Developing your negatives

I like taking pictures as a hobby on my smartphone. Hopefully I can make a living doing this in the near future. I took photography in high school for a year, and I have to admit the old darkroom style was a lot more challenging than these digital cameras.

One day I got to thinking as I was looking at some negatives of a photograph someone else took. We develop negatives by turning them into colorful photos. It is the same way with life. Rather than focus on the negative aspects of your life, just develop the negatives into something more positive, or colorful.

Strength of Character

We’ve heard the old saying “Survival of the Fittest” and the famous one “God helps those who helps themselves.” Is this Biblical? Who are the fittest and the ones to whom God helps that help themselves?

Mental illness along with illnesses of the body are usually not found in those that consider themselves “strong.” Even the “strongest” person admits they have weaknesses. So why don’t we acknowledge our illnesses, particularly mental, as our weaknesses? We admit our character defects which for the most part include our sins. So why don’t we consider our infirmities as weaknesses? After all when you struggle with something for a long time it can wear down your body’s immune system. This is especially true when as we get older and prolonged years of stress & anxiety “weaken” our immune system and we end up having to take medicine as we get older.

So who are the ones who are the fittest? Some have a strong faith in God and some are strong in and of themselves. However no one is entirely that strong in and of themselves apart from God. Therefore it’s God who gives you the grace to make it through each day. You’re just deluded into thinking you’re such a “good person” in and of yourself.

Years of being grounded in the Word of God can “strengthen” your character as well. As you pray and seek God you can better discern His Will for you life so that you know almost exactly what to pray for. Then you stand on the Word and trust in God’s timing for the answer. God for the most part either says Yes when He grants it to you or wait. He only says no if it goes against His Word. Although all your prayers have their yes in Messiah Yeshua as everything you ultimately seek can be found in Him; security, significance, salvation, purpose,

So to sum it up Survival of the Fittest can best be attributed to Survival of the Faithful. Although no matter how godly or faithful you can get you can always get struck down with cancer, heart disease, mental illness. You will be healed of it even if it kills you; i.e. if God uses it as His means of Grace to call you home.

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What is the Gospel? Aka the Kingdom of God?

Luke 17:21. . .”-the Kingdom of God is within you.”

I’ve heard this question asked in every religious article in relation to this post. Think about it, what is the gospel that Jesus preached?

Is it the health/wealth that the Word/Faith prosperity churches teach? There does have to be some truth to this or it wouldn’t have such an impact. At least health wise. Wealth is relative and okay to enjoy but not be the primary focus in life.

How about “Ask Jesus into your heart” and be baptized. You won’t find this phrase anywhere in the bible?

Today’s verse (in the older translations) declare the Kingdom of God to be within us. In John 18:36 Jesus says His Kingdom isn’t of this world. The world is more properly translated as “realm”.

God is spirit and the things of God are spiritual. This is why we are commanded to live by faith and not by sight.

The real good news is that heaven is all around us. The only thing lacking is awareness Most of us are to blinded by materialism to actually “see” it or enjoy it. Maybe we really don’t believe in the things of God?

The only real sin (missing the mark) is unbelief. This leads us to chase after worldy things in an attempt to fill that void. Even politics is what people turn to when they lost faith in God.

Have to admit that worldliness is really good for the economy. It’s also exhausting with the endless work and trying to solve the various economic crisis that develop.

Seek first the Kingdom and all else will fall into place. The only way to deal with problems in society like racism is to be at peace with God, which supernaturally puts one at peace with his fellow man.

Practicing mindfulness makes it hard to have ambition

It is common knowledge in the world of Psychology that depression is related to living in the past while anxiety is likewise being too focused on the future.


That being said, the best place to live is in the moment. Or as the New Age Gurus refer to it: “living in the NOW.”
I have been practicing mindfulness the past six years and I will be the first to admit that my natural ambition in life took a downward spiral. Especially when the Spirit showed me that I didn’t need all of this “stuff” and that I was already wealthy in the spiritual realm.


The result was I had a hard time looking for even a part-time job for nearly a year. I knew all I had to do was take the first step. I even begin to wonder if I needed medication to get me to conform to the pattern of the world.


Now I am facing the same dilemma with taking a second job just so I can pay off a car payment faster (don’t worry as I haven’t taken it out yet).
Nowhere in the Bible will you find a reference to mindfulness. Usually when you think of this practice, you think of eastern religions like Buddhism. That does not mean it is not a biblical concept if it keeps you grounded in the Christ.


The Bible also gives no reference to a “trinity” or a “rapture” either. Do you really think you can limit the Divine to just 66 books? Even the Catholic Church has included the Apocrypha to their Bible. Give them time and the Gnostic gospels may even be added.


Anyway, back to the point of this article. Practicing mindfulness can kill your ambition. Just look at my blog post “how God ruined my life.”


It is okay to have ambition and strive for things. Just don’t get so focused that it hinders the spiritual journey. You will know this is happening if you begin to feel stressed, anxious, or depressed.
As Jesus said, focus on the troubles of today and don’t worry about what tomorrow may bring since the next day is not promised.

Even His own half-brother admonished us to humble ourselves before the Lord toward the end of the book of James when his people were focusing too much on all of these things they were going to do tomorrow and thereafter.
Besides, material wealth is gathered little by little. As you work on a daily basis, your real wealth will continue to grow. You may even surprise yourself by how much you have 20 or 30 years down the road.


Just don’t make material wealth a priority in life. Work hard, set goals, but keep them in proper perspective when it comes to eternal values.


Literally everything we do will not matter in the afterlife as that is a different realm entirely. The Bible even says that the flesh profits nothing. The only thing that matters is our attitude towards God and how we serve our neighbor in love.

Nectar of the gods

It has been a long held debate on whether there is one God or many. The Abrahamic faiths hold to the fact that there is only one. This is why people have problems with the Trinity. Hinduism is believed to be polytheistic, though I read a piece by Deepak Chopra on Huffington Post where he said that Hindus believe in one God but they acknowledge all the false gods as well.

There are many gods in the world. Most of them are antichrist and don’t lead to the one true God which is reflected in those who walk in the Light and follow the Way. There are 7 billion people in the world and each person basically has their own unique perception of God. Atheists don’t necessarily disbelieve in God, they just reject the authority of the established church.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more atheists had faith in the Creator than people who sit in church pews. There are many atheists who follow Jesus. Since only the Divine knows the heart, we cannot judge who God has mercy on and “saves”. God is bigger than any religion.

People usually do their own thing and they always create a god that justified this. People have high standards, so they create a God with high standards, thus the need for a sacrifice. Jesus may have sacrificed His life but it was more voluntary than a substitutionary atonement.

True wisdom comes from a reverence for the Divine. It doesn’t matter than name, especially since names evolve over time and get corrupted. The Bible is a collection of ancient writings from centuries ago. Back then different groups were borrowing from each other; i.e, hebrews, hindus, egyptians, etc. We would have never heard of the ancient hebrew writings if some group called the Turkish Mongolians hadn’t invaded these lands and confiscated their scriptures and build a religion around them; first Judaism and then Christianity which was stolen from Judaism and turned Jesus into a god.

Jesus said only God was good. He didn’t claim to be God. But He lived in such close union with the Divine, being the chosen messenger for the ancient Hebrews that he led an exemplary life. No one is able to follow the law of God so perfectly so the next best thing is just make them a god and worship them; after they kill them and all the other prophets .