In Him, Surrounded and Safe

 

“What did I just pass through?” the man asked himself. “I could feel something sliding off from over me.” He looked behind him, feeling the increasing coolness, as he walked away. He retraced a few steps. Warmer. “What was I doing or thinking, when I came out from under … what?” “The Lord and I had been talking together, then that strobe-like thought beset me. I turned to look after it, and lost track of Him. I began thinking I was alone and in trouble.”

Was this incident just a perception or a reality?

Had The Lord left him?

No.

Nor was He like a yo-yo, close, then far, then close ….

No, the man, in his thought, left Him. It was his own perception, an alert from The Lord of the man’s turning away to his own saying and doing. He was not sharing The Lord’s, and therefore felt lost.

 

You are never alone.

You are in Him.[i]

But the enemy’s temptation is for you feel that way.

Do not yield to the enemy’s attempts.

Instead, turn to Him in and with you.

The Lord’s Presence overwhelms and engulfs you every moment.

Your being one with Him entitles you to share His

 

There will be many times you do not feel like doing the right thing. Thing is the old mindset of just I.

But this is external Law, forgetting His internal Presence, that you depend on Him.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; no, it is not I [not just I, nor only my new self ‘I’], but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by The Son of God’s faith, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

 

You may not feel willing. Depend on His thoughts, feelings, desires, and willingness. “Lord, help me be willing to be made willing in You. I ask to share Your willingness.”

He is always eager to provide Himself as your Answer to Whom you need.

 

You may not want to yield to Him. Share His yieldedness that He always gave His and our Father.

You no longer depend on yourself – victory comes only in Him.

“I Am the Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

 

You are in His perpetual Presence to know Him, sense Him, and live with and by Him.

“(15) And when the servant of the man of God had risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host [enemy] compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? (16) And he answered, Do not fear: for they who are with us are more than they who are with them. (17) And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray you, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:15-17

“You will show me the path of life: in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

“… mercy shall surround him who trusts in the LORD.” Psalm 32:10b

“As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so The LORD is round about His people from now on even forever.” Psalm 125:2

“(1) O LORD, You have searched me, and known me. (2) You know my sitting and my rising, You understand my thought afar off. (3) You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, You know it altogether. (5) You have beset me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. (6) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. (7) Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your Presence? (8) If I ascend up into heaven, You are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. (9) If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; (10) even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. (11) If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. (12) Yes, the darkness does not hide from You, but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to You. (13) For You have possessed my inmost being: You have covered me in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:1-13

“for I, says the LORD, will be to her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” Zechariah 2:5

Do not fear; for I am with you. Do not be dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

“(15) Can a woman forget her nursing babe and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Yes, they may forget, but I will never ever forget you. (16) Behold, I have engraved you upon the palms of My hands. Your walls are continually before Me. [I see you].” Isaiah 49:15-16

“But the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are bond or free; we have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

“Now you are the Body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:27

“(27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:27-28

I will make him who overcomes a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall no longer go out, and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and I will write upon him My new name.” Revelation 3:12

 

See Also: Divine Tag Team

 


[i] you in God

he in God

“(15) Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. (16) And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:15-16

you in Christ

He who eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I in him.” John 6:56

“At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John 14:20

“(4) Remain in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine; neither can you, unless you remain in Me. (5) I am the vine, you are the branches: He who remains in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

“By Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” 1 Corinthians 1:30

you in God

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“But whoever keeps His word, in him certainly is the love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in Him.” 1 John 2:5

“For we are made sharers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;” Hebrews 3:14

you in Him

“And he who keeps His commandments dwells in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He remains in us, by the Spirit Whom He has given us.” 1 John 3:24

“Hereby we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” 1 John 4:13

 

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Evolution: I Expected More From Scientific American

 

This post may be appended in future, separate parts.

 

Debunking absurdity

With its high-powered assertions on behalf of evolution and truth beyond reasonable doubt, Scientific American plummets while attempting to scale Mt Everest on verbal assertions alone. It’s very disappointing. I expected more.

First things first – when an author wants to be taken seriously, particularly in academia, never write without references to source and page, like this author has failed to do. He did provide a list of books that defend evolution,[i] but if you will provide references to your best sources, you will invite readers to explore the foundations of your assertions. It’s much like dating someone. You look your best and talk a good game, but your date probably isn’t seeing the real you. In both dating and science, they need to see the real you – they need references to each assertion made, not forcing the readers to wade through books that may not even address your points, but appear to, because a list of books was provided.

Of course, references and sources are two-edged swords. If your sources are non-existent or not credible, then neither are your arguments, and people will see through you. The readers’ need for truth/sources is not just nice – they’re bedrock necessities. If however, you may want to play with the truth (lie/slant/omit/obfuscate), then certainly don’t reveal your references.

You’re also probably well aware that truth in the area of evolution/intelligent design has evolved over the years. Where can a reader go to get the latest up-to-date, credible information? Hopefully in your references.

Nor does the author build a strong case on iffy language to tell you what to believe, like could (20 occurrences), may (12), most (11), and some (9). These reinforce assertions to truth, but not actual truth from references to statement points. Let the readers decide, based on your references, not on your language maneuvers that ultimately made this a non-scientific propaganda piece.

This article earns a hazy and lazy F grade for lack of references linked to its assertions and another F for slanting. “Slanting is a species or subset of the fallacy of equivocation. Slanting is when a term is used to “slant” a statement or description in favor of your position without justification.”

 

Now to the article itself.

First, Scientific American portrayed its evolutionary stance with a graphic of two monkeys behind a podium. Though this is Planet of the Apes-esque, monkeys cannot defend or debate evolution – in fact, monkeys cannot talk. Spoofing monkeys strengthens this author’s apparent self-identification with monkeys, but not his pro-evolution position.

15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

 

Archaeopteryx is mentioned. Evolutionists declare it to be a bird/reptile intermediary to strengthen their theory. An intermediary used to be called a missing link, but like the boy who cried wolf, evolutionists have long since backed away from the phrase. Intermediary now reigns.

After its discovery, Archaeopteryx was classified as a bird, but this classification didn’t support the evolutionary model, so it became redefined as a bird/reptile intermediate. Certainly there has been evolution in classification/definition, a mental construct. As noted in the link, if the author’s assertion of many intermediaries (not just this one) was true, there would be mountains of fossilized examples. There aren’t.

 

Here’s the main point.

The author further writes that such and so wrote a computer program that showed that monkeys could actually recreate Shakespeare’s work Hamlet. In how long? Four and a half days:

“As an analogy, consider the 13-letter sequence “TOBEORNOTTOBE.” A million hypothetical monkeys, each typing out one phrase a second on a keyboard, could take as long as 78,800 years to find it among the 2613 sequences of that length. But in the 1980s Richard Hardison, then at Glendale College, wrote a computer program that generated phrases randomly while preserving the positions of individual letters that happened to be correctly placed (in effect, selecting for phrases more like Hamlet’s). On average, the program re-created the phrase in just 336 iterations, less than 90 seconds. Even more amazing, it could reconstruct Shakespeare’s entire play in just four and a half days.”

The irony is beyond belief that any serious mind would write this, swallowing so many assumptions while straining credulity.

Why?

The author just proved intelligent design’s ultimate point that code requires a coder, i.e. DNA code points to an Intelligent Designer.

So let’s test the assumptions necessary for the author’s unfortunately chosen example. Here’s a broadly chosen list of requirements: a machine/computer; a machine-maker/system of design and production; education; coherent language; many monkeys; people with inherent automated intelligence that can self-coordinate trillions of cells and millions of processes seamlessly for a life-time on food, water, and clothing, without directed thought; a planet with an atmosphere that sustains human and animal life; a universe that holds it in balance.

Above all these minimal antecedents, there’s the code that saves the accidental keyboard stroke, a placeholder letter, so that eventually other accidental keystrokes fill in the blanks of the phrase.

This is disallowed, human-intervention cheating.

How?

Monkeys have no way of knowing when to save letters, so the programmer had to do it for the monkeys. Why is this true? Because monkeys cannot read nor speak English, nor know what Hamlet is, so therefore cannot recognize when letters (“What’s a letter?”) matched their positions in the unknown phrases (“What’s a phrase? What’s English? What’s language? What’s this thing in front of me that I’m forced to hit on?” etc. etc. etc.).

This is not just cheating, this is ludicrous cheating. Evolutionists say there’s no God, nor higher intellect of any sort to direct correct answers, nor knowledge that such answers need to be saved, nor knowledge of a language with rules required to construct the phrase, and though this example demonstrates a lack of thought and reason, evolutionists cannot replace God with some mind/god of their own making (like nature) that makes decisions in their predetermined favor.

Since this fallacious argument is perpetuated by evolutionists, they can easily prove intelligent design wrong by moving beyond their theoretical talk. Again, verbal utterances cannot climb Everest – a body must help it.

Show us.

Get as many monkeys as possible, then give the monkeys all the intellectual tools needed to conduct the experiment, including English instructors and lessons, computers with keyboards, and let’s see what happens. For the purpose of the experiment, you may assume the existence of the universe, planet Earth, atmosphere for life, human computer designers and manufacturers, education, etc., etc., etc., etc.

Any bets that the monkeys will reproduce Hamlet in four and half days, or four and a half months, or four and a half years, or four and a half decades, or four and a half centuries, or … ever?

Are evolutionists going to test their theory?

Of course not.

It’s absurd.

Let’s forecast the result: the monkeys will never produce a New York Times best seller. But even if enlightened evolutionary editors selected the monkeys’ outputs for publication, all we’d get would be books of monkey keyboard gibberish.

Monkeys do not produce Hamlet in reality.

But they do in fiction.

The reality is that complex entities can only be constructed/created by something more complex than they. Neither monkeys nor unintelligent/untrained/unskilled humans are pouring out streams of amazing works of art and mechanics (Maserati cars), of which we stumble over every few seconds.

 

I close with monkeys performing Hamlet at this line in the play, “To be or not to be….”

Think before you howl.


[i] This seems interesting: evolution needs defending. “You mean like a god, an idol? Cannot the ideas stand on their own? Cannot the god defend you? The true God can take care of Himself, quite apart from us.

“(2) Why should the heathen say, Where is their God, now? (3) But our God is in the heavens: He has done whatever He has pleased. (4) Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. (5) They have mouths, but they do not speak: they have eyes, but they do not see: (6) they have ears, but they do not hear: they have noses, but they do not smell: (7) they have hands, but they do not handle: they have feet, but they do not walk. Neither do they speak through their throat. (8) They who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.” Psalm 115:2-8

Addiction

 

We all are or have been addicted to something.

Why?

We needed something that we couldn’t put our fingers on.

There was a void in our hearts, and we tried to fill it with things.

These led us into trouble.

By God’s plan, we ran into His Law.

And The Law did its work of convicting us of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

We desperately needed Him.

We were introduced to Him, and we said Yes.

With our new excitement at being saved, we were plugged into church functions, but it was not known to teach us that we were new creations in Him.

Our addictions continued, because we’d only replaced the bad things with newly-found, good Christian things.

These are never enough.

We’re made for The Someone, not a someone or a something.

No thing can satisfy us, nor can any other person.

Only He satisfies us.

From the beginning, we were designed to be together with Him.

“… the body is … for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.” 1 Corinthians 6:13b

“This is a great mystery [marriage], but I am really speaking about Christ and the church [Him and you].” Ephesians 5:32

“Therefore, my brothers, you died to the Law by the body of Christ; that you could be married to Him Who was raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.” Romans 7:4

 

How does He satisfy us?

He satisfies us by being Whom we have been seeking.

We have sought love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

These are only His fruit [Galatians 5:22-23, John 15:5].

Christ is their embodiment, their manifestation.

We are to share His Life and fruit.

“I Am the Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

 

He Is love.

He wants to know and love us intimately.

“(22) And the glory which You gave Me I have given to them; that they may be one, even as We are one: (23) I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them, as You have loved Me.” John 17:22-23

“(4) But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love by which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)” Ephesians 2:4-5

“And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God Is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16

Look anywhere other than Him and you’ll miss being consistently and permanently loved.

 

He Is Peace.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

God’s peace, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Only n Him Is peace.

 

He Is The Patient One.

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Romans 15:5

“And the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love, and into Christ’s patience.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Without Him, there is no patience.

 

He Is joy.

“You will show me the path of life: in Your Presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

“Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy to our LORD: neither be sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Joy rests in no one else than Him.

 

He Is all.

“(24) To them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ [Is] The Power of God, and [Is] The Wisdom of God. (30) By Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who by God Is made to us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption:” 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30

“(9) Do not lie to each other, seeing that you have put off the old person with his deeds; (10) and have put on the new person, who is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him Who created him: (11) where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ Is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:9-11

 

We were never made to be or to do anything alone.

We are to share all He Is.

We share His mind, because we are one with Him.

“We have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16b

We also share His believing, for He is here to live in and with us together.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; no, it is not I [not just I, nor only my new self ‘I’], but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by The Son of God’s faith, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

 

He is intimately involved in our fight. Isn’t it wonderful that we are also to share His obedience.

“(3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the destruction of strongholds😉 (5) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought captive to Christ’s obedience;” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

 

Our addictions end when we embrace, know, and love Him. He Is all we need.

See Also:
Causation

 

Part 1: Everyone Actually Agrees on Standards, If They Think About It

 

The political divide in America’s social issues isn’t actually much of a divide, if people are asked more than partisan, sound-bite questions. You may not realize it, but experts design conclusions in search of surveys. Such surveys yield illegitimate results predicated on lying, slanting, misleading, manipulating, omitting, and other word devices keenly known by the wordsmith political hacks. These ways are generally unknown to us normal :>) people who don’t obfuscate, confuse, and lie as a way of life or for a living.

Let’s use abortion as an example.

The obvious question from pro-lifers to pro-choicers is, “Are you in favor of killing babies?” “Absolutely not, you’re putting words in my mouth!” I’m certain you would proclaim from the rooftops. You don’t want to kill babies or anyone else, frankly. You agree that killing generally is wrong. You agree in principle that life for babies is not just good, but great. You are actually pro-life, in this context, because after all, you were once a baby yourself, and may have children of your own. They’re precious to you.

So what is the issue? Is it, “If it comes down to the baby or me, the baby dies.” As prospective mothers, you ladies don’t agree with this either. You’ll lay down your lives for your babies. Most women want a family, at some point in their lives. It’s the circumstances that complicate this for those who are pro-choice.

What are the complications? “I refuse to let government dictate to me what to do with my body!” pro-choice women loudly retort. But this isn’t limited to just you – and I’m not even talking about the obvious baby and the baby’s father. None of us, probably especially men, want someone dictating what we can or cannot do [“Them thar are fightin’ words!”]. We often say, “We’ll show them by doing the opposite out of spite, even if we agree with them.” We didn’t like it when our parents told us what to do, though that’s something parents must do to protect and train us as to right and wrong, and what benefits or hurts us and others. The funny quips along this line are the girl who says to her mother, “I’m tired of you telling me what to do, I’m getting out of here.” “What are you going to do?” the mother concernedly responds. “I’m going to get married!” No mutually supporting or submitting to each other there, we jokingly observe. [Plus on disagreements between spouses, who is tasked with being the leader/tie-breaker on making decisions?] Or how about the son who’s also wanting out: “What are you going to do, Son?” “I’m enlisting in the Marine Corps!” We laugh, because he’ll be ordered by everyone up the chain-of-command. He’s signed on to follow orders [submit] to defend the Constitution at the risk of his life. [“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lays down his life for his friends.” John 15:13]

So it’s not even being told what to do – that’s a part of life. Nor is it really about respect for authority either, for you know you’re supposed to respect your parents, bosses, and leaders. Even without the command, you agree:

“Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;” Ephesians 6:2

Even if you had horrible parents who hated and beat you, you wished you could have respected and honored them. Your heart longed to say, “My dad can beat your dad!” or “I love my father so much, and my mom is the best.” and get big hugs. If you have children someday, you want to be respected by them. To get it, you must also be able to give it, because even without knowing the principle, you recognize it:

“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, he reaps.” Galatians 6:7

God made life this way, you cannot beat it. There are consequences to your actions.

You receive as you have given.

You recognize The Truth.

Oops.

 

A lot is encapsulated in the above. “I want life to be good, but it’s not. I’m afraid and overwhelmed. And I’m acting in ways that hurt me and others. I’m dying here, but I want to live. How can I change? I’m still looking for something in life. What is it?”

You’re looking to be loved in a way you never felt you have been. Your parents did the best they knew how, but there were gaps in their love [and their parents, etc.] that left you hungering for their attention, affection, and affirmation. You have tried to satisfy that longing in all the wrong places.

Someone wants you to belong to them and to love you as you’ve desired. Let me introduce you to that one.

[This post will soon continue.]

See Also:
Can Liberals Listen?

Pseudo-Intellectual Philosophy, Not Christ

 

I used to attend a Sunday evening small church led by a former missionary.

Things appeared fine at the beginning. Obviously intelligent, an easy manner, kind of professorial, yet with several decades of mission work in Asia. These in themselves gained him a hearing. His audience was heavily millennial; this demographic rarely asked questions.

As time drew on, something was amiss. Less and less mentions were being made of God. I found myself asking on a regular basis, “Where does Christ fit into this?” Aware of the necessary emphasis, the leader would again cross the T-s and dot the I-s. Yet if listening, one couldn’t help but wonder, “Does the church leadership know what he is saying and doing here?” Anytime one of them showed up, the leader could seamlessly insert the unplanned such that everything flowed smoothly and got Billy Graham’s stamp of approval. That he spoke of Christ in their presence, but otherwise left Him out in their absence, indicated intent.

What we who attended were hearing was intellect without heart, without His leading, and without Him. And when a leader leaves Him out in favor of man’s philosophy, he leaves the Spirit out too.

Let’s be clear. If an argument is truly intellectual, it is also spiritual. If it is not spiritual, neither is it intellectual – it is foolish.

When confronted about his departure from Christ, this leader’s response was to panic, run for the cover of the leadership to force submission to his authority.

There is authority, but not at the expense of Christ. Man is never your Head.

Expose pseudo-intellectualism for the empty philosophy it is. It is unworthy of Him. There is no freedom from sin in Christ in it, because there is no Christ in it. Your life has been redefined in Him, so anyone who is preaching or teaching anything else than Christ as your Life is preaching himself instead.

 

This man’s Twitter account continues to reveal his purpose. It is global and liberal. Trump appears the most and then only negatively. Almost non-existent is the name and proclamation of Christ. This should alert you to avoid such leaders, and expose them instead. Man is their god, not God.

“(1) In the meantime, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, to such an extent that they trod one upon another, he began to say to His disciples first of all, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. (2) For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hidden, that shall not be known. (3) Therefore whatever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and what you have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” Luke 12:1-3

“(32) Whoever therefore shall confess Me before men, I will confess him also before My Father Who is in heaven. (33) But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father Who is in heaven. (34) Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth: I did not come to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (37) He who loves father or mother more than Me is unworthy of Me: and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is unworthy of Me. (38) And he who does not take his cross, and follows after Me, is unworthy of Me. (39) He who finds his life shall lose it: and he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:32-39

“(18) (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) (20) for our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:” Philippians 3:18-20

 

 

See Also:
Christian Intellectual Irrelevance
Error

To Those Who Refuse Counseling – Don’t Reject The Counselor

 

“Counseling! Absolutely not!” the man refused. But anyone who is sick at heart may reject counseling.

Some of the counseling sessions of which you’ve heard are bloodier than slasher movies. One friend’s counselor fell asleep multiple times. But at least in his benign sleep, the counselor wasn’t wasting anything more than his client’s money.

So, since you’re refusing to see a counselor, who may side against you, will you consider One Who Is always for you? Will you consider One Who will always tell you the truth, because He loves you and Is the Truth?

Will you take counsel from Someone Who Is Life from the dead, Whose very breath has the power to make you live again? He can even make you want to live again.

God, The Creator and Sustainer of all, can do exceeding abundantly beyond all you ask or think, even when you feel like quitting.

God wants to work in and through you, to reveal His unstoppable life and peace.

 

Can’t yield? No problem.

Unwilling? No problem.

No faith? No problem.

No love?

You get the idea.

He Is the embodiment of everything you need. He has given Himself to you to Be your all.

“Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:11b

 

Christ always yields to His Father and shares His yielding with you, if you will accept it.

He shares all He Is in and with you.

Need ________?

Share His.

 

But is God good to share with you like this?

Let’s say you love babies. If there’s a baby around you, how often as you go by the baby will you kiss the baby, hug or otherwise touch the baby, coo-coo the baby, or do other baby things?

Every time.

Why? Because you love the baby.

The Scripture says that God Is love, not has it. If you want to know what love is, then you must know God, otherwise you may occasionally act out some love-like things, until circumstances or people push your buttons.

God knows how to love you. He made you in His image, to know and love Him and others too.

You might say, “He is not good, He hasn’t done anything for me. In fact, I don’t think He cares that I’m dying here. Where is He? He doesn’t answer my prayers. I’m living in a perpetual, dismal desert. I’m all alone.”

All of these feelings are experienced in your blindness and deafness of unbelief.

You may get out of yourself at any time.

This moment.

God essentially says, “I made life work like this …. To face it differently than I made it, means that your experience in life will be in proportion to how you face it. You’ll reap what you sow. Face it with Me and you’ll  overcome. Face it alone and you’ll be cold, will dry up, and will die.”

 

Don’t oppose Him. Share His yieldedness, for He seeks your good.

“But to Israel He said, All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.” Romans 10:21

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets, and stone them who are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would have none of Me!” Matthew 23:37

Come to The Counselor.

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

 

Jobert and His Three Friends

 

A New Testament allegory to Job and his three friends [Book of Job]

opposition to freedom in Christ may be fierce

 

The trek had been ascending, but the sheer drop was as if the world toppled beneath his feet. Camaraderie fell as the three now opposed Jobert. Huddled were Sanballast, Sansophio, and Sanbalm. Apart from him, the three ate their stores, but proffered neither taste, touch, nor heat.

“Why does it trouble you, that I said your nature is no longer sinful?” queried Jobert. They clamored, “Absurd,” “Blind,” “Contemptuous—you are a deceiver after the great deceiver.” “Serious charges, and I should be condemned, if true.” said Jobert as he applied salve to his wounds. “However, you are accusing God, if Christ did not replace your sinful nature.” “What are you babbling, infidel?” demanded Sanballast. “By clinging to a sinful nature in Christ, you are asserting Satan’s strength over God, and that He is evil.” replied Jobert. Anger seized Sanballast, “You are evil!” Sansophio and Sanbalm threw ashes in the air and wailed.

Jobert pulled his cloak tighter and hunched his shoulders in the blackness. “Let us reason together. If the Son’s sacrifice could not remove evil from us, then He could not destroy Satan’s work.[i] Satan, not God, would be the great conqueror.” A jeer darkened Sansophio. Sanbalm chortled and spat, “A philosopher.” “The sinful error only gets worse.” continued Jobert, “We know the Almighty’s Holy Spirit dwells in His chosen, and that a sinful nature can only emanate from an evil spirit. Can an evil spirit dwell with the Holy—for those joined to the Lord are one spirit with Him?”[ii] “You have a demon and need my counsel.” mocked Sanbalm.

“The Scripture says that God and man are spirit.” ventured Jobert.[iii] “Our spirits were patterned after Adam, but we are born again into Christ and joined in spirit. If we are unchanged and our sinful spirits mix with Christ’s, then He would be one with evil.” “Enough of this!” Sanbalm launched. “Romans 7 plainly declares we still possess sinful natures in Christ. Paul struggled just like us—the present tense destroys your yammering!”

“On the surface, it certainly appears to waddle!” Jobert agreed. “If the apostle could not walk holily, then who can?” “Theologians have endlessly debated this passage. Are you smarter than they?” pitched the high voice of Sansophio. “Neither Keller, Chandler, Piper nor others of renown agree with you. High-minded fool is what you are. You make yourself greater than they.” The cold dug into him. “Though it waddles, it is not a duck.” observed Jobert. “This is deciphered two verses later when Paul reveals the two laws. The higher one is the spirit of life in Christ that overcomes the lower law of sin and death.”

“For The Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from The Law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

“Where does this prattling lead?” menaced Sanballast. “Are you going to talk us to death?” “Be free indeed or convict God a liar. Which of these two laws dominates Romans 7?” asked Jobert as he rubbed and blew on his hands. Shaking his head, Sanballast stammered, “How can we know?” “Simply by counting. Would it surprise you that there are forty-five sin and death words in Romans 7’s twenty-five verses?” Jobert was greeted by silence. A minute passed, “That’s not possible.” “Check for yourself.” “In the morning.” Blankets shrouded the men as sleep claimed them.

The sun seeped into the rim of the earth refreshing aching muscles and soothing minds. What does God do with sleep and truth? Dreams? Visions? Bereans? They ate and fed on the Word. “Hard to believe. Forty-five sin and death words in Romans 7. It’s describing the lower law that’s overcome in Christ. But, what does it ultimately mean?” “It means that Romans 7 is describing the previous state before becoming one with Him – it is Paul the Jew following The Law, not Paul the Christian.” Chewing. Digesting.

“Why does sin and death occur? What is the mechanism?” “It is referred to forty times in the same chapter.” Jobert disclosed. “What? I’ve read this many times, but have never seen these things. What is it?” “Law. You will find forty references to law, commandment, letter, ordinance or phrases or implicit references to The Law.” A receding, demeaning tide ebbed away.

“Is there a correlation between The Law and sin and death?” “That is what the apostle says. Sin takes opportunity through the holy Law.” “How does it work?” “The Law says in verse seven not to covet, to desire the forbidden. Yet, when we are tempted, our desire to obey God falls away, and though we hate it, we follow sin. Sin, the evil parasite living off of the holy Law, deceives us into committing sins that result in death. Sin has dominion under The Law and cannot exist apart from it.[iv] But do not presume that Satan has outwitted God by abusing The Law. This outcome is solely by God’s design.” “But why would He do this?” retorted Sansophio. “Because following rules is not what He desires—His goal is our knowing Him and being one with Him. Through the desperation of sin by The Law, He drives us into the arms of Jesus. We are to live by Him, not die through The Law. When we sin, we are living by The Law.”

“We need to think on these things. But, don’t other verses tell us we retain sinful natures?” “No. Our sinful natures were crucified and cut away by Christ on His cross. We are no longer old selves in the flesh with carnal minds following The Law. We are now new spirits with new selves with new minds of Christ living by Him in grace.[v] We were sinners before salvation. Now we are saints in Him.

 

“I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh [a soft heart].” Ezekiel 36:26

“And they who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires [this is the sinful nature].” Galatians 5:24

“in Whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: [what is circumcised and cast away is never again a part of the body]” Colossians 2:11

“For when we were [past tense] in the flesh [we are no longer in the flesh], the motions of sins, which were aroused by The Law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.” Romans 7:5

“But you are not in the flesh [we are no longer in the flesh], but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Romans 8:9

 

“What about Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh?”[vi] Doesn’t this declare a continuing sinful nature?” asked Sanballast. “We can only place faith in flesh or spirit. There are no other options. If we will not walk in the Spirit in faith, we default to the flesh in unbelief. God refuses to let spiritual fruit spring from fleshly branches. It is like being protected from the rain. If we accept Him sheltering us, we will not get wet [sin]. But we will get wet if we move away from Him.”

 


[i] “He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

[ii] “But the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

[iii]God is a Spirit: and they who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24; “For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11

[iv] “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are under grace, not The Law. [sin has dominion under The Law]” Romans 6:14; “Do you not know, brothers, (for I speak to them who know The Law,) that The Law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?” Romans 7:1; “the strength of sin is The Law. [sin gets its power by using The Law]” 1 Corinthians 15:56b; “For when we were [past tense] in the flesh [we are no longer in the flesh], the motions of sins, which were aroused by The Law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.” Romans 7:5; “(8) But sin took opportunity by the commandment and forged in me all manner of lusting. For apart from The Law, sin is dead. (9) And I was alive apart The Law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” Romans 7:8-9; “For sin took opportunity by the commandment and deceived and slew me.” Romans 7:11; “Was then that which is good [The Law] made death to me? God forbid. But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, worked death in me by that which is good; so that sin by the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.” Romans 7:13; “Therefore, my brothers, you died to The Law by the body of Christ; that you could be married to Him Who was raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit to God.” Romans 7:4

[v] “For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

[vi] “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the desire of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16