Topics today include how children acquire beliefs in GOD by being raised as part of a family.  Also, there is more on love at first sight.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “martin.percy1” (Level 1 with 139 points, a member since January 11, 2007) posted the following:

 

Does being bought up in a christian family lead some people to believe in God? Why?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Love at First Sight? (08/28/2014)—(4.)  The initial encounter of two persons joined by an agreement for arranged marriage may, or may not, include the experience of bonding we call “love at first sight.”  However, it absolutely must include a foundation of child-parent love, dutifulness, respect, and trust.  Infatuation and what we call “puppy love” describe experiences of young people marked by efforts to establish and prolong temporary emotional excitement, exaggerated romantic attraction, and (occasionally) sexual arousal that alters, confuses, and disrupts their usual patterns of behavior, discipline, home life, and thought.  By contrast genuine experiences of love introduce growth, self assessment, planning, and reflection.  Efforts are focused upon continuity, discovery, increased intimacy, sharing, and stability.  Just as a single seed contains the full life and every stage of a plant’s future development, a blind date or casual encounter also may provide the complete potential for mature love.  Where the seed a couple contain is one for life companionship, their courtship and dating begins a relationship that should naturally result with the two firmly established as life companions.  Where men and women, instead, are rooted only in the animal aspects of their humanity obstacles to genuine love must repeatedly appear such as conceit, fear, materialism, possessiveness, pride and sexual appetite that hinder the gradual unfolding of love.   See again Genesis 2:  18, Proverbs 28:  4, Song of Solomon 8:  6-7 and Malachi 2:  13-15, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.  (Proverbs 22:  15, New International Version, NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  When Children Embrace Church? (08/18/2014); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Kicked Out By Parents? (11/27/2013); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

 

“martin.percy1”, here are a few thoughts on family and Christian belief that you may find helpful :

(1.)  Families are more than simply groups having a physical bond through sexual reproduction, or legal contracts of adoption and marriage.  Families also are identified as groups practicing and sharing specific beliefs as well as clear patterns displaying emotional, intellectual, political, psychological, and spiritual values.

(2.)  Minor children must depend upon stable families for nourishment and protection throughout their early development.  By regularly repeating peculiar exchanges and interactions, children are instructed and prepared to operate independently having their own integrity as mature persons.  Family relationships are the first setting wherein children develop and use both nonverbal and oral communication.  Later, preschool, kindergarten, and day care become the areas where their social character is further molded.

(3.)  Either deliberately or unintentionally—formally or informally— all children eventually are introduced to every belief system of their parents, and carried forward into every relationship of their parents that existed before they were born.  Where parents are not grounded in sacred knowledge and spiritual belief systems, usually their children may not pursue such interests without emotional conflict, and various levels of separation.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example (4.)  Parents may share only surface aspects of their own spiritual experiences with their children; and each child must determine how they will benefit best from what they have been given.  Just as parents are not cruel monsters who force their children to learn the ABC’s, parents are not tyrants for allowing their children a place in their church attendance, Bible study, and prayers.  Only with the ABC’s may our children someday read and write; and only with basic sacred knowledge and practice with others will children someday prosper as adult believers.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Divine love, attraction, and healthy relationships are topics, today; and the periodic table for the tests of love and healthy relationship is featured.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “charlene” (Level 1 with 81 points, a member since August 27, 2014) posted the following:

 

Do you believe in love at first sight?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:  and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:  and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood:  but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.  (Genesis 22:  1-8, KJV)

 

“charlene”, there are many things that are “real” that can not be easily explained with words.  Here are a few points on love that are important among Christian believers:

(1.)  Love is understood as a process wherein independent spirits contact one another, interact, and are permanently joined on a continuing basis (we say, in stable relationships).  As with many aspects of sacred knowledge within Christian belief, only those who actually have experienced divine love, the sacred spirit that is love, and “love at first sight” may give a reliable first-hand report on what it is like.  I’m convinced that such experiences only occur where one first has been prepared through peculiar emotional, mental, psychological, and spiritual events.

(2.)  What I experienced as “love at first sight” was an immediate sense of mutual acceptance and connection when I was introduced to a stranger.  After some conversation, I found my self embracing this person as a peer and a “soul mate” (someone I felt was my equal in commitment, intellect, purpose, quality, and trust).  This was unasked for and unexpected.  I was surprised, and a little suspicious (believers are cautioned always to try the spirits, whether they be of GOD).  I was challenged to put aside all bias, fear, guilt, prejudice, and shame.  I was challenged to put aside all judgment, and suspend my usual “moves” to impress others by showing off aspects of my mastery of African American heritage, and to completely rely upon GOD, instead.  The love I experienced in that moment, decades ago, is still in effect, and has stood the test of time.  I trust this person continues in my heart and in my thoughts through operations of the Holy Spirit.  By no means was our meeting and sharing with one another the kind of sexual encounter we call a “one night stand.”  Yet, the two of us have not seen one another eye-to-eye, or spent time together in the same place since our first being introduced.

(3.)  Genuine love is immutable, permanent, and unchanging.  As an eternal operation love affirms human existence without condemning any because of finite carnal abilities, needs, possibilities, and understandings.  It is never a mistake to love.  Having a realization of love is also having an awareness of duty and responsibility.  Thus, where it is our purpose to anoint, build, heal, protect, restore, and sanctify, we do not use the language “love at first sight.”  In addition, we are careful not to make excuses, or “explain away” experience as some do who deny miracles by seeking intellectual and scientific answers.  To love is to unselfishly benefit another.  Christians agree that love is more than affection, attraction based upon outward appearance, desire, and emotion.  What else is there?  See the charts below from THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS:  Death, Love and Unity (1998.  Williams, Michael Andrew.  Washington, DC:  THE BLACK PHOENIX PRESS.)  As a content of ones spirit, love is inseparable from faith, holiness, humility, joy, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

 

Love Chart 1

Love Chart 2         Love Chart 3 

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, focus is upon the difference between prayers that GOD will change human events, and prayers to establish sacred events.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Edward” (Level 1 with 145 points, a member since October 08, 2013) posted the following:

 

If Christians think god has a perfect plan, why do they constantly ask him to change it by praying?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.  And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:  Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.  (Acts 4:  23-31, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014); What To Do At His Coming (07/20/2014); Abandoned by GOD? (06/23/2014); Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013)

 

“Edward”, here are some points that may help you understand the Christian practice of prayer more correctly:

(1.)  For mature Christians, prayers are like intimate and private conversations with GOD, and therefore are made when alone or in ones private chambers.  Secret, and sometimes unspoken because they are offered as directed thoughts, prayer may include confessions of need, intercession, and requests on behalf of others.  However, the focus in all prayer is the further revelation of GOD, acknowledging divinity, and carrying out the divine will.

(2.)  Once you get to know, or your self become a thoughtful believer, you may pray with others within an assembly as your prayer partner(s).  Mutual respect and love make it that there is no criticism or judgment of another person’s heartfelt prayers.  You may not like their choice of words, their speaking accent, how brief or how long they may speak.  Yet, as one who shares and understands their sacred intent, you accept and encourage the Spirit of GOD as it becomes visible through others.  To show your agreement, you are expected to say, Amen (so be it, may GOD make it so)!

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  For believers, perfection (i.e., maturity; readiness and ripeness for divine harvest) is only through operations of GOD such as atonement, birth, death, judgment, rebirth, salvation, and sanctification.  You’ll find that Christian prayers emphasize permanent spiritual change, yet, are directed by “common sense” not fantasy and imagination.  Change regarding human events comes only by careful thought and determined action (we say, hard work), not by magic and presto changeo.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

More points are shared on sermons, today.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014)—(5.)  Rightly understood, sermons are not casual and informal conversations, or personal exchanges based on private opinions.  Preaching, prophesying, and sermons are authoritative proclamations and statements made by spokespersons sent from GOD, who speak as the Holy Spirit gives utterance.  All believers are not called to  be pulpit preachers; however, all are challenged to hear, and be doers of the word.  Saying this another way:  Sermons are proclamations of divine law as seen with Moses and those who gathered at Sinai, or with Ezra and those of the Exile who gathered in Jerusalem.  Sermons are delivered to full congregations—minor children included—and are to establish unity through shared awareness of conditions, duties, privileges and responsibilities that extend to all within the body.  In addition to pastoral counseling conducted as private sessions, personal ministries of the church also are provided that supply needed fellowship and intimacy, the peculiar details, and the special needs of various groups such as singles, married believers, those returning from the military or prison, those recovering from addictions, and young adults.

(6.)  As with sacred knowledge regarding redemption, salvation, serving as vessels for the Spirit from GOD, and eternal life, many reject the church as a source for instruction regarding the process of life commanded by the Almighty.  Within the body of believers, standards for communication must be in place so that all things may be done decently, and in order.  This may include restrictions upon such verbal behavior as pronouncing curses (wicked prayers for the harm of others), swearing an oath, speaking in tongues when interpretation is not available, using profanity, and making threats of violence.  Valuable sermons regularly include those that establish the presence of Jesus in the hearts and minds of believers; that correctly present the  full Gospel and detail the plan of salvation; that prepare  believers for the promised coming of Jesus; that remind believers of neglected and overlooked doctrine, practices and teachings that have been provided for benefit, fulfillment and power.  Examples include, the seventh day Sabbath, the gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, and the specific expectations believers are commanded to maintain as hope.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.  And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.  And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.  And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.  And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God.  And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands:  and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.  Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law:  and the people stood in their place.  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our Lord:  neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  (Nehemiah 8:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); Snake Handling? (02/19/2014); Should I Speak? (12/13/2013); Life Choices (12/14/2013); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Sermons may include the quoting of Bible verses and Scripture passages for many different reasons.  Foremost is that the holy writings are to be acknowledged as a common source of sacred truth for all believers.  Thus, Scriptures are used as the “shared language” and familiar expression whereby the concepts and thoughts under consideration are made immediately recognizable.  Discernment is encouraged (a believers use of spiritual things to recognize and respond to the spirit content in such aspects of life experience as events, objects, other persons, and prophecy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on instruction by the church regarding how to achieve sexual satisfaction.  Also, there is more on whether the Scriptures teach that some people are “just bad.”  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Connie” (Level 4 with 3,523 points, a member since September 30, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do pastors never give a sermon about good sex?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Some People Are Just Bad?—(6.)  Given that all have sinned, from the divine point of view, there now are only two kinds of people in the world:  repentant sinners (those having godly sorrow for sin, who have claimed the revealed mercy of GOD) and impenitent sinners (those experiencing neither godly sorrow for their own sins nor divine wrath against sin as an obstacle to their own eternal life, and are determined to continue a life of offenses against GOD and mankind).  As with rebirth through baptism, acquiring forgiveness and salvation are instantaneous operations of GOD, that must be followed by continuing change and gradual growth for a believer to reach the status of spiritual maturity and divine perfection.

(7.)  The Scriptures teach that certain functions, life processes, operations, and roles were put into place in the beginnings of Creation along with admonitions, sacred laws, and sanctions to preserve and maintain divine order.  Thus, an unnamed blind man appears in Scripture who was sightless from birth in order that GOD’s glory and power would be demonstrated, and revealed through Jesus healing him in the Temple at Jerusalem.  While it was predetermined that someone would betray Jesus into the hands of the corrupt priests at the Temple, no specific person was named by GOD, or prophesied in the Scripture to carry out the task:  Judas Iscariot was self-appointed.  As with the judgment of Achan by Joshua, the penalty for ones crime or transgression may be announced long before any offense is committed; yet, does not cancel or deter its being carried out.  That a person performs works that carry out destructive or negative aspects within the divine plan (e.g., Korah, Dathan and Abiram; Caiaphas; Pontius Pilate) does not relieve the persons who commit those acts of their accountability before GOD.  With this in view, we understand that no infant is born automatically condemned to become a thief; it is through self-promotion and by self-selection that a child may end its life upon that path.  Similarly, no child is born predestined through the workings of GOD to some day marry in a same sex wedding ceremony.  Everyone who experiences being sexually attracted to a person(s) of the same gender, do not commit themselves to a gay or lesbian lifestyle.

(8.)  The Scriptures also teach there are classes of created beings and living creatures who are already sealed in judgment, and labeled as “an evil and adulterous generation,” apostates, children of disobedience, infidels, heretics, and “those who kept not their first estate.”  Such continue to operate within the spheres of life (earth and heaven), yet, there is no teaching that encourages belief that the things provided through Jesus Christ for mankind will also be applied to their condition.

(9.)  Knowing that GOD can open hearts and minds that are otherwise closed and shut to clergy, co-workers, family, and friends, believers are instructed to avoid “jumping to conclusions” (i.e., condemnation; final judgments) of others.  Believers may appear indifferent, and uncaring, yet, they are not to repeatedly challenge, confront, and harass others.  Those in Christ also must accept the divine limits upon their own ministry.  Believers are to “bide their time” submitting themselves in judgment to GOD without bias and prejudice against others.  Every offense believers are able to recognize in the attitudes and behavior of others exist within the full spectrum of their own inner life.  This includes desires, errors, fantasies, and lusts that may be disguised or maintained having an altered form.  Being truly released from all the operations of sin requires what only GOD may do, and proceeds through connections and interactions structured by divinity, rather than flesh.  Consider again Jude 1:  3-8, Psalms 53:  1-4, John 8:  23-45, 1st Corinthians 4:  5, 2nd Corinthians 6:  14-18, Colossians 3:  5-7, Titus 3:  1-11, 2nd Timothy 3:  1-9, Matthew 25:  41-46 and Revelation 21:  8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  (Galatians 5:  16-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Principles of Correct Belief? (08/20/2014); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012)

