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Over Coming Worry and Fear

Right now my life appears to be in shambles.
I owe close to 500 dollars on my car.
And have little to no money to spend on myself for myself for food. But thank the Lord I have a wonderful roommate who is in the same circumstances as myself. I don’t have to be ashamed that I am poor in terms of finances, but I do have God who is the provider of all things. I have found people who can relate to my situation, and we can share each other burdens and become more like Christ wanted us to be.
So many times I have been tempted to run away from my problems, or to just bury my head, but I was not born with that kind of conscience. My burdens eat at my thoughts constantly, and I have to keep reminding myself that God is in control. All things will work out for the good. I just have to keep focusing on that. I know that God has good planned for me, and he will grow me into the righteousness that He deserves. I will not be held down by the world, because the World has no authority over me. I will submit to the authority of God an no other.
So, if you take every thought captive and toss it down when it does not align with the Word of God, you will find yourself at peace even when the circumstances scream for you to be troubled and worry. Ultimately, God is in control, and all things will work out according to the goodGod has planned for you, me, and those who stand firm on God’s promises for our lives. AND it can all happen tomorrow. God has no restrictions on life, but our brains put the limitations up. That is why Paul encourages us to take every thought captive, because those thoughts will lead you down the path to worry or the path to peace.
So, I keep holding on to the fact that God is working all things out for my good. Life tries to throw us down the hole, and Satan loves to mess with the believers mind. We need to be strong in our reading of Scripture, the prayer life we live, and the praise and worship we give to God for for these are our weapons against the enemy. We stand on the Word of God, and we lean to not on our own understanding. We run this race with the will of God on our side, and know that nothing can hold us down. For if God is for us, who can be against us?

Today, like every day, is a new one. Yesterday is gone, today is here, and tomorrow is not yet. One step at a time, one day at a time. That is how you overcome circumstances. Does not matter how long it takes, nor the pains you go through to get through it all because God has something richer in store for you than just the wealth, and temptations of the World. He has eternal long lasting rewards that out live ANY gold that the world offers. This is my encouragement to you all, hold fast on to your faith. Know that God is there for you, even when the hour is at it’s darkest, for that is when you know that light is on it’s way and day springs forth. Keep your eyes FIXED ON CHRIST, not on the shrinking, breaking crumbling earth beneath your feet.

A Theological Look at Who Jesus was.


Jesus was conceived through the Spirit unto the Virgin Mary (Lk 1:33-36, Matt 1:18-23). His conception was the virginity, but his birth(Gal 4:4, Lk 2:6-7) was messy and normal like all other births. Jesus is fully man.  He was born in Bethlehem(Lk2:4-5), and grew up like any other normal human(lk 2:40, 52).  In fact Jesus was so normal, that when he came back from his temptations ( Matt 4:2 Lk 4:1-2, Heb 4:15) his own town did not accept him because he was ‘normal’.  He had a human mind, grew up like a human, and had all the weaknesses of a human body, for example he got tired and hungry (Matt 4:2, Jn4:6, Jn 19:28). This is why his own town rejected him as the Messiah. However in all things he did them without sin(Jn 8:29, 8:46, 15:10, 1Pet 2:21-23, 2 Cor 2:20-22, 1 Jn 3:4-6, Heb 4:15, 7:26) using human means to overcome them, such as quoting scripture, keeping a regular religious life (Lk 2:41-42, 4:16) and fellowship with believers(Jn 2:13,7:14,Matt 26:24-26 Mk 11:27)  prayer (MK 1:35, 6:46-46, Lk 5:16 6:12, Jn 17:1) and the other means of grace that we have been given as humanity.
Jesus is fully divine. The two natures of humanity and divinity are distinct but unified in the person of Jesus Christ.  He is the Son of God (Matt 27:40 27:43 27:54, mk 1:1, 3:11 Lk  22:70 Jn 20:31 Acts 9:10) who bore the full weight of our sins on the cross ( Matt 1:21), but also through obedience in life made the way for all to come to God through faithful obedience (Phil 2:6-11, 3:9). Jesus was crucified at his own free will (Jn 10:10-18)for the redemption of the World. His work on the cross made God’s entire wrath cease for the redeemed the Earth, and his sinless life is the reason why God exalted him above all others (Phil 2:10-11). Jesus fulfills the roles of the High Priest because he has given his life in atonement ( Mk 10;45, 1 Cor 15:3), but also is continually interceding for those who believe (Rom 8:34, Heb 7:5). Jesus is the ruling King because he comes from the Davidic lines of kings and because God the Father gave him all authority and power upon resurrection from death and upon ascension he fulfilled the role (Col 1:7, Phil 2:10, 1 Cor 15:34-38 2 Tim 2:11-12). Jesus is the prophet not just because he spoke the Word of God ( Deut 18:14-22); he was the Living Word of God (Jn 1:1) for the entire world to see. He was both the message of the Gospel and the bringer of this message for only through him can the world be saved and the world saw God (John 1:18, 14:6, 14:9) world by maintaining his divinity while he took on the flesh of humanity to veil his God-self to walk among sinful man to partake in their sufferings.
His natural body died on the Cross but through his divinity and in obedience to the Father, he was raised again. Jesus is still living currently in heaven as Man in flesh and God in nature at the right hand of the Father, which gives us our resurrected hope.  Jesus was given all these things because of the humiliation he suffered coming to Earth and dying as a “criminal” in a human body. Jesus during his period of humiliation (Phil 2:5-11), or his life as a mortal ( Mat 8:20,  Lk12:35-38, Matt 26:56, Heb 5:8)) where he was challenged, abandoned, and partook in death, yet he spoke with authority, as God would which is part of the reasoning for his death from the Scribes and Pharisees. He was also constantly referring to God as father, and using alluding to Daniel 7 reference to the Son of Man as his identity. He also received worship when it was given properly or denied it when it was not. When the Father resurrected Jesus, he was given the keys to the kingdom, which had him ascended beyond the World with both his humanity and divinity still unified(Rom 6:4-5, 1 Tim 3:16).  This proved that Christ was both God, because only God could rise from the dead and ascend into the heavens, as well as his humanity for he suffered and died.
              

Humanity in 3 minutes or less.


God is the creator (Gen 1:1).God created mankind to glorify himself; he did not create man out of a deficit (Acts 17:24-25, Psalm 50:9-12, Job 41:11).  God was sufficiently loved, loving, and in abundance of love within the Trinity. Therefore, when he created man, it was to crown (Isa 62:3-5) his work for man is the only created being that is made in the image of God ( Gen 1:26-27, 5:1,9:6).  Therefore man is representative of God on earth in their being.  Humanity is designed with purpose and design (James 3:8, Matt 22:37-40).  They were created to have right relationship with God (Jer 9:23-24, John17:3, Matt 22:37) and to glorify him in worship (Isa 43:7, Eph 1:11-12). However, in man’s own selfish rebellion they fell from that right relationship (Gen 3). When mankind fell from their original mandate from God, they were distorted with sin and what appears good is evil, and what is evil appears good and the soul got separated from the body and the earth groaned beneath the weight of sin (Gen 3). Man lost relationship with God because a holy God hates sin ( Deut 12:31, Prov6:16-19 Jas 4:4 Rom 5:10), man lost relationship with others of mankind (Gen 3), and lost their own soul connection ( Rom 6:23) . Through Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, tragic sin and death has been passed down generation upon generation, each new one being far worse(Rom 1:34-37) than the preceding generation (Eze 8:13, 15) which is total depravity.
Yet, man is still created within the image of God and therefore he shares some of the attributes that God has ( Gen 1:26-28). Spirituality, mentality, emotions, and relational aspects are all reflections of the immense God that created us and we are limited in these areas( Gen 5:1). However all that man does is sin, and even our greatest selfless acts are sinful. That is why there is division among people (Jas 3:8) and competition for resources, and why Christ had to come .  In Christ’s selfless act, he lived as a perfect human and fully God at the same time ( 2 Cor 4:4). He experienced all the trials and temptations that we as humans go through, and conquered them at the Cross through his death and resurrection paving the way back to God with his shed blood (Col 1:15). Jesus also restored the proper relationship between man and woman (Gal 3:28). Since the fall, there was always division between man and woman (Gen 3:16). God designed man and woman to be equal essence but distinct in roles (Gen 1:26-27), a representation of the Trinity lived out on Earth. However, with the fall man has been reigning over woman, and this has fractured their ability to relate to one another causing untold friction between them instead of unity. Christ’s work proves that man is to be selfless for his wife, and that they are to be one, like Christ and the Church ( 1 Cor 11:3).
God still is in over all the earth, and knows all things and controls all things ( Prov 16:19, James 4:13-15, Prov21:1,  Matt 10:29, Ps 145:15). However, just because God is in charge does not negate our responsibilities as people to obey God and his Laws (Phil 2:1s2-13).  That is why we see such debase actions coming out of the world, for they are shaking their fist at God and blaming him for all their own actions and responsibility and pointing fingers at each other passing the buck. Humans were designed for relationship with their Creator, and with each other not this blame game that happens. Jesus provided us with a direct access to God so that we are not captives of the World system but slaves to Christ for God’s perfect will for us.

