Posts Tagged ‘satisfaction’

The Love of GOD

 

Today, reply is on how requirements that mankind acknowledge and worship the Living GOD emerge from the Creator’s dominion over divine order, existence and life. While there are many elements of divine process and truth that are determined, immutable, and unchanging, the living are to exercise autonomy, creativity, liberty, privilege, and self-government. GOD has used the device of family to populate the earth, and has used inheritance to maintain the continuity of fellowship with humanity, the presence of sacred law, the outworking of eternal purpose, and the practices of offering, sacrifice and worship, rather than allow the dominion of death and mortality that resulted from the operations of sin. It is written: John 4: 23-24, King James Version (KJV): 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why is there a commandment for which gods one shall believe in? Is this something we are able to choose?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (Psalms 33: 18-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBBLE DAGGER: Those Who Are Convinced (12/08/2019); In Fear To GOD? (12/05/2019); Why Do They Sing? (11/14/2019); Comfort Through New Life (08/22/2019); The Word From GOD (12/11/2018); The Church Of Jesus (06/18/2018); Free Speech in Church? (12/18/2017)

 

Anonymous”, as a Christian believer I have to share with you the same wisdom from GOD that is to be shared within the church, and I can not share an “answer” to the two questions you pose (even fools can give answers). Mankind is to exist in relationship with the Creator, and must depend on divinity for both existence, life, purpose, and substance. The operations and content of divinity are established as a feature within our human makeup through the life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) that was imparted to a figure formed from the dust of the earth. Adam became a living soul having inseparable aspects of divine fullness that included balance, completeness, faith, holiness, integrity, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, peace, personhood, respect, wisdom, and wrath against sin. As the Creation of GOD, mankind’s acknowledgment of divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) comes by these and other elements interacting within human consciousness and self-will. Immortal, incorruptible, invisible GOD is apprehended and discerned as an active and present influence expressing sacred law, divine order, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD. Adam was not an equal to GOD, yet, man was to be a companion to divinity who is capable of displaying the image of GOD, and is to reflect, resemble, and reveal the character, nature, and qualities of Jesus Christ. Through the operations of sin, mankind now must inherit life conditions with imperfections and weaknesses that include appetite, mortality, and relying on secular knowledge, carnal reason and social interaction, rather than divine anointing, commanded expectation (hope) and sacred knowledge. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Luther Barnes:

(1.) Micah 6: 6-9, King James Version (KJV): 6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

(2.) Matthew 9: 10-13, KJV: 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

(3.) Jeremiah 9: 23-24, KJV: 23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (4.) I am so satisfied (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-I-AjsRe6c). Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

The confidence, optimism, pleasure and satisfaction of GOD when putting forth the Creation comes into view, today.  It is written:  Remember this, and shew yourselves men:  bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.  Remember the former things of old:  for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (Isaiah 46:  8-11, King James Version (KJV)).  Christian believers are to rejoice in their election, justification, redemption and salvation, and all the handiwork of GOD as the experience of the same eternal goodness and joy within divinity.  Neither judgment nor sacrifice may be overlooked as necessary aspects of the full work to establish life that is to be diverse, enduring, flexible, and resilient.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Brandon” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since February 24, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why would God create the human race knowing the price would be his son? Also knowing we would sin and that would cost his son?

Update: Also, creating the tree that Satan would use to tempt Adam and Eve

Update 2: Does God love us as much as Christ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.  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:  28-39, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In The Image of Man (05/04/2016); Products of The Cross? (04/27/2016); The Cross and Creation (03/24/2016); Justified Through Christ? (08/26/2015); Justifying GOD? (03/15/2015); A Creator No Longer Needed? (02/19/2015); Evil is not Sin? (09/22/2013)

 

“Brandon”, we need to see things more from GOD’s point of view.  Consider this:  GOD embraced creation as a divine imperative (something that must be done in accord with the existence of divinity).  The Maker knew his own intent; the eternal benefit, good, and joy that would ultimately result; and the value that would become established and endure as an aspect of divine being and expression.  Christian believers are encouraged to “get to know GOD” by carefully considering the many things that have been provided and put upon display as “revelation” to make divinity knowable and known.  Included are covenant relationships with the living, divine law, Incarnation, prophecy, the death of Jesus upon the cross, the Savior’s  resurrection, the Lord’s ascension, and the falling of the Holy Ghost as the imparted Spirit from GOD.  In addition to continuing sacred practices (we say, sacraments such as baptism, marriage and penance), believers must acquire sacred (rather than secular) knowledge by study of the holy writings that use thousands of events occurring in thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years to show the “active presence,” sacred operations, and eternal purposes of GOD.  Assignment of value and fitness to exist as an eternal companion of Deity (we say, blessing, favor, judgment) is granted created beings and living creatures as grace and divine prerogative, yet, requires response by the living expressed as dutifulness, faithfulness, obedience, and spiritual growth as well as overcoming challenge, obstacles, suffering and trials.  Hear how this is state in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 1:  18-22, King James Version (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,

(2.)  Isaiah 55:  7-9, KJV:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(3.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 21:  7-8, KJV:  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.)  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

 

Changes to the flesh, and satisfaction with the things from GOD are in view, today.  Believers do not doubt that the Spirit of GOD may command the flesh to accomplish the divine will in ways that are unusual, such as the Judge Samson defeating 1,000 men in combat using the jawbone of an ass, or the prophet Elijah running to Jezreel before the chariot of Ahab.  Even so, because ones flesh is unable to respond in the same way as ones spirit to the sacred operations for salvation, growth and service to GOD as the new creation from Jesus Christ is not always a smooth process having no challenges, disappointments, obstacles, and problems.  Baptism will not instantly change a person’s eye color, height and weight, their psychological makeup, or their sexual practice.  Thus, some have gone down in water baptism as a “dry devil” only to come up as a “wet devil.”  The disciples and followers of the Lord are commanded and instructed to maintain specific, well-defined, godly expectations (we say, hopes).  Our satisfaction, then, is by the certainty generated from such sacred changes and gifts as forgiveness, eternal life, divine love, mercy, repentance, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Owen (Level 1 with 94 points, a member since May 28, 2016) posted the following:

 

How does god give you satisfaction?

It’s been said that true satisfaction is found in god. So how does god give that to us? Or is it a way of thinking where we’re satisfied all the time by him? Should we be able to stare at a wall all day and say “yay for god”? I wouldn’t personally want to have a thinking like the wall example .

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  (2nd Peter 3:  9-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Contentment, Happiness And Joy? (11/09/2015); Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014); About Good Sermons? (08/26/2014); GOD Does the Divine Part (01/05/2014); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014); That We Might Know (01/07/2014)

 

THE BATTLE CRY:  I have begun to receive from the music ministry of Byron Cage, who now has his own record label.  Those ready to “take a praise break” should hear “Like No Other,” his new digital single available as an MP3 file, as well as YouTube videos.

 

“Owen”, unselfishness (i.e., being glad when others receive good) is the “key” to continually experiencing joy; and we are given the “blessing” upon the Son of GOD—even triumph over death and sin by grace, love and resurrection—as a reason to always be rejoiced.  Mature Christian believers trust that “satisfaction” with the things of divinity come gradually as an aspect of being “born again,” and beginning to “grow up again” to have full spiritual maturity.  As depicted by water baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit followed by rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) permanent changes unfold that establish a believer as “ripe” for harvest and one who will be taken from the earth at the coming of Jesus Christ in glory (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  Little by little, the origins and platforms for feeling, thought and action will be shifted within believers.  Thus, “the flesh” does not magically change because of rebirth; and there may be no immediate healing, moderation of appetite, or shifts in emotional/mental focus away from things carnal, material, and social.  Those born again become perfected as they meet the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross must flow to here and now, liberating and preparing all for the final transformation that will be completed as they meet the Lord in the air.  Consider again how these ideas are stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Peter 1:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  4-10, KJV:  4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:  not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.  10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

(3.)  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.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 19:  6-9, KJV:  6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:  for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:  for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:  for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

The differences between language used to speak of spirit content and that for various states and conditions in human experience are considered, today.  Abstract aspects of human behavior that are attitudinal, emotional, intellectual, and mental are often spoken of as if they were spiritual because they are immaterial and can not be seen using sight.  Many err confusing the achievement of happiness by ones own deeds and efforts (we say, works) with salvation that is accomplished on their behalf through operations of divinity.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  John 13:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 Ye call me Master and Lord:  and ye say well; for so I am.  14 If I then, your Lord, and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done unto you.  16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord:  neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  Also, Luke 12:  15, KJV:  15 Take heed, and beware of covetousness:  for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  Hebrews 13:  5-6, KJV:  5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  6 So that we may boldly say The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “pretty asian girl” (Level 1 with 18 points, a member since March 15, 2008) posted the following:

Christians, what does "it’s better to have one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after the wind.” mean?

Ecclesiastes 4:6

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself  with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  (2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Mistakes In Youth? (08/24/2015); A Duty to Restore an Inheritance? (04/16/2015); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); When People Covet (12/22/2013); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

“pretty asian girl”, because we are not always careful with language and words, many believers mistakenly confuse ideas that pertain to their carnal, material and social existence with the ideas from GOD that we find in the Bible.  As Christians begin to fellowship with more experienced believers, study the holy writings on a regular basis, and practice the sacred works for those who are reborn through Christ (e.g., praise, prayer, thanksgiving, worship), they begin to understand there are many differences in application, meaning, and purpose.  For example, “happiness” (we say, a feeling; an emotional state and psychological condition) is not the same as “joy” (an aspect of the divine makeup inseparable from faith, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Similarly, “satisfaction” pertains to the fulfillment of “appetite”, demands for change such as hunger, thirst, and sexual cravings that arouse within organs and tissues of the body.  To “covet” appears as an operation of sin whereby a person desires whatever they see or imagine, specially the things possessed by others.  Also, they may “envy” (desire to deny others what they possess).  Through baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit content, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) the believer is given a new nature that is turned to divinity, and is commanded to pursue “contentment”, acceptance and reconciliation to existing conditions in balance with duty, expectation and hope that c0me through proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  To clarify the verse you have cited, consider again the following from the Scriptures that counsel humility and condemn contentiousness:

(1.)   Psalms 37:  16-17, King James Version (KJV):  16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:  but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

(2.)  Proverbs 16:  19, KJV:  19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(3.)  Proverbs 15:  16-17, KJV:  Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.  17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

(4.)  Proverbs 17:  1, KJV:  1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (5.)  Proverbs 21:  9, KJV:  9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Today, points are shared on instruction by the church regarding how to achieve sexual satisfaction.  Also, there is more on whether the Scriptures teach that some people are “just bad.”  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Connie” (Level 4 with 3,523 points, a member since September 30, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do pastors never give a sermon about good sex?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Some People Are Just Bad?—(6.)  Given that all have sinned, from the divine point of view, there now are only two kinds of people in the world:  repentant sinners (those having godly sorrow for sin, who have claimed the revealed mercy of GOD) and impenitent sinners (those experiencing neither godly sorrow for their own sins nor divine wrath against sin as an obstacle to their own eternal life, and are determined to continue a life of offenses against GOD and mankind).  As with rebirth through baptism, acquiring forgiveness and salvation are instantaneous operations of GOD, that must be followed by continuing change and gradual growth for a believer to reach the status of spiritual maturity and divine perfection.

(7.)  The Scriptures teach that certain functions, life processes, operations, and roles were put into place in the beginnings of Creation along with admonitions, sacred laws, and sanctions to preserve and maintain divine order.  Thus, an unnamed blind man appears in Scripture who was sightless from birth in order that GOD’s glory and power would be demonstrated, and revealed through Jesus healing him in the Temple at Jerusalem.  While it was predetermined that someone would betray Jesus into the hands of the corrupt priests at the Temple, no specific person was named by GOD, or prophesied in the Scripture to carry out the task:  Judas Iscariot was self-appointed.  As with the judgment of Achan by Joshua, the penalty for ones crime or transgression may be announced long before any offense is committed; yet, does not cancel or deter its being carried out.  That a person performs works that carry out destructive or negative aspects within the divine plan (e.g., Korah, Dathan and Abiram; Caiaphas; Pontius Pilate) does not relieve the persons who commit those acts of their accountability before GOD.  With this in view, we understand that no infant is born automatically condemned to become a thief; it is through self-promotion and by self-selection that a child may end its life upon that path.  Similarly, no child is born predestined through the workings of GOD to some day marry in a same sex wedding ceremony.  Everyone who experiences being sexually attracted to a person(s) of the same gender, do not commit themselves to a gay or lesbian lifestyle.

(8.)  The Scriptures also teach there are classes of created beings and living creatures who are already sealed in judgment, and labeled as “an evil and adulterous generation,” apostates, children of disobedience, infidels, heretics, and “those who kept not their first estate.”  Such continue to operate within the spheres of life (earth and heaven), yet, there is no teaching that encourages belief that the things provided through Jesus Christ for mankind will also be applied to their condition.

(9.)  Knowing that GOD can open hearts and minds that are otherwise closed and shut to clergy, co-workers, family, and friends, believers are instructed to avoid “jumping to conclusions” (i.e., condemnation; final judgments) of others.  Believers may appear indifferent, and uncaring, yet, they are not to repeatedly challenge, confront, and harass others.  Those in Christ also must accept the divine limits upon their own ministry.  Believers are to “bide their time” submitting themselves in judgment to GOD without bias and prejudice against others.  Every offense believers are able to recognize in the attitudes and behavior of others exist within the full spectrum of their own inner life.  This includes desires, errors, fantasies, and lusts that may be disguised or maintained having an altered form.  Being truly released from all the operations of sin requires what only GOD may do, and proceeds through connections and interactions structured by divinity, rather than flesh.  Consider again Jude 1:  3-8, Psalms 53:  1-4, John 8:  23-45, 1st Corinthians 4:  5, 2nd Corinthians 6:  14-18, Colossians 3:  5-7, Titus 3:  1-11, 2nd Timothy 3:  1-9, Matthew 25:  41-46 and Revelation 21:  8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  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.  (Galatians 5:  16-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Principles of Correct Belief? (08/20/2014); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012)

 

“Connie”, here are a few points that should advance the growth of your spirit in agreement with Christian belief:

(1.)  The most necessary and urgent work for the church is the establishment of an added, fresh endowment of divinity from the makeup of GOD within those who are carnal, yet are seeking new life through Jesus Christ.  Ones inborn spirit that focuses upon appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fantasy, fear, imagination, recall) must be replaced by spirit matter that is constantly in harmony with divine person.  Believers must be prepared to receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, humility, longsuffering, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  Where pastors speak about satisfaction through sexual intimacy their focus may be upon chastity, fornication or marriage, because all sexual behavior is more than a simple, physical act.  There are emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions as well.  All sexual behavior—even holding hands and a kiss on the cheek—may establish a joining of spirits.  Thus, for example, joining oneself to a sex worker introduces multiple spirits from unknown and unseen persons that may confuse, defile, dominate, and otherwise weaken ones inborn spirit.  Even within marriage, there must be a preparation for, and an acceptance of permanent changes within ones own person through their spouse.  Only by death, or the operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, can such joining be dissolved.

(3.)  There are many secular settings that provide counseling and instruction on the mechanics of sexual arousal and intercourse.  The duty of the church is not to compete against or replace the instruction by educated, skilled, and thoughtful caretakers, parents, medical professionals, and others.  However, many see the church as imposing discipline and law upon sexual matters because there also must be a focus upon the maintenance of sexual innocence, and purity.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The church must be understood as a diverse body made up from persons who have achieved varying levels of emotional, intellectual and spiritual maturity.  Through the provision of GOD, a particular sermon will deliver to all who hear exactly what their spirit has confessed in prayer to be their most heartfelt offerings as well as their most pressing needs.  While only 30 seconds of a 20 minute presentation may seem relevant, because it is from GOD, it operates on multiple levels to cleanse, heal, and nourish.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC