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MEANING OF LIFE: THE BIG PICTURE 2

MEANING OF LIFE: THE BIG PICTURE

We really have to have a sense of the Big Picture of how it all fits into the deeper questions of ultimate purpose and meaning of life. We need wisdom to know what it is all about.

We need to find a purpose for our lives, a reason for getting up in the morning. Just as we must find meaning in each of life’s events, so we must find the purpose to live.

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We have been given an intellect and a free will. We are made to know the truth and to seek the known good of things. Then we are able to spur ourselves into action to achieve that good. God is the good to which we are striving and the happiness for which our Creator has made us.

PURPOSE AND MEANING

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“God is love.”  1 John 4:8 By saying God is love, we are saying God is a movement toward the good of the other. Love seeks the good of the beloved. God is love and therefore personal. He is revealed in Scriptures as a person. He is not just some free flowing divine power.

We have been made in God’s image and likeness. Genesis 1:26-27 reveals, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’ … God is our Creator: our shaper and our author and hence the authority and we owe obedience to Him.

JESUS CHRIST: A SECOND COMING

We are not at the final stage yet of the Big Picture. The last chapter of the world has yet to be written; the story has not been resolved. The way things are now are not the way they will always be. There is a Second Coming of Christ, a final judgment and an ultimate resolution of all the evils and injustices of the world. We will be caught up in communion and unity with God where we will live, love and rejoice forever.

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There is just no other story in the world like this. It’s a shame that its familiarity has caused us to be indifferent. God became a man! Really??

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14 God the Son through Whom all things were made became a human being. The all powerful God became a baby, a young man, a suffering man, a corpse.

He healed and gave life. He overcame evil spirits and forgave sins. He proclaimed a new kingdom. He emphasized mercy. He called disciples to follow him and the appointed twelve became the foundation of the Church. There are 2.2 billion followers or 32% of the world’s population who can’t be all wrong.

And then He died. The death of Jesus on the Cross and how it affects our relationship with Him can be difficult to understand initially. To begin with, Jesus died in obedience to His Father’s will. This death in some fashion wins us forgiveness of our sins and opens up heaven to us. It is analogous to the offering of a sacrifice to God in a Jewish temple. The difference is that this is a perfect sacrifice with the power to cover the sins of the whole human race forever. His death saves us so Jesus is our Savior.

Disobedience (sin) breaks this communion with Him: it unplugs us from the only life source that there is. Sin ultimately leads to death – the place of no-God, no-life, no-goodness and no-life. It doesn’t lead to striking us to death for our sins – it leads us to a dead end. But death is defeated and robbed of its power. Heaven is open to us, because Christ has harrowed Hell: it is no longer a threat.  Life is real and the grave is not the goal.

CREATIVE INTELLECT OF GOD

 

MEANING OF LIFE

Our world does seem bizarre at times but there is a Creative Intellect of our God that has infinite wisdom. So we are in good hands. So God created us that we can both know and love the world that He made and join with Him in its ongoing creation: we become co-creators with God in our own existence.

“Then the Lord God formed a man  from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (matter), and the man became a living soul (spirit). Genesis 2:7 Spirit flies at the speed of thought to the ends of the world and back. Matter must adhere to the laws of time and place; it is rooted like a mountain in some place. Both are good and both come from the creative will of God. But they are different from one another.

MATTER AND SPIRIT: THAT’S US.

Meaning of Life

 Our body-spirit may seem strange to us. Decartes called the human person as a “ghost in a machine”. Your body is you and your spirit is you. You are body and spirit together.  We are a spirit being, we live in a body and we possess a soul. The real person inside of us is our spirit. Our soul consists of our mind, will and emotions. The moment we accept Christ, our spirits become brand new. 

This opens for us a new chapter in your human story. It is a new beginning, which creates hope for us. God opens up a space at the table for us, inviting us to share and participate in His goodness and life. God washes us clean, makes us a new creation and fills us with His Spirit. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”             2 Corinthians 5:17

DO YOU KNOW THE PERSONAL GOD?

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Our whole life is meant to be shaped and fashioned to its intentional end.  God and our communion with Him is the only true and absolute end to our lives.

“Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and His knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak He makes vigor abound.
Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”                        Book of Isaiah 40:28-31. (740-681 BC)

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits.

He pardons all your iniquities;
He heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction;
He crowns you with kindness and compassion.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does He deal with us,
nor does He requite us according to our crimes.

Psalms 103(102):1-2.3-4.8.10. (1034 BC)

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Remembering the Lord loves and cares for you.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”                                                  Romans 8:31-32

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”                                                                           Proverbs 3:5-6

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”                                                                                                                                     Romans 8:28

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”                                                                          Isaiah 41:10

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”                                                       Romans 5:8

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”                             Psalm 86:15

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”                                                                                                                     Romans 8:38-39

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”                                                                   John 1:10-13 

WE MAY HAVE A PROBLEM.

Yet, the unity of body and spirit is fragile: it is imperiled by our fallen disorder. The body has its own rejection of the mind: we want what we want when we want it. There is also simple laziness. Our bodies tend to resist putting out any energy to embrace any good.

Just be careful about all the shiny toys that modern technology offers: don’t waste your time on trivialities, amusements and diversions. We just have to walk away from the machines from time to time. They can be so dehumanizing – just drifting along on the current of life.

Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden  and can be found if we only do a little SEARCH.                                                                                                                                  HENRI NOUWEN

We have to live deeply, think seriously, and be alert in our minds, our spirits, and our senses to the most essential questions in life: the Big Picture.

Let us not be misunderstood: this life is not boring. Celebration is really important in living godly life in the world. God has made a good world that is full of things to delight in, to laugh about and to rejoice over.

Don’t miss out on this important part of life.

 

 

JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU

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A Peace the World Cannot Give

“I love you.

We are here in My peaceful place on the mountain and look down on the beauty of the valley. The sun is coming up and flooding the whole area with light. The valley is like the world shrouded in much darkness these days.

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There are wars and rumors of wars every day. The faith of many is shallow and many have lost the way.

I am the Light, My brothers and sisters, who is coming to chase away the darkness. I am calling you all to come into the Light. With Me you will walk without stumbling and you will reach your goal.

I want to bring each one of you to My peaceful spot on the mountain and talk to your heart. I love you all and I want to be your friend, your best friend. 

Will you come and spend some time with Me every day? I have something very personal to tell you if you want to listen.

My gift to My friends is a sharing in My peace, a peace the world cannot give. Come up to the mountain with Me. I bless you.”

The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.

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ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

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BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

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 HEALING?

 Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing.  They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.Chinese Religion God

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HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Inner Spirit
Just as we are dressed in clothes, so our inward person “wears” an outward person: the inner spirit “wears” the psyche.  And similarly, the inner spirit and psyche “wear” the body.

It is quite evident that men are generally more conscious of the outer or outermost person, and they hardly recognize or understand their inner spirit at all.  

Watchman Nee, the author of  The Release of the Spirit has correctly identified  the Bible reference of man’s inner spirit or the inner man (person); he calls man’s soul (psyche) the outer man (person) and for the body he uses the term, the outermost man:

 “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”           Ephesians 3: 16

 

The Inner Spirit

We may be able to mouth the word, Not my will but Thine be done,” but how often do we really allow the Lord to take over when things happy.” The person who loves his life will lose it, while the person who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. “                                                                                                                                                   John 12:25

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“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit...”                                                                                                                           Hebrews 4:12

The answer one gets from many people including ministers and priests: “I thought the soul and the spirit were the same.”

Yet how could they be the same? Paul, by the Spirit of God, said they can be divided by the Word of God. If you can divide them, they cannot be the same.

You can skim along on the surface of the Bible and find a little gold here and there—and you can even find a nugget of gold occasionally. But if you really want to strike it rich, you have to dig down deep into the Word of God.

With my body I contact the physical realm. (That goes without argument.) With my spirit I contact the spiritual realm.

That left only one other part of me that made contact with any other realm. I knew then that it had to be with my soul that I contacted the intellectual or soul realm (which includes the emotions and the intellect). “With my soul I contact the intellectual realm: For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”                                                                                   Corinthians 14:14

As a result of receiving the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “He that believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38  Another translation reads, out of the inner spirit  shall flow rivers of living water.”

You can learn to pray in other tongues — full of vowels and mixed heavenly languages. While you are praying with the Holy Spirit in other tongues, guidance comes up from inside you. Your body is not active, your mind (your soul) is not active, but your inner spirit is active, and it is through your inner spirit that God is going to guide you.

The Holy Spirit who resides in your inner spirit gives it the utterance and you speak it out. Your inner spirit is active when you are praying in tongues.

Sometimes you are able to interpret what you are praying in tongues, and through the interpretation you receive light and guidance. “For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.” 1 Corinthians 14:13. So  people who have the gift of interpreting tongues will tell you what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

One reason the church as a whole has failed so miserably is that it has done so much of just one kind of praying—praying with the understanding, or mental praying

SHEDDING THE OUTER MAN

 “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                                                                                                  Matthew 18: 3

To allow the inner life to come forth, it is imperative that the outward life be shed. Our self seems to permeate every part of our being,  which robs God of glory.

Many have a feeling that  they are better than others; they think that their eloquence surpasses that of others; they believe that their quickness of action and exactness of judgment are superior, and so forth.  

Do you not see what God is doing in this endless round of difficulties?  The Lord wants to get our attention: He allows us to crash into a wall and hit the dust with  many years of sufferings, trials, hindrances: this is the hand of God, daily seeking to carry on His work of breaking us. Everyone of us is in need of this discipline from the Lord. It is all for our highest good. 

God says  that He loves you too much to leave you where you are in your comfort zone:  “For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.”                                 Hebrews 12:6 

Strong-willed people are convinced their feelings, ways and judgments are always right. Consider how Paul received this grace: “Do not trust in flesh”                                                                         Philippians 3:3  

Why is it that after many years some are still unchanged?

  • First, many who live in darkness are oppressed by evil spirits and they cannot see the hand of God.
  • Second, another great hindrance to the work of breaking the outer person is self-love.There is really only one giant obstacle in our search: it’s our comfort zone:  “For many are called, but few are chosen.”                                                                                    Matthew 22:14 

Thus the outward person is not a helper but a disturber.

The Divine Mercy and Love of God 

There is a lot of talk about breaking obstacles as if it was hard work.  Actually it is the Holy Spirit who does the shedding for you upon your invitation and acceptance. There is nothing to be afraid.  There is no pain involved — only peace and joy. It is in the inner spirit of man where we find love, as opposed to self-love in the outer man. 

“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death”.  Romans 8:2  But why is this law of the Spirit of life ineffectual in certain people? In His word, God has explained our problem: “The righteous requirement of the law should be fulfilled in us who walk . . . according to Spirit. Romans 8:4  We must be upright and moral: ‘You have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth.”                                                                         I Peter 1:22

After one accepts the Lord as his Savior, as the outward person controlled the inward before, so now his inward person should hold absolute sway over the outward.  Eventually we must confess: “It is the Spirit which quickens.”                                                                  John 6:63

We must submit to what the Holy Spirit orders. Such submission brings blessing to us. We do not pray: “Lord, I beseech Thee to be my Savior.” We simply say: “Lord, I receive Thee as my Savior.” Instantly, one becomes new! It is all about acceptance.   “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”                             2 Corinthians 5:17

What are the Holy Spirit Gifts of Salvation?

  1. When the outward person is shed, the inward person enjoys peace before God. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest… For My yoke is easy, and My burden light.”                                                                           Matthew 11: 30
  2. We do not know our own heart. Only those who are in the light know their own heart. No one else does. When God’s word comes, we “see”. When God opens our eyes that we may know the intent of our heart and the deepest thought within us in the measure that He Himself knows us, this is revelation. What the Lord does is to pierce into our inner person with a penetrating light. It may happen while we are listening to a message, or praying by ourselves, or meeting with others, or even walking alone.
  1. Those of us who have received the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, may most spontaneously contact the inner spirit in others by our own inner spirit. Whenever one speaks in our presence, we can “size him up”, evaluate what kind of person he is, what attitude he is taking, what sort of Christian he is, and what his needs are. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul (psyche)and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”                                                                                        Hebrews 4:12.
  1. Once the outward person is shed, utterance is no longer a problem. One can then think of appropriate words to express his inner feeling. Through release, the inner burden is lightened. This is the way to minister God’s word to the church. 
  1. It may be almost impossible to really understand parts of the Bible.  The Holy Spirit changes all that:  the Word of God is installed on our heart:“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds  and write it on their hearts. I will be their God,  and they will be my people. “Jeremiah 31:33  Your reading becomes a treasure hunt of faith and revelation, where the Holy Spirit guides you: one’s inner spirit is released with the Holy Spirit. 
  2. When the inner spirit is released, such trivialities as clothing, eating or drinking can escape the careful hand of the Holy Spirit. He will not neglect one area in your life. “…but of you even the hairs of the head are all numbered”. Matthews 10: 30  Hence we may be sure that all our circumstances are ordered by God. Nothing is accidental.
  1. Once proud or vain persons have been truly enlightened, they cannot so much as make an attempt to be proud or conceited anymore. The effect of that enlightenment will have its mark upon them all their days.
  1. The problem of strength is solved, which is a problem of the outward person. The Lord says, Be strong.” In the Lord you also say, “Be strong. And you find you are strong. None can block your way. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.”                                                                                              Philippians 4:13
  2. There are those who have been given a gift of interpretation of tongues. The gift of tongues allows those in fellowship of the Holy Spirit to discern what is God’s will.
  3. We can then pray and act with one accord with all the gifts.
  4. When the inner spirit is released, it supplies the needs of the world. No work is more important or thorough than this, and nothing can take its place. The Lord is not so much concerned with your teachings or sermons as He is with the impression you give and the divine appointments he plans for you each day.

You are Me and I am you, and we are One

When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we connect with our inner spirit and we receive God’s Spirit too.  We often say that the Holy Spirit dwells in our inner spirit.  The Holy Spirit and our inner spirit are joined into one, “but he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.”                                                                    1 Corinthians 6:17

We must accept the Spirit of God as part of ourselves.  God is with us always, because we are One. 

Allow yourself to be spread like paint in a paint can, as being the flow of Creation. The universe out there becomes our creation, which is a playground for us to play.  We must think of “being in the now” as being spontaneously available to God in our moment to moment experiences.

God’s plan was for us to live in glory.  God created earth, so He could have a relationship with us.   We must become more tuned in as to what it is that we are seeking.     

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