Deliverance Follows Obedience

Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Seeking shelter from the storm in Christ

I woke this morning from a dream in which passions were blinding judgment with justifications. I saw, as an observer of myself, how desire worked to set a course for completion paved with justifications before any actions were taken or thoughts were communicated.

This exposed a vulnerability. This blinding effect took place much sooner than I would've thought. The imagination was actively seeking to fulfill desire. Passions, aroused by this expectation, quickly progressed from a disturbance to a storm to a hurricane.

As with a weather system forming off shore, a likely course of land destruction could be predicted. All of this took place before any outward expression of intent.

When I first opened my mouth in the dream, it was clear to me as an observer that I was seeking to follow the desire through to completion by the words I was choosing. I was seeking to get another to join me in my intended plan.

I could see the seed of iniquity had been sown through the window of the imagination and had been noticed but not reported by the guard standing at the door of my conscience.

The old man was already working on a plot to conceal it from judgment while quietly nurturing it off in a corner until it was too well established to simply pluck up and destroy. This was beginning to block the gate of my conscience and was already casting a shadow by blocking light.

I could see how the 5 step process was helping to better expose and identify toxins which had been previously ingested without notice. These toxins weakened faith and resulted in making excuses to hide vulnerabilities which couldn't be understood instead of seeking qualified assistance.

Asking, "Why am I weak? I'll go to work anyway... Probably not contagious."

The 5 Steps focus us on our need for daily health checks. We cannot labor at the altar with infirmities. We must labor in strength of perfect faith. When we nurture infirmities we are perfecting sin in the heart... the very thing we are asking the Lord to purge.

Let us not overlook the signs of weakened wills for fear of being dismissed from our duties but be quick to seek remedy from Christ through His chief stewards who are trained and equipped to apply His healing balm, bind up, and even set bones when needed.

For He has sent them as helpers of our joy.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Bodies act upon bodies

This morning, upon waking into a cycle of growth in which my mind was dominated by needs of the day, I stepped through the process of overcoming and having gained God's perspective, I received the words, "Bodies act upon bodies."

I began reflecting upon this by taking out a blank sheet of paper and writing it at the top. I then began exploring this and the Spirit continued ministering to me as I labored with this gift of grace. 

Powers are assigned to bodies to give mobility and function to the body. This is true with our own bodies of flesh. This is true with the body of this world which has been assigned powers that act upon it. Each body has a throne. Our throne is the power of our will. The powers assigned to the bodies petition the throne (seeking to influence it.) We see this with a local government petitioning the state government which petitions the federal government. Every body has a throne and every throne has powers petitioning it to influence it. "Bodies act upon bodies."

These powers come from beneath and from above. We have powers within our bodies assigned for the functioning of our bodies (environment) which demand our attention. We have powers without our bodies assigned for the functioning of the body of this world (environment). Those powers play upon us as well. We need to eat, drink water, and seek shelter from heat and cold. 

We also see that our genealogy acts upon us to influence us with the traditions and doctrines of our fathers which were built upon the traditions and doctrines of their fathers. These bodies also act upon our bodies and petition our throne (power of our will) to influence our choices. 

So we see "Bodies act upon bodies" can have to do with demands upon the will to influence the will. We see that these can originate from:
     self: originating from within... needs and desires of the flesh. 
     Satan: originating from without... power of darkness which stands independent from the Light of God. 
     world: originating from without... rhythm of nature... bodies acting upon bodies (cycles of moon influences tides, cycles of sun affecting morning dew...)

We also see that "Bodies act upon bodies" has to do with Christ (power and will of God) upon our being awakened by Him. 

Adam was awakened by God and only knew God. He had not yet known (experienced) the effects of separation from God. He was a body of water being fed by its source... as a clear stream. God allowed another body to act upon him so that God could reward him according to his choice. God had given him counsel by advising him to not eat of the forbidden fruit. God allowed contradictory counsel to be presented to him. He now faced two opposing petitions to his throne. He chose to yield to Satan's counsel and became a puddle of water cut off from its source... no longer able to sustain life within or to offer sustenance to others.

We were awakened by God having already known evil. We had not yet known (experienced) the pleasure of being joined to God. We were pools of stagnant water unable to sustain life within or to offer sustenance to others although we didn't see ourselves from that perspective. This is the perspective we were awakened to. We became aware of having been cut off from our source (Light and Life of God). 

Knowledge is an appetite. The appetite is to gain experience (knowledge). We have many opposing appetites. We want to know God but we are also being petitioned within and without by powers calling upon us to explore ourselves, the world, and our genealogies. These can be grouped by their originating sources. The power of inspiration to know God originates from God who awakened us to Christ. The other powers of inspiration are from beneath... outside of us but also without the Father. 

These opposing appetites are no different than the choice Adam was given to choose between the knowledge of God and the knowledge of evil. By the knowledge of God we know and gain experience with His divine fullness. By the knowledge of evil we gain further experience with separation from His divine fullness. There are no shades of gray. We are either knowing (gaining experience with) good or evil. If we find ourselves thinking that we are doing both... we deceive ourselves. Let us be mindful of the bodies acting upon our throne and choose wisely as those who have received good counsel from our Creator to keep themselves joined to Him as their only source of Life and Light. 

1 John 3:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:33