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And what did Paul mean…Be not ‘conformed’…Be transformed’ and  ‘renew?  What did he mean? Guess we had better do some investigating of different words and their meanings.

Conformed is to, ‘agree.’ Did Paul mean that we should NOT ‘agree‘ with anything we have been taught from this world?  Like who and what God is?

Next is ‘transformed.’ Looking at the first part, ‘trans’ we find it means, ‘outside the understanding.’ Was Paul saying that we should look somewhere else for our ‘understanding of God…because the worlds understanding is wrong?

And if ‘formed’ means ‘body,’ could Paul have been saying we needed to get ‘outside of the worlds ‘understanding’ of our ‘body? Of who and what it is? Was he saying we need to get ‘out from the worlds ‘understanding’ of God and us and NOT to ‘agree’ with the it’s ‘understanding?

Was Paul saying there is more to us than what we have been taught? Was he telling us that in order to find and know God we had to go  ‘outside the understanding’ of the worlds beliefs? Outside of all man knows?

Was Paul, like Jesus wanting us to stop ‘agreeing’ with worlds  belief and to go within for our ‘understanding”Next is the word, ‘renew.’ What does it mean and how do we do it?


Last we have the word, ‘renew.’ A meaning is to ‘restore’ and ‘restore’ is to ‘re establish.’  It is likely Paul was saying, you must ‘restore/re establish’ your ONENESS with God. And isn’t that what Jesus said? I and my Father are one.’  And since Jesus said that whatever he could do, so could we,

That means we too can be ONE with God.  BUT…only if we do not  ‘conformed/agree’ with  the worlds ‘understanding’ of who and what God is…And…who and what we are.


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Believing or Knowing

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God needs to be understood so you can ‘know Him aright’. Example, 2+2=4. You can prove this fact…but… until you ‘know’ first hand, that 2+2=4, you can not prove  it and it will do you no good. The point is, a person cannot simply ‘believe’ something, because believing will not prove anything. But if you ‘know’ the facts of why 2+2=4 then  you can prove it. The same is true with God.

So how do you  ‘know‘ what you have been taught about God is true?  How do you even know there is a God…if you can’t or don’t ‘know’ IT?  Think, is there a real God…or just someone’s belief. Someones opinion? How do YOU know? How do you know there is a God?

Do you understand what the word ‘know‘ means? Or do you ‘think’ you know.

Lets dedective28 investigate  and see what we can learn from the word, ‘know.’

To know is ‘to be acquainted with.’ Are you personally ‘acquainted’ with God? Or do you ‘know’ about God from others?

And ‘know‘ means, ‘to understand.’ Do you personally ‘understand‘ God? Or is your understanding, that of which you have been taught?

To ‘know’ also means, ‘to experience.’ Have you personally ‘experienced’ God? If God is something real, you should be able to ‘experience’ IT. Don’t you think?  It’s time to stop believing in the God you have been ‘taught’ about. A really good reason is because, ‘believing’ is  to ‘have confidence in something without absolute proof that it is true.’ Don’t you want ‘positive proof?  I do.

You are not going to get to ‘know‘ God simply by believing in Him, and the reason is, that ‘confidence’ you have of God. is only a, ‘belief’.

A belief is an, ‘opinion’. All opinions are a ‘conclusion that certain facts, ideas, are probably true’. ‘Probably, true. Not for sure true, only probably true. So while you are believing God is real, you are really not sure. The reality is, you believe God is… ‘probably’ real.

Remember if you can not prove something…how true is it? And what good is it?   God is only real if you can ‘know’ ‘understandprove’ and ‘experience’ and It?

believe photo: Believe Believecopy.jpgYou say you believe in God, but ‘believe in’ means, ‘to be persuaded of the truth or existence of something’. You have been persuaded by family, church, books, and society to believe in God. You are ‘believing in’ God because you have been taught to. But you do not ‘know’ God. Personally.

Start now to understand who, what and where God is. How? Simple.  You go directly to God, and He will direct your path to Him. He will supply you the understanding that is needed to ‘know’ Him alright.

Jesus told you two thousand years ago where to go to ‘know ‘God…and that is, “God is neither low here, nor low there, He is within you”. Jesus plainly said, ‘the kingdom of God is within YOU’. So that is where each person needs to go to ‘know’ Him. Is that where you go?  You see, God is a very individual experience.

When you get within, you must be quiet. You must still your mind. You must listen, really listen because  .‘God was not in the earthquake. God was not in the fire…but God was in ‘the still small voice’. God is only found in the ‘still small voice’….within your own inner Silence. In that complete stillness you are able to listen for the still, small voice of God …and hear it.

Once you hear it, you will never be he same. You will begin to really ‘know’ God, not just ‘believing’ you do, but really ‘knowing Him, aright.’

So within the complete silence of your mind, you will become acquainted with God. In that ‘stillness’ you will experience God and you will finally begin to understand God and it will not be what has been taught to you, it will be your own private oneness with God…all within you.

There is no way you can go into another for your ‘stillness.’ You cannot ‘know‘ God through anyone or anything, be they religious leaders, books, temples, churches, or anyone or anything that can be found outside of your own inner self.

To know God aright you must let go of all the outdated beliefs, the conclusion that certain facts and ideas of God that are probably true’.  But with no proof.

Let go of all you have been taught and start all over, this time going straight within and there in the… LISTEN for that …still small voice of God.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations…”  Buddha

There is only ONE way to ‘know’ God…Personally.

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

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After King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and put his plans into gear, he thought it best to have some of his high ranking  men to have names that fit better with his ways and that is how Hananiah,   Misha’el, and  Azariah were given the names of  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These names now had nothing to do with the Hebrew meaning.

King Nebuchadnezzar had built  a nine-story high statue  made of gold. He made a law that all people would have to bow and worship his statue.

Shadrach Meshach and Abednego of King Nebuchadnezzar officials  told  him that there were three men,  Hananiah,   Mishael, and  Azariah  now known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. who would not bow to his idol.

When King Nebuchadnezzar asked the three why they would not obey, he was told.   “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.’ 

This so angered King Nebuchadnezzar, that he demanded that the execution furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual.  Soldiers were told  to tie the  three men and to throw them into the blazing furnace. As the soldiers went to open the door the fire was so hot that the soldiers were instantly burned to death.


The King ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to be tied and to be cast   into the burning fiery furnace where they fell down, but then they got up and were walking around in the fiery furnace.

When King Nebuchadnezzar saw four men walking in the furnace  he was so amazed that the ordered them to come out. The three men came out and he saw that their bodies had no evidence of the fire. Not a single  hair of their head was  singed and  their clothes   didn’t even  have the smell of smoke.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘There is no other God that can deliver after this sort ’ and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were set free to worship their own God.

Shadrach Meshach and Abednego And they walked away from the golden Idol.

Okay, the fire had no power over the three young men. Why?  Because they trusted God?  How many of us have ‘trusted’ God and we were not saved? Why? Is God selective in who he saves?

Is it possible that it was not God who saved them, but something else? And could someone who did not   trust and love God…be able to survive the fire? Well, you say no, they would die,  but are you certain? Just because  you were programmed to believe that people would  be burned and die…. Is that a fact? Or is it something you have be ‘taught’ to believe?

dedective28I think  its time to investigate   a little and see if things may not be the way we were taught.

With that said, lets look at what happened a different way.

Lets  start with the fact that when we were little kids,  we were told not to touch the fire, because it would burn us. In most cases a child will go ahead and touch the fire, and of course it will burn him…because this what he had been taught. And he believed what his parents said.

But what if he had been taught differently. What if he had been taught that the fire could NOT hurt him? What if he had been taught that nothing could ever harm him unless he believed it could?

What if we had been taught that things, all things happened in our minds first. And that is a known fact today. So, again, what if we were taught that we always had control over what we thought, and therefore we were in control of how things would be.

Lets go back to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,  they did not think  the fire could hurt them. They THOUGHT….and then THINKING made it so. In their cases it was them THINKING God would save them….and so they were not burned.

Could that mean that if people were taught that only their THINKING could burn them, or that it was their THINKING only, that could or would cause their outer experiences, good and bad, we all might not be were we are today. And that is not having FULL control of what happens to us?

If one person, in this case, three people were THINKING they could and would not be burned, then is possible we all could change our THINKING and we like them would not be hurt by the fire? Or never be hurt by anyone or anything.

Long ago Shakespeare said, ‘There is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.’ Thinking makes it so.

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