Aloha Saints, Family & Friends,  Beloved of Jesus and Me,   John 3-26,  John 12:24-26

    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   10/23/20   From Ken Smith<><

As I was going to sleep last night the Holy Spirit started flooding me with ideas to share today concerning the  KINGDOM  OF  GOD.  The second most important item in the “How To Pray” list was, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be DONE On Earth as it is in Heaven.”  So the LORD Jesus gave us a good way to go.  So what is the Kingdom of God like: Jesus liked to teach on the Kingdom as it is one of our Creator’s Precious Promises.  So in Matt.5:3 the Lord Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom is reserved for the humble:   “Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!  And for the Righteous: Matt.12:28: “For I tell you, unless your righteousness (your uprightness and your right standing with God) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  And that the Kingdom is not physical: Rom.14:17, “[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. And The LORD instructs us in Matt.6:33, “
“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

OK, so we are challenged to consider that being self centered and ego centric and the boss of our little world is not really where the Joy of God can be found.  And that it is Spiritual rather than Physical that we want.  That we can have it all and still miss out on the Joy of the LORD.

In my younger years I would love to go rock hunting in the desert where things were mostly untouched and you could find geodes and open them and be the very first to see their beauty.  As I considered the little crystals really clean and beautiful I could sense the Kingdom of God.  And I could go trout fishing and be all alone with a lovely rippling stream I again sense the presence of The Creator.  Or singing Mozart in a concert choral, or looking at a lovely sunset or rainbow I would know that there was more.  That there was no reason for these things and my ability to experience them except for a God of Love.

But then as a little boy I watched Walt Disney’s “Night of Bald Mountain” and the mean witch in Snow White and watched Bambi and the Cowboy slaughter flicks for .10 cents and saw the darkness that was also in our world.  Did not think too much about it at the time but it was logged into my mind that there was good and bad.  And I found out that there was a lot of pressure at school to be bad.  Betty did not appreciate it at all of me using her gold braided hair in my ink well to draw a picture with.  Nor the time we took Mr. Pickets tobacco drying stakes and made a fort with them up in the top of his barn.  And he could not catch us to make us take them down.  Each of have stories like this I am sure.  And worse ones.  But it does make us wonder why a Good God would allow such evil to exist in our world.   But we need to understand, He did not do it, we did.  Adam was made the King of this world to replenish and subdue it after lucifers corruption of it.  And Adam, after a while, got  prideful, was tempted by lucifer who had only one tree left to him in the garden. and in pride rebelled and became disobedient.  But God knew what was going to happen and had already had plans to fix it and that the evil could be used to make us even stronger.  So today with have a gymnasium that will either make us stronger in seeking God’s Kingdom or it will send us off into a Christ less eternity of blackness alone.   So today I have both the good and the evil decisions to exercise my freewill.   And if I really have a heart faith for the Kingdom of God I can enjoy HIS righteousness, Peace and Joy in the HOLY SPIRIT right here, right now through HIS grace, regardless of my physical circumstances..   

You see, Our Loving Creator God will not ever manipulate us or tempt us.  What temps us is what was added into our humanity genes by the choices of Adam and those before us.  Christ Jesus came to give us the choice to be restored to our Creator and to the original vision to be made in HIS image and likeness.  But the choice is totally ours during our one life time.  Our Creator has a vision to build a family of those who want to Love and Trust HIM and who will make the decision to want to be with HIM as LORD and the decision will be permanent and for eternity.  Any thing less than this and we would only be a bunch of Robots just sitting around waiting for a new program from the Tech. in charge.  So how you doing with your freewill?  Ego centered or Christ centered?  You have till death to figure it all out.  But then none of us have a time warranty.   I am sure pulling for you that you will decide for the Light, Love, Joy and Peace that our Eternal Creator is now offering you as you read these words.  If you need help, write me a note:  Also I wrote a paper, “Return of the King” about the events concerning the Lord’s Return.  Happy to send you a  free e-mail copy.  Just request it.
As for me, there is a bit of family persecution from the things that I write.  Once in a while, long while, someone will request to be taken off of my mailing list and easy to do.  The list is only about 200.  But in general seems like much of the family may just hit the delete button.  But each day it does get me into God’s word in my retirement and is a good time with the Holy Spirit in the peace of my little study.  I call our little farm, TrueVine.  And we are now harvesting avocados, bananas, papayas, beans, leaks, corn and have a lovely big lawn with some really neat  folks here from (China, Japan, Oregon, Colorado) to help keep it all going.

Yours in HIS great LOVE and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><
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Worthy Brief <;    We are all aging, that’s a given…but do you want to age badly?…then stop seeking. But if, as you age, you desire an exciting, and even youthful spirit-filled life as a believer, then learn a secret from Simeon, a man who aged really well. Don’t stop seeking God, or waiting upon Him!” This Godly man discovered that, even in old age – God will reveal awesome things to you!    Congress prepared to vote for a $2.3 trillion rescue package, the most extensive in U.S. history.    Anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police during a demonstration Monday at the Oregon Capitol as lawmakers met in a special session to decide on funding for coronavirus relief.   An American nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine traversed the strategically vital waterway between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, a rare announcement that comes amid rising tensions with Iran.   Editor’s Note: Be sure to visit Watchman in the Wilderness as George delivers fresh commentary relevant to the times in which we live. Read today’s post, “Twilight Zone … the AGE of lawlessness is UPON us!”.

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all who Love, Honor and Obey HIM are members for Eternity..

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