And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full (1 John 1:4).

Monday, July 20, 2009

Double Your Mind Around This!

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

A friend that was leading a bible study I went to this past week asked us a question that another person had brought to his attention. The question had everything to do with the topic that night, but was not the main subject.

Before I ask the question, I find it exciting how the Holy Spirit can take us to a whole new revelation of God's word when it is spoken.
In answer to Thomas's question in John 14:5, Jesus states in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Here is the question to you as it was given to me.
Do you believe John 14:6?
Do you believe Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life? And that no one comes to the Father except through Him?

Oh Saints! As I ponder this I realize the question has weight to it, it has depth far greater than what our own understanding can comprehend. It was a question birthed by the Spirit to bring us to a realization of what He really is and who we really are in Him!

That statement (John 14:6) defines our whole being as a believer.
Without believing it, we then stand outside the temple gates unable to be forgiven, unable to praise, unable to sacrifice, unable to wash ourselves in the word, unable to experience the fruits of the Spirit, unable to worship, unable to feel His touch or hear His voice.

Where then does that put us?
What do you see in the people around you?
Who do you see in the people around you?
There are millions of lost people in this world, are you just a number?
I'll bet Satan doesn't even know my name, but God knows how many hairs are on my head and how many I lost yesterday!

Jesus said "I am the way (the only way to meet God), I am the truth (God's righteousness and all the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven are revealed), I am the life" (He gives us eternal life, but He also equips us and fills us with His life as we struggle here in this world). No one comes to the Father but through Him (we cannot even be in the presence of God or enter the Kingdom of Heaven without recognizing who Jesus is and what He has done).
We should find this encouraging, as believers, that we now have a purpose in life. You are one of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).

This is my prayer for the week:
"Lord, that you might reveal your way, your truth, your life to me, so that I may walk in your will and spend time in your glorious presence. That you would unveil your word to me, so that your knowledge and understanding would become mine. Thank you Father that I am one of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, that I have a purpose through you."

I would like to encourage you to get into the word daily, if not hourly, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it and teach you from it. Expect to experience God the more you become available to Him. Start with John chapters 14-17.
May the wisdom you find in our Lord set you apart!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Theory of "The Kingdom of God"

I believe that there was perfection in the Garden of Eden and through sin, man got kicked out of that perfection. I also believe that it is sin that keeps us from perfection now, and through Jesus dying on the cross for our sins we can enter back into that perfection. We can "Return to Eden" where there is "True Unity and Willing Communication" between God and man.

This is what I believe. Don't take this wrong, but it doesn't really concern me so much if you do not believe this. I do not feel the need to debate or argue my beliefs, because I am a Scientist. I have developed my scientific thinking through my education and by studying the Scientific Method. Scientists deal with things that are testable, observable, and repeatable. Scientists develop a theory and test it. If there is no evidence to support the theory, a good scientist throws the theory out and develops a new one. Scientists deal with facts and look at the evidence that supports the theory. This is what I have done in my MS research "Feeding Grain Decreases Training Effectiveness in 2-Year-Old Quarter Horses." A good scientist also does not try to force their audience to adopt their beliefs. They present the evidence and let people make their own conclusions. God has given me a formula (Foundation for Perfection) to prove this theory (Kingdom of God) and so far the evidence supports the theory. We can return to Eden and experience True Unity and Willing Communication with God. Until I have been shown enough evidence to disprove this theory, I will continue to believe this theory, test the theory, and collect data.

Here is the Scientific Method applied to my theory:

Observation and Question
- We (humans) are not perfect and we live in an imperfect world.
- Many people believe in a perfect God who created everything and controls everything.
- Can we as imperfect humans reach out from this imperfect world and touch the perfection of God?

Do Background Research
- The Bible says yes.
- I conduced 7 years of research studying the Bible and documenting my own observations and experiences with this question.
- My research resulted in a book "Returning to Eden: True Unity and Willing Communication."

Hypothesis (Educated guess about how things work)
- The Kingdom of God is at hand and through God's Son, Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can reach out from the imperfect world and touch, feel, and experience the perfection of God in His Kingdom.
- God is perfect and He created a perfect world (Garden of Eden). In this perfect world there was "True Unity and Willing Communication" between God and man, and between man and animals. Man and animals have "Driving Factors" and it is through these driving factors that man got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is through the full submission of these driving factors that we can "Return to Eden" and experience the "Kingdom of God" here on earth.

Test Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
- Experiment: Test the formula "Foundation for Perfection."
- Past Research: Equine study at MSU.
- Current Research: 40-day trial (Individual and Group Study).

Analyze Data and Draw a Conclusion
- Past Research: Increasing energy (underlying driving factor) during the early stages of training decreased training effectiveness in 2-yr-old Quarter horses by increasing self-preservation behavior, decreasing willing submission behavior, and causing an unbalanced life to direction ratio.
- Current Research: Follow the "Foundation for Perfection: Discipleship Guide." Record your results daily.

Communicate Your Results
- Past Research: Results suggest that during the early stages of training, training satisfaction may be reached sooner, if horses have a lower dietary energy level. (Published in Proc. West. Sect. Am. Soc. Anim. Sci., 2008.)
- Current Research: At the end of 40 days communicate your results to the group if you feel comfortable.

If you do benefit from anything you've found on this website, we'd love to know about it. Send us an e-mail, whether it's about Horsemanship or Discipleship, let us continue to support you through prayer.

God bless,
Wade Black

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