Archive for the ‘joy’ Category

      Various appearances of divine person, judgment, law and sanctification are topics; however, only a BATTLE AXE and a GOLDEN ARROW are presented, today. Be blessed as you, your family, friends and other loved ones claim and receive the hope, joy and salvation from GOD through Jesus Christ.

      Merry Christmas, 2012!

THE BATTLE AXE: About the Star? (12/23/2012)—In the full declaration of sacred truth regarding the birth of Jesus, many mature believers also understand the star that appeared in the East, moved steadily westward, and finally beamed from above the inn at Bethlehem was not an angelic being (the angels are called “stars” in Revelation 1: 20 and 12: 3-5, KJV). This visible feature of the night sky was an appearance of divine person, as was the guardian to the tree of life (Genesis 3: 24, KJV) who stood with flaming sword, the cherubim bowing in obeisance before the holy ark and seat of justice (Exodus 25: 22 and Numbers 7: 89, KJV), and the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13: 20-22, KJV) that hovered above the tribes of Jacob in their wandering. The star of the shepherds and wise men pertains to the continuing revelation of GOD to all Creation and mankind, and specially serves to further prepare all for the advent and appearance of Christ in full supernal glory (Ezekiel 43: 2, Matthew 24: 25-31 and Luke 9: 26, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9: 5-7, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC

     Belief that may combine Christian and Jewish traditions is today’s topic; and there is more on joy as a believer’s strength. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Melani” (Level 1 with 105 points, a member since November 3, 2012) posted the following:

A coworker wears both a crucifix and tzitzit?
AND she’s a woman. Religiously, what does this mean?

THE BATTLE AXE: A Slaughter of Innocents (12/14/2012)—Joy of (= from) the Lord is provided through the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD; and does not render believers childish, foolish, and incapable of meeting the difficulties and problems of human life. Instead of euphoria and giddiness, believers acquire a further sense of balance, confidence, order, security, vision and understanding that is important for their making life choices and spiritual decisions. Like the promises of GOD that are certain of fulfillment, joy contends against disappointment, loss, and rejection. More importantly, joy serves as a tool along with other spirit content (e.g., faith, humility, longsuffering, patience) for created beings and living creatures to make right responses to sacred process, divine purpose and holy revelations. Divine joy is closely associated with abundance, beauty, gratitude, kindness, praise and thanksgiving, therefore, joy repeatedly appears with healing, prayer, service, vocational work, and worship. Believers experience the joy of their salvation (1) as they continue to acknowledge change, growth and newness of life; (2) share the Gospel with compassion, courage, enthusiasm and understanding; and (3) show affection, godliness, and respect.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. (Isaiah 42: 1-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Son of Man (11/28/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); The Coming (11/10/2010); A Fig Tree Cursed? (10/02/2010)

     It is very likely that your coworker is a “Messianic believer” acknowledging the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Greek names given the Savior). Many experienced Christians and Jews now joyfully embrace the Jewish heritage of Jeshua Bar-Joseph (the Hebrew name given the Savior). In addition to the use of prayers in the Hebrew language, and the use of tzittzit acknowledging divine law, you may find the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath (Friday sundown to sundown on Saturday), feast days commanded in Scripture, and study of rabbinical writings.

     While the word “Messiah” is actually found only twice in the Bible (see Daniel 9: 21-27, KJV), groundwork for the doctrine of a divine person that would appear as an offspring of Adam, destroy the adversary of GOD, and restore perfection to mankind and the earth is established very early (see Genesis 3: 1-24, KJV). Later, Messiah is titled “the Lamb” and is named “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (see Revelation 17: 14 and 19: 16, KJV). Messianic belief also advances Adventism, the acknowledgment of divine proclamations, promises, and prophecies that Messiah will return again to the earth, soon. Upon completion of judgment presided over by Jesus as the divinely appointed, righteous Judge, Messiah will be head over a kingdom of incorruptible and immortal believers.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the key to your learning more is that you speak directly to your coworker, rather than talk about your coworker. Disrespect, gossip, rumor, and slander are fostered by every other approach.) 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 a response to a writer’s complaint against GOD stemming from the shooting of school children in Connecticut (12/14/2012). Also there is more on remembering the holocaust. The “Yahoo! Answers” user who has the ID “Martin” (Level 4 with 2,768 points, a member since October 26, 2012) posted the following:

Its a music and religous query?

