Archive for the ‘Proverbs’ Category

Today, reply is made to a teen requesting guidance for further growth as a Christian.  Like others, followers of the Lord do not always get to have their own way.  There is no formula, “magic words,” or single catchword for developing believers; and, for many, insight and understanding only will come as they endure regular life challenges and hardships.  The life of a Christian does not center in enjoying oneself and pursuing various pleasures.  Every believer is called (we may say, recruited) to participate in the work of spreading the Gospel, and preparing a harvest for the Lord.  Consider again the following from the Bible and the recommendation that appears below:  Hebrews 5:  7-10, King James Version (KJV):  7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;  8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.  Also, 1st John 2:  15-17, KJV:  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  1st John 4:  1-3, KJV:  1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “XX” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since December 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

How to be more Christlike ( how to be a better man)?

Hello I’m 15 and experienced a calling from the lord yesterday, I found him, I’m sure of it. I can’t explain it but I was in tears, of joy. I have been raised as a Christian but up until yesterday I haven’t truly found him. Im not sure I worded that properly but that’s the only way I can explain in words. I want to follow the teachings of god and desire to become the best man I can. My question now is how can I become a better mam, more Christ like. I know its not that simple but what can I do in my everyday life to become a better person? I also want other advice for a young man that I should hear

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:  for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  (Matthew 5:  43-48, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Ongoing and Unfinished? (11/22/2015); Temptations, Tests and Trials? (05/12/2015); How To Renew The Mind (11/22/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013)

 

XX”, every Christian believer must undergo a process of learning and growth to become “ripe”.  Following water baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), the disciples of Jesus gradually experience changes within their character and substance.  All are being prepared and made ready to be taken from the earth at the return of Jesus Christ (called Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, and the Second Coming).  Born again, believers must “grow up again” and become mature facing the same “growing pains” and life challenges as all others alive upon the earth.  To be mature is to be balanced, complete, focused, and stable.  More than this, believers must become perfected.  Because our efforts to accomplish self-improvement are finite, and only continue our focus upon the flesh and the world (e.g., ambition, prestige, status, success), to be made perfect believers submit to operations of the Holy Spirit that are eternal.  Believers must participate in and submit to operations that are completed by divinity.  Included are confession, communion, praise, repentance, and sanctification.  The believer should engage in such actions as fellowship with more experienced believers, continuing study of the holy writings, service to GOD, and unselfish giving.  We acquire and apply sacred knowledge in our routine activity and daily living that then serves as our own inner preferences, principles and standards.  With this in view, reading the entire Bible is a goal for many believers, and the teachings from the Book of Proverbs have been very useful.  Even so, consider the following points out of the Scriptures:

(1.)  2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, King James Version (KJV):  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

(2.)  Galatians 6:  8-10, KJV:  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  9 And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

(3.)  1st Peter 4:  12-14, KJV:  12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones spiritual arsenal.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 5:  6-11, KJV:  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.)  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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Some ideas regarding language from the holy writings that speak to rebirth, and more on Solomon is presented, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer, “David G” (Level 5 with 7,787 points, a member since August 25, 2007), posted the following:


Should “born again” have been translated “born from above”?
Keep in mind that your bible is a translation from, hopefully, the manuscripts.
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When did God create your soul? This age, or the one before this one?


THE BATTLE AXE:  The Golden Age? (01/10/2013)—As with most figures in the Bible, only part of the life, person and history of King Solomon serves as a sacred manifestation or type depicting the things from GOD for mankind.  Solomon is credited as having written more than a thousand adages, maxims and proverbs.  However, the wisdom documented in the Proverbs is to be seen as the wisdom of GOD from the covenant people to their leadership along with the wisdom of GOD from the leadership of the covenant nation for the people, and divine wisdom through the covenant people for all mankind.  Many find the Song of Solomon (also called “Canticles” and the “Song of Songs”) one of the most difficult readings from the word of GOD.  Modern readers do not immediately endorse, or feel a connection with the prophetic language and symbols used to express gratitude, love and passion toward GOD, toward the Messiah that would be sent, and toward the temple (i.e., Church) that would be established.  Solomon, the representation of Christ, is seen in contrast to Absalom, Adonijah, Amnon, Rehoboam, and all the other sons of David, who all fulfilled only carnal and fleshly expectations.  Because none fulfilled the divine aspects of the sacred promises to David, this meant that another should be expected.  When Jesus appeared as an heir to David, celibate, lowly, and meek, yet, a son of GOD, Jesus was “a new creature” totally unlike any son of David that had ever been born.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  (1st Peter 1:  22-25, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); A Text for Lives Today (11/25/2012); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Jealous, Not Crazy (08/10/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012); The One Unseen (02/03/2012)


