Why we stagger under Holy Spirit

When Holy Spirit comes onto us, we stagger back and forth. Why?

First, Holy Spirit controls our muscles differently than just our brain does.

Second, we should believe God that we won’t fall even when we stagger, give control to the Spirit.

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Who and to who speaks in Bible?

(Psalm 23)

1 Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.

We know that the Bible is God’s word. But who speaks in this psalm? He speaks about his God. At first it seems not to be a word of God Himself.

Really, these are words of Christ to His Father. It is a word of God to His God.

Yahweh is the shepherd of Jesus. Jesus will lack nothing, etc. (see the text of the psalm).

The above may even at first seems discouraging. Is it directed to Jesus not to us?! It is directed to us if we are in Christ.

Why the devil and sin exist?

Why the devil and sin exist?

It is a paradox that the devil and sin exist in the world created by perfect, good God.

It is usually answered that it is because of pride. But the natural question would be: Why then pride exists?

The comprehensible answer is that every problem must be solved and to be solved a problem need to appear. So sin is necessary to appear in the universe.

Read more here.

Foundation of our activity

I do my math and computer-related research. I bear a great fruit.

However, how could I do it without Intel who produced the CPU of my computer, without Linus and friends who produced Linux which runs my computer, without Web browsers, without a text editor, etc.?

Sometimes I was puzzled: When I create something by “gluing” parts together, is it really my own creation? Or is it a creation of them who made the parts?

Even if I would do an origami, the paper which is done from is composed of zillions atoms, every one controlled by a complex formula. Is this bend paper my creation? Or it is rather of God?

I also thought: I am a sinner, not a computer. I need a computer to work with, I need the work of Linus and Intel. If I were myself a computer, not a sinner, would then it be my creation when I compose parts of something in my mind?

Today I have realized that Jesus gives an ultimate answer to my question (and yes, it will continue even after rapture when we will be transformed into computers):

(John 15) 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

So we can bear fruit only on the foundation of Christ.

Whether to pay tithes in New Testament?

Malachi 3

8 Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field,” says Yahweh of Armies. 12 “All nations shall call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says Yahweh of Armies.

So in the Old Testament Israel was in the obligation to pay tithes. Not to pay tithes was considered a thieving just like as not paying taxes in earthy states.

Are we obliged to pay tithes in the New Testament?

Matthew 17

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?” 25 He said, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”
26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt. 27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.”

We are children of God. Jesus said that the children are exempt. So we are not obliged to pay tithes.

But personally I do pay tithes. It is because I want to become rich. Malachi 3 says that God will give blessings to those who pay tithes. We are not under the law anymore, we are not obliged to obey its commandments. But nothing repealed blessings of God to those who do His will.

I strongly advise you to pay tithes. Not because you would be obliged, but to get greater blessing.

You may ask: What’s about (1Tim. 6:9) “But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.” Doesn’t this imply that we should not strive to get rich?

My response is: (from my book New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician)

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (Jam. 1:2-4) In this passage, “various” includes the temptation of richness. So when God gives us richness we should accept it with great joy. We should lack in nothing (be rich) according to the above Bible quote. Also, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.” (Jam. 1:12)

Why Christ is glorious

The strength of a chain is determined by the weakest link.

When a team contains a stupid, this stupid determines the performance of the team.

But Christ overcomes the sin of the world. It is similar to as if the strength of a chain were determined by the strongest not weakest link.

It may be very hard to believe that Christ can overcome all sinners and make the whole system effective. But He has demonstrated that he can resurrect even if sinners kill Him.

This is the glory of Christ.

Can a sin prevent blessing?

All Christians are liable for blessing or can a sin stop blessing?

The answer is: The only reason which may prevent blessing is miss of faith. Non-believing is a sin. So the answer to the subject question is “yes”: A sin can prevent blessing.

Can another sin (not missing faith) prevent blessing? It cannot because we are children of Abraham by faith, not by our good deeds. But every sin steems of unbelieving. So even as another sin cannot stip us of blessing, this sin and the curse have one the same common root, unbelieving.