Archive | July 2014

Insurrectionists And Instructions

One thing about human beings is that many of us have little natural inclination toward reading the instructions or asking directions. I’ve found this to be true of myself from time to time, I’ll be the first to admit. Although at the end of the day, after enduring a lot of frustration, I may succumb and surrender, humbling myself to opening a set of instructions on some “smart” device which has me baffled. A good example of this is the cellphone or other 21st century inventions which have become the mother of “need”. I may or may not open the book, read, and heed – depending on the degree of frustration I’ve experienced going about things by the seat of my pants.

This inclination to “wing it” can be especially true when it comes to spiritual instruction. That goes a long way back. Humanity seems notoriously hands on when it comes to doing things “my way or the highway”, as we grapple with life and its challenges.

It’s been said that some think they have evolved beyond the “consciousness” where they need any guidance at all from any external Wisdom, especially that silly old Bible or God. No, we’re far too advanced for that. It’s irrelevant for our time, except maybe for the backward. Besides, all we have to do is “go within” where the font of all wisdom is to be found. One has to ask, what is the source of that sort of arrogance?

I’m sure that most serial killers are doing most of their plotting “from within”, but that certainly may not be the most reliable compass.

Remember – the “north star” is well above your boat, sailor, if you catch my “drift”!

Considering the cosmic story of who we are and the larger perspectives of what we’re dealing with, this tendency to disregard Wisdom has had enormous consequences on our little blue green world over the last several thousand years. The theme song has been, “I Do It My Way”. (It’s all in the Book. Go ahead and read it. I dare you!)

Yet when the prodigals left Paradise, prophets and wise ones were quietly sent out into the realms of our wanderings, carrying the Celestial Wisdom, as they sought after our wellbeing. Often they themselves did not write down anything, yet fragments of instruction concerning what they taught were carefully recorded by various scribes and students and disseminated across the centuries – for any who were interested.

Some became frustrated enough with singing the theme song of this adolescent backhanded declaration of independence to start asking for help. They decided to take a look at the instructions to see if any of it might offer some insight and knowledge as to not only how to get along better in life, but perhaps there might be clues as to how to get Home!

The last to arrive on the scene here in “Wanderland” was our Elder Brother Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, the One Who is called not only “Lord”, but the first and last Word, the Alpha and the Omega. He hadn’t made the same errors in judgement as the rest of us did. Instead He came here to see who might be interested in discovering the Way Home.

By the time He arrived, things were a mess. By our own complicity, we’d gotten ourselves taken hostage by a swarm of high level thieves, liars, and swindlers. They had a ransom note on our heads – nothing less than the lifeblood of our Elder Brother in exchange for us captives. Those demands were met in the full agreement of our Elder Brother with our Heavenly Father – that this was the only way out of the mess we were in. They had a plan.

That was only the first part. He gladly paid that price, but that’s not where the story ends. It has a much happier and far more miraculous ending. (Well, again, it’s all in the Book. Go ahead and read it. I dare you! You’ll find out what “Love” really looks like!)

Then there is still the matter of our willful wanderings. It’s necessary to receive the “get out of jail free” card. Once the ransom note was paid, we are free to walk away from the prison camp. Yet we must choose whether to stay or to leave.

The Firstborn also left His instructions for any of His insurrectionist brothers and sisters who might want to leave their confinement and find their way Home, the ones who’ve had enough and now realize how good things really were at Home. A part of the message in the instructions is that all is forgiven. In truth, it always was even from the moment we walked away. Our Heavenly Father, Who is pure Love, has ransomed us and awaits our homecoming so we can once more be one with Him, enjoying status as sons and daughters of the High King of Heaven, heirs and joint heirs with Christ!

Before He departed, our Elder Brother appointed and schooled twelve of His closest associates who began disseminating the map of His Truth to any who would receive it – as to how to find our Way Home, and to be fully restored as sons and daughters of God.

The primary instruction invites us, that in order to make our Way back to our Celestial Home, under more than adequate and acceptable conditions, to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then everything else we need to make the journey Home will be added unto us. (For this specific instruction, please go to Matthew 6:33. In fact, I double dare you to read and really consider Matthew 5,6, and 7 – also known as the Sermon on the Mount.) This is how prodigal sons and daughters of God transcend an otherwise harsh and impossible reality and make the trip Home, a reality where the odds are stacked against the ones who refuse the instructions.

And, oh yes, one last thing – our Elder Brother promises that if we will perpetually abide in these instructions, and ask for His Holy Spirit, this One also known as the Comforter will always walk with us, bringing to remembrance all that He taught, and revealing all truth to us – the kind of Truth that will set us free.

I cannot imagine better reasons to want to study the “map”, the instructions, of His Wisdom and follow it all the way Home!

A Tabernacle For The Sun

(Dear Reader, please refer to Psalm 19 in its entirety as the context for this blog title.)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork… In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun.” Psalm 19:1,4b)

There’s nothing like a 3 a.m. Bible “study” session as a means of managing insomnia. Sometimes I think this simply amounts to the most quiet and solitary opportunity for the Holy Spirit to get our attention… Well, my attention at least. Here’s what the Lord was sharing with me concerning tabernacles and temples in the wee hours.

First of all what is a tabernacle? This was a portable dwelling place or “tent” for the divine Presence during Israel’s exodus from Egypt, their forty years in the wilderness, and through the conquest of Canaan. (For a good primer on the Tabernacle in the wilderness see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernacle ).

Later on this portable tent for God’s Presence was replaced by a permanent Temple in the time of King Solomon. Thus the words “tabernacle” and “temple” are being used interchangeably here, as serving the same function.

We realize and understand that, as the firmament (visible arch of the sky) is the natural space wherein the Creator makes a “tabernacle for the sun”, likewise our bodies are the “temple of the Holy Spirit” – a temple of the Son. The greater universe and space is the macrocosm; we are the microcosm reflecting this reality! Or would it be the other way around?

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

In “outer space” God has made a tabernacle for the sun. Within us, our “inner space”, He creates a temple for the Son! In essence, we are the “house of prayer.” When we receive the Holy Spirit, sin – darkness – is put to flight by the brightness of His coming, and we become the holy dwelling place, tabernacle, or temple (shrine or sanctuary) of the Living God, Who says, “Let there be light”.

We are not our own! What a non-trendy thought that is these days. When God makes a space within us for His Son and proclaims in essence, “Let there be light,” the Holy Spirit comes in and cleans house – as did Jesus when He overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and “scolded” (putting it mildly) them because they had defiled His house of prayer and made it a den of thieves. (See Isaiah 56:7, Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46)

What would happen if we begin to think of ourselves as either the tabernacle or temple of the living Presence of the Lord (perhaps both)? We live, move, and have our being in Him, and yet He would dwell within us. That is what “being one with God” is all about! We move about through life and our locations and circumstances, and so are like tabernacles. Yet He does not move His Presence from within us, once He is welcomed and makes His abode within us. In this we are temples.

God intends that His “permanent” dwelling is to be in the hearts of humankind! This can be kind of a difficult thing to wrap our heads around. Maybe it’s not a “head thing”. Perhaps the best thing to do with this is to simply allow it to be so, as we pray, “Come, Holy Spirit. Dwell within me. Cleanse and heal me, and let Your light not only end all the darkness of sin and separation from You, but may it illumine my mind and heart – teaching me all things and bringing to mind all that Jesus has said to me.”

What a blessing to be a tabernacle of the Son! The walking presence of God on Earth is the Father’s business we’re to be about – once we receive Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Deeper Answers To Conspiracy Thinking

OK, this may touch a raw nerve with some people, and it’s something I usually avoid addressing at all. Yet I keep sensing that it needs to be considered and looked at more deeply than in an us-against-them kind of way, if that makes sense at all. So here goes…

There are so many commentaries, videos, even the more highly acclaimed “alternative” media programs – all proclaiming the end of the world and a hopeless, dark, unending New World Order enslavement of Humankind! Ever notice how even the “best” of them never offer any real solutions, but only know how to promote a consciousness of “the problem”? Their answers mostly revolve around each person who “wakes up” waking up those who are still asleep to the information. We’re always on our way to midnight, and it just keeps getting darker – without even the least suggestion that it’s well past midnight and what follows must ultimately be the sunrise of an entirely new day.

Quite a messy mixture of dark thought, which is repeated by so many sources ad nauseum!!! Is there any solution, or will we be overtaken and made into unconscious, enslaved robots anyway, with no way out?

Scripture states that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the true Church – which is to be the refuge and light of of the world through the understandings of Jesus Christ! The salt of the Earth unfortunately has lost its savor because its adherents for the most part lack contact with God’s Mind on most matters, and has been systematically and steadily disempowered ever since Constantine, when politics and priesthood officially became the official middle men between Souls and God, disrupting the direct flow of Divine wisdom and power – which Jesus always pointed to and indeed restored.

The best solution is daily seeking of God’s will in the silence of our innermost being for starters! Time to get back to the mission, singleness of mind and heart, and realizing that as the Body of Christ, we are to be one with our Head in His purpose of destroying the works of the devil and setting free the Souls of mankind.

I pity people, Christian or otherwise, who are obsessed with all this dark content… I admit to sometimes struggling with this myself to a degree. Yet paradoxically it also causes me to seek answers.

Metaphysically it works like this: what you fear shall appear, what you resist will persist, what you believe you shall receive.

So, where is your mind – on conspiracy, fear, and resistance – or on salvation and Christ Consciousness and claiming what salvation really means – personally and for the still much benighted world?

Ignorance of how things actually work is the greatest darkness, perhaps more than the perpetuation and promotion of information concerning dark ideas and agendas. I’m not saying they don’t exist, but I’ve come to understand that a part of how propaganda may work may be on a subliminal level, where over and over people are induced to repeatedly fill their minds with information like this, so that it gets into and invades all thought processes. Then we start to get what we expect!

Might it be time to stop playing (and oddly praying!) the mind game of “ain’t it awful?”

Mind is where we create, so if how bleak it’s getting is all you think about 24/7, then you have no hope and are being used to perpetuate the problem – to which a fuller, deeper understanding of the Scripture and the real mission of Jesus and His Body is the answer.

Add to that the fact that whatever you put out is what you’ll get back. Spread darkness and what you get is what you’ve spread. As comedian Flip Wilson always said, “What you see is what you get.” I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way, but it works here, so I’ll use it… What you perceive is what you’ll receive!

Entities involved in the New World Order Agenda, human or otherwise, have no power against the Name that is above every name. Researchers into the UFO abduction phenomenon, for example, who are honest but often silenced by their peers, know that when the victim calls on the name of Jesus, the experience comes to an abrupt halt. And it is to this Name, the only name under Heaven whereby we can be saved, that EVERY knee must eventually bow. This is the name whereby release is granted to us Human Beings and our world. Every tongue must eventually confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

All things change. All cycles come to an end. It is all subjected to futility or “vanity” – just as Scripture explains. Fortunately for us.

The powers promoting dark thought propaganda don’t want anyone to realize that “this too shall pass”. The more we dwell on it in mind, word, and deed, the more it effects our wellbeing and the longer it is perpetuated, ironically.

It’s like picking at a blister or scab because you don’t understand that the rough ugliness of it is part of the healing, so when you pick at what comes to the surface, you perpetuate infection and delay the natural process of healing. It seems as if it’s like that with conspiracy thinking. Not that things aren’t real or happening and it’s not ugly, but to keep dwelling on it and promoting it – to pick at it – only makes it worse. It only draws the negative to you to keep energizing negativity with your thoughts. And it’s very addictive (that’s why it’s often called “fear porn”), so people have a monumental task just getting their heads screwed back on right once they start buying in.

No, the answer is in adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ – repentance being the foremost, the cross, surrender of personal will to God’s will. And daily spiritual practice and study. The problems come from the “unseen”, but so do the answers – at a higher level of the Mind of God. There is a “metaphysical etiology” to every “dis-ease” – spirit, mind, body, society – and by coming into alignment with God’s will, we come into contact with God’s prescriptions for all our many-faceted ills.

As Souls are conformed to Christ, so follows the world. For “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4). Earth is transformed one soul at a time.

The key here is through transcending the manifesting level of the problems and rising to the spiritual level where the solutions are – in the Mind of God. It is the birthright of every human child of God to “go there”. Jesus made the Way to do so.

I’m not saying we should stick our heads in the sand and not be aware of what’s going on. My point is, just how many times do you need to hear dark information repeated and you become hypnotized by fear, before you realize, as Einstein pointed out, that the solution is never found or implemented at the same level as the problem?

“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Cross Thoughts

A friend of mine who is of First Nation heritage posted something online this morning about the various symbols warriors painted on their horses before going to battle. The one that got my attention was of course the cross.

A cross was painted on the horse in honor of the fact that both the warrior and his horse had escaped an ambush.

It struck me that spiritually this is a very good analogy for those who name the Name of Christ as well! We too have escaped an ambush.

Well, not exactly. We have been more than ambushed. We were taken prisoners of war in a cosmic rebellion, designed by angelic beings who were created originally to watch over us, but it seems they took issue with that idea. You, dear reader, are familiar with this. It’s history, so to speak.

However, through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ we have been set free from this state of captivity through the ransom paid in the Blood of the sinless Lamb of God – sin, death, the world, our ego-self-will, and the power of the evil one – the arch fiend who engineered this trap in the first place. All these “powers” were put to death in Jesus Christ.

Jesus lets us know at the outset that whoever would follow Him must deny himself and pick up his cross in order to do so. The Cross takes being a spiritual warrior and spiritual warfare to another level. It is the only way out of our “predicament”.

I always see the horse as symbolizing life, energy, forward movement, raw courage and power. It has it’s purpose in the physical reality. Yet it is animal – a beast form.

The question is, have we painted the Cross on our horse?

War Horse

A “New Thought” For A Sunday

Bibl Meta

Actually, it’s a rather old thought. This quotation is from Jesus, and is one of His “secrets” to an abundant life. It is very contrary to the way the world thinks, but this is Perennial Wisdom taught by every major spiritual tradition on the planet.

We may be thinking, “But why doesn’t it work?” There are a number of reasons:

1) It has not been embraced, thus it has not been tried and tested across a broader scale of Humanity. Those who practice it understand how valid it is.
2) It has not been taught very well – most often by scamming religionists who use it to line their own pockets through picking the pockets of their followers.
3) People have this metaphysical principle confused with socialism, which externally demands compliance by extorting people’s wealth and redistributing it to whomever they think it ought to be distributed.

Jesus taught a giving that is from our heart. It is a willing kind of giving, not forced.

So between the crooked politicians and the crooked preachers, this valuable Truth gets shunned or ignored by people who need to understand it, as it could be one of the most life enhancing Truths anyone could embrace.

The way of most of the world is to hold back, hoard, and take – out of fear and because people are indoctrinated in dogmas of lack and limitation.

In summary, one cannot expect a crop when he hasn’t planted any seeds. There is life and abundance in giving, in generosity, in gratitude – because it is based in the realization of how the Universe is actually designed to operate by its Creator!

Whatever we willingly give can never be taken from us. In fact the opposite is true… “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38) Biblical Metaphysics 101

Sunday Affirmations

Sometimes there are days when one needs to really go into some quiet self examination in the Presence of the Holy Spirit in order to discover where there may be personal ego obstructions and other belief culprits which keep one form moving forward in life. These affirmations came about as a result of these discoveries… 
 
  • I affirm that I am willing to let go in order to grow.
  • I affirm that I am willing to let go of sentimentality, wherever and whenever it keeps me locked into the past.
  • I affirm that I am willing to let go of the past, since it no longer exists.
  • I affirm that I am willing to let go of stubbornness.
  • I affirm that I am willing to openly examine myself and release pockets of resistance within myself, which prevent me from moving forward in life and receiving my Highest Good.
  • I affirm that I am willing to flow where Life and Good want to take me.
  • I affirm that I willingly open myself to new vistas of positive and life supporting opportunities and directions – things which I may not have ever previously considered.
  • I affirm that I willingly embrace the Good that Life is revealing to me.
  • I affirm that everything in the Universe is continually changing and moving in positive directions, and that I am willing to move in concert and in harmony with those positive directions.
  • I acknowledge and affirm that I live, move, and have my being in a Universe of UNLIMITED GOOD AND INFINITE BLESSING.
  • I acknowledge and give thanks that I am loved unconditionally by the omniscient God with Whom all things are possible!

 

Stumped?

Our area is just emerging from a huge storm which swept through here the night before last. There are many trees down, some homes destroyed. Electrical power has not been fully restored in some areas, with 60,000 plus homes effected as the storm subsided.

As I viewed the aftermath today while running errands, I couldn’t help but be reminded of 1 Kings 19:11,12 – “And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”

To my knowledge there were no fires or earthquakes (except within us quaking humans formed of the dust of the ground!) due to this storm, but what struck me was the aftermath – certain trees struck down or torn apart seemed to “speak” a spiritual message. Except that it wasn’t the usual dry dead kindling that I was noticing…

My attention was drawn to the fact that some of the more robust looking trees with a lot of foliage were the ones that were on the ground, while those which were old and nearly without branches (such as some of the old pines I refuse to part with in our lawn) were the ones still holding their own. Why? It seems as if the weak ones would be taken first. But that was not the point. The scrawny, spindly, stalky ones were left standing, while on the ground the fallen were magnificent, strong, and full.

It came to my attention that the Still Small Voice was trying to get my awareness onto a specific point. It goes something like this: When the Spirit of the Lord moves (symbolized by the mighty rushing wind!), whatever is most resistant (the trees with a lot of foliage) to it is what will be struck down. And great will be the fall thereof! God’s will shall prevail.

Good news and bad news, right?

When I saw one of these trees, strong in itself, but essentially “gutted” from the roots up through the center of its massive trunk, my breath was taken away. It was as if the trunk had been twisted the way one would peel a stubborn skin from a green banana, and then pulled down. I pondered the force necessary to accomplish such a thing. Even in the natural order, let alone the supernatural, it is stunning!

What manner of wind was this?

The other matter was that of “dead wood”. During any of these storms, this is of course always the first to go. But that didn’t seem to be the emphasis of the Still Small Voice.

No, it was instead about the resistance of the proud, the strong, the resistant.

Resistance to God’s Will, His Word, His Way on a global level, a national level, a local level, or an up close and personal level

Let’s stop here, dear reader, to settle into some Sacred Silence, to allow that Still Small Voice to reveal to us a difference in approach to Him.

Is it about what we can offer to God or what He can offer to us?

Perhaps it’s time for us to ask, “In what ways do I need to surrender to You, Lord, rather than to stand in my own strength and resistance…? Or maybe even stubbornness?

The answers may not be blowing in the wind, but we have His promise that if we ask in faith, without wavering, or doubting that we will hear exactly what we need to hear.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:5-7)