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Let This Mind Be

 

Today, reply is on language to correctly describe the transformations of body and mind that must occur for each Christian believer.  Doubting in the manner of the Apostle Thomas is not to be commended; however, believing, praising and acknowledging Christ as “my GOD” and “my Lord,” as did Thomas, are not to be dismissed.  More than simply fitting in with others, leaving the past behind, seeking self-improvement, or “turning over a new leaf,” repentant sinners are to strive to become Christ-like.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “Doubting Like Thomas” (Level 7 with 78,023 points, a member since May 25, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why does “Let Jesus into your HEART!” sound like a nice invitation while “Let Jesus into your BRAIN!” sounds like a parasitic infestation?
After all, the BRAIN is the organ which makes most of the decisions.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 3:  13-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Those Apt To Teach? (06/20/2018); Changed And Made Christ-like? (06/19/2018); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); What Divine Salvation Requires (05/15/2018); Accepting Christ, Accepting Change (10/20/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016)

 

“Doubting Like Thomas,” the goal of every sinner who returns to divinity through Jesus Christ eventually must become to acquire and display the image of GOD that Jesus revealed by appearing in human form, and ministering on the earth (we say, by his Incarnation).  It is inappropriate and unsuitable to speak of Jesus as only being a man in the flesh, the Son of Man (Adam), and a “biological specimen” as though the personhood he shared was only carnal, material, and social.  The sinner must undergo a permanent transformation of his own essential makeup that is so all-inclusive and complete, we do not merely say, “from head to toe”, we say, You must be born again!  The inborn spirit must die, be buried, and become resurrected, so to speak; and the sinner enters into a rebirth containing divine seed. 

Those containing the new seed are “born again,” and become developing believers who must “grow up again” and become mature/ripe by meeting the same life challenges, “growing pains,” hardships, and even sufferings as others on the earth.  However, these believers are set apart (we say, dedicated; sanctified) because their fresh endowment of life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted from the makeup of divinity enables them to exist as sons and daughters of GOD, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and those whom the Savior will receive as his harvest from the earth at the Advent (we also say, his appearing; the Rapture; the Second Coming).

Apprehending divinity and becoming Christ-like requires multiple streams of discovery, gradual growth, perseverance, sacred practice, and unselfish service.  How we think and speak must express that we are a new creation through Jesus.  Thus, believers are encouraged to use meanings and understandings that will acknowledge and strengthen their own and the consciousness in others of the divine presence, the crucial workings of the Holy Spirit, and the interactions among the inseparable, unseen aspects of GOD they have now received.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Developing believers are less like to use such words as “the heart” that describes emotion, deep thoughts, and sentiment; or “the mind” that speaks to attitudes, intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and critical thinking.  It is more correct to apply discernment that acknowledges divinity as the origin and source for life, and that recognizes and responds to spirit substance deposited from GOD within events, messages, oneself, other persons, the holy writings, etc.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  6-12, King James Version (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.

(2.)  Jeremiah 17:  5-10, KJV:  5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.  6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it?  10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

(3.)  Philippians 2:  5-11, KJV:  5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(4.)  Colossians 1:  12-20, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  18 And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared on why the revelation of divinity to created beings and living creatures also used judgments and plagues against Egypt, and the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart.  The hardening of ones heart is the closing out and rejection of expressions of love.  For the one-time work that GOD would do on the earth by creating a new nation as a peculiar and a holy people, the lukewarm heart of Pharaoh had to be crystallized and made firm in its opposition to true Deity.  One of the many fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Why did god harden pharoah’s heart, was he afraid pharaoh might let his people go before he could punish them with all those plagues?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  (Revelation 3:  15-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sacred Law and Practice (02/12/2018); Hardened Minds and Hearts? (07/28/2017); Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Kingdom and One-world Empire (09/08/2016); More Than Conquerors? (01/04/2015); Harden Not Your Hearts? (09/08/2014); Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, as sinners, we attribute the goodness of GOD to chance, luck, other people, etc.  Thus, we also often overlook and fail to see many important points of divine truth that are needed to correctly apprehend the sacred meaning of the Exodus from Egypt.  Consider the following points:

1.  Israel was sanctified, and separated from a one-world culture and empire that was dominated by a single human ruler, Pharaoh.  As keepers of livestock, and those who maintained ancient traditions of worship that had been given to Adam by GOD, the sons of Jacob were to receive atonement for sin by making offerings and sacrifices of animal blood; and this was forbidden by the Egyptians as being an abomination.

2.  During the years of famine, the Egyptian people sold their livestock, their land, and themselves as slaves to Pharaoh.  However, Joseph and his people remained free.  Egypt did not allow the Hebrews to fully assimilate into their society, and eventually many forms of bias, discrimination, and prejudice were practiced against the Hebrews.

3.  Among Christian believers, ancient Egypt continues to be a symbol of idolatry, occult practices (i.e., magic, sorcery, witchcraft), and spiritual confusion.  In the same way, without divine law and apart from GOD, men fail to realize that the operations of sin are contrary to the continued existence and makeup of humanity, few among the Egyptians were able to realize the wickedness of Pharaoh ruling as the source of all law, as one having absolute authority over life and death, and as one accounting himself a divine person.  Had Pharaoh released and supplied the Israelites, showing them favor, there would have been endorsement of the impression that sin is harmless, has great benefit, and a man on the earth who is a “good leader” may reign in the place of Deity.  The arrogance, cruelty, exaggerated pride, selfishness, and weakness of Pharaoh had to be demonstrated and revealed.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 4.  The divine process for mankind has to be one of transformation and undergoing permanent changes throughout ones inner makeup.  Divine law must be internalized within a focused consciousness and process of self-will that acknowledges the continuing presence of eternal purpose and divine substance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, Word).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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He Is A Jew

 
Today, another reply is made on circumcision and the conditions for covenant relationship with GOD.  The blood of circumcision speaks to the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as well as to the gift of rebirth following death, burial, and resurrection of ones inborn spirit.  While circumcision is spoken of as an outward sign of commitment in covenant, circumcision remains hidden and secret.  Few go about making a public display of their circumcision; and Jewish men are thought to be circumcised on the basis of their sacred practice.  Correctly understood, the power and purpose of ones circumcision must operate primarily within their spirit imparted from GOD, not merely within their own feelings and thoughts.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

This is my covenant that I’m making between me and you and your descendants after you every man child shall be circumcised. Why do people?

Object to God’s will and have dirty uncircumcised sons?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:  And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.  And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.  And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.  And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.  And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good:  for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:  If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.  (Deuteronomy 30:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Circumcision of Infant Boys (12/11/2017); The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013); Accomplished in Christ (01/16/2013); The Need to Purify Heaven (01/17/2013)
 

“Anonymous”, the things of GOD that serve and supply created beings and living creatures in accordance with their own peculiar makeup and substance (we say, the flesh) are very different from the things of GOD that reveal the character, content, and personhood of divinity (we say, the Spirit).  For example, in Scripture, the periods following Abraham’s day when circumcision seems to be discontinued or forgotten (e.g., the 40 years before Israel crossed Jordan into the Promised Land) often are explained by the army having to be available to respond to immediate threats, and being prevented from two to three weeks for recovery from circumcision.  The active presence who is the GODhead (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) becomes knowable, known, accessible and approachable through exchanges and interactions among their inseparable, sacred substance.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In the course of Creation, GOD imparted to mankind sacred content from his own person (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, Word).

As an aspect of mankind asserting dominion in the earth, many have contended against GOD, displayed defiance, and rebelled against divine law.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the fullness of divine order.  Sin favors chaos, flux and non-existence; and promotes return to the conditions in effect before the founding of heaven and earth.  While sin is not a living entity or object created by divinity, the operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living. 

To the extent circumcision represents covenant agreement it also represents sacred law.  More than this, it pertains to judgment, inheritance, and participation in a personal relationship with divinity.  Those operating under sin routinely condemn divinity as restricting freedom (i.e., choice; conscience; free-will) and violating “natural” law.  The race of Adam maintains a continuing complaint that Deity is capable of overthrowing the independence and integrity of being within the living; and the sovereign will of GOD is capable of dismissing, manipulating, and suppressing ones self-will.  The demonstrations of blessings and curses that establish decision-making and self-direction are not understood as they are, in fact, expressions of divine commitment  and sacred love.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 4:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

(2.)  Romans 3:  29-31, KJV:  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid:  yea, we establish the law.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Galatians 5:  12-17, KJV:   12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.  13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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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.

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The gulf between sacred and secular knowledge is in view, today, along with the idea of “progress” by shifts in language, and Scripture as an appearance of divinity.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Isn’t it suspicious that stuff that Christians took LITERALLY from the Bible for 1000s of years, becomes figurative once we know better??

Isn’t it quite odd that stuff that Christians took LITERALLY from the Bible for 1000s of years, becomes figurative once we know better?
Just one example, in the ancient world people thought the HEART was responsible for thoughts and emotions. The Bible repeatedly says this. The Bible NEVER says the brain has anything to do with it. The Bible ONLY claims it is from the heart. So naturally, for a 1000+ years Christians literally thought the heart was responsible. Now that we know it isn’t, suddenly the Bible is figurative on this point.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:  That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  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.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  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?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  (2nd Peter 3:  1-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Guided By Divine Truth (06/20/2016); Sacred Knowledge and Christ (05/16/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015);  Religion And Moral Progress? (10/23/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, for mature Christian believers, there is no replacement or substitute for correct sacred knowledge that permits communion, exchange, interaction, proper reverence, and fruitful relationship with divinity.  Sacred knowledge is itself a spirit substance from the makeup of Deity, and a manifestation of GOD.  Thus, inseparable aspects of divinity are imparted through the Scriptures that include faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Those who are “born again” must gradually “grow up again,” and acquire the divine perspective revealed and shared for spiritual maturity:  Believers also must apprehend the active presence of GOD appearing within thousands of lives through thousands of events over the course of thousands of years.

Secular knowledge is often developed and disseminated driven by the animal aspects of human character and its many base motives (e.g., consumerism, covetousness, fear, greed, grudges, materialism, pride, and even self-destruction).  As a result, the outcomes and products of increased information proliferate human error; endorse spiritual ignorance; prolong a lower quality of life for mankind experienced as an exaggerated focus upon death, the weakening of commitment, honor, personal integrity, and trust; and increase the sense of continual imprisonment within cycles of despair and frustration.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Ecclesiastes 1:  14-18, King James Version (KJV):  14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.  15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight:  and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.  16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem:  yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.  17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly:  I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.  18 For in much wisdom is much grief:  and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

(2.)  2nd Timothy 3:  1-5, KJV:  1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

(3.)  Daniel 12:  2-4, KJV:  2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.  4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:  many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Timothy 3:  13-17, KJV:  13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, reply is made to a familiar challenge that a person approve/disapprove of how GOD has responded to Adam, Satan, and sin.  The true people of GOD are to deal with divine law, operations of divinity, and sacred principles, rather than cultural fabrications, individual desires, personal opinions, and worldly traditions.  Their heart (i.e., breath, life essence, spirit) must engage the sacred heart of GOD.  By insisting that academic presentations and secular reasoning have the same or greater value than the holy writings, many continue in darkness, error, and spiritual confusion.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  Isaiah 29:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay:  for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?  Also,  Matthew 15:  7-9, KJV:  7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  Ezekiel 33:  31-33, KJV:  31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them:  for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.  32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument:  for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “drummer man” (Level 1 with no points shown, a member since July 16, 2007) posted the following:

 

Does god’s way of dealing with the rebellion and sin of Satan, Adam and Eve bother you? and how would you deal with them if you were god?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath:  and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  (Job 40: 6-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Justified for Attacking The Bible? (06/28/2015); Correct in Only Your Mind? (05/04/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013)

 

“drummer man”, for mature Christian believers your question draws (we say, entices, seduces, tempts) others into thinking of themselves in a way that insults divinity.  The operations of presumption, pride and sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the universe maintained through sacred law.  While sin is no thing created by GOD and contains no sacred matter (as does the living), sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The thought “if I were god” is forbidden in the sense that ones awareness and self-will are not to be turned away from acknowledging, reverencing, and serving GOD toward any exercise of authority, independence, and privilege that has not been granted by the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Even so, it is correct for believers to carefully examine the many facets of the accounts that come to us as sacred knowledge.

Correctly understood, the record of Creation, the fall of Adam, and the full range of holy writings must be seen as features within a closed system for consciousness of GOD that derive from operations of spirit, rather than operations of intellect, logic, philosophy, or science.  The holy writings provide a divine point of view, so to speak, showing the operations of divinity using thousands of events and thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  In the same way none may know and understand divinity as revealed through Jesus Christ without operations by GOD through spirit, none may assign value, criticize, or evaluate the process of Deity (we say, judge GOD), even when they have spirit and sacred truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  Human error characterizes our judgment; thus, many important points are overlooked as we consider the human predicament.  For example, (1) the single name “Adam” was used by the GODhead for both the male and female who existed as a single person; (2) there are multiple operations of GOD to reveal the character and nature of divinity to the living, and to proclaim divine sovereignty; (3) Adam and all living upon the earth are used as figures to correct and guide those of heaven; (4) divine law, judgment, and the figure of Satan are used to correct and guide the living both upon the earth and in heaven; and (5) as with the elimination of chaos and flux that appeared before heaven and earth were established, the elimination of sin requires permanent change that pertains to the entire universe, not merely to angels and mankind.

