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Overcome Evil With Good

 

Today, the reply is on being challenged, isolated, or mocked for displaying attitudes and behavior that are modest, quiet and “spiritual.” It is written: Psalms 131: 1-2, King James Version (KJV): 1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Isabelle” (Level 1 with 91 points, a member since August 13, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why is it taboo nowadays to be modest or “spiritual”?

I live in a western society if I am modest and decide to not drink I am laugh whether with family, collegues or neighbours. These people tend be middle aged and mock the fact that I am very spiritual and chose to not drink alcohol, strict diet and avoid proscmisicous behaviour.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2nd Corinthians 10: 12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Perfection Of Divinity (09/17/2019); Will You Lose Family? (01/20/2019); Condemned By The Bible? (06/08/2018); Someone Who Is Kidding? (03/24/2017); “Good grief!” and Prophecy? (11/06/2016); How Is Flesh Evil? (10/28/2016); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

Isabelle”, guidance among Christian believers includes instructions and warnings that many in modern times will display attitudes reflecting the worst in mankind, rather than the image of GOD that appeared on the earth through Jesus Christ. While we are in The World system of meanings and values, it is common to examine repeatedly how we are alike or different from others (i.e., compare and contrast). Some feel good about themselves only when they can see flaws, infirmity, unsolved problems, and weakness in the lives of others. They rely on finite human tools such as carnal reason, emotion, gossip, intellect, logic, philosophy, politics and science along with academic and secular knowledge, rather than the system of Christian beliefs, sacred knowledge, and endowments of spirit content from divinity. Many Christians understand that the operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine order and sacred law throughout the universe. Sin has not been created or put forth by GOD, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures. Christians will continually examine and focus on the life, ministry, and works of Jesus Christ; and will display his divine substance within their own lifestyles and daily routines. Those who turn away from the operations of sin, and commit their lives to goals expressing godly principles often are despised, mocked, isolated, and scorned. Such must have the added strength that comes with a fresh deposit of the same inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that was imparted in Creation to Adam and Eve. Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) Galatians 5: 19-23, King James Version (KJV): 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

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

(3.) 1st Peter 4: 1-5, KJV: 1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xxl9Wk3idA) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today reply is on final judgment as displaying the perfection of divinity, and the second death as a necessary penalty against sin. The perfection of divinity in their integrity of being and personhood is spoken of as innocence, holiness, oneness without sameness, and purity. The perfection of GOD in judgment is seen through its balance, fullness, impartiality and righteousness. Wrath against sin is released only for those rejecting the dominion and sovereignty of GOD, while those who acknowledge the divine gifts of forgiveness, mercy and salvation will display contrition, gratitude, repentance, and new life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The perfection of GOD can not be properly comprehended by comparing GOD, who is exalted, holy, preeminent and sanctified, against mankind, who is finite and corrupt through sin. Only when relying on carnal reason, and not on operations by the Spirit of GOD, do men argue that divinity is “perfect” because GOD does not cause death or kill as does mankind. It is written: Ezekiel 18: 20-25, King James Version (KJV): 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

God is perfect & He has NEVER caused the death of anyone. Only people kill. Why do atheists continue to lie about God’s perfection?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14: 6-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Penalty of Death? (04/26/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); Divine Forgiveness and Justice (01/01/2019); Why Punishment After Death? (11/23/2018); The Administration Of Death (07/11/2017); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); The Death Penalty for Sins? (11/30/2014); A Dispensation To Benefit (12/01/2014)

 

Anonymous”, here are some thoughts I would like to share: the highest expressions of divine perfection will be seen through final judgment. Many developing and mature Christian believers are now preparing to receive Jesus Christ when he comes to harvest those who belong to him from the earth (we say, the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming). Born-again believers must “grow up again,” so to speak, and are to become mature/ripe while continuing on the earth as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Christ, and the new creation. GOD is not regarded as “perfect” because he has not committed the same sins and transgressions that appear in the sacred law provided to guide created beings and living creatures. “Thou shalt not kill” commanded of mankind is not binding to divinity as it must be for humankind. Among Christians, the perfection of divinity is not only through their appearing as the Creator and Maker of all that have existence and life; divine perfection is to be acknowledged by those having salvation through Christ also accepting his authority to preside over divine judgment. We speak of Christ as a ruler over a kingdom, as having dominion, ownership, and sovereignty throughout Creation. He performs judgment that assigns value, and determines what is to endure as eternal and permanent. Thus, the Lord is to be understood as also having power to carryout the elimination of death, sin, suffering, and wickedness by ending human mortality, and enforcing the second death that is a necessary penalty against sin. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Revelation 2: 10-11, King James Version (KJV): 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(2.) Revelation 20: 4-6, KJV: 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

(3.) Revelation 21: 6-8, KJV: 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Revelation 20: 10-15, KJV: 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, I share the following poem written as a response to the blog published by Dennis Cardiff at WordPress.com, GOTTA FIND A HOME:  Conversations with Street People.  We are not human before GOD because of error, poverty, sin and wickedness.  It is not that we eat, drink, crave sex, or sleep to excess.  Nor are we recognized to be human because we are seen as infirm, soft, and weak.  Our existence as human is a divine endowment, a breath, a word, a strength that defies all suffering.  Yes, our humanness appears as need for divine love, sacred knowledge, and eternal transformation; yet, our humanity is best displayed in compassion, determination, integrity, and insistence upon righteousness.  None may claim to be human merely by habitually breaking their word, exaggerated anger (we say, rage), lying, and presumption.  We are known by divinity to be human where we will continually persevere as Spirit.  GOD has many sons and daughters who will endure pain, rejection, and death; yet, only one son born without sin, Jesus Christ.  Be encouraged! 

 

GOING UNDER, RISING UP

A POEM FOR CHUCK, JOE, AND THE HOMELESS ANGEL

 

Christians are those commanded to believe
To endure suffering with
GOD who dies through his mortal son
Accomplishing all their pain
Their shame
Their weakness
Their betrayal
Their having no place to go

These refuse to live in the cardboard box
Or sleep on a grate of steel
Yet, come under blood from a cross
The ones so lost from longing to be free
From life
From challenge
Obligation, duty
Dues, pain, fear
Pain, fear
Pain, fear
Pain, fear
Pain, fear

They commit themselves
To changing
Breaking bread
Breaking off shame-sex relationship
The politics of buy and sell
The futility of alcohol
Going under in waters of rebirth
Growing
Learning
Knowing
Giving
Singing
Not quitting, not dying, not being overcome

Living by the discipline
Of an already made up mind
Craving and receiving a taste of what’s to be
Heirs of exodus and eternal ecstasy
Who know
The problems do not disappear
They fade like street noise
There unheard
It’s what you have to do with sonic booms
Sinister voices inside your own head
The so-called issues of today,
Right-now that comes tomorrow

Love everlasting
A choice that can not be undone
to face the day pursuing
Always only Light, life agreeing
the darkness, death
And sorrow
Have all been kicked to the curb
Showing the world’s blind eye
The power in I yet love
All the gift shared by
I AM
The extra quarter, the extra blanket of his blood

 
 

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