“Plug back in… with God”©

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From the emptiness of feeling and sheer belief

has come relief, a release… disconnect to God,

not seeing clearly some declare proudly,”He

lived his own way- died that way,” and applaud…

but this is fashioned in falsehood, by pure lies

and deception to what God sees when He looks

out to us and for us (our future), God who reigns

on high… sees the ocean and not our little brooks.

Empty souls find no excuse for goodness…

no remorse for plain ol’ care,

there is a barren waste land

faced in their sight…

so cruel to think on

how they’d feel more

than any other-

why should I then be so fair.

Our brooks dry up and we are meant to grow on

in deeper waters so we’d stay and flounder, alone,

thinking there is nothing more to the something we

had and gasp for air in the stillness of a dry skyline,

there is no sense of hope to help one cope and the

sight of this despair renders no moisture for feeling…

better to just end it all is the conclusion fashioned

without compassion for self, dying without healing.

Empty souls find no excuse for goodness…

no remorse for plain ol’ care,

there is a barren waste land

faced in their sight…

so cruel to think on

how they’d feel more

than any other-

why should I then be so fair.

Stolen is the birthright to eternity, the very claims of

God Himself… why stumble into thinking it untrue?

To grasp by mind there is no hope… seeking to take

what we’ve been given, life itself, and say it’s through…

there is the uncaring feeling of taking as many out as

you can before this is then set upon, bent on disaster,

to feel if it doesn’t matter to you then it matters little

how many are impacted by heartless and its master.

Empty souls find no excuse for goodness…

no remorse for plain ol’ care,

there is a barren waste land

faced in their sight…

so cruel to think on

how they’d feel more

than any other-

why should I then be so fair.

Can we not see the effects on the youth of today, believing there is no God, as: suicides increase (from here), gun violence affects more casualties than those injured (before they begin shooting) and indifference to whom may be caught ‘in harm’s way’ draws the media circus to swarm- the bias used to be the emphasis pointed at by cause and effect. God does see ‘the little brooks’ we are in but desires for us to seek Him with our whole heart, He sees the bigger picture we can be/are a part of- without Him we’d condemn ourselves.

condemned of himself–He cannot say, no one told him better: continuing the same after frequent admonition, he is self-condemned. “He sinneth” wilfully against knowledge.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Galatians 3:29 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/galatians/3-29.html

29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Titus 3:7 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/titus/3-7.html

7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

[This is from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)… and on Titus 3]

The Spirit and his saving gifts and graces, come through Christ, as a Savior, whose undertaking and work are to bring to grace and glory. Justification, in the gospel sense, is the free forgiveness of a sinner; accepting him as righteous through the righteousness of Christ received by faith. God, in justifying a sinner in the way of the gospel, is gracious to him, yet just to himself and his law. As forgiveness is through a perfect righteousness, and satisfaction is made to justice by Christ, it cannot be merited by the sinner himself. Eternal life is set before us in the promise; the Spirit works faith in us, and hope of that life; faith and hope bring it near, and fill with joy in expectation of it.

James 2:5 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/james/2-5.html

5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

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“Jesus died to reach out to you!”©

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From beyond this existence came Jesus… to live as mortal man, to die and be resurrected- showing us there is more to life than the one we see. He is still reaching out to you but time draws short.

Is there darkness in your depths?

Is there no light you can see by?

You must know this as but temporary,

you must show some belief to try…

so then judge ye not what is right?

So then there is no need to cry

but to reach for the hand reaching for you!

Don’t be afraid to fail or to stumble!

Don’t be unsure in yourself of worth,

you can be no more than I, a human-

you can be more than I on this Earth,

learn to seek God, repent, and do right…

learn to flee those pleasures without mirth

but to reach for the hand reaching for you!

Please know I too have felt despair!

Please know I was once equally lost

but we have Jesus who loves each one…

but we shed our sins, bought us by cost

of His own blood, nailed to a cross, love

of His heart for His own, no churl¹ so tossed

but to reach for the hand reaching for you!

1… churl: an impolite and mean-spirited person, or a miser, or a person of low birth; a peasant.

God gives us all the same chance… the chance to openly choose to: seek Him, know Him and to render praise… to desire to worship Him. This is not some capricious God but God almighty… The Creator of heaven and Earth. All of creation displays His handiwork… just look to what is said in scripture. From Greek we get ‘Endeiknumi (to point out)’ and please look to the scripture references to the right side and click on them to examine what is there- to strengthen the meaning for you, to gain clarity of mind and a heart for God’s own purpose(s)… His will to be done.

Psalm 19:1 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/19-1.html

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. 

Job 38:4 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/job/38-4.html

4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

1 John 1:5 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-john/1-5.html

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Romans 3:26 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/3-26.html

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

[Below is found in the Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)… for Psalms 112, found here, and look to the bottom of the page for Matthew Henry’s Commentary and click through]

The blessedness of the righteous

– We have to praise the Lord that there are a people in the world, who fear him and serve him, and that they are a happy people; which is owing entirely to his grace. Their fear is not that which love casts out, but that which love brings in. It follows and flows from love. It is a fear to offend. This is both fear and trust. From their Lord’s example they learn to be kind and full of compassion, as well as just in all their dealings; they use discretion, that they may be liberal in that manner which appears most likely to do good. Trusting in the Lord is the best and surest way of establishing the heart. The heart of man cannot fix any where with satisfaction, but in the truth of God, and there it finds firm footing. The happiness of the saints is the envy of the wicked. The desire of the wicked shall perish; their desire was wholly to the world and the flesh, therefore when these perish, their joy is gone. But the blessings of the gospel are spiritual and eternal, and are conferred upon the members of the Christian church, through Christ their Head, who is the Pattern of all righteousness, and the Giver of all grace.

We should be there for one another (as children of God) and to declare the Gospel (the ‘Good News’) truth to an unknowing world.

Deuteronomy 21:9 KJV

9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.

Psalm 119:128 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/119-128.html

128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

Psalm 139:14 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/139-14.html

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Proverbs 14:12 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/proverbs/14-12.html

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Isaiah 45:19 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/45-19.html

19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

Ezekiel 33:16 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/33-16.html

16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Luke 12:57 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/12-57.html

57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

1 John 1:3 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-john/1-3.html

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

To see the parallels contained within scripture is to recognize ‘God’s circle of life’ is found by His grace. Is this not (truly) the charity of God toward all mankind? Salvation comes by way of the Deliverer!

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“One and the same”©

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Belief proceeds to faith and our
deeds proceed from our faith…
so let our actions tell the world
the same message of our mouth,
‘the walk’ and ‘the talk’ to match…
no hypocrisy will we then sow;
therein is found the profound
difference of this love we show,
to live the same truth we believe…
and strengthened by His grace,
the Lord Jesus is our God so
we should live to seek His face.

There are many religions throughout the world but none show us love as Christianity does. Quite truthfully, Christianity is more than a religion… it is ‘the way’ to a personal relationship with God Himself. This is so mankind (all humanity) can understand their identity in God is made complete- when we know the identity of God Himself. How can any man claim other than this is true? Below are found selected scripture containing: God’s view of covenant (promise), man’s view of himself (with and without God), the relationship coming from His promise(s), God’s will for mankind (the God/servant relationship) and words from Jesus Himself (in both Old Testament and New/the ‘New’ Covenant)- as His word is truth incarnate.

Leviticus 26:44 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/leviticus/26-44.html
44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.

Leviticus 26:45 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/leviticus/26-45.html
45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

1 Kings 18:36 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-kings/18-36.html
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

Psalm 38:8 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/38-8.html
8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Psalm 39:4 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/39-4.html
4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how how frail I am.

Isaiah 41:4 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/41-4.html
4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Isaiah 41:10 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/41-10.html
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 42:8 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/42-8.html
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isaiah 43:3 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/43-3.html
3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Isaiah 43:11 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/43-11.html
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.

Isaiah 43:13 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/43-13.html
13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Ezekiel 7:4 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/7-4.html
4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity : but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Jeremiah 50:31 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/jeremiah/50-31.html
31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.

Lamentations 3:1 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/lamentations/3-1.html
1 I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

Ezekiel 37:13 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/37-13.html
13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

Amos 9:7 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/amos/9-7.html
7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?

