Wednesday, April 11, 2018
I woke up at about 3:12 a.m. I wanted to just turn over and go back to sleep, but it seems I have myself trained to go pee when I wake up, so I did. I felt so awake, alive, and focused that I wondered if I should just stay up. I decided to go back to sleep for 45 minutes, which during the past several months has often made it hard to get up, or feel right when I get up. This morning I felt quite good getting up with the alarm; alive, alert, and focused. It feels like something has changed.
Question: How early before my alarm should I stay up if I just wake up? I need my sleep, but if I am feeling awake, alert, and alive, should I just stay up starting at a certain time? 1/2 hour? 45 minutes? One hour? How about I go with 1/2 hour? If I awake at 3:30 or later, I should just stay up and start my day if I am feeling awake, alert, and alive. We shall see where this takes me.
I believe GOD IS GOOD, all the time, to every one. GOD IS GOOD to the just and the unjust, to those who live uprightly and to those who live in sin. GOD’s goodness toward a person, even an unjust person living in sin, is not an endorsement of our sins, iniquities, failures, and transgressions; GOD’s goodness towards us is the reality of WHO GOD IS. GOD IS LOVE, and by His very nature, GOD IS GOOD. GOD’s goodness to us, whether we are just or unjust, living uprightly or living in sin, believe and submit to Him and His Kingdom or not, is the true expression of WHO and WHAT GOD IS. GOD cannot BE, cannot exist as anyone or anything other that WHO GOD IS, or WHAT GOD IS. GOD will always BE GOOD because GOD IS GOOD, and cannot BE otherwise. When Moses asked GOD, what is Your Name, GOD literally said, “I AM THAT I AM.” This can be understood as:
- I AM THE I AM
- I AM THAT I AM
- I AM WHO I AM
- I AM WHAT I AM
- I AM BECAUSE I AM
Even more, “am” comes fro “to be”, meaning “to exist”:
- I EXIST AS I EXIST
- I EXIST THAT I EXIST
- I EXIST AS WHO I EXIST AS
- I EXAST AS WHAT I EXIST AS
- I EXIST BECAUSE I EXIST
GOD IS GOOD not because GOD does good or because GOD likes good, or even because GOD loves good; GOD IS GOOD because GOD EXISTS AS GOOD, because GOD IS WHO GOD IS, and GOD IS GOOD.
GOD showers us with goodness because that is simply WHO GOD IS.
If we experience sickness, death, evil, or unrighteousness, it did not come from GOD; it came from the enemy, Satan, whose very name “Satan” means “Adversary”.
LORD Jesus told us: The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I AM come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
The Apostle John told us, but inspiration of Holy Spirit:
He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of GOD was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.