Jesus has risen indeed.

Jesus, after being born of a woman, a.k.a. begotten, living a perfect life, then choosing to give His unstained life, as the final sacrifice to end all sacrifice was not enough love from an abundant God to his precious children.  Our God, Jesus also took up life again after death and then ascended back home so the comfort of His Spirit could be with all his obedient children.  There is no biblical record of God the father calling Jesus forth from the grave.  Jesus did it in Godly love because he is the great I Am.

This obedience is not a traditional kind of obedience that I think of as I picture obedience.  God’s obedience tends to be more of an acknowledgment of our humility to him.  The obedience I speak of is even more as it includes a continuous need for help from God himself (we fail regularly).  It is a dependence on God for his forgiveness in our shortcomings so we can have real hope.

When I think of obedience, I do not think of misbehavior as being part of it, God includes it.  I think of doing the right thing as being part of obedience.  David who was in the genealogy of Jesus was never a perfect man.  In fact, it is easy to throw stones at David because he made so many sinful acts recorded in Scripture.  Yet, God himself said that David was a man after God’s own heart!

What a scandalous thing for God to say about a man like David who fell short of the glory of God in so many human ways.  However, what about the statement from God, is it void of understanding of the man David?  Not at all, God knew David!  It was in complete knowledge of David, and who he is!

David in all of his life never claimed a righteous life but was continuously dependent on a merciful God for righteousness.  David is a master at a short sin list with God.  Look at his life record in the Old Testament.  Where did David immediately go when sin was known in his life? With fellowship like this, not every little sin needs confessed.  Nevertheless, God requires acknowledgment as the only hope we have for forgiveness of sin.

Where did David go when he realized the sin in his personal life?  Remember, this is the Old Testament when, God was known for his wrath.  David went directly to the sinless one who knew his sin and confessed the known sin.  David was a man after God’s own heart because he had no doubt that the Mercy seat he so needed is found exclusively in his hope resting in the one awesome God he served.

David was not ever one to hold onto his sin.  He humbled himself before his God and sought forgiveness that he knew he did not deserve.  This is how David mastered pure fellowship with God.  David’s pursuit of God had nothing to do with David’s great works, it had to do with David’s great humility to an awesome God who is full of mercy and grace.

Yes folks, mercy and grace are paramount players in the Old Testament.  I have heard it told that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed.  The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  The new and the old are interdependent on one another and cannot contradict each other in the reconciliation message at its core.  Mercy and Grace given/gifted to undeserving mankind by a merciful and loving God.

Humbly submitted,

Denny

A right to good health?

As I’m sitting here writing this blog and I am in great pain in my right knee.  I just landed a decent job, supposed to start in a week and a half.  I can barely walk on my right knee.  I have already given notice to my former job.  Has God abandoned me?  God knew what was going to happen when I applied for the new job and turned in my resignation for the old one.

I try to leave a half decent life, should God owe me a healthy knee, need time to start my job and try get health benefits and some time off to recuperate from whatever is going to happen to my knee?  Should I be doubting through my faith trying to figure out what’s going on?

Do I have a right to good health?  I think of Johnny Erickson, and my friend Bill whom blogs on WordPress as unshakable hope, they both have wonderful ministries and reach many people.  However, they both have health problems, they are different but, nonetheless glaring health problems.

Why would a common guy like me deserve better health than these two fine warriors of the Lord doing wonderful work bringing his peace and love to the world?  So here, I am in my pain, and feeling sorry for the bad situation I am in.  Should I even ask God to heal my knee so I can go to a new job or even work?

My best answer is yes I should ask.  But my attitude is I have no right to ask God to help me in this situation.  For now it is like this, here in the Shadowlands where there is dark and light, good and evil, there is a price to pay in fallenness.  However, the price I pay is a bargain compared to my life without God.  If God decides not to heal my knee it simply means he has another plan for my life that I gave to him upon my salvation.  Help my faith in Jesus and his everlasting love.

Salvation is kind of a word that says God fulfilled All laws of the Old Testament’s requirement in perfect obedience.  Because of this perfect obedience to the law of the Old Testament God was able by one death to pay for all sin that was ever committed.  He kept the law because he knew I could never do it on my own or even with his help here in this world that we live in.  Jesus is risen and living today.

I currently have his help in the Holy Spirit indwelling me, I still struggle with the darkness and go to war war with it on a regular basis.  It seems that I win battles but only to find that there are so many more to be fought.  At first this sounds discouraging but, God is a life-giving Redeemer.  This gives an ability for me to see how short I fall of his glory and be encouraged because he has promised to love me and obliterated my biggest problem I had.  I never have to worry about going to hell ever again because the work of Jesus.  It has nothing to do at all with my work that I do but everything with the work that he does.

All I did was receive Jesus’s perfect work by answering his call, no work involved at all on my part.  Now about my knee, if I have trusted God with my salvation and life.  Why am I having such a hard time trusting with something as simple as the human knee.

There are many medical procedures to help fix knees and other parts of the body.  The timing and everything else of this injury has been so wrong for me.  One day I am fine the next day I’m barely walking.  I am in a struggle with doubt and want, darkness is of varying degree.  Help me Lord Jesus!

OUCH,

Denny

Salt

Salt

Salt is just fascinating!  It is made of two poisonous elements when they are mixed together becomes a molecule of life giving foundation.  Too much you can die, too little and you will die. You can even race a car on the rock of salt!  If you grind sugar just right, it looks like salt. HMMMM!

In the contrast between salt and sugar, just visually, sometimes I find it difficult to tell a difference.  But the moment you touch’s sugar and salt there is a texture difference.  Instantly as you taste sugar and salt there is a flavor difference.  The similarity does not end there.

If you eat enough of either one, of salt, or sugar you will become thirsty physically.  Your body needs water to dilute the salt.  Your body needs water to digest the sugar.  Aside from flavor and texture there are other differences between salt and sugar.

Salt you cannot live without.  Sugar you never have to ingest to live.  Sugar is sometimes used to celebrate because of its great flavor.  The same for the flavor of salt, it is a spice that enhances the flavor of many savory culinary delights. (they enhance differently)

In Matthew five 13 it says “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.  Since I claim to be Christian, I am to be like salt making people spiritually thirsty for living water and better after the contact.

In Christianity, have we (THE UNITED STATES CHURCH) become too sweet?  Is this the condition of the current church in the United States?  Are we so sweet that were hard to digest?  In my personal opinion, we are SALT trampled under as the church.  There is no longer the same respect church had in bygone years.

I am truly hoping the grace awakening that is occurring slowly in the organized church will be a grassroots movement to restore respect and love of the church (its spiritual saltiness).  Jesus never wavered from his mission or message, yet, he never lacked a crowd of people around him to listen.  “Methinks” were doing something wrong as the church a.k.a. the body of Christ!

Jesus is spiritually salty.  Jesus provides the living water to quench the thirst.  All believers who have been, or ever will be, are ambassadors of the same exact gospel a.k.a. salt.  Learning of this gospel and speaking of it in purest terms, not adding to the gospel, not taking away from the gospel just as Christ did, we can also.  The gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel in sincerity and truth and love is the purest witness of  Jesus.

Jesus did not have to change his message for the Jew or the Gentile a.k.a. Greek.  The gospel invited everyone not just select few to the Most Exclusive place, God’s very own home.  This is God own home with all benefits of perfect health, adventures incredible, and never a dull moment, freely extended to all God’s people.

Yes!  You are welcome to answer God’s call at any time.  Come taste, witness in purest condition the Gospel of Jesus.  God is looking for you and calling your name, waiting for you to answer.  This kind of wisdom is calling you within the continuum of life, as long as you live!

If you have never interacted with Jesus, walk with him for a while, he will never force you to walk with him.  If you have walked with Jesus, get the book Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.  Understand the gospel in a new purer way.  If you are in the throes of battle walking with God in his gospel, persevere and be strong and courageous.

Jesus is the only one that can take strong and courageous and make it look meek and humble!  Dear ambassador of Jesus, do not grow wary of your calling, faint not in your well doing.  Amplify your dependence on the source of your strength in Christ Jesus.  ‘Today is a good day to die’, or is be a living sacrifice!

Your brother in Christ,

Denny

Teddy bears and God

How do you start a thought like this?  I know, I will start with a confession, not a bad place to start.  I said I was going to do one article a month this year.  If you strictly talk about one article per month, I did not do one last month, January the forward and backward looking month.  So! I have zero out of two months and have broken a New Year’s resolution, resolutely.  As usual, I am knowingly living on grace again, even more day by day!

Now that is off my chest I can talk about teddy bears.  Did you ever have a teddy bear?  Do you still have that teddy bear?  It really does not have to be a teddy bear but just something from your childhood that never left your side.  A toy a blanket, adults sometimes called them security toys.  In Peanuts Linus and his trusty blanket is the best example I can think of.

The poor security toy started out as pristine and new.  It was as clean as could be freshly made and every thread or part in its place.  At this time teddy was not dragged  everywhere.  The attachment has not yet developed fully or completely.  Adults were even proud for the children to be associated with these “security toys” in their new beautiful condition.  However, most likely the child just clung to it not realizing at the moment, what this inanimate object was becoming to them and their life.

As time passes the connection to the toy increases, the condition of the Toy deteriorates.  This precious toy, from now on I will call it a teddy bear no matter what it was to you, is attached to the child the child goes everywhere.  It goes under beds, outside, through mud puddles, gets vomited on, of course the occasional trip to the washing machine, separation anxiety, and every other situation you can think of!

Do you have such a toy?  Do you ever have days you wish you could cuddle up to it and have it with you now?  Any memory stirring in you?               (Well dude!  I get what kind of toy you are talking about; I’m still not seeing God!  And you’re starting to lose me, dragging on the teddy bear point!  You are right friend.)

I wish I were, a teddy bear living on love…Okay I digress!

Well, let us think about God a little.  God does not need anything.  In His Trinity singleness, there is complete perfection of wholeness, richness of relationship, complete safety, and perfection ultimate.  God created us to share in His perfection.  There are a few misconceptions out there about God, and I’m going to attempt to tackle one of them or really mess things up, you decide. ( I hope after the read, LOL)

Where is God when bad things happen?  A really, extremely, tough question, at least for me.

So, let us observe at the teddy bear, not the ant as in Proverbs!  Do you remember how inseparable the teddy bear was?  Multiply that closeness by about 1 billion to the one billionth power,…, now you’re just starting to fathom God’s love to mankind.  Do you remember how the child took the teddy bear everywhere?  Did the child even consider that it might hurt the teddy bear when the child took to at risk places?

Fortunately, with God, he does consider us as he pulls us into situation after situation.  However, each situation has a choice contained in it.  When I first started walking with God ” consciously “ the choice seemed to be; is God good or not?  With each, encounter  or trial with doubt, trouble, frustration with God the question had to be considered, then answered to self and God.  Unlike the child who drug the teddy bear everywhere, God seemed to gently ease into the questions about God,  exercising my free will to choose for him or against him each time.

Yes!  God will customize each question, each situation, and the toughness of the situation to optimize his children’s growth in him. (He knows us well)  Fortunately, through God’s rich grace, failure is an option!  Yes!  God will drag you into tough situations.  God will never leave you or forsake you in those situations as you are his child.

Nothing can separate you from God.  Therefore, he goes, you go with Him!  God is never afraid of tough situations. He has no fear of your answer as long as you are honest. (I would G be hot or cold, if you are lukewarm I will vomit you out.)

Wherever the child went the bear was sure to be close by.  Now think about God and his close relationship with his creation.  God’s job is to go to good places and celebrate sometimes, and go to bad at other times with us in tow.  (We are followers of Christ ) The Bible states we cannot be separated from the love of God.

This means that we go where God goes because we are inseparable.  I do not think any of us mind when we get to go to good places or fun places with God as he travels with us.  But!  What about the bad places, the places where the teddy bears eyes get ripped off.  The places where the teddy bear gets all muddy and dirty, but is still with the owner faithfully being a companion to the owner.  The places of terror us to where we  our stuffing coming out of burst seams.  Do we enjoy those incredibly tough moments?

If we don’t like them we still have choice to leave.  Or!  We can stay with God and see what he’s going to do!

Do we want to follow God in those tough moments or times?  Should God send somebody other than us to represent him in those tough times?  Do you want a brand-new follower of Christ or would you rather one of God’s tattered and torn teddy bears to come to represent God and his comfort.  A believer who has seen the good times and the bad times with God,  even though beat up on the outside the stuffing’s or innards of this believer are pristine and new. (The outward man perishes but the inward man is renewed day by day)

As God takes you places in life that are painful.  Is he prepping you to be one of his tattered yet well repaired teddy bears to carry his pure song into a disaster?  In the book of James it says: count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations.  You are becoming one of God’s well-worn teddy bears that stick around and he can trust to send in to the tough situations as the King himself leads his army to help a lost and hurting world.

Sure, it may look like we have few parts absent and a few seams where there should not be seams, but we have stuffing inside us that has been renewed, purified and cleaned day by day.  We Are loved and sent by the Holy One God into the trouble of this world to help humankind see a God who is worthy of their life.  No!  Not to send judgment or condemnation on you!  But, to send an invitation to join God in his heavenly place. (Good and perfect gifts come from above.)  The other stuff comes from somewhere else! (The other team has a strong propaganda team, I must admit)

Do you complain like I complained when God takes the places with him that I don’t want to go?  Is the love God has given you worth being sent to places you do not want to go?  Well, it is not as hard as it sounds.  The gospel burden is not heavy, because God through Jesus carries the entire burden or performance to get into heaven.

In other words if you believe in Jesus Christ and the work he did for you and accepted Jesus as your only hope to get into heaven, then you are one of God’s precious teddy bears.  God has enough room in his arms to carry all of us at the same moment through all the troubles for all time.

So, God is kinda like a faithful teddy bear scenario.  He loves you the teddy bear, but the teddy bear may not be as willing to love as God loves his teddy bear.  Even so, He led you into tough situations because there is a need for his love and care for someone.  (Should he send you just the easy jobs ?  Jesus did not spare himself.) He sends the ones who are nearest, not necessarily best prepared, but God prepared, to carry his good news to the ones that he loves that are in trouble.

Yes, he has prepared you for that work for you cannot do.  Wisdom is screaming out in the streets, slow up, listen, watch.  Pray that your eyes are opened in your ears unplugged your mind freed.  The creator’s wisdom is everywhere.

Where is God when people are killed by disasters or famine, war, each others words and that the like?  God is sending his soldiers, followers to comfort with his good news.  He is cuddling the souls of the people that are hurting and dying.  He is listening for that last moment call that they believe in God and welcoming His own.

He hopes and desires for acceptance  from the unsaved and invites fellowship with him, but accepts the denial of his grace, then he bitterly weeps because he’s been separated from his dear teddy bear.  The one he never wanted to be separated from.  This is where God is in everyone’s time of trouble.

He is not afraid of any of your trouble He is with you to the last moment ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, your choice accept or deny the good news, a.k.a. the gospel of Christ.  What do you think?

Humbly submitted,

Denny

Thanksgiving and Hope

Hello!  It is Near the end of the year and I would like to thank anyone who has ever read my blog.  I especially appreciate comments if you have time to leave them.  I have even approved comments from ghost people who hide their identity by giving false information and identities.  Has been interesting blogging and it’s been fun.  Again, I thank you for the comments and I wish you the very best Christmas and New Year ever.

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Probably one of my favorite holidays of the entire year is Thanksgiving.  This year is a unique year for me as far as Thanksgiving goes.  Sure, it had all the trimmings of Thanksgiving, the activities were much as expected, yet there was the another side this year that made Thanksgiving more of a struggle.

For some reason, I could see all the good things that happened in the year and lift up Thanksgiving for the people and events that happened.  When I thought of these positive events, at least in my opinion positive, I was happy and full of joy.  This is my traditional take on Thanksgiving.  No matter what the year has brought there is still plenty of good in it to give thanks in true sincerity.

So, you may ask, what was different about this year’s Thanksgiving?  This year was very strange because as I was giving my personal Thanksgiving about most everything and at the same moment in time I saw evil and disaster encroaching, attacking, and attempting to ruin every single good thing that happened.  This view was very unsettling for the first few rounds of Thanksgiving.

In this conundrum of dualities of events and happenings, I was very unsettled and somewhat confused.  Intellectually I knew from a long time ago, there is good and evil, they do not agree in any way shape or form.  All of the best stories and more recently movies portray the essence of this tried and true battle that each of us experiences in living life.

Now an attempt to find some meaning in this mess of a thought pattern.  The first conclusion I came to was that this thought pattern of good and evil coexisting and eternal battle is an unpleasant fact.  The fragility of goodness doing battle with the cold hard evil that knew no bounds to get its own way.  The battle itself did not seem winnable by anything that was of goodness’s side. Can evil be beaten?

For an example, people playing a game who will cheat in a sly way versus people who will not cheat and will only follow the rules of the game.  In this scenario, my experience says the cheater usually wins the game.  Then because of an obvious extremely high when rate, people do not want to play with people who cheat.  So the cheater does not win in the long run, especially when caught cheating.

This brought me to connect with the ideas of luck, good fortune, and random chance into a great big unsatisfying primordial goo.  I was dissatisfied with the thought of these three characters being in charge of life and how it was going to turn out.  Even more horrifying was the thought that luck had some kind of intelligence or a plan. Just plain chaos, no purpose, lost, and nothingness is what chance offers.

The “chance trinity” does not allow for personal choice in living decisions (Stuff Happens is the best effort).  This would create luck as a tyrant of absolute control over all decisions of life and living.  When luck is with you and working for you there is happy for yourself and too bad for everyone else.  In this ideology, there is no honor in work or preparation or overcoming a bad situation.  As we are cast in our lot of good and dark luck and too bad, tough luck is with you or if on the good side of luck, great?

This fortune ideology is extremely empty.  It may be easily proven but still very empty! LOL, I DO TRY TO BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS, but some ideas, just lead to very empty and places of dark and darker shadows with no hope and little light.  Could this be leading me to do whatever I want to because nothing matters?

While I believe that you matter and I believe that I matter in life so “do as you please” is a failure also.  I know!, maybe I should try to find myself.  You know, go on that long walk until you see yourself.  Seeing yourself by yourself is a fantasy as most people who have tried to find themselves find out, in the end.  Sadly, some never figured it out and hurt all people around them.  You really don’t want to spend time with people trying to find themselves either. OUCH! Can redemption reach them?

So getting back to the original thought how does good overcome cheating and ruthless evil.  The sad answer is sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes good gets trampled and destroyed by evil.  In the sadness of this admission though there is hope!  Because good always seems to be able to arise again and again to do battle with the darkness of evil.  I think maybe hope is the one-word idea that does battle with evil better than anything else.

Hope a target to evil and hope is very fragile when evil In disguise uses hope for a moment  to dash a Pilgrim’s true hope.  The real, decisive point in life is, I have to make a choice and figure out which way I’m going to believe life works best.  If I work for my comfort for the moment, will it lead to a comfortable life later on?  Will comfort now serve to make me more or less happy if I buy my dream property, car, travel, even friends?

With the luck of status, marks of wealth, and power will the person be the same person on the inside as before the improved luck?  Has luck smiling on me change me significantly?  Will I have found myself in my acquisitions of a world made up of matter fulfilling my dreams and deepest desires too?  Is there more than just the struggle of good and evil going on?

It seems that the adoption of hope would be a good start in a purposeful life.  Without hope evil triumphs over good.  Without hope, it is difficult to get through a hard time in life.  Without hope, it is hard to have a purpose.  Without hope, the future looks dark.  Without hope, there is no reason to connect with another human being.

What do you think hope is?  Is hope a tangible or intangible?  Is hope active thinking or deactivating thinking?  Or do you to get hope when you feel used up?  Is there any hope when evil triumphs?  Have you ever seen hope make a change in your life?  Was the change that hope made long-lasting?  Has hope ever comforted you?

Is hope a taste of something better? Is hope a place more livable than the here and now? Is Hope with you now? Is there a destination of hope in your future? Have your hopes been destroyed by the reality of life?

Denny

POWER!

WOW!  2016 Election Day is now in the ‘was’ category. It seemed to me this year brought more than the usual election hustle and bustle.  I find it fascinating and painful to hear people talk about leaving the United States if their party is not elected.  In this mindset, it seems to indicate the thinking would be there is hate for the other party and a division with a deep chasm of separation in the peoples of the United States.

Most special interest political groups fan these fires of division and hate.  Personally, I listen to things that I totally disagree with for the sake of understanding.  Fortunately, I usually can pick out some pretty good things that the person is saying that I can agree with or increase an understanding of their view, even with strong disagreement on my part with the general issue being presented.  Learning is always wonderful even when painful!

The special interest groups while fanning the fires of division, at the same moment are also fanning the fires of agreement within their own group but do not think too much.  They teach their group how superior their ideas are for the particular issue they are touting as important.  They will tell their followers to seduce other people into their way of thinking to increase their power base by numbers.

Does any of this sound very familiar?  Have you ever been wooed by a group just to be forgotten when you joined the group?  Have you given permission for their power over you for your vote, influence, and power for their cause just to find out it really was not what they advertised?  Have your been disappointed by your decision to support an agenda?  What is your special power?  How are you using your power, well?  Do you feel you have no power?  How are we supposed to use power anyway?

It appears to me that power has become something people want and desire yet if they go after power they are viewed as being egotistical.  So the answer to defray the ego trip perception is: you go after doing good, kind and helping actions to improve the world and lo and behold power just happens to come with it!  Yes, this fixes everything and makes the world right and beautiful.  REALLY?

Thinking of this genre was well used in advertisement campaign of Barnum and Bailey Circus when it came to town with “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  Even if the shows were not good they were touted as the greatest show on earth.  I think the quote went something like this, “there’s a sucker born every minute”.  This sound to me like a power that desires to fleece me and take advantage of you and I.  How would you classify this use of power?

Enough!  There is power out there that is true and as solid as it ever has been!  It is wrapped in grace and love and can appear weak because of this.  Don’t be fooled, the power of the Gospel of God is the only true power ever introduced to this world.  The Gospel is pure, clean, perfectly good, and incorruptible.

Yes, you are right!  There have been people who have used institutions representing this Gospel to their own advantage to gain personal power over people.  But the Gospel has never been diminished in power because of corruptions of people.  This is why God gives you time, yes time, to sift through the many advertised concepts of God as they are in existence.  It is your responsibility to test the ideas then decide for yourself.

This is an absolute responsibility that God gave you, you can’t give it away, and therefore there is no blame for anyone except for yourself for your decision.  Yes, you can be duped but it is on your shoulders to make the decision, duped or not.

This is an absolute responsibility that God gave you, you can’t give it away, and therefore there is no blame for anyone except for yourself for your decision.  Yes, you can be duped but it is on your shoulders to make the decision, duped or not.

It is written that all power is given in Heaven and earth to Jesus.  Yet, in all the stories contained in the Bible there have always been choices to disobey God freely and blatantly included in the record of God’s people, God’s people sinned not the world.  Yet seldom do these people die or received judgment immediately for their decision not to follow God.

There are lines that we have the choice to cross that God will not allow continuing for ever.  Even today God’s judgment in regards these infractions are absolute and immediate.  Within this power of God’s love and grace, there is latitude for much wrong and evil to exist.  These troubles are used as the activators of our free will.  For example, if we see something as being wrong or bad in action in this world, not necessarily personal events, but in this world, we have been activated to see good and evil.  Good and evil which are God’s given choice of which side to give your life energy to!

Jesus entered the world so that we might be able to see someone who lived completely by God’s law and precepts would look like.  We also have the story of how the world would treat someone who lives completely by God’s laws and precepts.  Yes, there is a great love for Jesus and his powerful reasoning and teaching on good and evil by some people.  There was also a strong hate for Jesus, who in all his power he did not wipe out immediately, but Jesus did request their forgiveness for their hate given him, this created a choice for mankind to ponder and decide their own allegiance for or against God.

The power that is used to force a person into a one-way choice is corruption and entrapment.  Don’t fear, God is not corrupt, He allows you to freely choose which way you want to go.  There are consequences that go with each of the choices.  But the final choice is yours.  Consequences happen to believers and nonbelievers in this world because it is fallen and broken, don’t be fooled false responsibility advertising.

Truth and power, when wielded accurately and righteously, are activators of choice.  Acceptance of truth is an awakening of a person into living moment by moment with options available and a rock solid base to guide each decision.  Power is not evil when used to activate a choice.  Therefore, the truth is this, there is always a way to escape evil when you’re under the power of God by choice to accept the Gospel.

All power was given for the good of mankind.  Abuse of power is only given to the evil one.  Without power, God cannot love us well.  Personally, I would not want an impotent lover of my soul.

Without power, God cannot protect me from all the things that I see going on in this world.  No, protection does not mean he will allow me to live to ripe old age, protection means that my soul is headed toward heaven and no power in existence can stop that from happening.  This is true power.

This Godly pure power was given so that man could inner a rest and not worried about hell for all of his days.  It is also given to exploring and enriching your life by participating with God in his goodness.  Find good power in your life through Jesus Christ.  It is the best adventure you will ever go on, no it is not easy, but it is the only consistent pure clean thing I’ve ever experienced.

You are invited to taste of this power and see if it is good.  I invite you to test God, not me I will fail, God is awesome always and he knows you well.  Power and its use by God are able to change you and enables his protected to be the best person you can be.

Your free will is only activated when you’re alive!  All life True power is found in God!  Awake your soul which slumbers, only in God,  will you know life and life more abundant than you had ever dreamed.  The adventure of following God is here, you have been invited.  What do you say about following pure clean power in Christ Jesus?

I am one imperfect person, who is a believer in Christ, attempting to convey the message of a perfect God to the people of the world with reason and grace.

Sincerely yours,

Denny

2 John 1-13

New Living Translation

Greetings

1 This letter is from John, the elder.

I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

Live in the Truth

4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

Conclusion

12 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.

13 Greetings from the children of your sister, chosen by God.

 

“Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.”

Edward Abbey

“You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.”

Alice Walker
Be wise, not easily fooled.

Denny

Ransomware

Ransomware is used by a hacker on your own computer to lock you out of your folders on your own computer!  Then the computer owner would be contacted by the hacker with an amount of money to be paid to unlock the owner’s very own folders.  When the ransom is paid there is a unlock key sent to the owner so they can again access their own computer.

There is a ransomware running on every single human being since the fall of mankind.  It is a kind of fog of spirit, mind, and body that blinds us and redirects us in any direction except toward God.  God out of his own resource created us in his image.  Then Satan in the form of a serpent stepped in and hijacked God’s creation and for the first time, there is trouble in this world.

The fog of Satin is continually pointing to God with blame and responsibility in all wrong that is manifested in this world.  You name the trouble sickness, accidents, natural disasters, death itself, and all other kinds of evil, God gets blamed for it.  Worse yet, God is even asked where he was when these bad things happen.

This very thinking is what put Jesus on the cross.  Jesus did nothing but good yet was blamed for all evil in trouble and was falsely condemned for doing wrong.  The problem is, Jesus is guilty of being God!  So the verdict that was handed down was correct, Jesus is guilty of being God.  However, Jesus is not guilty of blasphemy for which he was condemned.  It is true that he is the Son of God in flesh and named Jesus.

When the Trinity expelled mankind from the Garden of Eden there was cherubim and an impassable fiery sword that pointed in all directions at the entrance of Eden. Gen3:24 when this sword, impassable by man or Satan, was placed at the entrance of Eden, Jesus knew that he would be facing the wrath of the sword at his own expense and pain so that man could gain reentry into fellowship with God and dwell with God in heaven.

The essence of this fact means that God knew completely when Satan was allowed to tempt man if man succumbed to the temptation; God knew the exorbitant price that would have to be paid to ransom man back to perfect and completely fulfilling ownership of God.  God in his infinite wisdom desired fellowship with mankind, but only if there is a conscience free choice decision, on mankind’s part to choose to love and worship God.

The exorbitant price was paid through Jesus Christ in the will of the Father, through condemning an innocent Jesus so that he could face the wrath of God for sins that were committed by mankind.  Salvation cost God and immense price of suffering and pain.  Another way of thinking this is that Satan is limited in his lies while God is unlimited in his love and truth and grace.

Your ransom has been paid completely by God.  Nothing you can do can earn, change, or improve what God has done for you completely and his finished work of the gospel.  But, you must choose to accept this gift and if you want an adventurous life then apply this gift to your life.  Then you can enter the struggle of relationship with and faith in God.

The struggle is this.  It is easy to see and experience Satan’s limited power now.  Satan is very successful in his blame God for all of his evil campaigns.  But one thing I have noticed if someone lays blame on something outside themselves they are in fact being controlled by that outside force.  So when Satan blames God it is easy to believe the fault because God is in fact in control.  In Satan’s blame, he is proving the truth that God is in absolute control and distorting it for his insidious deception game.

The fog of the situation is to hide this, God does not want to control you absolutely as Satan desires to.  God wants you to freely choose to love and worship him.  As you grow in Christ suffering will happen to you, this is it an invitation to be identified with Christ and his suffering.  (Though he were son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.  Hebrews 5:8 see II Corinthians 1:9) As you persevere through the suffering and believe God is good you are being purified of the lies in which Satan entraps mankind.

Get free of the ransomware that Satan has put on your life through the fall of mankind.  You have never experienced freedom until you have experienced the freedom of Jesus Christ.  The choice of Christ as your God activates for the first time a real choice of life or death in your decision-making process.  With Satan, all your choices are the lesser of two evils, with some of Satan’s decisions disguised to look like God’s good way!

You may live in a country that touts freedom as a right.  But, it is not the same kind of soul freedom that you experience with Jesus.  Give the life ransomware locked onto your life to Jesus and let Him give you the key which is Jesus to become free and activate a real choice of free living will.  Then you can see the facts of life! God Loves you and gave himself for you while you were yet a sinner!  Romans 5:8 also see. 1 John 4:19

Satan desires to deceive you and believe that this suffering life is all there is.  Satan also wants to believe that you better grab and take now, because there’s nothing else.  Satan is a master of entrapment and deception while making you think you are in control, not him!  Don’t be fooled!

If you ever want true freedom, there is no other pathway on earth that gives you choice outside of Jesus Christ and his way.  Only after you become a believer, you will learn to exercise your freedom in ways you never thought possible.  Your free will (true life) becomes active after your acceptance of Jesus and his payment for your sin is redeemed in you.

If you wisely choose to become more humble before God and as you walk with him your free will is exercised, becomes stronger, and wiser as you grow in Jesus Christ the Word.  (Yes, you will stumble and fall along the way in this new walk with God.) The word of God uses the description of abundant life to convey the concept of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The truth will truly set you free in your thinking, emotion, and love.(see John 8:32, Matthew 18:18 You can bind yourself up permanently)   Would you like to begin the process of eliminating all compunction out of your life?  Does any of this sound bad to you?

Humbly presented,

Denny