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CONSIDERING THE TRINITY

  • By Mary Adele LaClair

 

Trinity

 

One God, three Persons?  Really? Or is it One God, assuming three different  forms, as in water which is all three: fluid, ice, and vapor; or as in St. Patrick’s shamrock: one stem, three separate leaves; or as  mankind: spirit, body, soul ?

Do we really know that Jesus IS THE CREATOR. He certainly is.  He SPOKE everything into being. He is the WORD OF GOD, the Word made Flesh. Consider this:

Try to picture the Trinity like this, as it was told to me many years ago … and I’ve never been able to refute it :

GOD THE FATHER as the Mind of God

JESUS THE SON as the Word of God

HOLY SPIRIT as the Hand of God          God

Stick with me now;

Trying this example out on mankind, whom God made in His own image, we can see that each, our mind, our words, our actions are able to act independently of each other, able to act on their own, because we are able to speak without thinking and we are able to act without thinking and we are able to think without speaking and without acting. Each is independent of the other, yet we are one person. Our words have their own power and our actions have their own power.

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In Creation at Gen 1:1  it says that God spoke and the Spirit moved across the waters.

John 1:    “ In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God”

Yes, Jesus Christ IS the CREATOR.  No doubt about that!

The Eternal Word

(Gen 1:1-2:3)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend* it. NKJV

 

John 1:14

 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. NKJV

 

We must acknowledge that we operate best when we think before we speak and when we think before we act.  When all three operate in the same vein, we are operating as one, hopefully sensible, person.

So, at creation we have the Trinity: the Mind of God thought it; the Mouth of God spoke it; the Hand of God moved in Power over it.

This is by no means the only example and probably should not be limited to it; however I believe it is a good example for helping one trying to understand the Trinity, and Jesus’ part as Creator, speaking things into being.

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Likewise, we should be careful how we speak, because as it is said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

 

 

 

 

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Our God Is One

For further reference:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/faithdoubt/what-is-trinity.html

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HEAVEN ON EARTH

DWELLING IN GREENER PASTURES

Young woman                 – by  Mary Adele LaClair

The folks who say that the 20’s and 30’s are the ‘best times of our lives’, many times are deceiving us, not always, but often.

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Those years can be the most unsettled, frustrating years. If we can just get through that period, life does promise to get better.

Every ten years, when my Dad hit a round number, starting at 40, he said that life keeps getting better. He said it at 40 years old, at 50, at 60, 70, at 80, and again at 90 years old.  happy

At ninety-two, when asked, he said that he thought it had finally leveled off for him. At the ripe old age of 95 years he passed on, having said that getting THAT old wasn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be.

During my own trying and frustrating thirties, I finally found a light at the end of the tunnel, I found the risen Lord Jesus Christ.  He knew where I was all along; but it was I who had just discovered Him. I knew of Him from church, but then I knew only of the crucified Christ. Now I had found the risen Christ, the Christ Who is alive and well, and in the world today in the Spirit.

At a time when I was tired of the unsettling frustration that the thirties can bring, He came to me in a very real yet uncertain way.

He gave me a vision of a broad river; He, in green pastures on the one side, and me, in infertile rocky fields on the other side.  He seemed to be looking wistfully at me, and I was puzzled – then in my vision He communicated to my spirit, and my spirit heard.

“I wish to bring you to this side where you see Me now, I wish you to live in these peaceful green pastures, but you must cross the river.  Your feet won’t touch bottom and sometimes the waves may threaten to overwhelm you.  I can bring you across, but you must trust me. My Feet reach bottom.  Will you let me help you across? The water may reach your neck and maybe even reach as high as your mouth, but I will not let you go under. Will you trust me?”

“You won’t let me go under even if the water reaches my chin?”   life guard

“No, my child, it may even reach your mouth, but I will not let you go totally under; you will get wet and feel the force of the water but I will keep your head above water. I am tall and strong and My Feet do touch bottom, but I say to you there will be waves which will threaten you. If you remain calm in My care, we will reach the other side and you will be where I want you, in green pastures with my people.”

lifeguard word          swimmer

With my face out of the water, my legs and body were floating just under the surface. With my neck and head caressed in the crook of His arm, I floated through the water as He walked backward toward the other side, pulling me, much the same as a life guard would, as He walked backwards through deep rushing water over the rough bottom. He walked backward, so that if I looked up I could feel and see Him with His strong hold still on me.  This was important to know when the water got rough, and sometimes I had to repeat over and over to myself, “He will not let me go totally under”, “He will not let me go totally under.”

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I made it to the other side, because of my Lifeguard.

At another time, later in life, I was visiting a local man who was despondent and in the hospital when I realized I was having a vision of Jesus standing between the head of the man’s bed and the wall – appearing as a veil:  He appeared as a cloud, a mist. His hands on the head of the bed, His eye ever on the man, watchful, caring, loving. Going out in the hall, I fall against the wall and breathlessly exclaim, “JESUS, YOU ARE WITH HIM!”

“Yes…”

“Then why THIS?”

“Because,  he doesn’t know that I am with him.”

Dear reader, do YOU know that Jesus is with you?  He is EVERWHERE, wherever you are, whoever you are, He sees you, He knows what you are doing and where you are and what you are going through. Talk to Him as if He were there, because He is.

Since Jesus Christ is THE LORD to call upon the Name of Jesus is calling upon the Name of the Lord.

Jesus                                                        Have a little talk with Jesus.

“All who call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”     Romans 10:13, & Acts 2:21

HE knows your thoughts, your words, your actions and your deeds anyway, so just start talking to Him.  He waits for you to acknowledge Him and to initiate a conversation with Him.

What?  You say how can God know where you are at all times, does He really keep track of you?

Does your GPS keep track of you and know where you are at all times?

How can God hear me, or you, when we call, with so many people on earth?

Does a smart phone hear you when you call…and even give answers to a myriad of questions instantly?

Look in any parking lot, your key fob does not open or start anyone else’s car.

Again in any parking lot or large crowd, see how many cell phones are in operation yet no signals get mixed up.

Can God do any less, we ask?

Oh, the despondent man in the hospital…. He found Jesus, (Jesus always knew where the he was) but the man found Jesus. He got a new job, re-married, became a Pastor and now holds a Master of Theology Degree.

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After posting this, the story of Gideon came as a reminder. He did not know that the Lord was with Him; after finding that out, his actions changed. He became victorious.

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It is the old testament parallel to today’s despondent man mentioned above, and they are witness to each other that God is still working today. 

What could YOU do if you knew the Lord was with you….

                                        …or what would you NOT do if you knew the Lord was with you?

Gideon’s story is found in chapter six of the book of Judges. You may find a brief quote of it in the next section right along with the other Scriptures mentioned above …

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“Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

PS.  Related Scriptures follow for your continued reading:

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Pseudo Peace With Israel

Pseudo Peace With Israel

             – by Mary A. LaClair

 

Does the world really want to see peace between Palestine and Israel?  Nice thought, but is it possible?  Proof, it is often said, is in the pudding.

Let’s see what this pudding mix contains. star-of-david

Here is a history of the kind of ‘Peace’ Palestine has worked out in the past – not once, not twice, not three times… but FIVE TIMES.  Three strikes and you’re out!   Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me five times….?  REALLY?

Check out this article:

http://www.dailywire.com/news/11993/do-palestinians-want-peace-here-are-5-facts-say-no-ben-shapiro?utm_source=shapironewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=070516-news-title&utm_campaign=lead

History repeats itself, yes? Anyone goin’ for a sixth?  Apparently so.israel-map

Not convinced that peace is impossible?  It is strange to me that those trying to force peace often believe that warring spouses can best get along by living apart – with walls between them, even to the point of separate residences.  Likewise, most countries have protective borders to separate and protect, yet these ‘peace talks’ do not want a wall between the warring parties of Palestine and Israel.  I just don’t get it.