Amos 9:15 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/amos/9-15.html
15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Jonah 1:9 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/jonah/1-9.html
9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

Micah 3:8 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/micah/3-8.html
8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Mark 12:26 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/mark/12-26.html
26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Mark 8:29 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/mark/8-29.html
29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

Luke 3:22 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/3-22.html
22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Luke 12:51 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/12-51.html
51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

John 6:51 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/6-51.html
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 8:23 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/8-23.html
23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:24 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/8-24.html
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 8:58 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/8-58.html
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 9:5 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/9-5.html
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 10:7 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/10-7.html
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 14:3 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/14-3.html
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 13:13 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/13-13.html
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

John 14:11 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/14-11.html
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

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“Fill your heart with love and it will be made manifest”©

This one is not found at the link below!

Peace is the state of man without warring…
there is no need to seek or strive for a
superiority of thought, mind or condition…
and this is true no matter what man will say,
find truth and grasp for it, grab onto it and
don’t let go, especially to search for love,
love grants mankind sure reason to sing…
and to be as light as a heaven sent dove,
see if you can force someone to love you…
you cannot but when it’s done so willingly
is when time almost stands still, an eternal
moment shared, despite oneself so plainly.

 

Indifference: lack of interest, concern, or sympathy. Unimportant.

Is this the new face of tolerance?

What mankind has done, with or without God, is important enough to God to allow for His own Son to take on human form… and to die for the condition we all were found in- a sinful state. This is love and a way to life itself, a life beyond this one, a life of true abundance- life eternal and forever. I know it is hard to wrap your mind around this concept when you can be wrapped up with living the life we have (right now) but know one thing… this is not where we are to have such abundance or even to imagine the splendor of heaven itself.

What people need to understand is the difference between the vengeance of God, those that commit to it (His own), and the vengeance of man in the name of their god. Nothing can be thought of as it being the same… nothing but the results. Motivation is the biggest difference here and will continue based on world perception- and as it is seen of God the world would seek their own view over God Himself. When it comes to God… there is nothing man can do to best Him of His will- what He tells us He will do is final.

The best thing man can do is understand the patience God has shown us all, as back in the days of Noah… by waiting one hundred and twenty years for people to repent and change their ways. How best to consider the outcome, when it affects our views of love and its effects on others.

Ezekiel 25:14- 17 14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD. 15 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.

[In the scripture above is found ‘the old hatred‘ and it comes from this Hebrew understanding of it. Likewise, despiteful comes to us from this understanding.]

Luke 6:27 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/6-27.html
27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

The New Testament (the New Covenant) shares the new view for us all to see (clearly), and this shared expectation is plainly expressed. There is left all humanity no doubts to what is said so tersely and pithy, relating the commands of God to mankind- actions all believers should take to their own heart and employ its truest meaning. This is what God has also done Himself, and Jesus, being the fulfillment of the law, would not break this covenant… this truth. Let us pray a blessing on those that would do us harm- for Jesus said,”Forgive them for they know not what they do.” This was applied to us all, as sinners, and here for those that do not choose to see Him for who He really is… God Himself.

Can humanity itself be this spiteful?

Luke 6: 36-38 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Merciful: showing or exercising mercy; bringing someone relief from something unpleasant.

{Below comes by way of Matthew Henry’s Commentary, found here, for Ezekiel 44.]

Christ is the high priest of our profession, who entered himself into the holy place, and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

“No stranger shall enter into my sanctuary till he has first submitted to the laws of it.’’ But, lest any should think that this excluded the penitent believing Gentiles from the church, the stranger here is described to be one that is uncircumcised in heart, not in sincerity consenting to the covenant, nor putting away the filth of the flesh; whereas the believing Gentiles were circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, Col. 2:11. This circumcision of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter, was what the unbelieving Jews were strangers to and unconcerned about, while yet they were zealous to keep out of the sanctuary uncircumcised Gentiles, witness their rage against Paul when they did but suspect him to have brought Greeks into the temple, Acts. 21:28.

[This one below is from here, and from Ezekiel 47, explained with Deuteronomy 29:23 and seen here with help of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Deuteronomy 29.]

Those that will not be watered with the grace of God, and made fruitful, shall be abandoned to their own hearts’ lusts, and left for ever unfruitful.

