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Breath

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. — Genesis 1:2

Throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, in both Hebrew and Greek languages, the word translated “Spirit” is the same used for Breath and Wind. Why?

Part of the answer, I believe, is that wind, breath, spirit is unseen and uncontrolled. It can be felt on our skin, it can be heard blowing through the trees and tall grass, we even try to track it with radar, but it goes where ever it goes without or control, approval, or direction.

God’s spirit is like that and so are his followers.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit — John 3:8

He moves and we benefit. We pray for it, wait for it, work with it or against it, but we don’t control it, and we don’t control those following him.

— fritz@langgang.com

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“As Moses lifted up the snake on a pole in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. – Jesus (John 3:14)

God’s object lessons can be strange. In the Old Testament, when God’s people complained poisonous snakes slithered out and bit them.1 God’s cure was to take an image of one of those snakes, put it on a pole and look at it! Those who looked lived and those who refused to look died.

Who would refuse to look when it was right there in front of them?! Yet some did.

Jesus speaking to Nicodemus, a religious scholar who would know the story well, said God would offer his answer for sin’s bite in the same way — putting sin on a pole (cross) for all to see. The apostle Paul later wrote,

[God] hath made [Christ] to be sin for us … that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2nd Corinthians 5:21

Those who figuratively look to Christ and his sacrifice have deliverance.

Who would refuse to look when it is right there in front of them?

– fritz@langgang.com
1 Numbers 21:6

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How Jesus Gave Interviews

[B]e ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” – 1st Peter 3:15b

Reading Seth Godin’s blog entry from May 31st, ““How to be interviewed” started me thinking about how Jesus gave interviews; he did, you know – to Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the pharisees and sadducees. Jesus gave great interviews!

Some of the rules Mr. Godin mentioned are just what Jesus did:

  1. Jesus gave interviews, they weren’t taken from him. He was the one in charge, he was animated, interested in the topic and expressive.
  2. Interviewer questions and statements were not for answering but opportunities to talk about what he thought was important. When Nicodemus said, “We know you come from God …” Jesus ignored it completely and said, “You must be born again!”
  3. Everything Jesus said was “on the record” – there were no flippant, off-color, comments.
  4. Jesus was kind even when people made thoughtless comments or asked the same thing over and over.
  5. His answers were interesting, exciting and engaging.

Something to think about when people ask us questions.

– fritz@langgang.com

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And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; – Genesis 21:19

Hagar, banished to the desert with only a bottle of water, thought she and her son were going to die.

Of interest is the Bible’s unique description of God’s response. It did NOT say God made a well for her or led her to it; God just opened her eyes, the well was already there. Without that eye opening she would have died of thirst with unlimited water right before her.

How many other essentials are, like Hagar’s well, awaiting our eyes to be opened?!

God’s kingdom is one! When Jesus preached, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 1, he wasn’t saying it was soon coming from afar off but that it was already here and experienced by “repenting”; a term literally meaning “turning around” and facing it.

Again, when Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”2, the emphases was on seeing (or not) something already there.

Not just for newbies, Paul tells us looking at the unseen is an ongoing experience for believers.

“we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2nd Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Jesus, open my eyes to perceive what you have already provided that I, like Hagar, may be refreshed and grow.

-fritz.
Matthew 4:17
2 John 3:3

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Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham…. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him … we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, … Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him … for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8:39-44 (KJV)

Your true parentage, in God’s eyes, is determined not by genetics but by actions – who you act like.

The Pharisees thought Abraham was their father but Jesus countered that the acorn does not fall far from the tree.

We can change parentage by being what Jesus called, “Born Again” (John 3:3) – birthed with God as our father!

So, whose your daddy?

– Fritz@langgang.com

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"Lets Make A Deal" Faith

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – John 3:18 (KJV)

 

There was a TV program called, “Lets Make A Deal”, where contestants were shown numbered doors and told to pick one. Behind one door would be a great prize, behind another a donkey or some silly thing. Of course, the contestant had neither before the choice and would often hesitate, afraid of picking the wrong door.

Many, look at faith that way. They think they have choices, as in more than one. Choosing to believe in Christ would bring one result and choosing not to believe in Christ would bring another, and they wait, thinking that hesitation insulates them from bad (or unpleasant) consequences – Not so!

Jesus’ admonition in John 3:18, is that there is really only one choice because not believing leaves one in the current condemned and fallen state, and that “condemnation” is a life lived in “Darkness” which just never ends.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.. – John 3:19-20 (KJV)

Being in the dark is a lonely place, even in the midst of a crowd; it puts one in proximity of a lot of unsavory creatures, who also live in the dark; and it places one under the “authority” of darkness (Colossians 1:13).

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>Depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

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And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. – John 3:13 (KJV)

The word “is” is very telling of how Jesus thought of himself during his earthly ministry. There was no question in his mind that he was the “Son of Man”, and no question he was on earth accomplishing his tasks, yet he did not say, …the Son of man which was in heaven”, he said, “…the Son of man which is in heaven.”

He did what he did not being previously in heaven but now on earth, he did what he did being previoiusly in heaven and still in heaven, joined eternally with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

We, too, are to see ourselves currently in heaven, with Christ.

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: – Ephesians 2:5-6 (KJV)

He is expecting us to consider ourselves currently seated with Christ as we live our lives on earth! I want to know it, feel it; have it engrafted (James 1:21) into me and I into it to be part of me!

Ah ha!!! The journey of joy continues; pardon me while I stop to leap for Joy!!!

Wow!! Afterglow scripture:

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. – Hebrews 12:22-24 (KJV)

– Fritz
Patrikin – Related through The Father (God): Some things are just, simply beneath us!

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