People scoff at the Bible as the Word of God for one main reason, namely to claim to be not accountable to God. The reasoning is that, if God is rejected as the Creator, and the Bible’s self-proclamation of being God’s Word [to us], then such people are exempt from what God says. This is simply not a way out . Absolute Truth (Jn 8:32,36; 14:6) stands untouched and unchanged irrespective of our own – selective – opinion.
Jn 3:17-21 is clear that Jesus Christ did not come to condemn the world (sinners)! Jesus said that God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved! He continued, “He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he had not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 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 does evil hates the light and neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Let’s be honest, mature and frank. Pornography is a set-up. It consists of, uses, and deals through fabrications and a sinister world of drugs and human trafficking. It is absolutely lewd and a counterfeit, bogus deception.
Pornography perverts sex. Sex inside a marriage was designed by God for a purpose, and then only between one man and one woman in holy matrimony (Gen 1:27; 2:24; Mt 19:4-6). Pornography is a wicked [twisted, perverted] system making money by capitalising on man’s most base urges based on survival (Gen 1:28) and self-righteousness. The meditation “Body, Soul, Spirit” expands on the relationship between the soul (“self”) and the body and the spirit. The soul is self-centred and the spirit God-centred. Sex is mostly self-pleasing and the pleasure derived from it can easily cause one to cross the line between morality and immorality.
But don’t despair! No man or woman is exempt! Read Rom 3:23-28. It says all [humans] have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; “… Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith [in Jesus Christ]. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law”. This is the good news of Jesus Christ. We all need His help! Contemplate the meditation “The Gospel” and Rom 8:29-39 as well.
Pornography not only makes money for its propagators, it propagates the idea of indiscriminate non-commitment and unfaithfulness. This can sustain no healthy family and can only end in [self]-destruction.
God (the Bible) is not silent on an immoral thought-life and lifestyle. Contemplate only the following Scriptures in the NT to realize this fact: Rom 1:17-32; 6:11-23; 8:13-19; 1 Cor 3:16-20; 4:17; 6:15-20; 7:2,10,11,17; 2 Cor 6:16-18; Col 3:5; 1 Tim 3:2,12 and then for those trying to abuse God’s grace – digest Heb 10:26-31 with 1 Jn 3:6-10 first. Jesus paid for our sin, not for us to keep on sinning and so reject His teaching [Himself!]. This is expanded on in the meditation “The Gospel” as well.
Eph 5:17 says we should not be vague and thoughtless and foolish but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of God is (it is no mystery)! If you are baffled, contemplate carefully verses 1-16, Col 3:1-17 and then please read on.
A choice [laziness] to not look up and consider the above Scriptures would be a sad case in point. It’s wise to heed that soft conscious-like Voice inside. God = Love. He will not force us, but guides us. Jesus knows us more intimately and better than we could ever do and has already paid for all sin; He is our Intercessor and is a High Priest that understands what temptation is (Heb 4:15-16). He came to save us from ourselves… but we have to renew our mind [our self, self-righteousness must be crucified] to line it up with the new creature God made provision for (2 Cor 5:17), the one that has become God-conscious again and follow Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit inside of us, only then are we children of God – Jn 1:12; 4:24; Rom 8:14! As mentioned in the meditation “The Gospel”, are many deceived thinking the fact that God designed and made mankind, means that “we are all God’s children” – this is wrong. “God’s own” are His followers only.
Does this sound like Greek?
Well, for interest’ sake, let’s then start by looking at a few words in this way…
G4205 πόρνος pornos por’-nos is from πέρνημι pernēmi (to sell; akin to the base of G4097); a (male) prostitute (as venal), that is, (by analogy) a debauchee (libertine): – fornicator, whoremonger.
G4204 πόρνη pornē por’-nay is the feminine of G4205; a strumpet; figuratively an idolater: – harlot, whore.
G4205 πόρνος pornos por’-nos is from πέρνημι pernēmi (to sell; akin to the base of G4097); a (male) prostitute (as venal), that is, (by analogy) a debauchee (libertine): – fornicator, whoremonger. pip-ras’-ko, prah’-o
G4097 πιπράσκω, πράω pipraskō praō; pip-ras’-ko, prah’-o and the first is a reduplicated and prolonged form of the second (which occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses); contracted from περάω peraō (to traverse; from the base of G4008); to traffic (by travelling), that is, dispose of as merchandise or into slavery (literally or figuratively): – sell.
G4008 πέραν peran per’-an. Apparently the accusative case of an obsolete derivation of πείρω peirō (to “peirce”); through (as adverb or preposition), that is, across: – beyond, farther (other) side, over.
So what? You may ask
Allow me to translate the above in [my poor plain] English?
The point is that we have to admit what the pornography industry is about. Let’s be plain, truly [spiritually] adult and clear, and then talk about this fake trap-show. If we know and apply Jn 4:24; Rom 8:14; and 1 Cor 6:13-20, to name but a few unambiguous Scriptures, we won’t even dare to insinuate that we can make God an accomplice to such an industry that are totally devoid of and opposed to Jesus Christ [God, Jn 1:1-4,13-14; Eph 4:17-20; Col 1:13-20]. We should also very carefully contemplate Jesus’ words in Mt 5:13-20; (Rom 12:9; Heb 10:26-27). Humans are not meant to be like animals that cannot control their bodily appetites and cravings [to please the self above all else]. Read the meditation “Body, Soul and Spirit” by this author for a little better exegeses on morality and a self-centred lifestyle devoid of a higher life in Christ.
We probably all realise that sex – just as Law is used by self-righteousness (see meditation “The Covenant and the Law”) – is just about 99.99% self-satisfaction and that Jesus [God] want His followers to not be self-serving, self-centred, and selfish beings (Mt 7:12)… The self is the problem [like a drug], not sex, money or drugs per se. To argue that a loose sex life is based on mutual agreement(s), is oblivious that the thought-life actually determines who/what we are (Jer 17:9-10; Mt 5:28; Prov 23:7; 10:8; 11:20; 16:5; 24:12; Phil 3:9).
Reading the meditations entitled “Church” on this website, should poignantly make the reader re-consider any shallow understanding of the temple of God – the place GOD [Jesus] planned and desires to be His biding place where we worship [follow] His guidance continuously and ever-lasting. This place is not any building made by human hands, but our hearts [thought-lives] – Jn 2:19-21; 3:3,17-21; Eph 1:17-23; 3:19-21; Acts 7:48 (Is 66:1-2); 1 Cor 3:16-20; rev 7:15-17; 21:3,22,27… The meditation “Body, Soul, Spirit” also attempts to explain the idea of being a [re-born in Christ] spirit with a soul inside a body [as the true temple of God, not the buildings where hypocrites hold their concerts on certain days and certain times only – Gal 4:9-11,30; 5:4,18; 1 Cor 4:20…].
Any human living brazenly according to his/her own set of rules thinking they are outmanoeuvring the Creator of mankind is empty, without understanding and devoid of Truth (Jn 8:32,36; 14:6) by not grasping the price Jesus paid to prepare our hearts [innermost thoughts] for Him to dwell in (Rom 8:29-39; Jn 14:1-3,23-27; Rev 21:3-4. Man’s destiny is self- determined (Jn 3:15-21; 16:9-11) because God [Love] gave us a genuine free coice. Carefully contemplate Mt 5:8 (Jn 3:3); 15:6-11,19,20; 22:37-40; Lk 6:45-49 with Ps 50 (especially vs. 15-23) and Heb 13:5… (Please don’t skip these Scriptures, consider them now).
From the previous explanations of the word [concept] that we know as pornography, the graphic display of this form of worldly voluptuous suggestion of stimuli, we can actually see a suggestion [warning] of slavery. This is illegal [unnecessary] since Jesus Christ have over-paid to set us free.