Its that one song titled JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN. are you certain of that, after all that have been murdered? Cause if thats what is meant meaning was that song scripted sarcasticly i sure wouldn’t want to see the almighty’s hatred for us. so bite your tongue we worked all year long sharing our warmth and love of christmas making piano, violin, harp, hand bell musical arrangement for everybody even made those dollar musicals just as nice as the 25 dollar albums for you all and what is the gift that we get back. the news of yet more murders. would you send me the memo when christmas is merry again? this year has ended up being a real downer.

THE BATTLE AXE: Remembering the Holocaust? (12/13/2012)—As a tool provided by divine judgment, holocaust is like a litmus that exposes the presence of elements disguised and hidden within the human heart. Included are blindness, corruption, cruelty, despair, disbelief, distrust, hardness, hate, ignorance, imbalance, immaturity, indifference, malice, and murder. Ethnic cleansing, eugenics, genocide, and holocaust do not proceed as acts of GOD; and all may be classed as human error, and sin. As such, they are less the focus for Christian mind than repentance, rebirth, or the divine content of ones person and its operation through prayer, service and worship. Many examples of spiritually-based attacks upon the people of GOD are recorded in the holy writings. Included are the population control and slaughter of male babies in Egypt at the time of Moses’ birth (Exodus 1, KJV); the Babylonian attack upon the three Hebrew captives who were placed in a burning furnace (Daniel 3, KJV); the planned assault of Haman and the Persian/Median empire ruled by Ahasuerus (Esther 3, KJV); and the slaughter of innocents by the Jewish king, Herod, to destroy the prophesied Messiah at the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2, KJV). It is foolish and immature to argue that the holocaust was more devastating, more “important”, or should be more memorable than the global enslavement of Africans, the calamity of several world wars, the human catastrophe of atomic bombs launched against an island nation, the natural disasters of cyclone, hurricane and storm winds, or even the back-to-back natural disasters of earthquake and tsunami. For Christian believers focus will not be upon emergency preparedness or turning away from human violence so much as upon fulfilling the commands to love, and maintain constant vigilance for the second advent of Jesus. It is their faith that the sure justice of GOD will be provided through that son of the highest who is an anointed Judge, Jesus Christ.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Binder 32: Those Yet Unsaved (10/29/2011); Having Life? (03/13/2011); End of Strife? (03/14/2011); Potter and Clay (12/06/2010)


THE BATTLE CRY: The music ministry of Dietrick Haddon includes a worship medley that encourages believers facing the challenges in life events, and that prophesies the hope and expectation for the Second Coming of Jesus. Readers should hear, from the 2002 album, Lost and Found, Joy of the Lord/Oh the Glory.

     For mature Christian believers, the comforts given by GOD include children, music, and divine promises. There are truths that clarify death, judgment, justice, and righteousness. More than this, there is certainty and unquenchable joy; and so we have a song that says, THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH.

     The slaughter of innocents is not a new thing among mankind. The Scriptures record that at the time of Jesus’ birth every child under the age of two in the town of Bethlehem was destroyed as if they were enemies of the state, and “national security risks.” What shocks many of us, today, is to see such cruelty and venom apart from “police action,” politics, and war. Deliberate and planned attacks upon otherwise defenseless children in public schools and care facilities are performed by those who are depraved, mindless, shameless and apparently unloved.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the human condition is one of mortality, therefore, we have many mechanisms that center on experiencing bereavement, death and separation. The counterbalance is found in the continuity of life, and the truth that life goes on. There is more work to do, more sharing to do, more loving to do. Through Jesus Christ, believers receive a peculiar confidence and optimism we call “joy”. In the face of injustice, persecution and tragedy, we make no complaint against our GOD. Instead, we acknowledge divine gifts that give us peace of mind, saying: The world did not give it; and the world cannot take it away.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Human sexuality, judgment against suicide, and more on who has access to Christian love are among topics presented, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Siobhan” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since December 7, 2012) posted the following:

If you believe in the afterlife, do you think my cousin is suffering for killing herself?
my 20 year old cousin ended her life a few years ago by stabbing herself in the chest. she did it because she said she wanted to be a boy, and hated being a girl. is she most likely suffering still? most spiritual beliefs seem to say suicide is the worst thing you can do, and an insult to God.