Might as well put a bird and a cat in a box and say “live together in peace” because I want you to.  Will it work? Of course not.  A divorce attorney might as well tell fighting couples to just live together in peace just because he wants them to.  Matter of fact:  people might be killed, and often are in this scenario. The situation is no different when it comes to Israel, nations and borders.fighting-couple

Sometimes a wall – a separation – is just what is required to insure peace – peace between sparring spouses and of course peace between sparring nations. One is like the other. What will NOT work  for some individuals (living together) – will likewise NOT work for some countries.   This is one of those instances.  Enemies are supposed to live in peace because others want them to? Don’t think so in this instance any more than in the examples given.

Anyone for the underdog in this scenario?  Let’s take a look at just who the underdog is here.

In this video you will hear that a supposed Christian church, the PC-USA is involved in BDS, boycott, divest and sanction Israel, when God says Israel is the ‘apple of God’s eye’:

http://www1.cbn.com/video/jerusalem-dateline/2015/06/5/bds-movement-aiming-to-eliminate-israel-ndash-june-5-2015

Indeed, the PC-USA National was caught with prayers to Allah! See: “God’s Name: What’s in a Name” in category column to the right.

There IS a time for building walls….  selah

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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOTED FOR PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP!

THE MARSHALL REPORT

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I was wondering for a long time if America would stand up and be heard in numbers to counter the election fraud.  Well, the fraud was performed but the voice of the people was so loud that they could not pull their evil off without it looking very, very bad.

Even though we the people who are wide awake saw all the evil they did accomplish….Trump winning is what is most important here.

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I am so grateful to my Lord for his mercy on America to give us a leader who will go forward to restore the values and commands that made America a beacon of light so bright the world wanted to be a citizen of her legally.  They were proud to be an American.  There was no finger up in the street challenging the law. There was no asylum or sanctuary cities for thieves to rest in.  It was America…

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Prophetic Word Regarding Trump

Lance Whittaker Wallnau speaks from Israel : this video has had almost three million hits at the time of this posting; and I think it is worth hearing, even if you’ve heard it before. It is my hope that you will all take five minutes to hear and think on these things:

 

Does It Matter What We Call God?

DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE CALL GOD?

THE NAME OF GOD DO WE NEED TO GET IT RIGHT?

by – Mary A. LaClair

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Let the name of God not be profaned or adulterated as salt which loses it flavor by mixing with  other things.

http://www.charismanews.com/us/58128-presbyterian-church-usa-caught-praying-to-allah

Leaders in the PCUSA church had better get it right and stop setting a bad example.

Is the world supposed to influence the church; or is the church supposed to influence the world?   I think PCUSA and similar churches can see another mass exodus comparable to the mass exit over same sex marriages in these same old mainline churches.

Local pastors under leadership of churches of this kind, if they don’t want to scatter and lose their flock, should seriously consider going independent. Better to please God rather than man.                                                                          name is Lincoln

Over the years people have told me they think as long as their intent is to talk to the Creator, that God honors their intent and it doesn’t matter what we call Him.

As long as the image is right in their own minds, “What does it matter?”, they ask.

How would you react if you were the one being addressed? Would you care, indeed would you even answer, if you were called by someone else’s name? You would, in effect, not even listen because it would not get your attention.

Yet, in spite of this, some people think it is merely their own personal belief that counts.

Thus, they are actually putting more faith in their own thoughts…. than they are putting faith in God’s thoughts. And this is being done in some churches! Well, God understands, they may continue… trying to get God to think the way they think instead of the other way around.   Wait, isn’t that manipulating God…?

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/07/presbyterian-church-usa-offers-prayers-to-allah-acknowledges-muhammad-as-prophet

http://amredeemed.com/end-times-news/presbyterian-church-usa-prays-allah-calls-muhammad-prophet/#.V3v0bFIluAg

Apparently the PCUSA does not know who their God is. But we should know.

FROM: Gen 1:3-26

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.”

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation:

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures,

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,

“GOD SAID” EQUALS WORD OF GOD — WORD OF GOD EQUALS CREATION

 John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. NIV

 John 1:14

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. NIV

 

“GOD SAID” EQUALS WORD OF GOD — THE WORD OF GOD, THE WORD MADE FLESH JESUS, EQUALS THE CREATOR

Deut 4:24

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. “NKJV

When God speaks to the churches, here is something He has said:

Matt 5:13

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”   NIV

How does salt loose its flavor? Salt can lose its flavor if it is mixed with other impurities; if it dissolves and re-crystalizes with other elements; if one’s own taste buds are not working; and, if taste buds are in need of healing. In other words, it loses its flavor by adding things to it; mixing it with other things; watering it down; adulterating it with other things.

Some churches are committing spiritual adultery by trying to mix two opposing religions together. They each think they will convince the other. But who knows who will convince whom. And what does God say about salt which loses it flavor? Note well, it is the churches which He compares to salt losing its saltiness.

Sounds like dire consequences. We should consider what God cares about how He is addressed. It is possible to be sincere yet be mistaken and God does not take that lightly. We should know Him, not pretend we know Him.

Here is a quote from Rev. Billy Graham:

“As a matter of fact, God takes His name very seriously, and the Ten Commandments include the command that we must not take the name of the Lord in vain. We are to use the names God has given for Himself, and we are to recognize that God takes His name seriously because He desires to be rightly known by His human creatures. We cannot truly know Him if we do not even know His name.”

http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/december-2013/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god/

Perhaps we should see what else God tells us in Scripture about how He feels about how He is addressed.

A computer search was done in the NIV for “my Name” (case sensitive) and it resulted in the following list:

Ex 23:21; 2 Sam 7:13; 1 Kings 5:5; 1 Kings 8:16; 1 Kings 8:18; 1 Kings 8:19; 1 Kings 9:3; 1 Kings 9:7; 1 Kings 11:36; 2 Kings 21:4; 2 Kings 21:7; 2 Kings 23:27; 1 Chron 22:8; 1 Chron 22:10; 1 Chron 28:3; 2 Chron 6:5; 2 Chron 6:6; 2 Chron 6:8; 2 Chron 6:9; 2 Chron 7:16; 2 Chron 7:20; 2 Chron 33:7; Neh 1:9; Jer 7:10; Jer 7:11; Jer 7:12;Jer 7 :14; Jer 7:30; Jer 25:29; Jer 32:34; Jer 34:15;        (printed out below in end notes)

In these Scriptures God talks about how He feels about His Name. Some of these are quite interesting, some revelatory, and some even surprising, to say the least.

To save you the time and effort of looking up each of these Scriptures, end notes below are a sample of how He reveals what His Name means to Him; and the benefits we may receive by honoring Him by His correct Name….the Name He prefers and the Name and titles which will get His attention.

Additionally, there are some very beautiful sites on the names of God in the links below.

Names, plural? Well if you are a Mom or a Dad, you have several names to which you reply: Honey (hopefully), Dad, Grampa, Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, but if you call out Grandma and expect to get Dad’s attention…. you get the idea, some names are titles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-larVvuTg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmenSliTvJU

Deut 6:13-15

13 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you 15 (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth. NKJV

 Heb 1:1-3

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 NIV

The universe made through the Son. The SON is the Creator. The Son is Jesus — NOT Allah. Refer back to John 1:1

Heb 1:8

But about the Son he says,”Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever,” NIV

Here the Son is called GOD   Allah has no Son. Allah is not God.

Isa 40:28

The everlasting God, the Lord ,

The Creator of the ends of the earth, NKJV

 Here we see that The Lord is God the Creator –

Rom 10:9-10

9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 NIV

Jesus Christ is Lord – He is the Creator NOT Allah

Ex 20:5

“…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,…” NKJV

“…In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths…” Prov 3:5-6 – acknowledge allah? How foolish! Allah is NOT the God of the Bible, he is the god of the Koran.

Let the name of God not be profaned or adulterated as salt which loses it flavor by mixing with other things.

Again, Local pastors under leadership of churches of this kind, if they don’t want to scatter and lose their flock, should seriously consider going independent. Better to please God rather than man.

On the other hand, the outgrowth of evangelical churches taking their places is encouraging.

Selah…

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