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Problem #1: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; But how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Problem #2: “But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
Question: Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Making the Case for Sin:
Every person is confronted with the same problems regarding temptation. The flesh desires to commit wrongful acts that the spiritual makeup know should not be done; as the author notes “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
We know that the acts we contemplate on to commit, are wrongful, but our mind is unable to overpower the desire of the flesh. Once again, the author makes the case for sin by stating, ” Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
Understanding the cause of the problem and confessing our weakness, begins with getting power over our mind, through the works of the spiritual part of us. The author’s solution is the answer to the question:
“Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
The bible teaches us that if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us. When we stay in prayer to God on a daily basis, we become stronger and is able to resist committing wrongful acts; the spiritual strength we receive guides our mind, with righteous thoughts, that will enable us to resist temptation.
Scripture: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
A Stronger and Better Person
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5:17)
Written by_ Ellen Jean Barrier
Source of quotes: King James Bible (Romans 7 chapter)
God tells us what we need to hear about ourselves, that will guide us in ways of righteousness, to improve our attitude toward himself and man. We become aware of wrongful behavior, and is given the opportunity to correct our mistakes if we listen to his voice speaking to our conscious.
True friends will try to help us to see our mistakes and work with us to correct them.
Friends in general, tell us things they believe we want to hear about ourselves; and offer advice based on what we want to be told, to feel good about ourselves, even when our behavior is self -righteous and unkind toward others. The truth is ignored; and such behavior is allowed to continue that results in uncontrolled wrongful behavior.
Because such people, live in a world of darkness, only harm can come to themselves and to others.
Self- destruction occurs when we follow the advice of those who encourage us to ignore the truth about ourselves, and refuse to make efforts to correct our mistakes. The bible informs us to pray without ceasing.
Hear my prayer O LORD, give ear to to my supplications; in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust; cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Scriptures: (Psalm 143:1, 8 from King James Bible)
Written by Ellen Jean Barrier
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Strong women stood together and spoke with one voice, to protect their rights.
Their demand was heard around the world, and the people echoed their voice.
“Protect Women Rights”
Justice is served, when we stand together, and speak with one voice.
__ Ellen J. Barrier
I know the feeling of those who have suffered sexual harassment, and have been deemed to be the one at fault after filing a complaint against the person, who has committed such a wrongful act against him or her.
In such cases, a career is lost, and the perpetrator is allowed to go free.
The soldier’s uniform expresses to the eyes that look upon it, the honorable character of Truth, Righteous, Faith, and Grace. The weapon identifies itself as being in the hands of a competent person having courage and great skill to use it.
This soldier has been disciplined to perform on the battlefield with endurance and perseverance that dwell within the soul of such person; determined to perform every skill possessed to its highest level. If you gaze into the eyes of this soldier, you will see hope. If you observe the footsteps, you will see steadiness, sureness, and strength.
This performance expresses readiness to defend the country and its people that this soldier Love. The soldier dressed complete in uniform, has performed with honor and captured the hearts of the people. With tears and prayers they express their Love with Thanks and God’s blessings.
Those who meet the soldiers in uniform, recognizes the great sacrifices they have made, and will take a moment to say a friendly “Hello” It is because they honor the sacrifices that were made and the training they received to bring honor to wear the uniform.
Soldiers never have to say they are fighting because they love their country, they express it in their performance.
Those who have been elected by the people to perform in governmental positions say they are serving their country, because of their love for it.
What sacrifices have they made?
The elected officials get paid to perform their duties and enjoy things that many others are not privileged to.
To see the way many of our elected official behave, they seem to care more about the party they represent, than the country and its people.
Is honor expressed in the character of elected officials in the same way it is expressed in the character of the soldier’s uniform?
Written by Ellen J. Barrier
“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: lest thou learn his ways and get a snare to thy soul.” Proverbs 22:24,25
A Life Story: The Beast Within the Mind
A 10-year –old girl was brutally murdered by a 26-year-old male who lived in the same apartment.
The child was strangled and sexually assaulted. The man told the investigator who questioned him after having seen the child’s clothing in a plastic bag inside of the man’s bedroom closet , asked him “Where is the Girl?” his response was “She is there. I hit her and chopped her up.” He informed the authorities, of his intentions to eat the child’s flesh.
When we closely examine the acts of violence that are occurring in high numbers, the majority of them are committed by teenagers and young adults, both males and females.
Written by Ellen J. Barrier
We live in a modern-day time of advanced technology. In this generation of people we have divisiveness. Crime and wars, along with diseases and sicknesses exist. Homeless, starvation and the lack of an adequate income, and no financial aide still exist in many places.
The storms of life and physical storms, along with disasters plaque our world; leaving many people searching for answers: Why, do God allow these things to happen? and Where is Jesus?
History has taught us that these things have never left Earth. The purpose for which Jesus came to Earth was to give us hope and offer us a better life of peace with God. He gave us the understanding that the poor would always exist upon Earth. His work consisted of educating people about the power of God, healing those with diseases and sicknesses, feeding the hungry, spreading Joy and Peace and so many others things that made him God within the body of a man.
Today, Jesus lives in the Hearts and Souls of those who continues his work.
Where is Jesus Today?
Jesus is in shelters providing a place to live for those who are homeless.
Jesus is working in places to provide food for the hungry.
Jesus is in medical facilities providing health care for those who are sick.
Jesus is in the firemen battling the fires to save lives.
Jesus is in the police officers who have dedicated their lives to protect others.
Jesus in in the teachers who provide educational skills and teach self-confidence and respect to their students.
Jesus is in the streets, listening to those who tells him about their pain and suffering and all their troubles: He let them know that they are not alone. He offers to them his Love and Peace.
Jesus lives in the Soul of the Spiritual Leader that follows in his footsteps to serve all people. It is a calling, and not a choice.
Written by: Ellen J. Barrier
Recommended to read: God’s Message to His People ____Chapter 5 page 38
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“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
__ The Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:13,14)
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)
When we resist fighting evil with evil, we are pursuing a higher calling, as the scriptures encourage us to do: “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
If we allow ourselves to commit hateful acts and engage in inflammatory speech against others to cause them harm, we are causing greater harm to ourselves. The spirit of hate is demonic; it carry with it a heavy burden within the soul of the person it possess, or within the mind of the person it oppress. The spirit of hate imprison the person it holds captive; preventing him or her from freedom and peace. Without freedom, peace cannot exist.
Such a person, lives in a world of darkness. The penalty for this person is that they will reap the evil they sowed.
Those who pursue a higher calling, gain freedom and peace, by learning to put hurtful things behind them: They pursue a brighter future with righteousness that release freedom and peacefulness within their soul.
To pursue Love and Peace, we must find a way to put past events that were hurtful behind: The scriptures instructs us to “Pray without ceasing.” And offer to us encouragement to give thanks to God, in every thing, further stating, “This is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 15, 18)
Jesus was hated, lied on, mocked, discriminated against, because he was different, and crucified by those who judged him. Being that he represent A Higher Calling; those who pursue it can’t expect to be treated differently than he. Otherwise, it would place them in a position above the Son of God.
In his own words, Jesus stated, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”
__Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:24,25,26)
God’s Instructions to Pursue A Higher Calling
Ye have heard that it has been said, “Thou shall Love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy.” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you: That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43, 44,45)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (II Corinthians 5;17)
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: (Ephesians 4:23)
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31,32)
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies and envies, and all evil speakings,” (1 Peter 2:1,2)
God’s Protection Plan with His Blessings
“For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you he shall not lose his reward.”
__ Jesus Christ (Mark 9:41)
“An whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he was cast into the sea.”___ Jesus Christ (Mark 9:42)
“What shall we then say to these thing? If God be for us, who can be against us?”__ The Apostle Paul (Romans 8:31)
The scripture further informs us, Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)
To be clear, the word ‘man’ is used as to include the human race.
Written by Ellen Jean Barrier