Fear and Tyranny

‘Fear not Tyranny but the lack of courage to stand against.’

Too many people are only willing to defend rights that are personally important to them. It’s selfish ignorance, and it’s exactly why totalitarian governments are able to get away with trampling on people. Freedom does not mean freedom just for the things I think I should be able to do. Freedom is for all of us. If people will not speak up for other people’s rights, there will come a day when they will lose their own. – Tony Lawrence (apl@world.std.com) 12/28/95

In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was nobody left to speak up. – Reverend Martin Niemoller, Germany, 1930’s

No constitution, no court, no law can save liberty when it dies in the hearts and minds of men. – John Perkins

“In the United States Senate, one of the things I observed in the early days – and it’s still used – and that is that you take someone’s argument and then you misrepresent it and misstate and disagree with it. And it’s very effective. I’ve done it myself a number of times. But eventually, eventually people catch on.” -Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. – Alexis de Tocqueville – “Democracy in America” (1835)

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw and abstain which makes a totalitarian regime impossible. – Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, p 176, 1955

The people of Asia were slaves, because they had not learned how to pronounce the word ‘no’. – Winston Churchill (citing Alexander the Great), in a radio address – 10/16/1938

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”
― Karl Marx

Courage, also called fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. It can be divided into “physical courage” — in face of physical pain, hardship, and threat of death — and “moral courage” — in the face of shame, scandal, and discouragement.

“Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.”
― Veronica RothInsurgent

Courage is also known as fortitude, it is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation! It can be divided into physical courage in the face of physical pain, hardship and the threat of death and moral courage in the face of shame, scandal and discouragement.  As a virtue, courage is covered extensively in Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics, it’s vice of deficiency brings cowardice and it’s vice of excess brings recklessness.

True courage…has so little to do with Anger, that there lies always the strongest Suspicion against it, where this Passion is highest. The true Courage is the cool and calm. The bravest of Men have the least of a brutal bullying Insolence; and in the very time of Danger are found the most serene, pleasant, and free. Rage, we know, can make a Coward forget himself and fight. But what is done in Fury, or Anger, can never be plac’d to the account of Courage.

Discovering our inner courage is something which presents a different challenge to every one of us because we are all unique and different; we have different fears, different strengths and different weaknesses.   Contrary to popular opinion, courage is not the absence of fear; it is the decision to take action in spite of your fears.  By the way, most of the fears which people have are nothing more than an undeveloped skill set which we have yet to master.  There are good fears, such as those which make us cautious when faced with people, places or things which pose a legitimate danger; and there are unfounded fears such as the fear of failure which can be overcome by taking intelligent action.  Weakness is nothing more than a mental ability or physical muscle set which is undeveloped; weakness can be overcome with exercise in the form of taking action!

“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
― Paulo FreirePedagogy of the Oppressed

“I Learned That Courage Was Not The Absence of Fear, But The Triumph Over It. The Brave Man Is Not He Who Does Not Feel Afraid, But He Who Conquers That Fear” Great men and women throughout history have understood courage: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”– Nelson Mandela

the armor of God

the armor of God.

 

I thought we should recap this one…….Amen

Proverbs 30 with Proverbial Wisdom

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Proverbs 30

The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.
The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!
Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the LORD?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
Do not slander a servant to his master,
lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
There are those who are clean in their own eyes
but are not washed of their filth.
There are those—how lofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!
There are those whose teeth are swords,
whose fangs are knives,
to devour the poor from off the earth,
the needy from among mankind.
The leech has two daughters:
Give and Give.
Three things are never satisfied;
four never say, “Enough”:
Sheol, the barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
The eye that mocks a father
and scorns to obey a mother
will be picked out by the ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures.
Three things are too wonderful for me;
four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a virgin.
This is the way of an adulteress:
she eats and wipes her mouth
and says, “I have done no wrong.”
Under three things the earth trembles;
under four it cannot bear up:
a slave when he becomes king,
and a fool when he is filled with food;
an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.
Four things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people not strong,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
the rock badgers are a people not mighty,
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
the locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard you can take in your hands,
yet it is in kings’ palaces.
Three things are stately in their tread;
four are stately in their stride:
the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and does not turn back before any;
the strutting rooster, the he-goat,
and a king whose army is with him.
If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
or if you have been devising evil,
put your hand on your mouth.
For pressing milk produces curds,
pressing the nose produces blood,
and pressing anger produces strife.

Proverbs 30
The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.
The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
Surely I am too stupid to be a man.(God made man both male and female in the beginning spiritual until we were cursed for transgression)
I have not the understanding of a man.(The spiritual being I am to become to receive the spirit of life once I have put away my fleshly wickedness of the world)
I have not learned wisdom,(The truth in the light of the Holy Spirit of God as true wisdom comes from above)
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.(The Holy Spirit of God as I have been lost a stranger blinded by my fleshly youth)
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?(But the Holy Spirit of God)
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?(For through him all things are moved throughout time and space to inspire all things made and unmade)
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? (The spirits in his protection a new host or I.E. vessel I.E. wine sack as we drink of the spirit and not evil spirits is it no wonder they call alcohol and liquor “spirits”)
Who has established all the ends of the earth?(ordered by God the Holy Spirit of God hovered over the void and created all things – Genesis)
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?(God and the Holy Spirit of God)
Surely you know!
Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.(None come to the father”God” but through me “The Holy Spirit of God” as he gave all those receiving and honoring the covenant the right to become children of God)
Do not add to his words,(religious persecutions and rituals with their forgotten roots as man shall not live by them alone but every word that came from the mouth of God)
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.( a false teacher not tending to his vineyard)
Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;(the yeast of the bread revealing the true word – “the feast of unleavened bread‘s root)
give me neither poverty nor riches;(neither lack of The Holy Spirit or worldly riches as true riches are waiting for me in his kingdom not of this world)
feed me with the food that is needful for me,(Do not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil but drink of the spirit and eat of the unleavened bread as true wisdom comes from above and is the knowledge of God)
lest I be full and deny you(full of evil and impure unable to contain the grace of receiving the Holy Spirit)
and say, “Who is the LORD?”(Lest I be full of evil and not receive the grace of the holy spirit as a lamb sent to slaughter by my wicked ways not being a pure offering to the Lord as a new wine sack to receive The Holy spirit)
or lest I be poor(lacking spirit) and steal (for woe unto them who make them twice the child of hell by teaching false words adulterating the word of God as rituals and words will not save only actions and professions of faith – merit – without you will be stealing those away from the owner when the servant comes to receive them at harvest)
and profane the name of my God.(Adulterating his words)
Do not slander a servant to his master,(do not send an impure offering to the Holy Spirit as he shall see not only the words but the actions to prove upon the merits)
lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.(as it is written those false teachers shall see the darkest of darkness forever)
There are those who curse their fathers (father on earth, Holy Spirit the creator, and God)
and do not bless their mothers.(Mother on earth of the flesh, and mother – from the kingdom of which we come as it is written do not be deceived be not of this world)
There are those who are clean in their own eyes (self righteous not knowing the unleavened word of God trying to be saved by words and rituals alone but it is written “how can I be your master if you do not what I say?”)
but are not washed of their filth.(as water cleanses the earth the Holy Spirit of God cleanses the pure of heart honoring the covenants)
There are those—how lofty are their eyes,(as they seek worldly acceptance and seek the approval for worldly accomplishments)
how high their eyelids lift!(yet they are spiritually blind)
There are those whose teeth are swords,(the wolves looking for the lost with out sheep or shepherd as lambs to slaughter)
whose fangs are knives,(that dig deep to destroy God’s congregation)
to devour the poor(those lacking the truth and spirit) from off the earth,(the vineyard God hath set in place to harvest the pure spirits who have divorced the wickedness of the flesh I.E. the wife of their youth a spirit born into flesh to achieve grace and ascend to the kingdom of God)
the needy from among mankind.(as God created man both male and female and separated us from him for transgression to seek the light in the dark–darkness the wanting of light — light – the truth the wisdom of God – I.E. those needing the Holy Spirit of God to be saved)
The leech has two daughters:
Give and Give.(For they do not Give and receive they only take and destroy true life)
Three things are never satisfied;(the vineyard not tended, the lost without a guide, the trials that cannot be stopped without God’s love the Holy Spirit)
four never say, “Enough”:(The blind in Spirit cut off from the father in Heaven)
Sheol, the barren womb,(the seedless vineyard without the Holy Spirit)
the land(host I.E. vessel I.E. wine sack) never satisfied with water,(spirit)
and the fire ( as he will sit as a refiner of silver and to refine silver you must watch it until you see your image in it- therefore without God’s truth at times of trial leaving the silver to long burns it up and destroys it) that never says, “Enough.”
The eye (the wicked ways of the flesh without spiritual eyes) that mocks a father(by words and rituals but does not act in accordance will lack merit)
and scorns to obey a mother (a mother – singular – from the kingdom from which you came often referred to as the Jerusalem in heaven – defying God’s will)
will be picked out by the ravens of the valley (The valley of death as flesh ” the old wine sack will burst not being able to contain the spirit and shall perish in spiritual death not seeing everlasting life)
and eaten by the vultures.(The evil they are surrounded by picking away at them with temptation)
Three things are too wonderful for me;
four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,(The one who watches over me for no one understands God without his Spiritual Guidance)
the way of a serpent on a rock,(The evil that upon a rock can only be if not on the rock of foundation- The Holy Spirit of God)
the way of a ship on the high seas,(this one shall be revealed to you when you receive it yourself)
and the way of a man with a virgin.( the way of a man “complete putting away childish things and becoming spiritual in maturity” who has received to plant the seed for one who has not –  God made man both male and female)
This is the way of an adulteress:
she eats and wipes her mouth (the womb of the world eats of the evil seed and hides as a wolf in sheep’s clothing)
and says, “I have done no wrong.”(self righteously)
Under three things the earth trembles; (God, the Holy Spirit, and the servants with a Godly congregation)
under four it cannot bear up:(under evil it cannot ascend)
a slave (as to be free from the bondage of sin we must divorce the wickedness of flesh) when he becomes king,( when evil is allowed to rule over good by transgressions and the lack of spirit….sheep to protect the lamb and shepherds to tend the flock.. for he sent them out as sheep among the wolves as sheep protect their lambs and shepherds keep the flock “congregation” together)
and a fool when he is filled with food;(lacking spirit filled with worldly knowledge and seeds of evil)
an unloved woman when she gets a husband,(for it is written the holy spirit is the bride groom yet if you are not pure it is written he shall not know the workers of lawlessness)
and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress. (a servant when displacing the master- “how can I be your master when you do not what I say)
Four things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people not strong,(divided by rituals and religions and the yeast in the bread we are weak)
yet they provide their food in the summer;(meat in due season planting the seed with the faith of a mustard seed to harvest in abundance the good will and God’s purpose)
the rock badgers are a people not mighty,(building their house on firm foundations – The Holy Spirit is the rock)
yet they make their homes in the cliffs;( look for wisdom on high as true wisdom comes from above)
the locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in rank;( in unity each member has a purpose and skill and together a task is accomplished to establish divinity yet – evil shall deny God and stand against you if you do not know the way as evil has no king and has been denied entry into the kingdom and seek to devour it as locusts hence why God sent the locusts to teach evil a lesson they did not understand)
the lizard you can take in your hands,(for it is written to teach the kingdom of heaven is at hand)
yet it is in kings’ palaces.(plural – the choice is your’s and no other can choose for you – God gave man both male and female dominion over earth and it is by your works and measure that thou shall judge as a lizard is a chameleon it can be renewed beware of wolves but wolves can also be renewed as it is written one day the wolves and sheep shall dine together)
Three things are stately in their tread;(God, The Holy Spirit and the children of God planting seeds to tread out the grain (spirit) for the harvest)
four are stately in their stride:
the lion, which is mightiest among beasts (god)
and does not turn back before any;
the strutting rooster(The Holy Spirit who awakens you upon your rebirth in the spirit), the he-goat,(the child of God)
and a king whose army is with him.(congregation of God who stands for God in purity)
If you have been foolish,(without spiritual guidance) exalting yourself,(self righteousness)
or if you have been devising evil,(slaughtering the lambs having no sheep or shepherd to tend the vineyard by lack of spirit and teaching leavened bread)
put your hand on your mouth.(and speak not of the leaven but seek truth and the Holy Spirit shall set you free)
For pressing milk produces curds,(The press of the vineyard was a wine press to press spirits, milk rots and becomes curd and the Lord accepts no substitutions I.E. rituals and words by false doctrines having no works as it is written the flesh shall perish but all those receiving the grace of God The holy spirit shall not perish but become everlasting)
pressing the nose produces blood,( for the hypocrite lifts his nose and is to righteous shedding the blood of the lamb instead of producing water into wine “spirit” since we did not understand when Jesus was stabbed with the spear water flowed from him to give you this key)
and pressing anger produces strife.(for without love and the wisdom from God religions and rituals separate us with strife for this is the purpose of the greatest being the 2 love God and Love your neighbor as yourself)

We are all his creations and we are all his temples and we all were given the choice….

God Bless,

Minister Joseph Preston Kirk

For much is given much is required?

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2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Luke 12:48

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1430210153001/obama-evokes-faith-when-talking-taxes/?playlist_id=86927

These words were spoken recently out of context in  a speech reported by FNC Fox News Channel………let us clarify them today

But the one who does not know (the wisdom of God through the Holy Spirit) and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much (responsibility), much will be demanded(wisdom and Knowledge for Guidance in true faith); and from the one who has been entrusted with much(the Public “Congregation’s” trust), much more will be asked(the Ox must tread out the grain to provide spiritual wisdom to achieve peace on earth).

Prov 3:19-20 By wisdom (Spirit-the Holy spirit of God hovered over the void and created all things made- Genesis chapter 1) Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place( by love care and protection he put the firmament around the world his vineyard- Genesis chapter 1); by his knowledge the deeps (spirits born and unborn)were divided.

Genesis 1:6
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
between the spirits as the holy spirit breathed the water(Spirit) of life into us in the beginning to separate us from him until we have learned to conduct ourselves in spiritual ways

1 Cor 13:8-12

For if there are prophecies they will be fulfilled and done with, if there are “tongues” (different languages twisted into self righteous opinions and Agendas) the need for them will disappear, if there is knowledge (worldly thoughts and opinions) it will be swallowed up in truth(the Holy Spirit). For our knowledge is always incomplete and our prophecy is always incomplete, and when the complete (Holy Spirit) comes, that is the end of the incomplete(worldly wickedness of the flesh). When I was a little child(born into flesh) I talked and felt like a little child(in fleshly ways). Now that I am a man (as God created man both male and female by spirit in the beginning and through the covenant I have achieved his grace) I am finished with childish things(wickedness and fleshly ways). At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror(trying to find ourselves a way back to the revelation of his spirits image by our acts not just our lips and observances). The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face(as we again become one with the spirit on the day of at-one-ment)! At present all I know is a small fraction of the truth(spirit that is but crumbs to follow back into the Lord’s way), but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God has known me(for when I accept his promise and honor the covenant I shall be in his Holy Communion)!

Prov 24:3-4 By wisdom (spirit) a house (host) is built (filled), and through understanding(wisdom and love) it is established(made to be sustained); through knowledge(enlightenment) its rooms (descendants) are filled (saved) with rare and beautiful treasures (the rewards of God).

Prov 19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge(the Holy Spirit of God), nor to be hasty (self Righteous) and miss the way(examples given through the signs and seasons including the lessons of flesh).

Hos 4:6  My (God’s) people are destroyed from lack of knowledge(Spirit).

Eph 5:17  Therefore, do not be foolish(stricken by temptations of the flesh “world”), but understand what the Lord’s will is(Spirit of God’s purpose is).

Prov 23:23  Buy(The cost is honoring the covenant) the truth (Spirit)and do not sell it(and hold fast to your promise in return lest you be cast off for being defiled in his house); get wisdom(Spirit), discipline(Fast when dealing with trials and tribulations for we are each equally suffered unto the Lord), and understanding(unconditional love for God).

Prov 9:6 Leave your simple ways (worldly ways) and you will live(be redeemed); walk in the way of understanding(the Holy Spirit of God).

Jam 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom(the Holy Spirit of God), he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault(by honoring the covenant set down before thee), and it will be given to him(by and through repentance of our sins and divorcing the wife “flesh” of our youth).

Prov 8:11  For wisdom(Holy Spirit of God) is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her (the wife of your rebirth in spirit).

Prov 19:8  He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.

Prov 13:20 He who walks with the wise (spirit) grows wise (spirit), but a companion of fools (wickedness of flesh)suffers harm.

Prov 24:5-6  A wise (spiritual) man has great power (for thine is the Kingdom the power and the Glory forever Amen), and a man of knowledge (God) increases strength. For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers( a body of spirit with spiritual men in a congregation).

Gen 2:17 But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (eat of the tree of spirit and not of flesh), for when you eat of it you will surely die (because you must choose their is no partiality to being in the spirit of God eating of the tree of flesh only leads to temptation as it was in the Garden of Eden in the beginning).

1 Cor 14:20 Brothers, stop thinking like children(disobedient children outside of the covenant). In regard to evil be infants(to be wise as serpents but innocent as doves “doves-long since a symbol of love), but in your thinking be like adults(spiritual beings full of truth and light in the Holy Spirit).

Rom 16:19b But I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

Rom 16:19b I want to see you experts in good, and not even beginners at evil.

Mat 10:16 I am sending you out as sheep among wolves(you must flock together in unity with a shepherd). Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

Phil 4:7  Then, the peace(Spirit) of God, which is beyond our utmost understanding(without it), will keep guard over your hearts and thoughts, in Christ Jesus(the messenger who first received him Jesus becoming the Christ..the Holy Spirit in his flesh).

Job 36:26 How great is God, beyond our understanding!

Prov 3:5,7a Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding…. Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Jam 3:13-17  Is there some wise and understanding man among you? Then let his life be a shining example of the humility that is born of true wisdom. But if your heart is full of bitter jealousy and rivalry, then do not boast and do not deny the truth. You may acquire a certain wisdom, but it does not come from above–it comes from this world, from your own lower nature, even from the devil. For wherever you find jealousy and rivalry you also find disharmony and all other kinds of evil. The wisdom that comes from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, approachable, full of merciful thoughts and kindly actions, straightforward, with no hint of hypocrisy.

1 Cor 1:18-31 The preaching of the cross is, I know, nonsense to those who are involved in this dying world, but to us who are being saved from that death it is nothing less than the power of God. It is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent will I reject.” For consider, what have the philosopher, the writer, and the critic of this world to show for all their wisdom? Has not God made the wisdom of this world look foolish? For it was after the world in its wisdom had failed to know God, that he in his wisdom chose to save all who would believe by the “simple- mindedness” of the gospel message. For the Jews ask for miraculous signs and the Greeks an intellectual panacea, but all we preach is Christ crucified–a stumbling-block to the Jews and sheer nonsense to the gentiles… for God’s “foolishness” is wiser than men…. But God has chose what the world calls foolish to shame the wise… that no man may boast in the presence of God…. And this makes us see the truth of the scripture: “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

1 Cor 3:19-21 Let no one be under any illusion over this. If any man among you thinks himself one of the world’s clever ones, let him discard his cleverness that he may learn to be truly wise. For this world’s cleverness is stupidity to God. It is written: “He that taketh the wise in their craftiness”, and again, “The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.” So let no one boast of men.

Knowledge Without Love?

1 Cor 8:1b-2  It is easy to think that we “know” over problems like this, but we should remember that while this “knowing” may make a man look big, it is only love that can make him grow to his full stature. For if a man thinks he “knows” he may still be quite ignorant of what he ought to know.

1 Cor 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge… but have not love, I am nothing.

The Source Of True Knowledge

Prov 2:6,9-11 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children.”

Jam 1:17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.

God’s Secret, Revealed By The Spirit

1 Cor 2:6-10 We do, of course, speak wisdom among those who are spiritually mature, but it is not what is called wisdom by this world, nor by the powers-that-be, who soon will be only the powers that have been. The wisdom we speak of is that mysterious secret wisdom of God, which he planned before the creation for our glory today…. But, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. Thus God has, through the Spirit, let us share his secret.

1 Cor 2:10  But God has revealed it [wisdom] to us by his Spirit.

Phil 1:9-10  My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognize what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ.(the day you are pure enough to receive the Holy Spirit for it is written the kingdom of heaven is at hand)

Col 1:9,10 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge (holy Spirit) of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Amen

Minister Joseph Preston Kirk

A Few Words Rather than 10000

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If the water was turned to wine

the world would be a beautiful place,

Instead a thousand tears drown out the silence

of calm in this place.

We should look to the heavens

for the answers we seek

yet the wolves have blinded the weak.

How much sorrow must the world partake

before they embrace the God they forsake.

Though one often says I have my dreams

they often forget they have within them the means.

When the bread has been sliced and crumbled among men

we can follow the crumbs to find our way back again.

If on our knees is where we should pray

standing on corners God hears not a word we say.

How did we get here away from the land upon which we were blessed

and from where the love among his children we once caressed.

Who gives life that gave not it’s root

who are we not to bear it’s fruit.

The rainbow is the bow around the cloud

A sign about the confusion that speaks so loud.

A promise given is a promise kept

yet outside the covenant is why they wept.

A sun and moon for signs and seasons

a light in the dark for spiritual reasons.

