The Way I See it – Saturday Surmising

Walking in Darkness

Walking in Darkness

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5–10, NIV)

Verses 6-10. What these verses are saying; contrary to the traditional view; is “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet are hiding some things in our lives (darkness) we don’t want people know rather than being completely honest and open about ourselves (light) as he has revealed all about himself for all to see; we are only faking it. These verses cannot be referring to a sinless life (vss. 8-10) or else “purifies us from all sin” would be pointless as there would be no sin to purify. See also John 3:19-21; Eph 5:8, 1Jhn 1:8 Jhn 8:12 Col 1:15

Verse 7. Read that carefully, it is saying that people “Sin while walking in the light” Shocking isn’t it! Nevertheless, it says that if we are walking in the light and having fellowship with one another… – it is THEN that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin – which, in this context would have to have been committed while walking in the light and in fellowship with one another; staying in context that is….

Something to think about…

Daniel W Isrite

Everybody wants to see things change…

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Everybody wants to see things change… Nonetheless, who is actually responsible for things changing? Most are just waiting for change to happen, sort of wishful thinking or keeping a positive attitude. Yet, is this how it will come? I’m a believer in the Holy Scriptures as a rule and guide for all things; as antiquated as that may sound, it has not failed me yet!

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

(2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)

This popular verse is often quoted as an answer to our nation’s woes. It is a good one and if we look closely at the wording it says much more than initially comes to mind.

Notice God says “If my people” He doesn’t say hey everyone! He puts the obligation on His people. It’s true, all people are not God’s people. This is why God makes a distinction here. It is up to the Christians whether this Nation stands or falls, is prosperous or goes bankrupt, has just or unjust laws and lawmakers. I know that this is speaking to Israel many years ago; nevertheless there is a principle here that stands throughout the ages. God has put this world and the rulership of it in “His People’s” hands. Yes Adam lost this authority in the fall; but Jesus Christ turned it back over to His followers when He Defeated the devil and his unholy herd of demons many years ago making a public spectacle of them through the victory won at His cross and resurrection.

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

(Colossians 2:15 NIV)

Today, “Called by my name” would be easy enough to understand to mean Christians. We are God’s people of the book; if you believe the whole message from Genesis to Revelation. The word “Called” is also interesting as it refers to those “Called out” which is the exact meaning of the word Church in the original Greek. Called also comes from a root word which interestingly means “to meet’ or  happen to ‘encounter”. This could also refer to any situation when a couple of Christian friends come together. When meet together as a Church or a couple friends we should be praying for our country if we expect God to act and change or heal our land.  It is good to keep in mind that the original word here translated “pray” also sometimes has the meaning of “Judge or make a judgment of right and wrong” it is so used in 1 Sam. 2:25, Psa. 106:30, Ezk. 16:52 This should warn us of calling right wrong and wrong right so not to be desensitized by the world’s sickness and fall into a trap of praying the wrong way.

This has been God’s mode of operation throughout history. God first calls His people to turn from their own sins, (Get the beam out of your own eye before trying to remove the speck from your neighbor’s eye Matt. 7:3-5) then to join together in praying for Him to act in the hearts and minds of those who are in leadership. Only then will we see the change we desire; it’s not just going to happen by wishful or positive thinking. God is in charge, yes, He has a wonderful plan to restore any situation, yes; but it always calls on and includes us as we work together with and through Him by the Holy Spirit,  in the restitution, and reconciliation of the world.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

(2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV)

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky””

(Philippians 2:13-15 NIV)

Then and only then will we see real change.

It’s up to us, God has handed us the baton and said “run with it, I’ve given you the victory in Christ!”

We should remember, John the Baptist proclaimed a similar message to the people of his day, although in much stronger language. He was warning them not to become too comfortable just because they thought they were God’s people.   Matt. 3:1-12

Daniel W Isrite

Robots are taking over the world! Well, Maybe not…

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I remember when I was growing up a lot of people thinking that would happen someday, that robots would take over the world!

I think it has happened! Although in a much more subtle form. Everyone knows that technology has taken over our lives and the way the world works. I’ve even heard it said that technology has taken the world by storm just in the last decade. Whether we want to admit it or not technology has in many ways, taken over our lives. Almost everything we do today has some computerized system behind it for it to work.

The next technological milestone has been the implementation of the Internet worldwide. The worldwide web they call it, which interconnects almost everything. More and more the Internet is working together with all of the computerized systems that are operating everything and controlling most of what we do in our lives; from our basic utilities and much-needed services in our homes to the vehicles we drive, our finances, our medical services, our entertainment, many of our jobs and jobs done by many types of robotics; in addition to our social interactions, even our everyday communication with friends and family.

All this is done through an artificially intelligent super brain we call a central processing unit or CPU in a computer / tablet / smart phone / smart TVs  and Blue Ray players / our vehicle’s brain under the hood or dash / medical equipment / cash registers and card readers, etc. These are what control all the computer systems that control all the other things that control our lives. These super brains or CPUs have become more and more powerful year-by-year or you might say smarter and smarter! Most of us are holding in our hands what we call a smart phone which in turn is controlled by a CPU which gets more and more powerful and smarter with each new update. The average person cannot begin to comprehend the power and intelligence of these CPU units which control our world. As a matter of fact they do not want the average person knowing the potential of these tiny super brains that we carry in our pockets, control our vehicles, and provide our services. While these technological miracles cannot begin to match the human brain and mind; as we use them more and more of them we use less of ours. That is a scary thought, and that might be the plan or “Program”. What plan? The plan to control society without people even knowing they’re being controlled.

Now, every day more and more of these computer systems which control all of “our things” are being put online! This through the World Wide Web so that they can offer us even more services for our benefit of course! (Of course the world knows too!) What many do not realize is that all of these computer systems being interconnected with the World Wide Web are tracking everything we do from where we go using our GPS on our smart phone (Even embedded – hidden in the pictures we take with it) to our shopping habits through surfing the web and computer systems in the on-line superstores to all of our purchases to our banking habits. It’s all connected through the World Wide Web and these super-smart super computers. It’s all “Super” isn’t it? i.e. marketing jargon…

This thing is not done in a corner, it is all over the tech news but most people pay little attention to those things while they surf the web, check-in at Facebook, play on-line games, surfing Amazon, make bids on eBay, tweet about breakfast, and talk to or text friends and family about everything they’re doing, sending pictures and “links”. Yes, like links in the chain connecting your whole life and all that you do. While these computer systems track you and record everything you do, – yes they record everything you do, they are storing it all in huge data collection centers (I could say much more about that) and sifting through it learning habits and patterns of behavior to predict possible actions and decisions that you might make in the future.

It is a fact that they are doing this and has been talked about on many news paper stories, programs and special reports and blog articles that I have read in the tech news that most people overlook or care little about; and they are glad you don’t. Because these are the tools that they use to manipulate you and control what you do without you even knowing it. Like certain adds or offers popping up in certain places at certain times of day custom made just for YOU by their knowledge of your life status, family information, habits and patterns… Who are “they”? They are the ones that control the economies of the world, big business corporations and big banks, from governments to the entertainment industry, and now at least partially, you and me. Money is the oil that keeps this world machine running, whoever controls the money controls the whole system. To what degree, I am not sure; but you can be sure of this; they are gaining more control all the time through these computer systems, the World Wide Web, banking systems, marketing strategies, social and entertainment industries along with our jobs, our income and what we do with it.

So, robots controlling the world? Well not walking around slapping us on top the head and giving us orders. Although there is an artificial intelligence system in place that is controlling more and more of the world and our life – you and me. For the most part it’s called “services”, and I do enjoy many of them and don’t plan on giving them up anytime soon. I am actually excited to see all that it can do and enjoy using all of it that I can. Nevertheless it is not running on it’s own, behind the scenes there is a controlling group (Some call them the Illuminati) That does concern me; but I have no control over them so I don’t worry too much about it. That would be a pointless waste of time when I could be on Facebook! LOL! …

Daniel W. Isrite

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I don’t worry because I trust the mastermind controller of the universe! The almighty sovereign God overall things! He is the author of my destiny, I read about it in His Book. I know the end of the story, it’s going to be okay!