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Haystack Mountain in the evening haze

Haystack Mountain in the evening haze

I’m doing some experimenting,I want to change things around on my blog but nothing too drastic me thinks.I reverted back to the old and comfortable for now, its nice to let you know I thought. While I loved elements of the theme Book-lite, I wanted a sidebar.Best !

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Hello to you all,

My second novel is a wrap,look for Sonnets in Waking Moments poetry is life coming to a bookstore near you soon. Dedicated to my sister Joan St.John.Gone but never forgotten.Thanks so much.

Joszann St.John

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December 28, 2012

Purpose: The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Destiny:the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.

It’s possible to know God and still fail in life. Sin and disobedience wreaks havoc on a man’s ultimate purpose. Our destiny requires some decision-making on our part, we must choose some things. Biblical examples include, Sampson, King David, Joseph, Daniel and Adam among many others. When we experience failure, how we move forward is determined to some extent by our choices .Sometimes we have to motivate ourselves, to keep on going. All of the above examples met with failure at some point in their lives, it’s their attitude that determined the final outcome. If you are not sure who you are any prevailing will blow you in any direction. Most of you are young and everything looks good now; generally the young never prepare for their future and I’m not just speaking financially. Some of the relationships you refuse to abort; some of those friendships you are involved in currently will ultimately destroy you. Many hear of relationships and they think family or loved ones. Hey what about business, church, groups, clubs, social media and the list is exhaustive.

Many people never take the time to reason or evaluate situations for themselves. I want to show you an example with the first couple. Before I do though I want to caution some of you, God has warned you before but you have not listened. Judas was appointed to be the betrayer, of Jesus “while I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled” John 17:12 There are some things in the spirit that we will never understand. Everything God made has ears; even the mountains read Matthew 21: 21. Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it dried up, why? The fig tree heard him speak the command. The morning has ears; the universe is in constant communication with its creator. There are really no secrets, when you think about the things of the spirit. To some of you this might sound way off, but how would you know, you’ve never invested time with God. Some of you might say a person doesn’t have an official title don’t worry, its religion speaking. Did most of the people in the Bible have a title? When God chooses it’s obvious. God has his ways of doing things; he uses things that might seem foolish to you.

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Someone might look insignificant to you but you don’t know why God has chosen them to do his work. I read a true story recently this associate pastor saw the general pastor stealing funds from his church, and one day he tried the same thing. The Holy Spirit convicted him immediately .The associate Pastor response “was well so and so was doing it”. The Holy Spirit said to him,” that man has already gotten his reward on earth.” “You have a different calling” so the man repented of his sins. Even in the body of Christ there are some individuals who are there for a specific reason, they are the ones God will use like Judas to bring about his ultimate purpose. Why these individuals behave in such a fashion if Jesus came to redeem the whole of mankind? The problem originates in people’s hearts, who knows hearts only the Lord does? Some pastors are not on their way to heaven, it’s the truth and we know it. If you study the good book you’ll find this out for yourself. And Jesus said “then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matthew 7:23. We serve the same God oh I take my pursuit of God seriously.

Adam did not know who he was; his major mistake was that he suffered from an identity crisis. He couldn’t teach Eve what he didn’t understand. God had given him everything he ever needed. When you have to scrape and fight and claw your way to get something from God you appreciate it when he finally gives it to you or you are a fool. Like Jacob his life had been characterized by struggle it came to a head when he wrestled with the angel. “He struggled with the angel and finally overcame him; he wept and begged for favor” Hosea 12:3-4.Adam loved his wife to distraction, like many men love and lust can render them unstable and unbalanced. Do you know that Adam failed in his life’s purpose; the real shame is that he lived to be 930 years. “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died” Genesis 5:5.

The Bible never told us that Adam accomplished anything other than becoming a father after his exit from Eden. Do we get how much 930 years is, contemporary man has never lived to see these ages. God pronounced death on Adam and his wife,” But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” Genesis 2:17.From the day they disobeyed they were the walking dead. Imagine 930 years on the earth and he has accomplished nothing. You guys want to play with God, go ahead.

Death doesn’t always mean actual dying, God has many ways of killing a man yet he lives. Can you imagine how frustrated and unfulfilled Adam must have felt at the end of his life? Recent tragedies of individuals who have attained lofty heights are still on the periphery of our minds. Do you know who else played with God? Original bad boy, he has been sentenced to roam for ever until that day he burns in hell fire. Need I say more, God is a being, he has a presence, he is the creator of heaven and earth and all that dwells within them, and he is the king of all spirits. You can’t outsmart him; I dare you to try, if Lucifer didn’t win, what are your chances? Peace and blessings!

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Beautiful, so soulful reached deep inside my heart!

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Christ and Christianity are inseparable, so intricately intertwined that one cannot exist without the other. Whether we recognize Christianity as divinity or religion doesn’t negate its relevance, significance or impact on mankind. The faiths doctrines and traditions are derived from the teachings of one individual. The question of the ages is who is this person? Some say he is Jesus the Christ, Savior of the World, Son of God and the earthly son of Mary and Joseph of Galilee. Hated, an object of ridicule, scorned, martyred, healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind and cast out demons and devils as part of his earthly ministry. Jesus a paradox, misconstrued, reviled, loved, celebrated claimed divinity as his heritage and birthed Christianity a movement that has shaken the world foundations over centuries. Who is this man who incites such passion from his followers? Let’s excavate his history as we seek understanding of his role as a breach repairer, connecting man back to divinity.

