Our Bodies; God’s Temple

1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20 (also reference 1 Corinthians 3: 16 – 17)

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in us, whom we have received from God? We are not our own; God bought us at a price. Therefore honor God with our bodies.

Do not defile the body with carnal and otherwise worldly thoughts but instead set your heart, mind and soul on the things of the Spirit.  Remember that only those things which come from within defile the body and not those which are external.

Our heavenly Father desires fellowship with us, so keep the body holy, set apart for honoring Him.  Reverence it as a place of worship to God. A meeting place where God and man commune as one.

Who Am I Being

Inspired by Galatians 2: 20

Crucified with Christ, still, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live externally as a human being, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Inspired by Galatians 5: 16, 22 – 23, & 25
If I live in the Spirit, I will not execute the desires of the body; that is, the fleshly nature. Because the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (prosperity), longsuffering (patience, fortitude, kindness, restraint, and self-discipline), gentleness (kindness and moral excellence), goodness (virtue), faith (fidelity, and loyalty), meekness (humility), temperance (self-control), against such things there is no restriction. If I live in the Spirit, I must also conform to the will of the Spirit.

For every moment of my earthly sojourn, I am actively engaged in some form of action, whether consciously or not. Of said occupation, I strive to become increasingly more aware and fully engaged. That which occupies my time creates my experiences and with certainty, impacts my wellbeing. Thoughts, choices, and actions form parts of a continuum that creates my reality, in which I can only actively participate, in the NOW. Hence, for this and every conscious moment, I am at liberty to choose my existence, who I am being.

The power of being is the power to create and The Power of Creation. I am that which I am being or doing. I am that which I am.

Excerpts from –  GOD&I: Longing After God by Dwane Fritz Gerald

God Knows Our Thoughts

Psalm 94: 11 (also reference Psalm 139)               

The Lord knows the thoughts of man that they are vanity.

Imagine that those around you knew your every thought, would you expect unconditional love or condemnation.

Our God knows us better than we know ourselves. Even our hidden thoughts are plain to him. He knows if they are benevolent and empathetic or malevolent and self-serving, yet His love for us is boundless and unchanging.

Blessed is the person who is willing to submit their every thought to Him; peace-of-mind and contentment will be their reward.

I Only Have NOW

I must learn to conquer this illusion of time with purposeful action or inaction; else, time will be my master.

I can live only in the present moment; The-NOW; The-Moment. Every reflection of the past and every projection into the future occurs in the present moment. My present connects my past and my future. More profoundly, time seems illusionary, a mere figment of one’s imagination. As I engage in an instant of thought, what was only a moment ago the present, is already the past while the future merges into the present, becoming the past.

To achieve my best results, I focus on the actions in which I am engaged to the point where I am one with the Holy Spirit (the Universal-Energy, the Original-Mind), the Ancient-of-Days, even the Source-of-Everything.

Live in The-NOW; Life Is NOW

The past and the present exist in the perpetual moment of the NOW.

  • Take action NOW
  • Experience NOW
  • Appreciate NOW
  • Choose NOW
  • Be still NOW
  • Love NOW
  • Rest NOW
  • Live NOW
  • Do NOW
  • Be NOW

Inspired by: Matthew 6: 34

Be not anxious for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall be apprehensive for the things of itself. There is enough to be concerned about today. 

Dwane Fritz Gerald. GOD&I: Longing After God . Kindle Edition

Follow Him and see His Glory

St. John 2: 1 – 12 (Jesus turned water into wine)

Mary informed Jesus of the shortage of wine; then, she told the servants to do whatever he said to do. Although Mary instructed the servants beforehand, they must have questioned the sanity of Jesus’ instructions to fill the six jars, the type used for ceremonial washing, with water. To their credit, they obeyed, and through their obedience, were partakers of a great miracle.

Follow the spirit of God and Him to obey, even when His leading takes you along a road of doubts and fear. Be willing to ignore the signposts of conventional wisdom for the higher calling of God. Be prepared to trod this path without the company of family or friends, being satisfied with the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Rest assured that in so doing, His handiwork will be made manifest in you, being an instrument set apart for His glory here on earth.

Worship the One and Only

Deuteronomy 6: 13 – 14  (also reference Luke 4: 8 & Matthew 4: 10)

Reverence the Lord your God, serve him only by doing his will, and swear by him only (i.e., Put your confidence in Him only). Do not rely on; or put your trust in, any other, or be swayed by contemporary norms.

Let not your desires for riches, fame, power, or glory cause you to worship any other gods or systems of men.  Neither should you serve any other cause except the person of God Almighty.

You become the slave of whatever you ascribe worth to or hold as important. Even a “Godly cause” can become a false and cruel master leading you away from God Almighty.

Reserve pride of place and adoration for the one and only true God.  Your heart has room for only one God. Serve him and him alone worship.

Exercising Faith vs. Tempting Fate

Deuteronomy 6: 16 – 19 (Also reference Matthew 4: 12 & Luke 4: 7)

Do not tempt or test the Lord your God, instead diligently follow His statutes and His ways which he has shown you and you will fulfill that which is right and good in His sight: that it may be well with you, and that you may experience all that He had promised according to His word.

Obedience is an act of faith and trust and not dutiful submission. We are to willingly put all our confidence in God and his providence which gives us cause to obey him without doubting or second-guessing.

Do not tempt fate as proof of your confidence, but by your obedience, demonstrate your faith.

Feed on the Word; it is Life to Your Being

Deuteronomy 8: 3 (Also reference Matthew 4: 4)

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

Food may nourish the body, but the word of God sustains the entire being; body, soul, and spirit.  To maintain good health, it is essential to feed the body properly. Similarly, belief and faith fuel a living being as it feeds on God’s eternal precepts.

So let the precepts of your faith sustain you rather than your carnal cravings or yearnings.

The Power of Choosing Love

Love patiently endures, and love is kind, Love is not envious or jealous; love is not braggadocious or puffed-up. It does not behave unbecomingly, and it is not self-seeking, and not easily provoked; it does not keep a record of evil suffered. Love rejoices not at injustice and immorality but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes for all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Love never fails or diminishes. Even now, faith, hope, and love endure, but of these three, the greatest is love. Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 8, & 13

Love is a choice. Love is the energy which restores the whole, the oneness. Love reunifies souls. Love liberates. Love rewards. Love forgives. Love accepts. Love uplifts. Love heals. Love gives. Love loves.

Love now, love without ceasing, love without measure!

Dwane Fritz Gerald: GOD&I: Longing After God

Do Right

Matthew 3:15

“Then Jesus answering said unto him, let it be so now: for God requires us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”

In an age where right and wrong is a bygone concept to be relegated to the dustbin of time, along with all other moral impediments, it is easy to play deaf to the clarion call of the Spirit, which still beckons us to do that which is right.

We are called to righteousness, not only because our God requires it, but because He is righteous, and to do otherwise is to grieve His Spirit. For if we are led by His Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth, He will lead us into all truth and righteousness.  

Leave void no opportunity to do the right thing. Take action, don’t be silent in the face of hate, injustice, bigotry, or indifference.

Do not cower when faced with criticism and hate, but let Christ be your standard, guided by the indwelling omnipresent Spirit of Almighty God.