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Changing circumstances, feelings, and the sufficiency of prayer are topics, today, along with more on turning to Christ as a “guilt trip.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Sheiola” (Level 2 with 262 points, a member since May 28, 2013) posted the following:


Have you ever been in such situation that you felt that praying to God is not enough?

Have you ever been in such situation that you felt that praying to God is not enough to protect you from all evil and you started wondering why some music industries pray to Satan?


THE BATTLE AXE:  A Guilt Trip? (07/11/2013)—In the same way many indulge alcohol, cursing, swearing, fighting, gambling, or sex as their addiction, others embrace fear, guilt and shame as compulsion, dependency, and a continuing unhealthy habit.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, ones behavior and conduct increasingly are centered in sacred operations such as giving, forbearance, forgiveness, praise, preaching, sharing, and worship.  The Spirit matter received in new birth introduces continual change.  For the believer duty, growth, learning, heartfelt love and correct spiritual understanding (we say, newness of life) replace operating on the basis of appetite, cravings, emotions, and feelings.   A person chooses Christ only after their own divine potential is released and firmly established through hearing of the truth.  In this sense, only the free come to Jesus.  None are beat down, bullied, coerced, driven and forced.  See Isaiah 55:  1-13, Romans 6:  16-23, Romans 8:  1-9, James 3:  13-18 and Revelation 22:  17, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  (Romans 8: 26-27, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); When You Pray (09/12/2012); Unanswered Prayers? (09/11/2012)

“Sheiola”, here are some points important to Christian believers that may help you to continue your spiritual growth:

(1)  Believers must learn to “walk by faith, not by sight.”  Saying this another way, Believers must continually look beyond the changing circumstances and scenarios of our material, mental, physical, and social world.  Rather than being guided by emotions, feelings and thoughts that repeatedly shift, believers become grounded and rooted in faith through practice and study that supply necessary spiritual focus.

(2)  Often a believer’s need is for a different aspect of prayer than the one they are pursuing.  Thus, importuning, praise or surrender may be more needed than petitioning.  The need may be for group prayer rather than private prayer alone.  Often, change and new courses of action must be joined to prayer.  Even so, for many the most important need is that the believer change nothing, and simply continue reverent behavior and conduct (some say, staying the course, or faithfulness).  Their sense of certainty and trust must be changed, rather than peculiar conditions.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3) because they are “reborn” from divine DNA through baptism, believers encourage one another to make choices that agree with their purpose of showing reverence to GOD.  Many aspects of their lifestyle are re-examined including amusements and entertainments, diet and foods, dress and fashion, familiar friends and associates.  Believers continue to live in the same world, and meet many of the same challenges and difficulties, nevertheless, through Christ they may account themselves as changed persons.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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The basis for deliverance, judgment, and salvation along with what happens to those who lack knowledge about GOD and Christ are topics, today.  Also, there is more on judgment as an aspect of divine revelation.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Lost Thyme” (Level 5 with 6,365 points, a member since April 11, 2010) posted the following:


