Posts Tagged ‘prosperity’

committed.png

 

Today, reply is on commitment, politics, and continuing within a home church where social issues may be a major focus. The modern disciples who serve as members of the church founded by Jesus Christ also must face and overcome many of the same contradictions, errors and obstacles to godliness that existed among those to whom the Son of the Highest was sent displaying the authentic humanity required from GOD. More than to family, friends, neighbors, the local community or the world-at-large, within the body of believers, Christians must be committed to divinity (we also say, divine fullness; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Christian believers all are challenged to minister and share while on the earth as agents and spokespersons of Jesus Christ (we say, prophets). Rightly understood, the doctrine, teachings and works provided are not those determined by the members of the body, so much as they are the demonstrations and proclamations from the heart and mind of Christ made present through his Spirit. Thus, it is written: 1st Corinthians 1: 26-31, King James Version (KJV): 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Brandon” (Level 2 with 495 points, a member since February 19, 2019) posted the following:

 

Why do I keep going to this church it won’t ever change?

It keeps talking politics and discusses hating people instead of loving them. I believe in love to everyone. No matter who they are.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2nd Corinthians 5: 17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Ministry Is Through Relationship (03/05/2019); Recognizing Holy and Unholy (01/31/2019); Christians Are Following Jesus (01/24/2019); Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); Known By His Fruit (11/04/2018);Serving In Christian Relationships (08/31/2018); Changed And Made Christ-like? (06/19/2018); Attending Church a “Chore”? (01/23/2018)

 

Brandon”, here are some points to consider that you may find helpful:

1. All who turn to Jesus Christ for change, redemption, and salvation must undergo a process of rebirth, discovery, gradual growth, and becoming mature to display divine presence through their own endowment of life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD.

2. Developing believers are to take on a new consciousness of things having spirit content, divine process, eternal purpose, and sacred substance, rather than focus on prosperity or survival, and the things having carnal, material and social importance.

3. Members of the church are diverse, and do not all have the same levels of accountability, faith, knowledge, maturity, readiness, selflessness, stability, and willingness to endure suffering. There is only one faith, one Lord, one truth for all; and, what, when and how a believer receives their unique portion of the divine provision, is carried forward by the Holy Spirit in ways that are simple, yet, profound, and may appear only earthly and unrelated to sacred truth.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. The church as a unified body and a community in accord is to display and make present the attitude, commitment, lifestyle, and works that were carried out by Jesus while ministering on the earth.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Signature Mark

THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

Advertisements

peace-of-Jerusalem-the.jpg

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  they shall prosper that love thee.  (Psalms 122:  6, King James Version, KJV)

 

Today, reply is made on the ongoing divine covenant with Israel, and the condemnation of Israel as “anti-Christ”.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “James 1:1” (Level 2 with 478 points, a member since November 27, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should Christians kiss up to Zionism?

The vast majority of Zionist Jews not only hate Jesus Christ, but oppose everything He stands for. Are the naive Christians who support this element aiding and abetting the anti-Christ? (1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3; and 2 John v. 7-11 identify “anti-Christ/anti-Christs” as any and all who deny that Jesus is the Messiah, i.e., those who deny and confess not that Messiah is—“come in the flesh.”)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  14-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Differences Among Sacred Events (04/10/2017); An Irreplaceable Nation State? (12/05/2016); The Cross and Judaism? (05/27/2016); The Cross Broke Every Curse? (02/25/2016); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); Malachi (01/02/2015); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014)

 

“James 1:1”, here are some points that also must be considered:

(1.)  A curse broken by forgiveness and atonement from the cross, yet not repented of?  Matthew 27:  24-26, King James Version (KJV):  24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person:  see ye to it.  25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.  26 Then released he Barabbas unto them:  and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

(2.)  Divine law and promise may be executed and fulfilled through a remnant (we also say, the elect, those called).  Romans 11:  2-8, KJV:  2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,  3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works:  otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace:  otherwise work is no more work.  7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

2nd Kings 19:  30-31, KJV:  30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.  31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion:  the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

Joel 2:  31-32, KJV:  31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.  32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered:  for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

(3.)  The process of GOD through Jesus Christ is one of multiple ministries performed by an eternal High Priest and includes works that address atonement, covenant-keeping, forgiveness, mercy, revelation, prophecy, sacrifice, rebirth, and reconciliation.  Micah 7:  18-20, KJV:  18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.  19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.  20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

John 6:  63-65, KJV:  63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:  the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Through operations of the Spirit of GOD, those in Christ are the “new creation.”  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.

Colossians 3:  9-14, KJV:  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Malachi 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Merchandise-Disclaimer.png

Today, points are shared on current issues in social media, and American liberty in the light of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross.  Arbitrary differences (we say, accidents, chance, or random conditions and events), individuality, and divisiveness continually threaten to alter policy, popularity, and standards within modern States, and even within our own homes.  (Included are characteristics and vital statistics describing the population such as density, distribution, growth rate; ethnic origins; regional customs; and even success for local athletes and their teams.)  Empathy, law, mutuality, reciprocity, and trust are the most fundamental and essential principles for strong communities, families, global leadership, secure nations, and covenant relationships that include marriage, peace treaties, and trade agreements.  Thus, the following words spoken by Jesus accurately describe what transforms a diverse multitude into a recognizable commonwealth:  “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”  (See Luke 6:  31, King James Version (KJV). )  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What do Atheists think about this transgender teen boy who thinks he is a girl was allowed to participate in a girls track meet?

“In Alaska, a boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to participate in the girls’ track meet, and he wins. The girls are not happy, but are not quite sure how to express their protest since they don’t want to be branded as bigots for calling a boy a boy when that boy wants to be called a girl.”

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

Update: http://www.courageouspriest.com/

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  (1st Peter 2:  19-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); A Bold Step Forward? (05/15/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); Many Are Called… (10/15/2015); Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); Different Strokes, For Different Folks? (06/22/2015); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, may I share a brief comment, here, despite being far from “atheist” and “transgender”.  With the unique understanding that comes by acknowledging the death of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross, for many mature Christian believers, the various conflicts and disputes we now see in the public forum come down to the opposition of arbitrary differences, fashions, personal preferences and things that frequently undergo change as well as traditions that are man-made, social and temporary in contrast to things described by divine law, sacred principles and spirit content along with things that are fixed and permanent (we say, eternal, everlasting) expressing divinity and spirituality.  What many in America regard as our special “liberty” and joy as a nation is the freedom to exercise conscience, work hard, fulfill our duties and answer our obligations, and then to indulge our private dreams, fantasies, and “flights of imagination.”  It is true:  We have had great fun within our homeland following much hard work; and this is counted as natural order.  Therefore, the prosperity and stability of our nation continues grounded upon such shared values as acceptance of others despite differences; acknowledgment of an equality that extends to all who live; mutual respect; assisting one another to meet common needs; heartfelt love, sincerity, and genuine tolerance as well as regard for the many forms of animal and human life that include the unborn.  Consider again the following points from the Bible that many feel also  correctly speak to the blessings, hope and spirit of America:

(1.)  Isaiah 61:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

(2.)  Psalms 119:  41-46, KJV:  41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.  42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me:  for I trust in thy word.  43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.  44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.  45 And I will walk at liberty:  for I seek thy precepts.

There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  James 2:  10-13, KJV:  10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.)  Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

 

 

Today, points are shared on repentance by those who have committed terrible crimes, rebirth, unlimited forgiveness, and the new life as a Christian believer.  Rather than things carnal, material and social, those who return to GOD through Christ are given things eternal that have divine sprit content and sacred importance. Consider again the following verses from Scripture, and see the points below:  Ezekiel 18:  26-28, King James Version (KJV):  26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Also, John 3:  5-7, KJV:  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  Luke 17:  3-4, KJV:  3 Take heed to yourselves:  If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.  Mark 11:  24-27, KJV:  24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any:  that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Dopey Dog Dopey Dog Flying Through The Air” (Level 7 with 248,370 points, a member since March 02, 2006) posted the following:

 

Is God gonna bless and reward this man for his love and kindness towards his friends on Earth in Heaven?

Corey: He is serving 25 years to life in prison for trafficking 3 kilos of cocaine 3 counts of assault on 2 separate officers and a K9.

While the police were trying to get Corey handcuffed Corey bolts off running and finds a beer bottle on the ground and throws it at one of the officer’s in the nose which caused him to have a broken nose and a bloody face, then when the police captures Corey he starts kicking and performing karate moves on one of the police officers and the police dog and then just when the officers was about to handcuff Corey he grabs a knife and stabs the same officer he performed the karate moves on and then the K9 totally attacks Corey.

While Corey was selling drugs he rekindled his friendships with his high school sweetheart (who later turned her back on Corey) and her friends and even took them out shopping, nice restaurants, trips to the amusement parks and vacations, he also even paid for a couple girls traffic violation tickets.

Corey has accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord & Savior while in prison and developed a close relationship with God and is striving to repent of his sins

Will God bless Corey with everything he has loved and desire on Earth in Heaven such as close friendships with everyone and lots of material things that he loves such as nice cars, good food, nice clothes and have lots of amazing talents, also will God bless and reward Corey for all of the good things he’s done for his friends prior to him selling drugs?

Update:  I personally think that Corey should be given a huge collection of exotic automobiles, his own mansion, millions of $, millions of close friendships with the high class people and lots of nice vacations just for even being nice to those snobby high class b!tches who have turned their backs on him!

Corey also wished his friends who have turned their backs on him well and prays for them

Update 2:  Also will God give special honor and blessing to Corey for praying for his “friends” who have turned their backs on him and Corey asking God to help guide his “friends” on the path that He wants them to be on? Also will God bless and reward Corey for wishing good things for his “friends”? He thinks of his “friends” as special people and wishes them nothing but the best while his “friends” all the sudden wish Corey the worst?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he said, A certain man had two sons:  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat:  and no man gave unto him.  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,  And am no more worthy to be called thy son:  make me as one of thy hired servants.  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:  And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:  For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.  (Luke 15:  11-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Ongoing and Unfinished? (11/22/2015); There Must Be Permanent Change (07/12/2015); When GOD Never Forgives? (12/28/2015); Will Truth Destroy Joy? (11/10/2014); No Sorrow in Heaven? (11/11/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013)

 

“Dopey Dog Dopey Dog Flying Through The Air”, the answer to your question is an important one for those who want a clear and correct understanding of repentance and new life among Christian believers.  The fellow you describe was made to be a terrible person by the operations of sin that spread decay, rot and spiritual confusion.  Even those who believe at first mistakenly may think that Christianity centers only upon blessing, prosperity, receiving divine gifts, and self-improvement.  In fact, life for Christians is distinguished by growth that is often painful, persecution, preparation for encounters with Deity, sacrifice, sorrow, and suffering.  Everyone who comes to Christ is also turning away from a lifestyle that has been abusive, destructive, dishonest, directed toward death, and lacking in sacred knowledge.  Created beings and living creatures are to exist as independent and separate from GOD; however, without proper contact and relationship with divinity, the living no longer have authority and power to apply and develop their own inner spirit (in such ways as commitment, fidelity, obedience, and will power).  Believers must undergo permanent changes and operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD that remove their inborn life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) replacing it with the character and makeup of divinity.  As those who are “born again” and now specially equipped, believers then must gradually “grow up again” by meeting the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.  As they live, all believers are being perfected (we say, made mature, or “ripe” for harvesting from the earth by Christ at the Second Coming).  Believers will be made immortal and incorruptible to share as life companions with Christ and The Father.  The power from GOD believers are receiving through Christ does not eliminate sin; however, believers are given  discernment to recognize, repent of, and resist sin.  Those who repent are granted atonement, cleansing, healing, and restoration.  Consider the following Bible verses:

(1.)   Matthew 18:  21-23, King James Version (KJV):  21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times:  but, Until seventy times seven.

(2.)  Acts 2:  37-39, KJV:  37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

(3.)  Ezekiel 18:  19-21, KJV:  19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.  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.

(4.)  Romans 8:  16-18, KJV:  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Of course, there are many other verses here that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones sacred knowledge.  (For example, (5.) 2nd Timothy 2:  11-13, KJV:  11 It is a faithful saying:  For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:  if we deny him, he also will deny us:  13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

A promise from GOD to prosper his people is in view, today, along with more on angel visitations.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Blood” (Level 5 with 5,257 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada:

What do you think of God saying that he will make you the head and not the tail above and not beneath?

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013)—Throughout the holy writings, where angels function as spokespersons from GOD (we say, prophets), even though they are sent to a single person or small group their message is also for all created beings and living creatures (specially mankind), and may serve as explanations for both past and future events.  Angels proclaim truths pertinent to divine order and that relate to the entire cosmos, the universe, and all eternity.  For this reason, their appearance and impact may be terrible (we say, awesome, fearful).  A clear break is made in ones usual experience through flesh (e.g., seeing, hearing, tasting, etc.); and ones understanding must go forward relying upon spiritual discernment (i.e., using the things given by GOD to understand other things also given by GOD).  Miracles, visions, and visitations seem to no longer occur, today, because these events do little to increase faith, and men are often caused to doubt, and experience spiritual confusion.  GOD does not seek to confuse mankind, or make simple things complex and too high.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, men are being continually prepared to have access and entry into the celestial presence.   Unsanctioned angel visitations that do not serve the Gospel, and conform to the Scriptures, should be taken as from the Deceiver, and the “kiss of death” for those who are ignorant, reprobate, superstitious and unregenerate.  See Daniel 9:  20-22, Daniel 10:  1-21, Revelation 22:  1-9, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?  And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after:  and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  (Luke 12:  27-32, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Therefore there Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); The Firstborn, Higher Than Kings? (12/18/2012); On See Jesus Serve The Poor (12/03/2012); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); The Meek Will Inherit (10/16/2012); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

“Blood”, hoping to clarify some important points in Christian belief, I am willing to share the following:

(1.)  Many repeatedly miss the truth that the promises of GOD recorded in the holy writings are “on condition.”  These truths are directed to those accepting place as believers and those in covenant.  The fulfillment of blessing that comes by obedience is proclaimed in the same event as the execution of curses for disobedience, we say, “the truth is a two-edged sword” (see Deuteronomy 11:  26-28, KJV).

(2.)  Many repeatedly miss the truth that the promises of GOD recorded in the holy writings speak to salvation and necessary spiritual gifts, not material things, authority and control, or political and social influence (we say, power).  The divine gifts of Spirit bestowed  upon believers in Jesus Christ through baptism, in fact, are inseparable aspects of divine person.  Included are faith, holiness, gratitude, joy, longsuffering, love, truthfulness, wisdom and wrath against sin.  Worldly boasting, sensationalism, showing off, and self-promotion have no place.

(3.)  Christian believers are all equipped and instructed to simple lives that may appear as poverty to those not anchored by the imparted, indwelling Spirit that resides in the Savior.  Existing in the earth as “new creatures,” believers understand “prosperity” is not only living with luxuries and wealth.  Simply put:  It is not how much you have, it is how much you enjoy what you have; and the key to enjoying much is sharing much, though it be a little.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The right relationship with GOD in Christ centers in the truth of sacrifice, the surrender of ones goods, ones life, and ones will to divine purpose.  Affliction and hardship are to be endured as incidental, minor and secondary.  The confused, the envious, weaklings, and even those who know themselves already damned, repeatedly attack and presume upon the true people of GOD.  Nonetheless, faithful believers are exalted and triumph over death, over  Satan, and over sin.  See Hebrews 10:  26-36, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Grow in grace

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

     The accusation that GOD only blesses America is examined, today; and there is more on why GOD does not “tell all.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Johnny Three Tears” (Level 5 with 5,016 points, a member since March 27, 2012) posted the following:

Why does God only bless the United States?

If its the one true religion why is it that only the U.S. embraces it.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Does GOD Not Tell All (09/11/2013)—(5)  Dominated by sin and flesh (i.e., appetite, sensation, emotions and mental phenomena), created beings and living creatures do not correctly process sacred knowledge.  As with small children, their cooperation is often best secured through demonstration, direct action, and silence.  Repeatedly, when given information from GOD, the living have become overwhelmed by anger, bitterness, doubt, fear, self-examination, and uncertainty.  Animal and human intelligence are organized to fix upon differences, traits, and similarities among objects of focus.  Secular knowledge therefore centers in applying standards, calculating measures, and imitating or reproducing things created by GOD.  Facts and items that excite attention and appeal are categorized, grouped and inter-mixed as recurring patterns.  However, divine truth is being imparted to mankind that requires spiritual discernment, the use of divine substance to recognize and operate using only other material that possesses divine content.  For this reason we say, a person “must be born again.”  There must be change and transformation at every level of a person’s life process.  Included are imagination, inquiry, handling newness, recall, and experiences of ongoing thought.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived:  for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near:  go ye not therefore after them.  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:  for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.  Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.  And it shall turn to you for a testimony.  Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:  For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.  (Luke 21:  6-15, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Godly Take on Guns (01/18/2013); It Is Finished (01/19/2013); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012); The Crux of the Matter (10/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong (09/28/2012)

     Johnny, here are a few points shared among Christian believers that help us to recognize the righteousness of GOD as he operates, and uses various nations:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit, and must maintain relationship with created beings and living creatures through the spirit substance that makes up and establishes divine person as well as by using tools that respond to the finite frameworks of flesh, such as time and space.  Included among the inseparable aspects of divinity are faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin.

(2.)  The many people around the world voicing anger, bitterness, covetousness, envy, fear, and hatred of the United States are not operating under the influence of their own divine content that was bestowed upon them by GOD.  They are moved by sin.

(3.)  The divine law states that to whom much is given, from him much will be required.  Where GOD blesses a nation (or a single individual) they are anointed and endowed to serve, and share with others.  They are stewards in the divine household; and what they appear to have is temporarily under their hand as if loaned to them by GOD. 

(4.)  Among believers, it is not required that every member have the same gifts and talents.  That a blessing is present with one, makes the blessing available and present for all.  Also, the tide lifts all ships; both the great and the small benefit as GOD blesses any one ship upon the sea.  Infidels, outsiders and unbelievers attack the people of GOD at every opportunity displaying hate, resentment and unbelief because they cannot comprehend of themselves, as mortals who must die, mankind may possess nothing.  GOD is sovereign; the earth is the Lord’s (Psalms 24:  1, KJV).

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  Many Americans now reject the notion that the U. S. must serve as “leader of the Free World.”  America did not take up that mantle through a democratic election.  It was bestowed by grateful nations offering their encouragements and respect; and was won though the execution of difficult duties—things that absolutely had to be done (like it, don’t like it) despite the cost and losses encountered.  While America can name no successor among other nation states (Canada? China? Mexico? Russia? Syria? Venezuela?), presently, many Americans want to resign from the leadership role—or at least have a moratorium or sabbatical from the role of fifteen to twenty years.  Certainly, others would be placed under duress, yet present domestic needs of the American people appear to justify an isolationist attitude.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer