‘The Unpardonable sin’
As a Christian, I’m concerned over my brother’s and sister’s in Christ Jesus. I share this same concern for the stranger who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus.
I’m sure all of us have the ability to remember when we were first saved and felt the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that is in/of Jesus.
But now, in comparison, we stand as the stranger; we may be saved, and only if you have been born-again are you saved, but we stand as a stranger to Jesus, we do not know his presence in the Agape Love nor in the Mind of Christ Jesus as did the writer of Corinthians pointed out that we are to have.
Saved or not, Christian or stranger, the only unpardonable sin, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is performed by those of us who do not begin to walk in the Way of Jesus.
Steps to take begin with reading the New Testament Bible in both the original King James version and the New International Version for ease of reading.
Don’t bother with any study Bible that highlights the general doctrine of Jesus being Lord God, with notes and all. All you need is the word of God as given to us by Jesus Christ and his apostles, not some churches view of what it means.
I’m not saying to avoid churches, but for now is not the time to question the meaning of the written word but to become familiar with the written word.
As you begin your task of reading the entire new testament, you need to start taking your next steps.
The Way of Jesus is made manifest in the completion of the steps you take in walking in the Way of Jesus.
As we walk in the Way we are going to learn the knowledge of God’s Righteousness as the Truth in/of Jesus.
I’ve been saying we begin to walk in the Way of Jesus by first reading the New testament because the understanding of the Way in/of Jesus is to see the revelation of his Written Word as it applies to the mind of Christ Jesus, knowing the same thought, will and emotion that Jesus knows, His Mind, of Spiritual enlightenment given in a Spiritually given Remembrance of verse we have read, now filled with the understanding of choice; acknowledged by us as being the truth to live by from each moment on, and does no harm to its neighbor; this works over time and we are to build on the foundation of Jesus by walking in the Way of Repentance to the acknowledging of increased understanding in the Mind of Jesus with increased awareness to know the personal awareness of God’s ever present Love and Joy all thanks to the Hidden in Christ. The wisdom to know faith, hope and Love and the greatest is Love.
It is a proven heart-felt joy coming through knowing the Truth in/of Jesus and the Love of the Father that we know in our heart because Jesus word is alive in us and we know it as God’s Love witnessed in the heart that has been made new in being born again.
Many of us have yet to take the second step, in the bible teaching of Corinthians, we have yet to develop the Mind of Christ Jesus in our mindful belief by faith. With our heart as witness. No, many who have been born again have lost the joy of being first-born and didn’t know that it can be known again in a walking joy moment by moment.
We won’t see Jesus, but as we take step in the Way of Repentance away from our sins, where love that does no harm, is our most important desire to live by and in truth in All we can choose to do, so; we grow to understand the love of God and our hearts will bear witness to the indwelling of the Spirit and joy is ours. The Way made manifest by the steps we have taken…thus enabling the Holy Spirit’s ability to give us the ‘remembrances’ of “written Truth” that is given when God the Father best deems the time to be best possible time to become a revelation of understanding that we have acknowledged as truth and choosing to be abiding in living by, until we have been transformed to be one with.
To lay on the foundation of Jesus we use bricks of truth found as we ask ourselves one question: then as many questions as it takes to answer the one question: why do I do the unloving sin I do that I don‘t want to do?
This is how you take your steps. You might want to keep a journal of when you tackle the job of searching for the reasons for your sins, it makes it easier to take a break and pick up where you left off. It also helps you to see the straight of it. Think…why do you do the sin you know not to do but do? You must not settle for anything but truth that applies to everyone and love that does no harm to its neighbor. All reasons for sins being and motives for doing are found in the understanding of why you sin.
Anger is a good place to start; if you are working on your problem areas that need truth and love because they are hurting someone, you will be considered in a hyper state of awareness of your shortcomings and can become angry with someone who exhibit’s the same behavior yet you might not be aware of it at the time and just feel yourself getting madder. Remember man’s anger defeats God’s Righteous purpose. Ask yourself why are you mad; then find the truth of it and chances are it will bring a revelation to you about yourself.
When you find the answers to this one question and you take the responsibility to choose to walk in the loving alternatives to your sins, until the transformation takes place and it becomes the you that is one with the Lord Jesus; then you will know to help others learn to walk in the way of Love in Truth. And joy is yours.
Yes, repentance is the only action given to become the source of building stones to lay on the foundation of Jesus, see Hebrews 6:1 and see that we are to lay the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God.
A basic principle: repentance from dead works of sin and you will know the love of God through Jesus that reveals our stand in faith.
Some of us accept the Spirits anointing when we pray the good confession, yet it is always God the Father who judges whether we were of sincere heart, and gives the spirit accordingly.
Hence it is the same for Christians as it is for the stranger…to turn to the Spirit of Truth in Repentance is the Heart of Sincerity so judged by God.
The Way of our walking, that is picked by us. But taught by Jesus, if it is Lord of love and peace we want as our Lord; rather than the lord of the ways of the world that satan dominates and serves only himself. And so it begins if you are in earnest, stop the bad do the good that you can see in your walk through life.
Thus we are transformed to be one with Christ Jesus.
It can take time, but remember: “all things work out for the best for those who love God.” Persevere until the day-star shine from within you.
p.s. read some of my other stories here or in my latest book at Amazon. May you find inspiration in the Truth in Understanding.
“Calling all Christians”
(Applications are now being accepted)
By definition the word ‘christian’ means Christ like. Meaning Christ Jesus is in them.
But many who call themselves ‘Christian’ do not have the Spirit of Christ Jesus in them. They prayed the sinners prayer, they called Jesus Lord, they were baptized in water and they were assured by the pastor that if they, as scripture says,…”if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
We are told to believe this by faith.
And life is given over to going to bible studies, church services, and willful neglecting of past and present sins, until they erupt from being held in suppression of unaddressed issues and desires.
How do you answer the verse that says: “except a man be born of water and the spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of God.”
Are you believing that by faith too?!
If you know you are a true christian, born-again and not having to trust in the assurrances of a pastor, preacher who doesn’t have a clue, then read on.
You are a true born-again Christian, but when you witness your spirit do you discern its
Presence? Do you experience knowing the joy of God’s love?
When you view the life of others, do you see the paths their lives take and do you see where the ‘Way’ of Jesus is missing in them?
Do you know the ‘Way’ of Jesus, the teaching given to his disciples and recorded in the New Testament gospel?
Do you tithe? Does it benefit you? Do you have a church home? Does its vision benefit you? Have you been a member very long? Do you share with your church and members?
In these last four paragraphs did you see yourself involved with your church fully? Feeling the joy in God’s love and gratefully sharing with your church in a sharing of mutual goodness and glad tidings?
I’m not surprised really. Anyone who said yes would be asked to take the time to share with me the teaching of Jesus, called the ‘Way’, and by their words I would know them to be true or false.
The ‘Way6’ of Jesus is clear to the knowing, and the meaning of the words in verse are clear. Those four paragraphs define what true Christianity is capable of.
But for those of you who said NO!, I applaud you of your honesty. “If to no one else, be true to yourself.”
You see, I know that when we are born – again in the spirit of the Truth in Jesus Christ, we get to experience firsthand, the Love of God in accordance to the measure of faith we were given at birth. I also know that when we begin living as we always have, and we will because our mind has yet to be renewed with the knowledge of faith that being renewed in Spirit has made possible… When we see the world as we have accustomed ourselves to think how it is, the feeling of knowing the presence of the Love of God will be swept under the matt of your mis-understood pre-conceived notions of what the truth is, and that is: we have been given the ’Way’ of Jesus so that we can find the ‘Way’ of Jesus, so that you will be established in the knowledge of God’s righteousness, and the ‘Hidden’ may shine again from within.
The ‘Way’ of Jesus, straight and narrow and only a few find it. When you find it you will know it by name. and when you know it you will fulfill your purpose in life, and you can claim your standing to be one of a nation of prophets; a son or daughter of God the Father thru God the Son, Jesus.
My question to you is: don’t you think it’s time to lay down some roots and become a true Christian and be of One mind with other True Christians? Unless you are satisfied with you own spirituality of ignorance. You can preach the gospel all you want but that does not make you a Christian. Thinking you are born-again doesn’t make you a born-again christian either. And being born-again doesn’t give you understanding of the ‘Hidden’ that the teaching of the ‘Way’ reveals.
Calling all Christians! It’s time to unite! Contact me at 619-735-4422
A book could be written on the worries that hit you when you break your transmission. How will I get the kids to school? How will I get to work on time?
And if you break the tranny to your motor home that you live in with your girlfriend, losing your home to a broken tranny just isn’t an option you want to consider; and the worries become an almost unbearable burden.
Cost for repairs were compared: $800. $650, and another over a thousand dollars.
The first offer was fair. The second offer was too sketchy and felt like it would take forever and cost more than expected. And the third…well it was too high. I chose the first one, but not just because the offer was fair to average, but because the manager, Mr. Mark A. Rains, was very concerned and offered consolation for my needs and was willing to take a partial payment and the rest in a couple of days when I came to collect my motor home. He competently sent a tow truck and made quick repairs that kept me from having to sleep homeless more than two days.
The total cost was $837. And some change, and even tho’ the tow was included for free I think it was included in the bill when charges were considered. But HEH! I want you to know that Mark saved the day and my motor home’s tranny. And the relief from that was a relief.
I’m also very grateful for my sisters financial help. That was the biggest worry.
My gratitude and kudos given to Mark A. Rains, owner of ‘Eliminator Transmissions’ located at: 11418 North Woodside Ave. Santee California 92071 phone number 619-596-2628. Tell Mark J.J. sent you.
“In the beginning was the Word”
That Word was the word of truth.
“…and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
God the Father is a spirit known as the Spirit of Truth, the Word. Hence the truth of the Word is alive with the Word’s spirit.
Thus we are created in God’s image, a body made alive by a spirit. Only our spirit that brings life to our body is just the opposite of God’s body; the Word of Truth is his body and that truth emanates a living spirit.
Our body emanates nothing, but the refreshing of our spiritual breath; and our blood keeps our body alive. Take away our life by either the loss of breath or the loss of blood and we die a permanent death.
Yet the life we are conscious of is kept alive in the spirit, but without a body’s mind to host our memories, and a heart to host the spirit of life, in our death we know nothing. There we await judgment to life or death.
All that you know in the world is colored by death, yet we can fight to know life in Jesus by walking in his ‘Way’.
Now in the beginning we lived clean sin free lives and we could live for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, if satan hadn’t butted in and caused decay to begin in sin. The fall of man in the Garden of Eden began a corruption of life and the health of all life was altered with human life being limited to 120 years max, with most dying earlier.
As man and empires grew without the presence of God in Truth and the lies of satan along with his influences of power and wealth infiltrated everywhere, the world became blind to the ‘Hidden’ in the Word of Truth and the Love it emanates in spiritual life.
As the empires grew and the corruption of life grew with them, the sins of corruption in man grew with no reason to change except a sickness of heart.
We can experience a wide range of emotions and though we cannot know God’s Agape love until we are born-again and then only in direct proportion to the measure of faith that was given to us. With none of us given to know the fullness of faith until the new life with God in Jesus is come and we are changed in an instant.
We know humanly love…Eros, Phileo, storgee, epathurmia…and through these we can see a hint of God’s Agape love and we can desire to know it firsthand though Christ Jesus.
With the utterance of a sinner’s prayer asking for God to grant you salvation and a new spirit so that we can experience God’s Love, we become born-again. We are now able to find God’s love on an increasing basis.
In the immediate sense we experience God’s Love in a joyful union that is felt in true elation, but when that wanes because of our continuing on in living in sin, we can find it in the steps that reflect our faiths measure. Each step is a closer walk in love until our measure is filled with the understanding of God’s Righteousness. A Righteousness that is inherent of the Truth.
Steps we have yet to take after our salvation is indicative of receiving the Holy Spirit.
The awesome feeling of God’s Love, given at salvation, precedes the Minds comprehension of the knowledge found in God’s Love, and the magnitude of pure truths emanation of total love from total truth is kept from destroying our minds ability to grasp concepts of understanding that would take us forever to become aware of and cause us to shut down or overload and pass out or die from shock, except that we are only given to know a measure less than the total. A measure of faith that reveals only a measure of God’s love until the time of ‘instant total transformation’ and what we can know in part becomes known in full, even as I AM. Thank you Jesus the I Am that I AM!
The key is in the becoming fully known as ‘I AM’. What we know is, if, Jesus starts something he finishes it. And our complete transformation after salvation is guaranteed; but if we ever want to know the Joy in God’s Love in ‘this life’ we need to set feet to walking in ‘The Way of Jesus’.
In the beginning the Word of Truth finds it’s consciousness in the living Spirit of Truth. Both being distinctly separate yet unable to live apart simply because the spirit of the Word finds its life in the knowledge of the Total Word of Truth.
How long did the awareness of God contemplate the many possible paths a life can take in diverting paths caused by incomplete awareness of the fullness of spirit which gives the Word the fullness of life that the love of God makes complete in spirit?
The possibilities are as endlessly different as the totality of life’s truths are able to exist in endless parts. In other words: how many parts or sections can truth be split apart by untruths?
When you can see the many truths that our lives depend on to live, both physically and spiritually, down to the invisible parts as well as the visible, then the totality of truth in the totality of spirit can be seen to be immense. So immense that it is written that the whole world couldn’t hold the needed books that could be written to record every detail of the knowledge used by God to create all things and plot the paths of each person to such a degree that all things work out for the best for those that love God.
God the Father contemplated the fullness of the time needed to bring man into the family of Christ Jesus, and knew all of the ways of erroneous choices that fallen man can travel unless they learned to discern the way of Love that can only be known if man was able to receive the Holy Spirit of Truth which makes possible the learning to see the need for love and truth and move to acquire the knowledge of truth made known in the spirit by Jesus.
Jesus, who came into an existence separate from the Father, having a separate fullness of the Word with a separate fullness of the Spirit…grants us his equal measure of Word and Spirit, that we can only know in part until the time of His Kingdom Come and we who know in part will be given to know in full.
Then we will know God in Spirit in fullness, and we will know that Jesus and the Father are One, yet Jesus saw no shame in being called his Son from whom he existed before becoming I AM.
Thus Jesus who brought all of creation into being by his spoken command given in full agreement with the fullness of the Word and it’s life in the Spirit of the Father, because when the Word became I AM, a complete image of the fullness of God the Father became co-existent with the Father having been created from: ‘The substance of eternity’ enabling the making of an incomplete humanity complete in both, the Word and the spirit of the Word whereby through Jesus we are become one with the Father. And our non-emanating spirit is replaced with God’s Spirit in Jesus and we are One.
With being born again and given a new spirit and a new heart we also get the knowledge of the new spirit. And the spirit of the Father reveals his love in us through Jesus who becomes the focal point for all of the knowledge of Righteousness and understanding found in the Word.
With witness to the truth and having put-on the love of God as revealed in the truth of the Word, and accepted in the Way; I fully acknowledge the way of Jesus as being the teaching of Jesus that shows us the increase of joy found in the Father’s love as we abide, and in the Father we are One.
But we don’t live like it. And most of us will never know this “Hidden’ in Christ until his kingdom has come. From the beginning of the fall of mankind, satan has lied to us, telling us we are the work of evolution and life is what we make of it.
We are being bombarded by hate, greed, war, terror, and even television shows that desensitize us from the horror of real demons whose soul purpose is to do the work of satan who wants to kill all Christians!
Where do you stand? Is Christianity just a bunch of rubbish that the entire world wars over??? If you can’t see the truth through all of the lies even though the evidence of Holy Wars make it glaringly obvious; then can you see the truth that we choose to live by the choices we make and love and hate, life and death, decisions are made every day by us and “IF” you want No more wars, “IF” you want Love in your life, not hate, and the choices are real to you yet you just can’t bring yourself to believe that it’s all because of God and satan are up for grabs for being elected as your personal God; then know that whom you choose to serve will be your master on earth, but if you haven’t accepted Jesus as your God in the after-life then satan will be your default choice and your after life will be nothing but Hell. Not to mention that this life will be a living Hell too!
The Way of Jesus was proven by his resurrection and proven by each of his disciples in the evidence of the joy found in God’s Love revealed by our choices to choose love and truth in all situations repented of, with the assurance of the promise that should we die before reaching the fullness of the knowledge of God’s Righteousness, we will be resurrected to know such a life that only God can reveal.
I firmly believe in Jesus because I have proven that love increases with the choosing. And it is my willing obligation to share with you the Way of Jesus so that you too can know the love of God through Jesus.
You see, by our choices the meaning to life is clear…to become a Christian means to be able to know the Truth of the Word and know firsthand that the love of God the Father is sparked and given purchase by the truth that I have found revealed in the ‘spiritual remembrances’ of his written Word given to us by Jesus. Thus I accept him and choose to walk in his way of love and truth.
Each born-again Christian is known by the Father even if they aren’t yet born-again. He saw your birth, life and potential in your heart of hearts, and he knows when you are ready to accept him before you know it yourself. That is why some are saved at the praying of the sinner’s prayer while others are not saved. He sees your hearts sincerity and gives accordingly.
We all have a measure of faith whether you find it or not. You have the sole responsibility to choose whom you will serve and acknowledge. These articles are here to share with you the knowledge of the ‘Hidden’ and hopefully inspire you to choose Jesus as Lord. But they are also here to share with you How to walk in Spirit and Truth in your daily life. When you learn to do that your life will become joy-full! May the Lord Jesus be with you. In Him, J.J.
Shame on San Diego Library
I am 60 years old and mind my P’s and Q’s. When I cuss, if I cuss, then I am frustrated.
San Diego downtown public library loves to make for frustration.
I’d been to the library on a weekday once before. I got on the computers. Great! No problems; I went again on a Saturday.
I sat at a computer and tried to log in and couldn’t as it was reserved till 1:50pm about 20 minutes. I didn’t want to wait so I tried another computer. Reserved. Another; reserved. And another, reserved. Damn near every computer was reserved and no one was sitting at them.
I asked one of the librarians when could I get on a computer, and she said when the reserve runs out it will reset.
Turned out to be about five minutes more on top of the twenty. Yup, it reset – reserved!
What was happening? Only 1/5 of the computers had anyone sitting at them and the all the others were reserved.
Shit! That’s what I said, but only after when I went to see the librarian and she was gone.
But as fate or the devil had a hand in it, another librarian helping another person about five feet from me heard me cuss from the frustration of it all. Now I don’t know about you, when I hear a patron cuss like that and look up at them, I would ask them if they needed help.
Yes I needed help. Much later I learned the computers are reserved on weekends. No sign says this, nor are you able to read about how reservations are made and which computers are available.
But did I get the help I needed? Was I even asked by this other librarian? No!
What happened? I’ll tell you in a moment, but did you know that the library had a zero tolerance rule in effect? This they say helps keep the homeless trouble makers out.
But there is no sign saying so, so what happens…the librarian that I wasn’t even talking to heard me cuss to myself under my breath and turned and called the security guard.
He comes up behind me and I turn and ask him what he wants. He says he wants to talk with me. Okay, I said, go ahead and talk.
He says the computers are reserved. I say tell me something I don’t know.
He tells me to calm down, I say I am calm. I may be frustrated and have raised my voice a little, as they seem hard of hearing. But all he does is say: calm down or you will have to leave. I say, what! Am I a terrorist or something that you can’t talk to me like a person? Better not let me find out where your car is I might blow it up.
He made me leave. Zero tolerance means zero consideration for the patron, zero help for a patron and zero recourse. At no time did he have to lay hands on me as I left. And the last thing I said to him when I left was, you’re an asshole.
I contacted the head librarian, Ms. Shelter, by phone and asked her answering device to have her call me back on a matter of importance. When she called me a couple days later, I explained everything to her and all she said is she would look into it and get back with me. She didn’t.
A little over a week later I called again. Ms. Shetler didn’t answer, a librarian named Ms. Janice talked to me.
It was Janice that told me about the zero tolerance rule, it was she who told me about the reservation computer station and how it is also where I can find out which computer is open.
All of the information the ‘other’ librarian should have told me after asking if she can help. But she didn’t ask if she could help did she?
Janice also told me about the letter that was put on file about me and to be used to keep me out of the library in the future.
That was too much!!! A county facility that treats everyone as a terrorist at the smallest complaint is bad enough, but now I was frustrated and now added to that was a library and a librarian who notified a guard to make me leave. They were both wrong to allow a zero tolerance rule to overrule good sense and of giving help when needed.
It’s wrong for any guard who deals with the public to tell a person who is a little loud when frustrated to calm down repeatedly when all they need to do is talk sense. At no time did anyone there try to help me. I don’t know why the tattletale librarian thought to contact a guard rather than offer to help.
Let me tell you something else too, when you go to the new library in downtown San Diego you see a huge building several floors high; exhibiting architecture that says: this cost money. Yet there are only two front glass doors for entrance and for exit. Should an earthquake, a fire or some catastrophe that needs for quick exiting of the building, happen, then with only one small opening that can be used, you are likely going to end up dead in a very expensive coffin.
With the heartless treatment of a long time patron, one who has bought books to help them raise needed funds, one who has written several books to put on their shelves and has received a couple ‘literary Guild’ medals from the Director himself at the private author’s parties the library has for its local authors. If he knew his librarians were taking liberty of a rule to mis-treat people so callously… I actually hope they would get fired, then trash that zero tolerance rule and start being a place worth preserving. As it stands you have lost all of my voting and gift donation support!!!
Ms. Shetler never returned my call; she never informed me of the letter on file. I was never told that I was forever evicted. It would have only added insult to the lack of decency that was being given. Fire her or transfer her to the library in the North Pole where she can evict all of the penguins she doesn’t want to help. As for the Other librarian who didn’t even ask if she could help, put her out of the public eye and give her a demotion.
For Ms. Janice, I have nothing but praise for her…give her a raise and promote her to the head spot that the crummy Ms. Shetler doesn’t deserve. Janice was courteous, and explained everything. Even she thought that the Zero tolerance rule is too strict. And she explained all about the reservation computer station.
It is a shame that a public library thinks it should embrace a zero tolerance rule that they use to evict the homeless. It’s bad service and makes a good excuse for an angry act to be enacted out of spite. And in a library that treats the homeless this negative way they are only hurting themselves. And I’ll tell you this, the homeless person who has nothing to lose will act out at this kind of treatment and in a building that doesn’t have but one entrance and exit for hundreds of patrons, a mad fire will make for a death trap in a building not built for safety.
I think I should be given a letter of apology from both the tattletale librarian and the guard, the old guard, John, who recently retired from this library would not have acted like this. .
Janice, thank you for your courteous and helpful attitude; there is not enough of that kind of professionalism left going around.
I was wrong to cuss to myself, but what followed was not called for. I believe the zero tolerance rule is totalitarian and in line with the scriptures that say, ‘the love of many will grow cold.’
And that is a big shame. It has already started. So stay away from this death trap of a library. In Him, J.J.
What is True Worship – and where does it lead?
Another – worksbyjj
Recently Major Roy Johnson, the Asst. principal for continuing education for the Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta GA. Wrote an article for the Salvation Army’s ‘War Cry’, as titled above, and put himself on record by saying:
“True worship is when we place ourselves on God’s ‘Altar’ as ‘living Sacrifices’ and declare that we are willing for Him to have His way with us.”
He then supports this expression by adding: “To truly worship God is to fully surrender ourselves – our wills, our hopes, our dreams, our futures and our bodies – to Him as ‘living sacrifices’.
Thus far we can see that Mr. Johnson believes that he and anyone who purports to involve themselves with true worship of our Lord and God is to surrender all to him.
Okay…now, how many of you have tried this – stood before God and prayed aloud that: “Lord Jesus, I hope you hear my prayer and see my true heart. I give all that I am to you to do with however you see fit, and I’m here to tell you I surrender my will, my hopes and dreams, even my life for you.”
If this was your first prayer to God and you are hoping to be born-again, then find that you did experience being born-again, then it means God believed in your sincerity and granted you a measure of faith to: one – to set to your seal that God is True, and to give you an outpouring of the Holy Ghost along with the filling up of your love with His love. And two – with the Holy Spirits help, God will give you “remembrances” of the Written Truth so that you can acknowledge the Truth in Love as being from God; and thus grow in your maturity in Christ Jesus.
But does this article of Mr. Johnson’s include this understanding?
No; likely because he is hoping to teach a deeper truth in true worship of God. This already pre-supposes that we are already born-again and that the earlier prayer was not unto salvation, but unto God with our whole heart, soul and mind in our attempt to be truly worshipping God and…and…
Where do we go from here? Further reading of the article says: “So, far from finding ourselves diminished through self-surrender, we instead find the greatest gain if we are willing to pay the price of total surrender.”
(shhh…Do, or did you find the greatest gain by doing this? Did you?)
Roy goes on to say: “The most reasonable thing anyone could do is to truly worship God by daily surrendering his life to him, and allowing His Holy Spirit to work true holiness in his life…so here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.”
Finished?! You got it? It hasn’t changed – you still gotta say the prayer; only this time you got to listen and embrace the change brought about by God’s Holy Spirit…as you stand quiet and embrace God in your love. (Is that what true worship is?)
Perhaps you think you did the right thing, and have a suspicion that it doesn’t happen over-night, and you put it all on the back burner and let God move in His mysterious ways…and life goes on.
No mention of the ‘remembrances’ given to us in the Holy Spirit when God wants us to be nudged in the right direction; no mention of walking in “The Way” of Jesus in Love and repentance..(metanoeo! NOT metanoia), no mention of coming into the knowledge of God’s Righteousness; and frankly, it leaves you guessing. And anything that leaves you guessing is missing the authority and confidence found in God.
Now I gave you the condensed version of this article in the Salvation Army’s ‘War Cry’ Jan. 2014 pgs. 12 – 15. He also says…
“it is only when we surrender ourselves as ‘living sacrifices’ that we find ourselves no longer conformed to the ways of the world, but transformed into the likeness of Christ through the Holy Spirit’s work within us.
Do you feel out of touch, I mean, this last part sounds pretty good, at first; but do you know how and what the Holy Spirit changes? You see, at first you agree but when you know that the likeness of Christ phrase is not used by Paul the apostle, who says,
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the Mind of Christ.” First Corinthians 2:16kjv
Definitely not a likeness. And tho’ Mr. Johnson tells of the Samaritan woman Jesus meets, and says: “True Worship is neither about the priest nor the experience of the participant, but about the sincerity and fullness of one’s heart as they live out the fullness, (no idea how it got full.) Of their life before an audience of one. To quote Soren Kierkegaard. The author doesn’t mention that Jesus also tells the woman at the well, that, true worshippers will worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
Fullness of what, the likeness of Jesus? The surrendered life? When in Truth, it is not a likeness at all, but it is the very Mind of Christ!!!
If you can read this article of Roy’s, I suggest you read it. And if you can find fullness in his words, then you have sacrificed your common sense to the blind groping of a poor teacher of the gospel. And you too stand judged as ‘ignorant of the Way of proper worship.’ Whether you choose to remain ignorant when God’s own reasoning and verses would reveal his true Way to worship in Spirit and in Truth, is up to you. But Read on while I lay it out plain for you, then; choose this day how you will worship our God and Jesus.
Let’s begin where I left you at paragraph 6; …you are judged by God to be sincere in your prayer to God and Jesus and he grants you the Holy Spirit. So, you are to be thought of as newly born-again or you are walking in the Way of Jesus.
Let’s begin. Every Christian must be born-again to enter heaven. This experience is described: ‘as many who believed had no thought of their belongings being their own.’ And as a personal experience I know we are given, according to our faithful measure, to know the Agape Love of the Father.
This Love experience is intensely personal. You may see visions, and then or later you may receive a spiritual gift. The gift is given as the Holy Spirit decides but each gift is distinct and has one of two personalities: A)- Loving, to see healing as a fruit of God’s love already perfected in our spirit as a true born-again Christian. Or B)- it’s practical, analytical, strong as Truth.
The loving ‘A’ type is usually gifted in the gift of tongues and is not wise in the Way of Truth. But the ‘B’ type is possible, and known personally to be gifted in the gift of prophesy, described as one given to comfort, strengthen and encourage the church-body with the understanding of the spirit of prophesy in/of Jesus, found in the written word of Jesus Christ our Lord.
In First Corinthians 14:18-19kjv Paul teaches: “I thank God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue!!” (Emphasis mine.)
Earlier in chapter two we heard what it is they teach: vs.7“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:” vs.8 “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Do you know the Hidden?
“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” I Cor. 14:22kjv
That which is ‘Hidden’ is given reference in Isa.30:20-26kjv an end-time prophesy that says:
“And the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the Way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Teachers of: The Way; Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Jesus is universally known as, ‘you can’t get into heaven except through Jesus.’ Thus we are correct in saying Jesus is the Way and we need to believe in Him as our Lord and savior. TRUE!!! A heartfelt sincere belief in Jesus, whether he is understood in the ‘Hidden’ wisdom of the Way, or not; if found sincere by God you will be born again. And all that are saved are taught to walk in the Way.
Then know this: The ‘Hidden’ in Christ our Lord is ours for the taking…if…you know how to walk in the Way. And you really must walk in it knowingly or it will be haphazardly.
We walk in the Way to find the Mind of Christ. Not just the written of Christ but his thoughts, will and emotions. And the good news is: if you are not yet saved, (born-again) if you walk in the Way you will find salvation the moment it finds you!
II Tim. 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; and they will recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
If God peradventure – will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth… !!!There is the promise. It’s up to you to repent.
When you walk in the Way of Repentance to seek and acknowledge the Truth, the Father will give you ‘remembrances’ in the written Truth and you will know it in your heart as a Way of God’s Love. Having so acknowledged the Truth of the Love in the experience of living the remembered Truth in and of Jesus, we are told to abide in Jesus and we will be transformed to be one with the truth in Love that we have put on by ‘choosing ‘ to live it.
Jesus’ teaching of the Way is in line with walking in the Way, and our heavenly Father knows when to give you the spiritual ‘remembrances’ of the written Truth, to best cause us to understand the Way as we walk in it. In time and continued walking in this ‘composite’ Way of Love(agape),Way of Repentance, Way of walking, we will achieve our maturity in the faith.
We don’t see Jesus as the book of Luke 10:22 shows, but because we experience His Way in His thought, will and emotion, we see the revealed Truth as the revealer of the Love of God we now know. Then when we read the book of John 17:25-26 and read that it is Jesus who shows us the Love of God inherent in the Truth we now discern is in and of Jesus. And though we don’t see Jesus we know him by faith because ‘Faith expresses itself through Love.” Gal. 5:6niv
And we now are able to walk in the Love and Truth of God and that my friend, IS True Worship.
The Way of Agape Love and Truth and the Way of Repentance are one with Jesus. Both are foundational as well as the building blocks of increased awareness that develops our life to be, One with – both the love of God the Father and of Jesus in Spirit, and in truth; which makes our every day a walk in true worship which is in Spirit and Truth.
As you can see The Way covers every base that the original article brings up by Mr. Roy Johnson, only there is proof found rather than a vague hope that God heard you and will use you. You see, now you are effecting the change that you use to ask God to help you with, but now you realize that the Help has already been given in the Holy Spirit that is given to guarantee our inheritance in Heaven and allow our time on the planet to be used expressing our ‘WORKS’ of faith to be done in the Love that faith expresses itself through.
No more vague surrendering of all is asked for, just surrender the self to choose to take a step at a time in Love and Truth; found, even as we understand it has always been, just hidden under the confusion of not understanding how to find it in the real repentance that Jesus taught in the New Testament, Metanoeo…meaning: to reconsider ones sin from the divine viewpoint of thought, will, and emotion then choose to submit to doing it until it becomes One with You. Not the Old Testament way of Metanoia, which means to turn away from your sin 180 degrees and turn to God as you find him in the Bible. That wrong way of repentance is still taught in the churches today and it is only good for initial salvation “IF” God accepts your sincerity of Heart as true. But if Not, and this is the way you must believe unless you have experienced the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you must believe whether you have been born-again or not, to Walk purposely in the ‘Way’ of proper repentance unto the True Way of Agape Love in Truth, until you are for certain that you are born-again,(you will know it by the experience of knowing Gods Love personally at the moment of salvation.) or if already born again you must continue in the Way, as given, to grow in the increase of God’s Love and Truth and abide into your transformation until you reach maturity and the Knowledge of the Way becomes clear from beginning to end of (your) everyone’s search for God.
I hope this article helps anyone who reads the original article, to know what is wrong and how to fix it with the intelligence of understanding. Either way…the choice to ‘remain’ Ignorant is yours to make; you only have yourself to blame if you reject it.