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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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Campus life, student struggles, and ones duty to speak in the congregation at home are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Tom” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since December 12, 2013) posted the following:

 

Should I speak at church?

I’m a college kid, and my pastor from home asked me if I would speak a few Sundays from now during the sermon. I really want to do it. I want to talk about college and the struggles that Christians face and that sort of stuff, but… I don’t feel like I deserve it. There are a lot “cleaner” people in the church that can speak. I struggle with my own sin. I struggle with partying, drinking, and I have sex with my girlfriend… I know that it is very wrong, but it’s tough. What do I do?

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I would like to add that I am not going to lie about anything or to anyone. I’m just talking about the struggles.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  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.  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  (1st John 4:  4-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012)

 

“Tom,” along with 2nd Corinthians 4:  1-18, KJV, here are a few points to consider in coming to decision:

(1)  Every believer answers that very same challenging question, should I speak, and becomes caught up in similar thoughts:  is this the time and place; what should I say; and how can I share what Christ wants me to deliver, and still make it clear that I am not trying to promote myself as “holier than thou,” or some kind of a saint? 

(2.)  Even Moses, Aaron, and all of the disciples and early apostles encountered that same self-confrontation when approaching GOD and the people of his divine outreach.  A mix of undifferentiated feeling is generated by an awareness of ones finite being that may include human fears, embarrassment at shortcomings, and shame at continuing weaknesses.

(3.)  School has given you some tools for making formal presentations that share instruction; while church and the holy writings have prepared you to prophecy (i.e., comfort, edify—build up, and exhort—urge others to take positive action).  Use them.  It is not a casual conversation or a time for anecdotes.  Avoid “public confession” for it tends to come off as boasting, fishing for pity, showing off ones sins, and telling horror stories to shock and shame others.

(4.)  To dispel your anxiety and uncertainty, agree with the Pastor on the few points you wish to make, and the content of your remarks before the time. 

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  Speaking to a congregation of believers, who are now in a shared though different struggle with you, some who have been in that same struggle, or some who will be in the same struggle, your primary task is to trust Jesus Christ, and to honor GOD with respect, and truth.  More important than describing and detailing any struggle is the report of how believers may cooperate with what GOD is doing that they might overcome and have victory—such as inviting them to lead prayer or speak openly before peers.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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