To the Greater Glory of God💛💫
💦A continuation of:
“The Wonder of God,”
“The Most High God: Living Lofty Ideals,”
“Trinity: Paschal’s Triangle,”
“The River: Eastertide,”
“The Living Word is Loving,”
“Our Daily Bread,”
“The Living Word is our Eucharist”
…Bible Verses with Running Commentary
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,
and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
📜Bible Readings Α-Ω
The Old Testament (AKJV)
9. 1 Samuel💦
10. 2 Samuel💦
11. 1 Kings💦
12. 2 Kings💦
13. 1 Chronicles💦
14. 2 Chronicles💦
20. 🕯1 Maccabees
21. 🕯2 Maccabees
26. Song of Solomon💦
Judith, 1 and 2
The New Testament (AKJV)
5. Acts (of the Apostles)💦
7. 1 Corinthians💦
8. 2 Corinthians💦
13. 1 Thessalonians💦
14. 2 Thessalonians💦
15. 1 Timothy💦
16. 2 Timothy💦
21. 1 Peter💦
22. 2 Peter💦
23. 1 John💦
24. 2 John💦
25. 3 John💦
💌Anything for God!
📜(Outline of Devotional Composition: An Organized Collection of My Own Essays and Foundational Reading Selections:)📯
-Prelude🎶 (To Set the Tone)
-Essay: Main Body✍️
-1 Corinthians 13
-“Eight Verses for Training the Mind”
-“Lojong” (Tibetan: བློ་སྦྱོང)
-Leave a Loose End: Tie in Tomorrow✍️
Saint Thomas Aquinas
The love that is caritas is distinguished by its origin, being divinely infused into the soul, and by its residing in the will rather than emotions, regardless of what emotions it stirs up. According to Aquinas, charity is an absolute requirement for happiness, which he holds as man’s last goal. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charity_(virtue)
1 Corinthians 13:2
…and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
🌳”The Husbandman’s Synaptic Pruning”
(Habit+Forming: Healthy Thought Paths)
🙏”Fostering the Healthy Attachment”🎀
Forming a healthy and secure attachment to God is a very long and painstaking process, of exercising diligent control over one’s emotional reactions, which requires a very gentle, loving, and compassionate attitude. This cognitive and emotional discipline, of paring down and trimming away the action of “the ego, or self-will,” is at the heart of all spiritual practices. This whittling away of the power of sin, which originates from one’s own ego at work within the human soul, or mind, is the refining and fortification of one’s ability to exercise self-restraint. In practicing self-restraint, or the “harnessing” of the inclinations, desires, and impulsiveness of the ego or self-will, one may clear away these fruitless thought paths from one’s psyche, or one’s heart, mind, and soul.
🚸”Cutting Away the Dead-End Branches”
In exercising self-control and discipline over the base, or emotional and primitive, as selfish and sinful, but natural, human, instinctual drives, of the self or ego, one may grow to learn, through repeated attempts, failures, and the continued perseverance of concerted efforts, to eventually refrain from these harmful or deleterious behaviors, or sins. In working with persistence towards abstaining from such emotionally-driven actions, one may correspondingly also escape the tumult of emotional distress and inner turmoil that is resultant of acting upon one’s emotional, or primordial and non-spiritual, impulses.
“Scaffolding Healthy Neural Growth”💒
Eventually, one may clear away and discard the old thought paths of sin, frequented as the paths of temptation within one’s own mind, as self-will-based indulgences in carnal or emotionally-charged thought patterns. In imprinting one’s thought patterns, or one’s habitual, mental footsteps, less frequently upon these unstable, unsteady, and instinctual patterns of thinking and behavior, one may effectively clear away room to latch onto the “straight and narrow” path of the will.
🗺”Fork in the ☦️-Roads: Choose👼Up!”
In any given scenario, one may choose between higher-order executive control, as reasoned thinking based upon “the will,” or consideration of “God’s will” and the virtues, or one may choose the ego, or the emotionally-fueled and sinful self-will. The only alternative to God’s will, or goodness, rationality, selfless love, and the consideration of altruistic intentionality, is to instead follow the paths of self-will, or of the selfish inclinations and whims, lusts, and sinful desires of the ego, which only originate out of base, or emotional and primitive drives, and sub-rational instincts.
“Fenced-In for the Greater Good”🗽
In fleeing from the inclinations of self-gratification, or the sinful deviations and spurious offshoots of self-will and ego, one may instead “stick to the middle of the road,” and by clinging unto God’s will, or an idea of altruistic love and beneficence, one may reside in the power of will, or conscious choice and intention, rather than in the power of emotionality, or ego. In residing in the will, or the power of choice, as the central axis of God’s gravity within the channel of the human soul, one may remain firmly fixed to His eternal life, rather than be dislodged from His grace by one’s own emotional reactivity, thus falling prey to the death entailed by dwelling in the only temporarily existing offshoots, of ego, or sin, vanity, and what essentially amounts to, “dust and ash.”
⛲️”Transplanted to Sustain Eternally”
Thus, instead of reacting to life based upon the vanity, or emptiness, of the ego, one may act freshly in each situation, as with behavioral responses originating from the will, or consulting the higher order thinking and virtue-motivated moral reasoning capacity bestowed by God, to override these normal, but nonetheless sinful, human impulses. The internal state of any human is constantly fluctuating with the volatility of the naturally unstable, mortal or human, emotional perceptions. Thus, by refraining from “reacting,” or acting rashly as driven purely by the ego’s blind territorial instincts, as impassioned volatility and self-based emotional eruptions, one may slowly develop a “temperance” to one’s affect, and the virtuous and constructive ability to act based upon reason, or the rationality of “the will.” Free-will is our gift of choice, to follow good or to follow evil; however, if we only ever follow base and primal instincts of emotion, we are never granted the opportunity to exercise this true freedom.
“Grafted unto the Lord”🌳🌿🕊
Free-will, despite being the root of all evil in allowing for humans to exercise self-will, is one of the greatest gifts that God could ever bestow, because in using free-will to deliberately choose to sacrifice one’s self-interest, in favor of instead choosing that which is morally upright and good, one is thus filled with “a marvelous sense of the vast goodness of God,” merely by virtue of choosing that which is His Own true will and essence, of altruistic loving goodness.
“Bridging the Synapse”🌎💫⛅️
In choosing to do that which is right, when one could much more easily choose to do instead that which is wrong, one may thus experience the only truly worthwhile gift in this life, which is God’s love, to which nothing else could ever possibly compare. Acting morally, by exercising the self-control to linger within the will, as the internal, cognitive realm of the higher, spiritually-driven, thought plane, as that of making conscious decisions based upon goodly, altruistic, and loving intentions in one’s decision-making processes, is the true source of happiness in life. In the internal, thought-based realm of the will, as opposed to the realm of the emotions, one may act morally, based upon deliberate choices rather than impulses, and thus know the true goodness of God.
“Beareth and Yieldeth Fruit”💃🏻❣️🍒
By thinking about what God or Jesus would do, and pausing in my actions to first consult my ideals of Them, or the virtues, or simply an idea of perfect and all-encompassing love or altruism, as basically through one’s own deliberate intentions to seek out the “greatest good” before acting rashly, one may “choose God” in some form or another, and attach oneself to the true freedom, of His love.
“In Sum Σ:”💫⛅️👼
-Sever attachments to fruitless endeavors, because only God Himself directly could ever satisfy the true yearnings of my soul.
-Reside in the will, not the emotions.
-Take refuge in cultivating kindness, love, and positive intentions, despite difficulties with emotional reactions of pain or anger. The power of will or intention, as intending goodness to those who trouble me, is the Source and Path of God’s true happiness.
An “In-Service” Dei:🛎👑
I am happy doing literally anything, if and only if, it is Together with my God.💛
Daisy’s Dukes: The “Total K.O.” Package.
(Here’s looking at you, “Kid Gloves.”)
Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agápē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to “love: the highest form of love, charity”, and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Not to be confused with philia – brotherly love – agape embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances. The noun form first occurs in the Septuagint, but the verb form goes as far back as Homer, translated literally as affection, as in “greet with affection” and “show affection for the dead”. Other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia (an affection that could denote friendship, brotherhood, or generally non-sexual affection) and eros, an affection of a sexual nature.
Within Christianity, Agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for humankind. Cf. Matt 3:17, Mark 10:21. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man. The word is not limited for religious use; agape can extend to sub-divine beings.
In Christian theology charity, Latin caritas, is by Thomas Aquinas understood as “the friendship of man for God”, which “unites us to God”. He holds it as “the most excellent of the virtues”. Further, Aquinas holds that “the habit of charity extends not only to the love of God, but also to the love of our neighbor”.
In Christian theology charity is the greatest of the three theological virtues. Thomas Aquinas does not simply equate charity with “love”, which he holds as a passion, not a virtue;rather, translators use the word “friendship”, as stated above.
Charity is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. Confusion can arise from the multiple meanings of the English word “love”. The love that is caritas is distinguished by its origin, being divinely infused into the soul, and by its residing in the will rather than emotions, regardless of what emotions it stirs up. According to Aquinas, charity is an absolute requirement for happiness, which he holds as man’s last goal.
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and thatyour fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey yourparents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 and whatsoever ye do, do itheartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
1 Corinthians 13
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there beprophecies, they shall fail; whether there betongues, they shall cease; whether there beknowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass💠, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Synaptic pruning or axon pruning is the process of synapse elimination that occurs between early childhood and the onset of puberty in many mammals, including humans.Pruning starts near the time of birth and is completed by the time of sexual maturation in humans. At birth, the human brain consists of approximately 86 (± 8) billion neurons. The infant brain will increase in size by a factor of up to 5 by adulthood. Two factors contribute to this growth: the growth of synaptic connections between neurons, and the myelination of nerve fibers; the total number of neurons, however, remains the same. Pruning is influenced by environmental factors and is widely thought to represent learning. After adolescence, the volume of the synaptic connections decreases again due to synaptic pruning.
In neuroscience, synaptic plasticity is the ability of synapses to strengthen or weakenover time, in response to increases or decreases in their activity.
Since memories are postulated to be represented by vastly interconnected networks of synapses in the brain, synaptic plasticity is one of the important neurochemical foundations of learning and memory (see Hebbian theory).
Plastic change often results from the alteration of the number of neurotransmitter receptorslocated on a synapse. There are several underlying mechanisms that cooperate to achieve synaptic plasticity, including changes in the quantity of neurotransmitters released into a synapse and changes in how effectively cells respond to those neurotransmitters. Synaptic plasticity in both excitatory and inhibitorysynapses has been found to be dependent upon postsynaptic calcium release.
Neurogenesis is the process by which neuronsare generated from neural stem cells and progenitor cells. Through precise genetic mechanisms of cell fate determination, many different varieties of excitatory and inhibitory neurons are generated from different kinds of neural stem cells.
“Eight Verses for Training the Mind”
by Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1123)
With the heartfelt desire and determination to attain enlightenment
For the welfare of all living beings, who are more precious than a
Wish-fulfilling jewel for accomplishing the supreme goal,
May I always cherish them and hold them dear.
Whenever I am with others
May I think of myself as the lowest of all
And from the very depths of my heart
May I respectfully hold others as supreme.
In all actions, may I closely examine my state of mind,
And the moment a disturbing emotion or negative attitude arises,
Since this may cause harm to myself and others,
May I firmly face and avert it.
Whenever I meet people of unpleasant character
Or those overwhelmed by negativity, pain or suffering,
May I cherish and care for them as if I had found
A rare and precious treasure difficult to find.
Whenever others, because of their jealousy, treat me badly
With abuse, insult, slander, or other unjust ways,
May I accept this defeat myself
And offer the victory to others.
When someone whom I have benefited
Or in whom I have placed great trust and hope
Harms me or treats me in hurtful ways without reason,
May I see that person as my precious teacher.
In brief, may I offer both directly and indirectly all help,
Happiness and benefit to all beings, my mothers,
And may I secretly take upon myself
All of their harmful actions, pain and suffering.
May I keep all of these practices undefiled by stains of the eight worldly
Concerns (gain-loss, pleasure-pain, praise-blame, fame-dishonor)
And by recognizing the emptiness and illusory nature of all existing things,
May I be liberated from the bondage of attachment and mistaken views of reality.
Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhisttradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. The practice involves refining and purifying one’s motivations and attitudes.
… It’s not exactly a “breeze,” but it’ll do!
“The General’s Headquarters”💠
🌹The Embankment of my Rosary Garden
📜(Outline and Reading Sources:)📜
-Intro and Essay: The Main “Corps”✍️🎖
-A Poetic Parody✍️
-A Note on Life’s Meaning✍️
-“Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”
-Snippets and One-Liners✍️
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
🥀”Mary Mary Quite Contrition”🌹
How Does Your Garden Grow?
With Silver Bells…🙏💐🐺
(…And also, “St. Francis.”)
☦️”Encampment of the Sign of the Cross”
When I find that life weighs down upon me more than I can bear, I am prone to going “haywire,” or AWOL, and trying to run out on my “self,” and shut the door on my life. This is a common misstep, and is what would naturally happen if I were to act based upon my ego and self-direction, or the human self-will of emotional impulses. When I deviate too far from the “sweet spot” at the center of my garden, as my enshrinement for God within the mental landscape of my heart and imagination, I find myself in the murky depths of the heart of man, which if fathomed without God, is pure wretchedness, sin, and evil.
🛐”Defense of the Lord of Hosts”
After a few such instances of solitary self-searching, to explore the mortal depths of my own self, or heart and soul, alone, I now have renewed within myself a healthy fear of being apart from my understanding of God and God’s will, and this fear, learned only by first-hand personal experience of the pain of His absence, is what I use to rampart strong defenses, as buttresses and boundaries within my mind and soul, to fortify my worshiping of God, and guard against all evil within my heart.
I build up this Temple💠, or Tabernacle💠, of my idea and understanding of God, with the song of my heart, as prayers of Psalms and praises offered up to Him constantly, and thus, I nurture this pivotal and most fundamental of all personal relationships from the inside of Our Fortress💠 of love. However, I also have found that, upon journeying through the rest of my heart and soul, within my mind’s Eye💠, I must also defend this sacred space at my core from the outside of my encampment, through railings and safeguards of fear, and warnings of what lies beyond, in the exile of human ego, for my own benefit of the thoroughly ingrained knowledge of what happens if I attempt to run out on this life, and leave “Camp💠.” Using my own pain of experience, I fortify my shields and armament of God’s Light, love, and righteousness, by carefully constructing a cautionary system of defensive palisades and stockades around my meditation garden. I protect this bastion and holy place, as a site within my psyche devoted and dedicated solely to God, and maintain a perfect, pristine consecration, as one that offers unshakable protection against the ego’s paths of temptation and sin, by upholding the sanctity of Our foundations.
“Guarding Against the Wave of Emotion”
My fortifications to keep my Camp secure are positioned both from within, as comely enticements and lures to keep me coming back for more of God’s sweet spiritual sustenance of the Word, or teachings of love and wisdom and the holy Scriptures, and from without, as defensive posts and fences of barbed wire to form a clear and defined boundary, and establish a border around the safe position for my thoughts, to keep me fenced-in and herded to within the security and protection of the Father, in the Fatherland of my heart that is His.
“Onslaught of Thorny Snares and Snarls”
In tightening the leash of my freedom of choice, and harnessing in my will to allow for less expression of my emotional human nature, I may be rallied to within the axis of God’s will, of perfect virtue, at the center of my “mental zen garden” of imagination. In making use of self-imposed limits and adaptive restrictions to my personal freedom of emotional, willful, retaliatory or territorial, as defensive and ego-driven, expression of self-will, I may quiet that storm and quench the thirst of the passions by refusing to fuel that fire. As I feed into the anger, resentment, self-pity, or self-righteous indignation less and less, it slowly dies away and burns out. I must allow for adaptive use of self-expression to provide for an honest appraisal of my true emotional state, but once this wretchedness is acknowledged and felt, I must then, immediately, humbly recede to the safekeeping of God’s shelter, as to linger much longer in that moat and bog of emotionality would mean ruin to my Secret Place of Peace, as my Fortress for God.
✨”Building a Rose-Bedouin”🏕
As I recognize that I can do nothing to help my own emotional impulses and distress, I must not wallow in that unmanageability, but return forthwith to my Savior and Source of redemption and release, as my “freedom, of God’s love,” from my prison of human self-will and sinful selfishness. My state of powerlessness, and contrition for my human wretchedness, is my only respite, and allows me access to the Light, or Truth, of God’s redeeming grace.
“Rebukes for Daisy’s Dukes”🌼🥊⛓
In complying with the rebukes of the Word of God issued against my own defensive, pain-stricken, egocentric self-expression of emotional reactions, I am herded to within the Fold of God’s care. I may slowly develop and cultivate the life-saving humility that is my only source of merit, as enlightening my Eyes to see my only recourse, which is to the Lord. Thus, through humble contrition, I am saved from the “prison of self,” as the Path and Word of Christ ushers me in towards hope for reliance upon God, and the righteous desire for His perfect will of Fatherly love.
“Built to Grow:🌹Made 1st to Serve Last”
Only in taking a humble stance, wishing for nothing else but to be of service to God and to never again be parted from Him, am I ever fulfilled, because only in seeing and accepting this, as my “nature” and purpose, am I ever being true to my self. I am built and made, specially created by heavenly design, to thoroughly need God! The more thoroughly I recognize this valid, factual need, and cultivate the virtue of humility, in order to come to terms with my inherent human powerlessness, as an honest state of helplessness, weakness, and vulnerability, the more thoroughly God steps in to fulfill that blessed inborn need. God Himself designed me to need Him, so that I might seek Him out and receive His love. Just as my own meaning is to serve God and His will of perfect, selfless, altruistic love, His Own meaning and purpose is actually dependent upon me as well, as He desires most nothing more than to exert His perfect will, and to care for, love, and provide for me! Only in humbly relying upon God do I afford Him the “coveted” chance and opportunity to love as greatly as He would wish to, in a magnificent display of infinite glory. Only in waking up to my human inadequacies and innate inferiority under God, am I at last in full blossom, as ripe and ready to receive the perfection of grace that He so wishes to bestow. The “perfect gift,” of God’s altruism, must be delivered purely, as by the supreme goodness of His heart, rather than due to any merit of my own.
“A Purpose: Fulfilling Prophecy”💃🏻🌬📯
In this way and in this way only, by relinquishing any personal claim to worthiness, goodness, or merit of myself or of my own right, I may know the true glory of God. In this Light of His Truth, I stand in the contrast of His goodness against my helpless wretchedness, and thus experience the complete and utter awe and amazement, and the true bliss, of standing in perfect nakedness before God. I am nothing by God’s design, so that I may enjoy the gift of experiencing God in His full and shining glory, as Everything.
🌞”Aglow: The Joy of Contrition”
Merry, Merry, Quite Contrite!🎡
Vigilante at Vigil All Knight.🌌💫
Highs and Lows,🚁
Buckled Safely into My Buckler Upright!
“God and His Creation”👼
I am not supposed to “get it,” nor to try to understand it and figure it out, which essentially dissects life from its meaning. I am just humbly supposed to “behold it,” in awe, and appreciate its glory as a wide-eyed spectator to a breathtaking work of art, with a sense of wonder and naïvety, of unabashed innocence, as a child of God.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? 35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. 18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 20 And it was told him by certainwhich said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
13 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with theirheart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those thingswhich ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
“Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary”
(A Nursery Rhyme)
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
🐚🌞”Brother’s Keepers Finders Givers!”
I found that Pearl…
It had been lodged within the strands of my Rosary.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
🦅”Black Hawk” is back up-n’-Adam!🚁
🚁”Black Hawk Up: Circling the Pray”🦅
🛬Special Forces Extraction Mission 🛫
…Extract Meaning and Purpose for Life.
📜(Overview and Reading Sources:)📜
-Overture🎶 (To Set the Mood)
-Essay: Main Body✍️
-Word for the Wise✍️
-1 Corinthians 2
-1 Chronicles 32
-Church: The Head’s Up✍️
1 Corinthians 2:9-13
9 But as it is written, Eye💠 hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
1 Chronicles 32:31
31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
🎖Seek and Recover: A Rescue Mission🎗
(Under Orders from the Most High God)
💒”Lady Undercroft: Tomb Raider”:🔦(Excavation Task Force)🏛
🛰”Troubleshooting: Take the Bait”💺💺
In any given task or set of circumstances in this life, I must never lose sight of my primary objective, which is the Greatest Commandment, and also, in practical application, the First Commandment. I must seek to always remain steadfast and loyal, as steadily fixated upon the idea of God within my mind. It is not enough to simply always be thinking of God and putting Him first in all my decisions or considerations, but I must also assume this pivotal position, of placing myself under His care as a recipient of His perfect will to love. I must furthermore respond to my own most charitable and loving beliefs about God, of Him as being of supremacy in beneficence, kindness, and mercy, by showing a certain initiative. In fostering a truthful and generous belief about the kind of Person God must be, I cannot help but to then take the firm and solid stance of loving Him right back, and being proactive in this mutual Relationship, by showing affection and reciprocating my intuitive perceptions of His graciousness. This truthful stance of my faith, fortified by correctly pegging Him down as being perfectly loving, is the faith generated and fueled by love, and is the only truly solid ground on which one could ever stand.
“Rigged a Trap Door”💠⛓🚁
My faith, inspired by love, is the firm certitude of God’s gentle and Fatherly perfection of love that serves as His personal landing pad, allowing Him to alight upon this rock-solid resting place of my heart. My faith and righteous beliefs about God, as those that are agreeable and acceptable to Him, provide Him with the the proper substance, of love, by which a primarily spiritual Being, such as He, may find a secure foothold that will keep up and sustain that which is, in essence, spiritual, or intuitive and Unseen.
“Alluring Lure: A Booby-Trap”🎣👙⛵️
In keeping up my active love for God, and consulting “my idea of Him💠” first in all matters, I must avoid the sins of the world, by maintaining Our connection while in the midst of all this earthly dust and ash, or the material and selfish emptiness of frivolities and temptation that are built up to a state of false importance by wayward pilgrims, as the “false idols” of money and material goods, personal handiwork or earthly successes, the prestige and pride of vainglory and worldly achievement, and the lust for fleshly and corporeal physical intimacy, or the desire for purely human relationships. In refraining from pursuing any of these illusory goals and wants as evils, or “false gods,” by refusing to place them ahead of the desire for God Himself, I may thus discard any such shortsighted and misdirected desires that may spontaneously arise from among the transitory concerns of this vain, vacuous, and sinful man-made world. In rejecting these distractions, I may finally actually arrive upon the true happiness of God, which is a happiness beyond any human understanding or limitation that would be imposed by the confines of a merely mortal capacity for reason or wisdom.
“Hook, Line, and Sink-Her”🌊🚀💫
In seeking, or searching out God, first in all tasks, I am sure to see Him according to His will. The crux of the matter lays upon my own willingness to stop there and just be happy with God, at last having finally found Him, and His perfect love beyond description, or if I will pass over this “eternally-satisfying Relationship” in failing to recognize and appreciate just exactly what I have found of this special “Pearl.” I must strive to let go of the futile search to grasp those more overtly tangible, but innately unfulfilling and less enduring, treasures, and retrain my mind to perceive the world and earthly matters with the fresh Eyes of faith, to see what is real and what truly matters according to God’s will.
⛑”Lifeline and Safety Harness”
In renewing my connection to God at each impasse and deviation from His eternal sustenance of truth and love, I may be afforded the true luxury of learning, and of rediscovering a new angle to His divine manifestation as I zero back in upon Him after a taking a few steps in the wrong direction. I may troubleshoot in this way, by first already having attained the utmost meaning in life by my connection to God, and thus be given “free reign, but from within God’s bridle,” to map out all the possible errors, pitfalls, mistakes, and blunders, of sins or evils to which one could fall prey, so that I may then map out the solution, according to God’s plan. In making every possible mistake, although not by sin but through an act and design of Providence, as right alongside and within the saving presence of my God, I may gain real life experience from within the safekeeping of God’s reins and lifeline, as like a ripcord to catch me if life gets too overbearing. I provide the seafaring and wayfaring vessel of my body, as His “Corps,” backed up with the footwork of a faithful foot-soldier. Thus, God is given the needed sacrifice and volunteer, to act as the bait, or the money and ransom of salvation. With the trust of true love, I give myself over to Him to cast out and then tow back in, as like reeling in an Army on a reconnaissance mission. Simultaneously, I am both out of harm’s way, as under the care and direction of God, while also on the front lines of life and under heavy fire. I am securely tethered to the release and refuge of God and the Fatherland, while exploring in-depth every crack and hidden crevice of sin and secret within the heart, via Our safety line of communication, by virtue of the faith, or escape hatch, by which I may thus find the proper path of salvation for each and any of these follies.
“Safeguard on Duty:🔥🚰Release Valve”
In acting as a guinea pig or a lab rat, by virtue of my trust, or knowledge that God can and will switch the “release valve” to rescue me at the proper moment, I may assist God in delving out secret tunnels to escape the clutches of sin, as “an inside job,” or by “working out the solution to a problem or obstacle from the inside-out.” I allow myself to be placed in dire, perilous scenarios so we may work Together to figure out a proper solution, and path to God’s freedom, from within the actual circumstances of any given tribulation. This process, of problem-solving life’s perils with God, is cooperation, trust, and Teamwork at its very best, and is truly the opportunity, and experience, of a lifetime.
“Special Ops:🔑A Secret Escape Route”
In working in Partnership with God, serving as the ground crew for His overseeing flight crew of bird’s-eye omnipotence, We may carefully sniff out land mines, snuff out potential fires before they flame up, and find Ourselves squarely in the middle of a “blitzkrieg of an obstacle in life,” just to troubleshoot and devise a viable and surefire escape route for future reference. We investigate, sniff out, and step into all the potential sins and missteps along the paths of temptation, as snaggles, snares, blunders, and boobytraps, so that We may map out each problem’s corresponding paths back to the freedom of God. We thus create a plan and protocol for each particular scenario or emergency, and then devise an escape hatch, or ejector seat, to provide a proper route to safety from within any of these tangles or pitfalls of sin and evil. In once again falling prey to this world, after already having found salvation, We may circle the solution anew, and explore it from different angles, thus growing to know God in new and even more stunning and marvelous ways. We may ferret out all new creative solutions to life’s perils, to stumble upon a beautiful new angle of God’s grace and glory, albeit in complete safety this time, by already having laid upon the only solution, of God.