Ye stand this day all of you before the Lord your God–The whole congregation of Israel, of all ages and conditions, all–young as well as old; menials as well as masters; native Israelites as well as naturalized strangers–all were assembled before the tabernacle to renew the Sinaitic covenant. None of them were allowed to consider themselves as exempt from the terms of that national compact, lest any lapsing into idolatry might prove a root of bitterness, spreading its noxious seed and corrupt influence all around (compare Hebrews 12:15). 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, 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. It was of the greatest consequence to impress all with the strong and abiding conviction, that while the covenant of grace had special blessings belonging to it, it at the same time had curses in reserve for transgressors, the infliction of which would be as certain, as lasting and severe. 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.

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“A light unto my feet”©

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When it comes to quotes, I find some of the best come from A.W. Tozer.

How palpable¹ is the summons of your being
when addressing matters of God as you pray?
Do you sup with Him… dwell on Him or with Him?
You’ll find He guides you where to go- what to say!
I have been broken by my own attempts to face
the trials this life holds (for us all) without Him…
and yet, with Him, I can face armies… and though
my knees might knock I’ll stand, His truth from rim
to rim is the canyon broad I see but to step out
in faith in my frailty and weakness he’ll be there
for me… felt is the knowledge so strong to almost
overcome me, The Creator for the creature where
he is needed… Yahweh Yireh (Our God is a
Gracious Provider), Yahweh Nissi (Our God is truth),
there is found no guile and no deceit in a holy God…
His presence, when asked inside, provides this proof,
reside in me… I ask you willingly to come into my own
heart… to abide/reside within me and I’ll sure follow
the path you direct before my feet: carry my own cross
of sure sorrows will not lead to ground found fallow,
burdens… sure this life has plenty but your burdens
bring my love for you, your burden is light, a choice
I’ve made to be with You and You with me… I need
not wonder any more if my God has heard my voice.

1… palpable: able to be touched or felt, so intense as to be almost touched or felt… or clear to the mind or plain to see.

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“I must make amends and explain”©

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A quote from C. S. Lewis

When something is expressed as ‘Truth’ but is found
to not contain anything of worth, such is then a lie…
to keep speaking of such views to seek superiority
of one religion over another is to supplant truth and try
to gain people left in the lurch of despair, of disbelief
to the very claims of Jesus, God almighty, who is God…
there can be no one more worthy of man’s praise than
Jesus, the King who suffered for us all, let man applaud!
Scripture tells us of a time (coming) when ‘every knee
will bow and every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord,’
there comes a time when He will rule for throughout
eternity, for He is God, Emmanuel, in truth and word.

[What is found within the lines below comes from this article… which ended abruptly, and it causes me to desire to further explain my reasoning for the ending (as it stands).]
_________
[a quote below from a source (what looks to me like ISIS propaganda) undisclosed]

“We are living in the time of global Jihad, when the war now is not about countries fighting each other for land, but for dominance of ideas (our battle is to make the Truth superior over falsehood).”

Surah 5:44 “Surely We revealed the Taurat (Torah/Bible Old Testament) in which was guidance and light”, with it the prophets who submitted themselves…

Surah 29:46 “And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, but say,”We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one;
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[Below comes from an understanding of Colossians 3: Verses 18-25, and from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on it]

How happy would true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of things, and every relation of life! But the profession of those persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves, as well as brings reproach on the gospel.
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[Below comes by way of Ephesians 4: Verses 25-28, and also from Matthew Henry]

Take heed of every thing contrary to truth. No longer flatter or deceive others. God’s people are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and abhor lying. Take heed of anger and ungoverned passions. If there is just occasion to express displeasure at what is wrong, and to reprove, see that it be without sin.

See evil for what it has… no heart at all!

[The list below comes from this link, an article by Leslie Vernick, entitled,”Five Indicators of An Evil and Wicked Heart.“]

1… Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion and contention.(They twist the facts, mislead, lie, deny reality, make up stories and withhold information- Jeremiah 18:18)

2… Evil hearts are experts at fooling others with their smooth speech and flattering words. (If you look at the fruit of their lives or follow through of their words, you’ll find no real evidence of godly growth or change- Titus 1:10)

3… Evil hearts crave and demand control and their highest authority is their own self-reference. (They reject feedback, real accountability, and make up their own rules to live by. Using scripture to their advantage, they’d ignore and reject passages that might require self-correction and repentance- Psalm 36:1-4)

4… Evil hearts play on the sympathies of good-willed people, often trumping the grace card. (They demand mercy but give none themselves- Proverbs 21:10)

5… Evil hearts have no conscience, no remorse. (They do not struggle against sin or evil, they delight in it, all the while masquerading as someone of noble character- Isaiah 32:6)

We have come a long way, mankind itself [humanity], and what was first understood about being a ‘martyr’ has been added to/changed and altered. See for yourself here.

God does not lie! If this statement is true… then those that follow God should not lie either. See this one reference to ‘Lie, Lying‘ and what it clearly states… from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

If you (still) think God lies read this… and if your truth is based on a lie,”Why would you continue to believe it as if it is truth?”

Can you think of any scripture more telling than this (speaking of the actions of mankind), what is shown below? The link for Romans 7 is found here… to read it in its entirety and gain the context of where it is contained.

Romans 7:19-21 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

Since it is found to be in the nature of man to do what is wrong in the sight of God, as we would think what we are doing is right, we must lean not on our understanding but pray God’s will to be fulfilled in our lives; therefore, we should trust God in all things… and through all things. All mankind/humanity has fallen short… from all cultures and walks of life- God alone is good.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

[The link for Romans 8 is found here.]
Romans 8:30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Romans 8:31-34 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Romans 8:38 & 39 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Job 28:28 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/job/28-28.html
28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Job 34:10 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/job/34-10.html
10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

Psalm 147:5 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/147-5.html
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

Proverbs 21:30 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/proverbs/21-30.html
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Colossians 2:2 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/colossians/2-2.html
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

1 John 5:20 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-john/5-20.html
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

[Below is from this link and by way of ‘Asa’s Prayer.’]
People warn us against the fanaticism of taking for granted that our cause is God’s cause. Well, we need the warning sometimes, but we may be quite sure of this, that if we have made God’s cause ours, He will make our cause His, down to the minutest matters in our daily lives.

Images are from here.

Though heart shaped, we must recognize the actions we see as good or evil!

P.S. Do you still think, according to Surah 29:46, Allah and God almighty are the same… they’re not. Please see other articles on monotheism here, or for ‘the Day of The Lord’ here, or for ‘The Dome of The Rock’ here. All of this is to add to what mankind calls ‘understanding’ and what God would call wisdom… our history unveiled in the Bible before it happens (also called prophecy)- therein called Revelation. Did you know it is the testimony of Jesus himself… as it relates to this time ahead of us all, the book of Revelation is clearly stating this to all mankind, see below…

Prologue
Revelation 1:1-3 1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Next audiobook!

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I can think of no better news to share with you than ‘the Gospel’ of Jesus Christ but as a writer… this comes very close to my heart as well. Little wonder I’d be doing both, by sharing with you the news of my next audiobook. The title of the book is,”To the glory of God we shall see.” This will be my third audiobook. Here I can accomplish both goals at the same time. The image has been altered by the original artist and creator… and very good friend, Shayani Ann Turko. You can reach out to her on Twitter… @ShayaniATurko or look her up on her Website… http://www.dreamsinbetweenspaces.com/

A very big ‘Thanks’ Shayani… and now to set it up with the Narrator I’ve had on stand by for a couple of months now. Maranatha!

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. The narrator had a name change, so this will be coming (soon) with the new addition.

 

 

 

“Life is found in living and appreciating its splendor”©

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There are few things in this world worth savoring

but the profound beauty of nature reigns supreme,

and despite the severity of the climate or location it’s

found, where life begets life… fragility of the extreme,

be it to wet where it’s dry or to dry where it is wet… the

ecosystem alters the bounty of flora we’d hope to see;

therein the minutiae affected without a maximalist trait

of anyone human, life begs us to look on and let it be…

where we lose sight of nature is thinking we can change

man himself, to take a position against God and eschew

the details of nature which are attributed to the divine

but to step back from the micro engages a macro view.

If nature came about on its own, simply molecules colliding until something came together, then the butterfly would not exist- for from a butterfly we see two distinctly different manifestations (or stages) to its existence. This one simple example tests the very notions of naturalists around the world… would it be found in less of a complex set of structures it might be easier to explain the dramatic differences found. What is seen with the butterfly… is metamorphosis, the process of transformation includes a change in form or nature- resulting in two completely different natures being observable. If anything was subject to such change, as with the nature of man himself, it could be due to supernatural influence.

Psalm 19 speaks of God’s truth… and we would be better off to know this.

Jude 1:1-2 1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

[Below comes by way of John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, with Job 37:1-13 being looked at and found here, and all Job 37, by John Gill’s, can be found here.]

and the sound [that] goeth out of his mouth:
as the former clause may have respect to loud thunder, a more violent crack or clap of it; so this may intend some lesser whispers and murmurs of it at a distance; or a rumbling noise in the clouds before they burst; since the word is sometimes used for private meditation. Now the voice of God, whether in his works of nature, or in the dispensations of his providence, or in his word; whether in the thunder of the law, or in the still sound of the Gospel, is to be attentively hearkened to; because it is the voice of God, the voice of the God of glory, majestic and powerful, and is attended with various effects; of which see (Psalms 29:3-9).

[This one is found here.]

and is moved out of his place;
was ready to leap out of his body. Such an effect had this phenomenon of nature on him; as is sometimes the case with men at a sudden fright or unusual sound, and particularly thunder.

[Below is found here.]

The word for “stay” signifies “to supplant”, or “act deceitfully”; the name of Jacob is derived from this root, because he supplanted his brother, (Genesis 25:26); and so it may be rendered here,”he will not supplant”, or “deceive them, when his voice is heard”: that is, either he does not subvert them, the heavens and earth, but preserves them; though he makes them to tremble with his voice of thunder: or he does not act the part of a secret, subtle, and deceitful enemy, when he thunders; but shows himself openly as a King, executing his decrees with authority: or rather he deceives none with his voice; none can mistake it; all know it to be the voice of thunder when it is heard: so Christ’s sheep know his voice in the Gospel, and cannot be deceived; the voice of a stranger they will not follow, (John 10:4John 10:5John 10:27).

“When conflict arises… chose God over man”©

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When one’s ways are in conflict with another…

find you a humble love to abide in your heart,

there can be nothing greater than to listen to

what one might say, a humbling place to start,

Love is patient… love is kind, and to do this is

better than simply saying the words of our faith,

even in the face of intense hatred toward God

Himself… when love is not known by one’s kith,

strikingly… even contrast and contradiction can

come by means of one’s view to said prophecy,

this is a time and place where no one can make

an absurd claim they have a right to any privacy,

so let the world know there is but one truth… but

one denial… and but one deceiver to God’s truth,

for it is better to know God approves of what you’d

do than be found against Him- loss of your worth.

There is conflict and the conflict comes in the form of two differing viewpoints to prophecy itself; furthermore, the two differing claims which have been made are antithetical to one another and form a paradox. Theantinomyof such an occurrence can be said to be due tothe information paradox,’ something as simply coming from two different groups (within the monotheistic umbrella of origins: Judaic, christian and Muslim) but are believed (by both parties) to be true and exclusive. Since logic says only one will be found true (if they appear to be opposed to one another) and what remains will be falsehence the paradox. Furthermore, it must be couched intruthand have the balance of veracity owed to it from past prophecy (the historical and proven accuracy) and source of the prophecy to be known [not hearsay]; wherein the gauge is applied (or applicable) to all humanityIsrael and the nations.

[Below comes from ‘John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible,’ and found here]

Isaiah 44:8

Fear ye not, neither be afraid
Of the accomplishment of prophecies and promises, and of professing the true God, and of adhering to Jesus Christ, the only Redeemer and Savior; or of the gods of the Heathens, and of persecuting tyrants, and what they can do against you, and in favor of their idolatrous religion: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? is there a God besides me? that is a true God; for there were many fictitious and false deities, but none omniscient and omnipotent, that could foretell future events, and accomplish them as he did; there is no god but the one God, Father, Son, and Spirit; for this an appeal is made to the witnesses: yea, there is no God, I know not any; or, there is “no rock”; or, is there any? a word used for God, (Deuteronomy 32:4Deuteronomy 32:18Deuteronomy 32:30Deuteronomy 32:31), there is no rock to build upon for salvation, no rock for shelter and safety, but Christ the rock of ages, on which the church is built, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it, (Matthew 16:18), and if God, who is omniscient, knows none else, there can be no other.

Revelation 22:6-7 6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Colossians 3:1-8 is a good set of scripture to take to heart. As to those opposed to following Jesus Christ… for them is found to become ensnared by their own belief, thinking they are right, and all issues settled… but they will have set themselves up for ‘the Day of the Lord.’

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

Revelation 16:16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

Zephaniah 1:7 (KJV)  Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

Joshua 11:20 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/joshua/11-20.html

20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Isaiah 44:18 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/44-18.html

18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

2 Chronicles 6:14 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-chronicles/6-14.html

14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:

Micah 3:5 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/micah/3-5.html

5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

John 3:19 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/3-19.html

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Proverbs 30:5 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/proverbs/30-5.html

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Here is an article posted back in 2012, Dec. 5th, on the blessings and curses of God [I do hope you’ll find it informative] and one on the Bride (the church), this one posted Sept. 10th, 2015, concerning ‘the Rapture.’ This article is also posted here.

“The coming tidal wave of ‘Black flags’ we’ll see”©

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There is no creation seen by destruction,
no peace comes from beheading dissent…
no signs of merciful belief or of love at all
and the followers of this God do so resent
the mere thought of being wrong is wrong,
when the sun descends… man’s own deceit
is not sooner considered a deception but
simply a tool, not pride or even left conceit,
so where then is the faith in the God of love…
if not seen on a flag named for ‘punishment,’
the rough treatment inflicted as retribution
for failing to believe the same is judgement?

Let there be no doubt… people are killing in the confidence and trust it is for the ‘right reason.’ When love is not empowered… and jealousy for supremacy is the goal (the end game… eschatology) and declared to be sound [by men] then love is not the expression sought after. Should my own faith come in to question (then) is when I’ll stand up and forfeit what we have all been given (all humanity)- life itself. When hate for life is palmed off as worthy of our choice to follow through on its precepts… respect for life will become null and void. When no arbiter of justice resides among mankind itself… injustice will proceed to fill the vacuum without remorse.

Please let it be understood, a good Muslim understands Muhammad commanded,”No change can there be in the words of Allah,” and,”Allah cannot alter (or abrogate) his words”; which comes from Suras 6:34, 6:115, 10:64 and 50:28, 29. Also, in North Eastern Iran today (from the region named Khorasan) … the ‘Blag flag‘ is also seen and understood (from out of the activities directly attributed to Muhammad himself) as a historic proclamation of ‘punishment’ coming- this is the goal and has been all along. What follows (found in this link is but a snap-shot into this viewpoint) is from end times prophecy (Eschatology) of Islam.

[a quote below from a source (what looks to me like ISIS propaganda) undisclosed]

“We are living in the time of global Jihad, when the war now is not about countries fighting each other for land, but for dominance of ideas (our battle is to make the Truth superior over falsehood).”

Surah 5:44 “Surely We revealed the Taurat (Torah/Bible Old Testament) in which was guidance and light”, with it the prophets who submitted themselves…

Surah 29:46 “And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, but say,”We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one;

[It is due to the contradiction of understanding coming from this statement (above) that makes the declaration a ‘lynchpin’ of either truth or not! To intimate (suggest/imply/declare) being led to go against Israel and the Hebrew God that they are the same God… one can see clearly this is not the case. Even Abraham believed God (the Hebrew God) and was counted as being righteous.]

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

[Below is found at this link and under ‘Commentary Critical’ near the bottom of the page]
In our image, after our likeness–This was a peculiar distinction, the value attached to which appears in the words being twice mentioned. And in what did this image of God consist? Not in the erect form or features of man, not in his intellect, for the devil and his angels are, in this respect, far superior; not in his immortality, for he has not, like God, a past as well as a future eternity of being; but in the moral dispositions of his soul, commonly called original righteousness (Ecclesiastes 7:29). As the new creation is only a restoration of this image, the history of the one throws light on the other; and we are informed that it is renewed after the image of God in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness (Colossians 3:10, Ephesians 4:24).

Galatians 3:28 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/galatians/3-28.html
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

2 Chronicles 14:11 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-chronicles/14-11.html
11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

Image from here and another posting to read on ‘Monotheism’ is found here, for a clear view to the actual differences between what many might consider ‘one God.’ A difference between views: Christian- what I believe I’ll die for… and Muslim- what I believe you’ll die for! Both of these actions (today) are called martyrdom [a display of feigned or exaggerated suffering to obtain sympathy or admiration… a current definition].

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