I have been meditating all of June asking the Lord for the words to bring a composition for July. Because at this advanced age, I am aware of the brevity of time and the need to write something that people will read and it should give a lift. God is faithful and sure enough He put a subject on my mind and that was what I was needing. Therefore, the words, IN THE BEGINNING is what He brought to my mind and kept it there over and over, so I have those three words that He has given, meaning that He wants me to go on from here and follow the gleam. I will not be making an essay with references, for I want this to be a simple composition in my own language and just saying what I need to say to convey the thoughts that the Lord graciously supplies.
In the beginning– my mind went to Genesis at the words, and this is the Creation story that I love to tell. Nevertheless, the Lord did not pop those words into my mind and keep them there for no reason. I know that. It is His answer to my prayer for help in the matter of what to write about tor the July blog. I have to stay focused on this standard that has been raised for me to follow.
In the beginning, are words that carry us along through the book of Genesis to learn about the great and wonderful Creator and how He proceeded with His plans as He went about the work of bringing about a PLACE here out of nothing, the Bible teaches As I promised, this document will be written by a human being that houses the WONDERFUL CREATOR in the Person of the Holy Ghost whom -the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ requested for every believer. And the Father granted His request which we have historically documented as the DAY OF PENTECOST when He visited the disciples and poured out His power and Love on them and this is now the Gift to all believers who walk with the Lord. He and the Father come and abide with each believer so that we have free access to the THRONE OF GRACE and this means ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, FOR ANY REASON, AND WE MAY GO BOLDLY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE TO BRING OUR PETITIONS.
This means that I, Maxine Johnson Bersch-Lovern, a simple lay person, have been granted many requests through the years, and at this time I am free to write the words that He allows me to have, for from the day when I presented myself just as I am, to be transformed and allow Him full control of my mind, I am no longer conformed to the world. I have been transformed by the renewing of the mind; and now I can tell the world that God’s will is good and perfect and pleasant! That is how I can now choose words from the vocabulary that He has directed me in achieving through the years. I worked in a library that had a collection of over a million books. Here is a good place to remind all my readers who used to sit in my class and we had a big laugh over the badge that I had pinned to the story apron, with the words on it A THESAURUS IS NOT A DINOSAUR. I STRONGLY URGE THE STORYTELLER TO USE ONE IN PREPARING THE ORAL STORY. Where would the writer be without one?
The shelves of the library were loaded with all categories such as physics for the lay person, and geology books that tell the wonderful and marvelous way that He created this planet out of nothing! HALLELUJAH FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS GIVEN US THE GIFT OF THE Holy Spirit who remains in residence. Just as we breathe, and the heart beats involuntarily, so we go back now to IN THE BEGINNING, AND WE SEE HIM AT WORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF DEAR , PRECIOUS SERVANT, MOSES, WHO WROTE THOSE WORDS FOR US AS HE WAS GUIDED AND BREATHED ON BY THE LORD AND GIVEN THE MARVELOUS WORDS THAT WE CHERISH AND SING ABOUT IN OUR PRAISES ALL THE TIME.
I am back now to the subject and I believe that He gave me those three words so that I would go back to the beginning and see what happened again. That is how I interpret that message, so that is how I will treat it. I have imagined a big blob of water in pitch black space darkness, I have had a problem and have not written on this for two days, but I am back, though I am weak and my writing will not be as I would wish it. Nevertheless, when I am weak then He is strong and that keeps logs on the fire. I depend on that wonderful attribute of our Lord who says, I AM GOD. THERE IS NO OTHER. I WILL HOLD YOUR RIGHT HAND AND I WILL HELP YOU. (I am giving you a chance to look it up) Maybe it said, “I will hold you with my righteous right hand.” I just know that you can find it).
Let me say at this point, since I am not giving references, it is up to you to keep your concordance nearby and when I say that the Bible teaches this or that or there is a quote such as this one, I am doing it from memory and it might not be worded exactly but it’s close enough that you could find it in the concordance. When I say that it teaches a certain truth you can still look it up and I am purposely doing this composition style so that it is easier for me to write it as I think it, and it gives you a chance to use your concordance and that is just like a treasure hunt. You get so involved in it that you do not find it a chore at all, but it causes you to be much more interested in what I am thinking. Aha! You will be thinking.
All right, I am ready now to get back to “in the beginning.” This is now starting to roll around in my mind and yes! I see now what the BIG reason that the Lord gave me these words and allowed them to lead me into His own actions on the day that He made the first person. A great mystery has always been brought about when we read the Genesis account. In my young years, when I struggled as an immature, and very opinionated Christian– when I was faced with these mysterious questions, I would go just as far as I could go in reasoning and the facts of life were staring me in the face all the time, and so I would just dismiss it with a shrug and I would say, “I know that I am a Christian, and I refuse to let these questions bother me.” Then I would go and sing in the choir and be a Christian in my heart and the rest of it was not important to me. I would say to Mother, “I don’t want to hear anything from any expectations of future events and neither do I want to hear anything about what it is impossible to understand, and the theology has all these answers that do not explain the matter at all, so what happened in the dim, distant past is far removed from the Church and how we live today”
That is how I got around the questions that plagued the mind of how it was that there was a beautiful world with everything perfect and why in the world did the Lord put a tree there in the middle of the Garden with forbidden fruit on it and command them to leave it alone. He told them that the fruit on it was poison and would lead to sure death. Did that stop them? Of course not. The enemy was lurking there, seeking to devour someone and was waiting to practice his charms on this one that obviously was curious about this tree. He sized her up and watched with glee as she was looking at the tree. He saw the expression on her face as she eyed the beautiful fruit, and obviously she was wondering about the WHY of the matter. He knew the exact way to start the conversation, and he asked a question that caused her to spell out the truth that they were allowed perfect freedom to eat of any tree in the garden except this one in the center and it was forbidden because its fruit caused death. Here was the perfect time to plant the seed of doubt, and here it found perfect soil waiting to take it in and act on it.“ Oh! I see now why we are denied this delight, and look how yummy it looks there, all juicy and luscious! Wow! I can be wise and Adam can have some too.”
As I have pondered these three words and asked the Lord for enlightenment, He has been generous and in the night-time when I am awake and meditating, He has opened my SPECIAL EYES. This is the reason I was given these words for the blog. I believe that the entire Creation Story, the earth being created from nothing as it says in Scripture.
It is now another week since I wrote the words just above.
I have been preoccupied so I have had to leave off the writing. Now I am hoping to get it finished if possible. I tire very easily, and I am not able to concentrate when there are interruptions. That is another sign of my advanced years, but thank the Lord that I still call and He answers. I can do absolutely nothing at all without help from Him.
Now back to the subject
I plainly see now that the WORLD OF THE GARDEN WAS IN ANOTHER DIMENSION. You remember how they were free of embarrassment, and the lion could lie down with the lamb. You see clearly it was the DIMENSION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS and there was no evil in that kingdom. Obviously, there was no death there. I am sure the Lord had plans in place for their total existence here, for look how long they lived before all of them died off that had been included in that first generation.
Eve ate the forbidden fruit and she opened up the DIMENSION OF EVIL. I am positive that is why I was given those three words to meditate on, for God answered for me a question that plagues so many. WHY? SINCE HE IS OMNISCIENT, HE KNEW THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, BUT IT WAS NOT HIS PURPOSE, THAT WE SHOULD SPILL ALL THAT EVIL INTO THE WORLD, BUT I BELIEVE THE TREE WAS NECESSARY TO THE DIMENSIONAL WAY THAT THE UNIVERSE AND CREATION STAY UNDER HIS CONSTANT WATCHFUL EYE.
AT THAT TIME THI WORLD OF EVIL WAS IN A SEPARATE DIMENSION AND THEY WERE SAFE AND SECURE AS LONG AS THEY OBEYED HIS COMMANDS/ BUT FROM THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD GOD KNEW THAT GIVING MANKIND THE POWER OF CHOICE HAD THIS BIG RISK. THE CREATURE MADE IN HIS OWN IMAGE WOULD BE EXERCISING THAT GIFT AND BRING AN END TO THE POSSIBILITY OF A RIGHTEOUS REIGN ON EARTH. REDEMPTION WAS THE ONLY HOPE THEN. ALL OF THIS OUR WODERFUL GOD OF LOVE KNEW. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE DID NOT HOPE AND DREAM. THIS CREATURE THAT HE HAD CREATED HAD GOD’S BREATH — THE BREATH OF LIFE AND HE WAS A LIVING SOUL. GOD LOVED HIM.
NOW THANKS AGAIN TO OUR [LORD AND SAVIOR, OUR DEFENDER, OUR FORTRESS. WHO HAS LOVED US EVEN WHEN WE WERE DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS; WHO SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO BE OUR REDEEMER–. NOW WE ARE HIS AMBASSADORS AND WE HAVE LEARNED. WE CAN ALLOW HIM TO TRANSFORM US BY THE RENEWING OF THE MIND! IN THIS WAY WE CAN RETURN TO THE KINGDOM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE CAN TELL THE WORLD THAT GOD’S WILL IS GOOD, PLEASANT AND PERFECT! NOW WHEN WE FAIL, WE ARE GIVEN HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP US. NOW WE CONFESS OUR SIN AND HE FORGIVES AND CLEANSES US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
HOW WONDERFUL THIS MATCHLESS GRACE OF JESUS. WE SING THE HYMN. HALLELUJAH FOR THE CROSS. ALONG WITH OTHERS. WE SING WHEN I SURVEY THEWONDROUS CROSS ON WHICH THE PRINCE OF GLORY DIED. MY RICHEST GAIN I COUNT BUT LOSS AND POUR CONTEMPT ON ALL MY PRIDE.
YES, IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING THAT YOU MADE US IN YOUR IMAGE AND IN THE LIFE THAT WE HAVE IN JESUS, WE HAVE A NEW BEGINNING. YOU HAVE MADE US OVER. A WOMAN CAUSED THE PROBLEM AND SO GOD ALLOWED A WOMAN TO BE THE INSTRUMENT THAT HE USED TO BRING ABOUT THE SOLUTION. THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR HIS LOVE AND MERCY TO US., WE ARE NOW RESTORED TO CONFORM TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, JESUS OF NAZARETH. ONCE AGAIN, HE HEARS THE PRAYER THAT HE TAUGHT US TO PRAY.THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN/ GOD SO LOVSD THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT ANYONE WHO BELIEVES ON HIM. SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.
THIS IS MY STORY. THIS IS MY SONG.