I went into a light chamber last night. I was singing the pain away, and calling Jesus between breaths. I FELT the song I sang in every fiber of my being. It was my song-the more I let go the greater I sang!
It felt like my soul was being sucked with every note I belted out. The depths of my soul was being cleansed. There was a bed there, but I couldn’t lie down, I was too caught up in my spirit.
When you finally sing your own song, you’ll understand-the only way TO survive is in the spirit. You’ll be yourself-in a different light-of your truth.
I don’t know who you call on, but I call on Jesus. And he comes every time.
God is light. God is love.
Love and light to you!
I dreamed that I was at the church I went to as a youth. My adopted father was there (who is deceased but I talk to during pivotal moments in my life). It had been announced that Jesus Christ was coming. The church was packed, and there were deacons there clearing the halls saying, “Jesus Christ is Coming!” I was standing at the back seats where I always sat. I was so glad because this meant that all of us who sat at the back of the church would be the first ones to see him coming. I was thinking that he would see me or I would touch his robe. A woman who stood behind me (which would’ve been in front of me originally) tried to distract me about my clothing (a dress with red and blue flowers). She gave me a read tie and I ran off to put it on, but halfway to the bathroom, I realized I would miss Jesus, so I dropped the tie and ran back. She was not happy. The hall lights were turned out. I thought it didn’t matter, we would know him by his light. People were clapping so loud and singing….and we were waiting…I woke up.
*In writing this dream, I see several areas that can easily match biblical scripture. Yet, I also see so personal growth.
We easily become distracted by things that people in the world say is best for us. Do I believe this to be a prophecy dream? It doesn’t matter.
What I DO believe is that we should keep our “houses” in order, and not be distracted, to be able to experience the Light for ourselves. The council of Heaven has never led me astray. Not once.
I had a guide to prepare me for Hurricane Sandy (though I didn’t know that’s what was coming at those times). When the storm was over, my house was not touch even though it sits at the water. All others around me flooded out or worse. Sometimes I just stare at the water in silence, causing myself a headache trying to expand my mind to comprehend God.
But I know what I do know because the heavens councils know I desire to go to where God is. Of course, I must focus on NOW, HERE, in order to that. I’m in love with God. People still ask or look at my house and don’t get it. That’s God loving me too!
That’s how it’s been my whole life. Except I’ve been intently listening since 12/25/11; now I have journals and typed papers of “dreams” and experiences. And I’m so grateful to be a traveler.
(*30 Minute Self-Empowerment Session done alone laying on my own couch.)
Reflection, Acceptance, Placement, and Healing
I’m listening to distanced muffled sounds. I remember I dreamed I was in suspended animation…in nothingness. There was a muffled voice. I’ve been like this for weeks. Attentively listening to muffled voices, and feeling comfortable, or relaxed. Tuning in but never quite making out the words clearly. Hmp
No wonder I’m attracted to muffled sounds–voices in particular. Could be my own throat chakra manifested unbalanced. Hmmm…..That’s my thought adjuster (or higher self) working on me.
Eureka! I seek muffled voices for comfort yet complain of lack ability to verbalize my messages via video! IT’S SELF-HINDRANCE!
Wowa! On the spot!
I will open my throat chakra by attracting clear and audible voices. Opening a clear reflective channel to be able to express my verbal Self.
Note: I found in my dream journal a past entry. The voice was clear at some point in the void. It said “Create”. I must’ve froze up in fear, hence suspended animation.
I’m thinking I experienced myself on a voided timeline, and manifested that in waking state; being comfortable w/muffled voices. When actually, that aspect of myself has been the muffled voice trying to express; same as me in waking state.
It started as SOMETHING, but my fear hindered me from moving forward; leaving that aspect (my voice) stuck in a void.
Be well! :0)
I recalled when the world was much younger, matching my years; everybody was enjoying free will. The entertainment phase of that time boomed right when cable networking appeared. Food was splashed with msg and pretty colors, and the most addictive substance on the market, sugar, was sprinkled on and in everything. Folk were pulled out of nature and into their houses…to watch television…and eat. There was no such thing as recycling yet, and folk went wild with their imaginations; they wanted it, they got credit and they got it.
Nowadays, they’ve been “taught” to recycle their garbage and their beings; just throw away their feelings into the garbage. How else could they “protect” all they’ve acquired; even relationships?
