Wednesday, June 29, 2016

OF SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO LAW


Everything in moderation, right? For the most part. However, Galatians 5:23 says, "Against such things there is no law." What thing(s) is there no law against? The previous verse answers this - "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control"

There are two major observations with this list of the Fruits of the Spirit. First, these outcomes are Godly results, notice in Galatians 5:22 identification of The Fruit is with The Spirit. The things against which there is no law are of and from The Holy Spirit. So, to have these Fruits in your life means to have The Holy Spirit's love, The Spirit's joy, The Spirit's peace, The Spirit's forbearance, The Spirit's kindness, The Spirit's goodness, The Spirit's faithfulness, The Spirit's gentleness and The Spirit's self-control for your own benefit as well as the benefit of others.

The second observation is that having no law against these things translates as having no distribution limitations. Believers can continue to showcase and infect others forever with these Fruits. The original Greek word for "law" in this verse is nomos (nom'-os) meaning to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals; law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): - law. This means The Spirit's version of all these Fruits is inexhaustible. This means we should take the opportunity afforded us to display The Spirit's Fruit in us and spread The Spirit's Fruit around because Of Such Things There Is No Law.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THE LOST ART OF "INQUIRING OF THE LORD"


You have heard it said, "The battle belongs to the Lord." (2 Chronicles 20:15) You have also heard it said, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12) So, which is it - should we stay or should we go? Is the battle God's or ours? I believe the answer is both or situational with Holy Discernment.

You have King David and King Jehoshaphat being examples of trusting in the power of their saving God by obeying His Word to hold back Israel's army at a certain point (2 Samuel 5:23-24; 2 Chronicles 20:15) - the battle was the Lord's in these situations. Fast forward to the time of Paul and his letters to the believers in the churches of the world at that time and a new picture emerges. With a New Covenant, comes a new, additional way of battling. God may still choose to battle for us, BUT now believers have within them the power of the Holy Spirit and the tools they need to complete God's task (i.e. the fruits of the Spirit and The Armor of God). However, before the going, before the staying, before the battling or not - we should inquire of The Lord.

There were times in my youth and there are times even now when I face a challenge without the advice of my parents. Sometimes life does not have to present a challenge to receive mom and dad's view on something. The golden opportunity is lost when I do not ask, when I do not inquire. It is no different with the Christian's Savior - Christ Jesus. Is it any wonder then why Jesus said of seeking counsel - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

So, the next step after seeking Him first would be to hear The voice of the Lord. Jesus gives us a wonderful, comforting word to those who believe wholeheartedly in Him - "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:27-28) Although hearing God audibly is possible today, His mode of operation seems to be to speak through His Holy Spirit by our heart or the hearts of others. In Hebrews 3:15 it says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” The heart here being the entire core of the human being - mind, will, and emotions. 

A fellow Christian blogger, Bobby who publishes The Spiritual Journey of a Blue Collar Christian, writes - "He [God] gives thoughts for your mind. These thoughts are revealed in the Bible. He gives you desires for the heart, even the desire to know Him. He gives you emotions, such as sorrow for your sins and love for others." If you feel your heart being pricked or guided and you can observe outcomes or fruits of your possible decision that line-up with God's Word then you know you are hearing God's Voice. God may speak to you through a dream, a vision, an angel, a pastor's message, another Christian's encouragement - BUT what you are hearing as God's Directive/Voice must synchronize and harmonize with The Word of God.

I believe the desire, the development, and the art of inquiring of The Lord has almost vanished. This has to start personally first. Once this is understood, accepted and implemented on an individual level - the family unit can grow and move by inquiring of The Lord for direction. Once the family is squared away then the Church Body can operate better in this mode, this desire, this maturity, this Lost Art Of "Inquiring Of The Lord".

Monday, June 27, 2016

BUT THEN WE NEED TO STAND


Why put armor on if you are not going to fight or at least defend yourself? You might say, "Well, I'm a lover not a fighter." (a la Michael Jackson) Or you might comment, "I am a cook." Or "I am the stable-boy." Or "I am the seamstress of the kingdom." An enemy gives no mind to these things as he slaughters you. It is the same with the The Enemy of our soul. The enemy cares not about your rank or occupation, he will kill you, steal all from you and corrupt you unto destruction just the same. This is why, for those Christians who think they fill a less important militaristic role in God's Kingdom - they are dead before they even begin their ministry with Christ - they need to suit-up with The Armor of God also.

Some might say, "Well, why did you take The Armor off to begin with?" To that I say, who says they did?  What if the prayer for The Armor of God once again is a renewing of that part and what it means to our spiritual warfare life. Every soldier has a civilian life as well as a military life. Paul saw the Roman soldier as his example, I imagine, at times, coming home and taking off the armor in order to rest, enjoy life away from fighting for a minute, and renew his battle gear (shield, sword, spear, helmet, breastplate, shoes, belt, greaves). I believe Christians also need to take a breather from battle. When they can, the Christian needs to rest in God's Presence, renew themselves and renew a deeper appreciation for each piece of armor.

The element that some need to be reminded of is - to stand. After all this care to arm yourself or re-arm oneself - stand. After taking care of yourself, God's Armor and renewing those pieces on our Spirit-man or Spirit-woman - Stand! Even after entering the battle, don't run away from the challenge or conflict - stand! Observe how many times the command - "to stand" - comes in Ephesians 6:10-17, The Armor of God.......
  • Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.(6:11)
  • Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (6:13)
  • Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, (6:14)
Christians whether they acknowledge the concept or not are in a daily struggle that is unseen. 
  • "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Eph. 6:12)
The Enemy is trying to win battles because he knows he has lost The War. It does not matter where you are in your Christian journey - just accepted Christ or seasoned saint - we all need God's Armor, But Then We Need To Stand!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WORTHY OF THE SELLOUT


Have you ever heard someone confess - "All my eggs are in one basket.....I've tied my rope to that horse....I have hitched my wagon to a star"?  These are all - Sellout statements. In this time of diversification, this mentality of the one-stop-shop for everything is rare. In today's world if you desire to be everything to everybody in one location, you better have the money and/or the infrastructure to build and support it. 

Spiritually speaking - true Christianity confesses - "All my eggs are in one basket.....I've tied my rope to that horse....I have hitched my wagon to a star". A true believer in Christ is one who would go anywhere, anytime, to any person, unashamed and declare - "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) 

To me the declaration is not that hard to make. Jesus Christ of Nazareth stated who He was - "I am the way, and the truth and the life" (John 14:6). He proved who He was - "but God raised Him from the dead and caused Him to be seen." (Acts 10:40) And He fulfilled every prophecy concerning The Messiah - “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17)

The Hope we have in all of this - the reason to believe Christ redeemed us and that we can place ALL of our eggs in His Basket is - He has promised to Return For Us! 

"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

So Christians, firm-up your belief in God as your All-In-All. Re-visit your Savior and King as your one-stop-shop for everything. If there are any non-believers reading this, I encourage you to consider Christ Jesus, The Word of God in flesh as your Savior. He is the one who says, "every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine." (Psalm 50:10-11) Paul describes Him most excellently when he wrote to the believers in Colossae - "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:16-17) He is Worthy Of The Sellout.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ONE EXPENSIVE PARTY


Do you know what a High-Fa-Lutin' Shin-Dig is? It is a term I grew up with to describe a party so elaborate, fancy and beautiful that your dreams are not even invited. There is a King who has invited everybody in history - past, present and future - to such a party. Even the workers of the celebration will be allowed to rejoice.

The cost for this party was beyond enormous. However, the furnishings, the food, the entertainment (music and acting), the decorations, the games, the memorabilia and all the tickets to the event have been paid for by the King's Son - The Prince. He knew the cost of the event while planning the party and still said, "Yes" to the King's will for this gala.

For all the "i's" to be dotted and "t's" to be crossed, The Prince made sure His part was fulfilled. The Prince paid for everything and everybody with His life's blood. The King's Only Son, laid down His life, so that anyone and everyone who accepted His Price for the party would be admitted. In addition, one would receive a personal seal of the King, The Prince and the kingdom recognizing your eternal attendance and eternal relationship with them.

But wait, there's more! The King is King of all Kings and gave The Prince the right to pick is life back up. As a Herald of The Kingdom,  -

"I come to tell you He's alive 

To tell you that He dries every tear that falls
So I come to tell you that He saves
To shout and to proclaim that He's coming back for you" ("This Blood")


Praise to The King and The Prince! They will be there! I will be there! I know my family will be there! Will you be there? Whether you have accepted the invitation or not, the Price has been paid - Once and for All! We were the reason for the party, One Expensive Party!

Monday, June 13, 2016

THINK, WATCH, AND GO

I can remember being taught if I was ever on fire to - "Stop, Drop and Roll". I have a new one for you as a Christian - "Think, Watch and Go".

It seems more people do not stop to think about their upcoming words, action or thoughts now-a-days. This is not a new problem. Isaiah 44:19 documents it saying, "No one stops to think..." And even when the brain is working properly, the mind needs to be focused on the appropriate things.

In Romans 12:3 we read about how to think of yourself - "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." A chapter later readers scan something not to think about - "Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh." - Romans 13:14

Scripture encourages us to use our thoughts as a personal memorial to the time of God's Saving Grace. 1 Corinthians 1:26 says, "Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth." We are encouraged to remember the past, but not dwell there. Have a memorial thought life for the purpose of testimony to others.

What should our minds be full of? Things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy - according to Philippians 4:8. And concerning evil things - be like a child, keep your innocence and stay away from it while having adult thoughts toward evil's dangers or consequences. 1 Corinthians 14:20 says it like this - "Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults."

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As a Watcher in our Christian journey we should - watch for false prophets (Matt. 7:15), watch for deceivers (Matt. 24:4), watch out for all kinds of greed (Luke 12:15), watch yourselves and others, rebuking them when they sin against you and forgiving them when they repent (Luke 17:3), watch over yourselves and the flock (Acts 20:28), watch out for "those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way..." (Romans 16:17), watch your life and doctrine closely, and watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for..." (2 John 1:8).

However, during the watching/warnings amidst ourselves that the above verses submit for our consideration, we also should be watchful for our Hope! Matthew 24:42 encourages believers to watch for the day of the Lord's return. We read this again in Matthew 25:13. However, Luke adds a qualifying mark to the watching, he says, "It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when He comes." - Luke 12:37 Whatever that "good" is that is to befall me, a "servant" and friend of God, then I purpose myself to watch for His return. And not only on certain days do I watch, but Luke stresses in 21:36 - "Be always on the watch..."
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So, we know what to think about. We know what and who to watch for. Now we simply need to Go. Mark 16:15 tells us what we should do and to me speaks of the kind of attitude we should take in doing it. The verse reads - "He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

The command is one to action - Go. Traveling and Preaching the Good News of Christ are the actions. The world is our destination. There is no set location. Everyone needs to hear this wonderful news. Therefore we tell it to all creation. Yes, humanity has been redeemed by the Blood of The Lamb, but so has all of creation and one day believers will see the manifestation of that Redemption - so tell it to all creation!

In Matthew 28:18-20 there is a "therefore". Anytime you have a therefore, you have got to ask - what is it there for? Verse 19 begins, "Therefore go...", which means there is justification for the going and there is in the previous verse. In verse 18, Jesus says, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." After hearing this and knowing this why wouldn't one desire to "go" and do anything after the word "go". 

The rest of the passage reads - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Our responsibility to the nations? 

  1. Make disciples
  2. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  3. Teach them everything Jesus commanded
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As Christians, how saturated are we with Christ Jesus our God? I pray that we, as the body of believers, will quickly get consumed with His Presence daily. This is one passionate fire I desire to constantly overwhelm me. No stopping, dropping and rolling here. We need to Think (Godly), Watch (for God) And Go (for God).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"TREASURE" (MATTHEW 6:21...Another Look)

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Where do you invest your money? Do you place it in stocks, bonds, savings accounts, checking accounts, a retirement account or all of the above? When you spend your money, what do you spend it on? Are your spending habits on little nick-nacks here-and-there or are they big purchase items spread out over time or both? Where is your wealth? Where is your "treasure"? 

In Matthew 6:21, the original word used for "treasure" is thēsauros (thay-sow-ros') meaning a deposit; wealth. The explanation for this word went on to make the difference between first fruits or tithe and the rest of a person's holdings. This word means the latter - everything after the tithe.

The Holy Spirit tells Paul to instruct Timothy through 1 Timothy 6:17-19 to "command those who are rich". What does he command them? "Command them to do good" with their monies. Here is what that part of his letter to Timothy says,
  • "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." 
God's currency is Love and His transport system is Giving. The Spirit in which we Give counts also. Who wants to receive from someone who is playing tug-of-war with a supposed gift? I personally feel like saying, "Keep it if blessing me causes you that much pain." God desires "cheerful givers" (2 Cor. 9:7), not only for faithful tithers, but as we serve each other, as we help each other, as we give to each other, as we love one another.

Wealth not only means riches, but what one simply has the most of. Standing at the fulcrum of our verse - show me what you are wealthy in on one side and on the other side - that will show me your heart. The word Heart comes from the original word Kardia meaning thoughts, feelings, and middle. So, your wealth, whatever that consists of, x-rays your very core for me.

Where is your wealth? Is it in the things you possess like your houses or cars? Can it be found in the amount of friends you have? Is it in your family relationships? Is it in the talent(s) you have? Yes we need money in this world system to get by for the time being, but God's Kingdom Currency works here also. I believe He wants us to start, if you have not already, accruing Kingdom Wealth by doing good, being rich in good deeds and generously and willingly sharing. The rest of the verse says - In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." Believers are preparing themselves for a lifestyle and at the same time displaying their hearts like an open book through their "Treasure". 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

THIS IS HOW WE GET ALONG


Why do we have to be Superior to the next person (female, male, race, nationality, etc)? Why can't we compliment each other? When will we ever have leaders and people, from inside the family to inside the Halls of Government, that will honor collaboration? As someone said once, "Why can't we all just get along?" 

Matthew 20:20-28 says this about the situation.......

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Any mother wants what is best for her sons and daughters and this is no different. However, a Superior position was requested and even that request was made as a favor (something to be repaid) which Jesus said, "is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."

So, the request at hand is answered - those positions are filled and known only by Father God. In other words...this matter is in His care, don't worry about it. However, Jesus doesn't stop there. Jesus instructs His Disciples and us - down through the ages - as to what to do in the meantime. 

The Air of Superiority was now in the atmosphere as the other ten disciples "were indignant with the two brothers" when they heard about this request. This looks like two separate events because the next sentence begins - "Jesus called them together...". This gives me the sense of immediacy with Jesus concerning the nipping-in-the-bud of this issue.

Jesus said that "the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them". In other words...the powers that be in the world misuse their authority over the populace. And even the "rulers" have "high officials" that they must be accountable unto ("and their high officials exercise authority over them."). Jesus taught - "Not so with you." The answer is to serve each other, because the Highest Being of All has made Himself a servant-leader who will give His life for The Mission (Pritchard Paraphrase). Jesus said it like this - "Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

This is how we compliment each other. This is how we collaborate. This is how we progress, by serving each other with Servant-Leaders like Christ. This Is How We Get Along.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

WHAT IS IT YOU TREASURE?


What is it you treasure? This is what I believe is communicated in Matthew 6:21 as Jesus says, "For where your treasure is there your heart will be also." Notice the location of the treasure is mentioned first. If you pin down who or what you cherish most in your life, prioritize most, devote the most time to - then there is a good chance that is where your wealth or treasure is locked-up. The verse goes on to say "there your heart will be also." Remember Princess Leia in Star Wars confronting Han Solo? She said, "If money is all that you care about, then that's what you'll receive!"

The Lord looks at the Heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Both 1st and 2nd Chronicles weigh-in on this by saying - "...for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought." (1 Chronicles 28:9) and "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9) 

The Heart in Scripture means the mind, the emotions, and the will as well as the human organ. Labe and Lay-bawb, in the Old Testament and Kardia in the New Testament mean middle, midst, thoughts, feelings, will; heartThe heart has "thoughts" that are "evil all the time" (Genesis 6:5). And Genesis 8:21 gets specific and adds "from childhood" all are evil. One can pray in your heart (Gen. 24:45), be drawn to that which you love in your heart (Gen. 34:3), and you can even "have your heart set" on someone or something (Gen. 34:8).

A heart can be "unyielding" (Ex. 7:14), hardened (Ex. 7:22), lustful (Nu. 15:39) and considerate as one "takes to heart" a matter (Ex. 7:23). The human heart can be despising of someone else (2 Sam. 6:16), discerning (1 Ki. 3:9), turned (1 Ki. 8:58), not fully devoted (1 Ki. 11:4), and purposeful - as in "had it in his heart to..." (1 Ki. 8:17).

So, the Heart in Scripture is not only the physical organ but the emotional make-up of a person whose responses to emotions can be felt in the body, especially in the organ. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew words I kept encountering for Heart were Labe and Lay-bawb. These words mean the heart literally or figuratively they would mean feelings, the will and even the intellect all in one; awareness; understanding; and midst. In 2 Samuel 17:10 heart is depicted as a character/personality trait of resolve as someone is described as having "a heart of a lion". Psalm 24:4 speaks of a "pure heart". This is likened unto integrity, another character/personality trait.

God is into the business of forming and developing hearts. Back in Aaron's day, Aaron wore a special, beautiful breastplate into the presence of God. Upon the breastpiece was the Urim and Thummim, two devices used as "Yes" and "No" decision-making instruments when counseling with the Lord. Do you know where on the breastplate those pieces were located? That's correct - right above the Heart! (Ex. 28:30)

God wants to write His commandments on our hearts (Deut. 6:6). He desires us to "circumcise" our hearts from all other attachments. (Deut. 10:16) In Joshua 24:23 it says, "...throw away the foreign gods among you and yield your hearts to the Lord." God desires a man/woman after His own heart (His own passions, His own joys, His own Holiness). Don't be surprised if tests come your way to find out what is in your heart (Deut. 8:2; 1 Chron. 28:17). And be careful if you find yourself tested because "the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Matthew 12:34) 

Our downfall is the execution of our thoughts and/or feelings. Sinful or corrupt thoughts and feelings that become actions are our destruction. Jesus communicated the thought this way - “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly." (Mark 7:20-22) Heart in this verse is the Greek word Kardia which means middle; thoughts or feelings. Our core is corrupted. What we like to think about and feel does not naturally line-up with God's mind, heart and will. The answer is receiving Christ's Salvation and walking in His Way to align our heart, our core with His. 

Is it any wonder that Christ Jesus reiterated His Word - “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’" (Matthew 22:37) The original words Jesus used here for "heart", "soul", and "mind" are Kardia, Psuche, and Dianoia respectfully. Heart (Kardia) meaning core; passions; desires. Soul (Psuche) meaning breath. Mind (Dianoia) meaning deep thoughts as in imaginations and understanding. God wants ALL of you and me. He died for me, I will live for Him. What is in your heart? What Is It You Treasure?


Thursday, June 2, 2016

MARRIAGE AND THE TRINITY



The Trinity is the best marriage. The Trinity is a relationship which has been described many ways - an egg, an onion, triangle within a triangle and the list goes on. At this point in my Faith-Walk, I view The Trinity as the best partnership or marriage.

I hope you are blessed like me to have a spouse where you can complete their sentence(s). Maybe the two of you don't even have to say anything sometimes and you just know where you want to eat dinner and go there. It used to spook each of us out, but now we just laugh. We realize quality time with each other developed our deep connection, our "Spock-like-mind-melding" if you will.

I believe The Trinity is the perfect example of this relationship. Father God, Christ Jesus the Son, and The Holy Spirit are three persons yet one relationship. Words are thoughts made vocal. Not to say that Father God is incapable of speaking, but I see Jesus, actively sitting at Father God's right hand as Father God's vocal piece - God's Word made flesh. The Holy Spirit is the mind and heart or Will of God and also speaks.

Our marriages should be the same. In my relationship with Tanya, I have the power to speak. Tanya has the power to speak. In addition, The Spirit that binds us and makes that deep connection speaks also. This is The Spirit that says, "Back off, take a step back for a moment." -- in a heated debate. This is also the same Spirit that encourages other behavior like holding each other's hands, asking if the other needs help in the house, and so on. It is awesome to pay attention to what each other says, but don't forget to listen to The Spirit in your relationship. He will help you keep unified. 
  • "The man said, 'This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.' That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh." - Genesis 2:24
As a unit, as one flesh, you should be able to see Tanya and The Holy Spirit when I meet and speak with you. Also, when you meet and speak with Tanya, you should see me and The Holy Spirit within her. In the following passage of Scripture, Jesus was addressing the Pharisees issue on divorce. However, in the context of this blog I wish for you to receive the emphasis of being unified as a married couple; of being on the same page and representing each other and God with dignity, love and respect.
  • “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,”Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” - Mark 10:5-9
Man leaves his father and mother and is joined in unity with a female because she is of the same kind - God took her from man - woman. She becomes his wife. God encourages, "Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." I encourage you to be a unified trinity as God is the unified Trinity.