“Above our mind”©

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To take the time to look at

the heavens… such awe,

those lights on the canvas of

the vaults of heaven itself,

these are the things modern

man takes for granted…

thinks will remain forever…

takes as being something that

simply appeared, calls it science,

but science is the proving of

what some would call creation…

 and instead of disproving the

eternal it dispels the probability

to rely on the nature of nature,

as complex as it is, and to slight

an intelligent design seen

in the skies above our mind.

We get the idea for many things from God… despite what some might say. The idea for: seven days in a week, time (based on the movement of celestial bodies), a husband and a wife (the same but different- capable of giving birth… procreating) and life to continue on… the spirit to live beyond this life (NDE’s give us this telling truth). There is more to the story here than human science can ever think to tell us and we are to learn God through his immeasurable ways… improbable methods… and unfathomable glories.

Isaiah 34:4 KJV 4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Revelation 6:14 KJV 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

With this link, information of a scientific nature… provided through Koinonia House with Chuck Missler, are various MP3’s one can listen to. Each are approximately twenty six (26) minutes in length and chock full of scientific facts, based on Biblical truths. The heading is “The Grand Adventure” and life with God is exactly that, and I would recommend you to start with,”The Law of Entropy, the Bible speaks of the natural universe,” found here.

A view from Hubble!

A view from Hubble!

Fractals in space... from www.apod.ni

Fractals in space… from http://www.apod.ni

“Hear you not the thunder of hoofbeats coming?”©

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Nothing man can do but see the coming…

the coming of prophecy told the wise,

and it will be the wise to then listen to

what was told us… and dare not despise,

scripture is quite plain in parts it needs to

be… in others one must work to see intent,

bear no clouds to sure reason for God’s

truth… He alone reigns above man’s tent,

there is presently pure evil being waged…

rumors of wars and wars to come we see,

this clouds the minds of men so handily…

how it looks not the same for you or me.

Revelation 6:1-8 RSV

1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say, as with a voice of thunder, “Come!” 2 And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. 3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say,”Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword. 5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say,”Come!” And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; 6 and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!” 7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Below is a collection I have gathered (in abstract) from this link here… regarding the Revelation above.

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The Lamb had been slain to redeem men and the world Revelation 5:9. Having paid the ultimate price, He is now worthy to open the first seal and initiate the steps which will lead to His global rule on earth. This last point, the ushering in of God’s earthly kingdom, can be seen in the similarities between the events found in this book when compared with the events leading to the establishment of the first Theocratic Kingdom on earth—when Israel was delivered from Egypt. There will be a similar gracious but infinitely greater preliminary miracle [like Ex. Ex. 7:12]—the Rapture of the Church—warning men of the supremacy of Jehovah and the ultimate defeat of all who rebel against Him.

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[This (here) from John Gill’s exposition for Revelation 9:16]

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There have been many things man would try to find as coming from the prophecy/prophecies made in the Bible, especially about ‘end times’ prophecy. Some change it to suit their views (alter it)… others deny it as a looming prediction in this modern age but I’d suggest closer scrutiny should come to our minds as there could be dire consequences to pooh-poohing this avowed declaration. Further, some would make the claim this came by way of John of Patmos, as done by the Author of this link here but please know the Book of Revelation is ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ’ as told by John of Patmos. The declarations made in Revelation comes with sound reason for us to take careful notice to what is contained therein- for christians should understand them as coming from God Himself. The talking of the ‘four horsemen of the Apocalypse’ is much more than imageryit is a warning- the warning all mankind should heed.

[PLEASE NOTE: Some of the links provided are not a sign of endorsement… but to show diversity of thought to what has been stated in ‘the Bible’. The link for ‘much more than imagery‘ above also includes some pretty incredible artwork of the four horsemen and their images capture some of what the mind of man could picture as happening- to which, I’m sure, the real events… if we could see spiritual things with Earthen eyes would ensure our faith for the rest of our lives.]

This picture is a from the cover of Billy Graham's book,"Approaching Hoofbeats: the four horsemen of the apocalypse," and it was cropped.

This picture is a from the cover of Billy Graham’s book,”Approaching Hoofbeats: the four horsemen of the apocalypse,” and it was cropped.

“To adore”©

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When the subject of God arises there

is nothing that surprises the chore,

find the three most common reactions…

the first is so casual, to simply ignore.

The second is the extreme opposite,

to deposit feelings of hatred or more,

and we need to understand this is true…

the second reaction is clearly to abhor.

There is but one of these three replete,

to defeat the woes of man, and is sure,

so complete in its application to fulfill

God’s desire, His Son we’re to adore,

Those whom come to adore Him must

find one of four things we must claim,

the first is to worship Him as God…

the Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus by name,

the second task is to serve Him…

to do the things in the word of God,

for to serve Him in peace with all men

is to know Him with more than a nod,

the most important thing to do is love…

love God with your whole heart first,

first before any other is this love for

Jesus, it’s for Him alone is this thirst,

Fourth, and lastly, it is Jesus who died

for us all… to thank Him is an honor so

due His glory, the story of His love (in

 truth)… is one to internalize and know.

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

[1 John 1, and you can listen hear to the living word… in truth and in light. This does continue… on autoplay, and if you do not wish to listen any further you’ll need to click the pause symbol.]

The Arabic and Ethiopic versions render it, “from all our sins”; and this must be ascribed to the greatness of his person, as the Son of God; wherefore the emphasis lies on these words,”his Son”: the Son of God, who is equal with God, and is truly and properly God: as it must be the blood of man that must, according to the law, be shed, to atone for and expiate sin, and cleanse from it, and that of an innocent man, who is holy, harmless, and without sin; so it must not be the blood of a mere man, though ever so holy, but the blood of one that is God as well as man; see ( Acts 20:28 ). The divine nature of the Son of God, being in union with the human nature, put virtue into his blood to produce such an effect, which still continues, and will, as long as there is any occlusion for it.

[Above is part of John Gill’s Exposition (an abstract) of the Bible.]

There comes a time to see hatred for God’s own as hatred… to see bigotry as but the bigotry it is (as actions unbecoming peacefulness), and when venting personal or racial bias… to see if there is found any light in the words shared- if there is any truth. For to long has man been man’s worst enemy, even to sell his neighbor into slavery, but we must see the actions of men as being the actions of men. This should never be placed in the same category (even from our own perceptions… thinking them to be right) if we are to gauge God from mankind’s view of right and wrong. God alone will give us what we deserve… revenge is His to wield, and we will either be found with Him or without Him in our thoughts and actions. We must stop racial bigotry… and the push for religious supremacy- the latter if perpetrated by man in the extreme. Since when did we become so bourgeois to the meaning of our actions?

To neglect God's will is to show disrespect for life and all mankind... to seek to promote an anti-christian approach to all we do. Is it God's will for man this occurs?

To neglect God’s will is to show disrespect for life and all mankind… to seek to promote an anti-christian approach to all we do. Is it God’s will for man this occurs?

“A Bible study for Feb. 6th, 2015… Look to truth beyond the games humanity plays”©

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“Since when does the scientific community: deny evidence because it complains about the format in which it’s found, refuses to acknowledge material when it runs counter to the bias that is clung to (being the predominate or strongest view) or denies the relativity to topic of a subject… just because it does not accept its own principles can and do apply?

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Opening statement-

Games… the things mankind does enjoy as a distraction to everyday normal activities. Some of these games go way beyond this boundary, such as: mind games (to exert a faux-sense of dominance), reality and pseudo-psycho sensuality (bondage and submissive qualities) or even to attempt to intimidate someone (this to skirt the very definition to either harassment or borderline hate). For the topic and subject matter to be discussed here, with this article, I will focus on the latter… whereby limiting the emphasis (for now) on intimidation of christian belief- or reasoning for not caving in on your christian faith; evidence for belief itself.

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This is the day and time to understand the soundness to claims made in the Bible, as valid claims of truth, do retain the veracity for the basis to our faith. As an example, there have been many people throughout the world make the claim they are prophets, a known fact (scientifically recognized or not), but it does not come (worldwide) with the same truth as is understood in the Bible. Let me explain! When it comes to what is shared in the Bible, what has been: declared, foretold and given by a Prophet… was not considered unless it was one hundred percent (100%) accurate. This is defined further below… from two sources, the first here (know there are two things to be looked at from the first link… the link itself and what is seen below first)) and the second found here.

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Jesus is unique in that his life was prophesied in detail by Bible prophets centuries before he was born. Below is a selection of Bible prophecies that found fulfillment during the life of Jesus the Messiah about 2,000 years ago, found here (Page one, two, and prophesies concerning Israel herself here). Please know there are many more… to numerous to list them all!

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Clearly, then, a prophet is an authorized spokesperson for God with a message that originated with God and was communicated through a number of means. When God spoke to these spokespersons, they had no choice but to deliver that word to those to whom God directed it.

The Call of the Prophet. It is impossible to demonstrate from the text of Scripture that each person called to be a prophet received a specific call from God; however, that fact may be explained by the brevity of our records and by the fact that it was not the purpose of Scripture to record all such details. It is enough for us to know that in many cases there was such a definite call from God, as the testimonies of Elisha, Isaiah, Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel demonstrate.

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When it should be something that we put in practice, as examples ourselves, we can put our best foot forward and truly hope for the life to come.

To assume christianity is ‘a blind faith’ is farther from the nature of our belief (faith) and is, in fact, the opposite of what christianity is all about. There are: eyewitness accounts (this is still the legal precedent [benchmark] and a part of Civil and Legal Sciences), historical (and provable) facts (another viewpoint of historicity), and if science (is as a touch and feel experience to something tangibly discerned) then Archaeology does more to prove what is in the Bible than not. Someone would have to deny their own senses, given by God, to think otherwise- even though this statement might raise the ire of those opposed to this view. When an order to life itself is not seen (even overlooked or undervalued) in: the movement of the heavens, the diversity to creation (or nature) and the complexity of DNA or the molecular level of life… science would appear to be the basis or fulcrum to complete a person’s denial. Time is based on the regularity, and motion, of the heavenly bodies… not to see or understand this principle is absurd. There was a time when Darwin himself did not know about the scale of life found in the cellular level and smaller still. Here are two quotes from Darwin…

“The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.”

Charles Darwin

[What is not mentioned here (above) is that he is not one that agreed in the affirmative.]

“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

[When one considers Darwin… as intelligent but finds this quote among his many- is to realize how ignorant smart people can be… and how wrong they can really be about a field of study not their own- unless their intention was to create or promote a specific bias!]

Terms like: irreducible complexity, intelligent design, the ‘Big Bang ‘theory, Abiogenesis, Chaos theory and the complexity of DNA sequencing to produce enzymes supporting life itself… have been a great source of contentious debate. To truly look at just how diverse a Nucleic acid sequence is… look for the digital picture of its complexity here. I have found one article I found humorously appealing… and I hope you will see this the same as I do. See this one here.

DNA strand... image from www.pageresource.com

DNA strand… image from http://www.pageresource.com

There are so many ‘word games’ used by mankind to either dispel the information given man by God in the Bible (and I do believe God gave the information to man… for man) but man cannot be capable of including the complexity of information found within the information in the Bible- as we know it contains more than meets the eye. Here I’m referring to ‘the Bible codes‘ which were found by Dr. Eliyahu Rips and the controversy surrounding it still. If you would like to listen to a piece or more of related material (on MP3 [choice of five important topics] and about twenty minutes each) then listen to Chuck Missler explain it as only he can- straight forward and scientifically in favor of CHRISTIAN VIEWS here.

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.

[The apostle’s design is to show the common right of believers, of every nation, condition, and sex… demolish the pride, vanity, and boasting of the Jews, their men especially, who valued themselves.] http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/galatians-3-28.html

1 John 1:7 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-john/1-7.html

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Hebrews 10:30 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/hebrews/10-30.html

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

1 John 3:2 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-john/3-2.html

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Games… put your game face on and deal with the truth of God first- find it more important to be right with God than right with what man thinks… by chance or not. When one concludes it was God telling the prophets what to say… and when, there is an aspect to the relationship God desires from each of us. If you have found excuse after excuse… now is the time you would be best served to seek out God, and to know God truly cares for those He calls His own. Are you one of His own? I pray you will consider the information provided… you will won’t you? (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. Here is another three articles I wrote some time back- shore up your mind and your faith… take a chance and consider this also. You can find them here.

“Face with JOY”©

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Hope in things unseen…

that they might come to pass,

for the bounty yet unknown…

for we know from where it comes,

to see the uncommon present itself…

the manifestation of God’s will-

this is from where our hope

should be secured…

found in God’s own hands.

Recently, very recently, Naghmeh Abedini met with President Obama, in Boise, Idaho. This meeting happened on January 21st, 2015, and after the meeting Naghmeh had this to say (find it at this link here). Boise is the home town of Pastor Saeed Abedini, the American Pastor being held in an Iranian prison… for his belief in Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 21:1 KJV The king‘s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Psalm 5:2 KJV Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

Job 33:26 KJV He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

Matthew 5:44 KJV But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Pastor Saeed has also made a statement, about the meeting with the President and his wife, and I would like to share it with you here.

God regards the heart, and hypocrisy is more odious than open inconsistency. Men’s best devices and reliances are vain compared with God’s, or without His aid ( Proverbs 19:21 , Psalms 20:7 , 33:17 ). [Reference #27, 30 & 31 (this link) at the bottom]

My cat knows she is safe... knows she is cared for. With such reliance we should find the JOY coming from God's own hand in our lives!

My cat knows she is safe… knows she is cared for. With such reliance we should find the JOY coming from God’s own hand in our lives!

“Yet You see… “©

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Before You Lord I stand in my brokenness…

yet You see completeness,

I stand in my humility…

yet You see me as one of Your own,

I stand naked from my own despair…

yet You see me surrounded with plenty,

I stand on the faith You provide…

yet You see my heart and mind clearly,

I stand, resolute, knowing nothing…

yet You see my urn full of Your glory,

I stand empty of self…

yet You see Your reflection in me,

I stand baring my soul…

yet You see Your child, Your own,

I stand blind in my ignorance…

yet You see through my trials my path,

I stand as a child looking toward home…

yet You see the way has been made,

I stand looking for those so lost…

yet You see Your truth has been found.

1 Timothy 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

That learning which opposes the truth of the gospel, is not true science, or real knowledge, or it would approve the gospel, and consent to it. Those who advance reason above faith, are in danger of leaving faith. Grace includes all that is good, and grace is an earnest, a beginning of glory; wherever God gives grace , he will give glory.

Commonly those are most proud who know least; for they do not know themselves.

Are you really free... to speak openly of the beliefs you have without fear of the persecution to come? Stay strong... let go and let God!

Are you really free… to speak openly of the beliefs you have without fear of the persecution to come? Stay strong… let go and let God!

“We war with principalities greater than man himself”©

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‘War is to dissonance as

what God is to true peace.’

Hath no hand seen naught of travails of plight in blinded night

no worse than thou see’st them take place in the light of day,

treaties and agreements, treatises and thesis abound… so damn

long as to be unclear, mottled with truths unkept… left to play,

man says he is for peace but peace comes by way of God’s own

order to life’s existence, to disregard Him is to slight all hope,

can naught mankind sees as the truth that God offers us all here or

would he/she completely turn his/her head and naught so cope?

Licentiates of “Noble Orders” have but offered Noetic Sciences…

claim,”Inner wisdom, direct knowing or subjective understanding,”

this is naught but solely relative to mankind and, indeed, man’s

savory answer without God, and so leads to all mankind’s failing,

to slight God and His connection to mankind… for the war exists

on a spiritual level and within the minds of those so unconvinced,

the mote of wonder, the speck of hope or glimmer to wonder on is

the scintilla that brings it all down, truth chopped and even minced,

eye hath naught seen nor ear hath naught heard of the marvelous

things God has in store for us… should we so seriously then believe

but man would cast his own shadow to lead us all to this fall we do

head toward, and our soul’s discontentment the goal we’s so relieve.

“So mote it be,” a quote used by Pagans and claimed to be understood,”As God wills it to be.” Another popular Wiccan saying is this,”An’ it harm none. Do what thou wilt.” 

What is listed below comes directly from the Institute of Noetic Sciences and you can read what they are all about but compare this to what the word of God says in Ephesians 6:12…

Ephesians 6:12 KJV For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

For centuries, philosophers from Plato forward have used the term noetic to refer to experiences that pioneering psychologist William James (1902) described as: states of insight into depths of truth unplumbed by the discursive intellect. They are illuminations, revelations, full of significance and importance, all inarticulate though they remain, and as a rule they carry with them a curious sense of authority.

