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Photo used announcing Sunday, October 22, 2013 “Friends and Family Day” at Victory Family Church (Belleville, Illinois).  All were encouraged to make a special effort to invite someone to this special service.  Jesus said to look up for the fields are white unto harvest.  Copyright © 2013 David Harbison Ministries

 

Today, focus is on the pattern that believers are to follow when sharing ministry with sinners.  I’m sure the Apostle Paul would say, the pattern to follow is the resurrection of Jesus.  It is written:  Philippians 3:  7-14, King James Version (KJV):  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  The church is not looking to amuse, entertain, or have a “battle of wits” against disbelievers, infidels, and those having the anti-Christ spirit.  The followers of Jesus, made in the image of GOD, are to know the “spirit ye are of” and convey divine love by showing compassion, impartiality, and restraint, not by calling down fire from heaven.  That said, the divine work given the church to carry out is not the practice of condemning, identifying, labeling, and punishing sinners.  When acknowledging the universal needs for redemption and salvation by saying “all have sinned and come short,” the church also may say, There are only two kinds of people in the world, penitent (those who regret and sorrow for their sins) and impenitent sinners (those who practice iniquity, refusing to change and abandon sin).  On surface the people in the two groupings are identical, and can not be consistently, correctly distinguished apart except by operations of the Holy Spirit (we say, discernment) wherein ones own spirit content from the makeup of GOD is used to recognize and respond to the spirit content residing within events, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.  The church is to avoid the errors that come by pronouncing final condemnation on others, making false accusations, and promoting the “work of the Devil” (e.g., character assassination; deception and lying; imposing and presuming on others; slander; usurping sacred authority and dominion).  The focus of the church always should be clearly presented as nourishing spiritual growth and reconciliation.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “– John –” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since October 24, 2007) posted the following:

 

Should christians occupy themselves with people who are sinning, but who are not followers of the christian faith?

What is the correct approach to this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:  that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  (John 4:  34-36, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First To Help? (12/22/2017); Called To Serve Unselfishly (07/06/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); Believers Are To Love (12/07/2016); About Revelation not Punishment? (11/25/2016); Instruments in His Ministry? (10/07/2016)

 

“– John –”, many decisions on the work of the church must be made in accordance with swiftly changing opportunities and possibilities.  Consider this:  In the same way the church is a body made up from many different members, there are multiple ministries, streams of truth, and practical works that make up what the church achieves and represents.  The  confirmed, full members of a church congregation may be thought of as a household, family, or kinship group where, in place of blood, all are connected by their life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word), their own word of promise, their eternal purpose, and their shared oneness without sameness imparted from divinity.  Assignments to carry out and complete the many works accomplished through the church sometimes may be made by the clergy, those in the institutional structure, and those filling leadership roles (e.g., prayer leaders, those in the music ministry, parents, teachers in Bible study classes).  However, operations by the Spirit of GOD are the primary process that determine the spiritual gifts a member will receive, in what location they may serve, and the peculiar needs they actually are equipped to address.

As sinners who are made to be a new creation through Jesus Christ, all who become “born again” are to continue on the earth as “developing believers” who also must “grow up again” and become mature for harvest (we say, his appearing; the Lord’s return; the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).  It is the complete ministry to mankind from divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) that was demonstrated by Jesus Christ that the church as his consort and bride continues to manifest during his physical absence from being on the earth.  Thus, included among the works of the church should be creating new assemblies, baptism, evangelism, exorcism, exposing sin (rather than exposing members to censure), forgiveness, healing, pastoral counseling and personal ministries (for example, to couples, families, newly weds, those returning from prison, youth), praise, prayer, proclaiming doctrine, recruiting new followers, revival, giving of thanks, worship, and preparing to acknowledge Christ at his coming.

Guided and assisted by the imparted Spirit, each member of the body may display the active presence of divine fullness, and respond to the needs of others through their own lifestyle and daily routine.  The church is to further generate divine order; therefore, its members may not operate as completely autonomous, separate and independent, or “loners” having no accountability to others who also are the people of GOD.  The outcomes for the workings of the church are derived from irreversible commitment, interdependence, “repentance not to be repented of,” and cooperation with the Holy Spirit (also called, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Luke 14:  25-27, King James Version (KJV):  25 And there went great multitudes with him:  and he turned, and said unto them,  26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

(2.)  Romans 15:  15-22, KJV:  15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,  16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.  17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.  18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,  19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:  21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see:  and they that have not heard shall understand.  22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

(3.)  Luke 16:  22-31, KJV:  22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:  the rich man also died, and was buried;  23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things:  but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed:  so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.  27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:  28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham:  but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 12:  4-13, KJV:  4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.  12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body:  so also is Christ.  13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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ProdigalFather

As depicted through the parable of the Prodigal son, where we choose to leave, our heavenly Father will daily look for signs of our return.  See Luke 15:  20, King James Version (KJV):  And he arose, and came to his father.  But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

 

Today, reply is on spiritual growth, leaving the fold (apostasy), and returning to the body of Christ.  In the same way, none should not be able to break, or make the bond between a mother and her child simply by using cheap talk and conversation, becoming a new creation through Jesus Christ should not be regarded as something that may be accomplished, undone, or denied to sinners merely by using verbal argument, lies, and persuasion.  Even so, many young people abandon their relationship with GOD through Christ and his church before they have received anointing by the Holy Spirit, or have become sufficiently mature enough, and skilled enough, to respond to life challenges as an adult having more than the tools of their childhood.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

I m leaving christanity because they couldnt convince that God is one !?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  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.  Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree:  and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.  (Isaiah 55:  6-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Shared Divine Glory? (01/15/2018); Proper Training For Belief? (01/10/2018); The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014); Restoring The Lost? (11/19/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, sinners are to come to Christ through operations of divine love, not argument, debate, and persuasion.  However, exalting the flesh, romance, and sexual adventure, many reject and resist godly love.  Before the imparted Spirit from GOD begins to operate within and through our own lives, it is as though we do not have eyes, yet, we sincerely want to see.  Such finite human tools as academic knowledge, emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, secular knowledge, and science can not replace acknowledgment of the divine law, memorials, and sacraments provided by GOD (e.g., praise through hymns and songs; private prayer; Sabbath-keeping); fellowship with and shared respect from those having sacred knowledge; regular study of the holy writings; and use of discernment (ability to apply ones own spirit content from the makeup of Deity as a standard to recognize and respond to the same spirit as it resides within other persons, events, messages, prophecy, purposes, etc.).

Coming to Christ is described as an organic, personal process of joining, and is not a matter of going through multi-staged mechanical procedure.  A sinner must engage divinity through continuing discovery; by enduring life challenges and “growing pains” that may include hardship and suffering; by gradual growth to become mature/ripe for harvest when the Lord returns; and by undergoing permanent changes that appear as simple, yet, are profound (far-reaching in their application, connections, and consequences).

Yes, there are many who complain saying, GOD is threatening them; others are seeking to brainwash and manipulate their minds; and GOD uses coercion and fear to force acceptance of his authority.  However, in the same way accountability and commitment identify mature love relationships, and the lack of those elements expose immature romance, infatuation, and “puppy love,” the arguments and claims by those who think and speak disbelief can be recognized as simple (misdirected; misinformed; underdeveloped).  Unlike those who are hostile, filled with malice, self-destructive, and ungodly, the simple make such attacks in the effort to gain emotional and psychological strength.  Only in time do they realize, the strength of their spirit has not been increased and nourished.   Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 20:  11, King James Version (KJV):  11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

(2.)  Jeremiah 4:  22, KJV:  22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding:  they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

(3.)  Romans 8:  35-39, KJV:  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  James 4:  7-10, KJV:  7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:  let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Thy Saviour

 

Today, reply is on the anchors, gifts and tools Christian believers receive for facing the future without fear.  The present process of GOD for salvation continues to be one of engaging divinity in ongoing relationship, openly fulfilling prophecy, and sharing sacred knowledge (we say, revelation) that is to provide comfort, rather than a process for maintaining mystery, secrecy, and hidden truth.  While prophecy and revelation may be thought of as “forward-looking,” their importance is not the foretelling of events or predicting the future so much as directing the awareness of created beings and living creatures to apprehend the character, makeup, and substances who collectively are divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Wise Cracker” (Level 7 with 167,572 points, a member since November 12, 2013) posted the following:

 

Is the only way to keep from fearing the future to not look into the future and stay in the NOW?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  (1st Corinthians 15:  51-58, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Secular History, Sacred Revelation? (01/11/2018); No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); The People You Meet? (08/11/2016); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016); The Endtime and Fear? (01/14/2015); Afraid of Eternal Life? (10/30/2013); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013)

 

“Wise Cracker”, for mature Christian believers “the future” has content, form, presence, quality, and value as the expression of grace, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD.  The future pertains more to the existence of divinity, than to the existence of time and space.  Christians all begin as sinners who willingly turn away (we say, repent) from lives of error and wickedness, and turn to GOD to be part of the new creation through Jesus Christ.  Thereby, sinners become joined to GOD as divine offspring and heirs through various operations carried out by the Lord and by the Holy Spirit.  Without knowing all the details, or having predictions of all that will occur, one enters into new relationships established through GOD that all turn a believer to hope, joy, life, and love, not to anger, bitterness, confusion, and darkness.

While still on the earth, “developing believers” are to prepare to exist as eternal, immortal companions of Deity.  Those “born again” must “grow up again” and become mature (ripe for harvest; fit to be gathered up by the Lord when he returns).  The many events of sacred gathering and joining include divine adoption to become sons and daughters of GOD; answering as a partner in divine covenant; becoming confirmed as a full member of the church (the body of Christ); holy matrimony wherein two become “one flesh,” and GOD is the other; rebirth depicted by water baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit with its resurrection from the dead having divine DNA, so to speak); and receiving the blood and body of Jesus through the emblems of bread and wine (we say, Communion; the Lord’s Supper).  

When challenged by fear, guilt, regret, or shame, many rely on their own authority, their own personal power, and the strength of their own will (willpower) to overcome.  For Christians, the facing of fear is accomplished primarily as we receive and rely on inseparable aspects of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The operations and workings of fear are blocked out by focusing on sacred knowledge (instead of secular knowledge), on the assurances, proclamations, and promises of GOD as well as by commitment, prophecy, holy boldness (certainty and confidence to enter the presence of divinity for judgment), and discernment (the ability to recognize and respond whenever invisible divinity is present). 

Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, King James Version (KJV):  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

(2.)  Isaiah 41:  10, KJV:  10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:  be not dismayed; for I am thy God:  I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

(3.)  James 4:  13-17, KJV:  13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings:  all such rejoicing is evil.  17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

(4.)  Matthew 6:  31-34, KJV:  31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow:  for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st John 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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The Shield of Faith

 

Today, a reply is shared on the character and nature of faith as well as on the practice of  Christian believers praying for “more faith.”  Prayer fosters the development of spiritual consciousness; and is a turning of ones awareness and self-will away from the operations of sin to exist having oneness without sameness through the active presence who is GOD.  Often, healing, miracles, signs, and other sacred events thought to be answers and outcomes that follow prayer also may appear following periods of fasting, re-dedication, praise, sacrifice, and unselfish service.  The sacred process of prayer is best understood as the emanating and receiving of sacred substance more than one of dialogue and verbal exchange.  Believers must experience a joining with divine person more than multiple language events to make detailed confessions of need, register complaints, or make requests to satisfy fleshly desires and lusts.  (It is written:  Romans 8:  26, King James Version (KJV):  26 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.)  For developing believers, prayer should result in assurances and acceptance of divine decisions, rulings, and warnings that can be discerned within their own circumstances and life events.  Prayer will not change, influence, or manipulate the immutable, incorruptible mind of divinity; however, the natural law that governs cycles, episodes and mechanical process can be suspended, or applied in rarely seen and unique combination.  Because angry decisions announced by GOD also are proclaimed in language that is “conditional”, and that may state specific criteria that will trigger the occurrence of a divine deed, prayer can change conditions and levels of readiness among men such that GOD will delay, “repent” and “reschedule” the expression of his wrath.  It requires faith to ask for “more faith;” the great need, then, can be for ability to correctly direct, recognize, and respond to faith that already is in place.  Thus, it was the faith Abraham displayed that GOD acknowledged as his righteousness, and not Abraham’s circumcision.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Dan” (Level 3 with 1,906 points, a member since October 27, 2012) posted the following:

 

Praying for more faith?

I’m not a christian, but I recently came across the idea where some christians pray for “more faith”. Could someone explain this to me?

From an agnostic position, this seems kinda silly as I would like to operate on more evidence (which seems impossible) and less faith. Having more faith that the moon is made of cheese seems to do nothing to make the moon more likely to be made of cheese — yet there’s a definite practice of christians praying not to have wishes granted, but to experience yet more faith because it is through faith they can achieve great works (mustard seed stuff).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  (Ephesians 6:  10-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Knowing What To Believe? (12/31/2017); The Answer From GOD (05/19/2017); The GOD Who Answers? (04/04/2017); Divine Delay and Prayer? (03/22/2017); Teach Me To Pray (03/21/2017); Simple and Mature Faith (09/05/2016); The Silence of GOD (01/31/2016)

 

“Dan”, GOD is a spirit, yet, in academic and worldly settings, we often speak of divinity as though the Creator is one of us—another individual who is carnal, material, secular, and social.  Among mature Christian believers, “faith” may be understood as an aspect of the full, inseparable spirit content (where you find one, you find them all in varying proportion) that is imparted from the makeup of divinity when a sinner repents and turns to Christ to become “born again.”  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Water baptism depicts the unseen sacred process wherein the inborn spirit dies, is buried, and is raised from death.  A “developing believer” results who is a new creation through Jesus Christ, a child of GOD, and a joint-heir with the saints of the kingdom.  All Christians are to display their own endowment of the seed from GOD (one might say, their divine DNA).  Those born-again also must “grow up again,” and become mature by answering life challenges and “growing pains” along with the shared hardships and suffering of life on the earth.

Faith that is a spiritual gift is provided and received as a “double portion,” or second outpouring of divine inheritance.  Petitions and requests ought be made through prayer that faith within the church as a body be edified (built up), nourished, and permitted to complete its purpose and work of salvation without interruption.  Faith must reside within all leaders and on every level throughout the community of faith (e.g., choir members, deacons, parents, prayer warriors).  Faith is not a “coin” for acquiring and purchasing things we may covet and desire that are in the world (e.g., the house, the car, the good job, the spouse).  Faith does not have measurable dimensions (e.g., amount, depth, height, length, weight), for  faith is a spirit substance.  With this in view, as little faith as a mustard seed is not diminished in its divine authority and power.

Because our growth as believers does not go forward unopposed, we speak of the “good fight of faith.”  Certainty, holy boldness, and duration are established through the operations of faith; and our capacity to remain focused having godly expectation (we say, hope) is buttressed and reinforced.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  1-11, King James Version (KJV):  1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

(2.)  Romans 4:  3-12, KJV:  3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.  6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,  7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.  11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised:  that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:  12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The Crucifixion by Tintoretto, 1565
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Today, reply is on discernment and recognizing events on the earth as actions performed by divinity.  Existence and the life essence (breath, spirit, Word) imparted to the living permit their consciousness and response to actions by unseen divinity.  Thus, created beings and living creatures “know” the active presence who is GOD by his distinctive deeds and ongoing sacred works.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Alan” (Level 1 with 106 points, a member since November 09, 2017) posted the following:

 

If the chance of an event happening was one in a million, would that convince you it was an act of God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.  For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.  (1st Chronicles 29:  10-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Coincidence or Answered Prayer? (11/15/2017); Divine Wrath Against Sin? (10/17/2017); Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017); Storms to Punish America? (09/08/2017); Growth Is Through Edification (06/20/2017); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013); Magick and Prayer? (10/29/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012)

 

“Alan”, many become spiritually confused because men on the earth as well as angels and devils are being used as instruments to accomplish divine intent.  For Christians, the basis for regarding an occurrence as the “act of GOD” is not how many lives and persons are involved, how often or regularly it appears, the mathematical and statistical probability for the event repeating, or how global and widespread the event may be.  Christian believers are commanded and encouraged to acknowledge that the death of Jesus on the cross is an example of “an act of GOD” as was the Creation of heaven and earth, the forgiveness of the sins and offenses against GOD they have committed as well as sinners becoming “born again” and being received as a new creation (we say, sons and daughters of GOD, and joint heirs with Christ).

Once sinners are reborn through water baptism (death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit) they are to “grow up again” as offspring from divine DNA, so to speak.  Developing believers receive fresh endowments of inseparable sprit content from the makeup of divinity that includes faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  All are to meet the challenges of life and “growing pains” on the earth, and become ripe (mature) for harvest by the Lord at his return (some say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming). 

Developing believers are to be edified (built up) through discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with believers more mature than themselves (e.g., clergy, co-workers, their own parents), through sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge, through observing sacred practices (sacraments) through study of the holy writings as well as by unselfish service through their lifestyle and daily routines (e.g., praise, prayer, worship).

Believers are to become skilled using discernment (i.e., use of ones own spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD as a standard to recognize and respond to the spirit substance within events, other persons, prophetic demonstrations, purposes, etc.)  Acts of GOD are distinct, for they express the heart, mind and sovereign will of GOD, and do not exalt or express the will of mankind, or any other created being and living creature.  Acts of GOD, therefore, will all appear as in accord with divine law and sacred judgment; with eternal purpose; with the proclamations, promises, and prophesies from GOD; with the terms of covenant relationship; and with the revelation of GOD whereby divinity is made knowable, known, accessible and approachable.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  John 1:  11-14, King James Version (KJV):  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(2.)  Romans 8:  14-17, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Colossians 1:  12-22, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.
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Washington, DC

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He That Believes

 

 
Today, topics include death, sacred promises, and the new life for developing Christians.  In the same way suffering provides a platform for hope, death provides a platform for faith.  Eternal life is GOD’s intent, yet, death is GOD’s tool.  Using death GOD adds multiple facets of meaning and substance to the awareness generated by divine law, and operates on the deeper levels of consciousness within created beings and living creatures.  Included are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotions (e.g., anger, fear, sorrow), the dynamics of fellowship (e.g., integrity, respect, trust), mental functions (e.g., dreams, expectations, imagination, logic, carnal reason, recall) as well as the oneness without sameness that make possible continuing relationships with divinity.  Through influence and imperative, death promotes commitment, repentance and urgency along with permanent changes that come by acquiring sacred knowledge, study of the holy writings, and unselfish service.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If we are all going to die one day than what is the ******* point of life?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  (1st Corinthians 15:  21-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Reasons for Our Existence? (11/01/2017); Undergoing A Sacred Transformation (10/24/2017); Caution! Work In Progress (10/19/2017); From Dust Thou Art (09/07/2017); Existence, Mortality and GOD? (08/31/2017); Waiting On The Lord? (06/16/2017); The Nature of Death (04/25/2017)

 

“Anonymous”, having to meet life challenges, endure growing pains, suffer, and complete mortality does not destroy all the beauty, discovery, and joy of living.  While they are still living on the earth, those who commit themselves to Jesus Christ for atonement and forgiveness of sin also are endowed with new meanings, practices, divine promises, and ways of understanding that help them to comprehend creation, existence, life, and death are all tools for divine self-expression.  The fullness of divinity (we say, “the GODhead;” “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”) must become knowable, known, accessible and approachable to created beings and living creatures.  In addition to inseparable aspects of sacred makeup such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin, the active presence whom we call “GOD” also emanates glory, hope, love, perfection, person, eternal purpose and resurrection from the dead. 

The Creator is a deity who also has appeared on the earth using covenant agreements, divine law, form (we say, flesh and blood; Incarnation), promises, and holy writings.  GOD continues communication, exchange, and interaction (we say, ongoing personal relationships), to provide added benefit and comfort to mankind, and so that, divinity can be realized as more than an abstraction, or academic concept.  For Christian believers, the “quality of life” on the earth is enhanced through clear statements from GOD that set believers apart for service (we say, command, instruct, sanctify) and further prepare them to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity.

Christians are not granted ability to read other people’s thoughts, or predict the future; instead, they are made certain and sure through divine promises and prophecy.  In water baptism the believer undergoes death, burial and rebirth having divine DNA, so to speak; and all who are “born again,” must “grow up again” as the sons and daughters of GOD, who display divine spirit content through their lifestyle and daily routines.  Developing believers are to become mature (we say, ripe for harvest) to be removed from the earth at the appearing of Jesus Christ (Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  For us, then, there always is  great excitement, for the Scriptures declare we will not all be in our graves at his coming.  Neither men nor angels can say the day or hour when he shall return; and all are encouraged to stay ready, and remain vigilant.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) 2nd Corinthians 1:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:  in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

(2.)  Romans 6:  3-5, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

(3.)  Revelation 21:  6-8, KJV:  6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 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.  14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15 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.  16 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:  17 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.  18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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Washington, DC

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Moral Compass

 

Today, reply is on forgiveness as one aspect in developing a “moral compass.”  Correctly understood, salvation through Jesus Christ brings together multiple streams of divine operations to reveal the divine nature and establish eternal life.  In addition to forgiveness and the Savior dying on the cross there also must be such elements as atonement, discernment, Incarnation, longsuffering, rebirth, reconciliation, intimate relationship, repentance, resurrection, sanctification, and transformation.  An individual believer will be built up (we say, edified) and spiritually increased as a member being nourished along with other parts of a full body, the church.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Luke” (Level 7 with 25,043 points, a member since February 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

How can Christians act morally when their god will forgive any sin?

What’s to stop a Christian from murdering someone and then asking Jesus for forgiveness 5 minutes later?

How can Christians develope any moral compass when they’re allowed to do anything at all and their god will forgive them for it.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  (2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Forgiveness Not Enough? (09/22/2017); Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016)

 

“Luke”, surely, you will agree to create or install a “moral compass” requires more than a “big bang.”  Your question also suggests that by your standards (1) for GOD to grant forgiveness is immoral, (2) there are no other divine operations that give meaning and sacred substance to forgiveness, and (3) forgiveness is the same as approving and endorsing sin and wickedness.  Forgiveness pertains to salvation carried out and performed only by GOD, and so speaks of a profound transformation of a sinner’s awareness, spirit-makeup, and self-will that may be dominated by the operations of sin.  Forgiveness is linked to such sacred works as revelation, final judgment (we say, the second death), rebirth, resurrection from the dead, the expression of divine love as well as sanctification (the living being set apart to serve GOD by fulfilling promise, prophecy, and eternal purpose). 

Many are unable to see that sin is contrary to the character and nature of humanity.  They think of sin as natural, normal, and unavoidable.  Without permanent change, instruction and sacred knowledge from divinity, sinners are unable to realize, recognize, and properly resist the operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and the full universe that relies upon divine order; and sin promotes chaos, non-existence, and the conditions that were in place before the establishment of heaven and earth. 

While there are many operations of GOD that will be accomplished through instantaneous sacred events (we say, miracles), the operations of divinity to establish discernment, renewal, and the intended oneness without sameness among created beings and living creatures now emphasize discovery, gradual growth, and learning.  Those who are “born again” must “grow up again” and become mature by enduring “growing pains” and life experience on the earth.  GOD acknowledges the carnal, material, and social frameworks relied on by mankind; thus, the living are to experience death and burial of the inborn spirit; and are given fresh endowments of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD can be imparted to the living such as faith, holiness, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Having a fresh deposit of the sovereign will of GOD, awareness and self-will in mankind can not be dominated by sin.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalms 130:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?  4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.  5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  6 My soul waiteth for the LORD more than they that watch for the morning:  I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

(2.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  22 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:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 7:  40-47, KJV:  40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:  the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:  but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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Washington, DC

 

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