirit that was bringing new life to him at that moment. A cry roared out of him that was so loud, all in the city heard it: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord ”, he shouted and his feet became hinds feet speedily taking him to his ordained destination. It was just as the still voice told him: The angels were waiting for him there and as they spread their huge wings out to fly, he found himself with spread out wings too, journeying with them to the Good Shepherd who was feeding his sheep and causing them to lie down in green pastures. A banner hung over all who were assembled to Him with the word: “Faithful” boldly written in the blood of the Lamb on it. Upon his arrival, a proclamation was made in Heaven over “Namby: “You who have been so weak and powerless because your eyes had been blind, are now being given new eyes, new power and a new name… Your name “Strength and Purity” will be likened to a badge of honor that all men might know that the reward of a new nature is given to all who overcome the world, the flesh, the devil and Babylon’s influence over them. You have overcome that which overcame you:… A nature defiled… a nature deceived… a nature unrighteous no longer is and you will be like the sun, the moon and the stars shining sevenfold.

“Strength and Purity’s” name is more than a name: It is the essence of an overcomer foreknown of God before the beginning of time. Hallelujah! The Word of the Lord is true!!

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