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Thoughts While Reviewing The Old Testament

December 27, 2017

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Characteristics hidden from wide acceptance within Christianity are common occurrences in the writings of the Old Testament. Sexually you have the matter of the various kings and patriarchs having multiple wives (“polygamy” is to much of an emotionally-charged term to use here without obscuring the point I’m trying to make) along with their concubines. At the same time, sexual “uncleanness” was punished with the death penalty, so… the allowance of multiple spouses may possibly have been a pressure-valve for venting surplus sexual energy without committing a capital offense.

We’re all aware that Solomon’s prodigious population of Significant Others was – mostly – the product of diplomatic ties he had established with the respective wife’s homeland. Nevertheless the sexual incentive behind his ambitious spousal proliferation cannot be negated. In the end it ruined him, inasmuch as some of his better-halves lured him into ungodly religious practices, leaving him depressed enough to pen the book of Ecclesiastes.

 
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The gruesome killings of the Old Testament are difficult to digest when viewed through the eyes of the New Covenant and the Age of Grace. But there *are* parallel components to these events: moving boldly in a state of faith, arising from a position of oppression and poverty to receive a state of victory by God’s hand, and knowing we’re not required to accept attacks by tyrants. Just recently I was inspired by an account in 2 Kings 2:23-25 where Elisha (Elija’s protege) was being trifled with by some surly teens. This may seem out of place, but he was known as a prophet of God and that was an era of harsh punishments for blasphemy. Elisha called down a curse on them before God, and vicious beasts mauled 43 of them.  One key principle of this is that Elisha left the “vengeance” to God – he didn’t bring his flesh into direct attack.  Another point is that such belittling need not go unchecked – when such interferes with one’s assignment from God. The Lord’s prophet would lose his nimbus of authority were he to accept such treatment silently – in that instance. Anyway, I received enough insight into that scripture for it to do my heart good.  We’re not powerless as we walk amid a world of enemies. 

 
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Solomon was rich, and he got richer. He was the wisest of the people up to that time (at least in the beginning before his wayward wives wore him down). But, as he dispensed his God-given wisdom, he happily received gold and gifts as tribute to his profitable insights. I personally don’t care to be so mercenary in doling out my epiphanies, but God takes care of me in other ways. I’m often the fortunate recipient of coupons good for big big savings at area merchants. But marketing and income constructs were very different in Solomon’s time so we must put his occupation in it’s historical context. The parallel principle in this account is to have no awkwardness about material success –  provided it doesn’t fuel your ego. Material pleasures can encourage reliance on the flesh – a frail and temporal vessel – rather than maintaining one’s state of faith and keeping one’s locus of consciousness in one’s spirit. 

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The War: Spirit vs. Flesh

October 30, 2017


The healthy personality has the bulk of its “will” emanating from its spirit. It is less fazed by physical pain, hunger or intimidation because it is rooted in one’s core: the Eternal Self.

The  fragmented spirit  seeks to derive energy from the body in order to feel “alive.” Food, sex, stimulants and validation from others are craved.  Without this physical stimulation, the individual having a fragmented spirit feels cut off from life, cut off from himself, from his core.  He’s overly focused on the limitations of his physical reality and panics at the realization of its vulnerability and mortality.

The healthy psyche has a spirit-to-body awareness ratio of, to give it a figure, 70/30 (“70” being the spirit’s influence). This is achieved either by an upbringing in which his life was marked by “staying in motion” and didn’t dwell on overwhelming perceptions of self-doubt.

 If this was corrupted in youth, the fragmented soul must be redirected consciously by the spiritually aware adult.  One must take note of those areas in which one pursues approval seeking behaviors rather than being inner-directed; or flesh stimulation via sensory gratification.

Once one is aware of this dependency, he must bring his response to the outer environment to a screeching halt and delve into his core.  He needs to allow his spirit to rise to a point at which his inner reality defines his external persona. 

No regard is to be paid to the emotion-crazed outer world until one knows oneself apart from the assessments of others (those who insist on unquestioning obedience to the frantic and pointless physical world).

God engineered this design and he always has the resources on hand for us to make the necessary changes to enable the rebuilding of our original, healthy design.

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Thoughts During My Morning “Speaking In Tongues” Routine

October 20, 2017

I tend to analyze things as I do them. If I sense something is amiss, I want to be certain that I’m on the right side of things. Most certainly this is the case with anything involving my connection to God.

Speaking in tongues has provided discernible benefits to me. Yet there were times when some questionable experiences arose: I would notice “chaotic” activity in the environment, things that would suggest demonic influence. For a time I avoided tongues-speaking until I could gain sufficient understanding of what this experience actually was: Godly or ungodly, a pure manifestation of the Holy Spirit or an opening of one’s spirit to both good and evil influences.

 After some time of abandoning tongues I noticed a steady decline of my spiritual “vigor,” my state of faith in addressing the worlds affairs and problems. It became clear to me that speaking in tongues was an essential part of a strong faith life for the Believer. 

It all came down to “discerning the spirits:” (1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 John 4:1). I noted that there’s an inclination for the flesh to rise up whenever we experience an increase in strength, either physically or spiritually. As we are freed from burdens that were weighing-down our spirit and our thoughts, our flesh may feel emboldened to take matters into its own hands and forsake dependency on God.

So I’ve assembled notes from time to time in an effort to clarify the ways in which praying in tongues has proven to be most beneficial and within God’s economy.

First, take it by faith that the Lord, being good, will not hand you a snake if you ask for a fish (Luke 11:11).


Seek God first, then seek tongues.

Open up your spirit, visualizing the Holy Spirit, and let your spirit’s language flow. Visualize positive scenes, colors, love-thoughts toward any enemies and battles that await the day ahead. Why “love-thoughts”? Because this will orient you to God’s state of mind. That way, the devil won’t be able to tempt you into thinking thoughts of rage and revenge toward those past enemies that he parades across your mind’s eye.

We have negative thoughts throughout the day, and it is no different when we are speaking in tongues. When we’re getting that renewal of power while speaking in the spirit, the flesh will be tempted to use this new energy to attack those who pose threats toward us in the natural. BUT: “we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers” in the spiritual realm. We must “spot” those intrusions when we’re praying and cast them down in the name of Jesus.

Then RELEASE them.

Repent – then MOVE ON. We’re given a time to exercise our Anointing, and we aren’t allowed to waste it on feeling “unworthy”. Once we’ve repented, that matter is done. Now you must continue recharging your spirit with this vital energy from God. (He wouldn’t have given it to us unless we needed it, after all.)

Spiritual GUI

January 30, 2017


Think of the New Testament as a  Graphic User Interface:  a human‑friendly means to interface with an overwhelmingly complex piece of operating software. The spiritual world is made up of a myriad of beings and wills. Facing it with an “open mind” leaves one exposed to a vast swamp populated by an infinite quantity of deceptive influences intermixed with Godly spirits. We’ll never live long enough to comprehend the raw reality of the world beyond the veil. A GUI which places a control panel comprised of familiar terminology gives us a fighting chance to find our place in that world.

Some Christian supernatural experiences appear in other religions, cultures and eras. “Speaking in Tongues” is an example. Glossolalia has occurred prior to Christianity in other parts of the world. This is also the case with healing and deliverance from poverty.

 The difference with the Christian experience is that these miracles and supernatural phenomena are thematic:  it leads the individual to a comprehension of God’s nature: love, giving, a hope for the future in the form of Eternal Life. A supernatural redemption from our sin‑nature which once stood as a barrier between ourselves and God.

Outside of the Biblical paradigm, supernatural experiences tend toward a “one step forward, three steps back” pattern. There are miracles in other belief systems, but they are accompanied by much confusion:  they do not distinguish the demonic influences from the Godly ones. 

There are those who welcome any supernatural experience.  Being human, we’re fascinated by metaphysical activity when we see a real‑life manifestation of it.  We can easily lose our discretion in such moments and just enjoy the show. Unfortunately this approach invites demonic activity.

A miracle is then followed by negative experiences. We’re also left with a greater confusion of the nature of the spiritual world and life in general.

Using the Bible to assess of the nature of God — and identifying and resisting the devil —  gives us a secure base of operations from which to navigate this limitless world which lay beyond our temporal plane of existence.  Grasping that our initial fallen state is the cause of life’s persecutions — and that the sacrifice of Jesus delivers us from these blights — this gives us a template by which we can order our approach to the supernatural. It has an elegance of design that I haven’t found in any other “interface.”

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Speaking in Tongues: Raising Your Soul

September 18, 2016


The Soul is composed of our intellect, will and emotions.

The Spirit is the “pure” self, one’s direct connection to God, the spiritual world, and is one’s core consciousness.

The soul and spirit are each eternal. The soul, however, needs to be trained and directed toward Godly foci, plans and patterns. On its own it can go either way: toward the Light or toward darkness.

The “speaking in tongues” experience appears to be one’s soul arising, freeing itself from others’ perceptions, restrictions, and lies.

But with this experience of “arising” comes the need to consciously discipline it in order to direct it toward the Godly design of this existence.

Being the Soul, it has an inclination to run wild. The ego’s naturally lazy and greedy character interprets this power surge as a means to acquire whatever lies before it, to revel in the thrill of the sensation and generally aggrandize oneself. Such would attract demonic influence.

Be aware of this differentiation between Soul and Spirit when engaged in “Tongues”, as it is not a pure, holy energy but a wild child eager to flex its muscles.