What if you live in a place where you’ve never heard of God / Jesus? Will you go to hell?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013)— (6)  In divine judgment, the inner spirit of created beings and living creatures are identified as depicted through life records that detail their behavior and conduct (we say, “deeds” and “works”).  So to speak, all are rated and ranked according to aspects of conformity and likeness to the spiritual image of Christ; and focus is more upon what you are than what you do.  Simply that one attends church, makes donations to charities, or spends hours in prayer is not sufficient for eternal life.  Behavioral dimensions are examined such as authority, consistency, creativity, diligence, dutifulness, faithfulness, honesty, kindness, obedience, selflessness, sincerity, strength, and sweetness.  However, those selected to have permanent existence within the sphere of divine person must also display an acceptable measure of inseparable divine substance.  Thus, in addition to faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, truth and wrath against sin, one of the most important features will be “charity” (also called “love”).  See Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV.  (7)  Like Creation, Judgment is accepted by believers as a defining aspect of what makes GOD a unique Divine Person.   Peace and restoration of order are the products of Judgment, not wars of conquest and expansion.  Judgment is always a benefit and blessing to Creation, for Judgment is the resolution of conflict, and the settlement of disputes through law.  Because law enforcement and rule through law may impose harsh penalties and severe punishment upon those who persist as rebels, many complain against Judgment and defy the law as being arbitrary, cruel, enslaving, excessive, unrighteous, and violent.  With law (the expressed will of GOD), Creation and Judgment will continue long after the destruction of those who oppose the existence of GODhead, and who promote continuing sin as freedom and personal liberty.   See Psalm 37:  1-40, Romans 8:  1-10, 1st Corinthians 13:  1-14, Galatians 5:  13-25, and Nahum 1:  7-9, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;   I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom:  but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.  And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?   Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city:  wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked:  and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee:  Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?  And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.  And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:  Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous:  wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.  And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there.   And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.  And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak:  Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.   And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.  And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord:  Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.   And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.  And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once:  Peradventure ten shall be found there.   And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.  And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham:  and Abraham returned unto his place.  (Genesis 18:  20-33, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Repentance Must Come Before Resurrection (04/27/2013); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood (04/28/2013); Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); All Know Gospel? (03/20/2011); Not Accepted? (01/03/2011); Doing Nothing? (01/04/2011) 

Dear Lost Thyme, here are some points of consideration often missed even by those who have embraced Christian belief for decades:

(1)  Deliverance, judgment, and salvation by GOD through Jesus Christ are sacred events that appear as divine self-expression (we say, grace), and are not caused by a person’s beliefs, their knowledge of doctrine, scriptures, and teachings, their intelligence, their opinions, or any aspect of their mental functioning , including their imagination, logic, memory, and reason.  Even so, those elements are vital for participation in families, sacred assemblies, congregations to serve the Lord, and worship communities.  Harmony is  fostered and further made possible only by collective experience, shared information, and common practice.

(2)  In the judgment of GOD, behavior and conduct are examined and focused upon only as material indicators for the absence or presence of spirit content from the make-up of GOD, who is a spirit.  While a person’s spirit content may be amplified or nourished by reading the Bible and completing religious studies, divine spirit cannot be acquired by any secular learning process.  The Holy Spirit must be imparted (sent forth from GOD); and may only be acquired through baptism (we may say, death of ones sinful nature, followed by rebirth from divine DNA).  More than simply a ceremony or ritual practiced only among believers within groups known as “churches,” baptism must be understood as a spiritual operation of GOD that may go out to all, everywhere, no matter what their belief system, economic status, language, or national origin.

(3)  As those who acknowledge Jesus as the Son of GOD, Christian believers enter into a covenant agreement that establishes an intimate and personal relationship with GOD; and believers do not continue to exist as abstract objects manufactured by a remote Creator.  Confidence, personal integrity, self-will, and volition (we say, choice) are aspects of continuing in right relationship.  However, because GOD is immortal, immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging, all believers are challenged to embrace godly disciplines, non-negotiable laws, limits, sacred duties, spiritual operations, and eternal purposes.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4)  At their Creation, all created beings and living creatures were endowed with spirit matter that was emanated and put forth from the person of GOD.  Through sin (we say, corruption and error) the will of the living is defiled and weakened.  GOD is not subject to sin, and sin is no material or spirit thing created by GOD.  Yet, sin has dominated self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Now, through Jesus Christ, added measures of divinity may be received that further enable mankind to detect, avoid and resist sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Whether prayer is truly effective, faith, and sin among the angels are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Realist!” (Level 3 with 1,696 points, a member since January 17, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, a question on prayer, does it work?

Some people really believe in prayer but I’ve noticed that only about half of the things I’ve prayed for actually happened. Now I’m not talking about praying for material things but for friends health or help to those I know in morning, stuff like that. I once prayed for a friends baby who was sick to get better and the baby died! I asked many of my Christians friends why this happened since I and many others prayed so hard for that child and they said it must have been gods will. Well if it’s gods will and he is going to do what he wants anyway, then why bother with prayer at all? I mean praying just seems to be no better than flipping a coin and guessing whether it’s going to be heads or tails, half the time it’s head, and half it’s tails. That’s why I have fallen away from the church. The dogma of religion just doesn’t make sense and for the most part is just not believable. There is just too much hypocrisy in religion and in the churches for my taste. Is there a God, I don’t know but if there is, I don’t think it’s what the bible says it is!

THE BATTLE AXE: Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012)—By the revelation of GOD through the creation of mankind, the earth, and the church of Jesus Christ, the hosts of heaven have been shown that defiance, fear, rebellion and sin are expressions of insecurity, weakness and uncertainty. Devotion, obedience and understanding are expressions of balance, clarity, completeness, stability and strength. Sin has no mind, will or attributes of person; and does not carryout, express or respond to the will of GOD. Sin appears as a by-product of divine creation; however, sin is more akin to chaos, the condition of flux without order and process prior to the acts of divinity that produced creation. Where the process of knowing is primarily one of recognizing convergence and divergence or disparity and sameness, barely visible differences and changes carry great power to give the illusion of new order, even within fixed hierarchies. While Lucifer’s goals and motives at first appeared natural and strictly in line with angelic being, he introduced features that provided no godly benefit, including accusation, deception, division, lies, presumption, pride, self-promotion, slander, and severance from GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8: 22-28, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When You Pray (09/12/2012); Unanswered Prayers? (09/11/2012); Bad Knowledge? (02/05/2011); A Prayer ID? (02/04/2011); Loved Anyhow? (10/27/2010); The Right Way? (10/26/2010; Prayer futile? (10/25/2010); Awesomeness? (12/19/2010); The Lord’s Prayer (12/18/2010)

      Here is some truth shared among the sons and daughters of GOD:

      At some point in their spiritual growth, most mature Christian believers ask various questions on the usefulness and value of prayer. Most of their best answers are through the mechanism of their own faith. For many, prayer is primarily understood as a process to fulfill desires, and obtain things they lack and want from GOD (be they carnal, material, psychological or spirit in nature). This may include human companionship, divine favor (called “blessing”), forgiveness, and healing as well as spiritual fruit and spiritual gifts. With growth, prayer is understood as a process within sacred relationship that provides discernment of divinity. There may be speaking words intended for GOD; however, outside of sacred relationship the words spoken are not prayer. Realization of divine presence, and supplication (bending, yielding) to the purposes of GOD are the primary objectives of prayer. Therefore, the work of prayer is to change the person who prays not the world he lives in or the conditions of human existence.

      Faith is imparted to created beings and living creatures as the actual substance of GOD along with such divine content as being, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, and wrath against sin. Because prayer can be an act of self-expression or self-will, what humans experience and see as prayer does not automatically go forth as an aspect of divine being and existence that connects us to Almighty GOD. In the same way our confidence to ask for help, and our expectation of assistance from family and friends varies on the basis of our experiences together within relationship, such that we dare ask them what we would not confidently expect from a stranger; our access to GOD varies on the basis of our experience together. Consider again David’s actions when the child of Bathsheba was ill (2nd Samuel 12: 1-23, King James Version).

      As the “evidence of things unseen,” it is faith that provides certainty that prayer is heard and answered; and prayer that is answered may yet be hindered. One of the most powerful illustrations of this is seen with the prophet Daniel, who fasted and prayed continually for three weeks before an angelic messenger arrived, who explained he had been dispatched the very moment of Daniel’s decision to pray, and that he had been hindered for 21 days (see Daniel 9, KJV). A broad set of conditions exist that determine whether prayer is answered. When praying about others, prayer is no longer a “one on one” or a “heart to heart” with GOD. The person who prays may be in good standing with GOD, answering GOD unselfishly, and as one obedient, while those being prayed about are not in harmony with GOD, or ready for what GOD will do. Thus, mature believers keep in mind, Scripture also cautions that a wife may hinder the prayers of her husband (see 1st Peter 3: 7).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, miracles (divine intervention through acts that overturn the natural order) also must conform to divine law—the laws for miracles, so to speak—and otherwise unseen divine intent. Typically, mankind petitions GOD with a very narrow view to alternatives, consequences, costs, duty, and the part we ourselves must perform. In general, when asking for miracles that overturn divine order, humans are meddling with things that are too high for them.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC