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The validity of faith that appears only when challenged by death, sickness or suffering is the topic, today. Also, there is more on whether one may receive a new or “replacement” measure of the Holy Spirit. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “little prince” (Level 1 with 24 points, a member since May 30, 2013) posted the following:


Going to God because of tragedy?

I’ve been an agnostic, if I ever got close to God, I wanted it to be because of conviction rather than because I was pushed by tragedy.

But now that my mom has cancer, I’ve been just desperately seeking him.

Is this type of faith valid? One pushed by tragedy, hopelessness, and need?


THE BATTLE AXE: Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013)—(5) While the spiritual death of a believer occurs in an instance, and rebirth from divine DNA is completed in the same moment, receiving the Holy Spirit is not a “one-time” event that is completed in one hour, one day, one decade, or one millennium. Finite and temporal behaviors may be completed such as church attendance, fasting, missionary service, and Scripture studies. However, Christian believers must make a continuing, uninterrupted commitment to accept a lifetime of change, growth, and transformation through operations performed by GOD. For this reason, language associated with marriage often is used to clarify Christian dedication (e.g., duty, faithfulness, intimacy, and trust). Believers become life companions to Christ, and through his Spirit, achieve fellowship, right standing, and unity with the Divine. See Galatians 4: 1-9, 1st John 1: 1-10 and 1st John 3: 1-10, King James Version. (6) Believers should not look for change in their physical appearance and social circumstances as the evidence of their new birth. The truth of rebirth must be accepted through an act of self-will (we say choice) dictated and influenced by faith. Faith appears within awareness as certainty, confidence, conviction, and trust based upon the word of GOD (i.e., divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy); and this is called “knowing by faith, rather than by sight.” A believer’s economic, employment, or marital status may continue to be undesirable for a very long period. Where indicators that are not generated by sacred content are relied upon, new believers may appear completely unaltered, unrepentant, and the same as before their embrace by GOD through Christ. Included are addictions, arbitrary differences (e.g., eye color, gender, height, weight), attitudes, behavior, character, conduct, habits, illnesses, and ones personal style. The changes that GOD will perform as a person’s salvation are to be within the believer, not others, not ones surroundings, not the church, not the world. (7) The behaviors that most indicate spiritual growth for Christian believers include actions and conduct that display increased generosity and giving, humility, impartiality, love, practice and understanding of the sacraments, willingness to forgive, unselfish service, and focus upon the person of Christ in place of introspection, self-examination and self-promotion. Believers learn to see, attend to, and serve Christ revealed within the sufferings of others. The “holy spirit” a person may have gotten “a few years ago” is proven to be alive and well by unselfish ministry to others. See Matthew 25: 31-46, Romans 8: 1-18, Romans 8: 24-31, Philippians 3: 7-14 and 2nd Corinthians 3: 17-18, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2nd Corinthians 12: 6-10, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Struggles? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); Expect Healing (02/11/2012); Childhood Cancers? (01/17/2011); Denominations? (01/18/2011)

“little prince,” here are some points I have considered since my mother died of cancer, and that most Christian believers also encounter as they are perfected by GOD:

(1) The faith you begin with should not be the faith you end with. Believers enter into a continuing process of existence that is directed by divine influences, and so there must be change, growth, learning, and sanctification. Saying this another way: A person’s awareness of divinity must increase and include recognition of divine substance that is the make-up of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin); the active operation of GOD within the human frameworks of time and space (e.g., covenant, divine law, forgiveness, judgment, salvation); and such aspects of divine focus as authority, fulfillment, intent, and purpose.

(2) Often believers must accept that the comfort and consolation provided by GOD for meeting life challenges and experience within the natural and social worlds of mankind ARE NOT carnal, emotional, material and physical. Intended for something higher, GOD may bestow spirit content and demonstrations of divine presence through expectations (i.e., what we are commanded to hope), miracles, proclamations, promises, prophesies, testimonies in judgment, visitations, and witness. 
 
(3) Where one relies on human faith, rather than the faith that is given through the imparted Spirit of GOD, confusion, disappointment, and a sense of having been betrayed are usually experienced. Such persons fail to grasp that the ministry of Jesus Christ must acknowledge aspects of divine order and obligation that do not permit an instant elimination of death, all disease, sickness and sin. There is an unseen universe of active forces, conditions, and demands that must be maintained in peculiar balance.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4) While GOD did not eliminate death from human experience by appearing in the earth as Jesus Christ, GOD did transform the meaning and understanding of death. Death is revealed as temporal, not eternal; death is shown to not be a god; like aging, death is not always a punishment; and fear that death may operate contrary to GOD has been broken off among believers. As a divine tool death permits resurrection, and it is a further mechanism and tool needed to establish eternal life.) 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 divine device of fathers and sons is our topic, today; and there is more on the love of GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Haley” (Level 1 with 91 points, a member since March 1, 2013) posted the following:


Why does god need a son?

i am very open to other religions ….but when it comes to Christianity this is a question i want to ask ….if god is so powerful why does he need a son….and if Jesus is gods son does that make him a god to…sorry i don’t know to much about Christianity..


