Darnell (Divine Nature)

Where the Flesh of Me greets Destiny

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…

Habakkuk 2.0 (Fame And Fear)

God not only expects to be known by the masses of humanity…


  "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)"


…but he also expects to be respected/revered/feared by humanity as well.


  "But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. (Habakkuk 2:20)"


Do I publicly acknowledge God’s existence in my life‽

But more importantly, do I display respect towards The Divine‽

These are a few questions I need to ponder upon for today…

Habakkuk 2.0 (Fame And Fear)

God not only expects to be known by the masses of humanity…

"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)"

…but he also expects to be respected/revered/feared by humanity as well.

"But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. (Habakkuk 2:20)"

Do I publicly acknowledge God’s existence in my life‽

But more importantly, do I display respect towards The Divine‽

These are a few questions I need to ponder upon for today…

Lessons From Jonah…

3 verses from Jonah 2:7-9 brought be enlightenment today…


  "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple."


Often when I am desperate I will consult the mercy/wisdom of the Almighty.

Apparently this is not just a personal foolish trait of mine, but alas I need to also consult God in the good times as well.


  "They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."


Embracing lies (no matter how comfortable) will result in less mercy from the Almighty (who for my sake seems to have an abundance—this must be in proportion to my foolishness).


  "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord."


I don’t need to give up blood, money or pain in order to appease the Almighty (as none of that would remedy my numerous follies).

Instead God seeks from me a thankful heart.

Lessons From Jonah…

3 verses from Jonah 2:7-9 brought be enlightenment today…

"When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple."

Often when I am desperate I will consult the mercy/wisdom of the Almighty.

Apparently this is not just a personal foolish trait of mine, but alas I need to also consult God in the good times as well.

"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."

Embracing lies (no matter how comfortable) will result in less mercy from the Almighty (who for my sake seems to have an abundance—this must be in proportion to my foolishness).

"But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord."

I don’t need to give up blood, money or pain in order to appease the Almighty (as none of that would remedy my numerous follies).

Instead God seeks from me a thankful heart.