Darnell (Divine Nature)

Where the Flesh of Me greets Destiny

King David (Psalms 86:4-7)


  "Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul."
  
  "For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."
  
  "Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications."
  
  "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me."

King David (Psalms 86:4-7)

"Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul."

"For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."

"Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications."

"In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me."

Jesus: Judge Others…But Only If You Meet The Standard‽

In the world of Christiandom (& beyond) I’ve often heard this phrase “don’t judge” or Christians are not suppose to judge but only love.

That phrase, statement, etcetera is fine with me but apparently not with Jesus Christ.


  "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
  
  "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:1-2)"


Christ apparently expects his disciples to judge but only if they are meeting the standard.

I guess this controversial verse makes sense as it would be silly for an alcoholic to condemn a cocaine addict, or a person struggling with porn to condemn a prostitute, etcetera.

However judging for the sake of judging (like a raging bear) is apparently not what God expects from his disciples:


  "​Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
  
  "Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Apostle Paul, Galatians 6:1-2)"


So apparently the point in “judging” is not to boost the ego of the accuser (which means arrogantly approaching someone is not what God desires), but rather to strengthen the individual.

In essence God expects anyone claiming to follow him to approach people with respect (which means publicly tarnishing their dignity is not acceptable).

After all if someone approached me full of “wrath & glory” over a perceived fault, my reaction would probably be between hostile & aggressive.

Jesus: Judge Others…But Only If You Meet The Standard‽

In the world of Christiandom (& beyond) I’ve often heard this phrase “don’t judge” or Christians are not suppose to judge but only love.

That phrase, statement, etcetera is fine with me but apparently not with Jesus Christ.

"Judge not, that ye be not judged."

"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:1-2)"

Christ apparently expects his disciples to judge but only if they are meeting the standard.

I guess this controversial verse makes sense as it would be silly for an alcoholic to condemn a cocaine addict, or a person struggling with porn to condemn a prostitute, etcetera.

However judging for the sake of judging (like a raging bear) is apparently not what God expects from his disciples:

"​Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."

"Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Apostle Paul, Galatians 6:1-2)"

So apparently the point in “judging” is not to boost the ego of the accuser (which means arrogantly approaching someone is not what God desires), but rather to strengthen the individual.

In essence God expects anyone claiming to follow him to approach people with respect (which means publicly tarnishing their dignity is not acceptable).

After all if someone approached me full of “wrath & glory” over a perceived fault, my reaction would probably be between hostile & aggressive.

Opportunity Knocks…But Am I Listening‽

Apparently the phrase “timing is everything” is not to far off of the mark!


  "Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? (King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 8:6-7)"


Knowing/understanding the season of opportunity is a critical skill required for success, & is also one that I must master (as I have missed several critical opportunities in my life).

Over the next couple of weeks I am hoping to seize upon a few opportunities long overdue (which I hope God enlightens me when I encounter them).


  "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 9:11)"


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Opportunity Knocks…But Am I Listening‽

Apparently the phrase “timing is everything” is not to far off of the mark!

"Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? (King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 8:6-7)"

Knowing/understanding the season of opportunity is a critical skill required for success, & is also one that I must master (as I have missed several critical opportunities in my life).

Over the next couple of weeks I am hoping to seize upon a few opportunities long overdue (which I hope God enlightens me when I encounter them).

"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 9:11)"

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Wealth ≠ Satisfaction

The pursuit of material wealth is a constant theme it seems.

I need this new iDevice/Droid Tech/geek AI when truthfully all I need is God, oxygen, water & food.

Wealth ≠ happiness anymore than money ≠ life.

Sadly that is a daily struggle of mine (& no, blaming the glorious capitalistic American culture as a chief influence is not an excuse)

"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity."

"When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11)"

The pursuit of wealth for wealth’s sake will never end (& the pursuit of that will not make me happy).

Instead I should pursue the enjoyment of my labor, & the fruits (aka rewards) that result from that.

Or as King Solomon (a wise & wealthy man) says it best:

"Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion."

"Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God."

"For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart. (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20)"

God Is Listening…

Perhaps one of my favorite verses!


  "A Song of degrees. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord."
  
  "Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications."
  
  "If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?"
  
  "But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared."
  
  "I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait,
  and in his word do I hope."
  
  "My soul waiteth for the Lord
  more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. (Psalms 130:1-6)"


It’s a constant reminder that the Almighty is always tuning into my requests (regardless of my current spiritual, physical, mental, etcetera, state).

God Is Listening…

Perhaps one of my favorite verses!

"A Song of degrees. Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord."

"Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications."

"If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?"

"But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared."

"I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope."

"My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. (Psalms 130:1-6)"

It’s a constant reminder that the Almighty is always tuning into my requests (regardless of my current spiritual, physical, mental, etcetera, state).