The earth like sand apart slips through the palms of your hands

but with water and mix we build things grand.

Together in the spirit we are in God’s hands

with a little wisdom one understands.

Guard your hearts for it is of passion

for it was of this the Lord showed compassion.

Pray to our father in the Holy One’s name

and together our lives will never be the same.

A history chosen by choice to repeat

and a world brought down to his feet.

How many times must we be pressed before we learn

it is our father who shows his concern.

If we are blind in spirit we are taught through flesh

but with wisdom bodies of the Spirit God will refresh.

Forged in love brought down by fire

look to your heart and keep check of the true desire.

Raise up your house and stand in light

only upon his rock are all things made right.

Is it no wonder they called it old glory

or have you forgotten the true founding story.

Is it no wonder they said for purple mountain’s Majesty?

or have we forgotten it and become a tragedy.

Did they not say crown thy good with brotherhood?

in the body of the Holy Spirit as we should.

Does not Church mean a congregation

or has it been turned into an entertaining sensation.

Does not love endure all things

or have we once again sought worldly kings.

Does a plant not bend toward the light in the way it must grow?

is it no wonder it is written you reap what you sow?

If you plow a wide field do you not plow straight and narrow along the row?

Is it no wonder it is written the way is wide but the path is narrow?

As you walk along that path do you not drop your seeds along the way?

Is it no wonder we were made from the dirt upon which the seeds we must lay?

How many ways have the servants of God taught

before understanding, love  and communion can be wrought.

The tree of life has many branches twigs and stems bearing fruit

with wisdom we must plant our root.

For a tree cut off from its foundation

leads to a simple point of contemplation.

While watching from his towers the guardians have wept

as the vineyard has been terribly kept.

Seek wisdom in the God above

holding fast to the covenant brought about from his love.

This is wisdom:

Everyone born has 3 fathers with one most high

Every spirit grown was once before known

Every seed planted is covered in darkness under the earth to reach up into the light

Every crop not tended withers away

a lamb with a shepherd is saved from slaughter

a shepherd with sheep is always warm

But even a withered a dried up pond is filled and calm after a storm

let he who has wisdom calculate the number of the beast

while the children of God sit about the harvest and feast

Amen

~Minister Joseph Preston Kirk

Psalm 71 a prayer to our father in heaven

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Psalm 71

1 In you, O LORD(Holy Spirit of God), I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame(For it is you that sustains me since the beginning when you gave the first breath of life).

2 Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness(so that I too may earn the right to become a child of God);
turn your ear to me and save me(hear my prayer as I come humble before thee).

3 Be my rock of refuge, (foundation that I must build my house, life and host upon) 
to which I can always go; (for you have been there waiting for the harvest and I must be cleansed)
give the command to save me, (so that I may be reborn in spirit casting aside the wickedness of flesh)
for you are my rock and my fortress. (the foundation upon which all is made eternal)

4 Deliver me, O my God(for it is through the Holy Spirit in which I call), from the hand of the wicked( the sin and wickedness of the world),
from the grasp of evil and cruel men. (for they are blind in spirit and have turned away from your light)

5 For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD(Holy Spirit of God),
my confidence since my youth(since being born into the flesh of the world a test of faith for your reward).

6 From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb(from the Kingdom of Heaven through my mother’s womb) .
I will ever praise you.

7 I have become like a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.

~Praise you in this storm by Casting Crowns

8 My mouth is filled with your praise, (as I speak of your words and wisdom giving Glory to God)
declaring your splendor all day long. (for through you(Holy Spirit of God) all things are done and undone)

9 Do not cast me away when I am old; (for I have divorced the ways of my youth and cast off the wickedness of the flesh)
do not forsake me when my strength is gone. (For it is your love and Grace upon which I rely upon to be sustained)

10 For my enemies speak against me; (because their hearts are hardened and they have become spiritually blind)
those who wait to kill me conspire together. (Those false teachers who have coerced others to become spiritually dead and by your words the dead shall cover the dead ashes to ashes and dust to dust)

11 They say, “God has forsaken him; (because they call out master but do not do what you say)
pursue him and seize him, (for they follow their own rituals and wickedness)
for no one will rescue him.” (As they know not of you’re true wisdom and grace)

12 Be not far from me, O God; (for your spirit is with me)
come quickly, O my God, to help me.

13 May my accusers perish in shame;
may those who want to harm me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14 But as for me, I will always have hope; (for my reward awaits me at the season of harvest)
I will praise you more and more. (for my lips speak of your way and my actions of your merit)


15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
of your salvation all day long,
though I know not its measure. (because it is immeasurable and eternal)

16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; (Holy Spirit of God)
I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. (giving Glory to God)

17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, (for it was you that sent your Holy Spirit to save the world out of compassion and love)
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

18 Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, O God,
till I declare your power to the next generation, (planting the seed in your vineyard as a mustard seed for the faithful)
your might to all who are to come. (Warning all those who oppose you so they might avoid unnecessary suffering)

19 Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, (for it was you who at a word commanded all things done and undone)
you who have done great things.
Who, O God, is like you?

20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, (trials and tribulations)
you will restore my life again; (as I am faithful)
from the depths of the earth (from which my flesh was made to grow into spirit)
you will again bring me up. (back to the spiritual being of which man once was)

21 You will increase my honor
and comfort me once again. (in your garden as you have harvested me from your vineyard)

22 I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God; (for the covenant we keep)
I will sing praise to you with the lyre, (with the Holy Spirit you have connected us all to the tree of life as strands flowing with life)
O Holy One of Israel. (The Holy Spirit)

23 My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I, whom you have redeemed.

24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
have been put to shame and confusion. (for as it was written you set them in derision)

~Minister Joseph Preston Kirk

God and the Promise of America

Salvation – freedom from persecution and why they called America the promised land
God’s promise……..
Job 11:13-19
“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.
“Yet if you devote your heart to the Holy Spirit of God and call upon him instead of fleshly wickedness, if you put away the sin and the ways of the flesh that is in your mind as you have the choice and allow no evil to dwell in your vessel to become pure as a host for the Holy spirit of God to Fill, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as evil spirits gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness the wanting of the light of the Holy Spirit will become like morning a new birth in spirit. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.
English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

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II Chronicals 1:2

2 And Salomon spake vnto all Israel, to the captaines of thousandes, and of hundreths, and to the iudges, and to all the gouernours in all Israel, euen the chiefe fathers.

Then Solomon {a} spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
(a) That is, he proclaimed a solemn sacrifice and commanded that all should attend.

Let us review…

Matthew 7:21-22

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, (God)Lord(Holy Spirit),’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord(God), Lord(Holy Spirit), did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Malachi 3:3

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.

Silver Purification: In refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. You have to sit there holding the silver, and have to keep your eyes on the silver the entire time it is in the fire. If the silver is left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The silver is refined when you can see your image in it.
Gold Refining: Gold does not exist in nature in the same form that it is in jewellery that we buy. It often occurs as grains, flakes, masses or veinlets in rocks. After gold ores are excavated from the surface of the earth, they are ground to extract the metal. But the metal, at this stage, is not yet in its pure form as it still contains a variety of impurities, including copper, zinc, iron and silver. To eliminate these impurities, gold should undergo the purification process. This process will require a clay crucible, filter, and burning furnace that can produce a heat of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Gold, then, must be placed in borax that is able to withstand the heat level. Gold must be heated until it is smooth before it is transferred onto another container to cool. After the metal has cooled, the resulting product is free of any impurities or other metal substances.

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire (Trials and Tribulations), remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image (Holy Spirit) in you. As we are not of this world just cast in it. Meaning we were cast from the dust naturally and the spirit of life was breathed into us by the Holy spirit of God. Such as we were cursed for transgression to toil the earth, as our natural state we were created from the dust, to achieve planting the seed of life to grow into our spiritual state and become once again a child of God a heavenly host full of the Holy spirit with truth and light.

Isaiah 66:3

“He who slaughters an ox(servant of God) is like one who kills a man(Host for the Holy Spirit);
he who sacrifices a lamb(to become a sheep for the shepherd or host for the spirit), like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
he who presents a grain offering (a host unclean for offering to recieve the Holy Spirit) , like one who offers pig’s blood;
he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense (a ritual offering rather than a pure offering I.E. an unclean host to recieve that cannot), like one who blesses an idol.
These have chosen their own ways,
and their soul delights in their abominations;

I Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox (servant of God) when it treads (works to purify) out the grain (Hosts for The Holy Spirit),” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

I Corinthians 9:9

For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned?

(No it is for God’s servants God is concerned)

Dueteronomy 25:14

“You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.

Psalms 68:9

Rain (spirit) in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
you restored your inheritance as it languished;

Psalm 72:6

May he be like rain (Spirit) that falls on the mown grass(the fallen),
like showers that water the earth! (cleansing the earth)

Matthew 3:16

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;

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John 1:32

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

John 1:12

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Ephesians 2:12

remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.(For the angel said not he was the son of God but that he would be,(implying in the future), called the son of God hence forth upon acceptance of the Holy Spirit of God upon his host to speak through him as he spoke through the burning bush yet this time in the flesh, Jesus was the messenger that became the first son of God granted the right by the creator as the creator spoke I sit at the right hand of God as it was the hand of God(The Holy Spirit of God) that created all things).

Luke 3:22

and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”(God could not look upon evil and such as good was restored upon the earth he spoke as the Son of God (The Holy Spirit of God the creator) gave all those accepting him and obeying the covenant the right to become a son of God as God created man both male and female.)

Proverbs 16:15

In the light (wisdom and knowledge of God and the Holy spirit) of a king’s face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain (New season of harvest to recieve the spirit in rebirth).

Proverbs 25:14

Like clouds and wind (confusion that moves about the earth) without rain(Spirit)
is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give (for it was God who cammanded the Holy spirit of God to breath life into the flesh created from dust).

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint (they muzzle the ox),
but blessed is he who keeps the law (the covenant).

Galations 3:17

This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.

Galations 3:14-15

14 so that in Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit in Jesus) the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.

Matthew 7:1

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.

Judge {1} not, that ye be not judged.
(1) We ought to find fault with one another, but we must beware we do not do it without cause, or to seem holier than others or because of hatred of others.

Galations 3:17

This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. (All things in nature were created by the Holy Spirit of God; In the beginning the Holy Spirit of God hovered over the void…, God said to the Holy Spirit “let there be light” and it was so……, the separate and equal station in which The Holy Spirit of God by God’s authority entitle them.)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator(the Holy spirit of God who gave the breath of life) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed……

(To protect them from persecution…Governments plural are instituted among men)

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good……

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.(Divine Providence – the privilege and authority of God.)

Matthew 19:21

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

U.S. Constitution Article 6 – Debts, Supremacy, Oaths

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Religious Test as to Belonging to a certain religious order as America was a place to be free from religious persecution.

U.S. Constitution Signatories heading

Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth. In Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names.

U.S. Constitution Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Definitions from the dictionary of that time:

Justice: The quality of being just; conformity to the principles of righteousness and rectitude in all things; strict performance of moral obligations; practical conformity to human or divine law; integrity in the dealings of men with each other; rectitude; equity; uprightness.

Domestic: Of or pertaining to one’s house or home, or one’s household or family; relating to home life; as, domestic concerns, life, duties, cares, happiness, worship, servants.

Tranquility: Quiet; calm; undisturbed; peaceful; not agitated; as, the atmosphere is tranquil; the condition of the country is tranquil.

Common: Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property.

Defence: to de-sword

Blessings: A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces.

Liberty: A privilege conferred by a superior power; permission granted; leave; as, liberty given to a child to play, or to a witness to leave a court, and the like.

Ordain: To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute.

Establish: To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm.

Constitution: The fundamental, organic law or principles of government of men, embodied in written documents, or implied in the institutions and usages of the country or society; also, a written instrument embodying such organic law, and laying down fundamental rules and principles for the conduct of affairs.

Let us read again:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

U.S. Constitution Amenddment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Redress: To put in order again; to set right; to emend; to revise.

The Lord’s (Holy Spirit’s Prayer)

Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thine (the divine) name

Thine(the divine and of the divinity) Kingdom (of the King) Come, thine(the divine and of the divinity) will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

Give us this day thou daily bread,(man shall not live by words and rituals alone but every word that came from the mouth of God not slices taken out of context and trading them for the rituals(religious practices to remind you of them) as words without works are hollow))

Forgive us our sins (wickedness of the flesh) and our trespasses (transgressions from the divine and divinity), as we forgive those who sin and trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation, ( for the path is wide but the way is narrow)

but deliver us from evil, (Evil – Thou which Hast been condemned- The you which has past been condemned)

For thine (the divine and of divinity ) is the kingdom(of the King), the power ( The Holy Spirit of God), and the Glory), Forever.(everlasting)

Hope this has helped you in God’s Name

Minister Joseph Preston Kirk

Amen