It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

Archive for October, 2021

Real Life!

There are many ways to live this life on earth that we have been given to live. We see it in the various avenues, paths and possibilities, as well as in the many different nations, cultures and societies that we encounter. Every place and community have its own set of rules for life that are accepted as the norm or pattern for life in their society.

Life of the body is the time from birth to death that we live on this earth. Mankind was created with what has been defined as having three distinct parts, body, soul and spirit. There are many different definitions for the soul and spirit and for the purpose of clarifying the meaning of life we will go with the biblical distinctions for these three terms. 

Death of the body is the absence or the loss of the soul from the body. Death is the separation of the life-giving essences of the being or creature and this happens when it is no longer attached to its life source. Plants as an example, are in the state of dying when they are no longer attached to the lifegiving soil.  The body is considered dead when it is no longer attached to the living soul.  

The soul is an eternal part of mankind that distinguishes it from other living creature. It is the soul that gives meaning and value and helps to create a mindset which allow us to determine if we are living purposefully. It is the soul that produces in us the feeling that our life has merit and worth. It is sometimes called or referred to as the psyche part of mankind, which includes the intellect, emotions, fears, passions and ego. This is sometimes called the lower nature of mankind’s psyche.

The spirit is sometimes considered the higher nature of mankind’s psyche, it connects the body and soul to the divine nature of God, which includes understanding, insight, reasoning, judgement and enlightenment. According to the Bible, mankind was created as a living Spirit when God’s breath was breathed into him. The spirit is the celestial or divine part of mankind that connects and communes with God as their Creator. It was the spirit of man that died in the fall. 

Genesis 2:15-17  

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.   And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” KNJ

There was no death or destruction on earth originally, as God created it, but sin caused humanity and this world to fall into devastation and decay. The eternal life Spirit of God that was living in mankind died and was no longer a part of the being, which God had created. This was the beginning of Satan’s reign on the earth which caused death and annihilation to enter into the world. Jesus came as a quickening or life-giving Spirit to give humanity an opportunity to be born again with God’s life-giving Spirit for His kingdom. 

1 Corinthians 15:45-49 

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.   The first man was of the earth, madeof dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.  And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. NKJ

Mankind is born in sin which is their natural earthly state, they are born without Christ, and therefore could be considered just dead men walking. While their bodies and souls are functioning, their God given Spirit is dead. It was the spiritual death that Jesus was speaking of when He said, let the dead bury the dead. Spiritual death is the absence or loss of mankind’s God like spirit.  This loss or spiritual death is whathappened to mankind at the fall. Mankind’s spirit is dead whenit is no longer attached to the life-giving Spirit of God who isthe Creator and Sustainer of all humanity. 

Luke 9:60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” NKJ

Because of Christ mankind can be born again in the Spirit of God and can worship Him in Spirit and truth. In The Old Testament they had to come and worship God according to the law in certain ways and at certain times. Jesus told the lady at the well that a time was coming and now is, that those whoworship God must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Now with the resurrection of Christ we can have God Spirit in us and we can be in a constant state of worship as we worship Him in spirit and truth.  

John3:23-24  But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”NKJ

Jesus came and breathed His breath on His disciples and theyreceived the Holy Spirit. Now we are to worship God in the Spirit through faith and belief in His Son. It is the Holy Spirit of God that connects us once again to God and gives us the ability to understand and discern God’s truth from lies, which may have the appearance of truth but can lead to death and destruction. 

John 20:21-22 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. NKJ      

This world only knows what it has seen and have been taught about this life. That is why people put so much effort in piling up wealth, riches and adding more things for the temporary time that will be spent on the earth. They do not understand nor have been taught that this life span of the natural body, be it 60, 80 or even 100 years, on earth will eventually end in death. Not realizing the everlasting life for the soul and spirit will spend eternity somewhere. The greater question many people fail to answer is, where will their eternal soul spend it time in the next phase of their being.  