Jesus birth is estimated to be around 6–4 BC/BCE. Historians have calculated his birth date based on two approaches. One involves the analysis of the nativity accounts in the gospels of Luke and Matthew and working backwards from the start of his ministry to arrive at a date. The other option is the use of historical data. Writers such as Flavius Joseph a 1st century Jewish historian in the time Jesus lived, recorded information we are privy to today. Jesus was born in the days when King Herod lived, the book of Luke 1:5 notes the reign of Herod shortly before Jesus was born. So what this information does is it authenticates the existence of Jesus and gives us historical real data.

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

On another level Herod would be recognized per his status as King, his significance in world history did not go unrecorded. Jesus on the other hand was unrecognized and seemingly insignificant. We must remember Jesus was of no real importance to the world at this time; his influence was mostly among his followers. Jesus bore no title; he did not belong to the wealthy and moneyed circles. Jesus was a trailblazer and revolutionary figure. Individuals of this bent are generally unrecognized until after their death. Most scholars will agree that Jesus existed and he was some sort of teacher. While there are footnotes and overlapping attributes describing Jesus in historical data. A lot is not known of him outside the people who interacted with him. Biblical scriptures teach that “… God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” 1 Corinthians 1:27. Jesus of seemingly no importance has impacted the world in ways in which kings have been unable to do with all their power and influence.

Jesus has many attributes, he is not just a man he is also divinity in human form. His very birth attests his to uniqueness. From Biblical accounts in the Book of Luke Chapters 1 and 2 we learn the details surrounding Jesus conception and ultimate birth. Mary of Nazareth was Jesus earthly mother. Why Mary and not another woman one might ask? Some facts about Mary, she was a virgin, pledged to be married to Joseph of Nazareth a town in Galilee. Mary’s betrothed Joseph came from the line of David, why the significance? King David meant a lot to God, God testified concerning David I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’ Acts 13:22.God does not look at things man looks at “… the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

David found favor with God, and God made him a promise that he would send the savior through his line. “When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever” 2 Samuel 7:12-16.Everything in creation attests to the power of the living God. God sets up his plans and purposes way in advance of the players coming onto the scene. He promised David and he fulfilled his word through Joseph and Mary.

God is holy; he will never dwell in unclean vessels. We are told Mary was a virgin, but more importantly she found favor with God. Both Mary and David found favor with God, why? The Lord knows hearts, he chooses who he wants. The work God has for those he favors is never easy. It is great to be chosen by God but it means men will reject you. Gods favor makes the chosen to be envied by other men. We have seen how envy and hatred played out in the lives of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and David. I always emphasize the fact that God is a spirit; spirit can take many forms but ultimately God requires willing men and women to do his work in the earth realm. Mankind doesn’t see the persona of God, but they see the person and characteristics of God in others.

The earth and where God resides in heaven are two different realms. Each realm is inhabited by different beings and has vastly different functions. Earth is the training ground for things of the spirit; earth is the qualifying realm so to speak. Only three ways to leave earth, you can become an astronaut but you must reenter in some fashion, the second is through the rapture or thirdly we must die. I say this because there is protocol in entering and leaving the realms. Based on the evidence we have at our disposal Jesus is the only being who navigated both realms successfully. One could only accomplish such a feat if they are on intimate relations with the father or only if they themselves have the authority to defy the rules, principles and conventions of universal laws.

When Jesus was preparing to come to earth, a sanctified vessel had to be found to carry divinity. God makes his work look so easy and effortless we sometimes tend to dismiss it as insignificant or not God like. I ask you is there a measure for identifying the things of God? A womb gives birth to life; the first womb God used was the earth when he created Adam. God had to put himself into a womb; he had to pick one that belonged to someone that was pure. God word is so important to him he says “heaven and earth will pass away but my word will never pass away” Mathew 24:35.Wait, do you understand what God has said, his word stands above all else it’s more important than even you and me, it’s more important than his own kingdom wow….?

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 1:14.If we think of God words becoming flesh and the process that entails. How did Gods word end up in Mary’s womb, that’s for next time.

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a very special time of year. People suddenly become more happy and joyful.It is a time when hope in humanity is rekindled and everyone looks towards the new year with a renewed sense of purpose.I pray that as we celebrate we would help someone  outside our regular circles enjoy this December.

May your season be filed with good cheer, great tidings, peace  and love. In this season “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” James 4:8.

Even though 2012 might have been challenging for many of us we look towards the holidays and beyond to 2013.As we celebrate the birthday of  the kings of  kings  let us invite him in to partake of his birthday feast.Do you know you have been privileged  to enjoy this holidays, many who began the year are no longer with us.

I want to acknowledge my sister Joan St.John,who passed this year, may her soul rest in peace.

This holiday is a bittersweet reminder of the preciousness of life.Let our hope be continually in God, trusting that  he will be forever merciful to humanity.

 

Joszann St.John

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Holy Bible

“When wrong people leave your life, wrong things stop happening” Mike Murdock.

Basis for this quote is the book of Jonah in the Holy Bible (Jonah 1:15)

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