Archive for the ‘spokespersons’ Category

The topic today is how to tell one is loved by GOD, and there is more on how the church is “good.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Dawn” (Level 2 with 301 points, a member since April 23, 2013) posted the following:

Christians why don’t I feel loved by God?

He sometimes answers my prayers and why does it feel like he really doesn’t care about me

THE BATTLE AXE:  Church is Good? (06/15/2013)—While Bible knowledge, information, or academic and intellectual excellence are not needed for one to be saved, full truth and understanding continue to be important for cooperation, interaction, and sharing as a church body.  Members of the church nourish one another by prophesying.  All believers serve GOD as spokespersons who speak his word to comfort, edify (build-up the faith and understanding of others), and exhort (encourage and urge immediate, unselfish action).  Simple acts of ministry include sharing baked bread, providing transportation assistance, showing ones smile, and visiting the sick.  See 1st Corinthians 14:  1-5, KJV.  The truth shared with non-believers, non-members, children and adults is the same, for there is only one truth.  However, given differences among their demands, expectations, and needs, how the truth is shared with minors and outsiders often has to be adjusted.  In the same way parents must respond to the death of adult family, friends and casualties occurring through public events, children must gain strength for the loss of schoolmates, family, and recurring tragedies.  As an association of men, women and children who participate at various levels of commitment, maturity, skill, spiritual power, study, and understanding, the church must also use such tools as acknowledgment, assigning duty, authority, division of labor, goal-setting, praise, and reward.  Even so, the church does not buy, sell, or make merchandise of compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, inclusion, mercy, resurrection, or the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  See Luke 17:  1-10 and Acts 8:  3-25, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:  and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:  and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him.  And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.  (1st John 3:  13-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

Dawn, for believers in Jesus as Savior and Christ, the experience of knowing the love of GOD is not made real within our understanding by changeable emotions and thoughts.  As physical persons, humans often acknowledge love only when displayed through such carnal, material, and social features as affection, attention, attraction, lust, passion, and romance.  The ability to correctly discern and recognize love as an appearance of divine being is acquired only by the operation of GOD through the Holy Spirit.

GOD is a spirit who does not function in the finite, limited manner of created beings and living creatures.  Thus, instead of the frameworks of time and space that characterize human interaction, the lovers of GOD learn to answer within spheres emanated from the inseparable aspects of divine content.  Included are such sacred substance as faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Where any person receives baptism, and enters into death, resurrection, and re-birth of their own spirit substance, we say, they are “born again.”  However, born-again, they must encounter “growing pains,” learn, meet peculiar challenges from the flesh and from the world, and persevere to arrive at spiritual maturity and perfection.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, most believers endure periods of “looking for love (i.e., the love of GOD and Christ) in all the wrong places (i.e., using the wrong indicators as evidence).”  In part they are misdirected because they seek only the pleasure of love without its pain.  Such developing believers fail to grasp that as an aspect of divine make-up and being, love is invisible without unselfish actions to add value and benefit to others, obedience (the putting aside of self-will to carry out the will of another), and suffering that appears through uncomplaining execution of duty¾included here are giving, risk-taking, and sacrifice.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

Topics, today, are Moses as a prophet of GOD, and the conditions among the people that had to be met when Israel received the law at Mount Sinai.  Also there is more on GOD as a “man of war.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “none” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member March 12, 2013) posted the following:

Why were the Israelites not allowed to go with Moses on top of Mt. Sainai to get the ten commandments?

THE BATTLE AXE:  A GOD of War? (03/12/2013)—Because it is colorful, graphic, memorable and easily understood, language associated with war is used throughout the holy writings.  War is often regarded as a display of divine authority and power.  However, war is always only a human enterprise that entails armed conflict, widespread death and costly destruction.  As such, the impact of war may be crippling, global, and enduring.  Despite its promotion of violence, many advocate war as having great benefit.  Just as many believe there cannot be life without death also, many hold that there cannot be life without war.  War is regarded as “good” where war fuels such necessary aspects of social living as consumerism; economic, industrial and technological development of nations; employment; medical research; and population control.  GOD does not use war in any of the primary expressions of divine process, and sacred purpose (e.g., Creation, forgiveness, judgment, repentance, revelation, salvation, sanctification).  Until rebirth and growth through the Holy Spirit, many Christian believers also continue the many conventions, habits and traditions using language that speaks of spiritual warfare, friction, oppression, persecution, rebellion, and struggle.  See Isaiah 2:  4, Micah 4:  3, Ephesians 6:  10-17 and 2nd Corinthians 3:  5, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.  And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:  for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.  (Exodus 33:  16-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why A “Spokesperson” (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); About False Witness (09/09/2012); The Prophets (02/24/2012); Bad Luck (02/25/2012); The Cause Of Unrest (01/30/2012); Dispatch 30:  Servants of the Lord (09/09/2011); A House of gods (08/31/2012); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012); (08/15/2011) Dispatch 7:  Weapons (Language)

Every man, woman and child among the tribes of Jacob and the mixed multitudes that journeyed with Moses to Mount Sinai themselves heard (and felt) the voice of GOD proclaim the divine law for covenant.  Terrified, they pleaded that GOD would not appear to them or manifest himself by such a display and voice ever again.  It became a permanent feature of all covenant relationship with mankind that GOD will only “speak” to those on the earth by operating through anointed spokespersons.  Since that time, priesthood and prophecy have been amplified to include intercession and mediation.  See Exodus 20:  1-21, King James Version.

As a prophet of GOD, Moses was elect, and had direct connection to and responses from the Divine Person.  Moses was chosen to carry out and fulfill upon the earth pre-set tasks pertaining to the divine priesthood in heaven as well as to proclamations, promises, and prophecies granted mankind through the Patriarchs.  Moses was given peculiar life experiences that served as his anointing and separation for holy service.  Included were authority to demonstrate judgments against sin (i.e., plagues); compassion; courage; deliverance from death at birth; deliverance from capital punishment for the crime of murder; repentance; peculiar “sightings” and visions of GOD; and wrath against sin. 

Moses is a type and figure representing sacred law, divine rule, and the sovereignty of GOD over all Creation.  While the human character of Moses included the flaws of curiosity and poor anger management (Numbers 20:  1-12, KJV), Moses stood out before GOD in humility and meekness.  Moses was one teachable; one responsive to guidance and instruction from the Spirit of GOD.  Like Abraham, Moses was blessed to be in intimate personal relationship with GOD (Numbers 12:  3, Isaiah 11:  4, Exodus 33:  11 and Deuteronomy 34:  10, KJV).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, Moses also served as a herald who proclaimed the coming of a Christ and Messiah whereby GOD would rule mankind in the earth through divinity in the flesh (see Deuteronomy 18:  15-18, Acts 3:  13-24 and Acts 7:  37, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC