On talking with God Part II… Nothing grey

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Nothing grey

 

If there was but one more angel

around the bed…

she might still be here today, 

the bitterness that lingered on

for forty years…

“Bitter tears” is what he’d say!

 

Lord, if you were here our Brother…

still here alive,

Lazarus, come forth… the undead,

and if undead then alive and life

is existence…

meant to be glory to God instead!

 

If God is our portion then I will

face God as God…

strengthen my faith Lord, I pray,

You and You alone have the keys

to life and death…

place firm our oath in nothing grey!

 

 

This is what happens when man seeks to be God himself and people become little more than possessions- exploited and in the service of greed and desire.

 

[Below comes from Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, found here a great resource to use. This information is from comment on Numbers 5:19-22… the subject of adultery.]

This is the law of jealousies–Adultery discovered and proved was punished with death. But strongly suspected cases would occur, and this law made provision for the conviction of the guilty person. It was, however, not a trial conducted according to the forms of judicial process, but an ordeal through which a suspected adulteress was made to go–the ceremony being of that terrifying nature, that, on the known principles of human nature, guilt or innocence could not fail to appear. From the earliest times, the jealousy of Eastern people has established ordeals for the detection and punishment of suspected unchastity in wives. The practice was deep-rooted as well as universal. And it has been thought, that the Israelites being strongly biassed in favor of such usages, this law of jealousies “was incorporated among the other institutions of the Mosaic economy, in order to free it from the idolatrous rites which the heathens had blended with it.” Viewed in this light, its sanction by divine authority in a corrected and improved form exhibits a proof at once of the wisdom and condescension of God.

Hosea’s Wife and Children

Hosea 1:2-3 

2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

This is also another definition for adultery… to replace or remove the affections reserved for one and give them to another- selfishly motivated. 

Here you can see where we go wrong without thought or concern to what God tells us in His word.

[Below is an abstract from here and on Jeremiah 3:6.]

If we mark the crimes of those who break off from a religious profession, and the consequences, we see abundant reason to shun evil ways. It is dreadful to be proved more criminal than those who have actually perished in their sins; yet it will be small comfort in everlasting punishment, for them to know that others were viler than they.

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Satisfied but not saved!

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Tarry no closer with ill temper longer than 

need bestows commerce to give and take,

at odds with one’s attitude of life or place we 

take up… this too of God, to make or break,

how ideal is gain in this life, to lessen burdens 

and grant us joy (does it?) that one cannot fake…

the temper of the lost is quickly on the rise!

 

Makes thou way and manner to be steadfast,

resolute contrition to the sin state wherein found,

knowing the salvation offered us is from the one

true God, seek not wrath while still on His ground,

repent and turn from the ways you practice of

this world, practice applications of God so sound…

the temper of the lost is quickly on the rise!

 

Can there be only one God for one people…

monotheism is where the question comes from,

and from it the love of their God seen and felt

and those people seeking to form God’s kingdom

but this kingdom without the Hebrew God dwelt-

a kingdom of man lent to sorrow and grief, a pogrom…

the temper of the lost is quickly on the rise!

 

If monotheism, and some believing their deity to be a part of the same entity… or the same entity, is from one source… one God, then we (the world) should see the same activities stemming from them, right? Love should be the primary directive for everything coming under the “monotheistic” umbrella… the one similarity for them all. Is this true? It should be… if they are all the same God or there is obviously something wrong!

Those on the left (in the US) need to open their eyes to the truthGod’s truth– and love is the message we should see and hear and feel.

Mark 6:49-52

Mark 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

[Below comes from Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise) by way of abstract, and being referenced from Galatians 1:6.]

Those who would establish any other way to heaven than what the gospel of Christ reveals, will find themselves wretchedly mistaken. 

Some would set up the works of the law in the place of Christ’s righteousness, and thus they corrupted Christianity. The apostle solemnly denounces, as accursed, every one who attempts to lay so false a foundation. All other gospels than that of the grace of Christ, whether more flattering to self-righteous pride, or more favorable to worldly lusts, are devices of Satan. And while we declare that to reject the moral law as a rule of life, tends to dishonor Christ, and destroy true religion, we must also declare, that all dependence for justification on good works, whether real or supposed, is as fatal to those who persist in it. While we are zealous for good works, let us be careful not to put them in the place of Christ’s righteousness, and not to advance any thing which may betray others into so dreadful a delusion.

[Below comes from Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise) by way of abstract, and being referenced from Ephesians 5:17.]

All God’s people have reason to sing for joy. Though we are not always singing, we should be always giving thanks; we should never want disposition for this duty, as we never want matter for it, through the whole course of our lives. Always, even in trials and afflictions, and for all things; being satisfied of their loving intent, and good tendency. 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.

John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

 

Here is truth… from our past to the present!

To be then judged by God

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If we’re in a spiritual war, and a physical one too, then we need to talk with the one that will be victorious- right?

 

Be not so easy to react, as the world does,

let us remember it is the Spirit in us to move,

we would think we could tell when the Spirit

allows balance, not pride or arrogance remove?

Light can be seen in the remotest and darkest

valleys, even denied… light as light is a constant,

God is the Creator of the fabric of time and space

and they are but folds to be removed, restraint,

it is by grace and extreme patience we exist so…

life is fragile in our weaknesses… but in His hand

to learn the almighty cares for each of us called

or elect but when called we are to make His stand,

know when you come to the valley of the shadow 

of death it is death that will suffer and not you,

for those under the hand of God, protected, is

eternal life (begun here) and know it’s true,

“Death, where is thy sting?” This comes to our

realization of life being endless, not passing

except from one life to the next… to continue

to be then judged by God, His choice lasting.

 

1 Corinthians 15:55 KJV

https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-corinthians/15-55.html

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

 

[Found below, this is an abstraction from here (covering 1 Corinthians 15) and about this.]

The word resurrection, usually points out our existence beyond the grave. Of the apostle’s doctrine not a trace can be found in all the teaching of philosophers. The doctrine of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the foundation of Christianity. Remove this, and all our hopes for eternity sink at once. And it is by holding this truth firm, that Christians stand in the day of trial, and are kept faithful to God. We believe in vain, unless we keep in the faith of the gospel. This truth is confirmed by Old Testament prophecies; and many saw Christ after he was risen. 

All that are by faith united to Christ, are by his resurrection assured of their own. The proof of the resurrection of the body is the resurrection of our Lord. Even those who died in the faith, had perished in their sins, if Christ had not risen. All who believe in Christ, have hope in him, as a Redeemer; hope for redemption and salvation by him; but if there is no resurrection, or future recompence, their hope in him can only be as to this life.

 

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

Psalm143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

 

[Below is found in abstract… from here.]

This hope, which seems to burst through the boundaries of death, is expressed in more apocalyptic terms in Isaiah 65:17-19. Daniel envisions a resurrection and judgment assigning those raised to everlasting life or everlasting shame and contempt ( Dan 12:1-3 ). To die, however, generally meant that one entered the mysterious underworld beyond of Sheol or Hades.

 

[Below is also in abstraction, found here.]

have not the knowledge of God–and so know not His power in the resurrection ( Matthew 22:29 ). Stronger than “are ignorant of God.” An habitual ignorance: wilful, in that they prefer to keep their sins, rather than part with them, in order to know God (compare John 7:17 , 1 Peter 2:15 ).

Clouded by day… pillars for Night’s support

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Live we not in desolate times indeed?

Content thine own hand not to wonder

why the stars count our perjuries, to be

poured out when dark skies call thunder,

found in finding out the err of falsehood…

the sleep or removal of one’s conscience,

no breath for life preserved, to be unsought

as when religion is hung so by science,

doth naught to avail when courtesy dangles

out to dry, deceit the craft… art thou ashamed?

This is as the spiritual battle rages on… as

though time itself could restore all defamed!

The very windows of heaven cannot prevent

a mind to stumble… a heart gone humble-kneed,

as is man, a man God can call His own… to

accept the Lord as God, your Savior now agreed.

 

Time draws nearer… repent now- with light still in the world.

 

Micah 7:18-19 18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Nehemiah 1:5 Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 

 

Josh Billings and the journey of life

 

The one above or the one below?

 

Ezekiel 36 26 new heart, new spirit

 

Know you the loving God?

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Come we now on bended knee,

Dear Lord, and for Your glory…

this is where life is found to

be for all mankind… of Your story,

the grace You give to those You

call, forgiveness too, without worry…

there is no loving God save You alone!

 

There is no faith if it is not an active

faith, one where faith is not a show,

let us draw no curtains to be left in

darkness, light of day is good to know,

and be not discouraged when darkness

would overtake us, to steal God’s glow…

there is no loving God save You alone!

 

By the gift of grace we should strive to 

complete the race God wants us to run,

speaking of His love, Lord God Jesus, and

what He has told us of our mission one,

the gospel is to be told by our: lives, lips

and heart… seen by the world… everyone-

there is no loving God save You alone!

 

 

Love your enemies… and this is one of the hardest lessons Christianity teaches!

 

There is only one religion in the world where belief turns into love… and love turns into something evident- the proof is in the pudding. This is also when we learn the loving God, Lord God Jesus, desires a (very) personal relationship with You. He died on a cross… so we could die to our sins… and love those that express: hurt, harm or hate to the truth we have found. Will you offer a stone to build with or pick one up to throw? The choice is yours!

Zechariah 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

[Below is from here, in abstraction.]

Here is a Divine prediction, which will be a heavy burden to all the enemies of the church. Desirable indeed is it that the examples and labours of Christians should render them as fire among wood, as a torch in a sheaf, to kindle the flame of Divine love, to spread religion on the right hand and on the left.

Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

[Below is from here, in abstraction.]

In Christ’s first coming he bruised the serpent’s head, and broke all the powers of darkness that fought against God’s kingdom among men. In his second coming he will complete their destruction, when he shall put down all opposing rule, principality, and power; and death itself shall be swallowed up in that victory. There is a holy mourning, the effect of the pouring out of the Spirit; a mourning for sin, which quickens faith in Christ, and qualifies for joy in God. This mourning is a fruit of the Spirit of grace, a proof of a work of grace in the soul, and of the Spirit of supplications.

 

To be known by God is to know God for yourself!

Tempest we can heal from

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Nay, ’tis naught but a tempest to tarry
with, scalawag’s lament by sailor’s leisure…
a sailor has come to expect the deep of
the storm to pass, this is true treasure,

alas ’tis true of the storms of life… to be
trained by nature’s wrath in due measure,
fearful of lessons untold when wished to be
known better than a stipend given figure,

winds can howl and shriek… to subside
in time from gale force to rest calm, azure,
naught made by decree of man’s lips or
hands calm peaceful sea but God’s ochre.

To be able to tell right from wrong not found
by our feelings or views is for God to judge,
how to tell forgiveness is known is when
difference seeks no edge, hedge or badge.

Masks get blown away and squalls require
rough hands used to handling rope as used,
can this be said to ourselves, without deceit,
having helped by grace and not be bemused?

The storms of life sometimes leave indelible
scars, wounds within unseen… what else?
Let us not be found with cruelties instead of
love to dwell in our hearts, love as so is false!

Hunker in, lash things down… the peace of rest
to carry you in every hardship thou wilt face,
lose not thine own joy so found in the desire
to be found with God- not chaff by our disgrace.

 

The abstractions, from here and shown below, speaks of rest and the depth of its meaning. This is not telling us about (just) eight hours of sleep.

 

 

In the Gospels the theology of rest is most clearly articulated in the words of Jesus: “come to me and I will give you rest and you will find rest for your souls” ( Matt 11:28-30 ). The rest he promises is certainly for the world to come, but it is also for this world. It is the sense of security and peace that flows from a right relation with God, the Father, through obedience to his Son, the Messiah, and membership in his kingdom.

However, the fuller meaning of the everlasting rest of God promised to his people and related to the gift of rest of the seventh day was not achieved by Joshua and the tribes under the old covenant. Jesus the Christ, the greater Joshua, was sent by the Father to bring into being the true nature and fullness of the gift of rest for the people of God.

 

Find no temptation worth a snap decision, when to judge quick and wrong of an individual case, applied as to ourselves… as God has shown His mercy and grace to us- this is the love the world sees through us.

 

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 6:11-12 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

 

In abstract, from here and seen below, and we will either be lilies among thorns… or thorns themselves.

The beauty of believers consists in their conformity and resemblance to Jesus Christ. They are his love, and so they are as lilies, for those are made like Christ in whose hearts his love is shed abroad.

Mercy is being granted forgiveness for something we have done… and grace aspires to pay the debt of sin we could never repay, and deliverance comes from God alone. we have a choice… to have lilies offered in our hands or thorns- as we deal with people in our lives.

The blessings we share

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If sharing a blessing of guidance
then to guide and instruct we will…
and doing this with love is the goal,
should we if not meant for love to chill?

If sharing a blessing of our belief
then actions belie import to beseech…
walk and talk to match, both the same,
as given through care for us to reach.

If sharing a blessing of our support
then stay tried and true throughout…
patience makes no rash judgement
of anyone, the Rock of Ages it’s about.

If sharing a blessing of our approval
then we must know the heart we seek…
to know the difference of meek, where
strength is contained, never one so weak.

If sharing a blessing of our revival
there is a stirring up of Joy to such a soul…
for the Law of the Lord is perfect and righteous
altogether, like pure gold and never so dull.

If sharing a blessing of expectation
then eternal rest is heaven then our home…
let no error to this belief exist as we
strive for growing Your Kingdom come.

If sharing blessings of His wisdom
then I should compare them to myself…
to allow a true perspective of where I
might stand, adrift, seek God for yourself.

Where can there be (subtle) difference if we are truly accepted… in the eyes of God Himself. Come with the faith and hope of a child trained in God’s acceptance of each of us, when we have accepted Jesus as being El Elyon… the Redeemer and Deliverer.

Israel reaches seventy years as God’s country brought back to life… the time draws closer. Come Lord come!

P.S. Some of this was based on Psalm 19.

 

Is not Jesus all of these to all whom believe He is God incarnate?

 

 

 

 

A time… a face to face

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There can be little doubt, mankind… and as a society, needs to gain back the ability to communicate with each other again. In a culture, digitally fed, simple (old school) things are becoming a thing of the past, like: talking to someone directly, expressing an idea (without drama involved) or understanding this only involves you if you believe yourself to be involved. If questions arise to cause anyone to be irritated by them, I will be the first to apologize. Will you forgive me (meant from the heart when asked), and now let’s find out why you are being annoyed? There would be no patience for a Brother or Sister outside the faith if none can be offered to a Brother or Sister inside the faith, is there?

 

I’ve written three pieces for this subject:

1… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/whom-jesus-saves-is-truly-set-free/

2… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/call-to-heart-and-mind-for-peace/

3… https://inkedvocabulary.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/digitally-determined/

 

How odd it is to think this might be the norm. A time when the actions of man go against the will of God. Where will you go when you die? A timely question facing all of us… and I look forward to the provision of endurance, patience and love being met. Being Christian means to know what will be coming on the world stage (very soon) and to understand the importance to standing strong in Christ Jesus- one with each other in Jesus. I can think of no time in human history this has becoming clearer as the great Tribulation draws closer.

Four eye witnesses to history: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell us the “Good News” in the gospel [as gospel means good news]… and eternal life, given through grace only, for accepting Jesus in to our lives. This means we believe: Jesus Christ was, is and is to come back… the Ark of His arms will be closed off (the body of Christ spared) and the great Tribulation will begin.

The Passover Jesus died on the cross for us, to pay a debt He didn’t owe for those that could not pay (you and I are included here). This is the time to renew the call to die to ourselves and share more of Him and less of us to a dying world. It is not what we don’t do but the actions to: build up, encourage and share the message of hope to humanity. These are the things moth and rust cannot touch… so let’s touch the world with loving care.

 

 

Did you know about the Temple to be built (prophecy told us in Daniel and spoken of in Revelation) again in Jerusalem?

[What is seen below is in abstracts, from here, and grants us love of God and His will to be done… not something we should take upon ourselves to determine the outcome or be worried over.]

 

In the Bible anxiety is frequently depicted as the common human reaction to stressful circumstances. Paul urges: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” ( Php 4:6 ).

Freedom from anxiety begins with confession that it is not God’s will. In fact, anxiety is a subtle insinuation that God is either unable or disinclined to see to our welfare. Other remedial measures include recognizing the futility of worry ( Matt 6:27 ; Luke 12:25 ); cultivating a growing understanding of God’s power and fatherly disposition ( Matt 6:26 ; Luke 12:30 ); entrusting to God the things that we cannot control ( 1 Pe 5:7 ); increasingly viewing things in eternal perspective ( Matt 6:32-34 ; Luke 12:30-34 ); and substituting prayer for worry ( Php 4:6 ).

 

P.S. To think this came out of being un-friended on Facebook… one to remain anonymous- for obvious reason. It has not been the person but the actions a person takes which teach us all.

 

Call to heart and mind for peace

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Rest secure as the roots near the river,
let not a day go by without His kindness,
exercise the patience He has shown us
to Brother and Sister, no brittle dryness,
so close the source of grace is to us all-
realized when faith seen in our forgiveness…
from the furnace of sorrow by God’s loving grace.

“You, you were with Him” but He was denied
by one of His followers, as you and I,
and the flesh of man would do no different
as Paul has said, stumble on but try,
there from the depth of truth and love,
the river, the life gifted by God Almighty…
from the furnace of sorrow by God’s loving grace.

For long suffering to be known, one must
be fired again and again… in the affliction
of the furnace of God’s trials, know this sons
and daughters of man… of our distribution
and part we’d play, to God’s own will we
will be found, joy remembered in provision…
from the furnace of sorrow by God’s loving grace.

 

Psalm 105:41 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/105-41.html
41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

Jeremiah 17:8 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/jeremiah/17-8.html
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

 

God encourages his people to be kind to one another, even enemies. These Bible verses allow God to speak to hearts on the importance of kindness, which in the end leads to good in the world.

 

If I empty myself of hate, or things I’d consider important… God can fill me with His love and I’ll look at things differently than I did yesterday!

Whom Jesus saves is truly set free

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Came we not through the widths of this life
to the place of loving forgiveness by cost,
and to find the love of God so ample…
when applied by kindness, difference is tossed?
For when would there be a right time to
reject a Brother or Sister as if one lost…
whom Jesus frees is not their own to say!

Can we strive to build one another up if we
struggle with things smaller than the Gospel?
By an eye to see something irritate is
but an unresolved issue to cause one repel,
and we need to share, without bias, God’s
love- support our own to show a world, impel…
whom Jesus frees is not their own to say!

A hand… a foot… an ear, we all have a job
to do, hand picked, by our High Priest the LORD,
His sacrifice is the source of His strength…
the authority conveyed by Father, truth a sword,
and having placed my trust in Jesus being who
He said He was, doubt is what I can’t afford…
whom Jesus frees is not their own to say!

 

The sacrifice of Jesus at the cross, which I call above “His source of strength”, is love. All of us need to reaffirm our love for Him remains intact… and examples of His love should be evident in how: we treat each other (especially in the body of Christ), we would be living examples to the world of unbelievers, and a representation of the loving forgiveness we, ourselves, have received.

 

Job 24:1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

 

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 

You cannot hate someone you pray for… and we should lay to rest any burdens we have with a Brother or Sister at the Throne of Grace.