May joy and peace abound in you as well as around you as we keep and celebrate Christmas.
Happy New Year! 2017 is on the way with adventure and joy, all the best to you next year.
May joy and peace abound in you as well as around you as we keep and celebrate Christmas.
Happy New Year! 2017 is on the way with adventure and joy, all the best to you next year.
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?
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.
New Living Translation
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.
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.”
“You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.”
Be wise, not easily fooled.
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?
What is immature thinking referring to in the Bible? This is the best section of Scripture I could find to attempt to answer this obvious question. I only included a short excerpt of the longer more complete principle being taught.
A Call to Spiritual Growth Hebrews 5.
11There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
This section of Scripture brought to mind the parable triplet of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. I know a strange connection, but let’s pray, and see where it goes. The first two parables of the triplet have elements in common. Something valuable was lost, the object of value was tirelessly searched for, was found, and was celebrated.
The third parable of the triplet was similar in a few ways, on several levels something valuable was lost, there does not seem to be a searching for the valuable object lost, then a reasoning surprise, there was a return of the lost with a plan, the younger brother. Yet I find no indication of a search going on for the younger brother, except maybe in his heart.
The younger brother seems to have come to an end to all supporting resource, physical and spiritual. And he was willing to return to his father’s house to be a worker not a son. As the son was in process of returning, his Dad saw him a long way off and began the reunification process. The father did not hesitate to run to close the distance more quickly to reunite with his son.
All the while as Dad ran, Dad was giving orders to start a celebration because his precious son had returned. When the older brother returned and found out what was going on and why the party was on, for his sin-laden younger brother. The older brother was outraged and would not rejoin the party.
The Father did, in fact, seek out in search for his lost oldest son to invite him to the celebration. The Father received a rebuke for wasting more family resources on the younger brother. The elder brother decided not to join the celebration for the reunification of his younger brother to the family.
If I understand this parable correctly, the father in the story is actually Father God, the two sons represent two basic ways of living this life without God. The younger brother was in total freedom doing whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, and how he wanted. The older brother represented a law keeping, staunch, dependable, and displayed a self-righteous unforgiving attitude for anyone who is not like him.
My question is this which way was the right way to live? Living by the law or living by pure unbridled freedom?
Well, one immediate advantage of living by unbridled freedom; it would seem you would come to an end of your freedom abusing ways at some point, “at least in this parable.” On the other hand, the legalistic older brother did not seem to ever rejoin the father. So it must be much more difficult to come to an end of yourself for a proper, clean living, legalist than a wild living sinner.
I believe this story shows two extremes in living this life in the flesh. Neither one of these extremes, or the variant combinations in between, are ways to a relationship with the Father. They are both disasters and failures at reunifying with our heavenly Father.
I pose to you this thought: The Bible is teaching that childish thinking is this, people can live a life that makes them worthy of getting into heaven through “good” behavior or free-living behavior. Both of these mindsets are far short of what God requires for entry into heaven. In other words, both methods of living or any mix are too tame for entry into heaven and fellowship with God.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is this:
Jesus paid it all. There is a complete, perfect payment for your entry into the Fellowship with God and heaven. We can do absolutely nothing to earn what has already been paid for by God and his desire to have fellowship with us. There is nothing on this earth like unto this unique principle God exemplified to us in Christ and still trying to teach us.
He desires for us to enter into the rest of his salvation through faith in this truth and live shalom in this life with full confidence the Father can do what He said. (Yes, without our messy help, your choice, to return to God, God will not force you, it is your choice to enter in as deeply as you want.)
After immersing yourself in this love that is totally unmerited, growing faith that this perfect love is true, then there is a foundation for your life to change. Not because of your effort kind of change, but a flow of pure love pouring out of you because of what was poured into you.
And this is love, not that we first loved God. But God in his perfect strength extended his love to us while we are sinners far away from him. This is the love that can overcome any way we choose to live, transforming our life into God’s best by receiving this ultimate forgiveness. There is now, therefore, no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. Truth/reality at its finest!
If you have accepted Jesus Christ today or ever, Ephesians 4:17-31 will give you some of the destination points you are headed for as you immerse yourself into God’s forgiveness. If you are a strong legalist, you will begin to love the sinners that float in and out of churches, they are in much pain in all the partying that they are participating in. Final hope: Owe no man anything, except to love him. Love covers a multitude of sin.
While learning to love in Christ,
Inspiration, a word used to describe a common act such as drawing air into the lungs, or a complex act of explaining a new idea intellectual or spiritual, and even influencing someone or group by opinions, suggestions. Inspiration is a word used to describe how the Bible was written; the inspired word of God is the only accurate description of the Bible. Now how can you say such a thing?
As I will admit to you I have limited time to expose myself and read all literature that has been written so this article will come to you from a limited standpoint of what I have read. There are many people more qualified than I to write this article, but I felt it needed to be tackled. My experience though is this: books tend to pass away and become dated. Homer did a powerful job of writing. The existence of his works proves it, and they have been translated into many languages.
Yet, the style in which Homer used has become dated. It seems that Homer is respected for being an ancient writer that is still being read. Even today Homer is not as well read as he was 50 or hundred years ago. Yet, even over a longer period of time the Bible has been accurately recorded and handed down over a longer period of time.
The Bible has been changed! But the Bible when changed, does not last very long as a viable work or literature. A Bible that has been modified by new ideas is no longer inspired word of God. Yes, it may have some of the structure and ideas that the Bible has but has added corruption. These modified “bibles” certainly appear to have a time in the limelight, but soon get weeded out. (Just to be rediscovered and re-entered as a new idea, so sad)
This process of weeding out inaccuracies over time is not a normal pathway for a book to take. In this age of remakes, parodies, sequels, and the like of movies, modernization of movies and books, it is commonplace for changes/updates to happen to literature to make it more relevant to today. However, the Bible has not taken the same route. Its purity and relevance is eternally founded with its source author and inspiration through mankind. (Many men authors, only one eternal God, who authored, breathed the word of God to man)
The Bibles route has been much more interesting, it lends evidence to have a life of its own, and with its own biologic immune system that keeps itself pure through time and translation. (In time killing off infections of the Word )Hence, the Bible is called the living word. It not only preserves literature but it also preserves life itself. The Bible has been described as the one book that understands humanity, people, and me. In my opinion, understanding implies intelligence and life. Let us reason!
The essence of life has never changed! Our technology and things that make life more bearable have changed immensely. But the simple essence of life has not changed from the beginning . There is no book that has ever compared to the number one bestseller of all time called the Bible.
Read the Bible for any reason, the Bible will either soften your heart or harden your heart. If it hardens your heart you will want to change the Bible to something more palatable to you. If you read the Bible and your heart becomes soft, the living words will begin to change you and move/lead you into a reality that you thought impossible. It will call you into faith in things that you cannot see, or even imagine in most instances.
A good solid translation or version of the Bible will serve well to lead you in life. all the way to everlasting life. The inspired word of God is the deepest most unchanging hope mankind has ever been given. There is perfection in the word of God which requires a helper to understand. Yes, the helper is available to you for the asking. There is no special formula to obtain the help, just some kind of understanding that you need help from God to understand His Word.
I pray God’s inspired word will soften your heart. I pray that you will enter the struggle to understand reality; it is not easy or for the fainthearted. Fortunately, we have a help, which will always give us boldness and wisdom for the wise choice to walk more strongly with God or you can choose to faint away at any time. God is a God of many chances; forgiveness is paramount with God’s interaction with mankind.
Choose to walk with God in full acknowledgment of your imperfection, because God is perfect in understanding with respect to your relationship with Him. God is perfect, and through the cross of Jesus Christ, he has chosen to give you freely at His cost the same perfection and is calling you to it today. Yes, right now God is calling you! It is a choice that is put into your finite hands, and it is absolutely your choice. My advice, enter into to God’s rest in his perfection. The gospel of God is following you, chasing you and desires to have fellowship with you.
My prayer for you today is this: May God’s gospel, love, and blessing be invited to dwell with you even today. May life’s entrapments not discourage you as you walk toward truth eternal. As you experience temporary loss, may the hope and faith of eternal fellowship with God and redemption of all bad be ever your vision and hope. To God be all honor and glory as we walk and live this current life. Amen
Dad, it’s me again. You never cease to amaze me Dad, even though I know you are an awesome God. You manage to be wonderful even in the worst of times, and the best celebrator of the best of times I’ve ever experienced.
I ask for strength from you heavenly Dad, to help me always be ready for an answer to anyone who asked the reason of your hope in me. I ask for strength to endure as you show me things about me that I don’t understand and don’t know at this moment. Those are truly tough times as you expose the reality of who I am. I need a God who is exactly like you Lord.
Dad, exceedingly far greater is the blessing as you expose the reality of who you are to me. Your love and care for us as human beings is far beyond compare of anything I’ve seen on this earth. Your redemptive power is far greater than anything I know of. Your love to us is unfailing. Your love Dad is so strong that it creates doubt in me that it could even be true. Help my unbelief. Can anything be as good as you heavenly Dad?
I humbly ask for wisdom to be able to see through Lucifer’s shenanigans, falsehoods, entrapments, and shadowy threats of death so that I can see You in your purity Lord. I ask for words and actions to display you here on this earth heavenly dad that you might be able to use this life, you gave, to make a difference for your Kingdom and increase it.
I thank you for your provision Lord whatever might be, for you are good and able no matter what my circumstances are. Teach me to forgive my neighbor and then love them like you do. As You Do This through me Dad, do not allow me to become proud and high-minded. All good and perfect gifts come from you only Lord.
You are all power Lord, please keep me connected. You are all Glory Lord, allow me to see and celebrate with you. Keep me ever mindful that you are eternal Lord, allow my finiteness to honor and glorify you in this life. Thank you Lord, for being worthy of all my praise and trust in all life my heavenly Dad.
In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.
Your child Dad,
In the Abrahamic covenant, I have always struggled why God gave us the land before he gave us the promise of His Son. My Argument Was It Did Not Seem Consistent with God That He Would put Land before People! But It Seems, I was looking at scripture Very Wrong. It Was God Looking into Our Hearts and Seeing Our Need of a Place to Be before Our Soul Needs Could Be Addressed.
So my best guess application of this would be; we need to have a place, a land that is working and operational for us to believe in. God asking faith in a living Jesus Christ and His tenants of the gospel represented the land. This faith would express itself as taking care of the poor, getting people off welfare, reintegration of prisoners back into society, as a demonstration of love and our faith in an unlimited God. A place to go to, so to have a sure faith in its existence.
Then we would have to have faith in God, as always, for his blessings to change hearts and souls into living believers. “Government” cannot do this on its own because it does not believe in God, which makes the church the only viable option. For example, when King David was King of Israel there was a theocracy in full operation as he governed God’s people.
When King David drifted away from God, King David was hurt and the people he ruled over along with him. When King David was in good fellowship with God following righteousness and demonstrating faith, everyone was blessed in David’s Kingdom.
Where is this happening today inside our church? Have we become as inefficient as the government in doling out our love to those in need? I believe I am seeing some movement in churches to unify instead of cannibalizing each other in a very unhealthy spiritual manner. What a struggle to do what God intended.
The CHURCH has stepped away from this “welfare service” over the years and allowed the government to really mess things up. So, we the CHURCH “need?” (better word needed!) to practice our unity in one God, as God practices His unique oneness in His Trinity. Then we would have a relationship that would invite others, our neighbors, into an operational Christ-like community.
This call is only for believers to be in unity in Christ Jesus. Not the government not unbelievers! We need to create this place for ourselves, for until this is operational and visible to everyone it is only an idea. Ideas are tough to sell these days! We have stepped aside as God’s operational Church and allowed the government to do our ministry of helping others who are troubled.
Current Government in operation of HELPING people does not understand how to help! Today Government is more lost than it was 60 years ago. God has given us an example to pattern after. Why should he bless us when we do government our own way and exclude Him. By the way, the Church is a living entity, the bride of Christ. The Church is able to adapt to the changing social situations without loss of its life or mission.
Writing this makes me extremely uncomfortable; I do not think I’m the best example to be writing this.
As I am being changed moment by moment, I ask myself, do I want to be an active agent in this unity? I do not believe it is widespread out there yet. But I am seeing rumblings of the Gospel being paramount in churches, from the pulpit, a call back to the foundations of the faith and practicing tenants that have been set aside.
Am I going to enter this battle for my generation? With God’s help, I can withstand the pain and heartbreak when people deny the Lord’s Gospel.
A servant of God by choice,
1% is one part of 100 units. So, if I had a stack of 100 pennies, took one of the pennies away, one penny would be an example of one percent of the 100 pennies available. One part of 100 is another way of saying 1%. You can do this with money, commodities, intellectual property, and all static things in the universe can be measured in this way.
My original thoughts on being a 1% Christian, as the idea physically came into focus, was to think that the work that God did was 99% of what being a Christian is, and I only contributed a measly 1% through my free will choices to be a Christian. Then I was going to say how prideful I was in thinking that I even had 1% control over this area of being a Christian.
Okay maybe, not bad, I could easily think through this 1% idea in the Bible. I would cite such verses as, Matthew 11: 28Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”. I could also use 2 Corinthians 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, Still there was something missing.
Then God finally got my attention and the verses in James 1: 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to changed 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. The obvious question was whether or not I was including the source of all good!?
I had to rethink my assumptions. As long as you are talking about a limited amount of material, it is possible to calculate 1%. With the eternal clearly unmeasurable, what is 1%? Then the story of the parables came to mind. Jesus took simple everyday things and compared them to heavenly concepts and ideas that were perfect. Most every parable pushed hard enough will break down in trying to describe something perfect. Anytime I use imperfection to compare to perfection the imperfection is willfully deficient in expressing truth of the perfect heavenly concept.
So in the weakness of this 1% analogy of the Christian participation in Christianity I hope you will forgive me for my pride, but please, never forget the source of all good that mankind has ever experienced. Do not be misled that you are unimportant to God. I present two truths that you are the least and you are the greatest at the selfsame moment with God.
What is mankind that God has taken notice of him? All good comes from God in Heaven, not from any person. All truth, all love, all pure and kind acts, no matter who performs them comes from God and belong to God. Do not be fooled in any of this. We are least in these matters.
At the very same moment and in all eternity it is also true that Jesus came and in his weakest moment with great suffering, gave up life. Then the life that was stolen from him by Lucifer was picked up again in the resurrection happened totally out of Satan’s control. Our beaten foe has strong propaganda on the source of all the evil that goes on in this world. Do not be fooled. We are most important in these matters.
You are very important to God and you were judged worthy by God, of his suffering on the cross which makes you a royal priesthood unto God. God still gives himself to us by pursuing us each and every one, calling us to come to him. If you want to become new, accept Jesus as your personal savior.
The evil one will use every tool of discouragement available to him to stop you. God will allow you to make the choice on who you believe more strongly. The gentle way hard choice or the entrapment way of no choice, This is the choice we have in this world to make continually as we live and breath.
I am a 1%, Christian, because I give so little and receive so much in return from a pure heavenly place that my father dwells. I pray this truth will be understood through this poor parable. Much as the in the parable of the talents, we invest life that is not ours, to honor and glorify a God who wants to give more to us. Or we bury our talent/life in our self, living a much lesser life that is broken down and worn out.Then the good hidden is taken away and gifted to the investors. A Life without hope, but filled with fear, worry, anger and a loveless life, can be healed and renewed. Continuing with troubles, unimpeded by God’s good, as it is now on earth, forever is the alternative default choice.
It is your choice. If someone makes a choice for you then you are being blackmailed or coerced to love God. This is not God’s character. God’s character “you to choose” to love him and trust him. or not. This is what free will is all about. Don’t be confused it is your choice. The choice on how close you follow him once you become a Christian is absolutely yours also. God is not a taker. God is a source and you must travel up to him using His power and forgiveness to get to the source. Are you an overcomer in life?
Now, what could this mean? A Jesus invited divorce? I was just talking about the divisions in the creation account and in heaven and with people. Yes, the Bible says Jesus hates divorce. But divorce has more meaning than a union of two people. There is a marriage of God that is used repeatedly in the Bible to speak to the relationship between God and mankind.
My question is this: would God marry someone who is already married to this world and the Prince the power of the air? Would not we have to end the relationship with the world before God would marry us? Is God a bigamist? God forbid As to the divorce I speak of is a divorce from this world and its ways. Another way to say it is a divorce from the natural to make way for the supernatural. And maybe another way to say it is the old man passes away and behold all things are become new!
This is one of the reasons I think divorce has to be part of this world. We have to understand what separation from something near and dear to us is in order to make the step from the natural to the supernatural. No, you do not have to be married and suffer a divorce of two people. You can see it in many other ways and loss is a huge one.
Have you suffered a loss that staggers you? I mean a loss the sometimes even now after years it still staggers you when you think about it. This loss could be any number of things or people. Yet, somehow you continue to live and function on a different level. Has there been healing? Have you invited or communed with God about the loss and the suffering of it? Have you just made your own way with little hope?
There has to be a faith in something that is impossible or cannot be seen for the transaction to the supernatural to take place. Warning! Do not give up this world until you are ready to take God on as your king. If you do let go of this world your ending place will be far more tragic than your starting place without God. There will be many spirits that will fill your void or separation from this world, all of them evil if God does not fill you. Jesus loves you, but he must be invited in of your free will. Jesus knocks and waits.
I have often said the biggest problem with being a living sacrifice (a Christian) is I want to crawl off the altar of sacrifice every once in a while! Well, maybe more often! Being a practicing Christian is a moment by moment is a challenge. The bewilderment in being torn between this world and the supernatural kingdom of God as we navigate our decisions for living life, make a choice God is with you. Even to the end of the world. Or we could be just maliciously fooled by the evil one.
For example, The desire of the Israelites to return to Egypt after they were promised the promise land is a real example of how we as Christians interact with God. One day, we are awed by God, as in the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of their pursuers. Another day, we built an idol (FOR ISRAEL A GOLDEN CALF) and begin to worship it because we feel God has left us without a leader.
The divorce from this world is so difficult. Sometimes I cannot tell whether it is God or this world and its infectious thinking that is leading me. The struggle is real and Satan is very deceitful and successful in threading himself into our walk with God. Satan is not only a deceiver he is and accuser. This makes the divorce difficult in the struggle to walk with God and away from this world.
A true God is always there no matter which direction we go. Our Lord is full of grace, in season and out of season, no matter how bad the decision we made is, he is with us. His desire is to heal us and get us back on track to a relationship walk with God. Sometimes we willingly walk back into sin, like a dog returning to its vomit, lapping it up knowing it’s the sickness of death for us! But we still indulge.
There is a song, “Mercy there was great, and Grace was free, pardon there was multiplied to me. There my burden soul found liberty, at Calvary.” This is the gospel truth that is the true and pure hope of every believer.
At least in my thinking grace is general and goes to anyone. God sends the rain on the just and the unjust. They both can eat. Mercy, however, is when salvation kicks in and we realize the grace that we are getting. We then acknowledge the source of our grace and we humble ourselves before God in all, because we know we don’t deserve the grace given by God. Mercy acknowledgement is the highest praise to God! Even while basking in God’s mercy, his grace is so necessary for a Christian to live because none is holy, No, not one. This is a truth of Scripture. Shalom my friends, shalom.
You do not need a bible or another person, God is available. Make your own words, tell God of you true need for Jesus. Then find a fellowship that is full of grace for you to safely learn in fellowship. Unfortunately, not all “church buildings” hold strong humble believers, so do not give up your search for fellowship.
Divorce yourself from this old world, then get married to God as quickly as possible through his salvation and enjoy the gospel. The battle is hot but one of the facets of shalom is that God will keep your heart and mind sound in the hottest of battles. I welcome all new believers to the best fellowship ever. Long time believers be welcoming of our young believers, bringing them up in the grace and nurture of our Lord. I welcome your comments.
Sincerely yours, in Shalom,
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
See Synonyms at separate.
Divorce a separation of closely connected things. I will probably miss a lot of citations but here is a list of from the Bible of things that were separated or divorced as I find them recorded in the Bible.
2The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (formless given up to form)
27So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (God’s image to man from God. more in Ch.2)
4“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (deception and truth divisions)
There is, of course, the first divorce.
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
A divorce of irreconcilable differences between God and Satan. God being benevolent did not put down the rebellion. God allowed Lucifer to take any Angel who was willing to follow him down to do his deceiving work of deceiving and cheating people from redeeming their souls. This deception is a choice to have faith in God or not, and the use of God-ordained free will of each person. By the way, Satan will always think he can be God and defeat God, this will never ever go away. I feel this desire is part of the torment that Satan has shared with his followers.
Even on the cross, with Jesus right there in the thick of what was going on in real time. Only one of the criminals with whom Jesus was dying with, accepted the truth and entered celebration with God. The other died with hope in self and lies. God allowed the choice and it was sealed then recorded for all to see and choose.
Because of these many citations of divorce and separation presented in nature, mankind’s relationships with each other, and the relationship between God and man, divorce had to be a part of everyday life for everyone. You have to give up something to get something! You have to give up something especially when it is stolen or lost, which is another form of divorce. The point is, the world keeps going even though we give up things to give to our idols or the true and living God.
The point is, the world keeps going even though we give up things to give to our idols or the true and living God. There is deep core hope of reconciliation throughout all relationships known to mankind. Yet, God invites us to divorce this natural world to enter His supernatural world which is abundant and free to us. The Gospel is paid for in a priceless act of love by the begotten one of the Trinty.
If the concept of divorce was not a part of daily living our understanding would not be as great or deeply felt helping us to see the cost that was paid in reconciliation. Reconciliation is the stuff of life. Reconciliation is the stuff of hope. Reconciliation is the most expensive thing that we will ever come across whether it is given to us, or we give it to someone else. Reconciliation can only grow in a rich soil of forgiveness.
And contained within all reconciliation there is a loss. In some reconciliations is not worth the loss. But in the reconciliation given to us by God, there is never any indication that it is not worth the cost. In fact, because God packs down in unmeasured love toward us and blessings to do his work in our lives that he gave us, there is an indication that we are giving up near nothing for everything.Luke 9:24
New Living Translation
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
What important separations or divorces that I did not mention in the creation account, or in the years of Adam and Eve, the fall of Lucifer? I hope this is one of the first of several blogs on this particular subject. What you think, about these thoughts on divorce and separation?
I wish you a great day and may the joy of the Lord be a powerful part of your life.
Redeemed in Christ Jesus.