And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
And He ordered us to preach to the people, and to testify solemnly that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.
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God does not need your strength: he has more than enough of power of his own. He asks your weakness: he has none of that himself, and he is longing, therefore, to take your weakness, and use it as the instrument in his own mighty hand. Will you not yield your weakness to him, and receive his strength? Charles Spurgeon
My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, HE is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah! Charles Spurgeon
Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all. Dwight L. Moody
We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others. John Wesley
My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes - many times - my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens - and it happens every day in some measure - I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth. John Piper
Before I begin, I just want to thank everyone who prayed for my niece over the weekend. The surgery went well. She's recovering. Whenever you hear the words "flown to Hershey medical" and "brain surgery," you tend to expect the worst, but God is good.
Now, we come to a topic of great confusion that is going to yield very few answers. Do you know how many people named James are referenced in the Bible? There's James the son of Zebedee, James the son of Alphaeus, and James the brother of Christ. I'm going to start with the last one, because that's where the most controversy lies.
In Matthew 13, people marvel at the teachings of Jesus, as we're told in Matthew 13:55-56,
Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
This is the author of the book of James, and the leader of the church in Jerusalem, recorded as "James the Just" in much of history. Some, who believe in the perpetual virginity of Mary, argue that these siblings were Joseph's children from a prior marriage, thus step-siblings of Jesus. Others say that they weren't "siblings" but actually "cousins." I'm not going to get into all of that. They were family. That's enough. These are people who knew Jesus from childhood. According to John 7:5, none of Jesus' siblings(relatives) believed in Him at first, but that obviously changed. James went on to write his epistle, and to serve very prominently in the early church. When Paul travelled to Jerusalem, he met with Peter and James alone, as he tells us in Galatians 1. His epithet, "the Just," is supposed to be in reference to his piety. He was said to have been a very devout Jew. Even after rising to a leadership position in the church, he continued to strictly observe all of the Jewish traditions. According to some sources, he was also a Nazarite, like Samson. The historian Josephus records how he met his end. A new high priest, named Ananus, a Sadducee, was installed. The Sadducees were opposed to the doctrine of the resurrection, so they obviously had issues with Christian teaching. When the local Roman procurator died, Ananus took advantage of the power vacuum, and convened the Sanhedrin. He charged James with "breaking the law," and sentenced him to death. Supposedly, the priests took him to the roof of the temple and threw him off. He survived. They began stoning him, and he responded by praying for the men who were killing him. On hearing this, one of the priests was so moved, that he tried to intervene and stop the stoning, but another man, frustrated, took a heavy staff and crushed James' skull.
Next we come to James the son of Alphaeus, also called James the Less. Those who argue that James the Just was a cousin of Jesus, not a sibling, will often say that these two men are one and the same. I disagree. If a relative of Jesus was among the Twelve, don't you think he would be identified as such? John the Baptist was clearly identified as Jesus kinsman, so why not James? In truth, we know next to nothing about this James. We're not even sure what "the Less" means. Some think it was just to differentiate him from the more vocal son of Zebedee. The Greek word translated "less" is mikros, which literally means tiny, as in microscopic. Some call him James the Younger because of this, but he could also have just been a short guy. The only vague legend we have about him is that he preached in Persia, modern Iran, and was crucified there.
Finally, we have James the son of Zebedee, the brother of John. He's often overlooked, but that is downright criminal. He was the first of the Twelve to be martyred for his faith. We're told in Acts 12:1-2,
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
James, along with John and Peter were Jesus inner circle. They were the only ones who saw Him on the Mount of Transfiguration. James and John were also given a nickname by Jesus, the sons of thunder. We can see why is we look to Luke 9:54,
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
We know John's doctrine. He obviously mellowed with age, but James and John were the original hellfire preachers. They weren't afraid to put themselves out there. They stood up and stood out. James was bold to the end, a tragically short end.
3 James, 3 different stories. One had his doubts, despite being closer to Christ than most would ever be, but in the end, showed his true worth. Another labored silently, an unknown soldier for Christ. The last seized onto the Lord, and carried His message forward with a fire that earned him the ire of the enemy.
“That God knows each person through and through can be a cause of shaking fear to the man that has something to hide - some unforsaken sin, some secret crime committed against man or God…
[But] to us who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope that is set before us in the gospel, how unutterably sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely.
No talebearer can inform on us, no enemy can make an accusation stick; no forgotten skeleton can come tumbling out of some hidden closet to abash us and expose our past; no unsuspected weakness in our characters can come to light to turn God away from us, since He knew us utterly before we knew Him and called us to Himself in the full knowledge of everything that was against us.” -- A.W. Tozer, “Knowledge of the Holy”
MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves. Of course this has not always been so. We are really faced with a cruel dilemma. When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all he pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and sceptics. At least, not yet. I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us, (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The “Life Force”, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work — the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits” — then the end of the war will be in sight. But in the meantime we must obey our orders. I do not think you will have much difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that “devils” are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.
I had not forgotten my promise to consider whether we should make the patient an extreme patriot or an extreme pacifist. All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy, are to be encouraged. Not always, of course, but at this period. Some ages are lukewarm and complacent, and then it is our business to soothe them yet faster asleep. Other ages, of which the present is one, are unbalanced and prone to faction, and it is our business to inflame them. Any small coterie, bound together by some interest which other men dislike or ignore, tends to develop inside itself a hothouse mutual admiration, and towards the outer world, a great deal of pride and hatred which is entertained without shame because the “Cause” is its sponsor and it is thought to be impersonal. Even when the little group exists originally for the Enemy's own purposes, this remains true. We want the Church to be small not only that fewer men may know the Enemy but also that those who do may acquire the uneasy intensity and the defensive self-righteousness of a secret society or a clique. The Church herself is, of course, heavily defended and we have never yet quite succeeded in giving her all the characteristics of a faction; but subordinate factions within her have often produced admirable results, from the parties of Paul and of Apollos at Corinth down to the High and Low parties in the Church of England.
If your patient can be induced to become a conscientious objector he will automatically find himself one of a small, vocal, organised, unpopular society, and the effects of this, on one so new to Christianity, will almost certainly be good. But only almost certainly. Has he had serious doubts about the lawfulness serving in a just war before this present war of serving began? Is he a man of great physical courage — so great that he will have no half-conscious misgivings about the real motives of his pacifism? Can he, when nearest to honesty (no human is ever very near), feel fully convinced that he actuated wholly by the desire to obey the Enemy? If he is that sort of man, his pacifism will probably not do us much good, and the Enemy will probably protect him from the usual consequences of belonging to a sect. Your best plan, in that case, would be to attempt a sudden, confused, emotional crisis from which he might emerge as an uneasy convert to patriotism. Such things can often be managed. But if he is the man I take him to be, try Pacifism.
Whichever he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the “cause”, in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favour of the British war-effort or of Pacifism. The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience. Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours — and the more “religious” (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here,
Your affectionate uncle,
CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, 1941
You are worth it all my Lord
the strength it cost me, its all yours King of kings
Jesus your name alone holds all the glory
I know I'm never alone, you are what holds me
You gave us your only son, Love personified, to save us
Thank you Jesus for so much love you have for your creatures and so much patience you show us
WHO LIKE GOD?
Please heal this country Jesus, we don't know what we do, you are calling us back to your house almighty Father, where we have never lived.
What do you fear?
List them out.
Let your feelings stir and why you fear them.
What should you fear- the afterlife, eternity. Who reigns there? Who’s the king of glory?
So conquer your fears by laying them up and praying to the LORD strong and mighty, Your Comforter, Give the Glory to Him and Watch! Look! as he pulverizes your fears one by one! Bolster your faith in the Faithful One ☝️ He will surprise you
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16
"The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day "evangelist." He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness." -- Arthur Pink
MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
So you “have great hopes that the patient's religious phase is dying away”, have you? I always thought the Training College had gone to pieces since they put old Slubgob at the head of it, and now I am sure. Has no one ever told you about the law of Undulation?
Humans are amphibians — half spirit and half animal. (The Enemy's determination to produce such a revolting hybrid was one of the things that determined Our Father to withdraw his support from Him.) As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation — the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks. If you had watched your patient carefully you would have seen this undulation in every department of his life — his interest in his work, his affection for his friends, his physical appetites, all go up and down. As long as he lives on earth periods of emotional and bodily richness and liveliness will alternate with periods of numbness and poverty. The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you make a good use of it.
To decide what the best use of it is, you must ask what use the Enemy wants to make of it, and then do the opposite. Now it may surprise you to learn that in His efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else. The reason is this. To us a human is primarily good; our aim is the absorption of its will into ours, the increase of our own area of selfhood at its expense. But the obedience which the Enemy demands of men is quite a different thing. One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself — creatures, whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.
And that is where the troughs come in. You must have often wondered why the Enemy does not make more use of His power to be sensibly present to human souls in any degree He chooses and at any moment. But you now see that the Irresistible and the Indisputable are the two weapons which the very nature of His scheme forbids Him to use. Merely to over-ride a human will (as His felt presence in any but the faintest and mitigated degree would certainly do) would be for Him useless. He cannot ravish. He can only woo. For His ignoble idea is to eat the cake and have it; the creatures are to be one with Him, but yet themselves; merely to cancel them, or assimilate them, will not serve. He is prepared to do a little overriding at the beginning. He will set them off with communications of His presence which, though faint, seem great to them, with emotional sweetness, and easy conquest over temptation. But He never allows this state of affairs to last long. Sooner or later He withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their conscious experience, all those supports and incentives. He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs — to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish. It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be. Hence the prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him best. We can drag our patients along by continual tempting, because we design them only for the table, and the more their will is interfered with the better. He cannot “tempt” to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger, than when a human, no longer desiring, but intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
But of course the troughs afford opportunities to our side also. Next week I will give you some hints on how to exploit them.
Your affectionate uncle,
CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, 1941
"As men build their kingdoms to revolve around themselves, God is drawing all men unto Himself."
Difference of Trusts
Empires trust the power of the sword, while the Kingdom of God trusts the power of the cross. Nations of the world trust in their military might and economy for safety and security, while the Kingdom of God trusts in the non-violent way of Jesus. Empires advance by exercising “power over,” while the Kingdom of God advances by exercising “power under.” Exercising power under others is about impacting people’s lives by serving them, sacrificing for them, and even being sacrificed by them while refusing to retaliate, as Jesus did.
Difference of Aims
Empires seek to control behavior, while the Kingdom of God seeks to transform lives from the inside out. Nations of the world use coercion or threat of punishment, while the Kingdom works on the heart. Also, empires are rooted in preserving, if not advancing, one’s self-interest and one’s own will, while the Kingdom of God is centered exclusively on carrying out God’s will, even if this requires sacrificing one’s interests, comfort, or security.
Difference of Scopes
Empires are intrinsically tribal in nature and are heavily invested in defending, if not advancing, one’s own people-group, one’s nation, one’s ethnicity, one’s state, one’s religion, one’s ideologies, or one’s political agendas. That is why they are nations characterized by perpetual conflict and war. The Kingdom of God, however, is intrinsically universal, it is centered on simply loving as God loves. The Kingdom of God has no physical boundaries because it spans over the entire planet. It is centered on people living for the sole purpose of replicating the love of Jesus Christ to all people, at all times, in all places, without condition.
Difference of Responses
Empires are intrinsically tit-for-tat kingdoms. Their motto is “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:38-39). In this fallen world, no version of the kingdom of the world can survive for long by loving its enemies and blessing those who persecute it, for it carries the sword, not the cross. In the Kingdom of God, however, participants carry the cross, not the sword (2 Corinthians 10:4). We, thus, aren’t ever to return evil with evil, or violence with violence (Romans 12:17, 1 Peter 3:9). We are rather to manifest the unique Kingdom of Christ by returning evil with good, turning the other cheek, going the second mile, loving, and praying for our enemies. Far from seeking retaliation, we seek the well-being of our “enemy” (Luke 6:27-28).
Difference of Battles
Empires have earthly enemies and thus fight earthly battles. The Kingdom of God, however, by definition, has no earthly enemies, for its disciples are committed to loving “their enemies,” thereby treating them as friends, their “neighbors”. There is warfare the Kingdom of God is involved in, but it is “not against enemies of blood and flesh.” It is rather “against rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
“I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers” (Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 5:9).
Typically plague and illness, disabilities that befell the later generation would be traced back to the sins of the father or mother and that this was their punishment. Or it was assumed as much in society as it was written into law:
Deuteronomy 28 declares that if the Israelites break the law, God will inflict them with a host of physical and mental illnesses, their children will be abducted as slaves, their fiancees will be raped before their eyes, they will be filled with tumors and festering sores, and God will even cause
“the most gentle and sensitive men among you [to] have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children” and they will become cannibals and not share any of the flesh of their children that they will be eating (Deuteronomy 28:54-55)
In contrast to Ezekiel
“He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live … The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son” (Ezekiel 18:17,19)
We see a contradiction in the law and the prophets both claiming these are God's words.
In contrast to Jesus
For the law was given through Moses; but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:17-18
I'm not sure what truth is in relation to the law, but I feel that one could conclude from this passage that there was no real truth to the law.
In relation to another post I made about illness - Christ goes and confirms that the illnesses and suffering are of the devil to which He heals all he encounters, even violating the law to do so.
I don't think Christians necessarily contemplate inherited sin other than through original sin being the only inherited sin... but I think its interesting findings through study of scripture that I feel brings us closer to the truth of God's Character and how to read the OT.
1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. The Lord's Answer
5 “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. 6 For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own. 7 They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves. 8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour. 9 They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand. 10 At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it. 11 Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!” Habakkuk's Second Complaint
12 Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof. 13 You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? 14 You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler. 15 He brings all of them up with a hook; he drags them out with his net; he gathers them in his dragnet; so he rejoices and is glad. 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his dragnet; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich. 17 Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever? 2 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith
2 And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. 4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. 5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.” Woe to the Chaldeans
6 Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,
“Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own— for how long?— and loads himself with pledges!” 7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them. 8 Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them. 9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm! 10 You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life. 11 For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond. 12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity! 13 Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing? 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink— you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness! 16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory. Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision! The cup in the Lord's right hand will come around to you, and utter shame will come upon your glory! 17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them. 18 “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! 19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. 20 But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Habakkuk's Prayer
3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
2 O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power. 5 Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels. 6 He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation? 9 You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Seal You split the earth with rivers. 10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high. 11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear. 12 You marched through the earth in fury; you threshed the nations in anger. 13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah 14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters. 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us. Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
War! This is the good stuff! The stuff that attracts people's attention.
This is a study I'm doing on Revelation, from the Idealist interpretive school of thinking.
"And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us; The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him."
Jesus used the lies and evil of the pandemic to open my eyes and heart. He works all things towards good. It is hard to see sometimes but I wanted to let you all know that maybe this is all bringing people to the Lord.
Father, thank you for leading us through every day. Thank you for showing us the Truth! Thank you for opening our eyes and ears! Thank you for your unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, and mercy! Help us to see you and what you are doing in our lives instead of all the distractions! Cause us to bear good fruit that glorifies your name! Bless us all abundantly for your name’s sake! You cause the blessings to fall on the righteous, and we are righteous by faith in Christ! Your Son has separated us from our sins and given us this inheritance! No gift could ever be greater! Thank you Father! Protect and provide for all your precious children in Jesus name, Amen!
Just some notes on the article.
You need a strong immune system to fight disease, but stress weakens your body’s defenses.
“It makes you more likely to catch colds or the flu, for example,” warns Dr. Lang. “It also may make autoimmune conditions such as lupus and inflammatory bowel disease worse.”
Take care of your immune system by boosting it with healthy eating habits and exercise. Most importantly, training your immune system through stress reduction can do wonders in keeping you healthy.
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Meditating, praying, or even taking a walk in nature can help boost immune system function, says Kelly Turner, PhD, a New York City–based cancer researcher and the author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.
"It's not what people believe in but whether they had a daily practice that made the difference,” she says. "When you are in deep prayer or meditation, your fight-or-flight response goes off and your rest-and-repair turns on. This allows your immune system to supercharge your whole body and is incredibly healing, whether you are under stress or have an actual illness or are trying to prevent illness or stress."
A small study published in 2012 in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that an 8-week program of meditation modified gene expression in immune cells to be less inflammatory.
There are many scriptures addressing the importance of rest and how God will restore the anxious person to health, these are just a few.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. - Psalm 51:10-12
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. - 2 Corinthians 4:16
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. - Matthew 11:29
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. - Jeremiah 31:25
May our Lord Jesus Christ give you rest, may the spirit of the Lord surround you and protect you and give you peace. May you be inspired to pray for others and yourself.
