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Today, thoughts are shared on almsgiving, charity, compassion, and unselfish service among Christian believers and the poor.  For most modern-day problems and troubles, money frequently turns out  to be a primary need; however, where careful and godly assessment are made, we also discover there should be humility, intercessory prayer, laying ones petitions before GOD, and displaying gratitude with giving of thanks.  Born again and developing Christian believers will be endowed with spirit substance from the makeup of GOD to enable their endurance of challenges, opposition, persecution, and suffering.  Even so, those living in distress and enduring hardship often practice bestowing respect, celebrating abundance and plenty, lending without interest or usury, sacrifice and demanding from oneself along with personal sharing as obligatory, precious, and indispensable.  Similarly, as those in covenant relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ and those joined to divinity as his sacred body on the earth, the church acknowledges a duty from GOD to supply its own members who are less fortunate.  Those having no income or savings generally include babies, minor children, the clergy, orphans, teenagers, the elderly, and widows, who in turn, make commitment to minister and serve others around them—even those outside the church—through personal outreach and sharing.  Creating, improvising, and finding new applications for old solutions become important, and further establish oneness without sameness.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Spiritually why do those less fortunate become the first ones to help in times of troubles?

Hoping those who have the ability wake up and help those less fortunate in the world and stop being so selfish.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:  and the God of peace shall be with you.  (Philippians 4:  4-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Not All Are Welcome (11/28/2017); Giving, A Divine Discipline? (10/09/2017); GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); GOD’s Way Not Equal? (07/17/2016); Put On Charity? (11/16/2015); A Christmas Message, 2014 (12/25/2014); Giving Forgiveness? (03/15/2014); Cleansing the Temple, and the Body (03/16/2014); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points of explanation that came to my mind that might have to be examined by careful research and study before we could agree that they truly apply:

(1.)  Many among those less fortunate are quick to support others because their principles and values for survival tend to emphasize cooperation, protecting and sharing with one another, and unselfish giving.  By contrast, survival among the wealthy and well-to-do often demands and legitimizes aggression, competition, discipline, and self-promotion.

(2.)  The focus of those less successful tends to be present conditions, and any crisis at hand; while successful people have been described as those who focus on goals, what is possible, where they want to be, and what they actually want to achieve within a set time frame.

(3.)  The lifestyle and daily routines of Christian believers often generate less anxiety over carnal, material, secular, and social issues.  Those who maintain a healthy, regular prayer life, can express great freedom from anxiety and other emotional, psychological, and spiritual conditions that generate stress and worry

(4.)  Among the poor and less fortunate, strength and wisdom also are accepting what comes, and timely surrender without abandoning faith or hope.  Focus on need is used as a defense by those less fortunate to limit ambition, distraction, greed, and exaggerated pride.

Of course, there is far more that could be said.  (For example, consider again the testimony of the Apostle Paul who describes the lifestyle and mindset for those helping to prepare the harvest for Jesus at his Advent (we also say, his appearing, the Rapture, the Second Coming):  (5.)    Philippians 4:  11-13, King James Version (KJV):  11 Not that I speak in respect of want:  for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:  every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, the language “cost of discipleship” and the profound nature of salvation are topics.  Discipleship as a Christian is established and maintained through commitment and content (fitness; sacred substance; oneness without sameness) of spirit not on the basis of ambition, emotion, or the “four-letter words” (good, hate, love, work).  Sinners coming to GOD through Jesus Christ must accept that salvation is not a simple process used to gain favor with GOD for oneself so much as it is a complex sacred operation directed to sinners becoming a new creation, and ministering their own divine spirit content to others.  A broad range of special explanations, illustrations, images, parables, and terms are used to make otherwise unseen truth clear and understandable.  So to speak, the Bible uses different ideas and ways to present the same concept over and over (e.g., brethren, firstborn, husbandmen, stewards, disciples).  From Genesis to Revelation, the meaning and value of various passages and statements are intended to be recognizable only to those endowed with spirit matter from the makeup of divinity that prepares them to receive a greater anointing from GOD through the further ministry of Jesus Christ.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

If salvation is a free gift, why is the cost of discipleship as shown in Luke 14:26-33 so high?

If Luke 14:26-33 is to be taken literally, Christianity is the strictest religion on Earth and the criteria to avoid burning in hell forever is very high.

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In past questions, I probed into the nature of compassion with respect to a deity that sends a majority of people to hell. One of the common responses was that God is merciful because I am merely “rejecting a free gift.”

But is salvation really a free gift? According to the Bible, the price seems to be very high – hating your family and your own life, forsaking all you possess, etc. And if discipleship is not the same as salvation, why does the book of Acts refer to Christians as disciples? Why is there not a separate category for believers who aren’t disciples?

My broad point is that if Jesus has such harsh requirements, then going to hell is because Jesus sends you there, not because “you send yourself there,” and it’s hardly a merciful set of requirements. So what makes God different than a bank robber or thief?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there went great multitudes with him:  and he turned, and said unto them,  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.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  Salt is good:  but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?  It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  (Luke 14:  25-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Accepting Christ, Accepting Change (10/20/2017); Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); Becoming Joined To GOD (10/13/2017); Developing A Moral Compass? (10/03/2017); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Humility and The Cross? (03/15/2016); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013)

“Anonymous”, the things of GOD require we adopt another way of speaking and thinking.  Throughout the holy writings there are many points for guidance and instruction that appear extreme or outlandish when taken out of their proper context (the complete revelation from GOD) in the same way a suggestion that GOD is no different for you than a bank robber or thief appears to be apostasy, blasphemy, gross ignorance and wickedness when taken out of the actual context of your intent, and the full framework of what you are seeking to share (e.g., your opinion, your conviction, your faith, your condemnation of divinity).  Both discipleship and salvation pertain to profound and permanent changes for the transformation of mankind to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion to divinity.  Multiple streams of sacred truth and divine operations have come together that now allow created beings and living creatures to have ongoing communication, exchange and interaction (we say, personal relationship) with the Creator.  In addition to angelic visitation, divine law, covenant, inheritance, promise and prophecy, mankind has been knit and bound to the persons of GODhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) through Incarnation (appearing in flesh as Jesus Christ).

Before a sinner apprehends the full meaning and value of “salvation”, they must become “born again” and shift to routinely applying sacred (instead of secular) frameworks for understanding.  In place of time, space, natural law, or self-importance, there has to be continuing awareness of spirit presence and divine process.  The sinner who becomes a developing believer will have to master language that speaks to accountability, atonement, commitment, forgiveness, judgment, mercy, repentance, unselfish service, and the sovereign will of GOD. 

Consider again:

(1.)  Proverbs 9:  6-10, King James Version (KJV):  6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.  7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:  and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.  8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:  rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.  9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

(2.)  Romans 6:  3-11, 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:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.  8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-12, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.) 

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and made a part of our own spirit makeup.  (For example, (4.)  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.)  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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Today, topics include awe, judgment, and having trust in relationships with divinity.  While sinners are being drawn, recruited, and welcomed into the kingdom of GOD, they also are being admonished, cautioned, and warned to “know their place” and not to become arrogant, irreverent, overfamiliar, presumptuous, proud, or self-promoting.  Salvation is provided as a free gift, yet, the sincere believer is expected to labor and toil sharing the Gospel and their abundance from GOD through their own ongoing lifestyle and daily routines as well as by their sacred practices, studies, and worship.  As new believers, many make the mistake of thinking that being in Christ means “have what you want, do as you please.”  For a long time they may fail to realize that their growth to spiritual maturity is primarily by resolving conflict, meeting challenges, enduring suffering, and preparing for the coming of Christ.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 15,889 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

The bible says that God fulfills the desires of those who fear Him – so how does one fear God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  It is as sport to a fool to do mischief:  but a man of understanding hath wisdom.  The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him:  but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.  As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more:  but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.  (Proverbs 10:  23-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); No Fear In Love? (05/17/2017); The Hope of Glory (03/02/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016); Awe? (08/09/2015); His Authority in Judgment? (10/03/2014)

 

“Breakthrough”, effort, toil, and work are conditions for obtaining ones desires.  On the basis of shared agreement, covenant, meanings and values, GOD provides all the spirit process and substance necessary for the living to exist and operate within the spheres of Creation.  The genuine need of the living for gifts from GOD primarily has been for revelation and sacred knowledge, rather than for material goods, and the things of passing desire.  For created beings and living creatures to experience continuous intimate and personal relationships with divinity they must be “made in the image of GOD.”  That is, they must contain and display specific attributes and aspects of the divine makeup that will allow ongoing communication, exchange and interaction using such carnal, material, and social roles as children of GOD, the primary heir, a spouse to GOD, a steward in the divine household, and a trusted servant.  In addition to such features for sound relationships as affection, honesty, integrity, respect, and mutual trust, fruitful relationships with Deity require the living to have a correct awareness of the awesomeness of GOD (we say, fear of the Lord; reverence), gratitude, humility, unselfishness, and willing submission.  While GOD does not appear as having desire, lack, need or want, we understand Deity pursues direction, intent, and unchanging eternal purpose.  For a believer, a healthy fear of the Lord will appear as balance, self-discipline, self-government, and self-restraint.  Elements such as anxiety about the future, apprehension, being intimidated, dismay, panic and worry about the outcomes of judgment are not aspects of the Spirit that GOD will impart to a sinner for their rebirth and transformation.  In effect, the inborn spirit must die and be buried; and the sinner is “born again” having divine spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Psalms 7:  9-13, King James Version (KJV):  9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just:  for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.  10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.  11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.  13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

(2.)  Psalms 140:  7-9, KJV:  7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.  8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked:  further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.  9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

(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 applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  28-32, KJV:  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?)  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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Today, reply is made to a question on what Jesus Christ “wants” from a believer/sinner?  The Creator desires, lacks, and “wants” nothing from created beings and living creatures as though depending and relying upon what they might supply.  Yet, all who exist through his authority, grace, love, power, and sovereignty are to acknowledge and respond to the active presence and revelation of divinity.  The process of the Creator is one of giving that allows the receiver to make a return to GOD.  Only by first accepting and applying the gifts and ministrations from divinity do believers/sinners obtain the indispensable benefits and provisions that pertain to life from GOD.  Thus, only where one first obeys are they given the imparted, indwelling Spirit; only where one first yields in humility are they granted holy boldness.  Where one has genuine awe, sacred knowledge, love, and a sound mind, it is natural to exalt Deity, express gratitude, and uplift the name of GOD.  In addition to obeying divine law, the living will apprehend atonement and propitiation for sin, display their own spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD, and engage divinity through commitment, discernment, humility, repentance, reconciliation and unselfish service as well as participate within divine oneness without sameness.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What does Jesus want from me? What does He ache for?  Why does He want me to glorify Him? What does He get out of it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  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.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  (Romans 6:  3-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Complete Divine Revelation? (03/10/2017); The Need for Incarnation? (09/29/2016); Fear That Acknowledges GOD? (07/15/2016); What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); Immortality (02/08/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, you are asking for an answer from Jesus Christ, or (at the least) from a credible sacred source, or spokesperson of divinity (we say, an apostle or prophet).  The following is what the Holy Spirit is providing for you through me, and I advise you consider it carefully:

There are peculiar conditions and criteria that must be met for created beings and living creatures to (1) continue their existence as having life, (2) to acquire sacred knowledge, maintain a sacred lifestyle, and have fellowship among those who are sanctified (i.e., set apart to serve GOD), (3) to be in an ongoing transformation to become immortal, incorruptible companions to divinity as well as (4) to realize a present-day life experience that would include authority, godliness, forgiveness, hope, joy, meaningful activity and work, peace, prosperity, and wisdom.  For now, mankind must respond to a limitation of being mortal; however, through Jesus Christ, sinners achieve release from the “sentence of death” by the atonement and propitiation for sin established by the Savior’s ministry upon the earth and from the heaven.

The process from our Creator is one to prophesy (we say, to comfort, edify, and exhort).  Thereby believers/sinners receive the benefits of a personal relationship with divinity.  All are required to acknowledge the active presence of GOD, discern (i.e., use our own spirit content to recognize the spirit substance within events, messages, ourselves, other persons, prophecy, sacred writings, etc.), and willingly respond to the demands, duties, and responsibilities that arise from our being accounted as a new creation, the offspring and seed of GOD, and true vessels who contain divine Spirit.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Micah 6:  6-9, King James Version (KJV):  6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

(2.)  Zechariah 7:  9-14, KJV:  9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:  10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.  11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.  12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets:  therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.  13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:  14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned:  for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

(3.)  Zechariah 8:  16-17, KJV:  16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:  17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath:  for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jeremiah 9:  23-24, KJV:  23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:  for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, Scriptures on humility are shared.  Humility is not named among the gifts received by those in the Upper Room at Pentecost.  Even so, humility is crucial to acquiring sacred knowledge, appearing in judgment, displaying love, obeying, and performing unselfish service.  Humility also pertains to expressing awe, making sacrifice, showing respect, and suffering.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What is a good scripture in the bible to learn about humility?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:  3-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Humility and The Cross? (03/15/2016); The Ordinance of Humility? (08/12/2015); Awe? (08/09/2015); The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); Humility Needed for Salvation? (08/15/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, while many Scriptures counsel believers to display humility as an aspect of ongoing relationship with Christ and with those who are his church, there is little that describes how to acquire humility, or the origins of sacred humility.  Where we regard humility as an aspect of the full divine nature, we take it that humility is bestowed along with other spirit content such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness (we say, being teachable by the Holy Spirit), wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Humility and lowliness are the opposites to ambition, pretension, and exaggerated pride.  It is correct, therefore, to ask for and request humility by prayer as a gift from GOD.  Humility appears as an expression of awe (also called “fear of the Lord” and reverence).  Awe is the correct recognition at the same time of both ones own powerlessness and the surpassing authority and sovereignty of GOD.  For many sinners, humility only appears as the fruit and product of chastisement, rebuke, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Proverbs 15:  32-33, King James Version (KJV):  32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul:  but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.  33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

(2.)  Matthew 18:  1-5, KJV:  1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

(3.)  Hebrews 12:  4-9, KJV:  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 5:  2-7, KJV:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:  for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  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.)  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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Today, focus is on discernment to detect spokespersons from GOD among elected officials, rulers, and the people they serve.  (Did you spot the wolf among the sheep in the photo above?)  It is not unusual that heads of government make “forward-looking” public statements intended to describe possible events and their outcomes, yet, that are intended in no way to be statements of commitment, foreknowledge, “hard fact,” proclamations of faith and private belief, or sacred promises that are to be carried out and fulfilled by GOD.  Their announcements and comments may be more to provide admonition, affirmation, assurances, encouragement, instruction, and practical guidance.  Only those having the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD will speak openly in the authority of the divine name, and operate as spokespersons sent by divinity.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Philippines)” using the ID “BOOM” (Level 5 with 5,913 points, a member since March 27, 2007) posted the following:

 

The Bible says beware of false prophets. Is donald trump a false prophet?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest:  for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  (Luke 6:  26-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Installing The New President (01/20/2017); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015); The Spirit of Truth? (02/11/2015); Malachi (01/02/2015); Doing GOD’s Plan (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014)

“BOOM”, Donald Trumpet is to be respected as the 45th President of the United States of America, and true American citizens will perform their duties acknowledging this.  For many people the key to recognizing counterfeit currency is not being familiar with the many alterations that may appear on false bills; instead, it is having a correct knowledge of the “legal tender” that comes by its regular use.  Similarly, for Christian believers, the key to recognizing and responding to authentic prophets from GOD is having sound “sacred knowledge” acquired through fellowship with divinely anointed believers (i.e. those whose spirit content has been nourished, tested, and made stable), through praise, prayer, hearing the Gospel preached, sacrifice and unselfish service, regular study of the holy writings, and through the  endurance of suffering.  At some point, every elected official, leader, or head of state must energize their citizens or community with goals, objectives, action plans, and a “vision” that establishes a sense of accountability, continuity, direction, energy, opportunity, possibility, and lasting value.  Just as government administrators and rulers do not “predict” the future, yet, provide “forward-looking” secular tools such as five-, ten-, and twenty-year budgets with schedules for the completion of various public works, divinely sent prophets do not predict the future.  As spokespersons for divinity, they share the revelation of character, nature, and substance for the Creator that has been repeatedly bestowed since the beginning.  Christians are not alarmed when leaders seek to share ideas that are optimistic or speak about things yet unseen.  Such speakers do  does not automatically contradict and oppose the law of GOD, the shared hope commanded to believers, or the many sacred proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  Believers are confident that deceivers, “false prophets” and imposters can be detected, counteracted, overcome, resisted, and repelled.  What they produce as their “fruit” will be clearly seen as counterfeits, distortions, errors, false teachings, omissions, and spiritual confusion.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Matthew 7:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

(2.)  Matthew 24:  24-27, KJV:  24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  25 Behold, I have told you before.  26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth:  behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st John 4:  1-6, 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.  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5 They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  6 We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.)  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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Today, topics include using the Bible in America when affirming oaths of office, and the separation of church and state.  Millions of Americans from every faith will appeal to GOD and make petitions through prayer on behalf of the Nation and its leadership.  Yet, the inauguration to install our 45th President will be a secular ceremony, not an act of anointing, consecration, ordination, or worship.  Affirming an oath is like agreeing to be accountable by signing ones own signature.  Despite “pomp and circumstance,” many mature Christian believers acknowledge the holy writings as a form of the divine presence, and will continue to call forth and evoke other benedictions, sacred blessings and displays of divine power.  Similarly, the gesture of placing ones hand upon the Bible continues to be widely understood as a silent prayer for divine gifts and tools that may include approval, courage, guidance, hope, miracles of order instead of chaos and confusion, prosperity, virtue, vision, and wisdom.  Lawful citizenship for all Americans is a status established by the giving and fulfilling of promises.  Where one makes or swears to an oath, they jeopardy and place at risk their good name and reputation as having honesty and quality.  So to speak, their words are to be validated by the excellence, fruitfulness, and integrity of their unselfish actions and service.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “2017” (Level 7 with 61,448 points, a member since December 25, 2008) posted the following:

 

Why is the bible used to swear in official things like the inauguration and in courts, when church and state is supposed to be separate?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.  For men verily swear by the greater:  and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  (Hebrews 6:  13-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Learned Council of Elders? (05/10/2016); World Peace Is Coming? (05/08/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013)

 

“2017”, in effect promises and solemn oaths are taken agreeing to forfeit and suffer loss of ones most precious possessions in payment for failure to complete the terms of a contract.  The system of government for America is a Democracy among representatives of the populace (we say, a Republic).  The goal of the Nation’s founders was to fashion a social covenant that would combine and secure the highest known benefits, influences, principles, values, and visions.  While there may be a huge percentage of the Nation’s citizens committed to systems of belief such as Christianity, a constitutional structure is in place to insure balance, fairness, and full participation for all through law.  The church is to always have a presence through the citizens as they exercise franchise being a free people, rather than by operating as a controlling institution.  The social traditions where a person is “sworn in” to serve in government offices, various roles during legal procedures (e.g., expert witness, jury member, translator), and positions that entail continuing trust (e.g., first responders, law enforcement officers, medical practitioners) acknowledges that endorsement and evidence for the validity of a person’s word must come from a higher and objective source, and may not merely be subjective and on the authority of that person’s opinions of himself.   Completeness and integrity for every living creature goes beyond the “gang of three” (i.e., me, myself, and I), and pertains to the absolute sum of their total substance and worth that appears through their acts of self-will), exchange within ongoing relationships, and utterance (we say, breath, life essence, speech, spirit, word).  Described in simple language, we say, A man is as good as his word.  By “good” reference is made to aspects of character and maturity such as accountability, consistency, dependability, honor, nobility, predictability, reliability, righteousness, stability, and trustworthiness.  At the onset of their service, there must be a clear display of a person’s determination to carry out and ethically fulfill the contracts, duties, and obligations of citizenship—even at the cost of their lives.  Thus, their committed and principled conduct will mark and set apart the entire Nation as distinguished and excellent.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Numbers 30:  2, King James Version (KJV):  2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 23:  21-23, KJV:  21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it:  for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.  22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.  23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.

(3.)  Matthew 23:  16-22, KJV:  16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!  17 Ye fools and blind:  for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?  18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.  19 Ye fools and blind:  for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?  20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.  21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.  22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

(4.)  James 5:  12, KJV:  12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath:  but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Matthew 12:  35-37, KJV:  35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:  and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.)  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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