Genesis: Chapter-1

The Creation Account ©

While we study the Bible a few points must be fixed in mind.

Firstly the Scripture is the Word as revealed.

It is the God document for man.

Thirdly the narrative mode used by the Holy Spirit is not of any specific nation or groups of people but of God’s righteousness in terms of individual wherever mentioned.

The core principle is God’s fellowship with man is set on certain specifics that the nature of God being perfection creates *causa sui,-cause in itself; this  gives rise to deal with him collectively as a family, as nation and as a Church and finally as a Kingdom of priests and kings. Another feature of divine Perfection is to give man a template, it is inward perception as well as outward seeking so man realizes his own state and depends on the methodology God shall reveal. Efficacy is how man may draw the wherewithal from God. This is illustrated by covenant under the Law of Moses and of the Atoning work of the Son of man. (Efficacy of man coming to terms with his own efforts failing, is gradually replaced by revelations from God and culminates in grace coming to the world with the advent of the Son of man.) The vision of Isaiah Is.6:1-8 where the seraphim purges the iniquity of the prophet is illustrative of a template God considers as required of man. Thus the circumcision, the Law are all dispensations of God that progressively reveal the perfection. He makes Himself known. The common thread, however, in equipping him to know God is faith. He can meet the righteousness of God in the terms of the Greater. Faith is one such article.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God: what the Spirit reveals in the God document are realities of God in terms of man the Son of man and from this perfection set before man his natural faculty for instance faith is raised to an altogether different dimension. This is what inspiration of God means practically. John wrote thus: Word was God (Jn.1:1) Creative faith of God connects with faith as exercised by man. In short the medium of instruction is faith so he is inspired of God document to know Him. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible (He.11:3-NIV)”.

By means of the Spirit we shall examine the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.

1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.
The opening statement is rounded off as perfect as only the Mind of God can achieve. Naturally Time is as determined by Power and Wisdom of God. His omnipresence and eternal Being make his Creative Thought not requiring any afterthought. cf. Jn.1.1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.

Having fixed this in our mind let us continue with the following verse in the Book of Genesis. “And the earth was without form, and void…” The earth was without form does not mean outside what the Spirit already had stated before. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Ps.33:5) Goodness of divine Thought being compatible with manifold blessings, the verse gives us an insight to the backdrop of the creative account . The earth was without form. If the vs.1 indicated the Thought as perfect of the divine Will we have the commentary in the following verse: the earth was without form. In the  following verses each day carries events sequentially an order in which forms are discernible features and their significance identified. In other words the Word as fulfillment delineates the Thought. The narrative mode of the Spirit switches point of view of God as the Will with that of the Son which becomes familiar as we reach the last book in the Bible. Visions that are revealed switch back and forth from earth and to heaven.

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them b the breath of his mouth..For he spake, and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast (Ps.33:6,9) The Spirit makes clear the Father-Son relationship in the creative account. When the Spirit writes , “All things were made by him (the Word)..Jn.1:3) we get a rather clear idea of the structure of the Bible. Two narrative streams from the Father and the Son are incorporated into one account where the Thought (of God, the Father) is like the earth without form while its fulfillment is from God the Son, the logos aspect of the Lord God.

The Spirit while annotating these as one reveals at appropriate places significance for our spiritual edification. For example let us examine the verse 31: “And God saw everything that he made, behold, it was very good.” The same He reiterates in the verse 5. Of the Book of Psalms: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Ps.33:5)

Since the Scripture is of inspiration of God in order to get the best out of it we need to follow the word of God with the help of the Spirit. Spiritual discernment is what every child of God can avail of.

Note: *Causa sui signifies time is as determined in the Will.

(Selected from Annotated Book of Genesis ©)



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The Voice of the Lord

“He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.(Lk.10:16-NKJV).”

When one reads the manner in which God deals with man it becomes abundantly clear that it is one on one. While Abraham was seventy-five  years old God said to Abraham ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred..(Ge.12:3)” His promise to bless him was not for any other reason than offering a far exceeding greater blessing to a great nation that was not yet born. It depended on his faith. Abraham was the friend of God on that basis to all such whom God has called out what reward He has in store, is unfathomable and beyond human comprehension. This ought to make our peace with God as a promise beyond any deal man may expect.

The same personal equation held true in the case of Moses. God picked out Moses while he was tending the flock of his father-in-law. Once again God was looking for one man through whom a nation could be helped. He had seen how the children of Israel fared under the harsh yoke of the pharaoh of Egypt and it was time to redeem them and lead them to the land promised to Abraham. (Later as it turned out Moses failed to enter the Promised Land. Before anyone may point out his failure do not forget he was as a sign for the Children of Israel that perished in the wilderness for their disbelief.) God’s promise does not ever change. For example Moses and Elias were sent by God as we read in the Gospel to talk with Jesus ‘Lord it is good to be here. Let us make three tents…(Mt.17:4)’

In due time when God sent his only begotten Son it was for fulfilling the promise He had held out to Abraham, “…In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Ge.12:3).” Throughout the unfolding of the will of God the Scripture deals it in discrete segments and all these however bear a relationship to one other. It is as much as expected when the Spirit takes the Core Will of God and declares two narrative streams one for the Will and the other from the Son. Narrative account of the Spirit must reveal to the reader what God desires from man and how he may please God. From these two, faith is created in the reader. Reading the Word  creates faith in the eternal Power and Wisdom while faith in the man may, from judicious use of spiritual faculties, draw necessary value added instruction. Thus the Hagar episode is not isolated from the blessings God promised to Abraham. The nation of Israel and the gentiles are alike part and parcel of the same Will.

When God called out Abraham and he departed for a land not knowing he took Sarah his wife. Along went Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance. Promise of God connects with individual and it creates a ripple effect. One man’s exercise of faith never occurs in vacuum but is liable to instil faith in others in an opportune moment as in the case of descendants of Lot.

Moabites and Ammonites (Ge.19:37-38) descended from Lot and were forbidden to enter into the congregation of the Lord even to the tenth generation (Deut.23:3). The very same people who were not once deemed as people are predicted as obedient to God’s people.(Is.11:14). Is this not illustrative of longsuffering nature of God?

It is in this context we need to consider the verse we had discussed earlier. It forms part of the prayer of the Son as recorded in the gospel of John.

“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest unto me…(Jn.17:6). He is clearly referring to the disciples. We also read that there were 70 other disciples whom he sent out two by two into every place whither he himself would come (Lk.10:1). Later when these seventy came back and reported the happy outcome he told them to rejoice rather ‘because your names are written in heaven (10:20).’ With regards to names we know that the Lord is ever mindful of those who believe in the Son. ‘The Lord shall count ,…. That this man was born there (Ps.87:5)’. From other corroborative passages in the Bible we know that nothing is hidden before his sight. ‘And in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned..(Ps.139:16)

When the risen Christ appeared to his disciples and gave them the Great Commission he did so by the power and authority in heaven and the earth. It is the signal that he was after having completed the divine mandate, returning to where he came from. His gospel of power unto salvation was same as the gospel of God, his Father.


No one has ever heard the voice of the Lord God but his Son.

“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape(Jn.5:37)”.

“Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father (Jn.6:46)”. By Association each child of God by faith has heard the voice of the Lord God. It is the Gospel of reconciliation.

He who has the son has the Father also (1 Jn.2:23).




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Mind of Christ


The Bible is the book of life. It can be approached literally and understood as such. Some of the controversies, however, have arisen on account of such literal interpretation. For example we have this passage in the Gospel of John. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn.3:16)” Whereas in another passage we have yet another, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest unto me…(Jn.17:6). In one we have the love of God expressed in terms of salvation offered on the basis of faith a believer brings in. It is conditional. In the second example no such condition is mentioned. So many as God had chosen from the world were entrusted with him. By literal interpretation the reader is confronted with two possible meanings that do not, however, agree. One way to solve this apparent contradiction is to rely on scriptural truths we have elsewhere in the Scripture. For example we have this Pauline dictum with regards to ‘comparing spiritual things with spiritual.’ In the epistle to the Church at Corinth, St Paul mentions of two kinds of spirits, that of the world and that of God. In order to fully understand the principle of Biblical exegesis a close reading of the first epistle chapter 2 from the end is very helpful.

First let us fix the nature of God: God is a Spirit and when God has given us the self-same Spirit it is for the purpose of understanding the things that are freely given to us. In this context we have this passage from the Bible: “He that hath not spared his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Ro.8:32)”So we are given the Spirit of God in our faith in the Son. What is the Son? The gospel of John introduces the Logos concept. “In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (Jn.1:1)” So God gave us the Spirit so we may know Him. This knowledge is a mystery spiritually discerned. It serves us same function as parables which separated those who casually followed Jesus and those who heard it for thie spiritual growth. “Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not; and hearing hear they not, neither do they understand (Mt.13:13,11-16)

For those we receive the Son have received the Spirit to know things of God. The bottom line is to make our mind as that of Christ (1 Co.,2:16) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God (Ro.8:14-NIV).

From this we can understand spiritual discernment is an exercise of the mind of Christ. A Christian in order to grow into maturity need apply it daily so the word of God changes him from glory to glory.


