This morning; as is often the case with me; I find this question upon my mind, and in my feelings; What do I feel and believe; where it has to do with the reality, of the true and living Three-in-One God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit; these three being, the whole and complete ONENESS, of, THE God?' how, first of all; I feel, there is no more profound, and sacred subject; one's mind could ever dwell upon, or speak or write concerning. Therefore; it is my deep desire; that, as I endeavor, to write this down it could be His Holy will to lead, guide and direct my mind's thoughts, and this writing. For I feel that to be the one and only way; this could ever result in being to the praise, honor and glorifying of His great and Holy name; the only name ever named, in heaven and among men, could ever be worthy of any and all praise both now, and forever more. For I feel that if my natural fleshly self be let to exercise itself while writing this; then, it shall be no more than filthy rags, in His sight. And thereby be, to the dishonoring of His Holy and Righteous name. And I feel, there is at least one sure way could be to that dishonoring of His name; which would be the extending of any praise or honor, unto any one of humankind; for anything he may do, or not do. For, if it be good; then it came from God and if it be bad; then it came from the flesh of mankind. For, if any good ever be performed, THROUGH (not by) any man; then, it had to have come about; only, because of the Holy Spirit of God having worked in him, both to will and to do, of that good. For, in the flesh of man, there dwelleth no good thing that is good, in His sight. John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. God is self existant. God is eternal; He is without beginning or ending. He is the unchanging God. He has forever known all things; therefore, He can never learn any new thing. There can never come anything; that has not already been, in both His mind and purpose; back in eternity, before the beginning of time; and so, He can in nowise ever be informed of anything, nor instructed in anything. He knoweth the deep secrets in the hearts of all mankind; and knoweth, even our dreams before we dream them. Heaven is His throne, and the earth, (from which we are made), is His footstool. He is everywhere present and nowhere absent. God is fully aware of all of that the earth and seas consist; and of all that is above, below, and around them; for He is the Creator and Maker of them all. He is ever fully aware of our every thought; and our every desire of both heart and mind; and our every step or movement, where we all are, and where we are going; and when we arrive; and when our end shall be. He brought us all into this world and will take us all out of this world, in and at, His afore appointed time, place and manner. Death and hell, nor the devil and all his angels, can never effect one iota of change in all its entirety. God is the beginning, the continuation, and ending, or all things. Of all that ever exists outside Himself; His almighty power, does control it all. Now some might ask; well, what about all that wickedness mankind does commit? His answer is this; even the wrath of man shall praise Him; and the remainder of wrath He will restrain.
I believe and feel, it is well and good with us when we are given to feel and see our own smallness and weakness and self helplessness; for it is only then; we are able to see and feel that very truth; of our complete and whole dependence upon our God and Lord for our every furnishings; both naturally and Spiritually; it is only whenever we realize, our own self weakness and nothingness; we are prepared for to look up at His greatness and goodness and cry unto Him for our help. It is only under just such circumstances we find ourselves to be in; we could ever utter or groom a true and pure prayer unto our God and Lord, or see and feel, the very Holy truth, for what it really is. It is only such time our thoughts could somewhat be compared with Has thoughts; or come to realize of His ways to some degree.
Galatians 6:3. "For if a man think himself to be something, he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Man in his own fleshly nature's ways; is the very hallmark of deception; and can glory only in his fleshly self; which is, false pride, and selfishness. God is NOT man; He Is a Spirit a Holy Spirit. Isaiah 55:8-11; For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Now, Dear little children; with hope in Him are not His shalls of certainty so beautiful and comforting to your very soul from time to time?; I feel they surely are.
In the hope, I could be your brother in Christ Jesus; I say; Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen: Galatians 6:18.
Troy G. Shepard
Signs of the Times
Vol. 164, No. 12 – December 1996