Many mature Christian believers agree it is not any academic or literal translation of the words that appear from the pages of Scripture that is most important; rather, it is a person’s discernment, recognition, and understanding of the spiritual substance hidden within the Scriptures that is the most important thing.  Thus, one of the most significant approaches used in the ministry of Jesus to affirm peculiar doctrines appears through the Savior asking, How readest thou? (see Luke 10:  25-27, KJV).  The imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD may give utterance, and the believer’s response may be fashioned, not merely as agreement.  Instead, the hearer is encouraged to share belief, praise, proclamation, and prophecy.

“Born again” and the language of rebirth conveys the profound reconfiguration of human existence while continuing to locate mankind upon the earth (the creation of GOD), and in the world (the creation of mankind).  The importance of flesh as an aspect of the various spiritual processes for salvation more readily comes into view.  Included are gestation, regeneration and sanctification.  There must be development and growth of human being and personness that derive from divine substance (we say, divine DNA); and the operation is one that both employs, and works upon flesh.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, to say “born from above” is not incorrect, for human understanding requires that fundamental spiritual truths must be repeated many times (like “Mama” and “Dada”) before they are finally internalized, and properly applied.  There must be a continual acknowledgment of the separation of mankind from the Creator, a distance that results from the exalted nature of GOD as well as from the operations of sin.  Also, there must be continual acceptance of the revelation of GOD Incarnate through the person of Jesus Christ as the profound outreach of GOD to the created.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The Holy Spirit, the human spirit, and the place of mankind in judgment are topics, today. No BATTLE AXE appears. A “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using the ID “daughtereponymous” (Level 7 with 26,793 points, a member since May 18, 2010) posted the following:

Prov.20:27 states we are the CANDLES of G-D who is the FLAME and how do we light it ?

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11: 32-36, King James Version)

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); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); A Reborn Heart (02/26/2011); GOD Commanded? (02/27/2011); Divine Light (10/04/2010); The Fall Of Adam (10/05/2010)

      In that particular Scripture, and throughout the Holy Bible, the “spirit of man” is spoken of as an instrument and tool used by GOD to fulfill divine purposes. Sacred themes and the divine ownership of mankind and all Creation are documented through human events, yet, rather than human concepts of effort, freedom, pleasure, self-promotion, and self-will, the compassion, righteousness and sovereignty of GOD are proclaimed. The crafting, lighting and quenching of the candle is through operations of the Divine Person, that include death, rebirth and anointing by the Holy Ghost.

      The Proverb can be understood as restating the sacred truth that GOD is an eternal and righteous judge, and acknowledges the revelation to Moses and all mankind (Exodus 19: 17 through 20: 1-6, KJV; Exodus 33: 12-23 through 34: 1-8, KJV). Made in the image of GOD, we repeatedly fail to respond to one another properly, because humanity also describes many features that are barely recognizable, invisible, and unseen without the peculiar levels of discernment and vision provided through the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD.

      The Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy) may add to and alter ones inner makeup; however, the Spirit does not conceal, counterfeit, falsify or replace the human spirit. The human potential for containing sacred content (such as faith, holiness, law, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin), displaying the divine nature, and expressing eternal divinity is brought to greater heights through the ministries of Jesus that provide learning, nourishment, sacramental practice, and spiritual growth.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, in addition to judgment, throughout the holy writings, burning and fire pertain to deep cleansing and purging. Sanctification is not a “one-time” event; and continues in the life of a believer as the experience of being set apart for association with GOD, and for high service to the Almighty that may include childbearing, marriage, martyrdom, and preaching.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC