Darnell (Divine Nature)

Where the Flesh of Me greets Destiny

Better To Ask For Permission Than Forgiveness‽

There is an old cliche saying which says, It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission (or something to that effect).

Truthfully the opposite applies.

Case in point: King Saul…


  "And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."
  
  "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (1 Samuel 15:22-23)"


Too many times we as Christians (myself included) flirt around with the idea of sin, especially in this age of grace that we live in.

Worse, we do it in spite of clearly knowing the truth!

While God does not desire our destruction (fortunately for us!), he does desire those who call themselves disciples to obey his voice! (as well as his commandments)

God wants us to follow his commandments not merely out of the desire to receive a blessing from the Almighty, but also for our protection (as sin can weaken & ravage us).

Better To Ask For Permission Than Forgiveness‽

There is an old cliche saying which says, It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission (or something to that effect).

Truthfully the opposite applies.

Case in point: King Saul…

"And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."

"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (1 Samuel 15:22-23)"

Too many times we as Christians (myself included) flirt around with the idea of sin, especially in this age of grace that we live in.

Worse, we do it in spite of clearly knowing the truth!

While God does not desire our destruction (fortunately for us!), he does desire those who call themselves disciples to obey his voice! (as well as his commandments)

God wants us to follow his commandments not merely out of the desire to receive a blessing from the Almighty, but also for our protection (as sin can weaken & ravage us).

The Art of Jeek…

So yes, there is a category that I almost fit nicely into, & that would be a jeek, which according to Urban Dictionary is a cross between a jock & a geek.

Fortunately King Solomon recognized this category several thousand years ago…

"A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. (Proverbs 24:5)"

That silly phrase aside, one thing I am striving to do is to increase my mind as well as my strength.

No, I have not purchased any silly Fitbit devices, although I am attempting to seek out better apps to manage my health.

Although there are a zillion other projects I would rather do than exercise, being healthy physically is a prerequisite towards being healthy mentally.

As far as the pain goes however…

"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10)"

…I must keep exercising my mind, body & spirit!

God Hates Gloaters…

While God is holy & will avenge me of my enemies, the Almighty does not want me enjoying the plight of my foes (regardless of what they have done to me).


  "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:"
  
  "Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Proverbs 24:17-18)"


I will meditate upon these verses more often (as gloating against my enemies is a pathetic trait of mine).

God Hates Gloaters…

While God is holy & will avenge me of my enemies, the Almighty does not want me enjoying the plight of my foes (regardless of what they have done to me).

"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:"

"Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Proverbs 24:17-18)"

I will meditate upon these verses more often (as gloating against my enemies is a pathetic trait of mine).

Courage…

Following God’s commandments requires courage‽


  "Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; (Joshua 23:6)"


Previously I assumed that following the precepts of the Almighty required faith & prayer, but courage was not something I thought was on the list!

But then again many of God’s laws conflict with what is permissible within the land of my birth.

Not to mention God’s divine decrees are considered unpopular amongst the survival of the fittest (aka law of the jungle) mentality that permeates the political, business, & (sadly) religious culture that I live in.

Following God’s precepts (& embracing them as the foundation of my life) does indeed require courage.

The only question is, do I (that would be darnellclayton) have enough courage to follow God through the trials, temptations & blessings that I will encounter in this life‽

Courage…

Following God’s commandments requires courage‽

"Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; (Joshua 23:6)"

Previously I assumed that following the precepts of the Almighty required faith & prayer, but courage was not something I thought was on the list!

But then again many of God’s laws conflict with what is permissible within the land of my birth.

Not to mention God’s divine decrees are considered unpopular amongst the survival of the fittest (aka law of the jungle) mentality that permeates the political, business, & (sadly) religious culture that I live in.

Following God’s precepts (& embracing them as the foundation of my life) does indeed require courage.

The only question is, do I (that would be darnellclayton) have enough courage to follow God through the trials, temptations & blessings that I will encounter in this life‽

Rewards And Consequences

I read this today via the book of Revelation…

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely."

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21:6-7)"

God promises his saints & disciples a reward for triumphing that we can not only taste but also acquire.

Basically obedience brings more than just a clear conscience & a peaceful mind (which alone is enough for me) but also an eternal reward.

On the other side however…

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)"

…there is an everlasting punishment.

I noticed that the first one God lists is fearful. God wants me to have courage instead of being the opposite (i.e. a coward).

This involves risk, but what is a great reward worth without any risk‽

The Fine Print In Prayer‽

There is a weird saying in west: always read the fine print!

I guess this means that before we commit ourselves to a contract (for better or for worse), we should read the fine (aka tiny) print lest we suffer the consequences (or worse, forfeit any rewards) due to actions made in ignorance.

Apparently something similar applies to prayer:


  "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22)"


Although God does hear the prayer of humans (ranging from the wicked to the lukewarm disciple), he is not a genie who will grant our every request because we exist.

Obedience is apart of the equation!

God not only expects me to live out the laws he has provided (which will help me prosper upon the planet known as Earth), but also align my various activities in a way that would be pleasing to the Almighty.

At least if I value God (a transcendent being outside of time & space) answering my various requests (which I do!!!).

The Fine Print In Prayer‽

There is a weird saying in west: always read the fine print!

I guess this means that before we commit ourselves to a contract (for better or for worse), we should read the fine (aka tiny) print lest we suffer the consequences (or worse, forfeit any rewards) due to actions made in ignorance.

Apparently something similar applies to prayer:

"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22)"

Although God does hear the prayer of humans (ranging from the wicked to the lukewarm disciple), he is not a genie who will grant our every request because we exist.

Obedience is apart of the equation!

God not only expects me to live out the laws he has provided (which will help me prosper upon the planet known as Earth), but also align my various activities in a way that would be pleasing to the Almighty.

At least if I value God (a transcendent being outside of time & space) answering my various requests (which I do!!!).

:-( A very difficult precept to follow, especially in the age of moochers & losers that we live in.


  "But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,"
  
  "Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."
  
  "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."
  
  "Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again."
  
  "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (Luke 6:27-31)"


I have a few foes who this definitely applies to.

I might as well start implementing this precept right now…

:-( A very difficult precept to follow, especially in the age of moochers & losers that we live in.

"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,"

"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you."

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."

"Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again."

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (Luke 6:27-31)"

I have a few foes who this definitely applies to.

I might as well start implementing this precept right now…