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Oh S., “Suffering Succotash”

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“The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19)

Suffering?? Of course You are and of course i am…in different ways most likely or in similarly ways …as well, nah! as awful.

Fellow-Sufferer…Please find the following informative and comforting…🙂

That “wicked one” is Satan the Devil, a powerful spirit creature who was originally an angel of God but “did not stand fast in the truth.” (John 8:44) Other spirit creatures joined Satan and rebelled against God in order to pursue selfish desires, thus making themselves demons. (Genesis 6:1-5) Ever since their rebellion, Satan and his demons have exerted a powerful and cruel influence over this world’s affairs. This has been particularly so in our time. Now, the Devil has great anger and “is misleading the entire inhabited earth,” which has resulted in “woe for the earth.” (Revelation 12:9, 12) Indeed, Satan is a brutal dictator. He gets perverse satisfaction from human suffering. It is Satan​—not God—​who causes people to suffer.

CONSIDER: Only a heartless, diabolical evildoer would cause innocent people to suffer. By contrast, the Bible says: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) In harmony with his loving personality, “it is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly, for the Almighty to do wrong!”​—Job 34:10.

However, you may naturally wonder, ‘How long will Almighty God permit Satan to continue his heinous rule?’ As we have seen, God abhors wickedness and our suffering causes him great pain. Furthermore, his Word urges: “Throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

It’s especially tough/(seemingly unbearable)–i’ve found–when a loved one suffers and efforts to help seem useless.  I’ve found the following comforting and HOPE You do:)

When you or someone close to you is suffering, it is easy to conclude that God is slow to act, that he should have intervened by now. Yet, the Bible assures us: “Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.”​—2 Peter 3:9.

WHEN WILL GOD ACT?

Very soon! Jesus revealed that a particular generation would witness a unique combination of conditions that would mark the last days of a “system of things.” (Matthew 24:3-42) The fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in our day indicates that God’s intervention in human affairs is imminent. 

But how will God bring an end to all suffering? When Jesus was on the earth, he demonstrated God’s power to alleviate mankind’s suffering. Consider some examples of this.

Natural Disasters: While Jesus and his apostles were sailing on the Sea of Galilee, a violent windstorm threatened to sink their boat. But Jesus showed that he and his Father can control the natural elements. (Colossians 1:15, 16) Jesus simply said: “Hush! Be quiet!” The result? “The wind abated, and a great calm set in.”​—Mark 4:35-39.

Sickness: Jesus was well-known for his ability to heal the blind and the lame, as well as those suffering from epilepsy, leprosy, or any other sort of infirmity. “He cured all who were suffering.”​—Matthew 4:23, 24;8:16; 11:2-5.

Food Shortages: Jesus used powers granted to him by his Father to multiply meager food supplies. It is recorded that twice during his ministry, he fed thousands.​—Matthew 14:14-21; 15:32-38.

Death: That Jehovah has the power to undo death is clearly shown by the three resurrections Jesus is recorded to have performed. One of those whom he brought back to life had been dead for four days.​—Mark 5:35-42; Luke 7:11-16; John 11:3-44. [God Will Soon End All Suffering W no. 3 2018]

7/19/18 @ 12:12 p.m.

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status? place? position??

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“It isn’t our position but our disposition that makes us happy.” (quote–Happiness Walks on Busy Feet)

(a better?) question for reflection (is not what is my status, place, position?)

…but rather: What is my disposition??

Scriptures for meditation & application:

“If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:18.

“As long as we have time favorable for it, let us work what is good toward all.”—Galatians 6:10.

“Doing nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind considering that the others are superior to you.”—Philippians 2:3.

i really love this verse about God…

The Creator “has not given more consideration to the noble one than to the lowly one, for all of them are the work of his hands.”—Job 34:19.

excerpted reading: Is a Classless Society Really Possible?

Of course, equality does not mean total uniformity. Men and women, old and young, are all represented in this Christian organization that includes people from many, many racial, linguistic, national, and economic backgrounds. As individuals, they have different mental and physical abilities. But those differences do not make some superior or others inferior. Rather, such differences result in a delightful variety. Those Christians recognize that any talents they have are gifts from God and are no reason for feelings of superiority.

Class divisions are a result of man’s trying to govern himself instead of following God’s guidance. Soon, God’s Kingdom will take over the day-to-day rulership of this earth, and the result will be an end to man-made class distinctions, along with all other things that have caused suffering through the ages. Then, in a real sense, ‘the meek will inherit the earth.’ (Psalm 37:11) All reasons for boasting about one’s supposed superiority will be gone. Never again will social classes be allowed to divide the worldwide brotherhood of man.

🙂 !!! Peace Worldwide-Brotherhood-of-Fellow-Breathing-Beautiful-Fragile-Life inhabiting Beautiful Earth:)

 

7/14/18 @ 1:14 p.m.

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OH! a PEOPLE pleaser?? (n’est pas?!)

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An observation (from a Believer of TRUTH/True Believer )…aka me, an insignificant little piece of nothing…or a significant little piece of something…depends on who(m) is assessing me/making that judgement call of value/worth or not.

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From my POV: based on life experience and accurate knowledge acquired through years of my limited existence on Earth (49) …(aka my personal education)…i’ve come to think/believe

a lot of choices…culminate to any combination of these three:  please people (what/which people)? please myself (the work in progress (age of immaturity/maturity: physically/spiritually/mentally/emotionally) that i am at the time of my/the choice)? or please God (what/which God)?

Who’s will do i follow?? my own?? fellow-fragile-life’s?? God’s??..(basically all scenarios…boil(ing) down to my own rules/requests/requirements, other’s rules/requests/requirements or God’s rules/requests/requirements.)

 

A Loyalty Priority

Every choice affects/impacts slightly or thickly relationship(s) with: myself to myself or myself to Others or myself to God positively or negatively. So, who or what i want to please/(make happy) becomes the priority of my choice.  No matter the choice…it falls into these three basic categories for me: is this choice going to please myself?? is this choice going to please people?? is this choice going to please God??

What relationship or who do i value more? or less?

When i wisely/deliberately choose to please the TRUE GOD of the Bible, God of Love, Justice, Wisdom, Power, Compassion who is s-l-o-w to anger and ABUNDANT in loving-kindness and goodness/mercy aka The Creator/Yahweh/Jehovah…the Maker of Heavens and Earth…aka The Happy 🙂 God…my good (aka applying Bible principles in life) choices have a positive impact on all these relationships…i don’t hurt myself, people nor God. (And Yes, the living God of Love can be hurt.) It really works out well…when i choose to please God first. Sometimes/at times…this “benefit” manifests short, medium, long-term…a pattern emerges forthwith and afterward.

excerpted readings i enJOYed about Happiness as an inheritance…🙂

What about you personally? Are you happy? Can you increase your happiness? Happiness may be defined as “a state of well-being that is characterized by relative permanence, by emotion ranging from mere contentment to deep and intense joy in living, and by a natural desire for it to continue.” The Bible shows that true happiness refers to the condition of one who is blessed by Jehovah. In today’s world, though, being happy may be a challenge. Why?

Stressful events​—such as when a loved one dies […] or when faced with a divorce or the loss of a job—​can rob us of happiness. Domestic strife and a breakdown in peaceful communication can erode our sense of well-being. Ridicule by workmates or classmates, religious persecution, or imprisonment can undermine our happiness. So can deteriorating health, chronic illness, or depression. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ, “the happy and only Potentate,” delighted in bringing comfort and happiness to people. (1 Tim. 6:15; Matt. 11:28-30) In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus identified a number of qualities that can contribute to our happiness despite distressing trials in Satan’s world.

STRONG SPIRITUALITY​—FUNDAMENTAL TO HAPPINESS

4, 5. How can we gain and maintain happiness?

The first thing that Jesus focused on is especially important: Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.” (Matt. 5:3) How do we show that we are conscious of that need? We do so by taking in spiritual food, cherishing spiritual values, and giving priority to worshipping the happy God. If we take those steps, our happiness will grow. We will strengthen our faith in the coming fulfillment of God’s promises. And we will be encouraged by “the happy hope” that God’s Word provides for true worshippers.​—Titus 2:13.

Building a strong relationship with Jehovah is a vital part of finding lasting happiness. The apostle Paul was inspired to write: “Always rejoice in the Lord [Jehovah]. Again I will say, Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4) To enjoy such a precious relationship, we need to acquire divine wisdom. God’s Word states: “Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who acquires discernment. It is a tree of life to those who take hold of it, and those who keep firm hold of it will be called happy.”​—Prov. 3:13, 18.

6. Our lasting happiness depends on what?

However, to be lastingly happy, it is vital that we not only read God’s Word but apply it. Confirming the importance of putting into practice what we learn, Jesus said: “If you know these things, happy you are if you do them.” (John 13:17read James 1:25.) This is the key to satisfying your spiritual need and being lastingly happy.

7. How can those who mourn be happy?

“Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted.” (Matt. 5:4) Some may wonder, ‘How is it possible for those who mourn to be happy?’ Jesus did not have in mind all who mourn for any sort of reason. Even wicked people bemoan the distressing difficulties that characterize these “critical times hard to deal with.” (2 Tim. 3:1) But their self-centered mourning does not draw them closer to Jehovah; hence, it does not lead them toward happiness. Jesus must have had in mind people who are conscious of their spiritual need and therefore mourn the appalling spiritual conditions that prevail. They may recognize their own sinful state and the heartbreaking circumstances that have resulted from human sinfulness. Jehovah takes note of such sincere mourners; he comforts and blesses them with spiritual consolation, happiness, and life.​—Read Ezekiel 5:11; 9:4.

8. Explain how being mild-tempered contributes to happiness.

Happy are the mild-tempered, since they will inherit the earth.” (Matt. 5:5) How can being mild-tempered contribute to happiness? After coming to an accurate knowledge of the truth, individuals change. At one time, they may have been harsh, quarrelsome, and aggressive. But now they have clothed themselves with “the new personality” and display “the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience.” (Col. 3:9-12) As a result, they now enjoy a peaceful, loving, and happier life. Furthermore, God’s Word promises that such ones will “inherit the earth.”​—Ps. 37:8-10, 29.

9. (a) In what sense do the mild-tempered “inherit the earth”? (b) Why can “those hungering and thirsting for righteousness” be happy?

In what sense do the mild-tempered “inherit the earth”? Jesus’ spirit-anointed disciples inherit the earth when they rule over it as kings and priests. (Rev. 20:6) Millions of others who do not have the heavenly calling, however, will inherit the earth in the sense that they will be allowed to live here forever in perfection, peace, and happiness. These are the same ones who are happy because of “hungering and thirsting for righteousness.” (Matt. 5:6) Their spiritual hunger and thirst for righteousness will be fully satisfied in the new world. (2 Pet. 3:13) When God has finally eliminated all wickedness, the happiness of righteous ones will never again be undermined by lawlessness and unrighteousness.​—Ps. 37:17.

20. Why are we happy to serve “the happy God”?

20 When we have the smile of approval of “the happy God,” we can be happydespite religious persecution, opposition at home, sickness, or advanced age. (1 Tim. 1:11) We also experience happiness because of the precious promises of our God, “who cannot lie.” (Titus 1:2) The fulfillment of Jehovah’s promises will be so impressive that the difficulties and trials of the present time will pale into insignificance. In the coming Paradise, the blessings from Jehovah will surpass our imagination. And we will certainly experience unprecedented happiness. Yes, we “will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”​—Ps. 37:11. [Happy are Those Who Serve the Happy God W 9/2018 p.19]

When sculpting life/work of art…”harmony” …”is the principle of design that creates unity by stressing similarities of separate but related parts.” [Unit 6, Lesson 4, Art Connections, Harmony p. 178]

Harmony (is vital to) helps happiness.

IF a person does believe/accept/have a relationship with God, themselves or family/Other Fragile-life aka people…all individual choices make either: direct/indirect/intentional/unintentional impact on “harmony” with said relationships…God made the game and the rules…HE created Harmony; and (the game of) life. I follow (aka try my best to adhere) His principles found in the Bible…for the best possible outcomes in all situations (now and later).

 

Human thinking is flawed/weak. Divine thinking…

The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength.*(Or “restoring (bringing back) the soul.”)

The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise. (Psalm 19:7)

 

7/13/18 @ 9:49 p.m.

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The Unknown Artist

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If i think of “God” “Almighty” as the (to some) “Unknown” Artist…then, i can think of His works of art aka “the creation” found on Earth (and Earth)…i.e., plants, trees, grasses, bugs, flowers, bushes, bunnies, kitties, monkeys, doggies, bears, …etc., Man & Woman…as “individual” stand alone or stand together exhibited…pieces of artwork…Magnificent, Beautiful, Awe-Inspiring!!:)…

That reveal MUCH about the artist’s…personality, intelligence, style, aesthetic, etc.

Artists work in differing media/mediums…pastel, paint, charcoal…when appreciating or examining various works of human artists…you may detect a similar signature…found in each work/piece.

A painting is a painting. A sculpture is a sculpture. Same artist—different work…but same hands performing/making various/different productions.

To clump and lump all numerous paintings and brush strokes done by the same artist as the one and only, same/exact picture/piece…because of some similarities…is stupid!;)

An artist can work with numbers, letters, words, music, metal, canvas of choice…whatever he chooses and how ever he chooses to express his artistry/intelligence/creativity.

Same artist is capable of producing differing works in different media with different results yet retain a similar signature of style/caliber of excellence!

Evolution is a lack of appreciation of the “Unknown” Artist…to clump and lump “individual” “distinct” “separate” works of artistry all together as the same product/production/human is illogical to me.

IF You get to know any particular artist…well enough…perhaps, you can detect differences between and/or similarities and signature style between (differing/various) works.

Basically, what am trying to say/explain about evolution vs. creation…i have four kids…aka works of art formed/produced by my husband and myself…they have similarities as siblings…because they come from the same parents, however, it would be foolish for me to assert they are the same exact person…”work of art”…(in progress).

No, they are 4 “distinct” separate individuals. To be appreciated/respected/loved individually.

All creation was made by the same Creator/Artist (some of us know Him by His chosen name: Yahweh/Jehovah) so, of course, there could be similarities found in His WORK…but, each is a differing species…product/art production/piece of work…worthy of praise to the Amazing-Almighty-Artist!🙂

anyway, enough of my ramblings for now…interested in further reading:
Questions about God

 

sometimes…i think of us humans…as walking works of art (in progress)…(capable of serving a purpose of beauty or a beautiful purpose)…(completely understood by our Creator!)

 

 

6/24/18 @ 2:18 p.m.

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