Monday, July 30, 2007

Light Of The World American Sign Language short clip


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Ministry for the Deaf, Salvation.

Kevin Hall, A Deaf Golfer

Because I am hard of hearing, naturally it was fascinating to watch a news segment of a man named Kevin Hall who is not only deaf, but the first African-American to attend Ohio State on a full golf scholarship! I'm a sucker for a good success story! So here are the links:

CBS News

MSNBC

Galludet University's World Around You



There is no "more" :)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

New Changes to My Blog!

I've changed the name of my blog to "In Spirit and In Truth" (John 4:23)! The reason for this change is to convey my worship of Him in a more specific light. This name change does not indicate a change in intention, but rather adding to the purpose of my blog. I feel compelled to as I continue to blog to promote the unity of Holy Spirit amongst believers regardless of their church status. That is promoting unity and edification of the Body of Christ. This change, in no way, compromises my writing. I will continue to promote the infallibility and truth of the Word. I will continue to stand for truth, by faith, and with the Holy Spirit.

The Vineyard is up and ready to go! I'm hopeful The Vineyard, (another blog of mine) will also be a tool for the promotion of the Body through the unity of prayer. The main object of The Vineyard is praying for the unity of the spiritual Body of Christ.

Prayer requests will be posted for all to pray upon. Prayer requests can be personal and anonymous, or simply sharing your trials with like-minded Believers. When you sign up to become a "branch" your name and blog/website will be listed on the The Vineyard. Check it out and sign up!

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." John 15:5

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Speaking in Tongues

I have been hearing impaired since a young child. It's genetic in my family. I have four sisters and a brother who are all hearing impaired to some degree, as well as a host of nieces and nephews with the same condition. (only 3 out of 10 are hearing) I was mainstreamed in my education growing up. For those of you who don't know that that term, it means that I took regular classes with hearing students as opposed to special education classes. I had a sign language interpreter for a few classes, but not all. Looking back now, I don't understand why I wasn't given an interpreter for all of my classes. I remember two classes that I struggled in. Biology was one of them.

Not only did the teacher show favoritism towards particular students (not me!), but he mumbled a lot! I would focus on what was in the text in order to keep up with the class. I would pay extra close attention to his body language and facial expression in the hopes of catching a glimpse of comprehension. All that did was make him more loud and annoying to me! In the stream of nonsense babble, I would find myself fazing in and out of conscience wakefulness, bored to tears and frustrated beyond belief. I did seek outside help, and eventually passed the class with a low grade in light of the fact I was an "A/B" student. With my personal experience, I can truly relate to the 14th chapter of 1 Corinthians, in particular verse 11--"Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me"

Communication is essential in edification, in the light that there must be understanding as a result. Paul is exhorting the Corinthians on speaking in an unknown tongue in this chapter.

"Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?" -- verses 13-16

What does it mean to speak in tongues? I do believe today's understanding of tongues and the biblical reference to tongues are two very different things. If Paul is admonishing the Corinthians to have an interpreter of an unknown tongue (verse 27) It would make sense that there is understanding with a known tongue. In other words, tongues used in this chapter is a spoken language of a specific group of people. (Author's note: Pay special attention to how Paul differentiates between tongues and unknown tongues). Acts 2: 4-8 supports this understanding. Additionally, in verse 10, Paul states that there are "so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them are without signification".

Paul writes to Corinthians explaining what seems to him basic common sense; there is no edification without interpretation. "Be not children in your understanding" he says to them (verse 20). In the end, God is NOT the author of confusion (verse 33) I would imagine He would want us to communicate in a way that is clear and understood by all who would hear him, ultimately bringing Glory to His name. Before Christ's ascension, He promised an invaluable resource, in our effort to carry out His commands:

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, unto the uttermost part of the earth." -- Acts 1:8

That's exactly what happened in Acts 2:1-4. They became equipped to carry out the commission of Christ. Today, there are hundreds of languages in which we have interpretation. So I wonder what's the whole point of "speaking in (unknown) tongues" today? What does it profit? How is the Body of Christ edified? As a hard-of-hearing believer, it is complete non sensible confusion. If that is so in my case, how much nonsense does it make to a hearing unbeliever? Even more, hearing-impaired unbeliever??


To read the entire chapter of click here: 1 Corinthians 14.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Helpful Blogger Tips

As you've noticed, I've been changing my blog! My two column blog is now three without professional help I may add. :) My heartfelt thanks to my sister in Christ, Shalene for your invaluable help with incorporating the "read more" function! I have been struggling with these specific html codes and Shalene figured out the problem! So now my readers can enjoy my posts without continuous scrolling. I will continue with updates to my blog. Thanks so much Shalene!!! If you are a new blogger, or not so new, I've discovered a wonderful link. Called Tips for New Bloggers It has easily explained instructions on how to incorporate 3 columns and more for your blog! Another link that has tips as well is not my most favorite, but does have valuable information. Hackosphere is a good informative blog, but again, I'm not too crazy about how it instructs, but everyone receives instructions differently. The same can be said for the Word of God!! (Is it any wonder why we have so many denominations?)

An update, I will be working on my business plan this weekend doing some market research. Hopefully we will finalize it, and submit it by next week. Meanwhile we are continuing to maintain and give God the glory for His daily provision. Thank you to those who are praying for us.

"Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" Matthew 6:31-33

May the Lord further all those who truly believe for His Kingdom's sake!
In Yeshua's Holy name, Amen...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

An Update

In my last post, True Blessings, I mentioned my financial situation. I wanted to thank those who prayed for me and who have contributed to help us out in this time of need. My most heartfelt and humble thanks to you, you know who you are!

I haven't posted in awhile in light of other responsibilities at home, I thank you once again for your patience! We are doing well and continue to be blessed with "gold tried by fire"! My husband and I have an appointment tomorrow to finalize our business plan. We are hopeful and prayerful that we can get back on track. Provident Medical Billing Services was established in 2005. Take a look at the website if you wish to see what we do. However, it has been "dormant" for a while. Hopefully with an approval for a business loan I will be able to dust it off! Though our situation still remains at high alert, we are confident and hopeful that the Lord will see these seeds sown in faith and give increase to our effort. We are also praying for the opportunity to host a small group gathering in our home as well. Our ministry at this point has be 100% led of the Spirit. Just the other day my husband took our children to a park. It happened to be a park we don't normally go to. He saw someone playing basketball there with children. They greeted each other and started playing. My husband stopped to communicate to my oldest daughter (via sign language), who is hard-of-hearing (like me!). The gentleman who was playing basketball with him naturally took notice, however, it turned out he had a daughter who was also hearing impaired! Not only that, our daughters had the same name (and aproximately the same age)! To top off a surprising encounter, it turned out that this gentleman was a Believer. Naturally, they shared and glorified God.

This happens quite frequently enough for us to understand the guidance of the Spirit, and we are at heart free spirit (omitting the plural sense for there is only one Spirit of God)! In any event, our joy remains full in Him as our hearts and lives become fuller each step we take in faith. Once again, thank you my brothers and sisters of the faith, may He enrich you in love, His love, the biggest and best blessing of them all!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Picky Eaters

Out of my five children I have at least two picky eaters. When I present my created concoction of food, carefully arrayed and thought out in terms of healthiness, there will always be someone who doesn't like something on their plate. On very rare occasions, all five, will eat, lick every last piece of food on their plate. As a mother, I'm pretty firm on having them eat most, if not all of their food. After all, having a balanced meal is good for the well being of the body and mind. I most certainly want my children to grow healthy and strong.

As a young child, I was a picky eater as well. I remember clearly the evenings when my father would cook liver. How I abhorred those evenings! I would come home from school, greeted by the smell of cooked liver, and cringe. I knew what was coming. A long evening at the table, swinging my legs in rebellion, emitting a whimpering/whining sound as my liver sat on my plate...cold, an hour after everyone had left the table. My father would insist that I eat every last piece. "It's good for you." He would say firmly. "You're going to eat it all." It was a statement, not a persuasion. I knew eventually I was going to eat it. I just didn't want to accept that I was going to eat it.


In the same light, a lot of people can be "picky eaters" when it comes to the Word of God. Accepting what parts they like and leaving out the parts they don't. Picking out parts that suits their own theories of life. Or parts that make them feel good and happy. Picky eaters are apt to lack a full understanding of who God, or Jesus is. Picky eaters are likely to say God is only a God of mercy, He never punishes or disciplines. Picky eaters may view Jesus as someone who was a meek, moral pushover who taught us how to be "good". Picky eaters may just as well be the opposite. They may view God, or Jesus as harsh and judgemental, unmerciful and full of condemnation ignoring His tender mercies and declarations of love for us.

The reality is, the Word of God sears through the heart and determines the intentions of men.


For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart - Hebrews 4:12

In this day and age of self esteem and "feel good" philosophies, the Word can be a devastating blow to our egos. We like the way we think and we're proud of our hard work! The truth is Scripture firmly tells us this:

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. - Isaiah 64:6

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. - Romans 3:12

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.- 1 Corinthians 3:19

As a child, I could not perceive how something so icky can be so good for my health and well being. As a parent, what I now understand is the importance of having a full meal. The Word of God has been served to us in full, hand delivered by His Son. To pick certain parts of the meal and leave out other parts would do an injustice to not only us, because we forsake our own spiritual health and understanding, but to the very King we worship. The Word is "health to our bones". It IS a balanced meal! As much as condemnation and judgement is emphasized. Grace, mercy and love is emphasized as well.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones - Proverbs 3:5-8


When we receive every part of God's holy Word, our spiritual lives gain a healthy balance, restoration of Order that He has originally established.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

(Paul speaking of future events)

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. - 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12


There are many definitions of strength. I believe the true measure of a person's strength lies in their ability to accept the truth no matter how shocking, painful or ugly.

A Degree of Faith

My husband was once told in no uncertain terms that he needed to certified to be qualified to read the Bible and understand it's contents. In other words, he needed to have taken a Bible course of some sort. I thought that that statement would make for a good post. Do we need to have a degree to be able to understand the Bible? Is the Bible a hard book to read?

When I read passages such as Isaiah 55:7-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


How are we to understand the Potter if we are mere clay? How does He expect us to understand, apply and live His Word in this light? Why would He hold us accountable if His ways are completely unlike our ways? I believe that God has given us EVERY resource available for spiritual salvation and comprehension. It is up to us to accept the RESOURCE that He has given.

Only the Spirit of God can discern things of the spirit. Without the Spirit of God, we are left in our own limited five senses, in which the things of the Spirit seems to be "foolishness" to us.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. - 1 Corinthians 2:11

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. - 1 Corinthians 2:14

Christ emphasized the expediency of his ascension, that the Comforter may come, which is the Spirit of Truth. John 16:7 When we accept this Heavenly resource through faith in Jesus Christ. This is what we have; the power of the Holy Spirit of the Living God dwelling upon us.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. - 1 Corinthians 2:12-13


Every Believer has access to that "degree", the degree is only manifested first by faith, and then upon submission of one's self to it. This "degree" is given freely by God to all those who believe, not just pastors, preachers, bishops, bible scholars etc. etc. The myth that only men/women of God can only understand the Word and/or are qualified to read it is erroneous in the fact that the Word clearly states that the Spirit is freely given to us of God!

We all very well know through common sense and our reading of Scripture that there are "false prophets" aplenty this day and age. Only God, His Spirit knows who His people really are, if we choose to walk after the Spirit, we too can discern the true from the false. Romans 8:1; 1 John 4:1-2

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God - Romans 8:14

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. -1Corinthians 12:3

Is it wrong to learn the Word of God through pastors and ministers. Absolutely not! But it is the responsibility of every Believer to seek out the Word through the Spirit PRIMARILY. In doing so, you will:
  1. Develop an intimate relationship with the Lord through the fellowship of His Son (I simply cannot stress enough importance on this) - 1 Corinthians 1:9
  2. Be able to discern spiritually, the false from true - 1 John 4:1-2
  3. Hold pastors, leaders of the church, accountable for what they preach from the pulpit.
  4. Very possibly save the soul of a "teacher" of God's Word (who has gone astray) from judgement Matthew 18:6
The Bible is not a hard book to read, if it is spiritually discerned. The certification is only obtained by faith, and can only be given by God.


Author's Note:

Growing in a relationship with Him is a process. It's a process that requires faith and consistent reading of the Word. James 1:5-6 All of these things manifests itself in due time. James 1:3-4
All italics and caps are mine.

Friday, July 20, 2007

A Schmoozer Chooser

I've been awarded "The Power of the Schmooze" award! Thanks to my dear friend Beverly at Perpetual Expressions and her moving tribute to my blog!

“The Power of Schmooze” award was created by Mike at Ordinary Folk and Danielle at Pink Reviews to help “recognize those people that were [are] exceptionally adept at creating relationships with other bloggers by making an effort to be part of a conversation, as opposed to monologue.”

The rules:

  1. If, and only if, you get The Power of Schmooze Award, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think, or have schmoozed you into submission.
  2. Link to this post and Mike so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme
  3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘The Power of Schmooze Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.
Since I'm now a schmoozer chooser. I have a bit of dilemma. The schmoozers I would have chosen have all been nominated. The amount of schmoozers I'm now left with is one. That would have to be:
  1. The anonymous owner of the blog "The Holy Ghost Speaks Plainly". A blog who speaks passionately with concern of the integrity of the Word of God being preached in today's churches. This blog is very new to the community, yet has already ventured out in greeting me. So this day I award The Holy Ghost Speaks Plainly with the Power of the Schmooze.
Since, I've not chosen four more schmoozers, what I would like to do is keep this post open, and invite anyone who wants me to review their blogs. I will do so and add them to this post as an a winner of the Schmooze!

Once again, Thanks Bev for my Schmoozer award!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

My Jesus

Worth a Thousand and One Words



13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Revelation 1




There are so many pictures of Jesus nowadays. Many denominations, have various pictures, or ideas of who Jesus was/is and what He looked like. Most of them show him, as fair skinned, with wavy, long, brown hair and blue eyes. Some show him a bit more rougher, thick, dark, curly, short hair with weathered, brown skin and piercing eyes. A picture says a thousand words.


The description of John's vision of "the Son of Man" is one that weakens the knees. Not only is there a physical description of Christ, but the pristine glory of His defined. At first glance, John sees The Son of Man standing in the midst of the seven candlesticks.



And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. verses 12-13



The seven candlesticks are defined in verse 20, as the seven churches that John is to relay Christ's message to. This image alone is striking! Christ standing in the midst of His Church, knowing, observing and watching every single action and result thereof! How much power and glory does this image alone convey! It is enough to strike reverence in my heart, that I am faithful and dutiful in all that He's called me to do! What Presence of Christ it reveals!


The photograph of John's vision continues on to describe His hair and head. White as as snow and eyes of fire. His eyes remind me of this particular scripture:



"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire". Hebrews 12:28-29 (additional relevant scripture 1Peter 1:7)


Eyes that are knowing, as he stands in the midst of His churches. Eyes that test the work of the saints! I imagine His white hair to be a crown of purity. Majestic in it's regalia. His feet are defined as fine brass, burned in furnace, in which he stands in strength. Strengthened and justified by the righteousness of his Resurrection.


His voice is one the speaks with power, might and truth. The comparison of His voice with water invokes the sensation of an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness, yet comfort, in His presence.


The seven stars Christ holds in his hands are said by various bible scholars to be actual angels or men established by Christ to lead His church. In any event, the Exalted King is seen holding the seven stars in His right hand, further conveying His position as the Head of the Church. Out of his mouth comes a double-edge sword, the Word of God. The sword that pierces the heart of men and is a "dicerner" of truth!

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" Hebrews 4:12

As I see different assortments of ideologies of the Christ in various places, I pause to wonder about the artist's understanding of the King of kings. For a picture simply cannot contain the Glory of Christ and the love for His church. As for me, I carry a picture of my Jesus in the Book of Revelation.


"Who is he the overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Defending the Faith

GRACEFUL SPEECH

"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." Colossians 4:6

If someone were to ask you about your relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What would you say? How would you answer? Confidently, or shyly? Knowingly, or unknowingly?

What if you were asked about sin and hell? What if you were asked about the book of Revelations and it's surrounding issues? How would you fare?


THE LATEST TREND

I am witnessing a disturbing trend with Christianity and it's church today. Either they don't know the Bible very well, or they read the Word in part (reading passages, by itself, instead of in context of the message). And sometimes, a mixture of both. The other scenario that is prevalent; a mixture of biblical Scripture and man made theologies, in other words, "new and strange doctrines" as defined in Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:14.



I've had many a dialogue with Christians from a variety of denominations, regarding scripture. Many of them were not able to converse knowledgeably in regards to the Word. Many of them, referred to their pastor's teaching, or a Christian author. Many of them, in attempts to "prove" their point, would give me literature to read or encourage me to attend their church, not able to articulate by scripture why they believe what they believe.



Here is food for thought: Why is it that I, an unchurched believer (unchurched by definition of lack of a physical membership, as opposed to the spiritual body of Christ, which I am a member) am able to express, and share scripture more fluently, than those who attend church services faithfully?



THE TREND OF *UNACCOUNTABILITY



There is a powerful trend taking the world by a storm. The trend of unaccountability. We see it in our courtrooms, the American justice system. We see it in various cultures and homes across the world. We see it in relationships and in the raising of our children. Unfortunately, we see it in churches as well.


When we receive, by faith, the Grace of Salvation brought forth by Christ's sacrifice, we also receive reconciliation with the Father. If we are reconciled, we have intimacy with the Father. Through that intimacy (the Holy Spirit) we evolve as babes to adults over time. IF we accept this process of salvation, we must understand that we are bound unto accountability to obey His commands. This is why Christ tells us to "count the cost and take up our cross".


"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God" Romans 14:12


"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37


The problem herein lies, so many Christians live vicariously through their pastors or other "authoritative" types, for their understanding of Scripture and growth in their relationship with the Lord. In doing so, they have remain stagnant in their growth with Him.


"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." Hebrews 5:12


At some point in our "evolution" in Him, we all should become teachers of the Word in some way or fashion. This point is imperative, for we ARE accountable to bring the gospel to those who do not believe...


"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" 1 Peter 4:17-18


Read with care, and prayer, these of passages. Do you see the order of accountability? Do you see the logic? If we confess Christ as our Lord, then we must carry out His decree and manifest His desire to share the good news with them,whom he died for. The logic in Romans 10:14-16 can not be any clearer...


"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! "



THE RESULTS OF UNACCOUNTABILITY


When we do not take full accountability upon ourselves to have a active relationship with God(one-on-one with God, verse-by-verse bible study), the results are and can be devastating.

A HOPEFUL SOLUTION
In spite of the condition which shrouds Christianity, I believe that the Body (Spiritual) is active and continuing to do the work in which we are held accountable to do. I believe that there are believers who actively worship the Father in spirit and in truth in various denominations across the world.
I believe there can be a renewing of the Spirit in churches today.
"But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:" Acts 2:16-18
This post may be offensive to those who define their Christianity by church attendance and traditions. I would apologize for offending such sensibilities, if I didn't have a clear understanding of my responsibility to speak the truth in order to edify others who have confessed and believe Christ to be their Savior. Like everyone else, I too, will stand before the Lord to give an account.
The morning alarm is sounding and it's time to get up! Take up your sword and defend the Word of the living God! Ephesians 6
"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Romans 13:11

Lord I thank you, and offer you praises this day. May you be glorified! May your name be uplifted and held sacred by those who love your Son. May you embolden the Body established, by the Holy Spirit, on that day of Pentecost so long ago. Your will surpasses all other wills and your truth endures until the end of time. Heaven and earth will pass away, but your Word endures forever. May those who worship you in spirit and in truth become not weary of the harvest that stands before them. Bless them them with all they need to stand. In the righteous name of your Son, Yeshua....Amen

Author's note: Do you have questions? Do you need prayer or support? I would love to share with you. My intention is always to share the Word of God for the purposes of edification, that requires being truthful. The truth may be uncomfortable to some, but Christ says that the truth shall set you free. Please leave a comment or contact me. My contact information can be found under the "Statement of Faith" link.


Update: Please go to the contact me page for questions and private comments. Thanks

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Salvation by Faith, the Original Decree

"Was King David along with Moses and the prophets saved? If so, how can they be saved before the arrival of Jesus?"

This question was posed to me in one of the comments left on my post James and Adrian

It is with prayer and scripture, I present this post.

IN THE BEGINNING...
From the moment God created Adam, He has consistently emphasized faith. Faith, trust, belief and obedience in them are the necessary components to be reconciled unto Him.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:12

This decree, a commandment, required nothing less than obedience. It spoke of the relationship God had with Adam, and the expectation of trust, faith and belief in Him. The disobedience in the Garden of Eden was the manifestation of the absence of trust, faith and belief.

ABRAHAM, COUNTED RIGHTEOUS

We look to Abraham, who God established His covenant with, as an example of this recurrent theme. Abraham was declared righteous by God because of his complete obedience to God’s commands.
“he (Abram) believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness” Genesis 15:6
“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith” Romans 4:13
“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3

It was only after Abram was declared righteous by God, because of his faith, that God established a covenant with him.

UNBELIEF, THE REASON FOR SALVATION

We know the story of Moses and, how he led God’s people out of Egypt. The Hebrews struggled in the desert, to remain obedient to God. The reason for the struggle is explained in the 3rd chapter of Hebrews

“For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

Additional scripture:Psalm 95:10-11

THE PROPHETS AND THE PROPHECY

To answer the question listed above; King David, Moses, the prophets and all of those who trusted and believed God were saved! Why? Because they had faith!

Read these passages from Hebrews the 11th Chapter:
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens." 30-34

I obviously cannot reprint the whole chapter of Hebrews, which lists example after example of those who had faith and who were deemed righteous because of it. It must be your own personal decision and quest to study the word of God in full, meaning verse-by-verse. This way you can begin to receive a reasonable and correct understanding of God's word. Additional Scripture: Proverbs 1:7Proverbs 2

THE MIRRORING EFFECT

So why did God establish the Laws (10 commandments and temple laws)? All of these laws in the Old Testament were created to establish a full KNOWLEDGE of sin in man.

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall be no flesh justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet” Romans 7:7

The laws established in the Old Testament behaved as a "mirror". It was God's way of saying, "Okay, you want to live outside of my will? Go ahead and keep all of these laws and you will obtain righteousness." Romans 8:3

PEACE WITH GOD
Let’s look at this from a logical perspective. Everyone knows that there MUST be trust in any relationship. Anyone who has experienced distrust on their part of on the part of an beloved, knows there cannot be peaceful coexistent between two people until they have worked out trust issues.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1
The way we work on our trust issues with God is through faith in Christ Jesus. God obviously does not need to work on anything as He is perfectly righteous in all He does. That responsibility falls on us.

ALL SAVED BY FAITH

This point is so important, it necessitates repeating. Was Kind David and the prophets saved? YES!

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law AND THE PROPHETS;” Romans 3:21
"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God:” Romans3:20-23

Before Christ, the prophets were saved through the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. They believed what God said unto salvation and their faith was counted unto them for righteousness.

Faith has always been demanded of God since the very beginning of time. The Bible is filled with examples of those who obeyed by faith and those who didn't. And the consequences they experienced because of it.

Salvation by faith was the original decree of the God, the Father of Abraham Isaac and Jacob since the beginning of time as it was known.


Friday, July 13, 2007

Would You Lend A Hand?

James and Adrian

James and Adrian, a fictional story based tentatively on a true story

James was a man of accomplishment. For many years, he worked as an entrepreneur, developing a variety of products that brought him much acclaim and prosperity. He was a man of order, direction and purpose. He controlled his holdings and interests with stellar leadership encased with kindness and respect for his employees.


The only luxury he allowed for himself was his home. His home was built upon a vision he had held near and dear to his heart. Over the span of his career, he would slowly and surely add to his house. Every room, every item and every place for it was carefully thought out and planned. His contractor understood his vision of the dream home and fulfilled every desire James had for his house. They became one in their vision and desire for this beautiful creation. One day, it was finally finished. James decided it was time to retire from his long, successful career and enjoy the home he had built for himself.


James wasn't married or had any children of his own, so he decided what the home needed was a dog. He went out and purchased a pure bred, Saint Bernard, and named him Adrian. The first few months of his retirement were spent teaching and training Adrian. James trained Adrian, long and hard, teaching him how to live in the home he worked so hard to build.There was a certain part of the house that Adrian was not to enter for his own safety, James made sure Adrian understood that rule. James took care of Adrian with all the love he had for him, and Adrian loved him in return.


One day, Adrian noticed the door to the forbidden part of the home was ajar. Remembering the rule, he sniffed around the door and found it to be a interesting smell. With his nose, he nudged the door open even further and slowly ventured in. The room was flooded with a brilliant light as the sun shone directly into curtain less windows. Blinded, dazzled by the warmth of the sun and light, he ventured further, unseeingly. Suddenly, he was attacked by a set of teeth on his hind leg. Yelping, he ran out of the room. Adrian limped to a corner to lick his wound and nurse his shame.


James knew what had happened when he saw Adrian in the corner. James was heartbroken, for Adrian had been bitten by a rabid animal. James knew that Adrian's behavior and attitude towards him had been changed. He knew that Adrian would no longer respect the order and the peace that had been established in his home. They could no longer exist peacefully in love, if Adrian refused to listen to instruction that would keep him safe and whole. Adrian need to be put down.

What ARE we saved from?
Someone recently asked this question. What ARE we saved from?We are saved from total and complete separation from the Father. Not only as we live and breathe on this earth (Holy Spirit of promise), but an eternity of separation.
Through parental, romantic and friendship relationships we understand the concept of love. But, not ONE person on this earth has known the essence of love, until they have been reconciled with the Creator of Love.
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
Psalms 139:15
Being restored unto Him brings life to our souls and order in our lives, for only then are we made whole as a created image of Him.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
For this reason, we bow down before Christ and declare our Praises unto His holy name!



Thursday, July 12, 2007

On This Day




To my readers, I apologize for not having a new post as of late. I love to write of Him, who has blessed and strengthened me so, but I am reminded always that my ministry and my testimony belong first and foremost to my family. So I pray that you are blessed this day in the Lord and that He may enrich your quest for knowledge of Him. I invite you to look over old posts and comments.



My post, "Modern Day Prophet?" has interesting comments that I invite you to look over and add to.



"For who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

1 John 5:5

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Empowering Grace







I have tried my very best to walk the life of faith in full. In doing so, I've been criticized for my unconventional lifestyle choices. I have been called foolish and unwise, and I'm pretty sure those who think that of me consider me cocky and arrogant for my lifestyle choices. But God remains a constant in my life. He continues to show me the blessing of FAITH. I continue to grow confidently in Him, in spite of those who call me "crazy".

Any confidence, of any sort, emanating from me, is totally, completely His. I walk the way I do because I KNOW His love for me. This is the power of His love, the ability to overcome any and all. Those of you who are unsure of who you are in Him, receive His love and be strengthened!

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

2 Timothy 1:7



Praise God this day, for the Glory of His Might dwells in us!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Modern Day Prophets?









A MODERN DAY PROPHET?
Miracle blessings by special anointed oil! A special red prayer cloth anointed by a prophet of God! Anointed olive oil soap that washes away the sin of poverty!

It would be apparent to most, that statements such as these, uttered by wild-eyed men and women claiming to have received a vision from God are clearly false and unbiblical. The truth is, this business is a prosperous one! There are people who DO give money with full belief and faith in these men and women! That is the most amazing aspect of these types of "ministries".

If there are people who give willingly, to what is transparently false, how much more are being mislead by those who are not quite as obvious? This begs the question, is there such a thing as a modern day prophet, a prophet that brings a message from God?




VOCATION -EDIFYING OF THE BODY

1 Corinthians 12:27-28 "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues"


In Ephesians 4:1-11 Paul tells us to "walk worthy of the vocation of which we were called". The "vocations" which Paul speaks about are listed in verse 11 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers".

What does the term prophet mean? The basic dictionary explanation is:
a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration (Dictionary.com Unabridged)



The Tyndale Bible Dictionary defines prophet/prophetess as: A man or woman chosen by God to speak for Him and to fortell events in the divine plan.



When a person declares themselves a prophet of God, then it is attributed to that person, the gift of prophecy.

The Tyndale Bible Dictionary defines prophecy as:


Term, along with its English cognates ("prophet", "to prophesy", "prophetism", and "prophetic"), derived from a group of Greek words that in secular Greek, mean "speak forth", "proclaim", "announce". In biblical Greek, however, these terms always carry the connotation of speaking, proclaiming, or announcing something under the influence of spiritual inspiration.



Upon reading Ephesians 4-11 we continue unto the next few verse for more clarity of how the "vocation" prophets and their ability to prophesy is incorporated into the Body of Christ.



Verses 12 -15

  • For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
    Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
    That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
    But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Can the Scriptures be anymore clearer about the "vocation" of prophets? Christ is the foundation in which all the prophets that came before Him and after Him are laid. Ephesians 2:19-21


VANITY OF VANITIES
Any prophet who promotes, healing and wealth above "the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God" is false. Prophets such as these appeal to the vanities of the flesh, and we are all called to walk after the Spirit Romans 8:1.


In my reading of the Word over time, I can't help but notice one characteristic that seems to be lacking in a lot of these televangelist prophets. Old Testament prophets and the apostles of the New Testament were despised, beaten, and murdered for their daring testimony for Christ and the Father. The opposite seems to be true of modern day "prophets". Not only do they seem to languish in wealth, but they are drenched with praise from their followers.

CHRIST, OUR PROPHET

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" Hebrews 1:1-2.


When a modern day prophet begins to fashion themselves as an "Old Testament" prophet, bringing something "new" or "different" to what has already been established by Christ, it becomes a deviation from His Word. Any prophet claiming to have a new "message" or "doctrine" is false. Hebrews 13:8-9 tells us "not to be carried about with divers and strange doctrines".



I am convinced that a "modern day prophet" is a slight variation of a minister, pastor or anyone who declares themselves men or women of God. This is purely my personal opinion formed upon my understanding of Scripture. The reason for my opinion lies in the words of Christ. In John 16:7, Christ emphasizes the necessity of His ascension for the purpose of the indwelling of the Comforter in those who believe on Him. Christ explained that the Spirit of Truth is to guide us into all truth and show us things to come. John 16:13-14 Someone who claims to have a new message from God, or a message from God towards a specific person, disturbs me and my understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in a anointed believer. I DO believe that the Holy Spirit nullifies any special "fortelling" claimed by a prophet. Take a look at these Scriptures:

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1John 2:20

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John 2:27



CONFESSIONS

Modern day prophets should be on "fire" with the Holy Spirit. Confessing, teaching and preaching for the edification of believers towards the building of the Body of Christ. The Scriptures declare that anyone who denies Jesus as the Christ, is a liar. 1 John 2:22-23 I wonder, does one need to speak verbally to deny Christ? I daresay, any omission of His name is just as loud.

Author's Note: All caps and italics in Scripture are mine.





Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Fear of the Lord



Occasionally, I write for Helium. They have a variety of topics that you can choose from and respond to. I wanted to share the article that I wrote in response to a topic titled "Why God Punishes Evil When He has Given Free Will":

We call out to Him, "Abba!", but He isn't seen as one. He is a Father who lost His children. He is a Father who wants a relationship with them. He gives us free will, not ONLY because he wants us to choose "good" and avoid consequences of "bad". He gives us free will, because He wants a reciprocal relationship with us. He wants our love. He wants us to love HIM freely! Love cannot be forced, it has to be given! All of us who have been blessed with the privilege of parenting know intimately the sweet, sweet savor of a child's unconditional love. Those of you, whose beautiful babies grew into rebellious teenagers, understand the heart wrenching pain, when that savor dissipates. And then anguish, when they become wayward men and women, not only hurting themselves, but others as well.

When my children hurt each other, I explain to them why we have rules for behavior. They understand the bottom line is respect and love towards one another. They know that if there were no rules, their behavior would, or could be reciprocated by their siblings. I would then ask them, is this how you want to live in this house, a house that is unhappy where no one likes each other? They would reply with a resounding "NO!"

This IS the kind of world we live in, world where people freely, knowingly choose to live life outside of love. When one lives outside of love, one lives a boundless, dark life.

"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." 1 John 1:5
"He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes." 1 John 2:10-11

When one is not bound by love (love is the fulfilling of the law Romans 13:8-10) there are NO guidelines, NO respect for life. Where there is no respect for life, there evil is created. God is love and the CREATOR of LIFE, because of this, God punishes evil. (Book of Revelation)
(End of article)

I realize my article does not do justice to the vast principles associated with this topic. There are many opinions as to why God punishes evil. I firmly believe that God, the Father, has given us every resource to understand Him. The Bible being one of those resources, as well as, parenting and marriage, which He is the Creator and Author of. I believe the key to understanding Him, lies in our attitude. The key to understanding Him lies upon understanding and acceptance of the Divine Order in which He has established.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge..." Proverbs 1:7 We understand the word "fear" in this Scripture to mean reverence and respect, not fright. When there is genuine acceptance of Him as Creator of us all, there is awe-inspiring reverence of who He is and what He has done. There is respect for Him as a Father. Most importantly, there is humility, when we understand Him in all of His glory and power. It then becomes clear who we are; fallible beings who desperately need His love.

"Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you
." James 4: 5-7





Friday, July 6, 2007

Food for Thought

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Yesterday, I opened a box of books that I had long forgotten. I happened upon a book I had purchased a few years ago, called “The Trouble with Christians, The Trouble with Jews” written by Zola Levitt, who was a Messianic Jew (Jewish Christian). Zola Levitt passed away last year, but his ministry is headed by Dr. Jeffery Seif. http://www.levitt.com/

I found Zola Levitt to be a source of amazing insight as a Jewish believer. His life’s story was a compelling one. Through his ministry, I was able to “pull” the Old Testament and the New Testament together. He also had amazing insight into the condition of modern Christianity. I will quote segments from his book mentioned above.


“The trouble with Christians is that they do not really study the Bible, and thus they do not know the genuine principles of Christianity. Those called Christians have widely divergent views of Scripture, and they seldom arrive at those views by their own study. They are much more likely to take some pastor’s or teacher’s word for what the Scripture says than to read it for themselves, even in the more evangelical churches.”

“In modern Christianity, with its proliferation of Bibles in a wide choice of translations, there is no reason for congregants to simply take the word of preachers. It is not that a preacher is necessarily mistaken, but simply that he is given a power never anticipated for him. Apparently, the more compelling the preacher, the more truthful his teachings seem, so that we have a situation which ordinary men simply invent doctrine, even though there already is an unimpeachable source:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. II Tim. 3:16

Obviously, without consultation of the original source there would be no reliable way of making any two churches consistent in doctrine. That is almost the situation we find in Christendom today. Not only are there literally thousands of churches within any given denominations, but the churches within any given denomination are, more or less, dissimilar and even in opposition to one another.”

“In omitting true verse-by-verse Bible study, the churches not only diverge on doctrine but finally, on the nature of God Himself, seemingly remanufacturing Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for the needs of the given community.”
(Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc. 1996)

Are you grounded in the Word? Do you study the Bible verse-by-verse? Are you holding your pastor accountable for what he preaches? This is my “food for thought” for today.


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Cheap Lessons




I am, at heart, a bargain hunter. I love to find the lowest prices for the best quality. There is just something about the thrill of finding a service or product for a reduced price. Its a sense of victory and accomplishment for me. I bring my conquests home and lay it out for my husband to see. Explaining how each and every item was obtained at a low price.

In the same light, life lessons can also come cheap, in the fact that they can cost little or nothing by the way of negative consequences. I have found, as the youngest of six, the cheapest life lessons can come by simply watching and noting the results in the lives of others. My siblings have made many painful, life-altering choices. I hesitate to say that these lessons came cheap for me, it was heart-wrenching watching them go through the consequences of their choices. At the same time, I did sit up and take notice of how their choices have impacted their lives. Very much of who I am and the choices I've made in my own life, were based upon "second-hand" life lessons. It has also shaped my parenting and teaching of my children.

In my studying of the Bible, I found this precious gem. A life-lesson that is FREE to all who apply it.

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." 1 Corinthians 11: 31-32

Self-examination is the most cheapest life lesson one can receive. I have found myself many times thinking about someone else, and the way they live their lives, I would wonder about that person to the point of examining who I thought they were.

But how much more can I do, with how I know I am? That was a question that would pop up in my mind when I found myself in that state of thought. God, who as a Father, chastens us in order to fashion us like our Brother. How many painful mistakes and negative consequences can we avoid, if we focus on judging ourselves rather than judging others? How much more blessings can we receive if we took the Word of God upon ourselves and apply it to our daily lives?

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" James 1:22-25

What is the Bible, but a free life lesson? May you be blessed this day in the Lord.


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Hope and Faith





"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" The 11th chapter of Hebrews contains example after example of those who lived and died by faith, in hopes of obtaining a promise."
Who can deny hope? A better question would be who can hope deny? Hope has an insistent way of creeping into a doubt ladened mind. Hope is a threatening promise of life and fulfillment, resulting in happiness and joy. When is hope embraced fully, unconditionally, when it is embraced without fear, hope becomes faith.

Faith quickened the feet of those who saw things "afar off". Faith breathes life into a weary body, mind and soul. Faith moves mountains and builds empires. Faith is LIFE!



Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Be Good


I can be impatient at times. I snap at my family unnecessarily so, and find myself remorseful for the impatient attitude that creeps its way into my heart. Then the Spirit, reminds me of one word, love. I look at the faces of whom I'm being so impatient with, and apologize. My attitude tempers, flutters, and then melts away. Yes, I love the liberty that comes with Salvation! I love the Grace that loosens the bond of sin! Yet, how many of us try to relink those broken chains? Chains broken by Christ, in trying to walk the Christian life, by their own power? Trying to be right, or behave righteously through condemnation. Whether it be of themselves or of others. Whether it subtly or outright.

Romans 8

The essence of Grace is made so clear, yet so subtle that if one blinks, it might be overlooked.

1 -There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2- For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 -For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 -That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 -For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

People are very quick to point out, that this passage doesn't give us a license to sin, and miss the integrity of this passage that makes it liberating.

Verse 3 of Romans 8, is a very telling scripture, "for what the law COULD NOT DO, in that it was WEAK through the flesh"!


Paul says in Romans 7:19 "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do"

How many of us have broken at least one of the ten commandments, in spite of very best efforts and meaningful intentions? How about lying, "bearing false witness" against another or a white lie? Maybe we don't lie, habitually, but we certainly can and have lied to ourselves. How about coveting that beautiful, 2 story house, with the three car garage, which belongs to a neighbor down the street, who seems to favored with blessings galore?

Paul says in Romans 7:20 "Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me"

We cannot be "right" under our own power. No matter how we try. The law in the flesh is made weak because sin dwells in us. For this very reason (Romans 8:3) God sent his Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and condemned sin!

THE Straight and Narrow

What so many don't to understand, while trying to walk the straight and narrow, the ONLY way, by our own power, we can overthrow sin and obtain righteousness, is through heartfelt belief God raised Him from the dead, and confession of Christ Jesus. "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 1John 5:5

Whoever believes on Him, WILL NOT be ashamed! (Our heartfelt confession of Christ Jesus as LORD) Romans 10:8-11



Fruit of the Spirit

When we walk after the Spirit, this is the result:

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

Instead of admonishing one another not to drink, smoke or eat too much chocolate (of which I am guilty of), let's encourage one another to "walk after the Spirit".

Author's Note:

I absolutely cannot end this post without promoting verse-by-verse studying of the Book of Romans in whole. The Scriptures listed here is only, but a glimpse of the profound, immense principles of Law, Liberty, Spirit and Flesh(and more). My post is ONLY, but a way, to promote the life altering, soul-fulfilling drink of God's Glorious principles. I absolutely adore this book! It brought a clarity of mind of how I was to live life in Christ Jesus. May it bring you clarity and Liberty in Him!

In the Name of the Son of God, Yeshua...Amen.


All Scripture listed here are KJV. All italics and caps in Scripture are mine.




Monday, July 2, 2007

Who's Your Drummer?



I've always seemed to march to a drummer who's a beat off. As I dwell on this earth amongst others, who I am and what I believe seem to be continually in conflict with others. It took me a while in my walk, not to be intimidated by these conflicts. As my journey translated into a loving relationship with my Heavenly Father, I understood that those beats, were those of His own Heart. The Spirit of Truth whispers daily into my heart, words of encouragement, words of faith. To walk in a way that reflects the Glory of God and to stand for truth always. I see lot of people, Christians, to be specific, seemingly comfortable in their day to day surroundings. Blended into the woven fabric of this society. Having worldviews that, at times, mix the secular and biblical. There have been times, when I happen upon a person, conversing with them, only to be surprised later that they profess themselves Christian. Being able to differentiate between a Christian and a non-believer is becoming difficult as time draws nearer to His return. And I wonder, at times, who their drummer is.



"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." Hebrews 11:13








Sunday, July 1, 2007

Useful Bible Interpretation Tip



"When the plain sense of the Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense, but take every word at its primary, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context clearly indicate otherwise"



-Dr. David L. Cooper