 

“Connie”, here are a few points that should advance the growth of your spirit in agreement with Christian belief:

(1.)  The most necessary and urgent work for the church is the establishment of an added, fresh endowment of divinity from the makeup of GOD within those who are carnal, yet are seeking new life through Jesus Christ.  Ones inborn spirit that focuses upon appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fantasy, fear, imagination, recall) must be replaced by spirit matter that is constantly in harmony with divine person.  Believers must be prepared to receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, humility, longsuffering, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  Where pastors speak about satisfaction through sexual intimacy their focus may be upon chastity, fornication or marriage, because all sexual behavior is more than a simple, physical act.  There are emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions as well.  All sexual behavior—even holding hands and a kiss on the cheek—may establish a joining of spirits.  Thus, for example, joining oneself to a sex worker introduces multiple spirits from unknown and unseen persons that may confuse, defile, dominate, and otherwise weaken ones inborn spirit.  Even within marriage, there must be a preparation for, and an acceptance of permanent changes within ones own person through their spouse.  Only by death, or the operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, can such joining be dissolved.

(3.)  There are many secular settings that provide counseling and instruction on the mechanics of sexual arousal and intercourse.  The duty of the church is not to compete against or replace the instruction by educated, skilled, and thoughtful caretakers, parents, medical professionals, and others.  However, many see the church as imposing discipline and law upon sexual matters because there also must be a focus upon the maintenance of sexual innocence, and purity.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The church must be understood as a diverse body made up from persons who have achieved varying levels of emotional, intellectual and spiritual maturity.  Through the provision of GOD, a particular sermon will deliver to all who hear exactly what their spirit has confessed in prayer to be their most heartfelt offerings as well as their most pressing needs.  While only 30 seconds of a 20 minute presentation may seem relevant, because it is from GOD, it operates on multiple levels to cleanse, heal, and nourish.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The idea that some are bad people who can not be saved, comes into view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Darryl” (Level 2 with 604 points, a member since October 28, 2010) posted the following:

 

Where does the Bible stand on this issue? 

As a Christian, I believe there are some people who are just bad people – not good people who do bad things bad just bad evil people that no matter what their background, opportunities or lack of, life, socio-economic background, etc will be bad people.

I do think most criminals do suffer from disadvantages, trauma, low intelligence, etc that led them to do bad things but could have been good people.

But I do believe there are such thing as truly bad people – where does the bible stand on this ?

I also believe that a man is defined but what he does – so if a man does bad things – he is a bad man and vice-versa.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:  Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.  If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;  Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;  And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:  Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,  And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:  (1st Kings 8:  44-50, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Humility Needed for Salvation? (08/15/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014); Sanctify Yourselves? (06/26/2014); Self-control and Law (04/15/2014); A Conflict of Interest? (04/16/2014); A Conflict of Interest? (03/17/2014); Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014)

 

“Darryl”, here are a few points to consider for a correct understanding of the Bible, of mankind, and of salvation:

(1.)  The holy writings document eternal purpose, covenant relationships, sacred events (we say, miracles), godly interventions, and operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD whereby divinity has been shown to be active and present (we say, revealed) to created beings and living creatures.  While thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years are used to establish a clear image of the Invisible, the Scriptures are very different from writing intended for academic study, amusement (we say, entertainment, fiction, stories), biographies, history, and philosophical speculation.  Believers are to internalize and experience aspects of spirit process and spirit substance that pertain to the full person of GOD.  Through their baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having divine content) followers of Jesus are different from all other finite beings, including angels and men.

(2.)  By operating through and upon their awareness and self-will, sin may dominate created beings and living creatures.  Sin was first recognized as an ungodly influence among the holy angels, and later was introduced upon the earth.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of sacred knowledge, of GOD as sovereign, and of uninterrupted divine order throughout the earth, the heaven, and the entire universe.

(3.)  In addition to diversity, the life process for mankind embraces divinely directed change and transformation on many levels, and through multiple mechanisms.  Within the frameworks of time and space provided for order among mankind, the final judgment of individuals and of the human race often seems to be delayed, or postponed.  However, the process of GOD is eternal; therefore, only ones death can deny their possibility of salvation.  Ongoing, yet, unseen divine operations include atonement, birth, death, redemption, and sanctification that are accomplished using great subtlety (barely visible differences; hidden shifts and changes).  The person you condemn in this hour, may not yet be irreversibly condemned by GOD, and may have had a saving encounter with Christ by the next time you see him or her.

(4.)  The Adversary encourages men to believe that they are doomed, and can never be saved.  He encourages despair, bitterness, death, and sin by declaring there are those GOD can not claim.  Nothing is impossible for GOD; yet, salvation is by divine grace, not by human deeds and works.  To be fully aware of their place with GOD through judgment and mercy, there is the condition that men willingly accept and acknowledge the provisions from GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  In accounts such as Noah’s flood, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the eternal wrath of GOD against sin is demonstrated.  The Scriptures plainly declare that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of GOD.  With this in view, even clergy, those in covenant relationships, those ordained as kings, priests, and prophets—those who have not sinned—the rich as well as the poor, all stand in need of the one salvation provided from GOD through Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share more points regarding spiritual benefit and power through the Rosary devotions and other prayers.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014)—(5.)  The most common and recurring problems for our prayer life are exposed by the discipline of praying the Rosary.  For, too often, believers pray to get from GOD, and not to unselfishly acknowledge and give to GOD.  Believers are thinking of their own desires and needs, or those of our loved ones whom we regard as possessions and parts of ourselves; and we are not thinking of completing or finishing things begun by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit.  Their true spirit is exposed for those who err by approaching prayer as a function of doctrine and intellect, rather than of faith and Spirit.  Such are repeatedly cast down and overthrown by simple observances such as the Jesus Prayer, the Prayer of Jabez, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Rosary prayers manifesting undeniable spirit power in the lives of those in humility to Christ.  Nonbelievers frequently confuse displaying and practicing faith imparted from GOD with holding to an idea out of fear, ignorance, or stubbornness.  Rightly understood, prayer is also a form of ministry wherein believers serve with Christ as advocates, mediators, and supporters in judgment before GOD.  More than simply that prayer is to further develop patience in believers by having them tarry and wait for answers from GOD, the process of prayer is intended to further develop patience and ability to wait in expectation of fulfillment for divine proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  See Psalms 34:  1-8, Proverbs 28:  9 and Luke 1:  45-47, KJV.

(6.)  Given that all our actions, praises, and prayers offered to divinity are expressions within a personal and private relationship, the privilege of judging their beauty, completeness, depth, sincerity, and whether they are acceptable or not belongs only to those to whom they have been sent forth.  Mary is alive and in heaven through the same resurrection power that lifted Jesus, her son.  She is therefore sanctified and consecrated.  Those who acknowledge that the mother of Jesus is now exalted through the combined love of the Father and the Son, also understand that her role petitioning on behalf of believers does not replace Jesus as the one and only savior given to mankind.  Rather than answer counsel from academic theology, believers use common sense reasoning to endorse their practice of the Rosary, and every other form of group and private prayer.  Included are family prayer, prayer circles, praying in tongues, and silent or unspoken prayer.  Through the Rosary and other prayers, believers may achieve new discipline, express their love, show respect, themselves make intercession, and request and receive comfort, intercession and support both from Mary and from her blessed son.  GOD has not granted authority to anyone in heaven or upon the earth to disapprove and mock a believers heartfelt expressions of devotion and love.

(7.)  As seen among Islamic believers, agreement to honor and worship one God, the same God, is not the same as agreement to worship one way, the same way.  In other words:  there is only one God Almighty, yet, there are many acceptable ways to praise, honor and reverence the one God.  Because belief is also a matter of individual conscience, maturity, and what one may grasp as the completeness and integrity of their own being and personness, diversity will always appear within the assemblies, congregations, and households of faith.  Public worship generates the shared vocabulary of experience needed for acknowledgment of commonly held emotions and otherwise hidden feelings, clear communication, the building of trust as well as genuine fellowship among believers.  Often, symbolic ceremonies, customs, rites, and rituals are used, traditions that have been conserved, repeated, and continued without changes.  By contrast, private devotions, such as the Rosary, call ones spirit content into greater creativity, and more open individual exploration and self-expression.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:  but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD:  but the prayer of the upright is his delight.  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD:  but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  (Proverbs 15:  7-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (8.)  In addition to confessing love, interceding for others, and petitioning to meet ones material needs, prayer is also that aspect of divine judgment wherein those accused of wrongdoing are granted opportunity to speak on their own behalf (we say, plead), and call into divine review peculiar points of consideration and understanding that have power and presence within the awareness of one who is finite.  In appearing before the Father, believers will not be covered with the blood of Jesus; rather, they will be covered in clean, white linen—the prayers of the saints.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC