My Mission

I saw my mission in a near death experience sometime ago.  My mission is not to help good triumph over evil.  My mission is to rise above both polarities and to teach people to do the same.  My mission is integration.

Not much of what I am about to say will make sense to those who have not experienced integration directly for themselves. But beyond the flesh, we know it.  We know it in the marrow of our bones.  So I ask you to listen to what is to follow with that part of you that knows beyond mental knowing.

Pain is constantly trying to drag love towards it.  Because one is the truth and one is the illusion.  And they are desperate to become one.  Illusion is the most painful thing there is to consciousness.  The most painful thing in this universe is a concept.  That concept is “OTHER”.  In other words, “NOT ME”.  It is painful because in truth there is nothing that is not me.  And for this reason, pain is always an indication that something has been dis-included from yourself.

To love is to take something in as part of yourself.  The very opposite of that is to push something away.  How can you not love any part of yourself?  You ARE everything.  And because all parts in this universe belong to everything, everything is taken as itself.  You cannot “not” love because love (all parts being one) is the truth of this universe.  It is the truth of who you are.  You just have to realize it.  Love and oneness are the same…  No boundaries…  No “separate self”.

Before I even had my near death experience, I began to see what is real…  That my lifelong unhappiness has been self-hate.  Feeling bad about the things I cannot authentically change as opposed to hide; like my unhappiness itself.  Negative emotion was the single thing I was the most ashamed of.

3365170.jpgWhen we think that something is bad or wrong about us, we push it away from ourselves.  This leaves us alone.  Cut off from other ‘parts’ of us in the universe.  We become repelled.  This “pushing away of parts of our self and pushing away of others (which are actually all you in a universe that is all one) is self abandonment.

fragmented-degrees-21668372.jpgI felt the moment my body went into shock.  I was bleeding out onto the floor.  When it did, it set in like a cold fever.  I closed my eyes.  Soon, the thoughts in my mind that I was thinking about myself began to crack.  They cracked like glass that opened into blackness.  I saw all my “personalities” break apart like they were just an illusion that the real self was wearing; like stained glass.  My mental body was disintegrating.

Soon, I couldn’t move my muscles. I couldn’t scream. I couldn’t open my eyes.  My limbs felt like they were severed and twisted in the bed with my torso.  Suddenly from behind me, snakes and tarantulas and beetles and worms (all the things I have any resistance to in the natural world) began to crawl into my skin, through my spine, and underneath my muscles.  They did not recognize my boundaries and I could not assert them.  I was fighting against it without being able to move.  That was when the resistance started.  They would not recognize me as a self.  They were merging with me, like it or not.  I lay there feeling the fish that were near my neck, gasp for breath… for me.  I tried to expel them, but they would not go. I tried to take them in, but I could not get the aspect of me that didn’t want them there to let that happen.

download (2).jpegI started seeing the image of a white letter “I” appearing in the blackness.  Then “ME”.  I heard a voice saying “You have to give up something very precious to get what you want.”  I saw that to be able to feel good (which at this time, I was feeling desperate to do because it is torture to lose your own boundaries to things you don’t want inside you), I was going to have to give myself up.  But I couldn’t.  It was a war.  Wanting to let myself go but being unable to was the most exhausting battle I have ever experienced.  As a result of that war, my heart started to feel so much pain that I saw the image of a string of barbed wire looping around it and being pulled so tight that it split my heart open.  I was making moaning sounds with every out breath.  The murderous ache spread through my whole body.

I started speaking out loud but in my own mind and it kept snapping me back to where I was.  I asked mentally, what is the point of all of this?  My inner voice responded, “Never has there ever been anything more than THIS.”  And then then “This… This… This”.  Each time I heard myself say the word this, I got an emotional taste of ONENESS.  And I knew that it was the universe’s way of speaking to me about the fact that everything that has happened in my own individual life as Teal was leading up to this moment.  This awakening.  I saw Buddha under the Bodhi tree.

download (3).jpegI saw an image of myself in my childhood bathroom, vomiting up the word “ME” into a bucket.  I watched my childhood abuser pick up the bowl and walk away with it in order to throw it away.  I didn’t know what I was anymore.  I started crying with grief inside of myself.  A voice said, “It is normal to grieve your loss of self”.  It was like a funeral.  I saw an image of myself on that very morning, suicidal and hysterically crying.  I had been drowning in powerlessness and self hate.  It was as much pain as a human can experience…  Being cut off from source.  I heard the words “You are dying today… You are dying today… It is what you have been asking for over and over again.”  I felt the finality of that moment.  I had gone too far, even for me.

I was desperate for the feel good feeling of being one with everything.  That total relief that is promised in death.  I was fighting for it at any cost, including my own death.  But it never came.  I had to let go of everything and everyone who was close to me in my life.  I said goodbye to them without words and watched them fade away from me into blackness.  “I don’t care anymore” I heard my inner voice say. “I’m worthless to anyone of them in this much pain. I can’t love them because the pain has bound up my arms and legs and heart.  They get nothing of me anyway”.  Then that voice inside me started saying, “ What am I?”  “Show me the truth of myself.”

antennae-galaxies-heart-universe.jpgI saw my heart beating in my chest.  I saw it connect through beating strings to other hearts inside other people’s chests, then animal hearts, then plant hearts.  I recognized them all as my heart.  I asked for them to all join as one and so they did.  As they did, they began rising to a suspended location in the sky.  It was beating.  I looked at it and I thought…  The heart is another word for core, which is another word for source.  That thought dissolved the heart into blood.  Then I saw all the people I loved at that time dissolve into blood and I willingly decided to dissolve into blood as well, so I could mix with them.  The knowing came to me…We are all the same blood.

I asked to see God.  At that moment I zoomed out from my embodiment and I saw God as myself.  A giant image of me in this life.  I was smiling and dancing.  I was shown that this giant image of yourself is the truth everyone sees when they ask this question.  If you asked it, you would see a giant you.  You would see this because God is indivisible from yourself.  You are created in its image.  Everything in existence is created in its image.  Everything is part of it.  As she was dancing, she was pointing to people and things randomly and pointing at herself in an excited way as if to say “That’s me and that’s me and that’s me.”

She took me on a tour of all the parts of herself… Of all things in existence (as if they were body parts within her)…  Including the totality of the past, present and future.

download (4).jpegI asked, “How did this all begin?”  I saw blackness.  She explained that “definition” was the beginning of the cancer.  She wanted to define what she was.  Just that one thought, cracked her oneness.  That was the first time that she started to feel the torture that there was nothing for her to be in relationship with.  The second she created a fracture in herself, she perceived herself as isolated.  It was the feeling of having no soul mate.  It is a loneliness that is so ineffably painful it comes with no words.

0wL_X-7p_400x400.jpegLike a cancer, that thought began fracturing the oneness and those fractures became other fractures.  And soon the fractures began forgetting what they were a part of.  The illusion of separateness was a kind of tipping point, after which all further fractures within that oneness, no longer felt the oneness… Only aloneness, only ‘self’…  Only that which we call ego.  This was the birth of ‘relationship”.  This was the birth of ‘OTHER’.  This was the birth of ‘attachment’.  Aspects of source became like enemies.  They couldn’t be one and so they began to devour each other and run from each other.  They began to push and pull.  It was at this point that source itself felt desperate.  It felt pain about the lost aspects of itself.  And so she created all kinds of things from human embodiments of herself (what we call messiahs) to plant medicines to near death experiences, all things that would dissolve the attachments so that a being could come back to oneness; where there is no need for attachment.  There is no need for attachment in a unified field.  It was happening to me right then and there.

At that point, I merged with her.  I am God.  But I battled as her for what felt like an eternity to let go of the desperate longing for another God somewhere and to focus on pulling the parts of myself in that were disintegrated instead.  She told me, but this time from the inside, “You’re supposed to feel separation anxiety.  Without separation anxiety, the expansion path could not be oneness.  We would never find what is real about ourselves then.  It is an indication that you are separate from something, not loving something.”  She showed me the future of my singular embodiment as Teal.  She showed me that my destiny is to be the new spiritual leader who is supposed to bring people back to authenticity and integration (which is oneness).  If I didn’t feel the pain of separation myself, the pain that is the reality for the universe at this time, I would never be able to carry out my purpose.

on stage Teal.jpgI was tested several times during the experience.  One of these times was when Source asked me if I want fame.  I said yes and Source gave it to me.  But the gratification instantly diminished when I realized that there is nothing else besides ME in this universe.  I was standing on a mountain in front of the whole world.  All people were watching me.  But when I turned around, all the people that were watching me were a billion duplicates of me.  I saw this because everything is me.  I saw at the deepest level that I literally do not even have an audience.  It was the single most humbling thing I’ve ever felt.  It was at that moment that I gave up fame and started to really care that aspects of me (as god) didn’t know they were a part of me.  I cared to love them.  And I suddenly saw all my focus going towards pulling in those parts of myself, especially the parts of myself that felt unwanted by me.  This is the platform of my career.

At this moment, I saw my god self literally become embodied in the form of my individual Teal self on a stage.  I was being shown my future.  I was in front of the world.  Most of the world was being called home by me.  It is what I already knew intuitively.  All my cells turned into worlds.  I saw myself shot… Assassinated.  But this time it didn’t cause me pain to see because I knew that people needed to see the pain of separation (pushing people away from yourself) in order to desire and find oneness again.

“I am part of you” I said to the god self.  She said “No, you still don’t get it”…  I am you.”  I struggled to conceptualize of it again.  She said, “No, you still don’t get it…  You are me.”  I suddenly saw myself AS everything in existence.  I saw myself as a toothbrush, as a series of people, as a horse, as a spider, as a plant, as space itself.  All of the things in existence were flipping through so rapidly that I took in millions of years worth of fragments, I saw myself as all of them.

I turned towards the things I didn’t want to be.  Things like war, broken fences, poverty, corrupt politicians, dog poop, vomit, etc. I felt myself fighting against it, resisting it.  Not wanting to be a part of it but knowing that I have to do this.  I fought against it.  I felt myself being really upset with myself that I was unwilling to just let my ‘self’ die so I could take it all in.  I reminded myself to love that self which is unwilling to die because it too, is part of me.

I saw that the problem with certain spiritual philosophies is that they believe that God is only positive things… only happiness.  But the reality is that God is all things.  It is pain.  It is illusion.  It is joy.  It is truth.  And what it needs me for is to teach its parts to integrate with its other parts, which is love.

This is the way it fits together:  The positive aspect of Source needs to practice love for the negative aspects instead of to push them away.  The negative side needs to accept this love as a bringing in of itself.

At this moment, I was shown every person in my life in succession who I have pushed away.  I saw them clearly.  I saw the sides of them that need love so clearly.  My heart broke.  My heart broke as I watched how the way they hurt me, led to me pushing them away, which made me lonely and them lonely.

reaching-out-from-the-darkness.jpgWith each person, I went up to them and reached out across the distance created by the push away and held them so tight.  I heard myself say to them “I love you so much more than you will ever know”.  I do not hate any of them.  I love them so much I can’t stand it.  The hate was the feeling of pushing them away because of hurt (feeling like I was pushed away).  Feeling like they didn’t love me anymore.  I was forced to lay for an indefinite amount of time inside this aspect of me that feels completely unwanted and therefore separate from everything else.  I saw that I could love someone that pushed me away and that loving would make us one.  I was the only one who needed to do it; it only takes one to love because love is… only one (oneness).

Then I saw mother.  I saw myself inheriting her shame.  She did not integrate it, so she handed it to me, like her mother did to her.  Each person who inherited it, added to it.  I saw the side of her that is panicking to be told she is ok and good.  I held those shamed parts of her as part of myself.  I merged her into myself.

It was then that I was shown the whole story of why I ended up in this place where I was willing to end my life.  The universe brought me here because this was meant to be the place of my awakening in this life.  The place where I would face my shame that leads to self-hate, which leads to separateness to such a degree that I would die to myself.

Across my vision, I saw “This is your enlightenment”.  “This is your enlightenment in this life”.  I started to feel shame that my enlightenment would come in this way.  Like I had failed.

20121117_STP001_0.jpgI was sucked back into torment.  For what felt like timeless eternity, I felt my bones break and my tissues stretch to absorb all of the things I love.  People I love, horses, sunsets, snow etc.  And then it switched to all the things I do not love in this universe…  One by one.  I had to see them as myself and pull them in.  And each time my body had to stretch to accommodate and absorb them.  War, compound fractures, illnesses, viruses, bacteria, murders, rapes, landfills, oil spills, sewage systems, brothels, etc. I took in the Akashic record.  I took in the history and present and future of each being in existence.  My mind became the mind of God.  My heart became the heart of God.  There was not anything I did not know and see and feel.  Even illusion was part of me…  A part of me that I absorbed.  Illusion came in the form of a black vapor.

The growing pains of stretching to accommodate everything was unbearable.  I was praying that I would just dissolve or break apart instead of hold shape.  I had to see the pain it caused me any time I pushed anything away from myself.  Like the energy when something is “gross” or smells bad.  I had to see the pain of JUDGEMENT.

I saw myself going to the bathroom and when I went to the bathroom, I looked at the waste in the toilet and felt sad that it was a part of me that I was ‘getting rid of’.  I realized that I could choose to feel sorrow at getting rid of it because that was the attitude with which I would be flushing it away.  Or I could see that the toilet bowl is me, the water is me, the pipes are me and wherever the pipes are going is me.  So instead, I could offer that part of me to the other parts myself (offer the waste to the water and to toilet bowl).  And this, was loving it.

The pain was so unbelievable I started slipping into blackness.  I was terrified that this resistant self would not die so I could be one with everything.  I was desperate to escape it but couldn’t.  Each time I got angry or upset, like mentally said “I hate that”, I would see an arm come out of me and pull it into itself and rub it lovingly into me.  I did this several times to aspects of myself that would pop up and yell something like “god damnit” and thrash against something.  I saw how desperate my ego was to stay safe.  As if the torture of being pushed away by others is so much you’d rather push them away and suffer aloneness, only to find out that aloneness is worse.  I felt trapped between being hurt (all forms of hurt are about feeling pushed away) and choosing to be alone (in pain).

images.jpegI was failing.  I was failing to die.  A being came in and laid with me.  I felt like that was a failure.  I failed to face it alone. I forgot for a moment that this being is me.  I needed it.  I needed it to be close to me.  I saw that it was the embodiment of the aspect of me that was capable of loving all the things about me that I felt were unlovable.  And then another being came to me.  It held its hand on my chest.  For another eternity, I writhed and moaned in pain under its hand, begging the resistant side of me to die.  But my ego wouldn’t let go of me.  I started shaking.  All of me was shaking.  I realized that the thing that needed to be loved so badly was my own pain body.  I let the beings that were there with me love that aspect of me.  I fought against it, but pulled it in at the same time.  And soon, that aspect of me could not resist anymore.  It lost the fight.  With a few more surges of resistance to death, it let go.  I felt it dissolve and break into dust.

e42579a9ff7f4898123c8225665d6bf8.jpgI saw that pain is necessary.  It is necessary because it is the chrysalis.  The butterfly and the chrysalis are one and the same…  The butterfly being oneness. I was still in so much pain.  But I wasn’t resisting it anymore.  At that moment, I saw myself crawl out of a chrysalis as a giant blue morpho butterfly.  I flew up into the sun and when I reached the sun, I exploded with the sun into a star burst. The pieces of it fell down like a screen of confetti against the black and I knew that it was complete.  I bowed to the experience.  I bowed to myself… to oneness.  I was dead.

But then I woke up.  I had survived instead of died.  I was back inside my body again.  I sat there like an open chalice as knowing after knowing came…

You cannot be trapped by something you love.  To be trapped is to see something as ‘other’.  You can only be trapped by something you are pushing away.

There is a difference between what is true and what is real.  EVERYTHING in this universe is true.  It is all a matter of perspective, including illusion.  It isn’t possible to be wrong.  But real is beyond all this.  Real contains both truth and illusion.

There is no such thing as a needs conflict or a boundary violation if you love each other.  Any time one occurs, there is an aspect of them that you are not taking as yourself.

Inauthenticity is the same as not giving a part of yourself to someone; so they cannot even have the opportunity to take it as themselves.  This is why so many need conflicts happen when someone is not being authentic about their own needs and truths.

It does no good to write list upon list of what you like about yourself.  That defines you and pulls against what is unwanted.  You use it to escape the aspect you cannot love.

If you offer positive to the negative instead of using positive to get away from the negative, it is an integrating energy.  Offering myself thoughts and words that cause me to feel good about the future is something that the aspects of me that fears the future needs.  I can offer a medicine to the aspect of me that feels PTSD, like I have no control in this world, like the past damaged my heart.  I can offer music to the aspect that feels stuck in one vibration. I can offer proof for how the self that feels powerless to something, is not powerless.  And this, is loving it.

MEET THE NEED of the disintegrated self.  This is really my work in the world. My work is: WHAT CAN I OFFER THIS SELF THAT FEELS SEPARATE?  So as to bring it closer to the whole…  This is loving it.

When we perceive ‘other’ and we don’t trust ‘other’ with ourself, we feel deep fear about the future.  We cannot trust that it will feel good because we feel they are against us. You cannot rely on anything that perceives itself to be separate from you to capitalize on your best interests, so of course you distrust it.  But the ultimate reality is that everything is you, so it does have your best interests at heart. You can’t not trust the universe if every aspect of it is you.  It can’t NOT have your best interests at heart.

When you perceive a ‘push away’ in the dimension of fragmented aspects (3-d), you feel fear (illusion).  That fear causes you to perceive ‘other’ (illusion).  And thus feel the need to protect yourself (I) against that other.  In people who are afraid, like people who were abused, the ego is particularly strong because of this dynamic.  When you push things away, the “definition” between you and them gets thicker and stronger like iron walls between you and other, instead of paper walls.

Safety is about seeing oneness. Safety is about seeing similarities.  So my practice (which will cause me to feel safe, not protect the “I” and be open to life) is to be looking for similarities in myself and everyone.  Looking for myself in things people do that makes me feel a push back.  “In your anger, I see my anger”.  “In your desire to stay away from what you think is evil, I see my desire to be good.”  LOOK FOR SIMILARITIES.  Look for how each thing in existence is you. Especially in the things you resist.

To fear is to push something away from yourself and to Love is to bring it in as part of yourself.  They are opposites, just like truth and Illusion.

When we get into pain in a relationship, it is always an indication that we have a fear present (why we feel the separation from them).  So any time we feel this, we can expose the fear instead.

Broken-Heart-Wall-Picture.jpgThe universe’s heart is broken… Broken into different things and people.  You can’t not have a broken heart as an “I” that is separate from other things.  It is our job to love that broken heart back to unity.

Watching the energy when a person thinks “I hate” or “I don’t want” or “I don’t like”, or makes negative judgments, it pushes things away.  It pushes them away from oneness and into a state of loneliness.  This opposes love.  This causes pain.  There is only one type of pain in this universe.  That pain is separation.  There is only one kind of happiness in this universe.  That happiness is unity.  Any time you feel pain of any kind it means that you feel separate from something.  Any time you feel happiness of any kind, it means that you feel united with something.

Every time there is a judgment, there is a fear.  Soften judgments of others by seeing how that judgment is true of you as well.  Oneness must be practiced, continually looked for and witnessed.

When I am in pain of any kind, I have to ask myself, what part of myself am I trying to push away (usually in response to it being awoken by something external to me)?  Is it the side of me that doubts the rest of me?  Is it the side that feels so powerless and cut off from others it is in rage? Is it the side of me that doesn’t feel like it is good enough?  Can I take that part in as part of myself?  Can I bring it closer?  This is radical self-love. The universe is a mirror of self.  Doing this automatically makes the world more unified because in taking care of your resistance in this way it takes care of your external resistance to the external thing that triggered the resistance.  For example, a war triggers the aspect of you that feels powerless.  You want to get away from that part of you.  But by bringing it closer, taking it as yourself, your resistance to the war is decreased by proxy and that ‘ends’ war because war is resistance.

Because the universe is one united consciousness that split into fragments, there is no other work in this universe than “parts work”.  No other condition in this universe than multiple personality disorder (splitting).

The new question needs to be “How can I love this thing?”  The answer is, how can you not?  It is part of you, whether you like it or not.  It is part of oneness and love is to take it as yourself.  You can’t not…  You can’t not!  Thinking it is possible is illusion.  Even if you push it away, it is still part of this universe, which is one.  So it’ still part of you.

You cannot be lonely if everything is you.  There is nothing lonely in oneness.  For something to feel lonely, there has to be an “other”.  And there is none.

5972b7_2b41728fb0294d8bbf03391b07f2f548-mv2.jpgI was in tenderness for hours while I was coming back into this dimension with the awakening, having lived through my near death experience.  I was listening to the sounds in the area as if they were expressions of myself.  I could feel deer vertebrae in my neck, half of a tarantula sticking half out of my jaw.  A snake in my back and centipedes.  A bat in my chest.  My scapula felt broken open and 10 miles apart from the expansion still.  My body still struggling to absorb all I was resistant to.  My body hurts.  My body hurts.  It hurts as much for having taken everything in as it hurt for keeping it out.  I was afraid with the awareness I was receiving that I would forget it.  I was afraid that I would fall all the way back into illusion again.  Each time I worried, I was told “Don’t worry because you can’t un-see this.  You can’t un-see reality.”

I could see and hear and feel so clearly that my ‘self’ is the first thing that separated me… from me.  My shame of myself was the second thing that separated me.  I have been pushing things away from myself ever since.  And I got to a point of ‘separation’ so intense that the only option was die to become one again.  Every death is a suicide.  I had to let my ego die so I could start living.  In a way, all people on the path of awakening, which is everyone in existence (whether they know it or not), are an embodiment of the divine, reflecting back that divine in other people and calling people back to “ourself”.  The illusion me (ego) is part of that real me (source).  And on that morning, I was loving her for the first time. But now she was very small and tucked inside me for safe keeping.

I ended a million year war that day.  A war I have perpetuated over lifetimes.  A million year war because this is how long the oneness has been fragmenting and pushing parts of itself away.  I no longer wanted to push anything away from myself, no matter how painful it was to take it in.  I saw myself in everything and in everyone.  Until my identity came back to life again, everything was a part of myself and a part of myself that needed LOVE.

PAID-no-resell-photodune-4145743-bridge-to-the-stars-m2.jpgI can never fully write what happened to me that night… you can’t write thousands of years.  While I was going through it I knew “I will never be able to explain this to people in a million years.”  But I also saw and was told by God that I am a voice for this universe trying to reach the aspects of itself that are separate.  I am a bridge.  So I will not stop trying.  These “realities” make no sense to those who have not seen oneness with their own eyes, conceived of it with their own mind and felt it with their own heart.  But I will find a way to close the gap.  I will find a way to bridge it.

For thousands of years, duality within the universe has been like a war.  Good versus evil; both sides unwilling to see itself in the other.  What I experienced that night was the way that war takes place inside us as individuals.  I saw the way that war takes place in me.  I saw that for light to fight a battle against dark is to perpetuate suffering in every facet of life.  It is to create separation, which is the opposite of love. I saw that love is the only antidote to this…  Most especially love for the things we don’t want to love.

We are being called to end this war between good and bad by integrating good and bad.  For the truth of us is that we are beyond polarity.  We are both and we are neither.  We are beyond polarity because it is not just that we can love.  It is that we are love.  We are love because we are one.  And in a state of oneness, nothing is excluded…  Nothing is left out.

 

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Who Am I?

 

When looking at taking every necessary step of the Lord, have you at any point heard somebody say, “Who am I, that I ought to do such a work?” or “they won’t trust me or do what I say”. Have you at any point heard somebody utilize the reason, “I am not articulate” or “I can’t talk well”? Have you at any point utilized one of these reasons? Have you at any point achieved the point where you essentially stated, “Master, please simply get another person to do it?” If in this way, there is trust. These are similar reasons offered by one of the best men of the Bible.

Edward Everett Hale is cited as having stated, “I am just a single, yet I am one. I can’t do everything, except I can accomplish something. What’s more, since I can’t do everything, I won’t decline to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I ought to do. What’s more, what I ought to do, by the finesse of God, I will do.” In this announcement there is an affirmation of moral duty and a nonappearance of reasons. Shouldn’t something be said about us? Would we be able to put forth this expression without reservation?

It is by all accounts a typical blame of man to present reasons for not accepting accountability and not making positive move to revise an issue or achieve an errand. Our general public has made a uninvolved domain where we sit tight for “another person to do it.” We would rather not get included. We constrain our cost of vitality to fulfilling our prompt needs. Notice, I said “needs” and not needs. A feeling of moral obligation and the self-control important to practice that duty are unprecedented attributes in this day and age.

Obviously, this is not another wonder. In the third part of Exodus, Moses was continuing on ahead of shepherding a rush of sheep for his dad in-law Jethro. Having driven the rush to posterior of the leave, he came to Mount Horeb. On that mountain, God addressed Moses from the middle of a consuming bramble. He recognized himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses was so reclaimed that God had showed himself to him that he actually concealed his face, “. . . for he was hesitant to look upon God” (Exodus 3:6).

God disclosed to Moses that he had heard the cries of the Israelites and that he had, “. . . come down to convey them out of the hands of the Egyptians” (Exodus 3:7). He at that point accused Moses of the errand of driving the Israelites out of Egyptian servitude. What was Moses’ response? Did Moses seize the opportunity to do this awesome work for the Lord? Did he accept that God would address his each issue and stroll with him all through the experience? In actuality, Moses reacted as most do today. We should take a gander at how Moses responded to the nearness of God and the task of this extraordinary undertaking.

Moses’ first response was, “Who am I, that I ought to go . . . ?” (Exodus 3:11). Moses had been brought up in Pharaoh’s royal residence and had known the methods for the capable individuals of Egypt, yet in light of the fact that he had slaughtered an Egyptian and was compelled to escape the nation and expect the humble occupation of a shepherd, he now trusted he was of little incentive to God or his own particular individuals. God immediately guaranteed Moses that he would not be distant from everyone else and that he would be with him all through the procedure (Exodus 3:12).

God educated Moses to “. . . say unto the offspring of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you . . . ” (Exodus 3:15). God advised Moses to tell the senior citizens of Israel that God “. . . will bring you up out of the distress of Egypt . . . unto a land streaming with drain and nectar” (Exodus 3:17). He disclosed to Moses that the senior citizens would “. . . notice unto thy voice . . .” and that he and the senior citizens ought to go to the lord of Egypt and request for the sake of God that he enable the offspring of Israel to go into the wild to make a relinquish unto God (Exodus 3:18).

Was this perfect disclosure, given to Moses from the mouth of God through a copying shrubbery that would not be expended, enough to blend Moses to activity? Was God’s solution to Moses’ initially pardon enough to spur Moses to get on with God’s arrangement? No, Moses was not completed the process of rationalizing yet. Moses said to God, “At the same time, observe, they won’t trust me, nor notice unto my voice: for they will state, The Lord hath not showed up unto thee” (Exodus 4:1). So God addressed his reason by making his shepherd’s pole an extremely exceptional sign unto the Israelites. This pole could change into a serpent and back again as a sign to demonstrate that God had surely addressed Moses. He gave Moses a moment sign, that of a diseased hand, just on the off chance that they didn’t trust the principal sign. He additionally gave Moses the ability to transform water taken from the stream into blood keeping in mind the end goal to persuade anybody that did not trust the initial two signs. Was Moses now prepared to God’s work?

Having fizzled with his initial two reasons, he now swings to his apparent physical and mental constraints. Moses said to God, “. . . I am not persuasive . . . I am moderate of discourse, and of a moderate tongue” (Exodus 4:10). God immediately reacted, “. . . I will be with thy month, and instruct thee what thou shalt say.” Moses was coming up short on pardons. He at that point said to God, “O my Lord, send, I implore thee, by the hand of him whom thou wither send” (Exodus 4:13). The New International Version deciphers the verse, “O Lord, please send another person to do it.” Verse fourteen is exceptionally intriguing. Subsequent to hearing every one of the reasons Moses brought to the table and in the wake of giving Moses all he expected to fulfill his errand, Moses had the nerve to state, “. . . if it’s not too much trouble send another person to do it”. Verse fourteen starts by saying, “And the outrage of the LORD was aroused against Moses.” What a dreadful thing to have transpire! In the event that we decline to do what God has decided for us to do, do we have any motivation to expect that God’s outrage won’t be aroused against us?

God made one more admission to Moses. He stated, “Shouldn’t something be said about your sibling, Aaron the Levite? I know he can talk well . . . I will enable both of you to talk and will show you what to do. He will address the general population for you, and it will be as though he were your mouth and as though you were God to him” (Exodus 4:14-16). Moses had no more reasons. He understood that God was not kidding about what he had called him to do. To what extent will it take each of us to come up short on pardons? To what extent will it be before we understand that God is not kidding about what he called us to do? Similarly as he did with Moses, he considers each of us by and by responsible for the assets and gifts he has given to us. We will be judged not on what the Church has expert all in all, however on how we have utilized our individual gifts to serve God.

There is a regularly utilized articulation that says, “It progresses toward becoming duty when we have capacity and opportunity.” Let’s take a gander at John 12:1-8.

1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a dinner; and Martha served, however Lazarus was one of the individuals who sat at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took a pound of expensive oil of spikenard, blessed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. What’s more, the house was loaded with the scent of the oil.

4 But one of His followers, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s child, who might double-cross Him, stated, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” 6 This he stated, not that he watched over poor people, but rather in light of the fact that he was a hoodlum, and had the cash box; and he used to take what was placed in it.

7 But Jesus stated, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My entombment. 8 For the poor you have with you generally, yet Me you don’t have dependably.”

The principal demonstration of administration we find in this entry is the arrangement of a dinner and Martha serving that feast to Jesus. This is unquestionably not an irregular or prominent act but rather it is one of basic administration to Jesus, as well as to the others present too. The following demonstration of administration gathered much more consideration. Mary took a pound of expensive oil of spikenard (some say it cost as much as a year’s wages), blessed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. Why did she do that? Why did she utilize something of that gigantic incentive to bless the feet of Jesus? It’s very basic truly; she had the capacity and the open door. She perceived Jesus for his identity. She knew he was extraordinary. She realized that whatever she had, regardless of what the cost, she would offer it to Jesus. In addition to the fact that she would bless his feet she would lower herself to wipe his feet with her hair. Ask yourself, on the off chance that I genuinely perceive Jesus for who he truly is, do I race to serve him in the littlest of ways or do I do as Judas and say that my vitality and assets can be better spent elsewhere?

When You Mess Up

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 1:10-2:1).

In 1986, Bob Brenley was playing third base for the San Francisco Giants. In the fourth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Brenley made an error on a routine ground ball. Four batters later he kicked away another grounder. And then while he was scrambling after the ball, he threw wildly past home plate, trying to get the runner there.

Two errors on the same play. A few minutes later he muffed yet another play to become the first player in the twentieth century to make four errors in one inning.

Now, those of us who have made very public errors in one situation or another can easily imagine how he felt during that long walk off the field at the end of that inning. But then, in the bottom of the fifth, Brenley hit a home run. Then, in the seventh, he hit a bases-loaded single, driving in two runs and tying the game. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Brenley came up to bat again, with two outs. He ran the count to three and two and then hit a massive home run into the left field seats to win the game for the Giants. Brenley’s score card for that day came to three hits and five at bats, two home runs, four errors, four runs allowed, four runs driven in, including the game-winning run. (From “A Theology of Baseball,” Tape No. 115)

Life is much like that mentioned above regarding Bob Brenley. When we sin, we should never give up or lose heart, but should repent, pick ourselves up, and strive to do better.

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The Holy Spirit And Jesus

“The following day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and stated, Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the transgression of the world! This is He of whom I stated, After me comes a Man who is favored before me, for He was before me. I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him; yet that He ought to be uncovered to Israel, consequently I came immersing with water. Also, John took the stand, I saw the Spirit plummeting from paradise like a pigeon, and He stayed upon Him. I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him, however He who sent me to sanctify through water with water said to me, Upon whom you see the Spirit slipping, and staying on Him, this is He who submerses with the Holy Spirit. What’s more, I have seen and affirmed this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34).

The above content and various others propose that there was an uncommon connection amongst Jesus and the Holy Spirit amid the times of our Lord’s own service. It is out and out of concordance with the character of Scripture to have such a conspicuous reality put forward with no reason or configuration ascribed to it. I trust the Scriptures clarify in rather striking subtle element the express reason for which Jesus was given the Holy Spirit and the way of their relationship amid Jesus’ natural service. That is the motivation behind this review.

An Extension Of Their Eternal Roles

Every individual from the Godhead keeps up a remarkable part in working out Their interminable reason. The Three Persons in the Godhead are unmistakable however equivalent (John 10:30-33; cf. 5:18). Be that as it may, these Three Persons are joined in will and reason (John 17:21). In any case, They each have Their Own special capacity. In this way, the Godhead may work through just a single of its individuals so as to fulfill Their group will and reason.

These parts are reflected all through the Scriptures. For instance, in the Creation of the world the Father arranged and coordinated the creation week (Genesis 1:1-2; Jeremiah 51:14-15; Psalms 33:9), yet the Word executed that arrangement (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-2) with the Holy Spirit conveying it to fruition or flawlessness (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalms 104:30; cf. Beginning 2:7).

Additionally, in the Redemption of Israel we see the Father guiding their evacuation to Canaan (Genesis 15:7-21; Exodus 2:23-25; 3:6-8; 20:2). In any case, as indicated by the Scriptures, it is the Word, Christ, effectively doing this Divine arrangement (1 Corinthians 10:4; Acts 7:30, 38; Exodus 23:20-21; 32:34) and the Holy Spirit finishing it at Mt. Sinai through the disclosure of the Law (Exodus 31:18; Luke 11:20; Matt. 12:28; Exodus 34:27-28; Numbers 11:24-26).

In the sending of the Word into the world it is the Father’s endless arrangement (1 Peter 1:18-20; John 3:16; Galatians 4:4-5) which the Word, Jesus the Son of God, completes (John 1:1-2, 14; Matthew 20:28; Revelation 5:5-6). The Holy Spirit finishes and idealizes that arrangement through wondrous works and the disclosure of the Gospel (John 1:31-33; Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18; 1 Peter 3:18; John 16:7-16).

Prescience Predicts Christ Empowered By The Holy Spirit

Matthew, in his record of the gospel, cites Isaiah 42:1-4 (Matt. 12:17-21). While the Old Testament content does not particularly say supernatural occurrences, it says that the Spirit would be upon Christ so He could “indicate judgment to the Gentiles” by which exhibit they would confide in His name. The Apostle discloses to us this is done through Jesus recuperating these huge numbers of men and ladies – the wounded reeds and smoking flax (Matthew 12:15) – and lecturing the Gospel to them.

Jesus read Isaiah 61:1 in the synagogue at Nazareth on the Sabbath after He returned into Galilee from His absolution and allurement in the wild (Luke 4:1-19). Jesus remains before them, having the Spirit upon Him, asserting to have been sent “since He hath blessed me to lecture the gospel to poor people.” Peter said that Jesus was blessed at His absolution with the Spirit (Acts 10:38) and promptly started lecturing the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven and recuperating all that were abused of the Devil (Mark 1:12-15).

Paul makes a reference to Isaiah 11:1-10 in Romans 15:12. He sets up that the Christ was sent to the Jews as well as to the Gentiles (Romans 15:8-13). The content from which part of the citation comes attests that the Holy Spirit would “rest” upon the Christ (cf. Beginning 8:4; Numbers 11:25-26). The Holy Spirit “rested” upon Jesus at His sanctification (John 1:33; Matthew 3:16).

This Relationship Existed For Jesus To Complete His Mission

At the point when “the Word was made tissue,” the individual Jesus was liable to every one of the confinements of humankind. The Holy Spirit was given to Jesus, as other men, keeping in mind the end goal to do the supernatural works which the Father offered Him to do (John 3:31-36).

Jesus affirmed in His mankind, “I container of my own self do nothing” (John 4:34; 5:19-20, 30; 7:16-17; 8:28; 10:25, 32, 37; 12:49-50; 14:10-11, 28; 17:4). He unmistakably ascribed His wonderful movement to the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28; Luke 4:18-28) as did the New Testament essayists (Matthew 12:14-21; Luke 4:1, 14-16; Acts 1:2; 2:22, 43; 10:38).

Jesus’ involvement in the substance was precisely similar to that of each other man (Hebrews 2:17; 4:15).

Things The Holy Spirit Did Not Do For Jesus

The Holy Spirit did not give Jesus Divinity. He had the Divine nature before the Holy Spirit happening upon Him (Matthew 1:23; John 1:27-30) and was Deity from the snapshot of origination (Luke 1:35). Regarding the Word before the incarnation, He has dependably been Divine (John 1:1-3).

The Holy Spirit did not keep Jesus from erring. The Holy Spirit never kept any man from erring (Matthew 10:1-5, 20; 26:69-27:10; Galatians 2:11; Numbers 20:11). The enticement of Jesus was genuine (Matthew 4; Luke 4). There was no wonderful power practiced for Jesus’ benefit against Satan keeping in mind the end goal to decrease the impact of the allurements which He encountered (Luke 4:1; Mark 1:12).

Neither did the Holy Spirit take away the will or the psyche of Jesus. The Scriptures show that the signs of the Holy Spirit in the prophets are liable to the prophets (1 Corinthians 14:26-32). Why might it be any extraordinary in Jesus? Nobody is guaranteeing that Jesus lost His will or His psyche, or that He didn’t realize what He was doing or why He did it.

Yes, there was an uncommon connection amongst Jesus and the Holy Spirit amid His service. It started at His sanctification and proceeded all through His open service. It was with the end goal of furnishing Jesus with the power important to finish His redemptive mission.

This uncommon relationship can’t be denied. It was forecasted by the Old Testament prophets, affirmed by the Father, recognized by Jesus and uncovered by the Apostles. It was significant to the expressed reason and plan for the Word who was made substance.

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“Jesus Was Full Of The Holy Ghost”

 

“Also, Jesus being brimming with the Holy Ghost come back from Jordan, and being driven by the Spirit into the wild, being forty days enticed of the Devil …And Jesus returned in the energy of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a notoriety of Him through all the locale circuitous… Furthermore, He came to Nazareth, where He has been raised: and as His custom might have been, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and gone to bat for to peruse. Also, there was conveyed Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. Also, when He had opened the book, He found where it was composed, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, since He hath blessed Me to lecture the gospel to the poor …'” (Luke 4:1, 14, 18).

What Does “Loaded with the Holy Ghost” Mean?

The history specialist Luke utilizes the expression “loaded with the Holy Ghost” various circumstances in the books of Luke and Acts. I trust he reliably utilizes it to mean the supernatural driving, managing and empowering impact of the Holy Spirit upon men. How about we see.

The primary utilization of the expression in Luke’s gospel happens at part one in verse 15. The reference is to John the Baptist: “He might be loaded with the Holy Ghost, even from his mom’s womb.” We realize that John was a prophet (Matt. 11:8-10; John 1:33). Clearly, this is inexplicable driving of the Spirit that John had.

The following reference is found in a similar section in verse 41. Here Elizabeth is said to be “loaded with the Holy Ghost” at the welcome of Mary. Elizabeth favors Mary and addresses her concerning the introduction of Jesus. The main clarification for Elizabeth’s information of these occasions was a divine revelation through the Holy Spirit.

Essentially, Zecharias, the spouse of Elizabeth, predictions concerning his child John the Baptist upon his introduction to the world (Luke 1:67). This prediction was the satisfaction of the sign guaranteed Zecharias in a dream reporting John’s origination (1:19-20). It is clear that the entire scene is phenomenal in character. The expression “loaded with the Holy Ghost” alludes to the wonderful enrichment Zacharias gotten to forecast distinguishing John as the “prophet of the Highest” who might go “before the substance of the Lord to set up His ways” (Luke 1:76).

In Luke’s history of the early church, he keeps on utilizing the expression to assign the supernatural enrichments the Holy Spirit provided for men. In Acts 2:4 it assigns the Spirit’s driving the messengers to talk the “magnificent works of God” in the dialects of those present. In Acts 8:4 Peter was “loaded with the Holy Ghost” when he made his deliver to the Sanhedrin in the wake of being captured for lecturing the Gospel in the Temple. He alongside whatever remains of the Apostles are said to have been “loaded with the Holy Ghost” after petition and a wonderful shaking of where they were accumulated. The outcome was that they lectured the expression of God with strength (Acts 4:31).

Stephen was stoned to death in Acts 7:59. As he was being kicked, chomped and beat to death “being brimming with the Holy Ghost” he gazed upward into paradise and saw Jesus remaining at the correct hand of God. Amid his safeguard before the Sanhedrin, his face gave the presence of “a heavenly attendant.” This is another conspicuous example of a marvelous loading with the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 9:17, Ananais goes to Saul so he may get his sight and be “loaded with the Holy Ghost.” Ananias was not fit for conferring any such blessing (cf. Acts 8:18). Neither did Saul get any such thing from alternate messengers (cf. Lady. 1:16-17). This must be a reference to Saul’s being purified through water with the Spirit specifically from Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 12:11-12).

In Acts 11:24 Luke depicts Barnabas as a man “brimming with the Holy Ghost and confidence.” The conditions of this content are parallel to those in Acts 8:4-13. There is nothing in the content that requires the conclusion this is non-marvelous. Despite what might be expected, the conditions direct that a Spirit-drove prophet be sent into Antioch with a specific end goal to affirm the holy people and proceed with the gather.

The witness Paul in Acts 13:9 is “loaded with the Holy Ghost” when he settles his eyes upon Bar-Jesus making him dazzle (Acts 13:11). This is a conspicuous reference to the phenomenal.

Are There Exceptions To The Rule?

At the point when given this proof, some think they discover an exemption in Acts 6:3. They fight Luke does not allude to an inexplicable loading with the Holy Spirit, but instead a non-wonderful impact of the Holy Spirit through the Word like that instructed by Paul (Eph. 5:18-19, Col. 3:16; Gal. 5:18-25). Stephen and whatever is left of the Seven were “loaded with the Spirit” just as in they confirm the product of the Spirit in their character.

The complaint depends on the presumption that nobody, other than a witness, worked wonders before Acts 6:6. Is this the case?

I concede there is no particular specify that anybody other than the Twelve were working marvels before Acts 6:6 (cf. Acts 2:43; 3:6-7; 4:31; 5:1-16). In any case, there is proof that others were proposed to work wonders from the season of Pentecost forward (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 2:17-18). Moreover, the announcement in Acts 5:12 does not really credit the supernatural occurrences to the messengers specifically, yet in a roundabout way as the wellspring of the specialist.

This protest likewise expect that the reason for laying hands on the seven was keeping in mind the end goal to present marvelous power. It is genuine inexplicable power was given after this way (Acts 8:18). Be that as it may, the laying on of hands may have meant the official separating of these men into the work of administering to the Grecian dowagers (cf. Acts 13:3; 1 Tim. 4:14; 5:22).

Consistency in dialect gives the better comprehension of the content. Luke utilizes a similar word that Paul utilizes as a part of Ephesians 5:18 just once in Acts 13:52. There it implies a similar thing (cf. Acts 8:39; 1 Thes. 1:6). Wherever else Luke utilizes dialect that clearly demonstrates a marvelous impact of the Holy Spirit upon men. There is no motivation to accept he doesn’t imply that in Acts 6:3 and Luke 4:1. The setting requests it.

Allowing The Exception

In any case, on the off chance that we allow the exemption in Acts 6:3, what does that demonstrate concerning Luke 4:1? Is Luke depicting some non-wonderful driving, managing and empowering impact of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus? Consider Luke’s utilization of the expression in the specific circumstance.

In Luke 4:14 Jesus is said to have come back from the wild to Galilee “in the energy of the Spirit.” His arrival produced a great deal of fervor on account of the wonders which He worked with “specialist and power” (Luke 4:36). Whose power would it say it was? It was the Spirit’s energy (Luke 4:14). Jesus got this power when He was blessed with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38).

In Luke 4:18, Jesus cites Isaiah 61:1-2 and applies it to Himself saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, since He hath blessed Me to lecture the Gospel to poor people.” In the Old Testament when the “Soul of the Lord happened upon” anybody he was brought under the supernatural power and directing impact of the Holy Spirit (cf. Judges 3:10; 6:24; 11:29; et. al.). Jesus says that He is the satisfaction of the prediction asserting to have that power keeping in mind the end goal to lecture the gospel to the remainder of Israel.

Conclusions

Jesus was “brimming with the Holy Ghost.” This was the supernatural driving, managing and empowering of energy of the Holy Spirit. Jesus utilized this power all through His own service in working supernatural occurrences and lecturing the gospel. The reason for which the Holy Spirit happened upon Jesus to convict men of His claim to be the Son of God.

The Bible

by David Padfield

The Psalmist said of the Word of God, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psa. 119:105).

There are many reasons I could give as to why I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. We could examine the prophecies that have been fulfilled (Psa. 22; Isa. 53; Dan. 8:1-8), or the fact the Bible is historically and geographically accurate (Acts 21:1-12; Luke 10:30), or the fact it has stood the test of time and has been transmitted to as God has desired (Matt. 24:35).

However, in this article, I would like to tell you what others have said about the Bible.

On his deathbed, Sir Walter Scott, the British poet, said, “Bring me the Book!” When asked what book he replied, “There is but one book.”

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, said, “That Book is the rock on which this republic rests.”

Thomas Jefferson, our third president, said, “I have always said, and will always say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better homes, better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.”

John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, said, “The first and almost only book deserving of universal distinction is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world to the men of the world and I say to you, ‘Search the Scriptures.'”

Daniel Webster, a distinguished American who served as a congressman, senator, and Secretary of State, said, “The Bible fits man for life and prepares him for death.”

Benjamin Franklin, in a speech at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787, said, “I have lived sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build a house they labor in vain that build it.'”

In the winter of 1777 George Washington wintered at Valley Forge. Most of his soldiers were in rags, and only a few had bedclothing. Many had to sit by the fire all night to keep warm, and some of the sick soldiers were without beds or even loose straw to lie upon. Nearly 3,000 were barefoot, and many had frozen feet. In spite of all of this, Washington never doubted that in the end the American cause would triumph.

The story is told of a Quaker farmer, Isaac Potts, who approached the camp one day and saw George Washington on his knees in the woods, his cheeks wet with tears, praying for help and guidance.

When the farmer returned to his home, he said to his wife, “George Washington will succeed! George Washington will succeed! The Americans will secure their independence.” “What makes you think so, Isaac?” inquired his wife. “I have heard him pray, Hannah, out there in the woods today, and the Lord will surely hear his prayer.”

The Bible has been challenged in every century, yet stood the test of time against all its enemies and the corroding influences of time.

In 303 A.D. the Roman emperor Diocletian issued an edict to destroy Christians and the Bible. Over a burned Bible Diocletian built a monument on which he wrote “Extincto nomene Christianorum” (the name Christian is extinguished).

Twenty-five years later, Diocletian was dead and the new Emperor Constantine commissioned fifty copies of the Bible to be prepared at government expense.

In 1776 the French skeptic Voltaire predicted, “One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible on earth except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity-seeker.” After his death, the presses used to print his books printed Bibles and Voltaire’s house was used by the Geneva Bible Society to distribute Bibles. One hundred years from the time of Voltaire’s prediction, the first edition of his work sold for .11¢ in Paris, but the British government paid the Czar of Russia half a million dollars for an ancient Bible manuscript.

We need to be thankful that God has revealed His mind to us (1 Cor. 2:5-13). “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The Word of God is given to us in life and will be opened before us in judgment. Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him — the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48). The Bible is not just a good book — it is the Word of God!

Multiple Choice Test

by David Padfield

The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Most people understand that when God gives us a “Thou shalt not” He means business. We understand that sin carries with it the penalty of spiritual death — separation from God (Rom. 6:23).

Have you ever thought about what God calls it when you commit some act He has called a sin, but you didn’t know that what you were doing was wrong, and thus sinned your in ignorance? Is it called:

  1. Grace
  2. Psyn
  3. Sin

The correct answer is “3” (sin).

Though some today have the attitude that “If ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise,” God has always held men accountable for their actions. In the Old Testament, God said, “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionallyby doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty, or if his sin which he has sinned comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a female without blemish for his sin which he has sinned” (Lev. 4:27-28). Even though one might have sinned unintentionally, the Lord still considered their action to be sinful, and thus held them accountable for their actions.

The apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament was written “for our learning” (Rom. 15:4). While we are not under the Mosaic law today, we can learn many valuable lessons from it. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Paul himself had been responsible for the death of Christians, even though he “did it ignorantly in unbelief” (1 Tim. 1:13), and maintained a clean conscience the entire time (Acts 23:1).

We need to remind people today that sin is a serious matter — whether we sin intentionally or unintentionally. “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9).

Water: An Amazing Substance

by Wayne Greeson

Water is truly an amazing substance, yet it is so common, so abundant that we take it for granted. Its chemical composition is the bonding of two gases, hydrogen and oxygen and it is identified in a chemist’s notation as H2O. We are familiar with its various forms from the gaseous, steam; to the liquid; to the solid, ice and snow. We drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, float over it, generate electricity with it, soak the grass with it, buy special clothes for it when it falls from the sky and on and on we could go about all the uses we make of the common and remarkable substance called water given to us by God.

God has given us water not simply as an element of our physical life, but also as an object lesson to teach us spiritual truths. Water is so much a part of our lives and covers so much of this planet that it can be said that it “day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where its voice is not heard. Its line has gone out through all the earth, and its words to the end of the world” (Psalms 19:2-4). Listen and learn the lessons water can teach us.

It Refreshes

Out in the hot sun all day working hard, your throat begins to dry out and your tongue feels parched. You try to lick your lips and only end up feeling like you ran sandpaper across them. As the sweat drips from your brow, a picture comes to your mind of a tall clear glass of ice water, the ice cubes tinkling invitingly against the inside of the glass and beadlets of water sparkling on the outside of the glass. You almost tumble over your own feet in your rush inside for a drink of water to refresh your throat, body and mind from the thirst the heat and work has whipped into you.

How refreshing water can be. David on one occasion desired to be refreshed with water from a certain well and said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate” (2 Sam. 23:15). Three mighty men broke into the camp of the Philistines just to obtain the water that would refresh David. Jesus praised those who refreshed little ones with “only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple” (Matt. 10:42). Jesus knew how precious it was to have a refreshing drink of water as in His agony on the cross He cried out, “I thirst” (John 19:28).

God uses our physical thirst for water, our longing for refreshment to teach us the need for spiritual thirst. David expressed the thirst of a soul longing to be refreshed in the presence of his God. “O God, you are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psa. 63:1). As if in response to David’s plea for his soul to be quenched, God promised to provide the water that would satisfy and refresh the thirsty soul, “For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water…” (Isaiah 35:6-7).

Jesus told the woman of Samaria that He was the source of the refreshing living water promised by God. “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life” (John 4:13-14). Immediately the woman desired to drink of the water Jesus offered.

The apostles of Jesus later explained how thirsty souls might be refreshed by God’s living water. One must repent and be baptized for the remission of their sins, “so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 2:38; 3:19). Souls that are as eager as David to be refreshed in the presence of God will humbly submit to the command of baptism in water and they will indeed receive the forgiveness of their sins and the refreshing living water of God.

It Cleanses

After a hard day of backbreaking work, nothing feels quite as good as a long hot shower or bath. To soak up the water and scrub off the sweat and grime not just cleans the body, but makes one feel like a new person. We use gallons of water every day to clean our bodies, our clothes, our dishes, our cars, our pets, and anything else that we can reach with a bucket and a scrub brush.

Under the Law of Moses, cleansing with water was a frequent requirement. The frequency of cleansing with water for the priests required a bronze laver of water to be placed in the tabernacle courtyard between the altar and the door of the tabernacle. Moses was commanded concerning the laver, “you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die” (Exodus 30:19-20).

Again the Lord has given us the physical quality of water and its use in cleansing to teach us a lesson concerning spiritual cleansing. Just as dirt will make our body filthy and require water for cleansing, so also sin will make our soul filthy and require water for cleansing. David fervently prayed to be cleansed of his sins, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin … purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psa. 51:2, 7). The Lord promised in the Old Testament a means of cleansing, “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1).

Under the New Testament, the Lord kept his promise and sent his son, Jesus Christ, to open up the way to the fountain whereby those who love God might be washed, cleansed, purified and purged of their sins. God has ordained that for one to be cleansed of his sins he must in faith submit to baptism in water, “the washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5). Saul was commanded by God through Ananias, “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). One must be baptized not to remove the filth of the flesh, but in order to give the answer of a good conscience toward God (1 Pet. 3:21). Only those who have had their hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and their “bodies washed with pure water” can “draw near (to God) with a true heart and in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22).

It Is Essential To Life

Water is essential for life to exist on this planet. All creatures require water to live. The human body is three quarters water and uses water for digestion, circulation, respiration, temperature control, waste removal and many more functions. While one can live without food for three weeks, one cannot live more than three days without water. Hagar and Ishmael would have died in the wilderness without water when their skin of water was used up if the Lord had not opened Hagar’s eyes to find a well of water (Gen. 21:14-15).

Throughout the ages God has made water not only a requirement for physical life but also for spiritual life. During the Patriarchal age, water became the means through which God saved Noah and his family. “God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was prepared, in which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water” (1 Peter 3:20). Later, God saved the nation of Israel from the slavery of Egypt through the water of the Red Sea. Under the Law of Moses, God required that the priests wash themselves with water before entering the tabernacle in service to God and failure to do so meant death (Exodus 30:18-20).

Just as God requires water for our physical life and as he used water as a means to save those under the Patriarchal and Mosaical dispensations, God now requires water as an essential element for salvation under the dispensation of his dear Son. Jesus laid down the need of water for spiritual life to Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say unto you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Before Jesus ascended into heaven he told his apostles, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Because of God’s requirement of baptism in water and its essentiality to our spiritual life, Peter wrote that as Noah and his family were saved through water, “There is an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism” (1 Peter 3:21).

What is truly amazing about water is that the very element which we desperately need and use so much, God has blessed us with in exceeding abundance in the form of dew, rain, ponds, lakes, creeks, streams, rivers, seas and oceans. Just has so very few need to die physically for lack of water, no one needs to continue in spiritual death for lack of baptism in water in obedience to Jesus. “See here is water, what hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36).

“You Are God, You Alone”

by David Padfield

Have you ever considered that period of time when Jehovah dwelt alone, without any of the works of His creation? There was a period in eternity before the sun ever gave its light. There was a time before the stars floated in the sky. There was a time when all that you and I can now see was yet unborn, slumbering in the mind of God.

Before the creation of the sun, the moon, the stars and the planets of the Milky Way, there was a God, and He was blessed forever. Although no angels yet hymned His praises, He sat as a King on His eternal throne. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psa. 90:2).

In the process of time, it pleased the Father to create this world and all things therein through His Son. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Col. 1:16-17).

Have you ever considered how infinitely inferior we are to God? We can hear the great prophet Isaiah say, “O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand” (Isa. 64:8). Throughout the course of human events Jehovah has endeavored to teach mankind that He is God, and beside Him “there is no other” (Isa. 45:22).

When the king of Assyria threatened Israel, the good king Hezekiah humbly prayed, “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth” (2 Kings 19:15). He then beseeched Jehovah to “hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God” and “save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone” (2 Kings 19:16, 19).

Let us examine how God has been teaching this great lesson to the world throughout recorded history.

A Lesson Taught To Idolaters

Human history records how men would often set up a block of wood or stone to be his maker. “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things” (Rom. 1:22-23). He then prostrated his body before the creature of his hands — calling it god, while it had neither eyes to see, or hands to feel, nor ears to hear.

Where are those gods before whom the people of Nineveh once fell? You would have to ask the moles and the snakes, because those gods are now buried beneath mounds of dirt and clay. Alternatively, you could go to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and see their remains there, and smile as you think that men should have ever bowed before such gods such as these. God has spoken concerning the gods of Nineveh, saying, “Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, for you are vile” (Nahum 1:14).

Where are the gods of Persia? The fires of their altars are quenched, and the memory of them has nearly passed away from the earth.

Where are the gods of Greece — those gods who were once hymned in the most sublime odes? Who talks of them now? Only those in the halls of academia, as they study long forgotten relics of the past. Where is Zeus, the god of the sky, weather, thunder and lightning? Where is Nike, the winged goddess of victory? Where is Athena, the warrior-goddess who was the embodiment of wisdom and the protectress of Athens? Who now stands before Jupiter or bows before Saturn?

Where are the gods of Rome? Does Janus, the god who supposedly hovered over households, now command any temple? Can you now find the priests of Jove today? Where is Bacchus, the god of grapes and wine? Are there any now who bow before these gods? No! They have lost their thrones.

A Lesson Taught To Empires

Great empires have risen up, and have become the gods of their age. Kings and princes have taken upon themselves high titles, and have been worshipped by the multitudes. Nevertheless, ask these empires now whether there is any beside Jehovah?

God taught the Egyptians that He was God. “The Egyptians considered sacred the lion, the ox, the ram, the wolf, the dog, the cat, the ibis, the vulture, the falcon, the hippopotamus, the crocodile, the cobra, the dolphin, different varieties of fish, trees, and small animals including the frog, scarab, locust and other insects.” (John Davis, Moses and the Gods of Egypt, p. 95).

I think many people miss the point of the plagues God sent against Egypt during the days of Moses. Sometimes people get so wrapped up in studying fleas and locusts that they forget the purpose of the plagues. The plagues were not just to be an inconvenience to the Egyptians — they were designed to teach the Egyptians about the power and might of Jehovah. It seems as though every plague was a direct affront to one or more of the gods of Egypt. God told Moses, “But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the children of Israel from among them.” (Exodus 7:4-5). At the death of the firstborn, Jehovah said, “against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord” (Exodus 12:12).

But where is Amon-Re, the supreme god of Egypt? His temple in Karnak now lies in ruins. Where is Isis, the mother goddess of fertility and nature? Where is Osiris, the god of the dead and of the underworld? Where is Horus, the god of light — the god represented as a falcon-headed man wearing a sun disk as a crown? Were is Ptah, the chief god of Memphis, the one whom they believed created the moon, the sun, and the earth?

Consider the Babylonian Empire. She who was great among the nations — where is she now? You could go to Iraq and stand upon the mounds that once housed some of the most feared armies of the world — but it is now covered in sand and forgotten by time. You could stand upon the mounds of ancient Nineveh and let those hidden ruins remind you that there is but one God and empires sink before Him.

Go to Greece and walk amidst the ancient temples where the apostle Paul once traveled. Recall how Paul told the Athenians about the God “who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24-25). As you walk through the many temples in Athens it is as though you hear a solemn voice amid those ruins saying, “I am God, and there is no other.”

A Lesson Taught To Monarchs

Nebuchadnezzar had to learn about the nature of God the hard way. Can you not picture him with the crown on his head and his purple robe over his shoulders as he walks through proud Babylon? Daniel had already told him that God “changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings” (Dan. 2:21). However, it appears as though he soon forgot this lesson, and what a journey he had to make! (Dan. 4:1-37). Nebuchadnezzar had to learn that “all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?'” (Dan. 4:35).

Herod Agrippa I was smitten by an angel of the Lord in the theater built by Herod the Great (Acts 12:20-23). Josephus said Herod died after five days of suffering. God indeed humbles the proud and abases the mighty.

“Now, when Agrippa had reigned three years over all Judea, he came to the city Caesarea, which was formerly called Strato’s Tower; and there he exhibited shows in honor of Caesar, upon his being informed that there was a certain festival celebrated to make vows for his safety. At which festival, a great multitude was gotten together of the principal persons, and such as were of dignity through his province. On the second day of which shows he put on a garment made wholly of silver, and of a contexture truly wonderful, and came into the theater early in the morning; at which time the silver of his garment being illuminated by the fresh reflection of the sun’s rays upon it, shone out after a surprising manner, and was so resplendent as to spread a horror over those that looked intently upon him; and presently his flatterers cried out, one from one place, and another from another (though not for his good), that he was a god; and they added, ‘Be thou merciful to us; for although we have hitherto reverenced thee only as a man, yet shall we henceforth own thee as superior to mortal nature.’ Upon this the king did neither rebuke them, nor reject their impious flattery.” (Josephus, Antiq. 19.8.2).

Think of the fall of the Soviet Union. It has not been that long since we saw old dynasties tremble and gray-haired dictators driven from their palaces. We watched president Ronald Reagan stand in front of the Berlin Wall and say, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear this wall down.” Then in November of 1989 we sat by our televisions and watched the cranes dismantle the wall that had separated the East from the West for more than a generation, and they toppled the statues of Stalin and Lenin. It was as though we saw Jehovah put His foot upon land and sea, and with His hands uplifted cry — “Hear you people of the earth! I am God, and beside me there is no other.”

A Lesson Taught To Wise Men Of The World

There have always been those who sought to set themselves up in the place of God. One of the greatest enemies of Truth has been the wisdom of men, for wisdom of man does not see God (1 Cor. 1:18-25).

Nevertheless, have you not noticed, in reading history, how God has abased the pride of wisdom? The mighty thoughts of Socrates are now all but utterly forgotten. Even a child in grade school today would laugh at the “wisdom” of Socrates. And to the “wisdom” of Socrates, we could add Aristotle and Plato.

One century passes and another century comes and a new set of philosophers rise up to refute their predecessors. At one time Sigmund Freud, a man who described himself as “a completely godless Jew,” was considered to possess one of the greatest minds on earth, but is now repudiated by so many great centers of learning. The Bible is like a stone that breaks into pieces human philosophy — it is like a battering ram against the thin walls of humanism (cf. Dan. 2:44-45).

God’s Own People Have To Learn This Lesson

The Jews in the Promised Land forgot this lesson and bowed before other gods, and therefore Jehovah brought against them kings and nations. During the period of the judges “they forgot the Lord their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs” (Judges 3:7). Israel forgot Jehovah and was carried away into Babylonian captivity.

What Israel did, we often do as well, i.e., forget that He is God, and beside Him there is none else. Sometimes we plan for the future without taking God into account (James 4:13-15). God teaches His people every day, by affliction, by trials, by the loss of the joys of His countenance, that He is God.

Conclusion

We must continue to look “unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).

From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross of Calvary we hear our Savior pleading with men to accept His kind and tender invitation (Matt. 11:28-30). Come to Calvary, and to Calvary’s Lamb and learn from Him!

(Article based upon a sermon preached by C. H. Spurgeon)

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Why do bad things happen to good people?

Read Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

How can a loving and just God allow bad things to happen to good people?

 

A Few Points to Start With:

  1. Questions are not bad. They are healthy and they help us to grow our faith. Questions become bad when (1) we try to answer them with our own wisdom instead of from God’s Word and/or (2) we stop seeking answers.

 

  1. When we ask this question it implies that because we’re good we deserve God’s special protection and care.
    1. God’s people are not necessarily good people – they are saved people.
      1. Romans 3:21-26
      2. Luke 23:40-43 – criminal on the cross
      3. Modern examples – Jeffrey Dahmer, people we have known
    2. There are no examples, comments or commands where God has promised a special protection for Christians.

 

  1. These are dangerous questions. They are not dangerous because the answers are difficult to understand or accept, but because Satan uses them to create doubt and chip away at our faith. He uses them as stumbling blocks in our growth towards God.

 

  1. The awful catastrophes in the news papers and on the news channels get the most attention. But these account for only a small portion of death and suffering in the world. Most is at a localized level with little public attention and on an individual basis.

 

The Answers I Have Found – So Far:

  1. Romans 5:12ff – Much of the suffering in the world is a direct result of the misuse of the freedom of choice of past generations.
    1. Adam began a pattern of willful disobedience to God. And by doing so created death for all men.
      1. This death entails:
        1. Spiritual separation from God
        2. Physical death and suffering
        3. Death as a power over us through our sin. In other words, when we sin, death reigns over us until we become a Christian and then Christ reigns over us.

 

  1. Galatians 6:7-10 – We reap what we sow. And sometimes we put others in a position to reap some of our sowing.

 

  1. Luke 13:2-5 – God created the world with natural laws. These laws can’t be changed and will always act the same way.

 

  1. John 9:1-3 – Sometimes God uses one part of His creation to demonstrate His characteristics to another part of His creation.

 

  1. James 1:2-5 – God has a plan for us. And that plan will often include some trials. Our trials are there for our benefit – to help us grow and bring us closer to being complete or finished in Him.

 

  1. Hebrews 12:7-11 – God will discipline His children for disobedience. Often times people bring pain and suffering on themselves for their disobedience to God.

 

Closing

James 1:5-6