Sad state of public schools

I have started a series of posts i hope some will take the time to read. These posts are from sources i find extremely interesting. They are not written by me, but they are very informative unless you are a liberal, socialist, communist, or anarchist. The first post is The Purpose of Government.

The list as they will appear.

The Purpose of Government published 7/30/20; The Riots in Portland Started in Public School; Op-Ed: U.S. civil unrest a reflection on public education; The Morning Briefing: Defund the Leftist Public Education Indoctrination Mills; The 1619 Project.

The Riots in Portland Started in Public School

By T.R. Clancy

Think of the rioting in Portland as our national Graduation Party.  The kids got permission to have an open house, and now it’s all gotten out of hand.  (Except when a traditional open house get out of hand, the police still show up.)

None of this should come as a shock.  The nightly attacks on statues, on a federal courthouse, and on police are the proof of Solomon’s injunction, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old[er], he will not depart from it.”  Solomon wanted children taught the fear of the Lord; but the principle applies no matter what you teach.

This is the moment that America’s teacher’s colleges, and the public-school systems fed by them, have been working toward since the 1960s.  That’s when the “education schools began conditioning teachers to peddle impossible social and economic theories to captive human sponges in K-12 classrooms,” as described here by Chuck Rogér:

[T]he “evidence-free” education school theory of “social justice” alleges that minority children learn best when encouraged to embrace grievances against middle class whites.  Social justice–indoctrinated teachers instill resentment in “non-dominant” (minority) children and guilt in “dominant” (white) children.  Judging by the abundance of guilt-ridden white Americans, the tactic is working its magic well.     

It’s even worse if you’ve been to college.

2017 poll suggested that a “majority of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist, communist or fascist nation rather than a capitalistic one.”  That makes slightly more sense when you see that only 33% of Millennials “were able to identify the correct definition of socialism.” 

Marion Smith, executive director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, blames this preference for totalitarian systems on the “widespread historical illiteracy in American society regarding socialism and the systemic failure of our education system to teach students about the genocide, destruction, and misery caused by communism since the Bolshevik Revolution one hundred years ago.”     

Again, none of this should come as news to conservatives.  We revere history, and for decades we’ve been exercised by the left’s ceaseless revisionist propaganda.  It’s proof of leftists’ success that we’ve seen two generations of historical illiterates.  Studies have shown that 74% of Americans over 65 could correctly answer most of ten multiple-choice questions on American history taken from the U.S. Citizenship Test, but only 19% of those under 45 could pass.  Thirty-seven percent of test-takers believed that Benjamin Franklin invented the light bulb, “[t]welve percent incorrectly thought WWII General Dwight Eisenhower led troops in the Civil War,” and two percent thought the cause of the Cold War was climate change.  It helps explain why mobs think they’re fighting for racial justice when they deface statues of Columbus, Lincoln, and the memorial to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

Progressives have so masterfully imposed their anti-history that tens of millions of Americans never question the received doctrine that Republicans are the party of slavery and Jim Crow, that the problem with American public education is a lack of money, and that Democrat policies benefit blacks and poor people. 

The media play an obvious role in this, too.  “But the genesis of the problem,” says Stephen Kruiser at PJMedia, “is to be found in a public education system … controlled by radical leftist teachers’ unions.”  William Haupt III at The Center Square notes how, already since 2008, “[t]wo thirds of the millennials believe America is a racist and sexist country and 40 percent think America is ‘the most unequal society in the world.'”  Now a reported 3,500 classrooms across fifty states have adopted the New York Times’  own evidence-free1619 Project, so kids can learn that every accomplishment in America’s history came out of slavery.  This will further ensure that kids “unable to discern fact from fiction, will be subjected to a politicized, false history of their country.”

Even the less extreme classrooms have long since abandoned patriotism and Western values in favor of “woke” lesson plans that reinforce the rottenness of America and the villainy of white people.  “Most children no longer extensively read the literary classics,” says Justin Haskins of The Heartland Institute.  “And when they are in history classrooms, they are often bombarded with left-wing historical revisionism that turns American heroes like George Washington into racist moral monsters.”

It’s damaging enough that pupils steeped in revisionist history grow up believing lies that make them hate their country and loathe themselves, but being denied access to the notable works of Western literature has unlinked generations from the past, depriving them of the common sensibilities that enabled even fierce opponents in our bloodiest struggle — like U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee — to sit down with one another with the humility and respect proper from one broken member of Adam’s fallen race to another.

Bob Dylan, in his 2017 speech to the Nobel Committee, said of his formation as a young musician that he immersed himself so deeply in the language and themes of traditional folk music that when he started writing his own songs, “the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that I knew, and I used it.”

But I had something else as well. I had principles and sensibilities and an informed view of the world.  And I had had that for a while.  Learned it all in grammar school.  Don Quixote, Ivanhoe, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, Tale of Two Cities, all the rest — typical grammar school reading that gave you a way of looking at life, an understanding of human nature, and a standard to measure things by.  I took all that with me when I started composing lyrics.  And the themes from those books worked their way into many of my songs, either knowingly or unintentionally.  I wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody ever heard, and these themes were fundamental.  

That Dylan would credit the ethical and imaginative foundation of his earliest creative work to his school days, where he “learned it all” from stories and authors esteemed, until recently, as classics of a common literary canon, is the harshest indictment of present-day public education I can imagine.  Is there any sign anywhere, in the implacable wrath of the BLM demagogues or the pitiless inquisitions of the woke, of the presence of rational principles, or a standard to measure things by, or an understanding, or even tolerance, of human nature?  

It’s the total incapacity for tolerance, the ease with which they howl for the shunning, shaming, firing, and even deaths of those they perceive as their moral inferiors, all without a shred of compassion or a particle of self-awareness, that are the marks of an intellectual and moral poverty hard for members of my generation to grasp.  But bear in mind that no one is simply born with principles and rational standards and a magnanimous view of humanity: these have to be learned.  (Not that they can’t be unlearned, as proved by the older generation of Democrats who have voluntarily abandoned those things.)

But at school, these younger generations were denied access to the literature and history from which they could have gradually absorbed the fundamental ideals of their own civilization.  It was denied because their teachers preferred force-feeding them banal social justice nostrums, or encouraging the hottest marginal lifestyles, or repeating appalling fables about “Western villains endlessly tying to the railroad tracks of history an equally crude roster of innocent victims ‘of color.'” 

At the moment, for some racial crime or other, the Orange County Democrats are pushing to remove John Wayne’s name and statue from the county airport.  John Loftus at NRO has come to the actor’s defense on the basis of the traditional virtues portrayed in Wayne’s roles as Ethan Edwards, Ringo Kid, and John T. Chance.  Included in those virtues is what Loftus calls the “Christian conception of mankind, which holds that we are fallen and flawed but capable of striving toward improvement and ultimately redemption.” 

Is there a better description of what’s missing from the souls of those unhinged women shrieking at cops in the front lines of the BLM riots, or the Orc swarms of Antifa kicking a prostrate victim?  Not only do they reject the possibility of their enemies’ redemption from America’s “original sin of racism,” but they’re insensible to their own need of redemption and mercy.  They don’t know about the much graver Original Sin of Adam that starts all of us out on the wrong side of history.  None of their textbooks mentioned anything about souls.

And to think that even those moral monsters Christopher Columbus and Stonewall Jackson could have taught them that.      

T.R. Clancy looks at the world from Dearborn, Michigan.  You can email him at trclancy@yahoo.com.

The Purpose of Government

By Sloan Oliver

Right now in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and other cities across America, anarchists are rioting in the streets demanding change. That change is centered on the concept that the very existence of the United States is wrong; that somehow these rioters know better than did our Founding Fathers; and if they had been around 250 years ago, this would now be a land of “milk and honey” and not a land of injustice — so they claim. Are their claims valid? Let’s have a look.

Since everyone seems to have problems with government, ask yourself, why were governments established in the first place? Was it to provide housing for the poor, educate the young, build roads for trade, or to build aqueducts for water distribution? Of course, the answer is “no.” So, what is government’s purpose?

Governments were established to provide security, to provide for a common defense. During mankind’s prehistoric, nomadic days, it was family against family and tribe against tribe. The only way to protect your family, or your tribe, was to organize for the common defense. Once a large group gathers together, there must be some type of organized hierarchy or nothing gets accomplished. So, someone was designated the military leader, and that person usually became the tribe’s leader as well — because he was backed by those who did the fighting. The security that ensued from the “common defense” gave stability to society. It allowed tribes to develop civilizations that then built roads and bridges, educated the populace, developed commerce, etc. However, the #1 purpose of government, at all levels, is to provide security and to protect the populace — that’s why we tolerate the other inefficiencies of government. Without security, trade doesn’t develop because it will only be stolen. Without security, without protection, nothing else matters. 

The Preamble to the Constitution states that the Constitution was established “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense (sic), to promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

The “more perfect Union” was an attempt to move the colonies from the weak, ineffective, imperfect union under the Articles of Confederation (AC) to a better form of government. The AC had many problems, mostly centered on a lack of power to enforce laws. The colonies needed something “more perfect” to replace the

The worthy attempt by the Constitution to “establish Justice” should be self-evident. The Constitution recognized that we need a government that applies the laws equally to all citizens, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. Throughout our history that has not always been the case. Is that the fault of the Constitution? Or is it more likely that men (and women) are not perfect, never have been, and it is flawed individuals who unequally apply the Constitution and current laws to the immediate situation as they see fit?

The term “domestic Tranquility” refers to peace and order; the ability of citizens to be secure from harm, and for property to be safe from destruction. Tranquility centers on local governments establishing and enforcing laws that create good order and discipline in the community. This goes to the very heart of government which is to provide security and stability. Who would open a restaurant or a trade if security cannot be guaranteed? Or open a business if officials did nothing to lawbreakers? Answer — nobody. Right now, across the nation, Democrat mayors and governors are failing to provide domestic tranquility. Portland, Oregon has experienced 60 consecutive days of rioting in which large areas of downtown are occupied by anarchists who loot businesses and burn cars; people who interfere are beaten. Yet Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler does nothing. Actually, Wheeler supports the rioters in that he told the police to “stand down.” Wheeler even showed up to riot with them and was tear-gassed. The same thing is happening in Seattle, Chicago, and New York. Mayors in those cities have prioritized burning and looting over the domestic tranquility of its citizens. It’s a bizarre world when every single Democrat politician in major cities such as St. Louis, Oakland, Portland, Chicago, and Austin do nothing to prevent businesses from being destroyed. Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot did nothing to the mob that injured 18 police officers protecting a statue of Columbus. Instead, she appeased the mob by having Columbus torn down. In St. Louis, a 300-person mob threatened a family with violence. The family flashed guns to keep the mob away; yet the St. Louis attorney general charged the couple with assault, and did nothing to the threatening mob. Domestic tranquility is trampled when laws are selectively enforced and when lawbreakers (i.e. criminals) are prioritized over the victims.

A regulated and disciplined police force is what insures our domestic tranquility. In what can only be described as domestic terrorism, a war is being waged against law enforcement. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Never before have elected officials (mayors, councilmen, aldermen, governors, etc.) been openly hostile to the law. In cities and states across the nation, police officers are screamed at, yelled at, beaten, and killed while officials in Chicago, NYC, Minneapolis, and St. Louis do nothing. Actually, they do worse than nothing — police are told to not enforce the laws. And rioters who get arrested are released with no bail, which only encourages and emboldens further lawlessness. I cannot imagine what citizens in those cities are thinking and experiencing when videos in city after city clearly show that laws are not being enforced, businesses are looted and burned, people are beaten and killed, and politicians do nothing to prevent the destruction.

Getting back to my original question about injustice, these riots have nothing to do with justice or injustice. As Rahm Emmanuel famously said, “never let a crisis go to waste.” This crisis is an attempt to destroy the country. If the Joe Biden anarchists are successful, what would replace the Constitution? Look at Cuba and Venezuela for your answer.

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Thin-skinned Christians

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The American church continues to give evidence of its ever-deteriorating state.  No longer can we, without rebuke, “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12) that we might “no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (4:14), but it’s though the visible church is eager to “not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Whether the above is the consequence or the cause of this woeful condition, the American church no longer practices church discipline, it exploits and abuses Christian judgment, and it has lost its grip on what it means to exhort, encourage, admonish, teach, correct, reproof, and build one another up in the faith in love founded on truth (Ephesians 4:15-16).

Instead, any constructive criticism given to other believers is seen as unrighteous judgment, hypocrisy, legalism, Phariseeism, or hatred.  Mostly, the response was favorable and it was understood that we a heart to honor and glorify Christ and to make Him known, despite the persecution we face

What has happened to the church? Instead of following Scripture to confront our brothers in sin (Galatians 6:1, James 5:20), professing Christians yell, “don’t judge me” or “we’re all sinners” or “don’t judge them because ‘we all fall short of the glory of God.’”  Yet, Paul was clear in his admonishment to the Corinthians after hearing about their handling of an adulterer in their assembly:

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you” (1 Corinthians 5:9-13).

The American church would be just fine if this Scripture was removed from the Bible – the church operates as if it doesn’t exist anyway.  But God commands we judge and confront professing Christians when they exhibit a worldly lifestyle, are in error, or have sinned (whether knowingly or unknowingly).  In fact, we see in the oft-abused Matthew 7 passage that it is after we have repented from our own sin, then we have authority and permission to confront our brothers (verse 5).  Verse 1 says nothing of never judging, but warns against judging unrighteously and hypocritically.

Instead of addressing the error of our brothers in love and humility, we are condemned for making any mention of their error – no matter how egregious.  The argument is that we are all on different paths and paces, and we should just let the Lord do His work in us, but we should never confront each other as that would be judging.  It’s pathetic, really.  Wimpy even.  This is not how God has designed for godly men and godly women to operate in the Body of Christ. The fact is, God uses us to help each other grow in sanctification!

We are exhorted to contend for the faith that was once delivered to us (Jude 1:3). We are exhorted to teach and defend sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:4; 6:2-5, 20; 2 Timothy 4:3-5; Titus 2:1; 1 Peter 3:15).  We are commanded to confront our brothers in sin (Galatians 6:1; James 5:20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13).    We are commanded to practice church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:5).

How is it, then, the American church hates these very things?  It is because liberalism, carnal christianity, and the repentant-less modern message has infected us.  Easy-believism is king.  Discernment is dead. Another “gospel” is being preached.  The God of the Bible is not acknowledged or worshiped. The church has conformed to the world and tolerates sin.  The church has replaced doctrine with emotions, the Gospel for “your best life now” or “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” No one wants to be accountable for their actions, and no one wants to be told they are in error.  Frankly, carnal people resist or hate truth.

The divide between the visible and invisible church is growing steadily.  The one is diving deeper into darkness, the other is rising higher into holiness.  God’s grace abounds in the Body of Christ, and we want nothing more than to be conformed to His likeness.  We increasingly hate sin, and love holiness.  We increasingly hate deception, and love truth.  When we are in error, we want nothing more than to be confronted so we can be corrected.

So, dear Christian, instead of putting up such a fuss when you see your brothers confronting the sin or error of their brothers, take a moment to thoroughly examine whether what they say is true.  Take heed,

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Humble yourself before the Lord, and consider you might be in error yourself for the way you react to Christian discipline and admonishment.  It is pride to think you already have it all figured out.  I know I don’t, which is why I must repent from my own pride constantly so I can continue to change that I would be conformed to my Lord and Savior. Open yourself up to correction, surround yourself with godly brothers and sisters who will correct you, and when corrected, repent.

My friends, love disciplines, love submits, love defends, and love obeys.  Love longs for the truth, and it flees from error.  Flee from the tentacles of American christianity and run to Christ, ever yielding to His lordship.  Why is this so important?  Because God tells us to

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Timothy 4:16).

All of us, need to heed this exhortation, especially regarding matters of the Eternal Life.  We need to be sure that we are progressing in holiness, and we need to be sure our message (and practice/methodology) is lined up with God’s Word.

Don’t be a thin-skinned Christian, ask yourself, “Am I a Defensive Person?”  You just might be.  Repent.

 

Kairos Now

 

CARPE DIEM

 

The Bible uses the word Kairos and its cognates 86 times in the New Testament (e.g., in Matthew 8:29; Luke 19:44; and Acts 24:25). The word often includes the idea of an opportunity or a suitable time for an action to take place. When we “seize the day (Carpe Diem)” we are taking advantage of the Kairos given to us. Kairos is related to the Greek word kara (“head”). A Kairos is a time when things “come to a head,” requiring decisive action.

Question: “Is the idea of a Kairos Moment / Kairos Circle biblical?”

Answer: The Kairos Circle, or the Learning Circle, is a learning tool used by some Christian groups to assess experience and promote personal improvement and lasting change. In a Christian context, the Kairos Circle is designed to aid discipleship by guiding an individual or small group through opportunities to learn life lessons.

Following the steps of the Kairos Circle can be beneficial, if it causes one to focus more on the Word of God. The Bible tells us to mediate on God’s Word (Psalm 1) and put it into practice (James 1:22). We should also learn lessons from the events in our lives. After hearing a sermon, for example, it is good to reflect on the message, discuss it with someone, think of applications, and then act on what was learned. The same thing is true for going on a mission trip, meeting a person in need, having a car accident, or finding a job.

Promoters of this discipleship tool point to Jesus’ first recorded sermon in Mark 1:15 as an example of a “Kairos Moment”: “The time has come. . . . The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” When the people of Israel were confronted with Jesus’ life-changing message, they had an opportunity (a Kairos) and a responsibility to respond appropriately. Similarly, when Jesus called James and John to follow Him, they had a window of opportunity—would they leave all and follow Christ, or would they stay with their fish nets?

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The purpose of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection not only concern the salvation of soul but the transformation of life. “To reveal His Son in me…” (Gal.1:16). The cross not only secures eternal life but also enables the transformation of present life: “to be conformed to the image of his Son.” The goal is to develop” Christ like character”…a total change of HEART, OUTLOOK, and PRIORITIES ” …by the renewing of your mind” (Rom.12:2). “The entrance of thy words giveth light…” (Ps. 119:130).

This involves a process of yielding, by which we allow the truth of God’s word to reshape our thinking, restructure our priorities and refocus our outlook…so that our way of thinking, living and responding lines up with His. Many are the believers who seem to be ignorant of this foundational truth, failing to fully comprehend the purpose of salvation. It does not mention the soul as the container that houses all the goings on which is the salvation of soul.

Faith is the catalyst which transfers knowledge into experience. Many fellowships step back from experiences in one’s life. They say, “we do not live by our experiences, but rather by the Word of God only.” That is highly commendable, but “Really”?

In our daily walk as Christians do, we not experience being transformed  by the presence of the Holy Spirit within us? Do we not go through the growing pains of character transformation and look back and behold the wonder of His work in us. Living is a daily experience  in that we should see the effect it has on us as Christians.

What is the ability to discern?

Read Heb.5:12-14-emphasis placed on verse 14 full-age (mature) and by use (practice).  It is vital to the Christian’s spiritual welfare and usefulness to the Lord, that he/she learns to discern…refuse the evil and choose the good.

There are two types of wisdom in the world. One is born of Light the other of darkness; one is from above the other from below. The new man is animated (made alive) by the wisdom from above; the old man by the wisdom  from that is from below. Spiritual growth depends on discernment and choice. The first challenge is to discern between the two types of wisdom. The second challenge is to choose between the two.

What is discernment? Discern, to separate by the eye, or by the understanding. To discover by the intellect; to distinguish; hence, to have knowledge of; to judge. “So is my lord the king to discern good and bad.  2 Samuel 14:7. Solomon said, in 1 Kings 3:9 “Therefore give to your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil…”

Discern, verb. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.  The errors of youth often come from the want of discernment.

Learning to discern the nature and source of our beliefs and thoughts and be willing to make the necessary changes is pivotal. “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” [defenseless] (Prov.25:28).  If you don’t control your thoughts your thoughts  will control you. “…bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Cor. 10:5. “How  long  shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?” (Jer.4:14). ” …choose you this day whom ye will serve.” (Josh. 24:15).

Therein lies the power to resist temptation. Self-determination, in and of itself, is incapable of overcoming the flesh. Self-discipline is, of course, important but it can only carry you so far; it is insufficient in the sense that we cannot will ourselves spiritual … we can only “yield” our will to God’s will “not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42). Concerning spiritual matters, sheer determination, because it is rooted in the flesh is inadequate. Flesh cannot overcome flesh…only the Holy Spirit can do that. “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3)

No matter how hard you try you cannot serve God in  the flesh “the flesh profiteth nothing…”  (John 6:63). Inconsistency is the enemy of spirituality; in order to consistently guard our hearts and overcome our enemies, we must ask the Lord to supply the spiritual wisdom and necessary grace to live a life pleasing to Him. “Ask and it shall be given you…” (Matt.7:1).

The Eye Gate.

In order to guard our hearts, we must control our eyes. The eye gate is the primary entrance to the mind. Eighty-nine percent of what we learn comes through visual stimulation, ten percent through audible stimulation, and one percent through the other three senses. Therefore, the eye gate is of foremost concern and must be strictly guarded.

The eye gate is the primary pathway of enticement…the trigger of temptation. Temptation is a struggle between desire and reason which begins (activated) when (stimulus, influence) on the outside connects (through the eye gate) with something on the inside (old sinful nature) setting off a lustful response.   “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:14-15)

You must guard your heart by learning to recognize and “abstain from all appearance of evil.” Avoid that which provokes negative stimulation…identify and shun your areas of weakness; abstain from every form of evil 1 Thess. 5:22. In those things to which you have little resistance. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Rom. 13:14).

Acknowledging and shunning our vulnerabilities goes a long way to guard our hearts. Remember, the “eye-gate” is the primary entrance to the soul. In order to guard your heart,   you must control your eyes; a glimpse will lead to a gaze; imprinting an indelible image on the heart. Think about how easily the eye gate can write an image on your heart. “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…” (Ps. 101:23).

To illustrate: Eyes is  the projector, heart the screen and mind the computer (memory). The eyes project indelible images upon the heart, which are then stored in the mind.A definition of indelible means it  cannot be removed, washed away, or erased except by the Holy Spirit in true repentance, confession, and coming out of agreement with the image. The Holy Spirit removes the lust or passion out of the memory. It is still there, but the image has no power; only God can do this.

One of the most amazing features of the human mind is the memory, which is in effect, an incredible living computer. Man’s memory not only has the capability of recalling information and reviving past

To illustrate: Eyes is  the projector, heart the screen and mind the computer (memory).

The eyes project indelible images upon the heart, which are then stored in the mind.

A definition of indelible means it  cannot be removed, washed away, or erased except by the Holy Spirit in true repentance, confession, and coming out of agreement with the image. The Holy Spirit removes the lust or passion out of the memory. It is still there, but the image has no power; only God can do this.

One of the most amazing features of the human mind is the memory, which is in effect, an incredible living computer. Man’s memory not only has the capability of recalling information and reviving past images but also has the capacity to create its own scenes in the form of dreams and imaginations from information stored in the subconscious.

Whether prior to, or after salvation, all evil which has entered through the unguarded eye-gate is permanently stored in the mind; thus, providing the enemy internal poison with which to hinder the Holy Spirit. As each sensual, thought-provoking scene passes unchecked through the breach, the will to resist is weakened until the eye gate becomes the failed floodgate. The effect can be profound and lasting, adding much resistance and frustration to the battle for God’s control of the total being.

The Apostle Paul tells us from this point take every thought captive. 2 Cor. 10:3-5 & Rom.1-2.read.

The Essential Exchange (“Put off’ “Put on”)

Real spiritual growth is a choice; depending on a willingness to be changed…submission born out of sincere gratitude; a heartfelt desire to obey the will of the Lord as revealed in His word. Spiritual development requires retreat from self “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The deciding factor, which determines whether we are carnal or spiritual, hinges on a crucial exchange: Eph. 4:22-24. Read.

The Essential Exchange (“Put off’ “Put on“)

Real spiritual growth is a choice; depending on a willingness to be changed…submission born out of sincere gratitude; a heartfelt desire to obey the will of the Lord as revealed in His word. Spiritual development requires retreat from   self “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The deciding factor, which determines whether we are carnal or spiritual, hinges on a crucial exchange: Eph. 4:22-24. Read.

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation [manner of living] the old man,    which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

This putting or yielding, initiates an essential lifelong process whereby changed people learn to live changed lives; a gradual transformation which causes that which happened on the inside to become evident on the outside “Christ be formed in you…” (Gal.4:19).

Spirituality is the fruit of resistance; the more you choose to resist self-life (flesh) the more spiritual clarity and supply of God’s power you experience. However, it is of utmost importance to realize, in and of ourselves, we do not possess the power necessary to overcome the influence world, flesh, and devil.

Undoubtedly one of the greatest hindrance to resisting the flesh and guarding the heart is to rely on our own strength…attempt to go it alone.

The surest path to defeat is to forget, or be ignorant of, the fact that “…our sufficiency is of God” (2 Cor. 3:5). “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7) “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and do of His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13) The power is in you yet not of you. There is a vast difference between a work “for God” and a work “of God.”

As far as living the Christian life successfully and overcoming the flesh the most important thing to realize is that Jesus Christ lives in you in the person of the Holy Spirit “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27) “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Gal.4:6) Consider the Apostle Paul’s declaration in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”” …not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42). Concerning spiritual matters, sheer  determination, because it is rooted in the flesh is inadequate. Flesh cannot overcome flesh… only the Holy Spirit can do that. “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?(Gal.3:3).

Summary:

No matter how hard you try you cannot serve God in  the  flesh “the flesh profiteth nothing…”  (John 6:63). Inconsistency is the enemy of spirituality; in order to consistently guard our hearts and overcome our enemies, we must seek the Lord to supply the spiritual wisdom and necessary grace to live a life pleasing to Him. “Ask and it shall be given you…” (Matt.7:1).

God dwells in the spirit, self-dwells in the soul, and senses dwell in the body. The battle between good and evil is a tug-of-war for the control of man’s soul.

Is Roman Catholicism a cult

Yes it is the religion of man. Individuals who love, honor and obey Jesus Christ are Christians.

A Diet for the Mind.

A Diet for Your Mind

In the same way that your body takes on the character of the food you feed it, your mind and emotional health take on the character of the thoughts you feed them. It is vitally important that we are given a specific diet of God’s Word for our minds.

This diet may take some getting used to. It might be difficult to restrict your intake of mental junk food, unhealthy images, and high-calorie negativity at first. But if you will focus on the items on this list, and feed your mind with thoughts, images, and friendships that reinforce them, you can truly develop a fit and healthy mind.

Here’s the list:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

Paul gives us eight categories of mind food on which to fix our thoughts. Everything we are tempted to think about needs to go through the filter of these eight categories. If the thoughts don’t pass the test, reject them and replace them with thoughts that do qualify!

Paul’s Mind Diet:        

  1. Truthful Things. Our minds need to be rooted in truth, or real facts. We need to test our thoughts to be sure they are accurate and grounded in Scripture. The opposite of truth is lies, deception, and fantasy.
  2. Honorable Things. This means our thoughts need to respect God, others, and ourselves. We need to think honorably towards our spouses, children, parents, pastors, and employers.
  3. Right or Righteous Things. Our minds need to feed on things that reflect righteousness, justice, and the kingdom of God.
  4. Pure Things. We should allow no unclean or morally polluted things, including those that are sexually impure, to taint our minds.
  5. Lovely Things. We need to feed on beautiful sights, sounds, and relationships. If something is ugly or unattractive to our flesh, we need to avoid it in our minds.
  6. Admirable Things. To admire something or someone is to feel inspired by them. We need to find people and things that inspire admiration within us and focus our attention on them. We are drawn to what we admire—good or bad.
  7. Excellent Things. Our minds need a quality diet. Excellence means beyond mediocre or average. We need to read books, associate with people, and be in environments that challenge us to rise above the status quo and reach our potential.
  8. Praiseworthy Things. One way to defeat dark thinking habits is to focus on things for which you can thank and praise God. If your mind is drifting towards the negatives in your life, immediately imagine one thing for which you can sincerely thank and praise God. It can be ANYTHING. Begin to verbalize to God your praise and thanks, while allowing yourself to feel grateful. This one action alone has a powerful effect in resetting the mind and breaking negative thinking cycles.

Developing the Mind of Christ

“And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us…. But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:12, 16 NLT).

The Holy Spirit lives inside every believer to help them in the process of renewing their minds. Having the mind of Christ within us refers to the ongoing process of the Holy Spirit revealing the thoughts and plans of God to our hearts and minds.

Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit would be our Helper. One of the primary ways He helps us is in revealing the mind or thinking of Christ to us.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me” (John 16:13 NLT).

Each believer can rely on the inner presence of the Holy Spirit to guide them. He lives inside us to tell us what Jesus and the Father want us to know. The primary way He speaks to us is through the Scriptures. We can ask Him to help us to understand God and His Word.

“Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law [Word]” (Psalm 119:18).

Feeding on the Word

By far, the most important tool we must renew our minds is the Word of God. The Bible is filled with God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-11). It has the power to heal our toxic thinking and deliver our minds from destructive patterns of believing and feeling.

If we will change our minds, we can change our lives. If we can change our lives, God can change our world through us!

“Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save [heal and deliver] your souls [minds]” (James 1:21 NLT).

God’s Word is a mirror of how God sees us in Christ. The New Testament letters written to the churches are filled with powerful images of what God has done for the believer in Jesus Christ. It describes over and over what we have become “in Christ.” It tells us who we are in Christ and reveals our identity.

Importance of our Identity

We know that sin damages our identity and shows up in our soul issues. When identity damage is healed through truth being brought by the Holy Spirit from the Word of God the influence of Satan is lessened. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

God’s word has tremendous influence in the world and in humanity. We are set free by God’s influence spoken against the lies of Satan.  

What the bible calls spiritual footholds or strongholds are not about power, they are about the lies that influence the heart. The Bible teaches us the meaning of words found there in, for example, Paul uses the Greek word “Topos” to describe a foothold (Ephesians 4:27) Topos means “A place of influence.”  

When anyone has enough influence in your life, they wield power over you according to the amount of influence they have gained. Satan’s influence comes from lies. That is why Jesus said truth, not spiritual authority, sets us free (John 8:32).

To remove the enemy’s power, you simply have the remove the lie through which he gained influence.

This is why Jesus never said your path to freedom has to go through Satan.  Jesus said to come directly to Him (who is truth) for rest and peace from spiritual burdens. (Matt. 11:28). Focusing on truth allows God to work at full power while moving in perfect peace.   

Conclusion.

The more we consider the mirror of God’s Word, the more we will see ourselves as God really sees us—new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When we look at ourselves in a natural mirror, we see only our physical selves. We notice the imperfections, the mistakes, the realities we wish to change. But God’s Word gives us the real picture of our true selves.

As believers in Jesus, we have been made in God’s image, and possess the love, peace, and wisdom of God. In our spirits we have been given His divine nature—the very life of God! He has made us to be more than conquerors Romans 8:37 and given us the truth over all the power of the enemy. This image is the one God longs for us to capture in our minds. He wants us to know in our heads what He has already made us to be in our hearts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMES OF GOD– Huios Anthropos part four

Jesus said to him,

“The foxes have holes

and the birds of the air have nests,

but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 

Matthew 8:20

Huios Anthropos is Son of Man in the Greek. Anthropos is a human being, whether male or female, generically, to include all human individuals.

This name or title of Jesus appears in the New Testament 89 times. Here’s the kicker, 85 of those 89 are found in the Gospels and they are Jesus referring to Himself. This is why I say it is Jesus’ favorite name for Himself. The question I want us to ask and attempt to answer today is why. Why this name?

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi,

He was asking His disciples,

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?

Matthew 16:13

Well let’s go to the Word of God and dig in. Let’s look at some of these 89 references to see what we learn about the Huios Anthropos.

But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.”

Matthew 9:6

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Matthew 11:18-19

And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,

Matthew 13:37

just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give a ransom for many Matthew 20:28

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:10

For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

John 5:26-27

From these reference we learn that Jesus, the Son of Man, has authority to forgive sins. We learn that He came eating and drinking and without any false pretense of superiority over any other man. He came sowing a good seed. He came to serve, not to be served. He came to seek and save what was lost. He has life within Himself and He also has authority to execute judgment.

Back to our references… we see that the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost… even those who were absolutely clueless that they were lost until they met Him.

Let’s think about Tarzan. Tarzan lived with the apes… and he was perfectly content there. He was not seeking to get out. He was perfectly happy swinging in the trees. He saw nothing wrong with the way things were going in his life.

Then one day something happened. One day someone enters his world from outside his world and for the first time he sees who he was created to be…

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

Genesis 1:26-29

Jesus, the Huios Anthropos, came and entered our world. He came to show us who God created us to be. He came to save us from death. He came to open our eyes and to teach us who we are and who we are supposed to be.

Jesus entered our world. He did not come as a tyrant. He did not come as a condescending dictator. He came as one of us… meeting us where we were… eating and drinking with us. Slowly teaching us by first building a relationship with us.

He came to show us that we are not to be worshiping the things of this world… we were supposed to be ruling over them. We were created to have dominion on this earth, not worship it… or those who lived on it.

He also showed us the foolishness in our man-made religious systems… and how we so easily had taken even the law and gifts of God and twisted them and made them objects of idolatry.

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.” But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:1-8

We had even forgotten that God had said “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;(Genesis 1:29)

Jesus came as the Son of Man to open our eyes… that we might see. Really see.

When we begin to watch and learn about this Son of Man we cannot deny that He is different… we cannot deny that we do not measure up… we cannot deny His beauty, His mercy, His love, His power, His majesty, His might and His glory.

When we look at ourselves in the presence of this Huios Anthropos we have to stop and examine and evaluate where we are in our present situation… and is it really where and who we are supposed to be.

In His presence the blind see… or the seeing become blind… so that they don’t have to see.

The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So, they put him out. Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.

John 9:30-38

Huios Anthropos, the Son of Man.

Names of God: Parakletos part three

My little children,

I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.

And if anyone sins,

we have an Advocate with the Father,

Jesus Christ the righteous;

and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins;

and not for ours only,

but also, for those of the whole world.

1 John 2:1-3

Parakletos is the Greek translation of the word Advocate. Jesus is our Advocate with the Father. The word Parakletos means summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid, one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate, one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessoTherefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Hebrews 2:14-18

 Our Parakletos is able to come to our aid because He is able. He is able because He is the Logos that became flesh and dwelt among us. He is a worthy Advocate because He knows us and He understands us… He has literally walked in our shoes and lived in our skin. He came to this earth and lived with us and He died for us, and He was buried, and three days later He was raised to never die again. Today He lives still. His ministry continues as He sits at the right hand of the Father and serves as our Great High Priest before Him.

The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore, He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Hebrews 7:23-27

He ever lives to make intercession on our behalf. When we call on His name He comes to our side and He stands with us. He is our go-between to the Father. We who believe, have today, in our Parakletos, the relationship with the Father that Job cried out for in the days of old…

“For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him,

That we may go to court together.

“There is no umpire between us,

Who may lay his hand upon us both?

“Let Him remove His rod from me,

And let not dread of Him terrify me

“Then I would speak and not fear Him;

But I am not like that in myself.

Job 9:32-35

“O earth, do not cover my blood,

And let there be no resting place for my cry.

“Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,

And my advocate is on high.

“My friends are my scoffers;

My eye weeps to God.

“O that a man might plead with God

As a man with his neighbor!

Job 16:18-21

Job cried out to God for an Advocate. He cried out to God for an umpire to call the shots on the field. We have what Job cried out for… We have WHO Job longed for. Have you ever considered the magnitude of this reality? The reality that the Creator of the Universe made a way for you to have representation before His throne… a court appointed attorney… one that just is not going through the motions, but One that gave His life and is giving His eternity to eternally represent you as your personal legal representative before the highest court of all creation. Has the magnitude of this truth ever really resonated within you… or are you like the majority of modern American man who casually consider it your due right to have representation before the court even when you know beyond the shadow of a doubt you stand their guilty on all charges and yet you are hoping for a legal loop hole to jump through that will keep you from reaping the consequences of your crime on his earth?

Jesus has come as our Parakletos, but we must never forget that He does not negate, belittle, or malign the Law in order to set us free from our charges… He fulfilled the Law and yet He still chose to suffer the consequences of our sin on our behalf… this is why He says

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

I will ask the Father,

and He will give you another Helper,

that He may be with you forever;

that is the Spirit of truth,

whom the world cannot receive,

because it does not see Him or know Him,

but you know Him because He abides with you

and will be in you.

John 14:15-17

If we have Jesus as our Parakletos, then we must understand what all He went through in order for us to be able to have Him as such… and in this we should willingly and earnestly desire to keep His commandments. If we love Him our obedience to His Word should follow. It should follow because He doesn’t leave us alone to follow it… He not only intecedes on our behalf before the Father, but He also sends us a Helper to not just live with us… but IN US.

 The word Helper in the Greek here is Parakletos. Yes, the same word for Advocate from 1 John 2:1-3. You see Jesus pleads for us on high and the Holy Spirit pleads with us with in. The Holy Spirit is here within us pleading with us, aiding us, interceding for us. He has summoned to our side to lead us in the way that we should go, to strengthen us to walk in obedience to the commands of God, to correct us when we stray, and to guide us to our Advocate on High so that we might call on His name and be represented before the Father… and Jesus, our Parakletos, pleads with the Father not on behalf of our righteousness… but on behalf of His.

He is with us and in us that we might not sin as children of God… but if we do sin… He is there to intercede on our behalf and to be the propitiation for our sin… because our justification is not determined by our righteousness… but by His sacrifice  Our forgiveness is not based on our ability to ask for it, but by the very fact that it was God’s desire to grant it. He made the way for forgiveness long before we even realized we needed it.

And if He did not come and seek us out, and draw us to confession and repentance, we, left to ourselves, would die in our sin because we would never come out of our little hiding places. We would continue to point our fingers at others instead of ourselves. And we would miss the beautiful joy of grace

 

 

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