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The Word Alive

Christ depicted as the Lion of Judah, and the power of his word as alive and an instrument of divine fullness.

 

Today, reply is to the error that life as a Christian, sacred ministry, and unselfish service as followers of Jesus are a repeating cycle of death and resurrection (i.e., reincarnation). Like the crown, orb, scepter and throne, the sword is a representation of dominion and ruler-ship. Throughout the Scriptures, “the sword” is language that often refers to condemnation, to conquest by enemy nations, to death, and to killing in warfare. Even so, the holy writings should be acknowledged as a record of assurances from divinity; examples and illustrations from GOD to provide comfort, life guidance, pronouncements and verdicts from tribunals for justice and instruction; emotional, psychological, and spiritual support; and the revelation of otherwise unknown and unseen truth provided by divinity. The Apostle Paul exhorted believers to renew their commitment to the Gospel on a daily basis, display the image of GOD revealed in Jesus Christ (we say, become Christ-like), and to now exist in a continuing, ongoing process as “dead to sin.” When called the “Sword of the Lord,” the word of GOD is not a weapon used against the people who assemble as his flock and kingdom so much as it is a tool that allows detection, discernment, and responding to divine spirit content from GOD residing within created beings and living creatures, and to the multiple subtleties in judgment (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden or sudden shifts in meaning, quality, and value). While various penalties within the law require mankind to acknowledge their accountability and justification for attitudes, behavior, motives, and responses, it is GOD as Creator and origin who continues to be accountable for final judgment, closure, reconciliation, and restoration for all that exist and have life. Such measures are not entered into the law or carried out on the basis of divinity being arbitrary, self-important, heartless, and sadistic. It is written: Romans 13: 1-8, King James Version (KJV): 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality using the ID “Steven” (Level 3 with 1,031 points) posted the following:

 

What does a sword do?

It kills. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. So I no longer live but Christ the Spirit lives in me. lol I die daily getting born again over and over again. So if the Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit forever the I die eternally over and over again so that Christ can live in me daily. lol Think about it. This all comes from paul in the bible. It very confusing. So what I get from this is that Christ is the one who lives and not me forever. So therefore I do not have eternal life. Think about it. Note the sword of the Spirit kills. Because that is what a sword does.

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Therefore the bible contradicts itself daily. lol

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6: 3-13, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD Present Within Words (11/07/2019); Spiritual Combat Against Sin (10/11/2019); When Speaking Of Christlikeness (06/25/2018); Weapons Of Our Warfare? (05/18/2018); Points On Spiritual Warfare (03/19/2018); Both Reincarnation and Resurrection? (04/23/2017); The Two-edged Sword (01/09/2017)

 

Steven”, the “Sword of the Lord” is like a “badge” or emblem identifying one who has lawful authority, dominion, and ruler-ship. It is the sacred tool whereby issues are disentangled and separated, conflicts are resolved, and disputes are settled by applying the sanctions and standards of the law. Once they acknowledge new life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the focus for many mature Christian believers will be fulfilling their eternal life that has already begun. In order to truly know and understand Jesus Christ, mature Christian believers put aside and suspend their focus that relies on human intellect, logic, carnal reason, and secular knowledge. Focus on perpetual covenants, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sacred knowledge establish consciousness and self-will (willpower) within the living that are spirit in process and substance. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) are imparted from the makeup of GOD. Believers are to receive and rely upon their own fresh endowment of the divine life essence such as balance, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, active presence, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Because those who are born-again are vessels of spirit from GOD, they are correctly spoken of as divine offspring, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, the children of GOD, and the new creation. While on the earth, developing believers are to “grow up again” by discovery, enduring growing pains, facing life challenges, and becoming mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing. The holy writings become open to ones understanding as they practice discernment, continue discipline, serve unselfishly, and suffer. Just as Creation and Salvation are expressions of divine authority, commitment, dominion, glory, majesty, and power, Judgment makes visible otherwise unseen divine integrity, mercy, righteousness, peace, and love. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a presentation of music ministry, America’s Marines Singing “Days of Elijah”:

(1.) Isaiah 4: 3-5, King James Version (KJV): 3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: 4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

(2.) John 6: 63, 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.

(3.) Hebrews 4: 12, KJV: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MtdyRDy4fU.) 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 spiritual combat. Many claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ display an eagerness to physically fight with others, and a mentality declaring that GOD has granted Christians exclusive authority, divine entitlement, and full license to demonize, slander and verbally assault their enemies, to be victorious in war, to maintain stockpiles of weapons, and to deploy nuclear bombs throughout the earth at their own discretion. Properly understood, the divine goal is life using change, rather than destruction. Therefore, believers are called and recruited to serve as fishers of men, soul winners, and those who preserve communities by becoming “the salt of the earth.” The present day is a season of grace for sinners, wherein threats of damnation, punishment for sin, and the second death are replaced by opportunity for fellowship with divinity, gradual growth, rest, revelation, unselfish service, and vision. In place of coercion, brute force, deception, and lies, divinity draws to themselves and releases those living in error and sin by using sacred tools such as healing, forgiveness, mercy, nonviolence, prophecy, reconciliation, and spiritual rebirth. Christians are not to behave as hoodlums and thugs; however, neither are they to be beggarly, cowardly, undisciplined, and weak. The followers of Christ are to display the image of GOD, and will not make for others the choices others must demand from themselves. Developing and mature believers are not to shrink from the life challenges wherein sinners are helped to see and make the choice for new life through Jesus Christ. It is written: 1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, King James Version (KJV): 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 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:

 

What is spiritual combat?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19: 11-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Conflict Among Multiple Wills? (09/20/2019); Justified By Church Attendance? (06/21/2019); Salvation Through Jesus Christ (03/25/2019); Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); The Lion of Judah (01/22/2017); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013)

 

Anonymous”, all Christian believers on the earth are warriors in spiritual combat against the operations of sin. Sin is understood as an “enigma” for mankind (i.e., a puzzle or question that has no clear origin, no fixed answer, and no reliable solution). Divinity has not put forth sin as part of Creation, and sin has no spirit content from the makeup of GOD, yet, the operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and of divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes destruction, nonexistence, and a return to the conditions of chaos, confusion, and movement of substance without direction and form that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth (we say, preexistence).

Divinity is the inseparable fullness of all spirit-matter; and where they remain in spirit, they must be known as immortal and invisible. Within the Godhead are to be found such elements as faith, holiness, forbearance, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Using the form of human flesh, GOD has appeared through Jesus Christ to demonstrate that divinity are to be known by those on the earth through sacred operations, divine process, and by receiving fresh endowments of the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam from the makeup of the Creator. The Creator is not an abstraction, an immaterial object, a mechanical device, or a man-made product from human imagination, mind, and carnal reason. Mankind is to have integrity of being, maintain self-government, and serve as a life companion to divinity; however, humanity must continue to exist within the boundaries and frameworks created and provided by divinity. Included are birth, death, resurrection, opportunity, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, possibility, reality, time and space.

The conflicts that exist within Creation are not all visible to the senses of mankind, and must be resolved without continuing corruption (decay, disintegration, rot) that is material, social, and spiritual. Believers must contend against such obstacles as anger, arrogance, covetousness, envy, fear, lust, presumption, exaggerated pride, selfishness, and stubbornness. The living are not to “fight the good fight” using gun violence and weapons of mass destruction. Rather than as the outcome of battles that exploit the mortality of mankind, the preservation of Creation and peace are the outcomes of divine judgment where conflicts are resolved and disputes are settled by applying the sanctions and standards in the law. Christians are to wage war against sin by displaying Christ-likeness and godliness in their lifestyles and daily routines. At every level—how they speak, what they say, and what they do—believers are to make choices, determinations, and sound decisions that acknowledge and conform to meaning, quality, and value from the Maker. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible, and the presentation from the music ministry of the Gaither Vocal Band:

1. Psalms 7: 9-11, King James Version (KJV): 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

2. Ephesians 6: 11-18, KJV: 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

3. 2nd Corinthians 10: 3-5, KJV: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDCH0Y2aiU.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, Scriptures are shared responding to a question on spirit warfare.  Properly understood, destruction and death are not the highest manifestation of divine glory.  The most sublime display of supernal glory is incarnation, where divinity takes on carnal form, or operates from within created beings and living creatures as an imparted, indwelling, Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  As those in warfare under the authority of GOD, believers do not decide who is the enemy, or what is their target, any more than those in secular forces may choose the flag to be raised, or the uniform to be worn.  Christian believers do not embrace any teaching on jihad that identifies divine warfare where mankind is set in opposition to mankind. Because cleansing, the works of faith, eternal life, healing, and salvation are the primary purposes revealed by divinity through Jesus Christ, Christian warfare does not center in the usual carnal objectives of conquest, conscripting laborers and slaves, expanding territory, and seizing the property and wealth of others.  The Holy Spirit empowers and enables operations to prepare a harvest from the earth of those who are spiritually ripe.  No works in the name of GOD—including those to carry out divine judgment and wrath against sin—are driven or fueled by the finite human tools that typically ignite and maintain deadly conflict such as anger, bitterness, spiritual confusion, envy, error, ethnic arrogance, hatred, immaturity, malice, racism, and revenge.  Readers are encouraged to think about the following verses from the Bible as they review the comments below:

2nd Timothy 2:  23-26, King James Version (KJV):  23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, KJV:  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 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.  5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Romans 13:  11-12, KJV:  11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:  for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand:  let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

2nd Timothy 4:  6-8, KJV:  6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:  and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Romans 8:  35-39, KJV:  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39 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.

One of several fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile data not shared) posted the following:

What if God gave you some spiritual weapons, like a translucent glowing bow, a sword covered in fire, or a bible that shoots lasers?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  (1st Peter 5:  6-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Different From ISIS/Daesh? (12/11/2015); Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); Prince of Peace? 07/18/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

Anonymous”, the Deity a Christian serves is a god of Judgment, and one who never separates from anger against and opposition to sin.  The serious language of conflict and spiritual warfare is used among those who are disciples of Jesus Christ to establish awe (i.e., the correct awareness of divine authority and power as eternal and matchless; we also say, fear of the Lord) and humility as well as to complete baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine seed) and sanctification (i.e., being isolated, or set apart for sacred service).  What we endure here, now, gets us ready to be fully transformed at the appearing of Jesus.  Until then, multiple works are being carried out by divinity to make permanent changes in a believers character, spirit content, and living nature.  Those born again must gradually “grow up again” while living upon the earth, and becoming mature and perfected through growing pains that may include bereavement, life challenges, disappointments, duties, obstacles, losses, repentance, reversals, sacrifice, and sufferings.  Consider again the following Scriptures:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 15:  50-56, King James Version (KJV):  50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, KJV:  3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

(3.)  Ephesians 6:  10-12, KJV:  10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on the sword of GOD.  Divine tools for Christian ministry are provided to accomplish eternal life, spiritual growth, salvation, and peace with GOD.  Even so, graphic images and language that pertain to combat, military service, and warfare are used throughout the holy writings to convey prophetic admonition, the awesomeness and terror of GOD, warnings, and divine wrath against sin.  Also, the acumen and keenness of discernment that are brought by Deity to judgment should come into view.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

What is the sword of God according to the Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.  He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.  When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth:  he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.  Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image:  for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  They are vanity, the work of errors:  in the time of their visitation they shall perish.  The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things:  and Israel is the rod of his inheritance:  the LORD of hosts is his name.  Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war:  for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;  And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;  With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;  I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.  And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.  (Jeremiah 51:  14-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Points On Spiritual Warfare (03/19/2018); Judgment, Peace and Warfare? (03/26/2017); The Two-edged Sword (01/09/2017); A Note On Spirit Warfare (01/06/2016); The Greatest Weapon? (12/17/2015); Prince of Peace? (07/18/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); A Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents (10/28/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, using language from the Bible, the sword of GOD also is called the rod (standard), the breath (sentence in judgment; word), and the two-edged sword.  Consider the following:

1.  Isaiah 11:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

2.  Jeremiah 50:  24-26, KJV:  24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware:  thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.  25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.  26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses:  cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly:  let nothing of her be left.

3.  2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, KJV:  3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

4.  Hebrews 4:  12, KJV:  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 5. Revelation 1:  15-18,  KJV:  15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  16 And he had in his right hand seven stars:  and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:  and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared on the process of spiritual warfare to establish and maintain divine dominion within mankind, and over the earth.  Deliverance and salvation for the living must go beyond material objects and our physical pains.  Many confuse spirit warfare with clashes and conflicts that occur among their own feelings, desires, and thoughts, and that others perhaps will see as anxiety, depression, indecision, lack of self-control, rage, or sorrow.  Spirit warfare pertains to the operations of GOD (e.g., anointing, election, judgment, repentance, sanctification) that are exchanges and interactions of the inseparable spirit substances within the divine makeup.  Included are balance, completeness, faith, holiness, immortality, incorruption, mercy, personhood, potency, and wisdom.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

Are we fighting a spiritual warfare?

praise jesus!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  And he answered, Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.  And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:  and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  (2nd Kings 6:  15-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Do Christians Expect? (01/09/2018); Driving Away the Enemy? (09/15/2017); Judgment, Peace and Warfare? (03/26/2017); The Cross Proclaims Victory (05/12/2016); A Note On Spirit Warfare (01/06/2016); The Greatest Weapon? (12/17/2015); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); War and Peace? (07/17/2014); Prince of Peace? (07/18/2014)
 

“Anonymous”, praise Faithful and True!  Here are some points you may find useful as you continue to share regarding the Christian pursuit of spirit warfare for dominion within mankind and over the earth:

1.  All Have Sinned.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the fundamental order of the universe.  Even so, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  To successfully turn away from sin requires more than a changed attitude, academic or secular knowledge, and the sinner’s own self-will (willpower).  While sin does not exist as a material object or spirit substance having measurable dimension (e.g., height, size, weight), sin nevertheless has direction, effect, and presence that are exposed and made “visible” only by such streams of truth as divine law, sacred knowledge, praise, prayer, unselfish service, and sanctified worship.  Because sin is carnal and not an intellectual process of the mind, we acknowledge that sin is irrational and self-destructive; however, we fail to recognize that sin is contrary to divine and human nature.  Expressing our potential to also display an animal nature, men repeatedly own sinful desires, thoughts and behavior as natural, normal, and ordinary. 

2.  You Must Be Born Again.  In effect, the sinner must become “slain in spirit” and “raised from the dead.”  Through repentance that comes from ones indwelling spirit and gifts from GOD.  Saying this another way:  There must be the death, burial, and resurrection from the dead of ones inborn spirit, and they must become vessels of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Once born again, the sinner must grow up again and become by enduring the same disappointments, “growing pains,” life challenges, hardships, and sufferings as others on the earth.  mature displaying the character, makeup, and substance of a divine offspring (son or daughter of GOD).

3.  The Spirit from GOD.  It is the fresh endowment of spirit substance from the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) that provides the battle armor and weapons for spirit combat.  Included are discernment (ability to recognize and respond to divine spirit substance appearing within events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, holy writings, etc.), faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, restraint, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The sovereign will of GOD that can not be overcome by the operations of sin must be established within the divine warrior along with many inseparable aspects of godly consciousness, sacred knowledge, and eternal purpose.  

4.  The Battle Is the Lord’s.  In the same way, a recruit joining the army may not choose his own uniform, he may not choose the commanding officers, the other recruits, or the enemy.  Developing believers who come to GOD through Jesus Christ become a new creation who do not have victory by their own strivings.  Size, muscular prowess, and gun violence can not accomplish divine goals and eternal purpose.  Triumph comes by joining to the oneness without sameness that Christ shares with the other persons of the GODhead.  Accounts of victory for the people of GOD appearing in the Scriptures also report that GOD often defends and protects his people by turning the soldiers in an enemy army against each other.  Consider again, therefore, the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Chronicles 20:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle:  set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem:  fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them:  for the LORD will be with you.

(2.)  2nd Kings 19:  32-36, KJV:  32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.  33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.  34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.  35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand:  and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.  36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

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

(4.)  Ephesians 6:  11-17, KJV:  11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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From the Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of 5 children’s books for ages 9-12 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, published 2003-2004.  I first mistakenly took this plate that describes the Phoenix as being from Audubon.

 

 

Today, personal testimony is shared on the value to Christian believers of idolatry, mythology, and alternative belief systems (e.g., Buddhism, Hindu, Islam).  The mature Christian asserts that what he speaks and thinks are products from the operation of GOD within man, yet, accepts personal accountability for his use of the gifts and endowments from GOD.  All are challenged to apply and be fruitful through autonomy, balance, boldness, focus, restraint, and self-government.  Readers who have followed the development of my written works from the 1970’s have seen that, for me, mysteries of the phoenix come into view that include the Incarnation of divinity, rebirth through fire and judgment, immortality, and the apprehension of sacred wisdom.  The truest forms of divine wisdom instruct against such elements as anger, fear, hate, love of death, exaggerated pride, prejudice, and presumption.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Yaw Jian fong” (I have “jian fong” translated as “see that Bhudda” — Level 5 with 7,423 points, a member since November 16, 2010) posted the following:


How should Christians deal with mythology-related things?

What I mean is anything related to the myths of any culture or religion, from gryphons (Greek) to medieval European legends and the Ramayana (Indian). They are “myths” because they are usually about subjects that are not true, but were so treasured by their cultures for making their histories somewhat more interesting.

However, mythology also contains certain elements that are unacceptable to Christian laws, such as other gods and spirits, idolatry, and mysticism. How should Christians deal with such things, including Christians who enjoy mythology-related matters?

Should they use them with caution, or completely avoid them for compromising their beliefs?
Update: I prefer that the Christians should answer this question. Many atheists already consider Christianity itself to be “mythology”, so they do not need to answer.
Update 2: In short, are mythology-related things acceptable to Christians (as long as they do not trap themselves into believing them), or not?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  (2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE  DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); The Accounts of Giants (05/24/2016); The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016); Convicted By His Humility (09/10/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

 

“Yaw Jian fong”, here is something I will share that has not come from the Adversary.  Christians are to be “in the world,” yet, not “of the world.”  As developing believers who are not ripe (mature) for harvest by Jesus at his Second Coming (we also say, Advent, his appearing, the Rapture), Christians focus on the acquisition of sacred knowledge and spirit content conveyed through doctrine and the holy writings, and imparted through discovery, fellowship with other believers, gradual growth, learning, and ongoing sacred practice (e.g., praise, prayer, sacrifice, unselfish service, and worship).  Given that the consciousness and self-will (we also say, willpower) of Christians is transformed by operations of divinity, Christians are a “new creation” that exists on a higher plane as well as that of the world.

Following my graduation from the University of Chicago (U of C), whose registered heraldic coat of arms displays a legendary figure, (the red phoenix) as a symbol of learning and wisdom, I was privileged to teach at Federal City College, here, in Washington, DC (that is now respected as the University of the District of Columbia).  This school also uses a form of the phoenix (the firebird).  During late 1970, I decided to build a book publishing house to preserve a personal testimony as a Christian believer that would further nourish and prepare others as the body of Christ world-wide.  Being an African American, who was not able to garner necessary support after designing a system for public education of Black children when I attended school at Harvard and U of C—and understanding that for Black lives to matter, we might have to accomplish our goals and secure respect by dint of arms.  To admonish and caution those at our much touted schools of divinity and theology, oriental institutes, and seminaries who would leave me “marooned”, I chose a coat of arms bearing a black phoenix.  When appealing to educated men, such as myself, symbols in and from the world operate as a bridge to dialogue and exchange.

In addition to dramatic and legendary accounts, complete and properly configured belief systems should address the nature of knowledge and knowing; the origins of existence and life; time, space, and other frameworks that connect discrete and disparate meanings, standards, and values as well as descriptions for the otherwise invisible, unknowable and unknown actors, agents, and causes who have brought about the possibilities and things that are actual (i.e., things carnal, material, secular, and social that have measurable dimensions).

Christian belief does use parables (object lessons), verbal descriptions, and illustrations from oral traditions.  Even so, Christianity is clearly far from being founded on a platform of fables (accounts that use animals acting and speaking to provide moral instruction), superstitions, and accounts of the occult.  Every Christian begins as a sinner who must undergo a transformation that is so comprehensive and profound, believers are instructed to say, You must be born again.  Existing as a full and mature Christian requires inseparable aspects of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, respect, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Of course, there is far more that could be said.  (For example, according to world history (that is secular), by relying on the finite and temporal tools of mankind (e.g., emotion, idolatry, intellect, logic, carnal reason, philosophy, and science) there will never be more available in racist nations than apartheid, “Bantu education,” and the teachings that Blacks despair and hold to self-destruction nor can Black lives in America, and all lives through out the globe, be lived with freedom to explore, grow, share, and realize human potential that includes a capacity to demonstrate and display divine substance.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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The Shepherd David Triumphant (1895) by Elizabeth Jane Gardner

 

Today, thoughts are shared on David the shepherd boy, divine protection, and sacred process within covenant relationships.  What Christian believers once regarded as their need for divine interventions and protection will become permanently changed, for Christians all are in an ongoing process that transforms their consciousness, and the operations of their self-will.  The full revelation of divinity to mankind requires both that humanity endures suffering and that GOD also suffers incarnate (i.e., using flesh and material form).  In place of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, born again and developing believers are to abide in the assurances from GOD through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Sacred events (miracles) are hidden amidst the disasters.  Loss, tragedy, and suffering are overcome when properly seen in the light of unchanging principles, sacred promises, and prophecies that are still unfolding.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 
Christians, why does’t god/Jesus protect the faithful? and in times of suffering, he suffers with you, but does nothing to really help.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  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?  (Romans 8:  26-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Continuing A Perpetual Covenant (08/03/2017); What Young People Need? (06/26/2017); The Greatest Weapon? (12/17/2015); GOD is Faithful (12/03/2015); That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); No Divine Protection? (10/02/2014); His Authority in Judgment? (10/03/2014); Prince of Peace? (07/18/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, at a time when we have multiple incidents of violence occurring in churches, the revelation from GOD declares that he is faithful; and the focus must be that his created become faithful as well.  When David—the shepherd boy who was anointed by the Prophet Samuel to later reign as king over Israel—was attacked by a lion and by a bear, GOD did not intervene to deliver David by slaying the two beasts for the boy.  So to speak, David was to do for himself what was required, and what he was equipped to do.  David had prepared himself for such a confrontation by practicing long hours to develop accuracy and power with the sling shot, a military weapon of its day.  This skill also would later be used by David in praise to GOD on the battlefield against the giant warrior Goliath.

Where sinners first approach Christ, many are anchored in appetite, lust for material things, carnal reason, and ambition for social standing.  The “mechanical” and routine challenges of life are often thought of as suffering (e.g., bereavement and having to complete mortality; having to buy food repeatedly; paying for shelter by a mortgage or rent; arriving to work on time; keeping ones word in a relationship; having to endure the enmity of friends).  More correctly, Christian believers are to acknowledge that those things are for preparation.  Mankind and other finite, created beings and living creatures are being used by divinity to make the character and substance of GOD knowable, known, accessible, approachable, and even, visible.  It is the integrity of the living to exist as interdependent, self-aware, and separate from GOD by having discrete consciousness, personhood, and self-will (willpower).  

The divine protection most needed by mankind is not against the Adversary (the Devil), for like David, born again and developing believers are all disciplined and equipped for violent confrontations.  Thus, the shield that only GOD may provide includes atonement and propitiation; protection against corruption (decay, defilement, rot) of ones life essence (breath, spirit, Word) imparted from the makeup of GOD; discernment (ability to apply and use ones own spirit content as a standard to recognize and respond to deposits of divine spirit within sacred law, events, oneself, other persons, practices, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.); sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge that exposes the operations of sin that oppose the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and the fullness of Creation; and judgment that annuls the second death.

The divine process for mankind is one of transformation that includes resurrection from the dead.  The grace of GOD is to be acknowledged as sufficient for mankind; and the sacred need of the living is more for assurance and sealing, rather than deliverance, protection, and rescue by emergency response teams.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  James 4:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

(2.)  Isaiah 54:  17, KJV:  17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  21-22, KJV:  21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;  22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 10:  27-29, KJV:  27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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