But there is a more sinister and cunning deception, a trap for the unwary hidden in this ultimate temptation of self-indulgence [sex and unrestricted sexuality]. There is a line that can be crossed between enjoying yourself and just having fun [inside a marriage but as part of a close, private, godly and on-going bonding process that is more about a deep expression of a very intimate and real dedicated love]; and on the other side heading hastily to self-destruction in the wicked [twisted, perverse] version instead. The words of Jesus Christ has to be mentioned [heeded] here, namely Mt 5:13-16; 27-28; that points to Eph 6:12; Is 5:18-21; and Is 54:13-17 with 2 Cor 10:5. The devil suggests [demons manifest as] ideas in your head. Ideas can easily be [become] fantasies [self-indulgent stimuli too risky to openly admit but already primed for action]. It is therefore our soul (self-centredness), our thought-life that is crucial. We have [as good as] done what we tolerate. To tolerate something, is to approve of it. It is futile to try and fool ourselves or God. The nature of a “thought” is that it commands, commune, consider, declare, desire, avouch, bid, intend… this intention can then – unchecked (2 Cor 10:5) – cause none else than hurt/damage/catastrophe.
Even modern dictionaries will typically amplify the word pornography with expressions such as dirt, filth, indecency, obscenity, smut, and erotica. Is this defined by insular, narrow-minded people? Note here that erotica is synonym with ideas such as amatory, aphrodisiac, carnal, erogenous, rousing, seductive, sensual, stimulating, suggestive [temptation], voluptuous, titillating. All these expressions point to the soul (emotion and self satisfaction) and the body (carnal), not the spirit (that is God-conscious). The law of diminutive return must be understood to see the danger hidden therein. It works roughly as follows:
First, offense must be taken. This is usually from the lie that you have been wronged, neglected or deserted in some way, shape or form. This is a lie (Heb 13:5; Ps 23:1). And the father of ALL lies is the devil (Jn 8:42-46). Observe here how the Bridegroom [Christ] has been omitted from our formula of life (love, but eros?). This leads to a downward spiral where you get less in return for “investing” more effort. Points further along this downward spiral can be recognized as, for example, anger, retaliation, rebellion, despair, depression and so on. It ends ultimately in death. The point of no return is the very subtle transition called to simply be “insensitive” [to become numb, callous, careless, indifferent, and unresponsive]. Observe the critical directive of this “innocent” feeling. This false sense [fowl spirit] of “rejection” has an accomplice called “rebellion” [another fowl spirit] that follows closely on its heels. Rebellion comes in forms such as homosexuality, feminism, and utterly uninhibited sexual promiscuity. It is below this point of no return that enslavement become exponentially overwhelming. Guilt and depression give way to anguish and destruction – not the initial lure of fun and joy – and ultimately ends in the opposite: a miserable death.
The only way to break out of this “law of diminutive return”, is to get up and accept the finished [completed, successful] redemptive work and provision of Jesus Christ (Jn 3:3,16-21; Rom 8:29-39; 10:8-13. Don’t fall for another trap to go to a flawed man or program or “steps” [recipe] – open up to [welcome in] Jesus Christ the Person (Jn 8:32,36; 14:6) right now, inside of you. Think about Him. Talk to Him.
This downward spiral operates below a line that runs through the soul (intellect, emotion, will) and classifies all that lies below it, as immoral. Above this line is the spirit [spirituality, God’s Kingdom, the “up here” He calls us to while on earth such as happened in Rev 4:1] where all is called moral and upright. So, yes, there seems to be an upward spiral as well. This can probably be called spiritual maturity. Consider Js 1:13-14; and again Is 5:18-21; 54:13-17; 2 Cor 10:5; Js 4:7… (The devil will flee from you…)!
[Old] Human nature. The “big enemy” fraud.
Because, while claiming to be a “Christian”, such claims reject [deny] Phil 4:13; 1 Jn 4:4, Js 4:7; and so on. The father of all lies (Jn 8:42-47) is even a false accusar! (1 Jn 3:8)!!
Refer to the meditations by this author called “Lucifer part 1” and “The Will” as well to perhaps better understand the sovereignty of God. He is above all, He does not do [cause] all! This has to do with our authority on earth, but only in Christ (Phil 4:6-8,13; Eph 5:1-33). Observe the thought-life principle.
Note how humans out of ignorance, are (a) unable to correctly [effectively] deal with the enemy [old self] due to pride, arrogance, conceit, and “advantage” [self-righteousness]; or even fail to identify the real enemy (Hos 4:6; Is 54:13) at all. Overconfident and bloated with self (1 Cor 8:1-3), people fail to discern correctly and so are completely flabbergasted when their humiliation becomes evident. They even hide behind a shallow religious show and are [2 000 yrs] retarded while thinking they are pious and holy. They major on minors while clinging to a minor on the majors. They fail to discern the real problem – the self!
Then, (b) once humans have to reluctantly acknowledge that they had blundered in their “supremacy”, they then try to revert to the nonsense that the enemy was so immense that no one could stand against it.
Mankind tends to think that, if we claim that we were overwhelmed (outgunned by the devil) that we would be innocent. We are not innocent if we claim this excuse, we are plain stupid. See Col 1:13-20; 2:15; Js 4:7 and the meditations “The Gospel” and “Mixing Old and New” by this author, if you will. Just read [hear] what Jesus Christ has said and demonstrated, so also His followers (not the parrot-like play-actors), even today.
Another claim some people make, is that there are degrees of sin. No, there is no greater and lesser sin. Sin is sin. A woman cannot get slightly pregnant. What is sin? Technically, an act such as theft is not the sin. It is the result of [the] sin of not believing [trusting] God that He is a Provider [gave you an ability]. Hear Jesus Christ in Jn 16:9. Sin is not the definition that you, or I, or any religious person attribute to all sorts of acts and deeds. At the root of it was a thought… (Recall our short discussion previously?).
Note on Rom 14:23c. The “faith” mentioned here, is a reliance upon Jesus Christ for salvation, not any idea [clever definition] of what any man comes up with of what he/she thinks is wrong or right or to rationalize what is a clear wrong [is hideous, repulsive] in God’s mind. See also Js 4:17. It is not our conviction that determines what sin is or is not. Jesus Christ says to not believe Him, is sin, and He has the highest authority (Mt 28:18; Phil 2:9-11), not any religious person or group with a doctrine contrary to Christ. See the outcome of liars in Rev 21:8; and see who they are in 1 Jn 2:4, also v. 22 and 2 Jn 1:7.
Note on Phil 4:6-9. Do not underestimate the powerful [empowering] effect of concentrating on this thought-life (v. 8). Pornography is not, and cannot, fit into verse 8 because it does not compliment the prophetic image of faithfulness and commitment (Eph 1:17-23; 5:1-33; 1 Cor 6:12-20; Js 4:17). The results we see in our lives are due to our own [or other human’s] choices that manifested God’s principles. God [Love] does not manipulate and has left the choice [decisions and their results] up to us.
Neither can pornography be an addiction after Heb 12 (:14,16,17,28,29) and Jn 15:1-14 is understood.
If we keep on returning to dreg like a dog that eats his own vomit [rejected already], we are behaving no more still than an animal [in lust and greed, in self-satisfaction and self-righteousness]; and if we then claim to love God (whilst continuing in sin), our love is feigned, it is false and we are not re-born [at the very least is such a mind not renewed and following Jesus Christ and His Spirit] – Rom 12:9; Jn 3:3.
Note on Jn 15:10. Observe that “My command” as in Jn 15:10, 14 and Jn 14:15 does not refer to “The ten commandments” of Moses (Jn 1:17; 9:28), but the “Word” [precepts and teachings] of Jesus Christ Himself (Jn 1:14, 14:16-17,21,23). Note how Jesus repeatedly have said how “…it is written, but I say unto you…”. This is not a contradiction but God showing how people read retaliation instead of compensation (ex. Mt 5:38-45). Refer to the meditations by the author such as “Apparent contradictions in the Bible”, “The Covenant and the Law”, “Mixing Old and New” for a fuller exegesis on self-righteousness.
Encouragement to press on and overcome (Excerpt from the meditation “The Will”)
Note that the concept “overcome” implies that it’s not a catastrophe that you are [you’ve been] in a mess because it obviously means you can by your own choice victoriously get out, over it, on top, conquer, and crush that temptation beneath your feet permanently because your old self is dead and the new prevail!
We cannot and will not be tempted by what we hate. So, change [renew] your MIND!… (Rom 12:9).
God is omniscient and omnipresent – no one and nothing can shock Him! Slowly digest Heb 4:12-16.
Revelations from God are for those pressing on and pursuing Him in a personal relationship – Mt 7:8; Lk 8:10; then with Rom 8:14,17 can you reveal Mk 11:24! This implies that victory (Rom 8:29-39) is for those who press on in faithfulness and commitment like a proper bride, even when we mess up (and this is where God’s unfathomable mercy and grace, His perfect nature – Love – saves us) and even if we fall back sometimes. Then Scriptures like Heb 12:15-17 leads to Rev 3:21; 21:3, if 2 Cor 10:5; Eph 4:23-25. (Note that this falsity, in Eph 4:25 to be rejected, reads with 1 Jn 2:4; Rom 12:9!). Then we see that, in His omniscience, He knew our pride and we didn’t. We see that overcome means that you have already been in a place where you should not have been… and there’s only one way out – Heb 12:1-4 gives advise that is greatly under estimated – there is no other way than Jesus Christ… inside!… Read, if you will, the meditation “Worldly philosophies” and the discussion on aliens [to the household of God].
To create is to love.
To love is to create what is good. To love is to trust and have peace. To follow good. Heal is to love and re-create. Only one God can create and heal – our Creator, our Heavenly Father, our Triune God.
The devil cannot create – he only destroys by deceiving the free will of mankind created by God [with man’s consent]. This is the devil`s work: he specializes in twisting the facts and creative Word of God with suggestions [thoughts] – the true and faithful Word of God (Jn 1:14; 3:36) that sets us free. The devil does this because he desperately covets what we were given: we were made to the image of the triune God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit gave us a body, soul and spirit. The devil does not have a body and cannot manifest as one – he can only possess the bodies created by God with demons [thoughts, ideas], when man allows the devil to. We have been created by God to operate in (His) love and to be giving – like God. Because the devil knows this, he sells us the lie that giving abdicates authority. But Jesus Christ is exalted to the highest position in the universe. Jesus Christ will come back to judge the living and the dead, and Jesus was the person that gave the most. Therefore, giving brings authority! The devil twists this around to make us suffer negative emotions and reap havoc with a selfish, self-righteous demanding attitude. The devil uses people to destroy people. How blind are we?! The devil knows which lies will sound “good” (!) to carnal man and shrewdly destroy the image of God – the deceived human him/herself!… You know of course, that the Devil himself cannot/never make any human go lost against their will (Gen 1:28; Js 4:7).
Being spiritual beings in a physical world, we tend to be very easily trapped by the devil`s destructive lies that heightens the physical senses, making us slaves thereof. This reduces us to weak-willed creatures in bondage by ignorance, sin and deception. In other words, by buying the lies of Satan, we choose (yes: we choose to! God is faithful and true – He will never violate the free will He gave you. Think about it!) to destroy ourselves while Satan makes you think you are “OK”… Why refuse to be set free by the Truth? Jesus Christ is the perfect and only way to be set free. Jesus Christ paid the price for us all. Jesus Christ was made sin (not a sinner) to make us righteous again before God. Don`t buy another lie from the murderer Satan. Your “heart” is your centre and your core (as the heart of the forest or sea). This is your soul encompassed in your mind. Your mind communicates emotionally and intellectually, not spiritually. Only your spirit (inner man) can understand spiritual things. God is Spirit… (Jn 4:24). When you accept Jesus Christ as your resurrected Saviour and Lord, His Holy Spirit will renew your mind and (re)born your spirit. He only inspires you to renew your mind, because He wants you as His child, friend and inheritor. With a renewed mind, you will be equipped to see the previously hidden truth(s) in His Word and spiritually grow. The Holy Spirit inspired holy men to write the Bible and the same Holy Spirit will now make you understand this Word. He will add wisdom to your knowledge and peace beyond comprehension. Your “heart” knows that faith (in God who created you and wants you back with Him, always) can hear your Maker speak to you through His inward witness (you call it your intuition) and His inward voice (called conscience). Your inner man (spirit) will be born free. Don’t shut it up in self-centred lust or greed. Therefore, rebuke the devil in the Name [authority, not ritualistic ceremony] of Jesus Christ, and listen to your heart!!! Please don`t choose to be unsaved and try and blame God for your condition – He has done all He could. It is you who must believe, embrace and accept this wonderful redeeming truth.
You will not accept and believe someone saying they love you, if you manipulated or forced them to. So how can an infinitely Righteous, Holy and Just God be expected to not have made you with your own free will? All He who created you asks, is to use your own free will wisely and to make a quality decision: Seek and choose to accept His perfect Saving Grace – Jesus Christ. He loved you first, while you were still His enemy. Quit your self-destruct-mission. He proved His love by giving His only begotten [sent] Son to rid you of your sin and guilt. He created man, man used his own free will to give his God-given authority over earth away illegally to Satan. Because of Who God is – perfectly Just and Righteous – He did not take it back (for us!). But was just by presenting a last Adam. A sinless man to buy back the lost authority legally as a man. This time for once and all for all those who choose to accept the credible price He paid! He chose to be confined – as a limitless, unbound Spirit – in a human body to be a Gentle, Loving, Meek, Longsuffering Servant-King. To save you. Not a tyrant dictator the destroyer-devil causes us to be…
Come on, stand up – stop hurting and rebelling – give your precious heart truly [continuously as a temple and a home] to Jesus Christ and enter the Kingdom of God.
Another reason why we battle with discretion [correct choices] are due to, what this author calls, a “Liewe Heksie” syndrome. This is where “pious” people (2 Tim 3:5; Rom 10:1-3) demonstrate Is 5:18-21.
Note on the “Liewe heksie sindroom”
“Liewe Heksie” is an Afrikaans (South African) radio and TV production pretending to be for little children about a good and innocent witch. Then they grow older and “Christians” tell them Harry Potter is OK?! These misled children (Mt 18:6) will then also fail to identify witchcraft from a pulpit when they are being manipulated with fear and indoctrination by false doctrines of “accredited institutions”. See the meditations “Church” by this author if you will. You might not be able to defend your “denomination” after all.
Let’s not be dull and fast asleep here. In case the little discussion earlier regarding ignorance has slipped the mind, please carefully contemplate the following Scriptures with the fact that most “Christians” fail to see the harm and danger in the “innocent” pictures and movies they watch and the “great books” they read.
Gen 41(:8); Ex 7. God demonstrated His ultimate sovereignty over all and that witchcraft cannot effect Him. However, His followers should realize that the rebellion against God [lack of trust in God’s power, guidance and provision] is a complete abomination to God (Dt 18:12)! Also look at the following:
Dt 4:19; 17:3; 18:9-14; Jer 27:8-18; Dan 2(:27,28); Gal 5:19-21 (…will not inherit the Kingdom of God…); Eph 2:1-3-22; 4:21-24, 27, 29-32; Col 3:2, 3, 17; Mal 3:5; Acts 13:8-12; Ez 13:22,23; 1 Cor 10:20, 21; Rev 9:21; 18:23, 24; 22:13-15; 2 Ki 21:6, 10-15; 17:17-19; 23:24,25; 2 Chron 33:6; Lev 19:31; 20:6, 27; 1 Sam 15:23 with Rev 5:4-5; 21:6-8.
From the above scriptures, it is clear that we must avoid witchcraft and “magic” (trickery, falsity) as manipulative control, for it is wicked [a twisted perversion of God’s provision and a true free choice He has given us]. From the meditation “God’s Will”, the following note on Is 55:10: If we understand the Word [and Spirit] of God, we’ll recognize Him (Jn 1:10) as a Person from just Jn 1:1-4,14. Of course this Word of God can therefore not return void without accomplishing what He was sent out to do! (Is 55:11, even verses 12-13)!!! God’s spoken blessing and curse is therefore possibly a declaration of a resultant activity with an effort from our side that showed trust in the predictions of its outcome; rather than Him using voodoo-like manipulation and a type of stage-control! This is possibly exactly why God does not want us to have anything to do with witchcraft and magic [trickery, falsity]. This is expanded on in the meditation “ In Is 45:9 God says “I declare things that are right”. Of course the initiative for our salvation[plan] and righteousness is from God [perfection], but in His unfathomable Love and grace, has He given us a genuine free will. Who better knows the outcome of trusting, following and clinging to His guidance, other than God? We therefore should connect Is 55:9-10 with 2 Cor 5:17-21!…
In, for example, Mt 5:28; 7:15; 12:33-37 Jesus Christ teaches us that we should be very cautious with our thought-life. This is where our approval for our actions originates for us. Remember that we only have a choice between Light and darkness (Mt 7:16-19, 21; Js 3 – especially vv. 10-12; and so on). We should heed Is 60:14; Mt 5:14…
Col 1:13-20 should be self-evident – and certainly1 Cor 4:20 and 2 Tim 3:5 (1 Jn 4:4). Selah? Amen?
Neither could we be cowards (2 Tim 1:7; 2:12; Jn 4:24; Mt 10:33; 16:24; Rev 3:13) or silent (2 Tim 3:21,22,25,26; 4:2-4; Rom 1:16; 12:7-9; 1 Cor 5:1-8; 1 Tim 4:13; Heb 13:22), or Spiritually uninformed (Jn 14:23-27; 1 Jn 2:4).
To bless (or curse) someone. From the meditation “The will [of God]”, first, contemplate even just Rom 12:14-21 (Mt 5:44-48). Note that, to understand “bless” and “curse” as verbs in the sense that a condition can be imparted to another person or persons as if the recipient will have no control over it, is nonsense; for it imply the same mechanism as in witchcraft or some form of sinister voodoo control. God is not a manipulator and is consistent (Heb 13:5,8), and will therefore not remove anyone’s free will [ability to exercise your choice]. Because God [Love] is not a manipulator, is witchcraft no part of Him and why we should have absolutely nothing to do with it. The articulation of “blessing” someone, is therefore more accurately expressed as a declaration of a positioning [realms of body, soul and spirit] that you hope someone to end up in, and accompanies the hope [trust, faith] that the recipient will actively contribute towards that perceived will in agreement. This gives more practical meaning to concepts such as admonish and Scriptures such as 2 Tim 3:15-17 that works [labour, as in giving birth] of a new creature as in Rom 8:19,28 and 2 Cor 5:17; and so together result in a certain blessing to the recipient in 2 Tim 3:17. Even the giver when considering the beatitudes in Mt 5:4-11. Observe – especially – Mt 11:6 (Heb 11:6)! Also, ponder Mt 13:16-21; 21:9; 23:39; 24:46. Even the very popular Jer 29:11 continues therefore with verses 12-14! Observe even the effective declaration “But” and “Because” with another outcome than what was declared as a hope [wish, perceived will of verse 11], in verses 17-19. Likewise the “curse” as a result in verses 21-32.
Come on, church of Jesus Christ – let us be a true Christian!
Neither a slave nor someone ignoring Rom 12:9.
Go in peace, not in pieces.
 Num 24:17 with Dan 9:24-27 and Rev 22:13-19 (note v. 16). Get it? This is why sorcerers paid homage to Jesus in Jerusalem, David was appointed over them. It is about kings in a Kingdom-plan. (See the meditation by the author entitled “A Short Christmas and Easter Message”). Even Num 24:4-5 was possibly referring also to the “attractiveness” of the lay-out of the camp… in the form of a cross!