“Mission I’m-Possible Accomplished:
💠All Eyes Opened”
In maintaining this connection to God, which contact establishes a direct lifeline to His redemption, We are knowingly and willingly placed securely within His care, wherein We have the certitude of faith to receive His rescue, and instantaneously receive His Word’s Path and instruction to extrication, and release from any danger. We now re-experience life’s obstacles as a mere “simulation,” as for the added benefit of greater life experience and the entailed spiritual growth, and the heavenly bliss thereof. We also, however, keep searching out life to build up upon a Universal and communal reservoir of truth, as a vast wealth of shared and sacred knowledge. This repository of wisdom is intended to be given freely to all, to provide help and instructions to aid in the safe arrival of all future generations to upon God’s heavenly doorstep, and ensure Our eternal survival.
Word for the Wise:
☦️Our “X-Men” are “Khristos Chi-Rho!”
…Hey, Rogue Won!✡️🌈
A Tip: “Tipping is not a city in China.”
“Any Prophet: Is Never-for-Profit!”
-“Tips” do not consist of monetary value.
-I am working for “suggestions,” not “tips!”
-“Although it does Look💠Out from a $1…”
🗽”In Pursuit of Happiness…”🎎
Ultimately, almost nothing ever really makes me happy. However, in just giving up on me, and trying to make God happy instead, I have found a true Source of fulfillment, and the only real and lasting happiness that this life could ever bestow.
1 Corinthians 2
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye💠 hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Chronicles 32:31-33
31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 and had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Centering Prayer is a popular method of meditation used by some Christians, placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. The modern Centering Prayer movement in Christianity can be traced to several books published by three Trappist monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts in the 1970s: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating. The name was taken from Thomas Merton’s description of contemplative prayer (a much older and more traditional practice) as prayer that is “centered entirely on the presence of God.”. In his book Contemplative Prayer, Merton writes ““Monastic prayer begins not so much with “considerations” as with a “return to the heart,” finding one’s deepest center, awakening the profound depths of our being”.
Emerged from the other side of the rabbit hole, and returned home from that trek “down the garden path…”
🌞”It Goes to Show…”💃🏻🕺🏻
Now, with a fresh Rosary tied on tight and upright, my garden view has never looked so… “rose-tinted!”😻
💡Rags are Riches.💭🏛🏰
Ah, the imagination, true heart and soul!
Now it’s golden within my Eyes.💛
💠How about a penny… for Your thoughts.
…Heads Up! Lucky you!🕊
Go get some Good News of the Gospel!
“The Golden Retriever”🐕
AKA: The Lion of the tribe of Judah.
🎇Open the Golden Gates!🌉🎉
📜(Outline and Reading Selections:)📜
-Intro: Opening Lines✍️
-Essay: Main Body✍️
-Freedom from Attachment✍️
-Faith: Works and Grace✍️
-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
-John F. Kennedy
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Good News of the Gospel!✍️
“An Avocation and Avowal”
🐱”Childlike Innocence: Hello Kitty!”🎎
There is a reason why this “Hello Kitty” doesn’t have a mouth. She is just the messenger, or merely the microphone, and has not the volition to provide any voice nor message independently from God.
“Hello Kitty the Mouthpiece”📰📣🐩
“Earth Mother🌎Human Nature”🙈🙉🙊
In being designed specifically to be merely a vessel, or the conveyance and conveyor, of the Lord, any exertion of the self, by asserting one’s self-will or individuality, or exercising one’s opinions and expressing likes or dislikes, means death and ruin. It is the true nature of the Spirit of the Lord, much the same as any angel, or divine, celestial being, to be unconfined, loose and unrestricted, and completely free and unattached to any selfish, or self-initiated, doings, or any worldly preoccupations of the terrestrial realm of man-made design. In being true to oneself, this Spirit must deviate from the popularly unquestioned and implicitly accepted worldly paths, of selfish, as self-serving or greedy, and materialistic societal standards, and the norms and non-spiritual priorities dictated by man himself and common convention.
🐛”Golden Egg Hatchling”🦋
In following any self-originating or self-directed exertion of the ego, as the expression of self-will, the Spirit ultimately loses touch with her true nature, or her underlying substance and fundamental essence, as a primarily spiritual being. The Spirit can do nothing on her own or apart from the Father, in being merely a means of His Own expression of the Word. As such, any inclination to offer a retort, a rebuttal, an acknowledgment, or a response to any offense or insult, or to act at the behest of any defensive human instincts towards the interest of self-protection or self-preservation, is against the true nature of the Spirit. Any such ego-based, or self-originating and self-directed, expenditures of her divine energy for these sinful purposes, despite the fact that these acts are commonly accepted and frequently practiced among men, ultimately leads to her demise, although not as a mortal death, but in the spiritual death of the devastation and loss of hope in or a hold upon the love of God. Such loss may not even register within the mind of mortal man, or a habitually materially-oriented human being, but to a spiritual creature, as the Angel of the Lord, this loss is likened unto torture or worse.
“Spirit Nature to Nurture”💐🍯🍼
Thus, the natural inclinations of the Spirit are in direct conflict with the territorial or aggressive instincts of man. For the Spirit to follow suit in any such behaviors is essentially self-denial and the death of the soul, or the internal connection to God. In this way, it may seem as though extreme habits of worldly self-restraint, self-control, temperance, and strict and devout religious practices and observances, are sacrifices or self-mortifications, but in truth, it is quite the opposite. Such rigorous and strenuous practices of religious devotion entail the death of the sinful self-will, which is the cause of all angst in the Spirit, and are the only means by which she knows the true freedom of Unity with God. Relinquishing self-serving habits is the only real joy or savor that this life can offer a spiritual being, because to a Spirit, a purely worldly existence, though it may seem enjoyable to corporeal man, is nothing other than death. The Spirit lives only through accordingly spiritual means, and this highest form of life, is the summit, the pinnacle, the epitome, and crescendo, truly the apotheosis, of all God’s creation.
“Patience is a Golden Gate”🥚🐣🐥
One point of bliss from adhering to this truth of God’s higher purposes for life is the experience of watching virtue blossom and flower as golden within one’s mind. In abstaining from catering to the self or bolstering the ego, by declining to reply to any affronts, and also through refraining from rushing after impulses, or human urges of instinctual drives towards gratification, I keep the energies of my life force, or my soul and the core of my being, retained within my Spirit. In meditatively contemplating life and its various offerings, without immediately rushing out to partake of them, I am afforded the chance for these inspirations to manifest within my soul, and I feed them into my internal state of being. I allow my soul and Spirit to absorb and marinate in God’s blessings, and allow it Time to be still in Him and incubate, gestate, and then come to fruition as the joy, inspiration, and enthusiasm that He bestows. I then give God’s love right back to Him in worship and praises, to fortify Our connection and make it golden, rather than to lose His love’s precious quality and eternal value, by wasting its vitalizing energy upon the endeavors of the impermanent, outside world, of sin and vice. With the initial skill and tool of patience, as the desire and ability to sit and wait for God to take the lead before following any other impetus, I am equipped to cultivate and enhance a vast assortment of other virtues, which are the true fruits and joys of this and any God-given life, be it physical or spiritual.
“The Alpha Cat Goes First”🦁💛🐱
I practice the First Commandment when I place God first, by waiting with patience, to allow for Him to precede me and lead my actions. In refusing to act until after the behest of the Lord is made clear, as it always is through patient attentiveness, I may follow after my connection to Him, as my lifeline of Our communication. As I look for God, I see Him accordingly, and I listen eagerly to follow and abide by His still small Voice within, which is common to all mankind merely as the urgings of the human conscience. In following after the Lord while deviating from worldly pursuits, I maintain my attachment to my Savior as He reels me into His Arms. In this way, I can be sure to eventually arrive at Heaven, rather than to get lost by the wayside, or down some immoral short-cut or falsely purported easy road, as snared by the paths of sin and temptation. My joy is the Lord, and my death is the sin of the world.
“Lionheart: The Spirit Endureth”🐚😻📰
In following after the Lord, by waiting with patience upon Him, meditatively listening for His Voice to establish and periodically reestablish Our connection, as a constant, internal running dialogue and communion, or conversation, and by maintaining my own interior life of the Spirit, as a state of mind or sense of serenity experienced as a “Oneness,” or “being at One with God,” I grow to nurture and entertain my soul. As I pour more and more of my energies back into my Spirit, instead of outwards towards the fleeting, material world of vice and sin, I slowly build up my moral character by developing my inner, spiritual connection to God, by investing my life-force in Him instead of this world of temporal and transitory, or temporary, dust and ash.
“Golden Rule and Ratio Within”🐌⚜️🏰
Through devoting my life to God and directing my energies back towards Him, offering Him all of my efforts and my being, instead of directing my energy and focus outwards, towards earthly pursuits of fleeting and fruitless, or frivolous, goals, I may build upon the inner self, of my soul. When I refrain from the impulse to act or exert my influence upon the world, all that energy, which would have been lost in the temporary dust and ash of material existence, is instead directed towards the internal activity of a contemplative focus upon God, and merely by allowing my energy and life-force to linger upon Him, within my “stationary self or being,” this interior thought life of the Spirit is nurtured, developed, enhanced, and fortified to a state of being truly virtuous.
“Brief Shining Eternal Moment”💭💖✨
These virtues of character are built up and refined through a sort of meditative and purposeful inactivity, or the renunciation of worldly focus and activity, which is given up in exchange for the far better things of the Spirit. Selfish pursuits are thus sacrificed, but only in order to instead cultivate a desire for and connection to God, which lasts unto all eternity. By directing one’s mental powers, or focus, inwards, upon God within the imagination, one truly develops a Kingdom within. By striving to enhance the state of one’s soul in any given situation, by seeing beyond any merely human, material, or mundane aims, to seek instead to strengthen one’s own character, and internal moral standing in God’s Eyes, rather than those of man, one’s mental picture, or heart, soul, and imagination, may be wrought as if of “pure gold,” as any such virtues of the Spirit are truly golden and glittering, for all eternity.
👑”How-To: Freedom from Attachments”
💛(What “Letting Go” Looks Like)💫
“Ok, well that project didn’t turn out as I would have wanted or expected, and I’m getting upset, so I don’t care about that any more! I’m going to shift my task set and do a new activity now!” If a thought, topic, or activity is causing me problems, character defects, or unhappiness, I will shift my thinking over to a more fruitful attentional focus, or contemplate more pleasant set of ideas. If an endeavor is not working out so well, I’ll let it go, reorient my cares to upon God instead of that activity, and then try something different. I must adaptively “shift gears” to keep my peace of mind intact, rather than sacrifice the serenity of keeping with God, in the vain attempt to attain some worldly and misdirected achievement or success.
I may also consult God for a new and different approach to a certain problem, as “according to His will,” when I see that my own approach is unsuccessful, or only leads to an impasse. I remain adaptively loose and unattached to my work to preserve my serenity in the face of any failure or misfortune. I am able to “stop dead in my tracks, and turn on a dime,” to invest my energies in a new direction if I am headed towards a futility of my efforts, or a spiritual dead-end. Changing my direction away from a task is inherently always fine, because God Himself always also occupies any other conceivable aim! No matter where I look, I will always find God, provided that I am actually looking for Him. Faith requires footwork, in the will to see God after first seeking God, and is upheld by the love required for true belief.
In situating myself within God’s care and staying within His presence, before then pursuing any set of work-related tasks, I will have met “the goal” before ever having gotten started, and will thus be able to work in a state of serenity, and freedom from attachment. In fixating upon God first, anything else can be marvelous, or crumble and fall away, and I may remain dispassionate and nonplussed. My cup, or fulfillment, is in God, and not in the world.
✨”Faith: Works and Grace”💖💛
(The Chicken or the Egg)
Our Relationship, like any relationship, is a 2-way street, and a bridge to be crossed. We must work Together in filling in the gap that separates Us from Each Other. In this way, my works of faith, and God’s grace, are both necessary, to sustain Us by Our mutual efforts in the Unity of Our Faith, which is manifested as Our Togetherness.
💓”The Camelot Interview”
(Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)
At night before we’d go to sleep… we had an old Victrola. Jack liked to play some records. His back hurt, the floor was so cold. I’d get out of bed at night and play it for him, when it was so cold getting out of bed… on a Victrola ten years old — and the song he loved most came at the very end of this record, the last side of Camelot, sad Camelot… “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.”…There’ll never be another Camelot again…”
(Former President John F. Kennedy)
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
— John F. Kennedy, inauguration address, January 1961.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members asinstruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ bein you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be comparedwith the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, thendo we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to beconformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shalltribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Romans 11:1-6; 13-24
11 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 for if God spared not the natural branches, take heedlest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in hisgoodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesyaccording to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
“The Sword of the Spirit”
(…That Only a Hobbit Could Wield)
And the Fellowship of the Lord
…of these “Halo Rings”😇
📜(Overview and Reading Selections:)📜
-A Definition of Sin✍️
-Essay: “The Sword and the Spirit”✍️
-A Conciliation of Sin✍️
-1 Corinthians 4
-1 Peter 2
-1 Peter 3
-1 Peter 4
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
1 Peter 2:19-21
19 For this isthankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
John 16:16; 21-22; 33
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 Peter 4;13-14; 16-17; 19
13 but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
🌌The Force of an X-Men Heroine🌬🚀
…An Interstellar War…
Our “Rogue Won.”
PTSD Battle Scars…
“…Don’t touch me! Leave me alone!”
(Please don’t leave me alone again!😉)
A presumptuous sin is a wrongful act of which one is aware of committing: it is knowing that an action is wrong, or a sin, but doing it regardless. A presumptuous sin occurs when one knowingly commits wrongdoing, and acts in accordance with evil, despite the fact that one knows better, and has knowledge that it is bad.
“The Sword and the Spirit”🦄🏰🛡
⚔️The Double-Edged Sword
“Your Victory is my Triumph.”
“I must also myself accept any Truth or rebuke that the Sword might deliver.”
…It cuts both you and I alike.💦
16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
“The Sword in the Stone”💠🗡🌈
The Word of God is synonymous with the Word of Truth. Anything that is truth could be considered the Word, and the absolute highest truth is God’s message of love. This highest truth and greatest reality, of God, and His uncompromising will to love, no matter what wrongs are committed, is the key, as the “only Path” that allows for any mortal being to ever be honest about the wretchedness in the heart of man, and to see the truly evil “human nature” of mankind, or any creature who is not God. Only God is good, and all else is inherently in opposition to His goodness. However, God is gracious and perfect, and so He does not withhold His love from us due to our natural, human wretchedness and innate lack of merit. God already knows that we have no merit in and of ourselves, or as we exist when acting according to the self-will of the ego, and apart from the behest of God’s will, of selfless virtuosity.
“The Truth of Human Nature”🌘⚡️☀️
The truth of the human heart, is that it is truly evil, and man cannot exist as good without God. Man needs God to know of goodness, even if God is only understood impersonally, as by following the urgings of the conscience, or some abstract notion of love or goodness. The soul, as the Word of God and His truth within us, is the conscience, and this moral compass is inborn, as innate within each living creature. Only in recognizing God as His true essence, of perfect, unconditional, all-encompassing, and non-exclusionary love, may one have the firm foundation for a faith that works in practical application, as to actually rely upon God to triumph over real life situations of pain or hardship.
“Lord of Hosts Welcomes”👣🏰🎉
When God is my everything, meaning, that I recognize that all that is good in life is only ever God, in some form or another, then I have the safety net of His comfort to protect me from the hard truths about my own shortcomings and evil nature. I am ok with being of no worthiness, because my value in life comes from God, and not the empty vanity of my own self. God’s love is invincible, indestructible, and inseparable from me, which fact makes any other lesser truth, ultimately, inconsequential. This love of God is to what I cling that makes all the other problems in the world and in my life diminish in their size and importance, by showing me the Light, or highest Truth, of what really matters, as His almighty love for me, come what may. I cling not to my own self, nor my pride, for reassurance, but rather, to God, and so when I inevitably fail to measure up, I can accept that hard truth without feeling the need to cover up my inadequacies with lies. I take pride or glory in God and not in my own self, and so with God alone as my Source of comfort, esteem, and security, I have no need to attempt to shield my ego from such a deflating and devastating blow to my own pride caused by a personal failure or defeat. Thus, by deriving my esteem from God’s glory, and not some false ideal of my own self, I never need to preserve some contrived and fallacious self-image by resorting to the sins of deceit, the treachery of dishonesty, nor any such self-deception, as denial, excuses, or outwardly misdirected blame.
“12 Resurrected Roses”🥀🔥🌹
God’s love, and not any of my own worthiness or goodness, which no one actually has if not by God, is my refuge and my security, and He would never withhold His loving presence for long, except to teach me strength, to test my resilience, to galvanize and fortify my skills of the virtues, and to further instill within me the value of His almighty love. In feeling apart from God at times, as during the climax of any of this life’s array of passing obstacles or temporary struggles, even if only briefly, my own yearning and desire for Him is only thus strengthened, growing ever more fervent and ardently impassioned. His celestial kindling of divine love is noticed as absent, which sets my own heart ablaze to seek Him back out, and thus, these tests and trials of my heart through life’s tribulations, only serve in bringing Us, ultimately, ever closer Together in Love, as the Truth, and blissful burning ember, of His eternal flame of Life.
“An Edge for Us Both”🖋⚔️✒️
In wielding the Sword of the Spirit, which is merely the Word of God as truth, one must recognize that he who holds the sword is no better off nor any more righteous than anyone else to whom God’s rebukes might be directed. In this way, the Spirit suited to harness that powerful voice of God, must herself also accept all the accusations, admonitions, and convictions issued to a reprobate state of mankind, in that we are all equal as God’s children, in being “all equally not God,” and all equally prone to sin, by the nature of the human heart. If the one wielding the Word does not heed the reproofs of Truth, humbly accepting corrections and implementing the required changes in attitude or behavior, to be acceptable in the sight of God, then one makes the sinful mistake of assuming a haughty position of arrogance, as the Judgement seat of God. No one is ever worthy to assume God’s position of Judgement over anyone else, nor to think himself more worthy than any one else, without stumbling into the sinful pitfall of pride and conceit where there ought to be humility. One cannot maintain a state of pridefulness or superiority in one’s own mind without, in effect, exiling God from within one’s heart and soul, because that position and throne of supremacy is only rightly held by God Himself, the Father.
“Aspiring to Hobbit Nature”⛅️🌤☀️
Man is meant to be humble, and only in assuming a lowly position of helpless dependence upon God, with humble subservience, pitiable submission, and docile obsequiousness, may one create a throne for the Most High God within one’s heart. In refraining from ever issuing a reprimand that one does not also heed simultaneously, with loneliness, humility, and penitence, and in tempering the harshness of all such cold hard truths and calls for correction, with the comforting Spirit of meekness, gentleness, and love, one may work to maintain the necessary lowly state of humility required to wield the Sword of the Spirit and the Word of Truth.
“Her True Victory”🌎🌍🌏🕊
In wanting our fellow man to win and succeed instead of ourselves, in being willing and eager to sacrifice our lives just to make those of our brethren a little better, and in desiring after the wellbeing of any who may harm us without reason, we are of an agreeable, as lowly and humble, and characteristically Christian, or “Christ-like,” disposition, by manifesting His altruistically selflessly loving will, of kindness and compassion at the expense of our own welfare. In order to safely wield the Sword of Truth, one must be of a penitent heart, and a meek and humble Spirit, as free from covetousness, jealousy, or prideful vainglory, as such a one is not out for personal victory or gain, but rather, triumphs only whenever others succeed.
“Tye: Means To Share The Win.”
(Ascension: Not without my God, and not without all my brethren, even the “anti-s!”)
“The Bliss of Penitence:”💔❣️❤️
(The Conciliation for Presumptuous Sin)
My recourse to the almighty love of the Lord is through penitence, as the heartfelt internal experience of contrition, or feeling guilt or sorrow over my shortcomings or sins. Through the humbling act of openly recognizing and admitting my wrongs, and accepting the faults, imperfection, and unmanageability within myself, as the utter wreckage of my heart within the bondage of the human condition, I am filled with the Spirit of Truth by my own honesty, which is the best blessing imaginable, because the Spirit of Truth is also the Spirit of Love!
The honesty of my recognition of my own human wretchedness is painful, but as I persist devoutly towards my belief in only the utmost of Love’s merciful perfection in God, that pain turns into a reflective and hopeful sorrow, magically bittersweet in its strange quality of lucidity intermingled with a wistful sort of whimsy. I can feel God holding me nestled safely under His wing, in a state of heartrending but tender endearment, as He enlightens my heart, alleviates my burdens, and refreshens my Eyes, as my attitude and outlook upon myself and my life, unto a state of purity. My penitence and humility is the gateway by which I am rescued of the Lord, and swept away to the refuge of love in my God, as my White Knight in shining armor.
Thus Saith the LORD:
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5; 9-12;
4 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye arehonourable, but we are despised. 11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; 12 and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13 being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and arethe offscouring of all things unto this day.
1 Peter 2:18-25
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this isthankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
1 Peter 3:8-12; 14-18
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
John 16:1-16; 21-24; 33
16 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 Peter 4:1-6; 8; 12-19
4 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 that he no longer should live the rest of histime in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Luke 18:9-14; 18-19
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
“The Secret Stairs”
+The Etched Memories of a Freemason+
📜(Overview and Reading Selections:)📜
-Essay: “The Secret Stairs”✍️
-2 Chronicles 6
-1 Kings 8
-2 Samuel 7
-1 Chronicles 22
-1 Corinthians 3
-1 Corinthians 6
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
2 Chronicles 6:7-11
7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 8 But the Lord said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 9 notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. 10 The Lordtherefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, that he made with the children of Israel.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
10 the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
“The Secret Stairs (of the Freemason)”
O, The Secret Stares…💠
“The Lord is my refuge and my fortress…”
“The Chosen One is All and Three”⚜️
Truly, simply dwelling within the presence of God is the greatest joy of my life. Any work ahead of me only ever retains value if I wait upon the Lord, so that He may go forth ahead of me and lead Us safely according to His perfect will. In following after God and Jesus, I may then be as One with my Family, as Our Trinity, and We may then proceed in this life’s work Together. In all that I do, and in anything that I do, my reward is indwelling, as merely the intuitive sense of being at One with God and Jesus.
“The Intention is the Purpose”💛💘💝
My intention to please the Lord is my reason for any endeavor, and my drive to be ever nearer and dearer to Him is my very life-force and my holy elevation, as my only motivation and my “raison d’être.” Whenever my world crumbles and falls around me, as when any project or piece of work in which I’ve invested my Time and effort does not turn out to be a success, I can take refuge in my God as my respite, or my comfort and reprieve. The actual outcome, or the overt appearance of the fruit of my labors, matters not to me, because I only embark upon any ordeal, or endeavor of my Time and energy, as an outward way in which to display to God my devotion and affection. Only the intention, as the desire to please and honor God, through any of my actions, is the purpose and the reward of my actions, and whether I succeed by worldly standards or not, has little bearing upon my purposes and projects, or the joy I may derive from any such endeavors. As long as my heart is in the right place, as in, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High God, then I am sure to find satisfaction in what I do no matter what transpires of it, be it in any gain or loss, pleasure or pain, or success or failure. All of my actions are dedicated to the honor of God, and all my acts are merely ways to prove to God how much I care by how hard I am willing to work.
“The Meaning of… ‘It'”💔❣️❤️
I only undertake any plan or objective with the intention of pleasing the Lord, and in the effort to act righteously in His Eyes and make Him happy. I exert the utmost of myself and my efforts, because any less than that would be a dishonor to God. I absolutely must always give it my all, whatever “it” happens to be, because I only ever do anything simply in order to show to God just what He means to me, and how far I am willing to go in order to prove my undying love and affection.
“A Place of the Heart”💖💓💒
My love for God is my intention, or my motive for any action, and is what puts my “heart in the right place.” As long as my heart is in the right place, and I am merely acting out my unseen intention, of making God happy and proud, and bringing Him pleasure, then I cannot fail to succeed, no matter what the ostensible outcome of my efforts appears to be. The fruit of my labors is writ of pure gold, and inscribed eternally in the ink of a Paschal sacrifice upon the doors of my heart, as my gate, my white picket fence, and my home for the Lord. I welcome home God and Jesus to the Temple within my soul, wrought of the gilded leaf of God’s golden charity, and inhabited eternally, through Our love.
“I ❤️ Yahweh.”
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
2 Chronicles 6:1-21
6 Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. 3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. 4 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, 5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6 but I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. 7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 8 But the Lord said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 9 notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. 10 The Lordtherefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, that he made with the children of Israel.
12 And he stood before the altar of the Lordin the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 13 for Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, 14 and said, O LordGod of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 15 thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 16 Now therefore, O LordGod of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. 17 Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David. 18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! 19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: 20 that thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. 21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
1 Kings 8:12-21
12 Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever. 14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;) 15 and he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, 16 Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel. 17 And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LordGod of Israel. 18 And the Lord said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart. 19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. 20 And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 21 And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
2 Samuel 7
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
7 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 2 that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? 8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9 and I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that arein the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, 11 and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lordtelleth thee that he will make thee an house.
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 but my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? 19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? 20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. 21 For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. 22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there anyGod beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, evenlike Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to bea people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. 25 And now, O LordGod, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. 26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. 28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 29 therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
1 Chronicles 22:6-13
6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LordGod of Israel. 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lordmy God: 8 but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever. 11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee. 12 Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord thy God. 13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lordcharged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
1 Corinthians 3:6-23
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which templeye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23 and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:14-20
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
10 the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
get thee up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings,
lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Revelation 22:12-14; 16-21
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed arethey that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bewith you all. Amen.
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-The Whistleblower finds a trumpet.
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5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.