Fellowship, Transformation, and Sanctification

In the Lord’s presence, I see as in a mirror the Lord’s glory, which transforms me progressively into His image by the Spirit of the Lord.
Inspired by 2 Corinthians 3: 18

By living in God’s presence, I am evolving into an entity, the blueprint of which resides in the mind of God. I have come to understand more about me, as I have focused my gaze on The Creator, and by sharing my observations in words and or deeds, I have found fellowship with others on a similar journey of life’s discovery.

Jehovah, you know me, because you have examined me intimately. You know my defeats and my triumphs; You understand my thoughts from before I conceive them. You prepare my activities and my periods of rest. You continually minister to me on my life’s journey. You know all my utterances before I speak a word, and You surround me and lay claim to me. Such knowledge is beyond the comprehension of my mortal mind.
Inspired by Psalm 139: 1 – 6

The God of Singularity

To whom would I liken God and make God equal and compare God, that they may be alike? Or with what likeness will I compare Him? To whom then will I liken God, so that it would be God’s equal?” 

Inspired by Isaiah 46: 5, Isaiah 40: 18 & 25

Evil, or even the devil, is not the antithesis of God, for a creature cannot be the antithesis of its creator. For God, there is no Anti-God.

For God and in God, there is no duality, no opposite, and equal force to contend. He stands preeminently predominant and alone. By himself, He is, and without Him, there is not. He is the singular point of everything, and in Him, everything is therein.

Life vs. Death; Prosperity vs. Calamity

Inspired by Deuteronomy 30: 15 – 20

I have the choice between life/prosperity and death/calamity. God’s word commands me to love Jehovah, my God. To walk in His ways, to behave as He behaves, and to regard His precepts, His manners, and His stance, that I may live in abundance so that Jehovah my God shall bless me in whatever place he sends me to occupy and to possess.   

But if I disobey and discard His precepts and worship anything besides Him to serve them. I will perish and will not survive for long wherever I go. All of Creation bears witness that I have the choice between life and death and blessing and cursing. I choose life that my descendants and I may live by loving Jehovah, my God, to obey his call, and to cling to Him. For God is my life for as long as I live that I may prosper in the promises He made from generations ago.

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

God is! God is complete; God is perfection.

Inspired by Psalm 18: 30 & 2 Samuel 22: 31 

God’s way is perfect and without blemish. The word of the LORD is refined and pure; He is a shield and protector to all who take refuge in him and put their trust and confidence in Him.

That which is eternal stands flawless and complete. That which did not exist came forth as an expression of that which is. Its appearance being material and temporal and is yet incomplete without that which first expressed it into existence.

Perfection and completeness reside at the source. The created realm without the cause is incomplete; Elohim is complete, self-contained, self-sustained, and perfect without creation. He is the cause, without an origin, the reason without a motive.

Inspired by Deuteronomy 32: 3 – 4 

I will proclaim the name of Jehovah, the self-Existent One; Ascribe greatness to our God; He is The Rock and a refuge, His actions are perfect, without blemish and complete; For all His ways are right and just; A God of faithfulness without iniquity or perverseness, righteous and upright is He.

Inspired by Matthew 5: 48

Be perfect and complete, as your heavenly Father is perfect and complete.

Perfect is God Almighty, the source of all there is. I look to Him so that I may be complete.

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

Lamp to my Feet

God’s word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Inspired by Psalm 119: 105


I hear the Word in the functioning of His handy work; It reverberates clear and pure. It says to me, “I can be trusted, lean on me, I will make your pathway true.” In a shout or a whisper, the Word still echoes for me to hear, calling me to a path already prepared.

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

The Living Word

Inspired by John 1: 1 – 4

In the beginning, was The-Word, it existed with God in the beginning, and The-Word was God. That’s how it was with God from the start. All things that came into being were created by Him and through Him, and no creating was without Him. In Him was life and the life was the light of humankind.

From the instance of creation, Elohim The Self-Existent-One spoke, and His Spoken-Word has been alive and active ever since. Even from eternity, it is The-Spoken-Word that holds all of nature in place. It is the life of Creation, the cause behind the cause. Today nothing happens that is not contained in the kernel of that Spoken-Word. Nothing is out of place, nor is anything amended or requires revision. His Word never changes, it is eternally true and an everlasting assurance. One inkling or shadow of change and all that is would never have been.

Inspired by Colossians 1: 15 – 17

The-word became flesh and of such is the visible manifestation of the unseen God, the firstborn of all creation. By Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, both the visible and the invisible; all things were created by Him and for Him. He predates everything, and it is He who ordains all of creation; by Him, they exist.

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

Depression, Hopelessness & Anxiety

Depression and hopelessness are like cancers; they will destroy the soul from within if I allow them to take root. 

Inspired by Proverbs 15:13 

When my heart is merry, my countenance is cheerful, but a sorrowful heart wounds my spirit.              

I am not, by any stretch of my imagination, a clinical psychologist, nor have I ever been diagnosed with depression. However, I know intuitively from my experiences and those of others that depression, hopelessness, and anxiety have a lot to do with the emotions and spirituality as much as it has to do with any biological issue. I perceive that a good number of these issues are of a soulish origin.  

Whenever I become aware that I am feeling hopeless, down, depressed, or anxious, I flood my mind with thoughts of gratitude, thanksgiving, worship, and imaginations of hopeful outcomes. Indulgence in acts of demonstrative love toward others is a companion therapy.   

 Inspired by Psalm 42: 5 

Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why do you moan and rage within me? Hope in God, so I shall yet praise him for the victory of his presence.               

This mentality or spiritual beingness; that is taking on the attitude I want to inculcate in myself is a surefire way to rid my soul of despair and anxiety — for example, I clothe myself in a spirit of optimism and serenity instead of depression and worry.  

My hope and my trust are not in myself or any other created being or thing. I place my confident expectation in the Eternal I Am, which leaves no questioning of an expected outcome. Paradoxically I best help others who are going through such a state by surrounding them with love and care, helping them to understand themselves to be, and feel a part of, the collective (e.g., A family or a group, etc.).  

Through interaction, I convey whichever spirit I am being or have taken on, unto those around.  Through loving interaction, I will exude a spirit of optimism and serenity on those who are anxious and melancholy, by being optimistic and at peace. 

Inspired by Proverbs 12: 25 

A fearful, depressed, and anxious heart weighs me down, but kind, encouraging, and pleasant words cheer me up.  

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

Self-talk and Imaginations

Inspired by Romans 12: 2,  Ephesians 4: 23 & 2 Corinthians 3: 17 

I will not conform to the behavior, customs, and thought patterns of this world, but I will allow God to transform me continually by changing the way I think.  By being reformed in the spirit of my mind (that is, my thoughts, imaginations, and attitudes ). God is a Spirit, and where His Spirit is, there is liberty.  

Self-talk and imaginations (that induce fear and doubts) point to deep-seated fears or insecurities that I have harbored and allowed to fester into self-defeating thoughts and actions. The roots of these habitual behaviors tend to burrow deep into the crevices of my mind and must be searched out diligently and deliberately to negate them. I am immobilized by such thought patterns if left unchecked.  

I replace inhibiting self-talk and imaginations with messages of hope and images of my desired results.  

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

Emotions or Faith

Inspired by James 1: 20

My anger and stirred-up emotions do not fulfill the righteousness of God nor His purpose.

My stirred-up emotion is a compelling motivator for sustained and unswerving action towards achieving my desired goals. However, to be guided by The Unseen Hand requires much faith but produces holistic results unimagined.

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

God’s Word; Our Standard

Romans 10: 17

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word/utterance of God.

We live in a time when men and women of faith are increasingly succumbing to the pressures of the world to renege on their beliefs. We are told not to take the scriptures literally, and even to question its relevance in this new fast-changing and technologically advanced world.

But we find that as we give in to this subtle spiritual craftiness, we are rapidly losing our voice, our ability to speak authoritatively to the advancing evils of this current age.

If the word of God is not the ultimate and indisputable standard of our faith, then our beliefs are as baseless as a lunatic’s machinations.

As believers, when we speak, we should speak only of that which we have heard from the mouth of God (His Word), speaking not by man’s authority, which is worthless, but speaking the word of God in the power and might of its author.  All other wisdom leads to darkness; only God’s word has life in itself and is light.

Believers, once again, restore the pride of place for the word of God in the temples of your hearts and on your lips, for it is the source of our salvation and that of the world.