Skip to comments.GOD is the judge! Give HIM praise!
Posted on 01/04/2012 6:42:11 AM PST by jesus4life
GOD BLESS US ALL!
Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow! Praise HIM all creatures here and below! Praise HIM above all heavenly hosts! Praise FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST!! AMEN!!
( remember that youth choir song. LOL!! yes, I changed it very little. An angel was playing it while I was reading the word of the day. LOL!! :).
No matter what we say or do, HE will still have the final say so.
The clay can not tell the potter what to do.
Please pray the LORD's PRAYER and please read:
Ooops! Sorry. Was actually so into that memory of that son that I forgot to put the scripture below!!
Here it is:
1 We give thanks to you, God, we give thanks to you, as we call upon your name, as we recount your wonders.
2 ‘At the appointed time I myself shall dispense justice.
3 The earth quakes and all its inhabitants; it is I who hold its pillars firm.Pause
4 ‘I said to the boastful, “Do not boast!” to the wicked, “Do not flaunt your strength!
5 Do not flaunt your strength so proudly, do not talk with that arrogant stance.” ‘
6 No longer from east to west, no longer in the mountainous desert,
7 is God judging in uprightness, bringing some down, raising others.
8 Yahweh is holding a cup filled with a heady blend of wine; he will pour it, they will drink it to the dregs, all the wicked on earth will drink it.
9 But I shall speak out for ever, shall make music for the God of Jacob.
10 I shall break down all the strength of the wicked, and the strength of the upright will rise high.
LOL! And I forgot to put the “g” in song just now. LOL!
There is no evidence of God or Jesus. It’s mythology perpetuated by people who should still believe in Santa Claus.
Thats a lot of people believing in Santa Claus then.
That may be why it is referred to as FAITH.
It takes faith to believe in something you havent seen.
Long live Santa Claus!! :)
And those presents just keep coming. LOL!!
The proof is in the heart. But, it’s not for everyone.
Faith is the belief in things seen and unseen. Many need the seen part of faith. The unseen is even more beautiful.
This statement is ridiculous.
This statement is ridiculous.
The “ unseen” is even more beautiful.
Just breathe every day.
You’ll get it.
And that’s not even a religious statement.
I am glad that air is not as sensitive as humans. Or it would catch an attitude and stop on us. Leaving everyone begging for mercy. LOL!!
Now isnt air, which we can’t see with our humans eyes. Isn’t air beautiful??
Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum,
et exsultávit spíritus meus
in Deo salvatóre meo,
quia respéxit humilitátem
Ecce enim ex hoc beátam
me dicent omnes generatiónes,
quia fecit mihi magna,
qui potens est,
et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericórdia eius in progénies
et progénies timéntibus eum.
Fecit poténtiam in bráchio suo,
dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui;
depósuit poténtes de sede
et exaltávit húmiles.
Esuriéntes implévit bonis
et dívites dimísit inánes.
Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum,
sicut locútus est ad patres nostros,
Ábraham et sémini eius in sæcula.
Glória Patri et Fílio
et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio,
et nunc et semper,
et in sæcula sæculórum.
She became the Mother of God, in which work so many and such great good things are bestowed on her as pass man’s understanding. For on this there follows all honor, all blessedness, and her unique place in the whole of mankind, among which she has no equal, namely, that she had a child by the Father in heaven, and such a Child . . . Hence men have crowded all her glory into a single word, calling her the Mother of God . . . None can say of her nor announce to her greater things, even though he had as many tongues as the earth possesses flowers and blades of grass: the sky, stars; and the sea, grains of sand. It needs to be pondered in the heart what it means to be the Mother of God.
(Commentary on the Magnificat, 1521; in Luther’s Works, Pelikan et al, vol. 21, 326)
The Bible says that if we don’t PRAISE HIM, “ THE ROCKS will”!!!
Yes, oh yes, a PRAISE THREAD is so necessary.
I thank and PRAISE GOD for His Goodness and Mercy.
You’re atheism is clearly weak.... if it were strong you would be indifferent to subject.
There is much more evidence for an uncaused, cause of the universe than your atheism.
I should have learned by now that this type of thread does not recognize logic.
It is logical to believ in ‘accidental’ life?
It is logical to believe only what you may see or hold in your hand?
It is logical to believe that your rights, those precious things you say you’d like to defend, that those ‘rights’ can only come from man? (who may also remove them, just as they are granted?)
Is it logical to enter a thread of faith and spew nonsense such you have?
And your anti-theism is just as mythological. It requires you to believe you are nothing but an accident, and therefore useless and worthless. An accident has no value.
Thanks for validating my point.
If I look at a house I see a creation by man. I look at a car I see a creation by man. If I look in the Mirror I see a creation by a more supreme being to say the least.
We have trillions cells in our bodies. You think chance created a more light years away creation on the human body than what man made. If we are more complex than the House or car which we know was made by man. We have a million books describing how complex is the human body. YET We cant believe we were purposefully made.
So Chance the random designer created the super baffling to fully understand even today on how it works( the human body).
"Chance" Or "Father Chance" created us. How dumb is that conclusion. Your just not thinking. Reboot your thinking. It does not add up.
By the way you are reading this with the eyes God gave you. A simple Gratitude would be a step in the right direction to know Him our God.
God and His Providence
by Rev. William G. Most
In the first article of the Apostle’s Creed we express our belief in the existence of God. He is a pure spirit, that is, He has no matter at all, and no parts.
We call Him Father, since He is the supreme source of everything, the one “from whom all Fatherhood in heaven and on earth takes its name” (Ephesians 3. 16).
We call Him the Creator, since He has made all things , not out of some previously existing material, but simply out of nothing. He has infinite power. By just willing it, He can do all things. So in Genesis 1 He merely spoke and said, “Let there be light.” And light came into existence. Really, He did not speak in our sense of the word; He merely willed it, and it came into being.
To describe Him we use the word attributes. These are the perfections that He has, which we attribute to Him by comparison with creatures. Some of His attributes belong to Him by His very nature; others belong to Him in relation to the world He made.
The chief attributes that are His by His very nature are His unchangeability and eternity. He is unchangeable. Since He has the fullness of being, He could not change into anything higher or better, or acquire anything: “I, the Lord, do not change,” He said through the prophet Malachi (3:6). We call Him eternal, not in the sense that there always was time, and in it He always was. No, since He is unchangeable there is no past or future for Him: all is one unchanging present. So when we say that He made the world—a past expression—to His divine mind it registers as present! “Before the mountains were born, before you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are, O God” (Psalm 90:2).
There are attributes that follow upon God’s relation to this world. He is omnipotent or almighty because “nothing is impossible to God” (Luke 1:37). The book of Sirach 23:20 says: “Before they were made, all things were known to Him.” So He is all-knowing, or omniscient. We say He is present everywhere. In Jeremiah 23:24 He said: “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” Yet He is not present in the sense of taking up space, as we do: we say a Spirit is present wherever it causes an effect. He caused all things to come into being, and keeps them in being. Since He rewards good and punishes evil we call Him all-just. St. Paul wrote (Romans 2:6): “He will repay each one according to his works.” He guides and directs the paths of all creatures, and hence the First Epistle of Peter 5:7 can say: “Cast all your care upon Him, for He takes care of you”. He is all-good since He is the author of everything that is good, and wills eternal good to us. Psalm 136:1, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.”
It is strictly correct to say that God is love, since if we said that He has love, there would be a duality, two. But He is totally unity. He is identified with each of His attributes. So He is mercy, He is justice, and therefore in some way, mercy and justice are identified in Him. His justice is His mercy is Himself, and so on for all His attributes.
His providence watches over and guides everything: “No creature is invisible before Him: all are bare and uncovered to His eyes” (Hebrews 4:13). His wisdom “extends from end to end mightily and governs all well” (Wisdom 8:1).
This providence extends especially to man. As we saw from 1 Timothy 2:4, He “wills all to be saved”. That will to save us is so great that He did not spare His only Son, but sent Him to a horrible death, to make eternal life open for us (Rom 8:32). Thus He really, “proved His love” (Rom 5:8). For the greater an obstacle the one who loves can get over in trying to bring happiness and well-being to the beloved, the greater the love must be. So He gives His helps, His grace, most abundantly, since the infinite price of redemption (cf. 1 Cor 6. 20; 7:23) paid for an infinite treasury of forgiveness and grace for each individual one, for “He loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This does not mean that someone could say: Since I have so great an abundance going for me, I can sin greatly most of my life, and pull up short at the end. No, one who sins much becomes spiritually blind, incapable of receiving the graces God so greatly wills to give him.
If we follow up the most basic comparison used by Our Lord Himself in the Gospel we would say: God is our Father. As such, He wants all His children to turn out well. But if someone then throws aside His graces to such an extent that he cannot be saved - becoming blind - then with sorrow the Father must let him be lost. But otherwise, He will save us, not because we earned it, but because He, like any good Father, wants all His children to turn out well. So St. Paul speaks of sinners as not being able to “inherit the kingdom” (1 Cor 6:10; Eph 5:5). When we inherit from our parents, we do not say we earned it: we get it because they are good, not that we are good. But we could have earned to lose that inheritance by being evil. So Paul said in Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin [what we earn] is death; the free gift of God [unearned] is eternal life.” As a student once said: “As to salvation, you cannot earn it, but you can blow it.”
If we live with this attitude and realization, we fulfill what Our Lord called for: “If you do not change and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
The very first grace is normally the grace to pray. Other things then follow. St. Augustine wrote well: “See these things, Lord, mercifully, and free us who now call on you. Free also those who do not yet call on you, so that they may call on you, and you may free them” (Confessions 1:9).
When God decided to create the human race, it was inevitable to give them free will—otherwise it would be something other than the human race. He saw this would give an opening to great evils, but also to very great goods. He decided to as it were buy the package.
There is so much evil in the world. Why? Physical evils result from the frailty of creatures, made out of nothing. To stop all of these, God would need to multiply miracles very frequently—but then He would contradict Himself, constantly going beyond the laws of nature which He Himself had established. Moral evils come from the fact that He gave us free will—opening the way, as we said, to great good, and great evil. Again, to prevent these would take miracles of grace constantly, which would be out of order. And it would reduce human freedom also. However, He can and does draw much good out of evil, e.g., evils provide the material for the patience of the just; physical evils give opportunity for much charity.
There are NONE so blind as those who WILL NOT see.
You see (or not), FAITH is the belief in things not seen.
Your lack of answers to any of my ‘logical’ questions is telling, almost DU-esque in grandeur. Evolve on brother, evolve on. And maybe, just maybe you may want to avoid soiling yourself by entering threads like this, that speak of life and God and goodness and hope.
Me? I’ll just trust in the promises I have been given. As illogical as they may seem to you.
Again, thank you.
Glad to help.
No doubt countless of your posts should start that way
Pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. ~Jesus Christ
There are many forms of logic. It all depends what someone takes in
Jesus love was the best and most practical form of logic that was necessary. But, it took and still takes people many years to learn that.
How can the word LOVE be so hard for people to understand?
But, hey, people dont even “ love “ people they say they love.
SOoooooo, logic is all haywire for some. LOL!!
For others it’s not. :)
But, as long as people are alive they can learn more. ;)
But people realize things in their time.
So, now is your time to realize something “ as you said”. So, that’s good.
We can learn something every day.
Great words from the HOLY GHOST through Mary.
She was made by GOD for this very specific reason.
Yet, her humility and obedience is what very few understand. This is what is great about her and many other women in the BIBLE!
She, like Elisabeth, who had a miraculous birth. The birth of John the baptist.
THey followed, believed, received, and lived. AMEN!
I am always floored by the faith in the women in the BIBLE from OT to NT! But there is a reason that GOD put the gems of faith in certain areas that people wouldn’t look. Because HE is a GOD of the heart, not of the ego or glamour. This is made to humble us and treat one another the same. As said here:
1 CORINTHIANS 1:27-31
27 No, God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who by human standards are weak to shame the strong,
28 those who by human standards are common and contemptible — indeed those who count for nothing — to reduce to nothing all those that do count for something,
29 so that no human being might feel boastful before God.
30 It is by him that you exist in Christ Jesus, who for us was made wisdom from God, and saving justice and holiness and redemption.
31 As scripture says: If anyone wants to boast, let him boast of the Lord.
Women are looked down upon through out history. So, it makes sense that GOD ( according to the passage before and how HE picks alot of HIS messengers and prophets) that HE would leave a “ gem “ of faith in what people look down on. AMAZING!
So, when people search for more wisdom and faith, GOD will use the thing they would never listen to for the answer. This tests to see if we are truly humble and love HIM. Isaiah, Ezekial, Moses, Job and so many others were tested in this kind of way.
Though some put these women and men in places on this earth that even they wouldnt agree with. Even they wouldnt care of their position on this earth that people put them in. As even Mary says, “ low estate”; she knows her place. They would not want to be glorified. Which makes them even more amazing.
There is a reason Mary and many others in the BIBLE know why they are not worthy. Which is what makes them beyond amazing. They just worshipped GOD. Amazing.
But It’s okay to lift all them up. As they would want all of us to lift one another up. This should be the way of the believer. A believer should love GOD with all their heart and love one another. So, to lift these people up is ok, as long as we dont worship them above GOD at all; or even think of them as the same as GOD.
For the women, we know the praise of women in faith will come. It is said in the OT and in the NT. Mary knew she would be praised because of the faith bestowed upon her by GOD and then her confirmation by the angel. This advice about women was given to us in the OT first.
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty; the woman who fears Yahweh is the one to praise.
35 The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.
36 And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month,
37 for nothing is impossible to God.’
38 Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.
39 Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.
40 She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.
41 Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
43 Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?
44 Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.
45 Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’
46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
48 because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed,
Very amazing story of two women made and chosen by GOD. Elisabeth was blameless and GOD-fearing. She was made to not have children. But then GOD gave her John the baptist. And Mary was a virgin and steadfast as well and made for JESUS!
Mary admits shows her hesitance at the angels statment, and the angel comforts her by telling her that Elisabeth was approached as well. But they both submit and that is something to be admired and taken in our own faith. We can also admire the beautiful characteristics of faith in all the prophets, prophetesses, and just believers in the BIBLE! AMEN!
GOD used me to help a bible study woman about women in the BIBLE! She actually thought there wasnt alot about women in the BIBLE!
But once we read the full Bible and take notes on it. Same like we do in school for a grade. But this is a little different, as this is the grade of life ( so we should be more serious).
SO, once we read the full bible and take notes ( not just read it), then, we find more than what we might have been taught by others or lead to see. But, there is a serious price to pay for knowing all this. As it says in the OT about wisdom. Which I realize now why many dont read the full bible and take notes. Which also has me realize why Jesus says, “ Many are called but few are chosen”. Or that many believe but are afraid. Wisdom in the spirit is very unique on this earth.
There is a lot to be said about how women are used in the BIBLE! But I can do many posts on that one.
GOD had me sit in the house for months making notes about them. Really amazing.
The woman at the well is the most inspiring for me.
Of course no where near Jesus.
But for a human standards, she is very inspiring.
Giving all she had for faith? Very few in the BIBLE did that without question and even today.
Most have all things taken from them, and then follow.
Or Jesus came, told them to follow HIM, and then they did. Or an angel came and got them and then they followed.
For her it was just faith.
And Jesus said that she would be remembered for this.
So, it’s all great!
LET’s KEEP PRAISING and SERVING THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEARTS!! We are all a work in progress towards HIM!
Just read the one liner you wrote from the living WORD!
That was beautiful essay. Amen!!
AMEN! Thanks to GOD for all guidance and wisdom for all people that believe and writing back and forth.
May we all support other believers just as strong in person and not just in writing.
May we love each other and even those that dont believe. This is the unique and beautiful role of the believer!
LOVE TO ALL IN THE HOLY PRECIOUS NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!:)