I am a mathematician. I am also a charismatic believer.
I realized that in heart I doubted: Isn’t receiving help from God in solving a math problem “cheating”? Doesn’t it mean that I only pretend that I solved it myself?
After all, why algebra and calculus books don’t fall from the heaven?
I realized that God wants to cure us from sin and gives anointment of Holy Spirit for this.
We probably should not ask God that a paper book (or flash card 🙂 ) with solution of our particular problem fall from the heaven. It is probably because this won’t help to completely heal us from sin, what God is going to do.
But anointment is different: (John 3:34) “… God gives the Spirit without measure.” This means that anointment should not be limited. We need to get as much Holy Spirit as we can. This can help solving a particular problem and this is not cheating.
After all, if not a wonder of Holy Spirit, I would now lie in a psychiatric hospital not remembering my name, as I had very serious schizophrenia which God healed in one moment when I accepted Christ. If this would be cheating then I would honestly not solved any math problems anymore, because I forgot how to read and count.
If you want to solve a hard math problem, pray to God to give as much anointment as possible, to solve this particular problem as easy as possible and to step further into complete dealing away with sin.
We are all sick. Sin is a very serious disease everybody of us sick with.
Sinners do not only lack proper connection with God, but also are unable to calculate like computers in their brains (as Adam before the Fall was able). Also sinners are liable to irrational thinking. Thus sinners work inefficiently, unlike sinless creatures.
What Holy Spirit does for us? He serves as a prosthesis. He advices and directs us how to work efficiently (for example, in earning money).
The system consisting of a sinner filled with Spirit and Holy Spirit is what is called a “blessing”, that is a man or woman working more efficiently despite of his or her lack of computing power.
Note that we should not be proud of having a prosthesis. Suppose somebody in the world would be proud of having no legs and leg prosthesis. This would be silly. In the same way it is silly to be proud of having Holy Spirit.
This will continue to develop and in the future little God’s children will exceed angels, because Holy Spirit exceeds angels and he will prevail over our sinful nature. He will no longer need to serve as a prosthesis but he will not leave us after full healing from sin.
You can read in my book how I was transformed into a sinless computer for about a month. This is the future of all of us.
In John 1 “word” means mathematics. So I’ve rewritten this Bible passage with the word “mathematics” instead the word “Word”:
1 In the beginning was the mathematics, and the mathematics was with God, and the mathematics was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. 6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light. 9 The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him. 12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 The mathematics became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’” 16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
Why we stay on knees praying? I think we are preparing for God’s security system.
In presence of God embodied in a body, one should stay on knees to make for him inconvenient to attack God’s body.
However: (Rom. 14:4) “Who are you who judge another’s servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he will be made to stand, for God has power to make him stand.” This means that God’s security system is revealed so good (“God has power”) that the need to stay on the knees eliminates.
We have one more reason to give glory to Jesus. He did a wonderful thing: He humbled himself. See (Phil. 2:8) “And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.”
This is a great accomplishment, because it is very hard to humble himself. It is easy to humble somebody other, but very hard to humble himself.
Many times I found myself in this situation: I know that I should deny my own set purposes in regard to another side of a potential conflict. To receive something, I need to deny my desire to receive everything. I need to be glad in small, because otherwise the other side of the conflict is dissatisfied by my attitude to prevail over them. Humbleness is just denial of prevailing over somebody, in order to make a more fair deal.
The essence there is that I know how to behave in this situation: I need to be humble, but I cannot be humble. All I could is to masquerade as a humble person. But this won’t work in relations with God, because God always knows whether we are sincere or masquerade.
As I experienced in my life, a great enemy of humility is a too particular prophecy. If I set my purpose onto some special thing, I lose flexibility to be humble, to choose some other thing, and so receive nothing.
Maybe, only Jesus can humble himself. But to receive humility we need to set our purposes on him. Not on some particular prophecy. Not on some specific thing of the world, but on him who has the wonderful power to humble himself (and us together with him).
Some Christians are afraid of cremation of their bodies, because them in some way are afraid or suspect that cremation may harm their resurrection.
What does Bible say on cremation? It seems that Bible suggests that cremation is a good thing for a believer:
… if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.
It seems from this verse that body being burned may “profit” something.
Maybe resurrecting a cremated body gives greater glory to God in resurrecting? I don’t know for sure, I just say my opinion.
We used to think about healing as restoring our natural forces.
But God’s healing is reaching more: It also means giving us supernatural forces. Think of Samson’s force as an example of healing.
Holy Spirit is going not only to stop sickness but supercharge or energize us (as seen from (Jn 6:32-35) “but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world… Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry”), as we see from the following Bible fragment (from Apocalypse):
(Rev.1:15) “His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace…”
This means that Jesus’s body is so energized that it glows like burnished brass, hot as of being from a furnace, so much it is energized. His healthy temperature is not 36.6 Celsius.
It is our future.