Taking the Beatitudes Seriously

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
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You may wonder why I have chosen to put the whole passage up instead of just the one Beatitude that I would write about. That is because context of the passage is greatly needed and under-appreciated. It makes and breaks everything in how we think about a passage of Scripture.

So, today, I am focusing my energies on the first Beatitude. “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 5:3)
Here’s what the Amplified Bible has to say: 

Blessed (happy, [a]to be envied, and [b]spiritually prosperous—[c]with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
What is this poor in spirit? What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Having just started the Doctrine of Christ, and gone through the Doctrines of God and Humanity and Sin, there is a deep revelation that humanity itself is the very essence of needy. But those who are poor in spirit must realize they are lacking in all areas of their life, and they have come to the realization that they are not superior, and are in fact inferior. They don’t have a haughty self reliance, but rather they realize they are dependent upon a Creator beyond their sight. BUT they are not hopeless, for they know that their Creator God has made a way for them. Jesus, the holy son of God and Man, has paved the way for us to have the kingdom of God. He was the one who proclaimed the ushering in of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, as he is the one who brought the kingdom, being poor in spirit would open the eyes to this revelation. Jesus Christ is the Savior, the one who brings the kingdom of God to those who are lacking. Jesus Christ is the only one who can redeem our souls so that they no longer are narrow visioned. Jesus Christ, the living God seated at the Right Hand of God the Father is EVER able to restore the kingdom of God to the poor in Spirit. THAT is what Salvation is. It is the restoration of the kingdom of God to man. We have a relationship with the Holy God because of the Sacrificial Son who paved the way to the kingdom.
So what is Jesus saying? He is saying those who are needy see, I am here and I will bring you the kingdom of God…only I can do such a thing because only God can bring what is God.

Selah

Dreams



Are you running, are you chasing?
Do you see the moments where we meet?

This is the plane where I escape,
Drifting among the stars and seeing the earth from afar.
Space is clear, and bright, the moon gleaming.
There you are, alone and vacant in the sky.

Are you running, are you chasing?
Do you see the moments where we meet?

The jungle encloses around you,
Echoes of the past screech at your heels.
Deep sense of fear seeps like the raindrops from the season,
Torrents of water stream from the leave above.

Are you running, are you chasing?
Do you see the moments where we meet?

The waters are rising around you,
The flash flood is overcoming,
Desperation seeks it’s hope,
Where the land meets the water there is someone…

Are you running, are you chasing?
Do you see the moments where we meet?

The air feels cool and damp against your face,
Ice falls from the sky,
Gentle moments recall memories,
Moments that are not long gone.

Are you running, are you chasing?
Do you see the moments where we meet?

Darkness drowns the rest out,
A deep dark void,
A light that never ends,
Shines just for you.

Are you running, are you chasing?
Do you see the moments where we meet?

You awaken, you look, you see…
Do you remember me?
©RJD 10/12/2012

Two New Poems

I come, weary. 
 

Simply I walk oblivious to the space,
Drowning in this consciousness,
Beating the soul to shards,
While wasting in wailing,
The depths of despair are wrought,
The breaking of the heart is heard.
More painful than anything else,
Many different emotions let loose,
A rushing torrent cascades from the soul,
Longing, desire, fear, shame, pain,
Love hope dreams and strange joy and peace.
Feelings that express the myriad,
The seas of uneasiness in the heart.
Sanity seems to at last return
Or what seems to be sanity
But there was always this glimmer,
A light a far that always brought hope.
So, back to the toil I go.
Hope my source of energy.
©RJD 10/4/2012

“Walking Away”

I need to walk away for a little while…
I see the need and desire but I don’t want to be there.
A place that is unsafe and it scares me.

Yes…I need to walk away for a little while.
I’ll see you soon enough…
But for now…I need to be still among the trees.
There I normally find comfort…
But the trees even taunt me.
There I usually feel the breeze but it haunts.

Where will I walk without these thoughts?
Where can I be settled again?
Calm my heart, my mind, and soul…
©RJD 10/2/2012

Work In Progress; Theology and Understanding.


There is always once chance that we have, one simple moment that comes with the many choices we have made. Life will present us this simple moment with the clarity of our life flickering or flashing before the eyes as they darkened on the world around them. Will you in that moment feel regret, sorrow, and despair? Will you in the moment feel nothing? Or perhaps you will find the moment thrilling, welcoming, and unafraid of the things to come? This is not about death, but what happens after you have died. Where will you be? Are you going to be eternally separated or eternally joined?
The world beyond does exist, though the finite simple mind cannot comprehend what that looks like. The infinitude of the world beyond our little shallow lives here on Earth is much more splendid, or much more hellish than we can imagine. Yet here we are…living lives that make us go to one end or the other. Yes, ends to the soul are found in Heaven or Hell. Hell is a very real place made up of souls that are forever separated from God, eternally. These souls will never find true completion, and will face fire and brimstone. Eternal torment awaits the lives that chose to seek their own god, which in most cases is themselves. It is sad that they are so cruelly blinded by their own mind, their own will, and have ceased to acknowledge the existence of their Creator. These souls will cry injustice has been dealt. They will cry that they did all they could. They will shout about their rights. They will shout about their needs. They focus solely on them…
But the reality of the world around is clear, it’s depraved and sunk. It is a failing society that needs a Savior. However, the Savior has come…and yet the Society still fails to see they are dying in their own filth. They are playing in the sewer when there is a Mansion open to them to live in. How is it possible that they cannot see this? It is purely because they do, but prefer their own ways; doing things the way they want to; choosing the life they want to live; rebels to the last. These are the people that will shake their fist at God and say “How can he exist?” when there is filth all around them, filth of their own creation. All the best human acts are failures; human efforts fail because humans are the flawed sinful creatures that breed imperfection, and insist that evil is good and good is evil. They are truly the backwards civilizations that destroy themselves and their world.
But, God did do something that we cannot comprehend. First of all He exists beyond us, therefore all means to justify His non-existence is pointless because what is beyond human rationale is always going to be ‘unexplainable’ to the exhaustive source. Creations cannot fully know their creator, humans cannot fully know their Father because he is infinite, and we are finite.  However, he can be known in part. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part,but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears,” says Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians chapter thirteen verses nine and ten, where because humans are so finite we do not understand the full love that God has poured out on the land. When we come to terms with this love, we shall be all the more happy because the Lord our God has reached down into the filth, and poured out his love so that we might be cleaned. His perfection, His grace, His love, provided us with a realization that we have something better than this.  The Owner of the Mansion has come out of the set a part realm that is clean and pure, to reach down to the sewers and pull us from the grasp of filth, rot and decay. He has taken us in all our dirty rags, and bathed us, tossed away our rags and replaced them with clothes that befit those who are living in Mansion. However, he has given us a mandate, that we are to be his hands, and he is the one who directs, as we are to reach back down into the filth and do the same to others that we had done to us. We do often find ourselves dirty again, but then we go to the Master of House and he will have us cleansed again. Therein lies the beauty of what was done for us, but more to it, we have come to the realization that there was a greater price paid. As we spend more time in the Mansion, you see this other with the Master of the house all the time. He is marred, and dirty like you once were, but beautiful and clean like the Master beneath it all. This other is the Son of the Master, who is the one who built the bridge that the master used to reach down to those in the sewers and filth. He continually is doing this act, as the Father continues to reach out.  Those in the Mansion have come to understand this is to whom their life is owed, because he bought them at a High Price; his own life. As we mature, we realize that we are also never alone. Each of us in the mansion has helper that tends to their education, their growth, and their cleanliness. This helper is also a guide, and mentor, and scout for anything when we go back into the sewers of the world. This guide stays with us constantly, without complaint.
These are the people who have freed us from the filth and sunken world…they are the ones who have sacrificed, and shed their blood for us. This is the God of the Bible who is a Triune (Three United in One) Person who has given us the road to relationship with him, pulling us from the darkness of the sinking world we live in.  So, why do we bother to think that our worldly filth is grander than the glorious nature that the Father is? Why do we say that beauty of the Son and the value of his sacrifice are worthless in comparison to the money that eats our souls?  Why do we reject the authority, and power that the Holy Spirit brings to the redeemed, and take on our own mental ascent? How can we view the flawed as better than the perfect? There is the nature of sin…it blinds us. It makes us hallucinate and see things that aren’t there; see things that don’t exist as reality and deny reality as it is. So, do you want reality or this fantastical story that the Devil, oh yes the one you have not met yet.
The Devil; the antithesis to the Purity of God, has been dismissed as myth and legend. This pleases him quite well as we do not know our enemy any more. And how does one combat an enemy that is unknown? You cannot fight something you don’t know, or think is imaginary. You’ll be over powered and slammed back into the filth of the World. Once he is invisible, he works at his best, and thus he decidedly wants you to believe he does not exist. Many people think that God couldn’t have created such a creature with the ability to disobey him…but he indeed did. Once in the Devil, the secondly in his beloved Creatures—humans; and fallen souls have been ceased without repentance for centuries.  
Just as God is revealed through Nature, so has the Devil been revealed through the acts of Sin we commit as humans. The abuse, the neglect, the blind eye to the pain that we cause and the rejection of TRUTH are clear signs that the Devil is around. Yes, sin is a human action that is exalting the Devil. Think about that for a moment…Anything that is not Godly, is Devilry. Relativism is devilry, the elimination of truth is devilry, the hatred we bear is devilry…the list continues for in our filth, we are full of devilry and exalting him by being under his power. The authority that the devil holds, only lasts until you understand that there is something beyond the world—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost exist and are supremely authoritatively and ultimately above and beyond the devil’s whims in the world. Once you realize this, why do you continue to let the devil chain you into the filth? Because that is what he is doing.
            God has provided a way out…have you found Him? Have you sought the truth, the REAL truth? Have you given up your ideas and whims to seek reality? Have you asked to have your heart opened to see reality as it is? …what will you do when you find the truth?  Will you run away? Will you come to the light of the truth?

Where is your ♥?

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rustt destroy and where thieves break in and steal,but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Something to Think about…

Jesus doesn’t love us because we are beautiful; we become beautiful through Jesus’s sacrificial love. He is the ultimate spouse to us, his “bride,” in the gospel.The solution to stinginess is a reorientation to the generosity of Christ in the gospel, where he poured out his wealth for you. You don’t have to worry about money, for the cross proves God’s care for you and gives you all the security you need. Jesus’s love and salvation confers on you a remarkable status—one that money cannot give you. The solution to a bad marriage is a reorientation to the radical spousal love of Christ in the gospel. “Thou shalt not commit adultery”makes sense in the context of the spousal love of Jesus, especially in the cross, where he was completely faithful to you. Only when you know the spousal love of Christ will you have real fortitude against lust. His love is fulfilling—which keeps you from looking to sexuality to give you what only Jesus can give.
What is the point? What makes you faithful or generous is not just a redoubled effort to follow moral rules. Rather, all change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out of the changes that understanding creates in your heart. Faith in the gospel restructures our motivations, our self-understanding, our identity, and our view of the world. Behavioral compliance to rules without heart-change will be superficial and fleeting. The gospel is therefore not just the ABCs of the Christian life, but the A to Z of the Christian life. Our problems arise largely because we don’t continually return to thegospel to work it in and live it out. That is why Martin Luther wrote, “The truth of the Gospel is the principle article of all Christian doctrine. . . . Most necessary is it that we know this article well, teach it to others, and beat it into their heads continually.”14 “Wait,” I have heard people object. “You mean that in order to grow in Christ, you keep telling yourself how graciously loved and accepted you are? That doesn’t seem to be the best way to make progress. Maybe the motivation of religion was negative, but atleast it was effective! You knew you had to obey God because if you didn’t, he wouldn’t answer your prayers or take you to heaven. But if you remove this fear and talk so much about free grace and unmerited acceptance—what incentive will you have to live a good life? It seems like this gospel way of living won’t produce people who are as faithful and diligent to obey God’s will without question.” But if, when you have lost all fear of punishment you also have lost incentive to live an obedient life, then what was yourin the first place? It could only have been fear. What other incentive is there? Awed, grateful love.Some years ago I met a woman who began coming to Redeemer, the church where I am a minister. She said that she had gone to a church growing up and she had always heard that God accepts us only if we are sufficiently good and ethical. She had never heard the message she was now hearing, that we can be accepted by God by sheer grace through the work of Christ regardless of anything we door have done. She said, “That is a scary idea! Oh, it’s good scary, but still scary.” I was intrigued. I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this: “If I was saved by my good works—then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with rights. I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace—at God’s infinite cost—then there’snothing he cannot ask of me.” She could see immediately that the wonderful-beyond-belief teaching of salvation by sheer grace had two edges to it. On the one hand it cut away slavish fear. God loves us freely, despite our flaws and failures. Yet she also knew that if Jesus really had done this for her—she was not her own. She was bought with a price.

Keller, Timothy (2008-09-25). The Prodigal God . Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.

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