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Today, response is shared to the article (14 August 2017) The 1st Truth the Church Needs For Revival! posted by M R Charles (Rwanda) in his Mugisha Thoughts Blog  – Change Obey Endure Project™ – at wordpress.com.  Revival for the church of Jesus Christ is a sacred operation to assess and declare spiritual needs within the body, to prepare developing believers for a falling of the Holy Ghost as well as one to invoke and welcome a fresh outpouring of divine gifts.  It may be more correct to say that prayer is one of the fruits from revival, rather than revival being one of the fruits from prayer.  The following except was shared:

 

When prayer becomes the engine, not the caboose, of our ministry efforts then our churches become an unstoppable train that advance the Gospel in unimaginable ways!

To experience this we must learn how to pray with passion, focus and faith. We must pray for the lost. We must pray for each other. We must pray for this nation. We must pray for the world. We must pray that God intervenes to break up the hard soil of unregenerate hearts and send forth seed-chuckers who will spread his message everywhere to everyone!

Let’s wake up to the need to pray!

Written by Greg Stier

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain:  and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.  (James 5:  13-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Meanings for “Apostolic Church” (05/08/2017); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Confession and The Cross (03/25/2016); Prayer in Public? (02/24/2015); Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/01/2014); Perfection and Prayer? (08/27/2014); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013)

 

“Mugisha”, speaking in oneness without sameness and the authority of one believer to another, my first thoughts in response to the call for prayer being made in your blog was to caution myself that to pray is more than simply to ask that GOD give and supply whatever might be our sacred desires and needs.  In fact, I thought, that may be one of our greatest weaknesses, understanding prayer as primarily a process of petitioning divinity.  Prayer also can be continuous conversation and dialog with divinity, inquiry for guidance and knowledge, praise, and thanksgiving.  Surely where confession and sorrowing for sin are not thought more essential as the wellspring of revival, the church tends to center upon carnal and material goals for increased membership, fund raising, and social activity (i.e., business as usual).  The call for revival should emerge from the assessment of spiritual health and maturity within the body, not merely a calendar of events, or inquiry asking, how long has it been since the last…?

Both through regular prayer and revival, there should be acknowledgment of the ongoing judgment and refocus on the promises of GOD.  Thereby, the process, proclamation, and fulfillment of prophecy will be maintained in our view as our answer from GOD in Christ.  I hesitated to share any comment, because I thought my motives might be misunderstood, and received as argumentative, interference, or meddling.  Perhaps, because my goal is to edify, the following from the holy writings will clarify what it is that needs to be said:

(1.)  Ezra 9:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):  5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God,  6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God:  for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.  7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.  8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

(2.)  Nehemiah 9:  1-3, KJV:  1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.  2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.  3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

(3.)  Daniel 9:  4-10, KJV:  4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O LORD, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;  5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:  6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  7 O LORD, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.  8 O LORD, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.  9 To the LORD our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;  10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 1:  5-10, KJV:  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is 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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, Scripture points are shared on the demand there be self-government, respect, and restraint for both academic achievement and Christian maturity.  Those who accomplish the many meaningful goals among the living—that include godliness, honor, and integrity—only are able to do so because they demand it from themselves.  While finite tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, reason, science and technology are important for development, growth and human survival, they are not sufficient to eliminate sin from the earth.  The need is for sacred wisdom, and operations by divinity that will have enduring effect.  Thus, the process of divinity for redemption and salvation is one of wholeheartedly turning away from the flesh and the world to focus again upon GOD.  Arrogance, haughtiness, pride and selfishness are suppressed along with competitiveness, covetousness, envy, and violence.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” [the minimum age for an account there is 13] using the ID “this” (Level 1 with 214 points, a member since March 30, 2016) posted the following:

 

If I am 12 and in 4th grade, am I out of bounds to call astrophysicists idiots when I don t even have a clue what they re saying?

Einstein, idiot.

Stephen Hawking, idiot.

Textbooks, for idiots.

Oxford physics faculty, all idiots.

Big bang, stupid.

Bible, truth!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:  yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  (1st Corinthians 2:  6-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Learned Council of Elders? (05/10/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); Is Science the Right Tool?  (12/04/2013); To Grieve the Spirit? (12/05/2013)

 

“this”, as “born again” believers, every Christian is challenged to “grow up again” and display mature spirit content from GOD.  More than simply being within the church for a long period, becoming mature means gaining balance, completeness, consistency, and stability.  Each believer must acquire “sacred knowledge,” continue sacred practices (we say, sacraments, such as baptism, giving, prayer, and worship) as well as have a lifestyle embracing communication, exchange and interaction with more experienced believers (we say, fellowship).  In this, believers are no different than those who achieve the highest academic degree (Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.) by careful and continuous study, reflection, and contributing to and improving their field by adding new methods and materials, teaching, research, and writing.  For those seeking to achieve through the Liberal Arts, Natural and Social sciences, it is largely by the discipline maintained that dialogue and fruitful discourse may go forth in place of combat, conflict, and extremes of emotion.  For those granted place within the body of Christ, there is a similar demand; and the three R’s become Regime (i.e., divine government appearing through sacred law, meekness, principle, and eternal purpose), Respect (visible as attentiveness, comfort, gratitude, and humility), and Restraint.  Consider again how these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Luke 2:  41-47, King James Version (KJV):  41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.  43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.  44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.  45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.  46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

(2.)  Luke 2:  48-52, KJV:  48 And when they saw him, they were amazed:  and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:  but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

(3.)  Romans 13:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

There is far more that should be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Colossians 2:  6-12, KJV:  6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.)  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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Focus, today, is upon the death of Jesus Christ on the cross; and there is more on duty and love within families.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Diet Cola” (Level 7 with 30,755 points, a member since August 22, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus have to die so terribly?

Couldn’t there have been some other way?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Lid on Love? (09/27/2013)—The divine spirit of love in mankind may be quenched through sin, and bonds of love that should be permanent may be replaced by distrust, fear, and shame.  In most instances of continuing conflict within the home, all the parties involved are wrong in different ways.  The hardness of heart that results in separation usually develops over time, and does not happen in an instant (see Proverbs 26:  2, KJV).  Much of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness with other family members results from our desires for unlimited freedom through love.  Rightly understood, however, love always entails voluntary acceptance of limits, self-restraints and rules (particularly, biting our tongue).  The goals, needs, and process among friends and the “fun bunch” are not those vital to home life.  In healthy families, there are numberless demands and duties that must be answered for avoidance and management of problems, for joint exploration of unfamiliar territory, for mutual support, and for shared protection and survival.  Confidence, hope, and continuing trust within relationships often depend upon meeting unspoken expectations, and not speaking every desire and thought.  For both children and parents, separation is an unavoidable aspect for properly becoming mature and establishing ones adult independence.  Parents are often impressed by their children’s behavior and conduct that, as some birds must force their young out of the nest, separation must be imposed upon their own offspring.  Ideally, the child’s continuing achievements, self-acceptance, respect for their parents, and genuine understanding of adult reality completes the separation without anger, bitterness, and resentment due to immaturity.  For gay and lesbian children to demand acceptance by their parents as a matter of obligation is no different than a demand that every stranger must become ones friend.  In life, you will not like every person you meet, and every person you meet may not like you.  We are not free to alter and change others, or enforce our will as more beneficial than theirs.  Truth is, the character and personality of ones parents can be such that, were they to meet their parents as strangers, the children would want nothing to do with them, would carefully avoid them, and would “break it off something proper.”  Similarly, were parents to meet their own children socially or in the work place as strangers, they would not seek regular contact, or a closer bond with them.  Separation can be imposed, however, acceptance cannot.  Relationships of acceptance only come through exchange, interaction, and correctly responding to one another’s human needs.  It is a common error to expect the needs of our spirit can be effectively met by someone other than GOD.  (See Psalms 27:  9-14, Matthew 10:  3239 and Matthew 12:  46-50, KJV.)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  (Hebrews 12:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge (06/25/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013); Father Forgive (09/06/2012); Beer in My Milk? (09/07/2012)

 

“Diet Cola”, here are a few points to consider that are useful to Christian believers as they enter into a deeper awareness of GOD:

(1.)  In Jesus Christ, the fearsome majesty and awesome power of GOD are hidden from mankind in the sacred events of the cross so that the fundamental levels of human awareness may be fully engaged.  Included are the peculiar bonds of feeling and recognition typically relied upon by those in the flesh.  By the work of the cross, and the events that follow, awareness and consciousness in all created beings and living creatures are to be transformed so that they more easily respond to spirit matter, and the substance of divine person.

(2.)  Multiple divine operations occur in the cross such that the death of Jesus is both simple and profound (i.e., far reaching in application, consequences, and effect).  Included are atonement, expiation (i.e., punishment and suffering for wrongdoing), obedience, reconciliation, revelation, and sacrifice.

(3.)  All the anguish and fear that comes upon the universe by sin is to be made apparent by the cross, and destroyed in an act of overwhelming divinity.  On the one hand, Jesus accepts his death and goes to the cross willingly.  On the other hand, Jesus, like every man, does not have a perfect understanding of what he must go through.  His decision, like that for believers today, does not come from emotion, full knowledge, information, intelligence, logic, predictions of the future, or reason.  His commitment comes from such aspects of his spirit makeup as faith, love, respect, and trust.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  The blood of the cross is necessary for things in heaven as well as for things upon the earth.  The blood of Jesus that flowed at the cross must stream over time and space to anoint believers everywhere.  Also, a cleansing of the Sanctuary in heaven must be accomplished.  Operations of the Holy Spirit (the very essence that appeared at the beginnings of Creation) suspend time and space as barriers, and further completes the full ministry of Jesus as our High Priest.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

Acceptance, rejection and love among family are the focus, today.  Also, there is more on church as a brand, and what Christians may speak against other believers.  A writer posting at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” with the ID “ewan_whose_army” (Level 2 with 252 points, a member since 25 August 2013) shared the following:

Why do people let religion get inbetween themselves and those they should love?

Such as in those parents who kick their kids onto the streets if they turn out gay or don’t conform to whatever their religion requires.

THE BATTLE AXE:  On Marketing Church, and Speaking by Occasion (09/26/2013)—The ministry of Jesus Christ that must appear through the life and substance of each Christian believer often is described as heavy with conflict and self-contradiction.  After all, the believer is to condemn sin, yet love and be reconciled to the sinner.  The believer must exist using carnal, material, and social devices, yet be totally in service as a spiritual being and an instrument of divinity.  The believer must go out to the world, yet remain sanctified, set apart and unspotted.  Rightly understood, the church is a new creation, and its process of truth is intrapersonal, not interpersonal.  All necessary balance, flexibility, fullness and stability, are achieved through operations of the Spirit from GOD.  Through the Spirit of Truth (also called the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy) the believer is a spokesperson for GOD having authority to comfort, edify, and exhort—not to accuse, condemn, label others, make merchandise of the gifts from GOD, or slander.  As those accountable and charged with duties of leadership, bishops, elders and others may use admonition, sharpness and warning within their congregations, and for the benefit to their faith community.  However, these may not rely upon competitiveness, peer pressure, and the products of emotional, mental and psychological states.  Spirit content from Christ replaces so-called critical thinking, logic, and reason.  Inseparable aspects of divine person are in effect such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Believers are to be alert and vigilant exercising restraint upon self-will, and discerning the difference between divine doctrine and personal opinion the same way they are to thoughtfully recognize the intent and motives from public statements about and against the church, and Jesus Christ as its head.  (See Galatians 5:  14-16 and 2nd Timothy 2:  14-16, Colossians 2:  1-9, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  But ye have not so learned Christ;  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:  17-32, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); To Find a True Christian? (06/17/2013); A Family Affair? (04/01/2013); Emotional Appeal? (04/02/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Escape from Racism? (10/24/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012)

Here are a few points Christian believers a challenged to consider and keep in mind:

(1.)  Intimate relationships and the expression of love require special levels of balance, discipline, order, restraint, stability, and structure.  Created beings and living creatures may be driven by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and mind (e.g., fantasy, imagination, instinct, memory), we say, Flesh.  We also may be driven by spirit beings that oppose GOD (we say, the Devil), just as we may be under the influence of GOD.  Without being grounded and rooted, we self-destruct.  The aspects that are carnal, material, psychological, and social describe what may be called an animal nature for mankind.  To correctly experience the divine aspects of who we are, humans may not center their experience in a “rush”, “running on adrenalin,” or emotional and psychological extremes.

(2.)  Accountability, duty, and the pressures from specific goals necessarily generate barriers, limits, obstacles and silence among and within family relationships.  Often, these features seem to work like land mines, hidden and invisible weapons that distort and twist everything out of proportion.  The unspoken agreements that must be in place for any family to exist includes continually showing acceptance, acknowledgment, respect and trust.  Only by acts of kindness, dialog, giving, talking things out, and unselfishness that brings the hidden elements into clear view do the many different personalities of a family become an unbreakable unit.  Unfortunately, the hidden features also include dirt, filth and grime, the elements that otherwise appear through attacks, conflict and confrontation.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.)  Among Christians, some family members assume that others in the home and those of the extended family are under obligation to accept verbal abuse, denials of legitimate authority, disgrace, dishonor, insults, interference, opposition, and shame because all believers want to display “unconditional love.”  Those in error presume they know, take it for granted that they themselves have correctly answered, and repeatedly jump to conclusions about the feelings, needs and understandings of others.  Correction through Jesus Christ has shown us that the intent of divine acceptance and forgiveness through the family are the encouragement and support of sacrificial change (for the sake of others) that comes by growth, new learning, and where necessary “new birth”, the establishment of a new and godly spirit.  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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