(09/21/2016) Spirit Process not Feelings?

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Awe, Commitment, Discernment, Grace, Law, Repentance, Sin, Spiritual Growth, The Flesh, The Holy Spirit
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Today, focus is on grace, guilt as a mechanism to stop sin, and the work of the imparted spirit of GOD.  Until they are “born again,” “grow up again,” and consistently operate as a new creation through Jesus Christ, mankind on the earth are driven and energized by emotional, mental, and physical forces, rather than by the power of their indwelling spirit from GOD.  A total transformation must occur that will allow the living to exist as eternal and sinless companions to divinity who is sovereign, immortal and incorruptible.  Change appears through such elements as awe, commitment, discernment, gradual growth, meekness, and sanctification.  It is written:  30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit:  for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:  wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye (Ezekiel 18:  30-32, King James Version, KJV).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,020 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:


Does God want people to feel guilty or does God merely want people to stop sinning?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?  (Ezekiel 18:  20-23, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Practice of Forgiveness (07/03/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Confession and The Cross (03/25/2016); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014);  Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); A Guilt Trip? (07/11/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013)


“Breakthrough”, mature Christian believers prefer to acknowledge the process of GOD to recover the living from sin as sacred and set apart; infused with inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin); and imparting such benefits as divine law, divine love, sacred knowledge, and sacred practice (we say, sacraments).  The lasting and permanent changes that must be made do not occur on the basis of things carnal, material, and social.  Guilt, remorse, and shame appear through operations of the flesh and mind that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, divinity as the law-giver, and all divine order necessary to maintain the Creation.  Sin is arbitrary, chaotic and random, yet, is an influence that may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  While sin has no physical dimensions, sin does have direction, effect, and presence, and generates darkness, spiritual confusion, and nonexistence.  Sin can not control or manipulate the will of GOD, therefore, one of the highest benefits to mankind is that, through Jesus Christ, divinity provides a fresh endowment of spirit from the makeup of GOD.   Rebirth, repentance, and returning to GOD only are performed through the active presence of Deity.  Believers are not coerced, enticed, forced, or persuaded so much as they are edified (we say, built up), encouraged, forgiven, respected, and saved by grace.  Consider again how some of this is stated in language from the holy writings:

(1.)  Romans 5:  12-15, King James Version (KJV):  12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  13 (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

(2.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.) Proverbs 9:  6-10, KJV:  6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.  7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:  and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.  8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:  rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.  9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC


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