Returning to Eden: Preface, Intro and Ch.1, 2, 3

~1st PReface ~

            As I shared on the introduction video, this is a three term bible study sharing my personal testimony of what I have experienced over 20 years after leaving rodeo bible camp.  This is the bible study that I wish someone would have directed me to after FULLY giving my life to God at a rodeo bible camp.   God has explained the Gospel to me through training horses and it is my prayer that if there is anyone that has not experienced the fullness of the Gospel, they may experience it through the parables in this bible study.

       Returning to Eden is a book that I wrote between the ages of 18 and 25.  Through this book I will be sharing my personal testimony through that time period and how the Lord revealed to me the horse training philosophy used by Training for the Cross.  In 1 John he breaks down our spiritual progression into three different stages:  Children, Young Men, and Father’s.  Just like there are different phases, or stages in our physical development and horse training, there are also different stages in our spiritual development as well.    

            I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.  (1 John 2:12-14)

            Children

                        – Sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

                        – Because you have known the Father. 

            Young Men (Adult)

                        – Because you have overcome the wicked one.

                        – Because you are strong and the word of God abides in you and you have                                    overcome the wicked one.

            Father’s

                        – Because you have known him that is from the beginning.

                        – Because you have known him that is from the beginning. 

            Throughout this book I will be sharing my relationship with God through the “child phase” of my spiritual development.  As I start to read back through the pages of this book on my 36th birthday, I feel like a Dad reading what one of my kids has written.  As a Father that has been “sifted like wheat (Luke 22:31)”, in the young adult stage of training. There are places through this book that I sometimes see a little pride rise up and a lack of humility.  Well, rest assured after writing this book over the next ten years there was definitely a “sifting as wheat”.  Throughout this book there will be times that I will add in red something that I feel like needs correction, or that I might see in a different light many years later (especially with the horses) .  However, for the most part I have tried to leave it how I have received it from the Lord.  Over the winter term we will go through an in-depth study on the pattern of the tabernacle and how I have refined the horse training philosophy from this book into an industry certification for young men and women wanting to become Certified Public Horse Trainers.              

~ 2nd Preface ~

          I have been raised in a Christian family and have known I have a savior for as long as I can remember.  I have always said that if someone put a gun to my head and asked me if I was a Christian, I would die for the Lord.  However, it wasn‘t until I received Mononucleosis, the Epstein Bar Virus, and then was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, that I would fully understand what it meant to die for Christ.

            It is easy to say that you would die for Christ if the time ever came, but your true loyalty to the Lord comes when you are willing to live for Christ.  This is a lesson I have learned through the calling of Jesus Christ.  ―And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified(Romans 8:28-30).                

            I was 16 when the Lord first called me.  I gave Him my life to be used in building His kingdom in the summer, and in the fall I began to get sick.  I continually got sicker, until I had to give up high school sports, including a rodeo scholarship.  Sports were very important to me throughout high school and it was very tough for me to give them up.  I looked to the doctors and they told me there was not much they could do.  They said I would need to learn to manage my sickness in order to get on with my life.  

            The prognosis was not good.  The doctors said if I managed it correctly, in five years I might be back to fifty percent; in ten years, seventy-five percent, and in twenty years, I would be the same as the rest of the people my own age.  The medical field gave me no hope.  It had been a virus that depleted my immune system and caused me to become very weak.  Once my immune system went down, my body could not fight off harmful substances and my internal organs had trouble operating the way they should; causing me to remain sick.  Herbal pills helped my immune system to gain some strength back and helped my organs to function a little better.  However, I still remained very weak.   

            I knew that the Lord had let a sickness fall upon me and I knew that He could heal me.  However, I was a little bitter about having to give everything up, and I was not ready to come running back to Him yet.  It took me a while of running around in my weakening flesh, trying to find comfort everywhere else, before I came back to the Lord.  Finally, I came to the point where I could run no longer. 

             Although, I did not know it at the time, I needed a new organ that was vital to my recovery; I needed a new heart.  Through a man in Christ, the Lord took out my heart of stone and gave me a new heart to serve Him.  All along, I had thought it had been my body that had failed me, but in all reality, it was my heart.  It was from that moment on, that I noticed I started to recover from my sickness.  

            The Lord has given me a great gift.  Although my flesh is weak, when I seek Him I receive strength.  ―To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ‘Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ‘s power may rest on me‖ (2

Corinthians 12:7-9).  The Lord has not totally healed my flesh from this sickness yet, but when I am seeking Him, I am strengthened.  The Lord has called me and He knows I have the attention span of a five-year-old on a sugar high.  To ensure that I stay on the right path, He has given me a thorn in my flesh; that I must seek His spirit.  ―That is why, for Christ‘s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).  His spirit is where I have learned to find comfort and this is where He has revealed Himself to me.    

                  At twenty years old when I wrote this I did not know the pattern of the tabernacle and the breakdown of the human body and how God was healing me from the inside out, like I do now. 

      At this time I did not know that sometimes God heals from the outside (body) in hopes to influence our soul (mind, will and emotions) to pursue a lifelong relationship with Him (Spirit). With some people God heals through his power, a miracle is performed in the body setting the person free.  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 11, 12, 16).   Jesus repeatedly healed this way throughout the bible.  Reading through the gospels we can obviously see God heals through his miraculous power, but what I did not know growing up is that He also heals through His presence.  Like how Paul received his healing, He also heals through an ongoing relationship with Him through the “training” of our soul (mind, will and emotions) to come in line with His.  Sometimes, like Paul and me that struggle with pride, the sickness is not in the body the sickness is in the soul.  This is the focus of this entire bible study “healing the sickness of the soul”.  God in His infinite wisdom knew that at twenty years old if He totally relieved the pressure in my body, my soul (mind, will, emotions) would seek the next 12 years looking for my identity from the world instead of looking to heaven.  God wanted my identity in Christ not in training horses, riding broncs, cowboying, teaching, coaching or picking up.  (Written 2017)

            I am excited to be an instrument for God.  I have given Him my life and I will follow Him wherever He chooses to lead me.  However, I feel I suffer from a little ADD.  I feel like a Border Collie pup who set out to do a job with his Master; raring to please Him.  I see the cows and am obeying the commands one minute and the next minute, I am chasing a deer over a hill, with God shaking His head at me.  God then grabs me by the ears and shakes me around a little bit.  Then I remember what we set out to do; we‘re moving cows!  

            I then dive back in, trying to please Him and I work like a charm.  That is, until I see a rabbit go running by me and then I am off again.  God‘s love never ceases to amaze me.  He is patient and when I have returned from chasing the distraction, He is waiting to pick up where we left off.  The consequences of chasing distractions are not fun, so I am trying to learn to stay focused on the will of my Master.    

            I can really relate to one of Jesus ‘disciples, Peter.  One minute Jesus is telling him that upon his revelation He was going to build His church, ―And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it‖ (Matthew 16:18), and the next, He says, ―Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men‖ (Matthew 16:23).  Peter also tried to defend Jesus by chopping an ear off one of the guards who was seizing Him, ―Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.  With that, one of Jesus‘ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear (Matthew 26:50-51).  And in Matthew 26:69-75 Peter disowned Jesus three times.  Peter matured in his walk with the Lord, and God was able to use him in amazing ways.  I give my life to God, that He may guide me to maturity and that I may live the life He has called me to live.

            This book is what the Lord has shown me, and what I have experienced, in my walk with Him.  The Lord did not reveal these things to me because I have lived a righteous life; that is certainly not true.  I have hit the bars with the same intensity that I have charged after the Lord.  However, God is changing me; I love Him and want to give Him my life.  I believe the Lord has revealed Himself to me because I have been willing to leave everything behind and climb the mountain to experience Him; just as Moses did.  I hunger and thirst for what Moses tasted and I have come boldly to the throne to receive it.  I often get distracted, but He is always changing me, conforming me to the likeness of His son, ―For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29), and I want nothing more than to please Him. 

            We are all called to be a light for Christ.  ―…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).  However, God uses us all in different ways.  I asked the Lord how He wanted to use me one time and He told me I was to use horses to bring people closer to Him.  I teach the colt starting classes at MSU and the Lord has helped me develop a very simple way of teaching the class; the teachings of Jesus Christ.  I have learned a lot both directly and indirectly from Tom Dorrance (indirectly), Ray Hunt (my grandfather), and Martin Black (my father), and I would not be where I am today without the teachings of these men.  I owe these men a great deal of credit for what little I have been able to absorb from them.  I say ―what little I have absorbed because I have been blessed with the opportunity to be raised around some great horsemen and if I would have absorbed even a quarter of their talent, I should be a lot further from where I am today.  These men, along with many others, have had a great impact in my life in setting a foundation for understanding the horse.  However, my greatest teacher has been Jesus Christ.  I give God all the glory and the praise for where I am today.       

            The biggest limiting factor in helping my student’s progress in their horsemanship is the inability to communicate with the horse and learning how to change their perspective.  They must learn how to quit focusing on job completion and begin riding in perfect unity.  This is what I try to teach them in my class.  I am not interested in job completion; but perfect unity or oneness.  Everything that I teach in my class is a parable to help them come into perfection in Christ Jesus, ―We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ (Colossians 1:28).  This book is not meant to teach you about God, but to help you realize that we can be taught by God and inspire you to go boldly to the throne to be taught.  The biggest limiting factor with my students is lack of communication and the biggest limiting factor in our relationship with God is a lack of communication.  One of my goals in this book is to help you realize what is holding you back from communicating with your horse, but more importantly to help you realize what is holding you back from communicating with God.      

            In 2007 I was competing at a PRCA rodeo in Miles City, MT and was fighting my head pretty badly before getting on my horse.  I was trying to picture a perfect saddle bronc ride and trying to get all the rides of imperfection out of my mind.  I was trying to stand on Scripture to psych myself up and give me strength and energy.  However, I kept feeling tired and weak, and I could not get my mind off all the rides of imperfection.  I knew if I got on my saddle bronc in this mindset it was not going to be very pretty.  So I snuck away and laid down in our rodeo rig and submitted everything into the Lord‘s hands. 

             I laid everything at His feet and prayed for the Lord‘s help.  As I began to pray, I could feel the Lord‘s presence begin to saturate my body taking away all my cares and worries, leaving me with total peace.  I quit looking at everything from my perspective and started to feel total comfort knowing that everything was in God‘s hands.  The Lord redirected my focus from selfish ambitions (riding broncs) to a heavenly perspective (building the Kingdom).  The Lord opened my eyes and showed me a vision concerning the hearts of the men behind the bucking chutes.

            The Lord showed me how many of them had received a little spark for Him, but the spark had never been fanned giving it the opportunity to grow.  He told me to ―fan the flame. The Holy Spirit is like a mighty wind and will bring life to a tiny spark, igniting an all-consuming fire.  As the Lord began to speak to me giving me direction for my life, I became sanctified by the word of God, ―For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:5 KJV), and empowered by the Holy Spirit.  ―For you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you‖ (Acts 1:8).     

            I jumped out of the seat of the car and with a new perspective on life prepared to get on my horse.  I was no longer tormented by rides of imperfection, but filled with the all-consuming peace and joy of the Holy Spirit.  I climbed on my horse with the mindset of having fun and riding entirely for the Lord.  The Lord blessed me with an 83-point spur ride which won the rodeo and let me take home the first place check.      

            This is what I hope the Lord is able to give you after reading this book; an open line of communication.  ―My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27 KJV).  God has not called me to preach the Gospel, but to demonstrate the Gospel.  I am only called to prepare the way for the teacher.  I am called to help people come into the fullness of the New Covenant and be taught by God.  I am called to introduce people to the Holy Spirit and God has showed me He will do the rest.  Just like a person must prepare a colt before he can start to communicate with them, I am called to show people how to prepare themselves so that they may start communicating with God.  God wants to communicate with us, we just need to be ―willing and then able.  The same things that hold us back from communicating with our horse are the same things that hold us back from communicating with God.  

            Seven years ago the Lord told me, Write down the words that I have given you, that they may know I am God. In 2002 the Lord showed me a vision of Amaia (my wife) and me walking to Bozeman, MT and opening a book.  Once we opened the book, fire came out of the book and people started to gather around the fire dancing and the fire spread across the state. 

Originally, I thought the book was a Bible, meaning God wanted me to start a Bible study.  However, I believe that the book that I was supposed to open in Montana is this book (And actually this entire bible study).  I hope after reading this book you will have a better understanding of how to eliminate the resistance that is holding you back from Returning to Eden:  True Unity and Willing Communication. 

                        Little did I know that this book was just the start of a very long journey in learning cowboy parables, to put into a three term bible study to disciple cowboys and cowgirls.  Several years ago I was at the Legacy of Legends with my Dad, Buck Brannaman and Peter Campbell.  I was starting a colt with my Dad, Riata was starting a colt with her Dad and Peter was starting a colt with his niece.  After the first day my body ached so badly I could hardly function. There was a heaviness that was on my body and soul (mind, will and emotions) and I did not know what it was.  However, I knew I was not going to make it through the rest of the weekend with it on me.  I went and laid down in my room and asked the Lord what this heaviness was.  The Lord told me that it was idolatry.  People were worshipping, the image of my Grandpa, Tom, my Dad, Buck and even Riata and me.  The Lord then gave me Ezekiel 37.

 “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou know. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus says the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, says the LORD. (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

The next morning to start the session with my Dad I asked him if I could have the mic.  I took the mic and grabbed the horse we were working and gave my testi*mony.  As soon as I had given my testimony I felt the heaviness leave and the entire atmosphere of the stadium changed.  In that moment the focus turned from worshipping idols to worshipping Jesus Christ.  I had a blast the rest of the weekend starting colts with my Dad, Buck, Peter, Riata, and Jaton Lord.  The last day Sunday there was a request for me to speak again.  So Sunday morning we started the event with me sharing a little more of my testimony.  I was amazed by the hunger of the people in the stadium for more of learning about how God had used Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt parables to help bring healing to my body and soul.  I guess this is the hopes of this online bible study, to turn the focus of people in the equine industry away from worshipping idols and to turn them to Jesus.  To speak life through cowboy parables and release an army into the equine, ranching and rodeo industries that are filled with the Spirit.  An army that is willing to run their equine, ranching and rodeo business from the Holy of Holies (relationship with God).       

            Every time I hear this song by Chris Tolman, I am reminded the assignment the Lord gave me that weekend in Vegas to, “Speak life to dry bones and rise up an army.”

 ~ Introduction ~   

            Is God real, or is He just an imaginary friend for grownups?  I think this is a very good question and it all depends on who you ask.  Some people believe that God does not exist; some believe in some kind of a higher power, and some believe in the God of Abraham.  

            There are 3.8 billion people in the world that believe in the God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses.  The 3 primary religions are Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.  Followers of Islam number 1.2 billion and make up 19.6% of the world‘s population.  Muslims believe that the Jewish god is the same as their god and that Jesus is a divinely inspired prophet, but not God.  Muslims revere the Qur’an as the final uncorrupted word of God or the last testament brought through the last prophet, Muhammad.  Muhammad is regarded as the “Seal of the Prophets” and Islam is viewed as the final monotheist faith for all of humanity (Wikipedia, 2008).  Islamic beliefs are segregated into 4 major denominations.   

             Judaism followers total 14.5 million and make up 0.2% of the world‘s population.  Jewish theology is based on the Hebrew Bible, where the nature and commandments of God are revealed through the writings of Moses, the Torah, and the writings of the prophets, psalmists and other ancient canonized scriptures, together with the Torah known as the Tanakh. Additionally, it usually has a basis in its Oral Law, as recorded in the Mishnah and Gemora which form the Talmud (Wikipedia, 2008).  Jewish theology does not revere Jesus as God or an inspired prophet, but believes that someday the Messiah will return.  Judaism has separated into 5 main branches or denominations.        

            Christianity followers number 2.03 billion and make up 33% of the world‘s population.  Christians believe that the god worshipped by the faithful Hebrew people of the pre-Christian era has always revealed Himself as He did through Jesus; but this was never obvious until the Word of the Lord, the revelation of God, became flesh and dwelt among us (see John 1).  Also, despite the fact that the Angel of the Lord spoke to the Patriarchs revealing God to them, it has always been only by the spirit of God granting them understanding, that men have been able to perceive afterward that they had been visited by God Himself.  After Jesus was raised from the dead— according to Christian scriptures—this ancient Hebrew witness of how God reveals Himself as Messiah came to be seen in a very different light.  It was then that Jesus’ followers began to speak widely of Him as God himself (see John 20:28; Wikipedia, 2008).  Christianity has divided into 300 branches making up 38,000 denominations.  

            Is the God of Abraham the same God that sent His son Jesus Christ?  If He is, then why don‘t the Jews and the Muslims believe in Him?  Is Christ the only way to heaven?  Is there any way of truly knowing who is right and who has the answers?  If Christianity is right, and there are 38,000 different denominations that claim to follow Christ, which one of them has the answers?  If Christianity is right, does God want His church divided into 38,000 different denominations?  

            ―I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thoughtMy brothers, some from the Chloe‘s household have informed me that there are quarrels (debates) among you.  What I mean is this:  One says, ―I follow Paul‖; another ―I follow Apollos‖; another, ―I follow Cephas‖; still another, ―I follow Christ. Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Were you baptized in the name of Paul?‖ (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).    

            There are 38,000 denominations that believe different things and claim that Christ is the head of the Church.  It looks to me like Christ is divided among the Christians.  I am not talking about God‘s children meeting in different places to be taught by the teacher (Holy Spirit – John 14:26) and follow the priest of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ (Hebrew 9:11).  No, it would be hard to fit 2.03 billion people in the same building.  I am talking about 2.03 billion people segregated into 38,000 different denominations all believing different things, following different doctrines.  If all 38,000 denominations follow Jesus, then why do they all believe different things and teach different doctrines?  Is it even possible to think that all of God‘s children could believe the same thing and become united in Christ Jesus?  

            Who do you belong to?  Who do you follow?  Do you believe in the God of Abraham?  Do you believe that there is a higher power?  Do you follow the beliefs of the atheists?  Do you follow the religious beliefs of the big bang theory?  Where do you put your faith?  Whose teachings do you follow?  Do you follow the beliefs of the Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, Mormons, or Quakers?  There are 38,000 different denominations, and if you believe in God you more than likely belong to one of them.   

            Is it possible to have answers for our questions about God, or will we never really know until we die?  Is it possible in this life for our beliefs to become reality?  Is there any way of truly knowing?  If there is a higher power, can He speak to His people?  If He can speak to His people, does He want to?  If He can speak to His people and He wants to speak to His people, why can‘t His people hear Him and why is there confusion and division among His children?  Hopefully this book will help answer some of these questions.     

            For eighteen years I believed in the God of Abraham and I believed in Christ.  I thanked Him for the past and looked forward to the future.  I thanked God for sending His son to die for my sins and I looked forward to the day when I would get to meet Him face to face.  I knew God in the past and I looked forward to knowing Him in the future.  However, I never knew we could know Him in the present.  This book is what I have learned regarding God in the present.  I never knew that God could be so real in the present.  Below are some words that I heard as I was riding a colt one day.  I wrote down the words the Lord had given me and was amazed at how real He could be, even while I was riding a colt.  These are the words that He gave me that day:  

Simplicity- 

Those who seek answers often never find solutions, 

For the solution comes to those who wait patiently upon the Lord.

If you are hungry do not leave the table until you are fed,

Lest you leave discontented and die from starvation.

Turn to man with a problem and receive numerous answers,

Turn to God and receive the solution.

Do not cheat off your neighbor or you may get caught in a lie,

Raise your hand and the Teacher will help.  

If the road to take seems unclear in your mind,

open your eyes before you get lost.  

Confusion leads the blind into destruction,

But, simplicity is for they who find peace in the Shepherd.  

            Another time as I was praying, I tried to think about God from the different perspectives of the people around the world.  God showed me that there were basically 3 kinds of people; those who do not believe in God, those who believe in God, and those who know God.  As I started to write, God began to speak through my pen and I began to feel the emotions of God.  To the first group I felt God‘s pain and suffering and I started to cry.  To the second group I could feel God‘s anger and disappointment; and to the last group, I could feel the overflowing love and excitement God had towards them.      

The Words I Received-

Am I real?  Do I exist?  Am I just a fairy tale passed down through the generations?

It depends on who you ask.  

Some say that I am not real.  They say, ―I cannot see you.  Therefore you do not exist.

-To them I say, ―Open your eyes my child, I am right in front of you.  Open your heart and you will see me.  I swear to you by the blood of my only begotten son, I do exist.  He is the way, the truth, and the life; no one can come to me, but through Him.  If you would only open your heart, you could see Him and you would know I am real.  

Some say they know I am real.  They say, ―We know you are real, because we believe in the promise of our fathers.  Our fathers said you are real and we have faith in our fathers.

-To them I say, ―Get away from me, you that love sin.  You do not know me; if you knew me you would know my son and I would see Him in you.  When I look at you, I see the son of perdition not the son of righteousness.  I do not exist in the promise of your fathers, I exist in my son.  He is the priest of the New Covenant.  If the spirit of my son lives in you, then I exist in you.  He in Me and you in Him and we are all in one.  How do you not know this?  Who has taught you?  I told you I would send you the Teacher (Holy Spirit).  Whose pupil are you?  If you knew me, you would know my son.  Return to your first love and I will return to you.  I do not dwell in temples made with hands, I dwell in you.‖

Yet some say, ―I want to know you.  Show me that you are real, show me your glory.

-To them I say, ―Take the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  I look for such as you.  I will show myself to you.  I will teach you.  Oh my precious child come to me, the door is open.  You know the door, you have the key, come unto me and I will make my abode in you.‖

Am I real?  Do I exist?  Am I a fairy tale passed down through the generations?

It depends on who you ask.  

Some say no, because they cannot see me.  They are blind. 

Some say yes, because they have faith in someone who saw me.  Yet they are still blind.

However, some say, I want to know you.  

They shall see me, they will know me, they shall see in a new light.  

Am I real?  Do I exist?

Ask me!  I will always tell you the truth.  I will show you I am real, and that you may believe and not be deceived.  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.  Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.  ———  

            More than likely there will probably be things in this book, which will not line up with what you have been taught, or what you believe.  That is ok; my goal for this book is not to have you adopt my beliefs.  My goal for this book is to help you realize that God can speak to His people and inspire you to go to Him.  Then, that you will learn to hear Him speak, and have Him tell you what to believe.  I have believed in God my whole life and I never doubted He was real.  I always believed in His omnipresence – ―God is everywhere, whether we can sense Him or not (Nori, His Manifest Presence, 1988).  However, I never knew we could experience His manifest presence in our life.  ―His manifest presence is revealed whenever He makes Himself real to you, personally in your spirit and you know without a shadow of a doubt God has spoken to your heart (Nori, His Manifest Presence, 1988).  The God of Abraham is a real and living God and His presence can guide His children today, in the same real way He led the Israelites out of Egypt.

            ―By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of the fire by night left its place in front of the people (Exodus 13:21-22).  God is real and the kicker is He wants to show us He is real.   However, we have to be willing to go to Him.  If God‘s children would only pray the prayer of Moses, ―If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you (Exodus 33:13).  If we would only ask for the heart and desire of Moses.  ―If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.  How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?  What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:15-16).  ―Then Moses said, ―Now show me your glory (manifest presence) (Exodus 33:18).  Have you ever prayed that prayer?  Once we begin to pray with the heart of Moses, our lives will never be the same again. 

            See what Rahab the spy had to say about the God of Abraham, ―We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.  When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone‘s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below (Joshua 2:10-11).                  

            Do people say that about your God?  Do people fear your God?  There undoubtedly is a lot of confusion about God in the world we live in today.  People are confused because instead of praying Moses’ prayer, we are content sitting around talking about God.  We discuss and interpret what our fathers had to say about God, instead of listening to what He has to say about Himself.  As with anything in life, if we are confused by the interpretation, we should go to the source.  I am here to tell you that my God is real!  We can go to Him and He can speak to us.  I serve the God of Elijah!  In 1 Kings 18:22-39, Elijah thought he was the only prophet of God left alive and there were 450 prophets serving Baal.  Elijah told them to get 2 bulls and they would each put a bull on their altar.  ―Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord.  The god who answers by fire—he is God (1 Kings 18:24).  Elijah and the followers of Baal each prepared their sacrifice on the altar and the worshippers of Baal called out first to their god.  They cried out constantly from morning till evening and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until blood flowed.  But nothing happened.  

            Then Elijah told them to drench the altar of the Lord with water and fill the trench surrounding the altar with water.  He then stepped up and prayed, ―O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.  Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.  ―Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.  When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried.  The Lord—He is God!  The Lord—He is God!‘ (1 Kings 18:36-39).  God is unable to show Himself to His people if we are unwilling to look to Him.  All it takes is one prayer, one prayer calling out to truly know God.  God is waiting and looking for those people.  Have you ever called out desperately wanting to know the God of Elijah?  

            As long as we are content sitting around talking about God, it is awfully hard to hear from God Himself.  If everyone; Jews, Muslims, Christians, higher power believers, and the atheists, would only call out wanting to know God with an open heart, He would reveal Himself and there would be no more division.  Division comes from man interpreting man and not softening our hearts to listen to God Himself.  Division comes from trying to understand interpretations, instead of going to the source.  Religious people say, ―We have the answers, come join our church and we will help you.  True followers of God say, ―He has the answers, come follow Him and He will help you.             

            I always believed in a real God.  However, it has been only through the past 7 years that I am beginning to know God.  Is God real?  Is He just an imaginary friend for grownups?  Well, you may think I am crazy, but my imaginary friend came to life 7 years ago.  Although sometimes I leave Him, He never leaves me.  It is my choice every second of every day, to have Him by my side or to cast Him to the side.  It is my choice, to experience Him like the men in the Bible, or to be content talking about the men in the Bible.  If I let Him, He never leaves my presence; I can always feel His manifest presence in my midst.  He never quits teaching and guiding, I just sometimes quit listening and looking.  

            If you are unsure about God, or often wonder if there may be more; I hope this book will help you come to know God in a deeper and greater way and HE will be able to answer all your questions.  If there is one thing I know, it is that I have absolutely no answers, but I know of someone who does.  If you come to me for the answers, I will save you the suspense; you will ultimately be disappointed.  However, if you will take what the Lord has given me and go to Him, I guarantee you will never be disappointed again.  

            When we go to man to learn about God, it should not stop at the man.  We should go through the man and ultimately stop in the manifest presence of God, for that is the only place that our needs will always be met.  That is the only place that we are guaranteed peace and contentment, in this life.  If you receive anything from this book, if anything speaks to your heart, it did not come from me, but by the grace of God.  Grace comes from a Greek word meaning graciousness (gratifying) and means: the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life.  We often do not need more teaching from men, just a little grace from above.  Hopefully you are able to receive the latter through the former.

~ True Unity ~

            Reading the title of this book, a person may say it is a spin-off of Tom Dorrance‘s book, True Unity: Willing Communication Between Horse and Human.  However, I think it is the other way around.  True Unity: Willing Communication Between God and Man has been the theme of God‘s book since the beginning of time.  Tom was one of the greatest horsemen of all time.  His teachings have shaped the training methods in the U.S. and many parts of the world.  Tom, no doubt, had a gift.  The gift that Tom possessed was not obtained through selfish ambitions or earthly knowledge.  Tom‘s gift was a gift from God.  Tom did not possess magical powers and he was not a witch doctor.  His gift originated in his heart, and gave life to a new perspective.  Tom could see things in a horse that no one else could see.  He had a gift to see inside the horse; a gift that I believe came from God.   

            Why did God give Tom this gift?  I think for the same reason He gives any man a gift; to help equip them to build the kingdom of God.  Although, for the majority of Tom‘s life he did not give God credit for the gift, I believe the gift was given to glorify God.  Tom has passed away and is with God in heaven.  However, his teaching still lives on and many lives are touched.  So, who receives the glory for Tom‘s teaching, Tom or God?  What is the focus of nearly every horse clinic, the horse or God?  ―Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator. . . (Romans 1:25 KJV).

            Tom laid the foundation that would influence and help shape many lives.  I do not believe this gift was given to Tom so that through his teaching people could gain fame and fortune.  In Acts 8:9-25 we are told the story of Simon the Sorcerer who thought he could buy the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that he could be great among men.  Peter told him, ―May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.  Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord.  Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.  For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin (Acts 8:20-23). 

            It is no secret that God gives gifts unto men.  ―But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.  This is why it says: When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men (Ephesians 4:7-8).  But what gift did Tom possess?  He possessed the gift of Love.  

            ―If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres‖ (1 Corinthians 13:1-7).

            I believe that Tom had 2 gifts; he had the gift of love, but almost as important, God gave him perspective.  These two go hand in hand and one without the other does not yield the same results.  Since the beginning of time there has been man and horse, and since around 3,000 B.C. man has been using the horse.  For as long as there has been man and horse there has been man and God.  In the same way we have wanted to use the horse, God has wanted to use man. 

            Throughout history there have been people that God has been able to use in amazing ways: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Isaiah, Elijah, John the Baptist, and the disciples, just to name a few.  What was it that these people possessed that separated them from the rest?  Two things separated them; their heart and their perspective.  Looking at these extraordinary men, we can see that they undoubtedly had the power of God upon them.  However, God‘s power was able to be manifested in their life, because they had a heart for God and their perspective on life revolved solely around him.  

            Every one of these people knew God.  They had a relationship with Him and He was real in their life.  They could communicate with God and they knew when they were in His will and knew if they ever fell out of it.  What separated these men is that if they ever fell out of God‘s will, they did not stay there.  They ran back into the will of God.

            Besides love, what was Tom‘s other gift?  Perspective.  Tom could see things inside a horse that other people could not see.  What was it that Tom saw?  Tom could see perfection.  He could see when a horse was in perfect unity with a person, and he could see the instant they fell out of that perfection.  What separated Tom was that he did not like to remain in imperfection (disunity).  He took as long as it would take to find what was causing the imperfection and fix it.  People would come to him and say, ―I am having a horse problem.  He would reply, ―I think your horse is having a people problem.  It never was the horse, it was always the person.  It is never God, it is always the person.   What I do not understand is that I read the Bible and it speaks of perfection (Greek word: Teleios- complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.);        (completeness: – of full age, man, perfect.).  Christ died for this perfection or “completeness” and through His precious blood on the cross our souls (mind, will and emotions) can rest “in” Him and in the work that we have been predestined to do.   So why do so many people believe that perfection (“completeness”, total rest in body and soul {mind, will, emotions}) in unattainable?  Here is the kicker; this perfection/completeness is only attainable in Christ Jesus, ―We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ (Colossians 1:28). 

                        To be ―in Christ Jesus you are no longer ―in yourself.  We must realize that we have died to the “old man” and must learn to live in the “new man”.  “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24).  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life (Romans 6:4). ―For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6:6-7).  We must decrease that He may increase, ―He must become greater; I must become less (John 3:30).

            There is something that I am constantly reminded of in Scripture and it speaks true in my life.  The only thing that keeps me from perfection/completeness in Christ is me.  It is not because of a lack of God‘s ability, but because of a lack of my ability to submit to His will.  The same is true with our horses.  If perfection/completeness is ever attainable with our horse, or with God, it must begin in our heart.                  

            When a person is starting a colt, it is nice to know the horse‘s background.  It is nice to know how much the horse has been worked with and what kind of foundation has been laid.  I would like to do the same thing with man and animals and our history with God.  I would like to talk about ―the beginning.  I think this is very important because as Christians, we need to look back at God‘s relationship with man and animals and try not to make the same mistakes that others have made before us.  

            I think as Christians we need to look at how things were with God in the past, how they are now, and how things are going to be in the future.  If we do not fully understand all that was taken from us in the beginning through sin, we cannot fully understand all that we are capable of having now, by Jesus taking that sin.  I think as Christians, the majority of us do not even come close to scratching the surface of everything that God has for us on this earth; if we would only let Him show us.  ―But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 KJV). 

~In the Beginning:

A Perfect World~

            If a man was driving down the road in perfect peace and harmony with no troubles, hardships, hurts, or cares in the world and ran into something, changing a state of peace, joy, and happiness into confusion and despair, he would have to ask himself a few questions.  The first question would have to be, what happened? 

            After he had determined that he had hit another car, then he would ask, how did this happen?  Once the man had drawn the conclusion that he had caused the accident by running a stop sign, he would then have 2 choices.  He could make excuses for the accident and try to blame it on someone else, then forget the accident and hope it didn‘t happen again.  Or he could take responsibility for the accident, learn from it, and prevent it from happening again.

            If the man chooses to learn from the accident and prevent it from happening again, he must first determine what went wrong.  To do this he should think back to when everything was perfect, and see what steps were taken in the wrong direction, which led to the accident.  Most of the time, a person will take a certain number of steps in the wrong direction before they find themselves off the right path, and in an accident.  What was the first step that the man took which led to all the destruction?  

            The man had a destination in mind and set out on a path that would lead to his destination.  He was driving on the road and was obeying the rules of the road, to ensure his safety and the safety of those around him.  The first step that the driver took in the wrong direction was taking his eyes off the road.  The second step taken was that he forgot about the road and focused on an object off the road that was pleasing to his eyes.  Once he had forgotten about the road, even though it was only for a moment, he unwillingly and unknowingly broke the law.  He ran a stop sign, causing pain, suffering, confusion, and death.  Taking his eyes off the road did not cause the destruction.  It occurred when his focus left the road and was drawn to something else.

            Looking at our world and seeing all of the pain, suffering, confusion, and death, I think it is fair to say that we do not live in a perfect world.  The question is, was the world ever perfect?  God created man, animals, the heavens and earth, and everything in it and God is perfect.  ―God saw all that he had made, and it was very good‖ (Genesis 1:31).  If God is perfect and He says something is ―very good, I do not think He would have settled for mediocre.  I believe it was perfect.  So if God created a perfect world, and we are living in an imperfect world, just like the car crash we should ask ourselves some questions.  What happened?  How did it happen?  And, how can we prevent it from happening again?  

            What happened?  Sin entered the world.  ―Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned‖ (Romans 5:12).  How did it happen?  Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan.  They disobeyed God, and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  ―And the LORD God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die‘ (Genesis 2:16-17). How can we prevent it from happening again?  Just like the car crash we need to think back to when everything was perfect, and see what steps were taken in the wrong direction, which led to the accident.  

            The last verse in Genesis, Chapter 2, says, ―The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame (Genesis 2:25). If they were not ashamed, that meant they were without sin and if they were without sin, they were living in a perfect world.  What was the first step in the wrong direction?  They took their eyes off the road.  ―Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.  He said to the woman. . . (Genesis 3:1).  Once Eve shifted her focus to Satan it was immediately off God.  ―No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24).

            God created a perfect world and the only thing Adam and Eve could not do in this perfect world, was eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The devil knew this.  He knew if he could get their eyes off God, if only for a moment, he could deceive them, cause them to sin, and cause separation in this perfect world, between God and man.

            The second step the person took was forgetting about the road and finding something that was pleasing to their eyes.  ―When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it (Genesis 3:6). 

            Much like the car crash, takingher eyes off of God did not bring evil into the world, but once her eyes were off of Him, she unknowingly broke God‘s commandment.  The man would not have knowingly run a stop sign and hit another car, causing death, but by not watching the road, he could not see the stop sign.  Eve would not have tried to purposely disobey God, but by taking her eyes off of God and listening to Satan, she too caused death.

            Once the man ran into another car, he immediately knew something was wrong, just like Adam and Eve, when they ate of the fruit.  ―Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves (Genesis 3:7).

            As soon as they had sinned, they too like the driver had 2 choices.  They could make excuses for the accident and try to blame it on someone else, or take responsibility, learn from the accident and prevent it from happening again.  Adam and Eve chose to make excuses.  ―And he said, Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ‘The man said, The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. ‘Then the LORD God said to the woman, What is this you have done? ‘The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate’ (Genesis 3:11-13).

 So with sin Adam and Eve were kicked out of their perfect world.  ―So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken (Genesis 3:23).

            From that moment sin has been in the world, and man has been in sin.  ―Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12).  What are the consequences of sin?  ―For the wages of sin is death. . . (Romans 6:23).  Nobody is without sin, so by right, everyone deserves to die.  

            We are all sinners, born into a world of sin.  If a person has committed one sin, they are just as guilty as someone who has lived in sin their whole life.  Also, one sin is not greater than another is, because in God‘s eyes every sin has the same penalty, death.  However, God is loving, and loves His people and wants His people to love him.  In His love He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins, and save us from death.  ―But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).  

            How do we become saved?  ―That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, ‘and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  To be spared of our sins and become born again into God‘s kingdom, we must first do 2 things; confess with our mouth and believe in our heart.  We must acknowledge that God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sin.  Then we must ask Him into our heart and give our life over to Him.

            By Adam sinning, death entered the world, but Jesus’ death gave eternal life.  ―For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).  Without Jesus we would have died in our sin, but with Jesus we may live with the Father.  ―Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me‘ (John 14:6).  How do we go to the Father?  We must first die to ourselves.  How do we die to ourselves?  Be made alive in Christ.  ―In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11).  How do we become alive to God in Christ Jesus?  By becoming transformed into the image of Jesus Christ ―And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).  How do we do that?  By eating the bread and drinking the wine, ―The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. ‘In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me’ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).  We are changed into Christ‘s image when we read our Bible, and are in His presence.  How do we get in His presence?  First we must ask God‘s forgiveness for our sins.  Then the blood of Jesus washes our sins away and makes us pure, and blameless before God.  Then we ask, seek, and knock.  ―Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).

            Ask the Lord to show His glory so that you may feel His presence, and be changed from the inside out.  Jesus answers our prayers for such little things as helping us to win a football game, giving us strength when we are tired, and helping us find our car keys.  How much more will He gladly answer our prayers when we want to see Him, be closer to Him, experience His greatness, love Him and know Him in a deeper, greater way?  ―If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13 KJV).

            That is what He has wanted from the very beginning.  This is what He wanted when He created His perfect world, and it was His intent for our lives before sin entered the world.  He wanted to love us and wanted us to know Him, be close to Him, and to walk and talk with Him.  What kept us from God‘s perfect world in the beginning?  Sin.  What keeps us from God‘s perfect world now?  It is still sin.  However, Jesus died for our sins and ―. . .there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

            If you are in Christ Jesus, you are no longer in sin, no longer of this world, and you can experience God‘s original purpose for your life.  This is to know God, to be close to God, and to walk and talk with our Creator.  So what is still keeping us from God?  Satan.

               How did Adam and Eve fall into sin in the beginning?  Satan deceived them from believing God‘s word.  God is never changing.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  Satan is also never changing.  What he did in the beginning we can expect him to do until the end.  Satan deceived them from believing God‘s word in the beginning and he is still deceiving us from believing God‘s truth today.  Satan is going to try to deceive us the same way he deceived Adam and Eve.  Looking back at the Garden of Eden, we can see he is using the same tactics today, as he did in the beginning and he will continue to use them until the end. 

            God is predictable; He is loving, kind, patient, wants the best for our lives, and commands obedience.  Satan is also predictable; he is sly, evil, and unjust.  He comes to rob, steal and destroy, and wants the absolute worst for our lives.  He also wants obedience.  Who you choose to be obedient to will be evident in your life.  God is love.  ―Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

            We know that Satan will try to deceive us the same way he deceived Adam and Eve in the beginning.  By knowing the strategy of the enemy, and what tricks he is going to use, we can prepare ourselves to not be deceived.

             Eve could not tell that there was anything evil about Satan when he approached her.  He looked very innocent.  ―Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made (Genesis 3:1 KJV).  Scripture says that the serpent was subtle.  The opposite of subtle is obvious.  It is not always going to be obvious when Satan is trying to tempt us.  It is also important to note that he was in a snake‘s body.  Satan will sometimes use the bodies of others to approach us.

            The first words out of Satan‘s mouth were in the form of a question.  It had a little truth, but was filled with a big lie.  ―He said to the woman, Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden? (Genesis 3:1).  The first words out of Satan‘s mouth were questioning God‘s word.  That will be the first thing he does every time.  The Bible is the inspired word of God.  If Satan can get people to believe that the Bible is not true, he does not have to go any further.  He can take their minds and mold them with whatever lies he chooses.  

            Because man did not love God, Satan has captured the minds of the atheist and the evolutionist, and he is using them to get Christians as far away from God as possible.  Due to the popular following of the evolution theory, Christianity and God are no longer allowed in schools.  We are instead taught the religious beliefs of the big bang theory and evolution.  I love the country that we live in.  We have the ability to practice our faith and believe in whatever we choose.  What saddens me is that students are being taught that the big bang theory has scientific evidence to support it.  I received my masters in animal science and in order for something to have scientific merit it must be tested, observed, and repeated.  Evolution within species is science.  It is observable; it can be tested and repeats itself.  I have no problem believing this.  Evolution within species would have had to taken place with the animals coming off Noah‘s ark.    

            However, in order for the big bang theory to have to taken place, 6 different types of evolution would have had to happen; cosmic (big bang), chemical (periodic table), stellar and planetary (stars and planets), organic (non-living produce living), macro-evolution (change from one specie to another), and micro-evolution (change within specie).  The first 5 types of evolution are not science, they are religious beliefs.  If you choose to believe in them, you have to put your faith in them, because they cannot be proven scientifically.  They cannot be tested and observed (science).  If the big bang theory is not science and only a theory, are there any other theories that have scientific findings to support them?  Yes, I am sorry but for lack of a better term, creation ―science makes the big bang theory look stupid.  I have done a fair amount of research and I am blown away at the scientific evidence to support creation and disprove the big bang theory.  At the very least, if we are not trying to brainwash our children, they should be taught both theories in school.  Creation and evolution are both religious beliefs.  The only difference is the evolution religion is tax supported.

            But what is the main reason creation science is not taught in schools?  I will let Paul answer this question, ―And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).  People choose to believe in the big bang theory because the alternative is a very scary thought.  If there truly is a real God, then we will be held accountable for what we did with our life.  There will be consequences for our actions.     

            Creation science offers some amazing material to support the Bible and the evolutionists offer numerous theories to support the big bang theory.  However, neither one can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.  Neither one would hold up in a court of law.  We have to decide what we are going to put our faith in, which religious theory we will accept.  Bottom line, we have to choose if we are going to believe in the beginning God, or in the beginning dirt.  I think it all boils down to which theory has the greatest amount of evidence to support it.  I have seen scientific debates on creation and evolution, and the creationists tear apart the big bang theory.  But where does that get us?  We are still going to believe what we want to believe.  We need solid concrete evidence in which to put our faith.  

            I agree that looking at the average Christian sometimes it can be hard to find solid concrete evidence to support a real God.  However, I guarantee you if you go to God and ask HIM with an open heart, He will give you all the evidence you need.  God is real and He wants to show us He is real.  However, He cannot be found in religion.  He can only be found through His son Jesus Christ, and He does want to give us solid proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  I hope this book is able to help you come to the place where you can receive solid evidence upon which to base your beliefs.  If it doesn‘t and you truly have an open heart wanting solid evidence from God, I would love to help.  This is my calling; to position people to help them communicate with their horse and to position people to help them communicate with God.          

            It saddens me that so many children will lose their faith based on a religious theory, believing that they are being taught science.  America‘s children are taught evolution from the first grade and 75% of kids attending colleges will lose their faith in God.  We have the freedom in this country to believe in whatever we choose.  However, whatever we choose to believe in, we will be held accountable for all eternity.  It is one thing to believe in something that will affect our own life.  However, if our beliefs cause one of God‘s children to stumble, we will suffer greater consequences.  ―And whosoever shall offend (Greek word meaning – strip up, stumble) one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea (Mark 9:42).  If you believe in the big bang theory, I am very proud of you for being open-minded and still reading this book.  I pray that God is able to speak to your heart and that He is able to prove to you that He is real.  With that being said, God has given you free will and you have the right to believe in whatever you choose.  Just remember that Satan’s sole job is to deceive us from God‘s truth.  He is the master of lies.  I am not trying to convert you to adopt my beliefs.  I am only trying to get you to ask God.  He will never lie.  ―In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began (Titus 1:2 KJV).     

            Satan has and always will come to us trying to get us to believe his lies, trying to get us to question God’s word.  Satan will even try to get believers to question God‘s word.  Once we start questioning God‘s word, we have set ourselves up to be deceived.  GOD‘S WORD IS TRUTH.  BELIEVE IT, AND DO NOT BE DECEIVED!  There is only one sure way to not be deceived; that is by hearing the word of God, from God Himself.       

            It is important to note that Satan approached Eve.  He did not come to Adam.  I believe he did not come to Adam because Adam had heard the word from God, standing face to face with God.  Adam knew His word.  His truth went into his heart, and he could not be deceived.  ―For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:13).  Scripture tells us that God told Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Scripture does not say that He ever told Eve.

            God created Eve after He had spoken to Adam about the tree.  I believe that Adam repeated what God had told him to Eve and this is why Satan approached Eve.  She had heard God‘s word from Adam, and believed it to be true, but having not heard the word straight from God Himself; she was able to be deceived.  ―But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled (Greek – deceived) Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).

            Eve was deceived into sin.  Adam ate of the apple, knowing that there would be consequences.  From that moment on, sin has been in the world, and sin has kept us from God.  Jesus died to wash us of our sins, that we may see the Father.  Jesus died to take us to the Father.  Let Jesus cleanse you of your sins, that you may go straight to the Father and hear the word of God, AND NOT BE DECEIVED.  

           ―In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God‘s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:12-14).  This book is milk.  Go on to receive your meat from God Almighty!  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  Eve was deceived because she tried to argue with Satan after having eaten only milk.  From Eve‘s example, we learn that having someone tell us what the Word of God says will keep us alive, give us hope, and keep us on the right path for only a while, but ultimately we will be deceived by Satan.

            In God‘s perfect world, Adam walked and talked with God.  God loved Adam and Eve, and all He wanted was for them to love Him back, BUT He commanded obedience.  He told them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Adam and Eve never sinned while they were in God‘s presence; it is impossible to do so.  But, it is interesting to me that in God‘s perfect world, He left their presence to test their obedience. 

            ―Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8).  Adam and Eve were out of God‘s presence when they sinned.  If they had been in His presence, they wouldn‘t have needed to hide from His presence when they heard Him coming.

            It was not the fruit that opened their eyes to their sin.  It was the fact that they had disobeyed a command from God.  ―Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked (Genesis 3:7).  When someone asks, ―Do you love me?  And you tell them, ―Yes, I love you.  Then they say, ―If you truly love me you will do what I say.  It is easy to do what they say when you are standing in their presence.  But, when you leave their presence that is when your obedience to the person you love is truly tested.

            God could have made Adam and Eve stay in His presence and they would have never sinned, but He let them leave.  They did not know of His presence for a while, but after they had sinned, He let Himself be known.  Adam and Eve were not in God’s presence when they sinned, but God was watching them the whole time.  When we feel like we are being deceived, are going through tough times, and we cannot feel God’s presence we need to remember He is still there.  He is watching us, praying for us, and testing our obedience to see if we truly love Him.  ―Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers (Luke 22:31-32).  When Jesus let Satan tempt and deceive Simon (Peter), although Jesus was not in Peter‘s presence, He was still praying for him.

            God will let us leave His presence to make us stronger in Him, but He will always let us come back.  When you have sinned, run back into His presence, ask for forgiveness, and stay in His presence as long as you can.  ―There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  After Satan has tricked you into sinning, he is going to make you feel ashamed, tell you to hide from God, to make excuses, and tell you you‘re not worthy to go back into His presence, ―But the LORD God called to the man, Where are you?‘  He answered, I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid (Genesis 3:910).  Satan has already deceived you into sinning.  Do not let him deceive you further and keep you from God‘s original plan for our lives; to be close to Him.    

            God had a perfect world for us until sin entered it.  God’s original intent for our life was for us to walk and talk with Him.  Jesus died to take away all sin, that we may know the Father.  Satan is going to try to deceive us from believing God’s word, and from having a close relationship with our heavenly Father.  In order to not be deceived, a person needs to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and continue to hear God‘s word.

            Without doing so, not only will they not be close to the Father now, but they will also be separated from the Father for all eternity.  Mankind is born into sin, and the punishment is death.  In order to escape the punishment and have ever-lasting life, we must ask forgiveness for our sins, thank Him for dying on the cross to wash away all our sins, and ask Him to come into our hearts and change our lives.  

~ In the Beginning: God, Man, Animals ~

          God created the heavens and the earth, man, woman, and all the animals.  God created man in His own image.  He was without sin and was perfect.  God then gave Adam dominion over all the animals.  ―Then God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground (Genesis 1:26).

            God brought all the animals to Adam so he could name them.  When someone names something it gives them a sense of ownership.  God brought the animals to Adam because he was to rule over them.  He was to be their master.  In that same way God named man.  He is our master and has dominion over us.  

            In God‘s perfect world man was without sin, and there was no fear or suffering.  Animals were not afraid of man or other animals.  Man and all the animals were vegetarians.  ―Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food (Genesis 1:29-30).

            When God had finished everything He had made, ―God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31).  I do not picture a lion tearing into the flesh of a defenseless calf.  Before the fall of man there was no suffering or death.  Also, when Noah gathered the animals to put on the ark, they were not afraid of him, or each other.  ―Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah (Genesis 7:8-9).  Noah gathered the animals and loaded them.  This tells us 2 things; that they obeyed Noah, and that they were not afraid of him or the other animals hurting them.  They were obviously not eating each other at this time or there would have been only carnivores getting off the ark.                

            It wasn‘t until Noah had gotten off the ark that fear grew between man and animals and between animals and animals.  ―The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.  Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.  Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything‖ (Genesis 9:2-3).

