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Today, focus is on admonition, covetousness, and the range of sacred operations required to oppose sin.  Correctly understood, the living, and the things of the material and natural world have been created to express and serve the will of the Creator, not merely their own self-will.  It should not be disturbing or surprising, then, that the immortal, invisible Creator of heaven and earth might use animals, angels, the sun, moon, and stars to communicate and intercede with his own finite created beings and living creatures.  What should be thought startling and strange is that the hearts and minds of many are blinded by the flesh and the world so that they can not receive the plain guidance, instruction, warnings and testimonies from the Bible, or shared by those endowed with faith through Jesus Christ.  In the account of Balaam, who was spoken to by an ass, the seer himself regularly experienced unusual events, and often was relied on as the one to give counsel to others when they were challenged and confused by strange occurrences.  The ass had to speak to counter Balaam’s hardness of heart.  Similarly, discernment and sacred knowledge are bestowed on the apostles, prophets, mature believers, and the disciples of Jesus Christ to enable their correct response to the active presence who is GOD.  Consider again the following:  Hebrews 5:  12-14, King James Version (KJV):  12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:  for he is a babe.  14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christian. Is the commandment to not covet your neighbour’s donkey referring to one of those magical talking donkeys that you all believe in?

Because I must admit, those are some pretty good donkeys!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?  And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me:  I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.  And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay.  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand:  and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:  And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times:  unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.  And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me:  now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.  And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men:  but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.  And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast.  And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour?  And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee:  have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.  (Number 22:  28-38, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); The Sin of Witchcraft? (01/24/2017); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); On Really Seeing Angels (10/09/2016); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Harden Not Your Hearts? (09/08/2014);Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, none of the many sacred operations carried out by GOD to cleanse, defend, heal, and maintain ongoing relationships with the living involve “magic”.  Establishing godliness within created beings and living creatures now demand such elements as acquiring sacred knowledge, forgiveness, growth, completing mortality (death), rebirth, resurrection, ripening for harvest, and sanctification.  The Spirit of GOD that put forth heaven, the earth, and Creation continues to gradually introduce permanent changes in the spirit content of sinners that include multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; sudden shifts in meaning, quality, and value), and that remain unseen to those who lack discernment.

Many fail to grasp that covetousness only appears as a transgression of divine law (we say, sin).  All sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and divine order throughout the spheres of life.  It has not been a divine intent or eternal purpose that the living exist with their consciousness and self-will dominated by sin, and responding to an uninterrupted stream of desire.  Sin promotes destruction, nonexistence, and a return to the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth.  Even so, the living often accept sin as natural, normal, and in no way contrary to their own character and makeup.

In the same way divine law has been provided for guidance and instruction against sin, the account of the “talking donkey” is supplied for those who are immersed in carnal, material, secular and social realities.  Balaam was a genuine  seer (in the Bible, the early name for a prophet).  In addition to genuine prophecy from GOD that may have included visitations by angels, Balaam also may have indulged the occult through ignorance, innocence, and exaggerated pride.  Thus, a very graphic and strong warning had to be made against the self-will of Balaam and how he might support the enemies of Moses.  (Ask yourself:  Where my own self-will would be directed against the sovereign will of GOD, would it be enough for me to be answered on the Internet by a stranger (some jackass) answering in faith and love to Jesus Christ, or would I need something “extreme”, magical, and occult to be admonished and corrected by GOD?  Would GOD have to use with me what he uses for those having hardened minds and hearts?)

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  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, I share some thoughts (below) triggered by a recent video intended to provide instruction on the place of mercy as an aspect of divinity.  The rabbi who was teaching explained that mercy was not to be taken as the only, or most significant feature to describe GOD.  Nor was love.

THE BATTLE AXE:  For Priests and Sons Only? (09/07/2014)—(4.)  Anyone and everyone may benefit from sound advice, truth, and wisdom; yet, some will benefit from the same counsel more than others; and some will be cast down, overwhelmed, and ruined by the same counsel.  A Christian believer takes the view that operations carried out by the same Spirit from GOD that worked during Creation is what makes the difference.  The Bible is an incarnation, or appearance of divinity that may only be recognized and responded to by those having discernment (i.e., ability to use ones own spirit content to determine the spirit substance within various life experience such as encounters, events, messages, objects, other persons, purposes, and writings).  For that reason, the Scriptures may not be dealt with casually, or as though they are designed for mundane and profane uses.  The Bible does not supply gossip, fantasies, fictions, supernatural spells, or stories to amuse, enchant, and entertain.  Influenced by political and social doctrines, many today misapply the truth of divine grace, and express desire for equal treatment by GOD that would deny distinctions through rank, service, the place of merit as well as a place for the exalted privilege and divine prerogative of the Almighty.  Some argue there should be no provisions by GOD that do not apply across the board, and to all.  Many complain that there do not have to be judgment and wrath against sin, the total elimination of sin, and the destruction of all sinners within the Lake of Fire.  Because such persons also deny the absolute honor, integrity, and righteous of GOD, they effectively disqualify themselves as those who are trusting the goodness, love, and wisdom of the Almighty as the true sovereign over all sacred judgment.  Thereby, they become speakers who are unwise, who are not proclaiming what they have received from GOD, and may not be trusted as those authorized by GOD to speak in his Name.  It remains all attitudes, behavior, conduct, and works carried out among the faithful are not the same in their consequences, necessity, purpose, outcome, and value.  Thus, in addition to salvation, believers also are encouraged to expect an exclusive judgment, wherein only those who are immortal and incorruptible will appear, to determine rewards for those who were devoted, faithful, steadfast and transparent as servants of GOD.  See again Exodus 19:  5, Deuteronomy 14:  2, Romans 8:  16-18, 1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, 1st Peter 2:  1-10, Titus 2:  1-15 and Revelation 21;  7-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  For some, when they had heard, did provoke:  howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.  But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  (Hebrews 3:  12-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Hardened Spirit? (06/12/2014); Mary (06/13/2014); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014); Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013)

 

Lately, I’ve been considering this:  Those having no part with me now—because of my age, country of origin, ethnicity, or income bracket; those condemning, despising, rejecting, slandering, and snubbing me now—will have no part as brothers, friends, and partners with me in the times of divine reward that are to come.  Sanctification, and the process of growth in ones divine content are operations where things at first isolated, loose and soft become bonded, crystallized and permanently joined to be solid, stable, and unshakeable.

There is a “hardening” of ones heart that is in accordance with being sealed to function as an agent of GOD through Christ.  With this in view, we may say, the heart of Moses was hardened as surely as was the heart of Pharaoh.  There can be a focusing of the believer’s inward spirit content and power.  Thereby, those who serve GOD display commitment, single-mindedness, and the total investment (we say, self-sacrifice) that is very different from the hardening seen through a seared conscience that shuts out the earnest and heartfelt pleadings of divinity that draw one into intimate relationship with GOD.

Men are to understand that GOD, who is a spirit being, is made up of matter and substance that is not carnal, material or physical.  The unchanging elements of divinity have been revealed to created beings and living creatures as inseparable aspects of existence and person such as awareness, awe, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, love, majesty, maturity, perfection, stability, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Many confuse compassion, a peculiar expression of love, with mercy.  Mercy is a rubric of judgment, like attention to detail, impartiality and thoroughness.  Without judgment, there is no mercy, just as there is no decision of guilt or innocence.  Judgment is always a blessing, for the outcome of judgment is always peace.  Judgment is the resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes through law.  Thus, peace comes by judgment, not by war.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, love pertains to creation and life, not to death and destruction.  The interactions and social reality of created beings and living creatures must be governed by principles that emerge from love; for love is also that aspect of judgment whereby the assignment of continuing trust and value are accomplished.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Acknowledgement of Mary as mother to the Son of GOD is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on the hardened spirit of Pharaoh, and a Battle Cry from the music ministry.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Watertribe” (Level 1 with 20 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why do some christians worship mary? 

like the rosary and all that when first of all mary is not a virgin she had sex and had other kids she was a virgin when she gave birth to jesus thats all and she didnt die for our sins or is she capable of forgiving us of our sins only the son of god the lord and savior of the world jesus christ can so why are some of you praising mary

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Hardened Spirit? (06/12/2014)—(5.)  GOD did not change or “harden” the heart of Pharaoh so much as he permitted all to view the corruption of Pharaoh’s spirit content.  The enmity between GOD and Pharaoh that resulted because of sin was that of a created being denying the Creator, and insisting upon independence and self-will.  Pharaoh was chosen as an instrument for divine prophecy and sacred revelation whereby GOD would expose things from heaven using things in the earth.  Thus, the sin of Pharaoh, Egypt, and the Hebrews who sought to be a part of Egyptian society is more than a matter of character flaws, individual weaknesses, and defects in personality such as arrogance, blasphemy, defiance, and pride.  Pharaoh is a figure of Satan, and Egypt represents a belief system, a kingdom, and the entire earth opposing divinity and the kingdom of GOD in the form of an empire dominating and ruling the then known world.  Like Satan, Pharaoh refused to confess sin and repent, and refused to confess a need for guidance, instruction and wisdom from GOD.  The sin of Egypt appeared as idolatry, unbelief, witchcraft, and false worship.  Such sin also is a counterfeit of divine influence, and results in a false appearance of divine love being refused to those in need, and of the endowment of divinity being withdrawn.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD as the lawgiver, and of all Creation generated and maintained through law.  Sin actually may alter patterns of consciousness, conduct, personality and character by controlling aspects of flesh and human functioning such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental operations (e.g., depression, fantasy, fear, recall, sorrow).  Yet, sin can not alter or control ones divine content, for the Spirit from the Almighty is immutable and unchanging.  See Exodus 5:  1-23, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple:  and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,  Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,  Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,  Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;  A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.  And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;  (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.  (Luke 2:  25-35, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); The “Talking Cross”? (02/13/2014); A Curse Removed (12/26/2013); Intercession (12/27/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

THE BATTLE CRY:  Readers are encouraged to hear “Marvelous” sung by Walter Hawkins & the Love Center Choir.  This amazing gospel music selection features Bishop Hawkins, his brother Edwin, and a choir member, Patrick Sturgis.  Together, they create a crescendo that becomes more and more intense, and expresses a love to GOD that carries the listener higher and higher.  While celebration, rejoicing, and praise are often the most precious focus in music ministry—for our GOD inhabits praise—prophecy (i.e., to comfort, edify, and exhort) is never to be accounted as less than vital for continuing the Holy Spirit within the church body.  Conservative believers have often condemned this style of music, and complain that this form of ministry is too ecstatic, emotional, and even should be avoided as hysterical.  Nevertheless, rightly carried out, the important goal of lifting up praise is inseparable from that of building up and edifying the church.  By “Marvelous”, and through operations of the imparted Spirit, the hearts and minds of all are placed as it were upon an altar of sacrifice to become a pleasing fragrance carried before GOD.  “Marvelous” continues to be available as the second track within the 1998 Love Alive, Vol. 5:  25th Anniversary Reunion:  Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 [Original recording reissued, Live] and as an MP3 file from the February 10, 2009 Intersound album THE SINGING BISHOPS VOL 2.  On July 11, 2010, Bishop Walter Hawkins died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.  Honor to GOD.

 

“Watertribe”, here are a few points to consider that are usually shared among believers in Jesus :

(1.)  Mary is acknowledged as having served Almighty GOD by bearing, and giving birth to Jesus.  Even before she was conceived and born, divinity began to prepare Mary for her sacred work through operations of the Holy Spirit that purified and set Mary apart for divine service (we say, sanctified her).

(2.)  Where Mary is counted as only another believer who tarried in the upper room until Pentecost along with the apostles and disciples of Jesus, it still would be fitting to show respect to Mary as one of the first to receive the blessings of the Father, and the falling of the Holy Ghost.  Through further operations of the Holy Spirit, believers, today, are not fixed and limited by the frameworks of time and space, and so many admire and acknowledge Mary along with those of the early church.  All acknowledgment is not worship.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Respect to Mary as the Mother of GOD, the Queen of Heaven, or as a Perpetual Virgin is not based upon any commandments, doctrine, or displays of divinity that she herself has put forth.  Rather, it is by operation of the same Holy Spirit that appeared in Creation to form the earth and the heaven, and that was also in Jesus Christ.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  (Romans 8:  26-27, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Intercession and prayer as a spokesperson for others come into view, today; and there is more on hardness of heart against the gospel message.  A writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using ID “Joshua” (Level 4 with 3,101 points, a member since 12 July 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Can a christian pray for people from other religion ?

I am a christian and I am wondering whether can I pray for people that come from other religion like Buddhist or Muslim.Maybe my question is stupid but I need a good answer.Thanks a lot 😀

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013)— (4.)  All that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2nd Timothy 3:  12-13, KJV).  Prophecy through the apostles of the early church describe hardness of heart and the process of opposition to Jesus and the Gospel as one that will continue until its final destruction through the completion of divine judgment.  Persecution appears where government authority, legislation, and physical force—by Satan and those within the hierarchy of heaven as well as within nations of the earth—are used to attack and suppress the sacred message, its followers, and those who foster its spread.  Oppression by those in government is only one form of the denial and rejection believers should be prepared to encounter.  Political and social movements as well as fashion and trends in popular culture will operate as barriers to those seeking to enter the kingdom of GOD.  Heresy and false messages will be eagerly embraced by believers who do not obey the Lord’s command to “watch and pray.”  Such are open and vulnerable from lack of prayer, and from repeatedly refusing study to internalize the plain teachings of Scripture.  Conviction for those who desire an easy way to GOD will be frustrated and overturned by doubt and unbelief, where they instead should be firmly rooted through the sure promises and prophesies provided by the ministries of Jesus.  Familiarity that gives sin the appearance of normalcy, reality, and truth will not be resisted from within themselves, for it will appear consistent with ones own true feelings and understandings.  Only by rebirth do created beings and living creatures escape the process whereby ones heart becomes “dead in sin” and completely closed to the divine provisions (see 2nd Timothy 3:  1-8, 1st Thessalonians 3:  3-4, 1st Peter 5:  6-11, and 1st Peter 4:  12-19, KJV).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.  (2nd John 1:  9-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); Prayer not Enough? (07/12/2013); A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013); Unanswered Prayer? (09/11/2012); When You Pray (09/12/2012)

 

Joshua, most Christian believers experience a similar concern in the course of their learning and growing through Christ.  Here are a few points based upon Scripture you may find helpful:

(1.)  Prayers are spirit, thought and utterance directed to GOD, that may be offered aloud or silently.  Movement also is an aspect of prayer, and so there may be bowing, folding or uplifting ones hands, kneeling, and other gestures.  As intimate and private communication, prayer allows believers to discover aspects of their own character and personality as well as to affirm the operation and presence of GOD as he has become revealed to them.  The laws and rules for prayer, therefore, center in maintaining awareness of personal relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ, and are chosen or put into place as limits through the practice of each believer.  As for any fruitful relationship, there are basic demands for absolute honesty, respect, trust, and truth.  However, a believer is free to acknowledge and expose as much or as little of themselves as their needs and understanding permit.  How long or how often one prays may vary, just as the topics and subjects discussed may range.

(2.)  We are free to commend, make requests (we say, intercede, petition), and speak in a general way about others in prayer.  However, fervent and persisting prayer (importuning) will demand  detailed knowledge of their peculiar situation.  More challenging than speaking for ourselves is the prayer wherein we speak as if we are another person.  Through compassion and empathy, we “put ourselves in their place,” so to speak, and we then say to GOD what we understand to be appropriate.  Thus, were we to pray as prophets and spokespersons before GOD for those struggling to recover from the recent typhoon in Philippines, we might speak of our pain and uncertainty for still missing loved ones, our concern for rebuilding our homes and families, our need for strength to continue despite the lack of food, medicine, water, or true knowledge and correct information.

There is far more to be said, properly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Because our lives are connected before GOD, and we are one Creation before him, the benefit to one aspect of mankind should be a benefit to all.  Yet, like a farmer only goes forth to plant seed in the field where the rocks are removed, and the ground has been plowed and prepared, believers are cautioned to not bestow inordinate focus upon those who reject their ministrations.  “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:  6, KJV), cautions one to assess their place with others carefully, and not to presume that all are willing to receive from GOD with genuine gratitude.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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Some points regarding hostility against the message of the Gospel are shared, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jimmie” (Level 3 with 2,151 points, a member May 11, 2013) posted the following:

 

Do you think it’s sad how some people become hostile to the message of the gospel, that has saved so many?

And continues to save many, even today? I dont get why people reject the important message it holds, and the lessons on love, humbleness, peace, by being angry and negative about it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  (John 1:  10-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Another Gospel? (10/19/2013); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Limit to Believing? (09/16/2013); All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); How To Accept Bible Truth? (04/17/2013); About Preaching the Gospel (04/18/2013); When Jesus Comes Back (04/19/2013)

 

“Jimmie”, here are a few difficult points to consider that nonetheless are correct for Christian believers:

(1.)  All men have not faith (2nd Thessalonians 3:  2, KJV).  The Gospel is sacred substance that is to be joined with the spirit content of created beings and living creatures.  Truth from GOD may only be received by those who have prepared themselves through such features as dutifulness, expectation (we say, hope), obedience, sacrifice, and submission.

(2.)  When Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart (Exodus 8:  15, KJV).  Hardness of heart is an operation of the Spirit from GOD, however, not by acting on, forcing, or manipulating a person’s feelings and thoughts.  Rather, the Holy Spirit acknowledges their enmity against GOD as irreversible without first ending their mortality, or by continued widespread death and destruction.  The Spirit may not righteously disregard or ignore persistent defiance of divine law, rejection of divine counsel, or denial of divine love.  The Spirit is obligated to abandon and make no further appeals where the minds and hearts of created beings and living creatures only invite being sealed against divinity.  Without the “pressure” of judgment, punishment, and divine wrath against sin, many will not embrace what are, in fact, the difficult works of confession, repentance, and truth.  Sinners do no leave their “comfort zone” of arrogance, ignorance, selfish pleasure, and separation from GOD.

(3.)  But they have not all obeyed the gospel (Romans 10:  16, KJV).  To obey is to put aside ones own will to carry out or perform the will of another.  Thus, to obey is one of the most powerful ways of demonstrating love, the willingness to add value, and to unselfishly provide benefit to another.  Those who lack balance, poise, and stability (we say, maturity), and those who do not have a clear grasp of their own abilities, desires, and place in relationships usually also lack the awareness and strength necessary for love of Christ, and obedience to the Gospel.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  The carnal mind is not subject to the law of God (Romans 8:  7, KJV).  Human makeup (we say, the flesh) is designed to function in accordance with material and physical processes that are mechanical in their nature such as appetite, sensation, and mind.  Just like hunger, thirst, and sexual cravings cannot be eliminated by logic, reason and science, sin can not be overcome except through operations of the Spirit from GOD.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures, yet, can not control the will of GOD.  The added endowment of Spirit supplied through the Gospel enables believers to correctly resist sin, and to continuously seek the perfection coming forth from GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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