Freedom From Our Past

Many of us are hurting or otherwise struggling with the negative impact of past events. Some of these events may have occurred in our early childhood years. However, the pain, whether conscious or not, is just as potent as if the incident happened only yesterday.

The enemy, that accuser of the brethren, uses these unresolved issues to torment us. It does not matter to him if the wounds were self-inflicted or if they were the result of the sins of others. As a consequence, maladies such as low self-esteem, fear, hatred of self and others, rebellion, anger, and bitterness burden us down under their weight.  In this way, the enemy of our soul keeps us enslaved to the past.

But there is hope. The remedy for all sin is the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world. The way to overcome sin and place the devil under our feet runs counterintuitive to our natural inclinations. Hence, we often miss out on the victory already won for us on Calvary’s Cross.

Christ implores us to love our enemies; bless those who curse us; forgive those who have done us wrong, so that we might receive our forgiveness from God and be free from sin.

John 8:36 tells us that if the Son sets us free, we will be free indeed. We can be free of the pain and hurt of our past today. The Lamb of God beckons us to take on His yoke and learn from Him, as He is meek and lowly in heart. In so doing, we shall find rest for our souls, because His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. (Matthew 11: 29 – 30) Will you be free of your past today? Jesus is the way!

God’s Way vs. The Ways of the World

1 John 2: 16 and Philippians 2: 3

The ways of the world:

  • All kinds of sexual and sensual gratifications
  • Covetousness, greed, and materialism
  • Vainglory, arrogance, narcissism, selfish ambition, vanity, and conceit

God’s way is love, humility, lowliness of the mind, and the regard for others above self.

John 17: 14 – 26 and Roman 12

The word we received from Jesus will cause dissension. It is in opposition to the world as it impels us to reject the world’s system. By our testimony and example of oneness in Christ and each other, the world may believe and come to Christ. For this reason, we are in the world, to make Christ and God the Father known to it, that the love of God and His Christ may be in us. It is the will of God that as Christ is in us, and God is in Christ, that we be in complete unity.

The truth of the word sanctifies us. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and do not conform to the ways of the world. As we live, we ought to live holy lives pleasing to God, which is the only valid and acceptable form of worship.

Do not indulge in vainglory, but according to the measure of faith God has given us, let us operate sincerely with love for each other. Hate evil and cleave to that which is righteous.

Be devoted to loving and honoring each other, and with all zealousness serve the Lord your God. With joyful hope, patiently endure afflictions, by faithfully seeking God’s face in prayer.

Empathize and live in harmony and peace with everyone as far as it depends on you. Be charitable to the poor and the needy without conceit. Be hospitable. Bless and not curse. Love and care for your enemies; Do not render evil for evil but overcome evil with love.

Finding Hope in Troubled Times

As Moses elevated the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son-of-man be lifted-up: And if he is raised from the earth, all things, both in heaven and on earth, will be reconciled unto him.

Inspired by John 3: 14, John 12: 32 & Colossians 1: 19 – 20

Times of great fear, worry, and stress, can challenge even those with the strongest of faith. We can acknowledge that the new normal, the unfolding turmoil of this world and for the people living therein, is a call to action.

Numerous Bible prophecies foretold times of great trouble and distress in the world. The result of humanity turning away from the will of God in rebellion and disobedience.

As believers, we should not be surprised or fearful to see the fulfillment of God’s words. Instead, with the wisdom derived from the word of God, let’s put our hope and faith in God and his provision. Seek after spiritual gratification and lift-up the standard of God almighty.

Where there is sin, there is death and devastation. Where there is an abundance of immorality and selfish ambition, idolatry, and all manner of wickedness, there also will be much human suffering, calamity, disease, and natural disasters.

The sign-of-the-times is a call to repentance.  Believers must return to God and His righteousness. There is no mocking God; His word will come to pass. Let us heed the call of the Lord. There is hope in God. Repent and do righteousness. Put your trust and confidence in the Lord. Magnify the Son-of-man, and he will reconcile all unto himself.

Take heart; there is hope even in times of great trouble!!

Rebirth and the Kingdom of God

Reference John 3: 1 – 21

What is the kingdom of God? Am I a part of the kingdom of God? How do I enter this kingdom?      

Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus suggests that there is a general unawareness about the kingdom of God. That it exists; how it functions; who belongs to it?

Nicodemus asserted that Jesus must have come from God because of the miracles he was performing. But Jesus’ answer proves that Nicodemus’ conclusion was based on man’s understanding and not from God. Nicodemus’ understanding of Jesus is strikingly similar to many ardent contemporary believers.

But note Jesus’ answer to Nicodemus’ apparent innocent and benign assertion.  “I am saying to you, as a matter of fact, except a man be reborn; he cannot begin to perceive the kingdom of God (the things/operations of God). “ Inspired by John 3: 3

To begin to understand or enter into the domain of God, His Spirit must completely transform us. That is, we must willingly die to self, and all its trappings and give total and complete control to the lordship of the Spirit of Almighty God. Merely acknowledging God without total surrender is death, but rebirth is submission to his will.

Love One Another

Inspired by Romans 13: 8 – 10

We should not be indebted to anyone except to love them. For when we love one another, we substantively fulfilled the essence of the law. “LOVE OTHERS AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF,” succinctly encapsulates all the precepts of the law. Love commits no ill to another. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

The love for self is the most intensely experienced and dependable form of love, but when directed outward, it is the glue that fuses the separated into a whole.

Inspired by Ephesians 4: 4 – 6 

We are one body, and there is one Holy Spirit, even as we are confident of our calling, One supreme authority, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all who is above all and who is active in all of us.

Reverence for God is True Wisdom

If I will accept God’s words and esteem His precepts within me, So that my ears give heed to wisdom, and cause my heart (feelings, will, intellect and thoughts) to yield to understanding.  Yes, if I cry out for knowledge, and speak with discretion; If I strive after wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as I would silver and search for them as I would hidden treasures; then I will understand the fear/reverence of Jehovah, and attain the knowledge of God.

For it is Jehovah who gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He reserves pertinent wisdom for the righteous; He is a protector to me if I behave with integrity. He maintains the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His saints. Then I will understand righteousness and justice and equality; yes, every right path. When wisdom enters my heart and knowledge is pleasing to my soul; discretion will preserve me, understanding will guard me, to deliver me from the way of evil. From persons who speak perverse and fraudulent things. From those who relinquish the paths of morality and equality to walk in the ways of wickedness and destruction.  

My reverential fear of Jehovah is the starting point of wisdom, and my knowledge of the Holy-One is understanding.

Inspired by Proverbs 2: 1 – 13 & 9: 10

My true self is a reflection of My-Creator, so I strive to hold in my consciousness, the awareness of God, and to be complicit with Him in every thought and deed. My perception of My-Creator is the starting point of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. What I conceive Him to be or not to be is the substance and notion of the reality I create for myself. My perception of Him can either liberate or enslave, but most assuredly, such considerations define my existence.   

The failure to live by such knowledge has perpetuated the perversion of my true self. My actions should reflect my core beliefs; otherwise, I will be internally conflicted, a mere creature tormented by his very existence.

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

Consciousness & The Breath of Creation

Inspired by Genesis 2: 7, Job 32: 8 & Job 33: 4

Yahweh Elohim formed a human being from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the human became a living soul.  There is a spirit in me, and the breath (inspiration) of the Almighty gives me understanding. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Humankind’s consciousness is the result of the Breath-of-Creation. Created in the image and likeness of his creator was ADAM created. In his nostrils was blown the very essence of The Creator. And so he became the host of the very nature of that which created him. 

Ability to Know God

Great is my God and exceedingly deserving of praise, And His greatness is unfathomable. Can anyone, by diligent effort, understand my God, can anyone acquire a complete knowledge of my God. Wow, the profundity and the abundance of both wisdom and understanding of my God! Unsearchable are His decisions, and His ways are unfathomable!  Inspired by Psalm 145: 3, Job 11: 7 & Romans 11:33 

My understanding of God is limited at best, or utterly misguided at worst. I have no explanation for Him that will genuinely satisfy my longings, or my need to know Him.  He is beyond my logical mind. His splendor surpasses the capacity of my mortal soul to conceive. Yet all that I am yearns for communion with Him, fueled by His glory, majesty, love, and His grace.     

My ability to know Him, by evidence of His creation, is vastly untapped and potentially limitless. This knowledge is evolving due to the advancement in human endeavors such as science, anthropology, meditation, psychology, and spiritual revelation. 

The concealed things belong to Jehovah my God, but the things which are revealed and discovered belong to me and my kind forever, so that we may fulfill The-Word of God. Inspired by Deuteronomy 29: 29

The Unseen God

By faith, I understand that the universe was purposefully established by The-Word of God so that what is manifest/evident was not made out of visible things.                                                Inspired by Hebrews 11: 3

Everything emanated from His thoughts. All that is and is not, He is. He is the substance of everything seen and not seen. The great void is the essence of His very nature. In the vastness of space, one looks for objects to substantiate His existence while missing Him in the void amidst the forms. He fills the void with Himself, Himself being the void, not being limited to form or substance.

Physical beings do not readily recognize the unseen God, the source that holds all matter in its place. 

The void is the hidden link that connects all substance. Thoughts, the spoken word, magnetism, electricity, gravity, and many other invisible forces in nature are essential for the existence of the physical universe. 

The visible, emanated from the invisible, hence the latter supersedes the former. The seen is a manifestation of an unseen source. From the invisible comes visible by the power of the invisible using that which is hidden. 

My Spirit is the conduit needed to connect to and receive energies from the invisible God, who is the Universal-Spirit.  

God is a Spirit, and if I am to worship Him, I must do so in spirit and truth.                                                                          Inspired by John 4:24

My Enlightenment My Evolution

I shall not conform to the customs of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind that I may decern that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Inspired by Romans 12: 2 

I understand myself better, those around me, and my surroundings through interaction and fellowship with others. It is my service to God and his creation that facilitates my enlightenment and evolution. Paradoxically, the growth that I desire comes from an outward gaze and not an internal one. 

As iron sharpens iron, So too, my fellowship with others is of mutual benefit. I shall do nothing in self-conceit or contention, but with an attitude of humility, I shall esteem others as more important than myself. I will not just look out for my self-interests but also the interests of others.

Inspired by Proverbs 27: 17 & Philippians 2: 3 – 4