            Once sin had entered the world, man lost the perfect world that God had created for them.  They lost the closeness they had with God, along with the loyalty of the animals.  After they left the ark, man was permitted to eat animals and animals began to eat other animals.  Fear and self-preservation entered into prey animals, with the instinct to fight or run for their lives. 

            God says He will return and restore that which was taken, and the world will be how it once was.  ―Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.  The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox (Isaiah 11:5-7).

                   I believe that Noah was able to have closeness with the animals because he was perfect, and God needed someone He could bring the animals to.  ―But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:8-9 KJV).  God blessed Noah‘s sons and spared their lives to replenish the earth, but it never says that they were perfect.

                              This is why I believe He commanded them to eat meat and that ―The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea (Genesis 9:2).  Since they were not perfect, because of sin, they could no longer have dominion over the animals without having to overcome a lack of trust and disobedience.  For with sin in the world, this is what we must overcome to have closeness with our Master. 

                              Perfect in the Hebrew is “tâmı̂ym, taw-meem” and comes from another Hebrew word meaning “entire”(literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truthand was translated in other places to mean: without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.  I will go through the significance of what the bible has to say about perfect/ perfection in much greater detail in later chapters and what we lost through the fall of man (Adam) and what was restored through Christ. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Co 15:21, 22).  I will just point out that Abraham like King David had a perfect heart towards God and this is why God chose to use him.   (…..and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father (1 Kings 15:3). 

                                      Throughout all scripture when the bible speaks of perfect/ perfection it is not referring to actions (look at King David, an adulterer and murderer) it is referring to the heart.  “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him (2 Chronicles 16:9).” What does this perfect heart look like?  It comes from people that truly want to know God, that want to encounter the maker of the universe and have a deep intimate relationship with Him.  Let’s look at the heart of Mosses.  What were the desires of Mosses heart, what did he want?    

                                      “And Moses said unto the LORD, See, you say unto me, Bring up this people: and you have not let me know who will send with me. Yet you have said, I know you by name, and you have also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now your way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give you rest. And he said unto him, If your presence go not with me, carry us not up from here. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that you go with us? So shall we be separated, I and your people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that you have spoken: for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.  And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.  (Exodus 33:12-18)”.

                                      This is what this book is about, using horse parables to help people experience a deeper relationship with their heavenly Father.  To help people that want to better their horsemanship, but more importantly to help people that are praying, “Show me now your way that I may know you, that I may find grace in your sight.”  This book is for people that are passionate about training horses, but more importantly passionate about their relationship with God and hunger and thirst for more of Him.  “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)” 

            There is one more aspect about the Garden of Eden and the relationship between man and animals that we need to look at.  When the snake spoke to Eve in the garden, she did not say, ―Wow!  A talking snake!  Quick Adam, come see this talking snake!  No, she struck up a conversation and began to talk to him.  This makes me think of the possibility that there might have been communication between man and animals before sin entered the world.  If an animal talking to Eve was out of the ordinary, why didn‘t she ask the snake who he was?

            Why didn‘t she ask the snake what gave him the ability to talk, when all the other animals could not?  The fact that she was not suspicious of a talking animal makes me believe that it may not have been out of the ordinary for man and animals to communicate.

            Man and animals had a special bond before sin entered the world, just like man and God.  The problems we have with our animals not obeying are the same problems God has with us.  I believe these problems can be linked back to 3 primary factors: disobedience, lack of trust/confidence, due to self-preservation), and a lack of communication.

                        God tells us to trust in Him.  ―Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (self-preservation); in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).  He also expects obedience so we will follow His commands.  In Deuteronomy God tells His people what will happen if they obey Him and what will happen if they do not, ―See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today. . . (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).  And in the new covenant God gives us just two commands to follow.  And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? How is it read? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do and you shall live. (Luke 10:26-10:28)”

            Not only does God want us to trust Him and expects obedience, but He wants to have a relationship.  He wants to communicate with us.  ―My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me (John 10:27).  Once we have received the Spirit, God is then able to speak to us and we are able to hear His voice.  God is then able to communicate His will to us and we are able to follow Him.

            ―I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of his mighty strength. . . (Ephesians 1:17-19).

            Just like our horses, there are consequences for the choices we make.  If our horses do make a choice to fall in line with our will, we reward them with relief.  If they choose to do things their own way, we make them work at it until they look for a way out.  They look for a better way, because doing things their way is too much work.  The Lord says, ―Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).  This is what good horsemen offer their horses, and the Lord has the same thing waiting for us; if we would only follow His will.

            Sin is what keeps us away from God, and the price of sin is death.  However, by accepting Jesus into our heart the blood that He shed wipes away all of our sins and we can be close to Him; just like He intended in His perfect world.  The more time we spend with Him, the more He grows in us, until we are transformed into His image and become like Him.  “But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord Spirit (2 Co 3:18).”

            What is God?  God is love.  ―Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).  Having true harmony with your horse is not a change of mind, it is a change of heart, and the same is true with the Lord.

            God is love and He waits for us to turn to Him.  A good horseman does not drive a horse to do a job every step of the way.  Instead he waits for the horse, until it is their idea.  If he forced the horse to do a job, it would then become the will of the man pushing the horse, instead of the will of the horse.  If it is not the will of the horse, the horse will likely not want to obey the human, and will resist.  The same is true with the Lord.  He waits for us to come to Him.

            With our horses, we set it up through pressure and relief, until the horse wants to do the job for us.  When the horse is not doing what we want, he experiences pressure that is undesirable.  Then, when he turns and does things our way, we immediately give him relief.  By doing this, what we would like our horse to do, they not only do, but they would have it no other way.  The will that we would have for our horse, becomes the will of the horse.  This is what God wants for us; True Harmony Between God and Man.

            God created the world and He controls everything in it.  He has dominion over us, but not wanting robots, He gives us free choice to serve Him or not serve Him.  God gave us dominion over the animals and I believe that the problems we have with them are to teach us how to grow closer to God.  Today, man does rule over the animals.  If we believe that God does not rule over man, and that there are not consequences for our actions, we are going to have a wakeup call someday. 

            Self-preservation, lack of communication, and disobedience, are what keeps us from true harmony with God.  This is what keeps us from true harmony with our animals as well.  We know that love works with our horses.  Tom Dorrance understood this and Ray Hunt has been trying to show a form of this to people for years, just in a roundabout way.

            If we apply what Paul says in 1 Corinthians about love to our horsemanship, and continually approach the horse in this matter, we will gain trust/confidence.  However, we must also have obedience.  If all we have is trust, they often walk over the top of us.  Without obedience, they will do what they want, and they will not obey us.

            So we put some walls up and let the horse run into them.  The horse does what he wants and runs into some pressure, until it is uncomfortable and he takes the path that we have chosen for him.  It is easy to tell if your horse is really with you, just give him his head and give him the slightest cues and see if he does exactly what you want him to do.

            The Lord does the same thing with us to test our obedience.  He will try to guide us and if we will not listen, He lets us go get into trouble, so we will come back and appreciate the better life He has to offer.These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33).”  A frightened colt with bad experiences does not become a bridle horse overnight.  Similarly, a confused person with bad experiences can‘t totally understand and become one with God overnight.  However, with patience and timing, a horse can learn to trust and be obedient, and a person can turn to God and live the life they were called to live.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)”