Come Now, and Let Us Reason Together, Saith the LORD: Though your sins Be as scarlet, They shall be as White as Snow; Though they Be red like crimson, They shall be
as wool . . .
Written Circa 700 BC
Who can make your sins “White as Snow?”
Only one person can wash away your sins, making them white as snow.
Who will take the time to sit down and “Reason with God?”
Only the one who wants his sins white as snow.
Who can rightfully enter into the Reasonings of God?
Only the one who possessetha humble spirit, The one who hath received a teachable mind, The one with a contrite heart, He will never be rejected by God, but the proud, God knows from afar.
Though the LORD be high,
yet hath he respect unto the lowly:
but the proud he knoweth afar off. Psalms 138:6
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalms 51:17
The LORD is nigh [near] unto them
that are of a broken heart; and [He] saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:18
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of acontrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart ofthe contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15
From the above verses … Can we confirm that God says clearly that God will draw near to the humble?
If these verses make sense to you, count your blessings. It is the God of heaven who has given you a mind to know Him, His Word, and His Ways.
God is giving “us” (“us” = those who want to learn) His Open Invitation to “Come Now.” This is extraordinary. The God of Creation is Calling from Heaven, inviting every man, woman and child, to have a personal session of counsel with Him individually. And the stated goal is this: “To Make Your Sins as White as Snow.”
And the general stated requirements is that you do so:
With a humble heart, a teachable mind, and a contrite spirit, (broken and pierced heart, mind, and soul) which God will never despise.
If you are not exactly sure what these verses mean or how they actually apply to your very own life in this day, in this hour, count your blessings, we are going to dive into this subject in the next section (Day Two). May God bless, refresh, and eternally establish your sound understanding of these immortal and unbreakable principles in His Word (set forth through His Own Definitions, and through His Own Eternal and Trustworthy Perspective).
If your heart is proud, and your mind is hardened against the Reasonings of God: Now is your opportunity, to change that internal reality. Now is the time to see your life through a different lens. Now is the chance to step into a new and never ending, never changing reality, one that will be with you now, and into eternity.
The choice is a free one. It will not cost you one penny. The real things in life are given freely, without money, and without price. (Isaiah 55:1-7)
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Optional Supplemental Study Recommendations:
Read Isiah 1 (whole chapter)
Meditate on the Spiritual War, between God and his servants (Jesus being the Prime Example), and The Devil and his servants, by reading John 8.
Memorize: Isaiah 1:18
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The Difference Between
The Proud vs. The Humble
The Holy One (God) treats these two different types of people differently.
Should that be a surprise?
No. Of course not. If you have ever raised or carefully observed children, you know that the strong willed child needs a strong hand when being trained to go in the right direction, so that when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
The compliant child needs a firm but gentler hand. She could be wounded and may become fearful by the same strong hand. She will respond best to a caring compassionate and gentle hand. Where the strong willed child may likely flat out ignore a gentle hand, and possibly even despise it.
The Gospel of God (the good news) also treats different individuals differently:
It gives Law to the Proud, and Grace to the Humble. This picture will become clearer later. This is the Big Picture we will need to grasp in order to Walk with God and to become fruitful workers in His Vineyard. It will deepen your appreciation of God’s Ways and His Wisdom.
Has your heart
That may seem like a funny question, but it is quite relevant to the topic at hand.
The Word of God sees the human heart.
God identifies your heart as either hardened or tender.
God likens your heart to the soil of the earth. Different soils need to be treated differently. That only makes sense, Right?
Hard soil needs to be pierced. It needs to be broken up. It needs a sharp steel plow and a yoke of powerful oxen to break through the hardened soil, to break up the fallow ground, to finally make it useful to the farmer, so that it can receive the seed to be planted in the soil.
If you sow any seed on hardened ground, it will lay on top of the soil and be eaten by the birds of the air.
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed,
some seeds fell by the way side [the hardened soil], and the fowls [birds] came
and devoured them up. Matthew 13:3-4
The fowls (or birds of the air), in the parables of Jesus regularly are referring to demonic spirits, or devils. They come to devour the Good Seed which God has sown through his servants, which is the Word of God.
Demons and Devils
The demons steal “The Word” from the one who would receive it, and then replace it with their own seeds (words or “lies”). Their words (agree with their mindset, including blasphemy), and all their lies are used to trap and enslave their victims into sin, to think and do every kind of unrighteousness. And think it is fun and cool. (Like putting others down, while lifting themselves up.)
If you’ve ever confronted a demon,
you will know this:
Devils are proud and hard hearted, deeply deceived themselves, and deeply insecure. They follow the mindset of their master.
But this is interesting: Devil’s are required by God, to obey the commands of his servants (including humans), in the name of Christ. This proves who is their ultimate authority.
“… Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” ~Luke 10:17 (KJV)
The Devil is arguably the proudest, most arrogant, most deceitful, most corrupt, greatest thief and liar, the most perverse and murderous being in the universe.
All Satan’s servants walk in his footsteps (both demons and humans), and emulate his mindset (walking in agreement with him) each according to their different levels of lust, greed, selfishness, evil, intimidation, deception, and murderous intent.
And yet, the believer has authority over all of them, to expose and destroy their works, through the Word of God.
“Can two walk together,
except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3 (KJV)
The answer to that question should be simple. No.
Two cannot walk together except they be agreed. Therefore, when we walk with devils, we walk in agreement with their mindset. How ugly is that?
… but they can reproduce Spiritually.
They do that by infecting the lives of their victims with their own thoughts and their own ways. They like to infiltrate and populate the lives of the Children of the World (men, women, and children who are unprotected by the Word of God). They reproduce their thoughts and their ways to the point that these men, women, and children of the World become like them.
They become shaped into their image–full of their thoughts and their ways, and they, in turn, strongly influence others to become like them. Such is the way of the world and those who follow the leaders of the world.
What is wrong with that?
Nothing, if the influence is good. But here’s a simple example:
Demon’s convince untrained and unprotected teenagers it is cool to drink a bunch of toxic alcohol (which is literally poison in the body); then to vomit up it upon themselves. And then to have sex with a person you don’t know, don’t care about, and don’t want to see in the morning, or even want to look at. Yet, you have impregnated that person with another eternal person made in the image of God. A child was conceived in your drunken delusion, but you feel no remorse, and take no responsibility for your actions, because you have this ignorant excuse: “Everybody is Doing it!” On top of that, you get an incurable sexually transmitted disease. On top of that, chances are high that in nine months, or sooner, you will likely have contributed to the murder of one of God’s Holy Children, One who sees the face of His Holy Angels (Matthew 18:10-11). And you call this your idea of fun? And many ignorant souls believe this is fun and “cool” for the rest of their lives. “Party on!”
Where does one ever get such a perverse idea?
I only know of one such place, and from one such a person, who would teach and train people to enter into one such an ignorant and demonically evil lifestyle.
The icing on the cake? They have the nerve to call this fun, or good, or desirable in any way. Only one person would advise and promote such behavior as acceptable. Only one person who has no depth of character, nor sense of personal, nor social honor, and has no concept of personal responsibility, nor commitment to be kind, loving, honest, truthful, or upright in any moral kind of wholistic life paradigm. Who would teach such activities as being fun? Only One Person.
John 10:10 (KJV)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
As you can see the Word of God is not unclear, and has no deception about what the evil one is about, and why he wants his thoughts and his ways to be reproduced in the lives of those who will follow him, who will be made into his image. He wants their final destruction. Thankfully, Jesus came to destroy the devil’s work. (I John 3:8)
These same devils can also reproduce their proud thoughts and proud ways into the mindsets of the children of God: to any and all who have not protected themselves by Not Entering into the Reasonings of God. That is a scary thought.
Therefore, it is the duty, and imperative responsibility for every child of God to be fully trained and discipled in learning the Word of God (not the word of a preacher, not the word of an evangelist, not the word of a university professor, not the word of a self-help guru, but the very Word of God.)
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
Those who follow the above earnest directive will always remain protected, but every stray sheep who wanders from God’s Word, to the degree that they wander, will be the degree that they will remain unprotected, and vulnerable to enemy attack.
The Word of God proclaims this is the state of affairs in the large majority of people on the earth (of those who have not been pierced by the word of God), they have wandered away from God’s Word.
The Word of God proclaims this mindset comes from “the wide road” that leads us to destruction. Anyone following the wide road is actually following the Leader of the people and demons who are also in agreement following the wide road:
Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [narrow gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait [narrow] is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Did you catch that? This statement is most alarming. Millions and Billions of people are walking the wide road. How many do you know are truly, daily, hourly, following the narrow road? Few there be that find it!
In other words, many are hounded by the hounds of hell, though they know it not, because they walk in agreement with them.
If that is not a scary thought, I don’t know what is.
And that is actually the plan of the enemy, to keep them unprotected from the Word of God, walking in agreement with the devil’s of hell.
People think it only natural that they should reject the Word of God (it feels natural, good, and right to them). It feels best to disregard God’s Word and blaspheme his name, mock his Word, scoff at his servants, and hate his Law.
Note: Even though many proclaim, they don’t even believe in God, yet they still blaspheme His Name. Why is that?
How does Blasphemy
even make sense?
Unbelievers blaspheming God’s Name would make no sense at all, apart from understanding that this is coming from the mindset of the number one blasphemer himself, the Lord and Ruler over all the demons (and all those humans who walk in agreement with him, who willingly carry his image into the world): Satan himself.
Those who walk in agreement with the kingdom of darkness, share the mindset of that darkness. And they prove it by the words they use, everyday, sometimes every hour of the day. (How many people do you know that are like that? Can you picture their faces before you right now?)
Think about that … Have you ever used God’s Name in Vain?
If you have that is a devastating symptom of an even greater problem that needs to be addressed, and will be addressed as you continue reading.
Those who blaspheme God’s Name, share the verbiage, the attitudes, the language and the vocabulary of that evil mindset.
One of the clearest indicators of that mindset is the spirit of blasphemy.
Where does evil
verbiage come from?
It comes from the heart. How did it get there? Through walking in agreement with the darkness.
Matthew 12:34-37 (KJV) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
God’s blasphemers cannot be bothered with honoring God’s Rules or God’s Ways, God’s Word or God’s Name that was designed to protect them. Why? Because they are too busy walking in agreement with the Evil One. How sad it that? How wrong is that?
How detrimental will that be in your life right now? How unbelievably destructive will in be in your eternal future?
The fact that you use God’s Holy Name as a curse word, is proof that your heart has been impregnated with the demon seed (the lies, attitude and mindset of the devil). Those who walk in darkness listen to the enemy’s voice. And after listening to his voice, a person will demonstrate it by his actions. He will follow in his footsteps. He will obey his counsel, and follow his direction. The proof? It comes right out of his own mouth.
You can easily identify this by the curses a person speaks. and the attitudes one holds in his conversation. What one speaks, will quickly identify what fills his mind.
If the seeds of darkness have taken root, they will grow up like noxious weeds. These seeds are flourishing and reproducing, all over the world, all around us, and inside of us. Just exactly as God’s Word so accurately proclaims.
How can we know the demon seeds have sprouted, taken root, and grown up into our lives, our mindsets, our behaviors? By the words that come out of our mouths.
The evil fruits are easy to spot if you have entered into the Reasonings of God, you can spot them in a New York minute:
The actions (sins), the attitudes (mocking, scoffing), the bondages (addictions), are all perfectly laid out and identified in the Word of God. But only one with a humble and pierced heart will have the eyes to see this. (Do you see this?)
To the depth you have humbled yourself and submitted yourself to the Word and Kingdom of God, that will be the degree you will have discernment, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom from above.
To the degree you have embraced the teachings of man and devils (who resolutely reject the Word of God), to that degree you will walk in deception, compromise, corruption, evil, disobedience, sin, decadence, selfishness, and will not carry the light of God in its full brightness, nor will you carry out the fruitful works that God has commanded his followers to produce and reproduce over and over and over. Even one sin will dramatically hinder, if not fully block your ways, and your words, and your fruits and your works in God.
This is just the simple truth of the matter.
No Sin = abundant faith, power, and fruit. (Soil that produces an abundant harvest, some 100, 60, 30 times what was sown. ~Matthew 13:23)
One sin = greatly diminishes if not fully blocks our ability to perform the works of God. Double mindedness, excuses, self justifications, lies, duplicity, enter in to the empty space that was dedicated to the joy of obeying Jesus and doing the Will of the Father, from the heart. (“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.” ~Matthew 13:22)
Multiple sins = seriously compromised seed, destroys integrity, opens the door to multiple deceptions, multiple character flaws, and all kinds of foolishness and false spirituality, false worship, false fellowship, evil decadence, hypocrisy, and much worse. “If your eye be bad, your whole body will be filled with darkness. And how great will that darkness be.”
Romans 6:20-22 (KJV) 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Can you see that everything that comes our of the mouth, comes from the heart which is either based in sin, or in righteousness? There is little middle ground.
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God commands you to run from the one, but to cling to the other. Please don’t ever reverse these two things: It will be for your own destruction.
Matthew 6:24-34 (KJV) 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
… Nothing could be
Closer to the Truth.
Genuine & Enduring
Loyal & Faithful
Real Relationships are Costly.
Are they worth dying for?
How many relationships in your life can you securely say, would die for you? How many would give their life to save yours? Knowing that you are as valuable to them as their own life? BTW—there is one who is willing to die for you. He values your life that much, even above his own. Do You Know Him?
THE MORE YOU UNDERSTAND Real Relationships: THE MORE WILLING YOU WILL BE TO PURSUE THEM.They will cost you something to gain, and something more to maintain, but they are more valuable than silver or gold, more desirable than influence or fame, more precious than anything else in this world.
Looking forward: Can you imagine? All your that Real Relationships would gladly give their life for yours, and you would Do likewise? Those who value genuine, true and faithful relationships, will hold fast to them. They will not let them slip away, so that they may enjoy those relationships for all of eternity.
Real Relationships are permanent. They are one of the few treasures one can take out of this world, into the next, into the kingdom to come. They truly are the most valuable treasures one can gain in this life. May you be stirred up about the Work and Labor involved in Building Solid Relationships that will indeed stand the test of Time.
Before one will be willing to labor for something valuable, he must begin to see, feel, desire, and believe in the value of the thing he is pursuing: That it is worth it. If he doesn’t see the value, he won’t put forth the effort, to obtain, even that, which is most valuable to him, because he does not recognize the value.
For this cause: We will put forth effort to show the value we hold for Real Relationships, and also to secure them upon an eternal foundation, one that will never fail us. Just as we would make building a Strong and Powerful, Healthy and Healing Physical Body a high priority, so should we make building a Powerful and Beautiful Spiritual Body, a high priority. As a healthy diet and healthy exercise are important to building a valuable, yet temporal, physical body, so are Building Real Relationship Exercises for the Spiritual Body, the one that is eternal, and is of infinite value to us, whether we actually realize it or not.
We will lay out practical steps in order to obtain what we seek. And then follow those healing steps carefully, diligently, and intentionally.
Below is a 7 week study on the Subject of: How to Build Real Relationships that will Last. Each day we will only study one short subject, beginning with the overall mindset, to lay a solid foundation, then continuing, we will get into the nitty gritty details of why most relationships remain shallow and temporal, and what we can do to transform them into deep and eternal friendships. Our goal is to “foolproof” ourselves first, then put that “foolproof” wisdom into our friendships next.
The end result, may well produce fewer friends, but the ones we keep, we will keep for eternity. And all of those friendships will support us, and walk with us, even through the worst trials and tribulations this Life will throw at us. If this is exciting to your soul, get prepared for your mind, body, will, and your emotional and spiritual life to receive the greatest treasure this life has to offer.
In fact, these “Real Relationships”will only become stronger and more valuable, the harder our troubles become in this world. If that is of interest to you, you have just completed day one, and are perfectly positioned to walk into Day Two of this Study, at your next session of Study.
[It is recommended that you take your time and be intentional about this subject. This is not always a feel good Study. You will confront Darkness in yourself and others. That is par for the course. Be open. Be challenged. Be humble. Be blessed and insightful.Be discerning and encouraged to grow and build all your relationships upon a foundation that will never fail, even in times of trouble and turmoil. This study can be done individually, or in small groups. The Values and Perspectives being shared here represent Eternal Virtues: They bear repeating, learning, and teaching, to few, or to many. The greater the input, the greater the impact. Imagine if every family (every brother and sister, niece and nephew, uncle, aunt, grandparents, and grandchildren, husbands and wives) in your community were raised with the mindset to lay an eternal foundation in every Real and Faithful Relationship ii his or her life? …What a difference we would be making in the world we are living in!]
Two Foundations on which
to build any relationship
The Shallow (or shaky) Foundation: Men and women often quickly generate artificial shallow relationships based on self-centered interests. They often involve temporary passing fads. These relationships may be built around: personal hobbies, sporting events, movies, music groups, mutual likes/dislikes, personal styles, trendy philosophies/religions, and entertainment preferences. Some of these friendships may mature over time, but that is not generally the goal. Shallow Relationships based on worldly values don’t have a strong foundation to build deep commitments, or deep lasting character qualities, or even a trustworthy mindset in which to build a lasting relationship foundation. In my experience, shallow relationships crumble at the first sign of trouble or disagreement. They often revolve around artificial “good times,” and the artificial “HIGH” or “BUZZ” people get from “the party spirit,” “sexual flirtation,” the false sense of “being popular,” or “being accepted” by a group (that really knows nothing about you, and would likely reject you in a heart beat if they really knew you. In such groups, everyone is hiding behind a false image they project to others. They are often more fake than the Hollywood stars they choose to idolize).Theseshallow ingredients make for a recipe of disaster when it come to building LASTING REAL RELATIONSHIPS. Building any relationship upon a “party spirit mindset” is about as shallow, and adolescent as you can get.These are the kinds of friends the Prodigal Son built for himself. (Luke 15:11-32) Everything went great until the beer, wine, food, money, and entertainment ran out. Fake Relationships based on this Shallow Foundation will not typically endure the Test of Time, especially the Test of Trouble. They will soon pass away, and be no more. Often, there is a lot of shame, guilt, regret, and deep inner ethical compromise involved. In this shallow mindset, one is constantly thinking what he can get from that another person (as opposed to what he should be giving to the other person). Many have the shallow expectation that “others are put here to meet my personal needs.” (Even if they don’t openly acknowledge it, they actions speak louder than words.) Of course, this mindset, though common, is a disaster waiting to happen. I know. I have lived through it. Chances are you have too.
The Solid (or Deep) Foundation: Jesus told his disciples a parable about a man who dug deep, and built his home upon a Solid Rock, with a Deep Foundation. (Luke 6:48) He said when the winds blew, and the rain fell, and the rivers rose, and beat against that house, the structure stood the test of stress and time. It stood fast because it was founded upon a Rock.
He also said, the man whose home was built on the sand (the shallow foundation) fell. And great was its fall. It all got washed away down the river along with the man.
That man lost everything. While the man who built his Home (his life, his family, his community) upon the Rock, he kept everything he built upon the Rock, and didn’t lose anything worth keeping. That’s what trials do, the purge us, and prune us, and show us what is really valuable, and truly lasting, and they expose false motives, false mindsets, in the pursuit of becoming happy serving false Mammon.
Relationships based on the Solid Foundation will endure the Test of Time. These will not pass away. They will be embraced, enjoyed, and enlightened into eternity. They will never end.
Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV) 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
He that Heareth vs. He that Doeth
Of course, the parable about “Building Upon a Solid Foundation” is more about a person’s life than about the building he lives in. We understand that Jesus is simply using physical illustrations to make spiritually piercing and imperative points.
If we miss his points, his points will miss us: and We will miss his Life.
According to Jesus’ Testimony, this happens more often than one would expect. His life, and the nails we drove into his hands and feet are a veritable proof of that. Some people (most actually) don’t believe they had anything to do with the Death of the Messiah. But that is simply due to ignorance. Ignorance that is learned, and Ignorance that is controlled. (More on these two mechanisms later.)
Two take away points:
Those who lack spiritual discernment, will lack the heavenly wisdom, care, diligence, and righteous concern to build their relationships on a firm foundation: They will ignorantly build their shallow foundation relationships based on selfish interests, that are doomed to fail both them and their friends. All relationships based on a shallow foundation will not stand the test of stress and time. As soon as “the feel good times” end, and they can end at any second in a heartbeat (by even one little offense), all fair weather friends fly away with the wind.
Those who intentionally labor and put their full effort, and full attention, into digging a deep foundation: They secure their relationships on the Rock, (that is upon Christ Jesus). As such, they will never fail to have those deep and abiding Relationships. Those caring and compassionate, loving and loyal, genuine and enduring relationships–will not end after death.
Real Relationships do not happen by accident. They are built with intention, with understanding, and with commitment. These relationships require the Fuel of Heaven to make them run. They need Truth, Hope, Faith, and Enduring Love. They are anything but shallow. Since they are based on the solid Rock that is Messiah: They are eternal.
Mark this down: We are not talking about being a church goer, about adopting a religious faith, about joining a religious group, these things can be just as shallow as “the party spirit” relationships. We are talking about something much deeper than that. This will make more sense as we go forward in this study.
In times of trouble these relationships will deepen and prosper. Fake and flimsy relationships will be weeded out. Weak, self-focused, worldly relationships won’t endure the test of time and stress. They will not pass the trials and the tribulations. They won’t have the depth to handle: persecutions and natural disasters, social and economic calamities (not to mention the supernatural evil that is shortly coming to a place near you). Anything built upon a shallow foundation will fail when tested.
Luke 6:46-49 (KJV)
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
The Humble Test of a Faithful Friend
A humble test could be this: Can you build (or better yet, “Have you built?”) eternalheavenly relationships in Messiah, even right now, worth dying for?
Can you be this kind (or quality) of a friend?
Can you attract this kind (or quality) of an eternal companion?
In other words, do you actively and intentionally, and aggressively pursue relationships that are spiritually enduring, selflessly giving, and built to last, and will deepen through the trials of life?
Do these words accurately describe your current close friendships?
Reliable, genuine, faithful, and Committed.
Unselfish, giving, without strife, and accepting.
Trusting, lasting, steadfast, strong, and Permanent.
Humble, trustworthy, endearing, and Righteous.
Holy, pure, undefiled, uncompromised, and Just.
Truthful, honest, transparent, calm and without prejudice (or bias).
Authentic, forgiving, progressively growing, and Corrective.
Deeply Satisfying, fulfilling, and Challenging.
What would say about me, if I could not confidently confirm that the short list of character qualities above describes my closest personal relationships that I have in this moment?
What might that tell you about my own personal character development?
What might that tell you about the people I have adopted to be a part of my current community and spiritual family?
What might that tell you about my own spiritual journey or lack thereof?
What might that tell you about the times we live in right now?
Is it possible (or even likely), that I have not prepared my own spiritual life, and my own spiritual vessel (my mind, will, emotions, soul, spirit) to contain the Glory of God?
Is it possible that I have not walked with God in His Ways, and I have not walked with my fellow man in such a way that he is attracted by the Word of God in my mouth, nor by the design of the kingdom of God in my life?
Side Note: “The Glory of God” is not simply a religious ditty of a phrase, that only has meaning in the great beyond, or just in religious circles. Actually, the Glory of God should be something pursued and experienced on a daily basis. It is something more valuable than rubies, and more enduring than gold. So I hope that you will not be too quick to judge simple biblical phrases like this, and I will be careful, to not just use them to fill an empty space, but use this and others like it with genuine intention. Intention that the reader can discern, and value.
If you had those above questions about me out of a deep concern for my eternal life, I would deem you a wide and discerning friend. I would wise to welcome that Spirit of Enlightenment into my Life. I would be wise to join in learning from you and gaining life from your understanding and your spiritual maturity. I would be a fool not to gain, and learn, and receive the good things God has given you to share with others.
Ever lose a
Don’t feel so bad. You are in good company. Yeshua (aka Jesus) also lost many, and each one was exceedingly painful to him, maybe even infinitely painful.
Can you see how your lost relationship was not firmly based on a solid rock foundation? (Jesus can, and he can help you to see it, if you let him.)
Sometimes you might be the guilty party: Sometimes your friend is/was. Most times, you both were guilty. In other words, you both did things, said things (and didn’t do things, and didn’t say the things) that would have built your relationship upon an eternal foundation. Note: True Humility can often mend an awful rift. Sometimes it only needs one person walking in Humility to get the ball rolling.
This is critical to grasp: A lost relationship not skillfully designed to be deeply connected to an eternal source is destined to be lost, even before it starts.
God designs all His relationships to last forever. Man designs his relationships to meet his temporary pleasures. Can you see the difference in focus? The difference in Character? Can you see there is a vast difference in character and motive between heavenly relationships and worldly ones?
Since God is eternal, it is only natural for Him to create Laws, Statutes, Decrees, Standards, and Judgments that would Protect, and Provide, and Proclaim how to reproduce His Eternal Kingdom Friendships to Live by for eternity.
Every lost relationship a person has in this life is like a miniature example of what it will feel like to lose a relationship for eternity. There is nothing quite so painful. If you have lost a deep and valuable relationship, one that you thought was good and right and true, or when there is a great rift in your precious relationship: That is a painful experience (especially with a family member, spouse or best friend). Once you have lost several such relationships, you can easily become hardened, become skeptical, become sarcastic, or even just mean, due to the way you handle the pain. But know this for certain, this is not God’s Design. This is not the way of Light. That is the way of Darkness.
God fully provides complete healing from Broken Relationships in His Own Heavenly Covenant of Love. Through that He Provides everything we need to be healed, restored, hopeful, grateful, joyful, forgiving, and to become an enduring and powerful example of His LOVE. And we are actually made strong through trials, and the grace He supplies in the midst of them. This is all par for the course according to His Blood Covenant.
If there is no Blood Covenant holding your relationship together, sooner or later it is going to fail. That’s a given. Every relationship not built upon the sold rock will go the direction it was predicted and foretold that it would go. All relationships not founded upon and fastened to the Blood Covenant of God, will eventually perish.
If any relationship you had lost, was solidly built upon the Blood Covenant of God, you would still be enjoying that relationship, to this day!
Even when a solid rock relationship comes under attack, and the storm hits it full force, it cannot overcome the rock solid foundation. That is unmovable. Anything not attached to it will be washed away and be lost. And it should be lost, that is a part of God’s pruning process. But everything deeply rooted and grounded in love relationship built upon the solid rock will overcome every obstacle trial, and tribulation. The storm will only wash away idolatry, and expose selfishness, and burn up all the dross and impurities in the relationship. If the relationship is founded upon the rock without a doubt it will endure. The proof of it in during this based on the fact that it is founded upon the rock. That is the true promise and the deep purpose of His Word.
Real Relationships are built
upon a Solid Rock Foundation,
but what is the foundation?
See if you can identify: Who is the Solid Rock? and, Where does he come from?
Daniel 2:44-45 (KJV) 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that The Stonewas cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. [I recommend reading the entire chapter of this historical prophecy, if you are not familiar with this story, it is well worth your time.]
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon was the Head of Gold. At one time, he was the Number One ruler of the Middle Eastern World. He was powerful, creative, inventive, rich beyond measure, and he ruled ruthlessly throughout his kingdom. He subdued all the nations around him. He was also insecure, knowing that jealousy, spite, and retaliation could come at any moment. One night he had a dream from God, but didn’t know what it meant. Then, God created a divine setup to declare unto “Nebu” what was going to take place in the future. He gave Nebu’ a history lesson he would never forget. At the same time, God declared the History of the World, to all the Rulers of the World from the Day of Nebu’, to the Time of Christ, also including the Second Coming of Christ, in one short dream. And thus far, everything in that Dream has happened according to plan, and is still happening, until all shall be fulfilled. (One would need to study the book of Daniel, and the book of Revelation to fill in the precious Details. One must understand this one prophecy, is just a part of the whole tapestry woven throughout Daniel, Revelation, and the Entire Word of God.) Yet, the clarity, precision, readability, and simplicity of Daniel is unsurpassed in world historical documents.
The final point, God presents to Nebuchadnezzar: “The Stone [that] was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold” (which represent all the kingdoms and systems of man’s government upon the earth) that Stone, is the cornerstone upon which God will build His Eternal Kingdom. It will break into pieces, and remove every trace of the rulership of men and devils from the Earth for eternity. Then, He Himself will set up his own Kingdom for those who are worthy, for those who will “hear and do” His Word, building their lives on His Eternal and Solid Rock Foundation.
That Eternal Stone came once and stretched out his hands to bring salvation to many. And He is coming again soon to take up the throne prepared for Him, and to defeat the kings of the Earth who will battle against him, and fall away from Him for all of eternity. (More on this later.)
Psalms 118:20-23 (KJV)
20 This gate of the LORD,
into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me,
and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused [and rejected]
is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
[More on this Cornerstone later.]
Real Relationships overcome
Verbal attacks? They should be like water off a duck’s back.
“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger;
and it is his glory to pass over a transgression”
When you trust in God, like Daniel and his friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah), you build your life upon an eternal and faithful foundation. By doing so, you will become like them, persons with an excellent spirit, being able to influence kings, rulers, officials, governors, princes, and knaves alike. Some unto honor, some to dishonor.
When you love someone through the Grace Given in the Kingdom of God, you will often love them beyond their ability to love you back. You need not fear their instabilities, or their deep insecurities, their jealousy, verbal attacks, or physical threats: Even the threat of a human king or evil ruler, because you know, your life, and the life of the king, are in the hands of God, when you are founded and secured upon the Solid Rock Foundation (which is Christ Jesus Himself). In other words, when you come completely under God’s Authority in God’s Kingdom, you receive special privileges from heaven, and have access to special rights that only God can and will give to those who seek them diligently.
You are never responsible as to how others treat you. Your only concern is that you represent the Kingdom of God to them with grace, love, and truth. The consequences you can place in God’s hand.
You are never called to enable or endorse false or fake, evil or compromised corrupt behavior that promotes sin. As a good friend you will use wisdom from above to speak the truth in love.
You didn’t bring that person into the world, God did. They are responsible to listen to him. Your job is simply to point the way, with good reason, and Holy Spirit Kingdom of God common sense.
You can’t teach others how to love you, if they don’t already know how to love God, and keep his commandments. If they don’t know how to love God, they won’t know how to love themselves: How could they possibly know how to love you? Therefore it is your glory to overlook an offense.
When a man is spiritually dead in his trespasses and sins, he does not have the light of God to know how to Love according to God’s Definition, nor according to God’s Way. But, you can show him the way.
Ephesians 2:1-6 (KJV)
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Everyone who is “quickened” [aka: alive] and together with Christ, will build their lives around the heavenly foundations of God and will not suffer loss on the last day, when men will have to give an accounting of all their doings, and what they have built, or not built upon God’s Foundation. Everything that is well built will, will be tested by Fire, and survive. Everything poorly built will be burned up.
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Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV) 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
I hope this website thus far has encouraged you to “Seek First the Kingdom of Heaven,” to experience: The Salvation of Mankind, the Hope of Eternal Life, the Service of the Great King, to get your Sins made White as Snow, to become one of God’s Chosen Vessels, so that He can pour out His Grace, Mercy, Love, and Mighty Works upon your live.
I hope you have enjoyed His blessed fellowship in the Word of God, working through the Reasonings of God, and have been challenged and encouraged, and possibly transformed in your thinking and believing. I hope that the desire to build all your relationship upon an eternal foundation has caused you to make the sacrifice of entering into Divinely Appointed Real Relationships that will prove to be your greatest treasure, both in this Life and in the Life to Come. I personally, have grown tremendously, in the process of writing these study lessons. I have repented of sins I was not aware of, I have had to change my mind, my attitude, my lifestyle, and my relationships as a result of this study. If you have experienced anything like what I have experienced, that will be a huge blessing. May you will be mightily used by God, as you continue to press into the Kingdom of God, and take His Holy and Infinite inheritance into your life by faith and by violent force. (Matthew 11:12)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias [Elijah], which was for to come.
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(0r a Begging Button). It is my personal conviction that God’s Holy Servants
are not to beg for money. That is incoming of a servant of the Most High God.
Charging for the Gospel and begging for the Gospel are outside of God’s Good News,
but Biblical Hospitality, and Righteous Giving in Secret are God’s Beautiful Gifts.