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Monday, 04 February 2019 02:19

GodlyWriter

Hi there! I'm so glad you are here reading this website.

The GodlyWriter website was originally created by me about 8 or 9 years ago. I started it, because I believe God gave me a desire to read, to study, and to share Him and His word with you. I believe I understand how the Psalmist felt when he exclaimed with his mouth and put ink to paper...

"My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." (KJV)

I believe God gave me a desire to teach and the ability to teach through writing by His Spirit that works in me. It's not something I have to work to accomplish. This gift bubbles up within me like water from a deep well. It fills me up and overflows my soul with things I couldn't dream of knowing, understanding, or expressing without God's grace teaching me by His Holy Spirit. God is love and His love abounds with grace and mercy. He does help those who cannot help themselves.

God came into my life at an early age, my first memory of Him occurred one day when I was about 4 years old as I sat in Sunday School. That wasn't the first time that I heard about God or even my first time ever sitting in a Sunday School class. It was the moment that God called me personally through His word and my heart responded!

"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer [allow] the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein." Matthew 19:16-17 (KJV)

I don't remember what the Sunday School teacher said, but my little heart responded to Jesus getting upset at the adult's and saying, "Allow the little children to come to me." In my limited experience adult's were scary, but Jesus stopped what He was doing and brought the little children near Him. He blessed them and He praised them. He held them close. I remember thinking, "He is good." I loved Him.

It's not the first time that He called to me by His word through His Spirit. I am persuaded that He's not finished with me yet!

I don't pretend to know everything about God, everything about His word (Bible), or everything about how to live out this life. l would be lying if I said that I don't know anything about all of these things. That's not a pat on my own back at all, but rather all to the glory to God for He has seen fit to pour out His love into the heart's of mankind by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for visiting GodlyWriter, I'm honored that you took the time to read this far down the page!

Monday, 04 February 2019 01:27

Your Spiritual Reality

Your foundation is the most important aspect in determining your spiritual condition. Naturally speaking if you do not have a sure foundation, then the building will automatically be destroyed when the foundation is destroyed. Is your foundation able to withstand a volcanic explosion of fire and lava that causes the earth to quake until the ground splits open and rivers of boiling lava flow from its depths? When the fiery eruption of fire burns its way over and through everything in your life will your foundation remain and everything built on it still be standing? Will you still have faith when you have nothing to go on but a promise? Will you still have hope when nothing is going right and everything is going wrong? Will you still have love when the people you love hate you, despise you, and treat you spitefully? When you possess nothing, have nobody left to depend on, and your life is falling apart does your foundation support you and leave you standing? Or does your foundation fail you and leave you broken? Your spiritual reality depends on the answers to these questions.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:51

Scripture and the Spirit of God

The Spirit of God confirms the word of God (as it is written) and the word of God confirms the work of the Spirit of God in us. It is a work of the Spirit that give us understanding of Scripture. It is hearing Scripture and hearing by the word of God that gives us faith in God. It is my hope that we, you and I, hear the Scriptures with faith and grow by it. It is the Spirit of God that works in us to finish the work of God that He began in us. It is the Spirit of God that compels us to study the word of God (Scripture) to show ourselves approved, not approved by the world but rather approved by God. Knowing the Scriptures concerning this life and the solution to our struggles is so important to moving forward as we walk in Christ! It was and still is important in my own life. Some may have overcome by the Spirit and power of God (without knowing ALL the Scriptures) before various trials and adversities, in such cases coming to know the Scriptures addressing their problems confirms the work of God within them (by the Spirit of God). For others knowing the Scriptures beforehand and hearing them by God through faith may be the turning point in their heart and mind, which the Spirit of God will confirm by the working of the Spirit of God within their hearts as well. How can one learn a truth without knowing certain Scriptures and another learn specific Scriptures first to grow by the same truth? The same Spirit that authored the Scriptures lives in those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ by faith! The Spirit of God always speaks the truth. Does this mean that I don't need the Scripture? God forbid! We all need the Scriptures! The Scripture is truth and Jesus Christ is Truth. The word of God (Scripture) confirms and affirms the Holy Spirit AND the Holy Spirit confirms and affirms the word of God as it is written. The Spirit of God intercedes for us, when we lack knowledge of what to pray for, which is why some experience deliverance without knowing Romans 6-8 first, for instance. The SAME Spirit teaches what the Scriptures mean, which is why some hear this truth first and then walk in it by faith. The Scripture is given by the Spirit of God, both are necessary and neither should be rejected. They are One truth, they do not contradict nor deny one another, but confirm and affirm the other. We would not know the truth without Scripture and we would not understand the truth without the Spirit of God. If we did not need the Scripture after receiving the Spirit of God, then we would not have been given any books of the Bible after Acts! It is quite evident by various Scriptures that the Deceiver is on a war path. There are those who are deceived and deceiving, the word of God (Scripture) is the SWORD of the Spirit! It is our weapon against Satan, that liar and deceiver. Why would any Christian choose to leave their weapon lying around unused while their enemy (Satan) is seeking whom he may devour? Wouldn't the unarmed and unaware "Christian" be the easiest to destroy?! Why would someone be in combat without a weapon?! You don't even know you have a sword or an enemy even, without the Scriptures! To those who would say the Scripture is written by men and as such it is unreliable, you can NOT judge the Scriptures because you have NOT tried them! You say to us, "You listen to men, but I listen to God." However, it is you, you are the one that does not listen to God. If you listened to God, then you would not be afraid to read the Scriptures and come to the knowledge of God! If you had the Spirit of God (which is the Spirit of truth), then you would know and recognise that God's word (Scripture as it is written) is truth and the Lord Jesus Christ is Truth. You listen to men everyday in every area of your life and you obey them! You have bosses, teachers, friends, laws, lawyers, accountants, mentors, trainers, and more! Here is one excuse, "I believed men wrote the Bible, so I didn't read it to see for myself!" This excuse won't cut it. How do I know that?! I know that, because you listen to men everyday and read their words!
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:50

Rule Over Sin: The Law of Sin

For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Romans 7: 18 & 19

There is an old movie called The King and I that I watched when I was a child. It was about a missionary woman that went to a foriegn country to teach a king's children. Over the course of time, the king learned about God and the law of God through her and he also loved her. The knowledge of God's law and her refusal to marry him changed him. He went from a proud king with an authoritative air to an anguished soul and reduced him to a very sad state of mind. In the beginning I actually liked the movie, but by the end I hated it! I decided that I didn't like her very much, because I didn't like how she reduced him from the man that he was to becoming a broken man. He was too proud in the beginning. Then he was left stranded and broken in the end. I preferred to see him proud and authoritative rather than broken. It bothered me so much that to this day, over 30 years later, I remember it! I haven't read the book, but I hope that king came to understand the truth that God expressed by the Spirit of God through Paul in the book of Romans. Even as a child I knew that the grace and mercy of God must provide a way to lift him up out of such a sorry state, but at that time I didn't know how.

As I have grown up, both in this physical body (flesh) and spiritually in the Lord Jesus Christ (in the Spirit) I've come to realize some things about the king in that movie, about myself, and about the word of God (as it is written in Scripture). The king was introduced to the law, which was given by Moses. He went from a place of having no law, other than his own words and those of his fathers, to knowing the law that was given by God to teach us and bring us to the realization of the need for a Savior. In Romans chapter 7, we are introduced to the source of the king's struggle. It's a struggle that Paul experienced, I have experienced, and I'm persuaded that you have too. This struggle brought Paul to his knees and the king in the movie (based loosely off of a true story) to his. It brought me to the point of huddling in a fetal position in the throes of frustration from trying so hard to resist sin and live holy, but failing miserably. I was 13 or 14 years old at that time and what happened that day changed my life forever, but for now we will continue to understand the struggle and the progression to a spiritual fight.

When we look into the law, we realize that God's commandment is holy, just, and good. Then we also realize how far away from God we are, in our own strength we are not holy or just or even good. "For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do," Romans 7: 14. Scripture indicates that we are slaves of sin and of death. Sure we can put off some sins with very little effort, but when we look into the law we see sins that have us bound. These may be public or even secret sins, but they are the ones that either send us to our knees, to our excuses, or both! Romans 6: 14 says, "For sin shall not have dominion over you," and verse 12, "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." The law of sin is at work in the body. Sin appeals to the physical senses. Even when the mind recognizes that the law of God is good and that the law gives knowledge of sin, we are presented with a challenge that is too great for us to overcome. As Paul says, "how to perform what is good, I do not find" in the law. Galatians 5:17 says, "For the flesh lusts AGAINST the Spirit, and the Spirit AGAINST the flesh; and these are CONTRARY to one another, SO THAT YOU DO NOT THE THINGS THAT YOU WISH." This struggle is real and it's not a new one! What did God say to Cain? "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." Cain did not rule over sin. He was of the wicked one, according to New Testament Scripture. He was not righteous instead he was very angry and he didn't hear God. In the case of Cain, he did not seem to struggle against the sin crouching at the door waiting to take him and chose not to acknowledge the word of God at all. Cain didn't recognize where he fell short, became jealous and angry, and then allowed sin to rule over him. He didn't seek God's face and to please God. He wanted to be accepted by God on his own terms. He didn't talk with God about what was wrong with the offering he chose to present. Instead he chose to persecute and kill his brother. We aren't like Cain, instead we're like Paul. Paul believed God. Yet, he also experienced the struggle against sin that had him enslaved. God called upon Cain to rule over sin. He warned him that there was a sin crouching as a lion ready to pounce on him the door of his heart. He called upon him to rule over sin. He gave him an opportunity to express what was bothering him and find a solution. He continues to call upon mankind to rule over sin. For Paul and for all of us, a solution has already been provided.

In The King and I, the king was in anguish when he looked into the law of Moses. Paul understood his predicament before the king did and with Paul we also cry out, "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" We ask the question Cain never asked, "How do I rule over sin?" We aren't left stranded like the king in that movie was. There is a hope and victory! We aren't left in the dark. Romans 7: 23,24 & 8:1 & 2, "O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore NOW no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who DO NOT walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." Now we see that the law of God brings the realization of sin, but it does not redeem (buy us back) from sin and death. According to Romans 7:14 we are "sold under sin" and again in verse 23 the fleshly desires that are at work in our "members" or physical parts of the body are at war against the mind that serves the law of God "bringing me into CAPTIVITY to the law of sin." Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we become "dead to sin," so "that we should no longer be SLAVES TO SIN."

So the law of sin is the power of sin that works against the truth and the Spirit of God, which works through our physical body when we present our members as instruments of sin. We became prisoners of sin through Adam. However, as we grew up from childhood we began to present our "members" (own bodies) as "instruments of unrighteousness to sin" as slaves to sin. We became sinners and slaves of sin by submitting to sin. The law of sin holds our bodies under as prisoners of sin through Adam by physical birth and as slaves through our own submission to sin. Sin is the ruler over our physical body by Adam and by our own submission to its power. The law of sin holds us captive as slaves to sin, so that even when we know with our minds, we agree with God, and desire to do good...we still fail to uphold what is good by obedience to the whole law as given by Moses. Jesus Christ frees us from the law of sin and from the law of death. He gives us power and the ability to walk in newness of life, to walk according to the Spirit of God rather than submitting to sin and being ruled by it. We are not left in a state of being brought into captivity to the law of sin which is in our members.

Monday, 10 September 2018 00:28

A Life Giving Spirit

We know from Scripture that Jesus, the Son of God, is the VERY IMAGE of God. Also, we know in the beginning it's written that Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, a son of God. Adam and Jesus are both called son's in the word of God. However, one brought sin and death into the world, while the other brought freedom from sin and eternal life. Adam was like God, because God made him a living soul in His image. God gave him power and authority in the earth. He also had a will, which gave him the ability to plan and make decisions. The ability to feel emotions was imparted. He was also NOT like God in many ways. He did not have the power of eternal life, there was a tree planted in the Garden of Eden that was the Tree of Life. It signified that there was a way that mankind could live eternally, but mankind did not have eternal life within himself as God does. Adam needed a helper, which was created bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. She was created from a rib bone of Adam, being of man or mankind. Adam did not have the power to produce someone like him or create life. There would be no son of Adam without a female. As a side note, the role of females is not solely to procreate. It's not a man's primary role either. This is spiritual, so don't get all caught up in the purpose of women in the world. God is able to impart life, because He is life. He is able to create a son without a helper, He is a SPIRIT. He is a life giving Spirit. He has no beginning or end! Adam is created in the IMAGE of God and Jesus Christ is the VERY IMAGE of God. One was a son by the flesh (created a son, a living soul) and the other was GOD IN THE FLESH. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." Then John 1: 14-18, "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. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have we all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." --John 1:1-4 Just as John was born prior to Christ physically, Adam was born prior to Christ physically, yet Jesus Christ is preferred before John and was before Adam. Why? He existed before them! That which is spiritual existed before the natural, but was introduced or revealed (to mankind) after the natural was created. "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening [life giving] spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual," 1 Corinthians 15:45-47.
Sunday, 02 September 2018 18:08

Hidden In God

Today in church our pastor read from Ephesians 2:1-4 about the treasure and mysteries that are hidden in God and revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ. He also spoke about walking in Christ. It was an excellent message! During the message he relayed the story from a good many years ago about the discovery of diamonds in Africa. The story goes that some men traveled to Africa and while there they found children playing a game of "marbles." The amazing part of the game was that these children were actually using diamonds to play. So they held a treasure in their hands, but they didn't know it! They could have built mansions, had enough food to feed their entire country, and anything that money could buy at that time! They were happy to have marbles, but they had so much more. They didn't know the value of what they had and it effected their understanding of what they had. Their understanding was from a lack of knowledge. Their lack Of knowledge rendered them unable to properly utilize that very valuable asset. They were playing games with treasure! If Christians would dig into the word of God (Scripture) and walk in Christ (the Word God made flesh) to KNOW the value of the treasure that is hidden in God in Christ...we would be able to walk in Christ according to knowledge! We would know the value of this treasure that is in "earthen vessels," which is in us. This treasure that is in our hands, in our hearts! We have been given the Spirit of God by faith, the same Spirit that spoke the worlds into existence, that raised Christ from the dead, and spoke the word (Scripture). Christ in us the hope of glory! We know that we have a treasure in Him, but if we truly understood the value of all that we have been given it wouldn't be hard to walk in Him. The more we hear the word of God (Scripture) and walk in Him (Jesus Christ, the Word of God) by His Spirit, the more we realize the value of what we possess in and through God. Not only that but "He gave gifts to man [mankind]" by that same Spirit! We have so much more than we could ever imagine or think! Right there inside of you is a storehouse full of treasure yet to be revealed! The word of God (Scripture) is like a field full of treasure, the Spirit of God is One who unearths or reveals the value of it to you, and once you understand that the Lord Jesus Christ gives all things to you in Him...there is no amount of diamonds that could compel you to sell it! The treasure that is hidden in God is made available to us, to you in Christ. It is God who gave us Scripture (word of God), gives us the ability to understand what He speaks, and makes us alive in Christ Jesus (Word of God) by His Spirit that lives in us. Read the Bible, ask God to give you understanding, and believe that He will reward you. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, of those who seek (above everything else) to know the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Note: This post is loosely based off of the pastor's message and isn't a verbatim account of what he was preaching. It includes thoughts that I had while I was listening to the message. I enjoyed the preaching and I'm thankful to have a good pastor.