The term noetic sciences was first coined in 1973 when the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who two years earlier became the sixth man to walk on the moon. Ironically, it was the trip back home that Mitchell recalls most, during which he felt a profound sense of universal connectedness- what he later described as a samadhi experience. In Mitchell’s own words:

“The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes… The knowledge came to me directly.”

It led him to conclude that reality is more complex, subtle, and mysterious than conventional science had led him to believe. Perhaps a deeper understanding of consciousness (inner space) could lead to a new and expanded understanding of reality in which objective and subjective, outer and inner, are understood as co-equal aspects of the miracle of being. It was the intersection of knowledge systems that led Dr. Mitchell to launch the interdisciplinary field of noetic sciences.

Why Consciousness Matters [this from IONS]

Con*scious*ness: In our work, personal consciousness is awareness- how an individual perceives and interprets his or her environment, including beliefs, intentions, attitudes, emotions, and all aspects of his or her subjective experience. Collective consciousness is how a group (an institution, a society, a species) perceives and translates the world around them.

Con*scious*ness trans*for*ma*tion: A fundamental shift in perspective or worldview that results in an expanded understanding of self and the nature of reality.

World*view: The beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, and assumptions through which we filter our understanding of the world and our place in it.

The essential hypothesis underlying the noetic sciences is simply that consciousness matters. The question is when, how, and why does it matter?

There are several ways we can know the world around us. Science focuses on external observation and is grounded in objective evaluation, measurement and experimentation. This is useful in increasing objectivity and reducing bias and in accuracy as we interpret what we observe. But another way of knowing is subjective or internal, including gut feelings, intuition, and hunches- the way you know you love your children, for example, or experiences you have that cannot be explained or proven “rationally” but feel absolutely real. This way of knowing is what we call noetic.

This is what comes to us from reading the Bible, the Hebrew text given us by God Himself, referring to knowledge…

Know, Knowledge

The Old Testament. The Hebrew root yada [[;d”y],translated “know”/”knowledge, ” appears almost 950 times in the Hebrew Bible. It has a wider sweep than our English word “know, ” including perceiving, learning, understanding, willing, performing, and experiencing. To know is not to be intellectually informed about some abstract principle, but to apprehend and experience reality. Knowledge is not the possession of information, but rather its exercise or actualization.

Thus, biblically to know God is not to know about him in an abstract and impersonal manner, but rather to enter into his saving actions ( Micah 6:5 ). To know God is not to struggle philosophically with his eternal essence, but rather to recognize and accept his claims. It is not some mystical contemplation, but dutiful obedience.

In the doing of justice and righteousness, Josiah is said to have known God ( Jer 22:15-16 ). True knowledge of God involves obeying the stipulations of his covenant. It is expressed in living conformity to his will. The opposite of knowledge is not ignorance, but rebellion ( Jer22:11-14 ).

Proverbs 5:1 KJV My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

This connection of wisdom and understanding is frequent ( Proverbs 2:2 , 3:7 ); the first denotes the use of wise means for wise ends; the other, the exercise of a proper discrimination in their discovery.

[ …here understand idolatry, false doctrine, which tends to lead astray men’s minds and manners; but the direct view is to warn against seventh-commandment sins. Often these have been, and still are, Satan’s method of drawing men from the worship of God into false religion. Consider how fatal the consequences; how bitter the fruit! Take it any way, it wounds. It leads to the torments of hell. The direct tendency of this sin is to the destruction of body and soul. We must carefully avoid every thing which may be a step towards it. Those who would be kept from harm, must keep out of harm’s way. Though thou art merry now, yet sooner or later it will bring sorrow.]

John 6 40

“When both fire and water can judge and purify humanity… it is the cross individually”©

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When ‘a Promise of God’ is made

the devout hear… precepts obeyed,

for there is none other one can trade…

where the price or cost is the same.

When ‘a Promise of God’ is seen

there is no chance to doubt, obscene,

God’s government by love, not mean…

kept precious by His own committed.

When ‘a Promise of God’ is unrealized

then is the time it should be visualized,

in God’s time His will to be finalized…

judge the Alpha and Omega Himself?

Revelation 1:8 KJV I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Isaiah 9:6 KJV For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 22:21 KJV And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

[It is the unspeakable happiness of all the children of God, who keep close to their Father’s house, that they are, and shall be ever with him. Happy will it be for those who thankfully accept Christ’s invitation. This also refers to the Kingdom of Godnot the Kingdom of man for god.]

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Exodus 19:5 KJV Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

This blessed charter was granted out of God’s own free grace. The covenant here mentioned was the national covenant, by which the Israelites were a people under the government of Jehovah. It was a type of the new covenant made with true believers in Christ Jesus; but, like other types, it was only a shadow of good things to come. Also to convince them of their own guilt, and to show that they could not stand in judgment before God by their own obedience. In the law, the sinner discovers what he ought to be, what he is, and what he wants. There he learns the nature, necessity, and glory of redemption, and of being made holy. Having been taught to flee to Christ, and to love him, the law is the rule of his obedience and faith.

It might be supposed that the terrors would have checked presumption and curiosity in the people; but the hard heart of an unawakened sinner can trifle with the most terrible threatenings and judgments. In drawing near to God, we must never forget his holiness and greatness, nor our own meanness and pollution. We cannot stand in judgment before him according to his righteous law. The convinced transgressor asks, What must I do to be saved? and he hears the voice, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. The Holy Ghost, who made the law to convince of sin, now takes of the things of Christ, and shows them to us. In the gospel we read, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Through him we are justified from all things, from which we could not be justified by the law of Moses. But the Divine law is binding as a rule of life. The Son of God came down from heaven, and suffered poverty, shame, agony, and death, not only to redeem us from its curse, but to bind us more closely to keep its commands.

an holy nation–set apart to preserve the knowledge and worship of God.

The descent of God was signalized by every object imagination can conceive connected with the ideas of grandeur and of awe. But all was in keeping with the character of the law about to be proclaimed. As the mountain burned with fire, God was exhibited as a consuming fire to the transgressors of His law. The thunder and lightning, more awful amid the deep stillness of the region and reverberating with terrific peals among the mountains, would rouse the universal attention; a thick cloud was an apt emblem of the dark and shadowy dispensation (compare Matthew 17:5 ).
the voice of a trumpet–This gave the scene the character of a miraculous transaction, in which other elements than those of nature were at work, and some other than material trumpet was blown by other means than human breath.

Wady-er-Raheh, where they stood, has a spacious sandy plain; immediately in front of Es Suksafeh, considered by ROBINSON to be the mount from which the law was given. “We measured it, and estimate the whole plain at two geographical miles long, and ranging in breadth from one-third to two-thirds of a mile, or as equivalent to a surface of one square mile. This space is nearly doubled by the recess on the west, and by the broad and level area of Wady-es-Sheikh on the east, which issues at right angles to the plain, and is equally in view of the front and summit of the mount. The examination convinced us that here was space enough to satisfy all the requisitions of the Scripture narrative, so far as it relates to the assembling of the congregation to receive the law. Here, too, one can see the fitness of the injunction to set bounds around the mount, that neither man nor beast might approach too near, for it rises like a perpendicular wall.” But Jebel Musa, the old traditional Sinai, and the highest peak, has also a spacious valley, Wady Sebaiyeh, capable of holding the people. It is not certain on which of these two they stood.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:12-22 . GOD APPEARS TO HIM (Solomon).

The fact that this was the only temple of all nations in which the true God was worshipped imparts a moral grandeur to the scene and prepares the mind for the sublime prayer that was offered at the dedication.

[ …and the different bands of the Levites praised the Lord with vocal and instrumental music, by Psalms 136:1-26 , the hundred thirty-sixth Psalm, the oft-recurring chorus of which is, “for His mercy endureth for ever.”]

When he manifests himself as a consuming Fire to sinners, his people can rejoice in him as their Light. Nay, they had reason to say, that God was good in this. It is of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, but the sacrifice in our stead, for which we should be very thankful. And whoever beholds with true faith, the Saviour agonizing and dying for man’s sin, will, by that view, find his godly sorrow enlarged, his hatred of sin increased, his soul made more watchful, and his life more holy.

The pure theism of that prayer–its acknowledgment of the unity of God as well as of His moral perfections in providence and grace, came from the same divine source as the miraculous fire. They indicated sentiments and feelings of exalted and spiritual devotion, which sprang not from the unaided mind of man, but from the fountain of revelation.

All the children of Israel . . . bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement–This form of prostration (that of lying on one’s knees with the forehead touching the earth), is the manner in which the Hebrews, and Orientals in general, express the most profound sentiments of reverence and humility. The courts of the temple were densely crowded on the occasion, and the immense multitude threw themselves on the ground. What led the Israelites suddenly to assume that prostrate attitude on the occasion referred to, was the spectacle of the symbolical cloud slowly and majestically descending upon the temple, and then entering it.

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(Let the reader mark what sublime claims Himself our Lord covertly puts in here–as if in Him they beheld, all unknown to themselves, nothing less than heaven in the habiliments of earth, the Great Shepherd above, clothed in a garment of flesh, come “to seek and to save that which was lost!”)

Better to find your own REASON for your own cross... found when you find Jesus's cross was for 'YOU.'

Better to find your own REASON for your own cross… found when you find Jesus’s cross was for ‘YOU.’

No plans or politics can keep off judgments from a sinful people. He who keeps fire and water from hurting his people, ( Isaiah 43:2 ), can make either destroy his enemies; they are never safe. When God sends destruction on the ungodly, he commands deliverance for the righteous.

bring upon themselves–compare “God bringing in the flood upon the world,” 2 Peter 2:5 . Man brings upon himself the vengeance which God brings upon him.pernicious ways–The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate read, “licentiousness” ( Jude 1:4 ). False doctrine and immoral practice generally go together ( 2 Peter 2:18 2 Peter 2:19 ). the way of truth shall be evil spoken of–“blasphemed” by those without, who shall lay on Christianity itself the blame of its professors’ evil practice. Contrast 1 Peter 2:12.

“On God’s shelf”©

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I walked a mile with sin

and found myself so lost,

lost in its grip and forgot

to see there came a cost,

I walked a mile with sorrow

and found tears come with pain,

I learned there will never be,

without release, surety of gain,

I walked a mile with suffering

and found much more to share,

I learned though I suffered…leaned

on God with strength to bear,

I walked a mile with grief

and found a time to stand,

I learned God’s own will know

He brings us through in hand,

I walked a mile with persecution

and found tolerance so fickle,

I learned the world’s narrative

is hollow against one it will shackle,

I walked a mile with doubt

and found tender issues of self,

I learned self is not to seek

so I put myself on God’s shelf.

This poem is based on the quote attributed to Robert Browning Hamilton, and his work. Find his,”I walked a mile with pleasure,” here.

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/289683-i-walked-a-mile-with-pleasure-she-chatted-all-the

Know, Knowledge

The Old Testament. The Hebrew root yada [[;d”y],translated “know”/”knowledge, ” appears almost 950 times in the Hebrew Bible. It has a wider sweep than our English word “know, ” including perceiving, learning, understanding, willing, performing, and experiencing. To know is not to be intellectually informed about some abstract principle, but to apprehend and experience reality. Knowledge is not the possession of information, but rather its exercise or actualization.

Thus, biblically to know God is not to know about him in an abstract and impersonal manner, but rather to enter into his saving actions ( Micah 6:5 ). To know God is not to struggle philosophically with his eternal essence, but rather to recognize and accept his claims. It is not some mystical contemplation, but dutiful obedience.

In the doing of justice and righteousness, Josiah is said to have known God ( Jer 22:15-16 ). True knowledge of God involves obeying the stipulations of his covenant. It is expressed in living conformity to his will. The opposite of knowledge is not ignorance, but rebellion ( Jer22:11-14 ).

http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/know-knowledge.html

“Who ever said you had to be perfect”©

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Care for another does not mean

we have to be perfect…

have to be thought of as worthy

or even hinted at as an expectation,

to care for another simply means

we must stop being concerned with

ourselves long enough to see there

might be someone else that truly

deserves our attention…

affording ourselves a different viewpoint

than we had a moment ago…

ensuring ourselves with growth we

really need to enrich not just

our life but those around us.

Where our heart is will be evident…

and seen for the wonder life holds-

all life with God is precious!

I give you a view of the newest member in my household, a rescue… and I call him Tiberius. This same view is one to ponder… if you say you know God as your own- then your actions should meet His expectations and not your own. Your knowledge should also reflect the love of God in its expression or I would say you do not: believe, understand or reflect the light God is Himself.

This is Tiberius. Don't come to God thinking you're perfect... come to God and allow Him to perfect you!

This is Tiberius. Don’t come to God thinking you’re perfect… come to God and allow Him to perfect you!

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