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God: One or Triune?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

There are many articles, papers, books, and posts about the subject of the Godhead. It has been argued about since the beginning of the Church two thousand years ago.

This writing is not intended to convince anyone that is of another mind, for I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is a revelation from God, and is not obtained by ones intellect or devotion to study of the subject alone. You can’t study and find God, He is self revealing.

I write this to take my place in the cloud of witnesses, giving testimony of what God has revealed to me.  I write this to be a help to others who believe as I, that in perhaps some small way they will be built up in the faith and in their understanding.  I write this in part that God might use it to reveal himself to the reader that has not seen it beforehand.

There are many in this world that of much greater intellect than I.  Yet there are theologians and religious men that have devoted their entire lives to the study of God and His Word that do not understand, see, or accept, what God has revealed to me, and many others before me. That does not make me greater, better, or smarter.  I do consider myself to be blessed with this wonderful revelation of truth, and a small portion of wisdom for which I thank and praise my God.

Matthew 11: 25-27* ¶ At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26* Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27* All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

1 Corinthians 1:19-29* For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20* Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21* For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22* For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23* But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24* But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25* Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26* For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27* But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28* And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29* That no flesh should glory in his presence.

I have no interest in winning an argument or a debate. I only desire to proclaim the truth.  I have never seen anyone won over by debate. It is indeed between you and God alone.  The question is; Do you want to know the truth no matter the cost, or where the chips fall? If this is true for you, then simply and diligently seek God on the matter.

God will reveal himself to whosoever He desires. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). It is indeed by His grace and His mercy that He reveals Himself to whomsoever he will.

Romans 9:15* For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

There have been two main scriptures that have been used to give support for the Triune doctrine.  The first is Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”.

There is much evidence that has come to light that this scripture was a corruption by the Catholic Church during the second and third century. See my article ‘No Trinity in the Bible‘.

It should be also be noted that the terms “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Ghost” are not names but titles, and that the word “name” is singular. I am a son, I am a father, and I have a spirit, but those are not my names.

The name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus. Read all through the book of Acts and see what name the Apostles baptized in.  It was the name of Jesus every time (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5).  They knew what that “name” was.

Further, we are instructed by the Apostle Paul that “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).

The second scripture is 1 John 5:7 – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” This was added to the Bible somewhere around the  14th or 15th century.  It has been removed from almost all modern Bibles with the exception of the King James. Most orthodox Christian scholars and Trinitarians realize and agree that this indeed was added.

For an in-depth study on 1 John 5:7 go to http://www.godglorified.com/1_john_57.htm

There seems to be no argument regarding that the Old Testament proclaims and bears witness to the fact that there is but one God.  Nowhere does it says any different throughout it’s pages.

All through the Gospels Jesus continued to bare out the fact in all that He spoke, that God was indeed one, and that there was none other (Mark 12:29).

All that being said, I believe that most that would consider themselves to be Trinitarian do not believe that there are three God’s.  They know that the Bible is clear that there is but one God.  This is the same ignorance shown by some of a Trinitarian belief to say that we are “Jesus Only”, or to say that we somehow deny the Father or the Holy Spirit.  However, Trinitarians do believe that God is a Triune God, made up of three persons, co-equal and co-eternal. This is despite the fact that nowhere is it stated anywhere in the Bible.

First we need to do away with the foolish concept of “three persons”. Look up the word “person” in just about any dictionary and you will see that the word “person” is defined as “a human being, whether man, woman, or child.” or “A human being regarded as an individual.”

We know that God is a Spirit (John 4;24) and that God is not a man (Numbers 23:19). Therefore there cannot be three “persons” in the Godhead. The only person was when God manifested Himself in flesh and dwelt amongst us.  The man Christ Jesus was indeed a person.

We know that there are not three Gods, as most professing to be Christians would agree.  We can see also that there are not three persons.  What about manifestations?

Manifestation: An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something. One of the forms in which someone or something, such as a person, a divine being, or an idea, is revealed.

God has manifested Himself in many ways to man since our creation. The burning bush, the pillar of a cloud, the pillar of fire, in a thick cloud, etc.

God the Father in Himself, is not a manifestation of Himself. The Bible is clear that no man has seen God at anytime. However, God has chosen to manifest Himself and reveal Himself to man in many ways. God is indeed omnipresent, but is not felt or revealed to us at all times and all places.

God is a Spirit, and by the very title the Holy Ghost, or the Holy Spirit is a Spirit.  It is not a third person of a Godhead, but is indeed the Spirit of God Himself as felt, made known, or manifested to man.

John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12 declares that no man has seen God at anytime, speaking of the Father. But we can see, feel, or hear manifestations of God. This included His manifestation in the flesh during the time that Jesus walked amongst us.  Jesus said “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father”    John 14:9).

Jesus indeed was a manifestation of God.  He was God manifested in the flesh.  The Spirit that was contained in the flesh of Jesus was God, but not all of God is was contained by that flesh.  The flesh of man could not contain all that there is of God, no more than all of God was contained in the burning bush, the pillar of a cloud, etc.

That is why Jesus prayed (talked with the Father) just as we do, for He was flesh just as we are.  I actually get excited about the fact that we can communicate with God exactly as Jesus did! God came in the flesh of a man to be the perfect, sinless sacrifice, that he might pay for our sin and redeem us to Himself.  What a wonderful story of the love that God has for us!

Man is the only living creature that God formed from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2;7).  We are not our bodies!  We have a spirit and living soul that are eternal. Likewise the flesh of Jesus was not God, but the Spirit of God dwelt within Him. (Matthew 1:23).

The truth is that it is a much more beautiful truth than a doctrine of a Triune God will allow for.  God did not send someone else to redeem us and die for our sins, He came himself! He manifested Himself in flesh and he called that flesh His Son.

If we then have obeyed the Gospel (Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), then we will also have His Spirit in us whereby we are called the Sons of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:14, Phillip 2:15, 1 John 3:2), whereby we cry Abba Father (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6).

What we have then is not three persons, or three Gods. We have but one God that has manifested Himself to man in many ways since the beginning of time.

1 Timothy 3:16* And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 42:8 – I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Isaiah 43:10-15 – 10Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour12I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 13Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? 14Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. 15I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

Isaiah 45:18-22 – 18For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.  19I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.  20Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.  21Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Zechariah 14:9 – And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Matthew 1:23 – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Mark 12:29 – And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

John 1:1-14 – 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 8:56-59 – 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

They wanted to stone Him because He was saying that He was God.  He called Himself “I AM”.  That is what God called Himself when He spoke to Moses (Exodus 3:14).

When they came to arrest Jesus in the garden just before His crucifixion, Jesus asked “Whom seek ye”, to which they replied “Jesus of Nazareth”. Jesus answered and said “I AM”. Your Bible may say “I am (he)” but the “he” was address which is why it should appear bracketed and perhaps italicized. “As soon then as He had said unto them, I AM, they went backward, and fell to the ground” (John 18:4-6). He was proclaiming to them who He was, and the power of it knocked them to the ground. This made it very clear that they had no power over Him, but rather He laid down His life willingly.

John 10:30 – I and my Father are one (One Spirit).

John 12:44-46 – 44Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

John 14:7-9 – 7* If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8* Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9* Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?.

II Corinthians 5:18-19 – 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Ephesians 4:4-6 – 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Philippians 2:6-11 – 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:15-19 – 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Colossians 2:9-10 – 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

I Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Titus 2:13-14 –13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

I John 3:16 – Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Revelation 1:7-8 – 7Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 4:2 – And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

We will see only one on the throne, that is Jesus glorified as our Lord, God and Savior. Some expect to see a Trinity or at least the Son sitting on the “right hand” of the Father.  The term “seated on the right hand of the Father” was merely an expression of power and authority.  You cannot sit physically on the right hand of the Spirit of God. God is omnipresent. Where would you sit?

God said that He would not give His Glory with another (Isaiah 42:8).  Yet the Bible is clear that All Power and All Glory go the Jesus (Matthew 28:18, Revelation 5:13).  To wit, Jesus is God! – quod erat demonstrandum

Revelation 13:8 – And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 20:11-12 – 11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Only One Throne and Only One on the throne).

Revelation 22:3 – And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. (It’s God’s throne, but it’s the Lamb (Jesus) sitting in it!)

Revelation 22:13 – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

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Breaking Up Your Fallow Ground

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

gardening_tools…”Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” – Jeremiah 4:3

In many modern dictionaries “fallow ground” means plowed, but left unseeded during the growing season. This is actually a modern definition of the word that changed from the days of Jeremiah.  The original meaning of fallow ground meant un-cultivated, which means un-plowed (not broken up), un-prepared. It may be hard or stony soil, and it is often covered with weeds and thorns. Jeremiah was speaking to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, talking about their heart.

In the parable of the sower Jesus also referred to the heart as it were earth, ground, or soil. . .

Matthew 13:3-8
3* And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4* And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5* Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6* And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7* And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8* But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

It is clear that again some of the soil was either not prepared to receive the seed (no understanding), or it was not prepared or maintained well enough so that it could take root and survive (no root in themselves), or the thorns choked it (cares of this world). It is all speaking about the heart.

Many today have hearts that are not able to receive the Word of God.  Others receive it in the beginning, but because they have no root in themselves they can not endure, and they fall away. Yet others get caught up in the cares of the world and are caught away.

We have taken a huge step towards the solution of our dilemma if we can recognize any of these things in ourselves. If we recognize that our own ground is fallow, un-cultivated, stony, or covered in thorns, it does not need to be a permanent condition!

I recognized some of these things in my own life. Some seed sown in my life seemingly fell by the wayside.  My heart has been stony, and I have had insufficient root in myself.  Often the cares of the world choked the Word that was trying to bear fruit in me.

The good news is that if you can recognize the problem, now you have information whereby you can take action to change  it!  What can you do?  How do you change your heart?  A lot the solution does have to do with you.  You have to want to change. But you need help beyond your ability.

Recognizing my issues and my failures I began to pray continually for God to break up my fallow ground, to get the stones out of my soil, to fertilize, to do a soil transplant. I needed to get rid of my sandy soil and put in some dark rich soil whereby the seed could take root, grow and bear fruit in my life.

Keep in mind that God gives us free volition and free will.  He did not create us to be robots. You have to desire change. With prayer God can and will shape you, just as the potter forms the clay.  But that clay has to be malleable.

I was reminded of the following verses . . .

Luke 14:26-33
26* If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27* And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28* For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29* Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30* Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31* Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32* Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33* So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

1 John 2:15,16
15* Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16* For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

The truth of the matter is that once we have received, and continue to yield to the Holy Ghost, the farmer has shown up, and will begin to do the work by natural process, if we allow Him to.

The difference between our “soil” and natural soil is that God has given us free will and free volition.  We have to allow the Holy Ghost to remove the rocks, the weeds, and begin to cultivate and change us.

Over time as I began to yield to Him, I began to notice changes in myself.  I began to actually hate many of the things of the world that I used to enjoy.  I praise God that I am no longer the person that I was. God is so good!

My prayer is for God to continue to change me as He would have me to be, for Spiritual growth, and for wisdom. That will happen by simply conforming to His will in my life and walking in the Spirit rather that my flesh, the old man.

How’s your soil? Jesus changed water into wine, the dead into the living, the blind into the seeing, and caused the lame to walk.  He set the stars in the universe, spoke a world into existence, and made every living creature.  He formed man and breathed into his nostrils creating in him a living soul.  If he did all that, He is able to bring about change in you, if it is your desire to conform to His image (Romans 8:29, Romans 12:2).

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Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

Looking for LoveThe Bible says that God is Love (1 John 4:7-8). God is not to Love as apple pie is to good.  God is to love as apple pie is to apple pie. . . God IS Love!  I can tell you that apple pie is good, but you will never know for yourself until you get some apple pie inside of you.  Likewise you will never know just how good God is until He dwells inside of you (Acts 2:4).

Further, you cannot really know what love is until you are filled with His Spirit (Romans 5:5). Without Him we are only capable of loving within the limits of our flesh.  Many of us have a certain amount of love for our children, our siblings, our parents and perhaps our spouses.  All too often this love is conditional.  As long as they are kind and loving toward us we often can love them back.

The law was our schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24-25). What we could not achieve in our flesh under the law, now through His Spirit the dwells with us and in us, we can be obey the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:33).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

But the greatest of these is LOVE  (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles (Matthew 7:16)?

Henry David Thoreau  (1817-1862) said that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation“. He made a keen observation, but did not truly realize the full truth of it.  Most of mankind spends their entire lifetime searching for love, never truly finding it. Many, if not most never realize that love of God is indeed what they seek.

There is a country song that come out around 1980 with the main lyric of “lookin’ for love in all the wrong places”.  We spend our entire lives looking for God and being deceived that what we are looking for is everywhere else but in God.

Many marry thinking they found love, never truly know what love is.  We marry for all the wrong reasons.  When we marry because of the lust, the attraction fades with the flower of what originally attracted us. All too often that marriage ends in divorce.

We live in a “me” generation which says; “as long as I get what I want”. Remember God is love.  A Godless marriage is a loveless marriage.

Do you want a blessed marriage where you are truly loved, and can be truly happy? It’s probably not that cute guy with the hot car, and great job.  It’s probably not the gorgeous, sexy looking “chick”.  No, the recipe for a wonderful loving, blessed marriage is the one that begins with YOU being in a right relationship with GOD, having obeyed the gospel and walking in a close relationship with God, full of the Holy Ghost.

What you want for a mate is exactly the same things.  Let me say right here with all sincerity that what will be most attractive to a Godly man is a Godly women, and what is most attractive to a Godly woman is a Godly man.

If you use a fly you’ll catch a trout or a bass.  If you use cut bait (flesh) you’ll catch a shark. If a young lady uses bait such as provocative dress, appearance or actions to lure a man into a relationship, she may not be happy with the catch.

Let me say something here to the young singles. Do not strive over being married or finding the right husband or the right wife.  God knows the desires of your heart and your needs even before you ask of Him.

However, this also does not mean that we should hide ourselves away, all the while praying that God send us a mate.  We need to pray that God will direct our paths, and then step out in faith seeking environments where God can work to bring us that equally yoked mate. The Church and similar environments is a good start.

“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength (Mark 12:30) and when it is in God’s timing the man or woman God has for you will be standing before you.

Be patient and wait on God.  The Word of God is full of examples of the grief that we can bring on ourselves when we become impatient and take matters into our own hands.  When it is God’s choice and His time, you will know.

Love is the greatest test whereby we can know if we are full of the Holy Ghost and in a right standing before God.  Do you love your neighbor as yourself?  Or, do you mutter under your breath when someone cuts you off in traffic?  Are you at odds with ANY brother or sister? Love is the greatest test of our right standing with God.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen (1 John 4:20)?

The only way that you can be filled with Love is to be filled with God.  The only way to be filled with God is to be full of the Holy Ghost, which is the Spirit of God manifested to man.  The only way that you can be filled with the Holy Ghost is to first, obey the gospel (Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), then continue to walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4). This means to be continually full of the Holy Ghost.  That means to be in continual relationship and communication with God (see No Oil. No Light).

There are some television shows that have been around for the last few years called things like ‘American Idol’ and the ‘X Factor’. Every once in a while someone will have an audition that has great singing talent. Often even during their debut performance the large crowd will stand to their feet and applaud, sway, shout, all showing their acceptance and appreciation, including the judges.

If the contestant had great talent there will be an uproar of applause and shouting at the conclusion of the performance. This almost always brings even many male contestants to tears, unable to contain themselves. Why? Because of the great affection, appreciation and acceptance being bestowed upon them. It gave them great joy, albeit short-lived. This is why many seek fame in the first place. They really are seeking love and acceptance. However, should they lose their talent, their beauty, or whatever it was, they would just as quickly lose the acceptance, the appreciation, and the perceived love.

Everyone is seeking the satisfaction and the joy that can only come from the Love of God, and they do not realize it. They look for satisfaction, they look to be fulfilled, they look for acceptance in virtually every place, and everything but God. Most never turn to God until God is all that they have left, if even then.

Many look for satisfaction and fulfillment in relationships, in success, in obtaining wealth, in drugs, in alcohol, in power, in sex, in material things like houses, cars, and the list goes on. Most people who by the world’s standards have achieved great success, wealth, fame, still are never satisfied and often turn to drugs and all too often eventually suicide.

Even born-again, Christians often struggle with these things. Many are all too easily get caught up with success, entertainment, and the things of this world. They lose their way, all the while having the Holy Ghost within them and the power to overcome, and still lose out with God. How sad.

I’m not talking about just going to Church, praying when you think of it, reading the Bible from time to time, and trying to act like a Christian. I’m talking about being in a one-on-one, intimate, covenant relationship with God. What about you?

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No Oil, No Light

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

©2012 Stan Hallett

Herodian Era Oil LampMatthew 25:1-12
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

I have been a house painting contractor for a good part of my self-employed career. I consider myself to be a pretty good painter, capable of doing some pretty nice work.

The other day I came home from work after stoping at Home Depot to pick up a gallon of redwood stain and sealer to use on my grandson’s playset.

As soon as I got home I went down into the backyard  and began to stain the playset. I worked well into the evening and did not finish until well after dark. I was forced to put on the yard light that helped me to see somewhat, but a lot of the surfaces were still in the dark.

Never-the-less I did my best to stain every surface before stopping for the evening. I figured that I may have missed a few places, thinking that I’d just touch up any misses the next morning.

The next morning I headed out, paint brush and stain in hand. I was very surprised to see how much I had missed. As good as I thought that I was, I still missed a lot. In fact where the playset was completely in the dark I had missed about a third of the surfaces. I really needed light to see what I was doing.

Our walk with the Lord is much the same way. We need to walk in the light (1 John 1:7). We need his illumination to light our way everyday, lest we go off the path and fall into a ditch in darkness.

Our lamps need to burn brightly, but if we are out of oil our lamps will flicker and eventually go out. Generally the oil mentioned in the Old Testament, as in this parable, is a type of the Holy Ghost. We keep our lamps full by being continually being renewed in the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5).

This doesn’t happen by being a Sunday morning Christian, or just going though the motions. Our walk with Him is not about a religious activity, it’s about a day-to-day relationship. If you are married, what kind of a relationship would you have with your spouse if you only talked to them once or twice a week?

We are foolish if we do not find a place in prayer DAILY. A time and place where you can be alone with just you and God. A time of worship, of supplication. A time of praying in the Spirit and with understanding also. If this is not a regular part of your life, make it so today!

This is not just a five minute prayer. If possible do not limit it. It may be different for some, but generally the best time is early in the morning when you are rested.  Get up a little earlier and find a quite place. A place where you do not need to be self conscious about disturbing others. your bedroom, a bathroom, the kitchen, the basement, the attic, the back yard, the woods, your car, the shed, the garage, the barn, the middle of the pond, but find a place and meet the Lord there daily.

Jesus said that “the spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matther 26:41). Most of us know that we need more time with God, in prayer, in worship, in His Word.  But the flesh is weak and gets caught up with the cares of this world. We need to bring our flesh into subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27).

You cannot help anyone else to show the way if you cannot see it for yourself.  You’ve heard the phrase the “blind leading the blind”. First be full of the Spirit so that you can see clearly and have direction, and then you can better see to guide someone else.

This is of the utmost importance for a leader, whether it be of a family or the Church.  It is not just your soul at stake, but those that you love and are responsible for. How can you lead anyone to a close relationship with God if you do not have it for yourself? How can you lead if you yourself cannot see? How important is it to you for your family to be saved?

Let us not be foolish unto an everlasting death. The Word of God is clear, we are to continue to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).  If we are to be full of the Holy Ghost, then we can also be depleted. If our lamps can be full, then they can also be empty. It is not “once saved, always saved”. The infilling of the Holy Ghost was never meant to be just a one-time experience. There needs to be a continual refreshing and renewing.

Don’t be one of the foolish virgins caught with no oil when the bridegroom comes. Keep your lamp full and burning brightly and therefore light your way. We will be raised up on that last day only if the Holy Spirit dwells in us, For it is the Spirit that dwells in us that will quicken our mortal bodies and raise us. (Romans 8:11).

If we are not Spirit filled (lamps full of oil) we are like the five foolish virgins. God will not know us when it comes time to enter in (Matthew 25:11,12).

Is you lamp full should the bridegroom come today?

Do you have questions?  Feel free to write to me via my contact form.

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