I am single, as I have always been, so none of these will add up to much.
There was a girl who lived next door when I was but a wee runt. We would play together, and being right on the cusp of puberty, I think it was a natural occurence that we had our eyes on one another. However, she had to move to another state in order to live with her father. She was too upset to say goodbye, but her little sister told me that her sister had a crush on me before they left. I said, "I know". When she reached the age where she could choose which parent to live with, she moved back in with her mother. They were not our neighbors anymore, but they were still in town. We had both changed so much after so much time. I, once a cute and playful kid, now looked like a geek, had a hard time smiling, and preferred my solitude. She, still the cute girl she was, was now openly bisexual, sexually active, and loved smoking weed. She began appearing with a female friend of hers at the house, and i'd have to go with them; my parents were concerned about me not having friends or girlfriends and so they said i'd hang out with them or get grounded. I still thought of her as I used to, so I guess that crush somehow lingered. However, her and her friend had no interest beyond the... Physical realm. I turned them down, as sex for the sake of sex was meaningless, and I also preferred being alone. I still had feelings for my childhood friend, but I realized she would do me no good. After a few failed attempts to gain my interest, I guess they decided to just go for it. After they tried forcing themselves onto me and I pushed them away, they got upset with me. They never came around my house again. I often think back and wish we had just retained the innocence of our youth, that if it had been that way, there might have been a chance... But it just wasn't meant to be.
When puberty hit, it hit this one girl especially hard. Only 13 and she was over 6 feet tall with, uh... Let's just say a grown woman's body. Needless to say, if little me wanted to talk to her, i'd have to tilt my head back, and I wasn't quite able to see her face past other things. That was purely puberty though. I realized any and all feelings there were of the physical variety, and so I quickly seperated myself from any pursuit of her.
My older brother is, well... He got the good looks. A girl approached me in interest and me, thinking myself lucky, was all too happy to let her lead me on. She did the talking while I followed behind like a lost pup. She was just wanting to use me to get close to my brother. They met and flirted away in front of me. Once my brother left and we were walking again, she said, "Wow, your brother is so hot. I can't believe you two are related, you look nothing alike." I was all too happy to ignore her after that. Even funnier that nothing ever became of her and my brother anyway.
This final instance was of a girl having a crush on me. It was the later part of high school, when I was finally edging out of my "geek" state. I still preferred my solitude, but now I didn't look nearly as bad. I was friends with this girl who often hung around the boys. Not that she "got on" with the boys, I think she just made better friends with guys. A bit on the chubby side and very bubbly. i'd say she probably brought me out of my shell a little. I still preferred my solitude, but she got me to talk and we'd play around. We became close friends, and even if she was a bit cute in her own way, I only ever saw her as a friend. It perhaps didn't help that her confession came out of nowhere and it was rather far too forward. We were hanging with friends on day when, unannounced, she suddenly straddled me on the couch. She admitted that she had feelings for me. In all of the eloquence I could muster, being caught off guard, all I could manage was, "oh". She kissed my cheek and started breathing on my ear. She goes, "So... Do you like this?" I did not, so I said no. She was thankfully respectful of that and got off of me. We resolved it on friendly terms, me saying that I saw her as a friend, but we weren't really friends after that. She never hung out with me anymore after that.
As it is, i'm fairly content with being alone right now, as I was back then, too. Love that solitude, after all. I don't currently have any crushes and i'm perfectly fine with that.
By Justin Johnson
From the moment you trust in Christ, you become a member of the body of Christ.
Like any membership, there are immediate benefits. The benefits are given to you freely by your identification with Christ.
For example, did you know that if you were baptized into Christ you were crucified with Him?
“I am crucified with Christ…”- Gal 2:20
A dead person has already paid the penalty of death. This is a huge benefit, but what is more is that you are also resurrected with Christ.
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:” – Rom 6:8
Life is a great benefit. Eternal life is eternally beneficial. The power to live after death is God’s gift to all who receive benefits with Christ.
“For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.” – 2 Cor 13:4
Since you are receiving benefits with Christ, and Christ is seated in heavenly places, you also inherit a position there with him.
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” – Ephesians 2:5-6
When Christ died and resurrected he inherited “all things” from God (Eph 1:22), so would not you receive all things as well?
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” – Rom 8:37
Certainly. After all, you are with Christ and enjoy all the benefits of being a member of His body (2 Cor 6:10).
“[God has] blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”- Eph 1:3
The Mystery of Fellowheirs
Perhaps you have noticed that all of these membership benefits in Christ are found in Paul’s epistles.
This is because God revealed to Paul the mystery that by faith in the gospel you can be fellowheirs with Christ, of the same body of Christ, and partakers of his promise in Christ (Eph 3:6).
It’s only by being a joint-heir with Christ that we have access to all of these immediate benefits (Rom 8:17).
Without being a joint-heir with Him according to the mystery, we would lack a host of riches given to his sons by grace.
Without the revelation of the mystery, we would not know the riches of the glory of His inheritance, and ours (Eph 1:18).
What do Members do?
If we have all these free benefits as joint-heirs with Christ, then what is a member of the body to do?
Being a member of the body of Christ gives you the duty of labouring together with him, and the opportunity to receive rewards for proper service.
“…every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God…” – 1 Cor 3:8-9
It may be that we suffer with him, and if you do, you will reign with him.
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:…” – 2 Tim 2:12
In the end, because everything we receive, whether freely or by our labour, is a result of our being joint-heirs with Christ, we are glorified with him.
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Col 3:4
Yes such hypocrisy & double-standard-Re Maxine Waters, imagine if back when Obama was President if any white republican had summoned their constituents in a public park calling for aggressive physical confrontation & harassment against Obama and all his administration wherever you see them to give them no peace? tell them "they are not welcome anymore anywhere." There would have been shouts of racism & riots in the street. Obama the President some naively thought would unite the country racially wanted the opposite. Obama was all about destroying America from within & without by the divide and conquer method by any radical-America hating group he could throw some kindling too. Obama constantly played the race card to provoke racial tensions & fan black hatred towards whites & police. His legacy of sewing black hatred towards whites still lives on & smolders.
This Statement is inspired, I believe is the word of the Lord.
There is a lot of Judging going on among Christians, they have taken matters into their own hands, and are openly hold to the belief that "the end justifies the means",
I have experience a lot my self, and still do, when I may visit a church, and the unskill who love the Lord, are telling me by a number of ways , suggestive or other wise that I am lost, Hell bount. The why is another issue.
To adress the issue of the man in the above event, who said to Jesus "I believe", surely the man has witness many of Jesus miracles, and hear first hand testimonies, so we may deduce that he believed that Jesus is from God.
This event also happens after the disciples had come back from their mission to the surrounding region and had come back with grate praises and an "inflated ego", they said they never failed and that even the evil spirits listens to them.
So they were chalenge by that evil spirit in the boy, who taunted them that he has a right to be there, a right given by God, and is not living.
Here we see that the evil spirit had great faith, and he knew his right, even the will of God, as strange as it sounds, the disciples accepted this position and being in agreement with the spirit their faith weakens.
Jesus also address their unbelief in this matter, which comes from knowledge of the old system and from not quite understand who Jesus is, but in any event, that happent before the commission to them.
Jesus did not had to make any inquires about anything, because he knew and was guided by the Spirit.
Back to the Father of the boy.
He said I believe you are from God and the miracles you do are from God. But this one is different, and why?
The man knew that he or his Father have sin towards God and the condition on his son is the result of the sin.
"The sins of the Fathers is upon their children".
-even the disciples ask Jesus many times as with the blind man borned blind, is it him or his father who has sin- strange as it is, the man was born blind, so he cannot be him, sinning in the womb.
So the spirit told the disciples I have the right to be there because of Sin of the Father or someone in the family.
The Father agreeing with that the disciples faith was weaken, or the disciples not knowing the past they were tricked by the spirit abd began to doubt.
The Father said to Jesus "heal my boy then I believe that you can deal with this situation.
For we see that the spirit was even stubborn with Jesus, even though he knew whi Jesus was.
That tell us that the spirit had the right and the permition -quote- of God to be there, executing the punisment of God to the sinning family.
Jesus knew everything and he knew that he was the Lord God who made those rules, but he, as in the case of the healings on the Sabbath days, could show mercy as to show of the knew things to come in the name of Christ.
Jesus cannot be Judge by the Lord of the Sabbath, because he was the Lord of the Sabbath, the Father if Israel, the Creator, the Law giver.
In another post I will address the other questionable issue of faith and belief.....
I vaguely remember reading "the Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence speaking about how he took the time to commune with God while doing those mundane chores and turned it into a blessing. I have never mastered it, but it has inspired me to do better.