Archive for the ‘longsuffering’ Category

Today, how believers must center their focus upon themselves to accomplish spiritual growth, rather than upon Satan or others, is considered.  Also, there is more on provoking and testing GOD.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Diet Cola” (Level 7 with 29,730 points, a member since August 22, 2007) posted the following:

Why does God let Satan get away with so much?

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Testing GOD (06/20/2013)—In a certain sense, the love of GOD is demonstrated by “how much we get away with” (see 2nd Peter 3:  15, KJV).  The compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, mercy, and patience of GOD combine as a shield for those who are otherwise defenseless against righteous judgment.  The wrath of GOD against sin is not directed against created beings and living creatures.  Spirit substance from the person of GOD must continuously operate within before such features as awe, fear of the Lord, humility, respect, and reverence can appear in their most complete and balanced measure.  Much of the foolish and insulting behavior that is displayed against GOD derives from ignorance, immaturity, and underdevelopment that are acceptable as features of our human condition because they are “brief,” do not continue, cannot be spread to others as with disease, and do not endure.  Some behavior expressing defiance and rebellion is necessary for development of confidence, independence, integrity and self-possession.  In this, created beings and living creatures are like toddlers in the stage of early childhood we call “the terrible twos” where small children repeatedly challenge authority with shouts, and emphatic “No!”  In the child, behavior revealing inner conflict, fear, lack of knowledge for correct responses, and uncertainty also may be displayed; however, rarely is there continuing destructiveness, hostility, meanness, or malice.  GOD is goaded and proclaims his holy name, Jealous, when he is provoked to wrath by denial of his active presence, by worship of false gods, idols and vanities, or where the created are unresponsive to divine utterance.  (See Deuteronomy 29:  16-20, Zephaniah 3:  7-9, Isaiah 55:  7-11, Isaiah 42:  6-8, Romans 3:  19-23 and James 2:  18-20, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.  Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  (Revelation 12:  7-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Find A True Christian? (06/17/2013); Unseen Sin? (06/18/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Focus of Judgment? (12/09/2012); The Adversary? (12/05/2012); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); A Partnership? (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); (08/26/2011)  Dispatch 18:  The Ally [Enmity]; (08/29/2011) Dispatch 19:  The Ally [Invasion]; (08/30/2011) Dispatch 20:  The Ally [Able to Stand]; Why Disobey? (03/18/2011); Two Opinions? (03/19/2011)

“Diet Cola,” here are some points to consider that come into view as part of spiritual growth for Christian believers:

(1)  The answer to many of our questions about GOD’s response to other created beings and living creatures are to be found through examination of our own experience, and testimony.  One must say, Why does GOD allow ME to get away with so much?

(2)  Divine judgment is an ongoing reality whereby all Creation continues under sacred scrutiny and review.  Judgment is revealed as truth-finding, the identification of patterns among truths, and the amassing of information as evidence (the books of life).  In the final judgment of mankind and the elimination of the wicked, there is no prosecutor or official accuser.  We must acknowledge a record of our own deeds that express the content of our spirit; and it is in this sense that neither men nor angels are permitted to “get away” with anything.

(3)  Given that accountability, duty, and faithfulness are aspects of personal expression, ones prayer should never be, “Oh GOD, change my wife (or husband, children, parents, Satan, etc.)” or  even “Oh GOD, change my circumstances (i.e., society, the world, other people, etc.).”  Instead, “Oh GOD, help me to help them achieve the change they need or seek; Oh GOD, grant of your Holy Spirit:  Boldness, courage, insight, longsuffering, patience, strength, wisdom, and understanding.”

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  There is only one revelation of GOD to all Creation, for divinity is immutable and unchanging.  The Divine Person does not alter from one relationship to the next.  Similarly, divine law, sacred operations, and eternal purpose does not vary from person to person.  All have been equipped to discover and realize a single set of interrelated truths.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The possibility that Bible authors were pressured by Old Testament prophecy to fabricate accounts of Jesus as Messiah is challenged, today.  Also, there is more on the Tower of Babel, and unseen sin.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Edward” (Level 4 with 3,058 points, a member since February 13, 2013) posted the following:


Because the Jewish OT prophesied about the messiah, was it envitable that later Bible authors…?

would write about Jesus, having never met him, believing that they were being guided by the Holy Spirit in what they were writing was the truth?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Unseen Sin? (06/18/2013)—The Tower of Babel continues to be an important caution and warning for modern-day Christian believers.  A subtle and understated human principle comes into view that is widely embraced within democratic nations, the rule that there is strength in numbers:  Where enough people accept, agree upon, or perform a behavior, it may be accounted as “harmless”, “normal”, no longer a threat to society, and, therefore, no longer “sin” or an obstacle to right relationship with GOD.  In keeping with such thinking, Americans have seen Sabbath (Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays) become the time for exalting athletes and football rather than church attendance with praise to GOD; and holy matrimony with obligation to maintain heritage and priesthood from GOD through maintenance of traditional family is increasingly confounded by demands that same-sex  (homosexual and lesbian) relationships must be respected as lawful marriage.  Right relationship with GOD may not be founded upon temporal events or the ever-changing truth of human experience.  Affection, dreams, fantasy and imagination may color and add excitement, however, such vanities cannot be trusted as foundations for eternity.  The overriding principle from the holy writings must continue to come into view, the rule of judgment according to privilege:  Atonement also must be made for sins committed by an entire community that have been performed in ignorance of the divine law, of sacred process, and of the consecrated purposes of GOD (see Leviticus 4:  13-21, Luke 12:  47-48, Acts 3:  13-21, and 1st Timothy 1:  5-14, KJV).  On behalf of believers, Christ has completed all the necessary work for atonement, redemption, and salvation through his death on the cross.  It remains that each Christian believer must personally confess participation in the collective error, repent, and appropriate the holy provisions from Christ.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  (2nd Peter 3:  9-18, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); False Witness? (10/31/2010); Bible Complete? (11/01/2010); Holy Writings? (11/02/2010)

Edward, there are many points a person must consider, here, to avoid folly, presumption, and spiritual confusion.  Included are these:

(1)  The holy writings were carefully collected, fitted together and preserved as a tool for continuing a priesthood upon the earth that completes and finishes a sacred pattern in heaven. 

(2)  Men who have no sacred knowledge or part in the priesthood, yet seek to handle and manipulate the Scriptures, may do so without fear of the Lord (i.e., humility and reverence; correct awareness of divine awe), or expectation of divine judgment and punishment.  However, these also are established in a self-awareness as attackers, blasphemers, mockers, and destroyers of faith and right knowing for others.  More than this, in addition to violating aspects of their own conscience and personal integrity, those who continue in such error must realize a decay and decomposition of their own sense of commitment, dutifulness, faithfulness, honor, righteousness, self-respect, and will power to embrace the things from GOD.

(3)  The divine endowments, knowledge, and motives of men are made visible and transparent through the holy writings.  Antichrists, charlatans, deceivers, false prophets, hypocrites, impostors and unclean spirits all are exposed by the Scriptures.

(4)  The operation of GOD and sacred process within created beings and living creatures may be communicated among men by their questions, responses to one another as well as their routine conduct, and is not only displayed and revealed through formal religious ceremony and ritual.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5)  The experience of knowing Jesus is through ones spirit content providing awareness that is shaped entirely by faith, an aspect of full divinity inseparable from such other divine substance as forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin.  The mundane elements of human discourse and intellect (we say, brilliance, cleverness, logic, reason) do not reveal the active presence of GOD, and cannot replace the imparted, indwelling Spirit available through the ministry of Jesus Christ that permits one to know GOD as GOD knows himself.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC