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The Lord Will Perfect

 

Today, reply is on achieving divine perfection. Among Christians, believers are to acknowledge that all have been tainted through sin inherited from the first pair, Adam and Eve. Thus, there are multiple understandings as to what we now are to display as divine perfection. Because divinity exists as the origin of all integrity, quality and value, meanings for “perfection” that derive from knowledge of GOD includes anointing and consecration; balance; becoming Christlike; completeness; innocence; receiving forgiveness, healing, holiness, prosperity, or rebirth; righteousness; ripening (maturing) for harvest from the earth by Jesus Christ at his coming; resurrection from the dead; sanctification; practicing thoroughness; purity; and the final transformation of mankind that occurs through judgment with completion of the second death (we say, eternal life). A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

How do I be perfect? Jesus said to be perfect?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4: 10-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When Speaking Of Christlikeness (06/25/2018); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); Accepting Christ, Accepting Change (10/20/2017); Making A Perfect World? (09/20/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Salvation Takes A Lifetime (04/06/2017)

 

Anonymous”, the perfection many mature Christian believers seek is a full recognition of dependency upon GOD as our Creator and the source of both existence and life, who will impart inseparable aspects of the divine makeup to the created beings and living creatures who will turn to him in love, in obedience to divine law, in repentance, and in respect to his eternal purpose. Perfection understood as godliness is different from being flawless, sinless, or in need of nothing from GOD. Finite tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, secular knowledge, and self-will (we also say, willpower) lack the duration and power to allow everlasting relationship with the divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit), who is immortal, ineffable, incorruptible, and invisible. Sinners must undergo permanent change that is carried out by the Holy Spirit whereby they attain existence as a new creation in the presence of GOD through Jesus Christ. Not only is this a matter of becoming filled with sacred knowledge as found in the holy writings through discovery, gradual growth, learning and practice, more significantly, there is becoming transformed through a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (many say, rebirth; becoming born again and growing up again; becoming mature and ripe for harvest from the earth). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Psalms 34: 17-19, King James Version (KJV): 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

2. Isaiah 57: 15, KJV: 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

3. Isaiah 66: 1-2, KJV: 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 12: 1-2, KJV: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on serving as a Christian within personal, romantic, and sexual relationships.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “amber” (Level 1 with 4 points; a member since January 23, 2014) posted the following:

 

Is it a sin for a Christian to get annoyed in a situation like this?

My boyfriend is 22, has no drivers license, he doesn’t have a car, claims he can’t afford his license but yet has had money for weed , booze, etc. his family constantly wants money from him. He doesn’t have much ambition but he did get saved recently but still lacks ambition. I am 24 and I got saved a little over a month ago. I am annoyed and wonder if it is sinning. Like if I’m late taking him to work he will text me and say “I told you to be here at 8:15am” . I am tired of him depending on me. I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to dump him about 4 weeks ago but I didn’t listen and now I am anxious, stressed, and annoyed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROWFor 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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  (Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGERCompleteness, Integrity and Wholeness? (06/21/2018); Bible Language About Spirit? (06/13/2018); Why Spirit Displays Personhood (06/06/2018); Sacred Ministry or Parenting? (05/10/2018); The Gift(s) From GOD (04/08/2018); The Meaning of “Faith” (03/28/2018); The Spirit of Meekness (12/15/2017)

 

“amber”, here are some points Christian believers should not be ashamed to share.  Those who are “born again” must also “grow up again” by discovery, gradual growth, fellowship, service, study, and suffering; becoming mature as the “new creation” of Jesus Christ may take a life time.  While a Christian believer is challenged to continually make Jesus Christ visible to others through their every-day lifestyle and daily routine, there is a great difference between a genuine ministry of sacred service wherein we manifest divine forbearance, forgiveness, and redeeming love as opposed to our ongoing carnal, emotional, material, and psychological commitments to family, friends and others.  Just as all healthy human interpersonal relationships and sincere love are different from infatuation and “puppy love” because they require all parties involved to share accountability, display commitment, promote stability, and provide communication that is clear and complete, correct relationship with the Creator requires acknowledgment, praise, prayer, and unselfish service.  By revealing that the gifts of the Holy Ghost could not be received until after he would leave the earth, the Savior also revealed that we may not receive the last, great, gifts of life from our parents, grandparents, and other loved ones until they are taken away from us.  Many make idols and possessions of others by creating and continuing false relationships of dependence.  Through the operations of GOD we may become bereaved of our parents, teachers, and others we admire who unknowingly serve as “a crutch;” they must go to allow the challenges, duties, and problems that will call forth and make possible our new levels of growth, independence, maturity, and wholeness that otherwise would be denied to us.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1.  Ecclesiastes 5:  1-7, King James Version (KJV):  1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools:  for they consider not that they do evil.  2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:  for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:  therefore let thy words be few.  3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.  4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools:  pay that which thou hast vowed.  5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.  6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error:  wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?  7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities:  but fear thou God.

2.  Ephesians 4:  10-15, KJV:  10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

3.  Ephesians 4:  26-30, KJV:  Be angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  27 Neither give place to the devil.  28 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.  29 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.  30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

There is far more to be acknowledged and received as part of ones own spiritual fullness.  (For example (4.)  Galatians 5:  19-26, KJV:  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.)  Even so, to the rebuke of the Adversary and the furtherance of the faithful in Jesus Christ, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on divine grace, revelation, and testing from GOD to produce spiritual growth.  The outcomes and products of divine testing should be certainty, continuity, and conviction within sacred relationships.  In addition to confession, petitions, and prayers that expose and share their hearts and minds to divinity, believers are to commune with GOD through obedience to divine law, through fellowship with those anointed to minister and serve as well as by spreading the Gospel through ones own lifestyle and daily routine.  Believers are to acknowledge affliction, challenges, obstacles, set backs, trials, and suffering as special opportunities to occupy their true place as one dependent upon GOD and a new creation through Jesus Christ.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “john” (Level 1 with 3 points, a January 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why does god test people in the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:  for when I am weak, then am I strong.  (2nd Corinthians 12:  7-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Salvation Takes A Lifetime (04/06/2017); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016); Is Sin a Matter of Temptation? (04/22/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014)

 

“john”, mature Christian believers acknowledge that the process of GOD through their life experience is grounded in one-time events and unchanging truth, yet, also is continual and gradual.  Revelation (divinity becoming knowable, known, and “visible” to created beings and living creatures) occurs primarily by their acquiring sacred knowledge, discovery, growth, and learning.  The elements we speak of as judgment, testing, and temptation are not intended to determine ones grade, how much they may know, or how well they can perform certain tasks.  More correctly understood, those coming into correct relationship with GOD are given opportunities to display their inner endowment of spirit content that has been deposited from the makeup of divinity.  Included should be faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In the language from Bible days, to “prove” or “test” is one of the final stages when creating and fashioning certain tools and weapons (like test driving an auto before purchase).  The tests ensure and reinforce the durability, fitness, and soundness of the device.  Consider again the following from Scripture:

(1.)  Exodus 16:  3-7, King James Version (KJV):  3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.  4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.  5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.  6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:  7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD:  and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

(2.)  James 1:  12-15, KJV:  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

(3.)  1st Peter 4:  12-13, KJV:  12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Of course there is far more to be said, carefully considered, and fully embraced.  (For example (4.)  1st Peter 4:  17-19, KJV:  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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One of the most challenging aspects of sharing as a Christian blog writer is that you must obey the Rule of Brevity:  KISS (keep it simple, stupid!).  Readers may become easily confused, and may not recall the most necessary information when you tell them too much all at once.  Those choosing to be effective as ministers, especially those sharing by a written rather than spoken word, must rely upon the operation of GOD to create and maintain a proper balance between ones divine awareness of human need, and ones human realization of what others are prepared to accept.  The honest writer must make every effort to be thorough and complete, yet, must confess dependency upon the higher, holier mind of one who truly does have experience and knowledge of all that may be called holy or sacred.  With this in mind I encourage readers to continue with my presentation on Mary.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Mary (06/13/2014)—(4.)  For Jesus, being about the Father’s business was a matter of being in obedience to divinity, doing as he was told, serving as a spokesperson (we say, prophet), and teaching specific doctrines he had received from heaven, that were not created by himself or anyone else in the earth.  Believers should not be surprised that the holy writings documenting the ministry and operations of GOD for Salvation record few expressions of tenderness by Jesus toward his mother.  The Savior loved and respected his mother, Mary; and also demonstrated this from the cross.  Even so, Jesus never worshiped Mary.  (5.)  At the least, Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is to be received as a sister in the New Testament, and a member of the household of GOD.  As such, she is not to be condemned, despised, disrespected, ignored, insulted, or slandered.  Christian believers who accept that nothing is impossible for GOD are not offended by the thought that Mary, first, would be anointed and endowed from her own conception and birth, would be continually encouraged to grow showing humility and love toward GOD, would suffer humiliation as the mother to Messiah, would strengthen the early church by her presence and counsel, and finally would be exalted, preserved, and lifted up from the earth to GOD and Christ.  Now, as are all those in the presence of GOD, Mary is alive, she is holy, she is immortal, and she is pure.  Given that all those who correctly respect and venerate Mary only do so through operations of the Holy Spirit, believers in Jesus endure no damage or loss of their salvation when asking that Mary intercede by prayer, by speaking to her son, or by her continuing to show reverence to GOD.  Those who acknowledge Mary do so on the basis of their faith, love and Spirit.  Jesus has not commanded any to deny his mother.  Those who oppose Mary do so on the basis of their own enmity, flesh, and sin.  (6.)  For many Christian believers the bottom line regarding Mary as the mother of Jesus is that such teachings are “meat”, not “milk”.  The eternal love of the Father appears, and is embodied and incarnate within the flesh of the mother.  Followers must be able to discern and recognize the Holy Spirit operating as agent of both the Father and the Son, who equally exalt Mary for the eternal benefit of heaven and earth.  Things that come to us from the ministry of Jesus through operations of the Holy Spirit also include knowledge of a visitation by Mary before the birth of Jesus to comfort her cousin Elisabeth (who would give birth to John the Baptist).  At that time, both expectant mothers behaved in the role of prophetess, and were moved to praise and speak as those anointed by GOD and endowed with the Spirit of Prophecy.  That Mary should intercede for the lives of men is no less commendable than Abraham making appeal for Sodom and the cities of the plain.  That Mary should reflect and emanate glory from the GODhead is no more an offense than when the face of Moses shone following his experience of 40 days and nights in the divine presence.  See Proverbs 31:  29-30, Luke 2:  41-52, Luke 11:  23-28, Luke 23:  26-31, Galatians 5:  14-16, Hebrews 6:  1-3, Exodus 34:  29-35 and James 4:  10-12, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;  And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.   And blessed is she that believed:  for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:  for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;  As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.  (Luke 1:  46-55, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you:  for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.  (Romans 16:  2, KJV)

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