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Today, reply is on the divine provisions for mankind to have complete and correct knowledge of divinity. In the same way displaying existence and life describe all created beings and living creatures, all the living possess awareness and an indelible innate consciousness of divine fullness (i.e., divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). The living are granted a primal and rudimentary knowledge of GOD that is to become elaborated, focused and refined through instruction, maturation, sanctification, and suffering. GOD is known to mankind by continuing as active presence manifest in spirit process and substance. Sacred knowledge may be acquired as prophecy and edification; and otherwise hidden truth is revealed and discovered through gradual growth, learning, discernment, practice, and study. It is written: 1st Corinthians 2: 12-14, King James Version (KJV): 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Princess” (Level 5 with 8,026 points) posted the following:

 

If a child was never told about things like “gods” but was given a strictly skeptical and scientific education, would that child …?

… “find god” eventually on his own?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4: 7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Aspects Defining Human Life? (03/02/2020); Spirit Process and Substance (02/27/2020); A Complete Divine Revelation (11/15/2019); To Learn From GOD (11/11/2019); Fully Communicating Human Potential? (09/30/2019); Consequences and Divine Love (07/05/2018); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); The Best Starting Point? (09/13/2016)

 

Princess”, GOD is known by divine spirit process and substance. Most mature Christian believers will agree that acquiring sacred knowledge and a mature consciousness of divinity are accomplished through multiple sacred devices and operations. Included are all mankind being endowed with a measure of the same life essence (breath; spirit; utterance; word) from the makeup of GOD that was imparted to the first pair (Adam); the appearance of divinity on the earth using human form and life process as Jesus Christ; water baptism wherein a person’s inborn spirit dies, is buried, and is raised from the dead (we say, they become born again); receipt by the living of a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin); and the multiple possibilities of an inheritance as the new creation established through the ministry of Jesus Christ. The natural world as our sphere of life is a sacred expression from divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Even so, mankind relies heavily on the finite tools of intellect, logic, carnal reason, science, and self-will (willpower). Academic studies and secular knowledge do not permit complete and correct knowledge of divinity. The operations of sin that oppose the continued existence of sacred law also promote a return to the conditions of preexistence, and challenge the integrity of the divine order that appears as the universe. Sin disrupts and undermines mechanical process and sequence, and therefore, results in evil (catastrophe) and upheaval. Our human potential for self-expression can be displayed in behavior that is animal, human or godly, for the earth and we ourselves bear the image and marks of GOD as our Creator. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a music selection from the music ministry of Wintley Phipps:

(1.) Psalms 19: 1-5, King James Version (KJV): 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

(2.) 1st John 4: 7-9, KJV: 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

(3.) Romans 1: 18-23, KJV: 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB-NT-vCzVk.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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With the photo see Matthew 5: 23-24, King James Version (KJV)

 

Today, reply is on forgiveness, reconciliation, and the loss of material and spiritual gifts. Where we endure times of boredom, depression, and loneliness, things of the flesh and material goods often lift our emotions and feelings such that we experience some forms of freedom, release, and relief. Even so, the deeper levels of our spirit remain unanswered and untouched. Young people and developing Christian believers are encouraged to acknowledge forgiveness as a sacred operation that continues human growth and relationship along with a connection as the children and offspring of GOD. Gifts from divinity that are provided as a fresh endowment of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD are intended to cleanse, heal, and nourish the image of GOD that should appear within created beings and living creatures on the earth. Mature Christians are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. It is written: James 1: 16-20, King James Version (KJV): 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

I used the “F word” at my dad after he destroyed my Hillsong Cd’s and books….will Jesus ever forgive me?

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THE GOLDEN ARROW: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2: 8-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spiritual Integrity and Maturity (05/12/2020); Divine Protection Against Covid-19? (04/26/2020); While We Are Growing (03/09/2020); Accountable For Spreading Disbelief? (02/02/2020); Pray For Your Enemies? (01/03/2020); The Many Divine Gifts (12/03/2019); Comfort Through New Life (08/22/2019)

 

Anonymous”, Christians forgive knowing it is what GOD wants them to do. Along with our parents and others on the earth, forgiveness pertains to sacred law, divine prerogative, eternal purpose and continuing an ongoing relationship with divinity. Young people and developing Christian believers are encouraged to understand that forgiveness can express compassion, maturity, sacrifice, unselfishness, and the mercy shown in final judgment against those found guilty of transgression. “Forgive and forget” does not restore or return conditions to what they once were, and forgiveness does not fully change another person’s character or nature that is sinful. Yet, as expressions of rebirth, redemption, and salvation, forgiveness makes possible the healthy continuation of any further relationship. Without forgiveness there can only be anger, bitterness, complaining, quarreling, and the bearing of a grudge. Properly understood, there is no man-made or material object that has more value than our spirit connection as family, friends, co-workers, and partners who, together, create and produce the products and tools that generate and maintain our lives. Where you received Hillsong as a welcome spiritual gift and a blessing from divinity, “the world did not give it, and the world can not take it away.” The sacred process and substance of music ministry is prophecy (i.e., comfort; edification; exhortation). Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are shared that include balance, faith, gratitude, hope, joy, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. It might take you a while, however, it is possible to replace the CDs with free and premium online music services such as Pandora and Spotify. It will not be possible to replace your father. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) Ephesians 4: 25-32, King James Version (KJV): 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

(2.) Matthew 6: 9-15, KJV: 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 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. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ-iXt14nrg.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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AN AFTERTHOUGHT: In addition to anger and resentment, forms of unwillingness to forgive include betrayal, bitterness, distancing, forswearing promise, harboring a grudge, neglect, and unfaithfulness. As an act or expression of renewed trust, forgiveness must appear between parties in dispute for there to be a continuing relationship of mutual respect and shared purpose.

 

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Today, reply is on the widespread error among those outside the body of Christ in describing authentic Christian behavior as “weakness”. As sinners and those joined through secular knowledge, the world, and the flesh, men are unable to correctly discern the aspects of exalted majesty and power that appear within all sacred process and the spirit substance from GOD. While forbearance, mercy, and righteousness are continually displayed, they remain unseen because they are spirit and apprehended through faith. Born-again Christian believers must undergo many years meeting life challenges on the earth to arrive at full sacred development and edification. More than this, believers are fully transformed and perfected only following final judgment, and becoming joined to Christ as immortal. It is written: 1st Corinthians 15: 50-58, King James Version (KJV): 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. The fighter in “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “shoeshopper3” (Level 3 with 1,412 points) posted the following:

 

Why does Christianity say that you have to let others treat like a doormat?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. (Nehemiah 8: 9-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Testing That Nourishes Growth (04/21/2020); Demonstrating Dependence on GOD (04/20/2020); They Which Are Called (04/09/2020); A Habitation of Spirit (04/05/2020); “Because You Are Believers” (03/17/2020); Only Divine Resurrection Saves (12/24/2019); Spiritual Combat Against Sin (10/11/2019); Acknowledging GOD Displays Maturity (04/10/2019)

 

shoeshopper3”, authentic and mature Christian believers practice “turning the other cheek” as a prophetic and spiritual work that makes present and visible the life essence (breath; spirit; utterance; word) from divinity (i.e., the divine fullness; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) that was imparted to mankind in Creation, is bestowed as rebirth that comes by fire and water baptisms, and can be recognized as the shared “resurrection life” of Jesus Christ. The follower of Christ is to provide more than just a social display of friendliness, nonviolence, patience, or tolerance. The integrity of mankind as an expression of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD is to be demonstrated and proclaimed. Those who are born again, and who exist as vessels containing inseparable aspects of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. The sovereign will of Jesus Christ is to exist and have rule within the consciousness and self-will (willpower) of the believer. Thereby, forbearance, forgiveness, and mercy to those who are found guilty in divine judgment may appear. Born-again believers must “grow up again” while living on the earth to become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). There must be discovery, gradual growth, sacred practice (e.g., fasting, praise, prayer, worship), study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and the endurance of suffering. Only in maturity are accountability, balance, commitment, consistency, sobriety, stability (the immutability of GOD), and unselfishness regular fixtures within a believer’s lifestyle and daily routine. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of William Murphy:

(1.) Ephesians 4: 17-32, King James Version (KJV): 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

(2.) 2nd Corinthians 13: 4-9, KJV: 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywl595L6m9Y.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Among other things our resurrection life from Jesus Christ should display balance, completeness, gratitude, hope, joy, lovingkindness, trust, truth, and unselfishness.

 

Today, reply is on the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the only sacred event that provides mankind with release from sin and eternal life. As an aspect of the tribunals for divine judgment, all will be resurrected, the just and the unjust, the righteous and the wicked. Even so, it is the power of the savior’s resurrection that transforms a sinner to exist as part of his new creation. Thus, it is written: Hebrews 9: , King James Version (KJV): 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Norine” (Level 1 with 193 points) posted the following:

 

When Jesus said “I AM the resurrection…” Does that mean He “raises up our DEAD spirits”(Rm 5:12) since He’s Holy Spirit (Jn 14:18) baptism?

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“A QUICKENING SPIRIT” (I CORINTHIANS 15:45)

BY THE “POWER THAT COMES UPON US” (ACTS 1:8) WITH HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM (ACTS 1:5)?

IS THAT THE SAME WAY HE “…WAS RAISED UP BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER” (ROMANS 6:4)?

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25 “Jesus said unto her, I AM the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26)!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14: 6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: By Death and Resurrection (10/29/2019); Through Faith And Patience (10/02/2019); New Birth By Resurrection (09/27/2019); Entered Into Divine Glory (09/03/2019); Life Because of Righteousness (08/29/2019); We Must Acknowledge Christ (08/08/2019); Death Used in Salvation (06/28/2019); Challenged To Explain Resurrection (10/08/2018)

 

Norine”, not our own resurrection; rather, the resurrection of Jesus serves as our new birth, and the new creation. Resurrection also may be understood as an operation by divinity in accord to transform the process and substance within the living so that they exist as the righteousness of GOD. The resurrection of their own body from death that is provided to those who complete their mortality on the earth is required as an aspect of the tribunals for judgment (GOD is not a God of the dead; he is a God of the living). Only the resurrection of Jesus Christ is provided to manifest divine grace, impart life essence from the makeup of divinity (we also say, breath; divine endowments; spirit; word), and continue the eternal purpose of GOD. Seeing with new eyes, the power of the resurrection of Jesus appears among men through such sacred elements as commitment, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, hope, integrity, joy, self-government, trust, truth, wisdom, and zeal. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Walter Hawkins:

(1.) Romans 6: 3-6, King James Version (KJV): 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

(2.) Galatians 2: 20, KJV: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

(3.) 1st Peter 1: 3-9, KJV: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

(4.) Ephesians 3: 14-19, KJV: 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDsEycdNRL8.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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A mosaic depicting Moses acknowledging the presence of GOD, yet, not worshiping the burning bush.

 

Today, reply is to divine declarations of displeasure with the performance of appointed offering, sacrifices and worship by Israel. Many still adhere to the counsel from King Solomon accounted as wisdom where he advises gravity, sobriety and sorrow to the people of GOD as more profitable than merriment. More correctly, Christian believers are to understand eternal purpose and the sacred substance within their own attitudes, behavior and conduct are the actual focus for relationship with divinity, rather than emotional expressions and social concerns. It is written: Nehemiah 8: 8-12, King James Version (KJV): 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. 9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. 12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality using the ID “Hoosier Daddy?” (a.k.a. “The Real Joker”; Level 1 with 88 points) posted the following:

 

If GOD hates your feast day why are you celebrating them? What are you really celebrating? Do you even know?

Amos 5:21-23

21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Jeremiah 1010 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. (Psalms 119: 108, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Sovereignty Of GOD (11/24/2019); Sin Depicted Using Flesh (11/22/2019); Why Do They Sing? (11/14/2019); Worshiping A Man-made Object (11/04/2019); Why Paul Observed Tradition (07/10/2018); Idolatry — Exalting Human Devices? (09/21/2017); The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016)

 

The Real Joker”, the covenant relationship established by GOD using Moses and the tribes of Jacob to fulfill the divine promise to Abraham was put forth as a “perpetual covenant.” Even so, the holy writings report there were many occasions when divine displeasure and the wrath of GOD against sin were expressed as rejection of the lifestyles and worship observances within both Judah and the Northern Kingdom (called Israel, Samaria, and the 10 tribes). The North rejected rule by the house of David, and Temple worship at Jerusalem; and actually embraced worshiping the Golden Calf from Egypt. Correction appeared in many forms that even included conquest and occupation of the Promised Land by their enemies as well as expulsion and assimilation from their homeland through captivity and exile. The continuation, recovery, and reconciliation with divinity as the peculiar people of GOD are to be seen as mercy and salvation provided to those who have been found guilty in divine judgment. More than this, fresh expressions of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD were granted as the further revelation of divine commitment. Divinity appeared among the living on the earth using flesh and blood (we say, Incarnation) as Jesus Christ. The issues of false worship, idolatry, and sin were not eliminated or erased so much as they were overshadowed by the gifts and grace from GOD: (1) Jesus as a lamb of sacrifice for atonement and propitiation; (2) opportunities for sinners to be born-again through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead; (3) believers displaying a fresh endowment of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD; and (4) deliverance from the second death. Christian believers are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the image of GOD, and the character of Jesus while living on the earth. All are to become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing (the Second Coming). Rather than insistence upon the formal ceremonies, memorials, and “letter of the law,” emphasis is now upon the righteousness of divinity and how the spirit within the law exists within the believer. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and the selection from the music ministry of Wintley Phipps:

(1.) John 7: 24, King James Version (KJV): 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

(2.) Malachi 1: 6-11, KJV: 6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. 10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

(3.) Isaiah 54: 7-13, KJV: 7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. 9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. 10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. 11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. 12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. 13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5n4ZdyHJOg.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, the reply shares an answer to atheists, mockers and other scorners who liken Christian belief in divinity to the fantasies of small children having invisible, imaginary friends. In addition to supplying a companion for exploration and play who helps to manage anxiety, fear and risk-taking, the device of imaginary friends appears during the course of a childs development as an expression of their need for affirmation through peers who are reflections of themselves. Those who receive rebirth through the ministry of Jesus Christ are granted a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are balance, faith, hope, joy, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. As products of ones flesh (i.e., emotions, feelings, sensation, the mind), and as finite man-made tools to address emotional and psychological episodes, what a child imagines has no power to establish authentic godly attitudes, behavior and conduct, or to generate a continuing relationship with divinity. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, what would you say if atheist tell you to Grow up & get rid off your Imaginary Friend?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 34-39, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: From Spirit Not Mud (02/26/2019); Not By Bread Only (02/22/2019); Anger Against Our Parents? (01/10/2019); We Have To Believe? (01/06/2019); Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Christianity Is Not Mindless (05/02/2017); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); Delusions and Revelation (09/23/2014)

 

Anonymous”, Christianity is one of the most challenging and comprehensive belief systems the world will ever know. Only those who are capable of making adult decisions and sound choices actually become, remain, and unselfishly serve as members within the body of Christ (his church). The followers of Jesus Christ all pass through multiple stages of organic development, discovery, gradual growth, and ordered change that may seem natural and in keeping with the usual patterns for human experience. However, the complete transformation the believer must undergo can only be accomplished through actions by divinity. To continually exist and live as a Christian demands balance, completeness, consistency, direction, focus, and stability—in a word we say, maturity. It is not enough that ones consciousness and self-will (willpower) be made receptive to divinity as an invisible, yet, active presence. Rather than finite secular knowledge such as philosophy, politics and science the believer must acquire sacred knowledge. The character, inner makeup, and sources for awareness and action within the believer must be infused with inseparable sacred substance, and reconfigured to continually display the image of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Fresh endowments of divine life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word) establish believers as vessels of divinity, the children of GOD, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Even so, those who are “born again” must “grow up again” while living on the earth to exist as mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing. Within the body, there must be full acceptance of ones own accountability; willingness to complete duty and discharge obligation; discretion; fidelity; and integrity. Perfection and the final transformation of the Christian believer to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion of divinity will be completed at the Advent of Christ (we also say, the Rapture; the Second Coming). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Proverbs 20: 11, King James Version (KJV): 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

2. Ephesians 4: 11-16, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

3. Hebrews 6: 1-3, KJV: 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 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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While many in America and around the world are honoring Citizen, Martin Luther King, Jr., today, our blog is on the sharing of glory among the three persons of the full GODhead (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and the glory bestowed by Christ upon his disciples.  When speaking of Deity and sacred persons, glory is understood as the excellence attributed to divine actions and deeds, that may include marvels, sacred events (miracles), signs, and wonders.  Divine traits and defining features also are spoken of as glory such as humility, the thoughts of GOD, and virtue.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “fixerken” (Level 7 with 30,276 points, a member since August 30, 2006) posted the following:

 

At John 17:22 it speaks of God’s glory [do’-ksä] that the Heavenly Father gave his?

only begotten Son Jesus Christ that Jesus gave to his disciples so they could be one just as Jesus and his Father are one! What is this glory Jesus is speaking of?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:  for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (1st Peter 5:  2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  From Glory to Glory (11/14/2017); Our Glory From GOD (09/24/2017); The Hope of Glory (03/02/2017); Recognizing Jesus in Glory (02/05/2017); To Give Glory? (11/11/2015); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015); Filling the House With Glory? (08/17/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014)

 

“fixerken”, glory has to do with how divinity is known by what is shared as well as by what is distinct or separate among the consecrated persons (i.e., the divine name; reputation).  Glory may be thought of as a facet of divine dominion, majesty, sovereignty, and splendor.  There are multiple appearances, displays, and forms that have served and been used to reveal the glory of full divinity.  Included have been the covering that was on Adam who was made in the image of GOD; the Tabernacle fashioned on earth patterned after that in heaven; the Ark of the Covenant; the Shekinah who rested on the seat of judgment within the veil; Jesus Christ Incarnate in his hour of transfiguration; the Resurrected Christ ascending into heaven; and the Holy City (New Jerusalem) that will descend from heaven to the earth.  Commitment, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, and purity should all be discerned as displays of divine glory.  The earth itself and the universe that envelopes the earth also are expressions of the glory of GOD who is their Creator and Maker, and who continues to put forth existence, duration, judgment, life, righteousness, and truth. 

Sinners who become “born again” will become vessels containing spirit substance from the makeup of GOD.  As those who will become known as Christians, “developing believers,” and the sons and daughters of GOD, they may be thought of as sharing glory from the Son of the Highest in the same way guests are to share the joy of a bride and groom becoming blessed through holy matrimony, yet, do not receive the same authority, presence, privilege, and relationship as the divinely blessed pair. 

The appearances of divine glory display differences in their expanse, extent, and fullness.  Even so, members of the church headed by Jesus, and saints within his kingdom will exist eternally as inseparable aspects of the personal glory manifest by the Son before the Father, the Spirit, the Host of heaven, and before all that has ever existed and, will ever exist.  Glory should be understood as pertaining to the integrity of divine being, oneness without sameness for the full GODhead, the multiple elements of sacred personhood, and their mutual affirmation that is the bond of perfection (we say, love).  Consider again the following that use language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 48:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.  10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.  11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it:  for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 15:  39-50, KJV:  39 All flesh is not the same flesh:  but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.  40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial:  but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:  for one star differeth from another star in glory.  42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:  43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory:  it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.  47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.  48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy:  and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.  49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended regarding the person of Jesus Christ.  (For example, (3.)  Revelation 3:  17-21, KJV:  17 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:  18 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.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  20 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.  21 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.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, thoughts are shared on divine abundance and plenty as well as America’s annual harvest celebration, Thanksgiving Day.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What are you doing to be thankful for Jesus Christ and all the wonderful things he has done on this great day of thankfulness?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our Lord:  neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.  And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  (Nehemiah 8:  8-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  One Root, One Harvest (11/12/2017); Gratitude Appears By Grace (09/11/2017); …Gathered In My Name (05/29/2017); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Unprofitable Servants? (01/19/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some thoughts I would like to share:  For many mature Christian believers abundance, plenty, and outpourings to express gratitude are manifestations that make us aware of the unseen active presence who is GOD.  The imparted Spirit from GOD that appears to reveal the fullness of divinity (we say, the Godhead) and establish rebirth in water baptism also generates consciousness of healing, hope, joy, a lawful reward for ones labor, and the return of Jesus Christ (we say, Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  In Bible days, the times of anointing to sanctify and consecrate kings and priests, in-gathering and sheep-shearing were experienced as days of harvest celebration and thanksgiving.  Even so, because harvest is a season, not merely a one-day event, those who labor receive accord, cooperation and harmony (we say, fellowship, teamwork), resources for the cancellation of debts, the dispelling of fear and uncertainty, times of rest after reaping as well as refreshing, resolution of conflict and reuniting within the family.  Thanksgiving, therefore, is anticipated, occurs, and is acknowledged throughout most of the entire world at the same (and overlapping) time, and so is understood to be a season of Peace.  Surely, as encouragement to those who labor in the Lord, the following prophecies to comfort, edify, and exhort are written:

(1.)  Psalms 100:  4-5, King James Version (KJV):  4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

(2.)  1st Chronicles 22:  14-16, KJV:  14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the L
ORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance:  timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.  15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.  16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.

(3.)  1st Chronicles 29:  20-22, KJV:  20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.  21 And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel:  22 And did eat and drink before the LORD on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the LORD to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.

There is far more from our Creator and Savior that could be shared and shown acknowledging this day (for example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.)  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 emotional, psychological and spiritual survival through Christian worship among all those of the African Diaspora (we say, Blacks).  Where bitterness, fear, resentment and suicide will acknowledge and install an enemy as the supreme power over your life, reverence to the Creator, and oneness without sameness through Jesus Christ accomplish freedom, invincibility, and eternal life.  Despite abuse, oppression and suffering, many continue to successfully struggle for life because they also receive healing, power, and relief as the offspring and heirs of the Creator.  Through various divine gifts and provisions, awareness and self-will within the living are supplied with sacred direction, futurity, perseverance, possibility, and the vision required for continuous existence, presence, purpose, and sacred relationship.  Those choosing to be enemies on the basis of ethnicity and race not only call forth damnation and hellfire, they also deprive themselves of an excellent friend (it is written:  Proverbs 8:  36, King James Version (KJV):  36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:  all they that hate me love death.).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Breakthrough” (Level 6 with 16,235 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why are black Christians so joyful when they worship God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.  And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people:  all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.  (Isaiah 61:  8-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); Fulfillment of His Dream? (04/05/2017); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); The Joy of Christmas (01/05/2017); No Less GOD’s Creation (12/01/2016); Covetousness, Slavery and Sin (09/16/2016); Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); African American Christmas? (12/15/2015)

 

“Breakthrough”, the inner spirit must be kept alive for there to be “survival”.  Many mature Christians will agree that “to worship” is to acknowledge and respond to divine revelation provided through such mechanisms as discovery, divine law, praise, prophecy, sacrifice, sacred promise, self-government, and suffering.  All who are treated as despised, marginal, and misfits realize they are part of the “mainstream” when turning to GOD.  Even so, oppressive economic, political, and social systems continue to exist around the world that foster bias, discrimination, hate, and prejudice.  Public markets in Europe selling men, women and children from the continent of Africa were begun and firmly in place 50 years before Columbus in 1492 sought a new route (not a New World) to the wealth of spices and slaves from the East.  Because of the mindset that says, It is just good business, it was made acceptable and “normal” to speak of Blacks as chattel, goods, and a disposable commodity.

The mechanisms for genuine survival of all Black peoples and many others enduring life as members of a minority group (e.g., native Americans, Orientals) have had to address a broad range of meanings, needs, life purposes, and values.  The comprehensive frameworks for Christian belief have provided much of the necessary structure and flexibility to identify and isolate many of the most import features for a true commitment to life rather than death.  Included are anticipation (we say, holding to the energy and excitement of expectation; hope); becoming reconciled to higher things yet giving the appearance of accepting or agreeing with base things that are totally disgusting and reprehensible; defiance; deliverance; disguise; escape; misdirection; and the violence of righteous judgment.  Make-believe, fantasy and pretending are useless as mechanisms to bring about change.  Devices promoting deceit and lies (e.g., betrayal, boasting, gossip, slander) only ensure the destruction of the intimate relationships critical to survival (e.g., friendships, family, marriage, parenting).

In the worship of Black Christians, sinners are to see the otherwise invisible victory of mankind over the many obstacles to existence and peace such as arrogance, death, depression, ignorance, malice, poverty, and sin.  Believers are to receive inseparable aspects from the spirit makeup of divinity that are immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging.  There should be faith, forbearance, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  In their homes, lifestyles, places for study, prayer, and reflection, rules and standards will be in effect that counterbalance anger, condemnation, self-destruction, despair, and self-pity.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 8:  34-38, King James Version (KJV):  34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.  36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  25-27, KJV:  25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  26 Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  27 Neither give place to the devil.  28 Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

(3.)  Psalms 66:  1-4, KJV:  1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:  2 Sing forth the honour of his name:  make his praise glorious.  3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.  4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Psalms 100:  1-5, KJV:  1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  2 Serve the LORD with gladness:  come before his presence with singing.  3 Know ye that the LORD he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, hope and sacred truth are topics.  Authentic and godly hope always consist in expectations begun, confirmed, and sustained by divinity.  While hope appears within the frameworks of time and space as promoting change, targeting future events, and “forward-looking,” correctly understood, hope pertains to the continuity and full revelation of things eternal and immutable, yet, presently unknown.  With this in view, hope is different from imaginings and projections based on confirmed secular knowledge, and the operations of finite human intellect.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “2017” (Level 7 with 61,162 points, a member since December 25, 2008) posted the following:

 

What is hope? is it true?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!  O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.  Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.  They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith:  and the LORD hath not sent them:  and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.  Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.  And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies:  they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.  Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:  Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall:  there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.  (Ezekiel 13:  2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Eternal Life From GOD (10/24/2016); The Problem of Faith? (05/22/2016); It Takes The Cross (04/22/2016); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015); A New Year’s Message, 2015: Great Expectations? (01/01/2015); Begotten Unto A Lively Hope? (10/04/2014); Of Sure Hope and Certainty (09/05/2013); Prophetic Demonstrations (10/06/2013)

 

“2017”, sinners repeatedly confuse “hope” with selfish desire, dreams, fantasy, and wish-fulfillment—things that are carnal, material and social that can be “all in the mind” of an individual.  Mature Christian believers should understand hope as an aspect of existing in an ongoing relationship with GOD through the person of Jesus Christ.  Crucial are acceptance, respect, trust, and truth.  As the new creation through Christ, “born again” believers eventually “grow up again” to acknowledge hope as a spirit substance from the makeup of divinity imparted through baptism that is inseparable from other aspects of Deity revealed in the life and person of the Savior.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Along with joy, hope operates as power and strength that eliminate despair and fear during times of hardship and suffering.  While all things are possible with GOD, a believer’s hope is “realistic” only when it centers upon the things that are in agreement with divine law and have been proclaimed, promised, prophesied, and revealed.  To hope is to anticipate, expect, and look forward to the actualization and fulfillment of things commanded and unfolding through legitimate operations of GOD that will complete sacred projects, conform to pre-set divine patterns, and implement eternal purposes.  The Christian has certainty that their hope is sound for it is grounded in divine substance (e.g., breath, life essence, spirit, word).  Consider the following from the Scriptures:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  Lamentations 3:  21-24, KJV:  21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  22 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  23 They are new every morning:  great is thy faithfulness.  24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

(3.)  Romans 15:  1-7, KJV:  1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Hebrews 6:  16-20, KJV:  16 For men verily swear by the greater:  and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;  20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.)  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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