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Well, this is my maiden blog and what a wonderful subject with which to launch!  As I understand it, the blogging question is “What is Life”.  So….here goes…..

Life is the very essence of Jehovah God Himself. In Genesis, God gathered together a collection of dirt/clay, shaped it into a creation named Adam, which housed both man and woman.  Then He breathed into their nostrils His essence….life.  Adam had no memories, no behavioral patterns, no perspective on everyday affairs, he was just an inanimate object made of clay until God breathed Himself  (spirit) into him.  At that time Adam/Eve were one with God because  they had His thoughts,  imagesmotivations, character, ability to speak His personal language and was able to commune with Him on His level. This was His big dream and His plan all along, to have a family and a Bride for His Son that thought the way He did, loved what He loved, hated what He hated, was in sync with His emotions and plans.

We had that ability until the choice was made in the Garden of Eden to allow our soul,which can only operate through information given to it, to rule. Free will is located within our souls/intellect and was the key ingredient to maintaining our relationship with God. God has to be our first love by “choice” so hence, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  We chose to receive a counterfeit source of life that comes thru outside information, experiences, etc to determine our identity, thoughts, memories.  As a result of not choosing to allow our spirits to lead and interpret these things for us, the very life-sustaining, immortality that was given to us by God began to grow less effective in our lives and our bodies became mortal.

There is only one source from which a human being is given life, and  that is God. There is no other entity that can cause something to come to life.   We all have a spirit that came from God that keeps us physically alive but because of Adam’s choice, we do not have complete access to it until we are born again. The Holy Spirit then begins to unpack all  that was hidden since the fall  in the Garden.  When  Jesus  said ” I have come that you might have “life” and  have it more abundantly”, He was indicating that we already have the source of “life”, our spirits, which keeps us physically alive, but that Holy Spirit would begin unpacking a measure and dimension of “abundant life” packed  away in our spirit  that our souls could never dream of.

Wow!  The ability to live life and commune with God on His Level!

So, to me when I am asked “What is Life?” , it is being who you were created to be, His Equal Partner .  Can you imagine?

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images-2Chapter 7 is all about Truth. Amazima, means “truth” in Luganda.

Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality

The truth can be staggering and nowhere is that more true than hearing or reading the statistics that Katie shares in chapter 7.

Truth – More than sixteen thousand children died of hunger-related causes in the last twenty-four hours. Another three thousand children in the world, mostly in Africa, will die of malaria today—malaria, which is both preventable and treatable.

Truth – There are 143 million orphaned children

Truth – 11 million children will starve to death or die from preventable diseases

Truth – 8.5 million children work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions

Truth – 2.3 million children live with HIV

Truth – that adds up to 164.8 million needy children.

That’s a big number right!

Truth – There are 2.1 billion people on this earth who proclaim to be Christians.

Truth – If only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.

images-1This is the Truth, like it or not, believe it or not. Now it’s my choice as to what i do with it if anything. But i know this, the truth is not affected by my choice to accept it or not. Katie says, that with truth comes the freedom, the opportunity to do something about it. She goes on to say, “The truth is that God loves these children just as much as He loves me and now that I know, I am responsible.”

Truth has become subjective in many areas these days. But these numbers are not subjective to my own preferences nor anyone else. They are what is actually taking place as i send out this post. i do not pretend to have any idea as to what anyone should do with these numbers, or this Truth. But i am fairly certain that doing nothing is not a legitimate option.

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Welcome to the me and I Am post and podcast. i’m the host Dr. Ed Peterson. If this is your first time we’re in a series called “Average” and we’re looking at three chapters in the book of Matthew known as the Sermon on the mount.

Sand RockSo just a short recap. For years Ann Marie and i had a purpose statement for us to live by. One day while studying something else i felt led that it was an incorrect purpose, that while it sounded good it was wrongly worded. The original statement said “We live each day to apply the word to our lives, to our family and to others. On the surface it sounds like a noble undertaking. It sounds very spiritual right? So let me continue. i began an intense search for what could possibly be wrong with our purpose statement. Here’s briefly what i found. To apply the word to my life implies that my life is what is solid, unchanging, the foundation, that my life is the constant.

Despite our purpose statement, the only constant in our life was the fact that it was constantly changing or a better way of saying it is that it was constantly being tossed about by circumstances. i used to describe my life as a roller coaster filled with ups and downs. One moment a high and seconds later rapidly heading downward to a new low. It was grueling and while i questioned all of it i had no clue as to why it was that way so i  actually just accepted it as the plan God had for my life.

i couldn’t have been more wrong! Having a purpose statement for my life for anyone’s life is one of the best things anyone can do. ”ll see if i can come back to that later. As i said i began an intense search for what could be wrong, but more specifically, if this statement is wrong then what should it be to be right? The simplest way for me to explain this is to share the corrected purpose statement. “We live each day to apply our live’s to the word, in our family and in others.” Did you catch that? i live each day to apply my life to the word, not the word to my life. The word never changes. It’s the constant! You’re asking, “does that mean that your life is no longer a roller coaster? Exactly! But that doesn’t mean the opportunity to get on that roller coaster doesn’t exist. And… if i do decide to get on the roller coaster, i’m on it for the purpose of the ride, the thrill, not the dread of the up’s and downs. my preference is to stay away from roller coasters, both spiritually and physically.

my first purpose statement was like trying to catch a plane that was already on the run-way, or often like trying to catch a plane already in the air. The current purpose statement is the plane setting at the gate waiting for me to get onboard. i booked a ticket to an intentional place where i desired to go.  i paid for it, i packed my bags for the trip, i checked in on-line,  printed out my boarding pass and i arrive at the gate without any stress. .

in summary the idea of applying the word to my life, while sounding good, is average. “And many are those who are entering through it.(the wide gate) (trying to apply the word to their lives) everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand (upon themselves). And the rain fell and the floods came (trials) and the winds blew (circumstances) and beat against that house (my life), and it fell (was over-whelmed)—and great and complete was the fall (panic, stress, fear, calamity, drama) of it. AVERAGE!

That’s not a judgment it’s the truth. Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn’t share about how difficult their life is and i understand because i’ve been there and let me say this, i still find myself there once in a while. It happens when i forget my purpose, when i forget my WHY.

Or i can choose differently. “Enter through the narrow gate; “But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed (intentional) that leads away to life, and few are those who find it. So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock (anything but average). And the rain fell (trials, circumstance) and the floods (disappointments, hurts, doubts) came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, WHY? Because it had been founded on the rock (on the WORD not my life).

Until next time be blessed and live intentionally… average or not average?

 

Welcome to me and I AM. i’m your host Dr. Ed Peterson and i’m so glad you have entrusted me with a few minutes of your time.

hurtsEver experience the hurt illustrated in this picture? Have you ever been hurt to this degree? i have!

During my childhood i would hurt when my father would come home drunk and there would be a blow up between him and my mother in the middle of the night. i wish this would stop. i don’t want it any more!

i recalled the hurt of finding my mother lying on the bathroom floor with blood around her after cutting her wrists in a failed suicide attempt. i hurt because i felt that she wanted to leave me, that she didn’t love me anymore. What did i do?  i don’t want it any more!

i remember when my brothers broke into my house and robbed us after a failed attempt to help them get back on their feet. We’re family.  i don’t want it any more!

i often think of the person who decided to never speak to us again after 20 years of friendship because when their husband asked for a divorce we remained in contact with him. i miss you, please, let’s talk. i don’t want it any more!

i remember the pain of coming to work one day and all our belongings were being loaded into a U-Haul, because we had been fired from a job with a friend of over 20 years. i trusted you. i don’t want it any more!

It’s like it was yesterday that i can hear the words of our co-pastor, one of my only best friends attempt to destroy us as we had decided to leave the church. As we sat there he told us that he had to do what he was doing because we were a cancer to him and that within the four walls of his church, he held the scepter, so he had to destroy us. You were like a brother. i don’t want it any more!

i remember the hurt when my one and only true love, my wife, my best friend now of 42 years but then after just two years of marriage telling me in a note that she never really loved me and was going back home. i thought we were soul mates.  i don’t want it any more!Tears

Then there was hearing one of my children tell me that they hated me and just as clear, i hear the words of them letting me know that in one way or another that i disappointed them. But i tried so hard. i don’t want it any more!

I have repeated the words of another pastor over and over, even to him how he told me i was to old to fill a position that was open in the church and that was after sharing with him that i was sent to the church for him. I’m too old? Now what? i don’t want it any more!

Then there was the time when we returned from a trip to St Maartin in which we had taken some families, some friends with us and had pretty much covered the cost but they shared with us that we did so for the purpose of counseling them and not out of friendship. That’s not true. i don’t want it any more!

And there was the pastor who promised both Ann Marie and i that there would be a position with him for the rest of our lives, that we were called to serve together, which we did for years with no or little salary but then were discarded with what seemed to be not one ounce of thought, respect or care. You promised. i don’t want it any more!

And let’s not forget God… yes, i have felt hurt by God which is another whole story for another time. Not You too. i don’t want it any more!

You’re thinking, my goodness ed, that’s a lot of hurts! Yes, it sure is and these are just a few. But these hurts are not the real subject of this two or three part series. i just wanted readers to know that i have experience with being hurt and feeling like “i don’t want it any more.”. Tomorrow we’ll look deeper into what to do when hurt becomes a reality, when it smacks you in the face, when it seems to be unbearable, when you think you just want to die

Here’s what i think i know, i am going to get hurt in life… but, believe it or not… i can choose who i’ll get hurt by. Secondly the key is to not get stuck in the emotions of past hurts but to be able to grieve and then to move on, coming away with a life lesson or two.

 

 

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Confidence and Self Confidence are hot topics these days. All around me i’m told to think confidently, to be self-assured, to live boldly. Society says, be self-confident, but what does the Word have to say about confidence and self-confidence.

The word confidence (or very similar words) is referenced 50 to 60 times in the Bible depending on the translation you’re reading.  These references refer to my trust in people, circumstances, and God.

The Word is very clear about this word confidence and adding the word self in front of it. Here’s what Philippians 3:3 says, “Have no confidence in the flesh.” Flesh as in self! If that’s not clear enough then here’s Proverbs 14:16 “A righteous man departs from evil, but a fool rages in his (self) confidence.” Neither of these verses suggest that i’m not to have confidence, but they do make it clear, that confidence in myself is misplaced.

Based on the that premise, what should confidence in my life look like? Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust and take refuge (have confidence) in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” i’ve spent many years and struggled hard to get rid of anything prefaced with self. This needs a little more explanation. i have self-esteem but it’s not based on my looks, my position, the clothes wear or the car i drive. In fact it’s not based on anything i can see, hear, taste, touch or smell. which is how the world packages it.

my self-esteem is based on being God’s child, born again of the incorruptible seed. The Lion of Judah represents the triumphant Jesus. King David and Jesus came from the tribe of Judah. Through that lineage i am a Lion of Judah, triumphant and confident in my heritage.

Mirror Confidencemy confidence is in a personal, intimate relationship with God. He is my High Priest, and through His intercession, i can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that i may receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Proverbs 3:26 for me is a guarantee. “For the Lord shall be ed’s confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep ed’s foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger]. Putting my confidence in His revealed Word, changes everything. my life takes on a new stability, focus, and identity. It’s there that i realize, i am smart enough “because i have the mind of Christ, because i have established my thoughts in Him, therefore every step i take is ordered by Him.” Now there are no good days or bad days, no good circumstances or bad circumstances, just days and circumstances filled with grace.

So ed, does not, therefore, fling away his fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For ed has need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that ed may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

This is my confidence, “i am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in me will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in me.” Philippians 1:6

Practical application is a required element for good information to become life changing versus just good information.

So in order to build up my “FEARLESS CONFIDENCE” i am intentionally committing to not say anything about myself or anyone else that God himself hasn’t or wouldn’t say about me or others.

Ephesians 4:29, ed, let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.

Words and Actions, Words and Actions, ed overcomes (conquers) circumstances, trials, by means of the Blood of the Lamb (confidence) and by the utterance (words) of his testimony, for ed did not love and cling to life (self, flesh) even when faced with death [holding his life cheap till he had to die for his witnessing]. (Revelation 12:11) paraphrased.

 

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As a product of the Word of Faith movement in the early 1980s, i am forever indebted to the books and teachings of Kenneth Hagin Sr., R.W. Shambach, Bob Yandian, T.L. Osborn, Charles Capps, Bob Tilton and the like. These were men who turned my world upside down with their faith and teaching.

i learned how to pray for the sick by reading Charles and Francis Hunters books on healing the sick, and i learned how to resist the devil by listening to John Osteen. i have always been challenged by Kenneth Copeland’s utter consecration to Christ and to walk in the light of His Word. i can’t imagine where i would be right now if not for being influenced by these men and that movement.

As i walk through these three words “Fight, Flight, Freeze” and share my thoughts you may better understand and appreciate why i shared that.

Fight – The Worlds Take:

When i choose to fight i am both engaging and attempting to repel the threat or challenge – to make it go away by taking it on. In some circumstances, this is going to be the correct option, but as with many unconscious choices i make about my behaviour, if i consider it my only option, it can become counter-productive. Example, if i am someone with a tendency to fight, it may be that when the pressure is on that i argue with people and maybe even get into a “must win at all costs” mode.

This may work in gaining my short-term goals, but it’s unlikely in the long-term to do much good for my health, my relationships, and possibly my career – although… there are some situations where being a fighter may seem to be an advantage.

In 1 Samuel 18:5 it says, “And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and he prospered and behaved himself wisely; and Saul set him over the men of war.” The in verse 7 it says, “And the women responded as they laughed and frolicked, saying, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” I share that to use David as a biblical figure that would seem to have a natural ability to fight. Just thinking about David causes me to remember David, the brave shepherd boy who fought the roaring lion and the wild bear and everyone knows what happened when he met Goliath, the giant. And let’s not forget that David had Bathsheba’s husband sent to battle with the intention that he be killed.

It doesn’t seem like fighting through his challenges were stressful? That may be because some people find it genuinely energizing, enabling them to find productive and constructive outcomes.

However… i would guess that for David and those types of people, with an instinctive drive to fight, are at least partly managed by some conscious control to make it work positively. Example being when David could have killed King Saul and didn’t.

Ephesians 12:10-18 summarizes my view on fighting as a response. i’ll highlight key phrases. “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.  

In closing, “Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.” Remember mind or heart, heart or mind? Those words are how i get the mind of Christ… my thoughts being established in Truth, Righteousness… and then, my steps will be Peace, Faith, Salvation, all ordered by Him. i won’t fight needlessly, in the wrong battles, with the wrong people.

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i had to do a refresher regarding Achan. After the victory of the Israelites at the battle of Jericho, Joshua ordered that all of the goods and the wealth of the city were to be devoted to the Lord.  The people could keep nothing for themselves.  The city of Jericho and its wealth was to be offered as the first fruits to the Lord.  It was as if it were the tithe offered from the land of Canaan.  In Joshua 7:1 it says, “But the Israelites acted unfaithfully in regard to the devoted things; Achan, the son of Carmi of the tribe of Judah, took some of them.  So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.”  As a result of this crime Israel was defeated in their next battle.  When the sin of Achan was later discovered he, like Ananias, was punished by being put to death.  The Lord will not be mocked.  He will not tolerate sin, even though it seems like He’s doing so today.

To say that the God of the Old Testament is a vengeful and violent God and that the God of the New Testament is a God of love and grace, would be to say that i have never read the whole book!  The God of the Bible is the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the Sovereign One.  He is the Holy One.  Apart from his grace, i am the same as Achan at the battle of Jericho and Ananias and Sapphira in the early Christian Church.  Is it any wonder that Acts 5:11 says, “Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”

When it says, that to “fear the Lord” is a good and proper attitude, it doesn’t mean i am to be “scared” of the God and regard him as unapproachable.  To “fear the Lord” is to have the wisdom to know that He is holy and sovereign and i am not.  Holiness and sovereignty demand respect.  The Lord loves me and i can love Him because of His grace shown to me.  The Holy Spirit awakens my stubborn and sinful wills to know and experience His powerful love. It’s only because of the Holy Spirit that I can do the good God requires of me.  In Romans 2 verses 8 and 10 it says that “for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  … but glory, honour, and peace for everyone who does good.”  There are three criteria for any work to be considered “good”.  First, it arises out of true faith; second, it conforms to God’s law, and third, it’s done for his glory.  Only under the influence of the Holy Spirit can i meet this criteria.  Where Ananias and Sapphira failed is in the third criteria.  There action was not done for the glory of God but for the glory of themselves, Impression Management.

Let me share three truths,

Truth about God – Ananias and Sapphira showed contempt for God.

Truth about ourselves – They showed themselves as being filled with vanity and ambition.

Truth about others – They showed total disregard for others by the corruption which they were bringing into the society.

Psalm 103:10 says that the Lord “does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”  That’s grace.  Grace is not something we can demand from the Lord.  It’s not something we can earn.  So why was this couple denied grace and made to pay for their sin with capital punishment?  Ultimately the answer to this question is left to the Lord himself.  However, perhaps there would be benefit from seeing this story in light of the miracles which happened in the book of Acts.

Before and after this story, Luke tells about miraculous healings which the apostles and in particular Peter, were enabled to perform. Immediately after Ananias and Sapphira’s story it says in Acts 5:15 that the apostles healed so many that people brought their sick into the streets so that “at least Peter’s shadow might fall on them” as they lay in the street.

Each day that i wake up and go about my daily routines is a gift of His grace.  It is the undeserved favor of God shown to me.  Each day a day of grace.  A day to bring glory to God and a day of asking for his Holy Spirit to guide me in all my living.  God is sovereign.  He is holy.  He fills me with His HOLY Spirit.  i in turn become an agent of his grace.

In closing… just in case i have not made clear what “Impression Management is let me summarize it. “Impression Management is defined as MANIPULATING OTHERS opinion of us?

I Quit…!

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In order for me to “Be” who Paul is urging me to “Be” and to “Do” what Colossians 3 is requiring me to “Do” i must quit, or resign, from some other activities. The following are examples of Letters of Resignation regarding those matters. Sorry it’s long but worth it to me. Two examples, completely different is style but both drawing the same conclusion.

Official Withdrawal Notice

 I am writing to inform you that effective immediately, 4/15/13, I am withdrawing from your school and the internship program.  After speaking with the Head Counselor at a different school, I found out that I have been misled, misinformed, and deceived which has led to much wasted time and energy.  I’m appalled that you lied saying these classes are in high demand and that I should follow my ancestors’ footsteps since they are all alumni’s.

I did not realize that working toward my Masters in Fear with a minor in Apathy was going to lead me down such a dark and never ending road.  The costs are too high, the classes are unsatisfying and your internship program is not for anyone who would actually want to enjoy life. After many years of attending your school, I have found no pay off except left feeling empty, lonely, and emotionally depleted!

Your classes on Control and Self-sufficiency are very misleading.  These classes state that they can bring me power, security, and satisfaction by getting my own way and doing it myself. Although maybe true, I have found just the opposite.  I feel overwhelmed by doing everyone else’s job and never having any peace.  These classes should come with a warning label….”Warning, may cause loneliness & fatigue!”

Your class on Apathy teaches to never get your hopes up so you don’t get disappointed or hurt.  Don’t dream too much they say because this is as good as it gets.  You think you are doing a favor by protecting yourself, only to find yourself feeling hopeless and always waiting for the other shoe to drop. I found myself allowing life to pass me by instead of enjoying each moment! This class has taught me to be detached from my children or anyone else for that matter.  I see them, I hear them, but I haven’t been able to enjoy them. So much I have missed out on!

But let’s not forget about your internship as a prisoner/slave to Fear! This position has cost me many years of my life. It took away my freedom to live, robbed me of my voice, and has caused me to shrink back and hide. I have never worked with such border bullies in my life.  Never measuring up, always looked down upon and always looking to tell me what’s wrong! They have robbed me of my self-worth and self-esteem which in turn began a series of poor choices. With those poor choices, it led to quite a depression that it almost made me take a life. NO amount of money or job is worth all this!!!

That’s why I have chosen to enroll in a new school with an exciting intern program.  After speaking to the Guidance Counselor, he enlightened me on my background.  See I thought I had to attend your school because my ancestors had done so.  But what I have discovered after speaking with my new Counselor is, I was adopted a long time ago.  Although rejected by my former family, I still continued to strive for their approval and acceptance by operating under their rules and following in their same career paths. But according to what is written, I no longer need to fulfill my old obligations to my former family.  Being adopted gives me full rights and access to my new family’s kingdom. (Rom. 8:15-17) What’s more amazing is, I’m not who I thought I was. See, I am a co-heir to royalty, my daddy is “The King.”

With this information, my degree program is being drastically changed with classes to help me understand and operate in my new found position.  Classes will include faith, joy, peace, humility and submission to name a few. These classes will teach me to look forward to the future (Jer. 29:11), embrace the moment, serve others in a healthy way, and help me not only give love but receive love. I am told this program is not easy as it will require me to find a new outlook and learn new ways of doing things. He also said that I could be in school for quite a while and I will be required to constantly do continuing education classes to keep me fresh. But that’s why I am so grateful for my new Counselor, he has informed me that he will be there every step of the way to guide and tutor me.

So in conclusion, I’m not sorry for leaving your school, you will NOT be missed and I know there will come a day that your doors will be officially closed for good.  But until then, I will make sure that I tell everyone I come in contact with not to attend your school. For the first time, I do NOT regret my decision.  If you have any problems with this, you are welcome to take this up with my daddy, The King!

Sincerely,

“Daughter of The King”

To Whom this may concern,

I am resigning from your slavery that has kept me hidden and fearful for so long. This will be effective immediately. I have kept myself as a slave for too long. It is time that I resign from fear, loneliness, feeling unqualified and a failure and rejection.

I am taking on a new position from my new father Jesus Christ; he tells the truth and will forever love me for eternity. He will never leave me alone for it is said in Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” You have no plave in my body, mind or soul for I am covered by the blood of jesus. I will not listen to your lies about not having a future; for Jesus said in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!”

From this day forward, I will not go back to being a slave for you. I will forever be a child of God and I am moving forward on my journey!

Sincerely,

Child of God

It  is a full-time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to  honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every  moment. – Jasmine  Guy

The things above, the rich treasures. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Whatsoever things are honest…

As it is with so many words, Honest in the Word does not mean exactly what the word “honest” does today, as applied to dealings or business transactions. In the word it includes what was regarded as worthy of reputation or honor, such as respect due to age and rank. It included what is right in the transaction of business, but it was much more. Ultimately it means that i am to show respect to all the proper customs of society, when they do not violate conscience or interfere with the law of God.

Honest: honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair, gained or obtained fairly, sincere, frank, genuine or unadulterated.

1 Timothy 3:1-13 expounds on these thoughts. If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.

The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.

Looking at things “high above, rich treasures” i feel like for me to live them is to go over the edge, go past normal and dive into abnormal. These are not the new ground rules but those of old. Honest today is said to be relevant, depending on the circumstances, will it offend someone, if so “stretch the truth” as it’s said or just be as honest as i can?

If i’m dishonest in my words or actions, i hurt not only myself but often others as well. If i lie, steal, cheat, or neglect to give the full amount of work for my pay, i lose my self-respect. i may find that i have damaged relationships with family members and friends and that people no longer trust me.

Being honest requires courage and sacrifice, especially when others try to persuade me to justify dishonest behavior. If i find myself in such a situation, i can remember that the peace that comes from being honest is more valuable than the momentary relief of following the crowd.

Whatsoever things are true, Whatsoever things are honest, meditate on these “rich treasures,” these things “high above.”

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. – Hunter S.  Thompson

“SO ACT LIKE IT” are the closing words of verse 1 in the message. Act like it’s your last opportunity, like it will pass by and never return. Act (the process of doing) like “it. One final word about if from 1 Samuel 16:14 and i recommend reading the chapter, but verse 14 illustrates to me the danger of rejecting the “If.” But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and troubled him.

Before i have any time to think on what it looks like to “act on it” verse two gets right in my face.

Colossians 3:2, “ed, set your mind and keep it set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

The instructions are easy enough to read, but they are not just for reading, “act like it” is for me to do, thus the difficulty. Being in this world and not of it is where the constant rub comes into play and the one that will win is the one i feed the most. my words, my actions expose the huge influence the world has on me.
As if Colossians is not enough 2 Timothy 2:15 says, ed study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. ED! avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
“Correctly analyzing and accurately dividing” UNDERSTAND THE TIMES!
Question? “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.” Question? How does ed eat this chapter? One word at a time. A journey not a destination.
Set: to put (something or someone) in a particular place, to place in a particular position or posture, to put or apply.
Your is self-explanatory.
Mind: the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc..
It is for me to… that is… “If” i’m serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, to set to put in a particular place, position, or  posture, my process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, and perceives.  This is saying that i am to have the mind of Christ. AND… it does not stop there.
Keep: to hold or retain in one’s possession, to maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements.
It’s not enough to just set my mind. i must keep, maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements . The (some action) is to “Set my mind and keep, hold, retain in my possession.”
There is power in the process to the promise. The process begins with “If.”  If i am serious. Serious about what? About “living this new resurrection life with Christ.” The process gets broken down into bite size pieces as i am to keep, maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements.
“ed set your mind and keep, hold, retain in your possession.” Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
“ed put into a specific place, into your mind, will and emotions and hang on to this place as though your life depends on it, because it does.
 So i am pretty sure i know plenty about the things of the earth but i don’t want to spend a lot of time on the negatives. i do want to spend sufficient time on the positives which are the higher things.