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Friday, February 24, 2012
A Human with Godís Spirit?
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In “The Anatomy of a Spiritual Person” Vijai P. Sharma, a clinical psychologist quotes Wayne Dyer, a
renown contemporary psychologist saying . . .
“We all are spiritual beings having human experience." We are physical,
emotional and spiritual beings, a living proof of "trinity," in this case the trinity of the body, the heart and
the soul. To what extend we develop the spiritual or the other two dimensions depends on our environment, upbringing and self-cultivation.”
However he goes on to say “not all spiritual people are religious, and not all religious people are spiritual” a point that
I think we would agree with.
then goes on to point out some aspects of spiritual people from his perspective:
know they are more than their bodies and five senses,
2. They are at peace with themselves,
They see others as more than
their physical form,
4. They seldom feel alone,
5. They know there is a supreme intelligence and continually seek guidance,
They have a spiritual connection
with the universe.
Jesus according to these aspects and we find that Jesus knew and stated we are more than our bodies and five senses. Jesus
claimed not only to be at peace with himself, but stated: “Peace
I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do
not be afraid.”
saw everyone as spiritual beings with eternal destinations. The only time Jesus seemed to be alone was on
the cross just before he died when he called out; “My God, my God, why have you forsaken
with God was one of unity and as a son with a father. It was intimate!
Jesus is also the originator and sustainer of the universe according to the bible (see
puts Jesus on equal standing with others who make these claims.
Two things give
additional evidence that Jesus is different and superior to these.
One is the number of prophecies
about him before he even lived on earth (we are looking at some of these over the weeks that come), and another is how he
rose from the dead.
was spiritual but even this aspect of his life was foretold.
Isaiah (chapter 11) says “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch
will bear fruit.
Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.”
Jesus was a descendant of Jesse and the qualities described here were evident in the
revealed aspects of his life that we can find and evaluate.
Isaiah also prophesied of Jesus “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because
the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.”
Jesus sure proclaimed good news to the poor!
In New Testament times we
read that “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.
At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”
of clear identification with God, and notice it does not say it was a dove, but it was like a dove!
Why did God give Jesus to the world and also empower him
with Holy Spirit?
Perhaps Acts 10:38 says it the best. . .
“You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with
the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went around doing good. He healed all who were under the devil's power. God was with
So what does this mean for me as a follower of Jesus?
It means that I can be confident that God knew exactly what he planned to do to enable
Jesus to help us all. Since Jesus promised us that we too would have Holy Spirit and that promise was fulfilled, we can also
live exactly as Jesus did with spiritual power.
Is it not amazing that we can know we are more than our bodies and five senses, that we can be at peace with ourselves,
respect others as spiritual beings, never be alone, know that not only can we know the supreme intelligence of the universe
and continually seek guidance, but know that through Holy Spirit who Jesus left behind to live within us, we can have a spiritual
connection with the universe.
It’s just got to be a good day! Have a good one!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Why do people say Jesus is the son of God?
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the beginning for time have said they are gods.
Egyptian pharaohs are not even the earliest, but they
claimed a title of the gods. Roman emperors said they were gods. Ancient rulers in China from the Western Zhou dynasty claimed
to be the offspring of gods, as did Jimmu Tenno of Japan who claimed to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess, Amaterasu.
So somehow men have grabbed
the title of gods for themselves many times, before and after Jesus’ time.
What makes Jesus different and did Jesus ever actually claim to be the son of God?
The most direct statement comes
3:17 (NIV) “And a voice
from heaven said, ’This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’" An
eye witness describes a voice from the sky making this statement.
Old Testament words seem to add to this in statements like. . .
“Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters
in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!”
To which I have to say, “I don’t know unless I
have more information” but the bible also says, talking of Jesus . . .
Colossians 1:15-19 (NIV) “He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and
in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among
the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,. .
So here we see that Proverbs
30:4 is talking of Jesus.
Jesus’ mother reports an angel telling her in Luke 1. . . “The Holy Spirit will come
to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God.”
also “You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. He will
be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God.”
Here we see Jesus was reported to be the son of God!
Then Paul says “The good news
is about God's Son. As a human being, the Son of God belonged to King David's family line. By the power of the Holy Spirit,
he was appointed to be the mighty Son of God because he rose from the dead. He is Jesus Christ our Lord”
Paul says this in his 1st chapter of his letter to the Roman church.
True to Paul’s academic nature, he points out the one thing that differentiates
Jesus from all these others that claimed to be gods. Paul reminds people of the time that would have know
Jesus and his life that Jesus came alive again. These people could have checked up the facts. These facts
are that Jesus rose from the dead. i.e. he went from stone cold corpse to a living breathing
sure this wasn’t just a person who temporary went into a coma, we can read and find out that they stuck a spear through
his heart to make sure!
claim to be son of God is much stronger than any others, simply because as a man, he did something only a God could do. Jesus came alive after a violent death!
Did any Egyptian Pharaoh, Roman or Chinese emperor, or others who deluded themselves
into thinking they were gods do this?
No!So Jesus stands alone!
Nobody who was around him at the time of his death argued aginst the fact that he had come alive again. [Except perhaps
Thomas! That changed when Thomas met him and physically touched him!]
So, we have proof that Jesus was the son of God!
Isn’t it good to understand how the Christian faith is based on human facts so that we can understand and believe?
Let’s go and have a wonderful
day appreciating that Jesus is with us in the form of Holy Spirit’s guidance. (That’s another mystery for discussion
on another day).
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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As president of a company, I was rather taken aback but mildly amused when one of my new employees who just happened
to be a black person called me a “Kaffir” (not to be confused with Kafir).
“Kaffir” is a derogatory word that is used
by South Africans in describing black people. It is a horrible word
that I don’t use and that is an insulting term for an African. I grew up in South Africa so I know this intimately.
So why did he do this?He did it, because I was working alongside my own employees inn jeans and a t-shirt assembling office furniture for
our firm and he had never met me before and had no idea I was head of the company that had employed him.
What did I do?
I let him continue never returning the snide remarks.
This was a Saturday, and on the Monday when he was introduced to me in my office, the look on
his face showed he understood he believed he had made a catastrophic error.
Fortunately for him, I don’t care what people call me as I try
to live up to who I am in God’s eyes and I don’t
think less of those who fail because I have failed so many times myself. We became quite good friends but that word definitely
dropped from his vocabulary.
there not many times we wish we could take back something that we have said and done that leads to potentially catastrophic
situations? If only someone had warned us, we think.
annoyed God and the whole country acted up horribly worshipping
false Gods and failing to give God the honour due to him. They were told things would happen.
Take a look at Micah 5:1-2 which says
Jerusalem, you are being attacked.
bring your troops together.
Our enemies have surrounded us.
They want to slap the face of Israel's ruler.
2 The Lord says,
might not be
an important town in the nation of Judah.
But out of you will come
a ruler over Israel for me.
His family line goes
to the early years of your nation.
It goes all the way back
to days of long ago."
was also called Ephrathah.
Catastrophic circumstances were being foretold in these first two verses.
This first part of Micah, the prophet, where he laments about how the people are failing to correctly worship the
true God. He is foretelling that they would pay for it by being taken into captivity. But he is also foretelling something
else. . .
This prophecy is interesting
in that Jesus’ birth in Jerusalem is foretold.
Beth-lehem means “house of bread”.
We know Jesus referred to himself as the “bread of life” in John 6:35 on saying “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes
in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives
me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but
to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given
me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him
shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
So perhaps even the town’s name was part of the prophecy of
Then the alternative name “Ephrathah”
was also predictive. It means “fruitful”.
People of the time understood the region was fertile, but didn’t realize that it would give growth to Jesus,
the son of God, although Micah told them!
If only the people of the time had listened to Jesus, then things may have been different, right?
Do we listen to Jesus and the words about him in our
Paul tells us
“Christ is the
exact likeness of God, who can't be seen. He is first, and he is over all of creation. All things were created by him. He
created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can't be seen. He created
kings, powers, rulers and authorities. Everything was created by him and for him. Before anything was created, he was already
there. He holds everything together.
And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning. He is the first to be raised from the dead.
That happened so that he would be far above everything. God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ.”
Jesus is in the
likeness of God. We are also constructed in the likeness of God (see genesis 1) but Jesus is the EXACT likeness.
Jesus shows us God who we cannot see! He is the first of all people to enter heaven after dying
as a man. He is before men in that he himself created everything we know and see(not ethe bible does not
clearly say HOW he did this). He even created and held together the substance of those very people who crucified him. [How
is THAT about staying dedicated to completing a task until the very end?]
To ignore Jesus is to invite a catastrophe! It’s the biggest blunder any living person can make!
So, if we ignore Jesus, who do we have to blame but ourselves! That’s the one
thing god made sure belongs totally to ourselves. We choose! We decide!
Let’s decide wisely today and then live our lives in the power of
our decisions avoiding a catastrophic blunder!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Telling the truth, but not the whole truth...who gains?
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I had an experience this last
week of delivering a message to my boss and having him quote me to a customer of ours leaving
out a critical part of the message.
Now it looks like I am misinforming him and the customer
thinks less of me for it!
The truth was told, but not the whole
truth and that is equivalent to lying!
Why do people do that?
all have this at one time or another haven’t we?
Under pressure as kids we have probably told Mom or Dad a partial truth to keep her/him
from grounding us or worse, right?
The problem is that this evasion technique is one that can
get us damaging ourselves.
that boss of mine! Do you think I will trust him with delivering messages I give him again. Not likely! Now when I send him
information I will be sure the client gets a copy. Now when he confidentially asks for information I am forced to answer
publically so he is unable to gain the subterfusion what he desires.
We need to consider God is all wise and when he says we should not lie, he is doing it not for his good
I have found that although people sometimes say they don’t like my honesty, they
prefer to hear what is going on from myself than others simply because I do my best to present the truth. Even liars want
people to tell them the truth don’t they?
lie turns upon a person at some time!
In proverbs it says “A false witness will perish, but a careful listener
will testify successfully.”
When we relay information let us be true to the message. Let’s listen carefully and try
to put it out with the meaning with which we receive it. That is the way God likes it!
Perhaps we would gain from liking that as well! What do you think?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
The art of releasing oneself to the future,
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Sometimes we think that freedom is being free of bondage, but is it?
“Is anarchism desirable? Well, who does
not seek freedom? What man, unless willing to declare himself in bondage, would care to call any control agreeable? Think
it!” ~ Johann Most.
Most of us want to be free of being subject to a force, power,
or influence, don’t we? We think that we are able to direct our future, don’t we? Don’t we tend to rather
trust our skills, abilities and perhaps superior strength to get the better of those around us.
At least in the Western world we do this rather easily, not wanting
to face others, or submit to the greater good of the group. As Westerners, we are so individualistic and self-focussed
that even when we are trying to be altruistic we fail. We fail by acting in an individualistic manner while selfishly
expecting others to conform to our chosen direction.
Let’s look at an example! When fighting for a greener
planet we focus on what each individual should do instead of the social requirement to respect others and the environment
simultaneously. We don’t see the hunger and lack of work in the greater world. We fail to incorporate the needs of those
areas with lesser ability. Those that are unable to be sufficient, or to meet 1st world targets. We
don’t address these as part of that greener world requirement, other than as a manipulation factor or to place unrealistic
demands on burdened societies.
We care more for the cause than for those hurting and unable to help themselves,
who perhaps are impacted by this cause. We don’t look for global solutions. Instead, we go for one-sided, self-focussed
solutions. We shout green and yet consume more energy that many other lesser privileged nations combined. We shout green while
ignoring the poor and hurting in our global economy. We fight without regard for their very lives.
When this is pointed out, we are aghast, clearly
pointing out that we have a specific focus and that this focus is not part of that distant need. That need we gladly admit
is severe, but then we do little to nothing to solve it because it does not impact us now as individuals.
When we finally react, it is often due to external pressures and forces
that are now beyond our control, forcing us to view this collective situation we have been attempting to ignore.
As Christians, should we do this?
Is there not a better way?
God’s plan is very different! In God’s plan, it is better to give
than to receive. An apostle of Jesus says; “In everything
I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35
By giving and sacrifice, we as Christian extend ourselves past
a simple view of freedom and gladly lock ourselves into being a tool of the living God who created our universe and keeps
every part of it in motion.
In fact, we as Christians, actually see God as underlying the very substance of the universe. Submitting
to the controls of the living God’s will for our lives, we are releasing a freedom!
This freedom gives us the ability
to go out into our day introducing universal waves of compassion and love into a short-sighted world. A world
so myopic that in the search for freedom, it cannot see that the task is actually simplified by handing over our individual
lives to eternal direction.
Freedom is not the
removal of constraints, but rather the enabling of the right ones!
A car on ice cannot get going until those spinning tires get constrained by grit
or salt, enabling traction. Human lives spinning freely out of control need God’s application of lives dedicated to
Jesus, before we can change that aimless energy wastage and direct ourselves forward towards our heavenly goal.
This is difficult to understand, but by letting
God talk into our spirit we can take relevant action and gain understanding. Then, we find the value of our lives within God’s
don’t have to wait for the myopic world values to lead us. Instead, we can forge ahead under divine leadership tracking
into our future with confidence.
We don’t build a future based on extrapolations of dubious predictive worth, but rather move to a certain goal
with sure knowledge that we are following one who has been there and knows the way.
So, today, if we want to be free, we need
to hand over our individual desires for the freedom that our God provides through Jesus. Holy Spirits leading then gives us
back an individually designed life plan that aligns with an eternal vision! This maximises our individual potential
within our world’s needs.
Now isn’t that the way we want to use our abilities today? Let’s go into our day praising our God as we
joyfully follow His direction!
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