The Extent Of Sin

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ga 2:20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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I’ve been focused on the course of the extent of sin these last couple of weeks and how sin is like a disease spreads outwards and how it infects all around. Interesting right. I’m not a person who knows about sin. I just know it’s around. All my life I have evaded sin like the plague, knowing the filth can damage me and my heart for God.
The Lord showed me a couple of examples these last couple of weeks where sin has crept into families where one sins and how the rest of the family falls apart. It creeps in throughout the years and corrupts and defaces and faeces an entire family. Decades pass and the entirety of sin has moved into every facet of a family.
Thank You Lord for this lesson in life.
I like to take things deeper and higher. I do not just like to keep in simple. I like the depth and height and length of it all. The deep things of God. The secret place. Not just sing it but go there in His Word and seek Him. Seek God’s Face. All who have found God’s Face have been changed from glory to glory in this place. Not only in His Presence but also in His Word.
A couple years back I watched this lovely pastor preach in our pulpit and he is good and cute. So, I never watch his videos. I shared this with out class last night and I laughed as we were learning about the the flesh and the lust of the eyes. Perfect timing. So I said, do not lead me into temptation.

13  And lead us not into temptation,

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 6:13a). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Life is so funny really as God works things out perfectly. His perfect kairos timing. I could not be happier in my life in my walk with Christ Jesus our Lord. All I’ve ever wanted really is to love God and seek His face.
When I was young I was taught something very basic. Never go in the direction of darkness. ie Sin. Turn in the other direction towards the light. Face God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Seek the wisdom of Solomon. Start here and then seek the wisdom of God in everything that you do and say and see and touch and smell and taste and hear.
It’s this simple. Keep it simple but walk deep into the depths and height and length and breath of God’s Word in His love. 

The Extent Of Sin
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Thank you all. I’m walking with so many all across the nations.

The nature of the beast is so deceiving so we all have to be on alert all the time.

Remain close to the very heart of God, His Word. This is My beloved Son and in Him I Am well pleased.

No one promises easy not even God’s Word. Just keep on going upwards and forwards, facing in the direction of the Face of God. Looking at Him straight in His eyes. 

You know what happened this morning. 

I saw nothing again that I can offer to Jesus on the day I see Him Face to face. All I have is my heart. 

The thing is it used to be this battered and bruised heart. Broken for Him and Him alone. No one and nothing liking me cos I love Jesus. The cost of following Christ. 

Then but today it was so pure and white in the light of Christ Jesus. His righteousness covering it and it was blazing white for Christ Jesus. This is all I will have for Jesus. My pure white bright lighted heart for Christ our Lord cos He has purified and sanctified it with His fire. The fire of His Presence and washed it with His Word, His blood. 

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Awesome right.

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I have not arrived. I’m still in the process of sanctification. A life-long process. Do not give up. Hold on. Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus the Author and the Finisher of my faith. Hold on tight to my faith in Christ our Lord. Walk through the fire when necessary but do not be afraid. The Lord my God is a shield around me. The armies of the heavenly hosts are applauding me to continue on my race and to finish good. Be of good humor. Pray with ceasing. Never quench the Spirit. Be continually washed with the Word of God. The Sword of the Spirit. Do not look to the left or the right. Do not look back. Run your own race. We are all at different levels according to God’s purpose. When I fall, get up. Face the Lord and continue on. Be brave. 

You know what also happened. 

I went up to the cross and I nailed my broken and battered heart to the cross in exchange for a lovely one and I heard the Lord speak this verse over me. 

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ga 2:20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

And we dance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j8QzLUODTY

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A Surprising Turn Of Events

30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ro 8:30). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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Well, there you go. I’m so boring. All I want is to seek Jesus. Only God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I’ve waited and waited and waited until God’s kairos moments come along my life. Occasions that have been appointed before the foundations of the world. Predestined by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
When I was a little girl going to school, I was taken out of my classroom and it was catechism I was taught, I was told to say. I remember sitting in an empty classroom at the front of the class, just the nun assigned to me to nurture me in God’s ways. The door was wide open and the windows were in the other side. It was there that we talked and talked and talked about the things of God.
It is said that when you raise a child in the things of God, she will never drift from it.
It was these formative years, as a very young child that I was groomed to focus my entire life solely on the things of God and who He is and only Him. Just God. All God.
I do not remember what we talked about. Year in and year out. For six long years.
I just remember being led off from class and sitting in an empty classroom. Just the two of us. Door wide open. Windows on the other side. And we chatted. About God.
Fancy this.
So, all my life people have found it difficult to communicate about things as all my attention and focus would be God.
The Lord has informed me that it takes a person who is in close and constant intimacy with God that would understand who I was raised to be. Otherwise, they would find me boring and unproductive.
You see, in God’s great and wonderful goodness, He laid a path for me that is all about Him and only Him. The only desire in my heart. Not the things of this world. But the things of God and only Him alone.
If in fact you find me boring, it’s OK. It’s not God’s will that we should walk together in this great and wonderful journey called life in constant communion with Christ our Lord.
Some things just happen this way. Cos, it’s all about God for me. Nothing and nobody else. Some people are just raised this way.

8:30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Exegetes speak of a “golden chain” or “unbreakable chain” of divine acts in vv. 29–30: God foreknows, predestines, calls, justifies, and glorifies. Each of these is a distinct act, and in the redemptive process they do follow one another in this sequence. However, we must resist the temptation to bind them together into too neat a package.
For one thing, these five acts do not give a complete picture of salvation. There are no overt references to man’s part in the process, which is of course consistent with Paul’s purpose here; but not even all of God’s redemptive acts are named. Notably missing are regeneration and sanctification.
For another thing, the progression of thought in vv. 29 and 30 is not that of one linear chain. Verse 29 is the main point in itself; grammatically and doctrinally it is a complete thought. It refers to two divine acts, foreknowledge and predestination. The latter is primary and is linked directly to one of the chief elements of glorification, specifically, the resurrection. It could be shortened thus: whom he foreknew, he predestined to be glorified.
Verse 30, instead of simply lengthening a chain begun in v. 29, is intended to expand v. 29b by adding a couple of details: the redemptive process does not go directly from predestination to glory; there happen to be a few other steps in between! This verse does not name them all, but mentions two that are representative of the entire process.
Thus the first and the last redemptive acts of v. 30 are carried over from v. 29. “Predestined” has already been explained. “Glorified” refers to the final stage of salvation, eternal life in heaven. This has been a prominent theme in this whole context, and is the point of v. 29b. “Conformed to the likeness of his son” refers to our resurrection in a glorified body.
Why “glorified” is in past tense is a matter of debate, since it has not happened yet. Some say it actually has been accomplished, in the person of Jesus as our representative (see Cranfield, I:433; Godet, 327). But most agree that the past tense refers to the fact that God has already predestined it; therefore it is as certain as if it had already occurred (e.g., Bruce, 178; Moo, I:573).
This verse adds two steps between predestination and glorification, probably to show us that God’s predestining believers to glory does not make a mockery of the intervening process. Some have wondered why, in the Calvinist view, the intervening steps are necessary. But when the biblical concept of free will is retained, we see that what comes between the beginning and the end is what makes it possible for God to predestine some to glory in the first place.
The two divine acts given as links between predestination and glorification are calling and justifying. We have already examined the meaning of these concepts; the question now is, why specifically are they inserted here? One reason, as indicated, is to show that intermediate steps such as calling and justifying are necessary. Another reason, possibly, is to indicate that human decisions are not totally absent from this process but are implicitly present as the objects of the divine foreknowledge in v. 29. As we have already seen, the connection with v. 28 shows that the most likely object of God’s foreknowledge is believers’ love for God. Now, in v. 30, calling and justification are mentioned. Both of these divine acts are necessarily linked to human decisions: God’s call must be answered, and justification is given only to faith. These human decisions may thus implicitly be included here as other objects of the divine foreknowledge by which God predestines us to glory.
The primary reference, of course, is to calling and justification as acts of God himself. Calling (see 1:6; 8:28) is the act by which God initiates personal contact with those whom he foreknew and predestined before even the earth existed. As we have seen, this is not some special, irresistible call that goes out only to the chosen few, but the general call of the gospel (contra Dunn, I:485; MacArthur, I:498). Those whom God foreknew and predestined are those who not only hear the call but also accept it (Lard, 283; Godet, 327). “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14, NASB). Lenski comments (562–563),

If it be asked why God did not foreknow, foreordain, call, justify the rest, the biblical answer is found in Matt. 23:37 and similar passages: God did not exclude them, but despite all that God could do they excluded themselves. “These he called” includes the acceptance of the call; and it in no way excludes the extension of the same call with the same power of grace to the rest.

This raises the question of whether “these five links in the chain of God’s saving work are unbreakable,” as MacArthur favors they are (I:494). According to this understanding, all five of these divine works are applied to the elect and only to the elect as an inseparable package. Only the predestined are called; all those called will be glorified; no one is ever justified except those who are foreknown and predestined to glory. “All five elements are co-extensive,” says Murray; “there cannot be one element without the others” (I:320). For example, says Moo, there is an “exact correspondence between those who are the objects of predestining and those who experience this calling” (I:572).
The language of vv. 29–30 does not require such a view, however. Indeed, this chain is unbreakable and its elements co-extensive only if the Calvinist system of unconditional election, irresistible grace, and “once saved, always saved” is true. Once we break away from this system, we can see that some are called but do not respond; thus only one of the five elements applies to them. Since it is possible for someone to become a true believer and become justified, and then to fall away, only two of the elements apply to this group. In the latter case one may be called and temporarily justified, but never foreknown and predestined to be glorified. Such situations are not contrary to 8:29–30. Paul does not say that only those who are predestined are called, but that those who are predestined will without fail be called. Nor does he say that only those who are predestined to glory are justified; those who are so predestined will without fail be justified, though.
In a similar way, Paul does not imply that everyone who is called will be justified—since some refuse the call; nor does he explicitly state that all who have ever been justified (by faith) will without fail be glorified—since some will lose their faith. Here the key to certainty about glorification is predestination, not the intervening links. The point is that all those who are predestined will without fail be glorified, and that they will without fail be called and justified prior to glorification.
Paul has in view here only an audience of sincere believers (“us all,” v. 32) who need assurance that God will never fail them or forsake them, and that he can and will see them through to the end. Unlike in the Epistle to the Hebrews, he is not warning wavering believers who are seriously considering apostasy. His purpose here is to assure those who have no intention of abandoning Christ that Christ will not abandon them.

Cottrell, J. (1996). Romans (Vol. 1, Ro 8:30). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co.

My Family

Well, everyone is writing their story about themselves and well, it’s fun. I’m going to tell one that is so interesting. For me anyways. 

When I was in my mid-twenties, I used to walk into the priest’s office and talk to him daily. His name was Father Colombo. His desk must have been about ten feet by four feet and his office was open glass so anyone and everyone could see us chatting for hours, daily. Five days a week. I would park my car at church just to go up to his office for a chat. 

He most obviously enjoyed our conversations and was smiling every time I went in for a chat. We did not talk about doctrine nor theology. We were just friends. One day years later I asked him why I never noticed that he went home on vacation to see his family in Italy. Roma. 

He told me when he became a priest and left his home, he would never go back again. He was happy serving in the church for the rest of his life and he would die here. 

Father Colombo has long gone to our Creator but the years of friendship and chats about life in general was the most enjoyable experience of my life. There was no limit to the chatting. The thing is, I cannot remember now what we talked about. 

All I can remember is his smile. A simple, short, fat, and humble man serving God. A man with a pure heart of gold. 

Why have I been reminded of this?

I love to speak to people who love Jesus. They are awesome people. Humble and kind. Their friendship is extraordinary. They are family. 

My family.

I feel so at home with them. Their hearts are pure. Their words are kind and loving like Jesus’. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0mPk_3dXSg

They are great representatives of Jesus.

Well, I’m in this group of ladies, and gents, as well. We are all writing about our lives. Not one of us is perfect but well, as life goes, this is it. I suppose.

My part.

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Part The Seas

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Wow. What has the Lord been talking about today. The last couple of weeks really. Sin. I’m in Chapter 7 & 8 of ‘Man And Sin’ with Global University. What a wonderful topic. How enlightening.
When sin creeps in. A little at a time. A tiny bit. Then it just like Scripture says, a little leaven leavens the whole lump. A bit of sin from a parent, then the children copy their parents lack of care and sin and the entire family is cursed.

Sin is so accursed. Truly. 

When I was young I would just not say a word and not really make my point about the matter, in God’s way but as I’ve got older, I’ve learnt to say ‘no’. ‘No’ is such a good word which I had never learnt when I was young. I was just taught to know God and follow Him and not drift from Him. No matter how far, I was always right beside Him. In my heart. In my thoughts. What other think or do is not for me so I just do not let me go there. 

The Significance of the Burning Bush
Exodus 3:2

Excerpt

I. God Appears to Moses (3:1–6)

The burning bush had a threefold significance. It was a picture of God (Deut. 33:16), for it revealed His glory and power, yet it was not consumed. Moses needed to be reminded of the glory and power of God, for he was about to undertake an impossible task. Second, the bush symbolized Israel going through the fire of affliction, but not consumed. How often nations have tried to exterminate the Jews, yet have failed! Finally, the bush illustrated Moses—a humble shepherd, who with God’s help would become a fire that could not be put out! Note that Moses was brought to the place where he bowed before God and adored Him in wonder, for this is the true beginning of Christian service. Servants who know how to take off their shoes in humility can be used of God to walk in power. Later we see that before God called Isaiah, He revealed His glory (Isa. 6). The memory of the burning bush must have encouraged Moses during many a trying mile in the wilderness.

Wiersbe, W. W. (1993). Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament (Ex 3:1–6). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord
6 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 6:1–3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Just believe and Jesus will do the rest.
Rest in Christ and He goes before you and behind you and surrounding you.
Plunge the sword.
Part the highways and byways, with the Word of God and His Presence by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

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The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

Hold On To Jesus For Life

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Wow. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve pulled a muscle. Boy does it hurt. Used to have to bowl through this kind of pain all the time and never give up but today, it’s like, so painful. So, so, so, so, so. Almost like I want to cry. I never cried before. I just bit back the pain and bowled on. But today, I’m so soft now. Like a baby. It sure does hurt.
The good news is, I’ve completed all my essays to date and done all my exams. I don’t believe it. Now all I have to do is read on.
Hold on until the physio and I would like some more x-rays to find out what exactly is the problem. Cos it hurts.
Ouch Ouch Ouch

Thanking all of you from all the nations of the earth for sharing this journey called life with me.

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Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

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3  A voice cries: 
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 40:3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4S_z8q6J1A

Can you hear it?
And when I listened attentively to our Lord, He told me what a long, long way I’ve come along life’s journey called life with Him and Him alone. Jesus, this is.
He has parted so many seas along this journey and today I’m here.
When you believe in miracles, it happens. When you do not look back, miracles happen right before your very eyes by Jesus.
The journey is so simple. Just follow the Lord as He leads. One step at a time.
The best part is when the sea parts, right before you very eyes.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
I believe.

39 know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. 40 Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Dt 4:39–40). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

3 “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Le 26:3–4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

23 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Je 7:22–23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 14:15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And rhe who loves me swill be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 14:20–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 14:23–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 15:9–11). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And qhis commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—sour faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Jn 5:3–5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, oso that you may not lose what we1 have worked for, but pmay win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, qdoes not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching qhas both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, rdo not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him stakes part in his wicked works.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Jn 5–11). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.