Intimacy with Christ: God is Love

 

Intimacy with Christ: God is Love

 

“God is Love”

“We Love Him because He first loved us.”

“Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [Jesus] shall be saved.”

 

 

 

No matter how hog-wild people or this world gets, even if it was to the point where it seemed to be the only common denominator looking North, South, East, and West remember, “God is Love.” He was the first to love you, not at all were you the first to Love God and that was done by the Grace of Christ enabling you to see the Father’s love in the face of Jesus as revealed all through the Bible.

 

How is it that His Love could so motivate our “prone to wander hearts” and “all we like sheep” ever straying souls to come to God in the face of Jesus Christ? By the same power of the Spirit that kept Christ pure on the cross for our sake to the glory of His Father. Also, by the same Power that raised Christ from the dead. It was Love and Declaration of the Holy One of Israel that raised Jesus up from death ever to destroy death for all who “will” and all who “come” to Him by the trust His love for you creates as you gaze upon Love for You and I Crucified on the Cross. That’s Love. That’s God’s Kind of Love.     

 

Oh that you have a love encounter with God. One of the ways paving the path to the way, the truth, and the life is His Written Word and by His Living Word- Jesus Christ- the Precious One. When you hear his word preached, or open the Bible yourself to read about all that Jesus did for you to the glory of God; the breath of the Spirit blows into the ambers of your soul to be awakened to and made alive to the Love of God in Christ.

 

Until we personally experience the Love of God we can’t be intimate with Jesus Christ. It is love that draws us to the message of the good news about the way to forgiveness of sins, the truth of God’s Character, and adoption into His family by faith in Jesus. In these we find Intimacy with Christ. We become “born again” by the Seed of the truth of Jesus by faith and not of any particular good work lest any man should boast in the face of God’s joy to show us Grace (never to be earned on our part). You say, “where does my will come in?” And God commands your will “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved”- not your ‘good works.’ Only such good news can ever give us Intimacy with Christ- be intimate with the Lord Jesus reader.     

 

 

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The Essence of ISCA Words and Word Phrases

 

 

My Philosophy of TESOL Education: an Innately Social and

Communicative Approach (ISCA)

 

List of Words and Phrases Being the Essence of ISCA

 

Introduction:

 

As I was working on my project years ago on the philosophy of TESOL education, I came up with a list of words that came to me defining a number of important infrastructure points on the grid. The more I read the list the more I realize, “this list doesn’t have to be limited in how teachers approach their students, only.” It has all the earmarks of people who have been successful leaders and I’m not calling a sociopath-method of trying to dominate the whole earth a good leadership-style. Such men are called in the corporative world “the axmen” for clear reasons.

 

Imagine filling this sentence, “to be an effective ______________, you will have the quality of _______________.”

 

Uniqueness of the Underlings/Students is dealt with by:

 

  • Embracing
  • Welcoming
  • Utilizing
  • Implementing …individuality…diversity of cultures…economic status

 

     Here- the Teacher is:

 

  • A catalyst
  • An Advocate
  • A Partner of sorts
  • A Practitioner
  • A Counsellor
  • A Mentor Present/Future

 

 

The Innate qualities of a Teacher:

 

  • Humour
  • Creativity
  • Mystique
  • Adventurous
  • Active
  • Professionalism
  • Understands
  • Appreciates

 

The Teacher strives to understand the Students and their varying ages:

 

  • The Advantages of an Age-group
  • The Differences within an Age-group
  • The Dynamics of an Age-group
  • The Impact an Age can have on Language Acquisition
  • The Age-group’s Keys to Language Acquisition
  • Biochemical Responders (Determinism or Students are Robots to be Programmed) vs. Nurtured Responders (Free-will)

 

ISCA and What it doesn’t do and is not:

 

  • Force Students into “One Mould Fits All”
  • Destroy the Students Ego (Sense of Worth)
  • Critiques “all the time”
  • Not too Ambitious/Overbearing
  • Not too Authoritative/Militant
  • Not Forceful
  • Not Impatient
  • Not Unkind
  • Not Rude
  • To be continued…

 

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Intimacy With Christ: Born from Above

 

 

 

Intimacy With Christ: Born from Above

 

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And 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.”

 

I heard on a radio broadcast years ago an interview with parents and a poll asking, “If you knew then what you know now, would you have had children?” I thought the answer would have a resounding “yes!” However, it turned out to be around 50% said, “yes” and around 38-50% said, “no.” I heard all the reasons why and I was fascinated from that day onward. I thought then, “lots of ‘no’ answers- ‘who would have thunk it?”

 

To my knowledge at this moment there really is no deeper intimacy with God than being Regenerated slash Made spiritually alive to God the Father (Son and Holy Spirit and His Word that is breathed by the Holy Spirit) to become his sons and daughters.

 

The author of this text goes through some of the errors people may have held in their misunderstanding of “born-again” and says: A. We are not born again by any blood-line on this planet.

B. We are not born into God’s family through any effort on our part (yes, our willingness is involved to believing-ly trust Jesus authentically ). Even if we flapped our arms and made loud noises and apologies to God- still, by our own effort (all the religious duties of good works in the universe) we would remain according to Jesus Apostle-Messenger John not “born from above.” I tenderly wonder reader, is “trust in, fully rely upon, and put your belief in what God wants and trust the Lord Jesus Christ” complex to you or simple as simple can be? Believe and be saved or go to the grave and not believe and nor trust in the Lord Jesus. To the last nano-second we have a choice to make.   

C. We are not made God’s children just because someone else’s will willed us so apart from the Magnetically and Fiery Drawing of God to Himself through Jesus Christ. I’ve seen plenty of parents who really desire their children to place their faith firmly in  Divinity by trusting Jesus to Save and Rule and Reign as King- and rightfully so- they looked for any hick-up on the linear line of Space and Time where little or older Johnny gave any kind of sign of being born into God’s family. They may have even led in a little prayer only to discover that little Johnny believed not on the Name of the Only Begotten (Unique as Divinity is) Son- really. I’ve spoken to these people on both sides of the track (parents with children who have no interest in the Lord and parents who do have children who love Jesus and serve Him.

 

C. Finally, John makes it plain- no human can say- “I am are now born again” just because they want to say so for whatever reason. only God has that right to witness with our newly-alive-to-God heart, soul, and spirit that it is indeed true- that we have passed into a whole new plane of existence. 

 

To be born into God’s Family- Jesus’ Christ’s Kingdom “You must be born again” of God and from above. We learn these truths from the teachings of the Precious Lord Jesus…He didn’t want us running in circles trying to get in only our own power to Heaven to be with Jesus. Rather He explained the good news clearly that faith in Him = faith in God…but, not the reverse because there is what I call a whole religion of its own out there- godianity- not Christianity because it requires no Christ or Savior).

 

John the Beloved Apostle said in 1 John, “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him [God/Jesus Christ on an intimately-intimate level] not.”Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

 

When I began this page in this series, I began with an example that not all parents wanted their children at the end of the day and if they could turn the clock back they would have had zero children. Yet, the verse above points us to the Father heart of God and presents to us a Joyous Father who is Love. “God is Love.” He says, 100% of the time- “I love my children with an Everlasting love.” “And to all who came to Him and believed on Jesus Name- He gave them the highest privilege to become His kids”- His family and so brought us into a love that will never end. This is intimacy with Christ- the New Birth, or the Regeneration of a heart/soul/spirit alive to God by Christ’s Resurrection and Resurrection Power to make a spirit alive to God’s Will and Work. He says to His kids, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He says to His Kids, “There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” (Deut. 1:31)  

 

 

    

 

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My Inspiration Quotes to be a Writer- to keep on writing as long as I can

“If you say lazily- ‘I am not going to struggle to express this thing for myself, I will borrow what I say,’ the expression will not only be of no use to you, but of no use to anyone. True to state to yourself what you feel implicitly to be God’s truth and you give God a chance to pass it on to someone else through you.

[I’m not sure I would go so far as to call quotes “lazy”- but as a creative person I get what he is saying. Let me say this in defense for all manner of writing that is moral or amoral- whether it be a Physics textbook or Systematic Theology- the truth holds firm- when we grapple and say a thing just a way that only we can- really- we open the door to the Spirit of Wisdom to pass it on to someone else through us by speech, sign-language- or writing.] 

 

 

The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance. (Chambers, Oswald, Dec. 15; My Utmost for His Highest, pg. 350)

 

 

Continued from prior post on Passion…

 

Jackpath: We are continually bombarded and seduced to change our likes, values, interests, and skills. It seems after a barrage of “other things” hit us, our passions lose numerical-value to us. If food, clothing, shelter and the social-factor are challenged and the “different” is embraced enough to change our likes, values, interests, and skills to something else we may be casting off an important thing forever. Let us always remember- “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…all other ground is sinking sand…sinking sand.’” The temporal things shall shake, crumble, and eventually perish- but, the Eternal things by Heaven’s Decree will go on and on and on.   

 

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Passion- Wholeness- Happiness- Worship

 

 

 

Where there are personal likes, interests, skills and values, that’s most likely where you’ll find passion, participation in them, and a strong belief they are “wholeness and happiness.” Reverse that for a decade or so (deal them out cards that are not their likes, interests, outside of their skills, and values) and the opposite is likely to be true over time- people will experience emptiness/sorrows.  

 

To find your passion again- if you have lost it- take a pen or type like I am doing and write-out all your likes, interests, values, and skills because maybe- just maybe- you’ll find and ignite your passion again.

 

The Kingdom of God does and can impart to us and infuse us with new likes, new interests, new skills, and new values. In these we can feel “Heaven-whole/happy” because they are given from above.

You’re a New Creation then through trust in the Atonement. But, we do need this caution that ours is about the Person-hood and Relationship with the Christ, as the cautionary is written- “they worshiped the created things rather than the creator.” Paul So- we give thanks for whatever He imparts to us as “good gifts from above.” 

 

   

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Intimacy with Christ: Christ The Lord On the Throne of Your Heart

 

 

Intimacy with Christ: Christ The Lord On the Throne of Your Heart

Day 2

“But make sure that in your hearts you honour Christ as Lord.”

 

There are many versions in how this text is interpreted and I believe the message Peter wanted to get across as we pursue “Intimacy with Christ” is that we need to:

 

“Set apart, treat, deem, honour, and revere Christ Jesus as Lord in your heart over all your affairs and the affairs of mankind and nature.”

 

I believe it means, we are conscious of the Lord’s presence before us, behind us, beside us, with us, and in our hearts as Supreme Ruler, while we surrender more and more pieces and parts of our lives to the Lord to do as He wills for His purposes as revealed in His Bible. Feelings isn’t the point here as they are fickle and many a time have short roots. Faith in the Facts- God desires you to desire Him- is our starting point in it all. 

 

This I one thing know for sure is the moment(s) you set your heart to give precedence to Him as your Lord is that it triggers a Promise from HQ- “draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.” Even though- “Yes, Jesus is Lord in my heart already and yours by Grace through Faith- but, drawing near to him isn’t Geographical. It is about intimacy. Get intimate with Him and He will get intimate with you about what’s on his heart for our lives.”

 

Desire Him to separate your heart and your life more and more for His Ultimate purposes in the Atonement- the cross of Christ. The answer to the; “why did He call my name to come to Himself?” For it says believer:

 

“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai

 

First of all, He is the “Desire of the Nations.” Just think, all that time we wasted- in our heart of hearts- and it was Intimacy with Christ in God and God in Christ- the mystery of the ages- we were longing for not just 1/many days- but, every day. However, if we prefer a one time experience- that was never intended in the Atonement – the cross of Christ. Rather, St. Augustine spoke of heart matters day by day and said:

 

You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”

 

There is no place or state of being in which our hearts can find intimacy and peace other than the throne-room of Heaven and our hearts- yes, the Throne of our Hearts with Christ Jesus as our all in all King sitting upon it. Be blessed believing believer- Intimacy is where you want to be! It energizes your compass to start any day off on the right track first thing in the morning or in the eve as you commit the next day to the Holy One of Israel- Our Great God and Saving One.  

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Last Night

I know a man yester-eve who experienced this…

I knew a man the evening of September 18 who saw a shopping plaza in his mind’s eye and the roof was broken and caving in…he looked and to himself he said, “shopping plaza/mall” “earthquake.” Then asked himself if he ought to post it on the net ever before the next day had come…but, he asked himself, “what kind of role do you want in this world…one of such posts risking notoriety for God’s Spirit’s accuracy” – for, all three words and the vision counted for something. Yet, he said to himself don’t post – remain obscure and describe to people several very different Manifestations of the same Spirit and work of the same Spirit- and that Spirit- the Spirit sent of Christ.

That night he had stretched his hands in prayer out to the South and the North and asked the Lord for a “Release.” This Anomaly was fatigued by praying so much for Texas and re: the next storm coming at Florida for “best case scenarios” e.g. over Miami. For 34 or so years people had encouraged him that his ministry was simply put – “Prayer” and whatever the Spirit was moving to say via. Prayer. You have to listen first and open your heart to let it or allow it to thirst for an intimate walk with Christ first…the One Jesus.

Life Theme Verses

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

6“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know………….”

 

But God chose the foolish things (the NCT Anomaly) of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” The Apostle Paul

Those who said, “God’s word in the Bible is simply man’s word and so many of these were delusions or hallucinations- these ‘man’s words.’ Others who had been following what the consistent and careful one wrote and noted “God is Infinitely Wise and Powerful and is simply looking for a willing soul to Embrace His Son and allow the and pray for the Manifestations of the Spirit to Come….Oh that you would actually and truly Embrace the Lover of Your soul – the One Jesus. 

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The Twain has become One

 

The Twain has become One  

 

[short fiction]

 

Finally the time had come A Digitized-Humanity-A.I. (AD HAI)  and a Universal-A.I. (or the word for “yes” in French). Both now had their feet universally and globally planted wherever there was one single spark of electricity “lit-up.” The grand convergence required nothing of humanity on the most part except that it continue to feed its life-force into the Multi-Plex-Cord of Finger-Tip-Cyber-Space afloat- an antinomy- logic and chaos .

 

 

If billions of persons with stuff plugged in or just simply “plugged-in” were to launch billions of balloons and a multi-universe set of colors with each soul poking one balloon into the air at a time as it floats- that would be what it would look like balloon-wise and “commonality-wise” which was what TNWO (not just anyone got to wear the acronym as a not to silent badge on their jacket) wanted- the word from “commonality-wise” on matters of decision- a yes, no, or even a maybe illustrated by a wide spectrum of colors or how Fibre-Optics came alive and just floated with streams of color.    

 

To be continued…  

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