Happiness = Holiness
What would Christ think, say or do?
What Would Jesus do?
then act on that answer
02/25/18 (answer to 9/5 15 unloving)
if Christ is in me, there must be glory to triumph over shame, over the spirit of judgment, over the flesh in my brother. I may see only the flesh, but when my hope—the crown of glory—and my faith rest in God, I can overlook what is not like Christ, and by seeing Him who is invisible, despite discouraging experiences with the brethren, I can endure and I can love.
The Incorruptible has power over the corruptible. By faith, we overcome the old nature by the new nature given us by Jesus Christ. If the brother cannot let Christ’s nature triumph over his own nature, let us older ones, who have known Christ so long, set him the example; and when he finds in us unquenchable love, even when we see little of Christ in him, it will help him to let Christ triumph over him. Otto Stockmayer
After having read the Scripture daily for over 20 years, here I am firmly stand, convinced now more than ever , tha the true answers of men’s questions of life and existence, are all to be found in Christ alone. All the solutions to men’s problems are to be found in Christ alone. Anything outside of Him is just vanity and chasing of the wind, it cannot and will not come up to par with Him. The gap is unabrigeble and get wider and wider the more I get to know Him.
God in his foreknowledge allows us (Adam) to sin so that his glory in Christ could be manifested.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
After spending a considerable amount of time with unconverted old friends, I feel dirtiness and pollution within my soul.
(Still manifesting too much passion, fleshly and overly zealous , when presenting gospel truth’s to unconverted friends with seemingly poor results).
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
There lay in me even when does not show in its completeness, a natural unloving disposition toward my fellow-men and women, sometimes right from the start of the very day, bitterness of heart not caused by anything, when instead friendliness and compassionate love should be called for. This unprofitable state is caused by forgetting the abundant grace and blessing I have received so far; may God forgive me and give me the will and the means necessary to overcome this faulty state of mine.
Some answer to my prayer have materialized, my body ailments are getting better …thank you Jesus.
I thank the Holy Spirit that has so pointed out my lack of correctness and accuracy of speech that cannot be tolerate and should not be in a disciple of Christ, and the lack consistency between my words and my actions.
The Holy Spirit show me to my own surprise that I wished not the best for friends and even worst to my own closest relatives, precisely the opposite is true. Almost if I get gratification from their own failing and trial of life , love compassion for one another, is lacking. May God search out the full iniquity of my heart, and show me its perversity.
(Oh God may this heathen quote not be true with me: In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us. la Rochefoucauld)
(Roman 6, 6-7 –2 kinds of sins)
Our old man is crucified with Christ, and we are dead to sin.
There are with two types of sin even after being baptized into Christ’s death.
One of which we have a choice to flee from, we know that we are sinning when we give away to our temptations, and this kind we have power to conquer it willingly. Therefore a child of God will stop doing it.
The other one is in our members (flesh) and is an automated reaction almost pre programmed by perhaps years of living in sin, we know immediately after we have sinned, but is not possible to completely eradicate from our flesh. This makes us Christians see more our weak and wicked condition and makes us dependent to Christ for salvation.
We cannot have power in prayer and and plant good seed of exhortation to a holy life in the unregenerate if we are not holy ourself and if we manifest pride instead of humility and behave according to the flesh instead to abide in the Spirit of life with our words and acts. Therefore is evident a need to follow Him, always and always abide in Him, to be successful in our ministry.
God knew the outcome of the garden from eternity past, He allowed it to happen (the fall of man and sin in the world as we know it today) so that he could display his glory in destroying evil with the plan of redemption of humankind with his Son.
Wisdom is to know that God in order to make and keep us humble and to teach to walk by faith, has hidden from us the things relating to his providential purposes in our lives. Let us cling to his word in time of difficulty he cannot deny Himself.
Let’s ask God that we may know ourselves as we you are known by Him (God)
The Grace of God is ability for us sinner to mend our relationship with God for which we could never do on our own power, and we do not deserve it, it is an unmerited favor.
Church tithing need to be from the heart, not done to be seen by men (I receive no honor from men…John 5:41)
Not “I” did this or that–but God grace…
It is easier not to boast of one self achievements when things go our way,
but much harder is not to boast when things don’t…
Is best not to subject ourselves to profane music (i.e., pop , rock) if our goal is to obtain a cleaner speech.
If you really love one woman you have loved them all,
if you have loved many; you have love none at all.
Love is not a feeling but a decision.
Daily practice of Humility with Love, done by subduing pride and denying self.
When we pray for more Virtues: or more Holiness, or to be more Humble, or more Graceful, or even for God to touch someone’s heart, some times we don’t know what we are asking for. In fact it is through God mercy that those prayer are not answered speedily and sometimes not at all, or else we would be crashed under the changes that Life and Soul will have to undertake to transform us into our request.
It is easier to master our tongue in the presence of others, much harder to master our speech and our thought when out of sight and alone; which spring out naturally from our heart.
(JESUS …the “higher standard” )
It was said do not commit adultery, but he said do not lust; before adultery comes lust.
It was said do not kill, but he said do not hate; before murder comes hate.
It was said love your neighbor as your self, but he said do as I do to you, he laid his life down.
Unless we become like little children we cannot enter the Kingdom: little children when they are afraid, scared, hurt, or hungry, are totally dependent on parents; little children believe without syllogisms.
It is not until the low tide comes in, only than- we can see the sea stars in between the rocks…
Much can be know about a person by the way he or she laughs, looks at, walks, and of course speaks.
Sometimes God uses untruth ( false preachers / false churches) to reach and bring believers and non believers of various degree to himself that can, at the appointed time be unreachable by other (more proper) ways.
( Effective Prayer)
a) have a pure heart, no know iniquity
b) have faith, no wavering
c) according to his will, his commandments, be humble, low of Spirit.
the 8 inner conditions of a Christian:
poor in spirit,
hunger and thirst after righteousness,
pure in heart,
persecuted for righteousness.
to all the self- thought – righteous (I included) it is not until you know how sinful and
wretched your heart really is that the Heaven door may be near by.
1) ricorda che la salvezza non si ottiene leggendo la Bibbia
2) non si ottiene andando in chiesa
3) non si ottiene pregando
4) non si ottiene facendo opere meritose
(cose queste utili …si)
le Sacre Scritture affermano in continuazione che
si ottiene solamente, per Grazia di Dio, RAVVEDENDOCI dei nostri peccati, CREDENDO e avendo FEDE nel Signore GESU nostro unico Salvatore.
(x new year …)
wish you that you may prosper in your health, as well as your soul.
We cannot imitate Christ, our best works are filthy rag in the eyes of God
but we can be transformed, by believing in Christ our Savior, then our lives will be conformed to his will.
Amos 3:6 …shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
God can and does, out of the most horrific tragedy work out many contingency for his own Good and his Kingdom, since his ways and thoughts and wisdom are higher than ours, our human faculty especially of those involved in tragedy tent to miss the purpose, meaning and end, of the current imperfect cursed state of man and of all nature that surround him. The death of a young child by illness or calamity could grant that child instant access to the presence of God (Paradise) when a full life here on earth may have not.
God who is omniscient and knows each final state and destination can out of his mercy and for his glory take some of us out of the world sooner rather than later for our own good, and his own Glory.
JESUS who was crucified and resurrected on the third day at Jerusalem , He was and is the Son of God and Savior of men, and that all who would be saved must repent of their sins, and believe in him.
All people have sinned,
Penalty for sin is death,
Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins,
to be saved we must Repent from our sins and trust personally Christ.
Evil actions of man even though predestined, yet attached no moral blame on God, because the actions are the result of willing choices of sinful men. God does not force man to act against his will, rather God brings about his plan through men’s willing choices and heart desires. Those are still real choices for which man is nevertheless responsible.
Some of the great philosophers I have read in my early years: Schopenhauer, Rousseau, Baltasar Gracian, Nietzsche, LaRochefoucald, Von Goethe, Camus, perhaps Seneca and Freud, when we read their writing and how they describe the nature of man, which I cannot agree now more than even before; is evident from their writing that the natural state of man is corrupt and tend to “evil”.
Man is capable of knowing now good and evil, and perhaps even willing to do good, but easily fall short of it and ends up doing the opposite of what he knows to be good. Most of us choose to be blind from it because is more comfortable and easy to avoid the sad reality, which when faced will demand an honest answer of who we are at the very core; and the real difficulty and impossibility we face in overcoming our own nature.
(lettera a un amico)
Sono molto contento di vedere che stai cercando la Salvezza della tua Anima (http://biblehub.com/matthew/16-26.htm)
e prego il Signore che ti illumini e che lo Spirito Santo ti apra gli occhi e le orecchie alla verita’…
che se tu cerchi con tutto il tuo cuore e se piace a Dio troverai e ti liberera dal mondo e dal peccato che regna in noi come tu sei gia riuscito a notare (questo per se stesso e un grande passo, che tanti si rifiutano o non possono ammettere perche hanno il cuore indurito e si ritengono “brave persone” e sono brave persone ma solo negli occhi del mondo ).
Lo Spirito Santo aprendoci e rivelandoci la natura del nostro cuore vuole Santificarci per poi poter accedere ed essere Glorificati nel Paradiso… dove saremo risorretti in carne e ossa. — Se tu sei stato Eletto, Predestinato prima della fondazione del mondo, adesso verrai Santificato per poi essere Glorificato nella presenza di Dio.
Questa e una grazia che ci viene data non per merito nostro, ma e un dono di Dio, noi per quante opere di bene possiamo fare non potremo mai quadagnare il Paradiso, il Paradiso e accessibile solo ravvedendoci dei nostri peccati e quindi non commettendoli piu; e credendo nel Signore Gesu Cristo.
Grazie all’aiuto dello Spirito Santo che ci rafforza e ci Santifica, i meandri piu profondi del nostro cuore ci vengono esposti noi possiamo riuscire a vedere il nostro vero stato negli occhi di Dio e la nostra inadequita o meglio insufficienza di fronte a DIO.
Se siamo veramente “Nati di Nuovo” o rigenerati, condizione essenziale per accedere il Regno dei Cieli, non possiamo piu commetter gli stessi peccati perche essi ci procureranno un vero senso di colpa (coscienza) ci fanno letteralmente stare male, mettendoci in evidenza la nostra ipocrisia che crocifiggerebbe il Signore a nuovo. In altre parole se uno a accettato il Signore Gesu Cristo come Salvatore la sua vita deve riflettere questa nuova nascita, se no e solo un ‘illusione e la verita non regna in lui.
Ora massima attenzione; perche ravvedersi dei nostri peccati quali includono: tutti i pensieri, anche le attitudini, le azioni, le parole nei confronti degli altri non basta ma e necessario Credere nel Signore Gesu? Perche per noi uomini, Santi e Pastori inclusi, smettere di peccare completamente e una impossibilita’ della nostra condizione i.e: stato attuale, impossibilita’ la quale ci fa correre con umilta’nelle braccia del Signore il quale e l’unico solo che ci puo Salvare e lui rimedia questa nostra deficienza presentandoci puliti negli occhi di Dio Padre il quale e un Dio che e Giusto e che per amore e pieta verso di noi ha Crocifisso suo Figlio per noi – noi quali ci meritiano solo l’inferno.
un abraccio m.
Men either are willingly a slave to Christ or or you are unwillingly a slave to satan.
( my plain sins)
Sins of habits, selfishness, lust, spite, covet, laying, resentment, coldness of heart toward God, jealously, envy, pride.
Christianity is not a set of rules to follow (although doctrine is important), is not trying to be like Christ (although Christ is the centerfold) Christianity is power from above.