Those who have faith in Jesus Christ will spend eternity with God. For those who refuse and reject God’s saving atonementthat is offered through faith in Christ will spend their eternity in agony and torment separated for God’s life-giving source. 

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

1 John 5:11-12  And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. NKJ

It is Jesus who has given humanity the ability to live a spirit filled life on this earth and eternity with God the Father and Creator of all. The word of God is living and powerful and it can give us the ability to discern some of the thoughts and intent of people and circumstances that are happening around us. There appears to be many good things and ways to live this life but it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to discern the best according to God’s kingdom plans. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability also, to discern God’s best from what may appear to be good or beneficial according to the world. 

Hebrews 4:12 

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. NKJ

Some people may have the Spirit of the living God in them, but they are without the knowledge of God’s word so they may lack in their understanding and their ability to discern or rightly divide the thoughts and intents of the heart. Many people are passionate about what they believe and yet their passions and their beliefs are rooted in lies and deception. 

Ephesians 4:1-3   I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace NKJ

This life on earth is just a trial-run or the qualifying heat that will determine our eternal destination. Our time on earth is the time given to each of us to use our God given will and authorityto choose how we will live now, which will determine where we will be for eternity

It is the living Spirit of God and His word that gives us the ability to see through the smoke and mirrors of the world’s lies and deception as well as its hate and disunity. It gives us the ability to make the best judgements according to God’s kingdom way. God’s kingdom way is the love of Christ toward all mankind in unity of the Spirit, in peace, in humbleness and in truth.  

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

The Truth!

The reason Jesus came was so that we might know the truth and the truth that we accept and receive as our own can set us free from the lies of this world. As it was said, that we “might”know the truth, because the choice is still ours to make. Jesus never forces His way on anyone, He states the truth and leavesthe decision up to the individual. That is our God given inheritance as being created in God’s likeness and His image, He gave us the authority to choose our own destiny.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

John 8:31-32   Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” NKJ 

Jesus always spoke the truth to those who came to Him and leftthem with the choice to believe Him or not, saying “if you believe, all things are possible.”  The same goes for us today, Jesus’ truth is speaking and we each will determine if we will believe Him and the power of His word, or to believe the lies of this world that are entrenched in its systems. 

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

1 John 5:9- 13  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.   He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.   

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.   These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

People in this day and age are going after knowledge of many different things. They call it a thirst for knowledge and the Bible calls it itching ears. They are forever learning but never able to come to the “knowledge of the truth,” which is Jesus the Son of God. Jesus was made flesh and lived among us to show us His way. This is a spiritual principle that we must take hold and exalt it above all the knowledge and teaching we have received from the world that comes against the truth of God’s word. 

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 

Some teaching we receive is honorable and trustworthy as it relates to teaching us how to live a life of respect for family and others but no teaching should negate, contradict or raise itself above the truth of God’s word.   There are those who portray a religious form but are lovers of themselves trying to deceive gullible people and to lead them away from truth for their own benefit and pleasures. Some people would rather live the lie of supremacy, entitlement and privilege so that they may control and dominate others for their selfish need to feel important. They will practice the lie of oppression and manipulation to try and lift themselves above their fellowman, who also are created in God’s image.  

2 Timothy 3:1-7 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!   For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.   

We are seeing these last days where men are lovers of themselves, money and proud boasters of all they do and all they have. Though what they have, may have been obtained deceitfully, they are more in love with their sinful pleasures.  They are willing to forfeit the love of God and deny His truth and the power that is in His word.   

In every spiritual battle the enemy comes with his deceivinglies, fear or hate to try and turn the hearts of mankind againstthe word of God. We are told to cast down these vain thoughts and imaginings from our minds. The enemy will bring evil, deceitful and dishonest thoughts before every person to try and lure them to think on, consider and ponder those illicit thoughtsso that they may put them into action. But God has told us that we are not to entertain those corrupt thoughts that will try andrise above the word of God. We are to take those thoughtscaptive through prayer and lay them before Christ. 

Our spiritual weapons are prayer, praise and the worship of God. We are to ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment to know what is true and the strength to be obedient to the word of God.  We are to praise Him for what He has done for us already in the past and we thank God in advance for answering our prayer. Then we worship Him for who He is, the Almighty God, One full of compassion, for His tender in mercy, and forHis loving kindness. He is so worthy to be praised, respected and reverenced for being the Awesome God who is able to deliver us from evil. 

2 Corinthians 10: 4-6  or the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,   and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Satan would rather have mankind, who were created to be the light of God on the earth, to stay in the darkness he has established at the fall. The enemy has cultivated a system of hate and pride, of anger and grudges and that of fear and vengeance to keep humanity in obscurity, blinded to the truth of Jesus’s way of love and forgiveness.  

If you live in hate and dislike or despise those who are created in God’s image, no matter their race, culture or status, you are living in darkness, without the love of God or the truth of His word. It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from hate that we may live in fellowship with one another. 

1 John 1:6-7 if we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.   But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

We are to choose to think on the things that are true, pure, lovely and admirable. This is how we turn from the evil that the enemy puts before us and turn to God’s way of thinking and doing. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Proverbs 4:14-15, 17-19 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on…


For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is like the shining sun,That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble. NKJ

Jesus Came to Show The Way


 

Jesus came to reveal the way of God the Father and His Kingdom on earth to fallen mankind. There are many ways to be morally good, successful and famous in life, but there is only one way back to the Father and His Kingdom on earth and that is through Jesus Christ His Son.  

Matthew 11:25, 27 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 

All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

1 Corinthians 8:5-6  For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords),  yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.  NKJ

There are many ways to live this life and the Bible says, there is a way that seems right to a man, but it only ends in death. We have been taught many different ways to live in this world’s system where societies are built on this wisdom of fallen mankind.  When this was all we knew, it sounded and appearedto be right to us, but Christ came and showed us the true way of life in the knowledge of God the Father through His Son Jesus. 

Proverb 14:12 

here is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NKJ

There are so many things being taught as to how to live a prosperous and meaningful life and all them promising to be a better way of living in this life and some in the next life to come. Living in various cultures, lifestyles and societies it is hard to decipher which way is truly right. Some of these ways are good and can assist in living a seemingly balanced and amicable life but will not be able to stand in the light of God’s truth and eternal salvation. 

Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven upon the earth, which is the spiritual realm where God reigns as King to fulfill God’s will on earth.  God’s way is revealed to us by His Son who is the express image of God and has spoken to us the word of God. The spiritual kingdom of God was within mankind when he was created, the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit left and man as He was created died the day mankind rebelled against their God and King. Then a corrupted, lying deceiver was given rule over the kingdom which God had created for mankind. It was man himself who chose to be led by Satan and relinquished his God ruled kingdom.

Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Jesus gave a parable, that the kingdom of God was like a man who sowed good seed in his field but while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat.  Many people have asked why did God create evil people and why does He allow these vile things to happen.  God created mankind good and the enemy came and perverted good into evil, because they handed over their authority to Satan by believing his lie. God will never force or trick a person into choosing Him, but He sent Christ to show us the way that we may be redeemed, but the choice is always ours to make. 

Matthew 13:24-30 ​Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.  But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’  He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’  But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”  NKJ

Satan ruled as the prince of this world, until in the fullness of time Jesus came as a man to redeem humanity, to bring God’s kingdom on earth and the way back to the Father. The kingdom of God is spiritual and it cannot be observed or seen with the natural eye where people can go and see it, but it is a placed and where we are to live according to God’s principles in our hearts. The Holy Spirit is given to live in the heart of those who believe Jesus is the Son of God and receive Him as their Lordand their Savior. 

Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 17:20-21  Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” NKJ

The way to God the Father and the Kingdom of God has come. God has made known His way of life through His Son that we may live a life of joy in His presence. We each must choose to repent; to change the way we think and renew our minds to God’s kingdom ways. 

Act 2:28, 38-39   You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” NKJ

Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life!

The world we live in has a craving for knowledge and it does not matter whether it is good or evil, they just want to be intellectually informed. Mankind in the beginning was manipulated into sinning by the thought of gaining knowledgeand becoming superior like God. God had told man not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they already had the truth of God’s Spirit living within them and werecreated in His image. Satan beguiled and deceived Eve into going after knowledge and with the premise that they would be as knowledgeable as God. Mankind has been searching for enlightenment ever since they fell into darkness and lost the light of God’s truth and His Spirit in The Garden.

Genesis 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for the day that you eat from it you will certainly die.  

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.” NKJ

The day mankind ate of the tree of knowledge, the beings they were created to be died and they lost the light of God’s glory that was upon them. Mankind began living in darkness and started searching for enlightenment and truth. Satan continued to lure, mesmerize and trick humanity with the defrauded illusion of them gaining knowledge so that they may reign superior. This lie is rooted in the sin of pride which is established in the character of Satan.

Isaiah 14:12-15 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, youwho weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. NKJ

In the fullness of time Jesus came that we may know The Way, The Truth and to give us an abundant life.   Jesus came in the body of a man so that He could have the authentic right to liveupon the earth and die to redeem all humanity. Jesus spoke of “The Way and The Truth” which means there is only one absolute true way back to God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth. This is not to say that there are no other ways to live a disciplined life, one of respect and harmonious with nature and people as it is with other beliefs. But Jesus is the only way to the Father and the only way we can be adopted into the family of God as His children. 

Galatians 4: 3-6 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father!” NKJ

Humanity has been searching for the illumination and information as to the truth of God since the fall. Yet so many people are still being blinded, cheated and betrayed to believe the lie of Satan. There are people who say there are many ways to God and everyone should find their own path. They boast in their quest for book and spiritual knowledge and call followers of Christ narrow-minded, because they believe there is only one way to God, and that’s through Jesus the Son of God. Jesus said He is the way, no one comes to the Father but by Him.  He did not say He was a way to the Father, meaning one of many but the way, signifying one specific way and there is none other. 

John 14:6-7 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”  NKJ 

With Jesus saying He is the way, the truth and the life, everyone will make their own choice.  They will either accept Jesus’ truth, as the Son of God and believe He is the only way to theFather, or they will refuse Jesus as the Son of God and chose to believe that He is not who He says He is. Thereby, they will believe the lie of the knowledge of this world, that says there are many paths to many gods.  Everyone must choose either to believe Jesus is the Son of God and His word is true and He should be obeyed or they will believe He is a false prophet and a liar.  

Some people would rather pursue knowledge rather than truth. They believe more in their efforts to gain intellect, to be puffed up, so that they may show themselves as ones who havecomprehension and know-how. They may have knowledge and intellect of natural things of the world but they walk and live-indarkness and are blinded by the lies of the dark prince of thisworld. 

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone lovesGod, this one is known by Him. NKJ 

2 Corinthians 4:3-4, 6 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. NKJ

True followers of Christ believe in Jesus, that He is the way, the truth and He is the only way to the Father.  For this reason,many true Christians are persecuted and hated throughout the world and yet we are to show the love of Christ to them all. This is Jesus’ way, forgiveness, just as He prayed that the Father forgive those who crucified Him, because they did notknow they were killing the Son of God. Though we may be hated by the world, we are to extend the same love and forgiveness. Who knows, whether our acts of love and prayersfor them just may penetrate their hardened hearts. This love shown may become the reason their hearts and minds will be changed. They too may be saved by the love of God. 

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJ 

It is the love for the eternal soul of all humanity that true followers should be more concerned with rather than the things of this world. We are not called to argue or to have our views believed or to show that we are right in our positions. Jesus did not command us to convince everyone as to how right or intelligent we are, but we are to love them as He has loved us. 

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” NKJ

To show the love of Jesus is more important than being deemedknowledgeable or correct. It is by the love we have for one another that the world will know that we are His disciples.

Tag Cloud