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What is the Salvation Plan? Can it ever be shunted as a wagon from the engine that draws the several carriages or outside the network of tracks laid for their run? Core Will is the divine plan for heaven and earth. Angels and men are pressed into service so each sector of God’s Thought is followed by agencies who attend to Him. Various theophany described in the Bible is between God and man. The Spirit describes God in such event as angel of the Lord.  Psalms 104: 4 has angels as spirits. His ministers are flame of fire. When the angel of the Lord ascends up the flame of fire after announcing the birth of Samson we can have two readings Firstly let us consider Jud.13: 20. God is omniscient yet He appears to the mother. “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman Jud.13:3. It cannot be that he made a wrong call. He sent a message through an angel, that is all.  He followed it with another to both. It is possible to infer God do send his angels as described in examples in the New Testament, first as in the case of Elizabeth the mother of John the baptist of what is to follow.  Coming back to the Book of Judges in the passage where God went up with the flame of the altar it could also mean fire is a symbol for angelic host in accompaniment. The Spirit informs us that God wanted to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. What we can infer from this is that God is involved in whichever case to bring man to universal salvation in due time. God as the Will and the Son as fulfillment is interchangeable till the Advent of the Son of man. Curiously enough we do not read of theophany during the earthly ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Reason is simple. God had sent his Son in bodily form and we are told of angels were sent wherever needed to minister unto him.(Mt.4:11;Lk.22:43)  Second example is where Christ sends his angel to John to explain his testimony.Re.1: 1.  Angels are sent to explain the passages so Testimony of Christ is clear and significance of some prophecies can only be opened in God’s time. The working of the Spirit we can understand from throughout the Scripture. What is prophecy if it is revealed before time? Mark of the Beast shall make a mockery of those who think they can solve with their puny intellect. How often have we thus deceived ourselves with regards to the date of Rapture and the 144000 who stood with the Lamb on Mt.Sion (Re.14:1)etc.,.

Theophany is a prelude to the Climacteric event of the New Earth and New Heaven. Till that time God shall send his angels whenever needed so theophany creates its chain of events lest the world descends totally into lawlessness. A clear sign of it we have in the story of Jesus healing a man with palsy : “For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted”.



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Analysis of the Prayer of Jesus-Jn.17:1-3

In the Gospel of John we have the prayer of Jesus. The prayer is noteworthy for the intimacy of Father-Son relationship it gives us. It is poignant as well revealing of the state of his mind. In a welter of emotions we feel the note of triumph with which he recalls their Association. Before the passion the Son of man as charged with a mandate sums up his earthly ministry. He also addresses his Father with regards to the future of the Church in the aftermath of his ascension. The key to understand his Prayer is the principle of Association. In my books Marginalia and the Immanuel Factor I have explained it at length, reading of which shall make the analysis  easier to understand as well as place the topics mentioned therein according to the Will. It is Core Will. Core Will is divine Will covering both earth and the heaven.

In this context we need to consider the third group to which he alludes. People is qualified as all flesh. “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands (Jn.3:35-NIV). We have in the Scripture the quintessence of the Almighty God. God is love. The same love we see is invested in His creative acts. When Apostle John writes about it we have this verse, “…And without him (the Word) not anything made that was made(Jn.1:3). Let us examine in terms of the Association. When the Holy Spirit writes,”Let there be light,” what we are given is the Logos concept personalized. The Spirit annotates the Will of the Lord God in terms of the Son. All through the creation account the Spirit prepares us to the many facets of the Father Son relationship. God breathes into the nostrils of Adam. According the principe of Association whatever God does is annotated by the Spirit in terms of the Son. Having discharged the mandate of the Father Jesus breathes on the disciples gathered there (Jn.20:20). His words ‘Receive ye the Holy Spirit’ echo God whose action rendered Adam a living soul.

The Holy Spirit has set the Association between God the Father and the Son, two narrative accounts as one. This is to give the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ in earth time into the Time that holds Core Will. Power and Wisdom of God validate what the Spirit the third office in the Trinity has set down. Without this getting their Association in correct context, any literal interpretation of man is bound to go wrong. Having explained this point let us  examine Adam as a type for Jesus Christ. The deep sleep which God caused to fall upon Adam doubles for the vicarious death he would taste for the Bride (Ge.2:21) Eve is the mother of all living (Ge.3:20). Literal interpretation allows that. When the Spirit writes of the rib it holds a significance. Bone is a symbol for doctrine and the Church is made up of all those who have received the Word as truth. Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh.

When we read that God had placed everything in his hands, it is not merely a few but the whole mankind. It ties up with the nature of God and when He sent his Son with a mandate we have this  word, “For God so loved the world…(Jn.3:16). Those who hated the light lest they be shown what they really are would not receive the Son. neither would they who are self-righteous. Without this free will  divine quality of love of God would not run as natural and transparent as existing between the Father and the Son. The glory that the Son had from the beginning was of self-same essence. It gave the Father personality and it is perfect; so would be with the Son. Glory is Holiness-(‘Holy is his name’) Whoever received the Son by Association is adopted into the family quality of which is light. Children of light and children of darkness are settled by response of man.

The Spirit has a clear role in setting the time frames for various events for creative acts and the redemptive plan and so on. This is Time as conceived in the Will and predestination of God cannot be understood without setting the timescales right. Jesus was born when Herod was king. It is the earth time and we can place it historically falling within the period when Jerusalem was under the sway of Imperial Rome.  The Psalmist predicts the advent of the Son of man. “I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father Ps.2:7-NIV) . Noteworthy is that the prophecy is the fulfillment of a testimony of Jesus Christ in which he is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re. 13.8) The Father -Son relationship of the Lord God is therefore the Spirit’s commentary on the mandate God gave the Son quoted in the Gospel of John.

The Spirit not only sets the time element right but also facilitates the ministry of the Son. He touches upon God’s provision in concrete terms. In the case of tribute money “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours (Mt.17:27-NIV) ” In previous posts I have already explained the manner the Spirit made provisions for man to make peace with God. The free will is left to man and God has not spared in this department so pervasively that we may recall the Pauline assertion,”so that they (men) are without excuse. From the epistle of Peter we know the Spirit of Christ was at work just as the feet of dove found no rest upon the sloes of her feet. This dove mentioned in the episode of Noah is a symbol for the Holy Spirit. He is speaking the outpouring o the spirit upon all flesh that would come only after the Son was glorified. Similarly theophany of angels to the shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus is one way the Spirit informs us as a field ready for the ministry of Jesus. John is preeminent as to prophets who were pressed into service. Now we can appreciate the words of Jesus, ” I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor (Jn.4:38-NIV)”. Jesus sent the apostles and the other disciples 70 in number for spreading the gospel. Whosoever believe in him were saved. Jesus came into his own but ‘his own did not received him not (Jn.1: 11) Great many who rejected him were content with Law of Moses and were complacent. This cannot be viewed as Total Depravity as Calvin would say.

Calvinism bases limited atonement on this basis John 17:9 where Jesus in prayer interceded for the ones given Him, not those of the entire world; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27 which state that the Church was purchased by Christ, not all people; and Isaiah 53:12 which is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion where he would bore the sins of many (not all). ( ‘And the Lord added to the church daily as many as should be saved (Ac.2:47) Predestination is the turn of the key of a believer who received Jesus as his (in inclusive sense) savior Lord. “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands (Jn.3:35-NIV).” This includes predestination and is termed the mystery of his Will (ep.1:9-12). Calvin interpreted literally and his doctrine of Predestination is wrong. Like the buttons of a shirt front if one is out of place all the other naturally would be misplaced. Unlimited Election by the same token seriously suffers on account of it.


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God’s Provision for the spirit of man

In the gospel of Luke we read of the genealogy of  Jesus. Adam was the son of God. (Lk.3:38). God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and he became a living soul. God is a Spirit. (Jn4:23). The significance of God in endowing man with his breath is a kind of regeneration. Man’s innate ability to access the spirit within is a faculty whereby he can take measure of the times as well as his kind. “For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (1 Co.2:11-NIV)”. We are to honor him in spirit as well as in truth. Fall of Adam lay in that he let neither his faculty to know spirit of God or truth of God override his own will. In one sense he was of God but by his action ie disobedience he let the spirit of Satan beguile him.. In one passage we read how Peter offended his master and he rebuked  by calling him Satan. What is he but a liar and false accuser. In not acknowledging truth that Jesus represented and by obstructing his mission with misplaced sympathy he was letting Satan get the better of him. Anyone who refuses truth and truth from being made manifest is of Satan   ‘..For thou savourest not the things that be of God but those that be of men (Mt.16:23). When Calvin say salvation is not for everyone to hope for but for some, is it from reading of the Word with the spirit of man or with the spirit of God?

We need to remember that the selfsame apostle of Jesus astonished him by correctly referencing him from where he came. What did Jesus say then?Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven (Mt.16-17-NIV). Peter’s confession affixed his faith when he uttered it. Tongue is a small member but what you say and how you say it brings your whole being, -body, soul and spirit is put on the line. Tongue is a symbol serving as a sign for believer. With this we confess unto salvation. By same token unto damnation. Why Satan is a great deceiver or a Liar? It is by mouth he gives a false slant to holy things. Remember how concerned he was for Jesus after he fasted 40 days? He quoted from the Psalms and he wanted to make Jesus fall. But no, Jesus would have none of it. It was the same false solicitude that prompted Peter to tell Jesus “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!(Mt.16-22-NIV)”

God is a Spirit and when God sent his Son the spirit that worked in him was the spirit of Christ (that of the overcomer). It is with such spirit he could remain his beloved Son, true to  the voice from heaven that testified it. He was indeed the beloved one. Spirit provides for every child of God the selfsame spirit with which to overcome the world. If Peter could confess the truth he also stands in danger of being beguiled by Satan. Indwelling spirit is our guarantee that we shall draw strength from study of the Word. It is part of the armory of God our Redeemer Lord has put at our disposal. It is with which we overcome the world. Instead what do we see in a phenomenon of modern times? Prosperity theology is a sign of it. This feel-good Christianity in which having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof reveals what spirit is working in them. Gift of God is indeed provided for the whole world (whosoever believes in him Jn.3:16) but we are to make sure we are indeed the elect. The over-comers are the saints foreordained for glory and it is what St Paul qualifies as ‘mystery of his will’. This is the efficacy of the atoning work of Jesus Christ whose fulness stamps us as such. We are through him part of Alpha and Omega.



Fallen angels

progeny of Adam is qualified as children of wrath or disobedience    

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God’s provision For Adam

Adam lived  in the presence of God. God had made ample provisions so man would never feel want. Thus man in context nature is a reflection of nature of God. Heaven is in context of the earth God the Father in context of the God the Son. Man in context of nature explains physical necessities we shall ever need to meet.  It concerns body of man. He being a tripartite creature of body, soul and spirit therefore lack in other areas. These three is a symbol for spiritual realities of heaven,  The Father in context of the Son, as the Spirit annotates in the Creation account, is a symbol for the fellowship of Spiritual realities. God is a Sprit.

Fellowship of God and man

When God brought His creation before Adam  so he could find a helpmeet what made him refuse? Spiritual discernment drawn from the breath of God had given him a higher standard. Being a living soul his fellowship could only reach its optimum level such as God desired by taking care of his spiritual necessities as well. (Trinity is to be explained in the fellowship that makes man perfect. ‘Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven Mt.6:10-KJV’ the Lord’s prayer makes this connection ever vivid in our mind. )

When the Spirit writes about the creation of Eve  he is not merely giving us about Adam finding his helpmeet. The Head and the Body or Christ and the Church concepts are to be spiritually discerned and it is how the Spirit has rendered two narrative strands from God the Father and God the Son. These spiritual provisions for man and woman straddle from the beginning till the end.  God’s provision through the Son is to realize the fellowship include man and woman as well.

Tough Moral choices

Adam’s disobedience was not his own. But in acting on the advice of the serpent he demonstrated his will was above that of God. He became servant to Satan that worked through the spirit. (Spiritual discernment of a child of God is to distinguish between good and bad spirits.) As a result eating the fruit indeed proved what worked in him. Adam and Eve made their choice consequently to live guided by knowledge of good and evil. Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil had certain qualities (Ge.3:6) but it only went as far as his physical realities went.  As outward confirmation of it they realized they were naked. It was symptomatic of the disruption in their spiritual discernment: they would not know Glory of God as a covering any more.  Shall we say they were seized with a spiritual confusion or Alzheimer’s disease in the knowledge of God? In order to get rid of it and have the righteousness of God, man would need to be born again..

In order to remedy their loss Adam and Eve sewed themselves aprons out of fig leaves. But God helped Adam and Eve yet with coat of skins. (The Spirit supplies here marginal notes as it were of the lamb slain before the worlds began -Re.13:8).  Without God as number one priority man’s moral choices lead to confusion as we see now. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?(Je.17:9-NIV)’ Knowledge of good and evil has much to commend for but it can never match the perfection God had provided for. How imperfect are we? For example if we are happy how happy that cannot be quantified. Nor it can guarantee us how long it shall last. Instead peace that comes in the presence of God leaves no aftereffects. Bipolarity of extreme emotion can only come when one relies only on his own strength.

Neither can man know how much wealth is good for him. Desire for it is like a devil on your back ever goading to possess more of it. Remember Gecko Gordon in Wall Street? We had in the 80s a mantra:’Greed is good.’ and by 2008 what it did to the global economy? God’s provisions are free and when followed through leave no bad hangover.

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