Now, having said that:  You don’t want to ignore the “child”, as it is your Soul: an essential part of you.  You want the child to be healthy. He must roam around and feel that he (you) has the right to exist. Allow the tantrum‑inclined two-year-old to play, to move his muscles, to develop his self-awareness, for this will nurture his (your) health.

You must, however, guide his actions. “Spot” when an impure desire arises (e.g., a giddy satisfaction which only serves as an ego‑aggrandizement, but fails to unite you to the Kingdom of God).

The steps of maturation of the Tongues/prana/kundalini experiences are patience‑demanding multi‑tiered lifetime endeavors. But they must be pursued.

Reality is an irresistible force.

NDE’s and the Christian Experience

May 26, 2015


I have been reading several books describing different individuals’ near death experiences (“NDE’s”). It is interesting to get this somewhat “firsthand” account of what people see, hear, and feel while clinically dead, and to consider how it corresponds with our own spiritual experiences.

Some readers are put off by NDE‑ers’ descriptions of heaven, God, spiritual beings using different names and terms than what our own theology would employ. I don’t see this as a discrepancy in what each NDE‑er actually sees, but simply the use of spiritual terms familiar to the individual. NDE‑ers universally describe their experiences as being very vivid and meaningful; but, as the conscious mind struggles to articulate it, it must rely on familiar terms to describe an event that is beyond its understanding.

The similarity of the varied NDE experiences is one of their compelling characteristics. In Moody’s “Life After Life”, he summarizes the commonalities that exist in the greater number of these accounts. This particular book is interesting for a number of reasons:  it was written decades prior to the advent of the internet, so special-interest subjects like this would not be broadly available on a “social media” level that might influence the respondents’ commentary or beliefs.  Also, the individuals involved hadn’t made personal “causes” out of their respective NDE experiences as far as trying to convince others; most of them preferred to keep the matter private to avoid ugly disagreements with family or friends.

These accounts provide me with a rough framework for visualizing the heavenly realms while I am in communion with God. The details of any individual’s specific NDE experience really don’t interfere with my spiritual experience. I instead utilize the general concept of that spiritual realm as  a device to separate me from focusing on this physical world and redirecting my attention to the larger reality of the Kingdom of God. 

A routine reacquainting oneself to the reality of heaven is a key component of keeping our faith alive. It keeps the Christian looking ahead as he maintains his awareness of his future, and fuels his passion for carrying out his God-given assignment in this world. Individual accounts will be imperfect, but can be a useful tool for redirecting one’s focus away from temporary minutiae and onto the greater reality.

Intellectualism and The Born Again Experience, Part 1

May 19, 2015


The first mystery to becoming Born Again is to take the bible as your own. You categorically declare the world’s “knowledge” to be false – even if it speaks of something that actually exists – because its “realities” are not enduring. When one is seeking eternal life, the world’s answers to life are, at best, incomplete.

The academic mindset – possessed by those who believe that they “think” when they’re merely collecting others’ thoughts – are, in the main,  trapped into comparing all new ideas with this “idol” of their school experience.  They are forever unable to think outside that box, even when it produces failure – for they are hypnotized by that experience into believing the comments of certain “categories” of people – rather than evaluating an idea on its own merits.

Viewing the Born Again experience through this new prism, the Word becomes the focal point. You read it, and when you get to a point where you’re stymied, you ask YHWH Adonai, in the name of Jesus, for the holy spirit to make clear what you are reviewing. This places one’s spirit at the head, with the intellect assuming its proper role as “servant”.

Some might say, “You could believe anything by that approach. What are you using as evidence?”

Faith does require action first. But when that faith is applied to a real dynamic,  the evidence comes to light in the course of its application.  The reality of God is evident, but he requires that we have a hunger for his reality and invest our lives and our thoughts into his word as the initial step.

Being “Hungry” for Spiritual Life

May 19, 2015


Do you desire more than just an intellectual and physical existence?

Some would say, “That’s all there is.” But that’s sidestepping the question:

Do you *want* more than an intellectual and physical existence?

This mental and physical world is too bland and monochromatic to satisfy the human will.

Life is fueled by our passions for those things that let us see – and move – beyond present-moment obstacles and limitations.

To “rule-out” spiritual considerations is to rule-out life.  There would be no reason for living if all it offered was for us to merely manage the objects and people we find before us until we expire. 

We “know” we’re designed for more than this, though not consciously. We feel it.  We can sense that something isn’t quite right with the temporariness and limitation of life.  That area of awareness is “spiritual”. It will never be physically proven because it’s not physical. There will always be an inner conflict when we deny its existence because it’s always there.

Until we’re willing to factor in “spiritual energy” as a component of life, we will be repelling a living part of ourselves that can never be satisfied by this dead existence.