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Make Me a Servant

Lyrics for the hymn, Make Me A Servant by Kelley Willard (© 1982 Maranatha Music, Willing Heart Music and CCCM Music (ASCAP)(admin. by Music Services); see image reference above)

 

Today, reply is on the sacred excellence of Christian servitude. All Christian believers are to respond to one another as though always acting in obedience to, and presenting the presence of Jesus Christ. In this way courtesy, empathy, impartiality, and respect continually appear among the members of the body, the church. When unselfish service is properly practiced at every levelno matter how menial or small ones assignments and tasks may be within the household of faith—those who are cheerful and dutiful earn merit, and add great value on the basis of their bestowal of affection, loyalty, respect, and trust; by their ability to secure, confidences, mysteries, and secrets as well as through their maintenance of discretion, humility, integrity, and self-government under acknowledged authority. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

What do you do when a guy calls you a bastard in church?

My first visiting a church was a food offering that was happening and my friend invited me to come. The guy who was serving tea because he made the tea was angry at people taking too much cups and my friend and I were standing in front of him and he looked at me taking cups and said ‘bastard.”

What the f? why the hell would you come to church in the first place if your in an angry place? I hope Hell is guaranteed for someone like you. I have been visiting the church to see that bastard again so I can call him the same way he called me bastard to his face

Update: I NEVER call anybody bastard in the first place. I was in peace enjoying my food. Bastard originally means you have no father. My father died and is in heaven, Thank God for that because he is saved from this horrible world full of angry people calling people names for no reason.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (Romans 14: 17-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Rendering Our Reasonable Service (06/15/2018); The Relationship As Servant (06/03/2018); Being A Good Samaritan (02/18/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); The Servitude of Angels (08/28/2017); Divine and Unconditional Love (09/18/2016); Covetousness, Slavery and Sin (09/16/2016); Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015)

 

Anonymous”, sinners who choose to come to GOD through Jesus Christ eventually are to become anointed and ordained as priests, kings and joint-heirs with the Son of the Highest by receiving a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity. Included are Christ-likeness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Water baptism depicts the death, burial, and rebirth of ones inborn spirit; and those who become born-again also are to “grow up again” to become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (we also say, the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming).

The transformation to become one of those who will meet the Lord in the air is completed in the twinkling of an eye; however, permanent changes in ones lifestyle and daily routine begin with the decision to acknowledge Christ as Savior. Only by operations of the Holy Spirit are the character, makeup, and spirit content of GOD imparted to the followers of Christ. Believers are edified and nourished through such life experiences as acknowledging correction, discovery, “growing pains,” enduring hardship, gradual growth, sacrifice, unselfish service, study of the holy writings, and suffering.

Before any believer may receive a crown of life, they will have learned and practiced the meaning and value of forgiveness, giving, ministry, oneness without sameness, respect, restraint that displays love, and service. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Matthew 20: 20-29, King James Version (KJV): 20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

2. Luke 17: 7-10, KJV: 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Hebrews 12: 3-9, KJV: 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 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. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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AN AFTERTHOUGHT: When Samuel the Prophet anointed David, the son of Jesse, to be the divinely appointed ruler over all Israel, David was yet within the household of King Saul as the kings adopted son; the Champion of Israel, a chief warrior, and a commander over one thousand troops; the kings exorcist, music minister, and personal physician; and the kings son-in-law by marriage to his daughter Michal. It would be an entire generation (40 years) before David would finally wear the crown, and receive the allegiance and fealty from all the 12 tribes. David endured a period as a fugitive, a nomad, and a vagabond that provided growth, practical knowledge, and testing to establish lasting strength. David was required to serve in many lesser roles before he would be acknowledged as Judge, King, Priest, and Prophet. In the same way, before developing Christians may judge, officiate, reign, or rule within the kingdom of heaven they must become refined and tempered within the fire of service. It is written: 1st Peter 1: 3-9, King James Version (KJV): 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

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Today, reply is on the practice, principles and substance of forgiveness. In modern society, many rely on exposing and sharing hidden emotions and feelings as one of the highest forms of honesty in relationship, and the most sincere act they may perform to show the depth of their love. These continue the error that expressions from our organs and tissues (we say, the brain; the flesh; the mind) are more vital to human survival and living together as families and groups than the acknowledgment and application of imparted spirit content from the makeup of divinity. The flesh ages and decays continually; is temporal; is ever-changing through growth, injuries, and variations in weight; is centered on its own process (e.g., appetite; elimination; reproduction; sensation); and the flesh contributes to imbalance, irrational behavior, and spiritual confusion in the same way as dependency on the workings of finite human willpower. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

In practical terms, what does it mean to forgive those who trespass against us?

Is it enough that I am not acutely angry at anyone, that I’d welcome reconciliation? Or am I required to root out any and all resentment I hold and apply forgiveness to each thing I can remember? Honestly, I can forgive people more easily than I can forgive the things they’ve done.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6: 28-38, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Divine Forgiveness and Justice (01/01/2019); Applying The Divine Standards (10/02/2018); Divine Forgiveness Not Enough? (09/22/2017); Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017)

 

Anonymous”, because forgiveness is a spirit substance that exists within the full makeup of divinity, forgiveness is inseparable from other aspects of divine fullness such as forbearance, holiness, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Christian believers are to acknowledge that the active presence and power of forgiveness are most properly discerned where there is the clear sorrowing for sins, and the open expression of gratitude and love. The practical behavior and conduct to bestow forgiveness always will be spiritual in its character and nature; and forgiveness will be received only through operations of faith. Therefore, among Christians, the following that uses language from the Bible are relied on for correction and guidance:

1. Luke 7: 40-50, King James Version (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. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

2. Mark 11: 22-26, KJV: 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Colossians 3: 12-17, KJV:  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, Scripture verses and passages are shared that can be used to provide developing Christian believers with an understanding of “repentance”. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “The new Christian” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since January 1, 2015) posted the following:

 

What is repentance?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51: 9-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Repentance Among Christian Believers (07/06/2018); Repentance A Lifestyle Event (02/09/2018); A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/08/2018); Through Love Not Persuasion (01/18/2018); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014)

 

The new Christian”, here are some Scriptures from the Bible that often are shared among Christians to help “sinners” grasp the meaning of “repentance” when they seek to become “developing believers.” Because GOD is to be acknowledged as the origin of our existence and life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) repentance is to bring about more than simply admissions of guilt and wrongdoing (confession), or changes in ones conduct (behavior modification). With the realization that we have broken the law of GOD we also are to realize we have broken his heart as well as our own. Thus, it is written:

(1.) Ezekiel 18: 20-24, King James Version (KJV): 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

(2.) Joel 2: 12-13, KJV: 12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

(3.) Isaiah 55: 6-12, KJV: 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 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. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 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: 11 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. 12 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.

(4.) 2nd Corinthians 7: 10-11, KJV: 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) 1st Corinthians 6: 19-20, KJV: 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is upon the meaning of the word “conversation” as it is used within the holy writings.   Many of us take conversation to be communication, discussion, exchange, or talk.  One dictionary definition identifies conversation as from Latin conversare (“turn yourself around”).  With this in view, such terms as conform, obey and repent become foremost.  Even so, from my study of the Scriptures, the source words are con (with) and veritas (true) that yields “abiding in or living with the truth.”  In this light, for mature Christian  believers, ones conversation is their doing of the work, not their being hearers of the word.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “RU55311” (Level 1 with 22 points, a member since October 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

What does it mean, that we order our conversation aright?

Psa_50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

If we order our conversation aright, do you thing God will teach us more?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:  21-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Him That Hath… (07/08/2016); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); Any Way For Men To Behave? (09/06/2015); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012); Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012)

 

“RU55311”, for many mature Christian believers to “order your conversation aright” means to behave and conduct oneself in accordance with divine law (we say, the expressed will of GOD); fulfill divine will proclaimed through prophecy; and to continue in recognition of relationship with divinity through covenant.  With this in view, “conversation” is more than mere dialog, prayer, or occasional exchanges of words.  Rightly understood, words are in the nature of spirit (we say, breath, life essence, utterance), and have no material substance (we also say, words “whisper”, and actions “shout”).  The process of GOD, as demonstrated through Jesus Christ as Son of the Highest, is one of incarnation.  GOD uses flesh to make the character, nature, and substance of divinity knowable and known.  Sinners are to acknowledge access to GOD through confession, then demonstrate repentance, develop commitment, and enter into “baptism” (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  Once “born again,” the believer must “grow up again,” meeting life challenges upon the earth to become mature as the offspring and seed of GOD.  The disciples and followers of Christ are to become “ripe” for harvest (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) when all who  belong to him will be removed from the earth.  Those chosen in the Lord will no longer be mortal; as they meet him in the air, their transformation for eternal life will be completed, and they will become “perfected”.  Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Philippians 3:  20-21, King James Version (KJV):  20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

(2.)  Hebrews 13:  5-6, KJV:  5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

(3.)  James 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 3:  10-12, KJV:  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Focus, today, is upon definition, judgment, sacred logic, and the concept of “good” in various belief systems.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Joe” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since October 14, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why isnt being good enough for heaven?

All religions teach you to be good. Yet also always have a second requirement: believe in a religion. Islams requires you to be goood and believe in Allah and Muhammad. Christians believe you need to be good and belive in Jesus. But according to Christians and Muslims, if you are a fantastic person, but you dont believe, nothing is saving you. What kind of dumb logic is this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment (Malachi 2:  17 , KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Lower-case or Capital? (01/31/2014); Sprinkled, Immersed, Named? (02/01/2014); Evil Is Not Sin and Wickedness? (12/09/2014); Divine Goodness? (12/10/2014); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012)

 

“Joe”, here are a few points to consider that are in line with sacred logic among Christians, rather than finite carnal logic:

(1.)  Just as in your presentation above, the meaning for “good” is often assumed to be “understood”, is left unstated, and is left undefined.  The major belief systems established to provide clarity, focus and moral guidance for human thought and action all supply a broad statement for understanding the concept of “good” that is exact and specific within its own boundaries, and closed limits.  Thus, it may be said that “good” is no single thing that exists; and, only GOD is good.

(2.)  Without an agreed upon and shared meaning, “good” must remain an idea that is diffuse, unstable, and unfocused.  Meaning will vary from person to person, culture to culture, event to event.  As a construct for human communication “good” suggests a dimension (we say, measurable feature of form) or quality that may be applied as a standard.  Thus, we often speak of material and social elements as expressing and demonstrating “good” attitudes, good behavior, good conduct, flavor, size, and taste.

There is far more to be considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Because Christian believers acknowledge GOD as the source of all good, every other standard for describing and maintaining existence also must be in agreement and harmony as aspects of a single truth.  The “logic” here is plain:  Good or bad, compared to what?  Value is assigned to created beings and living creatures (we say, judgment) on the basis of their content of divine substance, and their effect as expressions of eternal purpose, not so much their peculiar actions and deeds.  Given many names (e.g., breath, light, love, spirit, word), the living will be established as companions to divinity because they continue to contain divine substance that establishes and maintains intimate and personal relationship (we say, believers become born again as offspring of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Divine judgment against Satan is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on love.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “C’est la vie” (Level 2 with points, a member since August 18, 2013) posted the following:

Why don’t SATAN stand trial?

I listen to people say, it’s satan who made him do this and that, the devil the ruler of this world, well if he in in fact responsible then why are people tried in courtrooms why not let criminals go and summons the devil for trial.

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Valentine, 2014 (02/15/2014)—Love appears as unfathomable, and a mystery to so many of us, because love operates apart from self-will, self-discipline, and self-control. Rather than fulfillment and satisfaction that ends excitement and perplexity, love generates continuous longing that is not quenched even where there is initiating and maintaining a relationship by dating and courtship, even where there is promise and union through marriage. The longing among those who are married is as great as longing among those who are not. Thus, it is not unreasonable to understand love as a force that ends the separation we all endure as the stuff of life (the tasks of growing up; and the work of being adult, competent, and mature), yet, at the same time, an explosive emotional power that threatens to become excruciating. Where the need is for something that is broader, greater and simpler than love, the name for this might be “grace”. Consider again:  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (1st John 4: 8, KJV); Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm:  for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave:  the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:  if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned (Song of Solomon 8: 6-7, KJV); And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mark 12: 30-31, KJV); 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: 23-24, KJV); Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5: 1-6, KJV); Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen (Ephesians 6: 23-24, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice:  for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people:  neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.  For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters:  I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;  Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer:  their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.  (Isaiah 56:  1-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD is Showing You (01/14/2014); Reveal Himself To All? (12/03/2013); Is Science the Right Tool? (12/04/2013); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); Unguarded Chocolates? (11/07/2013); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013); A Partnership? (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012)

“C’est la vie”,  here are a few points to consider that are being shared with Christian believers who are preparing to acknowledge Jesus when he comes to remove his followers from the earth:

(1.)  The processes of trial in divine judgment are directed to revelation, and are not focused upon discovery, information gathering and truth-finding (as opposed to fact-finding) as we see presently in the courts of mankind.

(2.)  Revelation exposes and makes visible otherwise hidden aspects of divinity.  Divine judgment continues revelation as the most complete and thorough display of righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

(3.)  The actual, indispensable focus of divine judgment is the sacred content of created beings and living creatures as shown through their deeds.  GOD permits an outworking of ones inner spirit that reveals their full makeup.  Ones actions, attitudes, behavior and conduct are all surface, and may be disguised, or covered by multiple layers that misdirect observers and witnesses.  (Similarly, in human judgment, there may be deliberate creation of delays and distractions, deceit, exaggerations, lying, perjury, and false witness.)  Through the processes of revelation there need be no accusations, challenges, and conflict.  Ones true nature appears before all the living host. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. ( For example, (4.)  Accountability in divine judgment pertains to duty and faithfulness, rather than cause and effect; love and trust, not merely law and obedience.  More than ingenuity and self-expression, there should be commitment and zeal, humility and integrity.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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:  9-11, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share some points on divine pleasure in judgment, prophecy, and punishment of children.  Also, there is more on traditional marriage.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Malaysia” using the ID “The Supreme Llama” (Level 7 with 26,685 points, a member since February 20, 2008) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers Canada:

Does God enjoy watching children be torn to bits by wild bears?

Elisha left Jericho to go to Bethel and on the way some boys came out of a town and made fun of him. “Get out of here, Baldy!” they shouted.Elisha turned around, glared at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys to pieces.”
2 Kings 2:23-24

THE BATTLE AXE:  Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)—(5.)  As a tool of the world, marriage is a legal contract to establish common property for couples who agree to cohabit as well as to divide and dispose of property at their separation.  Arranged marriages are found only among those having long-term presence through land and property ownership, having financial security, and having wealth.  Additionally, marriage provides for the receipt and disposition of property as ones inheritance from ones parents, and other deceased persons.  For this reason, bastards, those born out of wedlock, and those born in poverty receive little or no instruction regarding marriage; and these often do not marry, preferring to cohabit in temporary relationships (e.g., common-law marriage, living or moving-in together, or shacking up), where there is less emphasis upon duties for legacies and property rights.  More than this, the poor and undereducated often do not regard marriage as a divinely provided opportunity to create wealth, initiate an inheritance, or to provide memorial to their own living deeds.  (6.)  Using understandings generated by the world, many now hold that marriage has always been only for purposes of fulfilling and “legitimating” the animal aspects of human existence:  ones emotions, lusts, passions, carnal desires, and sexual appetite.  It is foolish, they say, “to put all of ones eggs in one basket” (that is, exclusively to hope, rely upon or trust a single person or relationship for regular and continuing support).  With this in view, many alternatives to marriage now appear; and are promoted as “more honest;” more correctly accountable; a more necessary and realistic display of ones inner feelings and genuine integrity; and, more productive of lasting happiness and sexual freedom as well as true love.  (7.)  As a tool of GOD marriage is a sacrament, or sacred practice that expresses, maintains and nourishes spirit content from divine person, and continues relationship to GOD through Jesus Christ.  Spiritual joining in marriage is not merely by intercourse and sexual intimacy; it is by operations of the Holy Spirit.  Marriage may begin with a young man proposing to a woman—not asking her permission, rather, asking her acceptance, her commitment.  He will ask permission of his own and her parents only where he realizes and understands that the joining of their person also is the joining of their families.  Together they will ask permission from GOD only where they understand themselves in relationship through Christ as agents and representatives of his sacred community, the church, who serve as  evangelizers, parents, teachers, spokespersons, stewards and vessels for the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  Surely, the miracle of water to wine in the wedding at Cana is also the transformation of spirit for marriage from that of the earth to that from heaven.  (8.)  Along with invisible, spirit substance from GOD, marriage is also widely respected as a device to address invisible, secular substance from mankind.  Through marriage society addresses, maintains and promotes various intangible aspects of human relationships such as chance, chastity, compatibility, dignity, feelings, family history, honor, jealousy, maternal instinct, reputation, respect, romance, tradition, trust, and virginity.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.  He is the LORD our God:   his judgments are in all the earth.  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.  (Psalms 105:  6-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Destroying Justice? (07/18/2013); GOD the X? (07/19/2013); When Does Judgment Begin? (06/27/2013); Our Present Comfort (06/28/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

“The Supreme Llama”, GOD enjoys giving meaningful answers to those showing right respect to divine love and sacred truth.  Here are a few points readers should consider that are regularly shared among mature Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who must be known and made visible through operations, processes, and purposes that are displayed through created beings and living creatures.  

(2.)  The living must rely upon their own endowment of divine substance from the person of GOD to recognize (we say, discern) the divine aspects of objects and events presented in their experience.  Included are such inseparable features as awareness, faith, holiness, longsuffering, will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  

(3.)  Sin is an artifact of separation from GOD, is contrary to all existence and life, and is no living thing.  Sin is not a material or physical object, has no spirit content, and is not created by GOD.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and may dominate and influence awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Without the array of divine operations and provisions, sin can not be detected as contrary to ones own being and person, or recognized as a foreign and strange element that is not truly part of oneself.  Repeatedly, the living operate under sin regarding it as “child’s play,” innocence, natural, and normal.

(4.)  The presence that is sin may become known through actions and words; and all behavior and conduct among children and adult humans does not show sin as defiance, disrespect, and irreverence.  However, all behavior and conduct generated under the influence of sin does oppose the continued existence of divine law, divine person, and all Creation.  Given that sin is no created or godly “thing”, and the created can not eliminate and eradicate sin, there must be a sweeping renewal of all Creation to remove all sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Before anyone may fully understand the threat to the universe posed by a roaming gang of cruel, disobedient boys attacking a prophet (who is outnumbered 40 to 1), they would have to have a broader, deeper understanding of judgment, justice, mercy, and salvation.  Where GOD intervenes, surely, it is to carry out those tasks that may only be completed through divine power and presence, such as protecting those not present, those unborn, and others unseen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.

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:  8-9, KJV). 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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