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Today, reply is on the secrecy of fasting, giving, praise, and other practices to acknowledge divinity. The spirit of GOD within a believer must affirm and declare its own sacred origin and source. Authentic expressions of Christian devotion, gratitude, and praise are marked and recognizable through their absence of self-promotion; their respect and reverence toward divinity; and their heartfelt and genuine acknowledgment of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Did Jesus really say negative things about people who want to publicly show that they pray to God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58: 1-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: According To Divine Purpose (06/09/2019); Fasting, Prayer and Sanctification (03/29/2019); How GOD Is Communicating (10/31/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); Using Repetition in Prayer? (02/21/2018); Giving, A Divine Discipline? (10/09/2017); Prayer in Public? (02/24/2015)

 

Anonymous”, in the course of becoming full and mature members within the household of faith, developing Christian believers commit multiple errors in their practices of giving, praise, prayer, and sacrifice. Where carnal, material, secular and social concerns are uppermost, a believer is likely to perform an elaborate display to impress others that will be vain (i.e., lacking in spirit substance from the makeup of GOD). Properly understood, making gifts and offerings to GOD always are to be acts of humility and submission by a believer within a continuing personal relationship with divinity provided through divine prerogative (grace), eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. The sharing that occurs between divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and the believer is “secret” in the sense that it is otherwise hidden and unseen acknowledgment directed primarily to GOD. Exaggerated pride, showing-off, and vainglory appear as transgression and violation of divine law in the same way as conduct that is not according to faith, and as foolishness. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Isaiah 42: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

2. Matthew 6: 5-8, KJV: 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Matthew 6: 16-21, KJV: 16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, healing as a minister of the Gospel is compared with service through careers as an actor and as a psychoanalyst.  Among Christian believers, exorcism to remove unclean spirits and healing are different from miracles (we say, sacred events).  The gift of healing has been given to the church as a body, and we say, the church has the power of healing.  Yet, the gift of healing is not given to every member of the church, and appears only through the work of those selected by the Holy Spirit.  Actors, comedians, dancers, singers, and other entertainers are often effective at providing catharsis that enables a peculiar form of purification, release of unexpressed emotions, and rebalance among aspects of ones spirit that are in conflict.  This form of benefit and healing also is found among those who prophesy using music ministry as the boy David did for King Saul.  The timely sharing of otherwise hidden truth can dispel depression, despair, inner turmoil, and self-destructive impulses.  Those who propose to heal the mind using psychoanalysis and other closed systems of meaning and value generally rely upon secular knowledge, medical procedures that may include use of drugs and brain surgery, as well as academic studies and structures.  As with entertainers, their vocation does not put forward the operations of faith through Jesus Christ.  Because the process of being in correct relationship with GOD requires acknowledging and exalting the will of GOD above ones own desires and intent, there must be obedience to divine law, and conformance to the things proclaimed and revealed through Jesus Christ.  The successful accomplishment of a private agenda emphasizing things carnal, material and social, or divine endorsement of ambitions and lusts that promote the flesh and the world will always be questionable, and unpredictable.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “?” (Level 1 with 74 points, a member since July 14, 2014) posted the following:

 

I’m not sure whether to train as an actor or as a psychoanalyst (Jungian): How do I discern God’s will?

Update: Cognito: As you aren’t connected to God, your thoughts on God are irrelevant to me. However, I take what you say about other actors on board. Working with “people like that” wouldn’t bother or upset me in the least.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one  is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body:  so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  (1st Corinthians 12:  4-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faith and The Cross? (03/30/2016); Humility and The Cross? (03/15/2016); …Ears That Hear Not? (01/18/2016); The Correct Prescription? (11/19/2015); Why Did Jesus Heal? (02/03/2015); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); Certainty by Faith or by Tradition? (06/19/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); The 2nd Prayer Death (02/22/2014)

 

“?”, consider what it means to be a healer from GOD.  For mature Christian believers a person’s focus and training to do GOD’s will begins with their commitment to completely and correctly embrace Jesus Christ.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Thus, the most necessary provisions from GOD for health of our body, mind and spirit are the Gospel of Jesus Christ, becoming “born again” through water baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA), receiving the imparted, indwelling Spirit from the makeup of GOD, and “growing up again” through continuous service that reveals the “active presence” of divinity, demonstrates the sacred operations carried out by Deity, fulfills the promises of GOD, and realizes eternal purpose.  Much of the darkness, disease, and sickness within our lives are the visible outcomes forced by conflicts among our values, exaggerated pride, the practice of deceit and lying, and unseen sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation that relies upon sacred law for divine order.  With this in view, careers in the performing arts as an actor (we also say, entertainer, hypocrite, story-teller), and within those professions that attempt to examine, monitor and shape patterns of behavior, emotion, and socialization all are “distractions”, diversions, and obstacles to the proper work of the living.  The benefits from secular knowledge, practices, and tools are always discrete, limited, and temporary.  Thus, backsliding, further deterioration, relapses, and regression may appear.   There are no counterfeits or substitutes that are more fruitful for healthy living upon the earth than permanent change and communion through forbearance, forgiveness, unselfish giving, humility, intercession with GOD on behalf of others, praise, prayer, repentance, acquiring and applying sacred knowledge, suffering, and worship.  Consider again the Scriptures:

(1.)  2nd Chronicles 7:  14, King James Version (KJV):  14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(2.)  Psalms 51:  6-13, KJV:  6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:  and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:  wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, KJV:  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:)  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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Offering prayer in public on behalf of minor children during a kindergarten graduation is considered, today.  Christ is our only mediator provided by the Father, and no one else may fill his role or take his place.  Adults must be careful to present prayer as a sacred practice and not simply another secular activity.  The intercession and prayers of those who follow Jesus Christ only become acceptable to divinity when the heart, mind, and spirit of the Lord are being acknowledged and communicated.  Then, ones words express the gratitude, hope, humility, sacred intent, joy, love, praise and righteousness of the Savior and those endowed with his Spirit, rather than merely the desires, needs and thoughts from an individual seeking to minister by prayer.  For an assembly, the framework for effective prayer must be agreement, and shared spirit.  Because the prayer is to carry all assembled into the divine presence, it also pertains to examination and judgment.  Thus, the children should first have been prepared at home through parental instruction, and the sacred practice within their own family.  While adults will often have correct knowledge regarding the carnal, emotional, intellectual, material and other needs of children, they are not to presume themselves expert regarding all the detailed spiritual needs of those who come under their protection.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “ceila” (Level 1 with 97 points a member since March 24, 2015) attacked using the following:

 

I need kindergarten graduation closing prayer to read tomorrow afternoon. please help!?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.  And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;  And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;  That the LORD called Samuel:  and he answered, Here am I.  And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.  And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.  And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.  Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down:  and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.  (1st Samuel 3:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)

 

“ceila”, where you only want to put on an act, or public performance (we say, ceremony) a poem from a greeting card will do.  Where you truly want to intercede, and speak to divinity on behalf of the children, their parents, the staff of the institution, and others, your prayer must come from your spirit.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Psalm 54:  1-3 King James Version (KJV):  Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.  Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.  For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul:  they have not set God before them. Selah.

(2.)  Matthew 6:  5-14 (KJV):  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:  for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:  for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them:  for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(3.)  Matthew 5:  16 (KJV):  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Here, again, there is far more that must be plainly said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Truth spoken in love is the primary need (like here).  Leading a group in prayer is not the same as offering a prayer as their representative and spokesperson.  A brief heartfelt prayer is better than a long-winded speech that attempts to include everything from a laundry list of needs and “things to do.”  As their final instruction, the children may be sent forth with words of blessing, or a passage from the Scriptures, no more than 3 or 4 verses as with Numbers 6:  24-26 (KJV):  The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Divine peace is the topic, today; and there is more on questionable displays of the Holy Spirit.  A writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “strueimage” (Level 1 with 38 points, a member since 24 January 2012) posted the following first asked at Yahoo Answers United States:

 

In what way does “the peace of the Christ” control in a Christian’s heart?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Too Much Holy Spirit? (11/19/2013)—Correctly understood, no believer (either clergy or layperson) has authority to control, exploit, or manipulate the deposits and gifts from the Holy Spirit that exist in, and work from within a fellow believer.  Someone who is host to the Holy Spirit continues having ability to operate with awareness, discernment, intellect and self-will; therefore, that host remains accountable for their own behavior, choices and conduct at all times.  While the believer may not control the imparted Spirit from GOD; neither may the Holy Spirit control a believer as though he or she is an unfeeling, unthinking machine.  The host repeatedly must make the choice to acknowledge and yield to promptings by the Holy Spirit.  Just as the Holy Spirit may not be named as the cause of sins a host might commit, neither should the Spirit be accused, or condemned as the cause of carnal and worldly behavior performed by the host.  Under the power of the Spirit, believers may experience trances, or visions, and may perform involuntary acts (as when one collapses as though “slain” in the Spirit; see Daniel 10:  8-11, KJV).  Even so, believers are to prepare themselves and others for such sacred events, and when possible, establish beforehand the duration, location, and times when such events will be manifest to chosen witnesses.  Satan is often mistakenly accused of sending hypocrites, false prophets, and those in confusion who display counterfeits of the Holy Spirit, because fear and misunderstanding are increased by out of control behavior.  The spirit of any true prophet is “subject to the prophets.”  This does not mean one who prophesies is subordinate to another church member through hierarchy.  Rather, it states that every prophetic demonstration must meet a criteria of agreement, consistency, harmony and relevance to earlier divine proclamations and prophecies—those fulfilled as well as those continuing in process, and those the church must await.  The Spirit and the Word always agree.  (See 1st Corinthians 14:  1-40, KJV.)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:  and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:  and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:  21-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); The Image of GOD? (10/10/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); The Dove (12/28/2012); Purchased With Blood? (12/29/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); A Life Companion (11/07/2012); The “Lake of Mercy” (11/03/2012); Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012)

 

“strueimage”, here are a few points that strengthen Christian believers:

(1.)  Where the “peace of Christ” means the same certainty, confidence and security that was experienced by the Savior during his ministry upon the earth, there must be rebirth of the believer through operations of GOD described as baptism, cleansing, and death.  As new creatures (still in flesh and mortal, yet, containing added and fresh endowments of divine substance), believers are free from the human predicament that results by the operation of sin.  Included are released from conflict between and among such features as doubts, fantasy, knowledge, imagination, instinct and intuition as well as lack of clarity and inconsistency for desire, goals, hopes, and needs.

(2.)  In the world, today, many are emotionally and psychologically destroyed by continually seeing the differences between what things are, what things were, and what things can and should be.  By the peace of Christ, believers are made free of the frustration that comes from lacking all the necessary skill to put into practice and implement every aspect of good.  It remains that sin cannot be eliminated by the operations of human intellect, logic, reason, and science.  Through inseparable spirit content from Christ (such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, joy, love, wisdom, wrath against sin) ones awareness and nature are being perfected and transformed.  Bitterness, distrust and resentment are removed; and there is reconciliation to GOD, and to divine law.  Because they correctly comprehend multiple divine operations and sacred purposes that demonstrate the justice and righteousness of GOD, believers embrace acceptance of their dependence, and have no quarrel against restriction to finite limits. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Peace that is an aspect of being and existence is more than simply inactivity, feeling, quiet, and stillness.  Divine peace does not “control” or manipulate behavior and conduct; cannot be mandated or negotiated by councils of men; and does not fade, or go and return as an element in the framework of time and space.  Like the knee or the elbow are parts of ones body always present as a feature of their movement and full person, peace from GOD through Christ is ever-present as believers interact with the Divine Person and with others, their peers in the earth.)  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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