Given that many points in our routine conversations and exchanges are taken to be facts and proven truth that, in actuality, are assumptions relied upon in order to advance various considerations, correct acceptance of the holy writings demand balance, completeness, consistency, focus, maturity, and stability that only come by operation of the same Spirit that was at work in Creation.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

New Disclaimer

Death, fear, and resurrection are topics, today.  Also, there is more on hardened hearts.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Young Penguin” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since February 01, 2014) posted the following:

 

If you believe in life after death chistians, why are you so scared?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Harden Not Your Hearts? (09/08/2014)—(4.)  The hardening of ones heart occurs through the expression of self-will.  The process of life for mankind is one of gradual change that is irreversible and permanent.  Like the mechanical operations of aging and poor diet that always result in death for the living, the operations of sin always entail the loss of ones divine content received as inheritance at birth, the distortion of ones spiritual awareness, the weakening of ones ability to maintain spiritual focus, and the absolute loss of spiritual power.  Admonitions and warnings to direct ones consciousness and will toward Christ are also an invitation to be in a relationship with divinity founded upon love, righteousness, sacred knowledge, trust and truth.  While salvation may be bestowed in an instant, the believer must complete a journey having many challenges, lessons and opportunities for growth.  The sooner one begins, the sooner they will accomplish the many levels of understanding correct for the highest service.  Thus, urgency is expressed—today, now, this very hour—harden not your hearts against GOD.  Harden your hearts in accord with GOD.  See again Proverbs 29:  1, Daniel 5:  18-21, 1st Samuel 6:  6, 2nd Kings 17:  13-15, Nehemiah 9:  13-19 and 28-30, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:  but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:  although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  (Hebrews 4:  1-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Afraid of Eternal Life? (10/30/2013); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012); Christian Modesty (10/15/2012)

 

“Young Penguin”, here are a few points that may help you avoid error and spiritual confusion about Christian belief:

(1.)  All Christians experience salvation as a process of permanent change in their spirit content as well as a transformation to prepare them for judgment and eternal life.  Following baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak), believers must meet the same challenges of life experience in the earth that have been established for all mankind.  Believers then are equipped with a fresh endowment of the sacred substance breathed into Adam at Creation, and that exists as the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy,  longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  Not being stupid, Christians understand that death is followed by the awful aspects of judgment (e.g., damnation, perdition, punishment).  Judgment is happening now as an ongoing process, and is an expression of eternal divinity.  In addition to the phases of correction and sanctification (we say, cleansing, healing), there is also investigation, and hearing (we say, appearing before the throne).

(3.)  GOD is awesome.  Only the dead are incapable of realizing this truth in their awareness.  Christians know that they eventually will be in the direct presence of GOD.  It is not so much that we are afraid to meet our Maker (the Creator has not been Death), it is that we now are uncertain just what we will be able to say and do in that moment.  Mankind is to no longer be mortal or capable of sin.  We generally expect that the finite tools whereby we establish and maintain a level of control in human interactions (e.g., anger, emotion, intellect, logic, pride, reason, science), will be useless.  Because we have accepted the invitation by the grace of GOD through Jesus Christ, we have certainty that we will be welcome.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Believers are commanded to “fear” coming short of the immutable and unchanging promises of GOD.  The spirit and body of those who died will be raised for judgment; however, following death, there will be no “do-overs”, or second chances.  The opportunities are for the living, and for those willing to commit themselves now on the basis of the sacred truth they have received.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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

Today, points are shared on judgment, divine revelation, the workings of sin as seen through the contrasts between Moses and Pharaoh, and Bible accounts of the ten plagues against Egypt.  Also, there is more on GOD, adultery, and fornication.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Sherry” (Level 1 with zero points, a member since July 19, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why did Herod keep refusing to let Noah and the children of Israel leave Egypt even after the ten plaques ?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD and Adultery? (06/11/2014)—(5.)  Many want to criticize the teachings of the Bible on sexual relationships as too strict.  For example, our Savior, Jesus Christ, has taught that adultery and the many crimes against ones own flesh begin through desire that results in sin.  A person may become guilty of adultery by merely looking upon a man or woman with lust.  Silently indulging a sexual fantasy is the same as having engaged in intercourse with that person.  Those who seek a name and reputation for Christian innocence, righteousness and sexual purity are challenged to maintain virginity and integrity within marriage as clear demonstrations of divine discipline, and that their flesh and mind are ruled by an endowment of the same Holy Spirit that was in Jesus.  When awareness, imagination, reason, self-will, and careful thought become dominated by sin, ones knowledge of divine law and sacred truth are suppressed.  The spirit nature they display is that of an animal, and no longer shows forth the aspects of divine grace that are to indwell men and angels.   (6.)  Fornication (joining of spirits through sexual activity) is spoken of in Scripture as a sin against ones own body, because fornication results in subtle (barely visible differences, hidden shifts) and permanent changes in ones own spirit content, and that of each sexual partner.  Even where only two spirits are joined in holy matrimony, and a couple shares completing their virginity, the pair must experience inner conflict until ones inborn spirit is reconciled to the spirit from their spouse now being always present.  This reconciliation progresses smoothly where there is also the continuing presence the Spirit of GOD.  Where a couple has repeatedly engaged in casual sex, they are joined to spirits from persons they do not know, and with whom they may never have direct sexual contact.  Thus, where a male has had 10 partners (1 + 10), and a female has had eight partners (1 + 8), together they will contain multiple spirits (do the math), that may not be in agreement with their inborn spirit.  While some of the spirits introduced may improve, reinforce and strengthen the inborn spirit, the host risks an imbalance of 19 against 1.  (Suppose the 10 also each have had ten, and the 8 each have had eight…do the math.)  As surely as the fornicator may contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or encounter unwanted pregnancy, they may begin to display unfamiliar attitudes, desires, and impulses.  Depression, despair, fear, and an increased sense of loneliness may appear from “out of nowhere.”  As with disease and pregnancy, family, friends and others may become aware of change and strangeness in their behavior and conduct, before the fornicator can understand or realize a difference within themselves.  At first, ones spouse will only have a vague feeling that their mate is engaged in an extramarital affair.  Once jealousy (a divine spirit of accountability and commitment in relationship) has been stirred, the unsuspecting spouse will not rest until the attack against their marriage has been overturned, and their spouse has been vindicated.  Where a person repeatedly shares themselves with prostitutes or professional sex workers the number of joined spirits may be phenomenal.  The demoniac spoken of in the Bible called Legion, because he contained thousands of unclean spirits, may have welcomed and acquired them by fornication.  In a similar way, those committing rape, gang rape, and violate others by similar crimes expose themselves to total ruin, and practice self-destruction.  There is no medical cure or remedy for fornication.  Aggressiveness, hostility, pride, selfishness and violence will not cover, or hide spiritual confusion and infirmity. The chains and lasting spirit bonds made through fornication can only be broken and removed by experiences of divine presence, faith, and infusions of virtue from GOD.  See again Luke 6:  17-19, Luke 8:  26-30, Luke 15:  17-19, 1st Corinthians 6:  9-12 and 15-20, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon:  before it shall ye encamp by the sea.  For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.  And they did so.  And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled:  and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?  And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:  And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.  And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel:  and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.  But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.  And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid:  and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day:  for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.  (Exodus 14:  1-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only”? (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013)

 

“Sherry”, here are a few of the points Christian believers use to correctly understand Bible teachings about the nature of divinity as seen through the conflict between Moses and Pharaoh:

(1.)  The ten plagues are not merely punishments intended to destroy Pharaoh and the people of Egypt.  They are divine revelations through judgment (the resolution of conflict by applying the standards from divine law; the settlement of disputes through law), and are intended to supply many different sacred displays.  Included are authority, correction (indications of what one must do to avoid repeating error), encouragement to learn and grow (we may say, change), operations by the unseen Spirit of GOD, eternal purpose, power, sacred events (we say, miracles), truth, and warning.

(2.)  The language of the Bible is that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened; and many take this to mean his emotions and feelings became angry and negative.  Showing both differences and sameness for Pharaoh and Moses, GOD portrays the outcomes for the workings of sin among all created beings and living creatures—including the holy angels in heaven among whom sin was first discovered.  Without provisions from GOD, the living are unable to discern and recognize that sin is present, or to resist sin as something contrary to their own nature, foreign, and strange.

(3.)  The divine will has not created or generated sin, and is not subject to sin.  However, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the created.  Sin cannot be eliminated as though it were made of physical or spirit material; and sin may not be removed by a single, act of destruction from GOD without also causing upheaval for order throughout the universe.  Like sacred law, the account of the ten plagues is intended to make sin known and visible, and clarify the operations of GOD for salvation.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  GOD does not cause Pharaoh to deny Moses by introducing or increasing a spirit of cruelty, hatred, hostility, and stubbornness.  Rather, GOD turns against Pharaoh by withdrawing himself (i.e., no longer supplying and supporting the divinity contained within Pharaoh).  Pharaoh was deprived of inseparable (where you find one, you have all) aspects of the same spirit that formed heaven and earth.  Included were faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:  he turneth it whithersoever he will.  (Proverbs 21:  1, KJV)

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