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Let’s look at the last sentence of John 6:63, “The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.”

So it says that the Words, truths that Jesus was speaking were spirit and life. Selah…. (Pause and think on this) Upon first reading i immediately took that to say that life is the words Jesus spoke. But… it does not say life is the words i speak. No doubt there is life and the spirit in the words Jesus spoke. Jesus spoke words and Lazarus came to life so from that it could appear that life is the word. I happen to think there is a difference between life being the word and the words i speak having life. i think in part what Jesus is saying is that to simply breath has no benefit, no profit and i get that! Breathing without Christ… well, what’s the purpose?

Hebrews 4:12 says “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

This can get a little deep for my purposes but you can research it on your own if you desire. His words are nourishment to our spirit and our soul. His words have the power of life and death in them.His words change lives, transform situations and make the impossible possible.

DEEP BREATH…. TIME TO TRANSITION… So how do i reconcile all that with Genesis 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Does that put me right back at Life Is… Breath, more specifically God’s breath?

So, what is the breath of God? my understanding is that the breath of God is the life and power of God, and is given to man to animate him.

The Creator of heaven and earth did two things in creating man. First, He formed him from the dust of the ground, and, second, He breathed His own breath into the nostrils of Adam. This distinguished man from all of God’s other creatures.

Genesis 2:7 reveals three significant facts about man’s creation. The first is that God and God alone created man. God created the substances, and then He used those substances to create man. God had both the omniscience (all-knowledge) and the omnipotence (all-power) to do exactly what He wanted.

Second, God breathed His own breath of life into man. Man is more than “dust” or physical substance. Maimagesn has a spirit. Picture it this way: Adam’s body had just been formed by God from the dust of the earth—a lifeless human body lying on the ground. Then God leaned over and “breathed” His own “breath” into Adam’s nostrils. So what exactly did God give Adam? i have always believed that when God breathed into Adam He gave him a portion of EVERYTHING He is. Much like a candle lighting another candle. What does the candle being lit get? A portion of everything the already light candle has!

Third, man became a living soul. The word soul in Hebrew is nephesh, meaning “an animated, breathing, conscious, and living being.” Man did not become a living soul until God breathed life into him. As a physical, animate, rational, and spiritual being, man is unique among all living things upon the earth.

This is starting to sound like the “which came first question, the chicken or the egg,” Gods’ breath or God’s Word?

 

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This book came at a perfect time with regards to Katie’s next words. “I made peace with feeling inadequate because the truth is, I was. I still am; we all are. I quickly became okay with being imperfect.”

images-2i have never thought i was perfect, but i also have never felt inadequate. i have no clue as to why i feel way as i have exceeded the goals and expectations set for me by me employeer but i’m struggling inside. And it’s not just the workplace where this happens, it can be while watching a movie or talking on the phone. A few days ago a friend had to have some surgery and it took longer than it was supposed to and when i heard that, while still trusting God i battled with fear for her life and her husband’s condition, wishing i could be there for them. But i can’t! i have a job in the marketplace which dictates my schedule and thus what i can and can not do. my heart is fully aware of who i am in Christ and that i can do all things through Him and yet my physical body just doesn’t line up with what i know. i am a very easy-going person, it takes a lot to get me stirred up but these days… the slightest thing can cause my heart to race and my emotions to jump into action. Katie talks about feeling inadequate and when i started my new job it didn’t take but a few hours and i was having to quickly become okay with being imperfect and feeling very inadequate.

Unknowni truly am puzzled by this. If i knew what the issue or the cause i’d fix it, but it ‘s like Paul when he prayed three times for God to remove the thorn in his flesh and God basically said no, deal with it. That’s where i’m at, dealing with it, yet feeling… no not feeling, knowing that i am closer to God than i have ever been despite all of this. To me it’s a well dressed lie and i am refusing to chase it.Unknown

i know that God has a track record of using inadequate people, Paul, Peter, Moses, Jonah, David, Sampson, the list is endless. i am so out of my element in so many places all at the same time. It seems that He is asking me to reach a little higher, to stretch a little further, in spite of feeling like i can’t do any more. All i can think of is that He’s looking for simple trust. Then, once He’ got it, He’ll give me everything i need to do the “more” that He is asking of me just like He’s always done.

Katie wraps up chapter 9 by stating that she is just a plain girl from Tennessee. Broken in many ways, sinful, and inadequate. Common and simple with nothing special about her. I’m so glad she added the following words to those thoughts. “Nothing special except I choose to say “yes.” “Yes” to the things of God.”

Ahhh! And that makes all the difference in the world. Katie is willing to do today what others will not and thus she is able to do tomorrow what others can not. i have included a link to a great song to bring life to her words. she has mastered the art of saying yes and doing so before she even knows the question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVYRc7LtvUA

i’m dr. ed peterson the host of me and I Am, thank you for joining me.

 

 

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Hello I’m Dr. ed Peterson the host of the me and I Am post and podcast. i’ve been sharing about not wanting to be called “Average” and thus have been looking into Jesus words in Matthew 5,6 and 7, commonly called the Sermon On The Mount.

What does not being called average look like? Literally… how does that play out in my every day life? What am i to say? How am i to act and react? What does Jesus say as to how others should see my life as i respond to… life? Last post i shared about being average or blessed. Today i’m picking up at chapter 5 verse 13 which is subtitled Salt and Light.

SaltEveryone knows what salt taste like and everyone except for the blind know what light looks like. There are those that dislike the taste or the use of salt and just as well there are actually those that prefer the dark to light. But for our purpose here today well leave personal preferences and physical challenges aside and speak as Jesus was in generalities, regarding spiritual matters.

He begins by saying, “Let Me tell you why you are here.” How long have people been asking, “Why am i here?” Here’s the answer.

Jesus says, “You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God flavors of this earth.” Being salt and light is not optional. Jesus didn’t say, “ed, you can be…or ed, you have the potential to be…” He said, “ed, you are.” Everyone who is born again is the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

The value of salt, the old testament world can not be under estimated. Roman soldiers received their wages in salt. The Greeks considered salt to be divine. The Mosaic Law required that all offerings presented by the Israelites contain salt. (Lev. 2:13) When Jesus told his disciples that they were “the salt of the earth”, they understood the comparison.

It’s not often that i go into deep spiritual background on topics, because there are so many different opinions and such is the case with salt. Some think that its whiteness represents the purity of the justified believer. Others say that salt’s flavoring properties imply that Christians are to add divine flavor to the world. Still others believe that Christians are to sting the world with rebuke and judgment the way salt stings an open wound. Another group asserts that, as salt, Christians are to create a thirst for Christ. Salt, however, has another vital purpose which is probably what Jesus had in mind… it stops decay. When Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth”, i believe that He meant all of His disciples from then until now are to serve as preservatives, stopping the moral decay in our sin infected world. As for all the other thoughts about salt… each has its own value, so my answer is all the above.

Jesus continues saying, “If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste Godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” This isn’t hard to understand. It’s what I call the flip side. So let me take the paragraph above and make it the flip side and personal. ed if you lose your saltiness you will not represent the purity of a believer. ed, if you lose your saltiness you will not add divine flavor to the world. ed, if you lose your saltiness you are not going to sting the world with rebuke and judgment the way salt stings an open wound. ed, if you lose your saltiness you will not create a thirst for Christ. Lastly, ed, if you lose your saltiness you will not serve as a preservative, stopping the moral decay in your sin infected world.

LightThen as only Jesus does so well, He comes back and says I can see some of you are not getting this so… Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.”

In closing here’s the practical application for not being average. “Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—SHINE! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

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“Like food is to the body, self-talk is to the mind. Don’t let any junk thoughts repeat in your head.” ― Maddy Malhotra

Though i live in a noisy world, i sometimes struggle with too much silence. it may be that i’m home alone, at the Onething Campus alone or around people who are involved and focused on their own thing.

So what do i do…? Why fill the silence of course? Television is usually just a click away, but if not i can get sound from my computer, ipad or mobile phone. But what happens if i’m really wanting a live person to talk to? Someone to bounce new ideas or thoughts off of? Someone to appreciate me?

It could be that when i’m feeling lonely, i’m neglecting to give or get enough attention from a special person. One who is always there with me. Who’s that? Why, me, of course. So, i talk to myself. Now, before someone gets rambunctious and says, “” can talk to God or i can pray, let me say that for me, i put those two things in a higher category than these general discussions i have with myself.

So talk to myself? Doesn’t that mean i’m becoming goofy or unbalanced? Losing it? Ready for the funny farm?

Not at all says PH.D Linda Sapadin

She says that talking with myself not only relieves the loneliness, it may also make me smarter. It can help me clarify my thoughts, focus on what’s important and firm up any decisions i’m contemplating. There’s just one catch: i become smarter only if i speak wisely and respectfully to myself.

There are people,  sane, nice, good people, who are not so nice or good to themselves. Their self-talk is a testament to everything they have done wrong. “You idiot!” is their hallmark headline, followed with a complete dressing down. “You should have done it this way; you should have been aware of that; you should have thought of it sooner.” That kind of self-talk is worse than no talk at all. So if my style or yours is like that, cut it out, STOP IT! Right now.

i can begin talking to myself like i’m my own best friend. Which i am! Here are s a few more tips about how i should talk to myself and become wiser in the process.

  1. Compliment myself. i don’t need to wait to get compliments from others? If i deserve them, i can give them to myself. Besides, most people aren’t going to have the foggiest notion about the little actions i take that serve me well. Like the time i was tempted but decided to bypass the ice cream shop because i honored my commitment to myself to lose five pounds. That deserves a compliment such as, “I’m proud of me”? Or what about the time i finally accomplished a bunch of things that i’ve been meaning to do — again doesn’t that deserve a “good job!”?
  2. Motivate myself. i may not feel like doing boring or difficult tasks. Do life with others and they’ll give you a swift kick in the pants as a reminder to clean up my mess or tend to this or that task. But, i can motivate myself to get going with a gentler but firm voice. “Hey, nice-guy (that’s you/me i’m talking to). You’ve got time this morning use it, do this or that; right now, how about it?” Or, “Hey, big guy, it’s time to take care of that drip in the sink before it becomes more serious.
  3. Personal dialogue. How about if i’m having trouble with making a decision? Should i stay or should i go? Should i buy or not buy? Speak up or stay silent? Buy this gift or that gift? Choices aren’t easy. Often, because they’re so difficult, i often don’t really make a choice; i respond impulsively from habit or a desire to get it over with. It’s much more effective, however, to create a dialogue with myself so that i can hear what i actually think. “i want to stay because of —- but i want to go because of —-. i should buy because —— or i should wait because ——- Regardless, i need to figure out which decision to make. It’s time to have an intentional and focused dialogue with myself and see not which way the wind is blowing but what’s the wise thing for me to do.” Having such a dialogue can help me balance my wants, with what are my actual needs.
  4. Goal-setting. Let’s say i’m trying to be better organized. Setting a goal and making a plan (what to do, when to do it, how to do it) can be a big help. Yes, i can just make a list, but saying it out loud can help focus my attention, reinforce the message, and assist with controlling my often runaway emotions. Top athletes do this all the time by telling themselves to “keep your head down. Keep your eye on the ball. Breathe.” It works well for them, why not for me?

In closing… “The most influential and frequent voice you hear is your inner-voice. It can work in your favor or against you, depending on what you listen to and act upon.” ― Maddy Malhotra

So let me share my hope from James 3:2 says, “For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.”

Radical…

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Success in marriage is more than finding the right person; it is being the right person.

The command to love far exceeds what was common of marriage in Paul’s day. Had he used another word for “love,” perhaps one that expressed sexuality, then it would have fit well with the Greek and Roman minds. But in the term “agape,” a selfless, serving, giving type of love without thought of return was totally foreign to the marital lives of Greeks and Romans. Wives were often thought of as property. Typically, in the Greek world, wives had no part in the social activities of her husband. She was more of a recluse at home while he went about the things of his day. Husbands and wives did not even eat meals together.

Well… there it is. In the term “agape,” a selfless, serving, giving type of love without thought of return was and may be totally foreign to the marital lives of Greeks and Romans and many today.

Paul’s command was as radical then as it is now! There is to be a work going on in my heart as a believer, as i am affected toward my wife and no longer infected by and away from her. As a husband i must not let society’s standards (or lack of standards) on marriage be my own. i must take the high road presented in the Word.

There is also another issue. Have i the husband expected my wife to meet the deepest needs of my heart? If so, i have placed an  impossible burden on my wife. Then another possibility is my own reluctance to face the truth about myself, preferring to believe that it is my spouse who has a problem and thus creates the problems that infect me.

The divine words for husbands and wives by Paul are the framework for success in marriage. They are not a checklist to use in evaluating the performance of my spouse.

Many times my words and deeds express the idea that a successful and fulfilling marriage just happens by itself. But a growing marriage requires                     effort and perseverance. i am called to work at… no, not at, as though it is separate from me, but in my relationship with Him—and with the person i promised to love.

The grass on the other side of the fence may look greener, but faithfulness to God and commitment to my spouse alone bring peace of mind and satisfaction.

 

Knowing…

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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i seem to be getting more tired with the passing of each day. How is that possible when all i do is sit at the pool or the beach?

This morning i woke up with a major headache and so i began praying and of course eventually listening. What i heard caused me to respond “Seriously!” “Is that really all you have to say to me?” The words were all to familiar, “Be still and know!” Coming up on six years and that’s still the word? i am quite aware that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, but i thought that perhaps He had a larger vocabulary. Then i suppose there is the possibility that He has and my mind, will, and emotions just have not gotten it?

Okay God if that’s the word for today, i receive it. But… if i’m going to get the same word then let me try to get new… no, more meaning from it.

1 Timothy 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let Him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.

Once again i am at a verse that talks about what my words should be. Perhaps the miracle for me today will come in the form of some words i speak? During this trip it seems as though the overall message is to “Be.” There is that challenge once again. In the same writings of 1 Timothy these words come from verse 12. Beloved or, ed, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you: BUT… rejoice ed, inasmuch as you are a partaker of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

When His glory shall be revealed. When He decides to reveal His plan. This time of being still is preparation for those times and it won’t be about what i am to do in a year or two, it will be about “That God in ALL things will be glorified.

I am reminded of these words today and then, it’s off to the beach for a morning nap.

He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool, avoid him.
He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student, teach him.
He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep, wake him.
He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man, follow him.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are weary with toil and all words are feeble; man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

i sat for about an hour today first awaking and asking God what i was to share today, then listening to a short message, then back to asking God.

i went back to the book of Ecclesiastes for lack of a clearer direction. Then i was stirred as i read verse eight in chapter one. It seemed very personal as though it said “ED ALL!” “Yes you ED!” “ALL THINGS ARE WEARY WITH TOIL!”

That seemed to resonate with me and seemingly goes along with “Please don’t ask me about my plans.” How so? i
The reason i ask God about His plans is so that i know what i am to do or what i will be doing and here He says, “ALL THINGS ARE WEARY WITH TOIL.” What i want to do is toil over something. i admit it, i can easily be a workaholic.

Later in the new testament Jesus says, “Come unto me ALL who are weary and heavy laden.” All those years pass and mankind still is weary with toil and looking at today i still am looking for something to toil over. It’s what i have done most of my life and still would do today if it were not for the Holy Spirit reminding me of these truths.

The verse goes on to say, “Ed your eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor your ear filled with hearing.

It’s true… regardless of where i am or what i am seeing i am looking past it to see more or something different. i have to work at seeing the moment and as i shared the other day sucking honey from the rock to get all that is right before me. Ann marie pointed that out to me while shopping the other day. i had picked out an outfit that i liked and thought she would like as well without any regard to size other than it was one size fits all, ALL! She tried it on to satisfy my desire for her to have this outfit. It did not fit and she said this to me. “I have lost a 135 pounds but ALL does not mean all.” She proceeded to explain that 135 pounds ago i would pick out things that were at that time a challenge for her to wear and now 135 pounds later i’m still picking out things that offer up the same challenge as back then. The eye is not satisfied with seeing. It was and is not intentional, but none the less it seems to be true.

As for my ear bing filled with hearing and it not being satisfied, that’s even more true, but i am purposely working on that daily. It is why i take one verse or one thought and beat the daylights out of it or as i’ve already said, suck the honey out of the rock. i am in no hurry to read through the Bible, in fact, i will probably die never having accomplished that task. If i can get one verse and just chew and chew and chew it some more, then i will have put this idea of my ear being full and not satisfied to rest.

In closing verse nine says “The thing which has been, it is what will be again, and that which has been done, is that which will be done again; and THERE IS NOTHING NEW under the sun.

Yet every day all day i, like most others that i know are in search of something new rather than taking a closer look at what i am seeing a little longer and to what already fills my hearing listening a little closer. If for no other reason than to discern what the cause and effect of what i’m seeing and hearing will be.

Is it any wonder that my words are feeble if i do not see and hear with any depth when there is so much set before me and the Father is inviting me to come and dine. Not snack but dine, Caribbean style, for hours and hours, eating and resting, eating and resting, seeing and absorbing, hearing and comprehending.

My ouch yesterday was two fold. First and most painful was no is the sunburn, secondly the lesson of not asking what the future holds as just last week or so God said, “Please do not ask about my plans.” “You can look if you like.” That came from The Odd Life of Timothy Green. A week later, on vacation, supposedly relaxing and i’m asking about the plans. Ugh!

Same trip to the pool and there was nowhere to sit but in the sun. I slipped off my Croc’s again, sat in my chair and covered myself from neck to toe in towels. Imagine that for a moment and get a good laugh. Here i am covered from neck to toe and everyone else there is wearing as little as possible. Oh well!

First time i took off my Croc’s and sat down, after slipping them under my chair so as to keep them out of the sun, even though there was no sun at the time. History was serving me. This time for whatever reason i did not slip them under the chair and left them exposed to the very hot sun. i went to put them on and well… everyone has experienced the result of such a foolish mistake.

But here is what came to me regarding this. i often leave my life exposed to whatever is going on. Regardless of what it is. Exposing my life to the “SON” has an effect as well. It can get very hot when i am being looked at by my Father. The nice thing is that gentle breeze, the Holy Spirit, makes the heat bearable.

Last month i studied the story of Pinocchio and one of the three lessons for me was that “Life does have strings.” Or i should say life has a cause and an effect. The cause for me was allowing myself to fall asleep in the sun. i live in florida, have been coming here for 12 years and should know better. The effect is that i have a very painful sunburn, which by the way i hate and have spent hours not getting one in the past. Ann Marie is saying that if my foot turns any bluer i need to see a doctor. Sure… like that’s going to happen! Although walking around with no shoes is somewhat painful as my foot is so swollen that even my sandals won’t fit.

i am tempted, but not surrendering to blaming it on someone else. i can’t go any further than that or i would be engaging in what i am not doing. It is my own fault for not being… whatever.

i realized today that the words about quietness are very appropriate for this time of my life. Example, recently i have been obsessed with telling people that i will not sign another lease for Onething Campus. Somehow i work it in to every conversation. Because i say that i open the door for everyone to ask, “What are you going to do?” i need an answer don’t i? So i start asking God “What are your plans for me?” God simply replies, “We have had this discussion and i asked you PLEASE!” “Don’t ask me about my plans.”

Ecclesiastes 5:2 says the same thing today that it said yesterday, “Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you ed are on earth; therefore ed let your words, be few!

Okay so lesson one from Saint Maarten is, Cause and Effect, cause and effect, cause and effect, i must get that into every thought.

Lesson number two, let my words be few, which will assist in the cause and effect effort.

Lesson number three, exposing my life to anything… has a cause and effect.

All three work together and have a certain degree of difficulty in accomplishing any one of them let alone all three as is clearly seen by these posts.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8

i slipped off my well worn Croc’s to find that the pavement was very hot, so i shuffled my way to the side of my pool lounge chair. With sunglasses on, i sat down, situated my self with a towel behind my head as a pillow and inserted both earbuds, tapped play and all was right with the world.

Did i mention that i am in sunny Saint Maarten? Well usually sunny. Today there is not a ray to be seen, yet it is a balmy 75 and a breeze to be savored. It actually matters not that there is no sun as i am about to spend the next… i’ll refrain from determining a time frame, and simply leave it at, zoning out.

At some time, i must have removed the earbuds and found myself listening to the conversations around me and i soon realized that all the things people are not happy with, including me, are very much the same around the world. Person after person shared with strangers, new acquaintances, friends, and family their dissatisfaction with any number of things here on the island or back home. The… well i say good thing about that is that i find that i am not so different when it comes to dissatisfaction with things. On the other hand i then have to ask myself, what good is my belief in God and pursuit if i am the same?

Ecclesiastes 4:6 says, Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full with painful effort, a vain striving after the wind and a feeding on it.

How is it possible to think about those things with all the beauty of the island surrounding me? With all the chatter going on around me it wasn’t hard and i found my mind going back to home and all the things that i seem to think are waiting for my return. i should have just reinserted the earbuds and returned to the quietness of worship music.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 reminds me, Be not rash with my mouth, and let not my heart be hasty to utter a word before God. God is in heaven, and i am on earth; therefore let my words be few.

As i woke up this morning Ann Marie said that she had received a word and wanted to share it with me. Last night while driving the island looking for an open store to buy Super Bowl party stuff we were discussing this very topic. What are we going to do? Where are we going to be? When is it all going to happen? Our conclusion was that we did not and could not know any of this at this time. Ecclesiastes 7:14 brought confirmation to our seemingly dilemma. In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider that God has made one side by side with the other, so that man may not find out anything that shall be after him.

So that no man… not even you ed, may not find out ANYTHING that shall be after him!

By the way somewhere in all that i must have fallen asleep and did not realize that the sun had come out. It wasn’t until i went to lay down in bed that i felt the familiar sting of sunburn. Yep, from my knees down to my ankles and including the tops of my feet, you got it burned to a crisp.