Born in…?

Born in….?

Depending on the moral state of society, the subject of God is either to the fore or perhaps rarely referred to.

In the west – countries, cities, peoples, have been (generally speaking), morally honourable or reprehensible, depending (I suppose) on what part of history we examine.

This reprehensible moral state, grows out of what the bible clearly tells us, is the result of mankind being ‘dead in sin’.

Ephesians 2/1…who were dead in trespasses and sins,

Unless we accept that mankind is born with an inherited sin-nature, we can find no sense in the above statement/scripture. (Nor indeed can we make any sense of the atrocities in the world, taking place right now).

As a result of mankind being ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ – we can ask the question: How can living people be described as dead?

Likewise the term ‘born again’ – is not understood, unless we receive or experience the explanation.

This term (born again), has been ‘stolen’ from Christian jargon and applied to mean, all kinds of different things, in the present day. None of which uses the phrase as originally intended by The Son of God.

There was a gentleman, a religious Pharisee, who likewise didn’t grasp what Jesus meant by:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

In not understanding Christ’s statement, the Pharisee gentleman provided his own response to the ‘born again’ reference from Jesus, in the form of a Question:

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

This gives us an example of – how spiritually insensitive, unaware, uncomprehending, human beings can be when it comes to spiritual matters, spiritual truth and spiritual reality.

His question exposed that He did not understand what Jesus meant by the statement He (Jesus), made.

We can safely conclude that this inability to comprehend spiritual matters and reality, is the direct result of the fallen nature all mankind is born with, again referred to as being: Ephesians 2/1

…dead in trespasses and sins…

John 3/6:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

So being dead in sin, (born of the flesh) – is clearly referencing man’s nature as the statement is made to humans who are walking, talking and thinking on planet earth to this day. We might borrow a phrase from movie culture and refer to us as ‘the living dead’.

The idea that we are born good – or morally fine, is a big mistake, in light of this verse and the rest of scripture, that in so many places, affirms that mankind is indeed born with an inbuilt tendency to do what is wrong and evil. An inbuilt ‘bias’ towards sinning.

It is something that comes naturally, because it is in the very make-up and fibre of our minds. 

We are born that way, and have inherited this nature and tendencies from our forefathers, all the way back to the first human being.

Upbringing and it’s experiences, can effect or feed this nature, this sinful nature is not the result of our upbringing, but is the result of an inherited nature we are born with.

Of course an underprivileged background whether financially, morally, or as a result of cruelty in those who raised us – contributes to the greater formation of bad behaviour in the life of the person who suffers in such an upbringing.

But that ‘ability’ to sin comes from the nature within. The nature inherent in each of us.

Cultivate it – or run to the foot of the cross in prayer and behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1/29).

Bowing we speak with Him, bowing we take Him at His word:

…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 6/37)

On receiving The Lord Jesus Christ we receive His divine nature, to which we yield, causing the sinful nature to become subservient. And so our journey begins unto eternal life.

Rhyme for life

RHYME FOR LIFE

We must not assume doom and gloom

Try to look on the bright side

Or

we could all run and hide(?)

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Is it better to abide –

and float with the tide?

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After all is said and done

The world is spiralling –

it’s on the run

But you – but me – but we

Are all in the boat together

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Each with his/her idea

Of how to cope with the weather

And it’s superfluous to remark

You are all stunned at this lark

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This lark called life –

As you know only too well –

So full of demonstrable strife

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Of google-eyed commuters

And unhinged looters

And addicted and afflicted

And sirens blasting intermittently

Persistently –

Old and young like birds

At food banks

Pecking orders – selfish greed

Void of the compassion we need

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And as this rhyme unwinds

Set the dial again

And face your new day – the next day

Look for the rhyme in life that

Helps you cope with the strife

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Your daily routine can change

If your heartbeat gets in line

With the creator of the universe

The One who is out of sight –

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‘Cause many don’t look

Don’t see what’s right –

neither perceive

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But life with harmony is

His offered gift

To all who will believe

Why put ’em in dramas?

WHY PUT THEM IN DRAMAS?

So for today

What I will say

Anyway

Is

Progression

Must be made

We must advance

At a glance

I would say

Very little progress

Is being made

Since the last decade

Things have changed a lot

But haven’t changed at all

Depending on which end of

The telescope you use

There is the skeptic

And the realist

And the pessimist

And the optimist…?

– he seems to get drowned-out

People love the negative

And honour it most

Every crime and act of violence

is cause for some kinda gloat

Otherwise why put them in dramas

Over and over and over and over….?

Like some kinda rote… 

Things we miss…

Things we miss 2022

I am thinking today, of the things we miss.

You didn’t see the advertisement, and missed out on a few bargains at your local store.

You didn’t see that programme – about your favourite musician – you missed out. You would have found it interesting. (I’m sure you will catch it again – somewhere).

You missed the bus, or was it the train?

You missed your friend, who called when you were out.

You missed the explanation about the artefact, given by the museum guide – the tour is over.

You missed the concert – sold out.

You missed the enjoyment of the Old School reunion – you were out of the country at the time.

You missed so much because of Covid.

You missed the Death Notice of an old friend – you didn’t realise they were gone.

You missed the truth. You didn’t seek – therefore you didn’t find.

You missed that final piece of the childhood jig-saw, lost and not found.

You missed the fact that God was speaking to you, and had been for quite some time.

Why do we miss things? Not paying attention or not being there seems to be the two narrowed-down reasons for missing out.

Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees.

Everybody misses out sometime – often we miss the obvious:

John 3/16:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Revive Revival…

Revive Revival… 2022

Habakkuk 3:2

O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

It is a principle – that if we give-out to others, what God-has-given-to-us – we bring ourselves into The Reception area of God’s office. 🙂

A reception area is where you meet the owners of the firm (or their employees) – but also they meet you.

But God’s reception area – is also a place where you receive from God Himself. God loves to give. Mankind is somewhat slower at giving, to make an under-statement.

God says: 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

There are many things in this world that would distract us, and cause us to lose sight of the fact that God is a giving-Person.

Here is a scenario that we as believers, if we do not exercise due diligence, can drift into:

Hard times, bad times, perilous times, doom and gloom all around, a great falling away in moral standards, evil men getting worse and worse.

Because of all of these things we start to believe that God doesn’t care and certainly doesn’t want anything to do with a world of grossly misbehaving humans.

So we stop looking for Christian Revival. Revival as in firstly God moving in His church again, amongst His people.

Some think themselves Biblically correct when they conclude that there will be/is – a great falling away. That fits into their eschatological position, and they feel firmly justified in saying there could not be a revival.

Wow! God has lost His ancient power then? He can no longer save? He is powerless to do anything about this state of affairs?

In fact let’s just accept this and tell others the bad news. At least we are biblically correct, right?

Wrong. As unbelief increases, (because all sin begins in unbelief), we as Christians are not called to simply accept the inevitable, when the inevitable flies in the face of all that God is, and stands for.

God is the God of ‘the more’.  There is never a Time when God does not want to save.

When He is not moving, and saving and filling, it is not because He has ordained the falling away – or wants things to get worse and worse, it’s because He knows that rebellious man will fall away in increasing measure.

But that does not mean we abandon every revealed principle concerning who and what the God of our salvation is, in thought, word and deed.

Go to sleep church, don’t seek me anymore, I will not bless, I will not save, there will be no revival, I will leave you and forsake you.

How does that sound?

And so we stop. We simply stop. We have got (so many may think) the eschatology right – so do nothing because there’s nothing we can do. Wrong again.

God calls us to seek Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

We need God to move in power, if souls are to have the real thing in a true salvation/conversion experience, and God tells us nowhere that He is no longer interested in saving souls.

World wide Revival? If The Lord Jesus was on the earth still in the form of a man – and He prayed – could He bring worldwide Revival?

Only if He went to a cross, …

And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Having triumphed and done what was necessary – Revival can come. And has – many times throughout history.

He doesn’t need to return to earth, become a man and do it all over again. ‘It is finished’. (John 19/20). Now anything is possible to those who believe. (John 14/12).

But if revival doesn’t come – it is not that God has ordained it to be so. It’s that His people stop looking for, or expecting it,  either in faith or hope.

Let’s seek The Lord for more of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as God builds His church – one without Spot or Wrinkle, or any such thing. (Ephesians 5/27, Matthew 16/8)

The Manifestation of The Holy Spirit, is given for the profit of all. (I Cor. 12/7)

Is salvation by the convicting, convincing power of the Holy Spirit – often with signs following – not for mankind anymore? (I Corinthians 12/7) (Mark 16/17).

Of course it is – it is not God’s will that any should perish. (II Peter 3/9).

Let’s shake ourselves and hold forth/fast the Word of Life knowing that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. (Philippians 2/16) (Ephesians 3/20).

In conclusion when nothing of revival is happening – are we those who look away from The Saviour or are we those who look upon Him without distraction? 

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jude 1:21

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Non

Non

A confusing dialogue between three letters. (Interspersed with truth).

A – “So you are Non Christian.

Well – hello Non how’s it going?”

B – “What kind of Christian is that?”

[Interruption…]

C – “Non is gone

He was here a moment ago, but has fled

He doesn’t like being called Non”.

A – “Non gone… has he become a follower of Christ then?”

C – “Don’t know – maybe so?”

B – “Or is Non a special category Christian?”

C – “No – he is an event”

A – “A Non event then?”

C – “Yes a Non believer”

A – “Well at least he’s a believer”

B – “So is the devil”

C – “Is the devil a Non believer?”

A – “No he is a Non-event

To all who put their trust in Christ”

This blogging thing…

Imaginary landscape – felt tips – by Ken Riddles

This blogging thing…

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am well past the ‘new fangled-ness’ of blogging.

Past the ‘what must I do to improve the spread of my posts’.

I have never made much effort in the promotion department.

I know it is a recurring topic with some bloggers, how to get the hits, the likes, the comments, the thumbs up etc.

There are of course, blogs on how best to blog.

But I’m afraid I have settled into an average eleven-likes syndrome, and reception of the odd comment.

I’m kind of resigned to the idea that whoever needs to, will stop by.

As a matter of interest when I show my paintings I will get the most likes. Rightly or wrongly I put this down to the readers needing the least amount of effort when deciding to hit the like button.

All that is needed is a few momentary glances at a painting, and bam! Moving on already to another blogger.

Those who are hungry for God’s truth, I hope will find Christian feeding on seedsinmotion, and those who like words for words sake might find a few poems to enjoy. Accessible ones, and not so accessible, fun poems, serious poems, Christian message poems, quirky poems.

Paintings?

Intuitive paintings, abstract, semi-abstract, naturalistic, expressionistic, designs, the descriptive terms could go on…

As I am writing this, I’m thinking it should be an ‘About’ – but when I look at my statistics (I look at these once in a blue moon) – I seem to have 728 followers (I thought it was more, but haven’t looked for a year or two). I guess we can lose followers – is that right?

And as I do not often ‘follow back’, that would be no surprise 😍.

So this blogging thing, – well – we just must – isn’t that right…?

To go or not to go…?

To go or not to go…?

(Conversation of an un-churched man)

You cannot get me to do that

Over and over you have tried

I will not go

I have no interest

But still you try

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“Give me a break” I often say

“But this is important” I hear you sigh

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You and your religious tone

Pease stop – it’s such a drone

Still I suppose I will go

Just once – I mean

If it means getting you to stop

Your incessant monologue

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So off we went –

Church isn’t as bad as I thought

The bench though was hard

And the preacher long…

…winded I mean

Still the after-lunch was fine

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But I won’t be passing this way again

So no more monologue please

I want to make that plain

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Well – maybe this time next year

I will return…

How’s that for a compromise?

Why do you have a look of surprise?

Do you consider me some kind of heathen?

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I’ll tell you better than that

I will go again at the drop of a hat…

What to do?

WHAT TO DO?

So what’s the next thing?

On to the next action – duty-bound

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To do with finance – something earned?

Or is it the pick-up

From the ‘school run’?

Or DIY for door-hanging-off?

Cutting the grass – ‘what again?’

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Laughter – a shared joke

Please don’t share it again

It soaks – sorry sucks

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Is it – sit and contemplate?

Hardly – as navels are under cover

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Make the dinner for a change?

That’s strange – the sarcastic ‘for a change’ I mean

As you have culinar-(ised) the most

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It’s part of your duty-bound expanse

Of deeds galore and rare deeds more

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Your life – our lives – his/her life too

What’s it made up of?

(Hmm…back to questions I see)

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What is it good to do

Under the sun?

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Search and find

That’s fine…

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To try a new approach…

Routines can soak – I mean suck

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Still – breath-in – here we go

Tackle that task with fresh resolve

What task? –

you may ask

…in a nutshell

GOOD NEWS in a NUTSHELL

You want to be a good person

Without coercion

You summon up all resolve

All your senses you involve

The Law has caught you

With ‘you shall not…’ – but you do

Your will is imprisoned

Let it be understood

With the perfection-failure rule

You feel like a fool

Your daily disappointment

Is the fly in the ointment

Turn instead to the Master’s hand

Are you part of His disciple-band?

Well – ask for help – seek it now

The life of Christ – before Him bow

You will find Him best at keeping His law

Your heart to Him He will draw

And while you gaze at His beauty in awe

Guess what? – You have kept the law

Changeless

CHANGELESS

Hebrews 13/8:

Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Two translations of the one statement. Two translations of the one verse in scripture/the bible.

Let’s break this down:

Firstly: Jesus Christ. Jesus is the man. Christ is God.

The Holy Spirit of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) descended on Jesus the man (Matt. 3/6) – He, by so doing, testified or revealed, or manifested to the inhabitants of this world – that Jesus (born of a virgin) – was the Only Begotten Son of The Living God – God manifest in the flesh – in a body prepared by God in a virgin’s womb — without a male/man’s intervention or involvement.

Some saw this clearly – others didn’t. And it remains the same to this day.

Jesus being formed within the womb of this virgin by the hand of God – was without sin, having been formed fearfully and wonderfully by God the Father.

Psalm 139

(speaking of the Psalmist but surely of all humankind). We read:

13 

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvellous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

15 

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret…

This meant that Jesus had a human spirit like every other man. But joined to that human spirit was God The Son, as in the Person who dwelt with God in the eternal realm, before He came to earth – i.e. eternally dwelling in the heaven of heavens – not yet as (or in the form of) a man.

Colossians 1:

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

It was necessary that The Son of God allowed Himself to be clothed in a male body – which was formed in Mary’s womb. A body that God had prepared for Him.

Hebrews 10/5

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.

The reason for this was that God’s Perfect plan of salvation from sin – be thus brought to a lost and dying race of perishable human beings.

Jesus said: He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

God (amongst all the other profound reasons), wanted to show Himself in a way that mankind could take in, and understand.

His mighty Presence shone through the Person of His Only Begotten Son in thought word and deed.

Manifesting His Glory in wisdom, miracles, authority and power with healing virtue and transformational influence upon the body soul and spirit of men and women, giving the Revelation of His Word for our constant guidance.

(Amp.) John 1/

18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].

God’s sinless and holy-loving nature will never change. To encounter Him in a Salvation experience, is to encounter the divine Son. And the nature mankind was born with can only fall in brokenness before Him with whom we have to do – if we are seeking Him, in the first place.

Those who will stubbornly refuse to seek Him, are likened to goats separated from the sheep on the day of judgement. (Matthew 35/22).

God’s Word will not change, God’s nature will not change, God’s ways will not change, God’s love will not change, God’s judgement will not change – He has done all things well.

Joshua 24:15

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”