The Spiritual World
Welcome - We Are Investigating The Spirit World
Welcome - We Are Investigating The Spirt World
Good day to everyone. I see Bing is featuring the Acadia National Park which is south of us in Madawaska about 120 south of us. It was Carl Sandburg who said something I believe. Let’s look at it:
“Laws change; people die; the land remains.” Carl Sandburg
Now that’s a Maniac for you. Things change, but, the beautiful volcanic land remains and grows more potato than Idaho in Aroostook county alone. Aroostook is the second-largest county in America and almost one-third of the state of Maine.
Aroostook is full of moose, deer, fox, bear, snow fox has been seen and all other kinds of wildlife. Although shopping tends to come and go on the wings of the economy the center of shopping in Aroostook tends to be where our airport lies in Presque Isle, Maine.
Ten miles up U.S. 1 is the National Weather Service, Caribou, Maine. A small and beautiful village concept, Caribou is a great small New England town.
We are investigating the Spirit world. We know the Holy Spirit lives in us and was given to us when we were born again through Jesus Christ. Paul told the troubled Corinthians: "The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (11) For who knows a person’s thoughts except for their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
(12) What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
(13) This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c]
(14) The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
(15) The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
(16) for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”[d]
But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2.10-16)
The Power of the Holy Spirit
Can God Really Forgive All I've Done?
One of my past experiences was officiating basketball at the college level where the talent remained at the same level ever year, but we officials got a year older each year. Often the best defense is a well-directed offense. Jesus said: And the Lord said:
“Because these people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men” (Isaiah 29.13)
But to Israel, the Lord says: “No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.
When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction.” (Isaiah 29.22-24)
Can God really forgive all I’ve done in life? That is a great question and one that deserves an answer. The question usually comes from a wounded heart. I know, I had one. Forgiveness is for other people they think. No one deserves forgiveness. If we deserved it, it would not be forgiveness. Recognizing our sin is a requirement for being forgiven. There is only one group of people who can be forgiven: those that sin. Of course, we are all members of that group and club!
A Family Prayer
Thank God for Our Families - Soul Deep
Life can get pretty tuff. But no matter how difficult life becomes, we can thank God for our families. There may be times when we let down those we love and fail people who have given the most, but through it all, we discover a group of people who make us feel that we feel we belong the most.
They say to us, “What happens to you matters to me.” (Isaiah 44.1-5)
We face all of life together and stand together from confidence born of true identity in the name of our family and the people under that name. In spite of the pain, frustration, embarrassment, the unavoidable world of life our family is a real gift of the living God. (Romans 12.3-8)
In the verse above Paul talks about the individual gifts that God has given each of us. He states starting in Roman 12.6-8, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
That is a word for everyone, do it cheerfully. Christians do not want to lose their zeal or their joy. They know where they are, where they came from, and most of all they know where they are going. Think of it this way, we are drop-outs from the rat race. It is an unwinnable race anyway.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5.17) I hope you read this and grow in Jesus Christ.
Final Thoughts on This One
My Final Thoughts on This One
Soul Deep was an old song by the Box Tops. I used to be a DJ a long time ago and played that song. We have a soul. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It is when you discover a real relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him as both Savior and Lord of your life that good things will happen and an adventure and transformation will take place in your life. I hope that happens for you.
I'll end this one with a simple truth - If our thoughts that we are having do not bring you peace, joy, and hope they are not of God. That is a fact, Jack! Most of the problems in life I've had never happened! Peace be unto you, Gary