THE BATTLE AXE:  The Love of GOD (03/03/2013)—We should not be disturbed that we do not understand everything in an instance and all-at-once.  There are things hidden and unexplained even among the Host of heaven.  Divine love is made visible to us all by such aspects of communion as compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, patience, and longsuffering.  As sons and daughters to GOD through Jesus Christ, believers are not commanded to despise or hate Satan.  As we mature, and are lead to understand the predicament that comes by sin, we recognize the extremity of all those who are lost, including those among the holy angels.  More than through friendship, marriage and relationships based upon mutual acceptance and commitment, understanding the love of GOD is acquired by growth through experiences of fulfilling spiritual duty.  One may be required to carry out and perform tasks pertaining to the will of GOD that absolutely must be completed within a fixed period without complaints, grumbling, ill-temper, and protest; without delay, hesitation and lingering; without detailed and full information regarding consequences, intent, purpose and value for ones actions as well as without regard to the various costs that may include energy, money, pleasure and time, that may result in damage, injury, personal loss and sacrifice, and that may also result in death, elimination and status as “obsolete.”  The importance of such elements as choice, preference, self-will, and beginner or volunteer status are canceled; nevertheless—like it, don’t like it—the duty must be fulfilled.  Such elements must appear as allegiance, commitment, conviction, dedication, dependability, devotion, faithfulness, loyalty, reliability, and trustworthiness.  In addition to such duties as preaching and proclaiming the Gospel, all believers in Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior are challenged to fulfill sacred duties that include confessing their faults, needs, sins and weaknesses; giving and sharing unselfishly; intercession on behalf of others; always speaking the truth; showing compassion and respect to all; living lives of repentance and preparation for the Advent of Christ; and praying without ceasing.  The specific tasks believers are assigned always fit with and support actions, and works by others and by GOD.  Thus, it is the interconnection, interdependence and harmony of our works that generate the awareness, cooperation, teamwork and unity we see in the peculiar association and fellowship known as “the body” and “the church.”  Those that are incapable of receiving the spirit substance that enables action, change and growth that displays the divine will are also incapable of receiving spirit content that establishes eternal life.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:  the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  (Isaiah 55:  7-12, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); How Was GOD Know Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)


     Haley, be encouraged as you consider the following:  GOD understands that mankind needs to communicate directly with himself in order to correctly receive place within the fullness of the universe.  The importance of a “son” of GOD is as great as the importance for a “son of man.”  Through human reproduction, various possibilities are established for finite and temporal mankind to be in continuing and productive existence, and to realize relationship with the eternal Creator.  Men are to understand that GOD is a spirit, and ordinarily has no form, shape or visible appearance.  More than this, divine existence, intent, operation and sacred purpose are not typically bounded and framed by the aspects for human mind supplied as time and space.

     GOD reveals himself to created beings and living creatures through various devices, mechanisms, and sacred processes.  Included are birth, covenant, creation, death, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, law, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  The word of GOD also is spirit (we sometimes say “breath”); and operates as a distinct appearance of divine person.  The divine word is to be understood as making the will of GOD known, and must be recognized primarily by its effect and presence for, through and upon created beings and objects that may be carnal, material, social, or spirit.

     The promises of GOD to one man, who at some point must die and complete mortality, (e.g., Adam, Abraham, or David) are lawfully and properly carried over and fulfilled within the life of other men who are shaped in the same personness and values of their “father.”  Given that men may understand and perform duty as sons to complete and perpetuate earthly goals and standards given by their fathers, the device of a divine son is used to achieve divine aims and imperatives that include furthering the possibilities for the divine nature to reside within humanity.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the appearance of GOD incarnate (i.e., in flesh) as Jesus of Nazareth should be easy to accept as an emblem of the supreme authority, glory and majesty of GOD.  Thousands of years and human lives were used to prepare mankind for that event.  The holiness, power, and purity of GOD are not defiled or lessened through operations of divine prerogative and righteousness for the salvation of created beings and living creatures.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC