“Of innocents… only our yesterday”©

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Innocence wears not a snarl…

has not a need to justify itself

and looks for no one to fault,

should something go wrong, No…

innocence is unaware of the

diversity of guile and those who

attempt to use it…

and should be seen as something

decent, integrity to condition or

belief of values upheld.

To see wrongs in the world and point them out is not judgmental! It merely points out the difference of what they might do to what others might do. It is then the reaction (emotion based) to what is said (sometimes hate based) that would impel or repel people to the comment- as if they don’t have one of their own they would force on you and call it understanding… even tolerant. To force on someone what they believe is intolerance, and this should not be confused with sharing what one believes as the truth they’ve found (simply espousing one’s thoughts of the heart). To tell someone what you believe leaves the choice up to the individual… and if they don’t agree then they simply walk away. Disturbance comes when one chooses to force their denial to believe what you’ve said back at you… such is the way of the world- and they call this tolerance and love.

Be thankful for the things you have… this Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27th, 2014, and not the things you’d desire that another has- even to what beliefs they share if they speak not from love.

Psalm 40:16 KJV Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Nehemiah 1:5 KJV And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

Deuteronomy 13:3 KJV Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Joshua 23:11 KJV Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

Psalm 109:5 KJV And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Psalm 119:165 KJV Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

“In our day… with objection!”©

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Has it become fashionable to think a habit

is not wrong, gaining view it being alright?

A question asked by Thomas Paine… in our

day with the marriage of men in our sight,

though objectionable to some… let the world

do what it will do, nature now is its Author,

if by object to forced determination is seen…

the public avoided and past influence’s offer-

a mind prone to do what it will and to seek

redress of legality, minds amused to an end,

imitation to what marriage represented, a man

to a wife (Jesus to the church) to truly defend,

beyond this… to be forced a tax to pay for ‘the

life ending abortion,’ no life to be ever known…

to arrogate ‘the chance (or choice) to live’ as

one decides when affecting another, disown,

and this is not pretentious or arranged for a self

interest to be promoted, ineffectual to its good

effects by course of time or implied advantage,

the strength of desire to motivate as it should.

What then ‘the Author’ but the want and not the

need… to greater loss surely we do succumb,

no longer bound by common cause we’d soon

relax due diligence… to vigilance soon dumb,

next to disesteem the worth or value of another…

whether that belief is justified or not matters little,

vain morning glories… like dutiful roses offered

without regard, thought or feeling we’d so peddle

to abrogate and vindicate the life we say we now

enjoy, thinly veiled bowers of a dungeon paradise,

less ambitious to seek relief and assistance of

another… obliged to squander life’s unfitted vice.

Romans 1:28 KJV And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

“Light was come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; for he that doeth evil hateth the light.” The truth was not to their taste. And we all know how soon a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. 

Land . . . married–to Jehovah as its Lord and Husband: implying not only ownership, but protection on the part of the Owner.

Isaiah 3:9 KJV The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Romans 6:12 KJV Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Romans 7:17 KJV Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

1 Corinthians 6:18 KJV Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

A state of apostasy is worse than a state of ignorance.

Cursing and covetousness, as in Balaam’s case, often go together: the curse he designed for Israel fell on Israel’s foes and on himself. True believers bless, and curse not, and so are blessed.

son of Bosor–the same as Beor ( Numbers 22:5 ). This word was adopted, perhaps, because the kindred word Basar means flesh; and Balaam is justly termed son of carnality, as covetous, and the enticer of Israel to lust.

Manifested forth his glory–Nothing in the least like this is said of the miracles of prophet or apostle, nor could without manifest blasphemy be said of any mere creature. Observe, (1) At a marriage Christ made His first public appearance in any company, and at a marriage He wrought His first miracle–the noblest sanction that could be given to that God-given institution. (2) As the miracle did not make bad good, but good better, so Christianity only redeems, sanctifies, and ennobles the beneficent but abused institution of marriage; and Christ’s whole work only turns the water of earth into the wine of heaven.

gospel–neither so late as when “the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul” ( Acts 13:2 ), nor so early as when “separated from his mother’s womb” the same time to the faith and the apostleship of Christ ( Acts 26:16-18 ).

of God–that is, the Gospel of which God is the glorious Author. (So Romans 15:16 , 1 Thessalonians 2:2 1 Thessalonians 2:8 1 Thessalonians 2:9 , 1 Peter 4:17 ).

Faith is all in all, both in the beginning and progress of Christian life. It is not from faith to works, as if faith put us into a justified state, and then works kept us in it; but it is all along from faith to faith; it is faith pressing forward, and gaining the victory over unbelief.

for obedience to the faith–rather, “for the obedience of faith”–that is, in order to men’s yielding themselves to the belief of God’s saving message, which is the highest of all obedience.
for his name–that He might be glorified.

The Lord Jesus will complete his work, and he never will forsake one whom he has redeemed and sanctified.

Sought outSought after and highly prized by Jehovah; answering to “not forsaken” in the parallel clause; no longer abandoned, but loved; image from a wife ( Isaiah 62:4 , Jeremiah 30:14 ).

the Lamb’s wife–in contrast to her who sat on many waters ( Revelation 17:1 ), (that is, intrigued with many peoples and nations of the world, instead of giving her undivided affections, as the Bride does, to the Lamb.

“Not wishing to “lord it over their faith,” but rather to be a “helper of their joy,” the apostle [Paul] corrects his former expressions: my desire is to instruct you and do you good, that is, for us to instruct and do one another good: in giving I shall also receive.” “Nor is he insincere in so speaking, for there is none so poor in the Church of Christ who may not impart to us something of value: it is only our malignity and pride that hinder us from gathering such fruit from every quarter”

Is it the church lacking the vitality of the Gospel’s message, adhering to what should be done, and not watching the signs of the times that is ‘left behind?’

When the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut–They are sensible of their past folly; they have taken good advice: they are in the act of getting what alone they lacked: a very little more, and they also are ready. But the Bridegroom comes; the ready are admitted; “the door is shut,” and they are undone. How graphic and appalling this picture of one almost saved–but lost!

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us–In Matthew 7:22 this reiteration of the name was an exclamation rather of surprise; here it is a piteous cry of urgency, bordering on despair. Ah! now at length their eyes are wide open, and they realize all the consequences of their past folly.

John 8:11 KJV She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

“Eternal life starts here… and continues”©

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Though my body heads to death,

be I sick or in health…

and there is no stopping this cause,

make me understand Eternal life

has come, death but a moment,

this truth… let me so pause

to ponder its impact on life itself…

there is no cessation…

this is just but one simple phase.

If true, we continue to live, let my

mind come to this peace…

there is but gain to appease.

1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

God keeps believers from sinning against him, and engages them to submit one to another in all he has commanded, to promote his glory, and to fulfill their duties to each other. Those who allow themselves, either in the lusts of the flesh or the love of the world, belong not to the kingdom of grace, nor shall they come to the kingdom of glory. The church and believers will not be without spot or wrinkle till they come to glory. But those only who are sanctified now, shall be glorified hereafter.

of Christ and of God- rather, as one Greek article is applied to both,”of Christ and God,” implying their perfect oneness, which is consistent only with the doctrine that Christ is God. You can compare (2 Thessalonians 1:12, 1Timothy 5:21, 6:13) these scriptures to match this understanding and truth.

Life is ours today and when this life fades (but for a moment) we yet stand on spiritual legs… life everlasting. The question is “with God or not?”

[This was written with thoughts of my adopted Mom, Lexie, who passed last night, Nov. 17th, 2014. My heart goes out to the Carr Family and friends that knew her. She helped mold my life (at a young age) and when I needed her most she was there.]

“How big are those thoughts you’re thinking?”©

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Mountains tend to overshadow the mind…

these mountains of thought we all find,

they exist from our training…

our thinking… our kind,

and they are hard to overlook when

our eyes see them as outlined.

Even solid things leave us feeling empty…

doubts can cause ruin, to disembody,

what truth is as we thought…

as we sought… did embody,

and we became so accustomed to

what we thought with impiety.

Yes, doubts can wash over us all…

but don’t you feel there is more by call,

more to living than here…

than now… don’t fall,

there is an eternity beyond what we

see with Earthly eyes, the wall.

1 John 4:4 KJV Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Jesus Christ is come in the flesh–a twofold truth confessed, that Jesus is the Christ, and that He is come in the flesh (“clothed with flesh,” He therefore was, previously, something far above flesh). His flesh implies His death for us, for only by assuming flesh could He die (for as God He could not), Hebrews 2:9 Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:14 Hebrews 2:16 ; and His death implies His LOVE for us ( John 15:13 ). To deny the reality of His flesh is to deny His love, and so cast away the root which produces all true love on the believer’s part ( 1 John 4:9-11 1 John 4:19 )

http://www.biblestudytools.com/1-john/4-4-compare.html

Revelation 17:14 KJV These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Matthew 22:14 KJV For many are called, but few are chosen.

Please understand what was done to the Jews by Hitler is being done today in Iraq, by Isis, see the mark (to signify those that follow the Nazarene… Jesus Christ) left as an insult… now being worn throughout the world to signify unity. See below…

Image of the Arabic 'N' for Nazarene... intended as an insult and now proclaiming unity!

Image of the Arabic ‘N’ for Nazarene… intended as an insult and now proclaiming unity!

“Here dark glass impedes our view”©

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Imperfect though our eyes might be…

our souls can sense eternity,

and if we desire to live there then

is when we turn away from Zen…

there is no hope eternal there,

nothing gained from which to share

of love God holds for each of us…

it comes to belief in whom we trust.

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Matthew 25:46 KJV And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

John 17:3 KJV And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

“A root of bitterness”©

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Never let it be said the living God,

El Elyon, is one to be slighted

or only to be used by trickery…

thought OK to be over-sighted,

the resulting reaction will leave

those insulting less than delighted.

There is a greater principle at

work here than our own to mind,

there is no little covenant made by

God to man… none better to find

but once everlasting is turned away

from… the chaff will He then grind.

Make no promises with God you

do not intend to keep… to break,

there is no where man can run to

get away… no place to go on trek,

Jonah found this out on the road

to Nineveh, truth overcome to wreak.

Once sought by God Himself there

is no recourse to His displeasure…

what man without such knowledge

cannot fathom or even to measure,

there are those in His Family not

inclined to His wrath, to reassure.

There can be no living well come to

those of such a bitter root as this,

there will be no Nirvana… no paradise

to be found with such glee to thesis,

and when it comes to murdering His

own… stand against those of Isis.

The picture of a once rich and flourishing region, blasted and doomed in consequence of the sins of its inhabitants, is very striking, and calculated to awaken awe in every reflecting mind. Such is, and long has been, the desolate state of Palestine; and, in looking at its ruined cities, its blasted coast, its naked mountains, its sterile and parched soil–all the sad and unmistakable evidences of a land lying under a curse–numbers of travelers from Europe, America, and the Indies (“strangers from a far country,” Deuteronomy 29:22 ) in the present day see that the Lord has executed His threatening. Who can resist the conclusion that it has been inflicted “because the inhabitants had forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers….and the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book”?

It was of the greatest consequence thus to reach the heart and conscience of everyone, for some might delude themselves with the vain idea that by taking the oath by which they engaged themselves in covenant with God (native Israelites as well as naturalized strangers… in the tabernacle to renew the Sinaitic covenant), they would surely secure its blessings. Then, even though they would not rigidly adhere to His worship and commands, but would follow the devices and inclinations of their own hearts, yet they would think that He would wink at such liberties and not punish them.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/deuteronomy/29-18-compare.html

Jeremiah 15:15 KJV O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

Ezekiel 25:15-17 KJV Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; 16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. 17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

And the words, “to you,” suit it better than the other reading. 2 Corinthians 2:4 , “I wrote . . . that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/2-corinthians/10-6-compare.html

Please understand what was done to the Jews by Hitler is being done today in Iraq, by Isis, see the mark (to signify those that follow the Nazarene… Jesus Christ) left as an insult… now being worn throughout the world to signify unity. See below…

Image of the Arabic 'N' for Nazarene... intended as an insult

Image of the Arabic ‘N’ for Nazarene… intended as an insult

“I forgive you four hundred and ninety times(?)”©

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Many interesting parallels exist throughout

the Bible… if one has the eye to see them,

the last thing we need to do is to live our

lives as if we are still asleep, stage of REM,

so wake up and open your eyes to greater

truths we find in this book, look and see,

found in one parallel is a thought to how

we should forgive, and how we should be…

the correlation comes when looking at how

long the Jews were in captivity, sent away,

and then the arrival of Jesus to Jerusalem…

and the prophecy completed… none to say

there was no importance here to it but not so

quick, Peter asked how many times to forgive…

Jesus told him,” seventy times seven,” to see

Peter’s shock would be priceless, conclusive,

not once, twice or even three times… seventy

times seven the LORD said, message it clears,

and here is where the parallels exist, as it is

to relate to Israel, captivity was seventy years,

and as to seven and its significance here… it

represents: fulness, completion and perfection,

nothing short of that when it comes to the work

of God… look around you, natural integration:

seven days to the week (the seventh day is Holy),

four hundred ninety (490) seventy times seven,

from Abraham to Exodus… four hundred ninety

years, and we can still eat bread without leaven,

Exodus to the temple Dedication… four hundred

ninety years, it was 77 generations from Adam…

until Jesus, the number is replete throughout this

book, Holy is the number seven, this ain’t spam.

http://christianovercomers.com/blog/2012/06/12/significance-of-seventy-times-seven/

“Subjective to their view”©

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You loved me Lord when I was yet undeserving,

when I was not serving your hands of love to the

world… and I saw only what I wanted to,

thinking it was I that did know it true…

what did I really think by such asserting?

Your hand alone Lord is the one used to train,

to drain the pride from my body to do any good,

allow me to yet see my brothers today-

my sisters too with kindness to say

nourishment comes by way of God’s grain.

Your’s is the way Lord and it’s light to my feet,

not to beat another down but to help them see,

open our eyes to what our hands can do-

to aid the mission… see it through,

to know love is to show love is complete.

You send me Lord into a world so oblivious…

where obvious is left subjective to their view,

I pray I’ll be there to share and show

there is so much more love to grow…

there’s more to be holy than being religious.

You know my heart Lord better than even I,

when I try to do this without you I’ll surely fail,

don’t allow my own self seeking pride

to get in another’s way soon denied…

when Your love, unseen, seems so awry.

Job 6:24 KJV Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred

Proverbs 16:1 KJV The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Isaiah 50:4 KJV The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

Genesis 31:5 KJV And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.

“A Bible Study for Nov. 7th, 2014… What is happening to America?”©

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[Is there a significant correlation with this scripture (Isaiah 9:10) and what we see today?]

Prophecy in scripture tells us history in advance… to know exactly what we’ll face before it happens. You can think of it as a time capsule… one placed at our feet in the present, and this time capsule reveals what tomorrow holds. This is not to be confused as something coming from man or mankind, it is coming from God’s word. God’s word was given to man… and those that wrote it were inspired to write it by aid coming from The Holy Spirit- the third part of the trinity [The Father, Son and Holy Spirit… The Paraclete].

If prophecy is come to open our eyes to what will happen… it would cause those who say they believe to sit up and take notice. It should also be understood as something important enough to: be aware of, respond to and to take actions toward supporting its truth and being a part of what many might consider,”The will of God.” The will of God, the God of love, is to know: how we should act, what is expected of us during the days and times ahead and why discernment to recognizing followers of Jesus [our Family members] will be crucial.

Love of our fellow man/woman is important here but what love is can be different things to different people. Is love accepting of someone that is different from you… Yes. Does this love mean we cannot or should not question someone’s statements or writing [to understand the emphasis or motive]… No. Love should be allowed to secure a firm understanding of what it is looking at- when we all face many people who would make claims they believe (one way or another). To truly know it is our Family member speaking is what we should be able to tell- there are clear indicators. As it comes to love and prophecy… first it needs to be known what love is. The scriptures below list the traits of love for all to know…

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

Galatians 5:22 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ephesians 5:9 KJV

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Beyond the capacity of love is the endurance of love… for it is this that shall be most applicable [our ability to employ and use it] for all believers in the days to come. This is not the time to be overly sensitive (thin skinned)… where we might take offense to any little thing- least of all criticism to something one might say or to measures taken that are not understood. This is the time we need to rely on one another… the time to strengthen relations and relationships. This is the time to ‘put on the full armor of God’ and lean on Him as you have never before… place your trust where it is best to be found- with God. The hardships we will face might even come from some who say they are believers too. Watch for the rise in: grudges, intolerance, arrogance and quick tempers… something love does not do on a regular basis. The day soon comes when all mankind will pass the point -of-no-return (the day of the wrath of the lamb)- except for those that repent and turn from the ways they know to seek the Lord with their whole heart. In the days to come are great trials to be found but the worst will be during ‘the great tribulation,’ days mankind will surely face- with or without love to be known or not.

[There is a divine wrath for flatterers of their own wickedness]

The picture of a once rich and flourishing region, blasted and doomed in consequence of the sins of its inhabitants, is very striking, and calculated to awaken awe in every reflecting mind. Such is, and long has been, the desolate state of Palestine; and, in looking at its ruined cities, its blasted coast, its naked mountains, its sterile and parched soil–all the sad and unmistakable evidences of a land lying under a curse–numbers of travelers from Europe, America, and the Indies (“strangers from a far country,” Deuteronomy 29:22 ) in the present day see that the Lord has executed His threatening. Who can resist the conclusion that it has been inflicted “because the inhabitants had forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers….and the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book”?

Can what happened to Palestine happen to America? If God’s hand is stretched out against what we do allow… and it goes against His will, Yes it can happen here too.

Isaiah 5:25 KJV Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

The time has come to show people how to get along with each other, not get caught in petty disagreements that would be allowed to keep going and growing worse day by day. The days are short and the day of God’s wrath draws closer. This alone should be enough to cause all believers to tremble… realizing we have so little time left-  and there are so many to help. This is all to important to let the little things become bigger than they are… love has already paid the debt we could not and we can never give enough of ourselves to pay the cost. Grace is available to all that ask for God’s gift, to accept the love Jesus died to make available to us all- the redemption of our sins and hope for life eternal with Him. Let’s pray for a revival of the Spirit of God in America… you will won’t you? I hope you will. (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. A last thought… have we turned away from God’s desires for His people and all others as well. Please let it not be said so in your house… your home, and let the country do as it will as you continue to pray for it!

Matthew 25:42 KJV For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

we should look after our own first…

Matthew 25:35 KJV For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

“Weighted stones”©

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Below is another sampling from my renaissance styled writing.

Is it naught by pomp of life… hath thine

hand forgot?

Verily, existence to sorrow dragged as

thou hath brought,

folds within thine heart wouldest burst

forth of thy burden,

frugal though thou be, hugged by hope’s

receipt is heavy laden,

unblessed to throw thy sash o’er shoulder

and to claim,

thy hope thou hast little spent, tis but

nonsense left in name,

fulness of virtue sought but to linger bare,

nigh and alone,

surely pretense known will’st but languish

and disown,

distrust doth hesitate and pause the path

thou dost walk,

to idle be thee found in blame ‘ere unmatched

in thy talk,

splitting hairs and venal quills of love to drips

of ink,

labours found but shallow breathed shall fail

us to sink,

pretense to rob thee thine own grace and

sultry way,

did’st naught steal fair manner and joy found

in thine day,

weighted stones thy parson met doth abate us

as thou dine,

ne’er to knowest loss by shame and dare find

things divine.

Pleased to let you know this was originally written for a British competition, and sadly to share I missed the time frame for its submission by hours.

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