The Wonder of Christmas!

The Wonder of Christmas!

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of David fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

And knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name JESUS.  Matthew 1:18-25

This wondrous season brings us into remembrance of the birth of Christ which was foretold by the prophet Isaiah.   This was an amazing time with many marvelous signs, angels, a star guiding the way to the Christ child, and not only the birth of Christ but his predecessor, the birth of John the Baptist also was occurring to a woman who supposedly could have no children.

During this time the Word was in force, as it always is, and you will be able to easily see why the Christ was born to Mary and Joseph and likewise why John was born to Zacharias and Elisabeth.  Often, in my writing I talk about the Word being alive and moving in the unseen, manifesting, bringing about circumstances because of what has been spoken, literally power in motion.

First, let us look at the account in Luke, which is the most complete, starting with the birth of John the Baptist.  It says there, this. about Zacharias and Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.  And they had no child, because that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. Luke 1:6  So, these were good, righteous people who were trying to live according to the precepts of God, Zacharias it says was even a priest.  It was while he was at the temple burning incense, a custom of the priest’s office, that an angel appeared unto him.

And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Luke 1:12-13

The scriptures go on to say that John, shall not drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. Luke 1:16-17

But Zacharias response was not what the angel Gabriel, or God, wanted to hear because it appears, he was in doubt of what he was told.

And Zacharias said unto the angel.  Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee,, and to show thee these glad tidings.  And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. Luke 1:18-19

This scripture reveals a couple different important points.  As I have said repeatedly in my writing the words of your mouth bring about circumstances.  Jesus explains this in Matthew, that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This is why  Zacharias was made dumb, so he could not speak because power is put in motion when you speak, either good or negative.  It was to show him and us that words have consequences. Contrarily, look at the response of Elisabeth and Mary and what they had to say.

Powerful women of God

Then, the scriptures say, And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. Luke 1:24-25

Now, why did she say this?  Because at this time in history women were very low in social status and if you could not have children then your value was diminished even more among men, so Elisabeth was simply grateful.  Then scriptures say, in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  Mary, was troubled by this manner of salutation but the angel told her to, Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.  Then the scriptures go on to tell her about the son to be born to her and that his name would be Jesus.  Mary did ask how this could be since she had not been with a man.  The angel told her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35

Now, look at Mary’s response to the angel and you can immediately see why she was chosen to be the mother of the Christ child.  Mary obviously had an amazing understanding of how the word operates for her words are filled with power and positive affirmations.  The angel goes on to tell her about her cousin, Elisabeth and how she had conceived a son in her old age and then tells her this:

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

This too, is what Jesus tells us.  Then Mary’s powerful response!

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word. Luke 1:38

So, Mary immediately had received this information as truth by faith.  She already sees herself as the handmaid of the Lord and says, putting power in motion, be it unto me according to thy word.  In our terms it would be, okay, let it be done!  This is a powerful statement because at that time a woman could be put to death for having a premarital relationship, even though she had not, to people it would certainly appear she had.  She did not question or fear but simply acted in accordance with the word given to her.  Then, the angel departed from her and it says Mary went to see her cousin Elisabeth.  The conversation that ensues shows both of these women were filled with understanding and the knowledge of God.

And it came to pass, that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.  And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

This clearly shows in the last sentence that, believing, is an integral part of the equation.  Faith, puts God’s power in motion.  All the way back to Abraham, faith, is what puts God’s power to work.   Then, Mary responds:

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Glory to God, this is powerful.  Mary did not say anything other than power-filled words, that blessed God, and by so doing, blessed herself also.  Immediately, you can see why she was chosen, but to be blessed she had to listen and believe!

Then Mary stayed at her cousin, Elisabeth’s home for another three months and Elisabeth delivered a son.

And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.  And his mother answered and said Not so; but he shall be called John. Luke 1:59-60

Now, this was huge because women as we discussed were of low social status at the time, so speaking out like this was a big deal.

And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.  And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.  And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying His name is John. And they marveled all.

And his mouth was open immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake and praised God. Luke 1:61-64

Then the Holy Ghost came upon Zacharias and he prophesied and glorified God, talking about the coming of Christ, the redeemer of Israel, and he said this about John.  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.

Mary and Joseph then had to return to his own city because of a tax decree from Caesar so they proceeded to go to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,  And this shall be sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:7-14

Glory to God, this is a wondrous time of the year!  Of course, we must get past all of the commercialism and get back to the roots of the story, but when we do so we can truly realize how important this event truly is.

By faith, we too must accept what has been done for us and learn how to live in accordance with God’s precepts, truly loving God and one another!  The Christ went on to show us the way, to give his life, because of his great love for mankind, fulfilling prophecy from many years before his birth.  But I marvel too at Mary and Elisabeth’s great faith!

May you all have a blessed holiday season!  Remember too, the word holidays came from holy days.  So, when someone wishes you happy holidays, remember, yes indeed, holy days they are!  Oh, yes, the wonder of Christmas!  Until next time, may you be filled with the power of God, loving one another and the Lord.  Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Giving thanks is a spiritual act!

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.

1Thessalonians 5:15-19

Giving thanks, acknowledging the very power of God in one’s life is foundational to living the life of abundance.  For when we are giving thanks we are not only acknowledging God’s goodness in our life but, “calling things which are not as though they were”, allowing the gate valve of abundance to flow into our life! Glory to God, this is the powerful life you were meant to live; living rightly or righteously, according to God’s precepts which are loving one another and God with a fervent heart plus realizing God’s power is moving constantly, reaping what is sowed.  Knowing this, we should certainly be mindful of what it is we are, “sowing”, for it is said, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This little scriptural verse is packed with power, knowledge and understanding because it shows that how you are thinking, what is in your heart, creates your life.  This is another huge spiritual concept, that if you want to change a circumstance you should speak God’s words over whatever it is you are trying to change, realizing in faith that power is moving in the unseen!

Jesus explained these things in the Parable of the Sower, that the seed is the Word, that God’s kingdom, which is within you works like a seed and needs roots, spiritual roots, is what he is speaking of.  Then, shortly after telling the parable he was crossing the sea when a great storm appeared where they, the disciples fearing for their lives, woke Jesus up and proclaimed don’t you care we are about to die, paraphrased, but Jesus said, Peace, be still, And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

I do not think that it was a coincidence that the Parable of the Sower, was given prior to the storm.  Perhaps, Jesus was seeing if they really grasped what he was saying, that spiritual power is released by starting with a thought as a seed, then cultivating it in the divine, realizing God is with you, in you and you in God, One, then watching as the results manifest.  In this instance Jesus, starts with the problem being the storm, says, Peace be still, and the wind ceased.  Now, before you walk into the nearest tornado and give this a whirl, I would suggest you start smaller but you know your faith, so it is up to you.l

Jesus, had already realized God’s power was with him so he knew, absolutely knew the storm would stop. This is asking in faith, saying according to the word and then manifesting the results.  Jesus even did this when he cursed the fig tree, showing negatively it also works.    Sometimes, I believe this is what we do to ourselves if we fear something is going to happen, your belief plus faith brings the result, spiritual power in motion, but not the kind we like.  So, do and ask, in accordance with what is good!

Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 21:21-22

So, if you need more thankfulness in your life, if there be any scarcity in health, love, finances, faith, ask believing you receive, believe that power is moving in the unseen, creating that which you ask for, then with gratitude it shall be done unto you according to your faith.

I know some may say, I’ve tried this and it does not work but my response would be that you probably did not let the roots of the seed grow, there is always a period of time which passes even if it is infinitely small.  Every farmer knows that you cannot keep plucking a seed out of the good soil to see if it is working.  You just have to believe.

Yes, Thanksgiving is a blessed time but for some it is the beginning of a season which brings back memories of lost loved ones, better times, heartache and loneliness.  So, remember that some have no one to spend these special days with and could use some love in their life.  Simple acts of kindness such as just being, “friendly”, can help or perhaps you know of other ways to, reach out.  Some may be hungry, cold, and poor so they may not be feeling too thankful.  Be understanding, realize unfortunate events do occur and we should be available to help when we can.

We are all in this life together, connected as spiritual beings, each one made in the very Image of God, which I also write about under that name.

We also are given instruction on how to live, love God and one another, how to increase our faith, how to have the abundant life so we all may be thankful!  During this special season which has undoubtedly been commercialized too much, remember Thanksgiving was started to merely give thanks.  Giving thanks, is a spiritual act!  It shows you realize how the spiritual system works when you are giving thanks because you and God are at the helm of your life!  If this is the case, we are walking with God, as One, with Christ, then certainly goodness shall fill our lives and good fruit too, will manifest.

May you all be abundantly blessed during this holiday season.  Remember when folks say, happy holidays, that the word, holiday, is derived from, holy day, so they are acknowledging that yes, indeed, the savior’s birth was a holy day!  God bless and keep you all until next time! Quench not the Spirit!

We are All Connected

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Chief Seattle

After a contentious election, I believe we all may need this reminder. We are all connected, so when you act badly towards another, you are putting negative power into motion. The apostle Paul put it this way.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6

As I wrote about previously in, The Image of God, we all have the same God in and through us. We are spiritual beings, living in a spiritual realm where, it is done unto you as you believe. Realizing this, the great truth which connects us all, we need to walk as One, realizing that we may have differing opinions but realize too, that we are all children of the living God!
Another way Jesus said it is, I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:5-7 Later, he gave a commandment, This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12 Jesus, took a great risk bringing knowledge of how the spiritual realm operates to us; he did so because he loved the people and God, he wanted them to have a life of abundance. He showed us, the Word, has power and that God is love. In the parable of the sower he explains that the Word, operates like a seed, that it is filled with supernatural power so when you let it grow roots then it will grow and your life will reap fruit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, Galations 5:22
The Christ liked to use common examples of the time people could relate to, so he explained it like he is the vine, (one with God, the very life force) and the branches are us. A branch does not fight against the other branches, it is all one plant. The life force flowing through it, flows through all of the branches, there is no contention amongst the branches. We too must think like this if we are to realize the impact of our actions towards one another. If we want to reap goodness, we need to sow goodness. We know one of the basic concepts is, you reap what you sow. Why then would we not sow goodness, or why would we sow strife and think we are going to get goodness? Even the simplest farmer knows you get what you plant, so let’s sow only good!

Jesus, also showed how the entire spiritual system operates. Whenever he did a miracle he said, it is done unto you as you believe, your faith has made you whole, it is because of your great faith! The entire spiritual system we live in works on, faith. I wrote some on this previously in, Faith and the Unseen, an earlier entry. So, realize this, God is love, the Word is power, and faith is what makes it all work! What a wondrous place we live in!

Until next time, may you all be blessed, walking as One, realizing we are all uniquely made, but still One, all connected! Love one another and God with a true heart, walking as children of the light!

The Abundant Life

 

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3

Here, in this scripture, this spiritual writing, the way to achieve the abundant life is put forth.  First, it says to not listen to people who know nothing of God. The reason for this of course is that they know nothing of spiritual, “things” or how the world operates.  This world operates on spiritual law even if you do not believe it.  Jesus explained this in Matthew when he said, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof, in the day of judgement. For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matt. 12:34-35. Your words come from what you believe, what is in the core of your being, your heart.  These words do not have to be spoken, they are your very thoughts which are creating your life according to what you think and say.  This is huge!  Once this is understood, action can be taken to adjust your mind so you may pursue the course you desire.

It also says in the opening Psalm that, “the blessed man”, or woman “delights in the law of the Lord” and he “meditates”, on this day and night. So, this is not some passing thought about this spiritual system but thinking intensely on how this spiritual law operates and controlling one’s mind. This is why Christianity or spiritual law does not work for some people.  They may even go to church to gain a deeper understanding but then walk out and live just like the people of the world who have no knowledge or understanding.  This is not faith that there even IS, a spiritual system, so depending on what they believe it is done unto them.  To have real faith we must first learn that there is a spiritual system giving to us according to what we think, feel and do.  Then, when we realize this, that God is real, that power moves in the unseen realm according to your thoughts and words, we may put our faith into motion creating the abundant life.

I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:9-10

Jesus came to explain how the things of God operate so we could have “life” and have it more abundantly.  Everything in this spiritual system works by faith, that is, what we believe and how much love is in us.  That is why throughout the scriptures it speaks of the connection between the heart, the center of your very being, your words, faith, which can be faith in good things or bad and corresponding results which are manifested in your life.  The scriptures are the keys to the kingdom and when we think correctly we can manifest good results.

This also works in good times or bad. As you see in the Psalm even in times of, “drought”, the leaf shall not whither.  That is, you will be blessed no matter whether it is a recession, a time of political unrest, regardless of circumstance if you are living with your ear inclined to your inner intuition trusting in God to give you guidance, you will know what to do.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

This changes life! Knowing these things you can truly have life, a good one, blessed with peace, love, happiness and prosperity.  Yes, if anyone is lacking in any of these areas ask and it will be given, believing that you receive that which you ask for.  This is “calling things which are not as though they were”, another powerful scriptural concept.

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

 

The, “righteousness” spoken of here is living according to God’s ways which are a divine system of goodness and love with spiritual law operating as the foundation.  Everything is systematically organized under spiritual law so we are first to seek this “kingdom”, within us.

The scriptures also explain that God is in and through all things, of course that includes us and I have previously written about the fact that we are made in the, “image of God”.  Scripture also defines God as love, light and spirit so it may not be the God you first believed in as a child, some large theologian we all probably pictured at one time.   Many of us have had let downs over the years to say the least but know this, we are living in a spiritual realm which responds to your thoughts, so live in love, seek that which is good, ask inwardly for guidance and you will be blessed. For you are a child, son or daughter of the living God and it is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Until next time, love and light to all!

 

New Beginnings

Ho, Every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not?  Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 

Isaiah 55:1-3

There are times when we all may feel like we need a new beginning.  Sometimes, “life”, may seem to slap us around a little, or things may not seem as great as we would like.  There are many people who struggle with using illicit drugs, drinking alcohol excessively, or perhaps you are just seeking more fulfillment out of life.  Whatever the reason, know this, God loves new beginnings!  Like spring coming to the foothills, this is when the most beautiful things can occur, when a person may blossom into a new creation and all old things are passed away.

In the above verse, the author is speaking as God, about a spiritual type of food and the word, “Ho”, is a call to listen up!  Here, it tells to, incline your ear, and you, “shall live”.  When a person does incline their ear they are listening for the still, small voice within, realizing, acknowledging the very reality of God!

On the last day that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying. If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink.  He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37

Jesus spoke of these things earlier in the chapter of John also and then had to explain what he was speaking about to his disciples because they were not understanding he was speaking of taking in the word as a type of spiritual food.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53   He then heard his disciples murmuring amongst themselves about what a hard saying this was to understand, so he said to them, Doth this offend you?  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:  the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:61-63

So, here we quickly learn what this bread and living water is, the very word of God.  Once you gain an understanding of the Word of God, this is the true sustenance your soul thirsts for.  There is a true inter-relationship with the Father, the Creator, God, who is defined as light, love and spirit when we are inclining our ear, letting our very soul delight itself in fatness. This brings God’s power into your life, which changes everything!

New beginnings, this term brings about visions of spring to me, new life springing forth. This too, is what occurs on the spiritual level when you realize all of this stuff about God, invisible realms, love’s healing power, faith changes things, is all real! That is why Jesus, was crying out to the people!  He knew it is all real! He was willing to suffer the horrendous death of, the cross and the ridicule by the people, who scoffed and mocked him, the very Son of God!

The least we can do is listen, believe and love God and one another.  Know, there is real power available to the believer to do or become whatever God leads you to. In the book of Jeremiah the prophet is trying to get Israel to turn back to the Father when he, speaking as God, says this.

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13

I talked previously about people being literally, spiritual vessels or containers.   The fountain of living water, is God’s love and power. Then when we acknowledge Him, receive these, His word, love and power, then this living water will flow from us to others bringing new life, to the believer.

So, may your new beginnings be awesome!  May you find true peace and sustenance living a life filled with love and God’s power! Until next time, light and love to all!

 

In the Image of God

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1:26-27

Then it says, “God blessed them,…” So, what does this mean we are made in the image of God, and why is God, plural, in this text? In our likeness, it says and implies we are certainly not just another animal but a unique being created in God’s image, given dominion over the earth.  Later on, in Genesis there is another beautiful text, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  So, now it points out that besides being created in God’s image we are also a, living soul.

In the book of 1 John, the apostle John is pointing out some characteristics of God which may shed some light on the plurality used in Genesis where it says,”Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” . John writes this.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  1 John 5:7

This scripture sheds light on the plurality used in Genesis, in our image, after our likeness.  In this same book, John also states that, God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”    So, both of these combined explain many other scriptures which state that the Word has been put in your heart and in your mouth. Like this one:

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14

My point is that God is not far from us but is us, and has a special relationship with us. We are made in the likeness of God and I do not think that means we look like God since God is in and through all things, which includes the universe. So, when we pray we have to realize that he is in us and through us, that he is the very love within. That we are in God, God in us.  This is what Jesus prayed. That we would, be one, as he was with God and us, One. So, as soon as you pray to some far-off deity you immediately cut yourself off from the real God which is in You.  God is like, I’m right here, who are you talking to, the sky? The stars?  I’m right here, in you, I am you. I AM . I guess God is also in the sky and stars so if you want to, you can look that far but God is also You.  He is in and through your very atoms, so God knows what your praying about before it is even spoken. Glory to God! God will give you the power to do, but you must do whatever it is.

This is not near as difficult with God’s Word in our mouth and in our heart, the heart being the center of our being where we believe and our mouth speaking the Word puts spiritual power into motion. Then it is done unto us as we believe.

That being said, there are things which occur that are outside of our realm of understanding.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9  But we are given these resources so we know we are not left defenseless.

There is a great deal of scripture about the heart and the mouth. One is here.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Proverbs 16:23

In Proverbs 20:27 it says, The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  In this verse the Hebrew word for spirit is the same word used for breath in the scripture about God breathing the breath of life into man.  The breath of life being, the spirit of man.

How fascinating and wondrous I find all of this.  What a wondrous relationship we have with the Creator.  This is why scripture tells us to, Fear not, neither be dismayed, for if we are walking with this amazing God as one, with an awareness, we only need to realize that we are truly vessels of the living God!  Then whatever we take on is with God as our righteous right arm.  The bible also speaks of people who are walking under their own, supposed, power as having a right arm of flesh, not realizing they are God’s creation, with God in them, walking according to their own whims and desires. That is walking carnally, with no knowledge of God.  It seems a silly existence once you discover the power of God, in you!  But everyone discovers at their own pace, so be patient with others, help when you can.

Remember, God sees you as perfect, a perfect creation, no matter what shape, size or color you are. To the Father you are perfect. The world may say you are too skinny, too fat, need make-up, too old, too young or too gray but realize they are just trying to usually get you to buy something or want to make their selves feel better.  There will always be those who are ready to put someone else down to lift themselves up saying you are too religious or not religious enough, an ex-drug addict or a goodie-two-shoes.  Even if you are a drug addict, a drunk or a criminal, you are still a child of the living God and these behavioral things can be changed the instant you decide to do so.  As a man thinketh, so is he, or she. This is a biblical truth.

The only thing to realize is God is love so if you want to feel closer to God, love. This will spread the love to others. We all need love no matter how tough you think you are.  People become tough to protect themselves from others who can be harsh.  It damages people to live without love because it is not natural. We are vessels of God so we should treat one another accordingly, realizing they too are created in the very, image of God!

Until next time, be blessed and love one another!

Renewing of the mind

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Jeremian 17:7-8

Today, I am going over some powerful information to overcome adversity and help to renew your mind.  Even more, like the scripture above states, you may just completely avoid the difficulty in the first place.  That being said, everyone has those days where, stuff, seems to come out of nowhere and if we are not ready, sometimes even when we are prepared we may become temporarily rattled.

But have no fear, the scriptures are chocked full of information to assist us with these issues.  To gain knowledge and understanding to overcome these problems lets look at some absolutely essential information.  It is important to grasp these concepts, to get them deep within you, so you can truly have a blessed life.

            Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23

This seems like a very simple saying but it is packed with spiritual power!  It tells us that how you think, what thoughts are within the very core of your being, actually control the direction and course of your life.  This is a powerful spiritual truth!  Jesus said it this way..

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Matthew 12:35-37

So, whatever good or evil which is within you shall manifest when it comes out of your mouth. Even more than that, you should try to have only good thoughts within you and do not speak, that which you do not want. For, words are power in motion.  Throughout the Bible every time the Lord performed an act or Jesus performed an act, he said it first.  Jesus gives us instruction here; For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:23-24

Paul the apostle also received this, very knowledge of God, saying this:

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.

2 Corinthians 4:13

Paul and John absolutely knew that it was very important to get good thoughts within you.  We are supposed to be filled with love!  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  1 John 4:8  So, when you speak make sure they are powerful, good words, to bless yourself and others. People will feel the good which comes from you and good fruit will follow.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, what soever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Then we know, with a pure heart we realize, that God is with us and we are armed, equipped, to overcome the obstacles of the day.  For, we are told to live by faith not by sight; so what appears to be, is simply that, the appearance of what is which may be altered by, the word of our mouth, the very power of God put into motion.  Glory to God!  But, to do so we must be living right, righteously, it is called, loving one another and God with a fervent heart.  Then when we ask, believing we will receive, our heart will not feel condemned and make our request void.  Peter the apostle put it this way; For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

So, do good and fear not; know that God is with you.  Be blessed, until next time, love and light to all!