THE BATTLE AXE: Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012)—Our real friends are only those who also love our father. To the extent love is described only by efforts to unselfishly benefit others, equitable exchange, fruitful interaction, mutual respect and sharing, it is not unreasonable to say that those who do not love GOD, do not love anyone begotten or created of GOD. For example, those who persist as unrepentant whores and whoremongers care, feel, hurt, and suffer, yet they do not love. As women forced to feign their feelings, their likes and dislikes, their pleasure and frustration, whores are often bitter, malicious, resentful, vindictive, and unforgiving. Specifically, “Christian love” will be offered to all, however will be practiced primarily among Christians, and may not be found outside the congregation of believers. Clearly, the work of those in covenant with GOD is to overspread the earth with a love that derives from divine person, and is inseparable from such sacred content as faith, hope, joy, truth, wisdom and wrath against sin. The love of GOD emanates from the divine person as a fact of consecrated being (often called “grace”), and is not caused or made to appear through the appetite, behavior, belief or conscience of created beings and living creatures. All those everywhere who serve GOD by demonstrating the presence of divine love also seek to be generous, impartial, and unbiased in all things. Such believers accept that GOD, the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12: 9, KJV) is also titled the “Father of mercies” (2nd Corinthians 1: 3, KJV) to acknowledge his kindness and righteousness in judgment, and his supremacy as the GOD of love. See John 14: 21-24 and John 15: 10-13, KJV. Wisdom instructs us that joy, love and truth are amplified and continued only as we bestow them upon others.

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? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. (Ezekiel 18: 20-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012); The “Lake of Mercy” (11/03/2012); Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); Magick and Prayer? (10/29/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); To Be or Not To Be? (08/26/2012); Tests for Origins (08/27/2012); The Old Testament and Parables (08/12/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD (10/16/2010)

Mature Christian believers accept the various teachings from Scripture regarding the state of the dead: The dead do not suffer in body, mind or spirit. The dead are said to “sleep” because, in the plan of GOD, they will be revived as living to complete their participation in judgment, or to continue their existence as the immortal, incorruptible ones redeemed and saved through Jesus Christ. The dead do not dream, have mental activity, remember, praise GOD, see the future, or visit the living.

On a different note: There are many problems in understanding the judgment of GOD against those who commit suicide. Many subtle (barely visible) details and differences must come into view. Such divine purposes as atonement, Creation, redemption and salvation are not served by suicide (see Ezekiel 18: 32, KJV). The gospel is not delivered, and there is no demonstration of forgiveness, divine love and repentance. To the extent self-murder cannot be performed as obedience, submission, and worship, suicide denies the authority of GOD over “the world” (the set of interdependent, man-made devices for human survival that determines carnal, material and social reality; examples are art, culture, history, language, money, nations, politics, and race).

The divine judgment against sins associated with the issues of full human functioning (e.g., casual sex, fornication, gender differences, pre-marital sex, marriage and divorce, sexual perversion, and sexual preferences), require focus upon how one has applied their spirit substance to discipline their appetite, senses, and mind. In the same way, one uses their intelligence and reason to limit damage from hunger or thirst by carefully selecting what, when and where to eat and drink, one is supplied with spiritual resources to direct and maintain sexual balance, and self-control.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, iniquity is the deliberate, and knowing violation of divine law (we say, “it was not an accident, or an innocent mistake, it was on purpose”). Behavior motivated by anger, fear, guilt or shame can not be justified through Jesus Christ as is behavior motivated by belief in his death, resurrection and promised advent. Thus, complaining, envy, lying, pride, or self promotion are not excused and permitted. Baptism, church attendance, giving, forgiving, prayer, preaching, repentance, service, study of the Scriptures, and worship are examples of what is approved for believers in their judgment.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC