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Something I Miss

The past 22 years have been quite an adventure for both my wife and I. We left the church we had known and been raised in and went on an adventure to find something higher or something more. During these years, we have been involved with 10 different churches or groups for an extended period of time. Each group having its own style, doctrine, traditions and focus. I can honestly say that we have learned something valuable from each group we have been a part of. As of now, we are part of a Filipino Christian and Missionary Alliance Church that we have been attending for the past seven months. Very nice group of friendly, hospitable people that love potlucks (a big thumbs up in my opinion). We also are a part of a Mystery School that meets once a month on a Saturday for about 7 to 8 hours. The Mystery School is a 12 session school taught by Christopher and Yolanda who are a very wonderful couple that Vina and I feel share the same heart that we have for Christ, people, and the world in general. The School has been an excellent opportunity for exposure to ideas, history, science and others forms of Christ that I was unfamiliar with. Christopher’s style of teaching is great without legalism and yet he has authority that comes from his experience with the things he teaches us. The school will be coming to an end in the next two months and we will be onto something new. One of the main ideas or truths Christopher constantly is reminding us of is the simple words of Jesus which is to

“seek first the kingdom of God or Heaven”

. These few words are simple but expose a tremendous dimension if you see it. The Kingdom of God is within you Lk.17:20-21 and Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – I am going to consider the the Kingdom of God and Heaven are the same for the purpose of this blog – The word Heaven means both the abode of God and Expanse (TWB 2407). Consider this, the Universe, God, Heaven are all ever expanding and it is this constant expansion that is happening right within us. Growth in Christ is not only inevitable, it is eternal. It is not a stagnate well that Jesus talked to the women at the well about – it is not a finite kingdom of God that is within us but and ever-expanding Christ that we are called to be conscious of, draw from and express on this earth. This eternal ever-expanding Christ within us can be called Christ Consciousness.
But, back to the point – Because of these 22 years, today I was reflecting on what I really treasure or miss, and I think I might try to put into words what that is. When I hear someone share something real, something that comes from their heart … (and what I mean by heart is that place inside of you where Christ is enthroned – the heart then is the mercy-seat of divine unconditional love. The ability to express the heart of Christ and the ability to hear that expression with “ears that hear” takes the functioning of Christ Consciousness within you. It is this interaction of speaking and hearing that is the true communion or re-member-ing of Christ i.e. joining the ears and mouth to the head and heart) … it is this type of communion with a group of people that I miss. So much of what is called “fellowship” today is simply from the head, sharing information about God, the Bible, history or your work, but the sharing that comes from the fountain deep within oneself, I have found to be a rare and treasured experience. Heart communion and Head fellowship are not the same thing. I am not saying that one is right and one is wrong. Head fellowship does have its place – mentally learning things is a good thing but I have found that it does not give you the same satisfaction that the things that come from the well within bring. Heart words that people have shared have caused me to be conscious of another dimension of Christ that I had previously not been aware of. And like a drink of cool sweet tea on a hot day, I am refreshed and enjoy the new view given me by a sister or a brother in that moment. Heart words are like pearls created from deep within ones heart – the Love that is Christ not removing but encompassing an irritation and then bringing forth the pearl for all to see and appreciate what Christ within hath created from that irritation (Matt.13:45-46). Oh that I be not a pig, unconscious to the pearls brought forth by others (Matt.7:6). I long to see and hear of the pearls of my brothers and sisters and not just hear puffy leaven stuff that looks like it should be so much more than it really is (1Cor. 8:1).


Do you live following Love or Law?


Recently I heard a classic message out of the book of Malachi. Mal.3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me!” You ask: “How do we rob You?” “[By not making the payments] of 10 percent and the contributions. The importance of tithing! The fact that the Church needs money to pay the bills and the ministers is a given but should we use Mal. 3:8 to support the need to give 10% of your money to the church?

Is tithing a law we should follow?
Should we pick and choose what Old Testament laws to follow and which ones we won’t?
Deut 21:18-21 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father or mother….. bring him to the elders of his city, to the gate of his hometown. ….Then all the men of his city will stone him to death……
Most just ignore this Biblical Law, but not all.

Paul wrote: For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace. Rom.6:14

So what does it mean to be under Grace and not the Law?

I believe it has something to do with the “Why” we do things and not the “What” we do.

As Paul wrote: So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. Rom.7:12

There is Law that is placed upon us and law that is discovered within us.

As Paul wrote: For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God’s law. Rom.7:22

Following laws like tithing, honoring thy Father and Mother, Being faithful to your spouse, not committing adultery – is not what the message of Jesus.

Jesus said: But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt.5:28

Simply not breaking the law is not what life is all about. Spirit Life is lived from the heart not the brain. Laws are brain things – The work of Christ is within the heart of man

Jer.24:7 I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD. They will be My people, and I will be their God because they will return to Me with all their heart.

Heb 8:10 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the Lord: “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts, ….

Prov.23:7 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “ Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

Am I saying the law is bad? No. What I am saying is that the law is descriptive not directive. The law was not given for you to follow but for you to read and then discover these realities within your own heart. Its within your heart that Christ has hidden these things and they are meant to be discovered and lived out because they come from the depth of your being, they come from Spirit. The laws are not meant to be read and obeyed like a traffic sign would be.

Paul said in writing his first letter: I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh? Gal.3:2-3
Paul calls works of the law “The Flesh” When Paul speaks of the flesh he is speaking of things external or things not coming from within your own spirit. The Galatians were being told to have the men circumcised because the Bible commanded it. Gen.17:14 If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

Paul makes clear the difference between Law and Love –
For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and [true] circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter. His praise is not from men but from God. Rom.2:28-29

The outward following the letter of the law has nothing to do with God –

True union with God is in Spirit expressed in Love.

DO IT BECAUSE YOU (your heart) WANTS TO NOT BECAUSE YOU (your mind thinks [ego]) ARE SUPPOSED TO!

To give out of the abundance of your heart is a joy and gift to God. To give because you think you are supposed to or you have been guilted into it is the true robbing of God.
How is that robbing God?
When you discover God within your heart you discover that you and the giver are one. From that revelation you give, not because you are supposed to, but because it is who you are. You don’t give to prove something your giving displays your real self. Following the Law takes that away – Law is then lifted up replacing Christ. The Law was meant to point us to God not be our God – The Spirit of Anti-Christ is that which replaces Christ, don’t let the law be that to you.

Who knows the difference between the giving of the widow and the rich man? – they do. Only you and God know why you do what you do, but isn’t that enough. Are your actions coming from a heart overflowing with the discovery of the Love of God buried deep within your being or are they the actions of a man leaning on his own understanding of what the Bible says is the right and godly thing to do. Again, only you and God know.


Naked Relationships



What is a “Naked Relationship”?
It is a relationship where there is no fear of the destruction of that relationship because of something you might say, do or think. In other words it is a relationship based on unconditional love i.e. God’s love. A Naked Relationship with another human being is impossible without God. The very foundation of a naked relationship is the triune nature of it, Adam-Eve-God. The denial of any aspect of our being is a denial of our very being.

The vast majority of human relationships are mental and materially based. They are mental because they incorporate your belief systems, what you like or dislike, what you judge to be good and evil. They are material because they are based on physical connections such as a brother or sister, Mother or Father.
In order to move beyond materially based relationships we must begin to know ourselves. There can be no knowing of ourselves without knowing God who is the source of all life.
Knowing God is not knowing an image of Him but to know Him as He is right here and now. To often we look to past expressions or images of God and miss what God is right here and now. Paul talked about this very thing when he wrote: From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him like that. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. 2Cor.5:16-17 (HCSB)

It is often man’s way to judge things according to their belief systems instead of what is. Jesus pointed this out in his parable about the good Samaritan. He asks the question: “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Lk. 10:36-37 (HCSB)
It was the Jews who pre-judged the Samaritan as a sinner because of their understanding of God’s laws. Their belief system kept them from seeing what was true in the here and now. Jesus was trying to open their eyes to what was through his story.

Almost of all Jesus parables do this exact thing – remove you from your belief system and place you in the here and now to see love.

God is Love and man who Loves is born of God! 1Jn.4:7-8 You see love you see God!!!!!!

Strong adherence to a belief system can blind us to what really is.

We will choose our belief system over love in other words we will choose our image of God over God Himself.

This exact fact was demonstrated in the life of Jesus on earth. It was the Jews who choose their understanding of the Laws of Moses over the Life of love Jesus lived before them. If we are ever able to live naked and unashamed we must not be ones who hold on too tight to our understandings of God, doctrines and belief’s. As the scriptures say: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths. Prov.3:5

There is a difference between relying on your own understanding and meditating on the Lord as you walk daily in your life. One comes from a remembering of the past the other is found within us in the moment of need. One from Law the other from the Spirit of Love.

A Belief system is like clothing we put on. We think it looks good? We trick ourselves into believing that it defines us. Two Christians meet and often one of the first conversations might go like this: “Where do you go to church? I go to First Baptist, Oh your Baptist I am a Methodist.” What does that do except bring about separation. No one is a Baptist or Methodist – at best these are words to describe a belief system you adhere to or at least try to appear that you adhere to. We do this because we don’t think Christ is enough. For a church or a people to say I am of Christ is not good enough. For someone to show love is not good enough, I need to know what you say you believe. I need to know that you cloth yourself with the same rags I use (Isa.64:6).

Paul wrote in the very first letter of the NT: There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal.3:28 (HCSB)
In Genesis we find recorded: This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame. Gen.2:24-25 (HCSB)

When there is only one there is no shame to be just as you are, no need to add anything. It is to look through the material world and see what is. What is? An eternal spirit manifested in many forms but still only one spirit. This is how two are one and how Christ brought about peace. In doing away with the law (the belief system) the Jews would be able to love the Samaritan and see them as they are, children of God just like the Jews. No longer to be judged according to the fleshly laws, (there clothing) but to be accepted just as they are.
For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. [He did this so] that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it. Eph.2:14-16 (HCSB)

How many laws or belief’s of yours to you put on others?
Do you accept people who don’t believe like you?
Do you allow others to explore in ways you don’t think is right and proper?
Can people tell you things without fear of you judging them?

The other day a sister shared with me in private a book she was reading. She shared it in private because she knew that if some of her friends found out that they would judge her.
It was the Pharisees named Nicodemus that came to Jesus at Night (Jn.3:1-21) so that none of the other Pharisees would know.

Can you be Naked with the group of Christians you meet with?
Or, Like Nicodemus, do you seek out and explore Christ in the middle of the night where none of your friends can see you?
Nicodemus was not wrong, he was seeking truth. He knew that if he did it in the open he would be persecuted by those who claimed to love God and follow his ways.
Do the people you gather together with unconditionally love you i.e. love you with God’s love? Or do they like you because they think you are like them in your belief system, your clothing?
Its a little odd that in today’s Christian Church in order to be considered a member you must agree on certain beliefs, that Christ’s acceptance of you and your expressed love for Him is not enough.

Do you have “Naked Relationships?” if you don’t you will never know intimacy or experience the joy of oneness.
The first step is to follow the words of Jesus when he said “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Lk.6:37 (HCSB)

Are Christians like Jesus or the Religious Jews?

Then the elders and pastors brought a woman caught in adultery, making her stand in the center. “Teacher,” they said to Him, “this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. The Bible says: (Matt.5:27-29 “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. … For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.) So what do You say, is she going to hell?” They asked this to trap Him, in order that they might have evidence to accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger. When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw her into hell.” Then He stooped down again and continued writing on the ground. When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only He was left, with the woman in the center. When Jesus stood up, He said to her, ” Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”Jn.8:3-11 in today’s language.

This was a woman caught in the very act of adultery, she was probably brought to crowd naked and yet Jesus accepted her as she was, he did not need to know what she believed, or if she was guilty or not – he did not judge her or condemn her he simply forgave her without her even asking.

If we cannot accept others exactly as they are do we really believe that God accepts us as we are? If we can’t accept others nakedness it means we can’t accept our own. We like Adam and Eve before find the leaves of belief’s (the knowledge of good and evil) to cloth ourselves rejecting both the message and blood of Jesus Christ.
Can you be naked, unashamed and intimate with God and all your brothers and sisters?

Do you have or want Naked Relationships?


To Stand Firm on the Ground of Openness

TO STAND FIRM ON THE GROUND OF OPENNESS

The Open field the place of freedom without walls

For a fulfilling Spiritual Walk one needs to be Open. To be open does not mean to believe in a certain aspect or expression of God but openness recognizes the vastness and the ultimate unknowableness of God. What we know of God is so small that we cannot possibly understand all His means or ways with our finite minds.

To stand on the ground of openness is a recognition that our human minds like to box things in. We like to construct neat and clean understandings. The human mind is comfortable with black and white and when our minds attempt to understand a Spiritual God we tend to understand Him in our image of black and white, good and evil. Ultimately, in our minds attempt to define God we create, as it were, graven images. A graven image is a lifeless image like a photo of you. It is an image of you in a moment in time but it is not you. One of the 10 commandments was to not make any graven images.

Israel's Understanding of Jehovah their Strong Redeemer


Exodus 20:4-5 (The Message)
No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous

When the children of Israel began to worship the golden calf at the base of Mt Sinai in their minds it was Jehovah they were worshiping it was not another god. The calf was a physical representation of the characteristics they understood and had seen demonstrated by Jehovah. Another way of saying it was this that this golden calf was their theology, their understanding of God. Today in evangelical western society we don’t create statues to worship but we do create theology, creeds, teachings and doctrines that are worshiped the same way that golden calf was.

You see at the base of Mt Sinai the children of Israel made a fatal decision that would ultimately lead to them wandering in the wilderness for 40 years and never entering the promised land. God called the Israelite’s into intimate fellowship with Him. They were called to come up on the mountain and meet with God face to face. It was God who told Moses to tell the people to prepare and when: Exodus 19:13 ……. ‘ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”

But because of fear they rejected the call to come up and remained at the base and eventually began to worship what they understood Jehovah to be like in the form of the golden calf.

Exodus 20:18-21 (New American Standard Bible)
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.

Man’s fear of God comes from his lack of faith and trust in God and ultimately from his not knowing the heart of God. People need an intimate knowing of God

– As the Prophet Hosea says: 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. And the Prophet Isaiah in 5:13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge This knowledge that people lack is not head knowledge but a knowledge that comes from an open heart. The Hebrew word here is daath with the root word being yada and it speaks of the intimate knowing that happens between a husband and his wife. When man rejects intimacy with the uncontainable, unknowable God, usually because of fear, he turns to what he can know in his mind and that is simply an image of God. In the case of Israel they built an earthly kingdom instead of being apart of the spiritual kingdom that God had called them to. Today when God calls man into intimacy with Him we go to Seminary or Bible College or some other way to begin to learn about God. We do this until we discover that God is not really known that way. It is in the stillness and openness of heart that we can know and have a revelation of God.
Often Men and Women experience God intimately and share of their experience to other brothers and sisters. Others instead of desiring their own intimacy with God fear what they do not understand and begin to reconstruct, with their minds, that experience with God into a modern day golden calf’s that we call movements and denominations.

It was Peter who saw an amazing event and immediately he wants to build something. He wants to try and close the door and contain it, capture it with his mind and memorialize it.

Matt 17:1-4 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

The only thing we memorialize are things of the past or things that are dead – God is neither! God simply is – and this is something our fleshly minds just don’t comprehend but fortunately they don’t have to because we have a spirit that does and it in this spirit that we can live.

Our flesh needs to define our spirit expresses
Our flesh needs protection our spirit explores
Our flesh wants to contain God our spirit experiences God
Our flesh needs to see in the physical realm our spirit has eyes and ears in the spiritual realm
Our flesh fears God our spirit is Love with God
Our flesh sees us as separate from God our spirit knows oneness with God.

Mary podered the words she did not understand in her heart


Openness of heart and will is the ground on which Christ, the Word of God, is planted, takes root and can grow.

Openness is not a revelation of Christ it is having a faith and trust in Him that He will reveal Himself to you in the way He chooses to do so.

When Jesus walked the earth he found that hearts were closed and hard they were not open. The gospel of Mark records the story of the minds of men in action. These minds had so captured their God that they could not accept a work of God if it did not fit into their present picture and understanding of God.

Mark 3:1-6 (New American Standard Bible)
He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

The hardness of heart is a condition of many in the religious world today. “If it is not said the way we say it, it is a sin” Theology and doctrine often rule over love!!!! Jesus is recorded as saying : John 10:33-34 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?

What was he doing that they wanted to kill him? Nothing, he simply said something they did not have revelation about themselves. He said something their minds could not wrap around and all mind wants to do is kill what it fears because it does not understand.

It is only on the ground of openness where revelation can happen!

Matt.16:16-17 – Not flesh and blood but My Father revealed this to you!

Gates of Hell protecting the images and descriptions of God in the past

It is only on the ground of openness that Jesus says (Matt.16:18 “I will build my church and the gates of hell (or the things which try and contain, capture, memorialize and bind up God i.e. religion) will not prevail!!!!

The gates of hell, the abode of death wants to contain God but Resurrection life has defeated this forever! You want a fresh Revelation – STOP REJECTING WHAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND – stand in faithful and trusting openness before the Lord – turn to that resurrection life within you and see the Revelation of God. Stop fearing a defeated enemy and Trust God.

Paul writes to Timothy and says:
2Tim.2:23-26 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

The snare of the Devil is the rigidity and rigor-mortise of your understanding of God. The hardness of ones heart is not the rejection of the God you have know but a rejection of a living God today. A God that is new every morning and wants to reveal Himself to you in a new and fresh way. You who are not standing in openness will reject the God you claim to love because He is not coming in the same form He did last time.

A little child is flexible a dead person is rigid. Do want into the kingdom of God? Don't think that dying is what gets you there


To those standing in openness Jesus said:
Matt.25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

These followers of Christ didn’t understand who they were loving they just loved. They were open to all and unknowingly ministering to God through their openness to all. They didn’t ask if you were a Christian or what kind of Christian or what your belief’s were they simply gave to everyone those who came to them what they had to give and what they had to give was the love of Christ in whatever form worked at that time!!

Much fellowship and Church Life is lost because it is not being built by Christ upon the ground of openness. Openness does not mean agreement in everything it means I can be open to hear your experience or revelation of God in whatever form, words or images who choose to do so. Openness means I am not going to judge your experience or revelation. For some reason man has come to the conclusion that he needs to be the one to build the church and he wants to do it based on his understanding of God. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom built with spiritual stones by Christ. All we can do is stand together in that open field and let Him do His work.

Does it really matter if your loving brother believes that sprinkling with water is baptism. Does he really have to be fully immersed because that is the way it has been revealed to you. Is this required for you to consider him a brother or sister.

You mean sometimes they expressd the same revelation of God? How can that be???


If one sees a demonstration of the Love of God in the story of the Buddha or hear the wisdom of God in the writings of Lao Tzu can you not accept it for what it is. You are not required to see it just as you are not required to see the love of God in the story of Job. Can you hear it on the ground of openness and simply ponder these things in your heart like Mary did with the things she did not understand. Now I know that minds will read this and fear of the enemy will being to enter – “Oh if we did that it will be the way the enemy will get in and corrupt us” – Fear of the enemy is a lack of Faith in Christ and his work on the cross. If you don’t stand in openness you leave no way for the Spirit to do anything new in or with you. Can we be people who ponder instead of judge the things we don’t have revelation on?

The Christian faith was started upon a revelation of God that was seen by at least 120 people after Pentecost. It was the 120 in the upper room who were standing together in that room of openness and expectation. It took the 3.5 year ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus to get those 120 to stand together in openness. When the new manifestation of God came in the form of Spirit the 120 received this new way and for the first time saw the life of Jesus through spiritual eyes and God was made new to them. Paul had a revelation of this same God in Jesus not because he believed the stories of the Apostles but because he got knocked down off his horse, physically blinded, and placed on the ground of openness and then saw and heard God speak through Jesus to him. On the ground of openness you will shocked and amazed at the places you find God. If you have ever had a revelation of Jesus Christ then you know that ground of openness because you were standing on it when you first saw or heard Him. The ground of openness is the ground young children play on – they don’t ask for a list of belief’s or statements of faith they just want someone to come and play with them.

To enter the kingdom you must be like a little child - OPEN TO PLAY WITH OTHERS


Here we read the story of Peter and the Baptism in the Spirit given to the Gentiles on the ground of Openness that Peter stood on. It is throughout the gospel stories that Peter is being asked to take a stand on the ground of openness. Peter was a very black and white person but Peter had faith in God. It is Peter’s willingness and understanding of his lack of understanding God that allows him to do what he does.
Acts 10:13-48
A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky. Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, …...While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. “But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.” …….As he talked with him, he entered and found many people assembled. And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean. “That is why I came without even raising any objection when I was sent for. So I ask for what reason you have sent for me.” ……Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, ……. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

Peter was perplexed in mind – this was against what he believed to be right and true. Peter responded by reflecting not by accepting or rejecting. Peter did not judge the vision he simply reflected on it, gave it time, he remained open to what it might mean. The scriptures say “while Peter was speaking.…..because he was open and operating in that openness the Lord does the work of building the church. It was not the words of Peter that opened the way for the Spirit to fall but the Spirit of openness that Peter demonstrated that gave way for God to move on a People that Peter didn’t even believe God could accept. It says that Peter was amazed at what happened. When we stand on the ground of openness we will be amazed at what God is capable of doing it is beyond our wildest dream and hopes.

Simply amazed at God's mind blowing Love


I understand that the fleshly mind fears openness but I ask you to be open to these words and reflect on them. Trust and have Faith in God that He will be your protection and give you a new Revelation of Himself.


Should We Imitate Paul as he Imitates Christ?

Should We Imitate Paul as he Imitates Christ?

Is it that we live by the life of Christ or do we live by a life that Christ has transformed or is transforming?
Or, is it that as we live by the life of Christ within us our mind and bodies our transfigured/transformed into temples of God ~ Earthen vessels equipped, filled and baptized into Christ to express the righteousness and will of God on earth.

Either Christ is our Righteousness or we will attempt to achieve, through the supposed help of Christ, a righteousness that I contribute to.

Spiritual Complacency ~ a self or fleshly-satisfaction/righteousness that is accompanied by unawareness (i.e. spiritual blindness and deafness) of actual dangers or deficiencies found in our own righteousness and not that of Christ alone.

Imitating Christ is not necessarily the expression of the life of Christ!

When Paul writes the saints in Corinth and says: 1 Cor.11:1Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

To be Anti-? Is not Christ but simply Law. Christ is within us not to empower us to live by the Law but to live by a Life that the law can only describe.


He is writing to a Church struggling with which life to live by. One is a life of laws, eat this, don’t eat that. Touch this, don’t touch that. Paul writes to these saints pleading with them and says:

1Cor.10:15-17; I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.

Instead of a dualistic view of the world of good and evil Paul asks them to look at the One life in Christ we celebrate. In other words Paul is saying: we no longer partake from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil we partake of the One tree of life. The tree of life is not a new law but a new life and in his attempt to communicate this reality Paul says to these saints:

Even though you think you are seeing many lives the reality is it is only one.


1Cor.10:23-24; 31-33 – All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor…..Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

Paul’s desire is to see and live by the One life that is. Not taking offense by taking a side as the life of good and evil does. Paul calls for these saints to stand with Him in that One life as Jesus did when he was in the flesh on earth. Jesus said to his disciples:

John 14:7-10 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

When Paul says: “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” He is not asking these saints to copy certain actions or even thoughts such as what is good and evil. Paul is asking the people to imitate him by living by the indwelling life of Christ like Paul does and like Jesus lived by the indwelling life of his Father.

Paul goes onto to talk about a mystery:
1 Corinthians 15:50-53 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Paul here is first declaring the fact that the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom and not a kingdom of the flesh (that which is corruptible) the way Israel was. Paul then goes on to refer to two specific events the first one and only one I would like to look at here is “corruptible must put on incorruption” Paul refers to this particular action in a least two of his others letters where he says:

Gal.3:24-28 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

In Paul’s first letter ever written he wrote to the Galatians much like the Corinthians and says “you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Like Corinth he talks about not living under the law but in Christ – which he calls clothing yourself with Christ. It is this Christ who Peter describes in the same words saying calling him the incoruptible seed 1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, Paul again talks about this incorruptible seed or life within us in his letter to the Romans –

Rom.14:11-14 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

Paul here refers to this salvation or incorruptible life as “put on the armor of light” and “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”. When Paul says awake from sleep that our salvation is here he is through the spirit retelling the parable Jesus spoke about the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins (Matt.25:1-13). In this parable told by Jesus the “putting on of Christ” is illustrated by those having enough oil. In the story Salvation came not to all the virgins with oil but those with enough oil.

From within the heart of man Christ, who has made Himself one with us, rises like the Phoenix in resurrection power to purge all fleshly corruption and set us free.

Our flesh can never have enough oil to live the Life of God only the Life of God can live the Life of God the law has proven this.

The question for us today is can we lay down our own individual lives our own individual pride and be imitators of Paul and live by the life of Christ within us

not of a righteousness of our own but one that is found only through Christ who has made himself one with me living through me.

There Can Be Only One Immortal Life

The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is like the understanding that all immortals know in the story of the Highlander ~ There can be only One!


The Enlightenment of A Christian

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Language and terms are a tricky thing. Everyday people speak or write words to each other in an attempt to communicate thoughts and feels. The reality is the intent of the one speaking the words to communicate their thoughts and feelings is rarely ever met. Words are symbols for thoughts and feelings and the meaning of a symbol is many different things to many different people. I grew up on the west coast of the USA in a non-denomination Christian family. I understand and speak in non-denominational Christian west coast symbol. I live in the east coast and I am not a part of a Christian church you can imagine the difficulty I have in communicating what I think and feel.

For today’s symbol I am using the word “Enlightenment”.

Enlightenment is a term Paul the Apostle used in his writing the letter of Ephesians “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Eph.1:18” In most cases where a Christian uses the term enlightenment, the words of Paul are not thought of instead the Christian thinks it is a non-Christian term and is from the teaching of Buddha. Now Buddha did experience enlightenment but my thought and questions is, “is this word and experience a non-Christ experience”?

The Greek word used by Paul is πεφωτισμένους pephōtismenous 5461 and it means: to shine, give light.

In the verse Paul states the reason for enlightenment is εἰςeis to reach a point or entry into perceiving, hence to know.

Another way of saying it might be “enlightenment is the the doorway for the eyes or your heart or conscientiousness to obtain the knowledge and understanding of the spiritual realities”.

So this is Paul’s use of the symbol but how does Buddha use the symbol? In Buddhism, bodhi or enlightenment means the awakening experience. It speaks of the Buddha, Buddha means “one who has awakened.” To awaken means to open ones eyes.

Leaving his kingdom and loved ones behind, Prince Siddhartha became a wandering monk. He cut off his hair to show that he had renounced the worldly lifestyle and called himself Gautama. He wore ragged robes and wandered from place to place. In his search for truth, he studied with the wisest teachers of his day. None of them knew how to end suffering, so he continued the search on his own.
For six years he practiced severe asceticism thinking this would lead him to enlightenment. He sat in meditation and ate only roots, leaves and fruit. At times he ate nothing. He could endure more hardships than anyone else, but this did not take him anywhere. He thought, “Neither my life of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the way to freedom. Overdoing things can not lead to happiness. ” He began to eat nourishing food again and regained his strength.

On a full-moon day in May, he sat under the Bodhi tree in deep meditation and said. “I will not leave this spot until I find an end to suffering.” During the night, he was visited by Mara, the evil one, who tried to tempt him away from his virtuous path. First he sent his beautiful daughters to lure Gautama into pleasure. Next he sent bolts of lightning, wind and heavy rain. Last he sent his demonic armies with weapons and flaming rocks. One by one, Gautama met the armies and defeated them with his virtue.
As the struggle ended, he realized the cause of suffering and how to remove it. He had gained the most supreme wisdom and understood things as they truly are. He became the Buddha, ‘The Awakened One’. From then on, his name was changed and he was called Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni “sage of the Shakyas,” Shakya being the name of the tribe or clan to which his family belonged. … Shakyamuni died at the age of eighty. His last words were, “Work out your own salvation with diligence”.
Paul would write 500+ years later : “work out your salvation with fear and trembling; Phil.2:12”

It seems that Shakyamuni Buddha used the word enlightenment in the same way Paul used it. I Once Was Blind, But Now Can See!

Saul on the road to Damascus was blinded by the light of Jesus Christ and after that he could see what he could not before. When he could see his name was changed to Paul meaning small. Prince Siddhartha was blind with his life of riches and later in his life of poverty but in being still he was able to overcome and see what he could not before. When he could see his name was changed to Shakyamuni Buddha meaning teacher from Shakya one who has awakened.

Eph.5:13-14 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Paul the Apostle
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All things….Everything that is visible is LIGHT..Just open your eyes, awaken to what is and be enlightened!!!!!


Is the Jehovah Moses speaks of the Heavenly Father of Jesus?

Is the Jehovah Moses speaks of the Heavenly Father of Jesus?


“You Have Heard it said”

One of Jesus main teachings and actions, something that made Jesus stand out among Teachers was his teaching and demonstration of love not only for friends but also of his enemies.

Jesus said in his famous Sermon on the Mount: “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48

Was this Love of enemies demonstrated by Jehovah in the books of Moses?

The Flood, here it seems we see Jehovah taking care of the ones he likes

Gen.6:5-13 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth…..The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, ……I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, …..But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. ……Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.

Sodom and Gomorrah, here it seems Jehovah takes care of his friends but what about his enemies?

Gen.19:13-24 for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city ” But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be jesting. …….Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,

Mt Sinai and The Children of Israel, here it seems a very angry God who needs a man to talk him out of destroying even his friends.

Deuteronomy 9:13-14,18-23“The LORD spoke further to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people. ‘Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’ “I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger. “For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD was wrathful against you in order to destroy you, but the LORD listened to me that time also. “The LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him; so I also prayed for Aaron at the same time. ….”Again at Taberah and at Massah and at Kibroth-hattaavah you provoked the LORD to wrath. “

Joshua and the Promised Land, here it seems Jehovah is a God who hardens hearts so the people would fight and be destroyed.

Joshua.11:19-20 There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites living in Gibeon; they took them all in battle. For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, to meet Israel in battle in order that he might utterly destroy them, that they might receive no mercy, but that he might destroy them, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

The words in the books of Moses do not seem to display the Heavenly Father that Jesus displays.

The Command of The Lord is –
Lev.24:17-23 ‘If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death. ….. fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; just as he has injured a man, so it shall be inflicted on him. …… for I am the LORD your God.'” Then Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, and they brought the one who had cursed outside the camp and stoned him with stones. Thus the sons of Israel did, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

The expression of the Father through Jesus says – “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42

Did Moses or whoever wrote Leviticus misunderstand or misquote “The Lord” ? Jesus is quoted as saying “You have heard it was said” “But I say” then he also says he only speaks his Fathers words not his own.

Was Jesus correcting a misquote?



So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.
John 7:16

The disciples of Jesus agree with Jesus

Peter writes – “Do not return evil with evil, or insults with insults. Instead, pray for blessing. You were called in order to inherit blessing,” 1Peter 3:9.
Paul writes – Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Rom.12:17

Now “The Lord” says – Mal.3:6 “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

Now if Moses followed the Lord Jonah interacted with I don’t think we have any conflict. The “Lord” of Jonah (as recorded in the book of Jonah) is a loving and forgiving Lord that seems more in line with the Father that Jesus expressed.

It does not seem that the “Lord” described in the 5 books of Moses always depict or express the non changing Heavenly Father of Jesus.
Some may say “It was a different time or dispensation” that may be true for man but not for God. God is not affected by time – He is the same yesterday, today and forever. At least this is true of “Jesus Christ
Heb.13:8.”

The turn or burn message sometimes preached today seems appropriate to the Lord of Moses but not the merciful Heavenly Father of Jesus Christ. Moses himself seems to display more the attributes of the Heavenly Father of Jesus than the Lord of Moses does.

Jesus said “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” John 14:7

The Father of Jesus was not well known when Jesus walked the earth. It was the Law that was read, studied and known.
Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! John 9:28

Of the Law Jesus said: Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me. John 7:19

Notice he says “Moses gave you the Law” not “My Father gave you the Law”

In the recorded words of Jesus written by John you can feel the desperate exasperation of Jesus toward a people he loves that simply won’t listen. Here is a people who search the writings of other men instead of receiving the Father’s Love. These people simply refuse to know the Father for themselves they fight among themselves about the meaning of different prophets words and refuse to have an encounter of their own.

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. “Your approval means nothing to me, because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” John 5:39-47

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So, Is the Jehovah Moses speaks of the Heavenly Father of Jesus?
My answer is NO and Yes. Moses in some ways knew and expressed the Heavenly Father but at other times, like many of us, he expressed the “law and thoughts of Moses” not the Law of the Heavenly Father. Jesus expressed his Fathers Law in these words ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt.22:37-39.

So when reading Moses rejoice when he writes about your Heavenly Father but remember just because Moses says “you have heard it said” it does not make it the words or actions of your Heavenly Father.


A Parable – The Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

A Parable – The Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

One day their was a very mature young Christian man. He was hard working and had served God faithfully for many many years. He had never neglected any of God’s commands. He has been in Church his whole life. He taught Sunday School, attended Sunday night service and taught a children’s class on Wednesday nights. His motto is: I follow God’s word so if the Bible says to do it I do it.

This mature young Christian man also had a younger brother. This brother had never gone to church. When he was younger he had always been a very happy outgoing guy. After high school he lived the party life got in with the wrong crowd and ended up becoming a drug addict. During these days of drug addiction he had lied to, stolen from and caused much pain to his friends and parents. One day this young man found himself in a back ally looking at a half eaten throw away big mac. As he put the burger to his mouth to eat he wondered aloud if this is all that life is. He began to think of his parents and the way they loved one another, he remembered other good loving people he had met in his life, laughing with them and enjoying life. He wanted to be around people like that again. He got up and began to clean himself up. He got into a free drug rehab program the city had set up, was able to go on job interviews and then got hired. After only a few months he went to visit his parents and older brother. He shared his story with them all and thanked them for the love that they had was given to him as a child. Over the next year this young man rose in the company that hired him and given a position of Jr Vice President, he met a beautiful and funny young lady who he was engaged to and he had purchased a beautiful new home just a block away from his parents house. The President of the company he worked for offered to throw a party in this young man’s honor and sent invitations to all of his family and friends. The older brother received this invitation and read these words

To friends and family of my newest Jr Vice President.
I invite you all to attend a celebration of life. There is no one I know who has demonstrated more love, honor, hard work, and the graceful determination to be the best than my newest Jr Vice President.
He represents for me everything that is good in this world. As all who know him know his motto:
I have found a voice in my heart that I follow, I call the voice Love.
Please join us for this 5 course meal in his honor.

With this the older brother became very angry and said why oh why God does my brother get blessed when he is still so worldly. Why does he get a great promotion, why does he find a wonderful girl to be his wife. Since I was young I have read and followed your word. I have faithfully attended Church every week and on Wednesday’s. I volunteer for as many programs and help days as possible but why do I never get honored. I pray but why do you never seem to answer me. I am a good person but my brother who is a recovering drug addict, a thief, a liar and has never set foot in a church is being honored as someone who represents everything that is good in the world. God you are the only thing that is good so I will not attend this party and honor you!

And God said: My son, I have always loved you and have wanted to give you the desire of your heart and it is from your heart that I long to hear. Your many works and ministry have kept you very busy and my desire is that you come and rejoice with Me in the return of your brother. Your younger brother got lost and was unaware of who I really was. But I never forgot him nor have I ever left him. When life became so hard for him he began to remember love and desire love. He remembered the way your parents loved each other, loved you and loved him. He remembered the love of friends and he desired to have that love back in his life. You have always called me Father but your brother has know me as Love. You read about me in Church your brother watched me display myself through your parents relationship. If you really want to honor me then honor your brother because it is in his life that I am displayed.


The Mystic Way

The Mystic Way

For Ron! – The biggest stumbling block for the mystic way is our thoughts – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isa.55:8
This is Spiritual warfare and it is one that is waged inside of all Mystic’s – Most Religion goes the way of the Mind which is doctrine, teachings and traditions. It is the Mystic that goes the way of the Spirit – “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Christ Jesus – John 3:8) So the way of the Mystic is in Spirit and it drives those who need doctrine, proof texts, and traditions crazy. Just see how the religious reacted to Jesus the Mystic.

Mysticism (from the Greek μυστικός, mystikos, an initiate of a mystery religion)[1] is the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. Wikipedia’s Definition


Ps.46:10 Be still and know that I am God

What I have been doing or practicing is a move from my mind and thoughts about God, Jesus, the Bible to my knowing Spirit. Spirit is not flesh it is the “Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels” To study or focus on the Vessel is not very productive to living by the Spirit. One passage of Paul’s really struck me when he said:
(note: I find only one real purpose for the scriptures – To help remove any and all stumbling blocks that keep you from going within and having face to face intimacy with God – that’s it! The scriptures were not written to teach you but to point you within – it is inside you that the knowing already is – you just go within and discover or become conscience of what is.)

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him like that. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

Over my life I have spent way to much time studying about the human Jesus Christ and not enough time getting to know the Christ within me. Now I thought I was getting to know the life within me by studying about Christ, his nature and ways but in reality I was reading and trying to act like what was in me instead of living by what was in me. Big difference! Doing something because you think you are supposed to and doing something because everything in you wants to is like night and day. Getting to the point of trusting the spirit within your heart over your thoughts is the difference.

Col.1:23,27…This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a minister of it….. this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Following Jesus (the human vessel that contained Christ) I discovered was not where I needed to place my hope but in following the gospel of Jesus I discovered something different. We seem to always look to things outside of our-self’s for guidance even though we all know the counselor was given to live within us. It seems may just think of the Spirit as the interpreter of the Bible for us instead of the voice and guidance of the Lord to us.

Luke 4:18-21,43
18 The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
…….”Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.”
“I must proclaim the good news about the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because I was sent for this purpose.”

* My Spirit has been captive to my fleshly nature i.e. ego (what I think of things)
* My Spiritual eyes and ears have not been used much (spiritual eyes and ears are found and can be physically felt within your heart and at your forehead)
* I as Spirit have not been able to function because of the fleshly nature
(the fleshly nature is one of judgment – what is right and wrong, good and evil – right doctrine- wrong doctrine)
* The kingdom of God is not anywhere in creation but within me. (Its not in this church, that church, this group, that group – it is an individual thing between you and God)

The quest for me was not to try and act like Jesus in so many ways, but one – to see and listen to the voice of the Father within. This is the “Way” he showed mankind to live. This is why he told his disciples that they know the Way – they had watched him do it for 3 years.
Jesus said: So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” Jn.12:50
Jesus said: I do nothing on My own. But just as the Father taught Me, I say these things. Jn.8:28
Jesus said: because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. Jn.5:30

All we really know of Jesus was that he did the Fathers will. Everything we read that he said or did was from following the Father.

When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray he taught them to say: “…..Thy kingdom come they WILL be done on earth as in heaven.”
Doing the will of the Father was the life Jesus lived out before man and it is what he asks us to follow.
Instead many have made him the Savior God who has come down to save us little helpless humans and not Son of man who came to show us how to live a victorious life in relationship with the Father by doing his perfect will. Jesus said: Be perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect – we say: He is not speaking literally.

Paul goes on to say:
Col.2:2-8 have the knowledge of God’s mystery – Christ….all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden… walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, …..Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.

Christ is the Spirit within you speaking the words and will of the Father. (Scripture does say that the same Spirit that dwelt in Jesus now dwells in you – not a similar one-the same one – If Jesus the man was able to hear and walk in the will of the Father why can’t we – unless you don’t think that Jesus was really a man as most Christian don’t)

Why are you doing what you are doing – If because of doctrine, the Bible says…., human tradition, religious tradition – if it is not from within you then it is from without in other words it is from the world.

What I discovered was that what I really know to be real is what I have experienced for myself – just because someone told me or I read it in a book means nothing. If my relationship is based on what I have read or what someone else has told me it means I don’t really have a active relationship with the one I claim to love and follow.
Real knowing is intimacy not the accumulation of information and facts.
Having Intimacy takes spending time together.

How do I practice this intimacy?
Here are a couple of basic ways
Silence and Stillness I have found to be a wonderful environment for the operation or moving of the Spirit. I have a room that I have made where I can go and spend 20-30 min in silence or with sounds like a crystal singing bowl or meditation tapes with sounds.

I also practice the 15-20 sec every hour where you close your eyes and just listen to your breathing, or the ringing in your ears (also know as the song of the Lord) Still yourself and your thoughts. In stillness this you create space for the Spirit within yourself. You will always be filled to the capacity that you can hold.
If you take a way candle and light it you will see that over time it creates a cavity and the light can be seen burning through the wax. The same is true of the Spirit operating within man.

I like to describe this time (the 20-30 min) with the Lord as “on the couch snuggle time” – its not necessarily a time where we are being taught or talking but simply a time spent together, just enjoying each others presence. In these practices you will begin to notice your awareness of the Lord increase – You will begin to see Him, hear Him and find Him in places you never thought possible.

Mind renewal is not accomplished through study – that’s like trying to fix the mind with the mind. Mind renewal takes place as your mind is allowed to observes what the Spirit reveals through spiritual eyes that begin to see God everywhere and ears that hear Him speak through everything. Its not a discovery of something new its a seeing of what already is but in light and not darkness. Our fleshly mind is dark but the Spirit is light walk in the Spirit, walk in the light and you live like never before.

To begin to intimately know God as He is and not as our minds conceive is a mind blowing experience that changes the way you see everything. The Mystic is the one called to this kind of knowing. Like Moses he ventures up the mountain where other fear to go and like the children of Israel other desire to hear from what he has experienced. The Mystic’s life is not for every Christian but for those who have to its a call for face to face encounters with the Lord of Love. The experiences are life changing and ones that take you from the depths of despair to the heights of a knowing love that fills to abundant overflowing.

A book that might help some or might not is called Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer by Gregg Braden. Its a small book that gives an interestingly real perspective on Prayer.

“There are beautiful and wild forces within us.” With these words, the mystic St. Francis described what ancient traditions believed was the most powerful force in the universe – the power of prayer. For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden has searched for evidence of a forgotten form of prayer that was lost to the West following the biblical edits of the early Christian Church. In the 1990s, he found and documented this form of prayer still being used in the remote monasteries f central Tibet. He also found it practiced in sacred rites throughout the high deserts of the American Southwest.


Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move. – Rumi


Our Trip to India – TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN

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Its been little over a week since we got back from our trip to South India. During our two week stay we met a lot nice sweet people who live in terrible bondage. What do I mean by “terrible bondage” Well you see the people we met in India live by the traditions handed down to them. These traditions include men and women never touching in public, men and women never sitting together in public, women wearing a sari whenever leaving the house, the cast system (a system by which you are born to a certain status in society), arranged marriages, the family of a daughter getting married paying a dowry to the husbands family (you don’t want a lot of girls if you are Indian). These are just a few of the traditions that the Indian people we met live by. As American we have our traditions that we live by. Privacy, not showing up to someone’s house expectantly, boys and girls dating, public displays of affection, the weekend for entertainment, driving everywhere, shopping malls, lots of church buildings, watching TV. Traditions in and of themselves are not necessarily wrong so what makes a tradition evil?

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Jesus said:

Matt.15:6-9 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
8 ‘BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”

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As an American in India it was fairly easy to spot some of the “precepts of men” that were being taught as Doctrines of God – but seeing the same thing in America is a little bit harder. In India one of the Pastors was rewarding some of the older women in the church because of the scarred knees that they had – the scarred knees were a sign of their dedication to God in prayer – this is obviously a “precept of men” who think that God wants you to suffer while speaking Him. One pastor, during the cold winter in the north had taken a blanket form an elderly gentleman that he was discipling. He told the disciple “You should only need the Fire of the Holy Spirit to keep you warm” the older man’s son begged for the blanket from the pastor but the pastor refused saying “We need men who are dedicated and on fire for the Lord.” This old disciple died the following week from illness. “All we need is the fire of the Holy Spirit” – Doctrine of God or precept of man?


The American Dream is to have a good job, own a nice house, have a nice car and a wife or husband and maybe 2 children one boy and one girl. This is American Tradition but is it “The Doctrine of God or precept of man?” The foundation of our nation is build upon a document called “The Declaration of Independence”. And we are a very independent people but is our independent culture invalidating the word of God for the sake of our tradition. As Christians we say we are “One in the bond of love” but do we really live this reality out. If I read about the early church I read about Oneness not just in word but in action – they shared everything they had with each other. Our culture calls that kind of life-style a cult. Is our American independent, capitalistic culture, Christian? Or is it a precept of man that is opposed to the very nature of God? I know many Christians who link Republican with Christian – Is the Republican platform a precept of man or the doctrine of God, not just parts of it, all of it, remember that a little leaven leavens the whole lump.

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In India it was easy to see Traditions that were against God because I was coming for a different tradition but the challenge for me is to see the equally harmful traditions that are right here at home. I don’t want to be one that Isaiah was talking about when he says: ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”


Living by the Spirit, Organically

Living by the Spirit, Organically

Rom.8:14 All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.

How are we led by the Spirit?

What are disciplines of Christ?

What do we look for and how can we know that we are being led by the Spirit of God?

What does it mean to be free from the law of sin and death?

How can we walk in faith, walk in love and to be transformed in mind?

These questions and more will be what we look at (beginning Sunday Oct.4) not just in a study but in a practical everyday application of being able to recognize and hear the Spirit’s voice and walk these realities out.

The first letter Paul wrote was his letter to the churches that met in the Galatia territory. I think it is significant to understand the issue to which Paul was addressing in his writing of this “first” letter and first writing of what we know today as the New Testament.

After his greeting Paul writes Gal.1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ, [and are turning] to a different gospel.

Turning away from Him (Christ) to another gospel or as Paul says in vs.7 a changed Gospel of Christ.

How upset was Paul when dealing with the issue this letter is addressing?

Gal.1:9 if anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!

What is the Gospel of Christ?

The word Gospel simply means “Good News” Christ means “Anointed” to Anoint literally means to “cover in Oil”

Gospel of Christ = Great news you are going to be covered in the Holy Spirit both within you and without you. The Transformation is here and it is not only going to change things within you but it will also change things on the outside as well and also with all of creation being freed in the process.

Luke 8:1, 9-15 Soon afterwards He was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching and telling the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with Him, Then His disciples asked Him, “What does this parable mean?” 10 So He said, “The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that Looking they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

The Parable of the Sower Explained (The Organic Nature of God in Man)

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.

The Secrets of the Kingdom – Right Here

Seed = God’s Word that is spoken and heard within your heart.

Path = Those who hear the Spirit’s voice within them, in their heart.

Thorns = Worry, desire for wealth, pursuit of pleasure

Good Ground or Good Path = Those who hear the Spirit’s voice within them believe it and live by it thus producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Christ & Matters of the Spirit.

Christ is One with many Parts – We all together form and manifest Christ on earth through the Spirit which speaks to us and leads us. This is a description of the working out of the organic nature of Christ on earth.

1 Cor.12:1-12 1 About matters of the spirit: brothers, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know how, when you were pagans, you were led to dumb idols —being led astray. 3 Therefore I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything. 7 A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial:

8 to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit,
to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit,

9 to another, faith by the same Spirit,
to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit,……….

11 But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each one as He wills.

12 For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.

This next story Jesus links intrinsically to His Gospel.

Matt.26:6-10 While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had a serious skin disease, 7 a woman approached Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive fragrant oil. She poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for Me. 11 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me. 12 By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial. 13 I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Why and How is Jesus linking this story to His Gospel?

  • 1. After this acrion in vs.14 Then one of the Twelve—the man called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” – This is what put Judas over the edge

  • All the Disciples saw this action as waste

  • Jesus described the action as a “Nobel Thing”

  • Jesus saw the action as a preparation for what was coming.

  • Jesus knew the action was coming from a heart that was listening to and responding to the voice of the Father.

This is Jesus gospel – That a man or woman a son of man can live by and walk in the Spirit and have a face to face relationship with God the Father. That a son or daughter of man does not simply live by bread alone but can really live by a relationship where he hears the words of his Father who is God. This gospel, this good news is not something Jesus simply preached but He lived it out in front of men to see. He lived it out right until the end when Jesus was killed. He said you don’t need to know the law to live a righteous life you can simply listen and follow the voice of our Father who lives within the hearts of all of His children. Jesus says “Please, follow my way – I have lived openly before you showing you the way to the Father – follow what I have shown and discover our Father who wants to know you face to face. I strongly urge you to follow this way and enter our Father’s kingdom here on earth just like it is in heaven.

Luke 16:14-16 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him. 15 And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight. “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it.

Rom.4:12-13 And he became the father of the circumcised, not only to those who are circumcised, but also to those who follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

It is Faith to hear the internal voice of the Father, believe it and do it – This is righteousness.  Faith is not following a book, tradition or law – Faith is hearing our Father God’s voice, believing it and following it.  To follow a book, tradition or law, even if it is from God, is death.  In the picture below who is following the Spirit and who is following a book???stephen stone


THE ESSENCE OF ASHRAM LIFE

THE ESSENCE OF ASHRAM LIFE

by Swami Sahajananda  (Br. John Martin)


Father Bede rarely talked about his inner experience

during his long life, except in the last four years after his

stroke in 1990 and in a few other instances such as the

recollection of his awakening to the divine Presence in the

natural world. Anyone familiar with the major events and

turning-points of his life, however, cannot but discern the

workings of grace in those extraordinary moments of his

earthly existence. It was grace that led him to take that

eventful walk on the last day of school before he went up to

Oxford, and revealed to him the Divine in and surrounding

nature; it was grace that inspired him to realize that God

worked in and through history as well as the cosmos. Grace

compelled him to return to Christianity, to become a

Catholic and to enter a monastery after his conversion. It

was grace also that guided his studies of oriental mysticism

and planted in his heart the desire to go to India in 1955. It

was grace that gave him the capacity to persevere there

through many trials even to the hour of his death.

Bede’s mysticism is accessible, however – particularly

in his later correspondence – in hundreds of letters to close

friends and disciples. Sifting through the vast details of his

experience, from his school days to his final illness, three

distinct but interrelated types of mystical awareness are

evident. They constitute the golden string of his inner being,

the rich unfolding of grace in his unique history.

The first type, natural contemplation, has already

been alluded to above. This kind of contemplation – that is,

the ability to perceive the divine Presence in nature –

One day as I was teaching Indian Philosophy to the

students at the Rosarian Philosophate in Trichy, one of the

students asked me, “Brother, what is the literal meaning of

ashram life?”. “I don’t want to tell you the literal meaning of

ashram life,” I replied. “Why?” the brother asked curiously.

“If I tell you the literal meaning of ashram life then you will

all come and join ashrams.” I said. There was a burst of

laughter.

The essence of ashram life consists in the word

“Ashram” itself. The word ashram can be divided into A –

Shram. Shram means hard work, struggle and conflict. A

Shram means no hard work, no struggle, no conflict, no

burden and no labouring. This is the literal meaning of

ashram life.

Ashram life is a life where there is no effort to

achieve something. It is a life of inner freedom, spontaneity

and effortless life. It is a life of freedom in the sense that

there is no desire to get anything more nor fear of losing

something.

THE GARDEN OF EDEN AND ASHRAM LIFE

Humanity is created for ashram life. The garden of

Eden is the first ashram that God created for humanity. To

live an ashram life is the natural state (sahaja) of human

beings. The ashram life of the first human beings is very

beautifully described in the book of Genesis. God created

humanity in his/her own image and likeness. God is Holy

and Whole so also he created human beings as holy and

whole. God is beyond time and space so also he created

human beings in his/her own image, in the sense that there

is something in the human beings which transcends time and

space. In God there is no conflict, there is no effort to

achieve anything. There is no struggle (shram). There is no

fear of losing something and there is no greediness to get

something more. By creating God does not get anything

more, by not creating God does not lose anything. The true

self of human beings is like that: a state of freedom and

creativity.

In the garden of Eden human beings were naked and

not ashamed. Physically it means they had no clothes on

their body. Spiritually it means they were empty, in an egoless

state. They were empty in each moment of their life.

They lived their life without creating an ego in themselves.

They lived the life of eternity, which is wholeness of life

where horizontal and vertical are united. They had no sense

of psychological time (it is because they were unfolding and

not becoming) but had only biological and chronological

time. They walked with God in the cool of the evening,

which means they had very intimate relationship with

God, God living in them and they living in God. God was

their subject, God was their Ego, they saw everything in and

through God, they did everything in and through God. They

had no ego, no centre in them. They were naked and not

ashamed. They had no guilt feelings. They had chaste

relationship with God. They were innocent in the sense that

they did not know good and evil.

In the garden of Eden they did not make any effort to

achieve something. They lived according to their created

nature or given nature. They had nothing to achieve – only to

live. They had no conflict and psychological suffering

because they had no psychological time. Psychological time

belongs to the fallen state and is the source of psychological

misery and suffering. They lived their life naturally,

spontaneously and freely. They were following the natural

path (Sahaja Marga). Their journey can be described as:

from eternity to eternity;

from wholeness to wholeness;

from holiness to holiness;

from one unfolding to another unfolding.

We can say that they were living an ashram life which was

intended by God when God created them.

FALL AND SHRAM LIFE

But sin makes humanity to fall from ashram life into

shram life.The serpent which was on the tree was cursed by

God to crawl on its belly and dust shall be its food. A snake

raising its head (hood) represents wholistic consciousness

where vertical and horizontal dimensions are united. A

snake crawling on the ground represents horizontal

consciousness separated from the wholeness, which is the

consciousness of time: past, present and future. Eternity falls

into time. Through human beings the

creation participated in wholistic

relationship with God. When

humanity fell, creation also fell from

wholistic relationship into horizontal

consciousness of time.

Humanity has been cursed to

live the life of shrama, suffering,

hard work. Woman has to suffer

pains and the equality of the sexes

has been lost and the woman

becomes dependent on man. Man

has to toil and eat in the sweat of his

brow all the days of his life. The land will bring forth thorns

and thistles. Man has to live by the sweat of his brow. And

cursed is the ground because of the human beings’ fall.

The life of wholeness falls into a life of fragmentation;

The life of holiness falls into a life of unholiness;

The life of being falls into a life of becoming;

The effortless life (ashram) falls into a life of effort

(shram).

By the sweat of his face man has to live. Our spiritual

journey has become the life of becoming, life of conflict,

life of struggle, life of good and evil. The more we try to

become good, the more thorns and thistles are found in us.

Our spiritual life is the life of shram, struggle and conflict.

And this life of shrama has been passed on from generation

to generation. This is the burden which humanity is carrying

from generation to generation.

THE CALL OF JESUS

Jesus is calling humanity to free itself from this

spiritual life of burden or shram, and enter into the life of

lightness or ashram. “Come to me, all you who labour and

are burdened (shram) of heart. I will give you rest (ashram).

Learn from me, I am meek and humble of heart…for my

yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt 11:28-30

Jesus himself might have gone through this life of shramlabour

and discovered the life of ashram or rest, which is the

real nature of all human beings. He might have seen how

humanity has been carrying this burden. Religion, which is

supposed to relieve people from this burden, has itself

become the agent of burdening people. He had compassion

on the people, so he is asking people to come to him

because he is living the life of rest, ashram. He is the living

ashram, so that he can free them from this burden and give

them rest and peace. “I am meek and humble of heart”, he

says. He is meek and humble because he has no ego, his Ego

is God. He is empty and naked. For his yoke is easy and his

burden is light.

It does not mean that Jesus takes away one type of

yoke and places another, lighter yoke. What he means is that

in the garden of Eden humanity was

meek and humble without ego. The

desire to become like God started an

ego in them which culminated in

their fall. The ego is like a bull on

whose neck a yoke has to be placed.

And this yoke becomes a burden.

But Jesus says, “I am meek and

humble,” I have no ego, I have no

yoke on me. I want to purify your

ego, make you meek and humble so

that there is no need of placing a

yoke and there is no possibility of

placing a yoke, either light or burdensome. Where there is

no ego there is no need of a yoke. So Jesus came to free

humanity from the ego; then he liberates humanity from all

the yokes and burdens. He makes it possible for humanity to

live the natural life of the garden of Eden, which is the life

of egolessness and thus ashram life.

God created humanity for ashram life. But sin

brought down humanity from ashram life to shram life.

Jesus is calling humanity to come back to this ashram life

which is the garden of Eden, the first ashram created by

God.


Holistic Christianity – Working out your Salvation

Holistic Christianity

Working out your Salvation

Rom.14:23b ………….and everything that is not from faith is sin.

Col.2:19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.

Rom.14:1 Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about doubtful issues. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables.

What we are looking at here is the confused relationship between the Law and Faith in Jesus Christ.

The Law = The rules and reality of “cause and effect”

Faith in Jesus = Hearing the voice of the Lord internally, believing and doing.

One is ‘directive’ (Faith) and one is ‘descriptive’ (Law)

The law is not to be used to tell us what to do or how to live.  It is not our guide.

Gal.3:21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.

Rom.14:3-4 One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat; and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him. Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And stand he will! For the Lord is able to make him stand.

This is the Lord who dwells within the household slave – It is the work of the Lord who will make His voice known to the household slave and cause him to stand in Faith.

Rom.1:5-8 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 Whoever observes the day, observes it to the Lord. Whoever eats, eats to the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is to the Lord that he does not eat, yet he thanks God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

This is descriptive of the process of discovering oneself. You are not your own – You have been made one with God through Jesus Christ. You  cannot divide your “Being” from Him.   You can choose the Path you walk on but you cannot choose who your spiritual Father is.

Rom.1:9-12 Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. 10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

The Lord is the only TEACHER or GUIDE anybody will ever need.

Heb.8:11 And each person will not teach his fellow citizen, and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them.

John 14:23-26 Jesus answered, …… “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit ;the Father will send Him in My name;will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

Matt.23:9-10″Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10″Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.

Rom.14:13 Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another, but instead decide not to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.

One who points out to a brother that something they believe should be this brothers belief as well. It is making the “law” directive instead of simply being descriptive.

Rom.1:14-23 (I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean. 15 For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. By what you eat, do not destroy that one for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves the Messiah in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.

The Kingdom of God – This is entered into by those who practice Union/Companionship with with God. The Kingdom of God is not about following rules of right and wrong, good and evil: it is about living a life together in relationship with God – Doing everything together with Him. If I do everything together with Him – I do all things in faith.

Rom.1:19 So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. 20 Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats. 21 It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble. 22 Do you have faith? Keep it to yourself before God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.

Do you have faith?

What is your answer to: “why you are doing what you are doing?”

If this is not your answer: “After talking it over with the Father we decided “

Then what you are doing is in sin and is not being done in faith. This is what a life of sin is. It is not simply a life of evil but it is a life of good and evil lived independent of Jesus Christ. Its when a man says in his heart “I will”.

Heb.4:12-13 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. 13 No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.

The “WORD of GOD” that the writer of Hebrews is talking about is not the Bible. The WORD of GOD that the writer of Hebrews is referring to is Jesus Christ – The WORD made flesh that dwells within you. It is this WORD that we need to have “ears to hear” – It is through this WORD that we are led, guided and discover our Father and ourselves. It is to this WORD that we point each other. We are led out of the dark places of our thoughts and understanding and led into the saving light of Truth. It is through this “WORD” that we come to know the TRUTH and this TRUTH sets us free!

Col.2: 2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God’s mystery Christ. 3 In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.

The knowledge of God’s mystery is not a teaching, a doctrine or something to be found in the Bible – the KNOWLEDGE of God’s Mystery is only found in a real and active relationship with the indwelling CHRIST HIMSELF.

Col.2:4-8 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments. 5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the strength of your faith in Christ. Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.

One can be deceived by persuasive arguments, philosophy based on human tradition. Both of these elements created the basis for much of our Christian practice today. Persuasive arguments become our doctrines “about Christ” Philosophy based on Human Tradition become church practices, the liturgy.

Wikipedia – A liturgy is the customary public worship done by a specific religious group, according to their particular traditions.

Col.2:9-10 For in Him the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

The entire fullness of God’s nature dwells inside of YOU because God has become ONE with you! It is this nature that dwells within you that you can live by. You now have a choice – you can live by the old natural nature or by the new Godly nature.

Col.2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. 12 Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. 16 Therefore don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a sabbath day.

IN HIM, WITH HIM, BY HIM – This speaks of the relationship of ONENESS – We are not to look at, assess, judge or do anything outside of Him. As He goes so do we! He has forever joined Himself to us – ARE WE GOING TO JOIN OURSELF TO HIM????

Col.2:17-23 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his fleshly mind. 19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God. 20 If you died with Christ to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: 21 “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? 22 All these [regulations] refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines. 23 Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value against fleshly indulgence.

You can hold to the Head and Live By Him, In Him and With Him or like Adam and Eve choose to live apart from Him by yourself. You can live by a knowledge of the Law (understanding universal cause and effect) or by the Being of Christ which is being led by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit, if we interact with him, will renew our minds.

Jesus Christ is not a religion, following Jesus does not need to be through a religion.

Wikipedia – A religion is an organized approach to human spirituality which usually encompasses a set of narratives, symbols, beliefs and practices, often with a supernatural or transcendent quality, that give meaning to the practitioner’s experiences of life through reference to a higher power or truth.

How we approach Jesus and interact with Him does not need to be through religion. It seems many Christians have segregated their relationship with Jesus to a religious experience that does not touch the secular life.

Wikipedia Secular – This word derives from a Latin word meaning “of the age“. The Christian doctrine that God exists outside time led medieval Western culture to use secular to indicate separation from religious affairs and involvement in worldly (or time-related) ones. This meaning has been extended to apply to separation from any religion, regardless of whether it has a similar doctrine. Secularity (adjective form secular) is the state of being separate from religion. For instance, eating and bathing may be regarded as examples of secular activities, because there may not be anything inherently religious about them.

God wants to be our companion, guide and wonderful counselor in every aspect of our being. God can lead us into the Truth in every area of our life. From mowing the lawn, to raising your children, marriage and business, Jesus can help you and guide you if you let Him. Every area of darkness and confusion that exists within our understanding He wants to bring light to and save us from.

Phil.2:12 -15 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed,…..work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose. Do everything without grumbling …, …pure, children of God ….in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.


Do You Hear and Do the Works of God?

Our Understanding will be challenged and even offended by the Lord.

John 6:41 Therefore the Jews started complaining about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

The MaskWe all wear masks. Paul says : 1Cor.9:19-22 –

For although I am free from all people, I have made myself a slave to all, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law —to win those under the law…….To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.

A mask is what is seen, it has been place over the real in order to be able to relate to and communicate with those who still find their identity in the mask they wear.

Gal.3:28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Neither Jew,Greek, American, African, Male, Female, Slave, Freeman, Black, White ALL ARE ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. No temporal mask identity’s us. If this does not offend people I don’t know what will. I have heard many brothers in the Lord not agree with this at all “There is no way God sees a woman the way he sees a man”. We all have a choice to either establish our identity through our temporal flesh or through Christ who is Spirit.

43 Jesus answered them, “Stop complaining among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me ….

Jesus said: They will be taught by God Everyone who has listen to and learned from the Father comes to me.

Jesus refers to the words of Isaiah

Isa.54:13 Then all your children will be taught by the LORD, their prosperity will be great,

He did not say they would be taught by Moses but directly from the Father. To be taught by Moses is to be taught through the scriptures. To be taught by the Father is to hear His voice in and through everything He communicates and speaks to us through. If we limit hearing the voice of our Father to one thing – lets say the Bible or our Pastor – if this is our practice what we are doing is limiting God. What we are saying is “Father I will hear you in this way and in this way only” – This is what the people who were following Jesus did. There reliance upon their understanding of the Father limited there ability to hear Him through Jesus the Christ.

  1. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, ” I assure you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, because My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood lives in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Bread of Life –

I am this living bread, and every one who ‘s eyes are open to the realization of this united nature of God and man shall live forever. And this bread of life which I give to all who will receive is my own living and combined nature. The Father in the Son and the Son one with the Father — that is my life-giving revelation to the world and my saving gift to all nations.”

Or maybe Jesus said something that sounded a little more like this: My life in the flesh is a bestowal of the bread of heaven. The fact of the Word of God bestowed in the flesh and the phenomenon of the Son of Man subject to the will of God, constitute a reality of experience which is equivalent to the divine food. You cannot eat my flesh nor can you drink my blood, but you can become one in spirit with me even as I am one in spirit with the Father. You can be nourished by the eternal word of God, which is indeed the bread of life, and which has been bestowed in the likeness of mortal flesh; and you can be watered in soul by the divine spirit, which is truly the water of life. The Father has sent me into the world to show how he desires to indwell and direct all men; and I have so lived this life in the flesh as to inspire all men likewise ever to seek to know and do the will of the indwelling heavenly Father.” (U)

In other words: In order to receive and live by the Life of the Father you have to be able to receive Him in whatever form and whatever way He chooses to give Himself to you. Not as your mind conceives but as the Spirit leads. Can a “Christian” receive the Life of the Father through a “Muslim “. Or does the Christian say “I know your beliefs, I know where you come from” How can I hear the words of our Father through this person?

Do I Offend You. –

Jn.6:61 Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were complaining about this, asked them,”Does this offend you?

Matt.11:6 And if anyone is offended because of Me, he is blessed.”

Eating Flesh Drinking Blood – What the Law was – This comes from the Noahic Covenant.

Gen.9:3-5 Every living creature will be food for you; as [I gave] the green plants, I have given you everything. However, you must not eat meat with its lifeblood in it. I will require the life of every animal and every man for your life and your blood. I will require the life of each man’s brother for a man’s life.

Jesus said: Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. – Man does not live to simply supply the needs or wants of the physical body – Man can only truly ‘LIVE’ in relationship with the Father.

Mark 7 – After the feeding the 5000 he tells the story of events after Jesus speaks of himself as the bread.

Then one of the Jerusalem spies who had been observing Jesus and his apostles, said: “We notice that neither you nor your apostles wash your hands properly before you eat bread. Why is it that you show such disrespect for the traditions of the fathers and the laws of our elders?” And when Jesus heard him speak, he answered: “Why is it that you transgress the commandments of God by the laws of your tradition? The commandment says, `Honor your father and your mother,’ and directs that you share with them your substance if necessary; but you enact a law of tradition which permits undutiful children to say that the money wherewith the parents might have been assisted has been `given to God.’ Why is it that you in this way make void the commandment by your own tradition?

Jesus then quotes Isaiah prophesy to hypocrites, saying: `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.

Today the line in the sand is between the internal living voice of Jesus over and against the doctrines, traditions and teachings “about” Jesus.

Dependence on Christ is dependent on our hearing, recognizing and obeying HIS voice.

Gal.4:8-9 But in the past, when you didn’t know God, you were enslaved to things that by nature are not gods. But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?

Now that you have met God, have gotten to know God and know the sound of His voice. You have also spent the time and allowed God to get to know you, you have heard and followed His counsel in your Life. How can you now turn to your old traditions and Bible teaching about God for guidance in your life?

Jesus and the Law

Luke 6:1-5 On a Sabbath, He passed through the grainfields. His disciples were picking heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David and those who were with him did when he was hungry— how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat? He even gave some to those who were with him.” Then He told them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

The law which was to help man had been used to imprison man. The nature of the Sabbath was to tell us our bodies needed to rest. But that law does not overrule the Man Jesus Christ.

Following the Spirit as opposed to following the teaching of demons.

1Tim.4:1-6 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

Practical Application

Prov.3:6 think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

If you take the time to still your mind and listen for the voice of your Father, if you seek Him out in this way He will speak to you. His words can come as the Wonderful Counselor if you seek His counsel. If you seek His comfort He will comfort you. If you just want to fellowship – He wants to get to know you. The only way He can get to know you is if you let Him. He never forces His way in and He never goes where He is not invited. Talk with Him! Walk with Him! Spend time with Him and get to know Him as a friend. He will win your trust – from personal experience I can say that His love never fails and He will blow you away with His wonderful counsel.

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What Must I Do to Do The Work of God

A Declaration of Dependence on Christ

Standing at the Parting of Ways

Walking with the Lord Together

Joshua 24:15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Why is it so difficult to experience a functioning church. In order for a church of Jesus Christ to truly function as a church of Jesus Christ it takes the vast majority to be completely dependent on the indwelling life of Jesus Christ. Not other gods or idols. Without the complete dependence on Jesus Christ His church, His body cannot express who it really is.

The opposite of dependence on Jesus Christ is dependence on something else aka `a god’. If I am not depending on the indwelling life of Jesus Christ expressed to me through the Holy Spirit then I am dependent on the thoughts and reasoning’s of independent temporal flesh.

Paul speaks about dependence on Christ in this way:

Phil 3:7-11 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value, of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ —the righteousness from God based on faith. [My goal] is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.

The church is a gathering of parts of Christ’s body that, if functioning orderly, are being directed by the head i.e. Jesus Christ. A body that is “out of order” consists of parts that are living by law and not the present indwelling voice of Jesus Christ.

If we look at Most traditional Church settings we recognize the fact that these are established on traditions and doctrines

The First Baptist Church; Pentecostal Church of God; Assemblies of God; Four Square Church – its all of them.

What guides the people when they gather? Is it the practice for each one to come with ear to hear the living voice of the indwelling Spirit or do they come to take part in a preordained order and tradition without ever engaging the Life within them? Only can each one answer for himself.

I know for myself when I went to Church I came to do my part . I taught Sunday School and had other duties but I can’t say I was never taught or encouraged to listen and respond to the Spirits voice and minister to my fellow brothers and sisters at that moment. I am not saying that it never happened because it did a few times. But over 20 years of being in an institutional setting it didn’t happen more than 20 times. Over all it was rare that we would ever really engage in actual Life.

When John wrote to the 7 churches in His Revelation of Jesus Christ – To each church he said: “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches”

As people who have the voice of the Spirit within them, I ask the question “do we listen to and allow ourselves to be instructed by the voice of the Spirit/ the Christ within us? Do we live our life dependent on the leading and guidance of that voice? Or do we just live a careless life of dependence on our temporal thoughts and feelings. Do we try and better ourselves by overcoming bad or harmful habits, addictions and other listed sins. Do we try to live righteous lives like the Pharisees did or like Peter do we declare – You Jesus, have the words of eternal life.

John 6:60-68 Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?” .. “Does this offend you? ….. The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” …..From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life.

The church got really small this day. Jesus lost most of the 70 disciples that had been following Him. You see theses disciples believed He was the Messiah – the problem was, what they believed about Him more than they believed in Him. When His words did not match what they thought (in their fleshly mind) He should say or do – they no longer followed Him. The reality was they never really followed Him anyways – they were living out their doctrine and traditions of the Jewish Messiah. As long as He fit within their concepts they accepted Him but when He went outside of their understanding they were offended and left him behind. Jesus was not the Jewish Messiah they thought He was. Peter had no greater understanding than the disciples who left but Peter was unwilling to live in the old way. He was able to hear and see that Jesus had the WORDS of eternal life and although Peter did not understand Jesus he did not see anywhere else to go.

What could not be heard?  Jn.6:28-59

Then some disciples asked – “What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked.    

Many today ask this question – why don’t we do like Jesus did – the miracles and such? Jesus answered them this way –

Jesus replied, “This is the work of God: that you believe in the One He has sent.”

Belief comes by hearing Him, accepting and having faith in Him and then doing. The work of God is not to believe in the teaching and examples of Jesus Christ. The `work’ we are to do is listen to the ever present indwelling voice of the Father, believe it and do it.

“What sign then are You going to do so we may see and believe You?” they asked. “What are You going to perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat. ” Jesus said to them, ” I assure you: Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always!”

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen Me, and yet you do not believe.

Here He is asking them to “do the work of God” They want to perform miracles like Jesus had just done with the bread and fishes. How many of us today want to do the miracles that Jesus did? How often is the scripture Mark 16:17-18 (“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”) This verse is often put forth as an example of doing the work of God.

Jesus goes on to say: For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

In other words – I am not asking you to do anything that I myself am not doing. I want you to believe and follow me the same way I believe and follow my Father – Don’t try and imitate the things I do – don’t try and be like me in the miracles I perform. Have a relationship with our Father! We are to listen to the Wonderful Counselor and walk with Him the same way Jesus walked with Him. He will help you do the things that you are to do – not the things that the Father had Jesus do.

Here is a verse in Proverbs we all should consider.

Prov.3: 5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

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The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Death

Death so ominous so overwhelming. Death is often viewed as the opposite of Life and yet what if death was not the opposite of life but simply a part of the process through which life finds greater and greater expression.

Is Darkness the absences of Light or simply the absence of the expression of Light. I guess it all depends on how we might view Light. When we view it through our natural eyes it is something that emanates from the sun or a light bulb. If we see Light as Jesus Christ, the Light of the world – Light

then is understood to be an internal reality and not simply an external expression.

These two words and concepts make up a part of one of the most famous Psalms. That being Psalms 23.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

In life, we have Mountain top experiences, Mountain climbing experiences, wilderness experiences and even green pasture experiences. A Valley is low places on this earth and it is in the valley sometimes that we must walk.  I don’t want to talk about just any valley – I want to share about a particular valley – one that is referred to as the valley of the shadow of death.

shadow definition

shadow (s̸hadō)

noun

  1. a definite area of shade cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the light rays

  2. the dark image made by such a body

  3. the growing darkness after sunset

  4. a mirrored image; reflection

    1. something without reality or substance; imaginary vision

In order for a shadow to exist it needs two things – One is light rays; the other something that can be in the way or obstruct the light rays.

This valley of the shadow is a low place on this earth where light is obstructed and it is here that we find one walking. In this particular valley of shadow,  the obstruction of light is not unknown. The obstruction or object that keeps the light rays from illuminating this valley is called death. It is Death that lies between the one in the valley and the rays of light. It is in this shadow of death that one in this particular valley finds himself walking in. So, what then is this death that stands between the one walking and the light?

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (KJV)

Death was first stated as the result of eating from Disobeying God and eating from the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.

To take in the knowledge of good and evil is to take into oneself death. It is in the knowing of good and evil that the “thing” or object is produced that stands in between the one on the path and the light.

The thing that stands in the way of knowing the Lord is the knowledge of good and evil. How can knowing good and evil be the thing that stands in the way of knowing the Lord?

In having the knowledge of good and evil, man became “like God” (Gen.3:22). In other words they have taken the place or responsibility of God and become a judge unto themselves. It is man who now assess what is good and what is evil. Man is no longer dependent on the Lord as judge.

Lets look at Jesus words to the rich young ruler –

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Mk.10:17-18

Is Jesus saying that he is not good or that he is not the same as the Father? Or is Jesus making a comment about the Rich Ruler’s role as Judge of the “GOOD” Jesus. Who is to determine what is Good and what is Evil – Is this man’s part or is this the Father’s place?

In knowing Good and Evil I am then able to determine for myself what is right and what is wrong. I do not have to depend on a relationship with the Lord and his judgments. I have the ability to judge for myself. It is this very mindset that has become a hindrance to knowing the Lord.

Prov.3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

How much does our knowledge of good and evil cause us to lean on our own understanding instead of trusting the Lord with all our heart? Dependence on our knowledge of Good and Evil is independence from God. Jesus spoke a lot about his complete and utter dependence on the Father for everything.

John 12:44-50 And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.

I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

“If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him;the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”

I Will Fear No Evil

What does it mean to fear no evil? What is the opposite to fear? Love, what power does Love have over fear and evil? There is no fear in Love – There is no fear in God. If we have come to a place of accepting and believing in Jesus Christ as our All we will have no fear of punishment because we no longer live by the knowledge of Good and Evil also known as Death. We live by the Life; the knowing of the Father. This we call the life of Jesus Christ. The life of Jesus Christ is a life knowing the Father.

1 John 4:16-18 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

The Fear of Punishment

There are times when the one passing through the valley of the shadow of death thinks that what is happening is a punishment from God. He has come to believe that God is punishing him for his evil actions or thoughts. This though in and of itself is “A fear of evil” We fear evil because we fear God’s response or punishment of the evil. When one plays with fire he can expect to be burned. But when one plays with fire he should not be expecting God to burn him because he is playing with fire. What I am saying is disease, misfortune, accidents are a part of this world and they happen because of man not because of a wrathful God who is out for payback. This type of thinking comes from one thing “Not knowing the Father.” One may have studied a lot about God and even be versed in God’s laws, but these are not the same as spending time with the Father.

The Ministry of Death

Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth makes reference to the “Ministry of Death.” The written law about good and evil was the ministry of death.

2 Cor.3:7 But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

Now the glory on Moses face did not come from beholding the law – it came from spending time with and beholding the Lord.

2Cor.3:14-16 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Reading the old covenant is a dead activity – To read and learn of good and evil is part of the death process. It does have its way of bringing us to the valley of the shadow of death – The veil is what obstructs the light the veil is called death it is from this that we turn away from a mindset on right and wrong/good and evil. Turning to the Lord is what frees us and brings us up from death into New Life. It is only in turning to the Lord that we can experience Life, Liberty and Transformation.

Death on the Cross

It is Jesus who defeated death or should I say death’s power over us. It is the fear of punishment after death that was defeated that day. You see at the death of Jesus the veil was taken away – man now has direct access to the Father who has been made known to Him in his heart. It was not at his resurrection that the veil was split – it was at his death. The old way was over at Jesus death on the cross!

Mark 15:37-38 And Jesus cried out a loud cry and expired. And the veil of the temple was split in two from top to bottom.

The final judgment of sin was dealt – The new covenant was established (Heb.10:15-17) I will impart my law upon their hearts and minds – What is the law of Jesus Christ? Love And who is Love? God the Father. Jesus gave us everything that was given to Him – That everything is Our Father!

    The remnants of death’s way that remain in our mind and thoughts are just that – remnants. They have no real power over us. We have been set free and have clear and direct access to our Father. We go to him without any fear of punishment. There are times when those remnants of death’s way reveal themselves (in false beliefs) and veil our access to the Father. They veil us by judging good and evil in our actions and deeming us unworthy to stand before a Holy God. It is in these times that we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. As we walk toward the veiled light we by faith declare what we have seen and heard. We declare the truth of who Jesus says we are until we pass through the powerless veil called death. (I am not speaking of a death that ends the life of our physical body) It is here, beyond the veil and shadows that our faith is made real in the actual presences of the Father. It is here that we come face to face with our Father and we are transformed into His very image. It is here with our Father that a table has been prepared and we sit and look at our great enemy the powerless veil of our old false belief’s. Now that’s a feast with a lot of laughing!


Brokenness – The Way in which we learn to Trust in our Walk Together

Brokenness

The Way in which we Learn to Trust in our Walk Together

Before a horse can be of use to a man he must first be “broken”. Before a man can be of use to God he must be broken.

Horse breaking, sometimes called starting or gentling, refers to the process used by humans to get horses to let themselves be ridden or harnessed. Before such a
learning process is accomplished, a horse will normally reject attempts to ride it. Once a horse has accepted basic handling by humans, additional forms of horse training can be used to teach the horse any number of specialized skills.
Wikipedia

As we read the stories in the Bible we read of the servants of God and the “breaking” process they went through to become useful to God.

The list is many – Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Jonah, Sampson, David, Jesus, Peter, Paul and the list goes on and on.

Jesus said – “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. Jn.5:30

Jesus was not a man who sought his own will or his own way. Its not that he abandoned his will: He simply did not exercise an independent will apart from the Father like both Adam and Eve had done. Another way of saying it was – he sought a life with His Father not apart from His Father like the prodigal son did. He sought a life together with His Father recognizing the fact – His Father had given Him everything and did not separate His Life from His Son. The Father’s will is not independent nor is it over and against the will of His Son. Jeffery Rolo describes the nature of horse breaking in this way:

Rather than list the common errors committed during horse breaking I’ll cut straight to the chase since such errors pale in comparison to the overall fatal flaw inherent in breaking a horse: the act itself! Contrary to the belief of some, when preparing a horse for saddle our goal is not to break a horse’s spirit, but rather to create a willing and accepting partner. Ruling a horse via fear and abusive treatment is not only reprehensible by its very nature, it is also highly unnecessary as horses can easily become willing partners if shown kindness, patience and compassion.

Some people possess the belief that horses are willful beasts not capable of exhibiting loyalty or reasonable behavior. As such, they believe horses should be dealt with using extreme force until the human breaks and conquers the horse’s spirit. Frederico Grisone, a handler that lived in the mid-1500’s and has also been credited with laying the foundations of modern dressage, was one such individual. Although I do believe the horse world has become more enlightened in modern times, unfortunately there are those who still to this day adopt violent training techniques.”

I would use the same words as Jeffery has here in speaking about how God brings us to a place of partnership with Him. The process is called “Brokenness” and it is a painful one especially for the Bucking Bronco types. If we desire to be a useful partner to our Father, in other words a Son, we need our independent way of living life broken by a loving Father who desire to share His life together with us and not over us.

One thing said about Jesus: Though a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. Heb.5:8

Jesus had to learn obedience? This should be a comforting thought for us – Jesus, the Son of God HAD TO LEARN OBEDIENCE the same way we do. Jesus had to be broken.

The fight

Why do we fight our Father? Ultimately Fear – But specifically it is a fear of Enslavement.horse

The result of sin – Independence from the Father – Like sheep without a Shepard we become fearful of oppressive leaders.

Sons of Israel to Joseph
Gen. 37:8 Then his brothers said to him, “
Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Israelites to Moses
Ex. 2:14 But he said, “
Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.”

Pilate to the Jews
John 19:15 ….
Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?”  “We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.

Because we are creatures created in the image and likeness of God we are also Creators and like our Father we do not want to be under any law. God needs no law – God is. In the same way because we are created in God’s image – we need no law. So why did God give us the law? He gave us the law to show us what we had chosen to be apart from Him. The law demonstrated to us that apart from God we could do nothing.

Jesus says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. Jn.15:5

Apart from God we are incomplete- the law was unable to be our partner and do what only a relationship with the Father could do. The law could only be our Master and never a partner. The image of God in creation is Adam and Eve – The Man and His Partner, his Counterpart – Not the man and his slave. The the image of God – God and His Counterpart taken from His side, Man!

Heb 7:19 (for the law perfected nothing), but a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

Heb.10:1 Since the law has [only] a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.

The Law could not display what only a man could demonstrate – A relationship with the Father!

Heb 12:2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.

It is the living out on earth the relationship that Jesus has with our Father that has given us hope. He showed us all that a man can know God, can fellowship with God and be accepted by Him. Jesus demonstrated that man does not need to fight for a good life. Man has nothing to fear – not even death can separate a man from the Love of His Father.

THE TRAINING

Heb 12:11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

It is the place of the Father/Servant to train His Sons in Life. And it is this Father/Servant who will train all of His Sons until they are all made perfect.

Heb 5:8-9 Though a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.

What is Perfection?

It is talked about in the story of the Rich Young Ruler i.e. The Bucking Bronco!

Matt. 19:16-29 ….”Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?”

“Why do you ask Me about what is good?” He said to him. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

“Which ones?” he asked Him.

Jesus answered, Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.

“I have kept all these,” the young man told Him. “What do I still lack?”

Keeping the Law does not make us perfect. Even if a man keeps every law he still finds that his life is lacking, unfulfilled and in need of something more. Perfection is what we seek when we seek the Jesus Christ and His kingdom on earth.

“If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.

When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

IF YOU WANT PERFECTION COME FOLLOW ME!

…..Then Peter responded to Him, “Look, we have left everything and followed You. So what will there be for us?”

You got to love Peter he just speaks what he is thinking.

Jesus said to them, “I assure you: In the Messianic Age, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.

It was not to the one who keeps the law but to the one who hears the voice of the Lord and follows Him this is the man who will be blessed beyond measure.

Why was the rich young ruler unable to do as the Lord asked Him – Remember he kept all the commandments – Why was he unable upon hearing Jesus speak to follow what he said?

He had many possessions – In other words – It was harder for him to be aware of his aloneness, destitution and independence. It was not until the prodigal had spent everything and was in the pig pen that he became aware of what independence from His Father meant. Following the law has nothing to do with a relationship – following God’s words to you has everything to do with trust in a relationship.

He was not yet broken. Now these are broken men –

Num. 14:24 But since My servant Caleb has a different spirit and has followed Me completely,I will bring him into the land where he has gone, and his descendants will inherit it.

Lk 5:27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!”

1
Cor. 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Paul

To follow someone you must keep your eyes and ears trained on Him and Him alone. Seeing Him, hearing Him and following Him wherever He leads you. Like two that become one – so we live our life
together with Christ. This is what fellowship in Christ is all about. Sharing with your brothers and sisters what you have seen with spiritual eyes and heard with spiritual ears of your daily life in Christ.

1 John 1:3 what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

To be broken is not to be broken in spirit or will it is to have your independent, individualistic selfish, self-centered way of thinking exposed for the harm that it has brought to you. It is to wake up and
realize that your way of thinking has brought you to the place of living and even eating with the pigs. You finally have a moment where you can see what is and realize that because of your way of thinking you are alone and alone you can do nothing but together with your Father, all things are possible!girl-horse

The Prayer of the Broken

Prov. 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.


Spiritual Warfare – The Practice of Overcoming

 

Spiritual Warfare

The Practice of Overcoming with Truth

Rev.21:7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

 

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For although we are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way, since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Spiritual Warfare is not a fleshly external activity it is a spiritual unseen war fought inside of each man between the thoughts of man and the spirit within man.

Dallas Willard makes this statement and asks this question in a article called- Spiritual Formation in Christ: A Perspective on What it is and How it Might be Done

Indeed, the ‘spirit’ or heart may even be eager (Matt. 26:41), but unless the flesh or embodied personality as a whole is trained to go with it and support it, the follow-through in action will not occur, or will not reliably happen, or may even be in direct conflict with the spirit or will: “What I hate I do!” (Rom. 7:17). While the spirit or heart is the ultimate source of life (Prov. 4:23), we do not live there. We live in our body and its world. Christian spiritual formation works from the spirit or will and from its new life “from above.” But its work is not done until we have put off the old person and put on the new (Eph. 4; Col. 3).

This is an active, not passive, process, one that requires our clear-headed and relentless participation. It will not be done for us; however, we cannot obey Christ, or even trust him, by direct effort. What, then, are the indirect means that allow us to cooperate in reshaping the personality—the feelings, ideas, mental processes and images, and the deep readinesses of soul and body—so that our whole being is poised to go with the movements of the regenerate heart that is in us by the impact of the Gospel Word under the direction and energizing of the Holy Spirit?

The Renewed Mind is not an overnight event – It is the process of victory through the many battles of a the great war that is waged within our belief system and bodies.

We see this story told in the images of Joshua and the children of Israel taking Jericho and the Promised land.

Each Battle that is waged in the promised land represents a stronghold in a persons beliefs. These strongholds of the enemy are simply your belief in a LIE. It is only in believing the TRUTH that our belief’s can change and we can be set free.

Jericho means – City of the Moon. The Moon respresents the seat of our feelings and emotions. One of the first battles a person who is bringing their mind into Christ is the battle to bring our emotions in line with what is really TRUE and not simply what we perceive as truth. Fear is the emotion that must be overcome in all its forms. It is Fear that keeps us from a relationship with the Lord – and it is only in a relationship with the Lord that we will be able to do battle. That is why the First battle is fought by simple faith in Him.

Here is the report that the spies return with after spying out the land God had promised them.

Num.13:25-33 – 25 After exploring the land for forty days….. indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! …..

 

The spies report that the land is just as the Lord has said “BUT” – BUT let me tell what God didn’t tell us – BUT let me tell you my reasoning and opinion on what I saw – BUT let me tell you why WE CAN’T DO THIS.

 

 30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

Caleb believes the Lord – plain and simple – He trusted the Lord above what his own understanding might of reasoned.

 31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

 

BUT – Let me tell you about what I perceive with my eyes…….my reasoning….my understanding. Do we have the perspective that the Lord has? Can we see from His vantage point?

The Enemy is a Liar (Jn.8:44) and therefore what we fight are Lies that are often based on what we think we see and not based on what God has said. We trust our natural eyes and the understanding that is perceived from what we see above God’s word.

We can’t go up against them! Lie – Can’t or Won’t

They are stronger than we are! Lie – Stronger how?                                                                       joshua_jericho

All the people we saw were huge! Lie – Everyone was huge?

We felt like grasshoppers and that’s what they thought too! Lie – Mind readers now

The Truth said –

Num.13:1 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel

The same way God brought the people out of Egypt He was now going to give the people this land. Because God has given you new life in the Spirit – This spirit is to be used to renew your mind and give you the freedom and rest from struggle, pain and sin.

When the people were led out of Egypt they declared these things and sang this song to the Lord. What they had just experienced and seen they expressed but over the next few months they would have time to RETHINK and see things in a different way – a more practical way. They had time to “not believe” what the Lord said “I am giving” The enemies lies are subtle and powerful to cause us to not stand with the Lord.

Ex.15:1-20 ……The LORD is my strength ….

He has become my salvation;

The LORD is a man of war;
….O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You;

Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, …..

The people will hear and be afraid; Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia. Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; The mighty men of Moab, Trembling will take hold of them; All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.

Fear and dread will fall on them; By the greatness of Your arm They will be as still as a stone,
…..

You will bring them in and plant them In the mountain of Your inheritance, In the place, O LORD, which You have made For Your own dwelling, The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

When they came out they believed the Lord would bring them into the Land – they believed it by faith until they saw it with their own eyes and took what they saw and began to perceive and reason with their thoughts and minds. Through this process the people came to believe something different than what the Lord had said.

The Response of People who are captured by the enemy (in their minds) and believe the lies they are told is to excuse and blame. They excuse and blame because they have allowed their thinking to cause them to FEAR. –

Num.14:1-4 Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. 3 “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!”

The Blame game is another way of saying “My thinking and reasoning is fine it is “fill in the blank” who caused me to do the wrong thing. Look at Adam – Gen.3:12 “It was the woman you put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.” Its the same as saying to God “I know what you said BUT!!!” But let me explain – But let me tell you why – But I trust in my way of thinking above your words. How do we combat our thinking that leads us to blame and BUT’S!

Our Weaponry and what we fight with is God as our armor. We put on Christ!

Eph.6: 10-17…….Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

……. putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

(NEVER ALONE – WE CAN HAVE A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS – SPEAKING TO HIM AND HEARING FROM HIM) Putting on the armor of God is putting on a close relationship with Christ. What is a close relationship with Jesus Christ? Well lets just say that you spend a lot of time together and you talk a lot together.

Gal.3:26-28 ……faith in Christ Jesus. And when you were baptized, it was as though you had put on Christ in the same way you put on new clothes. Faith in Christ Jesus…….

Stand your Ground – Together with Christ

Putting on the Belt of Truth – The Truth of Christ is what holds things close to you.

Body Armor of Righteousness – Faith without works The external expression of inward holiness

Shoes of Peace (from the Good News) – Being trained in the WAY of your going.

Shield of Faith – Believe without Seeing or Understanding (You need this for the Dark Nights)

Helmet of Salvation – The Mind of Christ

Sword of the Spirit the Word of God. – Speaking Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Our form of fighting is something that many Christians have simply lost. Learning doctrine has taken over the “putting on of Christ”.

Eph.4:13-15 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son,[growing] into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching,by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. (HCSB)

Unity in Faith (Hearing and believing without seeing) and knowledge (understanding without experience)

Mature Man – One who walks in Wisdom (The experience of living out your knowledge)

We all come from a place of being Enslaved to Elemental Forces – The Arrangement of the World.

Col.2:8-10 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For in Him the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head…….

Col.2:18-23 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his fleshly mind. He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.

If you died with Christ to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these [regulations] refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines. Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value against fleshly indulgence.

 

Gal 4:8-10 But in the past, when you didn’t know God, you were enslaved to things that by nature are not gods. But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?

 

Egypt – Elemental Forces- Enslavement to law – Enslavement to right and wrong

Wilderness – We learn to hear and recognize His voice – the Word of God – and He tells us who we are. He whispers in our ears you are holy because I AM holy.

Promised Land – We believe who we are and begin to live who we are “Sons of God”.

 

Jesus engaged in Spiritual Warfare

 

Matt.4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

But He answered,”It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

He will give His angels orders concerning you and, they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. “

Jesus told him,”It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.

Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus told him,”Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him. ” Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

 

#1 Challenge – Question God’s Word as He has spoken to Identity – (To Doubt) The Father had just said at Baptism “This is my beloved Son.

Response of Jesus – I live on the words that come from God’s mouth

 

#2 Challenge –Question Identity in relation to God promises and care for you.. (To Doubt)

Response of Jesus – I won’t test my Father to prove what I already know to be true.

 

#3 Challenge – A short cut in the mission. Makes things easier.

Response of Jesus – I serve and worship my Father only – Go away Satan!

 

Spiritual Battle Over – Victory Jesus

 

What might a spiritual battle look like? (this is very generic – a response can only be generated from that which each individual knows to be true from within themselves)

 

Challenge – You are a Sinner! I see you Sin all the time.

Response – I am a child of God who my Father calls Beloved and Holy one.

 

Challenge – If you are Holy why don’t you act like it? The Bible says 1 Jn.3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Are you claiming that you don’t sin?

Response – I am a new creature born from above. I know my Father through my spirit. My body is still in the process of being purified – my spirit is sinless and it is within my spirit that I abide with my Father.

 

Challenge – If that’s the case and you are free why don’t you let your body do whatever it feels like doing?

Response – I am free and my body and mind are being set free – You will find no home in me – Go away from me you liar. I will not entertain your lies anymore!

 

Gal 4:8-10 But in the past, when you didn’t know God, you were enslaved to things that by nature are not gods. But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?

 

Get to your Lord – Spend time with Him – Present your thoughts to Him – Let Him get to know you. Your Father wants to know you. The warrior that is prepared for spiritual battle is the one who has allowed Himself to be known by His Lord. The Lord does not get to know you while you just study or read about Him – The Lord gets to know you as you spend time with Him meditating and talking with Him. In is in these times that your mind is renewed. Not allowing the Lord to get to know you is called a lawless life.

 

Matt.7:22-23 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'” And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’


The Confession of Sin One to Another

The Confession of Sin One to Another

 James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. NASB

What is Sin? – I suggest that sin is the fruit or outward manifestation of man’s rebellion to live by the knowledge of good and evil. Man choose to live by our interpretation of what we see and our understanding of what we think is.

Biblical Example – Num.22:24-34 The story – …Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall, so he struck her again. …..When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick. …..Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed all the way to the ground. The angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as an adversary, because your way was contrary to me. “But the donkey saw me and turned aside from me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, I would surely have killed you just now, and let her live.” Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you were standing in the way against me. Now then, if it is displeasing to you, I will turn back.”

Balaam did not yet have eyes to see what even the donkey could see. Balaams was unable to properly interpret or understand the actions of his donkey. Balaam was in sin because of his inability to properly see what really was. To live by the reasoning of a mind consumed by thinking and judging what is right and what is wrong, good and evil, good doctrine- bad doctrine is death. If our mind, our reasoning and understanding are the source and well spring of our actions the end result or fruit is death.

So how does it benefit us to “confess our sins one to another” ?

I would suggest that instead of confessing the fruit or manifestation of sin – which is what typically has gone on – we should be confessing the thinking or reasoning which is the“sin that dwells within you”. It is the thinking in the un-renewed mind that sins and it is this MINDSET or false “I” that leads to the acts or visible expression of sin.

Paul writes about the two different “I’s” : Rom.7:14-20 14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I I (knowledge of good and evil mindset KGE) am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I (New Man) do not understand; for I (New Man) am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. … 17So now, no longer am I (new man) the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I (KGE) do not do, but I (KGE) practice the very evil that I (New Man) do not want. But if I (KGE) am doing the very thing I (New Man) do not want, I (New man) am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me (a.k.a. The KGE).

It is this Sin or Old man/the knowledge of good and evil mindset that exists within our bodies that we should be confessing one to another. As we confess to one another the old thought process that we have been captive to and identify with, we then allow our true identity to be, and we are able to break away from those thoughts. By this activity we acknowledge that we are holy children of God.

I am not my false mindset.mindset1

I am more than the sum of my thoughts and judgments.

It is in this process of confession of “sin thinking” that our minds are able to be transformed, renewed and healed by the Life within us. This is what Paul is talking about when he writes in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Real life Example – My family had moved to a city in the Philippines in 1979, we built a house in this city and just when we were finished my father found out that the leader of the group of people we were with was a thief. They refused to do anything about it and so we ended up leaving the house we built and Island we were on and moved. In the next city a man approached my father at a Christian conference with a dilemma that was happening in the church he was a part of. The pastor was having affairs with different women in the church and this man was asking about what should be done. My father counseled him and then later my father was asked by this gentleman to come and help them. It was in this group of people that I would end up meeting my wife of the past 20 wonderful years and the eight children we have.

One could say I have the sinful acts of two men to thank for the life and family I enjoy today. Or you can believe it was just luck or chance. Or you can begin to think and see the reality of what Paul wrote in Rom.8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Right now can you see and believe that everything happening around you your Father has allowed for your good? Nothing can happen to you where good will not come from it – just open your eyes to see it. Confess the lying thoughts that say “nothing good could ever come from …………………………” Believe the truth that where you are right now is where you need to be right now as you look inside to the Spirit. If you were not where you are right now you might never of had this opportunity to call out to Him and discover and experience what you are  discovering and experiencing  within your own being. Your answer is not in the future – your hope is not in the future- abundant life is not in the future the kingdom of God is not in the future it is all right inside you NOW ready express itself on this earth NOW!

There is only one sin that we as Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindu, Heathen yes Humans participate in.

It is this one SIN that we need to confess one to another

 It is rebellious unbelief in the Truth

When we confess what we are not we turn and enter the door to actually seeing what is True. The door frame is called Faith – once we pass through faith’s doorway we enter into a New world of being where are seeing, thinking and knowing is true. This is the world that Jesus walked in and saw while he walked on this earth. This is the reality that Jesus invited all men into – He called it the Kingdom of God. You have probably caught a gimps of it from time to time – Jesus has called us all to live in this kingdom always.

Do you think that what your natural eye sees, ears hear and emotions feel is what is real and true?

Is your existence directed by your limited 5 senses?

 Confess the sin of living by and leaning on this limited intellect called “your own understanding” – your own understanding is also called the “pride of life”.

Live by the Spirit of Truth submitting your intellect to the Spirit of Truth that is within you– This Spirit has become one with you – Get to know the Spirit of Truth – Get to know the real you that Christ has made new and you will experience the reality of Jesus words.  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32


The difference between a Seeker and One with Understanding

The difference between a Seeker and One with Understanding

 

Last Saturday at our gathering I happen to have an observation (this happens on rare occasions). In the conversation we were having we were talking about some of the visitors who had passed through a gathering or two and some of the brothers and sisters from our past who we had known.

The question came up “why is it so difficult to have fellowship with some brothers and sisters and relatively easy with others?”. Personality didn’t seem to answer the question because their were just to many different types of personalities that had visited and were in the room. The thought that came to me was the issue of both knowing and seeking. I have met a lot of brothers and sisters who are very comfortable with the God they know. They are interested in new insights here and their as long as they fit into their present religious world view and in this outline they feel they have come to a pretty good understanding of who God is and how He operates.

Then you have the people who have either had their Christian church pull out from under them, some seem to find God in any and everything and still others want to know God but cannot stand Christianity in any way shape or form. They are seekers who just don’t settle for cramming square pegs into round holes even though if you push hard enough you can get them in.

Judaism as a religion rejected God/Jesus because He did not fit into their religious world view. Christianity has rejected God/many brothers and sisters (you know “if you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me”) over the years because their understanding did not fit into the Churches (i.e. Church Leaderships) religious world view.

The nature of the seeker is to explore and some times in exploration you go down dead ends and other times you find new discoveries that cause you to rethink so much, almost all of what you have understood. The key characteristic of the Seeker is that he does not fear what he does not know or understand. The seeker does not hold what he has learned or come to know very tightly because he realizes that in order to gain the new he will have to let go of the old. The key characteristic of the Understanding person is protection. They like their overall understanding and do not allow it to be moved or attacked as they would understand it. The Understanding  person likes greater understanding to be added to their knowing but they have come to a place in their life where they do not explore brand new things because like Jesus said as recorded in

 Luke 5: 39  And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ “

I do not say all this to say that the Understanding person has arrived or is better than the Seeker or vice versa I simply say this as an observation as to why some brothers and sisters have a hard time fellowshipping with other brothers and sisters. Some tweak what they know while others let go of what they know to gain the new.


Love in the Heart – The place where we meet, eat and touch God

This is a T.I.P.   Thought In Process

Love, One of the most powerful feelings and emotions a human being can experience. Love is unique in that only God and humans can operate from it. Haven’t you felt love in a way that welled up from within you. A love that you felt for someone or even a pet, where all you could say was – I love. Why do I love this person? I can’t really explain the totality of why – I just do, it is something I feel toward them. It is this exact experience, this feeling and the source of this feeling or Love that I am wanting to explore.

1Cor.13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient, Love is kind and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; Love does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
Love is God Love is Jesus Christ – Love is not an attribute of Christ – Christ is the personification of Love. Its is this Love that has now found a dwelling place within man. The dwelling place of Love is not the mind, the dwelling place of love is in the heart of man.

Eph.3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Can we know God/Love? Can we know His voice/love? Can we be assured that it is Him? This was a cry from the saints of old.

Ps.51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.

Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

And the Lord answered in a very personal way.

Rom.5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

God has been poured within our hearts and the result of this pouring out of God onto us is…

Eph.1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
Deut.8:5 Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.

In the days of Old, people did not have this pouring out in their hearts and had a difficulty in knowing God.

Ps.95:7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you would hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9 “When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, though they had seen My work. 10 “For forty years I loathed that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.

Ps.40:8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”

But today this is not the case – We can and do know God. His law is within our hearts – We have been made one with God. God is now made know to us not through stone tablets or external laws – God is manifested or made known within us.

1John 4:7-21 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

We now have a source to go to. A sure source that we can live by. A sure way to know God, to know His voice and to be able to live from His life. To live from the fruit of the Tree of Life that NOW lives within us.

2 Cor 5:-16 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.


The external rules and laws that have been the source for knowing God are no longer the way. Our way is now internal – it is the Love that has been poured out in our hearts. This is now the way we know God and abide in Him – Abide in Love. Apart from Love we can do nothing. Is this what we REALLY believe?  Do we really believe that if what we are doing is not coming from the Love that dwells in our hearts – it is nothing?


John 15:4-5,9 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me.  5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. Even as the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you: abide ye in my love.


It is Love that has been poured into us that we PUT on the outside of us. This is the clothing that we have been given to cover our flesh – to cover that which is temporal. How do we PUT ON this love that has been poured within us? Listen to, live by and follow the unexplainable knowing of that which is in your heart, I.e. the Love of God.

John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”

It is our belief in Him in Love that RELEASES the Life giving water to flow out from us. Belief in the Love/Jesus within us, thinking, acting and moving from this place puts on Christ/Anointing.

 

Col.3:12-15 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.

These are my thoughts  – they are still in process – For the past 2 years the Lord has been opening up to me the place of the heart and this is what I am begining to see.


The Importance of our Bible Translation

I am posting this from a conversation I had on another web site.

Chris said:  In the Garden God offers man two choices “Life” or “Knowledge about Good and Knowledge about Evil”. Jesus is quoted in John 5:39-40 (The Message) “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

Melville said:

Hi.
Something in the middle of ths gives me pause. It’s not becaues ot the arguments presented. It’s because of a reference: “The Message”. Perhaps nothing significant hinges on it in this instance . . . not sure on that. In principle it’s the use of interpretive paraphrases to support one’s case instead of what the scripture actualy says, from the texts. We ak “like” a certain rendition but is that what it actually means, according to the Spirit of God? J.B. Phillips? Good News for Modern Man? The Living Bible? These may have a limited use for the beginnings of the faith. We don’t limit God in what he may use. But toward maturity I think we face a problem in the use of these sorts.
I say this on the premise that God’s word is precise and not subject to what people feel they like.

I said:

Hi Melville,

You say “I say this on the premise that God’s word is precise”

By God’s word I am taking it that you mean the scriptures. The scriptures say that God’s Word is Jesus Christ and I am amazed with the way Jesus speaks. It seems that for those who are open and listening can hear and even understood Jesus. But for those who are full, and who’s eyes are dull, even God coming in the flesh and raising a man from the dead would not convince them that God loves them. Even when a person takes God, beats and tortures Him and God says I forgive you because I know that you don’t understand what you are doing. Even this will not cause some people to believe that God loves Him. If God in the flesh cannot get some men to believe why do we think a book about Him will? If Jesus when he spoke in the flesh was misunderstood, and they even spoke the same language, why do we think it is so important to translate properly a letter written about Jesus. Those who have ears hear Jesus and those who don’t, don’t. I really not that interested in what a person means I am really interested in what God is speaking to me. I remember this one message a brother spoke where the Lord really ministered to me though it. He opened my understanding to some things in a great way. Now the brother speaking the message did not intend or was not trying to communicate what I got out of it but it is what the Lord spoke to me though this brothers words. Again those who’s ears are open WILL HEAR JESUS SPEAK even if they are reading the book of Mormon (that one will get me in trouble). For those who don’t get what I mean, I am not saying that the book of Mormon is truth I am saying that if God can communicate to man through a donkey it is not beyond Him to communicate to one seeking Him though any book or movie or anything, He even uses the Bible sometimes. Isn’t it really the voice of Jesus that we want to hear not the meaning of scripture. We read the scriptures not to understand them but to somehow hear His voice in the words of brothers who have come before us. What they meant we may never know but what Jesus wants to communicate to us though them is what we can hear today.
I am not one who follows the Bible I follow Jesus. I don’t believe in the Bible I believe in Jesus. The Bible is not my God, Jesus is and the Bible speaks about Him and points to Him and it is a wonderful book. I want to follow Jesus not Christianity, not Bibleology but the Person of Jesus Christ my God, my Master, my Teacher, my Brother and my Friend.

So what about the pause?        Christopher


Trust in the Lord and not your Understanding

Prov 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (NAS)

Prov. 3:5,6 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. (The Message)

TRUST THE LORD –  

1.To have or place reliance; depend: Trust in the Lord. Trust to destiny.  

1.”Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass … Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him …” (Psalm 37:4-7)  

2.”Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon His God.” (Isaiah 50:10)   (Psalm 125:1) (2 Kings 18:5-7) (Isaiah 26:3)  

6.”A good man … will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.” (Psalm 112:5-8)   (Psalm 34:8-10)  

8.”He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” (Proverbs 16:20)  

People who can trust the Lord are happy people!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Proverbs 29:25) (Isaiah 57:13)  

11.Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but her leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:5-7)

Trust is something that takes place in the heart not in the head

WITH ALL YOUR HEART –

a.The vital center and source of one’s being, emotions, and sensibilities. b.The repository of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs: an appeal from the heart; a subject dear to her heart.

God has given us NEW HEARTS!!!!

Eze.11:19-20 Eze.36:24-28 “…….. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; ……so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Jesus explaining to the disciples why he speaks in parables.

Matt.13:10-17 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11Jesus answered them,…… ……13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.14 “In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,

How does a dull heart react?  

WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

It is in the heart that we see and hear not though our intellect How often do you find that your words are inadequate to express what you really feel in your heart?

(the wife as the glory {expression} of the husband)

1Pet.3:1-6 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word (the husband not listening to Jesus), they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

As the bride of Christ we can speak by our hidden heart life without words to a world who is not looking for or listening to Jesus.

A respectful, gentle and quiet life that is moved by the love of God and not by fear of punishment can win the world over for Christ!!!!!!!!

The love and acceptance Christ has given us is now ours to give to everybody we meet.

YOUR UNDERSTANDING –

1.Intellectual hold: apprehension, comprehension, grasp, grip, hold – of knowledge

Chinese proverb. To tame a tiger one has to know its nature.

When Adam rebelled against God He was turning away from trusting in the Lord to trusting in his own understanding. Instead of living by means of Life (i.e. Hearing and following Jesus Christ) He would live by the knowledge of good and evil thus comprehending intellectual understanding (see tower of Babel)

Quote: It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to accept the paradox. Author: Kierkegaard, Soren

In my words – We cannot understand ourself without understanding God. With finite brains we are incapable of intellectually understanding an infinite being such as God. The conclusion is that we cannot understand ourselves. Thus we must lean on the Lord and his understanding within our hearts to direct our journey in life. I have an understanding but it is very limited unlike God who’s perspective is perfect. I don’t want to relay on my understanding but on the limitless view of God.

IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM – Listen for and to Him in everything you do. We are blind and deaf without His eyes and ears to see and hear for us. He must be our teacher.

Prov.22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATH STRAIGHT – As Opposed to the Wilderness Wanderings for Students who are learning to hear Him. As we learn to follow the Lord’s will our will is transformed into his will.

As we learn to behold Him we are transformed by Him into Him.


How I read The 10 Commandments

How I read the 10 Commandments is not as a list to follow but as a life I have been given to live by.

1. The Spirit that now lives in me follows only the voice of the Father

2. The Spirit that now lives in me does not worship the creation but the creator 

3. The Spirit that now lives in me speaks the Father’s name in life

4. The Spirit that now lives in me remembers the need for rest and considers it holy

5. The Spirit that now lives in me honors father and mother.

6. The Spirit that now lives in me does not murder

7. The Spirit that now lives in me does not commit adultry

8. The Spirit that now lives in me does not steal

9. The Spirit that now lives in me does not bear false witness against a neighbor

10. The Spirit that now lives in me does not covet anything of my neighbor’s

It is through the Spirit that lives within me that I want to live not by the attempt of my flesh to follow after a set of external laws.