The following words from the writings of Paul Mueller are so very confirming and profitable for each of us. "To all who read these lines, regardless of your place in God, or the depth or height of your walk with Him, you will benefit from these blessed truths. To have the understanding that Christ is within you, speaking to you from within, guiding you hourly and daily in your walk with Him, revealing His truths as you progress spiritually, and conquering all within you that is of the realm of corruption, little by little, is the understanding that you too are progressing unto that realm of His life and perfection. Christ is within you to bring to naught things that are of this corruptible realm. Therefore, your todays and tomorrows will be more successfully lived, for they are being lived in the light of the indwelling Christ. O the wonder of the Christ within! He is the light that has shined into our hearts, revealing the knowledge of the glory of God, a light and glory that shall eventually inhabit our entire being, spirit, mind and body, so that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. If it were possible for us to attain to the perfection of His life, without the Lord’s help, we would then take the glory. But, it is impossible for us to receive that life apart from Him! Therefore, He will receive all the glory when we are finished, fully perfected, and in His image and likeness" — end quote.
if the KJV is too hard, you are illiterate. That is all.
"the Spirit of God now speaks out of the face of the deep in us, out of the mind of Christ in the sons of God!"
I have been told by chaplains, ministers, and friends that a loved one, after contracting cancer or some debilitating ailment or disease or even passed on, that it was God's will that that happened - that it is part of some secret plan and He works in mysterious ways... or heck, if there was some nationwide plague that it is a judgement of the people's wicked ways... It really upsets me because these saying are not faithful to scripture.
Jesus talked more about the Kingdom of God than any other topic. His teachings and parables helped explain how to be a part of God’s Kingdom, his alternative nation set up here on earth. But beyond his teachings, the other primary way he was bringing about the Kingdom was by healing sickness and disease. I'll list his healing ministry as I see it:
1.Jesus saw disease, affliction, and sickness as Satan’s work, which he came to destroy (1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14).
2.Jesus went around healing many people, with some examples being: the nobleman’s son (John 4:46-50)
3.The man with an unclean spirit (Mark 1:23-27, Luke 4:33-36)
4.Simon Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:30-31, Luke 4:38-39)
5.Many people (Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41)
6.The leper (Matthew 8:2-3, Mark 1:40-42, Luke 5:12-13)
7.The paralytic (Matthew 9:2-7, Mark 2:3-9, Luke 5:18-25)
8.The man at Bethesda pool (John 5:5-9)
- The man with the withered hand (Matthew 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-5, Luke 6:6-10)
10.The centurion’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:2-10)
11.The widow’s deceased son (Luke 7:12-15)
12.The demon oppressed at Gadarenes (Matthew 8:28-32, Mark 5:2-13, Luke 8:27-33)
13.The woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48)
14.Jairus’s deceased daughter (Matthew 9:23-26, Mark 5:35-42, Luke 8:49-55)
15.The two blind men (Matthew 9:27-30)
16.The mute and possessed man (Matthew 9:32-33)
17.The daughter of Canaanite (Matthew 15:22-28, Mark 7:25-30)
18.The deaf man with an impediment (Mark 7:32-35)
19.The blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-25)
20.The epileptic boy (Matthew 17:14-18, Mark 9:17-27, Luke 9:38-42)
21.The man born blind (John 9:1-7)
22.The man who was blind, dumb, and possessed (Matthew 12:22, Luke 11:14)
23.The woman with back issues (Luke 13:10-13)
24.The man with abnormal swelling (Luke 14:1-4)
25.Lazarus (John 11:38-44)
26.The ten lepers (Luke 17:11-17)
27.Blind Bartimaeus (Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43)
28.The servant of the High Priest Caiaphas, Malchus (Luke 22:50-51).
Christ’s ministry was later summarized as Jesus going around “healing all who were under the power of the devil” (Acts 10:38).
Without exception, when Jesus confronted disease and sickness, he uniformly diagnosed the afflictions as something that God did not will. Scripture repeatedly specifies that it is evil forces, not God, that caused the afflictions (Mark 9:25, Luke 11:14, 13:11-16; Acts 10:38). Jesus never told a person who was sick that they were sick because it was part of God’s “secret plan,” or that it was God working in mysterious ways, or that God was punishing them or teaching them a lesson. Instead, Jesus consistently revealed what God is truly like and what his will is by healing them of their sickness and disease.
It is not God's will that my family and loved ones die. If these things are of God - the say the Coronavirus is indeed sent by God as judgement... then as Christians it is something we should celebrate... That I should celebrate in the afflictions of my loved ones.
If you think that God causes diseases but Jesus calls you to follow him in overturning and healing them, you are creating a divided kingdom, something Jesus said is destined to fail (Matthew 12:25-28).