“Now that we had our ‘Independence Day,’ how free are you?”©

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See freedom as the Jewish people understand freedom

to know from slavery to be led by God through the desert,

God followed through on His promise of deliverance but

they’d find not freedom in selfishness followed, such regret,

for freedom was not found in seeking earthly pleasures…

Solomon declared it vanity, a loss of sanity with the Lord,

and yet today there is this sense of emptiness that prevails

upon us, as a societal drain, no anchor found with the bored,

this emptiness of heart… of soul is filled by one thing and

one thing only, the freedom to serve the Lord… willingly,

this was the purpose to free will itself, to know it was done

by choice and not force, for the consequences are wolfishly

not understood by the mind of a natural man/woman in the

throes of self consumption… self absorbed, in the now,

disobedience to do as God desires (in this life… His will)

can find us thinking all Gods are the same and not how

different is the Hebrew God, the God that sets mankind

free… from sin, from selfish pride… to take up our cross

and follow Jesus Christ, the Messiah/Savior and our

Deliverer, not a god made with: wood, stone or brass.

TF (true freedom) I

John 8:36 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/john/8-36.html

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

TF III

TF II

[Found below is from Commentary by Matthew Henry… on the Whole Bible (Concise) on Romans 8:18]

All things whatever, in heaven and earth, are not so great a display of God’s free love, as the gift of his coequal Son to be the atonement on the cross for the sin of man; and all the rest follows upon union with him, and interest in him. All things, all which can be the causes or means of any real good to the faithful Christian. He that has prepared a crown and a kingdom for us, will give us what we need in the way to it. Men may justify themselves, though the accusations are in full force against them; but if God justifies, that answers all. By Christ we are thus secured. By the merit of his death he paid our debt. Yea, rather that is risen again. This is convincing evidence that Divine justice was satisfied. We have such a Friend at the right hand of God; all power is given to him. He is there, making intercession. Believer! does your soul say within you, Oh that he were mine! and oh that I were his; that I could please him and live to him! Then do not toss your spirit and perplex your thoughts in fruitless, endless doubts, but as you are convinced of ungodliness, believe on Him who justifies the ungodly. You are condemned, yet Christ is dead and risen. Flee to Him as such.

TF IV

Grace in the soul is its new nature; the soul is alive to God, and has begun its holy happiness which shall endure for ever. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death. From hence we see how much it is our duty to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

[We are saved by God’s grace (not by our works), the works we do come from the love we have for Him (this is not done to gain favor or to show God how good we are), and in our freedom, found through Him, we are to love all those who might listen or not. This is ‘true freedom’, to know… ]

This is the gospel call. The love of God, ruling in the hearts of those who once were enemies to him, proves that they have been called according to his purpose. This encourages our faith and hope; for, as for God, his way, his work, is perfect. While God is for us, and we keep in his love, we may with holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness.

Please know there is a big difference between seeing things as man does (the way of the world… and those involved with UN supported aid, such as ‘the Clinton Global Initiative’ site [and here]) and seeing things as God does.

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“What has history to do with the present?”©

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Can you say (with confidence) where your people were

3,300 years ago… as with the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai,

to find less distractions to truthfulness and realize the truth

is worth its weight in gold, a pearl of great price, don’t deny

there is more to the picture than meets the eye when you

see the patterns of Biblical proportion repeated, don’t decry…

it as just a mythos of the ‘Passover’- sooner freed from Egypt.

Say there is nothing more to this than a story in a book but

it is a Book unlike any other book in human history, it’s full

of stories (yes)… biographical stories (with human lives)

and historic truths, patterns and prophecies from all to cull

(to obtain advantage to what man has done and not done),

to then learn from it… to know not man’s push but God’s pull…

it is no mythos of ‘the Passover’- sooner freed from Egypt.

Take a moment of God’s eternity to ponder on… can you

imagine His time does not end, we do… unless you believe,

there is no trick to this… just do it His way and know relief

of sin was always God’s goal, ask forgiveness and receive

His grace and mercy… there is nothing you could ever do

to repay the debt Jesus died for… for you, wisdom to achieve…

the story… the mythos of ‘Passover’- sooner freed from Egypt.

Ten Commandments II

From 3,300 years ago… an Egyptian amulet finds its way to present day history. To realize one’s past is to learn of our future when one is willing to understand the concept of time is only limited to the view mankind holds on to… and this is not God’s concern found in an eternal realm. Here it just seems like forever… there is where forever is more than a concept- it is reality. As long as we ‘linger not on conjecture‘ there may yet be hope for mankind- to repent and believe Jesus was who He said He was… God Himself.

Place your life, belief and trust in the God that holds the very keys to life itself- and Jesus is the High Priest who knows the sorrows and troubles this life can bring to bear on us.

Ten Commandments I

Revelation 1:18 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/revelation/1-18.html

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

To disbelieve this is truth is to doubt God’s word or works (even those done on our behalf)… and to believe the word of God comes from God is what we call faith. So… do you have faith- for even this comes from God Himself.

Romans 10:17 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/10-17.html

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Acts 20:21 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/acts/20-21.html

21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:18 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/acts/26-18.html

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Acts 14:27 KJV

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/acts/14-27.html

27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

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“Your soul to reach out”©

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Strive for happiness in all you do…

know it might not happen but it’s true

you will have given it your best… all

you can humanly do, fulfill God’s call

for your soul to reach out for others-

even despite those that it bothers…

for brothers and sisters, God is not small!

Seek God with an openness of heart…

always, this is the place we should start,

and know the scoffers will fall behind

you when you stand for Him and find

those He directs into your sudden path,

don’t be sooner surprised or see wrath…

for brothers and sisters, God sought are kind!

There are no severed branches in this life

lest they are so done by man and strife,

to walk with our God is to see His will done,

to go where He sends us for love of one…

the lost are His too if they desire it so,

pray for mankind not on mankind, just to know…

for brothers and sisters, God is not done!

Psalms 103:17-18 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

[Below is also from Matthew Henry… on Psalms 11:4]

– Those that truly fear¹ God and serve him, are welcome to put their trust in him. We are concerned to hold these fast against all temptations to unbelief; for believers would be undone, if they had not God to go to, God to trust in, and future bliss to hope for. The word is nigh us, and God in the word; his Spirit is in his saints, those living temples, and the Lord is that Spirit. This God governs the world. We may know what men seem to be, but God knows what they are, as the refiner knows the value of gold when he has tried it. God is said to try with his eyes, because he cannot err, or be imposed upon. If he afflicts good people, it is for their trial, therefore for their good.

[From Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Psalms 103 below]

How short is man’s life, and uncertain! How unlike are those to God, who take every occasion to chide, and never know when to cease! What would become of us, if God should deal so with us? The Scripture says a great deal of the mercy of God, and we all have experienced it. The father pities his children that are weak in knowledge, and teaches them; pities them when they are froward, and bears with them; pities them when they are sick, and comforts them; pities them when they are fallen, and helps them to rise; pities them when they have offended, and, upon their submission, forgives them; pities them when wronged, and rights them: thus the Lord pities those that fear him. See why he pities. He considers the frailty of our bodies, and the folly of our souls, how little we can do, how little we can bear; in all which his compassion appears.

1… fear: tremble; to fear, be afraid- please understand (in Psalms 103:17-18) the cross reference(s) are seen here…

There are many words for ‘fear’ used in the Bible and (clearly) in Greek there are even more definitions, i.e. Tremo, Eulabeomai, Phobeo, Phrisso, Emphobos, Ea, Tarasso, Prosdokao, Elpis or (lastly here… but the list goes on, please look here) Sebazomai. Find (more) comfort in the meaning of ‘fear’ in the last two- Elpis and Sebazomai. This is where ‘knowing of evil’ turns one to ‘a hopeful expectation’ meant for those who keep His Covenant and obey His preceptsJoy found inthe confident expectation of eternal salvation.

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“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.

Most of the images from here.

“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.

See a site to get a free book, entitled,”The God of Our Lives,” (in PDF) by clicking the ‘Download Full Course For Free’ button. You’ll not even have to enter any information or join the ‘Blog Mailing List’ but you might want to anyway. This download contains some of the Jewish names for God and these names do come with meaning(s) to the very attributes of God Himself. Maranatha!

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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).]
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[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.

 

 

 

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