March 8th, 2016

Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet

"Though your sins be as scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though your sins be as scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they be red like crimson,
They shall be as wool!
Though your sins be as scarlet,
Though your sins be as scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow,
They shall be as white as snow.

Hear the voice that entreats you,
O return ye unto God!
Hear the voice that entreats you,
O return ye unto God!
He is of great compassion,
And of wondrous love;
Hear the voice that entreats you,
Hear the voice that entreats you,
O return ye unto God!
O return ye unto God!

He’ll forgive your transgressions,
And remember them no more;
He’ll forgive your transgressions,
And remember them no more;
Look unto Me, ye people,
Saith the Lord your God!
He’ll forgive your transgressions,
He’ll forgive your transgressions,
And remember them no more,
And remember them no more.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/t/h/o/thoyours.htm

"[16] Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
[17] Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
[18] Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
[19] If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
[20] But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." Isaiah 1:16-20
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the whole world history is nothing but senseless creature suffering

It is 11:28 AM late Tuesday morning in the flow. A warm cloudy day here in West Michigan. I just got back from visiting three local thrift stores. I really did not find any exciting used books today. I only found two used books this morning to bring home-

"Literary London: A Reader's Walking Tour" by Andrew Davies

"Home" a novel by Marilynne Robinson

When I got home from my wanderings I made myself a pot of coffee to comfort myself in my state of exile.

I was up this morning by 5:55 AM. I got up made myself a cup of tea and messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I made myself a bowl of oatmeal. After breakfast I went and voted and came home. Carol came home soon after I did. She went and voted after she got out of work.

So the morning has gone by. I have been reading these books this morning-

"In The Image And Likeness Of God" essays by Vladimir Lossky

"On Prayer" by Archimandrite Sophrony

Last night I read "On Prayer" by Sophrony and messed with our main computer. I went to bed around 10:50 PM. Now it is another day to prepare for the Eternal State.

I suppose I will close to drift into the afternoon hours. I did get these two books out of our library last night to look at-

"Knocking On Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology Of Petitionary Prayer" by David Crump

"The Tree Of Life: Models of Christian Prayer" by Steven Chase

I will close since I feel myself falling asleep.
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    Winterfylleth 'The Divination of Antiquity'

the visitation of grace

It is in the flow 3:55 PM late Tuesday afternoon. I am down in the lower level writing on one of our lap top computers. I came down here to take a nap, but I know if I take a nap I won't get up till sometime this evening. I have been forcing myself to stay awake all day by drinking coffee.

I came down here to quote something I read this afternoon in the book "On Prayer" by Archimandrite Sophrony. Today I find myself reading "On Prayer" and then falling into a contemplative state. It is a blessing to be able to read "On Prayer" before it is too late to repent and believe the Gospel of God. I am thankful I know I can pray and the Lord Jesus will hear me. "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments" First John 2:1-3.

"Keep your mind firmly fixed on God, and the moment will come when the Immortal Spirit touches the heart. Oh, this touch of the Holy of holies! There is naught on earth to compare with it-it sweeps the spirit into the realm of uncreated Being. It pierces the heart with a love unlike that which is generally understood by the word. Its light streams down on all creation, on the whole human world in its millenary manifestation. Though this love is sensed by the physical heart, by its nature it is spiritual metaphysical.

The life-giving Divine Spirit visits us when we continue humbly open to Him. He does not violate our freedom. He envelops us with His tender warmth. He approaches us so softly that at first we may not notice Him. We must not expect God to force His way in without our consent. Far from it. He respects man, submits to Him. His love is humble-He loves us not condescendingly but tenderly, as a mother aches over her sick baby. When we open our hearts to Him we have an irresistible feeling that He is our 'kin', and the soul melts in worship.

Divine love, which is the intrinsic essence of eternity, in this world cannot avoid suffering. Mellowed through ascetic striving and the visitation of grace, the heart is allowed to behold-obscurely, perhaps- Christ's love embracing the whole of creation in infinite compassion for all that exists. Now I am God's, Christ prisoner. I recognize that I have been called out of nothing-by his nature man is nothingness. Yet in spite of this we expect compassion and respect from God. And suddenly the Almighty reveals Himself in His indescribable humility. This vision moves the soul, astonishes the mind. Involuntarily we bow before Him. And however much we try to become like Him in humility, we do not attain Him." pg.14 Archimandrite Sophrony

"[1] Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
[2] But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
[3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
[5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
[6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
[7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 2 Corinth. 4:1-7
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    contemplative contemplative

a sight of the divine glory of Jesus Christ

It is now in the flow of time 4:29 PM Tuesday evening. As I was quoting Archimandrite Sophrony I recalled something I read yesterday in a book titled, "Knowing the Heart: Jonathan Edwards on True and False Conversion" Edited by William C. Nichols. I will now quote from a sermon in this volume titled, 'Pretence of Trusting in Christ is a Vain Pretence As Long as Men Live Wicked Lives' Text Micah 3:11 "The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? None evil can come upon us."

"4. A wicked, loose life is inconsistent with the nature of true trusting in Christ and that upon these accounts:
1. A true trusting in Jesus Christ always arises from a sight of the divine glory of Jesus Christ. But he that sees the divine [glory of Jesus Christ] will surely give up himself to the service of Jesus Christ. A sight of the divine glory of the Lord Jesus Christ will have such a power upon the heart that it will change the heart and make it to be of a renewed and holy nature (2 Corinthians 3:18); and he that is of a renewed and holy nature, he cannot live in sin, for this reason, because 'tis exceeding contrary to that renewed nature. 1 John 3:9, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him." A man that sees the divine glory of the Lord Jesus Christ will give himself to his service, because he sees that he is worthy that he should do so. He is convinced that Christ is worthy to be served and obeyed in everything. He sees the unreasonableness and hatefulness of disobedience to so excellent and glorious one.

He that sees the divine glory of Jesus Christ will necessarily love him with his whole heart. It will have an irresistible power upon him to draw his heart to Jesus Christ. He will surely give him the chief place in his heart. He will be willing to forsake all for the sake of Christ, for he sees that he is more glorious and lovely than all. There will none stand in competition with the Lord Jesus Christ in his heart. And he that with this whole heart loves Christ will serve Him. If a man forsakes him and serves another master, 'tis a certain sign that he don't love Christ above all. John 14:23, "If any man love me, he will keep my words." "pg. 194 Jonathan Edwards
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