Then came privacy and confidentiality. Privacy gives people a sense of hiding their THINGS and GOING-ONS from view of others. While confidentiality gives people a sense hiding the RESULT/CONSEQUENCE of what those THINGS and GOING-ONS have done to their/others lives. Anything from health, crimes,.habits, drugs, and even relationships and money (including lottery winners). It’s not all negatives.
Throwing away feelings throws away a sense of community. People have become just neighbors, and barely know each other; except to say hello should their eyes mistakenly meet. This is part reason why we who’ve been here all along, are coming to surface, are looked upon as “crazy” or “outsiders”. We say hello. We smile. We hug. We encourage. We notice. And noticing people, and giving compliments causes uncomfortibility—because feelings are stirred. Any heart-felt or spirited connection is abruptly disconnected.
Some of what happens in reference to trickery and formulating illusion on human minds, is sought through movies as entertainment; so they believe that if they didn’t see in the theater, on television or the news—“it ain’t true”. Humans are very suspicious of what’s not drenched in glitz and glamour and money.
In a music video I recently saw, a singer was drugged “into” buying a dream. Recalling my own experience, I thought, “Whew, I’m glad I didn’t do that!” So when I say I suffer because I’m determined, I mean it in the sense that I live in this world but not of it. I work for God. However, I can now easily see how that same statement plays out for the other team as well. I’ve had the opportunity on a few occasions, to have anything I can imagine, in this world. I refused every time. Because at the head of all in THIS world, is just man. I admit, I almost slipped up a few times, having had pen in hand, having been intimidated upon refusal. I’ve seen people I knew of here, over there, and I just think, “Just for THAT, she/he sold their soul??”
We feel tired sometimes being conductors “holding it together” for the sake of HOPING that ALL wake up soon. Now we’ve moved away from hope into FAITH; having increased numbers amongst ourSelves. Because we know the Light overcomes all darknesses.
You ever REALLY talk to yourSelf and LOOK at YOU?? Are you consciously making attempts to recover your true nature?? When you’re a child and ask about yourself, people lie to you. As an adult, it becomes ones responsibility to pursue their truth.
The spiritual path is selfwork. Self work is the processes of spiritual realization of self; mental, physical, emotional and psychological. One begins the journey back to God, by clearing self of worldly indwellings. There’s a simultaneous inflowing and outflowing; overcoming the world and gaining heavenly at-one-ment with God.
There’s no skipping steps..you can’t just decide “well I’ll be there on said date”. An example of such a “shortcut” is the supposed “Great Awakening” on 12/21/12. Millions, if not, thousands of people thought the world was going to end, or they thought they’d suddenly be caught up into a new “paradise on earth”. Just like that! When they physically saw that neither event physically happened, confusion became despair became anger became hopelessness.
Some of those people had abandoned their physical possessions, their jobs, and/or their families. their families (if their families had not already written them off as crazy). Many no longer have the will to to rebuild relationships, or themselves for that matter. They’re now in a state of being “just here”.
Do the selfwork. Only you can assure your sovereignty in God’s kingdom! The King’s panel is serious. Don’t think by leaving God (for the sake of saving face, amidst worldly people) out of your life that you’re playing life “safe”. If anything, it’s more dangerous to yourself, and others; you’re an ignorant person indulging in a “false awakening”.
Coming together spiritually for ourselves would ignite the raising of Christ consciousness. Honestly, one can ACT as if they’re saved (spiritually awakened), but eventually, along their path, they’ll be called to a greater work–for God. And if one cannot perform the works in Christ, then they will be exposed as false prophets.
Don’t sleep, the Council of Heaven hasn’t changed one rule to our being here! Keep yourSelf conditioned to discern foolery from truth. We really cannot move forward until NOW is addressed. Let’s stop pretending we didn’t will negativity through lower self-ishness. There’s that simultaneous cleansing and recreating. A breaking down of a system and a people rebuilding at the same time. While we want to cause as little structural damage as possible, there’s still judgment to come.
“Reap what you sow” isnt a cliche. Nor is it a statement of revenge. It is a natural way of the universes. All meets itself again-eventually. All meets it’s CREATOR again —eventually. Eventually are THESE days! We are in the days where we ARE experiencing planetary and universal upsets, or instabilities! Because of our careless actions upon this planet. Hence, “we reap what we sow”!
TRUTH includes much negativity. We can talk about going to heaven and being in a new world. The fact still stands, “Where are we right now?” “They” tell you be positive, otherwise you’re adding to negativity. The fact is, BE RESPONSIBLE, and donot cause burden on Self and others.The question is, What do we do with the burden we are holding right now; individually AND as a people? Take responsibility, that’s what!!
We can’t dance away, march away, not even pray our responsibilities away! We must realize them, accept them, & forgive in flesh AND spirit. Do the work to get back to the almighty Father! Call on Jesus the Christed to assist in your journey.
How do you drop down and create a simple prayer to clear a confused state, get up and go curse somebody under your breath? Stop playing! They got you fooled to thinking that all you have to do is “think and be positive” meanwhile you can’t figure why you’re still troubled in your life! Be the one to read the instruction, don’t accept short-cuts!
Funny how THESE days, they say, everything’s a reflection. No it isn’t! They want to make us sound “fool” when we’re telling you the truth, so you’ll ignore us bringing your awareness to that of God’s presence.
God hasn’t changed. YOU changed!
He wants your attention! Get blessed, be blessed, and stay blessed.
THE ONLY THING WORST THAN NOT LOVING YOURSELF IS NEGLECTING YOURSELF.
In order to experience our highest experience of Self, something we have to do is “let it go”. I was dwelling in love (nature) this evening when something I saw shook my core, and it triggered a childhood memory. I became frightened and honestly, I wanted to cry…and I’m sure I will…in private. But whether in public or in private, in order to let that experience go, I cannot deny the feelings that come up. I cannot be afraid to address the issue and allow it to linger inside me; only to be triggered again and again by some other experiences. Keeping my feelings inside will only cause me dis-ease in my mind and can also manifest illnesses in my body, such as, stress, headaches, pains and such. As the storm comes up, the longer I “don’t let it bother me”, the greater it will rage. Since I don’t want…
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“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
The key to meditation is not to do it to always seek but to also be still—and receive. Meditation can guide us back to living our righteous self. Listen to your thoughts, and began to clear them away by unthinking them. Your lowest thought will bombard its way into every session for a while, and at the same time, your ego will work your mind with guilt, fear, shame and such. You may even find that you can’t sit through it the first few times. I encourage you to not quit.
“May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD” Psalm 104:34
No one picks up meditation easily. It’s a process, and it begins with clearing away low vibrational thoughts. We don’t just close our eyes and the Light is right there—if only it was that easy, but we seriously have some ills to clear. I recall that when I first sat for a session; I cried like a baby. I was experiencing too much different feelings–difficult feelings. I avoided meditation after that—for a while. I didn’t want to feel those feelings that came up. Many people find ease addressing others issues, but when it comes to their Self, they become uncomfortable. The realm of meditation is different for everyone though.
But of course, in order to BE who we truly are, we have to unBE who we are not. Thus, meditation is the experience of clearing our minds and our hearts, so God (super conscious) can be accessed, and realized and actualized in our highest expression of ourselves, and BE. In the darkness (fear) 3D, we experience all the negatives we created, overcome them in the void (truth) 4D, and then come into the light (love)5D. There are 12 realms but I’m speaking on what I’ve experienced. In wake and sleep state.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
I never got into the whole fold my body type of meditation, it never worked for me. Different techniques work for those who choose to embark; some of us travel by train, some by car, and some by the bus; but we get there. I just used the environment around me, at first. I observed everything that I no longer wanted to think, say or do. I saw the effects it had on others and understood that through them, I was able to realize the effects that those lower energies were causing mySelf. I was not being my better or highest manifest that God had intended for me. It was a process. I still had to sit with myself though and take responsibility for my share of negatives caused on myself and others. That was the painful part, going inside myself. Because whatever “evils” or negatives I had manifested, came back to me. This was no stop and go process either; I had to take it on, acknowledge my responsibility or part in it, bless it, embrace it and transform it to unto my lightness. Habits die hard, but they do die. It was like detoxing off the world.
I asked my guides if it was another way without feeling all the “bad” emotions and pain. No. No there isn’t. What we sow in the universe, we must reap. It only makes sense. If we don’t want to experience “bad things” then we can make choices that create positive thoughts, words, and actions. Of course we “learn” this lesson most often after we’ve suffered ourSelves the consequences of past negatives and fear-based creations. We cannot commune with God clothed in the will of the world.
In my experience, I learned meditation is one of the keys to the kingdom of God; ONE KEY. And it is a necessary key, used not only to access our darkest beings to overcome them, but we can also communicate two-way, with our highest self and receive more keys; bringing us closer to the kingdom of God. Some of you describe the whole experience as being “saved” or “born again”. The act of being saved is to “go into the closet”, and pray unto your heart’s desire to come into commune with Christ. Jesus the man does not sit in your body. After you’ve confessed to your “sins” in earnest, and truly desire with all your heart to know God, Christ (love) comes into your heart and takes charge of your BEing. Thus your heart has been transformed, like Jesus’s, and so through your heart, which is the first organ formed after conception, you are born again.
“For even to this were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
We experienced what we are not and now we know what we are. We ask for forgiveness and we can still now follow Jesus’s way.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
Make time to spend with yourself. Eventually, I did find myself alone—a lot. I went through a hell of a process—literally. It lasted about a week (I learned that it’s different for everyone). It turned out that I had judged myself far worse than I really was being, and so did other people. I harp on the fact that only God judges all men fairly. Nowadays, it’s not so much that I go meditate—meditation also comes to me. Also, I use discernment and fore-thought I can say, on a constant basis. In other words, I know before I do something, whether I’m going to feel bad or suffer for it afterward. If I stood around judging myself based on societal standards, I would still be lost. Society will and do falsely accuse and do falsely judge; causing unnecessary turmoil among ourSelves as a human race.
Nowadays, God and I have conversations like any two people. Sometimes it can get pretty emotional, especially in reflective moments, but it’s not all washing and cleansing. I get plenty grace, mercy and blessings and joy as well. My spirit simply delights in God’s being! I can literally feel God wash over me, and even in the words I write; I just be sitting there smiling and loving me some God. All that I achieve comes from the will of God; so it’s all good. All you need to know about yourself—is in you. God is never far away. Draw closer to God and God will draw closer to you. Bless
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
The following scripture, Psalm 91, was given to me by someone who knew the signs of my heart, mind, body and soul being cleansed before transformation, even though I didn’t understand what was happening to me—at that time. I said this prayer while holding a glass of water in my left hand, and afterward I would take a sip of the water. My belief was that I was able to literally take the word into myself and solidify my faith in Jesus. I don’t think he cared about my being extra, he said all I had to do was call his name and that was faith enough; but that was me being human, needing “extra cushioning”. I now give Psalm 91 to you. Bless
1You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shade of the Almighty,
2Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
3He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare,
from the destroying plague,
4He will shelter you with his pinions,
and under his wings you may take refuge;
his faithfulness is a protecting shield.
5You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness,
nor the plague that ravages at noon.
7Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
near you it shall not come.
8You need simply watch;
the punishment of the wicked you will see.
9Because you have the LORD for your refuge
and have made the Most High your stronghold,
10No evil shall befall you,
no affliction come near your tent.
11For he commands his angels with regard to you,
to guard you wherever you go.
12With their hands they shall support you,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13You can tread upon the asp and the viper,
trample the lion and the dragon.
14Because he clings to me I will deliver him;
because he knows my name I will set him on high.
15He will call upon me and I will answer;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and give him honor.
16With length of days I will satisfy him,
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2
The other night I had a dream in which I was reading from a book, which I read from every here and there, in dream state. I had to read the passage repeatedly because the words weren’t in order and they didn’t make any sense—at first. I actually had to keep reading them until they became clear, and this is what it said:
“Be an example and you will reflect what you want to see.”
I thought this was very close to another dream I had recently in which God said, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” This verse most people are familiar with. It pretty much speaks for itself. But when you get the same, or similar, message again and through another form, you must take heed. God is reaching out to you. It doesn’t matter whether you receive messages through the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christed, the “voice” (God by telepathic means), written, or by any other means. The point is to KNOW when God is requiring your specific attention.
I couldn’t call it. I simply felt like who was I to be an example to? I don’t have any friends these days—at least not any who are traveling the same path as me; if so, I have not been made aware by any of them. As a matter of fact, I had dreamed also last week that I said my goodbyes’ to a couple of childhood friends whom we helped each other through a rough patch in our adults lives. So I really do consider myself alone on this path less taken—the path to find my way back to God. It’s ironic because people aren’t sick of hearing about the latest drama from celeb lives, but I feel like they’re tired of hearing of my joys of being in God’s grace. I’m often feeling tested or “teased”. How do I know? O! The woes of empathic abilities (honestly I don’t want to divert from the purpose of this writing. Feel free to google “What is an Empath?”).
SO like I was saying, WHO exactly am I to be a reflective example to? I thought about this for the last three days now. And for the last three days I’ve had this migraine and neck pain. Yep, it’s weighing heavy on me, a burden so to speak. It’s my purpose to get “rid of it” through God’s will. Let me draw a picture for you of how GOD works. You’re expected to hold up your end and do what you agreed to do.
Ok, so like I said I’ve had this migraine for three days now and quite frankly I’ve been feeling crappy. The raining off and on throughout today doesn’t help after near 80 degrees yesterday and rain the day before that. Wednesday I slept because I couldn’t stand the pain (nope, no drugs for me of any kind). Thursday I snapped at everything in motion outside in the world. All I was missing was fangs and spittle flying everywhere—ill, gross. I felt completely detached from my higher Self—though I must admit, cut off was more like it. I couldn’t see the good in anything throughout my work hours and I had no focus or interest to write. Yet, right there in the edge of my mind I kept hearing, “Is being that way how you want people to be?” I even snapped at mySelf,” Shut up and let me be.” My headache got worst. It was almost like the spirit was saying, “Very well then, your choice.”, and turned up some imaginary crank in the base of my neck. (I get it now; don’t deliberately get lost, stay on task, or cause your own unnecessary suffrage.)
I felt like I could not find my Light! I wanted to literally growl at people! What the hell?! Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “What the hell got in to you?!” Again, the woes of an Empath. It’d be best if you google it now, if you haven’t already. (http://www.empathguide.com/ ß my personal recommendation) you’ll understand better. I didn’t want to be bothered and I had symptoms of a false cold. I thought about why God was making me suffer by turning off my light. (At least I thought he DID!) I was writing all these little statements throughout yesterday, and chastising politicians’ loose-lipped opinions, I was pointing out people who were obviously being fake friends and selfish lovers. I stared at gossiping women like they were aliens bent on destroying peoples’ (their co-workers in particular) characters. I could SMELL the stench radiating out of peoples bodies! I wanted to disappear from here, from all the chronic evilness in this world. I wanted to go home—where GOD is.
I sat at my laptop quiet for what seemed like a long time and really tried to figure out why I was seeing all of this madness. I could SEE the TRUTH in the world! You know what? I realized that I had lived in the world and within its illusion, and when I gave my heart to Christ, I had seen GOD’s glory, and now here I was in the world still, but seeing the wretched truth of a peoples use of “free-will” and choices. “You cannot see to warn anybody that the house is falling if you’re in it.” I kept writing that statment yesterday, on message boards, comment forums, and my social network pages. Apparently, the message was for ME more than anyone else. It still relates back to BEing what I want from others. This theme seems to have played out over the course of this month, September. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
It’s a warning from God and a blessing at the same time.
Our days left in this year 2012, are short. Many people are going stark “free-willy” or “YOLO” (You only live once) type Beings. Any and everything is going on within the church, within the state, and among a people. All because they believe it will be the end of the world—when in fact it will not be. It is the phasing out of this old age of Pisces (age of illusion) and the phase in of a new age—the age of the Aquarian. Some of us in-the-know call it the Golden age or the age of Peace and Love. The veil of illusion will fall and we will all be naked before God. There is a great energetic shift happening to Earth, and to all Beings (that’s humans, animals, and plants), and to the universe itself. All who cannot sustain this “new” truth energy or reject it to stay in the way of illusion will move into a different timeline than all others (—whether that is through death, another planet or a “false” Earth, I can’t say for surety at present). In other words, Christ is coming to separate the wheat from the chaff.
It’s a blessing to be of service to God. It’s a blessing that because we chose to seek out our almighty father, through Christ, that we now work in human relations with God. Yes, right here on Earth. Of course we don’t know the exact moment Jesus the Christed is coming with the lord’s armies, but many of us did receive messages to “Prepare” (our hearts) and many of us also received messages that “It’s time”. A date in specific? That isn’t for us to focus on, what we ARE to focus on is Being Christ-like and reflecting love and kindness to our brethren and “spark the light in their hearts”.
God didn’t leave me, nor did I “lose” my Light. I simply had stumbled in my footing and picked up some nasty energy and got caught up in its strength. The spirit was warning me and giving me the signals to refocus; hence, “You cannot see to warn anybody that the house is falling if you’re in it.” Thank you Jesus. Once we’ve been blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, it never leaves us, not even on a crappy day. Because we work almost constantly transforming negative energies to positive energies, we must remember that can we can trust the Spirit to help nurse us back to optimum health. Those are the moments when we just may need some rest and time alone, with God. He’s always available. We just have to remember to call out—or call in. Amen. I feel like crying, because I get it, and I’m sorry for giving anybody a hard time yesterday, or any day before that. I chose to be here…so I must BE an example to EVERYONE, and reflect what I want to see…what I am in heart. What do I want to see? I want to see peace and love and harmony everywhere I go. It gets a little tough sometimes because we are still in a state of duality of Beings; dark has a cunning way of reflecting itself as Light. In wanting to love everybody, we could build more strength in our discernment.
Here’s how God got ahold of me directly; heading home yesterday evening on the train. The train was crowded, and no seats and I grumbled along with other standing people. After a few stops and the train had cleared out some, I happen to look up and read some of the posted advertisements. My eye caught the word “blessings”, and here’s the advertisement I read:
“Put yourself in place for God’s blessings. I declare God’s incredible blessing’s over my life. I declare I will experience God’s faithfulness. I declare I have the grace I need for today.”
It was a promotion for a book, but had no less of an effect on my spirit. I felt like a child who had gotten out of hand. I felt sorry and vowed (in my head) to come in here and do my work today without distraction. Here is God’s message to you (and my learned lesson) for today. God is ever-loving and continues to give his children notice, to bring them into awareness of their lowly behaviors; giving them an opportunity to change and bring their hearts and attention back unto him. God never gives us more than we can bear. Amen. Be blessed.
Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to recieve.
20:28-38 If the Holy Ghost has made ministers overseers of the flock, that is, shepherds, they must be true to their trust. Let them consider their Master’s concern for the flock committed to their charge. It is the church He has purchased with his own blood. The blood was his as Man; yet so close is the union between the Divine and human nature, that it is there called the blood of God, for it was the blood of Him who is God. This put such dignity and worth into it, as to ransom believers from all evil, and purchase all good. Paul spake about their souls with affection and concern. They were full of care what would become of them. Paul directs them to look up to God with faith, and commends them to the word of God’s grace, not only as the foundation of their hope and the fountain of their joy, but as the rule of their walking. The most advanced Christians are capable of growing, and will find the word of grace help their growth. As those cannot be welcome guests to the holy God who are unsanctified; so heaven would be no heaven to them; but to all who are born again, and on whom the image of God is renewed, it is sure, as almighty power and eternal truth make it so. He recommends himself to them as an example of not caring as to things of the present world; this they would find help forward their comfortable passage through it. It might seem a hard saying, therefore Paul adds to it a saying of their Master’s, which he would have them always remember; It is more blessed to give than to receive: it seems they were words often used to his disciples. The opinion of the children of this world, is contrary to this; they are afraid of giving, unless in hope of getting. Clear gain, is with them the most blessed thing that can be; but Christ tell us what is more blessed, more excellent. It makes us more like to God, who gives to all, and receives from none; and to the Lord Jesus, who went about doing good. This mind was in Christ Jesus, may it be in us also. It is good for friends, when they part, to part with prayer. Those who exhort and pray for one another, may have many weeping seasons and painful separations, but they will meet before the throne of God, to part no more. It was a comfort to all, that the presence of Christ both went with him and stayed with them.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
14:25-27 Would we know these things for our good, we must pray for, and depend on the teaching of the Holy Ghost; thus the words of Jesus will be brought to our remembrance, and many difficulties be cleared up which are not plain to others. To all the saints, the Spirit of grace is given to be a remembrance, and to him, by faith and prayer, we should commit the keeping of what we hear and know. Peace is put for all good, and Christ has left us all that is really and truly good, all the promised good; peace of mind from our justification before God. This Christ calls his peace, for he is himself our Peace. The peace of God widely differs from that of Pharisees or hypocrites, as is shown by its humbling and holy effects.
Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
3:1-5 Several things made the folly of the Galatian Christians worse. They had the doctrine of the cross preached, and the Lord’s supper administered among them, in both which Christ crucified, and the nature of his sufferings, had been fully and clearly set forth. Had they been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, by the ministration of the law, or on account of any works done by them in obedience thereto? Was it not by their hearing and embracing the doctrine of faith in Christ alone for justification? Which of these had God owned with tokens of his favour and acceptance? It was not by the first, but the last. And those must be very unwise, who suffer themselves to be turned away from the ministry and doctrine which have been blessed to their spiritual advantage. Alas, that men should turn from the all-important doctrine of Christ crucified, to listen to useless distinctions, mere moral preaching, or wild fancies! The god of this world, by various men and means, has blinded men’s eyes, lest they should learn to trust in a crucified Saviour. We may boldly demand where the fruits of the Holy Spirit are most evidently brought forth? Whether among those who preach justification by the works of the law, or those who preach the doctrine of faith? Assuredly, among the latter.
Proverbs 24:3-4 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
Isaiah 51:1-53:12, 54:1-57:14
Esphesians 1:1-23 to 6:1-24
Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
3:7-12 To make application to the souls of the hearers, is the life of preaching; so it was of John’s preaching. The Pharisees laid their chief stress on outward observances, neglecting the weightier matters of the moral law, and the spiritual meaning of their legal ceremonies. Others of them were detestable hypocrites, making their pretenses to holiness a cloak for iniquity. The Sadducees ran into the opposite extreme, denying the existence of spirits, and a future state. They were the scornful infidels of that time and country. There is a wrath to come. It is the great concern of every one to flee from that wrath. God, who delights not in our ruin, has warned us; he warns by the written word, by ministers, by conscience. And those are not worthy of the name of penitents, or their privileges, who say they are sorry for their sins, yet persist in them. It becomes penitents to be humble and low in their own eyes, to be thankful for the least mercy, patient under the greatest affliction, to be watchful against all appearances of sin, to abound in every duty, and to be charitable in judging others. Here is a word of caution, not to trust in outward privileges. There is a great deal which carnal hearts are apt to say within themselves, to put aside the convincing, commanding power of the word of God. Multitudes, by resting in the honours and mere advantages of their being members of an outward church, come short of heaven. Here is a word of terror to the careless and secure. Our corrupt hearts cannot be made to produce good fruit, unless the regenerating Spirit of Christ grafts the good word of God upon them. And every tree, however high in gifts and honours, however green in outward professions and performances, if it brings not forth good fruit, the fruits meet for repentance, is hewn down and cast into the fire of God’s wrath, the fittest place for barren trees: what else are they good for? If not fit for fruit, they are fit for fuel. John shows the design and intention of Christ’s appearing, which they were now speedily to expect. No outward forms can make us clean. No ordinances, by whosoever administered, or after whatever mode, can supply the want of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire. The purifying and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit alone can produce that purity of heart, and those holy affections, which accompany salvation. It is Christ who baptizes with the Holy Ghost. This he did in the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit sent upon the apostles, Ac 2:4. This he does in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, given to those that ask him, Lu 11:13; John 7:38, 39; see Ac 11:16. Observe here, the outward church is Christ’s floor, Isa 21:10. True believers are as wheat, substantial, useful, and valuable; hypocrites are as chaff, light and empty, useless and worthless, carried about with every wind; these are mixed, good and bad, in the same outward communion. There is a day coming when the wheat and chaff shall be separated. The last judgment will be the distinguishing day, when saints and sinners shall be parted forever. In heaven the saints are brought together, and no longer scattered; they are safe, and no longer exposed; separated from corrupt neighbours without, and corrupt affections within, and there is no chaff among them. Hell is the unquenchable fire, which will certainly be the portion and punishment of hypocrites and unbelievers. Here, life and death, good and evil, are set before us: according as we now are in the field, we shall be then in the floor. Bless
In Jesus name,
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