God, In His Wisdom, Chooses Crackpots

8" China antique Porcelain Qing Ice crack pattern white guan ear vase pot

So You Think You’re A Crackpot!…Good!

Did you know that during the past 4,000 years of civilized history, the Chinese have generated numerous proverbs for almost any situation in life.  And one of these proverbs have brought me to my blog post for this week.

Just the other day, while searching my computer files, I ran across an old ‘saved’ file of prose and poetry.  In it I discovered a Chinese proverb about two cracked clay pots that I thought you might like to hear.  Why?  Because subliminally, the conversation message therein had ‘God’ written all over it!

Honestly, I do not know whether its author, Confucius or another ancient sage mystic was inspired by the Holy Spirit when he was meditating and eventually wrote down his proverbial thoughts, but the message in his wisdom of intent is certainly straight from the mind and wisdom of God.

So, included below is some good old Chinese wisdom.  Take a look for yourself and you be the judge to weather or not you see the hand of God.

 

crackedpot orig  An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?

That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”

“For two years  I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Moral of the story…

Each of us has their own unique flaw…But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my ‘crackpot’ friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path.

My final word of Chinese wisdom gleaned from my files: “A man’s faults all conform to his type of mind. Observe his faults and you may know his virtues.”

Do yourself a great big favor and take the time to send this message to all your friends who have a cracked side.  (And only God knows just how many we are!!!)

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Even the color of flowers have meanings, especially Tulips

Scripture Lesson:  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

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God Allowed Me To Be Creative And To Set His Word To Poetry

Ruth and Naomi, Pieter Lastman, 1624

Ruth, loyal daughter-in-law to Naomi

Sometimes, God allows me to do my own thing when I want to remember or get a better understanding of a particular story in the Bible.  I often look for key words or draw the storyline on paper; like when God is building a wall that specifically describes each right and left turn or the particular distance a character travels and which side of the city he/she decides to settle in.  I’ve learned that by doing this it helps me know in advance whether the construction or trip will bring feast or famine for the laborers or travelers.

This method of study was put into motion while reading just a few short verses in the Book of Ruth.  “In the days when the judges ruled...” was my first clue.  If judges were needed, then God’s people are making poor decisions and everybody is doing as they see fit.  In this case, Naomi’s husband, Elimelek was guilty.  Next, “…there was a famine in the land.”  Now, whenever there is a famine in the land, it indicates that nobody is calling upon the Name of God and/or everybody is disobeying God’s Word.  In other words, nobody is ‘eating’ God’s Word.  So, without saying so, the story is indicating to me that Elimelek did not consult God before making his decision to relocate to Moab.  “So a man from Bethlehem in Judah,…”  why on God’s green earth would a man of God want to leave Bethlehem, which means ‘house of bread’ and go to a place called Moab without praying about it first?  Don’t forget, Moab was the name of Lot’s first-born son by his own daughter!  (Not a good union.)

So, since the Book of Ruth only consisted of four chapters, I decided to set it to rhyme.

                         “Naomi’s Adversities Became Ruth’s University”                                        (A poetic synopsis of Chapter One)

Naomi was an Israelite pilgrim, depicted in the Book of Ruth.  She shared the biblical storyline with a Moabites who came to know Truth.

Naomi, her husband, Elimelek, along with two sickly sons, left their home in Bethlehem-Judah in search of a distant, far away region.

What necessitated this journey?  Why did a famine engulf their land?  Was God punishing His people?  An unruly, stubborn and immoral clan.

Eventually, all arrived safely in Moab, a land situated east of the Dead Sea.  But not long afterwards Elimelek died and what was once four became three.

Now, as the story goes, in due season, sons Mahlon and Chilion married.  One wife was Orpha, the other Ruth.  Still ten years later both women were barren.

Death came calling claiming both boys, just as it had claimed their father.  Alone, Naomi sat to grieve and fret, her comfort:  just two Moabite daughters.

By and by Naomi regained her strength and decided to return to Bethlehem.  The Lord had lifted the famine, and both daughters desired to go with her to give her a hand.

Naomi insisted that they not follow, but return to live with their own kin.  She thanked them for their loyalty and prayed new husbands they’d win.

So Orpha kissed Naomi and said, adieu, but Ruth wept and clung mightily.  Ruth said, “Where you go I will go, your people and your God are mine, too.”

The two ladies arrived at Bethlehem to warm greetings from far and near.  ‘Mara’ was the name Naomi chose to reintroduce herself to her peers.

God had dealt very bitterly by taking her husband and two sons.  She had to bury them down in Moab, she couldn’t bring them home to Judah.

 

So, to my readers, if you have never experimented with this form of learning God’s Word why don’t you give it a try.  It will increase your ability to run ahead of the story and  guess the ending before it happens.  But best of all, our divine Teacher, The Holy Spirit, will began to  trust you with and to anoint you with a better and deeper understanding of God’s Word.  (You may have already noticed God uses a lot of shortcuts in His writings.)

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Just like your Creator…Experiment in learning God’s Word…Be Blessed!

So all you poets out there get started…God is leaving it up to you to make His word plausible and digestible for all peoples.  Remember what the Disciple John said:

Scripture Lesson:  “Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”   John 21:25

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God Can Change Your Name, Too!

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But do you really know your new name in God’s Galaxy?  When He calls will you answer?

This is a true story, folks.  One day, many years ago, while studying the Bible, I noticed that in the Old and New Testaments, for many of the characters listed therein, either God or Authoritarians of conquering nations of the Israelites would change their names.  And when God changed a person’s name it was generally to what or to whom that person would become.

For example: Abram to Abraham; Sari to Sarah; Jacob to Israel; Pashur to “terror on every side”; Solomon to Jediah; Daniel to Belteshazzar; Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to Shadrach, Meshach and Abaednego; just to name a few.

So, on that day while reading the Bible, I looked up from the pages and I audibly spoke to God by whimsically asking, ‘Lord, when are You going to change my name’?  He responded instantly and said, ‘My child, I have been seeking you out all your life’.  At the time, that response did not register into my psychic.  I had no idea what God meant.

But later on, some years later, I was reading Isaiah 62:12

”And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord:  and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.”

Everything became clearer after reading that verse.  My mind (psychic) put two and two together.  That’s your name, I said to myself.  Sought Out!  Remember, the Lord said to you some time ago, that He had been seeking you out all your life.  WHY?  Because you were born a sinner and did not know you needed Him.  Jesus has been running behind you and tapping you on the shoulder and inviting you to run with Him.  You are not forsaken!

Oh, my god!  I had been reading the Bible because the stories excited me and I wanted to be able to tell them to others; but my motives were all wrong.  So, I now read the Bible to acquire a better understanding of the Son of God, to get to know Him and His message of salvation.  I yield.  I yield.  What must I do to be truly saved!  Those were the words I prayed as I put on the full armor of God.  I knew I needed Him to help me to flee from death, hell and the grave.  And to become an heir of His Kingdom and eternal life.

Yes, in a twinkle of an eye, my name, my body and my soul was changed that day.  My new name is Sought Out.  I claim it and strive with open arms to be ‘found’ in Him.  I have even placed His Name on my vanity license plates on my car.  It reads, “My Jah”.  Translated it reads, “My God”. (I can get away with using one of God’s Names on my license plate because most people do not know what “Jah” means.)  So, let’s keep it our little secret!  Jehovah is His Full Name!  And my license plates help me to witness to all who inquire ‘what does your license plates mean?’.

Psalms 68:4 reads:  “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name; extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.”

For now, I am riding on the highways and byways.  Later it will be on the streets of gold.

I now have a new lease on life and I want you to have one, too.  If you have never asked the Lord what your new name is, then, its high time you did so.  There is definitely a name change for all believers.  Read the verse below:

 Scripture Lesson:  Revelations 2:17  God says, ,”To the one who conquers [death, hell and the grave] I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him [or her] a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except the one who receives it.”

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We are all the Lion of Judah’s Children and He knows your name!  Just ask and it shall be given.

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God Initiated “A Fresh Start”

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A Fresh Start With A Gifted Living Tree Of Life…Free of Charge

Okay! So now that Thanksgiving is over, let us now enter wholeheartedly into the Yuletide Season.  No, that’s not a biblical scripture verse, but it could be.  However, I don’t recall the Holy Spirit directing me to compile a ‘Gospel According To Mother Fowler’.  No way!  No how!

I’m just calling your attention to the coming 2018 Yuletide Season (which, as you know refers to Christmas) because our Lord and Savior reminded me in my prayer time to take “A Fresh Start” in celebrating His birthday this year and not to become complacent.

Most of us enter the Yuletide Season with great expectation of receiving and/or giving gifts.  Sending Christmas cards to friends and loved ones or perhaps visiting them whether near or far is another activity normally scheduled.

But if the truth was told, how many of us actually stop to ‘count the many ways’ principal norms were forever changed when that little bitty Baby was born to Joseph and Mary in a stable over 2,000+ years ago in Bethlehem.  How many people realize that such an Event would offer the world “A Fresh Start”?

Let us count the ways….

One of the most famous discourses in scripture given by Jesus is the Sermon on the Mount (better known as the Beatitudes) which is recorded in Matthew and ends with the following verse:  “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” vs. 7:28

I would definitely say that God initiated “A Fresh Start”…wouldn’t you agree?
 
For one thing, the teachers of the law of Moses quoted other rabbis to support their own teachings, thus validating their teaching authority as coming strictly from human beings and traditional norms.  Jesus, on the other hand, spoke with divine authority and credited all of his actions, thoughts and instructions as coming from his Heavenly Father, God.
 
What can we learn from Matthew 7:28 and how can we apply “A Fresh Start” for this upcoming 2018 Yuletide Season.
 
For one thing, we cannot overlook the word ‘amazed’ in the verse.  The amazement was not a good thing.  Jesus’ presentation style and new way of teaching and to whom he cited as his authority left the people perplexed and bewildered.  So when Jesus had finished teaching these people on the mountainside He moved on from there and eventually returned to his own hometown of Nazareth.  He begin teaching in their synagogues and (you guessed it) they, too, were not only amazed [vs. 13:53], but they took offense [vs. 13:57].
 
But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in their own towns and in their own homes are prophets without honor.’  And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (vs. 13:57b-58)
 
Epilogue:  You and I may not be ‘prophets’, but we are called ‘Children of God’.  And what Jesus may be trying to tell us Kids is we should make “A Fresh Start” this season by not only giving and receiving gifts; visiting and socializing with family and friends; and giving ourselves “at-a-boys” at the close of the day.  But just maybe we should take the time to revisit the true ‘Reason for the Season’ and Who made it all possible and why.
 
So, when you wrap that gift, slip a scripture verse within the folds of the wrapping paper.  Or during your visits, ask if you can bless their home or the food that will be served by mentioning the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Announce to your family and others that you love them just as Jesus loved us.  
 
Make a sacrifice this season by making “A Fresh Start” in spreading the Good News about that Little Bitty Baby born in Bethlehem.  Amen!
 
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Make A Fresh Start by spending time with Him. Refresh your memory.  Then share.
 
Scripture Verse:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16
 
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God Provides Healing Words For Those Who Suffer

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My previous blog was about your anatomy…’Dem bones.  This week I decided to converse with God about aches and pains of the anatomy.

It’s easy.  But it sure can hurt.  What am I talking about?  Just our bodies…especially when aging sets in.  The easy part comes as we learn how to be at peace and in ‘good’ health (tolerating it) even when our bodies are hurting and racked with pain and troubled with disturbing thoughts and our spirit is questioning our faith.

In other words, although we have put our physical dilemmas into the hands of medical professionals, we should also look at God’s word and discover how to get to the real source of the matter and arrive at a better health position.  For me, that’s easy!

With the help of the mind of our Master Teacher, the Holy Spirit, I will attempt to convey to you what the scriptures have to say about applying a certain reasoning to why Jesus used so many examples of life’s infirmities to teach on how to be blessed, highly favored  and content when all hell is breaking loose around you.  Here we go!

 
 
Scripture Lesson:  The following synopsis comes from several verses in two chapters in Matthews 4:23 to 5:12.
 
While living down here on earth, we ought to always be salt and light    in the world regardless of what physical, mental or material state we find ourselves in.
 
In order to be disciples of Jesus Christ, our ways and demeanor should bring illumination and savor (preservation) to our fellow man.  Constantly living in a manner befitting the atmosphere of the Kingdom of God.

  

Did you know that the word “Blessed” means more than just happy?  It has a broader meaning.  It takes on the ultimate well-being and distinctive spiritual joy of those who share in the salvation of the kingdom of God.

So, Jesus is referring to the broader meaning of ‘blessed’ when He says, ‘Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, who mourn and who are meek.’  Why?  Because they keep their minds dependent upon God and not the world physicians.  They are sensitive to their spiritual faults and seek God’s help, favor and comfort during their infirmities.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’…why?  They have a deep longing for both personal righteousness and justice for the oppressed.  Thus, taking a lot of stress off of their bodies and mental state.

‘Blessed are the merciful’…why?  They both forgive and have compassion for others.  When you are sensitive to God’s forgiveness it frees you from feeling guilty and brings comfort to and removes stress from caregivers and others.  Thus, taking your mind off of yourself.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart’…why?  Those persons have no guilt trip as they engage in their devotion to God while on their beds.  Subsequently, they are spiritually able to feel Gods presence instead of concentrating on their woes.  Offering a heart of thanksgiving for the many blessings God has given you.

All of these qualities or emotions allow us to bring peace to ourselves and others even while on our beds of affliction.  BUT, hold on…wait a minute…It’s also a ‘catch 22’ situation…why?  Because it can also make us vulnerable to persecution which could put us into a ‘pity-party and bring on more ill feelings’.

Precious Jesus reminded me in our conversation that He also teaches…

‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the Children of God.’  Here on earth, our only reward may be to be called “Sons and Daughters of God”.  And we may have to physically suffer while experiencing God’s kingdom rule while here on earth by becoming a peacemaker, thus proving our fitness for the kingdom.

Kingdom Rule…

Jesus wanted to make it clear to his Jewish audience and to us that with this new teaching style, He did not come to abolish The Law of Moses.  (That some consider a bunch of rules with dire punishments.)  But to say that it was not enough to be righteous according to the Law…you must be righteous according to what would Jesus do.

WWJD?  You know the answer to that…Take up your cross (your idiosyncrasies; pain, suffering, disappointments, enemies, etc.) and follow Him.

My two cents is simply this…”Sickness and infirmities can come about through bad habits, weak constitutions, exposure to danger, crimes, accidents, birth defects, sin, malpractice, etc., but while experiencing sickness it can also reveal attitudes, values and motives which must be dealt with and transformed if human beings are to be truly in harmony with their bodies and with God.  (See Matt. 5:19-48).

Be encouraged and give thanks!

                      HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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God’s Instructions For Our Anatomy On Worship

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Have you ever stood before a mirror naked and actually examined yourself?  God’s Word tells us in Psalm 139 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that we should know that fact very well.  Do you?  Do you truly have any idea how each body part, tissue, molecule and fluids interact with the DNA strand stored in each of the billions of cells in the human body?  I don’t think so!  I know I don’t!  So I asked God.

And do you know what God said to me in confidence…He said, My child, My Word is sufficient for you.  All you need to know is that you are fearfully and wonderfully made for MY glory.  Consequently, God’s Word has a lot to say about each individual part of our bodies.  Why, because all body parts are not only necessary but important as to what they represent in the family of God.  Collectively, the “Body” refers to the Church membership of people as a whole.  For this blog post, the “Body” is referring to actual body parts:  arms, legs, hand, feet, etc.

For the body (The church) does not consist of one member but of many (member body parts).  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose... 1 Corinthians 12:14-26

In other words, the church needs a membership that consists of various kinds of gifts and talents freely distributed to each one by the Holy Spirit.

Specifically, God’s Word says to the body, I made you (in my image) as I saw fit and for my glory.  I ‘gifted’ you with reasonable portions of talent to conform to my will through the precious blood of Jesus and to be named heirs of my Kingdom.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalms 1:1-2

So now, let’s see how our body parts are suppose to perform here on earth for the building up and edifying of God’s holy kingdom.  (For as you well know, we will NOT possess flesh and blood bodies in Glory.  For God is Spirit and they that worship him  must worship him in spirit and in truth.)

‘Dem Bones

The Foot Bone (connected to the toe and ankle)

Blog God's Instructions for our anatomy-Foot.jpg Everybody knows that the foot speaks of walking.  In scripture, the feet are used to go forth and spread the Good News, either by walking or running.

Also, it is a proven fact that a person is horribly crippled if you permanently lose your big toe.  Consequently, you cannot walk a straight line. Goliath’s people (the Philistines) were so huge in stature that God provided them with a total of 12 toes and 12 fingers for stability. 2 Sam. 21:20  (The Philistines lost an opportunity to know Him.)

In order for the Levitical priests to dutifully serve in the tabernacle, the big toe of their right foot had to be sprinkled with the blood of a ram.  Ex. 29:20  Obviously, Aaron needed sure footing in the tabernacle.  Blood being applied to the right side of the body was a sign of power and strength. Psalm 20:6; Ex. 15:6 Matt. 26:64

In the Book of Acts, the story is written that Peter said to a crippled man at the gate called Beautiful, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Acts 3:5a-7

In other words, Peter was saying, I do not have money to pay for a physician to heal you, but what I do have (God’s Word and Peter’s faith), get up and walk!

God preordained that our bodies needed to be covered all over with the blood of Christ Jesus.  And we are to go forth and walk and live in the power and might of the precious Name of Jesus and proclaim the Gospel!  Hallelujah!

The Leg Bone

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First, bodies hung on a pole had to be buried the same day because this kind of sinful death was under God’s curse.  Therefore, soldiers usually broke the legs of criminals to hasten death and to prevent them from trying to escape if by chance they survived the death penalty.

Secondly, the Passover lamb’s flesh could be eaten by the Israelites, but the legs of the lamb could not be broken.  Jesus was referred to by John the Baptist and Paul as the (Righteous) Lamb of God. Sinful and riotous living breaks our bones.  But righteous living (using Jesus as our example) will help us stand firm under life’s burdens. John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:6-7.

We must remember; ”The righteous may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them from them all, he protects all their bones, not one of them will be broken.”  Ps. 34:19-20

The Knee Bone

Blog - God's instructions for the anatomy - Knees.jpg Usually, people who worship false gods bow in submission to them while on their knees.  Christian believers in Jesus Christ bow to Him in obedience.

In scripture, the knees are depicted as a place to hold others or things; to coddle babies or josh fools; to kneel on or between when worshiping; to support the leg or become weak as water; to express emotions such as knocking together or trembling.

But all you need to remember is:  “That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11.

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Position of femur (shown in red)
The Thigh Bone (connected to the hip)

The femur or thigh bone is the strongest, longest, and heaviest bone in the body.  But the strangest part is, the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone by the weakest part of the skeleton structure called the hollow or socket which holds the sinew.  I say “strange” but only if you do not know the famous Bible story about Jacob wrestling with the Man all night.  Genesis 32:24-31

This socket area is declared sacred to God and to the Jewish community because it represents life.  It was the area where the Man touched (man’s weakest bone area) putting Jacob’s hip out of joint, causing excruciating pain, in order for him to release his grip on the Man and to cause Jacob not to prevail over Him (the Creator of man’s body) while wrestling.  (So, Who do you think the winner was?)

To this day, the Israelites consider the thigh bone and the socket cavity sacred and do not eat the sinew (tendon) attached to the socket of the hip. (Go figure.)  Hallelujah!!! Genesis 32:32

The Back Bone (connected to the Shoulder)

Backbone The backbone is anatomically recognized by two other names:  the spinal column/cord and the vertebrae.  The vertebrae consists of 24 separate and 9 fused vertebrae (bones).  This is important because when working together as a whole, the skeleton can bend forward, backwards and sideways But more importantly, the backbone allows a person to stand.

In my research on the subject of bone structure, I learned that spiritually, the human skeleton represents God’s Truth for the souls of Christian believers.  As I said before, the backbone enables a person to stand when all 33 vertebrae are working together.  Consequently, as long as that person does not put their faith in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5), he/she will not, but stand.  Subsequently, one needs no spiritual armor for the back in order to stand.  (As proven in the lists of armor written in Ephesians 6:10-17.)  God’s got your back!

The shoulders are the area on which yokes are harnessed. The shoulders, connected to the backbone, are to offer additional support for objects and/or emotions (cares), and gossip.  Also, it is the area of the body that is to be united with another either in strife/war or unity of peace.  Genesis 24:14; Matt. 23:4; Zep 3:9                                                                                  

Jesus’ invitation to us is to take His yoke upon ourselves and learn of Him.  He goes on to say, His yoke is easy (or empty; no baggage) and His burden is light.  So always remember that God’s Truth is the infallible entire Word of biblical scriptures…the irrefutable doctrines.  They are the backbone for the true Believers.

The Neck Bone

 Blog - God's Instructions on Neck.jpg Did you know that scripture identifies the neck bone as a barometer or mirror for the Lord.  It’s the ‘exposed’ part of the body that allows God to examine the most inner secret parts of man’s body, and to know whether or not you have been ‘circumcised’ and are in partnership with him and his covenant or whether you are a stiff-necked person.  (I’m not making this up. folks.  (See Deut. 9:6-13.  READ all of it!)

So ask yourself…what shape is my neck in?  Do I use it just to hang ornaments on?  Does it depict a lifestyle that God would consider good for nothing but eternal damnation?  If so, please mimic Moses.  Consider falling on your face before the Lord and repent, not only for yourself, but for your brother, too.  Deut. 9:18-21

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This might be a good time to sing, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see…”

A word to the wise…Get in the habit of gently massaging the neck area every time you moisturize your face and say to yourself, ‘I am His wholeheartedly’.

And that’s all I have to say about the Neck!

The Head Bone

Blog - God's Instructions - Head.jpg The physical head is the peoples’ reservoir for God.  By that I mean, the head is the storehouse or command post for man’s intellect:  his mind, eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair.  And it goes without saying, we should keep it covered/protected at all times.  Why?  Because if we are not careful life’s circumstances can cause us to doubt God’s inexhaustible love for us.

That is what happened to the Israelites.  When Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones (the stiff-necked Israelites), he addressed the head bone where the seat of intelligence lies. “Then he (God) said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’”  Eze. 37:4

The good news in this prophesy is whatever state your present body is in, it can be restored from exile by the power of the Almighty.

While here on earth, we desperately need the head with all its intellect, to help us guard against the sinful flesh.  But in Eternity, we will not need our heads or any other body parts to function.  Thus, the transformation from a physical body to a spirit one, like Angels.  (There, we will consist of pure Truth.)

So, when we see heads we should visualize it being covered with the Helmet of Salvation, which should give us hope and confidence that Christ’s dying on the cross has conquered all the workings of the devil.  Christ has saved us to the utmost! Heb. 7:25

Always remember that even hair on your head can be looked upon as a covering for the preservation of the soul.

Scripture Lesson:  

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

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God Explains “The Fruit Of The Spirit” Through Acts 4:32-35 And John 15:16

the coordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

Conjunctions….To Use Or Not To Use

Although most grammar teachers and grammar style guides are in disagreement on when it is alright to start a sentence with any of the above conjunctions including ‘because’, I am here to tell you that IT IS ALRIGHT TO DO SO!  And this has been true since Biblical times.

A schoolteacher’s rationale for not beginning a sentence with a conjunction such as ‘and’ and ‘but’ ‘grew wings’ in the 19th century.  Supposedly, they noticed that younger children were misusing these connectors and composing incomplete sentences to finish their prior written thoughts.  So, instead of gently correcting the poor grammar habits of the children, the teachers band the use of sentence-starter conjunctions altogether.  And to this day, the controversy continues.  (Notice my use of ‘So’ and ‘And’.)

To give my readers further grammatical credentials for utilizing coordinating conjunctions at the beginning of sentences, I refer you to two of the leading world famous literary guides to the English language.  (Both B. A. Garner and H. W. Fowler(*) classify the schoolteachers’ beliefs of the 19th century as plain ole superstitions.)

[Following is a quote from the internet.]

“Both Garner’s Modern American Usage, and Fowler’s Modern English Usage call this belief a superstition.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage (or MWDEU) says, “Everybody agrees that it’s all right to begin a sentence with and,” and notes that you can find examples of it all the way back to Old English.”

NOW THAT WE GRAMMATICALLY HAVE GOTTEN ALL LEGALISMS OUT OF THE WAY…LET’S BEGIN DISSECTING OUR SCRIPTURE VERSE FOR THIS BLOG.

Scripture Lesson:  “BUT the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Just prior to giving this sobering list of attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit , Paul describes the acts of a sinful nature which has the power to forfeit a believer’s opportunity to receive eternal life with Christ Jesus (v. 5:19-21).  So, in other words, by using a ‘coordinating conjunction’, (But), Paul connects a positive truth with a negative one.

Paul’s Understanding For The “Fruit Of  The Spirit” As Told In The Book Of Acts

Acts 4:32a     Self-Control All the believers were one in heart and mind. Restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions or desires.
Acts 4:32b       Love No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.
Acts 4:33a    Peace With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.
Acts 4:33b    Kindness And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all… The quality or state of being kind; affection.
Acts 34a      Forbearance …that there were no needy persons among them. The refraining from the enforcement of something as a debt, right or obligation that is due.
Acts 34b     Faithfulness For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales… Faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted.
Acts 4:35a   Gentleness …and put it at the apostles’ feet, The quality or state of being gentle, honorable; mildness of manner; or disposition.
Acts 4:35b   Joy …and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Delight; the expression or exhibition of such emotion.
John 15:16  Goodness “…but I chose you…so that you might go and bear (good) fruit–fruit that will last…” The quality or state of being good.  (Only GOD is GOOD.  He alone enables us to bear fruit, not we ourselves.)

(*) Note:  No relation to me, Mother Fowler. I”m just sayin’…

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