It IS a spiritual battle

We must recognize we are in a war. It’s a spiritual battle. Don’t you hear the battle cry?

In our culture we see this happening before our very eyes each day as we see the war on children, the family, and the gospel. It’s a war on God’s Word and ultimately a war against God.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”

Ephesians 6:12

In this ultimate battle, nobody is neutral.

The one not being with Me is against Me,
and the one not gathering with Me scatters.

Matthew 12:20 BSV

Rest assured, God’s going to win. That’s a done deal.

The question is why and who?

Why, I believe it is because in His sovereignty and ultimate awesomeness, He created us in His image with many unconditional qualities including free will. These characteristics allow us to have incredible talents and abilities like love, imagination, creativity and so forth but there is also a steep downside. God obviously thought the upside is worth it.

Ultimately, God wants ready and willing followers NOT to take people by force. By faith not by force is the way salvation works. Be thankful that He is long suffering and relentlessly patient. Yet, He will not be mocked or put up with treason or the non-committed. His human infantryman consist of invited volunteers. It’s a divine militia not a bunch of mercenaries nor by forced draft. He demands and deserve allegiance and obedience to the chain of command. Jesus is the rightful King, not you nor anyone else.

19 Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 3:19-20 BSV

Isn’t it awesome that King Jesus eats and partakes with His soldiers?

I light of the aforementioned, who is for Him and who is against? He knows, do you?

Our victory is His, our victory is in, by and through Jesus Christ alone.

Again, if you are not with Him, you are against Him. Of course those are His words, not mine. It’s not my opinion, it’s the King of kings!

Whose are you? After all, the saying is correct, ‘Its not just what you know but who you know’.

If you aren’t in His army then by default you are on the other side’s. If you are not on active duty already, does it make sense for you to enlist on team Jesus today?

The bottom line is the greatest act of love is to give one’s life up for another. As we all know, Jesus did that up on that old rugged cross. Since you are alive, read John 3:16. If that resonates, read the whole book of John, then start at the beginning of the New Testament and read it, then the Old then keep on keeping on. Here is a link to a nice free Bible online.

Why does God allow suffering in the world?

My Pondering

That’s a great question. It’s a toughy.

I believe it stems from the consequences of free will as we live in a sin laden world. This inevitably causes us pain which prompts us to seek a higher power. Our suffering prevents our being too complacent in our puffed-up prideful ego of self.

As we humble ourself, God is endeared and prompts us to respond to His love, thus we believers are grateful. He is then glorified all the more, as He should.

God Himself experienced the ultimate suffering on the cross. He suffered physically a terrible painful death. But immeasurably worse was the spiritual suffering as the sin of all mankind was laid upon Jesus as the Father removed His divine presence and tore apart the unity of the trinity between the Godhead for a moment. That’s incredible. Incredible love. Imagine that. Watch out the Passion of the Christ movie.

That’s what my God did for me and you. That’s why Jesus deserves praise forever more.

God is faithful… 1 Corinthians 10:13

My Pondering

God will most certainly do His big part, we need not to neglect our part of this equation.

Oh God, help each of us overcome the rocky hard soil, fight off the thieving black birds who try to steal what You have bestowed, and cultivate our seeds to bountiful crops which manifest 100x.

Let us plant, water, pray, and work effectively but it’s by Your power that we overcome the evil one, have exponential increase and the ultimate victory.

The trinity of God

Some say the word ‘trinity’ isn’t used but the concept certainly is such as in Gen 3 when God says, ‘Let Us make man in our image’. Who is ‘Us’?

  • Father, Son, Spirit

It’s like a human family in one sense. For ex. my family is the Booher’s. Made up me, the father, me 👨 then Jill, my wife 👧 and my youngest daughter, Audrey, 👧 still living at home. When one of our neighbors sees us, they might say, ‘there is one of the Booher’s’ or ‘Hi, Mrs. Booher’. That’s like saying, ‘I pray to God’ for ex.

Or my neighbor may say, ‘I saw Kirk 👨 shoveling snow yesterday, then Jill 👧 brought us some cookies over and I saw the daughter 👧 park her car’ which is like saying, ‘Pray to the Father, in the name of the Son, Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s 3 in 1.
It’s also 1 of 3.

Like H20. Water 💦 can be liquid 💧
it can also take the form of ice 🧊
or can be fog 🌫️, that is in how God manifests Himself as the Trinity.

It’s like time ⏰ , energy 💥 and matter 🚪
those are the 3 essential of human life as we know. As Einstein formulated E=MC2
Remove one, and we no longer have our existence. Similar to the Godhead.

Of course, the trinitarian analogy of God is imperfect, as God is so awesome, mysterious and vast, I think it helps understanding.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel… Psalms 16:7-8 (Mindset)

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

Psalms 16:7-8

My Pondering

Wow, here is some terrific insight from David.

First, he extols God for what He has done and shall do for him and his people. Earlier in the passage, he audibly speaks praise to his LORD! Second, David shares how God instructs him at night. When we sleep our conscious mind takes a break but our subconscious never sleeps. Our heart is linked to the Infinite one and can connect to our conscious mind. No doubt the subconscious is a wonderful aid and so often under utilized and ignored.

I believe the subconscious is an intangible space that we connect our mind’s inner working gears with the infinite Source’s workings. As we read, David wisely ‘sets’ the LORD before him always. This is the ultimate’mindset’ one can possess. He counts on with an expectation for God to do the heavy lifting as his strong right hand. By ‘setting’ the LORD before him, He is aligning his being, will, whole mind and heart (conscious and subconscious), & personhood to get in tune with God’s principles (ways), character (being) and good pleasure (will).

God, unlike the animals programmed wonderfully to run on instinct, has created us in His image as stated in Genesis 3, more like His being with some of micro abilities than physical image, as I imagine. Regardless, our words, thoughts, emotions, relationships and programming matter; not in physical sense since they are invisible but in essense. Think about it!

No doubt God can choose to exercise His power to influence us and our circumstance however He sees fit (like He does with the Pharoah of Egypt) yet I see plenty of free will in operation for good and/or bad. So let us ‘set’ ourselves up for making the most of the precious time, talent and treasure bequeathed, as made (past and present) and making (present and future) available by the Creator to each of us.

My prayer: LORD, You are truly wonderful in all Your ways. Help me to mine your Scripture to better understand and implement them in my life and leave this place for the better.

P.S. Some folks, especially those a bit on the legalistic or detailed side, might get tripped up on how we can possibly, ‘bless the Lord’. They would have a point in the sense that God is perfect in His being and needs nothing. Yet, that doesn’t mean He doesn’t want nothing. If you are parent, been a coach, or a teacher or something like that, aren’t you happy when your son, daughter, player, or sincerely says, ‘thank you’ or gives her best, or hits a home run – doesn’t that bless you?